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The purpose of this News
Section is to assist the
faithful in recognizing the signs and lies of These End Times. Somehow,
many self appointed Shepherds of These Times are trying to convince the
faithful that the Apocalypse will be, using street slang, "a piece of
for them and "hell" for all others. They are led to believe that if
"do this" and "do that" they do not have a thing to worry about (of
so long as that between the "do this" and the "do that" they send in a
Others lead the faithful to
"All Is Well" and will
to be, of course, as long as those donations keep coming in...
Wrong! For either case scenario to
true, the Old and New
has to be invalid. Logically, if the Holy Scriptures are invalid there
is no use for "Shepherds", is there? So what is their function besides
Spending it, of course!
Now, let us focus on the real
the news about its
philosophies and half-baked theories. With the assistance of
Holy Spirit of God, Who cannot be falsified, the disoriented faithful
be able to understand what is truly taking place and why.
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August 29th, 2013 [Memorial
of the Martyrdom
Report No. 1
NY Times site
inaccessible, 2nd disruption in August. (1)
Readers who tried to click on the
York Times' website got nothing but error messages Tuesday afternoon
during the site's second major disruption this month, and people also
had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the
"Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.
Within minutes of the attack,
the New York Times quickly set up alternative websites, posting
stories about chemical attacks in Syria. "Not Easy to Hide a Chemical
Attack, Experts Say," was the headline of one.
The cyberattacks come at a time when the Obama administration is trying
to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria, where
the administration says President Bashar Assad's government is
responsible for a deadly chemical attack on civilians. Assad denies the
"Media is going down..."
warned the Syrian Electronic Army in a Twitter message before the
websites stopped working, adding that it also had taken over Twitter
and the Huffington Post U.K.
Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said the disruption was caused by a
"malicious external attack" that affected its website and email, while
Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said viewing of images and photos were
sporadically affected. Huffington Post U.K. did not respond to requests
Portugal comments: Make it three times in August. They were
hacked on the 28th again!
If you try to reach the New York Times when it has been hacked, this is
their alternative (and working) home page at http://126.96.36.199/
Report No. 2
New Yor City Police
Department designates mosques as terrorism organizations. (1)
The New York Police Department
secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations,
designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and
spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque
as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services
there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for
Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism
enterprise investigations" into mosques, according to interviews and
confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police
tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.
Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even
though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic
organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise.
The documents show in detail
how, in its hunt for terrorists, the NYPD investigated countless
innocent New York Muslims and put information about them in secret
police files. As a tactic, opening an enterprise investigation
on a mosque is so potentially
invasive that while the NYPD conducted at least a dozen, the FBI never
did one, according to interviews with federal law enforcement officials.
The strategy has allowed the NYPD to send undercover officers into
mosques and attempt to plant informants on the boards of mosques and at
least one prominent Arab-American group in Brooklyn, whose executive
director has worked with city officials, including Bill de Blasio, a
front-runner for mayor.
Portugal comments: This could have been done in a more open and
constructive way - even including the mosque's leader. Any self
respecting and God loving religious leader wants to keep his house of
prayer clean of fanatics, thus we feel that the situation,
conceptually, is not a bad idea; it was just applied 100% wrong.
Let us not forget that Don John Bosco hid nothing from the anticlerical
government the Italy of his time, yet, instead of losing anything as
the result of being under "their microscope" he actually gained much:
(a) Their respect; and (b) Their cooperation in his projects for the
youth and the marginalized.
There are two key reasons why man never learns from history. One -
History is manipulated in such ways that most of it does not represent
reality; Two - Since there is no money and/or physical pleasure in
learning, humans just do not bother with it.
Report No. 3
Fukushima crisis new blow to fishermen's hopes. (1)
Fumio Suzuki, a third-generation
fisherman, sets out into the Pacific Ocean every seven weeks. Not to
catch fish that he can sell but to catch fish that can be tested for
Fishermen like 47-year-old Suzuki now wonder whether they ever will be
able to resume fishing, a mainstay for many small rural communities
like Yotsukura, 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of the Fukushima plant.
His son has already moved on, looking for work in construction.
"The operators (of the plant)
are reacting too late every time in whatever they do," said
Suzuki, who works with his 79-year-old father Choji after inheriting
the family business from him.
"We say, 'Don't spill
contaminated water,' and they spilled contaminated water. They are
always a step behind so that is why we can't trust them," Suzuki
said, as his trawler, the Ebisu Maru, traveled before dawn to a point
about 45 kilometers (30 miles) offshore from the Fukushima plant to
bring back a test catch.
For now they will have to survive on compensation from the government
and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant's operator. Suzuki has little faith in the
future of his business. "People in the fishing business have no choice
but to give up," he said. "Many have mostly given up already."
Portugal comments: As we were saying about huamns leaning from
August 28th, 2013
Report No. 1
Poses as Video From a Facebook Friend. (1)
A piece of malicious software
masquerading as a Facebook video is hijacking users' Facebook accounts
and Web browsers, according to independent Italian
researchers who have been investigating the situation.
The malware appears as a link
in an e-mail or Facebook message telling people that they have been
tagged in a Facebook post. When users go to Facebook and click
the link, they are sent to a separate Web site and prompted to download
a browser extension or plug-in to watch a video, said one of the
researchers, Carlo De Micheli, in a telephone interview on Monday.
Once that plug-in is
downloaded, the attackers can access everything stored in the browser,
including accounts with saved passwords. Many people commonly save
e-mail, Facebook and Twitter login data in their browsers, so
the attackers can masquerade as the victim and tap those accounts.
Mr. De Micheli said the
malicious software has been spreading at a rate of about 40,000 attacks
an hour and has so far affected more than 800,000 people using
Google's popular Chrome browser. It is replicating itself primarily
by hijacking victims' Facebook accounts and reaching out to
their friends on the social network. A user hit by the malicious
software cannot easily remove it, since it blocks access to the browser
settings that allow it to be removed and also blocks access to many
sites that offer virus removal software.
Portugal comments: Once again we remind our readers: The
Internet is not a safe place. Watch your every step before your
identity and bank balances are stolen.
New York Times Reports
Report No. 2
Zurich drive-in "sex
boxes" open for business. (1)
Zurich's drive-in sex boxes opened
business on Monday. The aim of the publicly funded experiment is to
make prostitution safer.
The facilities are located in an industrial area of the city and are
open all night.
A series of wooden sheds have
been constructed in Zurich, Switzerland as part of an initiative to
They look like garages or shelters but are being called by the locals
'drive-in sex boxes'.
The idea is that men wanting
to pay for sex can drive into one of the sheds having picked up a
prostitute from an approved area.
There are no surveillance cameras, however the sex workers have a panic
button and access to an on-site social worker.
Portugal comments: What next? A seal from "Good Housekeeping"
and a European wide seal of standardization from the European Union?
a complimentary drive through automatic wash before and after?
After all, that will insure that the whole operation meet the CDC
Another warning for the allegedly Christian world:
thou Capharnaum, shalt thou be exalted up to heaven? thou shalt go down
even unto hell. For if in Sodom
had been wrought the miracles that have been wrought in thee, perhaps it had remained unto this
But I say unto you, that it shall be
more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for
thee. [Matthew 11:23-24]
he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten
with few stripes. And unto
whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom
they have committed much, of him they will demand the more. [Luke 12:48]
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August 27th, 2013
Report No. 1
How Bad Could Syria
Get? What Israelis Are Flocking to Snatch Up Could Be a Clue. (1)
As U.S. and Western top generals
in the Middle East Monday to deliberate their next move, Israelis are flocking to
distribution centers to pick up gas masks, fearing Syrian
retaliation should the regime of President Bashar Assad be attacked.
Israel's Postal Authority, which is responsible for handing out
civilian gas masks, reported a three-fold increase in home delivery
orders of chemical weapons kits which include gas masks and a nerve gas
According to Israeli Home Front Command figures, only 60% of Israelis
have collected their protective kits in the distribution campaign which
has continued for several years, though in the north of the country, a
larger percentage possesses the kits, 69 percent in Haifa and 72
percent in Nahariya.
Syria's Information Minister
Omran al-Zoubi over the weekend warned the Middle East would turn into
"a ball of fire that would burn not only Syria but the whole Middle
East" if the U.S. were to launch a military strike.
"The most dangerous regimes
in the world must not be allowed to possess the most dangerous weapons
in the world," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at
his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, apparently drawing a parallel with
Iran, which Israel believes is working to develop nuclear weapons.
Report No. 2
Assad over 'undeniable' chemical attack.
The United States put Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad on notice on Monday that it
he was responsible for using chemical weapons against civilians last
week in what Secretary of State John Kerry called a "moral obscenity."
"President (Barack) Obama
believes there must be accountability for those who would use the
world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people,"
Kerry said in the most forceful U.S. reaction yet to the August 21
It is obvious that all that is being done by the U.S: and allies is
find the most legitimate way (to circumvent Russia and China) to wipe
out al-Assad and his regime.
The only problem is that they are giving al-Assad and the Iran regime
time to prepare to retaliate. If there was a time for an immediate
action - and ask questions later - it is now. As a matter of fact, we
are almost 24 hours too late.
O.K. boys of my Guardian Angels squad - pass that on to the WH.
August 26th, 2013
More News and
Hints on Identity Protection
Portugal comments: Remember, we are not promoting the
organization that makes the following available but it is so timely and
important that we feel that we must share the information with our
STORIES FOR August
Errors With a Business After an ID Theft
squeaky wheel gets the grease," the old adage goes—and after
experiencing identity theft, the same rule applies. If your identity
has been stolen, it's important to stay vocal and persistent when
disputing these fraudulent charges with businesses, your bank and
credit card companies.
Improve Children's Online Privacy
bolster children's online privacy and give parents more control of
their children's personal information, the Federal Trade Commission has
approved final amendments to its children's online privacy rule, which
has gone into effect this summer.
August 24th, 2013 [Bartholomew
- Apostle and
Health of the Sick]
Report No. 1
reason for resigning: "God told me to"
During the course of a private
Benedict XVI said that a mystical experience led him to resign
"God told me to." This was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's reason for
stepping down from the pontificate. An anonymous individual who visited
Ratzinger about a week ago gave a statement recounting what was said
during the private meeting, Catholic news agency Zenit reports.
Portugal comments: (sarcasm on) We are happy to see that
Ratzinger now knows where God is (sarcasm off) since he did not have
that information when he visited the former
Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. (2)
Do notice how stories, which have no foundation, become myths to later
become reasons for canonization. An anonymous visitor claims
that Ratzinger told him/her that.
