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 Vol 7, Issue 42
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 December 3 - Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages
 Article: Miscellaneous

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans' private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress.

CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations." They want an SMS retention requirement to be "considered" during congressional discussions over updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era -- a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.

Chuck DeWitt, a spokesman for the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, which represents the 63 largest U.S. police forces including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, said "all such records should be retained for two years." Some providers, like Verizon, retain the contents of SMS messages for a brief period of time, while others like T-Mobile do not store them at all.

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 December 7 - Gay marriage given the green light for weddings in churches
 Article: Perilous Times

The decision represents a major u-turn on the position set out in a formal Government consultation earlier this year which proposed a blanket ban. It raises the prospect of a major battle between church and state over the issue as well as a massive backbench rebellion with at least 130 Conservatives set to vote against the proposals.

 
The plans will be announced by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller next week and a detailed bill is expected to be put before Parliament next month. That could see the redefinition of marriage sped through the Commons before the summer. "But let me be absolutely one hundred per cent clear, if there is any church or any synagogue or any mosque that doesn't want to have a gay marriage it will not, absolutely must not, be forced to hold it. That is absolutely clear in the legislation. Also let me make clear, this is a free vote for Members of Parliament but personally I will be supporting it."

Opponents believe that no safeguard will be able to protect them from a legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights, which would force them to marry gay couples.

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 December 10 - Virgin of Guadalupe the best evangelist, Supreme Knight reflects
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. "She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world...from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God," he said Dec. 10 at the "Ecclesia in America" conference in Rome.

"Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the new evangelization." The international congress, held Dec. 9-12, commemorates Pope John Paul II's post-synodal apostolic exhortation of the same name. It also focuses on the new evangelization.

"'Ecclesia in America' is the blueprint for the new evangelization," he said. Its importance is that it treats the American continents as a unity, and gives not a political vision, but an ecclesial vision for the future.

"Not a vision of systems but a vision of humanity encountering Christ. In other words, it presents a vision of an 'inculturated' evangelization, in which our diversity is sanctified and purified in its communion in the Church by orienting us toward Christ and therefore to our brethren as well."

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 December 11 - Our Lady of Guadalupe - She Who Crushes the Head of the Serpent
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

There is an amazing connection between the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception which is celebrated on December 8 and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe which is celebrated on December 12. Actually, in many ways, these two beautiful Marian celebrations are one and the same feast day.

"The Lord God said to the serpent: 'Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures; on your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel" (Genesis 3: 14 - 15). "I will put enmity between you and the woman." Who is the woman in this text from Genesis. The woman is not Eve, but the new Eve, Mary.

"He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel." Scripture scholars over the years have debated regarding the word he. Should it be translated he or she or even they? But does it matter? In another words, does the he refer to the Messiah who is to come? Does the she refer to Mary? Does the they refer to the descendants of Mary; i.e., Christ and the Church?
What would you think if I told you that Our Lady of Guadalupe is not really Our Lady of Guadalupe, instead she is really Our Lady of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds extraordinarily like the Spanish word Guadalupe? Coatlaxopeuh means She who crushes the head of the serpent.

Experts believe that title Our Lady of Guadalupe came from a misunderstanding of the translation into Spanish of the word Nahuatl coatlaxopeuh. Thus, Our Lady of Guadalupe is in reality Our Lady of Quatlasupe - She who crushes the head of the serpent.



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 December 11 - Advent is a 'season of Mary,' Archbishop Gomez says
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Archbishop Josť H. Gomez of Los Angeles is describing Advent as "a season of Mary" and a time for Catholics to "turn to Mary in a new way."

"We have to take Mary into our homes. Into our lives. We need to love her and learn from her as our mother. She was a perfect daughter of God, so we can learn from her how to act as God's sons and daughters," the archbishop said in his Dec. 7 column for The Tidings newspaper.

"In God's plan of salvation, Mary was conceived without original sin to announce the world's 'new creation' in the coming of Jesus," he said. "Many centuries later, in the apparition at Tepeyac, God was sending Mary to announce the coming of Jesus to the 'new world' of the Americas."

