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 June 3 - Scientists push to implement edible RFID tracking chips in food
 Article: One World Government

It will monitor your calorie intake, show from where your food was sourced, and even let you know when the food in your fridge is about to go bad -- these are some of the enticing claims made by the developers of a new system that embeds edible radio frequency identification (RFID) chips directly into food. Its creators insist the technology will revolutionize the way humans eat for the better, but critical-thinking onlookers will recognize the ploy as just another way to track and control human behavior.

Developed by Hannes Harms from the Royal College of Art in London, the "NutriSmart" system is based on the idea that RFID
wafers injected directly into food can help better track the food supply chain, further automate the supermarket shopping experience, and simplify the  eating
experience by programming data into food so that humans essentially do not have to think about what they are doing.

And if such technology also ends up in food, it is safe to assume that evil powers will seek to control the food supply with it, as well as monitor the types of food people eat. In other words, if authorities one day decide that vitamin and mineral supplements are off limits, which is what is currently happening in Europe
, it is plausible that RFID technology can assess illegal intake of such nutrients, and immediately send this data to the appropriate enforcement agencies.

This 1984-esque scenario appears to be more than just science fiction -- it is unfolding before our eyes just a little bit more every single day. And the NutriSmart system is just another piece of evidence that those in power wish to micromanage every single aspect of our lives, from the drugs we take to the foods we eat.

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 June 3 - 70 Methodist Clergy Agree to Wed Gay Couples
 Article: Perilous Times

Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

"We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church's blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage," reads the statement introduced this week at the 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference. "We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church."

The Rev. Bruce Robbins, pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, read the statement to clergy Wednesday during a time of personal privilege, the United Methodist News Service reported. By the end the day, 40 clergy members had signed the statement. As of Friday, the number of signers reached 70.

"We repent that it has taken us so long to act," continues the statement, entitled "Equality for All in Christian Marriage."

Bishop Sally Dyck said that simply making a statement in support of same-sex unions did not break any denominational rules. But she indicated that officiating at a gay wedding would be a chargeable offense, according to UMNS.

Under the 2008 Book of Discipline, same-sex unions are not to be conducted by United Methodist ministers or in its churches. Clergy who are convicted of officiating a homosexual union would face revocation of conference membership or clergy credentials.

The voluntary statement was open to any United Methodist persons in the Minnesota Conference who conducts Christian marriages, and was not endorsed by the denomination's General Conference.

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 June 2 - Fujitsu Develops World's First Personal Authentication Technology to Integrate Palm Vein and Fingerprint Authentication
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of the world's first biometric authentication technology that combines data on palm vein patterns with fingerprint data from three fingers. By employing both palm vein pattern and fingerprint data, the technology enables the rapid identification of a given individual out of data from a million people, processing the match within two seconds.

This technology makes it possible to construct biometric authentication systems that do not require ID cards and that can be tailor-made to fit different sized groups, from small-scale room access control to large-scale social platform systems. Moreover, the technology can be easily deployed by simply adding palm vein authentication to the fingerprint authentication systems that are already in widespread use.

Biometric authentication technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous as a means to prevent corporate data breaches and identity fraud at financial institutions. This includes palm vein authentication based on a technology pioneered by Fujitsu Laboratories, now widely employed around the world for its highly precise authentication in applications ranging from ID confirmation for ATM users at financial institutions, to corporate PC access management and room access control systems. In addition, rapid fingerprint authentication processing is becoming popular as an easy and reliable personal log-in authentication method built into PCs and mobile phones.

The convenience offered by simply using one's body for authentication - biometrics eliminates the need to carry IC cards - is expected to accelerate the spread of biometrics even further. As the key to realize greater acceptance, the focus has turned to technologies that can recognize with superior speed and precision a given individual out of a million or hundred million people in applications for large corporations and governments.

One solution proposed for addressing this problem is to build a robust authentication system that combines multiple biometric authentication methods. Separately capturing the biometric data needed for each method, however, diminishes the convenience of this approach. For example, if palm vein authentication were combined with iris pattern authentication, both the palm and iris would each need to be separately scanned, compromising simplicity. This necessitated a technology that could easily combine more than one type of biometric data.

