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 April 8 - Will Big Brother read brain scans to 'see' who will commit future crime?
 Article: Miscellaneous

Imagine a society where your brain can be scanned to see if you are a danger -- because the scan can predict that you are likely to commit crime. This may sound like a sci-fi movie but the brain scanning technique already exists, according to a new study conducted by the Mind Research Network (MRN) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The research, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, investigated impulsive and antisocial behavior and centered on the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a portion of the brain that deals with regulating behavior and impulsivity.
By looking at prison inmates, the scientists claim they were able to identify inmates with relatively low anterior cingulate activity and show these people were twice as likely to commit crimes in the future as inmates with higher brain activity in this region.

But this is brain science and has no real ramifications about how a government might one day use this information to decide who is, in a sense, a criminal before they even commit a crime, right? Maybe not.

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 April 6 - Vice President Joe Biden calls for a 'new world order'
 Article: One World Government

Delivering the keynote address at the Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden called for the creation of a "new world order" for improvement of the economy and international business relations.

"The affirmative task we have now," Biden said, "is to create a new world order, because the global order is changing again, and the institutions of the world worked so well in the post-World War II era for decades, they need to be strengthened, and some need to be changed."

"So we have to do what we do best, we have to lead," the vice president continued. "We have to update the global rules of the road, we have to do it in a way that maximizes benefits for everyone, because obviously, it's overwhelmingly in our interests. This is not a zero sum game, it's overwhelming our interest, that China prosper, that Mongolia prosper, that nations big and large, East and West (prosper). We have to level the playing field so that companies and workers can compete in the world, that the competition is fair and it's healthy."

Biden's call for a "new world order" reflects what many politicians have said in the past. The phrase was used throughout the 20th century but entered the popular lexicon after President George H.W. Bush began to use it. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, Bush gave a speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 11, 1990, in which he said:

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 April 5 - Survey: Doctrine remains a struggle in churches
 Article: Miscellaneous

While many Christians have a grasp of important doctrinal positions, some church-goers struggle with basic truths about salvation, the Bible and the nature of God.

A LifeWay Research study on "Doctrinal Positions," released April 5, shows 81 percent of churchgoers agree, in regard to salvation, that "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior." Yet 26 percent of church-goers concurrently believe that "If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity," while 57 percent disagree.

Other responses regarding beliefs about life after death include:
-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have tried your best to be a good person and live a good life" (selected by 7 percent of churchgoers).

-- "You have no way of knowing what will happen when you die" (5 percent of churchgoers).

-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because God loves everyone and we will all be in heaven with Him" (4 percent).

-- "When you die, you will go to heaven because you have read the Bible, been involved in church, and tried to live as God wants you to live" (2 percent).

-- "There is no life after death" (1 percent).

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 April 3 - Evangelical Colleges Inching Toward Affirmation of Homosexuality
 Article: Perilous Times

A recent article on the CNN Belief Blog highlighted the trend of Evangelical colleges inching toward culturally acceptable views of homosexuality. The article highlighted Wheaton College, which in February established an official group for "students to explore questions of gender identity and sexual orientation." Although Wheaton College receives the most attention because of its prominence, other Evangelical schools are making similar moves.

Last week at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) student group called 'Love of God Bringing Triumph,' announced the college administration approved an LGBT support group through the school's counseling and health services center. Although the administration denied the group's initial request for an official club because of concerns about breaches in confidentiality, the new "support group" through the counseling center will ensure the privacy of all students involved.

The new group
will only be open to those who identify as "members of the LGBT community, and will walk alongside them as they wrestle through issues that are common to being LGBT." Some students complained that facilitating the group through the school's counseling center implies homosexuality is a problem requiring counseling, rather than a legitimate orientation to be affirmed. One student told the college newspaper "I don't want this to be an excuse for those kids to be put into counseling, because that's not what they need, they need our support as a community."

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 April 11 - Francis' Petrine Ministry Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Earlier this week, in his opening address to the 181st plenary assembly of the Portuguese episcopal conference, its president, Cardinal Josť Policarpo, said that Pope Francis asked him twice to consecrate his ministry to Our Lady of Fatima. "Pope Francis asked me twice to consecrate his new ministry to Our Lady of Fatima," the cardinal said.

"It is a request," he added, "that I can fulfill in the silence of prayer," but that would be better if "all the episcopal conference associated itself to the realization of this request. Mary will guide us in all our works and also in the way of fulfilling this desire of Pope Francis."

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 April 5 - As Koreas face off, risk of accidental war grows
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

At the North Korean embassy in London, they are answering the phone but saying little. In fact, the world, well beyond Asia, is perplexed by the mysteries of the nuclear-capable state's bellicosity and many fear mutual ignorance could help turn words into acts of war.

Many foreign analysts offer reassurance. No one, they say, really wants war. Missile and nuclear tests, threats of possible atomic strikes on the United States and military drills on both sides of the divided Korean peninsula, reflect rather a youthful North Korean leader and newly elected South Korean government both finding their feet at home and testing their strengths.

Yet neither 30-year-old Kim Jong-un, who succeeded his late father just over a year ago, nor South Korea's President Park Geun-hye is seen having much room or appetite to back down. The risk of miscalculation or mistake sparking accidental conflict may be growing by the day - bringing with it the greatest risk in years of a regional nuclear exchange.

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