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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...



October 1st, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Apple Passes Coca-Cola as Most Valuable Brand. (1)

APPLE is the new most valuable brand in the world, according to a closely followed annual report. The report, to be released on Monday, is from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group that has been compiling what it calls the Best Global Brands report since 2000.  The previous No. 1 brand, Coca-Cola, fell to No. 3.

Not only has Apple replaced Coca-Cola as first among the 100 most valuable brands based on criteria that include financial performance, this is the first time that the soft drink known for slogans like "It's the real thing" has not been No. 1.

“What is it they say, 'Long live the king'?" Mr. Frampton asked. "This year, the king is Apple."

miguel de Portugal comments: I am not being neither sarcastic nor facetious  - When one considers the symbolism of the "apple", as associated with the fall of humanity, the above is just another Heavenly reminder of where the world is at now.

But there is more.... Coca-Cola originally was a drink which contained some cocaine. So now  Apple has dethroned Coca-Cola.

Apple, a symbol associated with the fall of humanity, and which is today's symbol of Hi-Tech connectivity, has now replaced the drugs, symbolized by the origins of Coca Cola, and its destructive effect in humanity.

I could not make this up even if I tried!

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(1)  News Report


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence. (1)

As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: The impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has caused more immediate damage to American counterterrorism efforts than the thousands of classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.

Since news reports in early August revealed that the United States intercepted messages between Ayman al-Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, discussing an imminent terrorist attack, analysts have detected a sharp drop in the terrorists’ use of a major communications channel that the authorities were monitoring. Since August, senior American officials have been scrambling to find new ways to surveil the electronic messages and conversations of Al Qaeda’s leaders and operatives.

The communication intercepts between Mr. Zawahri and Mr. Wuhayshi revealed what American intelligence officials and lawmakers have described as one of the most serious plots against American and other Western interests since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It prompted the closing of 19 United States Embassies and consulates for a week, when the authorities ultimately concluded that the plot focused on the embassy in Yemen.

McClatchy Newspapers first reported on the conversations between Mr. Zawahri and Mr. Wuhayshi on Aug. 4. Two days before that, The New York Times agreed to withhold the identities of the Qaeda leaders after senior American intelligence officials said the information could jeopardize their operations. After the government became aware of the McClatchy article, it dropped its objections to The Times’s publishing the same information, and the newspaper did so on Aug. 5.


miguel de Portugal comments: As long as Intelligence news sell papers and "little people" within the intelligence system feel important by leaking to the press highly confidential informatiom, this problem - as old as mankind's "wannabe complex" - will continue.

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(1) New York Times Reports


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Israel's Netanyahu to warn US, UN about Iran's 'smiley campaign'. (1)

Just days after the first conversation between the leaders of the U.S. and Iran in 34 years was hailed as a “breakthrough” in relations between the two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations: Don't be fooled by Tehran's “sweet talk.”

Netanyahu, who contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb, will meet with President Obama Monday to deliver strong words of caution to the U.S.

"I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles," Netanyahu said before boarding his flight to the U.S. on Sunday. "Telling the truth today is vital for the security and peace of the world and, of course, it is vital for the security of the state of Israel."

miguel de Portugal comments: Just as we warn the world about Bergoglio's "sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles".

satan's snares are very predictable and so are most humans.... who continue to fall for his snares.

Why would satan change them since they have worked since time immemorial?

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(1) News Report



October 2nd, 2013
[Feast of the Guardian Angels]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

U.S. spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown. (1)
   
More than 70 percent of the civilians working for U.S. spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said.

The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National Intelligence and 15 others, the officials said.

The CIA expects to furlough about 12,500 civilians working for the agency, according to the sources. But specific numbers for other agencies were not immediately clear, the officials told Reuters. The CIA and White House declined to comment.

No uniformed military personnel will be affected, officials said. Some large spy agencies under control of the Pentagon employ as many, or more, military personnel than civilian workers.

These agencies include the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, whose secretive electronic eavesdropping methods recently become the focus of controversy following leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden.

miguel de Portugal comments: Let' see... the U.S. spy agencies have an enormous known budget (and only God knows the amount hidden from the public eyes!) and 70 % of its civilian staff is considered non-essential?

Amazing, simply amazing....

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(1)  News Report



News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Two Marine Corps Generals Are Forced to Retire Over Fatal Security Breach. (1)

Two senior Marine Corps generals have been ordered to take early retirement after being found responsible for errors in judgment and failure to provide adequate security at a base in southwestern Afghanistan that was the scene of a deadly - and humiliating - insurgent attack last year that killed two Marines and destroyed six Harrier attack jets.

Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, announced the disciplinary action on Monday. He said the punishments were unprecedented in modern Marine Corps history and were an effort "to remain true to the timeless axioms relating to command responsibility and accountability."

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, formerly NATO's regional commander in southwestern Afghanistan, was faulted for failing to properly assess risks posed by the insurgency operating outside the vast military base in Helmand Province that included camps Bastion, Leatherneck and Shorabak.

General Gurganus had been nominated for his third star and a senior leadership role at the Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, but will retire instead.

Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, the former commander of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing forces assigned to Afghanistan, was faulted for not having established an integrated system of security at Bastion airfield, and will also take early retirement.


miguel de Portugal comments: The US may have many faults, as many outside and inside the US are quick to point out, but.... hell will just not freeze over as the saying goes, it will cease to exist before any nation on the planet would do what the US has done in reference to these two generals. Any other government on this planet would have found half a dozen "excuses" to justify their actions, given them a raise in salary, a bonus and one more star.

May God Bless America! and May America Bless God!

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(1) New York Times Reports



News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

A great weekend retreat in rainy Tagaytay. (1)

Last Thursday afternoon, I (the columnist writing thie piece) flew to Manila and drove directly to Tagaytay Conference Center for the annual Invitational Retreat for Professional Men by Opus Dei to mark the ending of the Year of Faith. The theme for this year was "Faith and Fidelity to the Church in our Work for Economic Development and Social Progress." Those invited were 30 Filipino professionals and businessmen and four of us came from Cebu. I was the only media personality there and I could only wish we had a media retreat in that place.

The eminent Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao was director and person-in-charge for the Retreat and personally emailed my invitation, which is why I could not refuse his invitation. Rev. Fr. Edgar F. (Fr. Garry) Soria was our priest and speaker and between them from Thursday evening to Sunday lunch we got food for our malnourished souls. Yes, I exhort all Catholics to find time to go to an annual retreat. If we go on vacation to rest our tired bodies, you must realize that we are both flesh and spirit and our spirit also needs spiritual nourishment that only a full-blown retreat can give us.

miguel de Portugal comments: Take note of the theme of the retreat - typical of Opus Dei mentality: Faith and Fidelity to the Church in our Work for Economic Development and Social Progress

Instead of being: Faith in and Fidelity to God in our Work for the Spiritual Development and Progress of Humanity.

That would be the difference in themes between a retreat centered on Mammon and one centered on God.

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(1) News Report



October 3rd, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Losing Hope in Fukushima (1)

More than two years after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture, thousands of refugees, desperate to return home, are losing confidence in the Japanese government's cleanup efforts.


miguel de Portugal comments: This is the country (read: government and leadership) that won the coveted prize of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games.

Amazing, simply amazing....
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(1)  News Video Report

 

News Report No. 2

[our translation]

A current Soap Opera in the important SIC Portuguese TV station teaches how to easily abort an unwanted pregnancy. (1)

Andreia, playing a model in the Soap Opera,  decides to have an abortion taking some pills. The name of the pills are not mentioned, but there is a detailed camera close up of the container so that everyone could see the name and be able to request them at the local pharmacy.

miguel de Portugal comments:
The morals continue to descend to the abyss in Portugal. The classified Personal Ads in any local newspaper would probably be considered hard-core pornography in most US states and regulated accordingly.

Mary, at Fatima, said: "In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved;..." (2)

The question is: What or whom did Mary refer to when She used the qualifier "In Portugal"?

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(1) Source
(2) The State of the Faith in Portugal



News Report No. 3

[our highlights]

 Google Accused of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans. (1)

Wiretapping is typically the stuff of spy dramas and shady criminal escapades. But now, one of the world's biggest Web companies, Google, must defend itself against accusations that it is illegally wiretapping in the course of its everyday business - gathering data about Internet users and showing them related ads.

The accusations, made over several years in various lawsuits that have been merged into two separate cases, ask whether Google went too far in collecting user data in Gmail and Street View, its mapping project. Two federal judges have ruled, over Google's protests, that both cases can move forward.

The Gmail case involves Google's practice of automatically scanning e-mail messages and showing ads based on the contents of the e-mails. The plaintiffs include voluntary Gmail users, people who have to use Gmail as part of an educational institution and non-Gmail users whose messages were received by a Gmail user. They say the scanning of the messages violates state and federal antiwiretapping laws.