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 June 1 - Churches More Like Fast Food Restaurants? One Pastor Thinks So
 Article: Emerging Church

Are churches becoming more and more like fast food restaurants today?
Megachurch pastor Brady Boyd asks readers the tough question that has plagued many pastors and congregations alike, touching upon a rather sensitive subject for most religious leaders. "Have we, as American pastors, given up our calling as shepherds and unknowingly become fast food entrepreneurs who are building a religious business and not a church?" the Colorado pastor posed on his blog.

Witnessing the ever-growing trend for pastors to be focused primarily on the numbers - number of people attending their church - Boyd desired to shift the internal conversations happening among leaders and spark some honest debate on the subject of church marketing and mass numbers.

"Church is not a product to be consumed like a gym membership, but rather a holy gathering of sinners who are becoming saints because of grace," he penned. "We want to be what Eugene Peterson calls 'a company of pastors' and not a company of shopkeepers."

While the gathering of people was not in any way damaging or misguided, the former English teacher wondered if leaders were only focusing on the number of attendees, rather than the growth of existing members.

Church, he concluded, has always been about the gathering of the called out ones, not the gathering of potential customers, who leaders hoped would have a great consumer experience.

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 June 1 - 20 former world leaders discuss looming water crisis
 Artcle: One World Government

Twenty former heads of state, including former US president Bill Clinton, warned Tuesday of an impending "water crisis" and agreed to establish a panel that will tackle a worldwide leadership gap on the issue.

The retired leaders, among them ex-Mexican president Vicente Fox and former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, said the panel would work to raise the issue's political prominence in order to avert looming problems with worldwide water supply.

The group urged a new international water ethic and offered 21 recommendations for world water management.  At the top of the list: "placing water at the forefront of the global political agenda."

Others items included linking climate change research and water problems, creating a legal right to water, and raising the price of water to reflect its economic value.

In areas where water is rationed, the priority should be for food crops and not bio-fuels, said the group, whose co-chairs were former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and one-time Austrian chancellor Franz Vranitzky.

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 May 30 - Millions face food poverty as northern Europe is hit by worst drought in 35 years
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

BERNARD Maquis's cattle would normally be grazing in the lush green pastures of the Limousin region in central France at this time of year. Instead, they are eating hay intended for the winter after months of drought that has turned the fields yellow.  He is wondering whether it might be better to sell his cows at a reduced price rather find himself without fodder by the end of the autumn. "I'm starting to sleep badly," he said.

Mr Maquis is not alone. With Northern Europe facing its worst drought since 1976, politicians in the West are expecting protests from farmers, consumer discontent and a strain on budgets.  Third World nations are braced for riots as Europe's heat wave creates a rise in food prices and drives millions deeper into poverty.

"We are in a situation of crisis and of crisis management," said Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the French Ecology Minister.

Meteorologists say that Northern Europe has had 50 per cent less rain than normal over the past two months, while temperatures have been 4C higher than usual.

In France, water restrictions have been implemented across more than half of the country and the drought is already comparable to 1976, when a heat wave wrecked the annual harvest.

Germany has had twice as many hours of sunshine as it would normally expect in the spring. Some German regions have had just 5 per cent of their standard rainfall. "We desperately need rain," said Andrea Adams, spokeswoman for the Farmers' Association in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. She said that the wheat was yellow, the sugar beet had barely grown at all and the rye was "curling up and dying".

With breeders across France beginning to sell animals they cannot feed, protests are under way. In southwest France, farmers blocked roads to a motorway for several hours last week after they failed to obtain temporary permission to take water from rivers.

With droughts also reported in China and southern US states, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN fears rioting in poor countries. Officials said that the global price of cereals had risen 71 per cent over the past 12 months, and while Moscow will lift a ban on exports of wheat, barley, rye, corn and flour introduced during the heat wave last summer, it may provide only temporary relief.

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 June 8 - China warns U.S. debt-default idea is "playing with fire"
 Article: Miscellaneous

Republican lawmakers are "playing with fire" by contemplating even a brief debt default as a means to force deeper government spending cuts, an adviser to China's central bank said on Wednesday. The idea of a technical default -- essentially delaying interest payments for a few days -- has gained backing from a growing number of mainstream Republicans who see it as a price worth paying if it forces the White House to slash spending, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

But any form of default could destabilize the global economy and sour already tense relations with big U.S. creditors such as China, government officials and investors warn.

