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Private News Commentary


All  Mailed Posts For August 2014

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PURPOSE

The purpose of this News Commentary 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 cake" for them and "hell" for all others. They are led to believe that if they "do this" and "do that" they do not have a thing to worry about (of course, so long as that between the "do this" and the "do that" they send in a donation).

Others lead the faithful to believe that "All Is Well" and will continue to be, of course, as long as those donations keep coming in...


August 1st, 2014 [First Friday of the Month]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Archbishop, Under Fire Over Abuse, Apologizes but Says He Won't Resign. (1)

The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, under fire for the way his diocese has dealt with sexually abusive priests, apologized Wednesday for his conduct but rejected calls for his resignation.

The archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, acknowledged errors in his diocese's response to abuse allegations, writing in a column for the diocesan newspaper that "it is very clear that we did not handle all complaints the way we should have in the past" and that he had only recently removed from ministry several priests accused of abuse.

Archbishop Nienstedt has become one of the most embattled figures in the American Catholic hierarchy, under fire in the courts, in the pews and on newspaper editorial pages.

His handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations, as well as the actions of his predecessors as archbishop, has been unsparingly detailed in reporting by Minnesota Public Radio and has been sharply criticized by his own former chancellor for canonical affairs, Jennifer Haselberger.

And he has faced mounting calls for his resignation, from laypeople, from the editorial board of The Star Tribune, and on Wednesday from the Rev. Thomas V. Berg, a moral theologian at the seminary of the Archdiocese of New York.


miguel de Portugal comments: Resign? Get serious! These individuals will not give up their "cushy jobs" for anything. Let's face it - they have sold our children to keep it!

On the other hand, we want to mention a very high profile Bishop in Portugal who led a very high profile and large Diocese. He did not believe in the Fatima events and said so from his many pulpits, even though, at times, he offered public masses at the Sanctuary of Fatima. Once that was brought to our attention we wrote to him a personal letter requesting that he resign his position. We politely indicated to him that his Diocese would be better off without a Bishop than having him as one since he was causing confusion and scandal.

Within a year he resigned from his Diocese and, while remaining a Bishop, he no longer visibly headed a Diocese. Since then we have a great respect for that man. He became coherent with his position and placed the good of the Faithful above his personal fame and gain.
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now? (1)
     
Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America. 

Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled. ... what in the world could be causing this to happen? 

What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive numbers of sea creatures to die along the west coast?

The following are 15 examples of this phenomenon.

#1 A “mystery plague” is turning sea stars all along the west coast of the United States and Canada into piles of goo…
#2 The population of bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean has declined by 95 percent.
#3 Sardine, anchovy and herring populations have dropped dramatically along the west coast in recent years…
#4 “Record numbers of distressed sea lions have washed ashore in California” for the second year in a row.
#5 Marine birds are “disappearing” in the Pacific northwest…
#6 Those that work in the seafood industry on the west coast are noticing some very “unusual” mutations.
#7 Pelicans along the California coastline are “refusing to mate“.
#8 The oyster population in the Pacific is falling so fast that it is being called “the great American oyster collapse“.
#9 The population of sockeye salmon along the coast of Alaska is at a “historic low“.
#10 Something is causing herring off the coast of British Columbia to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.
#11 Scientists have discovered very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton  in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.
#12 Back in May, more than six tons of anchovies died in Marina Del Ray over a single weekend.
#13 Just a few days ago, thousands of dead fish were found on Capitola Beach. 
#14 Earlier this month, thousands of dead fish were found on Manresa Beach.
#15 According to a study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University, radiation levels in tuna caught off the coast of Oregon approximately tripled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Could it be possible that at least some of these deaths are related to what has been happening at Fukushima?

Is Fukushima to blame, or do you think that something else is causing massive numbers of sea creatures to die?


miguel de Portugal comments: Is Fukushima to blame? This is so obvious that it does not require an answer. What is sad is that, as all else which is essentially terminal to humanity, it is being swept under the carpet until it finally "blows up" on the face of the unsuspecting citizens.

Granted - there is absolutely nothing that the authorities can do about this but, at least, they could be upfront with the citizenry. The problem is that that "would cost money" and as we see everywhere - Profits come always first, even if at the end the money will be worthless.

The entire news report is worth reviweing.
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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

High risk chemical plants not inspected. (1)

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.
 
A yearlong investigation by Republican staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee paints a picture of inspection delay, government errors in risk assessment and industry loopholes in a $595 million terror prevention program. A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.
 
The report said the Department of Homeland Security failed to conduct security inspections on 3,972 chemical facilities, or 99 percent of those deemed higher risk.
 
Roughly half of the higher-risk facilities are in 10 states: California, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and New Jersey.


miguel de Portugal comments: As an insider of the Petrochemical world we can assure you that it has not happened because God has not allowed it. They would be the easiest act of terrorism to carry out. Far easier than the 9-11 events and far more deadly.

This danger is so great that, in spite of our profound dislike for Louis Freeh, we wrote to him an extensive letter - while he still was the FBI Director - about the weak points and how they could be shored up in all petrochemical complexes.
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August 2nd, 2014 [First Saturday of the Month; and Mary of the Angels]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Software That Can See Will Change Privacy Forever. (1)

Advances in machine vision will let employers, governments, and advertisers spot you in photos and know exactly what you're doing in them.

These advances have huge implications for our privacy, since we now document our lives with so many pictures. Facebook alone already has over 200 billion photos. So far this hasn't had a massive impact on privacy because there's been no good way to search and analyze those pictures, but advances in image recognition are changing all that.

It's now possible to not only reliably spot you in photos, but also tell what you're doing. Creating an algorithm to spot common objects, whether they're bikes or bongs, is now so easy. Imagine all your photos being processed into a data profile for advertisers or law enforcement, showing how much you party, who you're with, and which demonstrations you attended.


miguel de Portugal comments: It does not seem really necessary to comment upon this - the problem should be obvious to all.
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms It Spied on Senate Panel. (1)

An internal investigation by the C.I.A. has found that its officers penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its damning report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.

The report by the agency's inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday.

One official with knowledge of the report's conclusions said the investigation also discovered that the officers created a false online identity to gain access on more than one occasion to computers used by the committee staff.

The inspector general’s account of how the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities touched off angry criticism from members of the Senate and amounted to vindication for Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s Democratic chairwoman, who excoriated the C.I.A. in March when the agency’s monitoring of committee investigators became public.


miguel de Portugal comments: This IS a perfect example of what we have often said regarding a "parallel government" embedded within the US government with agendas far from those of the Nation's Government. From the assassination of President Kennedy to the "accidental" bombing of the Chinese Embassy and many, many other situations, it is easy to discern, by its "footprints", this invisible government.

We applaud the agency's Inspector General as well as the agency's Director for placing all of this on the table for all to see. May God inspire them now to find out what other similar and highly illegal activities have been and are still going on in the department.
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News Report No. 3

[our highlights]

 Britain's Crime of Complicity With the Savile Sex Abuse Scandal. (1)

This month, as the government announced an inquiry into historical allegations of child sex abuse by leading political figures, Parliament pushed through a broad surveillance bill with the justification that tapping everybody's cellphones would, among other things, help the state catch pedophiles.

The Westminster inquiry will investigate not just the rape and assault of children at group homes going back decades but also accusations that child abuse by politicians and other public figures was deliberately covered up or even facilitated by members of the elite.

This same Parliament has, it seems, spent 30 years failing to catch the pedophiles in its own house. Before the inquiry was even announced, it emerged that 114 files concerning allegations of abuse against children involving senior political figures had mysteriously disappeared.

The tradition of the British establishment's looking after its own is only now understood to its full and chilling extent.

The posthumous disgrace of Jimmy Savile was just the beginning. A series of other public figures have now been accused or convicted of sexual offenses involving children. Among them was a once respected Liberal member of Parliament who died in 2010, Cyril Smith, who abused boys in a children's home in his constituency. Those boys grew up into traumatized men who told the police about the "fat man" they were forced to sexually service before they were 10 years old.


miguel de Portugal comments:  Considering how much more destructive than abortion child sexual abuse is, the difference between the sexual atrocities we read about taking place in India and Pakistan and what we read above, is only that the British ruling class can do it with elegance and afternoon "High Tea". (2)
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(2) History of High Tea



August 4th, 2014

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

An Ebola patient arrives at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. (1)

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two Americans who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa, landed in the U.S. Saturday and arrived safely at Emory University Hospital to begin treatment.

Brantly, landed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Ga., and arrived at the Atlanta hospital at around 12:30p.m. He managed to walk into the facility with the assistance of another medical worker.

The details of why he was selected for the first flight were not immediately clear, but he had been receiving treatment with fellow American, Nancy Writebol, who is expected to take a later flight to the U.S.

Fear that the outbreak killing more than 700 people in Africa could spread in the U.S. has generated considerable anxiety among some Americans. But infectious disease experts said the public faces little risk as Emory University Hospital treats the critically ill missionary doctor and his assistant, who is expected to arrive from Liberia in several days.


miguel de Portugal comments: Considering our safety track record which has been in the news much in the recent weeks, the question is: What will be the mistake (violation of security safeguards) that Emory University Hospital (EUH) personnel will make so that the Ebola epidemic makes its grand entrance in the U.S.?

Of course, that is assuming that none of our many "friends" among certain Islamic countries and the Kremlin "slips us" a contaminated individual first before EUH drops the ball.

But not to worry! The U.S. owns a patent on laboratory created Ebola which can be used to make vaccines to prevent its spread.....

No; it is neither sarcasm nor cynicism. It is being in touch with reality.
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(2) Ebola-virus-for-vaccine Patent


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

China Admits It Has Nukes That Can Reach The US. (1)
 
China has admitted to owning a new ballistic missile that can deliver several nuclear warheads across continents, including to the U.S.

The Chinese administration had earlier denied owning the missile Dongfeng-41, or DF-41, which has a range of nearly 7,500 miles, making the intercontinental ballistic missile one of the most potent in the world, according to Agence France-Presse, or AFP.

Five Ways Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier. (2)
 
The continued deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO may not yet have resulted in a new Cold War, but it's undoubtedly produce an environment in which Russia has independent reasons to try to hurt the United States.
 
