Watching the World - MEGA THREAD of topics

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  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    An esoteric hotchpotch of topics, from the mildly interesting to the rather boring

    I'm posting here to avoid the 'new topic' forum limitations, and besides it also helps to avoid clogging up the forum

    If you think something is of passing interest, and you wish to comment on it, please feel free to re-post as a New Topic - thanks!

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    WT: Warwick World HQ Tour Brochure

    The new world headquarters of JWs, located at Warwick, New York, will open for tours on Monday, April 3, 2017.

    In anticipation, a new eight-page glossy brochure about this facility has now been released:

    DOWNLOAD PDF: https://download-a.akamaihd.net/files/media_cmsassets/70/fo_s-WHQ_E.pdf

    MORE INFO: https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/offices/united-states/

    Please note that the earliest dates available for tours are now in from mid-August 2017 onwards

    Now you can play the WT's version of 'Where's Wally?'... 'Where's the GB?'... can you spot them all?

    SEE ALSO: Letter July 1, 2016 - Re: Information for Touring the World Headquarters at Warwick, New York

    SEE ALSO: Letter December 31, 2016 - Re: 2017 Annual Meeting and Warwick/Wallkill Dedication Program




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  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    AUSTRALIA: JW AFL Alex Rance Interview

    The Sunday Herald Sun 25 February 2017, page 12

    Large picture and interview with Alex Rance.

    Girls' team my next goal

    A footy school started by AFL star Alex Rance is set to enrol its first female students.

    ...

    The school uses Essendon’s spiritual home, Windy Hill, for training and has classrooms up the road.

    It simulates life inside an AFL club but focuses on "emotional intelligence, resilience and critical thinking".

    The school wants to produce good people, not just good students or footy players.

    That’s something Rance had tussled with over his 10-year AFL career, deciding at the end of the 2014 that he would hang up the boots when his contract expired as the game sucked time and energy from his family.

    He had tried landscape architecture, trained to be a pilot, took up a carpentry apprenticeship and dabbled in real estate to get a good balance outside of footy, but nothing stuck.

    His latest venture — created with education adviser Luke Surace and Casey Helman, who had experience in secondary schools — has got him hooked.

    ...

    [Rance] is also learning to deal with the added attention that comes with being a footy star, club clown, Jehovah’s Witness, family man, and media identity with spots on Channel 9’s Postcards and The Footy Show.

    "I’m not a stereotype,” Rance said.

    "There are so many things about me that potentially break the mould."

    READ MORE: http://imgur.com/kXaPm32

    READ MORE: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/richmond-star-alex-rance-wants-female-students-to-join-new-footy-school/news-story/41b24a359dda96776ffcf7355e5de842

    SEE ALSO: http://theacademy.com.au

    SEE ALSO: https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/224830002/australian-football-player-alex-rance



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  • sir82
    sir82

    The new world headquarters of JWs, located at Warwick, New York, will open for tours on Monday, April 3, 2017.

    There's a letter to be read to congregations this week.

    If you plan to tour Warwick, you must have a reservation. They won't let you in without a reservation.

    They also recommend reservations for Patterson & Wallkill, but still may be able to accommodate you if you just show up. But to enter the "most holy", you must have your name on the list.

    Wonder if "bouncer" is now an official job designation at Warwick.

  • Listener
    Listener

    The faithful and discreet slave is far from discreet these days. Now they are advertising themselves in a glossy brochure.

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    PUERTO RICO: Cabo Rojo Controlled Access Law

    Seems to be an on going issue.... (via Google Translate)

    Cabo Rojo meets the Jehovah's Witnesses

    Monday 27 February 2017

    The mayor details the actions of the municipality so that the religious have access to the urbanizations with access contro

    Mayor Roberto "Bobby" Ramirez Kurtz reported that the municipal administration of Cabo Rojo complied with the request of the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Puerto Rico to enter urbanizations with access control permits and carry out activities of door evangelism ministry to door, in the streets and sidewalks of said closed communities.

    Ramirez Kurtz and his legal representatives appeared before the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico, in a follow-up to the lawsuit filed by the Congregation against the municipalities of the Island, including Cabo Rojo, to gain access to the closed communities.

    ...

    Municipal legislation imposes "any access control urbanization, which by the action and / or omission of its residents, employees, agents or administrators, deny access to persons and / or entities that are interested in asserting the Rights recognized by the Court, will be sanctioned with a fine of $ 500.00 for a first violation, of $ 1,000.00 for a second violation; And in case of a third violation, with the cancellation of the access control permit granted by the Municipality, which means that the urbanization will be obliged to remove the entrance gates or to keep them open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, 24 hours Of the day, 7 days a week."

