Doug... excellent work... many thanks for taking the time to put it together.
Last year I sent a letter to Brooklyn asking them to clarify which king the Jews were serving between 539 and 537... after 5 months I received a reply which completely dodged my question.
Just prior to receiving their ambiguous response, I sent another letter drawing attention to a 1968 Watchtower article that lists the neo-babylonian kings. I never received a response to that one.
But isn't it interesting how these 2 "public" articles (Oct 1 & Nov 1) about the date of Jerusalem's destruction actually "sandwich in" the Oct 15 Study Edition which contains a Questions From Readers discussion about what JWs should do when they have a question... in a nutshell, the Society has apparently decided that they are "no longer in a position to analyze or answer any questions that have not been considered in our literature"... I believe "Cedars" posted a thread recently about this...
So any future letters to the Society asking about Neo-Babylonian chronology or Jerusalem's destruction will automatically receive a response referring the inquisitive JW to these two "public" articles... specific questions will likely not be answered either as they will simply ask the questioning JW to read these articles and find the answer there... if they still have questions or doubts, it will simply be because they are spiritually weak, puffed up with pride or just plain mentally deseased... they really have information control down to a science, don't they?