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 July 25 - Gates Foundation partner forces vaccines on Malawian children at gunpoint, arrests parents

Get your shots, or else get shot. That is the message being sent by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners in Africa that are helping the organization achieve its goal of vaccinating every single child on the planet
According to a recent report in the Malawi Voice, at least 131 Malawian children were vaccinated this week at gunpoint after having previously fled the country with their parents to avoid the mandatory jabs.

Reports indicate that a number of children and their parents belonging to Zion and Atumwi Churches fled the southeast African country of Malawi to neighboring Mozambique a few months ago in order to avoid a measles vaccine campaign. Upon recently returning, officials apparently learned of the unvaccinated children's whereabouts and, with the help of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allies, forcibly injected them at gunpoint with the vaccines.

The faith and personal beliefs of the children and their parents obviously convinced them that the vaccines were not a good idea -- and as individual human beings, they have every human right to deny any form of forced "medicine" that violates their convictions or risks putting their health at serious risk -- which is why they were willing to flee in the first place.

But thanks to programs launched and promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, these and many other Africans no longer have a choice but to accept forced vaccinations
or face being murdered by police.
In a video posting at the Gates Foundation website, Melinda lauds Malawi's efforts to reduce child mortality, which include the establishment of 11,000 "health surveillance assistants" that she says "spend three weeks out in the villages ... providing basic vaccinations ... and they make sure the vaccinations happen not just at the village level, but all the way back through the system"
And just how do these "health surveillance assistants" make sure that the vaccinations happen? By forcing villagers to get them at gunpoint which, of course, is not mentioned in Melinda's video blog. If you simply watch the video and accept it at face value, you will be left with the false impression that the Malawi government's health initiatives are nothing but benevolent efforts to help people that want it.

And if they refuse, they can literally be arrested and thrown in jail, or potentially even murdered. This is the dirty reality behind the "humanitarian" efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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 July 26 - Internet takeover: New legislation would allow state to arbitrarily shut down, seize websites
 Article: One World Government

Freedom of speech is under attack once again as the bloated US federal government continues its quest to destroy the last bastion of free and open communication -- the internet.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property" bill, also known as the Protect IP Act, is more oppressive and restrictive to free speech than even communist China's internet censorship protocols, and a group of law professors recently wrote an open letter warning that the bill would allow the government to freely pull websites without any proper legal restrictions.

Last November, Natural News reported that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had already begun seizing website domains and ordering that they be shut down permanently for supposed copyright infringement -- and the agency did this apart from due process or a proper trial No law or legal precedent permitted this rogue agency -- which is a tyrannical spawn of post-9/11 hysteria that is not even constitutionally legitimate to begin with, by the way -- to undergo its website seizing operation. The agency simply decided to break the law and do as it pleased.

Though it is currently stalled in the Senate, according to a recent report from PrisonPlanet.com, the Protect IP Act may eventually get passed under the radar, and eventually turn the internet into a government-run propaganda tool similar to network and cable news.

"At a time when many foreign governments have dramatically stepped up their efforts to censor Internet communications, the [Protect IP Act] would incorporate into US law -- for the first time -- a principle more closely associated with those repressive regimes: a right to insist on the removal of content from the global Internet, regardless of where it may have originated or be located, in service of the exigencies of domestic law," says a portion of the open letter.

After all, protecting intellectual property from theft will help ensure that private enterprise flourishes, right? Indeed it will, but the provisions of the Protect IP Act completely bypass due process, and do not even allow website owners a fair trial -- the bill basically gives the federal government arbitrary power to shut down websites that it feels are an "infringement."

And since the bill would require no independent investigation or proper trial prior to enforcement to verify that any laws had actually been broken, the US government would thus have the perceived authority to target practically any website, or party connected to that website, that it chooses to, without any checks and balances or restraint.

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 July 27 - Consolidation of seed companies leading to corporate domination of world food supply
 Article: One World Government

Throughout the history of agriculture across the globe, farming has always been a diversified sector of the economy. Small, self-sustaining, family farms were the order of the day in most cultures. Even as small farms grew larger and more specialized over time, many of them still saved seeds or purchased them from other farmers, which kept control of farming in the hands of the people.

But today everything has changed, as large chemical and agribusiness firms have acquired or merged with seed companies
and other agricultural input companies. They have successfully gained a foothold on genetically-modified (GM) crops with transgenic traits. These primary factors and several others have facilitated a crescendo towards the global domination of agriculture by corporations, and thus the world's food supply.

The ability to patent both seeds and seed traits has also added injury to insult, as the ability to obtain natural
or heirloom seeds is becoming increasingly difficult, and many farmers feel they have no choice but to go with the flow.

Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow, and BASF collectively own or partially-own hundreds of formerly-independent seed companies -- and Monsanto, of course, dominates them all.

Monsanto had little-to-no involvement in the seed industry prior to the mid-1980s, but since that time has been rapidly eating up seed companies and furthering its development and control over the food supply through GMOs. Today, Monsanto is the world's largest seed company, and the transnational behemoth continues to acquire or otherwise create "partnerships" with various independent seed companies that are still in existence.

The only thing worse than Monsanto and the dominance of the seed market are the cozy relationships with one another. Prof. Howard's analysis reveals that every company in the "Big Six" has at least one mutual relationship with one another, and they together share corporate control of the seed industry.

One would think that farmers would be more aware of this takeover and resist it. But the "Big Six" effectively fly under the radar, in most cases,
by selling their seeds and chemicals through various vendors and under different names. According to Prof. Howard, this is how they effectively maintain an illusion of competition and choice in the midst of their takeover.

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 July 26 - Does 'God Particle' Exist? Scientists to Decide by 2012 Year's End
 Article: Creation/Evolution - Misc.

Physicists directing research through the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) have announced that the existence of the sub-atomic "God particle" will be decided by the end of 2012.
For many years, scientists have speculated the existence of the particle, also called the Higgs boson particle, but have not been able to provide any proof to corroborate the fact. However, at the International Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics in Grenoble, France, this past weekend, researchers presented some curious data bleeps that could hint the existence of such a particle.

So far, the physicists stated that after conducting particle-smashing tests in the LHC, reaching speeds up to 99.99 percent of the speed of light, they were only able to determine the location the particle was not found, adding that with more tests and more data they would be able to determine whether the particle exists within 18 months.

If the particle was found to exist, then it would explain how all matter, including creatures, in the universe have come to have mass. Additionally, it would complete the puzzle for the Standard Model of physics that was first established in 1970, a theory that explains the Big Bang as well.

"This experiment is one of the most significant of this third millennium," Dr. Karl W. Giberson of the BioLogos Foundation said earlier. He called the LHC experiment an "extraordinary event for Christian to contemplate" and said it might lead to further experiments that will one day answer some of man's deep questions regarding the universe.

"What is most exciting in this experiment is that it lets us push back a bit closer to that mysterious moment almost 14 billion years ago, when our universe emerged in the Big Bang," he stated. "What the LHC might demonstrate is a piece of the grand puzzle: where does mass come from? If Christians can embrace the Big Bang theory, instead of inventing odd and implausible reasons to reject it, they will be drawn into a most wonderful world of grandeur that will greatly enlarge their concept of God."

While Dr. Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis believes the experiment may give some insight into how God upholds the universe today, he said the LHC cannot confirm the Big Bang nor prove anything. "Just because something can be done today doesn't mean it has ever happened in nature in the past," he has argued. Lisle is a creationist astrophysicist.

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 July 29 - The Sacrament of Love - The Happy Priest Reflects on the Gift of the Eucharist
 Artcle:Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

This Sunday's gospel passage reminds us once again of God's unconditional love for us. "When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick" (Matthew 14: 14). In essence, Christianity is an on-going love story. It is a love story about God's unconditional love for you and me.

"Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds" (Matthew 14: 19). However, the miracle of the loaves and fishes directs our attention to the miracle of the Eucharist. Jesus' miracle is a foretaste of the greatest of all miracles, the miracle of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the sacrament of love. The Eucharist allows us to experience his unconditional love. He loves us so much, that he cannot leave us.

When Jesus ascended to the Father, it would have been very simple for him merely to leave us with a record of all that he had said and done; however, he could not contain his love within the confines of time and space. Because of his unconditional love, he had to remain with us. The Eucharist is not a symbol, it is a reality. Jesus is truly with us.

The Eucharist is the most perfect of the seven sacraments. God dispenses sanctifying grace through the sacraments. Moreover, not only is the Eucharist an aqueduct of divine life, the Eucharist is God himself!

In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1374).

Transubstantiation means "change of substance", or "change of reality." When the priest repeats the words that Jesus spoke at the Last Supper, the bread is no longer bread, and the wine is no longer wine. Instead, the entire substance of the bread and the entire substance of the wine have been changed into the substance of The Body and Blood of Christ.

Look at the tabernacle. Our Lord is truly there. He looks at you and cries out: "All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy?" (Isaiah 55: 1-2)

"It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us 'to the end', even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1380).

