Friday, November 29, 2013

Rob Ford Faces Border Troubles...




Ford’s admission that he smoked crack cocaine in the last two years leaves him with a border problem. While he might still be granted entry into the United States — applications are handled on a case-by-case basis — he could also be rejected, according to the U.S. government and a Toronto immigration lawyer.


WASHINGTON—Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he wants to attend the Winter Classic hockey game near Detroit. He may not get past Windsor.

Ford’s admission that he smoked crack cocaine in the last two years leaves him with a border problem. While he might still be granted entry into the United States — applications are handled on a case-by-case basis — he could also be rejected, according to the U.S. government and a Toronto immigration lawyer.
Under U.S. law, the mere admission of illegal drug use — in Ford’s case, an admission broadcast far and wide on American television — is grounds for a Canadian to be turned away at a crossing. The absence of criminal charges, let alone a conviction, doesn’t matter.
U.S. officials declined to discuss the specifics of Ford’s case, citing privacy laws. But they readily addressed the question of whether a hypothetical Canadian citizen would be welcome in the U.S. after speaking publicly about consuming crack cocaine.

Source

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Where to get the cheapest $0.56 cents ThanksGiving Dinner...Arizona and it comes


Joe Arpaio 

Thanksgiving menu is all set! Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow.

Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has planned a particularly economical meal for the roughly 7,500 to 10,000 inmates in his jail system this Thanksgiving.
The meal comes in at a cost of just 56 cents per inmate, and its main entrée will be 24-cent vegetarian turkey soy casserole. Arpaio tweeted the Thanksgiving menu Wednesday morning.
“Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow," Arpaio's tweet said.
The official Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website features a bio of Arpaio that touts his accomplishments in providing inmates with “the cheapest meals in the U.S.” by feeding inmates “only twice daily, to cut the labor costs of meal delivery." Arpaio has “even stopped serving them salt and pepper” to save taxpayer money, according to the bio.
The average meal for an inmate in a Maricopa County jail costs between 15 and 40 cents, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website.
In September, Arpaio implemented a vegetarian diet for inmates in an effort to save $100,000 on food costs for prisoners. He also announced in March a plan to charge inmates $1 for their meals, according to ABC15.
"Everybody else has to pay for their food, why should [inmates] get freebies?" Arpaio said in an ABC15 news video.
Last Thanksgiving, the controversial sheriff complained about the cost of providing a Thanksgiving meal to each inmate in a press release, calling the “whopping 68 cents” paid for every meal an “astronomical increase" from the cost of previous Thanksgiving dinners.
A 2012 East Oregonian article about a Thanksgiving dinner for inmates that cost 98 cents per prisoner quoted an assistant prison superintendent, who noted that treating inmates with a sense of humanity at the holidays helps prepare them for life after prison and may reduce recidivism rates. "We don't want to release angry inmates," the assistant noted. The Oregon meal included 634 pounds of sliced turkey breast, cranberry sauce and gravy.
In a Veteran’s Day press release earlier this month, Arpaio announced another questionable jailhouse initiative called “Patriotic Jails,” which introduced an exclusively “bread and water" diet for 30-day periods of time as punishment for allegedly unpatriotic acts.
“Any defacement or vandalism of the flags by inmates comes with the penalty of bread and water. Ten inmates are currently on bread and water for this infraction,” Arpaio said in the press release.

$15 Minimum Wage Passes In Washington state

Squeaking by with a mere 77-vote margin, the ballot measure known as Proposition 1 will set a $15 wage floor for an estimated 6,000 airport and hotel workers in SeaTac, Wash., a suburb of 27,000 residents south of Seattle.



