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 December 23 - 'None' could be religion's new normal in Britain, USA
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Merry what? Just in time for Christmas, new statistics show "no religion is the new religion" in Great Britain, according to a study released Monday. The study, by Westminster Faith Debates, finds 38 percent adults in Great Britain, and 48 percent of those ages 18 to 29, checked no religion in online surveys conducted in January and June by YouGov.

"Whilst it's always possible that this trend could be reversed, it gets less and less likely as the chain of memory connecting young people to religion stretches and snaps," said Lancaster University sociologist, an organizer of the public debates on religion topics and author of the study.

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 December 23 - Computerizing people may be next step in tech
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

It's likely the world in the not-so-distant future will be increasingly populated by computerized people like Amal Graafstra.  The 37-year-old doesn't need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer. He's programmed them to unlock at the mere wave of his hands, which are implanted with radio frequency identification tags. The rice-size gadgets work so well, the Seattle resident says, he's sold similar ones to more than 500 customers through his company Dangerous Things.

The move to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via "smart tattoos" could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another. Critics call the trend intrusive, even sacrilegious. 

But others say it ultimately will make life better for everybody. Some researchers and executives envision a day when devices placed in people will enable them to control computers, prosthetic devices and many other things solely with their thoughts.

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 December 29 - Archbishop: Muslims, Christians united in fight for equality in India
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Recent efforts from Christians and Muslims in India have united the communities to end the practice of untouchability, including a Dec. 11 march in which peaceful protesters were subjected to beatings and being sprayed with water cannons.

"We are trying to come together in this ecumenical effort," Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi said in a Dec. 18 interview with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

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 December 26 - Wearable Tech Is Getting a Lot More Intimate
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Forget wearable technology. It may not be too much longer before sensors are actually put inside your body. It may sound a little bit futuristic and far-fetched, but the reality is that ingestible sensors and implantable chips are already in use and growing.

"We are going to see more sensors everywhere. It's only a matter of time before those migrate under our skin into our bodies," said Peter Eckersley, the lead technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Much like wearable devices, which can capture data about a person's activity levels, sensors inside the body can be used to collect information about what is going on inside a person's body.
"There's going to be a ubiquitous data collection. Right now, the data is coming from the phone and wearable devices, but eventually some will be within our bodies. And having that data available can mean enormous health benefits," Eckersley said

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 January 2 - Fr. Paul Schenck on Mary, Mother of God
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The wonder of Mary is found in the two aspects of her being - that of the Daughter of Israel, a young, Jewish mother of her time, and The Mother of God, who is the eternal Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix, [960] who shares God's eternal plan of salvation with the whole world; Jew and Gentile. She is indeed, Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church. [966] The Catechism continues -

In The Acts of the Apostles, as the disciples in Jerusalem awaited the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, it says that the Apostles (1:12-14) -
returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.

the Upper Room symbolizes the Church: it is the mystical place where Jesus celebrated the Passover, instituted the priesthood and first offered the Eucharist. Now it is the place where they would receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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 January 1 - Pope: Devoid of magic or fatalism, the Christian hope for peace, with Mary the Mother of God
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

The hope for a New Year full of "peace and every good" expressed by Pope Francis has nothing to do with the "magic and somewhat fatalistic connotations of a new cycle that begins". "My hope - said the Pope - is that of the Church, it is Christian hope! ... We know that history has a centre: Jesus Christ, incarnate, dead and risen; it has a goal: the Kingdom of God, kingdom peace, justice, freedom, love, and has a force that moves toward that end : the Holy Spirit .
This Spirit is the power of love that has fertilized the womb of the Virgin Mary, and is the same that animates the projects and efforts of all the peacemakers".

This year's theme, chosen by Francis, is
"Fraternity; Foundation and Path to Peace ."

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 January 1 - Feds May Require Cars to Talk to Each Other to Avoid Crashes
 Article: One World Government

Federal officials will decided in the "coming weeks" whether to require new cars to include smart technology that would alert drivers of a coming crash, even in vehicles that are two or three cars away.  The vehicle-to-vehicle -- or V2V -- technology has undergone testing in recent years and has already been installed in some cars that are on the road.
"The continued progress of V2V technology development hinges on a decision that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to make in late 2013 on how to proceed. ... One option would be to pursue a rule requiring their inclusion in new vehicles," the GAO wrote in a November study.

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 January 1 - North Korean leader warns of nuclear disaster, threatens US
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the Korean peninsula will be engulfed by ''massive nuclear disaster'' if war breaks out there again, warning the US it will not be safe in the event of a conflict.
''If the war breaks out again in this land, it will bring about a massive nuclear disaster and the US will never be safe,'' Kim said in his New Year message, broadcast on state television. "
We are faced with a dangerous situation in which a small, accidental military clash can lead to an all-out war.''

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 December 30 - UAE Emirates ID will replace bank cards
 Article: One World Government

Are you tired of carrying multiple bank cards and remembering personal identification numbers (PIN)? Your plight will end soon.

The national ID card issued by Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) will soon replace ATM and credit cards. National ID cards will be used for financial transactions as part of a cooperation agreement between Emirates ID and financial institutions, a senior official told Gulf News on Monday.

"The ID card will be used for authentication processes to verify the identity of the cardholder. The ATMs [machines] or credit card terminals will process the financial transactions," Dr Ali Al Khoury, Director General of Emirates ID, said.

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 January 8 - Mass Second Coming upon us? Top Five Men with Messiah Complex
 Article: Cults

A man in Brazil has joined a long list of people claiming they are Jesus Christ incarnate.
Inri Cristo, 66, has been arrested over 40 times and has been banned from Britain because of his controversial views. He claims he is the reincarnation of the son of God and has hundreds of followers across the world, many of whom live with him at his 'church' compound outside Brasilia. Cristo says he first found out he was the messiah during a religious fast in Santiago, Chile, in 1979. H
e claims that he has always followed a voice that "speaks in his head" but that in 1979, it told him: "I am your Father. The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob."

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 January 8 - We want a United States of Europe says top EU official
 Article: One World Government

A campaign for the European Union to become a "United States of Europe" will be the "best weapon against the Eurosceptics", one of Brussels' most senior officials has said. 

Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and the longest serving Brussels commissioner, has called for "a true political union" to be put on the agenda for EU elections this spring. 

"We need to build a United States of Europe with the Commission as government and two chambers - the European Parliament and a "Senate" of Member States," she said. 

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