90 Day Jane

Jane is going to kill herself in 84 days.

She’s counting down from 90.

Why commit suicide?

… I’m not depressed and nothing extremely horrible has lead me to this decision. But, does it really have to? I mean, as an atheist I feel life has no greater purpose. My generation has had no great depression, no great war and our biggest obstacle is beating Halo 3. So, if I feel like saying “game over”, why can’t I?

I agree life has no “greater” purpose. No more than whatever you give it. But when you consider all the ways our lives could have not happened along the evolutionary chain, we’re pretty lucky to have the lives we do.

Why not live it out?

Though there’s also something to be said about taking your own life with dignity, on your own terms. We don’t know about her family or friends.

Of course, it could just be a hoax. Or a marketing campaign for a movie, book, TV show, etc. It’d be a pretty good one, too. Only a few days into the journey, she’s becoming incredibly popular. Just think about the massive audience she’ll have in a couple months…

Shnakepup suggest a religious motive:

Expect “Jane” to start laying the nihilism and hedonism on thick, all the while spouting off about how pointless it all is. Then, closer to the due date, we’ll see more and more posts featuring Jane reconsidering her godless, wasteful existence , and pondering if maybe there’s something more. Cue religious friend who sets her straight on the lie of atheism, and who tells her all the church has to offer in it’s place. Instead of killing herself on Day 90, we’ll see her changing her mind and deciding to live her life with Jesus! Warm fuzzy music plays and everybody learns a valuable lesson.

Even if she’s telling the truth, though, it seems odd that “Jane” is writing a public blog even though she says it’s “not… even to get attention.”

She doesn’t want your “help,” by the way, so don’t even bother.

But she is taking suggestions on “how to do the deed.”

(via Salt on Everything)


[tags]atheist, atheism, suicide[/tags]

  • Maria

    this is rather odd……..

  • http://www.blueglowy.com Able-X

    Frankly, if it’s real it’s fraked up, and if it’s a marketing gimic it’s even more fraked up. Plus the fact that someone does this and says “it’s not a cry for help”. Um, yeah it is. Otherwise you’d just do it all quiet like and not bother anyone.

    Either way, the whole thing is f’ing sick.

  • http://bornagainblog.wordpress.com Justin McKean

    Either this person is just messing around or she’s an idiot. There is so much to live for. Almost makes me adopt Bill Maher’s attitude toward death – anything that gets the freeway moving faster.

  • http://www.blueglowy.com Able-X

    A quick bit of nerdy investigation shows it was registered with domains by proxy, which is an awful lot of thought to put into something that supposedly wasn’t a big deal to attract attention…

    Also, why bother registering a domain name, when all you need is a blog for 90 days? Something smells really fishy here…Spidey sense is tingling, and I smell another LonelyGirl15 or something going on here.

  • Mriana

    Regardless if it’s for attention, a gimmick, or serious, I think it’s crazy. But if she doesn’t want our help, oh well. I guess it’s her life. Not sure who she thinks she’s benefitting though.

  • http://emergingpensees.com MikeClawson

    Let’s assume for a moment that it really is real, and that she really is an atheist. (I’m not convinced of either of those yet, but let’s just say.) What would the atheists here say to her about whether or not she should kill her self, especially considering her rationale about no greater purpose?

    This is what Hemant had to say:

    I agree life has no “greater” purpose. No more than whatever you give it. But when you consider all the ways our lives could have not happened along the evolutionary chain, we’re pretty lucky to have the lives we do.

    Why not live it out?

    Though there’s also something to be said about taking your own life with dignity, on your own terms. We don’t know about her family or friends.

    Any other reasons to live (or not live) that you could give her?

    Honestly, I’m just curious as to what your answers would be.

  • Danny

    This is a hoax and a stab at atheists.

    On day 1 she will probably find jesus. He was hiding in the linen closet. That or the dishwasher.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    I don’t know what SHE would live for. Sounds like she wants attention.. why not live for that!

