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      By Guest Nicole
      Coffee is far from a vice.
      There's now lots of evidence pointing to its health benefits, including a possible longevity boost for those of us with a daily coffee habit.
      The latest findings come from a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine that included about a half-million people in England, Scotland and Wales. Participants ranged in age from 38 to 73.
      "We found that people who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers" during the decade-long study, says Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
      This was true among all coffee drinkers — even those who were determined to be slow metabolizers of caffeine. (These are people who tend to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine.) And the association held up among drinkers of decaffeinated coffee, too.
      Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/07/02/625128383/coffee-drinkers-are-more-likely-to-live-longer-decaf-may-do-the-trick-too
    • By Bible Speaks
      Do JW’s have Coffee ?? Breaks?
      Awww a coffee break!
      Shared by @linusw_
      Coffee break in service.
      -Sweden

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      By Guest
      Nestle (+1.79%) is caving into the schoolyard bully (that would be activist investor Daniel Loeb) and accelerating its $20.8 billion share buyback plan over the next three years. The move may artificially boost Nestle’s stock price, but by taking out debt to do so, it could hurt its credit rating. 
      Ever since Loeb planted his 1.3% stake in Nestle back in June, it has been quick to meet the hedge fund manager’s demands. 
      Accelerate share buybacks? Check. Set margin targets? Nestle also announced yesterday it would raise operating margins from 15.8% this year to 18.5% by 2020 (Unilever hovers around 20%). Growth through M&A? Nestle just purchased Blue Bottle ($425 million)—the cold brew coffee your hipster friend recommended—along with fresh food startup, SweetEarth. Nestle’s one sticking point has been its 23% stake in L’Oreal. Loeb wants to ditch the haircare brand, but Nestle’s 12% YoY return for the last 42 years has kept the decision a simple one: lather, rinse, repeat.
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      At Locol, a fast-food chain in California, a cup of premium coffee costs just $1, or $1.50 with milk and sugar.
       
      LOS ANGELES — The $1 cup of coffee is divisive, as drinks go.
      For some, it’s a staple of the American morning: a comforting routine, a good deal. Anything that costs more than $1 is needlessly expensive, a waste of money — the coffee from a deli, diner or doughnut cart is all you need to start the day. For others, the $1 cup is suspiciously cheap. Maybe it tastes bad, or its production does harm to the land and is unfair to laborers. If you have to pay more, then that is probably a reflection of a drink’s true cost.
      Can the two viewpoints be reconciled? Is it possible for high-quality coffee to be inexpensive? At Locol, the self-described “revolutionary fast food” chain opened last year by the chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, the answer is yes.
      Locol’s stated mission is to bring wholesome, affordable food to underserved neighborhoods. The coffee delivers. Obtained and roasted according to the same lofty standards found at Intelligentsia Coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters or any of the small, innovative companies that have transformed the high end of the industry in the past decade, Locol’s coffee is clean and flavorful.
      But unlike those shops, where a cup can cost $3 or more, Locol charges just $1 for a 12-ounce coffee, or $1.50 if you want milk and sugar. Rather than offer free condiments and pass on the cost to all customers, those who want milky, sweet coffee pay for their pleasures, while drinkers of black coffee get a break. As for getting it chilled, that’s on the house: Iced coffee costs the same as hot.
      “There’s an extreme democratization that I really want to make happen in coffee,” said Tony Konecny, the head of Locol’s coffee operation, who goes by Tonx. Good coffee, he said, should be brought to a broad audience, not just a “self-selecting group” of epicures.
      “Coffee still thinks that mass appeal is a sign of selling out and inauthenticity, but everybody wears Levi’s,” he said of the culture. “I think contemporary coffee has failed to find the consumers it should be finding.”
      A few of those consumers were lingering at the Locol in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles on a recent bright day. Some were nursing aguas frescas, others were holding court while R&B played at block-party volume from an array of speakers embedded in the ceiling. One person was sorting through a small tower of paperwork.