Li Daokui, an adviser to the People's Bank of China, said a default could undermine the U.S. dollar, and Beijing needed to dissuade Washington from pursuing this course of action.

"I think there is a risk that the U.S. debt default may happen,"
Li told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Beijing. "The result will be very serious and I really hope that they would stop playing with fire."

China is the largest foreign creditor to the United States, holding more than $1 trillion in Treasury debt as of March, U.S. data shows, so its concerns carry considerable weight in Washington. "I really worry about the risks of a U.S. debt default, which I think may lead to a decline in the dollar's value," Li said.

If the United States cannot make interest payments on its debt, the Obama administration has warned of "catastrophic" consequences that could push the still-fragile economy back into recession.

"How can the U.S. be allowed to default?" said an official at India's central bank. "We don't think this is a possibility because this could then create huge panic globally."

"The possibility is quite high to see a default of the U.S. debt, which would harm many countries in the world, and China in particular," he said.

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 June 9 - Rich, Famous and Powerful Converge at Bilderberg
 Article: One World Government

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn't attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power.

The attendee list of Bilderberg is still pretty much the only thing that is not a closely guarded secret, as 120 of the world's richest and most powerful people meet behind closed doors, this time at the Suvretta House hotel in Switzerland, a venue which not only boasts a "fairytale castle" design, but also its own "Teddy World."

The first Bilderberg meeting in 1954 was an attempt to stamp out post-war anti-Americanism in Europe, bringing together senior U.S. and European figures to meet and discuss the international challenges of the day.

Since then, the rich and powerful have continued to meet. The 2010 event, in Sitges, Spain, included on its agenda "The Growing Influence of Cyber Technology," "Security in a Proliferated World," "Promises of Medical Science," and "Can We Feed the World." according to its official website.

Its secrecy only serves to add fuel to the innumerate conspiracy theories that circulate around the event, with Internet message boards often channelling Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown and putting the "club" in the same bracket as the Freemasons and "Illuminati."

"The Bilderbergs are probably the most influential global network of all time.
It's an honor to be invited, it's a tremendous honor. Part of it is recognition for work done and part of it is for contribution to enabling world affairs.

"You do get the impression that what is happening is a shaping of ideas and the shaping of a way forward does take place,"
Kakabadse said.

"There's many reasons why people want to go to the Bilderberg meetings, there are many advantages at a personal level, but then I suppose there's the supreme professional advantage of being recognized as a person who has the capability and has achieved a position in life where you can influence thinking on world affairs," Kakabadse said

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 June 12 - Roubini: 'Perfect Storm' May Rock World Economy by 2013
 Article: One World Government

A "perfect storm" of fiscal woe in the U.S., a slowdown in China, European debt restructuring and stagnation in Japan may converge on the global economy, New York University professor Nouriel Roubini said.

There's a one-in-three chance the factors will combine to stunt growth from 2013, Roubini, who predicted the global financial crisis, said in a June 11 interview in Singapore. Other possible outcomes are "anemic but OK" global growth or an "optimistic" scenario in which the expansion improves.

"There are already elements of fragility," he said. "Everybody's kicking the can down the road of too much public and private debt. The can is becoming heavier and heavier, and bigger on debt, and all these problems may come to a head by 2013 at the latest."

Elevated U.S. unemployment, a surge in oil and food prices, rising interest rates in Asia and trade disruption from Japan's record earthquake threaten to sap the world economy. Stocks worldwide have lost more than $3.3 trillion since the beginning of May, and Roubini said financial markets by the middle of next year could start worrying about a convergence of risks in 2013.

In the U.S., a failure to address the budget deficit risks a bond market "revolt," Roubini said. President Barack Obama's administration has been negotiating with Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, over cutting the federal government's long-term shortfall and raising the debt ceiling.

"We're still running over a trillion-dollar budget deficit this year, next year and most likely in 2013," Roubini said in a speech in Singapore on June 11. "The risk is at some point, the bond market vigilantes are going to wake up in the U.S., like they did in Europe, pushing interest rates higher and crowding out the recovery."

