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 August 5 - Guadalupe message resounds at Los Angeles' massive Marian festival
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The Virgin Mary will accompany the Church in the New Evangelization, just as she did during the first preaching of the Gospel in the Americas, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told around 100,000 devotees at the Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration.

"Our Lady of Guadalupe is calling us today, my brothers and sisters," the archbishop said in his keynote address to one of the largest Catholic gatherings in U.S. history at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "She is calling us to greater faith, to greater love, to greater hope."

"Let's ask Our Lady of Guadalupe - the bright star of the first evangelization and the Mother of the New Evangelization - to help us all to be better instruments of the love of God, so that everyone in our world may come to love him," the archbishop told the coliseum crowd.

Sunday's event, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was one of the city's largest Catholic celebrations in recent memory. It is the Knights' second such gathering, following the 2009 Guadalupe Festival in Arizona. On display at the celebration, for veneration by the faithful, was the only U.S.-based relic of the Tilma of Guadalupe - the saint's garment that was imprinted with a miraculous image of the Virgin.

Though that image has become an unmistakable part of Hispanic culture, its meaning transcends ethnic and geographical boundaries, as Archbishop Gomez stressed in his keynote address. "Our Lady of Guadalupe is not only the Mother of the people of Mexico," the Los Angeles Church leader observed. "She is the Mother of all the peoples of the Americas! She is the New Eve. She is the Mother of all the living! My brothers and sisters, we are all children of Our Lady's mission at Tepeyac! All of us! We are all Guadalupanos!"

As she appeared to St. Juan Diego, Mary announced herself as both "the mother of the true God" and "your compassionate Mother, yours and that of all the people that live together in this land, and also of all the other various lineages of men." St. Juan Diego, an indigenous peasant and Catholic convert, "heard her voice and carried out the will of God," Archbishop Gomez recalled. Nine million Mexicans are said to have become Catholic in the seven years that followed the apparition.

Bl. Maria Ines founded the Poor Clare Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, sending women to proclaim the Gospel through consecrated life in 14 countries. She charged her sisters "to carry the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so that she - through her maternal tenderness - would bring her Divine Son to live in the hearts of those who hunger for God without knowing it."

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 August 7 - Knights of Columbus called to be in front ranks of New Evangelization
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

As the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus must play a prominent role in evangelizing the contemporary world, said Bishop Tod D. Brown of Orange, Calif. "Certainly, there is a clear and demanding need today for the New Evangelization," he stressed.

Bishop Brown called to mind the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. Our Lady has a special significance to the Knights, who renewed their dedication to her during their meeting. The Knights also co-sponsored an Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which drew about 100,000 participants.

The bishop explained that Mary's appearance to St. Juan Diego as a woman of mixed race led millions to turn towards Christianity. "She embraces every culture, ethnic group, nationality and race," he said, and her message is still important for us today.

"Now, five centuries later, we have our own disturbing times," Bishop Brown noted, listing off the challenges presented by to the Church by "a growing secularism, attacks on the value and the gift of human life, attempts to redefine traditional marriage and a serious curtailment of our religious rights."

These threats emphasize the need for the New Evangelization in today's world, he said, adding that this New Evangelization "calls us to faith, instills hope and fills us with love. I'm confident the members of our order will be in the front ranks of the evangelizers," the bishop said.

Pointing to St. Juan Diego's willingness to convey the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he stressed that "the success of the New Evangelization will depend on our laity and their involvement."

In working to do this, the faithful can confidently seek the support of Our Lady of Guadalupe, "the first evangelizer of our hemisphere," who five hundred years ago "opened the door of faith     and does so now," Bishop Brown said. "Mary said yes to God," he explained. "Our job is to say yes to the New Evangelization."

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 August 3 - Microchip-Laden Drugs Given FDA Approval
 Article: Miscellaneous

Rumors regarding the development of a 'digital pill' with a microchip inside have been circulating for some time, but today, the FDA actually green lighted the product. The company, Proteus Digital Health, gained FDA approval for its 1 square millimeter device (the size of a grain of sand), which it believes will "shift the care paradigm" into an era of digital medicine.

According to Proteus Digital Health's website: Digital Medicines are the same pharmaceuticals you take today, with one small change: each pill also contains a tiny sensor that can communicate, via our digital health feedback system, vital information about your medication-taking behaviors and how your body is responding.

