February 3, 2014- February 9, 2014 
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 Vol 9, Issue 6
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 January 23 - U.S. Cattle Herd is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

If the extreme drought in the western half of the country keeps going, the food supply problems that we are experiencing right now are only going to be the tip of the iceberg.  As you will see below, the size of the U.S. cattle herd has dropped to a 61 year low, and organic food shortages are being reported all over the nation. Surprisingly cold weather and increasing demand for organic food have both been a factor, but the biggest threat to the U.S. food supply is the extraordinary drought which has had a relentless grip on the western half of the country.
If you check out the U.S. Drought Monitor, you can see that drought conditions currently stretch from California all the way to the heart of Texas.  In fact, the worst drought in the history of the state of California is happening right now.  And considering the fact that the rest of the nation is extremely dependent on produce grown in California and cattle raised in the western half of the U.S., this should be of great concern to all of us.

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 January 27 - The cop of the future: Will crooks have a chance against smart bullets, crowd-stun cannons and eyes everywhere?
 Article: One World Government

Data Mining and Automation:  "In 2012, troopers are beginning to utilize mobile applications such as electronic traffic citations and traffic crash reports," Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue wrote. "By 2022, troopers will have a one-stop shop records management system that will incorporate all common administrative needs, including time accounting, report writing, form completion and data collection. Troopers will also have direct access to sophisticated biometric information that will make hiding one's identity nearly impossible."

Crowd Control & Smart Bullets:  There are a number of high tech crime fighting tools being tested right now, and two of the most prominent are
the A-WASP system and the GPS Bullet. The Acoustic Warning Signal Projector, or A-WASP, which emits a "highly directional" beam of intense sound to stun a suspect in a less-lethal fashion than conventional methods.

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 January 27 - Christians Are Following Secular Trends in Premarital Sex, Cohabitation Outside of Marriage, Says Dating Site Survey
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

A new study on Christian attitudes toward dating and marriage reveals a broad acceptance for cohabitation, premarital sex and a rejection of traditional gender roles. Experts believe that many Christians are following cultural trends over scripture when it comes to sex and marriage.
"Christians are perhaps more influenced by the culture than they are by the teachings of scripture or the church," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.

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 February 4 - 30% of organizations to use biometric authentication for mobile devices by 2016: Gartner
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

According to a new report, Gartner predicts that by 2016, 30 percent of organizations will use biometric authentication on mobile devices, up from five percent today.

Gartner also recommends that security leaders evaluate biometric authentication methods where higher-assurance authentication is required. Suitable authentication modes include interface interactivity, voice recognition, face topography and iris structure. These modes can be used in conjunction with passwords to provide higher-assurance authentication without requiring any significant change in user behavior, the group says.

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 January 30 - Want to become a CYBORG? The technologies that could give you super vision, let you pick up a car and even plug yourself into your computer
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

The pace of technological change is frightening, and touch nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but none quite so deeply as the field of cybernetics. That is, actually grafting technology onto our bodies. Beginning to merge with our technology, essentially becoming cyborgs.  Sound farfetched? It probably shouldn't. Even today, we can use technology to improve nearly every part of our bodies, and what we can improve today, we can outright replace tomorrow.

According to Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering at Google, the biological parts of our body could start to be replaced by mechanical ones as early as 2100. We'll also be able to use technology to boost our brainpower by as much as a billion-fold, assuming that our brains (which are enormously complex computers themselves) abide by Moore's Law, which states that the power of computers doubles, on average every two years. This, coupled with enhancements in the area of 3d printing are already rocketing us down that road.

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 January 30 - Turkish Leader Hails Party Meeting as Hologram
 Article: Miscellaneous

Move over Princess Leia, the hologram message is crossing over from the realm of science fiction into politics.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was unable to attend a party meeting in the city of Izmir on Sunday in person, so he had a towering hologram of himself beamed into the party chambers instead, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

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 February 1 - When No One Is Just a Face in the Crowd
 Article: Miscellaneous

And companies like FaceFirst, in Camarillo, Calif., hope to soon complement their shoplifter-identification services with parallel programs to help retailers recognize customers eligible for special treatment.  "Just load existing photos of your known shoplifters, members of organized retail crime syndicates, persons of interest and your best customers into FaceFirst," a marketing pitch on the company's site explains. "Instantly, when a person in your FaceFirst database steps into one of your stores, you are sent an email, text or SMS alert that includes their picture and all biographical information of the known individual so you can take immediate and appropriate action."

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 February 4 - Bay Area Researcher Developing Facial Recognition Glasses To Help Stop Crime
 Article: Miscellaneous

By now, you have probably heard about the Google Glass wearable computer. Soon, a Mountain View startup will begin selling 3-D eyewear with technology so sophisticated, it could help crime fighters stop crime before it happens.
Allen Yang is a University of California at Berkeley researcher and founder of Atheer, the startup developing the glasses. The 3-D glasses are a wearable computer where users are wirelessly immersed in their own computer through virtual images. "    And it's streaming live from the internet to your glasses," said Theo Goguely, senior product manager at Atheer.

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