But now we find ourselves in a situation where Moscow has become willing to take risks in order to give Washington a headache. One way in which Russia can do this is overcoming any internal obstacles to the export of sophisticated weapons to China.


miguel de Portugal comments: Right on schedule!:

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 Russia says it will end terrorism pact with the EU . (1)

Moscow warned yesterday that security ties with the European Union could be cut following the fresh round of international sanctions announced last week, while in Ukraine the last bodies removed from the MH17 crash site have been flown back to the Netherlands.

The Russian foreign ministry warned that the decision to extend the list of Russian officials and organisations affected by travel bans and asset freezes risked ending co-operation on issues such as weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and organised crime.

This would "be greeted enthusiastically by international terrorists," the ministry said, adding: "EU countries have set a course for complete termination of interaction with Russia in international and regional security issues."


miguel de Portugal comments: ....and give Russia a free hand in aiding international terrorists without any conscience pangs.

Let's see: "A" hits "B"; "B" logically reacts against "A"; now "A", offended, uses "B"'s logical reaction to justify whatever they have in their agenda while the UN continues issuing their pathetic and completely worthless messages in the "strongest possible terms" and the world continues plunging into the abyss... right on schedule!

The real sad part is that the world is blind to it, while most Catholics, instead of getting down to real prayer, blissfully await for the Holy Pope and Holy King to come riding into the scene in shiny white stallions to save the world.....

Lord have Mercy!
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August 5th, 2014 [Feast of Our Lady of Snows and  Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica - Rome  and                                                                                              Tish'a B'Av  -  Jewish fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples]


News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

German magazine reports Israel spied on Kerry last year. (1)

German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year when he was holding nearly daily negotiations for peace with various leaders in the Middle East.

The magazine cited "several sources from intelligence circles" as saying that although Kerry has a secure phone at his mansion in Georgetown, while he was traveling and needed to make a quick phone call, he sometimes used an ordinary telephone that the intelligence agencies listened in on.


miguel de Portugal comments: And the news are?  That behavior is "standard operating procedure" among allies and enemies alike.

Perhaps the real news is that we have a tremendously incompetent Secretary of State. Unless he was purposely hoping that his personal phone was being monitored for some sort of disinformation purposes, it is simply incomprehensible to us that any high level government official should use an unsecured phone.

How to eavesdrop on an unsecured phone has been published for at least three or four years. As a matter of fact, we used said publication to explain to the ruling party of Spain what was going on with their private-turned-public communications. They resolved the problem in less than a week from the mailing of our acknowledged in writing letter.

Sometimes I feel I must have come from another Galaxy!
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Google 'reveals user' over Gmail child abuse images. (1)

Google has revealed the identity of a user after discovering child abuse imagery in the man's Gmail account in Houston, Texas, according to a local news report.

It alerted a child protection agency, which notified the police and the man was arrested, KHOU 11 News reported.

David Drummond, the chief legal officer for Google, has previously said that Google helps fund the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which is tasked with "proactively identifying child abuse images that Google can then remove from our search engine".



miguel de Portugal comments: Thanks be to God! Some good news for a change!

"Google, many of your (violation of privacy) sins have been forgiven for acting in this fine manner!"
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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

  US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy. (1)

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations - or how to evade one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services.

Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to anti-government activism, which they did under the guise of civic programs, including an HIV prevention workshop. Murillo was instructed to check in every 48 hours and was provided with a set of security codes. "I have a headache," for instance, meant the Costa Rican thought the Cubans were watching him and the mission should be suspended.

Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development - best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid - sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. The danger was apparent to USAID, if not to the young operatives: A USAID contractor, American Alan Gross, had just been hauled away to a Cuban jail for smuggling in sensitive technology. He remains there still.



miguel de Portugal  (apparently from another Galaxy) comments: Has anyone in our (US) government ever considered the reality that the USAID  has been considered a CIA front for decades and every single individual associated with them in a foreign country is assumed "guilty of spying until proven innocent"?

Have they not learned yet that their sophomoric spying efforts are no match for "one of the world's most sophisticated counter-intelligence services" in the world?

Have they considered the example that we are giving to our allies by sending individuals with hardly any spying training to spy in a ruthless regime as that of Cuba?
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August 6th, 2014 [Transfiguration of Our Lord and Anniversary of the Nuclear Devastation in Hiroshima, Japan]

miguel de Portugal comments: Instead of a news report, we wish today to share with our Private News Commentary readership the feedback we received form a well qualified reader regarding our comments about the possibility of the spread of Ebola in the U.S. We are withholding the name of this professional health care worker, but are reproducing the unedited full text of her communication with her approval.


After reading the August 5th's   News Report #1 (the first Ebola patient arriving at EUH  in Atlanta), as well as your comments, I felt the need to make you aware of more of what I witnessed when I was in nursing, specifically the lack of proper isolation precautions when dealing with infectious diseases

 About the Ebola virus:  People are having a visceral  reaction to anything they hear pertaining to it and its deadly consequences.    Why is that? I believe it has a lot to do with the fact that it is major headline news.  We can't get away from it.  The saying “You can change the channel, but you can't change the news” is really true.  People are scared.   Some are downright panic-stricken.

It is very true that Ebola is a force to be reckoned with these days.  But what about all the other highly-infectious, nosocomial  infections which are rampant in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical institutions?    Why aren't we hearing more about these in the mainstream news? 

A great source for general (as opposed to being too technical)  information pertaining to these  infections, is www.wikipedia.org.  Then, search “Hospital-acquired infection”.  Some information taken from this site follows.  Emphases are mine:

A “nosocomial” infection (meaning “hospital-acquired” or “healthcare-associated”) is one whose development is favored by a hospital environment, such as one acquired by a patient during a hospital visit, or one developing among hospital staff.  (The specific types of these infections are listed on the site.  They include MRSA, C-Difficile, TB, Gastroenteritis, etc).     
 
Nosocomial infections are commonly transmitted when hospital officials become complacent and personnel do not practice correct hygiene regularly. 

Since medical staff move from patient to patient, the staff themselves serve as a means for spreading pathogens.  Essentially, the staff act as vectors  (ie:  those that carry and transmit a disease-causing organism).   

In the United States alone, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is an estimated 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of bacteria combined, that are the cause of, or contribute to, 99,000 deaths each year.

In the facilities where I worked, I witnessed on a regular basis a total lack of compliance with the strict facility protocols pertaining to infection control measures.  The guilty individuals included nursing assistants, technicians, staff nurses, so-called highly-placed nurses (charge nurses, supervisors, unit managers) and even doctors.

 When bringing to my colleagues’ attention the issue of their noncompliance, common responses I heard were:    “I have too much to do”.  “It's too time-consuming.”   “Why should I?  I don't see anyone else doing it, except you, so why are you doing it?”  But the one that hit hardest was:  “Hey, if you're so smart, do it yourself.  I don't have to listen to you.”  (I was charge nurse.  It was my responsibility to say something).

All my complaints to the “powers that be”, following the so-called chain-of-command,  fell on deaf ears.

Protocols look good on paper, especially when inspectors make their yearly rounds.  What doesn't show on paper, however, is the terrible  suffering by those people  too ill to fight those voracious bacteria when they attack their already-compromised bodies; suffering that could so easily have been prevented…

 If the reality of what is really going on in health care facilities was as major a headline as the Ebola virus is these days, would it change anything, I wonder?



August 7th, 2014

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Secret Papers Describe Size of Terror Lists Kept by U.S. (1)

About 20,800 United States citizens and permanent residents are included in a federal government database of people suspected of having links to terrorism, of whom about 5,000 have been placed on one or more watch lists, newly disclosed documents show.

The documents were classified Secret and were published Tuesday by The Intercept,  an online magazine. The disclosure provided new details about the numbers of  people within the broad database and on terrorist watch lists derived from it - a  system that has grown rapidly over the last four years, according to government officials.

Among other things, the documents showed that the main terrorism suspects database contains records on 8,211 people who are suspected of having links to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based affiliate of Al Qaeda that intelligence officials have said is the most dangerous component of the group at present.


miguel de Portugal comments: And the problem is?

If we did not have those lists - that would be a problem! Granted, errors will be made which may cause delays in travel but... considering that such document was published by The Intercept, which indicates that we have another Snowden-like "patriot" embedded within our HMS-NSA-CIA troika, said lists are most than justified.

Read on....
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

US government says someone besides Snowden is leaking secret documents. (1)

Due to content of a report from The Intercept, the US government says that there's a new whistle blower leaking its secrets in addition to Edward Snowden.

The article details national security documents prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center dated August 2013 -- after the former NSA contractor left the US for Russia.


miguel de Portugal comments: The problem really is that we do not have a good enough system of security checks and balances within the HMS-NSA-CIA troika.

They should learn how they do so in Cuba - obviously it is a flawless system. (2)

But, there are even more serious problems. Read on....
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(2) As one can learn from the only one who got away - Juan Vivés!


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Hacker says to show passenger jets at risk of cyber attack. (1)

Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security.

Santamarta, a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive, is scheduled to lay out the technical details of his research at this week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas, an annual convention where thousands of hackers and security experts meet to discuss emerging cyber threats and improve security measures.

His presentation on Thursday on vulnerabilities in satellite communications systems used in aerospace and other industries is expected to be one of the most widely watched at the conference.



miguel de Portugal comments: Let's see if we got this right.... A professional hacker - now called cyber security researcher (we presume that prostitutes are now called Social Workers....) - is going to publicize a serious flaw in the security of air travel to a convention of hackers who get together regularly to improve security measures?

What next? An International Symposium of Spying Agencies where they can share secrets on how they spy on each other? and/or The head of an international prostitute ring to be the Mother Superior of a new cloistered order of nuns? and/or A convicted pedophile to head Google's effort to uncover mail among pedophiles?

The only good we can draw from what we see every day happening in the world is that I will not shed a tear as I watch what God will allow upon humanity.

Years ago I would have, and did - many, many tears, but, after seeing how humanity has squandered the ten year delay (1998-2008) granted by God, my only tears are for the sorrow humanity is causing to a loving God Who has tried everything possible to help us out of the mire of filth we have sunken into and in which we continue to wallow.

I consider a great miracle and an exemplary manifestation of Divine Mercy that at least a handful of humans will be allowed to survive.

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News Report No. 4
[our highlights]

Deadly 'superbug' is spreading in US hospitals. (1)

Cases of the contagious and deadly "superbug" known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., according to a new study.

And while the actual number of patients discovered was low - 305 - the worry is that CRE infections are under-reported and threaten health care facilities nationwide, said one of the report's authors. CRE is an antibiotic-resistant bacterium that usually strikes people in hospitals, nursing homes and other health centers.

