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    Jesus' Self-Witness

    So we should think like the scribes?
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    I Am Not Afraid of my Proofreader. Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah

    Someone on another forum put it this way. Oi vey!! THIRTY righteous men?! Ya killin me here? Vy don't you just take my BLOOD?! I can give it to you for ten and not a righteous man more. Trust me!! It's a great deal! https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-287982.html
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    I Am Not Afraid of my Proofreader. Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah

    Can't wait for Tom's New "Sassy" translation of the Bible. Here's a sample: Instead of: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. You'll have: At first, God had it made. The problem is that most translations do not translate any snarkiness into the the questions Malachi presents as if "talking back." The questions can come across as more innocuous than when Abraham questions Jehovah about whether he is going to do the right thing in Genesis 18:16-33. Will he still destroy Sodom if there are 50 righteous persons there, then 45, 30, 10? Karl Klein, GB in 1979, during Bethel's morning worship, joked that this was Abraham trying to "jew God down." To "jew someone" (cheat) or "jew someone down" (haggle unfairly) is a rather pejorative and not politically correct phrase that has fallen out of favor, (like "to gyp someone" referring to gypsies, or those from "Egypt").
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    The Connection Between Language and Culture

    Excellent! Another excellent video came up as a suggestion after watching it. Which is a good answer to Nehemia Gordon.
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    Did Malachi Have Teenagers? - a Russian Thread

    I have read the Introduction and the First Chapter of Tom Harley's book Dear Mr. Putin – Jehovah’s Witnesses Write Russia. (At smashwords.com). I have only skimmed some of the remaining portions. Unfortunately, I'm called to another project/assignment and won't get back to reading it for quite a while, so I wanted to say something here while it is fresh in mind. I wanted to say that I really like the book. You, Tom, have been able to use a more serious tone but you were still true to your "natural" style, which is a great style for this subject, and for your other two books. I was very impressed with the fact that you tackled a subject as big as this without falling into the trap of Western superiority. On the other hand, moral superiority comes through, as it should, but without a self-righteous tone. You have even honestly admitted a few weaknesses of our organization without trying to sound as if you are somehow personally better or more insightful. You make a good representative and it's an excellent defense of Witnesses. Most importantly, it relentlessly highlights the absurdity of our situation in Russia. Highly recommended.
  6. Isn't this meaningless, like saying that the sky is blue because the sky is blue? The whole point of the security council is to reject any condemnation of the "primary" nations who make up the security council. Note closely from Wikipedia: The United Nations Security Council "veto power" refers to the power of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to veto any "substantive" resolution. . . . The unconditional veto possessed by the five governments has been seen by critics as the most undemocratic character of the UN.[1] Critics also claim that veto power is the main cause for international inaction on war crimes and crimes against humanity.[2] However, the United States refused to join the United Nations in 1945 unless it was given a veto.[1] . . . The United Nations Security Council veto system was established in order to prohibit the UN from taking any future action directly against its principal founding members.
  7. Can Titanium and Aluminum be far behind?
  8. I had some respect for Christiane Amanpour in the past even from the time when she spoke for CNN when CNN was the voice of the US State Department. I thought that her particular perspective helped move CNN away from just a state-run propaganda tool, and that her recent absence was punishment for it. But she is back, and I realized from the way she worded things tonight across from Anderson Cooper (regarding tonight's US air strikes on Syria) that it is motivated by more than just the fact that CNN is very excited to be able to report on explosions. She went right back to her old role of restating questionable items as absolute facts, which is of course, the method that our state propaganda has needed to reinforce the military's views from a supposedly "neutral" perspective.
  9. People are already suspicious of the mainstream media outlets from other countries. RT for example is considered fake news here even when (or especially when) it is being more accurate than any mainstream US outlets. And of course, it very often really is fake news, too. Here, it would take someone outside the mainstream ideologies, one who could recognize the great overlap between the supposedly divergent ideologies of, say MSNBC and FOX. I think that Michael Parenti and Noam Chomsky already did an excellent job with their own attempts, Inventing Reality and Manufacturing Consent, respectively, but their own ideologies make their findings seem suspect to most. https://lorenzoae.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/chomsky-vs-parenti/
  10. True, and China has already surpassed the technology of most US (non-nuclear) weapons. And a large percentage of US weapons are dismal failures in the field, continuing to disappoint some of of the major buyers who are currently allied with the US.
  11. I am no fan of Fox, nor Carlson, but I agree. I am equally ashamed of MSNBC and CNN and NPR among others. Trump has become the perfect distraction so that most of the major networks don't worry about asking difficult questions about foreign policy. Of course, there are times when any one of these networks will be correct on certain issues, but it must serve an existing (and very predictable) ideology. I assume Trump is always looking for ways to remain popular with an anti-Hillary/anti-Obama base, but with a very limited and obsolete political world-view. This will probably continue to serve him well for another few years because his opposition offers little more than "We're not Trump" in response. (And the fact that most Americans are politically gullible to the propaganda of only one of two camps.)
  12. Thanks for collecting so many of the salient points in a single post. Most people in the United States who feel that they are getting the truth through true freedom of the press, speech, etc., believe the major networks that only pretend to be showing two sides of an issue. I caught a very lucid piece of questioning by Tucker Carlson on FoxNews, who asked a Republican Senator why the US would be so anxious to attack Syria without attempting an investigation into the so-called chemical attack in Douma. The Senator's response was that he must be a supporter of Putin to even ask such a question. White Helmet propaganda videos are still very sloppy and full of contradictions, and individuals among them have been caught in blatant lies and acts of terror of their own. Fortunately, Trump appears to be backing down on his own rhetoric today, and the White House admits that they realize the fight would quickly escalate into something "messy." The US still has limited proxy control over large parts of Syria where most of the oil fields are, but is accidentally tipping its hand in some of the recent admissions to this effect.
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    WERE ALL OF THE APOSTLES SINGLE ?

    Matthew 8:14 14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 1 Cor 9:5 5 Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 1 Timothy 3:2 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,
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    Did Malachi Have Teenagers? - a Russian Thread

    Your proofreader sounds like an editor, too. Hope all goes well with the book. Will it be an e-book, like your others? If so, you should be able to take edits from readers on a forum such as this and incorporate them into any revisions, if necessary. I expect it will already be in good shape. It sounded like you wanted to be extra careful and accurate.
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    Pay Them All a Denarius

    I just noticed that I said this without a proper qualification. Most of us know that there is no reward for good works, such as preaching, pioneering, giving excellent talks, going to Bethel, serving as a missionary, ministerial servant, or elder, or Governing Body member, etc. Jehovah rewards his servants, not for the good they do, but for the proper loving motivation in the heart. But, true proper motivation will result in actions. If we truly love God (faith) and our neighbor we cannot help but act upon that love. We will show our fellow human neighbors and brothers mercy, patience, love, empathy, kindness -- all fruits (outgrowths) of the proper spirit in our hearts. To the extent possible in our own circumstances, that automatically translates to action (good works). True faith cannot exist, therefore, without good actions that follow. Not everyone can do the same amount however (the widow's "mite," workers who arrive at the 11th hour, etc.). But if those who put in more work are jealous or disturbed by the lesser work others have done, then they don't understand that it was not the work that was rewarded, but the proper motivation. They don't understand what this means: "I want mercy, not sacrifice"