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 July 29 - Iran's missiles could soon reach U.S. shores
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

While America focuses on its internal problems and its involvement in three wars and the world focuses on the global economy, Iran is progressing on three dangerous fronts: nuclear weapons, armed missiles and naval capability.

Despite four sets of U.N. sanctions and pressure by the U.S. and Europe, Iran has chosen not only to not halt its nuclear program but to expand it. Iran's leaders, dominated by fanatical mullahs, have announced that the installment of faster centrifuges has begun and that they will soon triple the production of enriched uranium to 20 percent at the Fardo nuclear facility deep in the mountain near the city of Qom. It is estimated that Iran will have enough highly enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb within two months and currently has enough low enriched uranium for three nuclear bombs.

Iran is also perfecting its missile delivery systems. Recently, the Revolutionary Guards held war games in which they launched several long-range ballistic missiles from missile silos. They also successfully tested two long-range ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, into the Indian Ocean. While the Guards' ballistic missiles have a range of 1,200 miles covering all U.S. bases in the Middle East and all of Israel, they now possess missiles from North Korea with a range of 2,000 miles, which covers most of Western Europe.

More ominous is the warning by the chief commander of the Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari: "Currently, we are seeking to utilize our defensive capabilities in open seas. And it means that if the enemy plans to pose a threat to the Islamic Republic, Iran is capable of taking reciprocal action, and this strategy is currently on our agenda."

An Iranian navy ship or any commercial vessel operated by the Iranians could easily launch a missile from outside the Gulf of Mexico and pretty much cover most of the U.S. Much more alarming is the fact that once in possession of a nuclear bomb, Iran could successfully carry out its promise to bring America to its knees by a successful electromagnetic pulse attack on America.

The West has tried for years to negotiate with the radicals ruling Iran with the hope that they would halt their nuclear weapons program. However, the Islamic regime has turned down every incentive offered and its officials have openly stated that there is nothing the West can do to stop their nuclear program.

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 July 28 - 3D printing: the technology that could re-shape the world
 Article: Miscellaneous

The O2, the enormous structure formerly known as the Millennium Dome, looms large in the windows of Ravensbourne, the higher education college. Immediately inside the window sits a large, minutely-detailed scale model of the Dome. But it's not the fidelity of the model that is interesting, it's the fact that it was produced by a printer.
Instead of printing ink on paper, 3D printers use a fine powder that sets into a hard, plaster-like finish, building up an object one layer at a time. Building an object layer by layer wastes less material than traditional production methods and makes it possible to produce things that are very hard to make in other ways.
What's used now for rapid prototyping could soon bring massive changes not just to industry but to our homes. 3D printing has been around for about 20 years but over the last decade costs have been falling and the range of materials that can be used has expanded. 3D printers used to work mostly with plastics but now it's possible to print with metals, nylon, recycled paper and even print one object using mixed materials.
Aircraft manufacturers are exploring the possibility of printing, say, an aircraft wing, but it's equally possible that we could one day print our own furniture.

"When you can print something like the parts for a gearbox, that's one thing," says Peter Cochrane, an entrepreneur and futurologist, "but when can print a complete gearbox that works, that's another thing entirely."

Flora Parrott, a lecturer at Ravensbourne and an artist, tells me about plans to scan museum objects so that 3D replicas can be made. It would give historians, for example, the chance to study the inside of an object that could only otherwise be examined by breaking it. It would also mean that schools could print out objects for pupils to handle and explore in class.

Medical researchers have already printed artificial bones, tailor made for people based on scans of their real bones and then implanted to replace bones that have been removed or damaged. The next challenge is to print tissue and create artificial organs using 3D printing.

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 July 30 - Big Brother is watching you: The town where EVERY car is tracked by police cameras
 Article: One World Government

A sleepy Home Counties market town has become the first in Britain to have every car passing through it tracked by police cameras. Royston, in Hertfordshire, has had a set of police cameras installed on every road leading in and out of it, recording the number plate of every vehicle that passes them. The automatic number-plate recognition system will check the plates against a variety of databases, studying them for links to crimes, and insurance and tax records, and alerting police accordingly.

There were just seven incidents of vehicle crime in the town last month, and residents believe the unmarked cameras are an invasion of their privacy.

