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 August 22 - Pope explains how Mary's queenship points to Jesus
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Benedict XVI recommended that Christians look to the queenship of Mary, who is "queen in the service of God to humanity," as a sure guide towards her son.

"Dear friends, devotion to Our Lady is an important part of spiritual life. In our prayer we should not fail to turn to her, confident that Mary will intercede for us with her Son," the Pope said to pilgrims during his Aug. 22 general audience at Castel Gandolfo. "Looking upon her, let us imitate her faith, her complete openness to the loving plan of God, her generous welcoming of Jesus. We learn to live from Mary."

The Pope recalled how the establishment of a particular day to celebrate the queenship of Mary is actually a "recent establishment," even though it has "an ancient origin and devotion." When Pope Pius XII created the feast in 1954, he originally placed it on May 31, at the end of the month dedicated to Mary.

"On that occasion he said that Mary is Queen more than any other creature for the elevation of her soul and for the excellence of gifts received. She never ceases to bestow all the treasures of her love and of her care on humanity," Pope Benedict said.

The fact that Mary is "uniquely bound to her Son" both on earth and in Heaven lies at the root of today's feast, said the Pope, since she now participates in "God's responsibility for the world and the love of God for the world."

This love is expressed, suggested the Pope, in the fact that Mary is continually "watching over us, her children, the children who come to her in prayer, to thank her or to ask for her maternal protection and heavenly help, perhaps after having lost their way, burdened with grief or anguish amid the sad and troubled vicissitudes of life."

It is the queenship of Mary that we should turn to throughout life, he said, "so that from her Son we may receive every grace and mercy necessary for our journey along the roads of the world."

"To him who rules the world and holds the destinies of the universe we turn with confidence, through the Virgin Mary."

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 August 20 - Fla. Methodist Church Holds Worship Service in Bar
 Article: Emerging Church

A Methodist church in Florida holds worship services at an unlikely location: a bar on the Florida-Alabama border known for bikini contests, fish-throwing events, and the occasional fight.

Perdido Bay United Methodist Church has an outreach service that takes place weekly at the Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar, which prides itself on being "America's last roadhouse." Titled "Worship at the Water," it was launched in July 2011 and observed its first Easter earlier this year, with over a thousand people attending the service.

In an interview with local media, founding pastor Jack de Jarnette explained that this was a way to reach out to secular society. "When you cannot get people to come to church, the alternative is to bring the church to them," said Jarnette to Florida Today. Jarnette also told FT that if on earth today Jesus would have been there, adding that "It's the sort of place he often went and hung out with people."

Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon, Pensacola District Superintendent of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the UMC, the Conference Perdido Bay belongs to, told The Christian Post that it was not the only church having an outreach ministry of this kind.

The services for Worship at the Water are contemporary, with worshippers meeting under a large tent mostly wearing beach clothing and with a band performing various songs. Baptisms are held in the Gulf of Mexico and offerings are placed in neon tackle boxes located throughout the bar.

Worship at the Water has received its share of media attention for holding worship services at a place not known for sacred behavior. Fox News' program "The Five" had a segment last Friday on the question of whether or not one can "mix Bibles and beer."

"Most people go to church because they want to stay out of Hell. Most people in those bars have already been there," said Bob Beckel. "I think it's a good idea. If they drink and they hear the Word I think it's helpful. One or two may catch onto it."

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 August 16 - Pentagon Developing Autonomous Humanoid Robots To "Perform Evacuation Operations"
 Article: Miscellaneous

The Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative contract to an engineering and robotics design company to develop and build humanoid robots that can act intelligently without supervision. Boston Dynamics Inc. has been contracted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military, in a deal worth $10.9 million.

The DoD announced Tuesday that
"The robotic platforms will be humanoid, consisting of two legs, a torso, two arms with hands, a sensor head and on board computing." DARPA's website says that the robots will help "conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and related operations."

"The plan identifies requirements to extend aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations." reads the brief, first released in April as part of DARPA's 'Robotics Challenge'.

The robots will operate with "supervised autonomy", according to DARPA, and will be able to act intelligently by themselves, making their own decisions if and when direct supervision is not possible. The Pentagon also envisions that the robots will be able to use basic and diverse "tools". The robots are set to be completed by Aug. 9, 2014, according to the contract.