"This is a wakeup call for hospitals on how to detect the disease," said Dr. Joshua Thaden, one of the leading authors for the study published in the August issue of the medical journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

miguel de Portugal comments: As the contributor to yesterday's Private News Commentary post was saying....

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August 8th, 2014

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

In Fight With Hackers, We Are on Our Own. (1)

A computer security company - it is rarely a government entity - comes out with a new report. Millions of stolen passwords. Tens of millions. No, hundreds of millions.

The point is apparent: This is a big deal.

Then it becomes clear this company is not simply informing the world out of some sort of noblesse oblige: It is trying to make money.

That Hold Security, the company that said on Tuesday it had discovered an enormous database of stolen records in the hands of Russian hackers, is trying to make money is clear.

Hold Security now offers, for $120 per month, what it calls a Breach Notification Service, announced the same day the size and scope of the breach was reported. Hold Security is also offering an identity monitoring service for individuals.

The site says the service will be free for 30 days. It is not clear if there will be a charge after that.


miguel de Portugal comments:
Hold Security was the one with the first news report about this alleged breach; then, everyone else started reporting it based on Hold Security's report.

What immediately came to mind was the movie The Net (2) and wondered if the company's name should be "Hold Up Security" instead of just Hold Security.

Once again we ponder.... How come the greatest mother-lode of all passwords, credit card numbers and much personal information data in the world - Pay Pal - has not been touched by hackers yet? The Big Bang start of the Universe is easier to understand and accept at face value.

Nonetheless, the headlines of this New York Times report "In Fight With Hackers, We Are on Our Own" is indeed true if a real relationship with God does not exist.
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(2) Take a read of the plot of The Net


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Experts: "Ebola outbreak could inspire African terrorist groups to weaponize the virus" (1)

Recent discussions about Ebola have mainly focused on the disease as a public health hazard, but counterterrorism officials are concerned that the new outbreak could inspire terror groups, specifically those based in West Africa, to weaponize the virus.


miguel de Portugal comments: (sarcasm on) Gee... Really? Who would have thought of that?(sarcasm off)

What will be the next conclusion that the Experts will draw? That the reason an apple falls off a tree when it is ripe is because the force of gravity?
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News Report No. 3

[our highlights]

Wi-Fi-equipped robots to see through solid walls. (1)

Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without the cords and wires to tie us down.

Researchers are now using this versatile, everyday signal to do something different and powerful: looking through solid walls and seeing every square inch of what is on the other side. Built into robots, the technology has far-reaching possibilities.


miguel de Portugal comments: Our amusent continues.... Mankind cannot see beyond the tip their noses and now they want to see what is behind a solid wall.

Amazing! Simply amazing!

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News Report No. 4
[our highlights]

Bank of America to pay up in record damages deal. (1)

Bank of America and the US Justice Department have reached a landmark deal to resolve allegations of mortgage misconduct in the run-up to the financial crisis.

The bank is to pay between $16bn and $17bn. The agreement will set a record for damages in a civil settlement between the U.S. government and a company.

The previous record was a $13bn deal struck less than nine months ago between the Justice Department and J.P. Morgan Chase over allegations the bank knowingly sold investors shoddy mortgages.


miguel de Portugal comments: Finally some good news!

Hell would fall into a deep freeze state long before any European country even begins thinking about that, let alone implement it.

So.... we must count our Blessings, over and over again. The U.S. may not be Utopia, but is much closer to it than all nations that I am familiar with.
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August 9th, 2014

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Special Announcements from CDC


Ebola and the Law: What You Need to Know

The Network for Public Health Law (the Network), CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP), and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) are co-hosting a free webinar, Ebola and the Law: What You Need to Know, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 1:00 to  2:30 pm (EDT)

The webinar will describe the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, discuss legal issues that arise when infected patients enter  the US, and explore legal powers and duties health department personnel have if an Ebola outbreak occurs in the US. Speakers will accept questions from participants at the end of the presentation.


News Report No. 2
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Clear Link Found Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Alzheimer's Disease. (1)

Older adults who are severely deficient in vitamin D may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's disease than those who don't have a deficiency, according to the largest study of its kind, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

"We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, but the results were surprising - we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated," noted lead researcher David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School in a news release.


miguel de Portugal comments: Maybe some good news... a bit late, but at least they are good!

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News Report No. 3

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 Ukraine MH17 probe says rebels shot down 'wrong' plane. (1)

Kremlin-backed insurgents shot down the wrong plane, according to a Ukrainian security investigation into a downed Malaysian aircraft.

Valentin Nalivaichenko, Ukraine's Security Service Chief,
said pro-Russian rebels wanted to shoot down an Aeroflot flight as part of a false-flag terrorist operation to justify a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

"That cynical terrorist attack was planned to launch at the same time as that plane was flying over the territory on that very day." said Nalivaichenko. "And that attack was planned by military criminals as a pretext for further military invasion by the Russian Federation."


miguel de Portugal comments: It would not be the first time that similar action is taken using innocent people for some evil purpose - thus, it makes much sense.

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August 11th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think. (1)

In March 2009, British researcher Mark Gasson had a chip injected under the skin of his hand. The chip,...  could open security doors at the University of Reading laboratory, where his experiment was being conducted, and he could unlock his cell phone just by cradling it.

A year later, Gasson infected his own implant with a computer virus, .... As Gasson breezed around the the workplace, spreading the virus and corrupting computer systems, certain areas of the building became inaccessible to his colleagues.

Thousands of Americans already have implanted medical devices, including pacemakers,....

But the future, Gasson says, is going to focus on implantable technology for healthy people. Part of the reason is that we continually look for ways to make our lives easier.

The susceptibility of human microchips to cyber attacks is one worry, but Gasson wanted to explore issues beyond common concerns related to privacy and security.


miguel de Portugal comments: The microchip picture gets darker and darker, but that is exactly the way it should so that the schedule be fulfilled.
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News Report No. 2
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Gamma rays streaming from stellar explosions stump astronomers. (1)

There's a newfound source of gamma rays: explosions on the surfaces of stars. Figuring out how these novas generate such high-energy light might help astronomers understand the lifecycle of those types of stars and how they might evolve into more powerful explosions such as supernovas.

Over the last six years, the Fermi satellite, which scans the sky for gamma rays, has seen bursts of gamma radiation coming from a menagerie of sources such as pulsars and remnants of exploding stars,...

... in 2012 and 2013, Fermi detected something new - three gamma-ray bursts associated with novas. "There's nothing in the literature that says novae can produce gamma rays," says Cheung, who is part of the Fermi team.


miguel de Portugal comments: "There's nothing in the literature that says novae can produce gamma rays," - that is why we must place our trust in God because He IS the One who will allow whatever we now call the Chastisement.

Even the best and most professional scientist know very little about the environment we live in and which we call the Universe. Let's cozy up to the Creator of the Universe and all will indeed be well for those who do.

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News Report No. 3

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miguel de Portugal comments: The level of degeneration in the world has reached heights that we will no longer be surprised if we read that a parent cooked and ate his/her offspring. (1)

I am horrified.....

While reading a news report of yet another mega financial scandal in Portugal we stumbled upon this news report:

A mother in Portugal was selling her 12 year old daughter for sex to two pedophiles. She would charge from $40 to $130 per service - depending on what service each wanted the daughter to perform.

Authorities caught up with her. Detained her and the two men and turned them over to the courts.

But it gets worse.....  The judged promptly release the mother and the two men and turned over the girl to some relative to care for her.

Now, on the financial front.

One of Portugal's largest bank was found to have "a hole" of 13.5 billion US dollars. So that our US readership understands the magnitude of this white collar theft, we will translate it into US terms. The US population is about 37 times that of Portugal so, such number would translate to nearly 500 billion US dollars. Imagine if a US bank came up 500 billion US dollars short. (If we were to use the GDP for comparison purposes the equivalent amount the Portuguese bank "came up short" would be one trillion US dollars!)

To place this event in an even more realistic perspective, the US Defense budget for 2015 is almost 800 billion US dollars. Just 300 billion more than the scaled up shortage of a major Portuguese bank (or 200 billion less than the "shortage" if we use the GPD for the comparison.)

But don't worry, the former head of the bank, as well as those who were in the "inside" with him are now enjoying their "well deserved" vacations in beach resorts in Portugal while the Portuguese economy continues to crumble.

In conclusion.... we avoid such news as the proverbial plague, but there are so many of them on a daily basis that they cannot be missed with even a casual glance at a daily.

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(1) Actually we are not that far.... A seemingly normal man from a seemingly average middle class family in Spain, to get even with hi wife, murdered his two children (under 8 years old) and just incinerated them in family Bar B Q pit and claim that they just got lost somewhere.


August 12th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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ISIS militants kill 500 Yezidis, burying women and children alive, forcing 300 women into slavery. (1)

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, Iraq's human rights minister, on Sunday said that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have killed 500 members of the Yazidi ethnic minority, including some women and children who were buried alive. Another 300 women were kidnapped and forced into slavery.

 ISIS leaders announced that Yezidi "devil worshippers" faced a choice: convert to Islam or die on the mountain.


miguel de Portugal comments: Those hideus events bring to mind others, sponsored by Rome, and which may even be considered worse:

Ordinary Papal statecraft, outside of declared Crusades, could have similarly gruesome results.  "Successive popes poured money into supporting the Catholic side in the French Wars of Religion. …

In 1572, after the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in France, during which between 5,000 and 10,000 Protestants had been butchered, Gregory XIII ordered the celebration of a solemn 'Te Deum' of thanksgiving."  Gregory also had a medal struck to commemorate the event, and commissioned a fresco, The Night of St. Bartholomew, for the Vatican's Royal Hall.

 In the early years of the Thirty Years' War in Central Europe (a war in which Germany lost one-third of its population), "Paul V and Gregory XV between them would pour more than 2,000,000 florins in subsidies to Catholic armies." (2)


as well as....

In 1095, Pope Urban II called for a Crusade to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims, saying "I, or rather the Lord, beseech you to publish this everywhere  …  Christ commands it.  All who die by the way, whether by land or sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins.  This I grant them by the power of God with which I am invested." 