      Locol’s stated mission is to bring wholesome, affordable food to underserved neighborhoods.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      (CNN)How many cups of coffee does it take to get you going in the morning?
      If the answer is many, the invention of a turbo-powered superbrew that is so strong it comes with a health warning might put your habit into perspective.
      A cafe in Adelaide, Australia, is serving the "Asskicker," a concoction of four espresso shots, two different strengths of cold drip and milk that its inventor says contains 80 times the amount of caffeine of a standard shot.
      The drink, designed to be sipped slowly over three to four hours, promises to keep coffee lovers buzzing for up to 18 hours.
      While a normal espresso, as defined by the US Department of Agriculture, packs around 63 milligrams of caffeine, this drink has 5 grams, according to its creator. The US Food and Drug Administration and USDA note that 400 milligrams is the limit not generally associated with dangerous, negative effects.

      Viscous Coffee, Adelaide
      Turbo coffee
      Steve Benington, owner of Viscous Coffee, developed the drink for a local emergency room nurse who needed something to keep her going during unexpected night shifts.
      "We had to tone it down a bit because it kept her up for a total of three days," said Benington, adding that the nurse sipped it over two days.
      The barista, who opened his cafe a year and a half ago after a career in the Australian Navy, said the turbo coffee has become very popular in recent weeks.
      However, he actively discourages customers interested only in a gimmick, and advertises it with a warning for those with high blood pressure or heart conditions.
      "I have a quite detailed talk with people before they actually purchase one. If I can talk someone out of it, they're not ready for the drink," said Benington.
      Warning signs of coffee overdose include shakes and sweats, dilated pupils, stammering over your words, vertigo and nausea.
      "If you keep going, those symptoms will get worse," said the coffee-loving business owner. "If you stay within the guidelines, you're fine."
      The Asskicker experience will set you back around $12 ($16 AUD) for a 16 ounce cup.
      http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/06/health/asskicker-coffee-80-times-strong-trnd/index.html
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      There’s several factors involved.
      Your morning cup of Joe may be about to get even pricier, a Reuters poll of 11 traders and analysts showed on Thursday.
      By the end of this year, both arabica and robusta coffee are expected to hit their highest price since early 2015, driven by the global market’s first supply deficit in six years, along with firming currencies in top growing nations and strong demand for coffee.
      For robusta, usually blended with higher quality arabica beans or used in instant coffees, the survey was particularly dramatic as El Nino-related dryness in southeast Asia and drought in Brazil damaged crops and drained supplies, traders said.
      Robusta coffee futures were forecast to rise to as high as $1,900 per tonne by the end of September and $1,985 by the end of 2016, with year-end forecasts ranging from $1,575 to $2,300.
      That would be up 10 percent from Wednesday, and a whopping 30 percent jump from 2015, its biggest annual gain since 2010.
      Prices of arabica coffee, used in espressos and brewed blends, will rally to $1.45 per lb by the end of the third quarter and to $1.60 by the end of the year, the median of estimates showed, with expectations ranging from $1.20 to $2.20.
      That would be up 13 percent from Wednesday and a 26 percent increase from 2015.
      While bean inventories in producing countries have already dwindled, the threat of frost in Brazil next year and rains in Vietnam due to the La Nina weather pattern could spur greater price gains, said Shawn Hackett, president of Hackett Financial Advisors in Boynton Beach, Florida.
      “Any kind of major weather threat could send … coffee prices back up to retest the 2011 highs near $3 per pound,” he said.
      Respondents said the Brazilian real, which rose to an 11-month high in June, was also likely to drive the market. A strong Brazilian real against the greenback discourages producer selling of the dollar-traded commodity.
      The price forecasts mark a major about-turn from the outlook at the start of the year.
      Vietnam and Brazil
      Respondents still expected demand to outpace supply in 2015/16, which would be the first time in six years according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. They reined in their deficit forecasts from six months ago amid a bumper Brazilian harvest.
      The median forecast for 2015/16 was for a 250,000-bag deficit, with estimates ranging from a 7 million bag deficit to a 5 million bag surplus.
