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 June 15 - Ottawa airport wired with microphones as Border Services prepares to record travellers' conversations
 Article: One World Government

Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers' conversations.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is nearing completion of a $500,000 upgrade of old video cameras used to monitor its new "customs controlled areas," including the primary inspection area for arriving international passengers. As part of the work, the agency is introducing audio-monitoring equipment as well.

"It is important to note that even though audio technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this time. It will become functional at a later date," CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said in a written statement. But whenever that occurs, the technology, "will record conversations," the agency said in a separate statement in response to Citizen questions.

Meanwhile, as many as 88 of the new high-definition video cameras are to be ready this summer. Once the Ottawa equipment is activated, signs will be posted referring passersby to a "privacy notice" that will be posted on the CBSA website, and to a separate help line explaining how the recordings will be used, stored, disclosed and retained.

The CBSA statement said that audio-video monitoring and recording is already in place at other unidentified CBSA sites at airports and border points of entry as part of an effort to enhance "border integrity, infrastructure and asset security and health and safety."

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 June 19 - Is that really just a fly? Swarms of cyborg insect drones are the future of military surveillance
 Article: One World Government

The kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan - killing terrorists and innocents alike. But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed.

Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public.

The fear kicked off in 2007 when reports of bizarre flying objects hovering above anti-war protests sparked accusations that the U.S. government was accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies.

The following year, the US Air Force unveiled insect-sized spies 'as tiny as bumblebees' that could not be detected and would be able to fly into buildings to 'photograph, record, and even attack insurgents and terrorists.'

That announcement was five years ago and, since the U.S. military is usually pretty cagey about its technological capabilities, it raises the question as to what it is keeping under wraps.

Researchers have now developed bio-inspired drones with bug eyes, bat ears, bird wings, and even honeybee-like hairs to sense biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. And the U.S. isn't the only country to have poured money into spy drone miniaturisation. France has developed flapping wing bio-inspired microdrones.

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 June 20 - North Korea: 'drought threatens harvest'
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A long dry spell has persisted throughout the North since late April, with some western coastal areas receiving just one tenth of the usual rainfall during the period, according to Pyongyang's state media. Forecasters say the dry spell is likely to last at least another week.
"Drought has already considerably affected early-season crops such as wheat, barley and potatoes," Kwon Tae-Jin, a senior researcher at the South's state-run Korea Rural Economic Institute, said in a report. The drought is likely to deprive the North of 86,000 tonnes of food, some 17 per cent of early-season crops, Kwon said.
"If the dry spell continues until the end of June, it will have a very serious impact on the main-season crop of maize," Kwon told AFP.

The drought has hit 196,882 hectares (486,298 acres) or 17 per cent of North Korea's total farmland, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report posted on its website on Monday. Any drop in production was likely to add to the food shortfall and worsen food insecurity in the country, it said.

"Three million vulnerable people, mainly living in the five most food-insecure provinces of Yanggang, Jagang, North Hamkyong, South Hamkyong and Kangwon, are in urgent need of international food assistance," it said.

The current Seoul government stopped annual major food and fertiliser shipments in 2008. It has permitted humanitarian aid by civic groups, mostly modest in scale.

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 June 17 - Home enthronement enriches Catholics' faith
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The premise is simple: Place images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary in your home as a reminder of their centrality to family life, and renew your devotion to Christ and his Blessed Mother. It's called home enthronement, and cluster parishes in Hills, Lone Tree and Nichols are embracing the practice.

St. Joseph's in Hills and St. Mary parishes in Lone Tree and Nichols, Iowa gave a total of 150 home enthronement packets to Mass attendees the weekend of May 26-27. Catholics also spoke at those Masses about how the devotion has enriched their spiritual lives.

The enthronement ceremonies the Catholics took part in involved a blessing, prayer and promise to dedicate one's home and self to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

"The Enthronement is more than a blessing of the Sacred Heart picture for the home," reads a ceremony guide produced by the Priests of the Sacred Heart. It is the dedication of a person and family to the Divine Heart of Jesus, for us to live in union with him by love, grace and obedience to his Commandments. The Enthronement brings countless graces and blessings, as enumerated in the Twelve Great Promises he made to Saint Margaret Mary." In the visions of 17th-century French nun and mystic Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus promised graces, peace, consolation, blessings, mercy and more to people devoted to his Sacred Heart.

He was introduced to home enthronement by Terry Ball, who heard about it from the Knights of Columbus of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Iowa City. He and fellow Knight David Fetzer are working to promote home enthronement statewide, Sieren said.

Ball said part of the enthronement is committing to a spiritual devotion of your choice. For about a month, he and Mona have observed a daily time of prayer together in their kitchen, where images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary hang. "This is a powerful spiritual tool," Ball said.

"Our homes need the enthronement to bring us the grace to deal with whatever happens in our lives and our homes," said Hills parishioner Kay Evans.

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 June 21 - Christianity on the Decline in Australia; Eastern Faiths Increasing
 Article: Mtscellaneous

A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown.