The case revives a short-lived uproar over Gmail ads when Google introduced them in 2004. Microsoft has recently tried to call attention to the practice as part of its Scroogled campaign, including a video that shows a so-called Gmail man reading people's e-mail. Google has continued to show new types of ads in Gmail, including ads that look like e-mails.

"Google uses Gmail as its own secret data-mining machine, which intercepts, warehouses, and uses, without consent, the private thoughts and ideas of millions of unsuspecting Americans who transmit e-mail messages through Gmail," lawyers for the plaintiffs argued on July 11, opposing Google's motion to dismiss the case. On Thursday, Judge Lucy H. Koh of Federal District Court denied Google's motion in a 43-page order that fought the company at almost every turn.

miguel de Portugal comments: (sarcasm on) Oh, well... It's Google... so it must be OK. Now those NSA evil doers.... those must be stopped! (sarcasm off)

The level of stupidity of most is such that it defies quantification when we consider the negative reaction of the world's masses towards NSA monitoring worldwide communications and their "Oh, well!" attitude towards Google's monitoring.

We use Google for certain services - personal mail included. We can attest to what the news report claim but, in all fairness, Amazon does a better job than Google with much less data to go by. If Google ever got a hold of Amazon techniques then we would recommend not using Google for anything.

As of now, of the zillion gigabytes that we have available in Google, we use less than a megabyte. We do not store any e-mail in Google mail files. By the way - once you empty the Google mail trash bin, we can attest that Google, right now, does not monitor the e-mails that were stored in the trash bin they are deleted from, even though they continue to be stored in their "Dead File" storage servers..
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(1) News Report


October 4th, 2013 [First Friday of the Month and Traditional Catholic Church Day of Thanksgiving]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Hungarian government moves against resurgent anti-Semitism. (1)

Hungary has moved to stamp out resurgent anti-Semitism in the country. In a recent incident bars of soap were nailed to the fence of a synagogue, a reference to the myth that Nazi’s made soap out of those murdered in concentration camps.

Hungary's Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navaracsics said the state is determined to crack down on hate: "We have learned from the past. We know what happened and we will  not allow it to happen again this democracy will defend itself against anyone who wants to incite hatred."

The far-right Jobbick party has on a number of occasions attacked Jews and Israel in speeches in parliament where they hold 43 of the 386 seats.

Hungary still has one of the largest and oldest Jewish communities in Europe despite the fact that more than 500,000 were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

miguel de Portugal comments: The recurrent waves of anti-Semitism over the last 2000 years are primarily due to the institutional brainwashing of Christians as the result of the manner in which the texts of the New Testament were written.

A first year psychology student can see that the frequent references to the evil perpetrated by "the Jews" during the first century or so of Christianity, subconsciously plant a virulent seed of hatred towards the Jews because "they crucified Jesus" - which they, as a religious or ethnic group, did not. As we have demonstrated (2), the religious fanatics among the Jews, who were in control of the Temple of Jerusalem at the time, are the ones responsible for His crucifixion and for fanning the flames of hatred towards Christians thereafter.

Just as the Christian fanatics from Rome who slaughtered the Christians of Constantinople, any alleged heretic, etc., etc.

One hears much talk about changing the Bible to make it gender neutral and less strict in its teachings but one never hears about removing the hateful references to all Jews.

This could easily be achieved by qualifying the active enemies of Christianity amongst the Jews as "the enemies of Christianity amongst the Jews" and/or "the Temple leaders" and/or "the members of the Sanhendrin".

Until that is changed and a few generations have gone by, the inbred hatred for all Jews will creep up and manifest itself violently. Unfortunately, we have ran out of time and there will not be "a few generations" going by of the world as it is now.

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(1)  EuroNews Report
(2) The Jews did not crucify Jesus - the fanatics did!



News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Poll Shows Major Shift in Identity of U.S. Jews. (1)

The first major survey of American Jews in more than 10 years finds a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish - resulting in rapid assimilation that is sweeping through every branch of Judaism except the Orthodox.

The intermarriage rate, a bellwether statistic, has reached a high of 58 percent for all Jews, and 71 percent for non-Orthodox Jews — a huge change from before 1970 when only 17 percent of Jews married outside the faith. Two-thirds of Jews do not belong to a synagogue, one-fourth do not believe in God and one-third had a Christmas tree in their home last year.