The company added "As a result, you can be sure you're taking your medicines as prescribed, while at the same time receiving unprecedented feedback on your physical response to treatment."

The aim of the "ingestible sensor" is to electronically verify patient compliance in taking the medication. Proteus Digital Health estimates that over 50% of patients do not get the full benefit from the pharmaceuticals they take because of taking the wrong dose or taking the medication inconsistently. There are huge sums of money at stake in getting people to take their drugs as prescribed. In a 2008 article published in the drug industry marketing journal Pharma Marketing News titled "Moving The Needle on Adherence: Highlights from the 7th Annual Patient Compliance, Adherence and Persistency," ‎it was estimated that an 18% improvement in compliance would translate into increased revenues of approximately $8000 per patient a year.

What are the unintended, adverse health effects of this technology? Has it been sufficiently safety-tested? These are questions that remain largely unanswered, but have already been raised in connection with other proposed RFID technologies intended to be implanted within the human body.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has recently come under criticism for their financial support of GMO agriculture, 'edible' and 'flying' vaccines, pesticide-laden traditional scarves, and other questionable technological interventions ostensibly to reduce suffering, are also prominently figured partners on the Proteus Digital Health website.

The European Union was the first to approve Proteus' system device in 2010, indicating the market for the technology is global.

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 August 6 - Palm Beach County school district looking into using fingerprint tech to keep better track of kids
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

It's a high tech idea whose time has - or may sometime soon - come.
Palm Beach County schools officials are considering a proposal that would have the more than 60,000 students who ride a big yellow bus to school each day giving their fingerprints on an electronic key pad to get on the bus. Simply put, biometrics is the use of a person's unique biological characteristics - most typically their fingerprint - to identify them.

For years now, school districts around the nation have used electronic fingerprint scanners to keep track of which child gets on which school bus and which child checks out which book from school media centers, and to allow children to access their lunch accounts in cafeterias.

In his message to principals, he said he got 48 responses to his five-question anonymous survey. About 60 percent of principals responding said they agreed that using biometric technology was better than simply giving students ID cards. Fifty-one percent said they would support using the fingerprint technology for student attendance, in the cafeteria lunch line and media centers, and to keep track of students on buses.

Brennan said parents can choose to opt out of the system, and that it speeds up the lunch line because children don't have to deal with remembering an access code to get to their lunch account. It also better ensures security because students can steal another student's ID card or access code, but they can't steal a fingerprint.

"Especially with little kids, safety is critical," Shaw said. "If there are any tools out there that can help us keep track of children and ensure safety, I think it is well worth exploring."

Lee Tien, senior staff attorney for the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation - which works to protect consumer and privacy rights in the electronic age - said making kids give their fingerprints to get on a bus seemed like "overkill" and something of an invasion of privacy. "For lack of a better word," Tien said, "it is creepy to contemplate a plan that involves fingerprinting all the kids in a school."

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 August 10 - Thousands to help clean up Manila flood debris
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Officials said Saturday they will mobilize thousands to clean up the Philippine capital in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and flooding as evacuees return to clear mud and debris that swamped their homes. Civil defense chief Benito Ramos said that police, soldiers, coast guard personnel and military reservists will be used to help Manila recover from its worst flooding since 2009. Hundreds of volunteers who helped in rescue and relief work in the early days of the floods will also help in the cleanup.

The Office of Civil Defense said Saturday the floods left at least 66 people dead and affected up to 2.68 million people in Manila and nearby provinces, with more than 440,000 fleeing to evacuation centers.

Corazon Jimenez, general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, which is in charge of traffic management and garbage disposal for the sprawling capital of 12 million, said part of the cleanup will involve collecting the garbage that has washed from creeks and rivers into Manila Bay. "I can't describe this anymore. These are mountains of garbage," she said.

Incessant rains from Sunday through Wednesday swelled rivers and creeks and overwhelmed drainage canals already clogged with garbage, raising flood waters that at the peak submerged more than half of metropolitan Manila.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said authorities have already closed about 100 of 351 government-run shelters in the metropolis as evacuees trickled home. She said the government planned to relocate about half a million urban poor families in the capital, most of them living in "danger zones" such as by river banks and under bridges.

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