The system, due to be switched on in the next few days, also allows police to compile 'hotlists' of vehicles that they are interested in and which will be flagged up when the ANPR system details of the cars movements will stay on police records for two years, or five if the car is connected to a crime, the Guardian reported.

Guy Herbert, general secretary from NO2ID, which campaigns against databases storing the public's details, said: 'It's very sinister and quite creepy. 'They can approach anyone they like, but there's no legal basis for them doing so. There's no way to regulate how they use ANPR, they are the authority on it and they have their own rules. So there's no way to protect people's privacy.'

Mr Herbert also takes issue with the fact that the cameras are not advertised to the motorist, so many are unaware they have even been caught on the camera.

Former Royston mayor Rod Kennedy believes the system is targeting the wrong area and details of vehicles should be deleted, unless they have committed a crime or are not registered. 'I just feel that we are on this slippery slope where everything we do will be monitored. I don't see why the honest citizen in a rural area such as this should have their movements tracked.'

'ANPR technology captures an identifying marker - a car's number plate - so has the capability to track and record an individual's movements far more intrusively than CCTV,' he said.
'While there may be crime detection gains the potential for abuse is great. 'We need an informed debate about the extent and potential of this technology and proper statutory regulation is already long overdue.'

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 August 7 - New Bible for Atheists?
 Article: Miscellaneous

A neurologist claims to have created the world's first scientific-based religion by showing that bridging the gap between the brain and mind, and science and religion, can truly inspire, according to the author.
University of Hawaii's neuroscientist and philosopher Bruce E. Morton promises a personal transformation for those who read his new book, Neuroreality: A Scientific Religion to Restore Meaning, or How 7 Brain Elements Create 7 Minds and 7 Realities.

Morton says his discovery in the new book is a "4,000 year upgrade of religion based upon a scientific method that clarifies the multiple natures of consciousness and of reality." The author claims that his empirical research proves that his ideas will make the reader happy and fulfilled.

However, critics say the author is attempting to create something new for atheists and non-Christians to cling to as some kind of belief system to validate his own research.

Morton says his new book contains no supernatural beliefs or experiments and yet it will guide readers in their religious journey by providing a larger view and purpose in life by using a scientific method.

Some of his fellow researchers are praising Morton for discovering a new set of religious beliefs. They are also saying Morton's new book could be the "new bible for atheists."

"Dr. Morton should be nominated for the Noble Peace Prize for his brilliant and thought-provoking work, 'Neuroreality,'" said Dr. E.A. Hankins III from the UCLA School of Medicine and founder of The World Museum of Natural History in Riverside, Calif. "Not since Darwin has such a world-changing wealth of new ideas come to challenge our knowledge of the universe, life, and the workings of the human mind."

Morton wrote the book after suffering from depression. He tried multiple self-medicating attempts to cure himself including the use of chemicals. After self-testing more than 40 psychoactive compounds, he said he "struck gold in the form of multiple hallucinogen-induced ego death and transcendence experiences." While his ego was incapacitated, or not working, traumatic memories flashed before his eyes. Morton claims it was then he discovered the social brain element source that gave him an "accurate approximation about life, universe, and reality."

The author discusses four different but related ways to produce a life transformation and 21 life solutions that are scientifically based - not based in faith.

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 August 5 - Study: Born-Again Christians Have Become Complacent
 Article: Miscellaneous

There is a declining depth of commitment among born-again Christians to their faith over the last 20 years, according to a "State of the Church" study by the Barna Research Group released this week. In interpreting the study, which shows a drop in church attendance, Bible reading, and priority in faith, research group founder George Barna warned that American Christians have become complacent.
The study in regards to those identified by Barna Group as born-again Christians showed that:

Attendance at weekend church services has declined among this group by seven percent since 1991, falling from 66 percent to 59 percent.

The proportion of born-again adults who read the Bible during the week, not including when they are at a church event, has decreased by nine percent since 1991. The weekly average is now at 62 percent.

Volunteering at church during the week for those identified as born-again Christians has dropped from 41 percent in 1991 to 29 percent today.