    I do know what I live for. I enjoy life, I enjoy the world. I enjoy nature. I enjoy a good joke and a good meal. My wife and I are in love with life, and we’re overjoyed to be sharing that with our daughter. Our lives are challenging, but not difficult. I have a wonderful career that’s my dream job, and I work with the most talented people in the world in my field. As part of my job, I’m always learning and taking classes from brilliant teachers. I get to invent, create and work in a university-like setting.

    My daughter is hard work to raise. She’s very intelligent and requires us to constantly keep up with her. She delights in challenges both physical and mental. She is frequently impatient, but does generally much better in trying circumstances than her peers. Her mind is growing at an astonishing rate, and I delight in watching her make new realizations every day.

    My wife is stunningly beautiful and has tremendous creative courage. She’s a powerhouse of energy and completely focussed on raising our daughter. She pours her being into the never-ending task of keeping our daughter challenged. She has passion for the life we share together. Somehow she’s strong enough to have the stamina to take all that the day brings.

    These things i have… they all are things that I didn’t always have. I’m living the life I worked for, and studied for and built my relationships toward. The great thing about life is that you build it yourself. It’s not the Lego Millenium Falcon all put together right out of the box.

    I know that often young people are given everything… and they look at what they got and they say “is this it?” “Halo 3, is this it?” Hell yes, that’s it. That’s all you’ll get. Now everything else you have to build yourself. You don’t get out of college and get the exact job you want. You don’t race into everything and get it all in order at once. It takes time, it takes work, it takes friends and family. But when youv’e done that, and you’ve made the life that fits you well, you have something fantastically rewarding. And not built for you by your parents. And not proscribed by a religious custom. Just something that fits you and who you are. Something as comfortable as sitting in the backyard in a soft pair of jeans, drinking a cool glass of sangria on a warm summer afternoon. Building the life you can live in, and enjoy it… that’s worth living for.

  • http://toomanytribbles.blogspot.com/ toomanytribbles

    ‘no greater purpose’? come on… that phrase has christian written all over it.

    i’m with shnakepup on this one.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    If this turns out to be a hoax, whoever is doing this really really shouldn’t. Out there there are real people not on a countdown who are depressed and contemplating suicide. This kind of stuff makes it difficult for people to figure out who really needs to have people reach out to them.

    My hoaxdar went off big-time on that countdown gimmick.

  • JeffN

    I know this isn’t very Christian of me but to be quite honest I have little patience for such stupidity. I find myself half torn between is there any way I can help you not to waste a perfectly good life more to the point yours and the words of Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Carol Which says something to the effect of then they’d better do it and decrease the surplus population which I must admit leaves me questioning my own humanity and compassion just a little.

  • http://hoverFrog.wordpress.com hoverFrog

    Well I think it’s interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I consider suicide to be a terrible waste of a life but it has made me consider what I would do differently if I had 90 days left to live. I think I’d find 90 reasons to live and live each one for a day. I wonder if it’s possible to do that for a whole life….

    Also I’m a bit shocked at the number of comments on her blog that are just hateful. Surely that isn’t helpful at all. Hoax or not.

  • PrimeNumbers

    Of course life has a purpose – to make more life. It may be somewhat deeper than that, but we’ll never know, so we may as well just get on with it.

    I personally think we are the universe experiencing itself. That’s not a purpose though.

    Is the Christian purpose to keep their god occupied and from getting bored? What’s gods purpose?

  • http://www.youtube.com/morsec0de Morse

    Just wait for it boys and girls. She does die on day 90. Only to be reborn in Jesus Christ!

    *gag*

  • Brian

    Even if she doesn’t “find Jesus” before the “big day,” there’s no way to confirm that she killed herself. All she has to do is stop posting. Then a bunch of Christians can swoop in and say “See?!?!? ATHEISM LEADS TO SUICIDE!!!!!”

    When people kill themselves, they don’t plan it publicly. They don’t start a blog on the internet about it. She’s playing the “I don’t care if I get attention or not (but I do!!!!!!!!!!!)” angle.