      For 2016/17, a balance was forecast though estimates ranged from an 8 million bag deficit to a 10 million bag surplus.
      Brazil is to harvest 55 million bags in 2016/17, as its arabica regions recover from a second year of drought. That compares with 43.2 million bags this year, according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO).
      That would be a record, exceeding the previous all-time high of 50.8 million grown in 2012/13.
      Arabica output was pegged at around 45 million bags and robusta at 12 million bags.
      Coffee production in Vietnam, the world’s biggest robusta grower, was forecast at 26.5 million 60-kg bags in 2016/17, with estimates ranging widely from 22.7 million bags to 30 million bags. This compares with 27.5 million bags in 2015/16, ICO data show.
      http://fortune.com/2016/07/28/coffee-prices-expensive/
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Date:
      June 27, 2016
      Source:
      Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
      Summary:
      Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people every day and the 'coffee experience' has become a staple of our modern life and culture. While the current body of research related to the effects of coffee consumption on human health has been contradictory, a new study found that the potential benefits of moderate coffee drinking outweigh the risks in adult consumers for the majority of major health outcomes considered.

      Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people every day and the 'coffee experience' has become a staple of our modern life and culture. While the current body of research related to the effects of coffee consumption on human health has been contradictory, a study in the June issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, which is published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that the potential benefits of moderate coffee drinking outweigh the risks in adult consumers for the majority of major health outcomes considered.
      Researchers at Ulster University systematically reviewed 1,277 studies from 1970 to-date on coffee's effect on human health and found the general scientific consensus is that regular, moderate coffee drinking (defined as 3-4 cups per day) essentially has a neutral effect on health, or can be mildly beneficial.
       
      The review was used to create an exhaustive list of the potential health benefits and risks of coffee consumption on the following health outcomes:
      - Total Mortality
      - Cardiovascular Disease
      - Cancer
      - Metabolic Health
      - Neurological Disorders
      - Gastrointestinal Conditions
      - Other Miscellaneous Health Outcomes
      The authors noted causality of risks and benefits cannot be established for either with the research currently available as they are largely based on observational data. Further research is needed to quantify the risk-benefit balance for coffee consumption, as well as identify which of coffee's many active ingredients, or indeed the combination of such, that could be inducing these health benefits.
      Note: Some financial support of this study was provided by illycafe s.p.a., however the authors declare no conflict of interest regarding the objective search and summary of the literature.
      Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160627125816.htm
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Study examines how food and medications affect makeup of bacteria in people's tummies
      THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The food you eat and the medicines you take can alter your gut bacteria in ways that either help or harm your health, two new studies suggest.
      Foods like fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, yogurt and buttermilk can increase the diversity of bacteria in a person's intestines. And that diversity can help ward off illness, said Dr. Jingyuan Fu, senior author of one of the studies.
      "It is believed that higher diversity and richness [in gut bacteria] is beneficial," explained Fu. She is an associate professor of genetics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
      On the other hand, foods containing loads of simple carbohydrates appear to reduce bacterial diversity in the gut, Fu and colleagues found. These include high-fat whole milk and sugar-sweetened soda.
      In addition, medications can also play a part in the makeup of your gut bacteria. Antibiotics, the diabetes drug metformin and antacids can cut down on gut bacterial diversity, the researchers found. Smoking and heart attacks also can have a negative effect, the team said.
      Each person's intestines contain trillions of microorganisms, which doctors refer to as the "gut microbiome," said Dr. David Johnson. He is chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and a past president of the American College of Gastroenterology.
      The gut microbiome plays an essential but little-understood role in human health, said Johnson, who was not involved with the new studies.
      "It's the largest immune system in the body," Johnson explained. "These bacteria have a very dramatic and prominent role in determining health and disease."
      To study the effect of lifestyle on the gut microbiome, Fu and her colleagues collected stool samples from more than 1,100 people living in the northern Netherlands.
      The samples were used to analyze the DNA of the bacteria and other organisms that live in the gut. In addition to stools, the study collected information on the participants' diets, medicine use and health.
