October 17, 2011- October 23 2011 
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 October 17 - 'New Evangelization' is natural outgrowth of Church mission, Pope says
 Artical: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
The question to ask after reading the following article is what gospel does the pope promote as part of the "new evangelization" program? All those who follow the pope, believe that it is the Roman Catholic church and the sacraments that provide salvation.
This is NOT what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches Salvation is by Jesus Christ alone and the finished work that was done on the cross. There is an important difference between the gospel according to the Scriptures and the gospel according to the pope.
At his midday public audience on Sunday, October 16, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the importance of the "new evangelization," especially during the coming Year of Faith.

The Holy Father told the crowd in St. Peter's Square that he had announced the Year of Faith "to recall the beauty and importance of the faith, and the need to strengthen and intensify in individuals and communities." He observed that Pope Paul VI had also proclaimed a Year of Faith in 1967, which was, like the present, "a period of great cultural upheaval."

The Pope reminded his audience that Blessed John Paul II had frequently spoken of the need for a "new evangelization," without prejudice to the unceasing campaign to bring the Gospel to new nations. His predecessor, Pope Benedict said, was "both a strong supporter of the mission ad gentes--that is, the mission to peoples and lands where the Gospel has not yet put down firm roots)--and a herald of the new evangelization."

On Saturday evening the Pontiff had met with participants in a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and told them that "the world today needs people who announce and bear witness to the fact that it is Christ Who teaches us the art of living, Who shows us the path to true happiness, because He Himself is the path of life." The Pope added: "The world today needs people who speak to God in order to be able to speak of God."

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 October 12 - Will Israel Bomb Iran?
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

In recent weeks, intense discussions have taken place in Israeli military and intelligence circles about whether or not to launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Apparently, the key question in the debate was how to ensure that the United States took part in the attack or, at the very least, intervened on Israel's side if the initial strike triggered a wider war.

Reports of these discussions have caused considerable alarm in Washington and in a number of European capitals.
Some Western military experts have been quoted as saying that the window of opportunity for an Israeli air attack on Iran will close within two months, since the onset of winter would make such an assault more difficult.

Concern that Israel may decide to attack without giving the United States prior warning is thought to be the main reason for the visit to Tel Aviv on 3 October of the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. His aim seems to have been to rein in the Israeli hawks. Amos Harel of the Israeli daily Haaretz summed up Panetta's message as follows: America is standing by Israel, but an uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran could spark a regional war. The United States will work to defend Israel, but Israel must behave responsibly.

At his joint press conference with Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Panetta said: The United States is "very concerned, and we will work together to do whatever is necessary" to keep Iran from posing "a threat to the region." But doing so "depends on the countries working together." He repeated the word "together" several times. In other words, Israel should not act without an American green light.

According to the 6 October edition of TTU, a French intelligence bulletin, the United States and Israel are planning an unprecedented joint land forces exercise next May with the goal of establishing a common "intervention force" ready for action in the event of a major regional war. Admiral James Stavridis, head of Eurocom -- America's European command -- paid a recent unpublicised visit to Israel for talks with General Benny Gantz, Israel's chief of staff. According to TTU, the plan is to set up American command posts in Israel and Israeli command posts in Eurocom. Cooperation between the two powers has rarely been closer.

These are dangerous times in the Middle East.

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 October 14 - Gov't cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish future
 Article: One World Government

Imagine that you couldn't drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film either the occupants or the vehicle's surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection. You don't have to read George Orwell to conjure up such an ominous surveillance state. You just have to skim through filings at the U.S. Patent Office.

It's hard to imagine Americans would tolerate such a direct, Big-Brotherish intrusion. But they might not notice if the all-seeing cameras were tucked inside another kind of government tracking technology that millions of Americans have already invited into their cars.

Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an Austrian company that just signed a 10-year contract to provide in-car transponders such as the E-Z Pass to 22 electronic highway toll collection systems around the U.S., recently filed a patent on technology to add multi-function mini-cameras to their toll gadgets.
Today, transponders are in about 22 million cars around the U.S. Adding inward and outward facing cameras to the gadgets would create surveillance capabilities far beyond anything government agencies have tried until now.

The stated reason for an inward-pointing camera is to verify the number of occupants in the car for enforcement of HOV and HOT lanes. The outward-pointing camera could be used for the same purpose, helping authorities enforce minimum occupant rules against drivers who aren't carrying transponders.

But it's easy to imagine other uses.
The patent says the transponders would have the ability to store and transmit pictures, either at random intervals or on command from a central office. It would be tempting to use them as part of a search for a lost child, for example, and law enforcement officials might find the data treasure trove irresistible. The gadget could also be instructed to take pictures when the acceleration of a car "exceeds a threshold," or when accidents occur, so it could be used like an airplane cockpit flight recorder.

Kapsch sells its technology in 41 countries around the globe, and 64 million cars worldwide have been outfitted with its transponders, according to the firm's website. Occupant cameras could be attractive, and more acceptable, outside the U.S.

Tien said there's nothing inherently bad about using new technology to enforce tolls, but he cautioned against what is sometimes called "surveillance spillover." Technology designed for one function is inevitably used by law enforcement officials and other government agencies in unintended ways.

"The whole tracking thing is a bogus argument," said Wilkins.
"If you have a cell phone you are being tracked anyway. Law enforcement can get to cell phone records just as easily (as E-Z Pass records). And the phone company keeps that data a very long time."

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 October 11 - Humanists, atheists drive for wider global impact
 Article: Perilous Times

When Switzerland goes to the polls to elect a new parliament later this month, voters in Zurich will for the first time in the country's history have the chance to cast their ballot for a slate of Freethinkers.

"We decided we had to stand up and tell our politicians that it's time they recognised that there are a lot of non-religious people in their electorate," says 42-year-old Andreas Kyriacou, who heads the list. "We, and probably a lot of Swiss people who have never thought about humanism or atheism, are tired of the influence the churches and religion still exert in this country," he said in an interview with Reuters.

His stance -- as measured by comments at other conferences around Europe over the summer -- reflects growing determination among humanists and atheists on all five continents to make themselves more visible and their influence felt. Like their counterparts in Europe and North America, they argue that morality is based in human nature and does not need a father-figure god to back it up with punishment in an afterlife, in which they do not believe.

"There are more godless groups in the world than ever before,"
Sonja Eggerickx, a Belgian schools inspector who is president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, told the Congress. U.S. delegates, including a serving army major who has just established an organisation for atheists in the military, spoke of a surge of rejection of religion in all its forms among young Americans -- a point some recent opinion surveys back up.

Back in Zurich two weeks before the elections, Kyriacou says there has been a good response to the campaign he and his youthful colleagues have fought. "It is young people who are mainly interested, and that is good for the future," he adds.

"We don't think for a minute we will overcome the party machines. But there is an outside chance, if the mathematics are right, that one of us will get elected. That would be a victory indeed for humanists everywhere."

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