The Truth of God's Word first appeared in Overton County in the 1960's, it also appeared in Pickett County about the same time. This is the story aa best as can be researched of the True Religion in Livingston TN and surrounding areas.
Been using Windows 11 for 5 days now on my Surface Pro 3 i5 4Gen Intel Proc and it runs great. Microsoft is now allowing testers to offer suggestions as to what should go into the new OS and some suggestions are on spot. I have included some screenshots in this post from my own system to help ones see some of the differences instead of reviewers describing them. Microsoft removed all the Windows and Microsoft power tools from the Start Menu and placed them all in one single click location, even adding a shortcut to the registry editor, Yesterday we got a huge update for fixes and new features. I can say this, Windows 11 is NOT a Bill Gates or Microsoft creation, someone there listened to users for the first time. This is the most user friendly user OS I have ever used. I only wished this OS could somehow be used in cellphones because Microsoft is on the right track with this and I am convinced that this is Microsoft's one universal OS across every platform. From Desktop to Tablet this just works. I now wish they would allow LAN syncing to all devices without using the Microsoft Cloud. I would like to have all my Microsoft devices on my LAN that I choose to add to auto sync all data.
Being part of the Microsoft Dev Team I was hoping to download and try Windows 11 on my 2015 Surface Pro 3 i5 4400 series tablet. But on Monday June 28th it looked like a big giant no. Then came Tuesday, I was notified that by Thursday I should be able to install it. Thursday I did indeed install it. Here is why.
First; due to feedback Microsoft is considering removing the restriction of older CPU's. That is why they removed the check tool. If you ran it it would fail based on older CPU's. The other restriction is TPM, they were set to only allow 2.0 but it looks like 1.1 will be approved.
So the only real restriction is TPM, if your BIOS is set to legacy then you can't install Windows 11, no possible way. To change to TPM will require some very skilled work or just a reinstall of the OS after the BIOS is reset.
So hopefully with ones like me testing Windows 11 on older procs, MS will release Windows 11 with the CPU restriction removed.
So what is my take on Windows 11? I will tell you this first, I have read many reviews and most compare it to Mac OS or say its not much different than Windows 10. But I am from pre-DOS to Windows to where we are today. I started programming on a TRS Basic 80 way back in the early 1980's. I stayed with programming for many years and although it has left me in the dust, I can still get a few lines of code out.
First let me say this, Windows 11 IS NOT a Windows 10 upgrade or overhaul. Windows 11 IS NOT Mac OS. Windows 11 is unique, it's own OS. It is unlike anything Microsoft has yet to develop. I think one way to look at it it when MS went from DOS to Windows 3.11 for Workgroups. It was entirely new. Or from 3.11 to Windows 95.
If you have ever used Linux then you will feel comfortable with Windows 11. After my install that was the very first impression I got. It is like a mix of different Linux distros. The Control Settings reminded me a great deal of a past version of KDE.
The Start menu being in the middle is a big and welcome change, but its more than moved. It is different. It took a bit for me to relearn it. It's familiar yet different. With doing away with the Live Tiles you will need to relearn how to set it up.
Everything that is in the Control Panel has now been shifted to the Control Settings, in the test version I am running the Control Panel still exist but I believe it will be removed in the released version. There is simply no need for it. The Control Settings has all of it's ability plus much more. A lot more options and information. I did not like the Control Settings in W10, but in W11 it is laid out logically and easier to find items.
My Computer or File Explorer it very different from Windows 10. It took me right back to XP or 3.11. It is clean, crisp, and basic. Remember in Windows 10 the drop down so you can see a lot of options under different tabs? Although I did like "seeing" everything, it was confusing at times. The File Menu in Windows 11 is very basic, quick and clean. No hunting for options, no clicking tabs for this or that. The icon improvements took me by surprise because they are even in Right Click menus, my word when I clicked Right Click for delete I'm looking and looking for the word, but nope right there on top of the box menu is the trash can. There are a lot of these little things that just make Windows 11 simple.