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 July 29 - Scientists clone genetically-modified dog that 'glows' when given antibiotic
 Article: Cloning/Genetic Engineering

Mad science continues with the recent announcement that South Korean scientists at Seoul National University (SNU) have successfully cloned a genetically-engineered (GE) dog that they say glows "fluorescent green" under ultraviolet light when fed an antibiotic known as doxycycline. And just why did scientists feel the need to spend the equivalent of roughly $3 million on this gene-tampering experiment? To allegedly find cures for human diseases, of course, which is the only explanation that even begins to approach justifying such insanity (yet miserably fails).

The announcement comes roughly two years after researchers from the same school announced that they had created GE dogs that glowed red, and which they claimed were "the world's first transgenic dogs." In that instance, researchers deliberately infected the GM dogs with a virus that implanted fluorescent genes into their cell nuclei. These nuclei were then transferred to another dog's cells whose nuclei had been removed, and the resultant cloned embryo implanted into a surrogate mother
Both cases of animal experimentation are truly horrifying, as they demonstrate the shockingly boundless possibilities in the field of genetic manipulation that are possible when "curing disease" is the stated goal. Splice, dice, mix, match, insert, inject -- there really seems to be no area that is off limits anymore to scientists hellbent on controlling the entire living (and non-living, for that matter) world.

"The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases,"
stated Byeong-chun to the Yonhap news agency, concerning his team's findings. He added that since dogs apparently have 268 illnesses in common with humans, creating GMO dogs may eventually prove beneficial in medicine.

So there you have it, folks, right from the horse's mouth. Researchers are busy injecting genes into animals so that they can eventually inject those same genes into humans.
The day is coming when self-proclaimed "experts" will tell human beings that they need to undergo genetic manipulations in order to prevent or treat disease -- and sadly many people will blindly accept this as truth and comply.

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 July 29 - UK government to save DNA profiles of innocent people, civil liberties groups speak out
 Article: One World Government

If you are arrested in the UK on suspicion that you may have committed a crime but are later proven innocent, your DNA profile will still remain within government databases, according to a new report in The Daily Telegraph. After previously promising that it would destroy all DNA profiles of innocent civilians, except when charges involve violence or sex crimes, the UK government has now decided that it will keep such profiles after all, but do so "anonymously."

DNA profiles are encrypted numeric sequences that identify individuals within a database system. Law enforcement agencies use
DNA profiles to easily identify individuals for the purpose of parental testing or criminal investigation. But UK officials want to retain all DNA profiles of individuals that are taken into custody, regardless of whether or not they actually committed a crime.

The government's excuse for breaching its promise in the matter is that retained profiles will supposedly be categorized anonymously. However, the UK's Home Office minister James Brokenshire openly admitted that it is possible to identify the profiles through simple laboratory analysis, which many civil liberties groups say is absolutely unacceptable.

"Members of the committee will be aware that most DNA records ... will include the original barcode, which is used by both the police and the FSS [Forensic Science Service] to track the sample and resulting profile through the system," said Brokenshire before the UK Parliament. "It is therefore theoretically possible that a laboratory could identify an individual's profile from the barcode, but only in conjunction with the force which took the original sample, by giving details of the barcode of the force and asking for the individual's name."

In other words, the system is anything but anonymous, as it would be quite simple for local police departments to identify an "anonymous" profile by matching barcodes with their corresponding information sets.

"This is disgraceful on the part of the government," said Daniel Hamilton, director of the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, to the Telegraph.
"Destroying physical DNA samples is a pointless gesture if the computer records are to be retained."

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 July 28 - Doug Clark: Holy molar! Madonna sighted on a bicuspid
 Article: Signs And Wonders

Comment from Understand the Times:
Mary has been sighted on a bicuspid according to the following article. Mary sightings are on the increase these days. This of course is to be predicted as the Bible states that people will be more and more willing to accept lying signs and wonders. UTT recommends that you read the Bible to find out the truth about "Mary sightings."

Dr. Michael Trantow has seen plenty of the expected in his 30 years of peering into the mouths of patients. Cavities. Diseased gums. Abscessed teeth .Seeing the Virgin Mary staring back at him, however, was definitely a first.

"I was so startled," the Spokane Valley dentist said of what he witnessed earlier this month after removing a patient's crown. "I told everyone in the office to come in and look at this." The consensus, he said, fell pretty much into the category of shock and awe.

The image, the dentist explained, was made by what was under the crown: glue remnants, an old filling, tooth enamel?.All that combined into an unlikely human pattern.

"I think there might be something there because I've never seen it before," he said. "You always trust your gut reaction in the first two seconds and it kinda looks like Mary."

Proclaimed images of Mary do have a way of popping up in the craziest of places. Searching the Internet for "Mary sightings" will quickly validate this truth. I found photographs of Mary's supposed visage on a tree, a banana, a potato and - my personal favorite - a Mary like salsa stain on a restaurant wall.