It appears the ayes have it.
After weeks of careful ballot counting, officials in Washington state on Tuesday certified the results in a potentially historic vote that will create far and away the highest minimum wage in America.
Squeaking by with a mere 77-vote margin, the ballot measure known as Proposition 1 will set a $15 wage floor for an estimated 6,000 airport and hotel workers in SeaTac, Wash., a suburb of 27,000 residents south of Seattle.
While the vote count had been too close to call in the days following the Nov. 5 election, the King County Elections commission posted the official results on its website late Tuesday: 3,040 in favor of the measure, 2,963 against. There were 12,108 registered voters eligible to cast ballots.
Although the results have been certified, they can still be challenged by anyone willing to foot the bill for a recount, according to Kim van Ekstrom, spokeswoman for the elections commission. Van Ekstrom said ballot signatures had continued to trickle in during the days leading up to certification, but no more ballots would be counted.
The ballot campaign was closely watched -- and funded, to the tune of about $2 million -- by business and labor groups, who viewed it as a potential bellwether voteon similar wage measures throughout the country. The $15 wage floor in SeaTac will be more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and it will likely serve as a rallying cry for labor unions and low-wage worker advocates as they try to raise minimum wages on the federal, state and local levels.
Given the money originally dumped into the campaign by the business community, backers of the measure shouldn't be surprised if opponents file for a recount. An umbrella group that lobbied against Proposition 1, called Common Sense SeaTac, told NBC News Tuesday it would challenge the results. Van Ekstrom said challengers would need to put down a deposit of 25 cents per ballot for a hand recount, or 15 cents for a machine recount. That's a small sum for a business advocacy group, though van Ekstrom said the final price tag of the recount would be much higher.
Along with setting the $15 minimum wage, the new SeaTac law will also tie the minimum wage to an inflation index; guarantee that tipped workers don't have to share their gratuities; and allow workers to accrue up to 6.5 days of guaranteed paid sick leave per year. Smaller businesses were carved out of the legislation, and the law would only apply to certain employers in and around Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.
The ballot measure's provisional success is an unmitigated victory for labor groups, particularly the Service Employees International Union, which played a lead role in pushing Proposition 1. Not only does the legislation include the kind of employer mandates championed by organized labor, it also allows for those mandates to bewaived in a collective bargaining contract, possibly giving companies an incentive to enter into one.
As in almost any minimum wage fight, backers of the proposal said it would improve the lives of thousands of low-wage workers, while the business community said it would raise costs on employers and force them to cut back on hiring.
Abdirahman Abdullahi, an employee of the airport's Hertz rental car location, told HuffPost earlier this month that he took a leave of absence from his job to campaign in support of the measure. "The workers at the airport work hard but don't get what they deserve," Abdullahi said. "They're juggling two or three jobs just to pay the bills, let alone to save money. This initiative ... it's going to improve their lives."
Backers of the proposition had declared victory on election night, but their edge gradually eroded as more ballots were counted in the days that followed. At one point, their lead had dwindled to just 19 votes.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Book Tax Is Not A Four Letter Word


A new book, Tax is Not a Four-Letter Word, tries to make us realize the vital connection between taxes and the public good. The inspiration was the Conservatives’ cutting two percentage points from the GST by 2008.

Rob Ford was elected as Toronto mayor in 2010 after promising to restore respect for taxpayers.
Stephen Harper became Prime Minister in 2006 after promising to chop the goods and services tax (GST).
Hugh Mackenzie urges readers to think their way through the day, making a note of every time they use, consume or benefit from a public service.
Here’s what happened when he did it:
  • The alarm clock buzzed and he turned on the light. The electricity was distributed to his home by a public utility and probably generated by a public utility.
  • He used the toilet and flushed. The waste disappeared into his home’s plumbing system, to be distributed and processed kilometres away as a public service, thanks to the taxes he paid.
  • He brushed his teeth using water that came out of the tap when he turned the handle, water that was there because he paid his taxes.
  • He drove his car down a street that wouldn’t be there if he hadn’t paid his taxes. He dropped off his child to catch a bus (paid for by taxes) to go to school (also paid for by taxes).
  • He made it to his destination on crowded roads without incident, thanks to the traffic signals and police officers keeping him safe (also paid for by taxes).
  • At the end of the day, he listened to CBC radio news in the car and sat down to dinner without thinking about the safety of the food he ate, thanks to rules created, enforced and paid for by taxes.


  • Double Your Money In How Long? Use The Rule of 72



    The Rule of 72 tells you how long it takes an investment to double. The number 72 is divided by the interest rate and you get a rough idea of the number of years the doubling will take. If you have $10,000 in investments and they earn 4 per cent, it will take 18 years for the $10,000 to become $20,000 (72 divided by 4 = 18).
    If you know how many times the investment has doubled, you can work back to find the rate of return. A $10,000 investment that doubled to $20,000 in 18 years returned an annual rate of return of 4 per cent (72 / 18 = 4).