Japan's economy, the world's third-largest, slid into a recession last quarter after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis. The government is spending an initial 4 trillion yen ($50 billion) to clean up from the disaster, which is estimated to have caused as much as 25 trillion yen in economic damage.

Roubini in July 2006 predicted a "catastrophic" global financial meltdown that central bankers would be unable to prevent. The collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008 sparked turmoil that led to the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

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 June 9 - This Week's Solar Flare Illuminates the Grid's Vulnerability
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A massive burst of solar wind that erupted from the sun Tuesday is expected to deliver only a "glancing blow" to the Earth's vulnerable magnetic field, NASA officials said yesterday. But it will preview what some experts call a potentially existential threat to the power grids of the United States and other nations, and the populations that depend on them. 

However, NASA spacecraft detected a much larger eruption last weekend on the backside of the sun headed away from Earth, generating a much faster-moving cloud. "If this event was on a collision course with the U.S., we would have had a major space weather event," Pulkkinen said. "In this regard, we got lucky." 

The next peak cycle of sunspot activity is predicted for 2012-2014, bringing with it a greater risk of large geomagnetic storms that can generate powerful rogue currents in transmission lines, potentially damaging or destroying the large transformers that manage power flow over high-voltage networks. 

"Geomagnetically-induced currents on system infrastructure have the potential to result in widespread tripping of key transmission lines and irreversible physical damage to large transformers," a 2009 report (pdf) by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and the Energy Department says. Agreement on the seriousness of the threat, but not the solution 

In the worst-case scenario, the stockpile of spare transformers would fall far short of replacement needs. Urban centers across the continent would be without power for many months or even years, until new transformers could be manufactured and delivered from Asia. The transformers are not made in the United States. 

"If the solar storm of 1921, which has been termed a one-in-100-year event, were to occur today, well over 300 extra-high-voltage transformers could be damaged or destroyed, thereby interrupting power to 130 million people for a period of years," Joseph McClelland, director of the Office of Electric Reliability at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a May 31 House Energy subcommittee hearing on the issue. 

"The U.S. society and economy are so critically dependent upon the availability of electricity that a significant collapse of the grid precipitated by a major natural or man-made EMP [electro-magnetic pulse] event could result in catastrophic civilian casualties," Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said at the same hearing.

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 June 13 - Lebanon PM: New government to liberate land under occupation of 'Israeli enemy'
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced on Monday a long-delayed new government dominated by allies of Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which is likely to cause alarm among Western powers.  Mikati was appointed to form a government after Hezbollah and its allies toppled Western-backed former premier Saad al-Hariri's coalition in January over a dispute involving the United Nations backed tribunal investigating the assassination of statesman Rafik al-Hariri, Saad's father.

"Let us go to work immediately according to the principles and basis that we have affirmed our commitment to several times, namely ... defending Lebanon's sovereignty and its independence and liberating land that remains under the occupation of the Israeli enemy," Mikati said at the Baabda Presidential Palace.

Mikati, who says he is politically neutral, said the Lebanese government would seek to maintain positive ties with all Arab countries.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been fighting a popular revolt against his 11-year rule, telephoned Mikati to congratulate him, Lebanese media said. Syria is a strong ally of Hezbollah, the main player in the political coalition which helped bring Mikati to power in January.

"This government is committed to maintaining strong, brotherly ties which bind Lebanon to all Arab countries without exception," Mikati said

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 June 14 - EU pushing peace plan based on Obama's '1967 borders' speech
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Following a French initiative to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority by convening a Middle East peace conference in Paris, the European Union is now advocating an international peace plan as an alternative to a unilateral Palestinian plan to secure state recognition at the UN in September. 

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, called for the urgent convening of the Middle East Quartet. The Quartet - the U.S., EU, UN and Russia - would gather as a precursor for support for a peace plan based on the Middle East policy speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the State Department last month. 

Ashton's letter was coordinated with the governments of France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, a senior European diplomat said. The diplomat added that the Americans had rejected the French peace initiative, but EU countries had decided that the U.S. needed to be pushed to advance a peace plan that would head off the Palestinian effort to secure recognition of an independent state at the UN in September. 

