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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 February 4 - Saddleback's "Daniel Plan" Doctor Will Lead Mass Hypnosis
 Article: Emerging Church

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, has just kicked off a 52-week program called "The Daniel Plan" aimed at teaching Christians how to have healthier lifestyles.

The problem with the program, however, is that Warren has partnered with three men who are well known not only for their medical knowledge (which they are), but are also well known to be proponents of New Age Spirituality.  One of the doctors, the handsome and charming Dr. Mehmet Oz, first became popular through his many appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, which led to him having his own health and wellness TV program.

Attached is an article where you may read more about the mind-emptying hypnosis exercise that Dr. Oz plans to perform on Monday, February 7.

You may also listen to
Dr. Oz
in his own words extol the virtues of the occultic practice of hypnosis. 

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 February 4 - Jesus Loves Roku: Televangelism in the Age of Web TV
 Article: Emerging Church

Each and every weekend, about a hundred people all across the U.S. dress up to attend church - only to sit down in front of their TV and reach for their Roku remote control to access live worship services via the Northland Church channel.

Northland broadcasts live from one of its Florida-based churches, but its ministers routinely start services by welcoming everyone watching online as well. Welcome to the next generation of televangelism, which is using Internet set-top boxes to bypass large cable networks.

Churches like Northland have been embracing the Internet as a means to reach out to its members for years, and they've been very successful. "Nearly one-third of our congregation of 15,000 worships with us via the web," Northland PR Director Robert Andrescik told me via email. The church has been using traditional web video and Facebook as well as a number of mobile phone apps for these online services.

"The simplicity and low cost has really opened up a lot of doors for people to reach out to people right from their homes," said Snow about Roku.

Jaquet knows other churches are already working on their own channels, and he wouldn't be surprised if eventually one of the mega-churches with access to cable TV also embraced a platform like Roku. "There's a lot of opportunity here, and it's starting to spread," he told me.

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 February 4 - Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone?
 Article: Miscellaneous

Are we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communion-Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing.

More and more Christians choose a church not on the basis of its denomination, but on the basis of more practical matters. Is the nursery easy to find? Do I like the music? Are there support groups for those grappling with addiction?

This trend is a natural extension of the American evangelical experiment. After all, evangelicalism is about the fundamental message of Christianity-the evangel, the gospel, literally the "good news" of God's kingdom arriving in Jesus Christ-not about denomination building.

The revivalists wanted to get back to basics, to recover the centrality of a personal relationship with Jesus. "Being a member of a church doesn't make you a Christian," the ubiquitous evangelical pulpit cliché went, "any more than living in a garage makes you a car." Thus these evangelical ministries tended not to talk about those issues that might divide their congregants. They avoided questions like: Who should be baptized and when? What does the Lord's Supper mean? Should women be ordained? And so on.

For example, artists such as Keith and Kristen Getty and Sojourn Music are reaching a new generation with music written for and performed by local congregations. Yes, prosperity preacher Joyce Meyer sells her book "Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes," which encourages Christians to "lighten up" by eating cookies and buying shoes (seriously). But, at the same time, Alabama preacher David Platt is igniting thousands of young people with his book "Radical," which calls Christians to rescue their faith by lowering their standard of living and giving their time and money to Church-based charities.

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 February 4 - WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets
 Article: Miscellaneous

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defense analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain's policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.

The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called "special relationship", which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

The documents also show that:

· America spied on Foreign Office ministers by gathering gossip on their private lives and professional relationships.

· Intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US became strained after the controversy over Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantánamo Bay detainee who sued the Government over his alleged torture.

· David Miliband disowned the Duchess of York by saying she could not "be controlled" after she made an undercover TV documentary.

· Tens of millions of pounds of overseas aid was stolen and spent on plasma televisions and luxury goods by corrupt regimes.

A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain's nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia's support for the "New START" deal. Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK's Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.

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 February 10 - Obama Strikes a Deal With the Devil as Mideast Meltdown Continues
 Article: Wars And Rumor Of Wars

And so quietly, almost off-handedly, the Rubicon has been crossed. The United States of America, whose blood and treasure have been spilled fighting terrorism, is jumping into bed with radical Islamists.

By approving a role for the Muslim Brotherhood in a new Egyptian government, the White House is taking its engagement policy to a dangerous level. American taxpayer dollars will now help sustain the oldest Islamist group, one that helped launch Osama bin Laden on his murderous quest.