This sounds like when God "spoke" to Escrivá and instructed him
to establish the Opus Dei cult.
Why not? Most of the masses are only too willing to believe this kind
of dribble but not
the Word of God.
(2) "Where was
Report No. 2
The history of
Bradley Manning's - 'My Problem'
In April of 2010, while serving in
Iraq, Bradley Manning sent an e-mail to a superior, Master Sgt. Paul
Adkins, with the subject line, "My Problem."
The e-mail discussed gender
identification issues, and Manning attached a photo of himself in a
blonde wig and lipstick. It appears the photo was taken three
months earlier, when Manning was on leave from the military, staying in
The gender issue is" not going away, its haunting me more and more as I
get older," Manning said in the e-mail. "Now, the consequences of it
are dire, at a time when its causing me great pain in itself .?.?. .I
don't know what to do anymore, and the only ‘help' that seems to be
available is severe punishment and/or getting rid of me. All I do know
is that the fear of getting caught has caused me to go to great lengths
to consciously hide the problem."
... Manning's gender issues have long been known to friends and family,
as well as some in the military, including Adkins.
Adkins did not forward the e-mail to his superiors until after Manning
had been arrested in May 2010. A formal diagnosis of gender
identification disorder would have resulted in a separation from the
Army for Manning.
About the same time, Manning was seeing a psychologist at the base in
Iraq, Capt. Michael Worsley. Manning started counseling with Worsley in
December 2009 but did not reveal the issue until after being brought in
for a mandatory counseling session — after striking another soldier —
in May 2010.
Adkins also testified that
Manning's position "as an analyst was important to the mission. And my
intent was to make sure, if I could possibly do it, that he could
maintain his functionality as an intelligence analyst."
Portugal comments: Master Sgt. Paul
Adkins guilt is far greater than Manning was
and is. It is Adkins who should be behind bars for 25 years and Manning
released. It is sheer insanity to have had Manning, or anyone else with
those kind of issues, in any position other than serving in
cafeteria or running unimportant errands in the base. Yes, I know that
too - first through the Grace of God, and then through experience for
being a counselor to many (and have the credentials to prove it!)
individuals in similar situations.
This brings memories of Snowden. Do we have any qualified supervisors
in the sensitive areas of National Security? I am practically
speechless before such monumental stupidity and idiocy (not insults,
just appropriate adjectives).
Lord Have Mercy! (although we certainly do not deserve it!)
Report No. 3
UN says Syrian child refugees tops 1 million mark. (1)
The number of registered child
fleeing Syria's violence has topped the 1 million mark in another grim
milestone of the deepening conflict, two U.N. agencies said Friday.
Roughly half of all the
nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some
740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the U.N.
refugee and children's agencies.
"This one millionth child
refugee is not just another number," said Anthony Lake, the head
of UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency. "This is a real child ripped from
home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to
"It is heartbreaking to see all these young people, children and women
and refugees, who do not have any means, any hope for their country,"
he said. "They do not know when they will be able to return to their
Portugal comments: Allow us to explain why God must act as He
will and eradicate most of the world population.
(a) The adults in charge have
without a doubt, to
be incompetent in managing Creation - in all its aspects.
Remember, for example, how God ended the World War I carnage? The
Spanish Flu - a virus no one still knows where it came from nor went
to. Do you know how many people died as the result of the Spanish Flu?
Between 20 and 50 million. Too many? No!, that was just about right to
force the "illuminated" world leaders to end the war!
(b) The children of the world - raised by these incompetent adults -
will grow up to be even more incompetent than the prior generation -
smart phones or no smart phones...
(c) When God eradicate most of the world population, He will be
allowing the adults to suffer the results of their unqualified
incompetence and protect the children form sining as they become worse
than the adults who raised them.
The key, and message,
here, however, is that no
human is to take the
eradication of the world population in his own hands - that will
handled exclusively by God as an act of Mercy. (2)
May He be Praised and Glorified forever!
August 23rd, 2013
Report No. 1
App raises stir in Brazil. (1)
Brazilians were outraged when they
learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security
Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls
and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program.
Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching
philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game - at
least to the tens of thousands of Brazilians who downloaded "Boyfriend
Tracker" to their smartphones before the stealthy software was removed
from the Google Play app store last week,...
The app, called "Rastreador de Namorados" (Portuguese for Boyfriend
Tracker), promises to act like a "private detective in your partner's
Functions include sending the person
doing the tracking updates on their partner's location and forwarding
duplicates of text message traffic from the targeted phone. There is
even a command that allows a user to force the target phone to silently
call their own, like a pocket dial, so they can listen in on what the
person is saying.
Similar apps are marketed for
smartphone users in other countries, including Europe and the U.S.,...
However, similar apps popular on Google Play market themselves to
parents as a means of monitoring how teenage children use the phone and
where they are at any given moment.
To install Boyfriend Tracker,
suspicious partners have to get their hands on their loved one's
smartphones and upload the app. A free version leaves the app's icon visible on the
target's phone, while a version that costs $2 a month masks the icon.
Portugal comments: Once again we repeat: With this type of situations going on, the
last thing that we have to worry about is whether the NSA is monitoring
us or not.
The way things are shaping up, when we evaluate a smart phone and its
user, the only smart one is the phone. If we have offended anyone with
that statement, it was
not our intention; our intention is to wake up those who go around the
world marveled at the technological "advances" without realizing the
price that they are paying or it.
About two weeks ago we were looking at the plainest mobile phone
available - the type that not even illiterate senior citizens have
problems using. It was so plain that it was impressive.... yet it was
equipped with automatic monitoring via satellite. The user did not have
a choice - even if when he/she bought the phone he/she was made aware
of that feature.
Report No. 2
Killed in Syria, With Signs of Chemical War
videos posted online showed images of rooms full of lifeless
bodies after Syrian forces pounded areas east of the capital. The
government denied the use of chemicals.
Portugal comments: It would take a human in a state of comma not
to realize that: (a) These people were killed with chemical weapons;
and that (b) No matter how intent the rebels may be on winning the
battle, they would not participate in such hellish mass murder of
innocent people. Only people of the caliber of Al Assad would.
Yet, the "defenders of the world" - the US and its allies, accompanied
by the UN chorus of social parasites - refuse to
If humanity could only have a ten second preview of what God is going
to allow upon it - razing most of it from this planet - they may just
view things a bit differently. Unfortunately and precisely because of
humanity's stiff neck and refusal to learn - not even that opportunity
will be given... because it would be wasted like all others that God,
in His Infinite Goodness and Mercy, has given in the last 200 years.
August 22nd, 2013 [The
Queenship of Mary]
Report No. 1
accuse Assad forces of nerve gas attack. (1)
Syrian activists say as many as
650 people have killed in nerve gas attacks launched by
government forces. The toxic assaults took place at rebel held
positions on the outskirts of Damascus.
The reports, which could not be independently verified, have been
strenuously denied by the regime in the capital. As the latest
accusations surface a UN team is in Damascus to probe previous
allegations of chemical weapon use.
The Arab League, Britain and France have called on the inspectors to be
granted immediate access to the alleged attack sites.
Portugal comments: The number of deaths, the amount of children
involved and the condition of some of the survivors - which we saw in
Euronews video reports - support the Syrian
Being that this was President Obama's famous "Red Line" not to cross we
would not be surprised that the deaths are attributed to food
poisoning. With our world "leaders" just about anything is possible,
except, of course, Justice with the ensuing Peace.
I would like to be a witness as the world leaders are paraded before
Throne of Judgment. I would
never wish hell upon anyone - trust me - but a Purgatorial
sentence until the End of Time may certainly be adequate for many of
Report No. 2
Humans consume more
than planet can produce on 'Earth Overshoot Day'. (1)
There are only so many natural
resources the earth can supply and today we’ve gone over our annual
Earth Overshoot Day is the
point in the year when humans have used as much nature, such as land,
trees and fish, as the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate.
For the rest of the year the earth will be overdrawn, meaning we will
be depleting the oceans and land and building up waste such as carbon
According to figures sourced by the Global Footprint Network, an
independent think tank based in the United States, Switzerland, and
Belgium, the first time that
human consumption outstripped the planet’s capability to produce was
December 29 1970. Since then the date has been creeping forward
The UK consumes and produces
waste at a rate three and a half times
greater than it can sustain.
Qatar is one of the worst
offenders: the typical resident requires the
resources of six and a half times what the earth can produce.
If everybody were to live like United States residents, it would take
four times the earth's resources to support the global population.
China's total ecological footprint is smaller, per capita, than in
Europe or North America but its footprint is the heaviest in the world
in raw size, because of its huge population.
Portugal comments: Well, I will not lose any sleep over
considering the point where we are at in the End of These Times. We are
sharing it just as a curiosity and further proof that man is incapable
of even managing the planet as God intended him to.
Man, without God, has proven to be the greatest failure of Creation. Of
course, that is a redundancy because man without God is an unfinished
August 21st, 2013
It seems that Google is in the news on a daily basis and
usually it has to do with run-ins with governments or defenders of
privacy. They always claim that they are totally transparent regarding
what they do with the information that they gather as well as how they
gather it. They also claim that it is easy to find the information and
Finally we decided to follow through and read all seven pages (that is
accessing any of the links in it!) of their transparent actions. It was
hard to not
fall off the chair. Yes, tranparent they are indeed; the problem is the
information that they harvest and how. We will just reproduce below a
quotes and will provide you with the link to access the original
Keep in mind, that one does
not have to have a Google account for them
to practically acquire you DNA!
Information Google collects
We collect information to provide better services to all of our
users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to
more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful or the
people who matter most to you online.
We collect information in two ways:
Information you give us. For example, many of
our services require you to sign up for a Google Account. When you do,
we’ll ask for personal
information, like your name, email address, telephone number or
credit card. If you want to take full advantage of the sharing features
we offer, we might also ask you to create a publicly visible Google
Profile, which may include your name and photo.
Information we get from your use of our services.
We may collect
information about the services that you use and how you
use them, like when you visit a website that uses our advertising
services or you view and interact with our ads and content. This
We may collect device-specific information (such as your
hardware model, operating system version, unique
device identifiers, and mobile
network information including phone
number). Google may associate your device identifiers or phone
with your Google Account.
When you use our services or view content provided by
Google, we may automatically collect and store certain information in
logs. This may include:
- details of how you used our service, such as your search
- telephony log
information like your phone number,
calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls,
duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
- device event information such as crashes, system
activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date
and time of your request and referral URL.
- cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your
When you use a location-enabled Google service, we may
collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS
signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various
to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may,
for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell
There are six more pages of details
What we still cannot understand is the uproar about NSA activities.
