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 January 22 - Obama Policies Fuel Global Food Crisis Through Ethanol Mandates, While Foster Obesity in America
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Comment from Understand the Times:
In India they feed cows and rats rather than feeding humans. In America they use corn to fuel cars rather than feeding cows. In California they protect fruit flies and kangaroo rats. On United Airlines flights to Asia and Australia they spray bed bugs with insecticides that has damaging effects on humans. In St. Peter's Basilica in Rome they throw people out of the chapel for Eucharistic Adoration for taking photos of Jesus. Will someone tell us, WHAT IS GOING ON? 
They say that right is wrong and wrong is right? Is there really a food shortage? Why are farmer's getting so little for their grain, cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, vegetables and turkeys? Is there a conspiracy? What does President Obama eat? How about Tony Blair? Does the pope eat breakfast or just suck air?
These are questions that everyone should ask. Humans should be able to think, but they don't.
Food prices are soaring all over the world. The global food chain is reportedly stretched to the limit, fueled by the fact "that more than a third of the corn produced in the U.S is now used to make ethanol." As a result of such "bio-fuels" subsidies, one of the world's largest food producers predicts a "global food crisis."

Unfortunately, the Obama administration has long pushed ethanol subsidies, even though such subsidies have a history of  spawning famines and food riots overseas. For example, the costly climate-change legislation backed by the administration contained massive ethanol subsidies.

The administration is now forcing up the ethanol content of gasoline through EPA regulations, heedless of the fact that ethanol makes gasoline costlier and dirtier, increases ozone pollution, and increases the death toll from smog and air pollution. Ethanol production also results in deforestation, soil erosion, and water pollution.

Ethanol subsidies are not the only way that the Obama administration is harming poor people. The administration is also discouraging poor Americans from purchasing cheap, nutritious food.  For example, it has also disparaged the consumption of potatoes, banning white potatoes from the federal WIC program, while allowing WIC money to be spent on far less nutritious things that are starchy, fatty or sugary (such as apple sauce, which has no nutrition unless vitamin C is artificially added to it).

The Obama administration is also using federal funds to subsidize the opening of an International House of Pancakes in Washington, D.C., despite its sugary and fattening entrees, and the development of high-calorie foods that benefit politically connected agribusinesses.

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 January 23 - Young People Motivated by Faith to Help Needy, Says Foundation
 Article: One World Religion

Forty-one percent of the applicants to the interfaith youth leadership program were Christians. Muslims and Hindus made up the second and third highest faith groups that applied, accounting for 17 percent and 18 percent of the total applicants, respectively.

"The idea that young people are not motivated by faith to help others - or that faith only inspires conflict - is simply wrong," said Tony Blair, founder and patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in a statement Thursday.

The program, which is in its second year, chooses 30 people between the ages of 20 and 27 from Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States who are motivated by their faith to help vulnerable people. Selected young adults are paired with someone of another faith to work together in local communities to tackle global poverty. They will be responsible to bring different religious communities together to raise funds and awareness to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

"The number of applicants clearly shows the enthusiasm there is among today's young people to demonstrate how faith can be a force for good in society," said Blair. "It can build understanding and provide unity and strength to counter those who see faith as a source of division and discrimination.

"As the first ever World Interfaith Harmony Week approaches I remain an optimist about the future, when I see the commitment of this generation to deliver real change." The U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week will take place the first week of February.

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 January 24 - Report: USDA also knew about bee-killing pesticide
 Article: Miscellaneous

Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that attack insects' central nervous systems, are increasingly being linked to killing off bees, bats and other pollinators that are essential for growing food. And a two-year-old report just now being released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adds to the growing body of evidence that these toxic insecticides are a serious threat to not only bees, but also to humans.

It is now widely known that neonicotinoids are a highly-dangerous neurotoxin that absorbs systemically into plants, meaning it makes its way throughout the entire plant, including into the pollen and nectar that
bees eat. And these neurotoxins are also a threat to mammals, which includes humans.

Last month, a leaked document revealed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knowingly approved, and continued to allow approval for, neonicotinoids, despite the fact that they knew the
chemicals killed bees. The agency even knew that Bayer CropScience, the purveyor of most of the neonicotinoids used today, had falsified safety data to get them approved in the first place (http://www.naturalnews.com/030921_E...).

And now it has been revealed that
USDA scientists also knew about the dangers associated with neonicotinoids. So why did it take two years for the USDA report to see the light of day? Dr. Jeffrey Pettis and researchers from the U.S. government bee laboratory in Maryland, authors of the USDA study, did not provide an answer to this question. They did admit to the U.K. Independent, however, that their study "has been too long in getting out," and that it would soon be published in a journal.