Referring to Obama's speech at the State Department, Ashton continued: "I believe that what is needed now is a clear signal to the parties, and a reference framework that should enable them to return to the negotiating table. President Obama, in his speech on May 19, laid down two important elements that can be the basis for a resumption of negotiations: Borders based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, and firm security guarantees." 

The EU foreign policy chief also suggested that other key principles supported by the European Union - on Jerusalem and the refugee question - be part of the plan. The EU has advocated that Jerusalem be the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state. 

"I believe we should now meet as Quartet Principals to adopt a statement consolidating these elements and thereby provide the parties with a reference framework," the letter continued. Ashton also advocated an early meeting of the Quartet:
"It is critical we make a gesture before the summer, because we need to contribute to a calming of a volatile situation that promises to be even more so as the year progresses." 

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 June 9 - Tony Blair's nightmare vision of a European superstate would be disastrous for Britain and the Special Relationship
 Article: One World Governenmet

Tony Blair's interview in this morning's Times deserves to be widely read on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? Because it shows that the Eurofederalists' delusions of grandeur are firmly alive and remain a huge threat not only to British national sovereignty but the future of the transatlantic alliance, especially the Special Relationship. It is also a further demonstration of just how far removed Tony Blair is from political reality and public opinion in the UK, but that's never stopped him before.

In his interview with The Times, the former prime minister calls for an elected president of the European Union, selected by an electorate of nearly 400 million people, which "would give the EU clear leadership and enormous authority on the world stage." It is essential for Europe to have "strong, collective leadership and direction." This is necessary, Blair believes, because "we won't have the weight and influence a country like Britain needs unless we're part of that European power as well."

Significantly, his grand scheme is all about "power, not peace", with a muscular Brussels supposedly taking on the rising 'superpower' in Beijing:

"In a world in particular in which China is going to become the dominant power of the 21st century, it is sensible for Europe to combine together, to use its collective weight in order to achieve influence. And the rationale for Europe today therefore is about power, not peace."

In all but name, Blair is urging the creation of a European superstate, a rival power to both the United States and China, one where national sovereignty is pooled in several key areas, including defence and foreign policy, immigration and organised crime, tax policy, and energy. The foundations for much of this have already been laid by the Treaty of Lisbon, but Blair's vision takes the European project considerably further, especially in the area of tax harmonisation and defence.

Blair himself admits that there is little chance of his idea of an elected president being embraced at home at this moment (a position that he no doubt wishes to fill himself), but insists that this is the path that Britain and Europe must ultimately take. And there can be little doubt that his dream of a politically and economically unified EU is shared by many other leaders across Europe who remain wedded to the concept of ever closer union, despite the crisis in the Eurozone, and the irrelevance of Brussels over Libya.

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 June 12 - Awareness of Bilderberg Cabal Explodes in 2011
 Article: One World Governenmet

The amount of publicity garnered by the secretive Bilderberg conference this year in St. Moritz, Switzerland, far surpassed the coverage afforded to past gatherings of the elite cabal, with major media outlets and international news wires finally reporting on the yearly event after refusing to do so for over five decades. Protests, the alternative media, and anti-Bilderberg politicians played an important role in spreading the news.

Among the confirmed 2011 European and Canadian attendees were the British Chancellor of the Exchequer ("in his official capacity," according to the Treasury), the President of the European Central Bank, the head of Canada's central bank, the queens of the Netherlands and Spain, the Crown Prince of Norway, a representative of the unimaginably vast Rothschild banking empire, finance ministers, heads of state, and many more.

A reporter on the scene for the U.K. Guardian said there were also individuals in attendance who were not on the official list - a regular occurrence discovered almost every year. Among them were
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen, and Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain. Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates was reportedly spotted as well.

More than two dozen prominent members of the American elite attended, too. An especially interesting cadre at the 2011 event included some of the masters of the internet world: The co-founder of Facebook; the executive chairman of Google; the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn; the founder and CEO of Amazon.com; the commander of the American military's "cyber command" (or USCYBERCOM); Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer; and others.