They wish they had what Google has on all of us.
Now someone will say: Well, if
Google has it, then it is available to the NSA upon request.
To which we say: Ha! Ha! Google
turns over whatever they wish - no more and no less. Only they know the
intricacy of their files.
Report No. 2
Guardian chief: UK
had newspaper disks destroyed. (1)
British agents oversaw the
destruction of an unspecified number of the Guardian newspaper's hard
drives after the paper began publishing revelations from Edward
Snowden's leaks, the paper's editor said Monday.
Alan Rusbridger made the claim in an opinion piece published on the
Guardian's website, saying that a pair of staffers from British
eavesdropping agency GCHQ monitored the process in what he called "one
of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history."
He said the hard drives were
torn apart in the basement of the Guardian's north London office with
"two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction ... just to make
sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could
possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents."
Rusbridger said Monday that the spies were growing so powerful "it may
not be long before it will be impossible for journalists to have
Portugal comments: Well, Mr. Rusbridger, this is an open and
shut case of national security and we thank God that the British
Intelligence had enough brains and guts to act in this manner.
In Soviet Russia or Hitler's Germany they would have literally fed you to the
wild beasts after having destroyed the data so... count your blessings!
Imperfect as it indeed is, we live in a Democracy and you can still
voice your opinions.
August 20th, 2013
Report No. 1
Background-Check System. (1)
The Federal Trade Commission has
rightly intensified scrutiny of the companies that provide the criminal
background checks used by most firms and corporations to screen job
applicants. In too many cases, the reports are out of date and
incomplete, causing job seekers who may have been arrested but never
charged - or who have had their cases expunged or even dismissed - to
be unfairly locked out of the job market.
The new oversight is important, given that these companies sometimes
ignore a federal law that requires them to make sure that the reports
are accurate. But more oversight is not enough. Congress must also
focus on the flawed practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the nation's most important provider of criminal background data. Its
data, too, has unfairly damaged the prospects of people seeking work.
The use of F.B.I. criminal background checks to screen government
employees was introduced during the cold war. But over the last several
decades - and particularly since 9/11 - Congress and the executive branch
have steadily expanded the number of nonfederal jobs covered by F.B.I.
checks, which are now required for school, day care and health care
workers, as well as for truck drivers, laborers, landscapers and even
cooks who have access to government buildings and other sensitive areas.
According to a report by the National Employment Law Project, a
research and advocacy group, the
F.B.I. performed nearly 17 million work-related background checks last
year, about six times the number a decade ago.
Fixing this broken system will require Congressional action. A bill
introduced by Representative Robert Scott, Democrat of Virginia, would
require the F.B.I. to use the stricter procedures for gun-sale
background checks for employment background checks. Legislation
introduced by Representative Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota,
would require the bureau to improve the accuracy of background checks
for people seeking work with the federal government.
At the very least, the F.B.I. should be held to the same standards as
private background-check companies, which are required to follow
procedures for weeding out inaccurate information.
Portugal comments: Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, appearances
may be deceiving....
The backlog is so great that is some cases that I know first hand, the
individual has had access to the position pending the background check
- or simply bypassing it - in the interest of expediency.
There is no way worthwhile/reliable background checks can be run for
million individuals per year. They have to come up with a "Plan B".
New York Times Reports
Report No. 2
Second Act for the
Temple of the Stars. (1)
It was known as the Temple of
Stars: a soaring sanctuary capped by a 100-foot-wide
dome, built by Hollywood moguls on the eve of the Depression and
splashed with the kind of pizazz one might expect at a movie palace
rather than a synagogue.
But over the last 80 years, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has become a
monument to neglect, its handsome murals cracked, the gold-painted dome
blackened by soot, the sanctuary dark and grim. A foot-long chunk of
plaster crashed to the ground one night.
The congregation, too, has faded; while still vibrant and active, it
has grown older, showing no signs of growth. This once proud symbol of
religious life in Los Angeles seemed on the brink of becoming a victim
of the steady ethnic churn of the city, as its neighborhood grew
increasingly Korean and Hispanic and Jews moved to the west side.
But faced with the threat of
extinction that has forced synagogues in other parts of the country to
close or merge, Wilshire has responded with force: a $150 million
program to restore the synagogue to its former grandeur and, in fact,
make it even grander - extending the campus to fill a whole
block and building a school and a social services center for the
community. In the process, the synagogue is looking to reclaim its
prominence in the civic order here.
It is by any measure a costly gamble - Jewish leaders said the $150
million is among the highest amounts ever spent on a synagogue
renovation. And the renovation is in some ways jarring, coming
at a moment when cuts in education and social services have rocked this
state and taking place in a community that has at times been criticized
for being short on philanthropy.
Portugal comments: It is not only the California Jews
responsible for this type
let us not
forget the new Cathedral of Los Angeles (2) costing $250 million
and the worthless and offensive new Fatima Basilica which cost $100
million, not to mention Schuller's Crystal Cathedral (3) that cost $18
million in 1980 which translates to $51 million in 2013 dollars and
which was bought in 2012 by the Orange Catholic Diocese for $57.5
When we view the hunger and misery of the children of God in the light
of the above sampling of obscenities we cannot help but remember the
attributed to Marie Antoinette (before literally losing her head, of
course) when she was told that the peasants did not even have bread to
eat: "Let them eat cake", it
is claimed that she said.
York Times Reports
of Our Lady of the Angels
August 19th, 2013
Report No. 1
Virus targets the
social network in new fraud twist. (1)
In the world of cyber fraud, a fake fan on Instagram can be
worth five times more than a stolen credit card number.
As social media has become increasingly influential in shaping
reputations, hackers have used their computer skills to create and sell
false endorsements - such as "likes" and "followers" - that purport to
come from users of Facebook, its photo-sharing app Instagram, Twitter,
Google's YouTube, LinkedIn and other popular websites.
In the latest twist, a computer virus widely used to steal credit card
data, known as Zeus, has been modified to create bogus Instagram
"likes" that can be used to generate buzz for a company or individual,
according to cyber experts at RSA, the security division of EMC Corp.
These fake "likes" are sold in batches of 1,000 on Internet hacker
forums, where cyber criminals also flog credit card numbers and other
information stolen from PCs. According to RSA, 1,000 Instagram "followers" can be
bought for $15 and 1,000
Instagram "likes" go for $30, whereas 1,000 credit card numbers cost as
little as $6.
It may seem odd that fake social media accounts would be worth more
than real credit card numbers, but online marketing experts say some
people are willing to spend heavily to make a splash on the Internet,
seeking buzz for its own sake or for a business purpose, such as making
a new product seem popular.
"People perceive importance
on what is trending," said Victor Pan, a senior data analyst
with WordStream, which advises companies on online marketing. "It is
the bandwagon effect."
Portugal comments: Three key items to note:
(a) Cyber fraud knows no limits and continues to morph itself as needed
new technologies emerge. Since, as the new technologies emerge, the
masses use their brains less and less, it becomes easier to trick them,
which brings us to item....
(b) "People perceive importance on what is trending," since, on their
own, they are no longer capable of discerning what is important or not;
(c) How does one buy anything in Internet Hacker Forums? With one's
credit cards? Considering items (a) and (b) above, that is probably how
Amazing, simply amazing!
Report No. 2
Trash Into Gas,
Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell. (1)
There is an indisputable elegance to
the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of turning icky, smelly
detritus into something valuable.
But big drawbacks have
prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the
United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new
plants are enormous.
Gasification systems can expend a tremendous amount of energy to
produce a tiny amount of electricity. Up to this point, it hasn’t
seemed worth the trouble.
Mike Hart thinks that he has
solved those problems. In a former Air Force hangar outside Sacramento,
his company, Sierra Energy, has spent the last several years testing a
waste-to-energy system called the FastOx Pathfinder. The centerpiece, a waste gasifier
that’s about the size of a shower stall, is essentially a modified
blast furnace. A chemical reaction inside the gasifier heats any kind of
trash - whether banana peels, used syringes, old iPods, even raw
sewage - to extreme temperatures without combustion. The output
includes hydrogen and synthetic natural gas that can be burned to
generate electricity or made into ethanol or diesel fuel.
The FastOx is now being prepared for delivery to Sierra Energy’s first
customer: the United States Army.
Portugal comments: The truth - which Mr. Hart probably does not
even know is....
I witnessed that process, already in an operating pilot plant size, in
near Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, on September 1991. It had
been developed by a Pakistani Engineer who was petrified of being
physically harmed by the major energy companies of the world. I was
taken there by an Engineering Consortium I had done some work for to
confirm his claims by witnessing an actual run of the system. His
claims were true.
At that time - actually, a month later - is when I disconnected
from the world and never looked back again, so I had no idea what
happened to that scared Pakistani genius and his process. A variation
of it has now surfaced 22 years later.
York Times Reports
Report No. 3
British police announced Saturday they are again investigating Princess
Diana's death. (1)
British media and the Associated
reported that Scotland Yard is examining the "relevance and
credibility" of newly received information relating to the deaths of
Diana and her companion, Dodi Fayed, who also was killed, along with
their driver, in a car crash in a Paris traffic tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997.
In a statement Scotland Yard said that the assessment will be carried
out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit.
The Telegraph reported that
the new information alleges that Diana was "murdered" by a member of
the British military, and that the allegation came to the Yard
from the Royal Military Police, who in turn got it from the in-laws of
a former soldier.
Portugal comments: As we have said before - just as with the
assassination of MLK, JFK, RK, The Oklahoma Federal Building bombing,
and the 9-11 events - even if someone shows up with actual video and
audio tapes of the conspiracy that preceded each event, Diana's murder
included, nothing - absolutely nothing - will come of it. There is
so much concrete and irrefutable evidence that each of those events had
nothing to do with the official story that, in our well informed book,
they do not even rate as conspiracy theories; they are facts.
Just like the ones (2)
that finally have been proven.
Yawn... pass the salt please.....
Proven Conspiracies - Part I - Proven
Part II - Proven
Part III - Proven
Conspiracies - Part IV
August 17th, 2013
the continuing NSA news reports
On July 2nd, in this
same forum (1),
we discussed the negative effect the Snowden's affair had on the U.S.
image on a worldwide scale. Our closing remarks were:
It seem that "Let's knock down the US
while we can" is
fashionable in Europe as of late. Yesterday (July 1st), Amazon UK
released a DVD
set with "The Untold Stories of the
United States" (2)
by Oliver Stone.
