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  1. Just to add to the topic, I am working up a case of a teacher in my state. The person worked 18 years and the salary used in calculation was $ 72,138.66. The monthly benefit is $ 2.621.03. Meaning his salary is reduced to less than 50% of what he used to make. This is actually a little better than social security. If am not mistaken your income will be slightly above 1/3 of your last salary. It is a great stimulus to simplify. Anyway you do not have another option.
  2. I am contributing for my 401 K Plan, the max that is matched by my employer. So 10% of my annual income goes to that account. Besides ss contributions I am obliged to contribute to a pension plan. We re financed our house for 15 years to match with my early retirement (62) if the law does not change. Since the houses where I live are more expensive than the national average, we will be able to buy a smaller house in Florida in 15 years if this system lasts. If it does not, and hopefully wont , we do not have to worry about it. The worse scenario is to move to another country where the cost of living is lower and does not have a high crime rate. I moved from a different country already. Moving again would not bother me as long as it is warm and sunny. All the countries in that classification need help in the English field. And there are safe and cheaper countries close to US. Panama and Costa Rica are only two examples. There are websites for retirees that want to move to more affordable places. I checked a few already. Anyway compared with the rest of the planet , being in US is not bad at all.
  3. If she is a minor, the court system has the authority to force the transfusion. It has happened before and will happen again. They do not give all the details as always. If the pregnancy was a result from pre marital sex or not is irrelevant. The decision if she is capable or not of making an informed decision is always subjective. We do our best and let the matter in Jehovah's hand. The important factor is that she is refusing the treatment. That is what Jehovah is looking at. If it is forced through a court decision, her conscience is clean before God.
  4. Recently I watched a Netflix documentary about refugees fleeing Africa that cross the Mediterranean sea and end up in a island in Italy. When they not die during the trip they arrive in really bad shape, dehydrated and starving . They are fleeing mostly from war. They are Muslims and Christians. The are placed in refugee camps and even if you send them back, their countries of origin do not want them back. It is really a desperate measure to risk your life and leave everything behind, your home, your friends, etc. It was very touching. The problem is there is no infra structure in the countries on the other side for them. No houses, jobs or schools for children. They are just segregated and isolated. Waiting for something to happen. It is very sad and it is a problem without solution now. And if this system remains for a few more decades, it will grow immensely.
  5. Our first choice was Greece.. and it seems that a lot of people applied to Greece... oh well ... it will be awesome even if we end up in a different place ..
  6. The book was based on a real case. The main facts happened. The author is a friend of the real life judge that decided the legal case. The brother was a minor and refused the transfusion, the judge went to the hospital and conferred with him without his parents. He was convinced that his beliefs were genuine and really wanted to consider them in his decision. Of course as a person that considers the law to be above all, he decided accordingly. The brother had the transfusion and our organization did not appeal the decision. After that the judge took the boy and his family (also jw) to a soccer or another sport game that he had special seats and was hard to get. Time passed the brother lived a little longer and needed blood transfusion again. However this time he was not a minor and could make a decision. He refused and died. I read the book when it came out and understood perfectly that secular highly educated people would logically think that way. The author actually recognizes that religion can be good for some people. The parents of the boy (in fiction) used drugs and had very dysfunctional lives before they became jw and improved their lives after conversion. Some dialogues of the jw characters are not real though. Half of the book deals with the judge's marriage and the author created a weird relationship between the boy and the judge. Anyway, lets say that Ian wrote better books before. I loved atonement. He is an atheist but writes very well. The apostasy movie on the other hand was directed by a disfelowshipped person that is openly against us. His mother is an active witness and according to him will not watch his movie. I read a few reviews and decided not to watch at all.
  7. I have just arrived from Brazil and I am glad to report that during the Olympic Games we gave an extensive witness in all areas of Rio with the carts. There was not a single touristic area without carts. The 1.2 million people in town saw us everywhere. Hundreds of brothers participated covering the areas 12 hours or more every single day.  Nice time to be in Rio.

