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  1. Well, at least you let the community know you have an ad blocker installed
  2. Northern states are going to see increases as people start doing more thing indoors to get out of the cold. Southern states will start seeing decreases as people start doing more outside now that it's not so roasting hot out.
  3. If you use AdBlock, then you can select "pause just this once for this site" and reload the page. 😉
  4. Welcome aboard! I hope you will feel close to our worldwide brotherhood and through an interchange of encouragement we'll all be driven to serve Jehovah more fully
  5. It's part of the "narrative" because in the world the anti-vax movement is a political issue and the ones protesting the vaccine are usually screaming 'my freedom, my body, my choice, cuz 'Merica!" which does indeed sound crazy selfish. Of course, Jehovah's people are not part of any anti-vax movement, and would never protest or speak out against the vaccine in an effort to influence their choice.
  6. Yes, that was also a crazy display of lawlessness. But it was in one isolated area and only lasted that day. The BLM craziness (probably better referred to as the George Floyd riots) went on for months and in several countries around the world.
  7. Because the BLM riots are the most recent, and we're the largest display of lawlessness most of us have ever witnessed. Referencing a recent riot has nothing to do with race.
  8. So yes, because it might only be mandatory for employment but you don't have to legally accept the vaccine, you can refuse and accept the consequences. But if it became legally required by law, there is no good reason to refuse because as Jehovah's Witnesses we have no religious objection to vaccines. In fact, they're are completely safe and beneficial and the governing body is clearly in favor of three brothers and sisters getting them.
  9. No big deal. Obey the superior authorities when they mandate things that have no scriptural objection. This means you willingly submit to any mandatory tests, mandatory vaccines, and wear your mandatory mask. Since none of these things violate the law of the Christ, a true Christian will happily submit to these things.
  10. Hilarious. Confirmed by the scientists themselves.... no legs were discovered....
  11. Over here, of you go to a doctor or hospital with a cloth mask, they will hand you a surgical mask and ask you to put it on instead. All masks work, but some masks work better.
  12. Our hospitals and children's hospitals are flooded with children sick with Covid to the point where they are begging parents to mask their children and calling on schools to switch to virtual learning. It's bad for the kids over here.
  13. JWTalk 21.9.8 Changed lost password reset links to be valid for 1 hour. Swapped columns in user Profiles so Status Updates show up first on mobile. Created the "Let's All Meet - Zoom Zoom" subforum. Made the Daily Text forum a subforum of the Worldwide Brotherhood forum. Made the Alternative News forum a subforum of the Mainstream News forum. Added Random Photo Gallery Widget to the bottom of the Index page. Added "Tell-a-friend" Widget to the sidebar of the Index page. Added Calendar Widget to the sidebar of the Index page, Topics List pages, and Activity pages. Added "My Clubs" and "Recent Achievements" Widget to sidebar of the Topics List pages. Added "Our Picks", "Status Updates", and "Random Featured Albums" Widgets to the sidebar on the Activity page. Upgraded CKEditor to 4.16.2. Fixed an issue where it was not possible for some to post status updates. Fixed editor becoming unresponsive when inserting attachments into the editor. Fixed an issue where it may be possible for hidden comments to be seen. Fixed an issue sending a push notification when a new badge is earned. Fixed an issue where the widget data weren't updated while application upgrades. Improved performance of hiding/unhiding/deleting topics. Calendar -Fixed an issue where weekly recurring events with no end date could display one day off.
  14. We will be upgrading our licensed version of Invision Community Suite at this time. This will cause us to be offline and unavailable for a few moments. Save your work. Expect delays. The Software Upgrade has been completed with success!
  15. Truly a prophecy that we've seen fulfilled in our lifetime. “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”” Revelation 11:18 This ruining of the earth has never happened before the Lord's Day. How would you ruin the earth 120 years ago? Hit it with a shovel??