Perhaps this day was inevitable for an administration that refuses to say "Islamic terrorists," and claims "jihad" can be a good thing and Hezbollah has "moderate" elements.

But it is hardly inevitable that the Kumbaya approach will bring peace to the Middle East. More likely, it will be seen as Western weakness and beget even more violence against America and our allies.

The decision applies to Egypt, but it won't stay in Egypt. Nearly every Arab government is fighting radical groups that aim to eliminate our presence, Israel and Western-friendly leaders. Imagine what those leaders think about our willingness to endorse the Muslim Brotherhood, which helped spawn Hamas and similar groups.

Yes, I know, the Muslim Brotherhood insists it is no longer a radical group and doesn't advocate violence. But what they say is not always what they do. Days after a leader of the group said Egyptians "should be prepared for war against Israel" and urged the country to stop sending natural gas to Israel, attackers blew up a gas pipeline to Jordan. The one to Israel immediately was shut down.

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 February 10 - Doomsday Determined? Asteroid Apophis Could Strike Earth in 2036
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The date for Armageddon has been set, and it's not going to happen in 2012.

In 2004, NASA scientists announced that there was a chance that Apophis, an asteroid larger than two football fields, could smash into Earth in 2029. A few additional observations and some number-crunching later, astronomers noted that the chance of the planet-killer hitting Earth in 2029 was nearly zilch.

Now Russian scientists estimate Apophis will collide with Earth on April 13, 2036. These reports conflict on the probability of such a doomsday event, but the question remains: How scared should we be?

"Technically, they're correct, there is a chance in 2036 [that Apophis will hit Earth]," said Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office. However, that chance is just 1-in-250,000, Yeomans said.

NASA was quick to discount Russia's fears, however. "The situation is that in 2029, April 13, [Apophis] flies very close to the Earth, within five Earth radii, so that will be quite an event, but we've already ruled out the possibility of it hitting at that time," Yeomans told Life's Little Mysteries, Space.com's sister site.

 "On the other hand, if it goes through what we call a keyhole during that close Earth approach     then it will indeed be perturbed just right so that it will come back and smack Earth on April 13, 2036," Yeomans said.

The more likely scenario is this: Apophis will make a fairly close approach to Earth in late 2012 and early 2013, and will be extensively observed with ground-based optical telescopes and radar systems. If it seems to be heading on a destructive path, NASA will devise the scheme and machinery necessary to change the asteroid's orbit, decreasing the probability of a collision in 2036 to zero, Yeomans said.

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 February 12 - Gay 'marriages' to be allowed in church
 Article: Perilous Times

Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister, is expected shortly to outline firm plans to lift the current ban on civil partnerships being conducted in places of worship.  In a political "win" for Nick Clegg and his party, the Coalition will also say that such ceremonies should for the first time be allowed to have a religious element, such as hymn-singing and readings from the Bible. They could, it is understood, also be carried out in the future out by priests or other religious figures.
The landmark move will please equality campaigners but is likely to prompt a fierce backlash from mainstream Christian leaders, as well as some Right-leaning Tories.
Some faiths, however - including the Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews - support the change in the law and will apply for their buildings to host same-sex "marriage" ceremonies.

Last year an amendment was added to the former Labour government's Equalities Act by Lord Alli, the Labour peer, paving the way for civil partnership ceremonies to be held in places of worship if religious groups permitted this.

Before last year's general election Theresa May, the current Home Secretary who was then shadow equalities minister, launched a Tory "equalities manifesto" which stated the party would, in government, "consider the case for changing the law to allow civil partnerships to be called and classified as marriage".

However, the new move could open up a legal minefield with same-sex couples possibly taking anti-discrimination action against religious groups if they were barred from getting married in the place of worship of their choice.

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 February 15 - New York Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse agree to merge, creating massive exchange group
 Article: Miscellaneous

The New York Stock Exchange and Germany's largest stock exchange agreed Tuesday morning to merge operations.

The deal still has to be approved by shareholders and regulators, who may balk at the large market share controlled by the new company. The firms said that together they will be the largest exchange group in the world.

"The increasing globalization and interconnectedness of capital markets, and the rapidly growing presence of alternative trading venues that operate with less transparency and far fewer regulatory requirements, will position the new company as a true global player well placed to drive the long-term strength and competitiveness of transparent and regulated markets," Niederauer said.

The companies didn't say what the merged entity would be called. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has insisted that "New York" should come first in the new name.