A present-day Catholic apologist says, "despite their dark moments, the Crusades were understandable and even necessary."  These "dark moments" included the massacre of Jews and Muslims when the Crusaders seized Jerusalem in 1099, and the rape and massacre of Christians of the Eastern Empire as well as the pillage of Constantinople in 1204 by a wayward Crusading army – an act of aggression that made permanent the schism between the Eastern and Western churches, and fatally weakened the Byzantine Empire. (2)

The problem is not the faith - any faith! The problem are the fanatics (3) who, dressed in piety but driven by satan, stain any faith.
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(3) Fanaticism is not a virtue, thus, it is never of God



News Report No. 2
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911 call locator refines area 911 call locator technology. (1)

In the Philadelphia area and around much of the country, emergency services and first responders are looking to retool the ways in which cell phone locator technology could allow them to aid individuals, and they are calling for the further cooperation of cell phone providers and the government alike.

"If you don't know where the guy is, you can't help him," said Edwin Truitt, the Delaware County [Pennsylvania] Emergency Services director.

As EMSWorld reports, officials in the area have faced multiple recent instances - such as a fatal drowning of a Philly teen in Ocean City, N.J.- in which the lack of globally positioned cell phone locator technology hampered rescue efforts, and many are seeking the assistance of more powerful entities to get the technologies on track.


miguel de Portugal comments: Maybe they should contact the Taxi service in Salamanca (Spain) and purchase their technology.

Over six yeas ago they already could tell exactly on which corner of an intersection I was standing when I used a very simple cell phone to call for a taxi.

(sarcasm on) I would assume that by now, using a smart phone, they can run a Cat Scan on whomever is calling their dispatcher. (sarcasm off)

It is a disgrace that we are worrying about other planets, moons and asteroids, not to mention make Facebook and Twitter even better, when a basic need in the U.S. is completely ignored.
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News Report No. 3

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Fake $100 bills eluded detection with rare quality. (1)

It was the most popular counterfeit $100 bill in circulation, and for more than a decade its makers were a mystery to the U.S. Secret Service.

The counterfeiting ring was responsible for producing at least $77 million in fake bills, mostly $100s, said U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Agents identified the ringleaders as two Russian-speaking Israelis: Itzhak Loz, 46, and Ronin Fakiro, 45. Loz and Fakiro, who have been in custody since their arrests in May in New York, made hefty profits on the sale of their bills for 20 percent to 50 percent of their face value, according to the agents and court papers.


miguel de Portugal comments: Of course, the logical question is: How many stock certificates, physically held by investors, are real considering it is an acknowledged fact that the same physical stock certificate has been sold to several people who "own it" totally but simultaneously?

Believe it or not that was practiced in Spain but with Real Estate.

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August 13th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Huge Russian Convoy Leaves Moscow for Ukraine, Bearing Aid. (1)

An enormous Russian convoy of about 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid has left Moscow for southeastern Ukraine, Russian television and news agencies reported Tuesday.

Television pictures showed a long line of tractor-trailers stretched along a road. A Russian Orthodox priest was shown sprinkling the trucks with holy water before their departure.

Many of the vehicles were draped in huge banners reading “humanitarian aid” in Russian, along with the double-headed eagle of Russia and its white, blue and red flag.

....the column is to reach the intended crossing point on the Russian-Ukrainian border today, Wednesday.

In the meantime....

Russia Has Massed 45,000 Troops On Joint Border (1)

Russia has massed 45,000 troops on its border with Ukraine backed by an array of heavy equipment including tanks, missile systems, warplanes and attack helicopters, Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Monday.

"As of 11 o'clock Tuesday, about 45,000 troops of the armed forces and internal forces of the Russian Federation are concentrated in border areas," Lysenko told a briefing.

He said they were supported by 160 tanks, 1,360 armored vehicles, 390 artillery systems, up to 150 Grad missile launchers, 192 fighter aircraft and 137 attack helicopters.


miguel de Portugal comments: Instead of  'Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts' (3) we better 'Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts'

Let us not forget what happen in Troy. (3)
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News Report No. 2
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A 2-year old Guinean boy who died last December is Ebola outbreak’s Patient Zero (1)

A recent reportin the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a two-year-old boy who died on 6 December 2013 in a village in Guéckédou, Guinea might be the virus’s Patient Zero. Guéckédou borders Sierra Leone and Liberia, where Ebola has infected more than 1,700 people.


miguel de Portugal comments: For December 2013.....

....the 6th of December 2013 was the First Friday of the Month, the 7th  was the First Saturday of the Month, and on the 8th was the observance of the Rosa Mystica Hour of Grace and Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.

Must be another of those "coincidences" as those associated with key dates of World War I and II.
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News Report No. 3
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Windows tech support scams move onshore. (1)
   
Many early attempts at 'Windows tech support' scams - with a caller telling the victim that their computer is sending out tech support requests--had a lower success rate because U.S. targets were put off by the heavily accented English of offshore scammers.

Malwarebytes senior security researcher Jerome Segura now warns that similar scams are moving onshore, removing that particular red flag. Segura also said new variations on the theme include malicious websites that tell users to call a toll-free number for help 'fixing' their computers' problems.

Segura told Computerworld's Gregg Keizer the story of how he discovered a particular Florida-based company called E-Racer Tech, which allegedly planted fake warnings on a number of domains.

Segura called the provided 800 number and was told by the 'support tech' that Windows Event Viewer showed his computer had 127 infected files. He offered a $129 service that would remove the infections and provide Segura with a (pirated) copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium to prevent future issues.

miguel de Portugal comments: Forewarned is forearmed! That is, advance warning provides an advantage.

We felt it appropriate to forewarn our readers about this latest scam.
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August 14th, 2014 [The day after the Feast of Mary, Refuge of Sinners]

News Report No. 1
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California Could Be The First State With Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law. (1)

The state of California could become the first in the U.S. to require smartphones to be sold with a "kill switch" that owners can deploy if their devices are stolen.

A proposed law for such anti-theft technology passed the California Assembly on Monday, and is awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown. Authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, the legislation is aimed at the "growing epidemic of smartphone theft."


miguel de Portugal comments: At least this is one step in the right direction. By the way, this has been "standard operating procedure" in Europe for some time already.
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News Report No. 2
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Two major security vulnerabilities found in majority of world's smartphones. (1)

Researchers have uncovered two major vulnerabilities in smart phones from manufacturers including Apple, Google Android, and Blackberry, among others.

These flaws could put up to 90 percent of the world's two billion smartphones at risk for stolen data, password theft, and the potential for hackers even to take control of the device.


miguel de Portugal comments: Oh, well.... So much for the 'Kill Switch' idea.....

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News Report No. 3
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Solar super-storms "inevitable". (1)

Solar storms are caused by violent eruptions on the surface of the Sun and are accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CME).

The largest ever solar super-storm on record occurred in 1859 and is known as the Carrington Event: This massive CME released .... the equivalent to ten billion Hiroshima bombs exploding at the same time....

These types of events are not just a threat, but inevitable. NASA scientists have predicted that the Earth is in the path of a Carrington-level event every 150 years on average - which means that we are currently five years overdue - and that the likelihood of one occurring in the next decade is as high as 12 percent.

In this month's issue of Physics World, Ashley Dale from the University of Bristol warns of the "catastrophic" and "long-lasting" impacts of  "solar super-storms" and the dangers we face if the threat continues to go unnoticed.

Dale, who was a member of an international task force....  explains how it is only a matter of time before an exceptionally violent solar storm is propelled towards Earth. Such a storm would wreak (unimaginable) havoc....


miguel de Portugal comments: The ultimate 'Kill Switch' and in the most capable of Hands - God's!

As the Biblical "saying" goes: "Ask and ye shall receive!"

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August 15th, 2014 [Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

News Report No. 1
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Grandma Puts Baby In Roasting Pan, Gets Visit From Child Services (1)

A Columbus, Ohio grandmother got visits from the local sheriff's office and Child Services after she posted photos of her granddaughter in a roasting pan, surrounded by potatoes, according to WBNS.

Another picture showed the baby with her pacifier duct taped to her mouth. Some of her Facebook friends didn't get the joke, and alerted authorities.

"We're not horrible people that they are making us out to be", Jackie Sheaks told the station.

 "It started as just a joke; we put a little tape on the pacifier because we were being silly. We wanted to share it with friends because everybody that knows us, knows we play around like that."

miguel de Portugal comments: In News Report No. 3 of August 11th we commented: "The level of degeneration in the world has reached heights that we will no longer be surprised if we read that a parent cooked and ate his/her offspring".

Two days later we read about the virtual fulfillment to the ultimate insanity! Take a look at the photos in the News Report.

Lord have Mercy!
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News Report No. 2
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New study finds a five-fold increase in superbugs we can't treat (1) (2)

The rate of infections with one particularly scary superbug - carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE — has grown five-fold since 2008, according to a new study of 25 Southwestern hospitals that are part of an infectious disease network run by Duke University.

Yes, the rates are still relatively low: in 2012, there were 1.4 recorded cases of CRE per 100,000 patient days spent in the hospital. But the rapid rise is still alarming - back in 2008, there were only 0.26 cases per 100,000 patient. And this is an infection that kills as many as half of those infected.

And this isn't something people go to the hospital to get treatment for; its something they typically catch in the course of treatment for something entirely different.

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News Report No. 3

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Electromagnetic disaster could cost trillions and affect millions. We need to be prepared. (1)

In 1962, a high-altitude Pacific nuclear test caused electrical damage 1,400 km away in Hawaii.

A powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) - created either by a solar storm or a high-altitude nuclear explosion - poses a threat to regions dependent on electricity, as such pulses could cause outages lasting from two weeks to two years. The main problem is the availability of spare transformers.

In the case of a big EMP surge, replacement transformers would be needed in hundreds of locations at the same time. The cost of an EMP pulse to the U.S. economy would likely be in the range of $500 million to $2.6 trillion.

A report by the U.S. National Academies was even more pessimistic, guessing at a higher range and a multi-year recovery. Besides disrupting electricity such storms can also destroy satellites, disrupt GPS navigation, and make other parts of the infrastructure fail.


miguel de Portugal comments: Well, this could be one way Russia could "get even" with the West for the sanctions resulting from their meddling in Ukraine.

Regarding the natural EMP.... it is easier to say "We need to be prepared" than doing it. Its full impact in our high tech world would be hard to truly evaluate and to be prepared for. Anyone would have a better chance of "living through it" by focusing in drawing closer to God than any preparation mankind can effectively deploy.
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August 16th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Crimea Will Be Putin's Undoing. (1)

In the wake of Crimea's annexation, President Vladimir Putin is enjoying astronomically high approval ratings, 86 percent by the latest polls. Moscow is awash with the St. George's ribbons representing pride in Russia and its annexation of Crimea.