Every reviewer has commented on the ascetics, it is very pretty and cute and the FONT. Microsoft change the font. I never realized how difficult the font was to read in previous Windows until I saw the Font in Windows 11, it was....or is...very easy on the eyes.
I have not noticed a quicker boot time, but I do not count 2 seconds as relevant to my life. Windows 11 is more responsive and quicker. I'm not impressed with how Edge preforms, remember the old "preload the entire webpage" before seeing it, Edge is acting like that, do not like it.
It seems me battery life is longer, that will take days to judge.
Power Users can still access the regedit option and many other power options are still with us.
Overall there is nothing to dislike or pick apart, I really think Microsoft has made an out-of-the-box OS that works great.
Now the TPM restrictions will remain in place, I agree. But one rumor bothers me, It is said that in the release version MS will require the user to be connected to the Internet during install and the user MUST use the online version of a MS account, no local account and no local account install. Not sure if it will be true, let's hope not.
For now I hope MS does allow older procs because Windows 11 is sop far the best OS MS has developed and I think it will cause Linus and Mac users to reconsider Windows again.
One final though, there are basically 5 modes to Windows 11 that I have discovered.
1) XBox mode
2) Work from home mode
3) Homeschool mode
4) Regular mode
5) Digital mode (video/photo)
I have mine set to 5, let's see what happens.
This error has been my nightmare for the last week. Microsoft issued a security update that is deleting this file or breaking the links to it. This is a very important .dll file for Windows's based touch screens and a lot of software.
Many sites go into great detail about why, what and how, but people just want it fixed. Download the file below and install it, it's just Visual Studio C++, it is needed on a lot of programs and once installed it will fix the missing .dll eror. If you must know the grit just Google it.
As you know from an earlier post I had a terrible reaction to my first shot and had decided not to get the second. But some recent developments changed my view. A few weeks ago I go the 2nd shot and had a very mild reaction for 1 day. So what changed my mind?
Although what I'm about to write will only matter to a few, it made a bid difference for me. And I am not writing this to have an effect on anyone's choice. It is very simple if anyone finds objection simply click off the page.
There were 4 points that came to my attention that had a serious affect on my choice.
1) In a recent GB update on JW Broadcasting a member of the GB mentioned that most of the staff at all 4 complexes in NY were vaccinated. This includes, Wallkill, Warwick, Patterson and Fishkill. So it is likely the entire GB is vaccinated and all the helper staff and most of the all the Friends who work at the complexes.
Jehovah stated that as a whole the Organization would be protected and not come to harm, not individuals but the Earthly part of the Organization would not come to harm. So now the entire workforce and the ones taking the lead are vaccinated. If the mRNA vaccine was harmful, Jehovah would not have allowed this.
2) If the mRNA vaccine was harmful and could cause damage to the body or mind, Satan would have taken advantage of the entire staff at all 4 complexes getting vaccinated and would have done all he could have to destroy the Organization.
3) In the GB update the Brother mentioned that they put it in prayer to Jehovah about getting enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone at all 4 complexes, during a time when the vaccine was difficult to get. Not only did they get enough vaccine, they got the medical staff to administer it. This brought to mind Brother Rutherford's coal test. If Jehovah wanted the HQ moved back to NY in 1919 could enough coal be obtained to do so. Jehovah provided it, far more than they could have thought they would get.
4) Lastly, we had a Brother from Patterson give out PT one Sunday, he was very well known in our Hall. He shared with us that 95% of the staff at all four complexes were vaccinated. That is a very high number, but what of the other 5%? Well Fishkill is the retirement complex and some there may have serious health conditions that prevents them from getting the vaccine. Also some have cancer and some cancer treatments will prevent ones from getting the vaccine. Although I do not know all the 5% reasons it is logical to assume that some fall into the medical category.