Move over Snowden, Stone is trying to
complete in Europe what you started in Hong Kong.
miguel de Portugal was moved to acquire the set and, as time allowed
viewed over nine hours of programming. Although Oliver Stone rang
a loud bell in miguel's memory - it was just a bell without specific
information. After just three hours of viewing it was time to find out
this Oliver Stone was. Wikipedia was the next stop. Following are a few
quotes from Wikipedia's report on Mr. Stone. [our highlights]
Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director,
screenwriter, producer and veteran. Stone came to public prominence between
the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of
films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an
infantry soldier. Many of
Stone's films focus on contemporary and controversial American
political and cultural issues....
Stone was born in New York City, the
son of Jacqueline (née Goddet) and Louis Stone, a stockbroker.
He grew up in Manhattan and Stamford, Connecticut. His father was a non-practicing Jew,
and his French-born mother
was a non-practicing Roman Catholic. Stone was raised in the Episcopal
Church, and now
In April 1967, Stone enlisted in
the United States Army, requesting combat duty in Vietnam. He served from September 1967
through November 1968 with the 25th Infantry Division, then with
the First Cavalry Division, earning a Bronze Star with Combat V for
heroism in ground combat; he was wounded twice and received a Purple
Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received the Air Medal for
participating in more than 25 helicopter combat assaults and the Army
In 2012, The Guardian journalist
Glenn Greenwald (4) highly recommended the series and book,
describing it as "riveting", "provocative" and "worthwhile".
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wrote
approvingly of the book:
Stone and Peter Kuznick provide a critical overview of US foreign
policy during the past few decades. There is much here to reflect upon.
Such a perspective is indispensable at a time when decisions are being
taken that will shape America's role in the global world of the
twenty-first century. At stake is whether the United States will choose
to be the policeman of a "Pax Americana", which is a recipe for
disaster, or partner with other nations on the way to a safer, more
just and sustainable future."
In November 2012, Hudson Institute adjunct fellow
historian Ronald Radosh (who was averse to the project since its
announcement, and encouraged a write-in campaign to cancel the series lambasted it as "mendacious" Cold
War revisionism and "mindless
recycling of Stalin's propaganda," noting similarities to
Communist author and NKVD agent Carl Marzani's Soviet-published
treatise We Can Be Friends. Writes Radosh:
Over and over, Stone uses the
quotations, the same arrangements of material, and the same arguments
as Marzani. This is not to accuse Stone of plagiarism, only to point out that the case he
now offers as new was argued in exactly the same terms by an American
Communist and Soviet agent in 1952.
Also in November, journalist Michael C. Moynihan criticized the
book for "moral equivalence between the policies of the psychotically
brutal Soviet Union and the frequently flawed policy of the United
States" and called
the title "misleading" in that nothing within the book was "untold"
We do not know where Messrs. Radosh
Moynihan loyalties lie - and it does not matter to us - however, we
could not have used more accurate words to describe Mr. Stone's attack
on the United States. Oh, yes!, he claims that he used
fact checkers to make sure the material used was accurate but, although
some material was wrong - and that we know with brutal certainty - the
one that was right was presented in the most damaging way possible.
We ask Mr. Stone:
Do you think that any of those world
leaders whom you so defended and exalted would have allowed you to
publish in, and about, their
countries a documentary only one tenth as critical as the one you have
made about the U.S.?
We tell Mr Stone:
Mr. Stone, you are very spiritually
confused and psychologically traumatized individual and you have no
right to infect others with your dysfunction. Maybe you should consider
a religious pilgrimage in honor of whatever deity you now adore or
thanksgiving that J. Edgar Hoover is no longer the head of the FBI
and that Joseph McCarthy (5) is no longer a Senator and that you live
in the U.S. and not in Stalin's Soviet Russia, Hitler's Germany or
"Divinely" Imperial Japan. This may give you some time to think and
find the true, and only, God - the only One Who can heal your wounded
(0) The latest reports
Untold History of the United States
(4) This is the same Glenn
Greenwald that now hold the information stolen, yes "stolen", by
Report No. 2
Islamists Debate Their Next Move in Tense
Gathering Thursday morning around a
mosque used as a morgue for hundreds killed the day before, many Islamists waited confidently
for a surge of sympathetic support from the broader public. But it
failed to materialize.
With their leaders jailed or silent, Islamists reeled in shock at the
worst mass killing in Egypt's modern history. By Thursday night, health
officials had counted 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, but the final
toll was expected to rise further.
A tense quiet settled over Cairo as the city braced for new protests by
supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, after the Friday
Prayer. The new government
authorized the police to use lethal force if they felt endangered.
Many of those waiting outside the makeshift morgue talked of civil war.
Some blamed members of
Egypt's Coptic Christian minority for supporting the military takeover.
A few argued openly for a turn to violence.
"The solution might be an assassination list," said Ahmed, 27, who like
others refused to use his full name for fear of reprisals from the new
authorities. "Shoot anyone in uniform. It doesn't matter if the good is
taken with the bad, because that is what happened to us last night."
Mohamed Rasmy, a 30-year-old engineer, interrupted. "That is not the
solution," he said, insisting that Islamist leaders would re-emerge
with a plan "to come together in protest."
Portugal comments: Isn't it amazing? It seems that the religious
type - whether Muslims or Christians - do not include serious (as
opposed to "routine") prayers as the integral part of any solution to
any problem that they may have. Just a quick visit to a Mosque on
Friday, or a let's-get-it-over-with Mass on Sunday or talking to the
Wall of Lamentations will just not do it!
Will the most monothheists (Jews, Christians and Muslims) ever learn?
Of course, they will. That God to Whom they pray - as part of an
established routine - will teach them in an unforgettable manner.
August 16th, 2013
Report No. 1
Japan shrine visits
anger China on World War II anniversary. (1)
Japan has commemorated the end
World War II at a ceremony attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress
Michiko. But tributes paid at a controversial shrine for
dead have reopened old wounds with China.
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has become ensnared in the row as he
trod a fine line between trying to avoid offending the Chinese and his
own conservative supporters.
"We will never forget that today's
peace and prosperity is built upon the sacrifices of your precious lives,"
Abe said, addressing Japan’s war dead during his brief address to the
Breaking with tradition, the prime minister expressed no regret towards
Asia for the wartime suffering inflicted by Japan.
But what really infuriated China was the visit of two Japanese cabinet
ministers to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours 14 convicted war
criminals among the dead.
Beijing formally complained and summoned Tokyo's ambassador. Japan has repeatedly apologised
for its wartime actions but the shrine remains a focus of
nationalist pride and has long angered China and South Korea.
Portugal comments: It is amazing that the Japanese keep dragging
into the limelight the memories of the criminal war that they started.
can apologize all they want but those are just words - action is what
For a better understanding of such transgression - imagine the German
government, with its Chancellor and President in the lead, honoring the
dead of Hitler's army.
Incidentally, this does not mean that we should not pray for the dead -
all the dead. We must pray for them and let God pass the appropriate
judgment, but to honor the actions of a criminal regime is
There is a world of difference between "honoring" and "praying for",
and pray we must!
Report No. 2
Baby monitor hacked,
spies on Texas child. (1)
Marc and Lauren Gilbert were
terrified when they heard a strange voice calling out to their
2-year-old daughter Allyson, through a baby monitor in her room.
The Texas family learned the hard way that almost anything connected to
the Internet can get hacked.
According to ABC News, Gilbert was washing dishes on the night of Aug.
10., when he heard noises coming from his daughter's room. He and his
wife went in to investigate the situation, when they witnessed
something more disturbing than they thought possible.
A voice coming through a baby monitor, that was hooked up to the home's
wireless Internet system, appeared to be operating on its own. CNN
reports that the hacker used
the device to curse and say sexually explicit things to the sleeping
girl -- calling her by name and telling her to wake up.
Gilbert says the hacker was
able to take control of the camera and see his daughter's name on the
wall. In a panic, he pulled the plug on the device.
Portugal comments: Just another reminder that the only safe bet
is to be as unconnected as it is possible under one's particular
Report No. 3
The recent carnage in Egypt. (1)
Portugal comments: The West is severely criticizing the behavior
of the military government of Egypt - which, of course, was inhuman.
Our question is, however, how would the U.S., France, Germany,
Turkey, etc. have acted were they faced with a major segment of their
which would settle down in the middle of its major cities in defiance
of the government, blocking most normal activities in the cities in
Then, if their behavior would have been more humane - and effective in
deactivating the crisis: Why didn't
they advise the Egyptian government to do the same?
tried to mediate with both sides and the mediation failed. That is not
what we are asking. We are asking: How
would they have acted after efforts to clear out the protesters had
It is very, very easy to pass judgment as long as "the melee takes
place in the
August 15th, 2013
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
Report No. 1
stumble by Air Force raises doubts. (1)
Another embarrassing stumble by
the U.S. nuclear missile force, this time a safety and
inspection failure, is
raising questions about the Air Force's management of arguably the
military's most sensitive mission.
The head of nuclear air
forces, Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, revealed to The Associated Press
on Tuesday that the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base,
Mont., had failed what the military calls a "surety" inspection - a
formal check on the unit's adherence to rules ensuring the safety,
security and control of its nuclear weapons.
The 341st is one of three
units that operate the Air Force's 450 Minuteman-3 intercontinental
ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.
Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said a team of
"relatively low-ranking" airmen failed one exercise as part of a
broader inspection, which began last week and ended Tuesday. He said
that for security reasons he could not be specific about the team or
the exercise, although he said the team did not include missile launch
"This unit fumbled on this
exercise," Kowalski said by telephone from his headquarters at
Barksdale Air Force Base, La., adding that this did not call into
question the safety or control of nuclear weapons at Malmstrom.
"The team did not demonstrate the right procedures," he said, and as a
result was rated a failure.
"This is a difficult inspection," he said, so occasional failures do
not point to a systemic failure to adhere to safety and security
Portugal comments: What sets the US apart from the rest of the
world is the public admission such failures and moving on to
immediately correct the source.
It will be another cold day in hell when a European nation would
publicly admit to such a failure. I tip my proverbial hat to Lt. Gen.
Kowalski for his candor.
Report No. 2
After disaster, the
deadliest part of Japan's nuclear clean-up. (1)
The operator of Japan's crippled
Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated
spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous
operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.
Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the
amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago,
more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need
to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should
another large earthquake hit the area.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)
is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing
from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will
be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.
"They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of
the rods," said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and
director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel
Portugal comments: We would like to hear a believer in God
suggesting something other
than prayer that would succeed in sparing Japan from a very "hot"
14,000 times of the radiation released in Hiroshima should stop the
world on its tracks.... then think.... and finally pray. Unfortunately,
none of it will happen until it is too late.