  16. For a little bit of history, the domain name www.jwtalk.net was registered on September 4th, 2006, which was 15 years ago this month. We started as a members only forum for local friends in local congregations using a freeware script called MyBB. Not before long, it lost it's initial traction. Then, a previous JW Forum was taken offline and so we made the effort to invite those abandoned forum refugees to join over here instead. We eventually switched to a freeware script called Phorum and couldn't migrate the MyBB database. Once Facebook became available to the public in general, activity in the Phorum suffered tremendously, and so we decided to abandon the referral-only approach and go Public, allowing search engines like Google to find us and index our content and promoting the forum in various JW Facebook groups. This worked out well, and membership in the JWTalk Online Community of Jehovah's Witnesses began to grow. As other JW Forums, MSN Email Lists, and Yahoo Groups, were discontinued, their members found their way here. Today, JWTalk.net is known to be the largest and busiest, and for many the one and only pro-JW community on the internet. We rigorously vet new member applications and work diligently to keep unqualified, apostate, and opposed individuals out and our boards clean of their harmful propaganda. With the help of our loving brothers and sisters here in the community, we've seen publishers dedicated themselves to Jehovah through water baptism. We've seen members who were struggling emotionally encouraged and strengthened by the Christian love they've received from brothers and sisters who may be on the opposite sides of the globe. We've seen members struggling spiritually grow and now they are the ones encouraging others by their fine comments. Many of us have travelled and met other members face to face and sat next to them at their Kingdom Halls. The community has been a blessing during the pandemic as we have been able to enjoy good association with one another any time of day. “Look! How good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 Of course, none of this would work if it wasn't for your love for Jehovah and for your brothers and sisters. Let us continue to "have love for the whole association of brothers (and sisters!)" - 1 Peter 2:17 YOU are what makes this community wonderful, because YOU love Jehovah, YOU love your spiritual family (his organization), and YOU have his blessing.
  17. This makes sense. The other 4 coronaviruses that circulate among humans probably wreaked havoc when they first emerged also. Now they just cause the sniffles. Every one of us inherit some immunity and on top of that is infected as a child when our immune systems are robust. Then when we encounter it again throughout life it's just a cold. There is a very good chance that'll happen with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Eventually it will not cause Covid-19 anymore. In the meantime, get vaccinated. It's proven safe and effective. Christians love vaccines.
  18. Definition of refuge (Entry 1 of 2) 1: shelter or protection from danger or distress 2: a place that provides shelter or protection 3: something to which one has recourse in difficulty Definition of recourse 1a: a turning to someone or something for help or protection b: a source of help or strength : ^ Merriam Webster's Dictionary
  19. Which supports my theory that over time, as everyone has had an immune response to Covid-19, this will eventually become like the other 4 coronaviruses that have circulated among humans since time immemorial - resulting in just a cold. Unfortunately there is a lot of severe sickness and death to be had until we've reached that saturation point. When those other 4 coronaviruses first emerged, they probably dealt the same devastating blow that Covid-19 has.
  20. A large part of the way that the JWTalk Community is organized is by using a built in feature of the software called Member Groups. Various reading and posting permissions can be edited on a member by member basis, or they can be done by a much easier means by using Member Groups. The groups are given certain permissions and restrictions, and then members are assigned to that group. The use of Member Groups is one of the ways that helps the Staff here on the Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community keep the community clean and safe for our brothers and sisters around the world. We get asked from time to time what these group names mean. You might see them under a members avatar when viewing a post on a PC, or on their profile if you click through to see it. Some of the Member Groups are highlighted in red or bold type and so are the members of that group when you see them in the list of Online Users. So the following is an explanation of the primary Member Groups we use for the majority of accounts here at JWTalk. Guest - An unregistered person or search engine bot viewing the forum. Most of our visitors are guests. Now, if a guest applies for membership, and that membership gets approved, then they become a Recent New User. Recent New User - A brand new member. They are subject to content moderation. They can only post. Only key members only forums are available to them. Their Inbox can hold 25 messages. After they've introduced themselves and made a few posts, they get automatically upgraded to a Level 1 of 2 Limited Access User. Limited Access Users - These members are still subject to content moderation. They