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 January 28 - Are You Ready for a Cashless Society?
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

A cashless society has long been a staple of sci-fi. Star Wars and Star Trek both have their version of credits, though more materially obsessed cultures do keep a form of hard currency around. It's also a common trope in dystopian fiction, where money is completely electronic and usually controlled by either the government or mega-corporations.

Speaking as a citizen of a country that isn't ready to let go of the penny, I'm not sure everyone is ready for a cashless society. Ready or not, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Mines), and possibly all of surrounding Rapid City, are about to embark on a pilot program for a cashless society in partnership with Nexus USA's Smart Pay system.

In place of a card or some other form of ID, the program uses a system called Biocryptology. The biometrics technology uses a radio frequency to penetrate down seven layers into the skin on a user's index finger to identify a valid user. The Smart Pay system even checks for hemoglobin in the blood of the finger to determine the user is alive.

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 January 24 - North Korea Claims 'High-Level' Nuclear Tests Will Target United States
 Article: Ware And Rumors Of Wars

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has sparked concerns around the globe after its government claimed that its planned nuclear tests will target the U.S., which it called "the sworn enemy of the Korean people." "Settling accounts with the U.S. needs to be done with force, not with words as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival," read a statement from North Korea's National Defense Commission, the nation's highest government agency, as reported by ABC News and several other sources.

The U.S. has expressed fears that the Pacific nation is working toward a nuclear device that can be mounted on a long-range missile and be launched toward America.

The isolated pacific nation has already held two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009, and has defied all international warnings not to continue with its weapons program. It had previously said that its nuclear tests were strictly carried out for research and peaceful purposes, but the latest claim from the North Korea Defense Commission appears to reveal Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un's real intentions.

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 January 19 - Multiple Paths Lead To One World Government
 Article: One World Government

That we live in a world of "Agenda Politics" is absolutely clear. Governments come and go, but the agenda never changes. Policies left incomplete by one government are taken up with gusto by the next. Civil servants get involved in writing party manifestos.

One of the most obvious of the agendas that our politicians are pushing is that of "World Government". The British Parliament is now subservient to so many foreign bodies and institutions it is hard to keep count. The most obvious example of those organisations, of course, is Julian Huxley's United Nations. It was Franklin Roosevelt who first coined the term "United Nations". His vision, however, was for a forum of sovereign nations; a world apart from what the United Nations has become. A hint came in July 2010, when the Queen addressed the UN General Assembly. She said:

This September, leaders will meet to agree how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals when each nation will have its own distinctive contribution to make ... Since I addressed you last, the Commonwealth, too, has grown vigorously to become a group of nations representing nearly two billion people. It gives its whole-hearted support to the significant contributions to the peace and stability of the world made by the United Nations and its Agencies. Last November, when I opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, I told the delegates that the Commonwealth had the opportunity to lead. Today I offer you the same message.

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 January 25 - Will the next iPhone feature biometric fingerprint technology? Signs point to yes.
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

It's widely anticipated that the next iPhone will feature a fingerprint scanner, and there are a lot of signs pointing to this being the case.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, in a report from Kuo to investors, it was included that Apple's next iPhone, to be released in the third quarter of 2013, would feature a "fingerprint sensor."

Besides Kuo's predictions, there have been a number of deals that have made the idea of a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone look likely, and BiometricUpdate.com has been following this story closely since last year. In 2012, Apple entered into an agreement to purchase AuthenTec for approximately US$356 million. Authentec specializes in strong fingerprint-based security, ideal for mobile devices. Later in the year, it was reported that AuthenTec would stop selling fingerprint technology to any of Apple's competitors, starting in 2013. This included a significant list of existing customers such as Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Fujitsu.

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 January 25 - Citi offers Asians smart biometric banking ATM
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Citi has introduced a next-generation biometric-based banking machine - Citibank Express - that allows customers to do almost all of their banking without visiting a branch, including opening accounts and applying for loans, cards and cashier's checks.

