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    Look! I tell you a sacred secret: We will not all fall asleep in server crashes, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last backup. For the server backup will be restored, and the deleted members will be restored incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this data which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this data which is mortal must put on immortality. But when this data which is corruptible puts on incorruption and this data which is mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: “Database errors are swallowed up forever.” “Database error, where is your victory? Database error, where is your sting?”

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  1. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    Personally, I don't believe that a discussion of people being murdered is one of those times. Keep in mind that this is a public forum, what we say here will be read by interested ones, students, and others. Even if we understand the context among ourselves, is it something we would say in front of a co-worker or unbelieving family member?
  2. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    Is it really necessary to make jokes? Those who are affected by crimes with labels are never allowed to return to a normal life. The victims, and their families, are approached months and years after the fact by media outlets and documentary filmmakers to relive that horrible time, and refusal to speak on the subject only gets you publicly labeled as a supporter of the other side. And politicians will use the names of the victims and their families to support various laws, without giving any consideration to the fact that the families will face the brunt of the protesters who oppose that law. I sincerely pray that nobody here ever has a family member or friend involved with a 'labeled' crime. And if such a terrible event does happen, I pray that you become one of the few who gets to skip the monthly visits from the media, protesters, politicians, conspiracy theorists, and others that will invariably pop up and try to hijack your life for their purposes. Speaking from experience, it really doesn't get any easier when you have someone come to your door every couple months to shove a camera in your face and ask "remember that time you found your cousin in the woods with [gruesome details omitted]". You never get any time to properly mourn, you never forget, you are constantly reminded of that horrible event every time someone new wants to hijack your name and face for their political purposes. For these families, and the survivors, that is going to be happening on a daily basis for a long long time. Instead of supporting these political vultures, can't we at least do our own small part to let these families mourn in peace?
  3. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    Was this comment really necessary?
  4. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    Why does the definition matter at all? The only reason people are repeating this statistic, and the debunking, and the alternative theories, is to motivate politicians and political donors. Since we do not involve ourselves in political matters, the number of incidents should be irrelevant. I've known many people who have become victims, and there's only one thing in common between all of these incidents. Dead is dead. Whether it's a school shooting, or a mass shooting, or a suicide, or a murder, or a terrorist attack, or anything else, all of these people are just as dead, and their friends and families gain no comfort whatsoever by the various labels and statistics that the media chooses to use. Right now, the media and the politicians on both sides are using this as a platform to push forward their agenda, even while they both say that "now is not the time" to push an agenda. They both want the other side to remain quiet while they try to turn these children into martyrs to their cause, whether that cause is a gun ban or arming teachers. But we, being neutral, would not get involved in that particular discussion. And since do not take any stance on political matters, we also shouldn't promote the propaganda used to support them. 17 people died at the hands of this one criminal. By next week, hundreds more will be dead at the hands of other criminals. A week later, that number will be even higher. Instead of getting into a debate about the specific labels used to identify these nameless and faceless dead people that almost everyone will forget by next week, can't we at least be united in our hope that Jehovah will soon intervene and put an end to these evil acts forever?
  5. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    But is it fair to call something a "school shooting" when referring to an abandoned building? How long does that building need to be abandoned before it is no longer counted as a school? I live next to a one-room schoolhouse that was converted into apartments many years ago, does that mean that the residents who do target practice there are also committing school shootings? Does that mean I commit a school shooting every time I shoot a gun so close to a "school"? Personally, I draw the line of political speech when the primary source is a political organization and the claim has not been independently verified. In this case, many anti-gun media outlets have directly rejected that claim, so the only primary source remaining is the political organization that originated it.
  6. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/16/parkland-school-shooting-no-there-have-not-been-18-school-shootings-already-year-column/343100002/ The USA Today isn't a pro-gun outlet by any standard, and they dispute the cited numbers. In one case, the "school shooting" was outside an abandoned building that had once been used as a school. Is that really a reasonable standard to use? Where does the line end? The real numbers here are bad enough, 20 dead and 40 injured so far this year, let's not push the boundaries our neutrality by supporting the lies of political organizations.
  7. As far as I'm aware, marijuana is still illegal under US federal law, and Romans 13:1-4 has not been suspended, so the basis of our prohibition still stands.
  8. Other sites are reporting the same, so it seems legit, but it may be worth keeping in mind that this is nothing more than a campaign promise. If it's going to be enacted, he's going to need a lot of support form a lot of people, which it seems that he doesn't have at the moment.
  9. School Shooting Coral Springs, Florida

    Why support people who openly lie? Someone made a conscious to say "ten school shootings isn't enough, let's double that". These are the sorts of people who support sending children to court over pop tarts and pointing. They don't really care about safety at all, they only care about continuing their anti-gun narrative (and the donations it brings) no matter how many innocents are hurt in the process. Since we are ostensibly neutral on political matters, I really don't think that the perceived good of any political viewpoint should justify our support for people and groups who Jehovah "detests". (Proverbs 6:16, 17)
  10. For those who follow the "never retaliate to anything" rule, noting a violent reaction counts as "retaliation". Even if the incident is listed, you also get the occasional territory servant who decides to purge all the DNC entries, which leads to a fun time in field service for the next year or so.
  11. Here's the raw data without extra commentary: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/income-distribution/ Given that the sample sizes range from over 5000 responses in some categories (Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, Mainline Protestant, and Unaffiliated) down to under 250 responses in other categories (Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah's Witness, Muslim, and Orthodox Christian), the margin of error in this poll is going to be far higher than any of the results suggest.
  12. This is only true if we keep on keep on sending a message of "we never retaliate to any crimes". The branch has very clear directions on how to react to violent householders, which your service overseer will clarify if you ask. Personally, I'm not so sure that "conscience" gives us the right to disregard counsel from the branch.
  13. Nobody here is denying the existence of the Nephilim, but it is entirely unreasonable to blindly believe in the stories that 100+ foot tall skeletons have been found in Wisconsin, or Egypt, or Portugal, or anywhere else in the world. And it's even less reasonable to believe in these stories when they all show the same "photographic proof" when the sites are thousands of miles apart.
  14. There are many photoshop contest sites, and thousands of participants. On any one of these sites, a single contest will generate hundreds of entries, many of which are of a suitable quality to build a hoax around. In order for the "discoveries" to be too numerous to be hoaxes, there would have to be hundreds if not thousands in every single region of the earth. So far, there are only a few dozen photos floating around, every one of which came from the same Photoshop contest website where the creators openly acknowledge that they are fakes.
  15. From this line of the log, it seems that there's not enough room on your hard drive to apply the update. If you have a secondary hard drive or thumb drive with more than ~10GB free you should be able to reinstall WT Library there and get the updates just fine, otherwise you may need to clear out some older programs/files to free up enough space.

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