With these 4 points in mind I got my 2nd shot, because for me I have trust and faith that Jehovah will not take His Organization down a wrong or deadly path, and do something that can END the preaching work or destroy the entire staff. That would not be a logical God.
I shared these points with my wife and after many prayers she came home one day with a band aid on her arm. Not all will agree with my view on the above, each must make his own choice, but they are points to consider.
UPDATE: At the bottom of this story!
On the night of May 31st and into the morning of June 1st 1921 in a suburb called Greenwood, now a part of Tulsa, life forever change for thousands of people. This article is not going to focus on the details of the Greenwood Riots of 1921, this being the 100th Anniversary of that horrific event it is finally being put before the public through many documentaries, news stories and write-ups on the Internet.
The focus of this article is on another event that was taking place in Greenwood, at the same time, love in the midst of hate. As I was researching this I was intent to present the facts of the murders taking place just after a peaceful convention of Bible Students as Jehovah’s Witnesses were then known. But in my research I came across an interview with a black Brother that took place just days after the riots, on June 22nd. That interview changed the focus of this article. What amazed me is that while all the racial hate was being expressed by the white citizens and the white government, there was a great amount of love being shown between white Bible Students and Black Bible Students.
This was a sharp contrast, as different as night and day could be. Hate pouring out from the white people of Christendom against the black people of Greenwood and in the middle of all this hate was…love. White Bible Students risking their lives to save their black Brothers. Even going to the point of walking into what was to become a slaughter house to remove their black Brothers.
So how did love manifest itself in the center of evil and hate? Let me tell a story that has not been told for nearly 100 years and had been mostly forgotten.
We will return to the picutre later in our story.
In was on May 25th there abouts when I was watching the news and I saw this picture appear during a story about the Greenwood massacre, I was never so grateful for pause on modern TV viewing. I called for my wife and rewind the news and found the right spot and paused, there on my screen was this picture. Perhaps a dead black man on the truck, women in fine dresses huddled in the corner next to black men. White men dressed in suits and ties to the side of the door. Intermixed in all this was white me with guns, shoving black men. But like a sentinel, like the pillars on either side of Jehovah’s ancient temple there was Judge Rutherford’s poster. I had to discover the truth of this picture. What was its story? That was to turn out to be a daunting task. Nothing could prepare me for my journey and nothing could possible prepare me for what I was to discover.
One of the phrases I came across a great deal in my research was “urban legend” “as the story goes”. A few sites just skipped the caution phrase all together and gave their opinion, so I had to take a sidetrack. As it turned out the Tulsa and Oklahoma Government along with the Army did a very good job destroying as much evidence as they could and even burying it, literally. They mass buried many dead bodies to avoid a true body count. Even the two Tulsa newspapers favored the white side of the account and buried the black truth. So I was running into dead end after dead ends on what was going on in this picture. For all the hate and evil that is apparent in the picture I had to know the truth. And I got another incentive to press for that truth. I did not know the facts and no one else I knew did either. But someone expressed to me that “Satan must be very pleased with that picture being shown around with Brother Rutherford’s image up there.” That pushed me, because there was a truth to this that was as yet un-covered and now I had to not only find it, but prove that statement wrong that Satan was not please with that picture.
I knew without question there was a trusted source, a reliable source to get dates, places and people, the Watchtower Publications and I just happened to have everything ever printed in electronic format so searching would not take too long.
As you can see in these screenshots of the 1921 Watchtower Brother Crist was assigned to canvas the surrounding areas in advance of the scheduled assembly May 30th 1921, where Brother Rutherford was the featured speaker giving the talk “Millions Now Living Will Never Die”. Brother Crist was also a traveling public speaker. At this time in the Watchtower history local Brothers did not give the public talk on Sunday but Brothers trained by the Watchtower Organization traveled in a local area to give the public talks. They also gave the canvassing talk to draw the public’s attention to any upcoming conventions.