    Personally though, I think this is definitely a covert Christian making a very sick attempt to dig at atheists. The language she uses just screams it. “As an atheist I just don’t see what the point of life is anymore” could be right out of a Jack Chick comic.

  • grazatt

    Hey , who is LonelyGirl15 ????

  • http://hoverFrog.wordpress.com hoverFrog

    Jessica Rose.

  • grazatt

    Shit, if this is like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonelygirl15
    then that Jane person should be given a good beating!

  • http://hoverFrog.wordpress.com hoverFrog

    That’s actually no help at all is it? LonelyGirl15 was an invented character who posted videos of herself on youtube.

  • Becksi

    It’s sad that some theists preach this kind of cynical nihilism.

    “Believe in God, or you are just an dirty animal and bunch of molecules and your life is worthless. (also, burn in Hell)”

    Unfortunately, some atheists may not realize there are other options than those two that the theist has to offer.

    There’s no reason to think there’s anything bad about being an animal, to think that molecules are worse than “souls” or to despise existance just because you don’t have a “mission”.

    We are able to exist, wonder and feel, and I think it’s a lot. I don’t get why this would be so horrible to a theist. For some reason they also want a super powerful friend, a mission on earth and a soul. But that’s not enough. They also want a better and eternal life after this one.

  • K

    Evolution in action.

  • Alyce de Carteret

    I agree that this basically reeks of hoaxiness. I also find it suspicious that the “random” photo she took of the Hollywood sign also has a pretty prominent cross on the left-hand side. Perhaps it will come back with more meaning near the end of the 90 days.

  • http://enklabloggen.blogspot.com/search/label/Written%20in%20English simple z

    I just don’t think she will do it.
    It’s gotta be the worst and saddest hoax in blog history.

  • John

    Hoax or not, I can’t muster more than a “meh” attitude towards this. If she really can’t figure out a reason to live, well… I sure as hell can’t give her one.

    So it goes.

  • http://www.shnakepup.com Shnakepup

    Thanks for the link, man.

    I’ll keep up on this. Yeah, I pointed out toward the end of my post that “Jane” is covering her tracks too well (by registering the website by proxy) to just be some random, disillusioned teen who’s documenting her last days. I mean, she makes a point in one post to say that “hey, i’m trying to do this anonymously”, which I guess would be used as evidence that she’s not trying to get any attention. But then again, why go to all this trouble?

    Another thing that I’m not sure I mentioned in the post: a lot of discussion on the internet suggests that maybe this is some sort of art project or maybe an experiment. I saw one guy on a messageboard suggest that this was some college student writing a paper on the callousness of the internet.

  • Joseph R.

    I don’t see this as anything other than a complete hoax. I am certain there is a motive other than documenting the last days of her life. That being said, I am completely entertained by the comments. Yea, yea, some might say that the comments are completely inappropriate, however, I still find them quite humerus. (kind of like Hemant’s baby eating jokes)

    MC:

    I doubt that I could really convince a total stranger not to off them self. I can only speak for myself. My life has plenty of purpose. I have a fantastic wife and two beautiful children, and a mediocre job that I love. Did I mention that I love to fish. I really don’t think those things would convince anyone else. I agree with Hemant that life’s meaning is derived from what you put into it. If you don’t put anything in, you don’t get anything out of it. On a side note, I have known a couple of people that killed themselves. I’m certainly no medical expert, however, I believe that most people who kill themselves are suffering from some form of mental illness, whether it be depression or some other mental disease. (I have great sympathy for those with mental illness)

  • vox nihili

    Tyler Durden (Fight Club) says:

    We have no Great War. No Great Depression

    90 Day Jane says:

    My generation has had no great depression, no great war and our biggest obstacle is beating Halo 3.

    Is there some kind of nihilist textbook out there I don’t know about? Or do some of the religious (and Jane, if this isn’t a hoax – which I think it is) just think that Chuck Palahniuk’s book is the definitive reference for nihilism and atheism?

