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 March 11 - State wants iris scan to get medicine
 Artical: Technology For Global Monetary System

A plan being proposed by three lawmakers in Colorado, Reps. Ken Summers and Tom Massey and Sen. Betty Boyd, would require consumers to submit to a biometric scan of their retina or provide a fingerprint in order to get medication.

The plan is HB12-1242 and is under consideration by the Colorado Assembly, which is deliberating the demand that "practitioners and PDOs (prescription drug outlets)" install and maintain "biometric scanning devices and to use those devices to obtain a biometric scan of a person's biometric identifier, such as a fingerprint or retinal scan, and to submit the scan to the database."

The pharmacies would have to "prior to prescribing or dispensing a prescription drug or dispensing a restricted over-the-counter substance   submit specified information to the [state] database." That information would include details about the drug and the doctor who prescribed it as well as the "name and address of the person receiving the substance."

Officials with Colorado's Independence Institute noted that the plan is in addition to another proposal regarding the existing "All-Payer Health Claims Database" which already allows officials to "collect whatever medical data [they wish] from every health care 'payer' in the state.   Fines may be levied on the noncompliant."

"As if the APDB isn't enough, Reps. Summers and Massey, along with Sen. Betty Boyd are sponsoring HB12-1242. Under that bill, you won't be able to get prescription medications or controlled over-the-counter medications without providing a biometric identifier like a fingerprint or a retinal scan. Failure to comply would be a Class 1 misdemeanor, a crime as serious as the possession of child pornography or third degree assault," said a commentary by Linda Gorman and Amy Oliver of the Institute.

The lawmakers' own description of their plan says the state would have to set up an "electronic system to monitor and store in a secure database" information about prescriptions.

The information that is collected would be stored by the state, and in addition would be used to raise alerts about medications that may "overlap." Additionally, "The database may retain encrypted personal protected health care information in the case of electronic prescriptions if the only entity able to decrypt the information is the intended prescription drug outlet for delivery or dispensing. "This section does not preclude practitioners and prescription drug outlets from retaining personal information about their patients that is collected and maintained in their regular course of business in compliance with applicable law."

"In short, a database used to evaluate treatment efficacy and value must include all the data of a clinical trial. That means all of the information available to your physician, pharmacist, and hospital, and information about your personal habits, income, education, and family life," the commentary warned.

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 March 11 - Iran rattles sabers: '11,000 missiles ready to launch' at Israel, US targets
 Artical: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

The Iranian newspaper Kayhan reported Thursday that in the first minutes of any American conflict with Iran, "Israel and all U.S. interests around the world will be targeted." The newspaper, which is under the supervision of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ran the story under the headline "11,000 Missiles Ready to Launch."

And on Saturday, Tehran's ambassador to Lebanon, Qazanfar Roknabadi, confirmed during a public roundtable event that the Islamic regime is prepared to attack both Israel and U.S. bases in the region if its nuclear facilities are attacked.

Citing comments from Gen. Zakaraia Hossein, the former head of the superior academy of Egypt, the Kayhan report added that "America fully knows that Iran is not Iraq" and that "a war with Iran would jeopardize all its interests in the region."

The Kayhan report emphasized that the leaders of the Islamic regime have successfully thwarted American and Israeli threats over its illicit nuclear program. But given Iran's missile capabilities, it said, any aggression on its soil will be met with the launch of 11,000 missiles against Israel and U.S. interests in the region.

In December it emerged that China sold Iran, for $11 billion, advanced DF-31 ICBMs which are capable of reaching U.S. soil with nuclear warheads. North Korean engineers are helping to get the missile system up and running.

While addressing supporters in Alborz province on Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran stands firm against military threats. "The Iranian nation is not afraid of your bombs, warships and airplanes," Ahmadinejad said, "and does not care about such military weapons." "You say all options are on the table, leave them there until they rot."

"If the Zionist regime makes such a mistake with military aggression against Iran, it will face Iran's crushing response," he warned. "We have prepared ourselves and currently have 11,000 missiles ready to launch at the U.S. and Israel and their interests in the world."

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 March 9 - Convert priest thrilled to host Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury
 Article: Bridges To Rome

Catholic convert Father Peter Hughes prefers to describe himself as "an Anglican who is now in full communion with Peter."
Fr. Hughes was received into the Catholic Church in 2000, after many years as an Anglican vicar in his native Australia and in England.

This weekend he will experience his life come full circle as he hosts both Pope Benedict XVI and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. The two religious leaders will pray Vespers together to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the monastic Camaldolese Order, which has overseen San Gregorio since the mid 1500s.

"The thought of living one's own ecclesial tradition in a different context and celebrating what is rich in both   is reflected in this whole celebration," said Fr. Hughes.

He believes this weekend's events signify the "deepest desire" of the Pope and the Anglican leader "to move towards a communion which symbolically, structurally, sacramentally, institutionally can finally reach its consummation."

"This is the third time that a Pope has met with the Archbishop of Canterbury in the house of Gregory the Great," Fr. Hughes explained. "So, this connection with the English, this connection with Canterbury is fundamental to the celebration."

"We're always searching for expressions of God's will. I think the desire for unity is as strong as ever. I think we need to look for ways in which we can stimulate our progress," he said.

"This weekend is a way of saying, 'this is another step on the way,' another way of lifting our spirits and saying this is still something to hope for and this is still something to work for concretely."

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 March 13 - 'Christian Churches Together in the USA' Group Formed to Promote Unity
 Article:Ecumenical Movement p Misc.

For years, advocates for greater unity among Christian churches have wrung their hands amid talk of an "ecumenical winter." But now, 10 years after leaders took the first steps toward forming the broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that U.S. churches may be entering a new season of closer relations.
At a recent CCT meeting in Memphis, Tenn., 85 Christians -- Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox, white and nonwhite -- made pilgrimages to historic sites of the civil rights movement. They also made plans to use next year's 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail to pursue anti-poverty projects with houses of worship unlike their own.
"I would like to think of it as an ecumenical spring and that we do not yet know what will break forth," said the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., ecumenical staff officer of the United Methodist Church. "I think that there's the potential for the ecumenical movement to be more alive than it's ever been because it will be more inclusive."
Ecumenical veterans say a movement that was built on slow-moving bureaucracies needs to find a way to stay nimble in the 21st century. Part of the new approach includes a move away from the word "ecumenical." Some Christians who had been hesitant about interchurch relations equate the word with liberal stances, or fear it could be linked to surrendering some of their theological distinctions. "We've tried to shift away from that ecumenical language toward Christian unity language," said the Rev. Richard Hamm, the retiring CCT executive director.
"If you take sex out of the equation in all of its expressions, it turns out that we actually have a lot in common as we look at issues," said Hamm, the former president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
"I would give priority to ecumenical meetings that are driven by mutual purpose rather than just getting together to talk," said Leith Anderson, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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