August 14th, 2013
and, seven months earlier....
Report No. 1
Bradley Manning proposed for Nobel Peace Prize. (1)
US soldier Bradley Manning who
convicted of espionage earlier this month has been proposed as a
candidate for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The co-founder of RootsAction, the group behind the move, handed in a
5,000 page petition carrying over 100,000 signatures to the Nobel Peace
Committee in Oslo on Monday.
"There is so much of a close
connection between human rights, democracy and peace. And - as
the saying goes - people
want peace so badly that governments are going to have to get out of
the way and let them have it," said Norman Solomon from
Solomon argues that by
leaking classified US government files touching on military policy,
Manning shortened America's involvement in Iraq.
The Nobel Committee said the petition would be duly considered but
'it's not a popularity contest'. The recipient of the award will be
announced in October.
Portugal comments: In a world where the self appointed standard
bearer of morality and family values contiues to look the other
innocent children are sexually abused and exploited, nothing surprises
us any more.
Report No. 2
smash a global paedophile ring. (1)
Police in Argentina have
30 suspected paedophiles resulting in the break up of a global child
pornography ring which spread across Latin America to
Video cameras, 15,000 compact discs and computers were all seized from
a distribution centre. The images were were distributed across the
world via the internet.
The children involved ranged
from two to 12-years-old.
Arrests in Argentina after international paedophilia probe. (2)
Dozens of people have been
arrested in Argentina after 61 raids in 11 provinces targeting a
The operation by Argentine police and Interpol was carried out after illegal images from London-based
websites were traced back to IP addresses in Argentina.
Portugal comments: What for?
Report No. 3
CIA, FBI, and NSA taking steps to limit intelligence leaks. (1)
Three of the nation's top
officials say their agencies are taking steps to limit access to
classified data following recent intelligence leaks by the likes of PFC
Bradley Manning and NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Keith Alexander and FBI
Director Robert Mueller made a rare joint appearance at a cyber
security conference at Fordham University in New York Thursday.
Alexander, whose agency is under fire for its surveillance programs,
said the NSA is working to
reduce "by 90 percent" the number of system administrators -
instead using technology so fewer individuals come into contact with
But Brennan said technology "can only do so much" to limit leaks, and
that training is also a key.
The three also defended the
controversial surveillance programs, which
Alexander said have been
"grossly mischaracterized by the press."
"No one has knowingly or willfully disobeyed the law," Alexander said,
echoing President Obama's comment on NBC's Tonight Show this week that
"there is no domestic spying program."
But Alexander said modern technology makes surveillance necessary.
Portugal comments: Do not let them know but.... the horse left
the barn already so closing the door now will do very little for our
National Security. The
damage is done.
Nonetheless, from the above news report it is obvious that they are
still disoriented regarding the core problem. Training is the key?
As Clinton would say: "It's the hiring and supervising techniques,
August 13th, 2013 [Mary, Refuge of
Report No. 1
Disruptions: As New
Targets for Hackers, Your Car and Your House. (1)
Imagine driving on the freeway at 60
miles per hour and your car suddenly screeches to a halt, causing a
pileup that injures dozens of people. Now imagine you had absolutely
nothing to do with the accident because your car was taken over by
Charlie Miller, a security
researcher at Twitter, and
Chris Valasek, director of
security intelligence at IOActive, a security research company, recently demonstrated car
hacks at the DefCon computer security conferences in Las Vegas. The
disabled a driver's ability to control a vehicle. No brakes. Distorted
steering. All with a click of a button. While the demos were with
hybrid cars, researchers warn that dozens of modern vehicles could be
Hackers and security
researchers are moving away from simply trying to break into -
or protect - people's e-mail accounts, stealing credit cards and other
dirty digital deeds. Now they're exploring vulnerabilities to break
through the high-tech security of homes, cause car accidents or in some
extreme cases, kill people who use implanted medical devices.
"Once any single computer in
a car is compromised, safety of the vehicle goes out the window,"
Mr. Miller said in an e-mail interview. Modern cars typically have 10 to
40 little computers in them.
"Right now, there aren't a lot of ways for hackers to remotely attack
cars: Blue tooth, wireless tire sensors, telematics units," he added.
"But as cars get Internet
connections, things will get easier for the attacker."
Barnaby Jack, who was
perhaps best known for a hack that made an A.T.M. spit out cash, was supposed to demonstrate at
Black Hat Security Conference how implantable medical devices,
including a pacemaker, can be hacked to kill someone. But Mr. Jack, who was in his 30s,
died shortly before he was to make his presentation, of causes that
have yet to be determined. He was often referred to as an
“ethical hacker” and hoped to show the pacemaker exploit as a warning
to device makers.
Portugal comments: Welcome to the Age of No Return! There is no
going back until humanity hits bottom.
New York Times Reports
Report No. 2
survives being lost at sea. (1)
A northern Arizona family has
survived being lost at sea for weeks after an ill-fated attempt to
leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in
Weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that
damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make
progress. They were
eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a
Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile.
The 26-year-old mother said they wanted to go to Kiribati because "we
didn't want to go anywhere big." She said they understood the island to
be "one of the least developed countries in the world."
Hannah Gastonguay said her
family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As
Christians they don't believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the
state-controlled church," she said. U.S. "churches aren't their own,"
Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with
Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being "forced
to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don't agree with." The Gastonguays weren't members of
any church, and Hannah Gastonguay said their faith came from reading
the Bible and through prayer.
"We're all happy. We have good peace of mind now," he said. Hannah
Gastonguay said the family will now "go back to Arizona" and "come up
with a new plan."
Portugal comments: This provides perfect examples of:
(a) Even if one acts foolishly
breaking Divine or Civil Law), but with very good intentions and great
faith, God will protect them.
(b) Why it is necessary
to have someone to (1) give you God's "telephone
number"; (2) help you dial it; and (3) should
there be a bad connection with much
"interference", help you stay on track by helping him/her in
"interference" - which in
this case was not knowing what God wanted
them to do, which obviously was not to run away.
(c) If they truly knew the power of prayer they would have focused
their spiritual energy in drawing together others of like mind and,
without fanaticism, storm Heaven with prayers to change what they
(d) Their lack of realization where "we are at" in Time also shows the
poor "telephone connection".
We are sure that there are many more, but these are the ones that we
all must remember as we navigate through the End of these Times.
Many will think of them as "nutty", which they are not. They just
lacked the all important Spiritual Direction all need to avoid being
August 12th, 2013
Report No. 1
tabs on consumers' return habits. (1)
It's not just the government that
be keeping tabs on you. Many retailers are tracking you, too - or at
least your merchandise returns.
The companies say it's all in
the name of security and fighting fraud. They want to be able to identify
chronic returners or gangs of thieves trying to make off with high-end
products that are returned later for store credit.
Consumer advocates are raising transparency issues about the practice
of having companies collect information on consumers and create "return
profiles" of customers at big-name stores such as Best Buy, J.C.
Penney, Victoria's Secret, Home Depot and Nike.
The practice led to a privacy lawsuit against Best Buy that eventually
was tossed out. Each year,
consumers return about $264 billion worth of merchandise, or almost 9
percent of total sales, according to industry estimates.
Many buyers aren't aware that some returns, with and without receipts,
are being monitored at stores that outsource that information to a
third-party company, which creates a "return profile" that catalogs and
analyzes the customer's returns at the store.
In a 2011 lawsuit in Florida against Best Buy, Steven Siegler
complained after the magnetic strip on his driver's license was swiped
for a return. He wanted the manager to delete the information. His suit
said Best Buy refused. He alleged that Best Buy violated privacy law
when it swiped the license. But a federal appeals court agreed with a
lower court ruling that the Driver's Privacy Protection Act didn't
apply in the case.
Portugal comments: And the problem is? That is a most logical
and wise business move considering that fraud has become a way of life
for far too many individuals. Again - only those who have
hide should be concerned. As a matter of fact - there are
some electronic items which, when being returned, the buyer should insist that there is
a record that they have returned it.
We will give just one example: Years ago I bought a navigating device
for the car (GPS) I was driving then. I installed it. Within 48 hours,
"Guardian Angels" had, shall we say, "programmed" it - I presume to
better keep track of where I went. If I had returned that GPS to the
store - which I could have done for up to 14 days after the
purchase - without a record that it was returned, the next buyer would
have been monitored by my "Guardian Angels" until they realized the
mistake. But that is minor compared to....
Imagine that the buyer of my returned GPS committed a crime or
went on a vandalism spree, the authorities would have had my vehicle,
thus me, present at
every location of the criminal acts. Now, to prove that it was not I
would have been quite difficult,
unless the store had hard copy proof that I had returned the equipment
on a particular date.
The same would apply to cell phones, computers, etc., etc. etc.
What next? A shoplifter refusing to have his/her bags checked after
being seen stealing merchandise. Or suing the store because the
security camera pictures made him/her look heavier and unappealing.
Report No. 2
Hubble Solves Gamma
Ray Burst Mystery. (1)
Gamma ray bursts, or GRBs, are
some of the most intense displays of energy in the Universe.
origin of the mysterious short-duration gamma-ray bursts have eluded
astronomers for decades, but a recent observation of a “kilonova” by
astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope has finally nailed down
GRBs were first discovered by accident by satellites used in the 1960s
to enforce nuclear test ban treaties. When bright flashes of gamma rays
were determined to be coming from space and not from Earth, we had a
new scientific phenomenon to explore, instead of nuclear war. GRBs were
later separated into two broad categories: short and long bursts. We
now know that long-duration GRBs signal the death of very massive stars
in a “hypernova” but their few-second long short duration cousins have
Astronomers got a chance to test this model when GRB130603B detonated
on June 3. ... Since the
burst itself lasted less than a second, this is a crucial tool
for catching up with the phenomena and alerting astronomers back on
Earth to start searching for the afterglow. The immediate observations
following the burst showed no evidence of a supernova.
This is the first time that
observational evidence of the neutron star merger has been seen,
just as predicted. The kilonova also faded away when observed weeks
These neutron star mergers
are thought to be a source of gravity waves, or ripples in the
fabric of space-time that occur when two compact objects collide.
Portugal comments: One thing is for sure, with such a minute
time window (less than one second) - humanity will never
know what hit it unless they read it on
pages before its does, nor have time to make the necessary amends
before crossing the veil.
Report No. 3
NASA Mulls Waking Space Telescope for Asteroid Hunt. (1)
NASA may wake the Wide-field
Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope from a two-year
hibernation to resume its NEOWISE asteroid hunting mission for another
three years, the head of the agency’s Near-Earth Object
Observation Program said here Monday, July 29.