  • http://enklabloggen.blogspot.com/search/label/Written%20in%20English simple z

    it’s probably just an experiment of how many comments one can get in a day.
    .
    Let me get this straight:
    “She” wants to commit suicide only because of a question:
    “Nothing horrible has lead to this. But does it really have to?”
    .
    Yeah, right.

  • http://25000dayarthur.blogspot.com/ Arthur

    Hey, check out my new blog – http://25000dayarthur.blogspot.com/

    I am also planning on killing myself and I’m blogging about it too.

  • http://limadean.wordpress.com limadean

    90 days from her start date is May 4…wonder if that’s got any significance if this is a promotion.

  • Huffy

    Well…to beign with, Jane seems contrary to most atheists I know. Most would not consider taking their lives for no reason because of how precious it is. How final that action would be. Most of my atheist friends…me included…have a tremendous reverence for life as something to guard and hang onto.

    No…this sounds more like the atheists that the religious people portray. Just not happy with life. Wanting to end it for no reason. I agree…I am betting this is a setup for a religious conversion and new meaning to poor Jane’s life. Jesus will make her want to live and show the world that atheism is a dead end street of despair and having the lord gives her purpose and hope. Blah blah.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/morsec0de MorseCode

    Isn’t May 4th the National Day of Wishful Thinking…er…prayer?

  • http://limadean.wordpress.com limadean

    #

    MorseCode said,

    February 12, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Isn’t May 4th the National Day of Wishful Thinking…er…prayer?

    I’m finding that it’s the first Thursday in May, which would be the 8th. That would be an interesting link, though!

  • http://hoverFrog.wordpress.com hoverFrog

    “Jesus will make her want to live and show the world that atheism is a dead end street of despair ” sorry but that made me laugh out loud. Now everyone is looking at me.

    Isn’t May the Fourth International Star Wars Day?

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    That’s it! She’ll dedicate her life to STAR WARS!!!!

    (Worked for me!)

  • chancelikely

    If you’re going to kill yourself, why wait?

  • the Shaggy

    I, for one, will be interested to see how the storyarc plays out.

    Total, utter fabrication. I think I agree that it’ll be all about a religious conversion at the end, but I’ll be intrigued to see the loops they take to get there.

    For instance, this “date” guy introduced in the last post. I will bet that he won’t go way, he’ll keep trying to date her, she’ll be all crushy, she’ll tell him her plans, maybe at the 60-day mark or so (act II, you see, will be the “introduction to Christ”), and he’ll be all “But there IS a purpose and that purpose is God!” to which she’ll resist for two weeks. Then, around a month left (Act III is “Revelation and Conversion”) she’ll decide to accept Jesus.

    Best twist evar? At the end of 90 days, she offs herself anyway upon realization that God’s plan for humanity and the universe has only been to help destroy Satan this whole time, and that ain’t so great a purpose after all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/morsec0de MorseCode

    Even better. At the end of 90 days, she gets raptured!

  • http://www.shnakepup.com Shnakepup

    Ooh! I hadn’t considered the date guy, Shaggy. Nice catch.

    There’s nothing significant about May 4th, AFAIK, so I’m not sure what this may be promoting, if it’s a viral campaign. Plus, like I said, there’s no overt mentions of specific products or even specific churches, which would probably be the case if this were simply a marketing campaign for a movie/book/church. I guess we’ll see.

  • julie marie

    the downside of the internet :( I’m going to sound like a hardass here, and I guess thats okay.

    No one can define “meaningful” for anyone else. We all have to figure it out for ourselves – its part of the wonder of being human, I think. Sometimes we do need to overcome some challenges to find meaning. Perhaps Jane needs to go find challenges. Quit whining. Go find something or someone to appreciate.