      In the second study, researchers with the Flemish Gut Flora Project performed a similar analysis on stool samples taken from 5,000 volunteers in Belgium.
      Both studies concluded that diet has a profound effect on the diversity of gut bacteria, although, Fu said, the "underlying theories of these dietary factors remain largely unknown."
      Johnson added that medicines can have the same effect, and antibiotics actually can kill off some important strains of gut bacteria. "One dose of an antibiotic may disrupt your gut bacteria for a year," he said.
      Both sets of researchers emphasized that their studies only help explain a fraction of gut bacteria variation -- roughly 18 percent for the Netherlands study, and about 7 percent for the Flemish study.
      However, the findings from the two groups overlapped about 80 percent of the time, indicating that they are on the right track, the researchers said.
      The Belgian researchers estimated that over 40,000 human samples will be needed to capture a complete picture of gut bacteria diversity.
      Johnson noted that other research has shown that poor sleep, obesity, diabetes and the use of artificial sweeteners also can interfere with gut bacteria.
      "The general rule is a balanced diet with high fiber and low carbs tends to drive a better gut health overall," he said.
      According to Fu, once researchers have a clearer understanding of the gut microbiome and its effects on health, doctors could be able to help prevent or heal illness by reading or influencing the bacteria within people's bodies.
      "The personalized microbiome may assist in personalized nutrition, personalized medicine, disease risk stratification and treatment decision-making," she said.
      Both studies were published in the April 29 issue of the journal Science.
      More information
      Visit the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility for more on diet and gut bacteria.
      SOURCES: Jingyuan Fu, Ph.D., associate professor, genetics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands; David Johnson, M.D., chief, gastroenterology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va., and past president, American College of Gastroenterology; April 29, 2016,Science
      Last Updated: Apr 28, 2016
      Source: https://consumer.healthday.com/gastrointestinal-information-15/gastrointestinal-problems-news-330/coffee-wine-good-for-healthy-gut-bugs-sodas-may-be-bad-710406.html
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    • Jackson was a pugilist and history always finds a place for one like him, He was know to “lose it” over any insult to his wife. Returning victorious from somewhere, he decided to invade Spanish-held Florida, pretty much without pretext. He figured his country would thank him for it later.
    • Thanks for respond and for your understanding.  I would like to add also this about WT Society "warnings" and strong recommendations through publications and public talks about "higher education". We have young people who going to High school of some sort. WT Society not giving explicit "warnings" about this level of education. Perhaps because WT think how young "worldly" people of that age are not big "risk" for young JW members. :)) Also, we have young people who going to Universities and similar educational level. But WT consider how young "worldly" people of that age is very "dangerous" and are big "risk" for young JW members. :)) But, have in mind also this. Many of this young "worldly" people from both level of educations ended....where?? At some working place, on some job. And now we have big surprise. Where young and not young JW members working, on what working place, on what job? At same place with all those "worldly" people who JW members try to avoid when were younger, when were in similar/same age. And now they are all together ....despite all efforts JW members done in previous years. Some JW member working at place as janitor and his school colleague (known or unknown)  is Principal or Manager or Boss who giving him orders what and how to do something. JW members avoid to be with him at University but spend with him cca 8 hours a day in same Firm. Well, what is so special to be benefit of that?    