March 19, 2012- March 25, 2012 
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 March 16 - The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says it will 'transform' surveillance
 Artical: One World Government

When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are. Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home - the rise of 'connected' gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people 'bug' their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus.

The CIA claims it will be able to 'read' these devices via the internet - and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.
Everything from remote controls to clock radios can now be controlled via apps - and chip company ARM recently unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips which will be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells.

Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will 'transform' the art of spying - allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party. 'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,' said Petraeus.

'Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters - all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.'

Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously 'dumb' home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

The ARM chips are smaller, lower-powered and far cheaper than previous processors - and designed to add the internet to almost every kind of electrical appliance.

Futurists think that one day 'connected' devices will tell the internet where they are and what they are doing at all times - and will be mapped by computers as precisely as Google Maps charts the physical landscape now. Privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have warned of how information such as geolocation data can be misused - but as more and more devices connect, it's clear that opportunities for surveillance will multiply.

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 March 20 - Nokia May Turn Tattoos Into More Than Body Art
 Artical: Technology For Global Monetary Sysem

Comment from Understand the Times:
When secular magazines describe the scenario found in the Bible that sets up the one world global economic system of buying and selling mentioned in Revelation chapter fourteen, it is time to wake up. How tragic it is that most who call themselves Christian have no idea this is happening. They, like Rick Warren and the Roman Catholic Church are too busy building "the kingdom of God" here on earth.

Today a tattoo is a popular way of showing off a little individuality, but historically tattoos were used as a form of communication. Roman soldiers and slaves were tattooed on the hands, arms or even face as a way to alert those around them to their status, allowing authorities to more easily keep track of those in bondage.

Soon tattoos might be used for communication again -- but for a very different purpose. Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for a magnetic tattoo that could alert the "wearer" to incoming calls or messages to their mobile device. The application was first uncovered by Unwired View. While this may sound like science fiction, it is likely technology that will one day be commonplace -- the question is when.

The Nokia patent application is also an indication that technology that we now carry in our pockets could soon be attached to our bodies.

"I never rule out the prospect for any wearable or implantable technology," futurist Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, told NewsNewWorld. "It is very hard to predict whether people would use it, but it is certainly a step in that direction. What we're seeing is a move from clothing-wearable to body-wearable IT devices, and I would assume there could be a market for that."

This could also be the beginning of implanted devices. "Technology will get to the point where it will be implanted into your skin, in your ear or on your wrist," said telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan. "This will change the way we interact with our devices and we won't have to carry them. But that's still several years down the road."

Moreover, this may not just be about a tattoo, but rather the beginning of the convergence of a multitude of technologies. Factor this in with Moore's Law, which anticipates devices that are smaller, more powerful and cheaper, and the possibilities become quite interesting.

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 March 25 - On Our Lady of Guadalupe / "True devotion to the Virgin Mary always takes us to Jesus"
 Article: Roman Catholic Church Snd Tbe Last Days

