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  1. Has anyone tried to read this BBC Russian article [auto translated through google]: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://www.bbc.com/russian/news-46598425 It's very confusing because it seems Putin is admitting, finally, that the declaration of JW's as "extremist" is wrong; if this is the case, then he is either lying to the press about what he really thinks, or, possibly, he has less control/micro-management over the branches of government than I had previously been led to believe. 🤔
  2. The twitter handle @JwRussia seems to be official also. It follows no other twitter accounts, and its bio reads "official news and updates from Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia." It tweets out links only to jw-russia.org and nothing else.
  3. @tortuga have you still been following this website closely all these years? haha Or how did you hear about this news
  4. Wow! This is the same URL they used to use way back when we still had watchtower.org right? I'll have to subscribe to the RSS! very interesting and exciting
  5. it's the first time I've seen mention of any facebook-owned software on any of our official websites 😮
  6. this new feature currently seems to support only the France bethel: apps.jw.org/ui/E/tours.html and interestingly, as the online documentation for this new feature points out, when you input your phone number while making a tour reservation you have the options to select whether the phone number is able to (1) send and receive SMS, and, (2) send and receive WhatsApp messages curiouser and curiouser...
  7. I hope it won't be an issue for the publishers there, but you may want to ask them permission before putting even just their names on the web, especially since they are all published together there in the same spot; all together, that amounts to essentially a database of first and last names. Perhaps you could mitigate this by using first name and just the initial of the last names instead. Otherwise, you should probably ask each person's permission to include their last name in such a database (especially one that can be viewable but anyone with access to the web!) In fact, in some countries, the law may even *require* that permission be sought before doing this with their names.
  8. I'm in exactly the same boat! I'm very comfortable in those two markup languages but I only know bits and pieces of JS. I'm on Telegram messenger too btw if you want to connect (not on fb). One recommendation I'd suggest for your site is doing a double check about how much personal information it makes sense to put on a public site. (Names, phone number, etc) I noticed there are many names and one phone number. Cheers!
  9. so.. does Australians not have that freedom already? [emoji47]
  10. Facebook Employees Are So Paranoid [of the company they work for that] They’re Using Burner Phones to Talk to Each Other -- BuzzFeed Facebook’s reputation has only continued to get more sullied in recent weeks, and it’s taking a toll on employees. According to a new report Wednesday from BuzzFeed News, things over at the old FB are, well, kind of grim. “People now have burner phones to talk [poop] about the company — not even to reporters, just to other employees,” one former employee said. Another described the current scene as a “bunker mentality,” meaning that after nearly two years of continuous bad press some people are, to borrow a phrase, leaning in as hard as they can to cope. “It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook,” said the former employee. Employees also referenced Dara Khosrowshahi, the current CEO of Uber who was brought in to take over for Travis Kalanick and clean up his mess. The suggestion here is that bringing in somebody new, somebody who isn’t Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg, could help fix Facebook. This, of course, seems highly unlikely and, as BuzzFeed notes, loyalty to leadership at Facebook runs deep. But, to Khosrowshahi’s credit, the strategy seems to be working at Uber thus far. Maybe there’s something to that idea.
  11. Not if you jailbreak/root... [emoji57]
  12. Brandon


    Congratulations on getting baptized last month brother @Arumuga Raja. Welcome to our brotherhood!
  13. yes i still have a couple of families to add to the Indo-European group; Iranian is one... Thanks @pgwenlan and @Bjern , I added Welsh as a new descendant of Celtic -> Brittonic. The spreadsheet is visible here on icloud.com.
  14. Here's the Indo-European ones. Which ones have I missed?

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