Boston Dynamics has enjoyed a long working relationship with DARPA, during which time it has developed the rather frightening BigDog.
This hydraulic quadruped robot can carry up to 340lb load, meaning it can be effectively weaponised, and recovers its balance even after sliding on ice and snow:

The company has also developed the CHEETAH- Fastest Legged Robot, a four-footed robot that gallops at 18 mph. The company also developed
RiSE, a robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences, using feet with micro-claws to climb on textured surfaces. In addition to a host of other smaller robots, Boston Dynamics is also developing PETMAN, a robot that simulates human physiology and balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics.

While the Pentagon says the robots are for "humanitarian" missions, one cannot avoid thinking of the propensity to adapt this kind of military style technology for other more aggressive purposes.

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 August 13 - The Facebook camera that can recognise you every time you walk into a shop
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Shoppers could soon be automatically recognised when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera.

Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognise people as they walk in. Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.

A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offered cheap drinks as they are recognised.

The Facedeal camera can identify faces when people walk in by comparing Facebook pictures of people who have signed up to the service.

Facebook recently hit the headlines when it bought face.com, an Israeli firm that pioneered the use of face recognition technology online.

The social networking giant uses the software to recognise people in uploaded pictures, allowing it to accurately spot friends.
The software uses a complex algorithm to find the correct person from their Facebook pictures. The Facebook camera requires people to have authorised the Facedeals app through their Facebook account. This verifies your most recent photo tags and maps the biometric data of your face. The system then learns what a user looks like as more pictures are approved. This data is then used to identify you in the real world.

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 August 22 - Report Highlights Consistent Pattern of Hostility Toward Christians in US
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A new 140-page report released by the Family Research Council and Liberty Institute reveals a pattern of hostility toward Christians and Christianity in the U.S. The report was released earlier this week and includes over 600 incidents over a 10-year period.

The attacks range from rulings from the judiciary branch to an elementary school student who was physically lifted from his seat and reprimanded for praying before eating his lunch.

Yet another example shows a Christian couple was fired as apartment complex managers and forced to move because a painting with a Christian reference was displayed in their office.

Other examples cited in the report include:

* A federal judge threatened "incarceration" to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.

* City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.

* Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor's prayer, eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.

* A public university's law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.

* The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire.

* Through the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare"), the federal government is forcing religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs.

* The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans' funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased's families.

* A federal judge held that prayers before a state House of Representatives could be to Allah but not to Jesus.

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 August 19 - Mobile phone companies can predict future movements of users by building a profile of their lifestyle
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

From telling us when our train is coming, helping us when we're lost and letting us watch our favourite TV shows, there seems no limit to how involved our smartphone is with our day-to-day life. Now the gadget promises something so advanced it verges on the supernatural: it will know exactly what we're doing tomorrow. Scientists have found a way of predicting an individual's future movements by analysing information their mobile phone.

A team of computer scientists at the University of Birmingham successfully predicted future locations with an error margin of just 60ft, which has fuelled fears of privacy invasions. While mobile phone networks can already track where a handset is in 'real time', the scientists have developed an algorithm - or formula - to forecast our future movements.

They compared data from one individual and their closest social network to predict a person's future location based on places and areas visited in the past and the frequency of contact between those studied, The Sunday Times reported.

Dr. Mirco Musolesi, who led the study, said: 'Information extracted from the usage of a mobile phone is an intriguing source of data about people behaviour.' He added: 'We have shown that the accuracy of the prediction of an individual's future locations could be improved if his or her previous movement and the mobility information of his or her social group are taken into account.'

Although it will be of great help to marketing companies and possibly law enforcements, privacy groups such as Big Brother Watch fear it will invade privacy.

In terms of marketing it means that advertising agencies will be able to target individuals with personalised advertisements using information about where the person has been and where he or she might be going. But it could also be a tool for third-party apps offering discounts and other offers where the app would be able to provide real-time deals available at venues and areas where a person is predicted to beat a specific time and day. The team also expressed hopes that their algorithm could be used by the police force in prediction of the future location of criminal events.

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