    We just lost a young mother at work after a valiant fight against cancer. Left behind 2 beautiful children and a loving husband. Too bad Jane couldn’t trade her vibrant youth with my colleague. Another woman who works for me just waged a terrible battle against breast cancer. She is thus far victorious – and has been strong and positive throughout. One time, just one time, she allowed herself to cry. After her mastectomy, she finally looked at herself in the mirror. All the things that made her “feminine” were gone – hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, nothing but angry scars where her breasts had been. Then she started thinking about her blessings–her first anniversary was coming up, her granddaughter was about to be born, her daughter was about to be married, her children love her and are happy and successful, her colleagues at work have held auctions to help cover the leftover bills, and her employer has been completely open to her working when she can, at home, while she recovers. When my mom was dying of cancer, she said she’d give anything just to have the health to go out and fight the good fight.

    I have little patience with drama for the sake of drama. Real people fight real struggles every day just to keep putting one foot in front of the other. What is the meaning of life? Surviving to live another day.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    Right on, Julie Marie.

  • Mriana

    MikeClawson said,

    Any other reasons to live (or not live) that you could give her?

    Friends, family, and pets who love and rely on her, the beauty of nature, music, life that can be moving to someone, seeing the birth of her children and looking in their newly born eyes for the very first time, only to experience a paradox of life, watching her offspring grow into productive citizens… the list goes on and on. It’s the little things in life, not the riches one could obtain that makes life meaningful.

  • Chris

    This sounds a lot like some believer’s misconception of how Atheists regard life, and reminds me a lot of Kevin Bacon’s character in the movie Flatliners. He has some line about how he should be the one to risk death because “I’m an atheist, I have nothing to lose.” Not believing in an afterlife means that you have EVERYTHING to lose with death, because this life is all there is.

    It’s also interesting that this Jane character seems to define purpose in life entirely as a struggle through some terrible experience.

  • http://emergingpensees.com MikeClawson

    Another thing that I’m not sure I mentioned in the post: a lot of discussion on the internet suggests that maybe this is some sort of art project or maybe an experiment. I saw one guy on a messageboard suggest that this was some college student writing a paper on the callousness of the internet.

    Something like this seems pretty likely to me. Sociology project is my guess.

  • julie marie

    OOOHHHH I just read Janie Poos wittle blog. NO GREAT WAR? Damn girl, tell that to the families of the soldiers dying in Iraq! They are over there trying to hold together an unstable whirlwind. Think what you may about the rightness or wrongness of the war….our generation sure does have one!

    I’m going to stop right now, before I waste even more time and energy on this.

  • http://limadean.wordpress.com limadean

    OOHHHH I just read Janie Poos wittle blog. NO GREAT WAR? Damn girl, tell that to the families of the soldiers dying in Iraq!

    I’m guessing it’s meant in the “Greatest Generation” sense – as in there’s no “Great War” where everyone is contributing, planting victory gardens, etc.
    But of course vox nihili pointed out the Tyler Durden quote, which to me seems like exactly where it’s taken from (esp. given that she posts pictures from other films in her posts).

  • julie marie

    I’m guessing it’s meant in the “Greatest Generation” sense – as in there’s no “Great War” where everyone is contributing, planting victory gardens, etc.

    oh. well then, nevermind. I missed vox nihili’s post. I think he’s figured it out – she’s found something that sounds profound and latched on to it. I hope its just a sociology project. But if I were her parents, I’d be having a talk with her about the value of her further education. Perhaps she needs to work as a waitress in a coffee shop or a retail clerk anywhere for awhile.

  • the Shaggy

    Shnakepup,

    I don’t know if you’ve ever followed any Alternate Reality Gaming or not, but the majority of the really well-planned games hide their advertising until very close to the end of the game (it’s all part of the “This Is Not A Game” [TINAG] philosophy of ARGing). If they dropped their sponsor too early, people would see through it.

    That being said, this reads like the cheating husband retaliation blog from last year that ended up being a wayward ad for CourtTV. Also, I hope it’s a fake. If it’s a fake, even a pointed one at us Godless, then it’ll be fun to read.

  • http://limadean.wordpress.com limadean

    But if I were her parents, I’d be having a talk with her about the value of her further education. Perhaps she needs to work as a waitress in a coffee shop or a retail clerk anywhere for awhile.