In Tulsa at this time was a small congregation or CLASS of 52 baptized anointed Brothers and Sisters. I want to help with this count. While Brother Russell was alive any warm body that sat in a seat, or even subscribed to the Watchtower was counted as a Bible Student. If you go back in the Proclaimers book you will find counts as high as over 1 million Bible Students. However after Brother Rutherford was exonerated and released from prison he turned the focus on the preaching work. Without much notice he started counting only BAPTIZED persons as Bible Students, this lowered the count dramatically. (At one point only colporteurs, ones preaching were the only ones counted.) Then at the 1922 Advertise the King and His Kingdom Convention on the day he gave the talk the house was packed but the next day not so much. He brought it to the attention of the audience that everyone must preach the Kingdom message to be counted as a Bible Student. The chair warmers exited the Organization.
Now if you look at the image for the Memorial Reports it shows Tulsa with ONE Class of 52. Due to Jim Crow laws* if any black person were Bible Students then 2 separate Classes had to be formed and the Memorial Report would note one as “colored”. But for Tulsa there is only 1 Class and as you will see in our upcoming interview is with a black Brother there were white Brothers as well. I have found some unconfirmed statements that the Bible Students in Tulsa met together, as one group. But I can’t find a confirmed report. However with only 1 Class reported and we do have confirmed reports of black and white Bible Students it does lend to the accounts that they met as a group.
So before we get into context of the picture lets go back a little into the history of the Bible Students in Tulsa.
The seed of Truth planted in Tulsa…
“According to a Tulsa World article dated June 30, 1974, it was a woman named Mrs. O.R. (Beulah) Covey.
This article goes on to say:..."While living in Oklahoma City, she had heard Charles T. Russell, the first president of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, speak in 1912. Convinced it was the truth of the Bible she began to study diligently. In 1913, she and her husband moved to Tulsa, and shortly after both were active as Bible Students.
The Covey's arranged to have the Watchtower Society's famous 'Photo-Drama of Creation' brought to Tulsa in 1914. . . . There were two showings a day for eight days at the old Grand Opera House located in the 100 block on East 2nd Street, and each drew a packed house.#
'The Watchtower Society sent four full-time ministers to Tulsa with the 'Photo-Drama' to follow up interest,' recalled Claus* "These were able to bring together eight or nine persons to study the Bible. They met at the Stroud* home located at the edge of town near Orcutt Lake (now the Swan Lake area). The house was down a crooked, sandy road full of sand burrs, which made walking very difficult, but this was the first “Kingdom Hall” for the city of Tulsa in 1914.'"
So now we have the seed of Truth, but Satan attacked early and hard. The Golden Age of 1921 gives accounts of persecution of the Brothers up until 1921.
So the picture sets the stage for an event of love in the midst of hate. Brother Rutherford started his talk at 8pm CDT May 30th at Bryant (Convention Hall) Theater. Brother Rutherford’s talks lasted several hours. So it could have been past midnight when the Friends were dismissed that Sunday night. May 31st fell on a Monday, for the Tulsa Class that was a meeting night. Likely they talked a great deal about that new flash of light talk Brother Rutherford gave. Could you see yourself sitting in the Stroud house sharing your thoughts on the talk with your black Brothers and Sisters, and perhaps this is how they were able to get around the Jim Crow laws, the “Kingdom Hall” was a private home.
So as it was getting late the meeting ended and all walked home to get some rest. Perhaps it was on June 1st the Friends intended to remove the posters and finish cleaning the Hall. When Brother Hill, a black brother, made it home he was tired and just wanted sleep, but just after midnight on May 31st…well let’s let him tell it.
Please note the following personal experience from Mrs. Mary E. Jones Parrish's book, Events of the Tulsa Disaster, pages 25 and 26, as published in 1923.
"Tulsa, Okla., June 22, 1921.