Comment from Understand the Times:
While the pope of Rome claims that dedication to "Mary" is a channel to "Jesus," this Jesus that he is referring to, is the one that can be placed in a container and worshiped and adored. The Jesus the pope is describing is actually a wafer that requires a priest and the so-called process of transubstantiation.
Soon we can expect to see many of the "separated brethren" and people from other religions becoming part of the Roman Catholic Church associated with "lying signs and wonders" centered around this same "Jesus."
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Sunday before praying the midday Angelus. In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks of the grain of wheat that falls to the ground, dies and bears much fruit. This is his response to some Greeks who approached Philip asking: "we would like to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21). Today we invoke Mary Most Holy and we ask her: "show Jesus to us".
As we now pray the Angelus and remember the Annunciation of the Lord, our eyes too turn spiritually towards the hill of Tepeyac, to the place where the Mother of God, under the title of "the Ever-Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe" has been fervently honoured for centuries as a sign of reconciliation and of God's infinite goodness towards the world.
My predecessors on the Chair of Saint Peter honoured her with affectionate titles such as Our Lady of Mexico, Heavenly Patroness of Latin America, Mother and Empress of this continent. Her faithful children, in their turn, who experience her help, invoke her confidently with such affectionate and familiar names as the Rose of Mexico, Our Lady of Heaven, Virgin Morena, Mother of Tepeyac, Noble Indita.
Dear brothers and sisters, do not forget that true devotion to the Virgin Mary always takes us to Jesus, and "consists neither in sterile nor transitory feelings, nor in an empty credulity, but proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to recognize the excellence of the Mother of God, and we are moved to filial love towards our Mother and to the imitation of her virtues" (Lumen Gentium, 67). To love her means being committed to listening to her Son, to venerate the Guadalupana means living in accordance with the words of the blessed fruit of her womb.
At this time, when so many families are separated or forced to emigrate, when so many are suffering due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the crisis of values and increased crime, we come to Mary in search of consolation, strength and hope. She is the Mother of the true God, who invites us to stay with faith and charity beneath her mantle, so as to overcome in this way all evil and to establish a more just and fraternal society.
With these sentiments, I place once again this country, all Latin America and the Caribbean before the gentle gaze of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I entrust all their sons and daughters to the Star of both the original and the new evangelization; she has inspired with her maternal love their Christian history, has given particular expression to their national achievements, to their communal and social initiatives, to family life, to personal devotion and to the Continental Mission which is now taking place across these noble lands. In times of trial and sorrow she was invoked by many martyrs who, in crying out "Long live Christ the King and Mary of Guadalupe" bore unyielding witness of fidelity to the Gospel and devotion to the Church. I now ask that her presence in this nation may continue to serve as a summons to defence and respect for human life. May it promote fraternity, setting aside futile acts of revenge and banishing all divisive hatred. May Holy Mary of Guadalupe bless us and obtain for us the abundant graces that, through her intercession, we request from heaven.

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 March 29 - A Cashless Society May Be Closer Than Most People Would Ever Dare To Imagine
 Article:One World Government

Most people think of a cashless society as something that is way off in the distant future. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case. The truth is that a cashless society is much closer than most people would ever dare to imagine. To a large degree, the transition to a cashless society is being done voluntarily. Today, only 7 percent of all transactions in the United States are done with cash, and most of those transactions involve very small amounts of money. Just think about it for a moment. Where do you still use cash these days? If you buy a burger or if you purchase something at a flea market you will still use cash, but for any mid-size or large transaction the vast majority of people out there will use another form of payment. Our financial system is dramatically changing, and cash is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. We live in a digital world, and national governments and big banks are both encouraging the move away from paper currency and coins. But what would a cashless society mean for our future? Are there any dangers to such a system?

Those are very important questions, but most of the time both sides of the issue are not presented in a balanced way in the mainstream media. Instead, most mainstream news articles tend to trash cash and talk about how wonderful digital currency is.

So will we see a completely cashless society in the near future? Of course not. It would be wildly unpopular for the governments of the world to force such a system upon us all at once. Instead, the big banks and the governments of the industrialized world are doing all they can to get us to voluntarily transition to such a system. Once 98 or 99 percent of all transactions do not involve cash, eliminating the remaining 1 or 2 percent will only seem natural.

Most governments around the world are eager to transition to a cashless society as well for the following reasons....

-Cash is expensive to print, inspect, move, store and guard.

-Counterfeiting is always going to be a problem as long as paper currency exists.

-Cash if favored by criminals because it does not leave a paper trail. Eliminating cash would make it much more difficult for drug dealers, prostitutes and other criminals to do business.

-Most of all, a cashless society would give governments more control. Governments would be able to track virtually all transactions and would also be able to monitor tax compliance much more closely.

But is a cashless society really secure? Of course not. Bank accounts can be hacked into. Credit cards and debit cards can be stolen. Identity theft all over the world is absolutely soaring. So companies all over the planet are working feverishly to make all of these cashless systems much more secure. In the future, it is inevitable that national governments and big financial institutions will want to have all of us transition over to using biometric identity systems in order to combat crime in the financial system.Many of these biometric identity systems are becoming quite advanced.

For example, just check out what IBM has been developing. The following is from a recent IBM press release...

You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various log-ins. Imagine you will be able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognize the unique patterns in the retina of your eye. Or by doing the same, you can check your account balance on your mobile phone or tablet.

Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data. Biometric data - facial definitions, retinal scans and voice files - will be composited through software to build your DNA unique online password.