To be in Line, to be Consistent  in "warnings and advice" about issue how to avoid this sorts of "risk" to be near "worldly" people,  WT Society should have to warn JW people not to looking for "secular" job because it is big "risk" to put yourself in such a godless society/environment.  Bible shows how old and young can be caught in same sort of "trap". :))
    • Vidéo par écrit nos frères coréens libérés de prison.docx Vidéo par écrit nos frères coréens libérés de prison.pdf https://www.jw.org/fr/bibliothèque/videos/#fr/mediaitems/pub-jwb_201812_16_VIDEO   Vidéo par écrit : « Nos frères coréens : libérés de prison » Geoffrey Jackson   Bienvenue dans cette édition spéciale. Comme annoncé le 30 novembre 2018 dans la rubrique « Salle de presse » de JW.ORG, le gouvernement sud-coréen a fait libérer 57 frères qui étaient emprisonnés pour objection de conscience. Le Collège central et les Témoins de Jéhovah du monde entier partagent la joie de ces frères et de leurs familles. Le ministère de la Justice a accordé une libération anticipée à nos frères qui avaient déjà purgé au moins 6 mois de leur peine de 18 mois. Nous espérons que huit autres frères seront libérés eux aussi quand ils atteindront six mois de prison. Ces huit frères sont les derniers des plus de 19 000 Témoins emprisonnés en Corée depuis 1953. Mais qu’est ce qui a conduit à cette libération historique ? En 2018, plusieurs hautes instances judiciaires de Corée ont reconnu que l’objection de conscience est un droit fondamental. La Corée du Sud fait donc maintenant partie des nombreux pays du monde qui considèrent que le refus du service militaire pour raisons religieuses n’est pas un délit. Ainsi, les portes des prisons se sont ouvertes pour nos 57 frères. DAE-IL HONG, Comité de filiale de Corée : « Récemment, notre filiale a reçu un rapport encourageant des anciens désignés  pour soutenir nos frères en prison. Les frères ayant purgé au moins six mois de peine pourraient obtenir une libération conditionnelle. »   Une mère : « Cette nouvelle était si extraordinaire que j’avais du mal à y croire » Un père : « Mon fils va être libéré deux mois plutôt que prévu. J’ai entendu dire que deux mois en prison, ça paraît très long ; et même un jour, d’ailleurs. » DAE-IL HONG : « Avant, nos frères n’obtenaient une libération conditionnelle qu’au bout de 14 mois, c’était donc une magnifique surprise, et beaucoup étaient fous de joie. » Un père : « ça fait plus d’un an que je n’ai pas pu serrer mon fils dans mes bras. Alors demain, la première chose que je vais faire c’est le serrer très fort, et lui dire que je suis fier qu’il ait tenu bon en prison. » Une mère : « Mon fils s’occupait des détenus malades, ce qui peut être dangereux à cause des maladies transmissibles par le sang. Alors, je regardais toujours s’il n’avait pas de plaies ouvertes sur les mains et les pieds. Demain, je vais pouvoir lui tenir les mains, et je ne vais pas les lâcher de sitôt. » En tout, 57 frères ont été libérés de 16 prisons en même temps. C’est incroyable. La décision rendue par la Cour suprême le mois dernier a joué un rôle capital dans la libération anticipée de nos frères. La Cour a affirmé que ceux qui « refusent le service militaire en raison de convictions profondes, fermes et sincères devraient être protégées ». C’est le magnifique résultat de tout ce qui a été fait ces dernières années. Par exemple, depuis 2007, le Collège central a apporté de l’aide et du soutien à nos frères pour qu’ils présentent une défense solide devant les tribunaux. Plus de 120 d’entre