Prior to Crimea, Putin was facing ever-increasing challenges to his regime. Activist band Pussy Riot dominated the West's discussion of Russia, the kleptocratic stylings of his inner circle were exposed by political activists like Alexei Navalny, and even his illustrious plans for the Sochi winter Olympics were plagued by accusations of corruption.

 Using foreign adventurism to gain dwindling support at home and as a distraction from domestic problems is a well-known tactic, and one that is by no means unique to Russia. But it is a temporary fix, even if it is prolonged by the continued unrest in Ukraine. And, once the enthusiasm for Crimea dies down, Putin will have few targets with which to distract the Russian people from their increasingly dire economic situation.


miguel de Portugal comments: This news report of July 18th published by The Moscow Times has it almost right.

As we expected Putin, did not stop at Crimea and he has shown so by persistently fueling the unrest in Ukraine and his stand off with the West.

An 86 % approval rating is intoxicating, and for a megalomaniac as Mr. Putin it is too much to resists even if the world is destroyed in an effort to keep adulation to a fever pitch level.

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News Report No. 2
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Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Resigns, Names Field Commander as Successor. (1)

On August 7, the prime minister of Donetsk Alexander Borodai, the former leader of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", shakes hands with his replacement, Alexander Zakharchenko

Ukrainian separatist military leader Strelkov resigns. (2)

On August 14, Igor Girkin, better known as "Strelkov," the defense chief of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, has also resigned


miguel de Portugal comments: First of all, this does not make much sense. If the separatists intended to end their fighting they would have said and done so. It is obvious that Russia is moving on to the proverbial "Plan B".

To that apparent oddity add the fact that Mr. Putin has been several days in Crimea (and of this writing he still is), has allegedly toned down the rhetoric on Ukraine, yet holds a Russian Security Council meeting at Yalta while nearly three hundred "blessed" trucks of allegedly humanitarian aid, draped in pristine white, await to enter Ukraine..... after he has amassed a huge force - 45,000 men with the latest and most powerful weaponry - at the Ukrainian border.

We do not think that Mr. Putin's intentions are moved by Charity and Reconciliation.

This charade reminds us of when Pope John Paul II visited Cuba. Fidel Castro changed his fatigues for a business suit and was seen, at times, sitting next to John Paul II holding hands with him. All that achieved was to make all enemies of Castro look bad while the undecided world population would think "look at him holding hands with the Pope. He cannot be that bad".

I believe that if the masses saw how easily they can be, and are, manipulated, they would be brought to tears - tears of shame and rage.

We cannot see Mr. Putin losing face. He will plunge the world into hell before doing that. For starters, he could try this.

His ego is greater than the immense territory of the Russian Federation.

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News Report No. 3

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Protest March Bears Down on the Leader of Pakistan. (1)

Thousands of Pakistanis rallied behind the former cricketer Imran Khan on Thursday as he led a motor cavalcade toward the capital, Islamabad, for a protest to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and fresh elections.

The rally started in the city of Lahore, 160 miles to the south, with dancing and singing from Mr. Khan's boisterous supporters. It was expected to reach Islamabad, the capital, as early as Friday afternoon. A smaller group, also bound for Islamabad, was led by Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri, a cleric who has promised a “peaceful revolution” in Pakistan.

Apparently rattled by plans for the protest, the government employed heavy-handed tactics in recent weeks.

His reaction appeared to stem in part from speculation that the political tumult could open the way for a military coup - a fate that Mr. Sharif suffered in 1999, leading to his imprisonment and then seven years in exile.


miguel de Portugal comments: As we were saying about manipulation of the masses....

.Remember, brethren, that Pakistan is a nuclear power - a power than can fall into the wrong hands in the blink of an eye.

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August 18th, 2014


News Report No. 1
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Ebola spread fears rise as clinic looted. (1)

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses.

West Point residents went on a "looting spree," stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said.

"All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients," the official said, adding that he now feared "the whole of West Point will be infected."

The incident raises fears of new infections in Liberia, which was already struggling to contain the outbreak.


miguel de Portugal comments: That, in essence, is a home made biological weapon of mass destruction being activated.

It seems that the event may not have been spontaneous but inspired/triggered by some unseen character(s).
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News Report No. 2
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The militarization of local police. (1)

The killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old African American by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and the use by the Ferguson police of armored personnel carriers, machine-guns on tripods, stun grenades, and other military gear in a heavy-handed effort to disperse demonstrators protesting the killing, raised anew the question of the adoption of military equipment by local police departments.

Critics say that more and more police departments now resemble military units, and that military gear is used in cases where it should not – as was the case in a small Florida town in 2010, when officers in SWAT gear drew out their guns on raids on barbershops that mostly led to charges of "barbering without a license."


miguel de Portugal comments: Well, we presume that henceforth no one will say that the militarization of local US police forces is just another "conspiracy theory".

As we have said before - and many times - by the time most "conspiracy theories" are proven as facts it will be too late for anyone to do anything but attempt -
assuming that they are still alive - to make their amends with God.

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News Report No. 3
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  Hackers' Efforts to Identify Officer Create Turmoil. (1)

The collective called Anonymous urged the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., to confront the police in the streets.

They caused the city's web servers to crash, forcing officials to communicate by text.

They posted the names and address of the county police chief's family. And then on Thursday they released what they said was the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, on Saturday.

Members of Anonymous - the shadowy, snide international collective of hackers and online activists - have played a key role in the growing confrontation outside St. Louis over Mr. Brown's death, goading and threatening the authorities, and calling the effort Operation Ferguson.


miguel de Portugal comments: Lets me see... The city web servers and Domain do not have back ups?  Amazing! Simply amazing!

But then again, neither does the Postal Service in Spain. Whenever their server "burps" their entire postal system, which is fully computerized, comes to a screeching halt.... including their bank operations since they also act as a bank.

And to think that the U.S. is still thinking about the "correctness" of a Kill Switch to prevent this kind of electronic "fanning the flames" ?
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August 19th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Children and Digital Privacy. (1)

It seems like a young viral star is born every minute, but sometimes in between the admiring online comments, the conversation turns to digital privacy and sharing. Most young parents seem to be doing it, but that hasn't stopped debate about the drawbacks of posting images of children online.

Is sharing videos and pictures a violation of a child's right to privacy, or a simple act to remain connected to friends and family?


miguel de Portugal comments: Considering that there is no privacy in the internet no matter what user is assured of, parents should ponder very carefully on this latest high-tech issue.

Remember, some of the smart phone photographs disclose the exact geographical location where the photo or video was made, thus, where the child resides or plays at.
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News Report No. 2
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miguel de Portugal comments: We received the following from Norton Symantec - the security system that we use. I though that we should share it will you.

There is much useful food for thought in what they are bringing to our attention.

Can Your Car Be Hacked?

From spark plugs to air bags, more and more of your car's functions are being controlled by computers. But does that mean your vehicle is vulnerable to a cyberattack? Here's what you need to know about the potential risks, plus how to protect your car.  Read MORE

Top 5 Social Media Scams

As social media websites have grown to attract people from all walks of life, they've also attracted criminal elements. Be aware of some of the tricks they use to scam you on social networking sites.  Read MORE

Online Ads that Just Won't Let up

They follow you around the Web as you shop and read -- those pesky ads that won't leave you alone. Here's how to keep them off your tracks.  Read MORE

Is Your Teen (or Grandchild) Jailbreaking?

For teens with an iPhone or iPod Touch, the applications offered by the iTunes store may not be everything they want. Some teens try to "jailbreak" their devices by installing unauthorized applications. But this practice comes with risks. Here's what you should know about jailbreaking.  Read MORE



August 20th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Pope Francis is talking about his retirement. (1)

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.

Pope Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year, if he felt he could no longer adequately perform his duties.

Resigning the papacy was a possibility "even if it does not appeal to some theologians", he told reporters.


miguel de Portugal comments: It does not seem that we need to call Daniel  to explain that the key part of this news report is that Bergoglio is preparing the stage for his retirement.

Obviously - with the (False) Christ on stage, a (False) Pope will not be needed any longer. Then, the two (False) Witnesses can sit back and relax....

We could not concoct this scenario on our own even if we tried it.
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News Report No. 2
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Name of Muslim group in Myanmar goes unspoken. (1)

Myanmar's downtrodden Rohingya Muslims have been denied citizenship, targeted in deadly sectarian violence and corralled into dirty camps without aid. To heap on the indignity, Myanmar's government is pressuring foreign officials not to speak the group's name, and the tactic appears to be working.

U.N. officials say they avoid the term in public to avoid stirring tensions between the country's Buddhists and Muslims.

More than 140,000 Rohingya have been trapped in crowded camps since extremist mobs from the Buddhist majority began chasing them from their homes two years ago, killing up to 280 people.

Racism against the Rohingya is widespread, and some see in the communal violence the warning signs of genocide.

The United States has called on the government to protect them. When President Barack Obama visited Myanmar less than two years ago, he told students at Yangon University: "There is no excuse for violence against innocent people. And the Rohingya hold themselves — hold within themselves the same dignity as you do, and I do."

Yet neither Kerry this month, nor top human rights envoy Tom Malinowski during a June visit, uttered the term at their news conferences when they talked with concern about the situation in Rakhine state,..... Buddhist mob attacks against Rohingya and other Muslims have spread from the western state to other parts of the country,....

miguel de Portugal comments: Religious fanaticism - whether from Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews and from any variety of the pseudo religious sects and cults throughout the world have nothing to do with God, thus He will deal with them accordingly.

Such is the only solution since, neither alleged Christians nor the alleged super/ultra democratic/equalitarian United Nations, will do anything about it besides "chatting and meeting" about it.

They do not even pray for their conversion and the protection of the "oppressed group of the day".

But what is really sad is that - statistically speaking - if by some supernatural event the Rohingya would become a majority in Myanmar and the Buddhist a minority, then the Rohingya would persecute and oppress the Buddhists.

Just another reminder as to why not a single claim will be tolerated by Heaven when, literally, all hell is allowed to break lose on Earth!
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News Report No. 3
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  Hack of Community Health Systems Affects 4.5 Million Patients. (1)

Community Health Systems, a publicly traded hospital operator based in Franklin, Tenn., said that personal data, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses, for 4.5 million patients had been compromised in a Chinese cyberattack on its systems from April to June.

The company, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday that that the attackers had bypassed its security systems and stolen data that also included birth dates and telephone numbers for the patients, who had been referred to or treated by doctors affiliated with the company over the last five years.