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    2. hatcheckgirl


      Great to hear, sister!  What a good witness :) 

    3. MizPeg


      Gonna finish this job so Jehovah and Jesus can do theirs!

    4. bohemian


      Great! Really encoutaging to hear that. Thank you.

  8. It is interesting that Obama immediatly said that although the relationship between Britain and Europe has changed , the relationship with US remain the same ; a very special one. This exit could be the beginning of the end. One of the main reasons two big wars took place in euro was extreme nationalism. It seems that Britain is going back to that trend. Now let’s wait and see how France and Holland will react. They might joint the movement to separate instead of integrate and cooperate.
  9. Yesterday I had mandatory training on LGBT diversity. All federal employees are receiving training on the subject. The main idea is that we should never assume sexual orientation. Then I thought : it always can get worse! Until when my dear God?

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    2. rbrown1205


      I want to correct myself on the article - it is from the Kingdom Ministry of 1976

      *** km 9/76 pp. 3-6 Doing Work with a Good Conscience Before God and Men ***

      Wow, that was a long time ago, and I refer to it often, so it might be a real help for the brothers to update it.

    3. Krusso


      As christians we treat everybody the same way. There is no question about that. We have to witness to them. What I found interesting is that  according to the training we should avoid gender defining expressions such as wife, husband, mother or father. We should use instead spouse or parent. We should not ever assume that anybody is heresexual. That is a significant change. Basically they are trying to change the way we perceive sexual orientation. For us is obvious what is going on, we will comply with  equal treatment however this way of thinking is distorted and does not reflect what is right according to what Jehovah thinks.


    4. hatcheckgirl


      When I'm not sure, I may use partner instead of husband or wife, because not so many couples are married these days anyway.  But to go further and to avoid using gender specific expressions is going way past what it needs to.   That oversteps equality.  Humans are made man/woman/mother/father/etc, and it's getting too bizarre.  Jehovah teaches us in our training to be mild, and not to make this an issue at work, and to show ourselves by our equal treatment of all that we are following him and Jesus.

  10. Besides the fact that he came to love Jehovah after he was already famous and older in general, he was not the average musician. He was an exceptional musician, extremely talented. Clearly it would be unreasonable to require him to stop his career in order to have a relationship with God. In the majority of times one thing has nothing to do with the other. Having faith and a strong relationship with God is what really matters. Salvation does not depend on privileges in the congregation. So in his case it was perfectly possible to serve God and still do what he did the best. I do not think he would be happy if he abandoned his music. This is my humble opinion.
  11. My guess is if he was a jw and the rest of his family wasn't ,he likely left instructions in case of death regarding his funeral. Let's wait and see how his funeral will be done. At least a talk regarding his hope would be appropriate
  12. Awesome picture


    1. Tortuga


      Thanks, I was't expecting a reaction from anyone...:blushing:

      The picture is actually about 10 years old but I recently shaved my mustache and since I haven't changed in the last 10 years, this picture is still pretty close...:)

      This picture was taken in Las Vegas, we were having dinner with Heather West, one of the winners from the Hell's Kitchen TV show.


      Heather West.JPG

    2. Krusso


      It is good to put a face on your excellent comments. Your wife is beautiful. Congratulations!

    3. Omoyeme


      Lovely photo. :)

