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  1. Overly dramatic cats that should have won the Oscar:
  2. #8 Give Them Some Beer Beer traps can be an option. Take a wide, shallow jar and put in a little beer. Bury the jar in the soil to the neck level. Prop up the lid using a small stick to avoid rain diluting the beer. Leave enough space for the snails and slugs to enter the trap. #9 Put Crushed Eggshells Around Plants Crushing egg shells and sprinkling them around plants works sort of like diatomaceous earth. Egg shells will also act as soil amendments when they decompose and is a plus. https://plantcaretoday.com/naturally-get-rid-of-slugs.html
  3. Victoria, I am scared too of things I have to do now in the truth, (like informal witnessing - psychologically I need a "door"). Jehovah knows you are scared, and he doesn't think less of you. It is such an awful situation. But you will see that Jehovah will give you the courage when you need it. He will be able to make you stand. You know you are not alone with Him behind you, and his son, all the angels and the family you have all around the earth. He did it in the past for the Israelites, and recently for the Russian brothers, so he will help you now too. Then Moses said to the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah that he will perform for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you will never ever see again. Ex 14:13
  4. Yes, that's him. Sad.
  5. Regretfully, this hasn't ended well. This poor young man had depression, obviously very deep depression. The police found his body in Kings Park (Perth). It's not suspicious, so you know what that means. Thanks to all who did what you could by posting on your social media. I feel very sad for this family.
  6. In my own personal discussions with Greek Orthodox people and clergy, they feel strongly patriotic and say if everyone was like Jehovah's Witnesses then the nazis would have overpowered Europe. Hello! If everyone was like Jehovah's Witnesses there'd be no wars I can see the Greeks lining up with Russia for a slice of the money. Maybe he is fattening up the church for the slaughter to raid its monetary reserves.....
  7. Greek Orthodox is very similar, and Putin has been visiting Mt Athos which has benefitted from his generous monetary gifts (in exchange for what, exactly?) This article has some interesting answers... https://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/09/what-is-behind-vladimir-putins-curious-interest-in-mount-athos/# Putin made a public rapprochement with the Orthodox church after many years as a KGB agent and therefore a presumed atheist. He well knows that a significant percentage of Russians are adherents so it makes sense to use the church and Mt Athos, or the Holy Mountain as it is known, as a propaganda tool. He has given money to the Russian monastery of Panteleimenos, which houses just 70 monks but has rooms for hundreds more. Putin has formed an unholy alliance with the Orthodox church in order to ensure he receives its blessing. This fits with his self-image as a modern Tsar embodying church and state. For believers, the Holy Mountain is the centre of their faith, their Rome, the place where the flame of their faith connects to heaven. ... We were told that Russian money forms an important source of funding all over the-peninsula. Donating to the church to buy favours in heaven doesn’t seem a sufficient explanation. Does Russia have a secret agenda to account for such largesse? Why might Mr Putin be interested in this closed, authoritarian and guarded community? ... Something deeper and more sinister seems to be at work. Maybe Russia is using Mt Athos as a listening post or centre for intelligence gathering located well behind Nato’s front line; we noticed a number of sophisticated looking antennae and dish arrays. Could the answer lie in the important strategic position of Mt Athos? It is close to the border with Turkey and the narrow Dardanelles, a convenient haven for Russian vessels coming from their base in the recently annexed Crimea. Should the Turks decide to blockade the narrow channel between Europe and Asia, this place might become a safe haven, even a Russian Gibraltar.
  8. I'm sorry, we forgot to update, didn't we? I've looked through my notes for the Zone Visit to Australia 1 April, and there were many encouraging experiences, but this has been mentioned above already. The theme was "Your Blessing Is Upon Your People". My notes (hoping you understand my shorthand): Russia: should it surprise us? John 15:19, part of what is to come 1Pet 4:12-14 rejoice, endure spirit of God upon them, not an impossible for them, continue to preach, no ruler can stop them 1 Thess 2:2 mustered up boldness, cautious, but will do it. Record number of positive results in media, diplomatic committees, Helsinki commission, condemning Russia, we don't know what is going to happen, but will be blessing for brotherhood. Letter writing, galvanised in effort. 1000 letters from AUS. Texas writing letters, sister went to P.O, asked why letters to Russia, explained, Jw.org, man behind listening said he wanted to pay for postage, good cause. Unity, impossible in world. Come to aid, like in Russia, and in Aus cyclone and flooding.
  9. Gabe, this is from a fake news website. He has not said this on any other mainstream media, and they would have reported this if Trump had really said it. See the posts on the previous page just above yours which discuss this.
  10. Let's hope, for all those innocent people's sake and including our brothers, that both impulsive leaders can have their rhetoric plugged up by China flexing its economic power. Enter stage left 'Peace and Security'.
  11. With so many articles to share, I think this one really says it best, succinctly and with the background history aligning what's happening to JWs now with the dark days of totalitarian rulerships. Who ever thought we'd be there again? If you weren't personally involved as a witness, wouldn't you be worried about democratic freedoms being eroded and abused like this? I know some people are genuinely seeing this that way, though many now have forgotten what the rise of nationalism did in the 20th century spawning two world wars.
  12. His motivation for doing what he is doing is not because he thinks he can "make" any witnesses who were his former clients do business with him again. He probably knows that will never happen. It is purely to antagonise Jehovah's servants, in a similar vein to ones in the first century who persecuted their former brothers. They left serving Jehovah and then started to "beat their fellow slaves", so to speak. He has become an apostate by definition, as the Reasoning Book pg 34, 35 says: Not only do they abandon the true faith but they then “beat” their former associates, using public criticism and other methods to hinder their work; the efforts of such apostates are devoted to tearing down, not building up 2 Tim. 2:16-18: “Shun empty speeches that violate what is holy; for they will advance to more and more ungodliness, and their word will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of that number. These very men have deviated from the truth". Also, specifically mentioned as well as Hymenaeus, was Alexander, who is said to have greatly damaged Paul in some way. 1 Tim1:19 mentions handing them over to satan, ie disfellowshipping them for their abusive deeds. "holding faith and a good conscience, which some have thrust aside, resulting in the shipwreck of their faith. Hy·me·naeʹus and Alexander are among these, and I have handed them over to Satan so that they may be taught by discipline not to blaspheme."
  13. Yes, I've been wondering if the judge did that deliberately, to enable the brothers to have some valid points to use in their defence at their appeal, and with the European court. Either he or Jehovah did it. Because a lot of things went in our favour. Doing it this way, and then still finding JWs extremist, really shows Russia in a bad light. Every sane person knows that they are banning a non-violent group of people as extremist, and are shocked to have this turn back to the dark old days of totalitarianism.
  14. It is interesting though that on days 2-5 he seemed to give our brothers a fair go in presenting their arguments. And didn't the MOJ lawyers seem unprepared to have to defend their reasonings for the ban? It may have been that they hadn't anticipated any argumentation from the brothers would be allowed. They really had no answers when the judge or our brothers. This wasn't panning out the way they had been anticipating. No free throw for them. Then on the last day, the judge seems to "snap out of it" and toe the party line. But in doing it this way, the evidence was presented and everyone got a chance to see the farce. And the fact that both the Memorial and the Special talk were possible shows Jehovah maneuvering things, hey?
  15. simply beautiful Ross!