eux ont été déclarés non coupables par des juridictions inférieures. La Cour qui avait examiné cette question pendant de nombreuses années, a rendu une décision historique en déclarant inconstitutionnelle l’absence de service de remplacement. De plus, des organisations internationales des droits de l’homme ont préconisé la libération des objecteurs de conscience. Et puis, les Témoins de Jéhovah du monde entier prient constamment pour leurs frères emprisonnés. Nous sommes convaincus que ces prières ont largement contribué à ce revirement de situation. Ils ont aussi envoyé à la filiale de nombreuses lettres d’encouragement. Elles ont toutes été transmises à nos frères emprisonnés. Ces lettres les ont sans aucun doute aidés à endurer. Nos frères vont maintenant retrouver leurs familles, après plusieurs mois de séparation. Un frère libéré : « J’attendais ce jour avec impatience ; je suis si heureux de retrouver ma famille. » Un père : « Grâce à la protection de Jéhovah notre fils est en bonne santé et nous pouvons enfin le serrer dans nos bras. » La décision de la Cour et la libération anticipée de nos frères nous remplissent de joie. Nous avons hâte de les voir profiter de leur liberté pour louer Jéhovah. Pendant ces 65 dernières années, notre Dieu bienveillant a préservé nos frères qui sont restés intègres. Merci à Jéhovah pour son attention pleine d’amour. 1 Pierre 2 :19 dit : « Quand quelqu’un endure des épreuves et souffre injustement pour garder une bonne conscience devant Dieu, c’est quelque chose de bien ». Cela s’applique parfaitement à vous, chers frères de Corée. Par la foi et l’endurance que vous avez montrées, toutes ces années, vous avez donné un excellent exemple d’intégrité et un puissant témoignage. Soyez certains que vous avez réjoui Jéhovah. Merci à vos familles et à tous ceux qui, dans le monde entier, n’ont cessé de prier pour vous. Les paroles de Romains 10 :11 nous rappellent que « quiconque fonde sa foi sur Jéhovah ne sera pas déçu ». Nous voulons donc loué Jéhovah et lui rendre gloire.   La terre « a avalé le fleuve » À diverses époques de l’Histoire, des autorités gouvernementales sont venues en aide au peuple de Jéhovah (Esdras 6:1-12 ; Est 8:10-13). Même à l’époque moderne, nous voyons « la terre » (les éléments modérés de ce monde) avaler « le fleuve » de persécution que suscite « Le dragon », Satan le Diable (Rév.12:16). Jéhovah, le « Dieu qui sauve », peut parfois inciter des dirigeants humains à apporter du soulagement à ses adorateurs (Ps 68:20 ; Pr 21:1). Et si tu es emprisonné en raison de ta foi ? Ne doute jamais que Jéhovah veille sur toi (Genèse 39:21-23 ; Psaume 105:17-20). Sois sûr que ta foi sera récompensée et que ton intégrité encourage tes frères et sœurs du monde entier (Philippiens 1:12-14 ; Rév. 2:10). ˙ Pourquoi, en Corée du Sud, des milliers de frères ont-ils été emprisonnés au fil des années ? ˙ Quelles décisions de justice ont mené à la libération anticipée de certains de nos frères ? ˙ Comment pouvons-nous soutenir nos frères et sœurs de différents pays actuellement emprisonnés en raison de leur foi ? ˙ Comment devrions-nous profiter de toute liberté que nous pouvons avoir aujourd’hui ? ˙ En réalité, à qui devons-nous toutes nos victoires juridiques ?       jwb_F_201812_16_r240P.mp4
    • If he is present, you know that he will be slapping everyone else down at absurd length. Witness, an ally in some regards, has called him a “juggernaut.” There is no way he could restrain himself from hitting back if he were here. He is not capable of it. It may be that he has moved on to another place where he is being obnoxious,  and not here. Mixed feelings on my part. I mean, the first is “Good riddance.” However, a writer needs more than a muse. He also needs a villain, and few fill that role as capably as he.  
    • How can you say such a stupid thing? It is a ridiculous misrepresentation of what has been said.