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 December 11 - Company Claims It Has Pentagon Backing For Miracle Material 'That Can Make Soldiers Invisible'
 Article: Miscellaneous

The U.S. military is backing the development of camouflage fabrics that could one day make their soldiers completely invisible, it has been claimed.

The so-called 'Quantum Stealth' camouflage material is said to render its wearers completely invisible by bending light waves around them. Its makers claim the material, which is in effect similar to the invisibility cloak worn by Harry Potter, can even fool night-vision goggles.

However, its development is apparently so secret the Canadian company behind it says it cannot even show the technology in action and offers only mock ups of its effect on their website.

Nevertheless, Guy Cramer, CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp, says he does not care that some observers remain sceptical as to his company's claims since 'the people that need to know that it works have seen it'.



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 December 10 - U.S. Spies See Superhumans, Instant Cities By 2030
 Article: Miscellaneous

3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities. Megacities, built from scratch. The U.S. intelligence community is taking a look at the world of 2030. And it is very, very sci-fi.

Every four or five years, the futurists at the National Intelligence Council take a stab at forecasting what the globe will be like two decades hence; the idea is to give some long-term, strategic guidance to the folks shaping America's security and economic policies. On Monday, the Council released its newest findings, Global Trends 2030. Many of the prognostications are rather unsurprising: rising tides, a bigger data cloud, an aging population, and, of course, more drones. But tucked into the predictable predictions are some rather eye-opening assertions. Especially in the medical realm.

We've seen experimental prosthetics in recent years that are connected to the human neurological system. The Council says the link between man and machine is about to get way more cyborg-like. "As replacement limb technology advances, people may choose to enhance their physical selves as they do with cosmetic surgery today. Future retinal eye implants could enable night vision, and neuro-enhancements could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought," the Council writes.



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 December 11 - Census shows rise in foreign-born
 Article: Miscellaneous

The Christian population of England and Wales has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past decade, the 2011 census reveals. The number of people describing themselves as having no religion rose from 15% to 25% of the population. The British Humanist Association said it was a "significant cultural shift."

The Church of England said Christianity remained the most populous faith in England, but the fall in people choosing to identify themselves as Christians was a challenge. Spokesman the Reverend Arun Arora said: "One of the reasons may well be fewer people identifying as 'cultural Christians' - that is, those who have no active involvement with churches and who may previously have identified as Christian for cultural or historical reasons.

A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said: "The overall decrease in the number of self-identifying Christians is consistent with recent social attitude and social value surveys. There are 14.1 million people of no religion compared to 7.7 million a decade ago. But Christianity still remains the largest religion at 33.2 million, or nearly six out of 10 people, in spite of registering a fall of just over four million.

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 December 10 - Mobile Device Biometrics: The Eyes Have It
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

With so much of our banking and interactions taking place on our mobile phones, we still live with a false sense of security because it doesn't take much for someone to hack our phones. By using more unique identifiers - biometrics such as eyes, rather than passwords - corporations and banks may have a more secure way to authenticate our identity.

EyeVerify makes biometric technology which uses eye vein patterns. CEO Toby Rush says "no one can pretend to be you with an eye print. Most eye verification technologies lack 'liveness' detection. With EyeVerify, you can't fake it with photos or videos. You have to stand in front of your camera on any smartphone."

EyeVerify implements a vein biometrics system that only requires software and the device's camera. It allows mobile users to authorize transactions and access secure information. Using the camera on the phone, the software can determine 4 ROIs (regions of interest) in your eye, sending a pass/fail and a confidence interval. If it passes, you are granted access to the application. If it fails, access is denied.

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 December 12 - U.N. Conference Slyly Introduces Resolution to Gain Control of Internet-in Middle of Night
 Article: One World Government

In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval.

With a sufficient majority supporting the U.N. becoming more active in controlling the Internet, the chairman put forth a resolution. The chairman, though, insisted the survey "was not a vote." The resolution was supported by Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia; the United States opposed it.

The proposed resolution resolves that the secretary general of the U.N. "continue to take the necessary steps for ITU to play an active and constructive role in the multi-stakeholder model of the Internet," according to a draft of the text.

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