can use signatures and can upload a cover photo on their profile. They can also now post status updates and create photo albums in the Photo Gallery. They are able to read and participate in the Zoom forum. Their Inbox can hold 50 to 100 messages. As most Limited Access Users are still relatively newer to the Community, we still need some time to get to know them. After some time has passed and they have made several meaningful contributions to the board, the Staff will begin discussing if it's time to give them a Full Access account. Full Access Users - These members are not subject to content moderation and we are trusting them to behave. They can create Clubs. They can manage file versions and also submit URL's in the Files Library. They can read and participate in Comfort & Support forum and the Forum Games forum. Their Inbox can hold 250 messages and they can upload attachments in private messages. Those groups make up the bulk of memberships here at JWTalk. We also have groups called "Inactive Account", "Application Denied", and "Incomplete Registration" that are used solely for administrative purposes. This brings us to the Staff which is made up of 2 groups, Moderators and Administrators. Staff members appear in bold type in the Who's Online block. Moderator - Moderators can Approve posts waiting in the queue, as well as Edit, Hide, Split, and Move them around. They can see all Clubs without joining. They participate in certain Staff activities. Their Inbox can hold 500 messages. Administrators - These members oversee the operation of the entire community and take care of all the under the hood maintenance of the website. Administrators can add or remove Moderators as needed. They are the sole decision-makers for new features, hosting, spending donated funds, etc. They respond to administrator emails, Contact Us form submissions, and feedback from appointed men in the congregation. Their Inbox can also hold 500 messages. Finally, we have groups for inactive members or members facing disciplinary action. There are very few of these, but we define them using Member Groups for very important reasons. They include the following. Former Member - A deactivated account of a person who wants it to be clear to the members and any visiting guests that they have voluntarily left the community. They can no longer read or interact with anyone. Former Members can reactivate their account in the future if they change their mind. Restricted User - A member who caused problems and would not abide by the Community Membership Policy even after repeated admonition. They are restricted from posting anywhere or interacting with anyone, therefore they cannot give Reactions, post Status Updates, or use the Private Messenger. They can still read some of the Member forums but not the Clubs, Comfort & Support, or the Zoom forum. Basically, a soft-ban and indefinite time-out. BANNED USER - Accounts with this label we are convinced are apostates or opposers. We consider them dangerous. They cannot see or do anything at all within the community, and we strongly discourage you from interacting with them outside our community. We appreciate all members who help keep their eyes on what goes on in the Community and who either use the Report button or the Confidential Talk forum to bring matters to our attention. In reality, we're community moderated, self moderated discussion forum, and each one of you play a valuable part in keeping JWTalk the safest online gathering place for Jehovah's Witnesses since 2006! View full article
  21. A large part of the way that the JWTalk Community is organized is by using a built in feature of the software called Member Groups. Various reading and posting permissions can be edited on a member by member basis, or they can be done by a much easier means by using Member Groups. The groups are given certain permissions and restrictions, and then members are assigned to that group. The use of Member Groups is one of the ways that helps the Staff here on the Jehovah's Witnesses Online Community keep the community clean and safe for our brothers and sisters around the world. We get asked from time to time what these group names mean. You might see them under a members avatar when viewing a post on a PC, or on their profile if you click through to see it. Some of the Member Groups are highlighted in red or bold type and so are the members of that group when you see them in the list of Online Users. So the following is an explanation of the primary Member Groups we use for the majority of accounts here at JWTalk. Guest - An unregistered person or search engine bot viewing the forum. Most of our visitors are guests. Now, if a guest applies for membership, and that membership gets approved, then they become a Recent New User. Recent New User - A brand new member. They are subject to content moderation. They can only post. Only key members only forums are available to them. Their Inbox can hold 25 messages. After they've introduced themselves and made a few posts, they get automatically upgraded to a Level 1 of 2 Limited Access User. Limited Access Users - These members are still subject to content moderation. They can use signatures and can upload a cover photo on their profile. They can also now post status updates and create photo albums in the Photo Gallery. They are able to read and participate in the Zoom forum. Their Inbox can hold 50 to 100 messages. As most Limited Access Users are still relatively newer