Pettis and his team found that neonicotinoids were directly responsible for increasing bees' susceptibility to infectious diseases, even at levels so low that they are practically undetected. This fact alone debunks the myth perpetuated by Bayer and other neonicotinoid producers that the chemicals are safe when used "properly", because there, in fact, seems to be no proper or safe level.

"This new research from America confirms that at very, very low concentrations, neonicotinoid chemicals can make a honeybee vulnerable to fatal
disease," said Matt Shardlow, director of the charity Buglife, to the Independent.
"If these pesticides are causing large numbers of honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies and moths to get sick and die from diseases they would otherwise have survived, then neonicotinoid chemicals could be the main cause of both colony collapse disorder and the loss of wild pollinator populations."

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 January 24 - "Unscientific" is secret code for anyone who opposes GMOs or pesticides
 Article: One World Government

Watch out for the word "unscientific" in propaganda that's pushing GMOs, pesticides or other dangerous chemicals onto our world. In a joint letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, three Republican members of Congress (Rep. Frank Lucas, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Pat Roberts) attempted to spin GMOs as being "scientific."

They urged the USDA to "return to a science based regulatory system" and claimed that "science strongly supports the safety of GE alfalfa." (

The implication, of course, is that anyone who opposes
GMOs is "unscientific" (and therefore stupid). The letter further implies that any USDA opposition to GMOs is purely political in nature and not based on science.

Apparently the cabal of
GMO pseudoscientists have forgotten one of the most important principles of science: The Precautionary Principle which states that when dealing with large-scale unknowns (such as modifying the genetic code of the world's food crops), it is wise to err on the side of caution.

This effort to characterize GMO opposition as "unscientific" is just the latest outlandish spin campaign that attempts to reframe the entire GMO
debate as "scientific versus unscientific." You're either in favor of GMOs, the twisted logic goes, or you're against science!

In reality, it's not actually science that's behind GMOs but rather corporate greed, public relations, lobbying and the financial influence of members of
Congress. Today, Frank Lucas, Saxby Chambliss and Pat Roberts all effectively painted signs on their foreheads that read, "GMO sellout."

Take a look at this astonishing letter from Big Agro giants which literally claims that any regulation of GMOs would "...undermine the public's trust in the integrity of the scientific process that the president directed all executive branch agencies to uphold."

That letter, in fact, is one of the most grotesque examples of pseudoscientific linguistic contortionism I've ever seen. The author of the letter, whoever he may be, is an intellectually dishonest individual who is knowingly
bastardizing the use of the word "science" to try to hide the real agenda of corporate domination over the world's food crops.

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 January 24 - Witness Says He Saw Man Carrying Flaming Suitcase in Russian Airport Before Blast
 Article: Miscellaneous

A witness to the massive explosion that killed at least 35 people at Moscow's busiest airport Monday says he saw a man carrying a flaming suitcase seconds before the blast. "The guy standing next to me was torn to pieces," he added.

Russian officials said the blast killed 35 people and wounded 180. "From the preliminary information we have it was a terror attack," President Dmitry Medvedev told officials. 

Amateur video posted on YouTube showed the  international arrivals terminal at Domodedovo Airport engulfed by smoke and splattered with body parts after the mid-afternoon terror attack sprayed shrapnel, screws and ball bearings at passengers and workers. Hundreds of people were in the loosely guarded area at the time.

Medvedev said the explosion demonstrated that security regulations had been breached and ordered Moscow police to beef up security at Moscow's two other commercial airports and other key transport facilities, including the subway system, the target of past terror attacks. 

In Washington, President Obama condemned the "outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people" and offered assistance to Russian investigators.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was "deeply disturbed" by the reported terror attacks. "I strongly condemn it," he said on Twitter. "NATO and Russia stand together in the fight against terrorism."

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 Billy Graham's Regret: 'I Would Have Steered Clear of Politics'
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
An appropriate comment on this article would take a book. 
At 92, Graham can look back to 1949 when it all began. I am sure he would have done a lot of things differently. Not only would he have stayed home more and had less contact with Presidents who were Masons and the Calvary Chapel movement, he should also have had less contact with Jesuits who founded the Masons. 
For more information, please watch Chris Pinto's new DVD called "Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers" and "Lamp into the Dark."  These two, three hour documentaries are available from our website and at Lighthouse Trails.
Billy Graham, the beloved evangelist known as "America's pastor," says that looking back on his long life and public ministry, one thing he would do differently is to avoid the political entanglements that have been one of the rare blots on his otherwise hallowed legacy.

But it was his regret over his past political liaisons that stands out in an era when many Christian figures do not hesitate to champion politicians or cheer for a particular party.

"I'm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to," Graham said in the e-mail exchange. "But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn't do that now.