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 February 15 - EU's Ashton targets Palestinian state by September
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday said the international community still sought to achieve a peace deal and a Palestinian state by September, despite the region's political turmoil. Despite the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the resignation of the Palestinian cabinet as well as Saab Erakat, their chief negotiator, Ashton said the goal was still achievable.

"It's a timeframe that everybody has signed up to," she told reporters in Jerusalem ahead of talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah. "I think that we have to try and reach that target," she said, while admitting it would be "challenging."

Ashton flew in for a one-day visit aimed at galvanising both sides into restarting peace negotiations which hit an impasse late September and look unlikely to resume any time soon.

The Middle East peace Quartet -- the European Union, United States, Russia and United Nations -- earlier this month reiterated its support for "concluding these negotiations by September 2011."

Israeli public radio quoted the firebrand Lieberman as telling his guest that the international community must find a way to block Iran's nuclear ambitions before asking Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians.

At those talks, the Quartet peacemakers called on all parties "to undertake urgently efforts to expedite Israeli-Palestinian" peace, terming it imperative because of the political turmoil in the region.

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 February 16 - Lieberman: Iranian warships a provocation
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Two Iranian warships planned to sail through the Suez canal en route to Syria on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, calling the move the latest "provocation" by Tehran and hinting at an Israeli response.

Israel sees a major threat in Iran's nuclear program and calls for its elimination, but the countries' geographical distance has kept them from open confrontation. Syria is one of Israel's neighbouring foes and an ally of Tehran.  

"Tonight, two Iranian warships are meant to pass through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea and reach Syria, something that has not happened in many years," Lieberman said in a Jerusalem speech distributed by his office. 

"To my regret, the international community is not showing readiness to deal with the recurring Iranian provocations. The international community must understand that Israel cannot forever ignore these provocations."

Lieberman added that Israel was the only true ally of the West in the Middle East "because it is the only state in the region that shares common values (with it)".  "Our fight against terror is not just Israel's fight, but also the first line of defense in the battle of the Jewish people and the entire West against extremists that threaten world peace," he said.

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 February 16 - Biggest Solar Flare In Years Headed For Earth
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

The sun is making a comeback. OK, so it never really went away, but after years of relative quiet on our nearest star, activity has picked up as of late, resulting in a solar flare that marks the strongest since 2006.

Bob Rutledge, lead forecaster with the National Space Weather Prediction Center, tells KFWB's Michael Shappee these solar outbursts have the potential to wreak havoc with earthly communications.

After the initial blast of radiation accompanying the coronal mass ejection (CME) - the first of its magnitude to occur in the new solar cycle of activity - a huge cloud of charged particles is headed toward Earth and is expected likely to arrive on Feb. 17-18.

Among the many potential disasters that can come from a massive CME: disturbances in the planet's geomagnetic field that may lead to malfunctioning telecom and GPS satellite equipment. While forecasters predict no major impact on our telecommunications infrastructure, meteorological officials say the flare has disrupted radio communications in southern China.

Scientists have pointed out that activity on the sun is now ramping up ahead of an expected solar maximum around 2013.

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 February 17 - Hawaii Senate Passes Same-Sex Civil Unions Bill
 Article: Perilous Times

The Hawaii Senate passed on Wednesday a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. The legislation passed with an 18-5 vote and now awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie

If signed, Hawaii would become the seventh state to extend the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to gay and lesbian partners in a civil union.

Opponents of same-sex unions have been hard at work for years to preserve traditional marriage in the Aloha State. They have contended that a measure allowing civil unions for same-sex couples undermines the institution of marriage and the will of the Hawaii people, who in 1998 voted 70 to 30 percent to affirm marriage as being between a man and a woman. The push by gay rights advocates won't stop at civil unions, they argued.

The measure currently before Gov. Abercrombie was introduced in January and passed by the House last week. If signed, the measure takes effect January 1, 2012.

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 February 8 - US bishop sanctions cell phone in confession
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
The Roman Catholic Church is now upgrading from the dark confessional booths of the past to modern cell phone confessions for the 21st century with brand new applications that they can download off the Internet. This will make confession a lot easier and will not only facilitate online confessions but also online banking.
The idea is fantastic for those who are running short of time to drop by for confession at the end of the week. Also, the priest can work a percentage into his own bank for services rendered that may be income tax free. 
However, there are some disadvantages. When you lose your cell phone you may also lose your salvation unless you show up for mass at least at Christmas and Easter. Or you could take a trip to Rome every Roman Catholic Jubilee and go through the Holy Door at St. Peter's to get saved for the next 25 years. If you don't like this, then don't complain to UTT. Try another church or read the Bible and see that such human "hooha" is not present in these man made tactics.
A Catholic bishop in the United States has become the first Church authority to approve mobile phones to aid confession.