The company is required to notify affected patients and agencies under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects such personal data.


miguel de Portugal comments: We must then presume that the Chinese are planning to establish some sort of medical service system in the U.S.

Obviously they did not want that data just to send birthday greetings to the patients of the Community Health Systems or sell them magazine subscriptions...

In case no one noticed, the cyber attack took place from April to June. Does this mean that it took place sometime between April and June or was it an ongoing siphoning of data that lasted two months before their "security" system noticed it?

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August 21st, 2014

News Report No. 1
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The tragic and public beheading of American journalist James Foley.

miguel de Portugal comments: The best way to understand and truly profit from history is to view it in today's perspective

If the Internet and You Tube had existed when Joan of Arc was burnt alive after being conmend by the Catholic Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon, her martyrdom would had been shown to the world "as an example" and "a warning" to others by certain factions of the Roman Catholic Church Adminsitration.

On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the allied English-Burgundian faction. She was later handed over to the English, and then put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges. After Cauchon declared her guilty she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.

Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. Joan of Arc was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. She is one of the nine secondary patron saints of France, along with St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis, St. Michael, St. Remi, St. Petronilla, St. Radegund and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc More details at Wikipedia

Perhaps now most will comprehend the brutality and injustice committed upon this young woman who was following instructions from Heaven.

May the soul of James Foley finally Rest in Peace!


News Report No. 2
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Anonymous Calls For 'National Day Of Rage' In Response To Mike Brown Shooting (1)

Anonymous, the "hacktivist collective" made up of thousands of members around the world, has announced a "National Day of Rage" to protest the response of Ferguson police following the Mike Brown shooting. The protest will take place on Thursday in 37 cities across the U.S.

"With each passing day, more people around the world are discovering the atrocities that are occurring in Ferguson," Anonymous said in a video announcement released Tuesday. "With the cold-blooded death of Mike Brown, and the subsequent violence towards demonstrators, we, not only as members of Anonymous but members of humanity, have grown restless for change and justice."

Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist who has studied Annoymous, said members debated whether to release the name of the person they identified. After several cyberattacks briefly shut down the St. Louis County Police Department, @TheAnonMessage was suspended by Twitter.


miguel de Portugal comments: And where is the Kill Switch to deactivate this vehicle for incitation to violence?
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News Report No. 3
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Brazilian judge orders Apple, Google remove Secret from the app stores, remotely delete from users' phones. (1)

According to the report, the judge has demanded that both companies remotely delete the application from every device that has installed it in the country.

While that might sound like a hilarious case of a judge not understanding how technology works, you may be surprised to learn that it’s actually a capability that both companies possess.

Apple maintains a blacklist of apps on its own servers. iOS devices reach out to this server to check for any updates every once in a while and if it finds that an app installed on the device has been blacklisted, it refuses to launch that app. As far as anyone knows, Apple has never actually put this plan into effect.

Google, on the other hand, has used its remote kill-switch to delete a few potentially malicious apps in the past.


miguel de Portugal comments: Oh, there they are!

Private companies can have a Kill Switch to protect their profits but legitimate authorities cannot have them to protect the citizens.

Amazing!  Simply amazing!

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News Report No. 4
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New tool reveals which online personal data is being used by advertisers. (1)

The Web can be an opaque black box: it leverages our personal information without our knowledge or control. When, for instance, a user sees an ad about depression online, she may not realize that she is seeing it because she recently sent an e-mail about being sad. A new tool reveals which data in a Web account, such as e-mails, searches, or viewed products, are being used to target which outputs, such as ads, recommended products, or prices.

Roxana Geambasu and Augustin Chaintreau, both assistant professors of computer science at Columbia Engineering, are seeking to change that, and in doing so bring more transparency to the Web.

... the researchers have developed XRay, a new tool that reveals which data in a Web account, such as e-mails, searches, or viewed products, are being used to target which outputs, such as ads, recommended products, or prices.

"Today we have a problem: the Web is not transparent. We see XRay as an important first step in exposing how Web sites are using your personal data," says Geambasu, who is also a member of Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering's Cybersecurity Center.


miguel de Portugal comments: Since we realized how they were using the contents of our mail traffic, and the stored e-mail, we no longer save e-mail on line - whether Yahoo or Google.

Google  keeps reminding us of the huge storage capacity they make available to us for free, thus there is no need to delete e-mail once read or sent. It has become really amusing since all they know about me is my gender and approximate age.... therefore all we get are ads for wrinkle-removing creams and viagra.

One thing we must say for them - they do not snoop into your e-mail once you have delete it from their Trash Bin, although they could since the e-mail still is somewhere in their system .... and we imagine that they will eventually will use it when they want more advertising revenue. Greed is insatiable.

Also, as this point, it seems that they only use the information on the stored e-mail. If one receives an e-mail through Yahoo and/or Google and it is deleted after reading it or after downloading it, and then you delete the contents of the Trash folder too, it seems that they do not use it. They must scan the on line mail folders, including the Trash to draw their profiles of the account owner.
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August 22nd, 2014 [Feast of The Queenship of Mary]

News Report No. 1
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Holder says criminal investigation launched into American journalist's execution. (1)

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by Islamic State militants of American journalist James Foley, in the latest move by the administration to use the criminal justice system to pursue terrorists.

The announcement comes as the Obama administration steps up its airstrike campaign against the same militant organization -- and mulls additional American boots on the ground in Iraq.


miguel de Portugal comments: Really? Fancy that! That announcement is being made as if they were going to conduct an extraordinary affair.

Isn't this basic and fundamentally the very least they can do?
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News Report No. 2
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Family of woman who drank toxic tea set to talk. (1)

As prosecutors mull whether charges are warranted against employees at a Utah restaurant where a woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic tea, the woman's husband and son are set to talk publicly Thursday about her recovery.

She suffered deep burns in her upper esophagus and was in critical condition for a week after taking a single sip of the tea that contained an industrial cleaning solution on Aug. 10.

Authorities say a worker at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the chemical cleaning compound in a sugar bag last month. The substance ended up in Harding's glass of iced tea after an employee mixed it into a beverage dispenser.


Jan Harding's husband, Jim Harding, and their adult son, Scott Harding, are set to speak with the media Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City at Guyton's office. Guyton has said he'll wait on possible charges before determining what legal action to take.


miguel de Portugal comments: Determining what legal action to take????

Granted - it was an accident and the employees should not be treated as criminals but suing the proverbial pants off Dickey' Barbecue for negligence seems to be the first order of business. For much less than that there have been justifiable mult imillion dollar settlements in the past.

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News Report No. 3

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Fake Security Screener Highlights a Concern. (1)

The man stood casually inside a security screening area at a San Francisco airport terminal. As security officers and passengers bustled, he pointed to a woman and took her into the private screening room. Later, he pointed to another woman, and she followed him in as well.

The man, despite also wearing the blue latex gloves used by screeners, was no professional officer, said John S. Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. He was just another passenger with an international ticket.

Mr. Pistole described the encounters .... based on the surveillance video from the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport. Around noon on July 15, the man acted "like a security officer," Mr. Pistole said, directing two women into the private area for extra screening, for about a minute at a time.



miguel de Portugal comments: Since the man did not abuse anyone maybe, he should get a monetary award for showing the TSA how easy is to fool them. A "professional" consulting firm would have charged the TSA far more to point out the gaping holes in their security system.

After all, didn't the President to be Obama receive the Nobel Peace Prize even before taking office?

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No, its not that I came form another Galaxy as sometimes I feel.... it is that the world has completely lost its fundamental direction and the very little coherence that it had. That is the point we are making with the choice of news for today.



August 23rd, 2014

News Report No. 1
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US warns ISIS pose an 'imminent threat' (1)

US military leaders have said the strength and sophistication of Islamic State militants pose a imminent threat to the United States.

Their violent tactics including the beheading of American journalist James Foley have been met with horror.

US officials are worried about the possibility that European and US nationals would return to their home countries after being radicalised fighting for IS in Iraq and Syria.

"They're beyond just a terrorist group, they marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess, they are tremendously well-funded, this is beyond anything that we've seen, so we must prepare for everything, and the only way you do that is you take a cold, steely hard look at it and get ready," said Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary.

Washington has not ruled out escalating cross-border military action in order to defeat IS, which has taken control of large swathes of Syria and Iraq this summer.

and

U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS (2)

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated unless the United States or its partners take on the Sunni militants in Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

"This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated," said the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, in his most expansive public remarks on the crisis since American airstrikes began in Iraq. "Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no."

But General Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who both spoke at a Pentagon news conference, gave no indication that President Obama was about to approve airstrikes in Syria.

and further

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision (3)

"They can be contained, not in perpetuity," Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference.

The United States so far has restricted a series of airstrikes to Iraq, but concerns have increased as the Islamic militant group has extended its reach from safe havens in civil-war-ravaged Syria across the Iraqi border.

Appearing with Dempsey at the Pentagon Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel credited U.S. bombing as well as U.S. arms supplies to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as key factors in the recapture this week of the Mosul Dam in Iraq that had been in the hands of the Islamic State militants.


miguel de Portugal comments: As we have said over and over again - we do not believe in war nor any form of violence, BUT, those who do believe in war should do it coherently and with real military strategy. Political strategy did not work in Korea, Vietnam, Africa and the Middle East since we started to meddle there. If Truman had used that "strategy" we would be speaking Japanese instead of English and the Europeans would be speaking German now.

Since World War II the U.S. war strategy has been like referring to a woman being "a little pregnant". Either she is pregnant or she is not!

If one is going to use weapons - all of them - hold them with a firm grip, and not with the tip of your fingers, and then, use them!

[Addressing the authorities who monitor our correspondence] Got it, boys and girls? Either choose serious prayer by joining us in prayer, sacrifice and fasting or use your full range of weapons for the purpose that they were designed and paid for by the taxpayers!

Of course - know that, in the end, war will not solve the problems, only God can do so and for that He needs our prayers because that IS the system that He set up. Got it?

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August 25th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Strong California quake causes injuries, damage. (1)

A large earthquake (6.0) caused significant damage in California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, sending at least 70 people to a hospital, igniting fires, knocking out power to tens of thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

The earthquake struck just before 3:30 a.m. about 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa, in California wine country, Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It's the largest earthquake to shake the Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake in 1989, the USGS said. .... collapsing part of the Bay Bridge roadway and killing more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.


miguel de Portugal comments: It is interesting that this earthquake came right after the Icelandic subglacial volcano (2) started to wake up. Interesting because quakes in California are another of the effective triggers allowed by God to get mankind's attention.
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(2) Iceland: Subglacial eruption is underway


News Report No. 2
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Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating. (1)

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy's 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.