On the night of the Riot we had our class of Bible study, as usual. After the class was over, and far into the night, we heard shooting down town, which we could only interpret to mean that there was trouble of some kind. We went into the house and went to bed listening to the spasmodic shooting, which clearly convinced us that there was trouble of some kind.
In the morning the shooting was more severe in front of our house. The Whites were firing on Colored, who, seemingly unaware of the trouble, were on their way to work, and in passing were met with vollies of shot. We remained in the house until some folks came and stated that if we wanted protection we had better go to Convention Hall at once. This we promptly did, leaving our house partly open. About two o'clock we were called for by some White friends and brought back to our home to find everything considerable tumbled around, but no serious damage done.
We found a White gentleman in charge of the house, who related to us that himself and son and a few neighboring White friends had prevented any further molestation of our home. They stated that they were ready to stay with us all night if we thought it necessary to insure that we would not be molested.
My principal loss was a two-story brick building on Greenwood Street. (Of course, we lost some clothes, shoes, money and other things in the house that we did not consider worthwhile.)
As to preventing such mob violence, I refer you to my statements in the Oklahoma Sun, Tulsa, Okla., the Black Dispatch, Oklahoma City, The Muskogee Scemiter, Muskogee, Okla. That is the best solution I know of for race riots and mob violence.
RICHARD J. HILL, Atty.,
International Bible Student."
Were the white Friends Brothers?
According to a June 30, 1974 article in the Tulsa World, Brother Arthur Claus went to Convention Hall to get Brother Hill and his family released. This article also stated that Brother Claus gave talks at Brother Hill's home in north Tulsa despite Jim Crow laws*. "This favorable impressed many and added to the growth of Tulsa's second congregation."
Brother Hill was the son of a slave. He was born in Indian Territory in 1872.^ Sometime in the early part of the 20th Century, he moved from Beggs, OK to Tulsa with his family. In 1918 he began writing articles for the Tulsa Star newspaper for the black community. He held Sunday meetings every other week at the Masonic Hall at 618 E. Archer. In 1920, he rented or purchased a building next to his house on Easton Street and advertised meetings 5 nights a week including Sunday. All meetings were free. No collections taken.
Brother Hill was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was a Creek Freedman and his wife was a Choctaw Freedwoman. They had a daughter born in 1920 named Suntalia. The 1930 Census shows her name had been changed to Cedar Point! Did the 1922 convention in Cedarpoint, Ohio have anything to do with the name change?
Richard Hill also held two large debates at the Convention Hall (a/k/a Old Lady on Brady, Brady Theater).
What happened to Richard Hill and his family after the Race Riot? The City Directory shows that they lived in Tulsa through 1954.
So what is happening in the picture?
As the above account relates Brother Hill and about 6,000 other blacks+ were taken there. One report states that after they were inside the doors were locked and they were gunned down. However before that happened our white Brothers removed the black Brothers at risk to their own lives.
June 1st 1921 early morning, white mobs round up black persons and march them to Bryant Hall. This would have taken several hours to gather about 6,000 persons from around Greenwood. Brother Hill was at Bryant Hall from early morning until about 2pm when the white Brothers showed up. Since the round-up started just after midnight June 1st the picture would have been taken around 11am. In 1921 the cameraman depended on natural lighting and if you look closely at the shadows they are at about the 11 O’clock position, they are not directly overhead. Brother Hill puts his rescue at “about 2pm”, so sometime between 1:30 and 2pm. So he and other Friends would have been held for about 2 and a half hours.@
The men to the right have long guns, they are not Brothers. The men in the white shirts around the truck with the body of the apparent dead man, some have guns, they are not Brothers. The white men on the steps have pistols and long guns, not Brothers. The black men are entering the building some with arms raised. This photo was taken in the morning as the black Brothers were being taken in along with other black men. Brother Hill would have been somewhere among them. Now look at that crowd again, how many guns, how much evil, how much hate. In about 2 short hours our white Brothers would approach this white evil mob and seek entry to remove and save their black Brothers. Why? Jim Crow laws were in effect. These black Brothers for the most part were ex-slaves, why would a white man in 1921 risk their life to save a black man? In all this evil and all this hate what we see here is LOVE that surpasses all boundaries and doors. Just a day before Brother Rutherford stood in this very Hall and spoke about Jehovah God and His Kingdom and His love for all people, and now these white Brothers expressed their love by risking their lives to remove their black Brothers before the massacre started. You say you would have walked into the Hall, the day after as they did to save them? Remember this was 100 years ago, blacks were viewed…sadly much the same as they are now…but a white man saving a black man then…would you?