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Catarina Migliorini was offered $780,000 for her virginity ...she wants $1.5 Million




    Catarina Migliorini was offered $780,000 for her virginity from a Japanese millionaire who bid for the privilege through a controversial online auction.


    The Brazilian college student who attempted to sell her virginity through an online auction last year is hoping lightning will strike twice.
    In October, 2012, Catarina Migliorini was offered $780,000 for her virginity from a Japanese millionaire who bid for the privilege through a controversial online auction.
    That deal was never consummated, but now she is attempting to do it again through her own website, VirginsWanted2.com.
    "Well, after being featured by so many media outlets in so many countries, I decided to actually auction off my virginity," she told The Huffington Post by email via a translator.
    The bidding ends Dec. 12, but Migliorini said the minimum bid for her to get into bed is $100,000. She told the Brazilian website PurePeople.com.br that her goal is to get $1.5 million.
    Migliorini's previous auction was part of a proposed documentary called Virgins Wanted being made by Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely.
    The auction made Migliorini a celebrity and Playboy cover girl in her native country, but also aroused controversy and skepticism.


    Scam: Uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine...

    WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package", which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper identification of who the sender is. 

    Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction! NEVER SWIPE YOUR CREDIT CARD ON ANY MACHINE UNLESS THE FIRM IS KNOWN TO YOU.


     BE ON THE ALERT, THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS COMING


    Just when you think you've heard it all.  Here comes another scam.  This scam is very clever. Be very careful out there!  One could easily fall for this - beware of people bearing gifts!

    There is a new and clever credit card scam.  Please circulate this.  Someone it happened to says it works like this:

    Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he was from some outfit called: "Express Couriers" asking if I was going to be home because there was a package for me, and the caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour.  And sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine.  I was very surprised since it did not involve any special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn't expect anything like it.  Intrigued about who would send me such a gift, I inquired as to who the sender is.  The delivery man's reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, but allegedly a card was being sent separately; (the card has never arrived!).  There was also a consignment note with the gift.

    He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 "delivery charge" as proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult, and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone.

    This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash.  He then said that the company required the payment to be by credit or debit card only so that everything is properly accounted for.

    My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled his wallet out of his pocket with the credit/debit card, and 'John', the "delivery man", asked my husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which had a small screen and keypad where Frank was also asked to enter the card's PIN and security number.  A receipt was printed out and given to us.

    To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines.

    It appeared that somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the delivery man carried now had all the info necessary to create a "dummy" card with all our card details after my husband swiped our card and entered the requested PIN and security number.

    Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us the card, and our credit/debit account was closed.

    We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit. 

    WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package", which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.

    Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction! 

    If you pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled!

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Friday Afternoon Chuckle Just For You



    A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached
    by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?"

    The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street a coupla blocks and turn to your right."

    The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town.
    I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday.
    I'll show you how to get to Heaven."

    The little boy replied with a chuckle.
    "You're bullshitting me, right?   You don't even know the way to the Post Office”

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Rob Ford Does Splits Between 2 Volvo'sYou Gotta See This



    http://youtu.be/NRdXOr-uYlU

    The Ancient writing was on the wall... A Must Read

    Written across the wall of the cave were the following symbols


    It was considered a unique find and the writings were said to be at least three thousand years old
     




    The piece of stone was removed, brought to the museum, and archaeologists from around the world came to study the ancient symbols. They held a huge meeting after months of conferences to discuss the meaning of the markings.
     


    The President of the society pointed to first drawing and said This is a woman. We can see these people held women in high esteem. You can also tell they were intelligent, as the next symbol is a donkey, so they were smart enough to have animals to help them till the soil.
    The next drawing is a shovel, which means they had tools to help them 



    Even further proof of their high intelligence is the fish which means that if a famine hit the earth and food didn't grow, they would seek food from the sea. The last symbol appears to be the Star of David which means they were evidently Hebrews. 


    The audience applauded enthusiastically. 

    Then a little old Jewish man stood up In the back of the room and said, "Idiots, Hebrew is read from right to left
    It says Holy Mackerel, Dig The Ass On That Chic
    k!


    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    When Did EasyWeb become TD Hardweb



    TD Easyweb Designers Screw Up By Removing Nicknames Option!