Citibank Express is equipped with an online banking connection, video-conferencing and biometric capabilities for customer identity authentication. A customer can start a transaction on a computer or mobile device and complete it on Citibank Express-and vice versa.

The first Citibank Express machines were unveiled this week in Citibank branches in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The company plans to add in-branch and out-of-branch locations across Asia and globally later this year.

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 January 25 - School of Mines testing biometric payment program
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is partnering with a technology firm to offer a pilot biometric program on campus.

Developers hope the pilot program will one day lead to a cashless society. The university says it is the first in the country to use the technology.

The Nexus Smart Pay pilot program is being tested by 50 students and faculty at two locations on campus. The faculty and students pay for goods by scanning their finger. The money is then taken out of an account that students and faculty have deposited money into.

The university's acting president, Duane Hrncir, says the university is proud to be not only the first university but the first organization to pilot the program. Nexus USA developed the smart pay program.

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 January 27 - Ahmadinejad: Muslims should mobilize resources to uproot Zionism
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that all Muslims should mobilize their resources to uproot Zionism. He made the remarks in his speech to the 26th international conference on Islamic Unity. He said that the prime goal of the Muslims should be terminating the issue of Zionism.

''World Muslims should forge unity in their struggle with bullying powers and by the time that the Zionist usurpers commit crimes through occupation and vandalism. It is not advisable to sit idle and take no action.''

Elsewhere in his speech, he said that it is not possible to attain unity without having a unique leadership.

The only leader who can guide Muslim World is the guidelines of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), he underlined.

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 January 29 - Aide to Egyptian President Morsi claims Holocaust a US hoax
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

A key figure in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's government called the Holocaust a hoax cooked up by U.S. intelligence operatives and claimed the 6 million Jews who were killed by Nazis simply moved to the U.S.
"The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented," Shihab-Eddim said, leaving no room for doubt that the Egyptian government -- like Iran's -- has at the very least significant elements that deny one of history's best documented genocides.

"U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb," Shihab-Eddim said.

Efraim Zuroff, Israel Director of the Jerusalem-based Simon Weisenthal Center

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 January 29 - Worried? New Drone-Mounted Camera Can Tell What You're Wearing From 17,500 Feet
 Article: Miscellaneous

A new camera developed by the Pentagon's research arm was highlighted in a recent special on PBS' "Nova" in an episode called "Rise of the Drones." It's a camera system so detailed it can discern specific movements and even what a subject is wearing.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS) has 1.8 billion pixels (1.8 gigapixels), making it the world' highest resolution camera.
The sensors on the camera are so precise, PBS stated it is the equivalent to the capabilities of 100 Predator drones in a medium city.

The technology allows the user to open up a specific windows of interest in the camera's view while still keeping up an image of the larger picture (sort of like split screen). Antonaides explained that the colored boxes in the image show that the sensor recognized moving objects.

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 January 30 - Catholic, Protestant Churches Sign Historic Baptism Agreement
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from Understand the Times:
The pathway towards unification with Rome is becoming more and more apparent to those who can see the coming One World Religion with headquarters in Rome. Unfortunately, while this is taking place, there are fewer who are willing to point out this sign of the End Times and warn the sheep.
For example, those who follow leaders, many of them who follow the Purpose Driven model promoted by Rick Warren, claim that "it is better to be known for what you are for than what you are against." In doing so, they close their eyes to the signs that reveal Bible prophecy is underway and become part of the deception that is underway.

Leaders representing the Roman Catholic Church and some American Protestant denominations have signed an agreement in Texas to recognize each other's baptisms. After about six years of dialogue, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and the United Church of Christ signed a document recognizing each other's liturgical rites of baptism. The five denominations signed the "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism," affirming the baptism agreement on Tuesday evening at a prayer service held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin.

"Together we affirm that, by the sacrament of Baptism, a person is truly incorporated into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13 and 27; Ephesians 1:22-23), the church. Baptism establishes the bond of unity existing among all who are part of Christ's body and is therefore the sacramental basis for our efforts to move towards visible unity," reads the document.

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