In what is termed as an attempt to reconcile the 21st century with the Catholic faith, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne in Indiana in early February sanctioned an iPhone app that aims to help Catholics through confession.

"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Patrick Leinen of the Indiana-based Little iApps.

It creates a customized and password-protected "examination of conscience" based on a person's age, sex and vocation. It also notes the time since the last confession and provides seven acts of contrition for the penitent to choose.

The app is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act. Catholics still must go to a priest for absolution.

"Our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly 'new media at the service of the word," Leinen explained.

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 February 1 - 'Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb'
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Al-Qaida is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build "dirty" bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents. A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a "nuclear 9/11".

Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing "workable and efficient" biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.

At a Nato meeting in January 2009, security chiefs briefed member states that al-Qaida was plotting a program of "dirty radioactive IEDs", makeshift nuclear roadside bombs that could be used against British troops in Afghanistan. As well as causing a large explosion, a "dirty bomb" attack would contaminate the area for many years.

The briefings also state that al-Qaida documents found in Afghanistan in 2007 revealed that "greater advances" had been made in bioterrorism than was previously realized. An Indian national security adviser told American security personnel in June 2008 that terrorists had made a "manifest attempt to get fissile material" and "have the technical competence to manufacture an explosive device beyond a mere dirty bomb".

Tomihiro Taniguchi, the deputy director general of the IAEA, has privately warned America that the world faces the threat of a "nuclear 9/11" if stores of uranium and plutonium were not secured against terrorists.

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 February 3 - Israel Prepares for Islamic Terror State Rising From Egypt's Ashes
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Israel is bracing for the establishment of an Iranian proxy-state in Egypt should the Muslim Brotherhood take over control of the government, as appears increasingly likely.

With the White House now giving full-throated support to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman scheduled to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Cairo, Israel is preparing for the worst.

After years of ducking from Iranian-supplied Kassam rockets from Gaza, Israelis now fear their cities and towns could get hit with the full brunt of the Iranian arsenal as Iran replaces the United States as Egypt's main arms supplier.

Israelis fear that Egypt could become "part of the Iranian pact in the Middle East along with Hamas, Hezbollah, and all the other thugs," said Mordechai Kedar, a former Israeli military intelligence analyst now with the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel.

A Muslim Brotherhood takeover could lead to the imposition of Shariah, with far-reaching implications for the rights of women, Christians and minorities, and dramatic changes in Egypt's relationships to its neighbors.

Netanyahu's real fear is that Iran will use its influence on the Muslim Brotherhood to steer Egypt away from its peace treaty with Israel and into the camp of Muslim radicals.

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 February 9 - US corn reserves hit lowest level in 15 years
 Article: Signs Of The Last Tmes

U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in more than 15 years, reflecting tighter supplies that will lead to higher food prices in 2011. Increasing demand for corn from the ethanol industry is a major reason for the decline.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that the ethanol industry's projected orders this year rose 8.4 percent, to 13.01 billion bushels, after record-high production in December and January. That means the United States will have about 675 million bushels of corn left over in late August when this year's harvest begins. That's roughly 5 percent of all corn that will be consumed, the lowest surplus level since 1996.

The decline in reserves caused corn futures to surge, with prices rising 2.4 percent to $6.9025 during morning trading. Corn prices have already doubled in the last six months, rising from $3.50 a bushel to nearly $7 a bushel. Analysts expect the price increases to continue in coming months.

"I think we have a chance to test the all-time high" price of $7.65 a bushel, said Telvent DTN analyst John Sanow. The tight level of reserves leaves little margin for error if there are production problems this year, which could send prices higher quickly, he said.

Major food makers and some restaurants have already said they'll be raising prices this year because they're paying more for corn, wheat, sugar, coffee and chocolate, all of which are at historically high prices. Weather has affected many crops this year.

It's not just playing out in the grocery store. McDonald's Corp. said last month that it may raise prices this year as its own food tab rises. The company already raised prices in some markets, including the United Kingdom.