    Have you tried to login lately? Today you will find that all your nicknames have been removed and you will have your ATM numbers for account access in the drop down menu but NO NICKNAMES associated with the accounts.  Hope you have a great memory for 13 digit numbers when you select an account because otherwise you will waste a ton of time logging in.

    So the question is:

    Where did the easyweb OLD login screen go?

    Any business or personal that has multiple green ATM cards and accounts will need to reconfigure each account to allow you easy access like you had before for online banking.

    This is a terrible, time consuming mess. Typical of web designers who know NOTHING of the Customer experience. They come up with some NEW idea to justify the redesign and it turns the TD EasyWeb into The TD HardWeb.

    All clients using Easyweb should be outraged, the writer tried for 2 days to navigate a solution
    and finally decided to call in. It took 2 hrs of my time to learn the solution and make the changesto all business and personal accounts.




    After the telecall to Customer Agent the Agent AND writer learned that some web designer decided that they would eliminate the nickname option, this is ludicrous.99% of all clients will NOT be able to do this without hand holding by a knowledgable customer service agent.


    The steps needed for Each Green ATM Access Card Personal/Business:

    1. Login To Easyweb select the account from menu, add password enter dashboard
    2. Customize Web Option, locate the user name update field for green card 
    3. Create a user name save then log out 
    4. Sign in with the exact user name and password, then sign out again 
    5. You should see the user name just created for 1 card
    6. Locate the number for the Card in the Drop Down Menu 
    7. Remove that cards ATM green card number from the menu , 
    8. The truncated user name now appears. 
    This web design is flawed, 
    TD Bank 
    Techies screwed this up royally 
    Heads should roll!



    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Man Buys House Next To Ex-Wife, Erects Middle Finger Statue (PHOTO)


    The middle-finger statue was brought to the world's attention, according to Gawker,by Lenka Tuohy, the daughter of Markovitz's ex.
    "[I]t's hard for me to enjoy my baths now because my fav tub is in my moms bathroom which faces out towards tif and alans house," Tuohy wrote in a tweet that is no longer available.
    Markovitz who, BuzzFeed reports, is a strip club owner and author of "Topless Prophet: The True Story of America’s Most Successful Gentleman’s Club Entrepreneur," said his beef is not with his ex, but with her new lover.
    Deadline Detroit reports that, according to Markovitz, his ex had an affair with the man she's now cohabiting with.
    "I'm so over her," Markovitz said. "This is about him. This is about him not being a man."
    Markovitz told MyFox Detroit he never meant for his statue to make headlines.

    Rob Ford Makes The NY Times




    As the Rob Ford scandal escalated from allegations of crack use to police surveillanceto crack confirmation and beyond, The New York Times has been watching.
    But after Ford was stripped of most of his powers and Toronto city council slid into chaos, Times editors decided to elevate the embattled mayor to front page news.
    So after years of dominating headlines in Toronto and across Canada, Ford has finally made the big-time. Not to mention the international exposure thanks to interviews with CNNFox News and NBC.

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Doug Ford, Is That A Bottle Of Vodka In Your Office?

    That sure does look like a bottle of Grey Goose behind your desk, Doug Ford.
    Eagle-eyed Reddit user Physicalred spotted the bottle in the background during Toronto councillor Doug Ford's interview with CNN on Wednesday. He posted a close-up of the bottle to Reddit Toronto, where it quickly shot to the top of the thread.
    Other Redditors debated whether it was just a water bottle with a blue cap, like Eska(although one changed his mind after watching the video). Others did closer comparisons of the bottle with Grey Goose, and well, judge for yourselves:

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    Mayor Rob Ford Crashing And Burning Daily Basis - Ontario Premier Must Remove Him!




  • Rob Ford claims he has 'more than enough to eat at home' | National ...

    news.nationalpost.com/.../rob-ford-launches-legal-action-over-prostitutio...
    1 hour ago - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is receiving help from health care professionals and apologized for profane comments made earlier Thursday, ...

  • Police documents offer glimpse of chaos in Mayor Rob Ford's office ...

    www.ctvnews.ca/.../police-documents-offer-glimpse-of-chaos-in-mayor-...
    10 hours ago - Newly released court documents reveal the alleged dysfunction inside Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's office after reports first surfaced of a video that ...