"It's a very grim portrait of the health of the American Jewish population in terms of their Jewish identification," said Jack Wertheimer, a professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, in New York.

Jews make up 2.2 percent of the American population, a percentage that has held steady for the past two decades. The survey estimates there are 5.3 million Jewish adults as well as 1.3 million children being raised at least partly Jewish.

The survey uses a wide definition of who is a Jew, a much-debated topic. The researchers included the 22 percent of Jews who describe themselves as having "no religion," but who identify as Jewish because they have a Jewish parent or were raised Jewish, and feel Jewish by culture or ethnicity.

However, the percentage of "Jews of no religion" has grown with each successive generation, peaking with the millennials (those born after 1980), of whom 32 percent say they have no religion.

"It's very stark," Alan Cooperman, deputy director of the Pew religion project, said in an interview. "Older Jews are Jews by religion. Younger Jews are Jews of no religion."

The trend toward secularism is also happening in the American population in general, with increasing proportions of each generation claiming no religious affiliation.

miguel de Portugal comments: We wonder how much the programmed stigma of being a Jew, or for that matter, being a Christian (due to the fanatics amongst Christianity today) has to do with the secularization that we are seeing?

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(1) New York Times Reports


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 A Brief History Of Federal Government Shutdowns (as of April 2011) (1)

    September 30 to October 11, 1976 (10 days)
    September 30 to October 13, 1977 (12 days)
    October 31 to November 9, 1977 (8 days)
    November 30 to December 9, 1977 (8 days)
    September 30 to October 18, 1978 (18 days
    September 30 to October 12, 1979 (11 days)
    November 20 to November 23, 1981 (2 days)
    September 30 to October 2, 1982 (1 day)
    December 17 to December 21, 1982 (3 days)
    November 10 to November 14, 1983 (3 days)
    September 30 to October 3, 1984 (2 days)
    October 3 to October 5, 1984 (1 day)
    October 16 to October 18, 1986 (1 day)
    December 18 to December 20, 1987 (1 day)
    October 5 to October 9, 1990 (3 days)
    November 13  to November 19, 1995 (5 days)
    December 5, 1995 to January 6, 1996 (21 days)

One of the interesting things to note is that, after 1980, the length of shutdowns was usually very short, 2 or 3 days at most. The exceptions to that are the  disastrous shutdowns at the end of 1995. The main reason for that is that there was a change in the way a law called the Anti-Deficiency Act was interpreted in this situations.

First, if there is a shutdown it's likely to be a short one. Unlike 1995/96, there don't seem to be the same type of personality conflicts between Boehner/Cantor and Reid/Obama that there were between Gingrich and Clinton. I don’t think Boehner really wants a shutdown, but he also has to proceed in these negotiations in a way that isn’t going to totally piss off the base. If that means that it will take a one or two day shutdown followed by a deal, then that may be what it will take.

Second, if you want to make government shutdowns less likely (although they are clearly less common now than they were in the 70's and 80s), then the best way to do that is to make a shutdown more painful by restricting even further the government functions that could operation during a shutdown. If Congress and the White House know that they will cause real pain if they don’t resolve their disputes, then history suggests that they will make the deal rather than risking the pain and the inevitable political fallout.


miguel de Portugal comments: Nothing new under the sun, is there?

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October 5th, 2013  [First Saturday of the Month]


News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

NSA chief admits testing US cellphone tracking. (1)

National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cell phone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad information about calls made.

Alexander told the committee that his agency once tested, in 2010 and 2011, whether it could track Americans' cellphone locations, but he says the NSA does not use that capability, leaving that to the FBI to build a criminal or foreign intelligence case against a suspect and track him.

"This may be something that is a future requirement for the country but it is not right now because when we identify a number, we give it to the FBI," Alexander said. "When they get their probable cause, they can get the locational data."

He said if the NSA thought it needed to track someone that way, it would go back to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court - the secret court that authorizes its spying missions - for approval. He added that his agency reported the tests to both House and Senate intelligence committees, and that the data was never used for intelligence analysis.

miguel de Portugal comments: I must spend most of my time in some other Parallel Universe or the NSA and the Congressional Committee members are the ones who are in some other Parallel Universe.

About seven years ago I had to use a taxi service in Salamanca, Spain. I called the dispatcher using the cell phone I had at the time. Since I was having difficulties telling them the exact address where I was, I was told not to worry.... and the dispatcher proceeded to tell me exactly on which corner of the four corners of an intersection I was standing on.