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 February 11 - Shocking New IMF Report: The U.S. Dollar Needs To Be Replaced As The World Reserve Currency And SDRs "Could Constitute An Embryo Of Global Currency"
 Article: One World Government

The IMF is trying to move the world away from the U.S. dollar and towards a global currency once again.  In a new report entitled "Enhancing International Monetary Stability-A Role for the SDR", the IMF details the "problems" with having the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency of the globe and the IMF discusses the potential for a larger role for SDRs (Special Drawing Rights).  But the IMF certainly does not view SDRs as the "final solution" to global currency problems.  Rather, the IMF considers SDRs to be a transitional phase between what we have now and a new world currency.  In this newly published report, the IMF makes this point very clearly: "In the even longer run, if there were political willingness to do so, these securities could constitute an embryo of global currency."  Yes, you read that correctly.  The SDR is supposed to be "an embryo" from which a global currency will one day develop.  So what about the U.S. dollar and other national currencies?  Well, they would just end up fading away.

CNN clearly understands what the IMF is trying to accomplish with this new report.  The following is how CNN's recent story about the new IMF report begins....

"The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world's reserve currency."

That is exactly what the IMF intends to do. They intend to have SDRs replace the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency.

Globalist organizations such as the IMF say that having a true global currency would facilitate world trade, it would make currency wars less likely, it would stabilize the global economy and it would make the rest of the globe less reliant on what is going on in the United States.

An IMF paper entitled "Reserve Accumulation and International Monetary Stability" that was published last year even proposed that a future global currency be called the "Bancor" and that a future global central bank could be put in charge of issuing it....

"A global currency, bancor, issued by a global central bank (see Supplement 1, section V) would be designed as a stable store of value that is not tied exclusively to the conditions of any particular economy. As trade and finance continue to grow rapidly and global integration increases, the importance of this broader perspective is expected to continue growing."

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 February 14 - All children to be registered in national biometric records / Identity-tracking scheme assembled under radar for 'border pass' program
 Article: Technology And Global Monetary System

Below the radar of public opinion, Mexico has started to assemble the type of biometric national identity database that could be used to document names for a North American Trusted Traveler border pass card, a plan already being developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Mexican citizens.

On Jan. 19, 2011, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon signed an executive order requiring within the next five years all Mexicans 17 years old and younger have a biometric national identity card that would include a facial photograph, all 10 fingerprints, and an iris scan. 

To carry out the presidential executive order, the Mexican Directorate General of the National Population Register plans to go to all elementary schools in Mexico schools in Mexico to record the required biometric information and issue individual identity cards.  Reasonable estimates are that by the end of 2012, Mexico plans to issue more than 25.7 million biometric identity cards to the nation's children 18 years old and younger.

While promoted as a way to prevent crimes such as identity theft, Mexico has decided to begin with the nation's school children to create the type of biometric national identity database that will allow Mexican children as they grow up to already possess the biometric information they will need to obtain North American Trusted Traveler border pass cards the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is preparing to issue to Mexican citizens.

Once the nation's children are recorded in this biometric national identity database, the plan is to add a second phase that will extend the biometric identification cards to Mexican adults, with a third phase designed to establish a national registry for all foreigners residing in Mexico.

Each card bears a unique personal ID number and a face photo designed to make sure that only the person to whom the card was issued can use the card.

Critics in Mexico have charged that the Mexican effort to enroll school children in a national biometric personal identity database involves the early implementation of an incremental "new world order" plan designed to fit into initiatives designed under the Security and Prosperity Partnership to evolve the North American Free Trade Agreement into a continental or regional North American Union governmental structure.

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 February 15 - 'Kill Switch' Internet bill alarms privacy experts
 Article: One World Government

A raging debate over new legislation, and its impact on the Internet, has tongues wagging and fingers pointing from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.  Just as the Egyptian government recently forced the Internet to go dark, U.S. officials could flip the switch if the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law, say its critics.

The ominously nicknamed Kill Switch bill is sure to be a flashpoint of discussion at the RSA Conference, the nation's largest gathering of computer-security experts that takes place here this week. The bill - crafted by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Tom Carper, D-Del. - aims to defend the economic infrastructure from a cyberterrorist attack. But it has free-speech advocates and privacy experts howling over the prospect of a government agency quelling the communication of hundreds of millions of people.