Of those Christians, 25.3 percent identified themselves as Catholic, 17.1 percent as Anglicans, 5 percent as Uniting Church (a union of the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia) and 2.8 percent as Presbyterian and Reformed - meaning that every major Christian denomination in Australia has suffered a decline in membership from 2006.

What is more, between 1986 and 2006, the number of Hindus in Australia increased sevenfold, while the number of Buddhists has fivefold. The number of Australians with no religious affiliation rose to 22.3 per cent in 2011 from holding 18.7 percent of the population in 2006. In the 2006 census, 55,000 people even selected "Jedi" as their religious affiliation, a belief system stemming from George Lucas' representation of "the Force" in his "Star Wars" series.

"This is fundamentally shifting the cultural mix of Australia," the 2011 census executive director Andrew Henderson said. In total, about one in four Australians were born overseas, and as many as 43.1 percent of people had at least one overseas-born parent.

While Australia allows same-sex partnerships, described as de facto relationships that hold the same rights as heterosexual ones, there were 1,338 same-sex couples in Australia who identified themselves as married. The vast majority, or 96 percent of respondents, however, answered that they were in de facto same-sex relationships.

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 June 21 - Data Mining: Big Corporations Are Gathering Every Shred Of Information About You That They Can And Selling It For Profit
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

When most people think of "Big Brother", they think of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Department of Homeland Security and other shadowy government agencies. Yes, they are definitely watching you, but so are many big corporations.

In fact, there are
some companies that are making tens of millions of dollars by gathering every shred of information about all of us that they can and selling it for profit to anyone willing to pay the price. It is called "data mining", and these data miners want to keep track of literally everything that you do. Most people know that basically everything that we do on the Internet is tracked, but data mining goes far beyond that.

When you use a customer rewards card at the supermarket, the data miners know about it. When you pay for a purchase with a credit card or a debit card, the data miners know about it. Every time you buy a prescription drug, that information is sold to someone. Every time you apply for a loan, a whole host of organizations is notified.

Information has become an extremely valuable commodity, and thanks to computers and the Internet it is easier to gather information than ever before. But that also means that our personal information is no longer "private", and this trend is only going to get worse in the years ahead.

The scale of the information gathering that Acxiom does is absolutely mind blowing. If you can believe it, Acxiom actually keeps track of more than 190 million people inside the United States....The company fits into a category called database marketing. It started in 1969 as an outfit called Demographics Inc., using phone books and other notably low-tech tools, as well as one computer, to amass information on voters and consumers for direct marketing.

Almost 40 years later, Acxiom has detailed entries for more than 190 million people and 126 million households in the U.S., and about 500 million active consumers worldwide. More than 23,000 servers in Conway, just north of Little Rock, collect and analyze more than 50 trillion data 'transactions' a year.
So what does Acxiom want to know about you? Everything.

It peers deeper into American life than the F.B.I. or the I.R.S., or those prying digital eyes at Facebook and Google. If you are an American adult, the odds are that it knows things like your age, race, sex, weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying habits, household health worries, vacation dreams - and on and on. Once they gather all that data, Acxiom analyzes it, packages it and sells it to large corporations such as Wells Fargo, HSBC, Toyota, Ford and Macy's.

At some point could all of our personal information be used for more insidious purposes? One thing is for sure - this is a trend that is not going away any time soon. As our society becomes even more integrated through the Internet, data gathering is going to become even more comprehensive.

Eventually these complicated computer algorithms will be able to make very detailed predictions about your future behavior with a very, very high degree of accuracy. When you add government snooping into the equation, it becomes easy to see why privacy advocates are going crazy these days. Our society is literally being transformed into a technological monitoring grid. Virtually everything we do is monitored, tracked and recorded in some way.

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 June 21 - Scientists Say Bird Flu Poses Human Pandemic Threat
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Scientists say the H5N1 avian influenza virus has the potential to infect and spread among humans, raising the possibility of a catastrophic global pandemic. This and other findings about H5N1 were published this week in the journal Science, less than a year after their release was withheld at the request of US government and World Health Organization officials, over concerns that the information could fall into the hands of terrorists.

In a series of articles published in Science, researchers describe how the H5N1 avian flu virus is capable of jumping species and being spread by airborne transmission among mammals -- including humans.

Guided by genetic studies of the viruses that caused the virulent flu pandemics of 1918, 1957 and 1968, investigators identified the genetic changes that would be necessary for a global outbreak of H5N1. Investigators concluded that as few as five gene mutations enabled the bird flu virus to jump the species barrier and become infectious among mammals.

Derrick Smith is with the University of Cambridge England and the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health near Washington.
Smith used a mathematical model to determine whether the existing virus could naturally acquire the mutations needed to become a human pandemic threat. In a telebriefing with reporters, Smith said researchers now know that it could.

"This is a little like being in a situation where as we would all like to, for example, predict an earthquake or a tsunami. We now know that we're living on a fault line," he said. But according to Smith, it's hard to predict if or when H5N1 could strike, developing the remaining mutations or genetic substitutions in birds that would make the avian virus transmissable to humans.