The study also found that those who self-identify as Christians are 10 percentage points more likely to be unchurched than in 1991. The 31 percent who fit this profile have not attended any church service during the past six months, excluding special services such as weddings or funerals, according to the study.

"In the past decade, even the proportion of born-again adults who say their faith is vitally important to them has dipped substantially," he noted.

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 August 4 - DIY Spy Drone Sniffs Wi-Fi, Intercepts Phone Calls
 Article: Miscellaneous

What do you do when the target you're spying on slips behind his home-security gates and beyond your reach?
Launch your personal, specially equipped WASP drone - short for Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform - to fly overhead and sniff his Wi-Fi network, intercept his cellphone calls, or launch denial-of-service attacks with jamming signals. These are just a few of the uses of the unmanned aerial vehicle that security researchers Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference here Wednesday.

At a cost of about $6,000, the two converted a surplus FMQ-117B U.S. Army target drone into their personal remote-controlled spy plane, complete with Wi-Fi and hacking tools, such as an IMSI catcher and antenna to spoof a GSM cell tower and intercept calls. It also had a network-sniffing tool and a dictionary of 340 million words for brute-forcing network passwords.

The drone takes that concept and gives it flight. The plane weighs 14 pounds and is 6 feet long. Per FAA regulations, it can legally fly only under 400 feet and within line of sight. But the height is sufficient to quiet any noise the drone might produce, which the researchers said is minimal, and still allow the plane to circle overhead unobtrusively.

It can be programmed with GPS coordinates and Google maps to fly a predetermined course, but requires remote control help to take off and land.

The two security researchers created the spy plane as a proof of concept to show what criminals, terrorists and others might also soon be using for their nefarious activities. Tassey, a security consultant to Wall Street and the U.S. intelligence community, told the conference crowd that if the two of them could think up and build a personal spy drone, others were likely already thinking about it, too.

The spy drones have multiple uses, both good and bad. Hackers
could use them to fly above corporations to steal intellectual property and other data from a network, as well as launch denial-of-service or man-in-the-middle attacks. They could also transmit a cellphone jamming signal to frustrate an enemy's communications.

A drone could also be used to single out a target, using the target's cellphone to identify him in a crowd, and then follow his movements. And it would be handy for drug smuggling, or for terrorists to trigger a dirty bomb.

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 August 3 - Facial recognition software makes your face on Facebook 'your own worst enemy'
 Article: Miscellaneous

Using publicly available data, it is now possible to identify strangers and gain their personal information - even their Social Security numbers - by using facial recognition software and social media profiles, according to a new study to be presented tomorrow at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas.

Professor Alessandro Acquisti from Carnegie Mellon University and his research team studied the implications of the combining, or "mash-up," of three technologies: face recognition, cloud computing (an Internet technology) and social networks. The team studied the possibility of using publicly available Internet data and commercially available facial recognition software to reveal more information about a person than was intended.

Further, "Apple has acquired Polar Rose, and deployed face recognition into iPhoto. Facebook has licensed Face.com to enable automated tagging. So far, however, these end-user Web 2.0 applications are limited in scope: They are constrained by, and within, the boundaries of the service in which they are deployed. Our focus, however, was on examining whether the convergence of publicly available Web 2.0 data, cheap cloud computing, data mining, and off-the-shelf face recognition is bringing us closer to a world where anyone may run face recognition on anyone else, online and offline - and then infer additional, sensitive data about the target subject, starting merely from one anonymous piece of information about her: the face."

Now using a new commonly used Internet technology called "cloud computing," it is possible to easily run millions of facial comparisons in a matter of seconds.

Acquisti said the study "suggests that the identity of about one-third of subjects walking by the campus building may be inferred in a few seconds combining social-network data, cloud computing and an inexpensive webcam." He called it the "democratization of surveillance."
Then, using a technique he developed in a 2009 study and data gathered from the Facebook profiles of the subjects he identified, the research team could correctly predict the first five digits of the person's Social Security number 27 percent of the time after just four attempts.

Since these same tools are available to anyone,
the results of the study may foreshadow a future in which there is no privacy. With the mass deployment of security cameras, smart phones and other data imaging devices, anyone could be identified almost anywhere. Not only could individuals be identified by friends and neighbors, but by government agencies as well. Anyone with a smartphone and Internet connection will be able to establish who someone is, where they live, how much they earn, a credit score and whether they've ever gotten a ticket. All that from a person's face.