"This is all about control, an attempt to control every aspect of our existence," says Christopher Feudo, a cybersecurity expert who is chairman of SecurityFusion Solutions. "I consider it an attack on our personal right of free speech. Look what recently occurred in Egypt."

A 1934 federal law that created the Federal Communications Commission allows the president to "authorize the use or control" of communications outlets during moments of emergency of "public peril or disaster." The Lieberman-led bill would be considered a specific extension of that and let the nation's chief executive prioritize communications on the Internet, says Fertik.

A provision in the bill lets the president take limited control during an emergency and decide restrictions. "It, essentially, gives the president a loaded gun," Fertik says.

"Say there is a mounted attack from a terrorist group on the Internet," Fertik says. "(The law) could present the president with a kill switch option. But what are the conditions, and how far does (the law) go?"

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 UFO sightings in 2011 break records worldwide for flying saucer craze
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

It's stood the test of time, and other than Roswell, the "flying saucer craze" that began here in McMinnville in 1950, and continues today with UFO evidence "lighting-up Cairo and Jerusalem," is breaking records already in 2011 for more UFO sightings than at any time in human history.
"Now that things have calmed down in Cairo's Tahrir Square, there may be time to investigate recent UFO activities seen over Cairo and over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem," state confirmed reports out of the Egyptian Mail, Le Progres Egyptien, the Middle East Times and other newspapers and media that serve this region.

Thus far in 2011, there's been more UFO sightings worldwide in just "these first 44 days of the new year than at any time in previous years," say a host of well-known optical physicists and prominent UFO investigators in the United States, at the European Union, in China, Russia, Australia and the Middle East.

For instance, McMinnville's UFO community - that includes several members of the Oregon UFO "watchers" group that's active on the central Oregon coast at known UFO sighting areas as Bray's Point and Stonefield Beach - states a belief that there exists in the heavens worldwide, a true physical phenomenon that appears to be under intelligent control."

Moreover, the view that UFOs are of "extraterrestrial origin" is a rational one and must be taken into account by world governments.

Already, leading international scientists and detailed UFO reports - by the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and other world governments and that include detailed analysis over 50 years-are calling on the United Nations to review "all UFO evidence" and produce a "systematic scientific investigation" to make first contact now.

However, there's real concern addressed in Project Blue Book and other official U.S. and foreign government reports that "UFOs can affect national security."

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 February 18 - Monsanto, Dow to begin pushing dangerous 2,4-D herbicide as 'solution' to superweeds
 Article: Miscellaneous

Experience with companies such as DOW Chemical in the past, show that large corporations do not have the best interests of their fellow human beings at heart. Instead, these companies will do whatever they need to do to make a profit, even if it means that their products are damaging to crops and to human lives. There are many examples of this that can be documented by science. Even governments that are supposed to protect the public, DO NOT because they can be bought off.

It is something that many farmers of genetically-modified (GM) crops are already trying to do and failing to succeed in, but that the chemical companies responsible for the problem may soon be pushing as an alleged "solution." The Dow Chemical Company has sponsored a study that aims to position the 2,4-D herbicide, a popular commercial herbicide, as the solution to Roundup-resistant "superweeds." But 2,4-D-resistant "superweeds" have already begun emerging as well, which suggests that increased chemical interventions of any kind will only make the superweed problem worse, not better.

Rather than admit they are responsible for the problem, agri-giants like Dow and Monsanto say that using different
pesticides and herbicides will help solve the problem. But such a suggestion could not be further from the truth. Treating plants with increasingly higher levels and more potent concoctions of toxic chemicals is a recipe for disaster, and one that will only make the superweed problem worse.

Dow, of course, found in its own study that using 2,4-D is a successful intervention to help prevent the growth of superweeds, But a review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, which tends to be conservative in its estimation of the
environmental harm caused by pesticides and herbicides, says 2,4-D leads to "risk quotients that exceed the level of concern." In other words, Dow's "solution" is highly problematic in terms of environmental and human health.  The report found that if 2,4-D is used the way Dow suggests, humans will be exposed to dangerously high levels of the toxin, which in turn causes autoimmune disorders, cell destruction (apoptosis), nerve damage, metabolic dysfunction, and other serious problems.

The only real way to stop the spread of superweeds, if it is even still possible, is to stop planting and cultivating GM
crops. Organic, sustainable growing methods do not require toxic chemical applications, which in turn do not create superweeds. They also do not pollute the food supply and the environment with extremely toxic chemicals like GM crop cultivation methods do.

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