  • Rob Ford vows to sue, stuns city with oral sex comment | Toronto Star

    www.thestar.com/.../rob_ford_admits_drinking_and_driving_says_hell_...
    4 hours ago - Mayor Rob Ford threatened to sue former staffers Thursday, but it was his reference to allegations of oral sex with a former staff member that ...

  • Rob Ford's staff told police they were worried about mayor's drug ...

    www.theglobeandmail.com › NewsToronto
    19 hours ago - The information comes from nearly-500-page document containing police evidence used to acquire a search warrant for Mayor Ford's friend ...

  • Rob Ford holds on as mayor despite new allegations - Toronto ...

    www.cbc.ca/.../rob-ford-holds-on-as-mayor-despite-new-allegations-1.2...
    7 hours ago - It's clear now, amid more damning allegations and public embarrassment, that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has no intentions of relinquishing his ...

  • Mayor Rob Ford's staff saw him drunk, doing drugs and with ...

    globalnews.ca/.../mayor-fords-staff-worried-about-his-alcohol-drug-use-...
    1 day ago - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's aides say they tried in vain to curb the mayor's erratic behavior involving drugs and alcohol use.

  • Rob Ford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Ford
    Jump to Mayor - Mayor. Ford at a Toronto Maple Leafs practice in Trinity Bellwoods Park, 2010. After the election, Ford had outgoing councillor Case ...

  • Mayor Ford wants mandatory drug tests for councillors ... - Toronto Sun

    www.torontosun.com/.../mayor-ford-wants-mandatory-drug-tests-for-co...
    19 hours ago - Admitted crack smoker Mayor Rob Ford wants to make drug and alcohol testing mandatory for Toronto city councillors.

  • Mayor Rob Ford sorry for 'graphic' language, calls latest allegations ...

    www.torontosun.com/.../mayor-rob-ford-says-hell-sue-over-prostitute-all...
    2 hours ago - Embattled Mayor Rob Ford dug in even further Thursday.
  • Lest We Forget ...So We Don't Get Fooled Again : Iraq War = Oil




         Footnotes:

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford The Ultimate Bobblehead


    Several hundred people lined up for hours to buy a bobblehead figurine of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Part of the $20 cost went towards the City of Toronto United Way Employee Campaign.

    Ford promised he’d be back Wednesday selling Ford Nation t-shirts, also for $20 with an undeclared amount of the proceeds going to the United Way.

    Those lined up had assorted plans for the collector’s item, dozens of which were already being resold online. One seller in Etobicoke is asking for $25,000: “only 1,000 sold, it will be worth millions one day. Only crack-smoking mayor in the world.”
    Another seller, looking for $500 promised the money would go to a charity dealing with addiction: a “win-win for everyone, even Rob Ford.”


    Source 

    Rob Ford has been asked in a letter signed by 30 of Toronto's 44 city Councillors to take a leave of absence.

     

    Thirty of Toronto's 44 city councillors have signed an open letter asking Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence.
    Councillor Jaye Robinson read the letter on the council floor on Wednesday morning. In a dramatic and unprecedented display, the councillors who signed the letter rose one by one as she listed their names. Ford stared straight ahead and did not speak.

    Source 

    The results of the Vote 37-5 to ask Mayor Ford to take a leave of absence

     

     

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Grand Canyon to be flooded for five days to create






    Grand Canyon to be flooded for five days to create beaches for campers 

    • The Colorado River will be flooded for five days from Monday
    • Authorities want to clear millions of tons of sediment that have settled because of damming
    • The dam has caused beaches and wildlife habitats to disappear
    • The flood will distribute the sediment, creating beaches and protecting habitats and archaeological sites


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2498172/Grand-Canyon-flooded-days-create-beaches-campers.html#ixzz2kU1eYi00
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2498172/Grand-Canyon-flooded-days-create-beaches-campers.html

    Top Worldwide Publisher Rankings Starting At 1 + 2 Jehovah's Witnesses


    And this was a surprise to me... 

    From The Top 10 List Of The 
    Largest Magazine Circulation Worldwide









    12,000 people claiming to be in the remnant of anointed  of the 144,000 in 2013
    (partook of the memorial emblems of unleavened bread and wine in 2013)
     They claim Armageddon would happen before these people died .  
    But those who were at an age of understanding in 1914  how many 100 year olds do you know?
    That number should be going down as the average age of the oldest among them would be 100 years of age .