Can the Salamanca Taxi dispatchers have technology and legal authority that the NSA does not have....?

Amazing, simply amazing!
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News Report No. 2

[our highlights]

Adobe Announces Security Breach. (1)

Hackers infiltrated the computer system of the software company Adobe, gaining access to credit card information and other personal data from 2.9 million of its customers, the company acknowledged on Thursday.

The security breach, which Adobe called a part of a "sophisticated attack," also allowed hackers to obtain encrypted passwords and other personal information from customers.  Hackers also illegally took copies of the source code of some of the company's widely used products, which are run on personal computers and businesses servers around the world.

There was no indication that the attackers obtained unencrypted credit card numbers, Adobe said in a statement. As a precaution, however, the company said it had notified customers and credit card companies about the breach and reset customer passwords to prevent further unauthorized access.

The breach at Adobe is one of a recent spate of hacking episodes at prominent organizations. Already this year, hackers have infiltrated database aggregators like Lexis-Nexis and Dun & Bradstreet and the security firm Kroll Associates, as well as the National White Collar Crime Center, which helps businesses protect their computer systems.


One of the products that had its source code stolen is ColdFusion, which, according to Adobe, is used by the United States Senate, 75 of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 10,000 other companies worldwide.

Adobe security officials said they were not aware of any specific risks to customers. But because the source code contains the DNA of the software program, computer experts said it could allow hackers to find and exploit any other potential weaknesses in its security.


miguel de Portugal comments: Oh, yes.... the security of it all! We wonder how long it will be before Pay Pal is hacked and the largest credit card database in the world is stolen.

As the saying goes, Forewarned is Forearmed!

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(1) New York Times Reports


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 Yahoo hit with new lawsuit over email scanning in wake of Gmail ruling. (1)

Can big email providers scan your messages in order to serve you relevant advertising? Google and Yahoo have long assumed the answer is yes, which is one of the reasons the giant companies provide free email to millions of people.

Last week, however, a federal judge in California refused to throw out a class action case against Google, ruling that people who swapped messages with Gmail users - but do not use Gmail themselves - had never given the search giant permission to read their email.

Now, other class action lawyers have seized upon the ruling to file a new lawsuit against Yahoo on behalf of 100 million people who do not use Yahoo Mail but have communicated with someone who does. The suit, which seeks at least $5 million, claims that Yahoo violates the Wiretap Act and related California laws that forbid intercepting private communications.

miguel de Portugal comments: Now I am truly puzzled. We know what Google does with the information garnered from their e-mail users. We know what Amazon does with the information gathered based on one's purchases, but, Yahoo? What do they do with it?

We do not see any ads in our Yahoo Web Mail page and their Spam control does not let through a single advertisement via e-mail.

What is Yahoo doing with the information they gather from scanning their customers' e-mail?

If anyone has any theories about this - let me know. It is not a matter of mystical theology; it is just a matter of human curiosity.

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(1)   News Report


October 7th, 2013 [Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (this is the title Mary used at Her Manifestation in Fatima)]


News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Today, another Fatima book will see the light in Portugal. Its title is "Um Caminho sob o Olhar de Maria" - "A Walk Under Mary's Gaze".

We are looking forward to uncover what new twist the Fatima Manifestation and Messages are now being given. The book is being published by "the Carmelites" of the convent in Coimbra (Portugal) where Lucia lived until she crossed the veil. That is - "the Carmelites", with no one really taking responsibility for its contents and/or reliability.

It is based on Lucia's diary, now in possession of the Carmelites, and the word is that much of the information has never seen the light. (Why am I not surprised?)

It also contains 250 photographs - may of them are seeing the public light for the first time. (Thank you! Photo Shop?)

In other words, let us expect a major make over of the Fatima events custom tailored to what Bergoglio is doing from the Vatican. We will keep you informed since we will strive to get a copy of the book as soon as it arrives at the local bookstore.

 

News Report No. 2

[our highlights]

Supervisors of Navy Yard Gunman Were Told of Issues. (1)

The mother of Aaron Alexis, the military contractor who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last month, told his bosses one month before the shootings that he had a history of paranoid episodes and most likely needed therapy. But Mr. Alexis’ managers at the Experts Inc., an information technology firm, decided to keep him on the job and did not require him to seek treatment, an internal company investigation has found.