Neither the instructors nor the students are involved in handling nuclear weapons.

After further investigation the Navy determined that 78 enlisted sailors were implicated.

"There was never any question" that the reactors were being operated safely, he said in an AP interview, yet the cheating was a stunning violation of Navy ethics.


miguel de Portugal comments: "There was never any question" that the reactors were being operated safely and Neither the instructors nor the students are involved in handling nuclear weapons.

Who in the world, with a reasonable IQ or prayer life, will believe that? If any of our readers do, we strongly recommend augmenting up their prayer life.

The worse and unforgivable part is that it went undetected for seven years! We hope than enough proverbial heads will roll (dismissals and jail terms) so that no one ever even thinks about doing this again!
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News Report No. 3
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 Blocked On Twitter And YouTube, ISIS Turns To Diaspora And VKontakte To Disseminate Message. (1)

In the wake of the brutal execution of journalist James Foley, supporters of the Islamic State militant group have been migrating to offshore and decentralized social networks to disseminate their message.

Twitter and YouTube moved quickly to stop the dissemination of the highly-produced video, which showed Foley being beheaded by Islamic State militant "John," and to block accounts affiliated with the Islamic State.

The group in response has turned to foreign social networks and, in particular, Diaspora, a decentralized network founded in 2010 as a Kickstarter project by New York University students concerned Facebook was doing to little to protect their privacy.

Since Diaspora is open-source and distributed on many private servers, it will be harder for authorities to monitor. The content exists on many private servers (known as “pods”) that are out of the reach of a single administrator. Diaspora’s creators, in a company blog post, explained that there is little the company can do about the Islamic State's use of the platform.


miguel de Portugal comments: Let me see... We can land vehicles in Mars; plan to land a vehicle on an asteroid; Anonymous can hack and do whatever they want anywhere on Earth and the greatest nation in the world cannot bring down Diaspora - no matter in how many pods or wherever it may be at?

The United States of America should be in a position, should "push come to shove", to crash the internet, cell phones and associated services in any country with the proverbial "flick of a switch". Instead, before Mr. Obama has his coffee break earlier than usual or go to bed past midnight, a UN Security Council meeting must be convened, requiring a unanimous approval by all parties that he changes his coffee break time or go to bed past midnight....

Every day that goes by the alleged "rants and raves" of Senator McCarthy and J. E. Hoover seem more founded.

"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and you will have peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting  wars....

A photocopy of the sections in question in Sister Lucia's own handwriting may be accessed through Attachment II.

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August 26th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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British And American Spies Inform About Security Flaws in Tor. (1)

Cyber spies from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have informed the programmers about security flaws in Tor.

Tor is a free software that allows users to remain anonymous and censored in their online activities.

It continues to receive funding from the U.S. State Department and is used by the military, activists, businesses and people performing illegal activities and transactions. Like any other software, it is also vulnerable to security flaws. Tor is regularly informed about these flaws on a monthly basis by spies from the NSA and GCHQ.

In an interview with BBC, Tor project director Andrew Lewman admitted that agents from the alleged international security agencies tipped off these security flaws.

"There are plenty of people in [the NSA or British intelligence agency GCHQ] who can anonymously leak data to us to say - maybe you should look here, maybe you should look at this to fix this," Lewman told the BBC. "And they have."

Lewman added that whoever is tipping off the flaws have highly-technical knowledge of the Tor browser and have enough resources to review the source code of the browser "for hours, for weeks, for months."

"So you can imagine one part of GCHQ is trying to break Tor, the other part is trying to make sure it's not broken because they're relying on it to do their work. So, it's typical within governments or even within large agencies that you have two halves of the same coin going after different parts of Tor. Some protect it, some try to attack it," Lewman added.


miguel de Portugal comments: No; you have not read the news report incorrectly.

1. The U.S. State Department funds Tor.
2. Tor is used by ...activists and .... people performing illegal activities and transactions.
3. Part of the US and British Security services are trying to crack Tor to learn what ...activists and .... people performing illegal activities and transactions are up to.
4. While the many Snowdens receiving fat check from the U.S. and British Security services alert Tor about weaknesses so that the system could be improved so that ...activists and .... people performing illegal activities and transactions can continue to work undetected.

Remember what we said yesterday, using this same forum, regarding the infiltration of the U.S. government with the intent of destroying the U.S.?

".... before Mr. Obama has his coffee break earlier than usual or go to bed past midnight, a UN Security Council meeting must be convened, requiring a unanimous approval by all parties that he changes his coffee break time or go to bed past midnight....

Every day that goes by the alleged 'rants and raves' of Senator McCarthy and J. E. Hoover seem more founded."

Believe me!, the moment God authorizes us, we will pull the plug of our mailings for good - the world fully deserves what is upon it and I, frankly, have had my fill of reading about, and reporting upon, human incompetence!
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U.S. Ship Completes Destruction of Syria's Most Dangerous Chemicals (1)

The Pentagon has announced the completion of the destruction of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons aboard the American ship MV Cape Ray.   Since early July the ship has been in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea destroying 600 tons of a nerve gas precursor and 20 tons of mustard agent.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the ship's crew on Monday to congratulate them on a job well done in a process that seems to have taken 41 days, far ahead of early estimates.

Hagel spoke with Navy Captain Rich Dromerhauser and "expressed his gratitude for the crew's service, dedication, and expertise, noting that with the world watching, they performed flawlessly every step of the way," said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.


miguel de Portugal comments: Although we join Mr. Hagel in his praise, we cannot help but think: "Are you, Mr. Hagel, that disoriented; that naive?"

They destroyed only what Syria turned over to the whatever international commission was invented to receive the WMD. This does not mean that Syria does not hold twice as much dangerous chemicals hidden someplace for the proverbial "rainy day".

Remember - we could not find bin Laden for years, and he was easier to track down than hidden WMD in a hostile nation.

It is truly amazing - every day that goes by the whole of Alice in Wonderland seems more sane when compared with the reality that the world is living through now and which most are believing!!!
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News Report No. 3
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Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? (1)

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?

In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza.

The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization.

But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries.

+ The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago.
+ Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there.
+Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.


miguel de Portugal comments: "Why", they ask?

True Christians would step up to defend persecuted Christians - through serious prayer as well as through action, depending their state in life and position.

I rest my case about "How un-Christian are those who call themselves 'Christians' in the Western Powers - the U.S. and the cathedral laden Europe."

In most cases it is just a name used out of convenience or habit.

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. [Rev. 3:16]

...and that is exactly how I feel like doing!
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August 27th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Breach of Homeland Security Background Checks Raises Red Flags. (1)

Background check records of 25,000 undercover investigators and other homeland security staff were exposed in the breach at US Investigations Services (USIS) this month, unnamed officials told Reuters Friday. USIS has said the incident had "all the markings of a state-sponsored attack."

What agency officials have said about the incident--and what they haven't said about it--are raising questions about the breach's ultimate impact and about inadequate measures for ensuring that third-party government contractors properly secure classified data.

"If [leaking] credit card data [to attackers] is like giving your kids a spoonful of sugar, compromising background checks is like handing them cocaine," says Rick Dakin, CEO of Coalfire, the nation's largest independent IT governance, risk, and compliance firm. "This is not lightweight data. These are very rich databases on how to compromise national security."

miguel de Portugal comments: Homeland Security?

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News Report No. 2
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We have just received the following offer from a legitimate source. We are reproducing it without the access links.

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miguel de Portugal comments: A veritable "Christmas gift" to national and international hackers. Such information will make it much easier to select their targets.

Oh, yes! Homeland Security! Right on!



News Report No. 3

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Seismic faults make Diablo Canyon a nuclear catastrophe in waiting. (1)

Sunday's magnitude-6 earthquake in Northern California has renewed focus on the dangers of Diablo Canyon, considered by many as a nuclear catastrophe in waiting.

In 2008 authorities discovered the Shoreline fault, which lies about 650 yards from the plant's reactors. Surveys have mapped a network of other faults around the reactors.

Diablo Canyon's owner released research in 2011 which determined that any of the three nearby faults - the Shoreline, Los Osos, and San Luis Bay - is capable of producing significantly more shaking during an earthquake than was accounted for in the design of the plant's most vulnerable equipment.


miguel de Portugal comments: By the way.... the word "diablo" means "demon" in Spanish.... Shall we place another call to Daniel....?

Perhaps people should start wearing their shoes on their knees.... considering the amount of time many will spend in that position begging fro Mercy.
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August 27th, 2014 - PM Special Edition

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Islamists seize border post between Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

Al Qaeda's Syria wing – the Nusra Front – and other Islamist fighters have seized a border crossing on the line dividing the country from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the post on the Syrian side was captured from forces loyal to President Assad after fierce clashes.

During the fighting, a stray bullet wounded an Israeli soldier in the Golan Heights. Israel said it responded with artillery fire at two Syrian army positions.

miguel de Portugal comments: Since the Israelis will do whatever the Western "Powers" do not dare to do, if they are drawn into this fray maybe they can reign in ISIS & Co.



August 28th, 2014

News Report No. 1
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Former NASA leader: U.S. space program held hostage by Russia. (1)

Three years ago the shuttles were retired, sent to museums, and U.S. astronauts lost their own ride to space, forced to buy seats on Russian rockets to get back and forth to the International Space Station.

That has put the U.S. in a very bad position, former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told "Power Players."

We're in a hostage situation; Russia can decide, if it wishes to do so, no more U.S. astronauts can ride to the International Space Station, and that’s not a position that I want our nation to be in," Griffin said.

miguel de Portugal comments: Aha! They are finally catching up and acknowledging it publicly. And now what? Russia has us now over the proverbial barrel and will exploit it to the maximum.

This is what happens when decisions are made ignoring history - which repeats itself over and over again.
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IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France. (1)

Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she would return to her work in Washington later in the day and said in a statement the investigation was "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles.

She and her former chief of staff face questions about their role in a 400 million-euro ($531 million) payment to a businessman with a checkered past.

Under French law, the official investigation is equivalent to preliminary charges, meaning there is reason to suspect an infraction. Investigating judges can later drop a case or issue formal charges and send it to trial.


miguel de Portugal comments: As the saying goes: "Pay back time!"

