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 November 27 - 32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

If you live in the United States, you live in a high tech surveillance grid that is becoming more oppressive with each passing day.  In America today, the control freaks that run things are completely obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do.  If we continue on the path that we are currently on, we will be heading into a future where there will be absolutely no privacy of any kind. 

There is a constant hunger for even more information, and so the surveillance technologies just continue to become even more advanced and the Big Brother control grid being constructed all around us just continues to become even more pervasive. 
Posted below is a list of 32 privacy destroying technologies that are systematically transforming America into a giant prison. Following each item, there is a short excerpt from a news report about that particular technology. Individually, each of these technologies is deeply troubling. But when you step back and take a look at them all collectively, it is absolutely horrifying   

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 November 22 - Your Next Password Might Be Your Eye
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

You can use your phone to figure out your heart rate and track how much you walk. But the powerful sensors inside smartphones can do more than keep you updated on your health: They can also turn your body into a password.

EyeVerify is a small Kansas City-based security company. Its core product is biometric eyescan software for smartphones. Every person has a unique pattern of blood vessels in their eyes. These blood vessels contrast with the whites of the eyes so clearly that they can always be read, even when there's a lack of light. 

The best part? Those blood-vessel patterns can be photographed by phones and turned into unique data signatures which can be used to replace or supplement traditional passwords. "We turn a picture of your eye into a key that protects your digital identity," says EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush.

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 November 25 - Cash Is Dead. Are Credit Cards Next?
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The future of money has arrived, and it's called Coin. It looks like a credit card. It's the size of a credit card. It swipes in credit card machines. But it holds the information of up to eight of your debit, credit, rewards, or gift cards. And you can switch between cards by simply pressing a button. The new product, launched recently, promises to change the way consumers spend money in a secure and efficient way.

The key technology is a Bluetooth signal. To load information from your different cards, just swipe them on a card reader into your Apple or Android phone and take a picture of the card. If you're too far from your card-like, say, you leave it at the restaurant-your phone gets a notification. And the Coin's battery lasts up to two years.

People use cash less. Receipts are redundant with online banking. And products like Coin allow people to pay digitally, instead of with a physical credit card. Could the George Costanza wallet be a thing of the past?

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 November 30 - Pope expresses hope for reunion with Orthodox Patriarch
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Roman Catholic Church Uniting With Other Religions

Pope Francis sent special greetings to the Archbishop of Constantinople today, expressing his desire for continued dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

"You Holiness, beloved brother in Christ, this is the first time that I address you on the occasion of the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the first-called. I take this opportunity to assure you of my intention to pursue fraternal relations between the Church of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarchate," he wrote on Nov. 30 in the message delivered by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

"It is for me a source of great reassurance to reflect on the depth and the authenticity of our existing bonds, the fruit of a grace-filled journey along which the Lord has guided our Churches since the historic encounter in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras," the Pope's message said, referencing the momentous event of 1965 in which the leaders of the two churches lifted the excommunications that had been placed on each other in 1054.

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 November 26 - Embracing big brother: How facial recognition could help fight crime
 Article: One World Government

From fighting terrorism to processing payments in the blink of an eye, facial recognition is set to change our ideas on privacy.

A number of exciting developments in the field could even push its toughest critics to reconsider. "The more people get out of it, the more they'll surrender to it," says Manolo Almagro, senior vice president of digital for TPN Inc.  Almagro believes that people will only embrace a technology if the benefits outweigh privacy concerns.

Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source -- which is then matched to information stored in a database. Often used in fictional TV-series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it is soon set to become a real-life tool for fighting crime. In 2014, the FBI will roll the technology out across the U.S. after pilot testing is completed in some states.

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 December 2 - SmartMetric says fingerprint payment card will be available in Q1 2014
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

SmartMetric has announced that its fingerprint-activated payments card will be available for quantity sales in the first quarter of 2014.
According to the company's CEO, Chaya Hendrick, there were many production issues that had to be overcome in order to produce the card in mass quantities - a necessity for financial institutions to adopt and deploy the system.
The payments card is designed to work with EMV chips and relies on a positive match of a user's fingerprint stored on the card to authenticate payments.

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 December 2 - Unregulated? Bitcoin goes mainstream and why that's a good thing
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Bitcoin has captured broad public attention, now that it has surged to $1,200 per coin, which is by far an all-time high. The coins were valued around $13 apiece just under a year ago. Bitcoin is a virtual currency. You can't hold it in your hand, or carry it like cash. However, more and more transactions are occurring in the virtual realm, with banks exchanging dollars and every other kind of currency by virtual means. When you think about it, unless you still deal in cash, most of your transactions are virtual.

Bitcoin works exclusively in this virtual realm. It was introduced in 2009 as a "peer-to-peer" open-source virtual currency, which means that it's not controlled by any one entity, but rather by the users of the currency itself.

Bitcoins are created, mined, if you will, by users who install programs on their machines. These programs generate bitcoin that people can put into digital wallets. Wallets are just long strings of randomized characters, designed to be encrypted and virtually impossible to hack. Your string of characters can even be written down and carried in your wallet rather than saved online, however there are digital wallets online. 

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 December 4 - Smart watch lets parents track kids
 Article: Miscellaneous

This holiday season some parents are going high-tech and getting their child a watch that tracks their every move. It's called the FiLIP: a watch and phone with GPS geared at kids aged 4 to 11 -- basically before they are ready for a smart phone.

Parents can program up to five numbers into the gadget, which kids can call with the touch of a button. Using the FiLIP app, parents and other preauthorized adults can track the child's location, make calls, send texts and set "SafeZones." Parents get an alert when a child leaves a safe zone.

"What we learned after doing a lot of interviews with families, with moms dads and kids, is that they would like to have some of the sophisticated technology of a smartphone but take away some of the features like internet access," Kirbak says.

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 December 4 - Troubling Trend of Decline Reaches Evangelicals
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

For most of the latter half of the 20th century, religious life in the United States was marked by four consistent trends: oldline Protestant membership was declining; evangelical Protestants were growing; Roman Catholics were hovering just above the replacement level (with new immigrant growth slightly exceeding the amount of erosion in the white ethnic base); and each succeeding generation of adults was participating less in religious institutions.

For the conservative Protestant family, the Yearbook data show a steady slowing of growth that goes back to at least 1955. Growth fell from over 3 percent annually during the 1950s to about 1 percent through the 1980s to less than a half percent through 2005, at which point Southern Baptist declines pushed the entire family into negative growth for the first time.

For oldline Protestants, the Yearbook data confirm a moderating rate of decline during the last 20 years of the 20th century, but show that decline reaccelerated at the turn of the century and that this stream of faith is currently losing members at a greater rate than ever before.

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