Graham has been known as the "pastor to presidents" because of his ties to nine U.S. presidents. But though he befriended Democrats as well as Republicans, he was closest to GOP politicians -- George W. Bush has credited Graham's counsel for his personal religious turnabout -- and for years he was particularly close to Richard M. Nixon.

Still, Graham has continued to serve as a kind of touchstone for presidents and would-be leaders. He remained especially close to the Bush family, and last April, Barack Obama made a pilgrimage
to meet Graham at his home in Montreat, N.C., where he has spent most of his time since his wife's death four years ago.

Graham also said he has been "amazed" and gratified at the global success of evangelical Christianity, though he added a note of caution to those following in his footsteps: "[S]uccess is always dangerous, and we need to be alert and avoid becoming the victims of our own success. Will we influence the world for Christ, or will the world influence us?"

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 January 21 - Americans Give U.S. Moral Climate Low Marks
 Article: Perilous Times

More than a third of Americans would grade the country's moral climate with a D or F, a new survey found. Evangelicals are more likely to give the current "moral state of the union" the same poor marks with 54 percent grading it a D or F, according to a survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
Overall, three out of four Americans give the moral state of the U.S. a grade of a C or below.  Meanwhile, only 22 percent said they would grade the moral climate with an A or B.

Only 21 percent of Democrats said they would grade the moral state of the country a D or F. Republicans (55 percent) were more than twice as likely to agree.

Compared to other industrialized nations, half of Americans believe the moral climate in the United States is about the same. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said it is worse.

The poll revealed that the public was split when identifying the biggest obstacles to changing the tone in Washington. Seventeen percent of Americans believe cable news commentators are the biggest obstacles, 15 percent said they blame the Tea Party, 14 percent blame liberal bloggers, and 13 percent singled out conservative talk radio.

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 January 25 - Churches Loan Buildings to Muslims for Worship
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

More than a third of Americans would grade the country's moral climate with a D or F, a new survey found. Evangelicals are more likely to give the current "moral state of the union" the same poor marks with 54 percent grading it a D or F, according to a survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.
Overall, three out of four Americans give the moral state of the U.S. a grade of a C or below.  Meanwhile, only 22 percent said they would grade the moral climate with an A or B.

Only 21 percent of Democrats said they would grade the moral state of the country a D or F. Republicans (55 percent) were more than twice as likely to agree.

Compared to other industrialized nations, half of Americans believe the moral climate in the United States is about the same. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said it is worse.

The poll revealed that the public was split when identifying the biggest obstacles to changing the tone in Washington. Seventeen percent of Americans believe cable news commentators are the biggest obstacles, 15 percent said they blame the Tea Party, 14 percent blame liberal bloggers, and 13 percent singled out conservative talk radio.

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 January 23 - Ground Zero imam: 'Apostates against Islam must be jailed'
 Article: Miscellaneous

Those who leave Islam and preach against the Muslim religion must be jailed, declared the imam who has become the new face of the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City.

"If someone leaves the din, leaves the path privately, they cannot be touched. If someone preaches about apostasy, or preaches their views, they're jailed," stated Imam Abdallah Adhami in a November lecture obtained and reviewed by WND.

According to Shariah, or Islamic law, the consensus view in Sunni Islam is that a male apostate must be put to death unless he suffers from a mental disorder or converted against his will.

He claimed Islam was "revolutionary" for purportedly only punishing those who preach apostasy publicly, as opposed to other religions, which, he claimed, punish both public and private apostates.

Adhami admitted, "Yes, many jurists said [public apostates] have to be killed.    But the position of the state was the position of Islamic scholars - they must be jailed so they are contained."

He said, "In Islam, in the Quran, theoretically, if you look over the Quran from cover to cover, you literally have the right to the choice to reject God's message. The only thing you do not have the right to do is to spread this conviction, lest you, quote unquote, pollute others."

It was announced last week Adhami, 44, will be taking on the role of senior adviser for the proposed $100-million Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

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 January 24 - Credit cards: On their way out 'like vinyl records'
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember those?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins. You can already use your iPhone, Droid or BlackBerry to buy a hotdog at the ballgame, buy your Starbucks latté, or give a friend a few bucks by Bumping phones. But by the end of the year you may not even think twice about reaching for your phone to pay at the register instead of fumbling for your credit card.

"Your plastic card hasn't changed since the age of the vinyl records," said Michael Abbott, CEO of Isis, a new mobile payment network. "This is the chance to bring payments forward from the plastic age and the vinyl records age to the digital age."

While companies have been experimenting with contactless mobile payments for years, 2011 is expected to be the year the technology really takes off. That's because millions of phones capable of making contactless payments are expected to be shipped out in 2011.