The tooth's owner isn't so sure. "He (Dr. Trantow) was quite excited about it," said Blossom, who turned 79 on Tuesday. "It's something different, anyway, Everybody sees what they want to see."

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 July 28 - Cardinal: Mercy Is Key to Interreligious Dialogue
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

If mercy can be considered a name of God, its role should not be forgotten in interreligious dialogue, says Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon.
On Sunday, the primate of Gaul suggested this as he presided over a Mass in the Church of the Seven Saints of Ephesus, in the small village of Vieux-Marche. He was speaking in the context of a Muslim-Christian pilgrimage that has been held for almost 60 years in this locality.
"Why has the word mercy deserted the lips of Catholics?" the Morocco-born cardinal wondered in his homily. "Why do we use it so little? Why are we afraid to use it? I'm surprised, because it appears everywhere in the Bible, and it would be a wonderful concept for interreligious dialogue."
The cardinal recalled that the Jewish people received the vocation to "be servants of God's mercy in all nations." Moreover, he added, "this word appears in each of the Surahs of the Quran, which always begins by invoking the merciful God." "It's also present everywhere in the Gospel," the 60-year-old prelate reminded. "I don't know why we have neglected it."
"Perhaps for some it seems out of fashion, but it came from the lips of Christ, from the lips of the Virgin Mary when she sang the Magnificat, and it is in the Canticle of Zachariah, which is our prayer every morning. So, why don't we use it?"
Recalling Karol Wojtyła's thought, the cardinal said: "Merciful is not only an adjective we can attribute to God. Mercy is not only one of the qualities of God, who is also Creator, Almighty. Mercy -- said the Pope -- is really his name."
"This phrase could be very useful in profound dialogue, following the record of God's love, with our brother believers of other religions," the cardinal affirmed.
The Christian-Muslim pilgrimage to the Church of the Seven Saints of Ephesus is due to the tradition surrounding the "seven sleepers" to whom the church is dedicated. Tradition holds that seven Christians who were trying to escape the third-century persecution of Decius hid in a cave at the site where the church was built. When Decius found that they refused to recant their faith, he had the cave sealed as the young Christians slept. Some 150 years later the cave was opened and the young men awoke. The story of the "sleepers" is more prominent in the Islam tradition because it is recounted in the Quran.
This year it has beaten all records of participation.

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 July 25 - Blair sees the real power in faith
 Article: One World Religion

FORMER British prime minister Tony Blair has a different and challenging view of the 21st century: he argues that religion will replace the clash of political ideologies as the dominant issue of the coming age. Blair's further message is that the growing aggressive secularism in the West is the wrong response. It misreads and misconceives the nature of the 21st century and the best path to social harmony in a more globalised world.

He warns that the struggle against a violent Islamist minority symbolised by the 9/11 attack on the US a decade ago is ongoing and unresolved. He fears that the West misunderstands how to wage this struggle -- that it requires both fortitude and an embracing attitude towards faith and religion.

"For example, the fastest growing part of the world for Christianity is China. You've got major evangelical movements starting in Latin America and obviously you've got the expansion of Islam; there will be a doubling of the Arab population over the next 30 years. So religious faith is important and it's growing. Yet at the same time globalization is throwing everyone together."

This leads Blair to his intellectual conclusion and current career preoccupation. "The issue is this: if faith is becoming a badge of identity and it says: 'I am what I am in opposition to you', then that's when religion is dangerous. If, on the other hand, faith becomes a humanizing and civilizing set of values it can play an important role in making globalization work."

A powerful trend in Islam has been the pushing aside of moderate clerics and thinkers and the embrace of hardline dogma. Blair warns that across Europe there is a "strong reaction" to Islamization and "some of that finds its way into appalling extremism and sectarianism. He attributes the high profile of immigration in many European elections to the depth of tensions over Islam, religion and culture. "I would say that all over Europe this is an issue," Blair says.

He hammers the need to manage the rise of religious faith and the consequences of its mismanagement with the risk of resulting violence. "There is a real risk," he says. "And I think it is the most substantial risk we face."

"The threat we saw that culminated on 9/11 is still with us. It is still claiming thousands of lives every year. But more importantly it is causing great tensions within the Arab world and the Middle East and also between Islam and the West. I think it is unresolved. The key to resolving it is, in fact, openly and clearly to provide means by which peoples of different faiths come together and interact with one another."

For Blair, the West must be prepared to fight for its values and deploy hard power when required. These values of "sensible, decent democracy" are the same values that most Muslims want for their own societies.

Asked about the key to successful integration, Blair says: "To insist on diversity but also to insist upon a common space, common values and common practices.

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