    Haha – for reals.

  • Karen

    Nobody who “doesn’t want attention” does something like this. No way.

    Reasons to live? I have plenty of them. But honestly, even if I didn’t have family and curiosity and art and hobbies and friends, I could still find ample fulfillment and joy in my life by helping others.

    Working to get food to poor families, tutoring kids who just need a little one-on-one help to catch up with their class, mentoring people in my profession who are just coming up the ranks, saying “hi” and smiling at strangers while I’m out walking or biking – all these things and more lend so much meaning to life. Even if what I’ve done only helps one person have a better day, that’s well worth it to me.

  • http://skepticsplay.blogspot.com/ miller

    I’m betting it’s performance art. An ARG is also a possibility.

  • http://blog.myspace.com/johnpritzlaff John Pritzlaff

    After you die, there is an infinite amount of time that you won’t be alive. So why not take the (by comparison short) 80 years that you get and live them out? Sure, once you’re dead you’ll be at peace and you won’t know you’re dead, but while you have the opportunity to be alive, you should take it. You’re certainly not going to miss out on the opportunity to be dead.

    Death is nothingness, whereas life is something. If death is 0, then life is +50 and -50. It still balances out, but you get to experience happiness because you get to compare the bad with the good. Unless you’re sure that you’re ready, you shouldn’t throw that away.

    All the atheists I’ve talked to have found their atheism to be an enrichment to their life, not something that leads them to suicide. So I suspect this to be either a rare anomaly, or a religion-based hoax.

  • Miko

    Let’s assume for a moment that it really is real, and that she really is an atheist. (I’m not convinced of either of those yet, but let’s just say.) What would the atheists here say to her about whether or not she should kill her self, especially considering her rationale about no greater purpose?

    From a philosophical standpoint, if life truly has no purpose there wouldn’t seem to be any motive for ending it. From a pragmatic standpoint, I’d note that we have all of eternity to spend not-existing anyway and only a finite amount of time to spend living, so we might as well try it out for now. And from a practical standpoint, I couldn’t really say; it seems so bizarrely odd to defy rational advice. From that view, the best action I can really see is to ignore it, both in the hopes that it is false and from the position that nothing could really be meaningfully said in such a forum anyhow, and to discourage attention-happy copy-cats.

    Turning the question around: what would the theists here say to her about whether or not she should kill her self, especially considering her rationale about no greater purpose? And I mean that question seriously: would the fact that you believe in a god influence how you’d approach this (assuming it’s a serious situation)? If so, how, why, and do you think your belief would make your advice more or less effective?

    (Oh yes, and from a scientific standpoint: any species that evolved in such a way that it believed this in large numbers would go extinct, so by the Anthropic Principle, the fact that we’re here guarantees that the vast majority of us will ‘instinctively’ reject such an argument. Of course, that doesn’t do the minority much good.)

  • Allison

    She should read “Veronika Decides to Die” by Paolo Coelho.

  • http://emergingpensees.com MikeClawson

    Turning the question around: what would the theists here say to her about whether or not she should kill her self, especially considering her rationale about no greater purpose? And I mean that question seriously: would the fact that you believe in a god influence how you’d approach this (assuming it’s a serious situation)? If so, how, why, and do you think your belief would make your advice more or less effective?

    If I am assuming that she really is an atheist I don’t know that I would try to give her advice based on my Christian beliefs. What good would that do?

    But supposing she was open to a Christian view of things, historic Christian belief is that we are all created for a purpose and that purpose is joy. God created us to enjoy and savor life, to live it to the full, to love and be loved. And also that part of that joy comes by participating in God’s mission to make this world a better place through practices of love, justice, compassion and generosity towards others. So, if I thought she’d be receptive to that view of things, I would tell her that – that her life does have meaning and a purpose, that she exists to experience joy and has been called to share that joy with others – but that of course she has the freedom to choose whether that joy is worth living for or not in her opinion.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    Along the lines of the no great war or depression thing…

    Hey, how about the war on the environment. Global warming. That’s got to be the biggest threat to human survival of the last few centuries. Stop taking pictures of the hollywood sign on the way back from starbucks and do something about that if you need to find a struggle to give your life meaning.

