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 February 6 - UK government plans to track ALL web use: MI5 to install 'black box' spy devices to monitor British internet traffic
 Article: One World Goverment

UK spy agencies want to install 'black box' surveillance devices across the country's communications networks to monitor internet use, it emerged today. A report by an influential committee of MPs tells how spooks are keen to implement a nationwide surveillance regime aimed at logging nearly everything Britons do and say online.

The spy network will rely on a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection to log data from communications ranging from online services like Facebook and Twitter, Skype calls with family members and visits to pornographic websites. But civil liberties and privacy campaigners have reacted with outrage, saying that the technology will give the government a greater surveillance capability than has ever been seen.

MI5 chief Jonathan Evans told the committee: 'Access to communications data of one sort or another is very important indeed. It's part of the backbone of the way in which we would approach investigations. 'I think I would be accurate in saying there are no significant investigations that we undertake across the service that don't use communications data because of its ability to tell you the who and the when and the where of your target's activities.'

Emma Carr, deputy director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: 'Using highly intrusive technology to monitor how people use the internet is not something that a civil society should be using on every citizen.

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 February 11 - Pope Benedict stepping down, cites poor health
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Benedict shocked the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry, in an announcement that left his aides "incredulous" and will make him the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages.

The German-born Pope, 85, hailed as a hero by conservative Roman Catholics and viewed with suspicion by liberals, told cardinals in Latin that his strength had deteriorated recently. He will step down on February 28 and the Vatican expects a new Pope to be chosen by the end of March.

The pope told the cardinals that in order to govern "...both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. "For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter."

He also referred to "today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith."

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 February 7 - A solar 'superstorm' is coming and we'll only get 30-minute warning
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

A solar "superstorm" could knock out Earth's communications satellites, cause dangerous power surges in the national grid and disrupt crucial navigation aids and aircraft avionics, a major report has found.

It is inevitable that an extreme solar storm - caused by the Sun ejecting billions of tonnes of highly-energetic matter travelling at a million miles an hour - will hit the Earth at some time in the near future, but it is impossible to predict more than about 30 minutes before it actually happens, a team of engineers has warned. Solar superstorms are estimated to occur once every 100 or 200 years, with the last one hitting the Earth in 1859.

Although none has occurred in the space age, we are far more vulnerable now than a century ago because of the ubiquity of modern electronics
, they said.

"The general consensus is that a solar superstorm is inevitable, a matter not of 'if' but 'when?'," says a report into extreme space weather by a group of experts at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

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 Feburary 8 - Tattoo calls for help when you fall ill and researchers believe it could be coming to an arm near you soon
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

A new high tech tattoo may soon be your saving grace the next time you fall ill.

Woven of gold and silk, this temporary skin embossing could detect things like bacterial infections and let others know you're sick. By giving them a call. In theory, anyway.

The tech-savvy tats come embedded with antennae that would wirelessly alert nearby computers to your malady and help you receive prompt help.

This is the brainchild of Princeton professor Michael McAlpine, who recently received a grant through his university to expedite his research and make antenna tattoos a reality.

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 February 12 - Rick Warren to Start New Radio Show; Aims to Focus on Hope, Religious Freedom
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., announced Tuesday that he will begin a radio show the first week of April. Warren said at a media gathering at Georgetown University today that he is doing the show to bring hope to a country that is in a discouragement period and that he wants to speak out more about the deterioration of religious freedom in the United States and around the world.

The show will be syndicated through Salem Communications and air for half an hour, Monday through Friday, in the 25 largest radio markets, he said at a press gathering hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs' Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The discouragement can be felt, Warren continued, in the weak economic recovery and high rate of joblessness, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the partisan gridlock among political leaders. The discouragement can also be felt in the "coarsening of society."

"People are far more rude now than they used to be," Warren said, which he attributes to the way Americans communicate with each other on the Internet. "Our civilization is losing its civility. We just don't know how to be nice to people."

The radio program will be called "Daily Hope," and will be aimed at "injecting some hope" into the country.

The other purpose of the show is to speak to the disintegration of religious liberty in America. Warren spoke about attempts to prevent Muslims from wearing head scarves at school, prevent Jews from being able to circumcise their children, and to require companies and religious institutions to purchase health insurance coverage that is in opposition to their religious beliefs.

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 February 11 - 'Google for spies' draws ire from rights groups
 Article: Miscellaneous

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.

A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Raytheon says it has not sold the software - named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology - to any clients. But the Massachusetts-based company
has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing "trillions of entities" from cyberspace.

The power of Riot to harness websites for surveillance offers a rare insight into techniques that have attracted interest from intelligence and national security agencies, at the same time prompting civil liberties and online privacy concerns.

Advertisement Using Riot it is possible to gain a picture of a person's life - their friends, the places they visit charted on a map - in little more than a few clicks of a button.

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 News Alert - February 13 - Rick Warren Tackles Religious Freedom, Birth Control Mandate at Georgetown Univ.
 Article: One World Religion

Comment from Understand The Times:
Rick Warren is now making his move to be known as the world's most well-known proponent of religious freedom. In the following article, while making the claim that he is an "evangelical pastor," his comments go a long way in preparing a bridge that will span all religions and all religious practices. Specifically, Warren cites common ground with Roman Catholics by using the term "brothers and sisters."
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., showed a heightened interest and concern for religious freedom in the United States at a Tuesday event hosted by the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs in Washington, D.C. Warren spoke about the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate and other religious freedom issues.
Warren's concerns about religious freedom grew partly out of his work in developing countries. In most of the world, Warren said, social services, such as health care and job training programs, are commonly provided by churches. If the Catholic Church were taken out of Africa, 27 percent of the continent's health care would also be removed, he explained to the audience at Georgetown, a Catholic university.
"The audacity of the government telling the Church how to do health care - we've been doing it longer than any government!" Warren complained.

Even though he is not opposed to the use of contraceptives, he said he stands "in 100 percent solidarity with my Catholic brothers and sisters to practice what they believe."

Christians need to repent, Warren added, for not standing up for the religious freedom of non-Christians in the past, such as when there were attempts to ban a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He noted that he also opposes attempts to ban Muslims from wearing head scarves in schools and Jews from being able to circumcise their children. If there were an attempt to require Jewish deli's to carry pork, Warren said, he "would be out front, picketing with that rabbi, willing to go to jail with that rabbi."

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