Strauss-Kahn was ruined to get Lagarde to head the IMF and to get Hollande to be President of France.

Now Mr. Hollande's popularity rating is down to 17 % breaking Mr. Bush's low record of 30 % and Mrs. Lagarde alleged misgivings are back on the front page of the world media.

It is quite interesting to witness the last few moves of the "chess game" between those who believe themselves to be the world masters. The proverbial joke is on them!
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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Rotherham sex abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited by Asian gangs while authorities turned a blind eye. (1)

More than 1,400 children were sexually abused during a period of over 16 years by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded.

Senior officials were responsible for “blatant” failures that saw victims, some as young as 11, being treated with contempt and categorised as being “out of control” or simply ignored when they asked for help.

In some cases, parents who tried to rescue their children from abusers were themselves arrested. Police officers even dismissed the rape of children by saying that sex had been consensual.

Following the publication of the report, the leader of Rotherham council, Roger Stone, resigned, but no other council employees will face disciplinary proceedings after it was claimed that there was not enough evidence to take action.

Victims were gang raped, while others were groomed and trafficked across northern England by groups of mainly Asian men.

When children attempted to expose the abuse, they were threatened with guns, warned that their loved ones would be raped and, in one case, doused in petrol and told they would be burnt alive.


miguel de Portugal comments: This has taken place in an allegedly civilized First World Nation of alleged Christians.

 I will leave any other "comments" to God. Those "comments" will be clearer and most convincing.... not to mention final.
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August 29th, 2014 [Solemnity of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invading Country While Putin Adviser Says Russia's Action Amounts To 'Invasion' (1)(2)

A senior NATO official has said that there are over 1,000 Russian troops operating inside Ukrainian borders, BBC reported.  

Russia is carrying out an invasion in Ukraine, Ella Polyakova, a member of Vladimir Putin's advisory council on human rights, reportedly said.

"When masses of people, under commanders' orders, on tanks and troop carriers, and with the use of heavy weapons, [are] on the territory of another country and cross the border, I consider this an invasion," she told Reuters. 

Meanwhile, Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, accused Russia of a "direct invasion" in eastern Ukraine, BBC reported. Russia's permanent representative to OSCE, Andrey Kelin, however, denied that Russia was involved in "Ukraine hostilities," Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported.

The United States also reacted to reports of Russian troops entering Ukraine, calling Moscow's denial "offensive and absurd."

“Despite the international community's calls for peace, Russia continues to escalate tensions with activity that is extremely dangerous and provocative,” Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE reportedly said.


miguel de Portugal comments: Let us "take this from the top", as the saying goes.

One has to be blind, deaf and seriously intellectually impaired not to realize that yes, Russia has (not will, or is thinking about it - but it has!) invaded Ukraine - an invasion which started with the capture of the Crimea - and will not stop until they have secured all of the territory that they intend to... up to and including the entire country if that is part of their plan.

Ukraine's Western allies have only talked and talked, wrung hands, sent some cash, made hollow promises of solidarity and have had many fine lunches, dinners and first class air travel and done nothing else.

Now then, let us slip into the shoes of an average Ukrainian (although the logic for this scenario would apply to a citizen of any nation) and ponder how they may eventually start thinking.

1. Russia has invaded us at will and our Western allies have done nothing of any significance to help us.
2. If the situation had been the opposite, that is, if Russia were our ally and the Western powers had started an invasion, Russia would have stopped them cold.
3. What do we have to gain siding with our Western allies? European Union membership? [If they asked the "man in the street" in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Cyprus etc., etc. about the "benefits" of the European Union, they would be told to run fast, really fast - as fast as they can - away from any European Union involvement. (3)]

When the above reality sinks in in the peace loving Ukrainian psyche, all the Western allies will have to show is the proverbial egg on their faces - in this particular case - rotten egg.

Being from Texas the call to action always was "Remember the Alamo!". Updating it, but as a wake up call and not a call to action, we should chant for the benefit of the Western "allies": "Remember Viet Nam ", "Remember Iraq ", "Remember Afghanistan ", "Remember Libya", "Remember all of Africa ", "Remember Fidel Castro ", "Remember, remember, remember! "

Oh, I forgot. Alzheimer rules..... or are we living the results of those alleged conspiracy-theory Chem Trails?
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(1) International Busines Reports
(2) CNN Reports
(3) Even though it has barely affected me, I cannot be blind to the disastrous effects to those around me, so, I would echo the words of the proverbial "man in the street"


Not News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

FBI investigates alleged Russian cyber attack on Wall Street. (1)

Major US financial institutions reportedly targeted by sophisticated high-level cyber-attack amid suspicions that operation was launched in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine

The FBI is investigating whether Russian hackers staged a cyber-attack on major Wall Street businesses this month in retaliation for US sanctions imposed over Ukraine, Bloomberg News reported last night.

The Russian hackers allegedly stole large amounts of sensitive data from JP Morgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to sources familiar with the investigation. The FBI is also reportedly looking into possible links to recent hacking of large European financial institutions.

The sophistication of the attacks appeared to be beyond the capability of normal criminal hackers, according to Bloomberg.


miguel de Portugal comments: We stated Not News because the real News would have been if they had not done it. Instead, they will continue to do so with the objective of bringing Wall Street down.... which would not surprise us at all!
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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

  Ferguson Reveals a Twitter Loop. (1)

Over the last two weeks, as Ferguson, Mo., transformed from an average American city to an apocalyptic police state, I was glued to my devices, along with millions of other people, following along at every turn.

At the height of the chaos, I sat in my living room with a collection of six video live streams on my computer and two Twitter streams: one on an iPad hooked to my television and another on my iPhone.

You would think that with all this information at my fingertips I would have known exactly what was happening on the ground. That I, like everyone else, could see how each side contributed to the escalating violence in Ferguson.

Nope. Not even close.

What I "saw" were thousands of one-sided accounts, many of which were grossly inaccurate. And I was reminded that when it comes to real time and social media, more is definitely less.

(Twitter) was also responsible for creating and perpetuating numerous falsehoods. What’s worse, Twitter users sought out and shared accounts that aligned with their viewpoint, with little regard to whether they were true.


miguel de Portugal comments: Gee! Imagine that! You mean to tell me that there is no Santa either?

Now, serious as a block of granite. What we are seeing is another manifestation of:

And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth. [Revelations 12:15-16]

The traditional media was not capable of effectively drowning the truth since the young ignore it. Now with the traditional media ad the social media most are covered ....and most will drown.

Only those who own the lamps with oil will see the way, the others simply will not. [Matthew 25:1-13]

As we have said many times in the past: We do not make the rules... we just highlight them.

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August 30th, 2014 [Mary, Health of the Sick (Saturday before last Sunday in August)]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Legionaries of Christ apologize for Maciel-Magdalene parallel. (1)

The Legionaries of Christ (LoC) have apologized for a reflection in a promotional booklet comparing the order's serial abuser founder to Mary Magdalene.

"I personally and profoundly apologize for my reflections in the booklet, Magdala: God Really Loves Women, published this summer by the Magdala Center in Jerusalem, which is managed by the Legion of Christ," Legionary Fr. Juan Solana, director of the Magdala Center, said in a statement Thursday.

On Tuesday, NCR reported that the booklet promoting the new $100 million center included a reflection by Solana on Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado ....  in which he compared the Legion founder to Mary Magdalene, the disciple of Jesus who was present at the cross where Jesus was crucified and the tomb after his resurrection.

"The priest speaks his heart," wrote Solana in the booklet. "Marcial Maciel's initials are also MM, just like Mary Magdalene. She had a problematic past before her deliverance, so there's a parallel. Our world has double standards when it comes to morals. Some people have a formal, public display and then the real life they live behind the scenes...."


miguel de Portugal comments: A day before the above news report reached us I was telling a close collaborator that the LoC should have been dissolved. Anything built on a putrid foundation like Maciel's soul, must have much hidden filth in it.

Here you have it in Solana's own testimony! Maciel's filth is so ingrained within the souls of most of the LoC's members that in spite of the major scandal surrounding Maciel, and the LoC in general, Solana still publicly compared Mary Magdalene to Maciel - an outright abomination.
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Origin Of Ebola Outbreak May Be A Bat And Virus Has Rapid Mutation Rate. (1)

The Ebola virus has mutated 300 times since the deadliest outbreak in history began in West Africa in May, and these transformations lead scientists to conclude that it is unlike any past Ebola epidemic. This could make it both harder to treat and harder to diagnose, according to a study published in Science magazine Thursday.

As it stands, the virus is unlike anything seen in the past, which will hinder the creation of treatments and make it difficult to fully contain the contagion, the study found.

"We've uncovered more than 300 genetic clues about what sets this outbreak apart from previous outbreaks," said Stephen Gire, a co-author and disease researcher at Harvard.


miguel de Portugal comments: One thing that we can say about this new development.... God certainly knows how to keep all Apocalyptic options on the table.

It is a shame that most will not even have a clue as to what is taking place until they are on the other side of the veil, "having traveled there with a one way ticket."
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And finally some good news!!!

News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Suds, faith found at California laundromat. (1)

Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.

Every month, Mitchell would trek to a local laundromat and take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps those who are homeless or financially struggling by washing their dirty clothes for free.

Amid the comforting routine of fluffing and folding, volunteers befriend their patrons and often find ways to help that go beyond free soap and quarters.

Mitchell, for example, now has a job and place to live after the Laundry Love volunteers pooled their money to help her family rent a starter apartment. They have also watched her daughter Jessica grow from a newborn to a curly-haired toddler.

"You're not just checking a box to give a donation. You're spending the whole evening with these people and getting your hands dirty and it's intimate - you're doing people's laundry," said LuzAnna Figueroa, who volunteers at the group's Huntington Beach chapter and has grown close to Mitchell and her daughter.

"It's an opportunity for people to live out their faith out in a concrete way, in a frankly elegantly simple model where you do something that's necessary for people who don't have the means to do it for themselves," Flory said.


miguel de Portugal comments: Now that is Beautiful and Inspiring!

How could each one of us incorporate a parallel idea in our daily lives? Let's see....

It does not have to be necessarily laundry. It could be: (a) taking the Eucharist to the elderly and home bound; (b) having a weekly cook out for a group of homeless or people in need who do not even have a piece of meat to eat; (c) stopping by a nursing home to cheer up the residents with songs and prayer; etc. The list is endless and the rewards unmeasurable, here and beyond.
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