    Ramirez Kurtz stated that in order to comply with the Court's order, the current Police Commissioner and his successors must provide information on telephone contact (cellular and residential) to the local leaders of the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses who are interested in incurring The activities listed in the Ordinance. In addition, he was instructed to train all his staff on the rights of freedom of expression in the context of access control developments and the guidelines contained in the order of the Federal Court.

    READ MORE: https://www.metro.pr/pr/noticias/2017/02/27/cabo-rojo-cumple-testigos-jehova.html

    SEE ALSO: https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/151173/wt-sues-2005-blames-puerto-ricos-controlled-access-law-lack-growth

    SEE ALSO: https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/288736/jehovahs-witnesses-win-partial-victory-over-gated-communities-too-little-too-late

  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    NETHERLANDS: Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed on the Holocaust Memorial

    TLDR; The 'crowd-funded' major Holocaust Namen Monumnent in Amsterdam is promoted as being an inclusive public memorial that will "list the names of all Dutch victims of the Holocaust" - but is apparently choosing to just memorialise those targeted because of their ethnicity rather than those targetted due to their religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation.

    Sensitive subject, that proves that history isn't always 'easy' - a series of articles from the NRC Handelsblad newspaper from the last week (via Google Translate)

    What was the Holocaust, and who where the victims? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_victims
    Holocaust Namen Monumnent in Amsterdam - https://www.holocaustnamenmonument.nl/en/home

    NRC Handelsblad, Wednesday 22 February 2017, page 5

    Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed on the Holocaust Memorial

    World War II only names of Jews, Roma and Sinti are the new Holocaust Memorial. Why do not Jehovah's Witnesses?

    Who exactly is it and who is not a victim of the Holocaust in the Netherlands? The monument is put down to the Weesperstraat in Amsterdam, will according to the website holocaustnamenmonument.nl "all names of Dutch Holocaust victims who have no grave" come to be. All names?

    Richard van de Velde - history teacher and member of the historical society in Culemborg - wanted to "adopt" a name. To this end, the site invites the public, at the rate of 50 per name. Van de Velde opted for adoption the name of a Jehovah's Witness from Maurik who perished in Auschwitz. Dutch Jehovah's Witnesses were sought by the German secret police during the occupation, put in prison and, in some cases deported to a concentration camp.

    ...

    The name proposed by Van de Velde did not appear to occur in the file of the organizing committee. The secretary wrote: "Unfortunately we have to disappoint you, on our website describes our goal and there, only the Jewish victims and among the Roma and Sinti. I can imagine that you're disappointed, but if we put it this name, we have others that are not within our target also set up and that's not the intention. "

    ...

    "It sounds harsh," said Grishaver, "but a Jehovah's Witness could renounce his faith, and he was free to go. That possibility had Jews, Roma and Sinti do not. "

    READ MORE: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/02/21/jehovas-mogen-niet-op-het-monument-6874133-a1547088

    This was followed a couple of days later in the newspaper's Editorial / Opinion Page

    NRC Handelsblad, Friday 24 February 2017, page 17

    Opinion: Holocaust Namen Monumnent Auschwitz Committee missed an opportunity by excluding murdered Jehovah's Witnesses

    Remembering the millions who were murdered by the Nazis, has increased rather than decreased since the end of World War II. Rightly stopped regularly to the horrors of the Nazi regime. Rightly respect is shown for the victims and their families. Rightly reminded periodically to what happened. How this could happen. With the added message that this must never happen again.

    In Amsterdam there early next year by the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, a Holocaust Monument Name 'with the names of the Dutch victims: 102 000 Jews and 220 Sinti and Roma.

    To fund is largely used crowd-funding. People can names of murdered compatriots 'adopt' a good way to connect now living generations with the victims of that time.

    There is objection to the proportions of the vast monument. But the magnitude of the crime can indeed be expressed through the mold. In addition, everyone is free, for example through the establishment of so-called Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) by the German artist Gunter Demnig to continue to draw attention to individual victims.

    The hermetic character of the Holocaust Memorial Name this week criticized by a historian from Culemborg who murdered wanted to adopt Jehovah's Witness, the name of Auschwitz. This was rejected by the organizing committee because only the names of murdered Jews, Roma and Sinti can be adopted. The organization wants according to Jacques Grishaver, the Chairman of the Committee, not build a monument for all victims of war, but specifically for victims of the Holocaust. Jehovah's were not, according to him, for they could save themselves by renouncing their faith.

