November 18, 2013- November 24,2013 
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 Vol 8, Issue 47
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 November 15 - Iran's top ally warns war could be coming.
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization - Iran's top ally in the Middle East - warned today that a major regional war could be coming soon if Iran and world leaders don't make a deal. His warnings were ominously echoed by the White House and by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It's hard to remember when these three agreed on anything.

"To all Arab peoples in the Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Oman: What is the alternative to an understanding between Iran and world leaders? It is regional war," Nasrallah warned.

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 November 14 - Like online stores, retail stores look to track you while shopping
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

You know those ads on the sides of some webpages that seem to know everything you've shopped for, like, ever? This very well may be the kind of shopping experience retailers like Nordstrom, American Apparel and other brick-and-mortar stores have in mind for the future. Each of these companies has recently experimented with indoor customer tracking, as reported by the MIT Technology Review. Retailers not only want to track sales numbers and trends, but also, similar to sites like Amazon and Google, take in statistics showing what customers are "viewing" or how much time is spent in each section of the store.
With new indoor location tracking technology, brick and mortar retailers would be able to intelligently send advertisements and deals to specific shoppers, based on past preferences. So pretty soon, if you're in the electronics section of a store, you might receive a notification on your iPhone directing you to all the televisions on sale. Or perhaps you're grabbing a frozen pizza at the grocery store when all of the sudden you receive a coupon notification for chicken wings (Mmmm).

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 November 15 - Bank of America looks to biometric ATMs in new patent application
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The Bank of America has pushed through a patent application, which describes a biometric ATM system. Reported in ATM Marketplace, the patent was submitted to the USPTO in 2012, and published recently in 2013.

Specifically, this patent application outlines a system for authenticating users with a combination of a pin-code and fingerprint biometrics.

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 November 19 - Eucharistic Adoration; We are Bonded to Him through each moment spent in His Real Presence!
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

A small amount of the hormone oxytocin is released every time you make eye contact with someone. It is for this reason you come to trust other people. Now all you'll be able to think when you make eye contact with someone is "Oxytocin. Oxytocin. OXYTOCIN". So, I've been wondering... is oxytocin released during Eucharistic adoration?
"As a result of transubstantiation, the species of bread and wine undoubtedly take on a new signification and a new finality, for they are no longer ordinary bread and wine but instead a sign of something sacred and a sign of spiritual food... For what now lies beneath the aforementioned species is not what was there before... since once the substance or nature of the bread and wine has been changed into the body and blood of Christ, nothing remains of the bread and the wine except for the species-beneath which Christ is present whole and entire in His physical "reality," corporeally present, although not in the manner in which bodies are in a place." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei 46)

Therefore, when we place ourselves in Eucharistic adoration, we place ourselves in the true presence of Christ. Like a date with a loved one, there He sits before us.

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 November 17 - Conference highlights Mary as example of evangelization
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Church leaders at a conference in Mexico City emphasized unity and Christ-centered witness, as they discussed Our Lady of Guadalupe's ongoing call to evangelize the Americas.

"Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of the Mexicans, but she is also the mother of everyone who draws near to her," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico, said Nov. 16.  When Our Lady appeared, she changed the future of the people, "giving them new hope" and planting the seed of a new race, he explained.

And since that time, "she has not stopped calling." Rather, she continues to reach out as a mother to comfort those who have suffered, bringing a "new heart" to Mexico and the New World.

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 November 17 - Biometrics Researchers See a World Without Passwords
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Research into new uses of biometrics is blossoming. Iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few of the biometrics tools that can improve security while making lives easier, biometrics researchers say. Such biometric security may effectively eliminate the need to create and frequently change passwords.
Some Purdue University researchers are working on technology that could see all those passwords that computer users must punch in replaced with steps such as iris and fingerprint scans.
Iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few of the tools that can improve security while making lives easier, said Stephen Elliott, the center's director. That technology can allow someone to log into a computer or activate a smartphone simply by swiping their fingerprint over a sensor -- and eliminate the need to frequently change passwords.

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 November 20 - Fujitsu and PulseWallet team up for biometric payments
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Fujitsu Frontech North America and PulseWallet have announced a new relationship utilizing Fujitsu's PalmSecure biometric technology for biometric payments.

According to the companies, PulseWallet is paperless, storing transactions, transaction history, membership cards as well as promotions in a virtual customer profile. Now, under this new partnership, PulseWallet terminals aim to replace consumer credit and debit cards with palm-scanning technology.
"From the very beginning, we were looking for an extremely secure and highly accurate form of strong biometric authentication technology to integrate with our solution. Customer registration has to work smoothly for all consumers and verification at POS must occur quickly," Aimann Rasheed, co-founder and CEO of PulseWallet said.

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 November 19 - Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Michigan Megachurch Successor
 Article: Emerging Church

Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999.
"I would say about 1,000 people left (over 'Love Wins'), and that's okay. I don't think even a lot of them left in anger," he added. "They just thought 'Well, Mars Hill's not the place I thought it was.' Surely some people were upset, but on the other hand it wasn't exactly a mass exodus. Rob had been saying everything in that book for five years."

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 November 21 - Church must foster encounter with culture, cardinals say
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Prominent Church leaders from the Americas encouraged the faithful to consider the intersection of faith and culture, so as to respond to radical and fundamental changes in society.

However, due to assimilation, the "glue" that bound people to the Church became weak, he continued. Today, it is easy to leave the Church, and people do so for a wide variety of reasons.  The result has been a movement "from cultural Catholicism to intentional Catholicism." When being Catholic is no longer supported by the culture, it requires a conscious decision to remain in the Church, and those who do so are strengthened in their faith, he said.

"The transition from a strong cultural Catholicism to an intentional Catholicism urgently requires a new type of evangelization and a new apologetics that will respond to the questions that people have," Cardinal O'Malley said. "To continue to do things as we have in the past simply no longer works."

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 November 20 - Khamenei: 'Israeli regime is doomed to failure, annihilation'
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would not step back from its nuclear rights, and his negotiating team had set limits for talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program.
"Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them," said Khamenei. "The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation," he said.
The "Zionist regime" says things that "only bring humiliation on themselves," he said, adding that it is a regime that "emerged through force, and no phenomenon that has emerged through force has continued to exist - and this regime will not continue to exist either."

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 November 19 - Mass Surveillance Is Big Business: Corporations Are as Good at Spying as Governments
 Article: Miscellaneous

Data is the currency of surveillance, and it's not just the NSA and GCHQ looking to cash in. As a newly released cache of documents and presentation materials highlights, the private surveillance industry is booming. More shocking is that many firms claim in their own corporate PowerPoints that they've got capabilities that rival that of the government giants.

The document trove, called the Surveillance Industry Index (SII) and released by Privacy International, and contains 1,203 documents from 338 companies in 36 countries, all of which detail surveillance technologies. Some advertised capabilities are astounding: A firm named Glimmerglass, which produces monitoring and repair equipment for undersea cables, touts in a brochure that its equipment enables "dynamic selection and distribution of signals for analysis and storage."

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