Only you know the answer.
As you can see my focus changed when I learned the truth of this picture. It haunted me to discover the truth, the truth turned out to be love. So was Satan pleased with this picture? By far he was not, he was mad. Although many were murdered that day in that Hall, love triumphed over evil and white Bible Students (Jehovah’s Witnesses) risked their lives to extract their Brothers from the jaws of death. Jehovah was pleased to see such love among His people so early on in their birth. No; Satan was angry at the Brotherly love shown by Jehovah’s People.
UPDATE June 6th 2021
To be honest I do not want to post this update; but facts must be told. My grandfather William James McKinley Watts (Mac) was born in 1891. In 1920 he and my grandmother lived in Tiger Flat Oklahoma. When oil was discovered outside Tulsa near Greenwood he moved to Tulsa in about January 1921. He and my grandmother lived there until 1927. My grandfather Mac was very prejudice yet my grandmother was the one who planted the seeds of Truth in me. Since many white oil field workers took part in the riots it is possible that Mac took a part. I have reached out to James Watts Jr of one of the Tulsa Papers for help to dig this up.
*The Jim Crow laws forbid blacks and whites to congregate together anywhere... in schools, restaurants, churches, etc.
#I am unable to verify this statement about the Photo-Drama of Creation. However there were several versions of it, some were simply slide shows that went to smaller towns. At the Time Tulsa would have still been small. The Watchtower of 1915 does list the first Class or Congregation of Bible Students and gives the number as 26.
^Oklahoma was called Indian Territory until it became a state in 1907.
+The total number of 6,000 comes from several unconfirmed sources. I was unable to document any source as reliable. Since all evidence of this account was destroyed there is no way to prove an accurate number, as is the case of any form of genocide and mass murder.
@ There is no way to know for sure but it seems logical to conclude that some of the Bible Students traveled from other areas to Tulsa. In fact the Watchtower mentions the fair rates of trains to Tulsa for the convention. So it could be that some traveling Bible Students from other parts were caught up in the round-up with Brother Hill.
Jehovah’s Witnesses—Official Website: jw.org
The Black Dispatch
Proclaimers Book published by WTBTS
Golden Age 1921
Watts - Wimpey Family Tree - Published May 1975 Shirley Ward
Mary E. Jones Parrish's book, Events of the Tulsa Disaster, pages 25 and 26, as published in 1923 (I purchased the book - you can click the link to go to Amazon to purchase the book. I do not make any money from it.)
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About a little over a week ago we had a bit of a short wind storm blow through. In a tree in our front yard was a birds nest. The nest took a beating and part was blow apart. One the ground was one time little baby bird, still covered with down and no wing growth. The mama bird was coming down to feed him, but she still had two in the rest of the nest. In time she focused on the two still in the nest. So my my brought in the baby bird. Through research we learned it was a male robin, and she started feeding him wet cat food, then worms. As time went by he grew fast. He lost his down and I started teaching him to fly, dropping him from high above. He seemed to enjoy it. He now flies good, he will come right to me and my wife, he has no fear of us. We are setting him free today, it's time for him to return. We taught him all we could. My only fear is he has no fear of man or sadly dogs. We have a indoor service dog and at first Birdie would cower in fear when Falco barked, but now he just looks at him like, "bring it on...dog". I hope Birdie makes it, my wife got very attached to him.
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