    • I’ve soured on my view of him in recent years. As Supreme Commander, it was he who liberated the concentration camps. There is an account of a certain nearby German mayor pleading ignorance, an enraged Eisenhower forcing him to tour the camp himself, and the next day that mayor hung himself. The national system of interstate 4 lane divided highways is named after him. You wouldn’t be able to get around in a timely way without them. It is a good symbolism for how he stabilized the country after the war and put it on sound footing to prosper through speedy transportation and commerce. One aspect of the system was that the roadways could be used to evacuate areas quickly in the event of nuclear war. They are used that way today to evacuate for approaching hurricanes. It’s all a good legacy to the man. He did good things. He is essentially the savior of the world, and then the guide of America afterwards. But with my visit to his home in Gettysburg, his star began to fade some.  Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide suffered intense persecution during WWII. There were only about 75,000 of them—not the 8 million of today. In the US, many were beaten, others rounded up and arrested without trial, some tarred and feathered. There were a few that were killed.  He could have stopped it! He could have explained just who and what they were. No one on the political scene knew them better than he. It was his mama’s religion, who remained faithful to her death. He was raised in it. “Look, they’re patriotic in their own way—they hold off on fighting because of their own religious views about God’s kingdom. They are honest and hard-working otherwise. They are harmless! They are not criminals. It is free speech they are engaging in, and that’s what I am in Europe fighting for!” He could have said that, and probably ended their persecution. Others did speak out in behalf of the Witnesses—notably Eleanor Roosevelt and the ACLU. He kept mum. It is impossible for me not to think that he kept his mouth shut with regard to his mother’s “brothers” so as not to harm his stature and political career—both during the war and afterwards. That harsh verdict is tempered by the fact that he truly did well by WWII standards and 8 years of presidential standards—and NATO chief afterwards. Maybe had he not been where he was, his substitute would have screwed everything up. Still, when push comes to shove, he did sell out his childhood “brothers.” In a sense he was like Pilate, who knew very well that Jesus was innocent, but he also had a province to run and he decided that was more important. “Give the scoundrels what they want, and keep them out of my hair,” was his attitude. It may be the same with Putin, who says: “I don’t understand why we are persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses—aren’t they Christians, too?” But, one year later, persecution just keeps rolling on, so it obviously is not a priority to him. Even now the National Historical Park Service, that is not wrong on anything, stays wrong with regard to Eisenhower’s upbringing. The ranger during my visit said that he was raised Mennonite, and he wasn’t. He was raised a Witness. Keep that embarrassing fact well-hidden, so as not to jeopardize his or his families social stature. They are a respected family and they want to remain so. They can survive a Mennonite connection, for that can be passed off as quaint. But they dare not take their chances with a Jehovah’s Witness connection, and the National Park Service helps them maintain this ruse. The actual facts of Dwight’s upbringing lead to somewhere embarrassing for a national figure, and so they don’t go there. It is hard for me not to think of Jesus’ words that “you will be hated for the sake of my name.” Just the thought of being associated with those carrying out the kingdom proclamation work that he originated and that others spearheaded is enough to make a prominent national leader turn tail and run like a rabbit. “How can you believe,” Jesus asks, “when you are accepting glory from one another and you are not seeking the glory that is from the only God?” Exactly. Dwight did know that you cannot play it both ways. You must choose. He chose to “keep religion in its place.” As is usually the case, that means last place.   Did you deduce from the post that I “really hate Trump and his supporters?” If so, I don’t know from where. Could be. Still, I don’t view him as the monster that his enemies try to portray him. He is a guy who has had an affair or two or three or four—something that is by no means unusual in men today. Some of his accusers are among the nuttiest people on earth, such as the one who flummoxed Anderson Cooper by describing rape as “sexy” and then leaned into him with: “You’re fascinating to talk to.” https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/cooper-cuts-interview-short-after-e-jean-carroll-calls-rape-sexy Melania passed off her husband’s remarks to Billy Bush as “locker room talk.” Given that the media was every day trying to take him out and had apparently been sitting on that sound bite for ages, waiting for just the right moment, I made up a broadcast (in No Fake News but Plenty of Hogwash) that I named: Live From the Locker Room: “Good evening. We’re broadcasting live from the locker room tonight to reveal to America just what goes on in this previously obscure culture that has so suddenly thrust itself upon the national stage. We’ll interview some players in this intriguing venue. Ah, here’s comes a jock now. “Hey! Yo! Whazzup? We’d like to ask you some questions.” “Why, good evening sirs, madam. You must be members of the news media. Welcome to our humble locker room. It’s not much, but please make yourself at home. There are refreshments in the adjacent room, just past the gentleman snapping his neighbor’s buns with the wet towel.” “Charlie, it is as we thought. ‘Locker room talk’ is but a lame excuse. They’re not crude at all here. They are quite refined and sensitive and…” Hey, ya wanna get your crap outta here?! I can’t get to my @%!# locker!”  
    • The gb have admitted they have no spiritual guidance, so the jw's are not moving spiritually forward. However satans spirit's are giving them momentum.
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