Another manuscript just published in Science lays out strategies to prepare for a bird flu pandemic, including vaccinating as many people ahead of time with existing H5N1 vaccines to prime their immune systems and lessen the severity of a pandemic. Research is underway to make large quantities of a vaccine specifically against the deadly flu strain.

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 June 22 - Ahmadinejad calls for 'new world order' without nuclear monopoly
 Article: One World Government

Iran's president defended his nation's right to develop nuclear energy on Thursday during a visit to Brazil. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's press conference came two days after nuclear talks with world powers in Moscow ended without progress. He spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the UN conference on sustainable development being held this week in Rio de Janeiro.

In order to tackle the social and economic inequalities and the injustice currently undermining human dignity world-wide, there is a great need for a "new world order," he said through a Portuguese-speaking translator.

"This order would be based on compassion and justice, and in it, all humanity would be respected," he said, pointing out that in the world today, a small minority has the power to make decisions, without consideration for the needs of the majority.

A sign of the injustice in the current world order, he said, is the nuclear proliferation question.

"The countries that have nuclear arms today, and that at certain moments used those arms, today through threats are telling other countries they cannot have these weapons," he said. "We believe that nuclear energy, along with other forms of energy, should be accessible to all nations and is the right of all nations. But nowadays, it is monopolized by a few."

In the talks between Tehran and six world powers that ended Tuesday, the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany argued that Iran should stop enriching uranium to the point where it is steps away from being usable in nuclear warheads. Iranian leaders during the talks said the country is not pursuing nuclear weapons, and that the uranium is only meant for medical uses and to make reactor fuel.

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 June 25 - Superbug vs. Monsanto: Nature rebels against biotech titan
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

A growing number of rootworms are now able to devour genetically modified corn specifically designed by Monsanto to kill those same pests. A new study shows that while the biotech giant may triumph in Congress, it will never be able to outsmart nature.

Western corn rootworms have been able to harmlessly consume the genetically modified maize, a research paper published in the latest issue of the journal GM Crops & Food reveals. A 2010 sample of the rootworm population had an elevenfold survival rate on the genetically modified corn compared to a control population. That's eight times more than the year before, when the resistant population was first identified.

Experts are also noting that this year's resistant rootworm populations are maturing earlier than expected. In fact, the time the bug's larvae hatched was the earliest in decades.

Studies in other states have also revealed that the rootworm population is becoming increasingly resistant to genetically modified corn. Last year, Iowa State University researcher Aaron Gassmann noted that a number of farmers reported discovering, much to their dismay, that a large number of rootworms survived after the consumption of their GM crops. Gassmann branded these pests "superbugs."

Farmers and food companies have increasingly been dependent on GM crops, and many have abandoned crop rotation, a practice that has been used to stave off pest infestations for centuries. Some have even gone as far as to ignore federal regulation, which require the GM corn plantations be accompanied by a small "refuge" of non-GM maize.

The recent findings have potentially devastating ramifications for both farmers and consumers. Genetic maize plantation would easily come under attack from the swelling number of "superbugs," resulting in dwindling harvest numbers for farmers. Ultimately, consumers will pay the price not only for corn, an essential product whose derivatives are used in a plethora of products ranging from yogurts to baby powder, but for other crops sold in the market. Rising corn prices would mean that more farmers would plant corn, despite the risks, and the yield for other crops would drop. That would drive prices for virtually all food items up, hitting hard on a population already smitten by ongoing economic difficulties.

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 June 25 - 15-Year-Old Field of GM Tifton 85 Grass Suddenly Produces Cyanide; Kills Cattle
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

News broke yesterday that a farmer in Elgin, Texas, lost fifteen cattle out of an 18-member herd, after turning them into a pasture planted with Tifton 85 grass, a popular variety noted for its high protein content and high digestibility released in 1993. It is a variety widely planted in Tennessee.

According to Jerry Abel, the owner of the 80-acre farm just east of Austin, TX, "When our trainer first heard the bellowing, he thought our pregnant heifer may be having a calf or something," said Abel. "But when he got down here, virtually all of the steers and heifers were on the ground. Some were already dead, and the others were already in convulsions." Fifteen of the 18 cattle turned into the pasture were dead within hours.

Initial tests on the grass showed that the grass was producing cyanide gas, killing the cattle. According to the report, USDA scientists are currently dissecting the grass to determine if a random mutation may be to blame, and what may have caused it to occur. Dr. Gary Warner, an Elgin veterinarian and cattle specialist who conducted the 15 necropsies on the dead cattle, suggested a possible link to the ongoing drought, expressing concern that it may be a combination of factors that led to the mutation. Other ranchers in the area have had their Tifton 85 fields tested, and several of the samples have tested positive for cyanide, although no other cattle are believed to have died to date.

Monsanto's genetically modified Round-up Ready Corn, soybeans and other crops have, along with Bayer's neonicotinoid insecticides, have long been suspected in the widespread disappearance of European honeybees and other vital pollinating insects, and a study released in March also implicates Monsanto's GM crops for recent declines in the populations of monarch butterflies. In addition, the widespread use of Round-Up has led to the creation of entire new generations of herbicide-resistant "superweeds," which have become such an epidemic that they were a main topic of last month's National Weed Summit.


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