    So if anything it should be shrinking NOT going up ,

    after all they are the remnant of anointed brothers of christ going into the 144,000 who will rule with christ.


    http://www.clicktop10.com/2013/07/top-10-most-popular-magazines-of-2013/

    As of August 2012, Jehovah's Witnesses report an average membership of approximately 7.53 million actively involved in preaching, with a peak of 7.78 million.[1][2] Jehovah's Witnesses have an active presence in most countries, though they do not form a large part of the population of any country.[3]
    To be counted, an individual must be a publisher, and report some amount of time preaching to non-members, normally at least an hour per month. Under certain circumstances, such as chronic and debilitating illness, members may report increments of 15 minutes. Jehovah's Witnesses' preaching activity is self-reported, and members are directed to submit a 'Field Service Report' each month. Baptized members who fail to submit a report every month are termed 'irregular'. Those who do not submit a report for six continuous months are termed 'inactive'.[4] In 2012, these reports indicated a total of more than 1.7 billion hours of preaching, and an increase of 268,777 baptized members. Over 8.7 million were also reported as studying the Bible in their homes with Jehovah's Witnesses,[1] which includes Bible studies conducted by Witness parents with their children.[5][6]
    Because Jehovah's Witnesses only count as members those who submit reports for preaching activity, secular estimates of their numbers are typically higher than those indicated in the Witnesses' official membership statistics.[2] For example, Jehovah's Witnesses report approximately 1.2 million active publishers in the United States; however, an academic study at Trinity College (Connecticut) based on the American Religious Identification Survey conducted in 2008, reported an estimated 1.914 million adults in the US who self-identify as Jehovah's Witnesses.[7] Their official statistics indicate membership according to territories, some of which are not independent countries.
    The number of people who attend Jehovah's Witnesses' annual commemoration of the Memorial of Christ's death (also termed the Lord's Evening Meal) includes active Witnesses, their children, and others who are invited to attend. According to the 2013 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, worldwide attendance at the 2012 celebration of the Memorial was 19,013,343.[1] In the United States, 2.52 million people were present. In Zambia 738,978 attended, or 1 person for every 19 in the population. Of those attending worldwide, over 12,000 partook of the memorial emblems of unleavened bread and wine.[1] Those who partake profess to be of the 144,000 "anointed" and hope to go to heaven, based on their interpretation of Revelation 14:1.
    Congregations are generally organized geographically, and members are requested to attend the Kingdom Hall to which their neighborhood has been assigned, resulting in an ethnic mix generally representative of local population, though congregations based on language and ethnicity have also been formed.[8][9][10] In the United States, 37% of adults who self-identify as Jehovah's Witnesses are African Americans. This is the highest proportion among the 22 largest religious identifications in the United States.[11]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Jehovah's_Witnesses


    Jehovah's Witnesses are members of an international religious organization who believe themselves to be the restoration of first-century Christianity. Founded in the 1870s by Charles Taze Russell, official membership now stands at over 6 million. They are known for their extensive preaching and publishing activities, with The Watchtower and Awake!religious magazines being their most widely known publications. Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, they are directed by a Governing Body.
    Jehovah's Witnesses are socially conservative. Being politically neutral, they have been persecuted by various governments, notably by the Nazi government, with many sent toconcentration camps. They have been instrumental in establishing religious freedoms in various countries. Their unique stand on refusing blood transfusions has also garnered publicity and controversy.
    Since their foundation, they have been concerned with the second advent of Jesus. Initially holding many similar views of other 19th century Adventists groups, such as the Millerites, they have since developed their own uniqueeschatology.
    http://christianity.wikia.com/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses

    Compare To The Commercial Publishers Below

    Click on a company's name to read its profile.
    Rank (2012)Rank (2011)Publishing Company (Group or Division)Country Publ. CompanyMother Corporation or OwnerCountry Mother Corporation2012 Revenue in $M2011 Revenue in $M
    11PearsonUKPearson (corp.)UK$9,158$8,411
    22Reed ElsevierUK/NL/USReed Elsevier (corp.)UK/NL/US$5,934$5,686
    33ThomsonReutersUSThe Woodbridge Company Ltd.Canada$5,386$5,435
    44Wolters KluwerNLWolters KluwerNL$4,766$4,360
    58Random HouseGermanyBertelsmann AGGermany$3,328$2,274
    65Hachette LivreFranceLagardèreFrance$2,833$2,649
    76Grupo PlanetaSpainGrupo PlanetaSpain$2,597$2,304
    87McGraw-Hill EducationUSThe McGrawHill companiesUS$2,292*$2,292
    99HoltzbrinckGermanyVerlagsgruppe Georg von HoltzbrinckGermany$2,220$1,952
    1010Scholastic (corp.)USScholasticUS$2,148$1,906
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    1515KodanshaJapanKodanshaJapan$1,368$1,551
    1619Springer Science and Business MediaGermanyEQT and GIC InvestorsSweden, Singapore$1,298$1,138
    1718Houghton Mifflin HarcourtUSEducation Media and Publishing Group LimitedUS/Cayman Islands$1,286$1,295
    1816ShogakukanJapanHitotsubashi GroupJapan$1,254$1,444
    1920Harper CollinsUSNews CorporationUS$1,189$1,100 (est.)
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    2123Oxford University PressUKOxford UniversityUK$1,125$1,004
    22NEWChina Publishing Group CorporateChina (PR)Government; partly publicly listedChina (PR)$1,104n/a
    23NEWPhoenix Publishing and Media CompanyChina (PR)Government; partly publicly listedChina (PR)$1,076n/a
    2426Kadokawa PublishingJapanKadokawa Holdings Inc.Japan$1,000$904
    2524Grupo SantillanaSpainPRISASpain$985$936
    2625BonnierSwedenThe Bonnier GroupSweden$968$909
    2722GakkenJapanGakken Co. Ltd.Japan$937$1,043
    2828Egmont GroupDenmark/NorwayEgmont International Holding A/SDenmark$792$703
    2927Simon & SchusterUSCBSUS$790$787
    3037China Education and Media Group (form. Higher Education Press)China (PR)China Education and Media GroupChina (PR)$702$445
    3129Woongjin ThinkBigKoreaWoongjin HoldingKorea$667$685
    3231KlettGermanyKlett GruppeGermany$604$594
    3332CornelsenGermanyCornelsenGermany$577$558
    3417Readers DigestUSRDA Holding Co.US$533$1,438
    3533MondadoriItalyThe Mondadori GroupItaly$511$506
    3634Messagerie / GeMS (Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol)ItalyMessagerie ItalianeItaly$491$494
    3739Media ParticipationsFranceMedia ParticipationsBelgium$455$442
    3835Lefebvre-SarrutFranceFrojalFrance$447$467
    3940Abril EducaçãoBrazilAbril groupBrazil$432$411
    4036HarlequinCanadaTorstar Corp.Canada$428$450
    4137SanomaFinlandSanoma WSOYFinland$426$446
    4241PerseusUSAPerseusUSA$425$350
    43NEWCambridge University PressUKCambridge University PressUK$396n/a
    4442Westermann VerlagsgruppeGermanyMedien Union (Rheinland-Pfalz Gruppe)Germany$361$339
    4543La Martinière GroupeFranceLa Martinière GroupeFrance$351$335
    46NEWFlammarionFranceMadrigallFrance$349$360
    4730RCS LibriItalyRCS Media GroupItaly$333$667
    4846Groupe GallimardFranceMadrigallFrance$329*$329
    4948KyowonKoreaKyowonKorea$322$298
    5044BungeishunjuJapann/aJapan$298$331
    5151Haufe GruppeGermanyPriavtely ownedGermany$291$269
    5249WekaGermanyWeka FirmengruppeGermany$258$282
    53NEWOLMA Media GroupRussian/a$257n/a
    5447ShinchoshaJapanPrivately ownedJapan$245$319
    5554EKSMORussiaPrivately ownedRussia$232$195
    56excl.Editions AtlasFranceGruppo De AgostiniItaly$230n/a
    5750SaraivaBrazilSaraivaBrazil$230$267
    5853Groupe Albin MichelFranceGroupe Albin MichelFrance$224$216
    5952Editora FTDBrazilEditora FTDBrazil$198$226
    6045ASTRussiaPrivately ownedRussia$194$330



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