  13. 60,000 unregulated chemicals and big corporations making billions and not on ounce of concern to the long term effects in humans. Satan deserves a huge compliment. He is doing an awesome job. Thank God his time is limited.
  14. I am reading the book and it explains very well the financial crises caused by the subprime mortgage bonds. It depicts a system in disarray, a financial system that does not encourage responsible behavior and also that the US economy is a large gamble where pretty much nobody knows what he is doing.
  15. I think I am a really weird person. After watching star wars, my final thought was that growing old without our hope must be terrible. The old characters looked so waisted .. It is a terrible thing to grow old, It is unnatural. It is painful. It is clearly not how it was supposed to be. Thanks God,we know it is not the end. I feel sorry for the rest of humanity. Ahh
  16. Sister Cherry If he was out, the only influence that he had was from the outside world. We are a product of the environment. The fact that he is back shows that something is there. Something that needs to be nurtured with love. He has clearly an attraction to the world. He has to work on that. It does not mean necessarily he does not love God.Give him time and embrace him even if you don't appreciate his tight suit.This is the humble opinion of a sister that also left the organization to pursue a worldly boyfriend and was also raised in the truth (me). Sorry for any misunderstanding. With brotherly love Krusso
  17. Sister Bea For all that I care as long as you don't wear a thong to the beach, you will be completely modest in my eyes. It does not matter what you choose. Also we went to Europe and the worldly women are topless. It is interesting because where I come from if you are worldly you can wear a thong but combine a thong with topless is too much , unless you are a prostitute. In Europe they wear in my opinion modest bottoms but a few are topless. Go figure...
  18. And also the different countries and cultures that the movie shows. It is not shot in US.
  19. I have no idea. Daniel Craig just killed 32 people in Cassino Royale? At least they were all bad people that likely killed even more people than James Bond.
  20. Brother John I did not like as much as I liked Skyfall. It is still a James Bond movie direct by Sam Mendes with Daniel Craig. However I think that skyfall had more substance and was more dense. Also the villain was unforgettable and a Oscar winner: Javier Bardem It ties the other 3 movies together. If I tell you more I will spoil for you.
  21. Quoting Brother Richard CA They actually claim that they have undercover associates here. Sooner or later they will betray themselves. The only way to keep the disguise is being inactive. What is the point of being inactive just to read our comments? It is beyond my understanding. They could use the time to go the gym, go on a diet, work overtime so they can to the Caribbean on vacation. There are a million things they could be doing to enjoy life while they exist.
  22. Sister Cheryl A word of love. According to your comment, the brother is young and just came back from the world. Only he knows what changes and efforts he had to made in order to return to our midst. Let's embrace him with his tight suit for now and not discriminate him in any fashion. Once he acquires more knowledge, he will realize that he might need a change in his wardrobe. He will, like any human being try to fit in if his return is for real and we should assume it is. All young people need to adjust their thinking in a way or another. It is part of growing up. We have to give them time and be patient. And above all, understand that it will happen over and over again while we live in this system. Not related to your comment, I would like to add that the concept of what is immodest has a certain amount of cultural influence. I come from south America, grew up in the truth, have relatives that live in Europe and have lived in US for 15 years. It is my opinion that Americans are more conservative in the way they dress and more concerned and vigilant regarding this subject than south Americans and Europeans. We are a product of our environment. I will give you one example about how the environment influences our concept of modesty. I am from Rio and grew up going to Copacabana beach during summer and the rest of the year. Brazil is a tropical country. We all wear bikinis. I mean that there are 65 year old sisters married to elders that wear bikinis. If you go the beach you will realize that our bikinis are bigger than the average. We are visibly different. Our bikinis cover our behinds while most of the worldly women wear thongs. I moved to US and started going to the beach in NJ. I chose a family beach full of mothers and kids. Guess what? My bikini was smaller than the average mother. I was different and not in a good sense. I started buying bikinis "made in US". Now when I go to Rio, I am way different and everybody knows I am not from there (not because of my skin color). I go the beach with brothers and sisters and sometimes there are people that I don't know. The first question: Where are you from? Well I am from here. I have just assimilated the American culture regarding my beach outfit. LOL The example above is just one.
  23. Actually he said that "homosexuals like to see you in tight pants" I still don't know where this idea came from. It is not in the scriptures and the way homosexuality is accepted and encouraged, it is my opinion that the tribe does not need more adepts of the life style. They have more than enough willing participants. Anyway since i am not a young fella, it is not my business.
  24. Interesting that the visit never made it to the broadcast.
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