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    I am positive that this is a hoax. It has “bullshit” written all over it. It reads exactly like the stuff anti-atheists say about us — as opposed to anything any atheist I have ever read or spoken to has said.

    But on the off-chance that it isn’t, I have two words:

    Global warming.

    This is our obstacle. This is our depression. This is our war.

    And if we don’t solve it — game over. Nothing else we do will matter.

    You need a meaning? How about saving human civilization, and possibly all of life on the planet?

  • Stephanie

    Eh, I think it’s a complete fake but either way I can’t see hitting her website being any better than watching someone’s house burn. So I feel no need to add to her website traffic count . If she wants out, it’s her life to take. If she wants attention, she’s now got that as well. But not mine. I’ve got people leaning on me who still plan to be here in June.

    And, Arthur?
    You’re my Hero!

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  • False Prophet

    Arthur, I nearly pissed my pants laughing!

    Maybe it’s time to get a swarm of positive deconversion stories ready for May 4th. Calling the Rational Response Squad!

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    ARTHUR ARTHUR ARTHUR!!!!! Let’s get a chant going!

    I posted a reply on your blog as “Bruce”

  • Syckls

    The part where she whines about not getting any dates is probably going to set the whole “depressed” tone for the rest of the blog, and in my opinion gives support to the hoax theory. Either it’s a hoax, she’s a bitchy emo attention whore who probably won’t go through with it anyway, or she really intends to carry it out. In the latter two situations, someone will eventually figure out her identity and have her committed to a mental hospital for being a danger to herself. In any case, I doubt anyone is going to die here.

  • Tyler Nothing

    In response to MikeClawson, I can’t give her any reasons not to kill herself, because I’ve known people to have many different reasons from my own. I have to say that I’ve given your question much thought throughout the later portions of my life. I am understanding of, and accept another person’s desire to die. I’ve considered suicide greatly myself. For me, much of what Mriana said is true. Here’s what I’ve come up with though: I can enjoy art, music, learning, nature, love, friendship, sleeping, waking up, among many other things. I can’t enjoy being dead.

    About the website of this girl though. I have to wonder what rationalized person would say “beating Halo 3″ is the greatest obstacle for a generation to overcome. I’m a gamer, and I don’t consider that an obstacle, I consider that part of my enjoyment. An obstacle? The inequality presented by human beings to other human beings based on their race, or sexuality.

    Take care, later.

  • Catherine

    I am pretty sure that the site is a hoax or ARG, because of the registration by proxy, the fact that the site has a Sitemeter, and because the huge amount of attention it has generated in less than two weeks points to a concentrated marketing effort. Having attempted suicide myself and subsequently done a good deal of reading on the subject, I can say with confidence that most suicidal people would not be concerned with anonymously setting up a Web site whose visitor stats they then track and try to boost in earnest.

  • Becky

    Well, she’s done with it; and I still don’t “get it”

  • http://www.otmatheist.com/ Siamang

    Yeah, she ended it.

    “Art project.”

    Perhaps next time she can sell her suicide on Ebay.

  • Catherine

    Hoax plus hindsight equals art project, I guess.

  • http://www.issokay.com Justin

    Well, I was following your site on the blog a day before it was deleted.. I just wanna know what your url will be now… k thx bye

    -J

  • Nancy

    If she really wants to end it all, why wait 90 days? I have been in a depression bad enough to want to kill myself and I didn’t want to endure the pain I was feeling for one minute more. When you really feel bad enough to end it, you don’t say “I’ll do it in 3 months”. That’s way too much time to endure the undurable.

    It’s definitely a hoax.

  • severalspeciesof

    Not sure whether the bigger hoax was the site or the idea that she didn’t think it would generate as much notice as it did.
    Go figure.

    And Arthur, please keep your site up, even if it’s a hoax and you really want to off yourself ten days earlier.

