January 27, 2014- February 2, 2014 
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 Vol 9, Issue 5
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 January 22 - Blimplike surveillance craft set to deploy over Maryland heighten privacy concerns
 Article: One World Government

A new kind of surveillance craft known as Aerostats may soon be appearing in American skies. Aerostats, are lighter-than-air craft that are tethered to the ground - are to be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test slated to start in October. 

From a vantage of 10,000 feet,
they will cast a vast radar net from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston and out to Lake Erie, with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital. This, in response to a perceived gap in missile defense coverage in the area.

Aerostats have been used by the military before, most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq where they have seen service in the protection of our military bases in those parts of the world,
and these typically carried powerful surveillance cameras to track the movements of suspected insurgents and even U.S. soldiers.

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 News Alert January 24 - Palestinian leader turns to Putin for Palestinian state, dumps US and Israel as peace partners
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

The Chairman for the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, launched a diplomatic offensive on January 23, aimed squarely at John Kerry's US-led Middle East peace initiative. His meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev leave little question as to his new direction, or what he hopes to accomplish.

The move seems to have come as a surprise to, and caught both Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benyamin unprepared. This, by itself would be bad enough, but also, the move seems to have caught the intelligence agencies of both nations by surprise. 
The two leaders (Putin and Abbas) almost certainly planned in advance to drop their bombshell on the day both Kerry and Netanyahu were otherwise engaged at two international events in Switzerland, Geneva 2 on Syria and the World Economic Forum.

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 January 27 - Facebanx launches new authentication software, performs trials with telecoms, banks
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Facebanx has just launched new software that it says allows any user to use an image of their face and a voiceprint to replace passwords.
"By simply pointing a device's camera and taking a selfie and then repeating out loud four randomly generated numbers, customers will be able to log into their account within seconds. This technology is incredibly accurate as it combines two different biometrics into one seamless experience," CEO Matthew Silverstone said.
"Our product is proving incredibly popular to organisations in the banking, gaming, healthcare and retail sectors as it provides for the first time a level playing field against cybercrime. Now criminals will not be able to use malware to simply hack into customer accounts as they won't be able to reproduce a live streamed image speaking out loud randomly generated numbers. This is the first time that the customer has been handed power back to them to stop account takeovers from taking place."

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 January 27 - Pope Francis' Homily at the Conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's homily on Saturday at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Celebration of Vespers took place at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. "Has Christ been divided?" (1 Cor 1:13). The urgent appeal which Saint Paul makes at the beginning of his First Letter to the Corinthians, and which has been proclaimed at this evening's liturgy, was chosen by a group of our fellow Christians in Canada as the theme for our meditation during this year's Week of Prayer.
This evening, as we gather here in prayer, may we realize that Christ, who cannot be divided, wants to draw us to himself, to the sentiments of his heart, to his complete and confident surrender into the hands of the Father, to his radical self-emptying for love of humanity. Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force behind our unity.
As we find ourselves in his presence, we realize all the more that we may not regard divisions in the Church as something natural, inevitable in any form of human association. Our divisions wound Christ's body, they impair the witness which we are called to give to him before the world. The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, appealing to the text of Saint Paul which we have reflected on, significantly states: "Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communities present themselves to people as the true inheritance of Jesus Christ; all indeed profess to be followers of the Lord but they differ in outlook and go their different ways, as if Christ were divided". And the Council continues: "Such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages the sacred cause of preaching the Gospel to every creature" (Unitatis Redintegratio, 1).We have all been damaged by these divisions. None of us wishes to become a cause of scandal. And so we are all journeying together, fraternally, on the road towards unity, bringing about unity even as we walk; that unity comes from the Holy Spirit and brings us something unique which only the Holy Spirit can do, that is, reconciling our differences. The Lord waits for us all, accompanies us all, and is with us all on this path of unity.

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 January 26 - Religious difference, not ideology, will fuel this century's epic battles
 Article: One World Religion

The last weeks have seen a ghastly roll call of terror attacks in the obvious places: Syria, Libya, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Pakistan. We can either see all of these acts of killing as separate - produced by various political contexts - or we can start to see the clear common theme and start to produce a genuine global strategy to deal with it.
The fact is that, though of course there are individual grievances or reasons for the violence in each country, there is one thing self-evidently in common: the acts of terrorism are perpetrated by people motivated by an abuse of religion. It is a perversion of faith. However, security action alone, even military action, will not deal with the root cause. This extremism comes from a source. It is not innate. It is taught. It is taught sometimes in the formal education system; sometimes in the informal religious schools; sometimes in places of worship and it is promoted by a vast network of internet communications.

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 January 27 - Hamas Leader Claims Third Intifada Just A Matter Of Time
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Hamas leader Hassa Yousef told an Israeli news agency on Sunday that a third Intifada, or Arab armed uprising, is "just a matter of time." His remarks were made just one week after his release from an Israeli prison, and moments after an official from long time rival, Fatah, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, called on increased terrorist attacks on Israel.

Yousef warned, "the Intifada will not wait for anyone, if it doesn't happen today then it will happen tomorrow, if not this month then next month." "Intifada" is an Arabic term meaning, "shaking off the yoke."

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 January 23 - Will your next phone be powered by your HEARTBEAT? Scientists reveal implantable battery that can charge from the movement of our organs
 Article: Miscellaneous

Forget carrying around a charger - you next mobile could be powered by the beating of your heart, researchers have revealed.
A team of US and Chinese researchers has revealed a tint implantable battery they have used to power a pacemaker.
It converts the constant movement of organs such as the heart, lungs and diaphragm into energy. It the future, they say, it could be used to power a range of gadgets.

The tiny piezoelectric power plants are comprised of lead zirconate titanate nanoribbons, housed in biocompatible plastic. There's also an integrated rectifier that converts the electric signal and a tiny rechargeable battery, all encased in the same plastic.

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 January 26 - The Era Of Genetically-Altered Humans Could Begin This Year
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

England is on the verge of passing a new law that would involve making a new form of IVF (in vitro fertilization) available to couples. This new form of IVF would include DNA from three parents, and if passed, would be the first law to allow for pre-birth DNA modification.

The new procedure involves replacing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to avoid destructive cell mutations. Mitochondria convert energy from food into what our cells need to function, and they carry their own DNA apart from the nuclear DNA in our chromosomes where most of our genetic information is stored. Only the mother passes on mtDNA to the child, and it can sometimes contain mutations that can lead to serious health problems or genetic defects. To put some numbers behind the science, an estimated 1 in five to ten thousand people carry mtDNA that contains mutations. These mutations can lead to such things as blindness, diabetes, dementia, epilepsy and several other impairments.

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Roger Oakland

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