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 October 28 - Sandy: East Coast braces for epic hurricane, 'life-threatening' storm surge
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

"Superstorm." "The Perfect Storm." "Frankenstorm." Whatever you want to call it, the East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a "rare hybrid storm" that is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge to the mid-Atlantic coast, Long Island Sound and New York harbor, forecasters say, with winds expected to be at or near hurricane force when it makes landfall sometime on Monday.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the immediate, mandatory evacuation for low-lying coastal areas, including Coney Island, the Rockaways, Brighton Beach, Red Hook and some parts of lower Manhattan along the East River. "If you don't evacuate, you're not just putting your own life at risk," Mayor Bloomberg said at a news conference Sunday. "You're endangering first responders who may have to rescue you."

Sandy is expected to continue on a parallel path along the mid-Atlantic coast later Sunday before making a sharp turn toward the northwest and southern New Jersey coastline on Monday--with the Jersey Shore and New York City in its projected path. But the path is not necessarily the problem.

"Don't get fixated on a particular track," the Associated Press said. "Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow."

A tropical storm warning has been issued between Cape Fear to Duck, N.C., while hurricane watches and high-wind warnings are in effect from the Virginia to Massachusetts. The hurricane-force winds extend 175 miles from the epicenter of the storm, while tropical storm-force winds extend 500 miles--or roughly 1,000 miles end to end, making Sandy one of the biggest storms to ever hit the East Coast.

"We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Associated Press. "The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making," Jeff Masters wrote on the Weather Underground blog.

According to the National Hurricane Center summary, coastal water levels could rise anywhere between 1 and 12 feet from North Carolina to Cape Cod, depending on the timing of the "peak surge." A surge of 6 to 11 feet is forecast for Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay, including New York Harbor. The storm surge in New York Harbor during Hurricane Irene in September 2011, forecasters noted, was four feet.

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 October 25 - Can palm scans replace ATM cards?
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

The next time someone asks to check your identification, they may mean a palm scan not a passport. Biometrics authentication, a measure once reserved for criminals, is making its way into the mainstream, as banks and credit-card issuers embrace a technology considered far superior to personal identification numbers and passwords.

"Biometrics has a real opportunity to take off," says Alphonse Pascual, a security, risk and fraud analyst for Javelin Strategy & Research. "When they are done well, they are a great solution (to secure identification). Unfortunately, there are still limitations to it."

Among the drawbacks are the accuracy and privacy issues posed by the technology, which could take years to resolve before laws are put in place. Biometric scanners use your personal characteristics or traits to identify you. Fingerprint and palm scans are already widely used in countries like Japan and Poland, while other systems rely on your voice and the cadence of your speech to confirm your identity.

Today, however, a growing number of financial institutions, businesses and medical facilities are investigating - and investing in - biometric identifiers. Disney World, for example, has been using biometrics for the better part of a decade. At its entrances, guests must have their fingers scanned so Disney knows that the same person is using the same ticket every day.

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 October 29 - Tony Blair: the EU needs a president
 Article: One World Government

In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people. He also warned that too deep a political divide between Britain and the core eurozone countries could lead towards a break-up.
"Out of this European crisis can come the opportunity finally to achieve a model of European integration that is sustainable," said Mr Blair. "A Europe-wide election for the presidency... is the most direct way to involve the public."
Europe's millions of residents might feel "alienated" unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance. "An election for a big post held by one person - this people can understand," he said. "The problem with the European Parliament is that though clearly democratically elected, my experience is people don't feel close to their MEPs."
"I would give a stark warning: if eurozone structures end up with a Europe that is fundamentally divided politically as well as economically; rather than a Europe with one political settlement that accommodates different levels of integration within it, the EU as we know it will be on a path to break up," he said.

Mr Blair today made it clear that forgng Britain's role in the EU as it changes will be a "tricky task". "But it is an essential one if the UK is not to be sidelined and Europe to be without the active participation of such a large and significant member of the existing union," he said.

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