Representatives of the non-digital American elite were out in force as well. Among them were former Ghaddafi adviser and Bush-era neo-con extraordinaire Richard Perle; billionaire David Rockefeller, who openly boasted in his autobiography of conspiring to erect a global political and economic system; Robert Rubin, former Treasury Secretary and current co-chairman of the immensely powerful, world-government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations; the vice-chairman of Citigroup; TV personality Charlie Rose; former Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger, who frequently and publicly calls for what he refers to as a "New World Order"; the president of the World Bank; and others. 

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 June 12 - A blood test to scan baby's DNA before birth? As science progresses, ethical questions loom
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome, but also things like eye color and height. And the risk for developing depression or Alzheimer's disease. 

Scanning fetal DNA from a blood test
will be "without question a major medical advance that promises to greatly improve current prenatal care," says Jaime King, an associate professor at the UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco who studies genetic testing. But bringing it into practice "raises significant practical, legal, ethical and social challenges," she says.

"This really changes the experience of what it will be like to be pregnant and have a child," said Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society in Berkeley, Calif. "I keep coming up with the word, game-changer."

She wonders if parents would withhold their commitment to a pregnancy until test results show a fetus is "good enough" to be born. And what, she asks, is good enough?

The issues have been discussed before. The DNA of a fetus has long been recoverable through medical procedures, with a small risk of miscarriage. But a blood test would be free of that risk, which should make many more women interested in it and doctors willing to test for a wider range of conditions, some experts say. And the results could come early enough to allow for an abortion before the pregnancy is even obvious.

The trigger for the new round of discussion is a couple of papers published last December. In preliminary results, two research teams showed that they could essentially reconstruct a baby's genetic makeup by recovering fragments of fetal DNA from the mother's bloodstream. That ability, plus the rapidly falling cost of analyzing DNA, would open the door to inspecting individual genes.

"If no limitations are put on, you can have a couple get a prenatal genetic test in the future saying their fetus has ... a 60 percent chance of having breast cancer at the age of 60 and a 30 percent chance of being gay," says Dr. Brian Skotko, a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society. Since such information would come early enough for an abortion, Skotko says, "The ultimate question for society is, What forms of human variation are valuable?"

On a societal level, King said she's concerned that the prenatal diagnosis might become seen as a way of "curing" diseases by aborting fetuses that have them.  "Once you've opened Pandora's box, it's harder to close it."

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 June 17 - We've got you under your skin: Battery-free surveillance device that can be implanted under the flesh
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

A new generation of battery-free surveillance devices which can be implanted under the skin and transmit over huge distances via wireless have been developed by scientists.

Researchers are working on nano machines
that could be injected into the arms of patients and then report back to doctors who are monitoring them from miles away.  They would be powered by the motion of a person walking, or even the pulse of a blood vessel, so would never stop working until the person died.

Such devices could be used by hospitals to locate patients or perhaps check if they are following their treatment plan.  But they will also be of interest to the military and the criminal justice system which is constantly on the lookout for new ways to spy on criminals.

According to Science Daily it would be able to pick up wireless signals at a distance of more than 30ft.

At the time he said: 'This development represents a milestone toward producing portable electronics that can be powered by body movements without the use of batteries or electrical outlets.

'Our nanogenerators are poised to change lives in the future. Their potential is only limited by one's imagination.'

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 June 23 - Corpus Christi: Called to be Living Monstrances, Carry Jesus into the World
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Holy See announced that at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 23, 2010, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass on the square in front of Rome's St. John Lateran Basilica. Following this Liturgy he will preside at the traditional Eucharistic procession from the basilica, along Via Merulana, to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Vatican offices are closed in honor of this great Feast.

The faithful throughout the whole world are invited to enter into the depth of this Feast and be changed profoundly by their participation. No 'old fashioned ritual', this reveals the very truth of the new reality. Though this Feast has been transferred to Sunday in the United States, the Church in most of the world will celebrate it on Thursday. Whenever it is celebrated, it is a richly significant day in Catholic life. Priests, accompanied by Deacons, lead the faithful in a solemn procession of the Consecrated Holy Eucharist throughout the Streets of the world. 