WISE launched in December
2009 and scanned for faraway comets, asteroids and galaxies for about
10 months before it depleted its hydrogen coolant in October 2010,
rendering two of its four infrared detectors unusable. Rather
than shut the telescope down right away, NASA approved the NEOWISE
extended mission, which kept the observatory operating for another four
months looking for asteroids in our solar system.
Now, NASA's Planetary
Science Division is hoping for a much longer extension, which
might be affordable even if Congress does not double the Near-Earth
Object Observation Program’s $20 million budget in 2014, as the Obama
administration requested in April.
Portugal comments: On the surface, it makes no sense whatsoever
but we are sure that they have their reasons or fears.
As the contributor commented: Hmmmm!
August 10th, 2013
Report No. 1
in Spain would be more user-friendly if it had an elevator. (1)
Let's get right to the point. If you're building a 47-story
building, you’re going to need an elevator. Unfortunately, that was a point overlooked by the
architectural brain trust who designed the Intempo skyscraper in
The condo building was initially meant to be 20-stories. When
developers decided to move skyward, they reportedly neglected to
reconfigure their plans to accommodate the necessary elevators beyond
the 20th floor. The Intempo
was intended to
symbolize hope and prosperity, showing that Benidorm was
recovering from financial issues.
What happens with the building remains to be seen...
Portugal comments: Any westerner who has lived in Spain,
in its culture, would not be the least bit surprised at such "Oops!" nor at the finger pointing
that will ensue the discovery of such, shall we call it, oversight. As
unbelievable as it appears - that's just the way it is!
Such comment does not reflect the general population; it reflects on
the "management" - civil and political - which usually is chosen based
on "who do you know" or
"what family you belong to" and not on "how good/talented you are".
Because of this "tradition", the brain drain from Spain is very
significant and very detrimental to the country.
Report No. 2
agency admits to loss of data and audio tapes. (1)
The Serious Fraud Office in
Britain said it lost data and audio tapes linked to a bribery
investigation involving British Aerospace Electronic (BAE) Systems.
The SFO said no national security material was involved.
BAE is Britain’s biggest defence contractor. A deal with Saudi Arabia was under
investigation but it was dropped after an intervention by then Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
Portugal comments: That is how Western nations resolve "conflict
interests" or.... What is done when the "movers and shakers" are caught
with the hands in the
Report No. 3
The meteor shower of Perseids coming on August 11 and 12. (1)
On August 11 and 12, the annual
Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light,
commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are
actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids
slamming into Earth’s atmosphere: Some 10 to 40 tons of material of
invisible meteoric dust enters the atmosphere from interplanetary space
The big showers like the
Perseids, and later the Leonids in November, are caused when Earth and
its atmosphere travel through a region of the sky filled with leftover
debris lost by a particular comet. In the case of the Perseids,
the small fragments were ripped off the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle,
which orbits the sun once every 130 years.
Portugal comments: Maybe we get lucky and a one mile wide
Perseid meteor slipped by and God finally gets His show on the
with a bang!
August 9th, 2013
Report No. 1
always know best. "Father" in this case are the FDA and the Center for
The story goes as follows....I
out of my apartment in Secunderabad, India, leaving the door wide open,
the lights on and my laptop humming. I don't remember doing this. I
know I did it because the building's night watchman saw me leave. I
woke up the next day in a train station four miles away, with no idea
who I was or why I was in India. A policeman found me, and I ended up
strapped down, hallucinating in a mental hospital for three days.
The cause of this incident was drugs. And these drugs had been
recommended to me by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I had been prescribed mefloquine hydrochloride, brand name Lariam, to
protect myself from malaria while I was in India on a Fulbright
Since Lariam was approved in 1989, it has been clear that a small
number of people who take it develop psychiatric symptoms like amnesia,
hallucinations, aggression and paranoia, or neurological problems like
the loss of balance, dizziness or ringing in the ears.
F. Hoffmann LaRoche, the
pharmaceutical company that marketed the drug, said only about 1 in
10,000 people were estimated to experience the worst side effects.
But in 2001, a randomized
double-blind study done in the Netherlands was published, showing that
67 percent of people who took the drug experienced one or more adverse
effects, and 6 percent had side effects so severe they required medical
Last week, the Food and Drug
Administration finally acknowledged the severity of the neurological
and psychiatric side effects and required that mefloquine’s label carry
a “black box” warning of them. But this is too little, too late.
There are countless horror
stories about the drug’s effects. One example: in 1999, an Ohio
man, back from a safari in Zimbabwe, went down to the basement for a
gallon of milk and instead put a shotgun to his head and pulled the
trigger. Another: in Somalia in 1993, a Canadian soldier beat a Somali
prisoner to death and then attempted suicide. “Psycho Tuesday” was the
name his regiment had given to the day of the week they took their
Portugal comments: Maybe what is needed is disease control
without the Center and
the FDA being controlled by the drug
From the above - obviously confirmed data - there is no excuse, whatsoever,
for Lariam ever being approved. Reasons for its approval? Plenty,
we are sure, but none
of them ethical.
whosoever will save his life, shall
lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel,
shall save it. [Mark
It is this type of corrupt behavior that spawns actions like those of
Manning and Snowden. It does not justify their actions; it just
explains its roots.
In my years in the petrochemical industry - most of them with the
fourth petrochemical of the world - I cannot think of a single act by
superiors which would have inspired anyone to become a whistle blower.
Surely, mistakes were made... but they were real mistakes, which
happens in real life, but
not immoral and illegal actions which, when
discovered, were labeled as mistakes.
This, brethren, is how far humanity has fallen since the eighties.
New York Times Reports
Report No. 2
moves outdoors; bans increase. (1)
First it was at bars, restaurants
office buildings. Now the
front lines of the "No Smoking" battle have moved outdoors.
City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues
across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can't
light up. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five
years, with the tally now at
nearly 2,600 and more are in the works.
...there's been little study of the potential dangers of whiffing
secondhand smoke while in the open air. But that hasn't stopped outdoor
bans from taking off in the last five years. The rules can apply to
playgrounds, zoos, beaches and ball fields, as well as outdoor dining
patios, bus stops and building doorways.
But is it (second hand smoke) really dangerous outdoors?
Federal health officials say
yes. Studies have clearly
established that even a brief exposure indoors to cigarette smoke can
cause blood to become sticky and more prone to clotting. How
long that lasts after just one dose isn't clear, officials say. The
best-known studies so far have measured only up to about a day
Portugal comments: That's right... feed them Larian but don't
let them smoke outdoors.
(sarcasm on) Maybe the tobacco companies should match the drug
companies in their "contributions" to the well being of the regulators.
Report No. 3
Creating a New Flu Strain, Just To Prove They Can. (1)
In an outrageous display of
chutzpah, a group of flu
researchers led by
Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands announced
today, in a letter to the journal Nature, that they were planning to
engineer the new H7N9 avian flu strain to give it new, possibly much
more deadly capabilities.
Fouchier is the same scientist who, two years ago, adapted the highly
pathogenic H5N1 flu strain so that it could be passed from human to
human, which it cannot do in its natural form. The resulting
outcry delayed publication of his paper, but it eventually did appear.
Now they want to do the same thing, and much more, with the new H7N9
influenza virus, which has killed 43 people in China to date, and which
epidemiologists are tracking with great concern.
What about the risk?
As reported in the Daily Mail, Fouchier and his colleague Yoshihiro
Kawaoka themselves said
"H7N9's pandemic risk
would rise ‘exponentially’ if it gained the ability to spread more
easily among people."
Portugal comments: What amazing and tragic is that these
imbeciles will be allowed, by those who are supposed to be safeguarding
our well being, to do so.
August 8th, 2013
Report No. 1
The Machine Zone:
This Is Where You Go When You Just Can't Stop Looking at Pictures on
What an anthropologist's examination
Vegas slot machines reveals about the hours we spend on social networks
"People love Facebook. They really love it," Biz Stone wrote earlier
this month. "My mother-in-law looks hypnotized when she decides to put
in some Facebook time."
She is not the only one. ComScore estimates Facebook eats up 11 percent
of all the time spent online in the United States. Its users have been
known to spend an average of 400 minutes a month on the site.
Are these experiences, as Stone would have it, love? The tech world
generally measures how much you like a service by how much time you
spend on it. So a lot of time equals love. My own intuition is that
this is not love. It's something much more technologically specific
that MIT anthropologist Natasha Schüll calls "the machine zone."
Portugal comments: satan continues to be having a proverbial
Field Day and few notice it.... they are too busy falling for it.
The Atlantic Reports
Report No. 2
As the saying
goes... "Don't look now but...." gold has lost $ 500 per
ounce ( 28 % of its value) within the last ten months.
Gold is traditionally a haven for
security in troubled financial times;
therefore, in troubled financial times the price of gold would
traditionally go up. We are living in troubled financial times on a
scale, yet the "Gold Price response" is reversed.
Reason? There are stronger
and hidden forces which have overpowered the
Report No. 3
Drawing the Line on Altering Human Minds. (1)
...a number of researchers and
scientists were coming closer to technology usually reserved for
science fiction: hacking our
brains to remove unwanted and sad memories.
Although the idea of deleting a memory might sound appealing to some -
who doesn't want to forget that first heartbreak? - it might have
disastrous consequences for our brains. It's one thing to digitally
enhance our memories with gadgets like iPhones and Google Glass, it's
something entirely different to delete or change past memories using
"The human brain is intricate
and a lot of damage can occur," warned Jolan from Brooklyn in a
comment on the column.
"If science wants to play with people's thinking, then they ought to
first decide about moral and ethical values of who they work for and
the consequences of their actions," wrote Mr. Magoo 5 from North
Given today's surveillance society, where the National Security Agency,
Federal Bureau of Investigation and countless foreign governments
monitor communications, connecting our brains and thoughts to the
Internet might be asking for even more government trouble.
"What a mess that would be. Can you imagine N.S.A. hoovering up your
thoughts from the Internet?" wrote Maurie Beck, from Encino, Calif.
"You would need encryption software, but that might not be any
different from software used today."
"A hacker's dream?" wrote another commentator. These types of hacks
could start to resemble the government surveillance under "Big Brother"
in George Orwell's famous book "1984."
Portugal comments: We have not even scratched the surface of
the functioning of the brain and some humans are stupid enough to
consider altering its memory banks and circuits. Amazing, simply
York Times Reports
August 7th, 2013 [End of
time of rejoicing for Muslims. Houses are decorated and they exchange
gifts among relatives.)]