Referred to as multi-factor biometrics, smarter systems will be able to use this information in real-time to make sure whenever someone is attempting to access your information, it matches your unique biometric profile and the attempt is authorized.

Are you ready for that? It is coming. In the future, if you do not surrender your biometric identity information, you may be locked out of the entire financial system.

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 March 31 - BRICS needs to build on its economic power
 Article:One World Government

There can be little doubt that as of now the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping is a gleam in the eye which requires to do much more to become a reality. As of now you have countries like China which is set to become the next global powerhouse and India which is worse off in comparison to all of them in terms of its per capita income and social and economic problems.

But these countries have given a clear signal that they mean business and intend to provide an alternate world order by mooting a plan to trade among themselves in their local currencies. This could mark the beginning of a challenge to the almighty dollar whose role as an international currency is a source of enormous power for the United States.

Currently, BRICS accounts for 25 per cent of the world's gross domestic product and their countries combined have 15 per cent share of the world trade.

But these countries need to be more than just a collection of emerging economies. They need to have a common sense of purpose and the ability to act on their decisions. Currently, they do have some commonality, but in the negative sense. For example all of them agree that they ought to abide only by the United Nations sanctions on Iran, not the ones imposed by the United States and the European Union.

It is no secret that in the grouping Russia and China are not quite democracies and so it will not be easy for them to put forward a common political platform, which would be necessary if they are to stake a claim to be a new world order.

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 March 29 - Vatican Leaks Raise Questions Over Finances
 Article:Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The Vatican has launched a rare criminal investigation to uncover who is behind leaks of highly sensitive documents that allege corruption and financial mismanagement in Vatican City. The documents also shed light on purported infighting over the Vatican Bank's compliance with international money-laundering regulations.

A television show in late January on an independent network first revealed letters addressed last year to Pope Benedict XVI from the then-deputy governor of Vatican City, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

Vigano complained of corruption within the church and protested orders to remove him from his post and send him to be the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Washington. Under Vigano's watch, the Holy See balance sheet went from $10 million in the red to almost $45 million in the black in just 12 months. By being kicked upstairs, Vigano wrote, his efforts to clean up the Vatican would be stopped and would also tarnish the pontiff's image by bringing into question his resolve to establish transparency inside the Vatican.

The TV program later broadcast an interview with a man it said was a Vatican insider who had leaked some of the documents. The man, whose face and voice were disguised, said he was motivated by anger "because there is a complicity of silence in the Vatican to prevent the truth from coming out."

The Vatican Bank was enmeshed in scandals 30 years ago involving allegations of money-laundering and mafia connections. Today, it wants to join the list of countries that share financial information. That would help rid the Holy See of its reputation for shady transactions and as a tax haven. The U.S. State Department has put the Vatican on a list of countries of concern for money laundering or other financial crimes.

Italian authorities are investigating the origin of $33 million in Vatican funds deposited in Italian banks. The Italian media have reported that JP Morgan Chase is closing the Vatican Bank's account with its Milan branch because it felt the Holy See had failed to provide sufficient data on money transfers.

Last year, under orders from the pope, the Vatican passed internal legislation to bring it in line with international standards to prevent money laundering. But one of the leaked documents claims the Vatican Bank is sidestepping full compliance with international regulations concerning past transactions. The Vatican has never denied the authenticity of the various leaked documents.

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 March 23 - Big Brother just got scarier: Japanese CCTV camera can scan 36 million faces per second - and recognise anyone who has walked into its gaze
 Article:Technology For Global Monetary System

A new camera technology from Hitachi Hokusai Electric can scan days of camera footage instantly, and find any face which has EVER walked past it. Its makers boast that it can scan 36 million faces per second.

The technology raises the spectre of governments - or other organisations - being able to 'find' anyone instantly simply using a passport photo or a Facebook profile.

The 'trick' is that the camera 'processes' faces as it records, so that all faces which pass in front of it are recorded and stored instantly. Faces are stored as a searchable 'biometric' record, storing the unique

When the police - or anyone else - want to search for a particular individual, they're searching through a gallery of pre-indexed faces, rather than a messy library of footage.

'We think this system is suitable for customers that have a relatively large-scale surveillance system, such as railways, power companies, law enforcement, and large stores,' says the company.

The company aims to make the system available within the next tax year according to the report in DigInfo.

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