As a result, this pay-by-phone market is forecast to make up $22 billion in transactions by 2015, up from "practically none" last year, according to research firm Aite Group. "Mobile payment is going to get really interesting and is going to see a lot of activity in 2011," said George Peabody, director of emerging technologies at Mercator Advisory Group. "We're going to start seeing more and more people leaving their homes without their wallets."

"I definitely believe that the mobile wallet will eventually replace the plastic card -- but it's going to take some time because consumer habits take a long time to change," she said. "But where before it's been a lot of discussion, we're at the point now where you're going to start seeing momentum toward it and going to see it move beyond the trials and into reality."

Companies including Visa, MasterCard, Google, Bank of America, Citi and U.S. Bank are all testing contactless mobile payments, and many expect to roll out mobile wallets this year.

Beth Robertson, a payments analyst at Javelin Research and Strategy, said that could mean developing ways for consumers to make contactless ATM withdrawals by simply waving a phone in front of an ATM as you would at the point of sale.

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 January 24 - GM food needed to avert global crisis, says Government adviser
 Article: One World Government

Professor Sir John Beddington said there was no one ''silver bullet'' to the ''enormously serious'' problem of feeding the world in the future in the face of problems such as climate change, population growth and energy shortages. He told BBC Breakfast: ''If there are genetically modified (GM) organisms that actually solve problems that we can't solve in other ways, and are shown to be safe from a human health point of view, and safe from an environmental point of view, and they can solve problems we can't solve otherwise, then we should use them.
''The sort of problems I am thinking of are new diseases which are likely to come with climate change, problems to do with drought, problems to do with the salination of ground, we need organisms that actually address that.''
Sir John was speaking in advance of the publication of a Government-commissioned report warning that urgent action is needed to avert global hunger on a huge scale in the future.
Factors such as a growing global population, climate change, scarcity of water and energy will put massive pressure on food production, the report is expected to warn.
''I don't think we are going to run out (of food) if we get it right, but the point is, we don't have time to actually relax and say things are fine - in 20 years' time, the world population is going to be sky high, demand for food, demand for water, demand for energy, is going to be way up there,'' he said.

He said the world will need 40% more food, 30% more water and 50% more energy by the middle of the century at a time when climate change will be starting to have serious environmental impacts on the planet. Sir John said food price rises will hit the poorest hardest unless farming techniques intensify.

"There's no one simple solution. GM may be the answer for certain problems.

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 January 22 - Mexico to pioneer iris technology on ID cards
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Mexico will on Monday become the first country to start using iris scans for identity cards, according to the government, which claims the scheme will be highly secure.

"The legal, technical and financial conditions are ready to start the process of issuing this identity document," Felipe Zamora, responsible for legal affairs at the Mexican Interior Ministry, told journalists Thursday.

The documents, which will include the eye's image as well as fingerprints, a photo and signature, will be 99 percent reliable, Zamora said.

Critics, including the National Human Rights Commission, have slammed the system, expressing concern that compiling personal data could violate individual rights.

The move will be introduced gradually, with some 28 million minors taking part in a first two-year stage, due to cost 25 million dollars. The cards are due to start for adults from 2013.

Iris recognition is increasingly used in airports, controlling access to restricted areas, and prisoner booking and release.

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 January 24 - Food prices to rocket by 50% as global hunger epidemic causes riots and famines
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The cost of food will soar by 50 per cent over the next few decades as the world becomes racked by famine, mass migrations and riots, experts have warned. The increase will be triggered by the exploding world population, rising cost of fuel and increased competition for water, according to a leading Government think-tank.

Spiralling food prices will push hundreds of millions of people into hunger, trigger mass migration and spark civil unrest, the report warned.

And in the UK, the price of basics such as bread, rice and milk will spiral to inflation-busting record prices within the next few decades.

The report, from Foresight, a think-tank set up to predict future crises, called for 'urgent action' to prevent food shortages, and said genetically modified crops may be needed to prevent famines. Even a 'modest' rise in food prices could push 100 million people into hunger, the report warned.

Global food prices are already at a record high. Last month the price of cereals, sugar and meat soared on the world's markets after a series of crop failures caused by bad weather. As the world gets more crowded and more wealthy, demand for food, water and energy will soar.

At the same time, climate change will increase the risk of droughts, floods and crop failures - creating a 'perfect storm' of food shortages and above-inflation rises in prices.

The report, written by 40 scientists in 35 countries, calls for a 'green revolution' to boost production using traditional, organic and genetically modified crops - designed to be resistant to drought or salt water - and better training for farmers in less well-off countries.

Professor John Beddington, the Government's chief scientific adviser, said the food system was failing. 'Firstly it is unsustainable, with resources being used faster than they can be naturally replenished,' he said. 'Secondly a billion people are going hungry with another billion people suffering from "hidden hunger", whilst a billion people are over-consuming.'

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