Report No. 1
emergency at Fukushima 'beyond
Tepco's control'. (1)
Japan's devastated nuclear plant at Fukushima is facing a new
emergency due to radioactive water underground that is threatening to
rise to the surface.
The operator Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) is struggling to
contain water that is seeping into the Pacific Ocean. It has released a
video of a probe from one of the reactors. The country's Nuclear Regulatory
Authority says a barrier has already been breached and the leak
could accelerate rapidly.
"The situation is already beyond Tepco's control. Otherwise they'd
already have taken proper measures. They are doing everything they can
but but there are no perfect solutions," said Masashi Goto, a retired
nuclear engineer who worked on several Tepco plants.
The operator says it is taking steps to prevent the leak, but the regulator argues the measures
are only temporary.
Japan shut down all but two
of its 50 nuclear reactors following the tsunami in March 2011,
but is reportedly considering restarting some.
Portugal comments: This is just another reminder that most of
those "on the know" are way over their heads when the unexpected
Also it is to remind all that the word from Japan about the disaster
been for quite some time: All is
The third reminder is that unless we do not place our full trust in
God, we do not have a proverbial prayer.
Man continues to be reminded by God that, when all is said and done,
cannot even get out of a paper bag, even with instructions!
Report No. 2
U.S. tells citizens
in Yemen to leave immediately. (1)
The United States told its citizens
Yemen to leave immediately
and airlifted out some U.S. government personnel, following
warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut
diplomatic missions across the Middle East.
Portugal comments: Considering that today is the end of Ramadan,
which is a
time of rejoicing for Muslims, we would not be surprised if some
irrational (that is, beyond fanatic) Muslims are planning as massive
attacks on U.S. interest as the means of "rejoicing" at the end of
Report No. 3
Global airline computer outage triggers delays, cancellations. (1)
Dozens of flights were canceled or
delayed worldwide early Tuesday after a major computer software
outage forced several airlines to manually check-in and board passengers
- with some staff using pen and paper.
Carriers using the Texas-based Sabre reservations system - including
American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin and Etihad - lost
connection for about four hours, starting at about 9:30 p.m. ET Monday.
The system was restored at
about 2.30 a.m. ET Tuesday, but not before dozens of flights were
delayed because airport-based airline staff had to process passengers
At least three airlines - Alaska, Virgin Australia and Abu Dhabi-based
Etihad - were forced to
issue boarding passes using pen and paper.
Portugal comments: This computer "outage" sounds more like a
"hacking job". Not long ago there was another one which had the same
description: "software outage" or "computer failure".
August 6th, 2013 [Transfiguration
Anniversary of the
Nuclear Devastation in Hiroshima, Japan]
Report No. 1
Stem cell burgers -
Scientists to serve lab-made burger from cow cells. (1)
For hamburgers that cost more than
$300,000 to produce, you might expect fries and a shake too. But this
is no ordinary burger being served to two volunteer taste-testers in
London on Monday. This meat
was grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle.
Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands
developed the burger after
five years of research, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually
help solve the food crisis and fight climate change. But Post
says success doesn't hinge on science. "For the burger to succeed it
has to look, feel and taste like the real thing," he said.
The meat was made from cow
muscle cells from two organic cows. The resulting patties will be seasoned with
salt, egg powder, breadcrumbs, red beet juice and saffron.
Post and colleagues took
muscle cells from a cow and put them into a nutrient solution to help
them develop into muscle tissue. The muscle cells grew into
small strands of meat, and it takes nearly 20,000 strands to make one
140-gram (5-ounce) burger.
Portugal comments: Revolting and completely unnecessary - even
if there were not a massive Divine intervention in the near future and
the world would continue to go on "as is".
No matter which way it is approached - Human's drive to be God-like is
so ingrained in his fallen nature that he is blind to it.... and we are
truly fed up with it!
Report No. 2
U.S. directs agents
to cover up program used to investigate Americans. (1)
A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence
intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone
records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal
investigations of Americans.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents
reviewed by Reuters show that law
enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such
investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but
also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to
"recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the
information originated, a practice that some experts say
violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If
defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to
ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information
that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
"I have never heard of
anything like this at all," said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School
professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011.
Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling
than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been
collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward
stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals,
primarily drug dealers.
"It is one thing to create special rules for national security,"
Gertner said. "Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like
they are phonying up investigations."
Portugal comments: Haven't these people reviewed Tim Weiner's
well documented book about the FBI?
None of what Reuters
reports is new with the exception of the massive amount of data which
is now available due to the technoligical "advances". The
methodology is exactly the same as developed and practiced by the
legendary FBI's Master - Mr. Hoover.
This is the same book that Edward Snowden did not read.
nothing new under the Sun.... just more fools to believe that there is!
Lord have Mercy! This is getting boring! The "bad" are not even
good at being bad and the "ignorant" are so ignorant that they cannot
Report No. 3
Republicans want NBC, CNN to pull Clinton programs. (1)
The Republican National
wants NBC and CNN to cancel upcoming programs on Hillary Rodham
and is threatening to
blackball the networks from future Republican presidential debates if
they fail to comply.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus...
vows not to partner with the
networks on GOP debates if they don't pull the programs.
CNN Films is planning a feature-length film on the former first lady
and secretary of state for next year. NBC has announced a miniseries
"Hillary" starring Diane Lane. It's expected to be released before the
2016 presidential election.
Portugal comments: This is exactly how the Opus Dei operates in
Spain according to what business individuals, who have been victims of
such blackmail, have told me. The wording is almost a direct
translation from Spanish. Now we know, without a doubt, who is really
in charge in the
August 5th, 2013 [Feast of Our Lady of
Dedication of St.
Mary Major Basilica - Rome]
Report No. 1
USPS takes photos of
all mail. (1)
The Postal Service takes
of every piece of mail processed in the United States -
billion last year - and
keeps them on hand for up to a month.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Postmaster General Patrick
Donahoe said the photos of the exterior of mail pieces are used
primarily for the sorting process, but they are available for law
enforcement, if requested.
The photos have been used "a
couple of times" by to trace letters in criminal cases, Donahoe
told the AP on Thursday, most
recently involving ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama
and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"We don't snoop on customers," said Donahoe, adding that there's no big database of the
images because they are kept on nearly 200 machines at processing
facilities across the country. Each machine retains only the
images of the mail it processes.
"We've used (the Mail
Isolation and Tracking program) to sort the mail for years,"
Donahoe said, "and when law enforcement asked us, 'Hey, is there any
way you can figure out where this came from?' we were able to use that
Portugal comments: It seems like a good and practical nidea to
Report No. 2
A Cheap Spying Tool
With a High Creepy Factor. (1)
Brendan O'Connor is a security
researcher. How easy would it be, he recently wondered, to monitor the movement of
everyone on the street – not by a government intelligence
agency, but by a private citizen with a few hundred dollars to spare?
Mr. O'Connor, 27, bought some plastic boxes and stuffed them with a
$25, credit-card size Raspberry Pi Model A computer and a few
over-the-counter sensors, including Wi-Fi adapters. He connected each
of those boxes to a command and control system, and he built a data
visualization system to monitor what the sensors picked up: all the
wireless traffic emitted by every nearby wireless device, including
Each box cost $57. He
produced 10 of them, and then he
turned them on – to spy on himself. He could pick up the Web sites he
browsed when he connected to a public Wi-Fi – say at a cafe – and he
scooped up the unique identifier connected to his phone and iPad.
Gobs of information traveled over the Internet in the clear, meaning
they were entirely unencrypted and simple to scoop up.
Even when he didn't connect
to a Wi-Fi network, his sensors could track his location through Wi-Fi
"pings." His iPhone pinged the iMessage server to check for new
messages. When he logged on to an unsecured Wi-Fi, it revealed what
operating system he was using on what kind of device, and whether he
was using Dropbox or went on a dating site or browsed for shoes on an
e-commerce site. One site might leak his e-mail address, another his
"Actually it's not hard,"
he concluded. "It's
Portugal comments: As we do not tire of saying.... being
monitored by an official governmental agency should be the least of
The problem is the "average" citizen who may have interest in you, your
life and/or your property. How long will it be before someone starts
manufacturing the gadget Mr. O'Connor developed and sell it to anyone
via the Internet?
Forewarned IS Forearmed.
York Times Reports
Report No. 3
Polish priest's dismissal
exposes rift over dialogue with Jews. (1)
When the outspoken Polish
Wojciech Lemanski returned with his parishioners to his church near
Warsaw after holding a prayer vigil at the Treblinka Nazi death camp in
early July, a dismissal notice awaited him.
The Warsaw diocese of the Roman Catholic Church sacked Lemanski as
parish priest in the small village of Jasienica for what it said was
"God knocked on my door and said he wanted something more from me. I
can't imagine being a priest without a special sensitivity for the
Jews, their tragedies and a need for dialogue," the priest said in an
Lemanski is among a few
Catholic priests who commemorate the massacre each year with Jewish
leaders and holds prayer vigils at the Treblinka camp, one of
the infamous Nazi death factories where Jews, along with Poles and
others, were gassed.
He also recovered gravestones from abandoned and destroyed Jewish
cemeteries, incorporating two of them into the main alter of his
church. That move stoked charges from some conservative Catholics that
he was turning it into a synagogue.
In a statement explaining its
decision to send Lemanski on early retirement, the Warsaw Diocese did
not refer to the gravestones, but said he had failed to get church
permission on issues related to the parish.
Jewish community leaders have avoided being pulled into the affair, but
some have expressed support for Lemanski's efforts.
"I can say one thing: looking at the way parishioners treat the priest,
I think that if the Jewish community had had a rabbi like Lemanski, the
community would have been very pleased," said Piotr Kadlcik, head of
the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland.
Despite being sidelined by his superiors, Lemanski said he would remain
active after lodging an appeal with the Vatican.
Portugal comments: Based on what anyone who has eyes has already
had he been caught molesting boys at his parish he would have been
promoted. And this is not being sarcastic!
August 3rd, 2013 [First Saturday
of the Month]
Report No. 1
Edward Snowden got
asylum in Russia, lawyer says. (1)
National Security Agency leaker
Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after
authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday. The
U.S. has demanded that Russia send Snowden home to face prosecution for
espionage, but President Vladimir Putin dismissed the request.
Putin had said that Snowden
could receive asylum in Russia on condition he stops leaking U.S.
secrets. Kucherena has said Snowden accepted the condition.
The Guardian newspaper on
Wednesday published a new report on U.S. intelligence-gathering based
on information from Snowden, but Kucherena said the material was
provided before Snowden
promised to stop leaking.