In one of them St. Thomas noted: "Material food first of all turns itself into the person who eats it, and as a consequence, restores his losses and increases his vital energies. Spiritual food, on the other hand, turns the person who eats it into Itself, and thus the proper effect of this sacrament is the conversion of man into Christ, so that he may no longer live for himself, but that Christ may live in Him. And as a consequence it has the double effect of restoring the spiritual losses caused by sins and defects and of increasing the power of the virtues".  

The Christian faith and life is about relationship, with the Father, in and through His Son Jesus and in Jesus Christ with one another for the sake of the world. The world into which we process is the world that God still loves so much that He continues to send His Son to save, recreate and transform it from within.  The Corpus Christi procession symbolizes the ongoing redemptive mission of Jesus Christ and our participation in it.  

Then we are sent into the world to carry Jesus to others. The Lord wants all men and women to live within the Church. She is the home of the whole human race and a seed of the kingdom.

As we march the Monstrance into the cities of the whole world we participate in a profoundly prophetic act. The early Eastern Church Fathers referred to the Church as the "world transfigured" and the "world reconciled." That reconciliation and transfiguration continues through the Church. Jesus has been raised from the dead and he walks into the world.

St. Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Philippi, reminds us our true "citizenship" is "in heaven." While we live in this current age we participate in bringing heaven to earth and earth to heaven. We who are Christians now live in the Church and go into the world. Our mission is to bring this world back to God in and through Jesus Christ.
We have received the Bread of Heaven. Let us become what we consume. On the Feast of Corpus Christi, as we march through the Streets of the world lifting Jesus Christ enthroned, let us say"Yes" to the invitation to become "living monstrances". Let the consuming fire of God's love purify us so that we can now be used to reveal His presence to a world waiting to be born anew.


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 June 22 - Planes, trains, and automobiles: TSA to grope travelers on all forms of transportation
 Article: One World Governenmet

The enemy of freedom, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as its mother ship, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is on a mission to grope every single traveler in the US. Whether you travel by airplane, train, ship, bus, freight truck, or potentially in the future even your own private vehicle, the TSA wants to be there to treat you like a criminal and feel up your private parts.

According to a recent report in Mother Jones, the TSA has requested 12 more units for its growing fleet of Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams, which are nothing more than unconstitutional security checkpoints eerily similar to those implemented throughout Germany during Hitler's reign.

In the eyes of the TSA, you are guilty until proven innocent, and the agency feels as though it can scrap the US Constitution and invade your personal privacy in the name of fighting "terrorism." Based on its actions, however, the TSA is the true terrorist, and the true enemy of freedom and liberty that is rapidly establishing the United Police States of America.

Back in December, NaturalNews reported that the TSA had already implemented VIPR checkpoints at a Tampa, Fla., Greyhound bus station, which was just one of many installments put in place since the program was formed in 2007. And with its mobile fleet of surveillance and security forces, VIPR teams could one day show up at a baseball stadium, grocery store, or even neighborhood near you.

In Des Moines, Ia., VIPR teams recently decided to target random Latinos for security screenings. In Savannah, Ga., VIPR teams surprised train passengers with an invasive security check involving the lifting of shirts and fondling of women's breasts. And in San Diego, VIPR teams recently screened, handcuffed, arrested, and deported a group of children who were on their way to school.

"We believe this is a flagrant violation of human rights, when we have a situation in which children are being separated from their families without the proper due process rights being afforded them," said a spokesman for a family of one of the children abducted. Proper due process rights, of course, apply to all Americans, and these rights are now routinely being trampled by the TSA in its ruthless shredding and dismantling of the US Constitution.

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 June 22 - Gore promoting fewer children to curb pollution
 Article: One World Governenmet

The global warming debate has always been a touchy one for both sides, and when the world's top global warming activist is talking about the size of population and how that contributes to the choices societies make, it might be worth taking note.

In an appearance Monday in New York City, former Vice President Al Gore, prominently known for his climate change activism, took on the subject of population size and the role of society in controlling it to reduce pollution.

He offered some ideas about what might be done for females in the name of stabilizing population growth.

"One of the things we could do about it is to change the technologies, to put out less of this pollution, to stabilize the population, and one of the principle ways of doing that is to empower and educate girls and women," Gore said. "You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children have, the spacing of the children.

"You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important - you have to educate girls and empower women," he said. "And that's the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices."

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