    The organizing committee obviously has the right to decide for itself which group is referred to the monument. At the same time the sole selection criterion one uses regrettable. A monument commemorating the Holocaust is a memorial to the exclusion of groups in society. Close outside, then drain and set aside. A monument in the public area of ​​the capital, aimed at involving everyone there and to warn of the risk of repetition, it would not itself have to exclude a group. There is an opportunity missed.

    READ MORE: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/02/24/holocaust-namenmonument-auschwitz-comite-mist-een-kans-door-vermoorde-jehovas-uit-te-sluiten-6954229-a1547461
    SEE ALSO: http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/

    And then a few days later on the letters page

    NRC Handelsblad, Monday 27 February 2017, page 17

    Jehovah's Witnesses: Mention them just that

    The fact that the names of Jehovah's not allowed on the new Holocaust Memorial in Amsterdam because instead of being prosecuted could renounce their faith, is nonsense (NRC 21/2). Jews, Gypsies, communists, resisters, gay and Jehovah's Witnesses were all persecuted and destroyed by the Nazis. After seventy years suddenly come up with additional criteria that someone still has to pay for a victim to be seen, is a slap in the face of the murdered victims, survivors and people like the man in the article who wants to do something to keep memories alive. The organization should be ashamed and should cease to distribute Holocaust victims classes.

    Laurens v. der Flier vwo-4, Vleuten

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  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    UK: 'How do you tell your friends Armageddon is coming?' – one man's story of leaving his religion behind

    The Weston Mercury, Tuesday 28 February 2017

    A Weston-super-Mare man who was forced to choose between living life as a lie as a Jehovah’s Witness or never speaking to his friends and family again has spoken out about his experience.

    READ MORE: http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/how_do_you_tell_your_friends_armageddon_is_coming_one_man_s_story_of_leaving_his_religion_behind_1_4908753

    WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/beyondwordsstorytelling/videos/703522913142996/


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  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    UK: BBC TV Crimewatch Special Episode - Tackling Child Sex Abuse

    TV BBC One - Monday 27 February 2017 - 60 minutes

    Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley return with a special episode of Crimewatch dedicated to tackling child sex abuse.

    In light of revelations about the scale of non-recent abuse in football, Crimewatch has been granted unprecedented access to Operation Hydrant, the UK's national police operation tasked with bringing abusers to justice. Specialist detectives reveal how they are investigating these cases, sometim'es decades after they took place. The programme also hears from the survivors about the suffering they have experienced and, for some, their sense of resolution when they see their abusers jailed.

    Jeremy and Tina are also joined by BBC Breakfast's Jon Kay, who broadcasts live from a call centre operating throughout the programme. Offering confidential help and support to victims of abuse, it is hoped this special episode will allow more victims to feel emboldened to come forward and tell their stories, helping to turn the tide against the abusers who have operated behind a wall of silence for so many years.

    READ MORE / WATCH: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h4hsm

    SEE ALSO: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-scotland-identify-4-400-child-abuse-victims-1-4379082

    SEE ALSO: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/02/police-response-to-last-nights-crimewatch-episode-on-child-sexual-abuse/

    Please be aware that, apart from The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) covering England and Wales, there is also an ongoing Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

    https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/6309359665545216/child-abuse-inquiry-websites

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yl6sWbe_pk

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  • darkspilver
    darkspilver

    UK: Campbell Addy talks sexuality and spirituality in his work

    DAZED 1 March 2017

    Campbell Addy talks sexuality and spirituality in his work

    The photographer explores his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing and his experience of coming out as gay at 17 for his debut solo show.

    The inspiration for British-Ghanaian photographer Campbell Addy’s first ever solo exhibition, hosted at the KK Outlet, carries as much depth and complexity as his portraits themselves. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, the photographer always felt that his sexuality and his faith were incompatible. While Addy eventually broke away from religion, he took a scripture, Matthew 7:7&8 (“seek, and ye shall find”), as both the basis and the title for his latest creative project. “(It) has resonated with me,” says the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate, “for whatever it is I want in life, I need to seek it out and find solace in my resolve.”

    READ MORE: http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/34951/1/campbell-addy-talks-sexuality-and-spirituality-in-his-work

    VIEW GALLERY: http://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/gallery/23498/0/campbell-addy-s-matthew-778

    VISIT EXHIBITION: http://www.kkoutlet.com/exhibitions


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