welcome, wtorino, happy for your first posting,,your good questions we ponder and so far it doesn't look too promising.
You will find this site great on getting all the WT news and updates. Fact is, we get them more quickly than even JWs. On this site is such great analytical skills of so many getting any information and processing what is said, it's probable real purpose, and any future reality outlooks.
We did learn of this news about Barr the day he died. But still glad for any information you get regarding the WTS. We, or many of us, start biting at the bit like crazy when there's news.