  • http://www.sunandsmoke.com Robert Nevin

    Against my better judgement, I took a look at her blog.
    It’s complete bollocks!

    On day 90 she’ll say “May the 4th be with you!”

  • obfg

    I think she’s a Xian sock-puppet.

    What a wonderful example she’ll be for all the fundy nitwits to use to demonstrate the “evils” of atheism.

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  • Nancy

    Be aware!!!! I went to Jane 90s blog and clicked to play the video she has. It told me I needed some program to view it and to click here. Well like an idiot, without thinking I clicked.

    My browser has now been hijacked and I have spent all night trying to get rid of it. Maybe that’s the ploy….to infect as many browsers as she can by making us curious to see what’s happening next!

    Be careful if you go to her blog!!

  • http://90daypbj.blogspot.com/ Peanut

    If you hate 90 Day Jane, you’ll love this: http://90daypbj.blogspot.com/

  • Mriana

    I told it “No” about the download and according to my son, I was “porn bombed”. I wasn’t pleased with what I saw, esp when I said “No!” :mad: I’ve been scanning, updating (which wasn’t needed), and scanning again. Haven’t found anything or had any problems, but even if you say “no” it will still get you. My spyware/malware says I have nothing and my virus scanner says I’m clean, but who knows. That’s rather shocking when you say “no” to a download. My suggestion is don’t even look at the site.

    My home page is still the same, so I may have lucked out with a brower hijacker.

  • Jodie

    I’m with the Fight Club fan. It’s the first thing I thought of when I read the excerpt. If you are going to make a big bizarre stink about killing yourself, could you at least write something original?

  • Iain Strachan

    Your comment person j-friend advertised the revised address for the Jane blog on another bulletin board. I visited it and got caught with the same porn trap as another of your posters.

    I suspect that the revised porno/jane blog isn’t due to Jane at all, but due to people promoting the porn. Since a poster with the same name promoted the porn-infested version it looks pretty suspicious. I would delete the link if I were you. The original jane blog has been taken down ( 90dayjane.blogspot.com). The videos posted there didn’t lead to porn but played out as expected. The new link redirects to a subtly different name 90-day-jane.blogspot.com. (Note the hyphens). Interesting to know where j-friend (Jane’s friend?) got the link from …..

    Also, I originally posted a comment on the new blog as I thought it was due to Jane to warn that it might have been “hacked” to link to porn. The comments are moderated – plenty more comments appeared after I posted, but mine didn’t appear. Clearly my comment got “moderated out” because the owners of the blog didn’t want to give the game away.

    The new site is a fake on top of a fake, and is being used to promote porn.

    [Hemant's note: Thanks. The post in question is deleted.]

  • http://kill90dayjane.blogspot.com/ anon

    Come on people, don’t get disheartened. If we try and make her change her mind — maybe, just maybe she’ll restart the countdown:

    http://kill90dayjane.blogspot.com

  • http://www.SecularDignity.net Secular Dignity

    The new URL says it is an art project. What a shock. I think this is a hoax.

    This kind of reminds me of intelligent design in a way: If Christianity is true, why do Christians have to be deceptive? Surely converting people would be a lot easier if we were all hungry to know God, right?

  • Iain Strachan

    Further to my post yesterday, I can report that my virus scanner found a Trojan Horse (Generic6.AILI and Generic6.AILF), and a virus (Downloader.Zlob) on my computer, the day after I got caught with the porn trap.

    No one seems to have noticed here that the link posted by j-friend, and also at the top of this page (“counting down to 90″) is a direct link to a doctored version of the original 90DayJane blog. It can easily be seen by examining the “video links”, that this is a fake link – it is not an applet, but a JPEG bitmap made to look like the applet.

    If you are at all responsible you should remove both these links from this page because at the moment you are enabling the spread of porn. I posted a similar warning on a Psych central blog that had a similar link posted by j-friend, and they removed the offending link within a few minutes.

    Iain

    [Hemant's note: The post is deleted.]


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