to the Community, we still need some time to get to know them. After some time has passed and they have made several meaningful contributions to the board, the Staff will begin discussing if it's time to give them a Full Access account. Full Access Users - These members are not subject to content moderation and we are trusting them to behave. They can create Clubs. They can manage file versions and also submit URL's in the Files Library. They can read and participate in Comfort & Support forum and the Forum Games forum. Their Inbox can hold 250 messages and they can upload attachments in private messages. Those groups make up the bulk of memberships here at JWTalk. We also have groups called "Inactive Account", "Application Denied", and "Incomplete Registration" that are used solely for administrative purposes. This brings us to the Staff which is made up of 2 groups, Moderators and Administrators. Staff members appear in bold type in the Who's Online block. Moderator - Moderators can Approve posts waiting in the queue, as well as Edit, Hide, Split, and Move them around. They can see all Clubs without joining. They participate in certain Staff activities. Their Inbox can hold 500 messages. Administrators - These members oversee the operation of the entire community and take care of all the under the hood maintenance of the website. Administrators can add or remove Moderators as needed. They are the sole decision-makers for new features, hosting, spending donated funds, etc. They respond to administrator emails, Contact Us form submissions, and feedback from appointed men in the congregation. Their Inbox can also hold 500 messages. Finally, we have groups for inactive members or members facing disciplinary action. There are very few of these, but we define them using Member Groups for very important reasons. They include the following. Former Member - A deactivated account of a person who wants it to be clear to the members and any visiting guests that they have voluntarily left the community. They can no longer read or interact with anyone. Former Members can reactivate their account in the future if they change their mind. Restricted User - A member who caused problems and would not abide by the Community Membership Policy even after repeated admonition. They are restricted from posting anywhere or interacting with anyone, therefore they cannot give Reactions, post Status Updates, or use the Private Messenger. They can still read some of the Member forums but not the Clubs, Comfort & Support, or the Zoom forum. Basically, a soft-ban and indefinite time-out. BANNED USER - Accounts with this label we are convinced are apostates or opposers. We consider them dangerous. They cannot see or do anything at all within the community, and we strongly discourage you from interacting with them outside our community. We appreciate all members who help keep their eyes on what goes on in the Community and who either use the Report button or the Confidential Talk forum to bring matters to our attention. In reality, we're community moderated, self moderated discussion forum, and each one of you play a valuable part in keeping JWTalk the safest online gathering place for Jehovah's Witnesses since 2006!
  22. That could be. Like I said, I have 2x the round ups on, and an additional $50 a week going into the Invest account (I forgot to mention that above). So mine has been growing quickly. I am not doing any more spending than I normally do. In fact, I barely use my personal accounts. The round ups are mostly attributed to my business accounts which I and my workers use multiple times a day. That spending activity would be taking place with or without Acorns. But you're right about the psychology of it. It's like a store putting things on sale. "This was $100 but now it's $60. You can SAVE $40" <--- umm, no, I am not saving anything. I am actually out $60, lol. I put $50 per week into my Later account. But, there is a much higher annual limit I can contribute if I can afford it. If my business does well (Sole member S Corp) then the company can contribute more at the end of the year. But yes, round up savings is slow, but better than nothing.
  23. Interesting. I love Acorns, and have had much success with it.... https://share.acorns.com/dismalbliss I have it both the Invest account and the Later account set up. Both are set to Moderately Agressive. For my Invest account, I have round ups turned on, set at 2x the round up, and connected to about 5 bank accounts, including my personal and business. In my Later account (an SEP IRA) I am automatically pulling $50 per week into it. My all time gains since opening these accounts is 26.77% which is leaps and bounds over the 0.5% a local bank savings account pays. The monthly fee is $1 per account. What I like about it is that I can set it and forget it, and it just grows and grows. The stock market is a foriegn language to me, but with Acorns I am investing on autopilot and will be sitting pretty well if I retire before armageddon. https://share.acorns.com/dismalbliss I also bought $100 worth of Bitcoin a few years ago. It's worth $400 today. I also bought $100 of Ethereum recently and have made a little bit. Crypto is more of a gamble so I am hesitant to risk a lot with it. I tried to jump on the Dogecoin bandwagon, and it went the other direction and I'm in the red.
  24. I wear wanting to discuss the pros and cons of subforum vs club

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