Portugal comments: What happened to our "Super Allies", the
British? After all, The Guardian is published in Great Britain, not in
Jupiter or Pluto.
(sarcasm on) Oh, silly me! They are too busy with the Royal Baby to
anything else..... (sarcasm off)
Report No. 2
NY man questioned
for computer search history. (1)
A former employee of a New York
computer company was questioned after his workplace computer search
history revealed inquiries for "pressure cooker bombs" and "backpacks,"
but no criminality was determined, the Suffolk County
Department said in a statement Thursday.
Authorities have said the bombs used at the Boston Marathon in
April,... involved pressure cookers placed in backpacks.
The man was questioned after detectives from the department's
intelligence unit received a tip from a Long Island-based computer
company claiming the recently released employee's computer had
suspicious searches, the police said. After interviewing company
representatives, they questioned the man at his home where they
determined there was no criminality.
The police issued their statement after receiving numerous media
inquiries in response to a blog post written Thursday by a woman
writing under the name Michele Catalano.
Catalano,... speculated in her post that her husband had been
interviewed Wednesday by "six agents from the joint terrorism task
force" because of the family's search history on Google.
She wrote that her husband
had researched buying backpacks and she had researched pressure cookers. She writes, also, that her
"curious news junkie of a twenty-year-old son" may have read a news
story about how instructions to make pressure cooker bombs are
Portugal comments: I certainly hope that the FBI keeps that
family under a very watchful eye - unless, of course, all of
father, mother and son, used the same computer, which was at the
father's former employers office, to conduct their searches.....
Report No. 3
Japan's Aso refuses to resign over Nazi comment. (1)
Japan's Finance Minister Taro
refused Friday to resign or apologize over remarks suggesting Japan should follow the
Nazi example of how to change the country's constitution stealthily and
without public debate.
Following protests by neighboring countries and human rights activists,
he "retracted" the comments on Thursday but refused to go further.
"I have no intention to step down" as Cabinet minister of lawmaker,
Aso, who is also the deputy prime minister, told reporters. The government also said it is not
seeking Aso's resignation, which some opposition members have demanded.
Aso, who is known for
intemperate remarks, drew
outrage for saying Japan should learn from how the Nazi party
stealthily changed Germany's pre-World War II constitution before
anyone realized it. He also suggested that Japanese politicians
should make visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine quietly to avoid
controversy. Such visits currently take place amid wide publicity and
are a sore point for Southeast Asian nations, who suffered under
Japanese occupation during World War II.
Portugal comments: It is not a matter of Mr. Aso resigning. It
is a matter that the head of the Japanese government - plus the
Imperial House - did not
demand his resignation.
Of course, it really does not matter any more for the reasons that we
have stated on this same forum before, but... it is interesting to note
that "zebras do not lose their stripes nor leopards their spots" in
just two or three generations.
August 2nd, 2013
Report No. 1
Texas students fake
GPS signals and take control of an $80 million yacht. (1)
The scientists who conducted the
experiment - done with
permission of the yacht's owners - say their ability to broadcast
counterfeit GPS signals that triggered no alarms within the ship's
navigation system highlights a serious flaw in transportation
networks on land and sea. Some 90 percent of the world's freight moves
semi-autonomous vehicles, such as aircraft, are likely similarly
The problem is not intractable. As this technical paper published in
2011 shows, there are some
possible fixes. Nevertheless, it doesn't take too much
imagination to figure out how, when most people carry a GPS enabled
device in his or her pocket, that spoofing could pose a problem if not
Portugal comments: The "security and safety" of it all! - just
another falsified myth.
The more we depend on high tech, the more vulnerable we become.
Every day that goes by we
must depend more and more in God and not in
hi tech. Hi tech is practical, but not worthy of our blind trust.
Report No. 2
Cellphone Tracking Without a Warrant. (1)
In a significant victory for law
enforcement, a federal
appeals court said on Tuesday that government authorities could extract
historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers
without a search warrant.
The closely watched case, in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit, is the first ruling that squarely addresses the
constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data
stored by cellphone service providers. Ruling 2 to 1, the court said a
warrantless search was "not per se unconstitutional" because location
data was "clearly a business record" and therefore not protected by the
Portugal comments: Translation: Every step of anyone
carrying a cell phone can be tracked, historically and in real time.
Considering that today's man "will be caught dead without a Smart
even his every "pit stop" will be recorded - time and location
Again, if one has nothing to hide: No problem! Otherwise.... start
Report No. 3
Religious order files reveal decades of LA abuse. (1)
In therapy sessions, the priest confessed the shocking
details he'd kept hidden for years: He had molested more than 100 boys,
including his 5-year-old brother. He had sex with male
prostitutes, and frequented gay strip clubs.
The admissions of the Rev. Ruben Martinez are included among nearly 2,000 pages
of secret files unsealed Wednesday that were kept on priests, brothers
and nuns who belonged to religious orders but were accused of child
molestation while working within the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The documents cover five
different religious orders that employed 10 priests or religious
brothers and two nuns who were all accused in civil lawsuits of
molesting children. Among them, the accused had 21 alleged victims
between the 1950s and the 1980s.
That the files don't reflect
some of the alleged abuse doesn't mean it didn't happen, said
Ray Boucher, lead attorney for some abuse victims. "Much of this went unreported.
You're talking about kids that were terrorized and frightened in so
many different ways, with no place and no one to turn to."
The file shows that Martinez was sent to the Missouri retreat home for
troubled priests in 2005. In a psychiatric assessment dated that same
year, Martinez said he hadn't had sexual contact with a child in 23
years and had learned to control his impulses. The same report notes
that at age 13, Martinez sexually molested his little brother and went
on to molest "about 100 male minors" - a detail also included in
several others therapy evaluations in the file.
"It has not been easy to face what I did, to admit it and to talk about
it with others," Martinez wrote to the order's provincial in 2006. "I
have had to deal with depression, self-hatred, the inability and
unwillingness to forgive myself, and the desire and tendency to
Portugal comments: Again we can see, in Martinez' case, a very
mentally/spiritually sick man, and in all of his superiors much
action. Why was that man not removed from active ministry immediately?
Better yet, how was his tremendous dysfunction not spotted during
his pre ordination years?
Of course, those are rhetorical questions since we know, and very
well!, the answers.
(sarcasm on) We presume that Bergoglio will now organize a Dirty
Dancing "flash mob" as therapy for hierarchy responsible for the cover
ups. (sarcasm off) . In any case, I pray that such was a sarcastic
remark and not a prophecy.
August 1st, 2013
Report No. 1
Francis in another
"endearing to the mobs" photo and video op.
There is a 1.5 minute video (1) showing Francis getting
off the plane after arriving from Rio, and then going to St. Mary Major
He enters the cathedral carrying a beach ball and a green sports
jersey, and places
these two items at the center of the altar.
The beach ball tries to roll off the altar, till Francis secures
place with the rolled-up sports jersey.
Then he retreats a
bit to pray before the altar.
Mary comments: Enough!
Report No. 2
White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior. (1)
The federal government is
what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to
subtly influence people's behavior, according to a
describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there
could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say
the team could make government and society more efficient.
While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the
White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen
federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and
Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
"Behavioral sciences can be
used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and
help people to achieve their goals," reads the government
document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants
to apply for positions on the team.
The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser
on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the
request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team.
The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques,
with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving
more for retirement to saving more in energy costs. The document praises subtle
policies to change behavior that have already been implemented in
England, which already has a "Behavioral Insights Team."
Portugal comments: What's the big surprise and uproar about
Sellers of any kind merchandise have been doing this for decades
through commercials, and no one has said a proverbial peep.
Parents influence their children behavior as they raise them.
As long as the "influencing" is done with a constructive objective -
create better and more responsible citizens, for example - the idea has
merit and they should have had it in place decades ago. Unfortunately,
resorted to amateur brainwashing techniques - such as the Gulf of
Tonkin "incident" and the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq - which
made them look ridiculous before the international community, or the
half baked make believe theater like the Cuban Missile "Crisis".
Of course, it really does not matter any more. We were just commenting
on it as if the world had the Go
Ahead from God to keep on going as it is.... a Go Ahead that was rescinded
some time ago. Thanks be to God!
Report No. 3
The Catholic Church is exerting a growing influence in Cuba. (1)
A representative of the Cuban
Church explained at an event Monday that presently the Catholic Church
is exerting a growing influence in the country.
"There is an open dialogue,
there is not a road map, there is an open dialogue where
everything can be included," said Márquez. "They talked
about the situation in Cuba and the relationship with the regime, how
to improve the relations between the Church and the government."
"Over the last two decades,
the Catholic Church has come to occupy a unique space within Cuban
society and has developed a growing dialogue with the Cuban state,"
reads a description of the event on Brookings' website. "Actively
interested in the ongoing economic reform process, the Archdiocese of
Havana promotes debate regarding the role of the state and citizens in
the economy and facilitates graduate training in business studies."
Ted Piccone, senior fellow and deputy director of public policy for
Brookings, moderated the event.
"For all of you here, if you haven't been following, you will learn quickly how
interesting and exciting things are in Cuba these days and the Catholic
Church has something to do with that," said Piccone.
"For the last several years, the Catholic Church has played a dynamic
role at the leadership level as well as at the local level in breaking
new ground, in having conversations, in promoting discussions and
dialogue about the future of Cuba."
In an interview with CP, Quigley of the USCCB explained that the
Catholic Church's freedom to operate has improved over time.
"The Revolution demanded that faith from the individual. It is not the
case right now. They are not interfering. Even in the tough moments of the
'60s, our situation was not like the other Soviet, socialist countries
According to Open Doors USA, about 57 percent of Cuba is Christian.
A common complaint among
Christians in the Caribbean nation is that of constant government
surveillance and infiltration.
Portugal comments: Since the Opus Dei lost ground in Cuba, now,
with a Jesuit "Pope", they may regain it again.
Oh, yes, we forgot to mention..... Castro was educated by the Jesuits.
Regarding "A common complaint among
Christians in the Caribbean nation is that of constant government
surveillance and infiltration." Why should they worry about
surveillance and infiltration if they are doing what Jesus taught us?
Jesus and His followers, who were under the watchful eye of the evil
Roman Empire, had no problems with them, and neither
was John Bosco's effort interfered with in the anticlerical Italy of
the 19th century. Even the crucifixion was masterminded by the Temple
Masters (the "Vatican" of the time), not by the Romans.
If they are worried about being watched and infiltrated, they are
obviously not doing what Jesus intended that we do.
in the Caribbean", take your complaints elsewhere!
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