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 August 1 - Super spies: U.S. is developing system that can identify where in the world a photo was taken
 Article: One World Government

U.S. spies are developing technology that would allow computers to pinpoint where in the world a picture was taken. The system would be used by the military to track down terrorists who are in hiding in remote regions, experts said.

Pictures of the targets would be simply scanned into a computer that would within seconds return an exact match for the terrorist hideout. Troops would then be deployed to the area to capture the target. The futuristic technology could revolutionise the way that terrorists are targeted by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

It is now known exactly how the new technology is hoped to work. However, the computer may cross-reference clues in the picture with a vast database of images until a match is found.

A more advanced method would be to deduce the air pressure from the photograph and link it to a region with similar conditions at the time the photograph was taken.
IARPA admitted that such advanced technology might not be available until 2016.

'The Finder Program aims to develop technology that, with the aid of an analyst, geolocates an outdoor image or video taken from anywhere on the land surface of the world, via the use of publicly available information,' IARPA said.

The agency said that
the technology would have to be capable of pinpointing the location of pictures or videos within one minute, without the use of metadata or tags.

Google has recently introduced a 'reverse search' feature to its image facility which allows users to scour the web to similar pictures to one that they already have.

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 August 1 - Dragonfly drones and cyborg moths: Tiny flying robots set to be the future of spying and rescue missions
 Article: One World Government

The next generation of military robots is set to be based on designs inspired by the insect world. The dragonfly drones and cyborg moths, with in-built micro-cameras, could revolutionise spying missions and rescue operations.

The advantage of using drones is that
they can be used in emergency situations too dangerous for people and in secret military surveillance raids.

Zoologist Richard Bomphrey, of Oxford University, is leading a study to generate new insight into how insect wings have evolved. He said: 'Nature has solved the problem of how to design miniature flying machines. 'By learning those lessons, our findings will make it possible to aerodynamically engineer a new breed of surveillance vehicles that, because they are as small as insects and also fly like them, completely blend into their surroundings.'

The military would like to develop tiny robots that can fly inside caves and barricaded rooms to send back real-time intelligence about the people and weapons inside.

Currently, the smallest of state-of-the-art fixed-wing unmanned surveillance vehicles are around a foot wide. The incorporation of flapping wings is the secret to making the new designs so small.

The team's groundbreaking work has attracted the attention of NATO, the US Air Force and the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development.

The research is expected to produce findings that can be used by the defense industry within three to five years, leading to the development and widespread deployment of insect-sized flying machines in the next two decades.

Dr Bomphrey said: 'This is just one more example of how we can learn important lessons from nature.
Tiny flying machines could provide the perfect way of exploring all kinds of dark, dangerous and dirty places.'

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 August 6 - China Says U.S. Downgrade 'Overdue,' Calls for Global Reserve Currency
 Article: One World Government

China was quick to jump on Standard and Poor's (S&P) historic downgrade of U.S. debt. In a scathing editorial, China's official press agency Xinhua News said the downgrade was an "overdue bill that America has to pay for its own debt addiction and the short-sighted political wrangling in Washington."

It said the U.S. spent too much on military and social welfare programs, lived beyond its means, and should expected more downgrades if no substantial reforms are enacted.

"The U.S. government has to come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone," said Xinhua.

It also called for the international supervision over the issue of U.S. dollars and raised the possibility of a "new, stable, and secured global reserve currency."

Ever since the aftermath of the global financial crisis - which saw the simultaneous ballooning of U.S. debt and the rise of China on the international stage - China has aggressively attacked U.S. monetary and fiscal policy.

In 2009, China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan proposed the creation of a global reserve currency "that is disconnected from individual nations and is able to remain stable in the long run, thus removing the inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-based national currencies." Zhou suggested the IMF's special drawing rights system as the basis of this new global currency.

Moreover, China has already struck up agreements to begin to cut the U.S. dollar out of its bilateral trade with Russia and Malaysia.

China has been early and vocal in warning the U.S. on its undisciplined spending. Now, more and more entities - including U.S.-based S&P - are starting to agree.

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