The investigation by Hewlett-Packard, which oversaw the Experts’ subcontract at the navy yard and other military bases, concluded that the Experts mishandled Mr. Alexis and knew more about his mental problems than the company has disclosed, a person with knowledge of the inquiry said. As a result, Hewlett-Packard last week canceled its business relationship with the firm, saying it had lost confidence in its work.

miguel de Portugal comments: This is typical of the "contractor and sub contractor scene" in the US and is what we have referred to before. Right now there are many individuals, as dangerous (or even more) as Mr. Alexis was, working in chemical, petrochemical, munition factories and nuclear plants in the US and countries where the US has business interests. The dysfunction may not be the same but it does not matter since Psychological Dysfunction Really Is Spiritual Dysfunction (2) and God has given satan a free hand to act in the world [Rev. 13:5] and only the true Faithful will be spared [Hab. 2:2-4].

That is more than enough reason to pray more!
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(1) New York Times Reports
(2) Psychological Dysfunction Really Is Spiritual Dysfunction



News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch. (1)

Here's a scary scenario. You're innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration's Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: "Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution."

You are then offered a sort of Hobson's choice: Pay a fine immediately, or face prosecution for downloading child pornography.

The folks behind that scam were actually based in Russia, SC Magazine reported, not NSA headquarters. The number of people entrapped by this type of scam has been increasing exponentially. In a recent report from McAfee, an Internet security company, there were fewer than 25,000 samples of ransomware catalogued per quarter in the first half of 2011. In the second quarter of 2013 alone, the number of new samples multiplied to more than 320,000, (which was double the number in the first quarter of this year).

"During the past two quarters we have catalogued more ransomware than in all previous periods combined," MacAfee found. "This trend is also reflected by warnings from law enforcement and federal agencies around the globe."

If you think the most common cyber scam still involves deposed Nigerian royalty eliciting your help to extract fortunes from African banks, your time machine has stalled. Cyber ninjas have become far more creative, sophisticated and inscrutable. With that in mind, here are five links you should never, ever click.


miguel de Portugal comments: We have seen the version of that same scam in Spain while at a computer repair shop. They showed me the page that appears - in this particular case - mimicking an official law and order department in Spain and demanding the payment. I could not visually detect that the page was a falsification even knowing that it was. On top of that, not all Internet Security programs can block that particular virus from entering your computer which translates to: When in doubt, DON'T CLICK!

We recommend that the full article be read since it is a good idea to know the "5 Deadly Clicks" so as to avoid them.

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(1) News Report



October 8th, 2013


News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

And then Steve Jobs said, "Let There Be an iPhone". (1)

An age of darkness ended with a searing light, which shook the earth, and the great device was rendered unto thee.

miguel de Portugal comments: I rest my case regarding the Apple symbolism.

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News Report No. 2

[our highlights]

Students strip in protest over dress code at Kaposvar University in Hungary. (1)

Students stripped off in class to protest at a university's strict new dress code. Art undergraduates at Kaposvar University in southern Hungary took action after the clothes crackdown was imposed on October 1.

Under the new rules university rector Ferenc Szavai told women to avoid short skirts and thongs, while men have been prohibited from wearing shorts. Strong perfume, over-use of make-up and "blatant use" of accessories is also banned.

There is expected to be a further demonstration against the new rules on October 7.


miguel de Portugal comments: We can understand the ban on short skirts and shorts as well as the wearing of thongs. Casualness has degenerated to the level of sloppiness.

However, when we read "Strong perfume, over-use of make-up and 'blatant use' of accessories is also banned." we begin to "pick up the scent" of Opus Dei.

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(1) Euro News Reports


News Report No. 3

Regarding the financial crisis within the US government....

What House Speaker John Boehner is doing - as his strings are being pulled - is ensuring that an Obama-like Presidential Candidate makes it to the White House in the next Presidential elections. That is: No card carrying Republican candidate will make it as the result of this ongoing theatrical production. 

Of course.... there may not be another Presidential (or for that matter, any) election down the line, but the world continues as if it were not going to be RESET soon.

October 9th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

US adults score below average on worldwide test. (1)

It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology - all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength - American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.

Not only did Americans score poorly compared to many international competitors, the findings reinforced just how large the gap is between the nation's high- and low-skilled workers and how hard it is to move ahead when your parents haven't.

In both reading and math, for example, those with college-educated parents did better than those whose parents did not complete high school.

miguel de Portugal comments: Right on schedule! As we have said many times - the U.S. is the greatest stumbling block the "Masters" have in their effort to rule the world.

What better way to eliminate the stumbling block than to "dumb us down"?

Evaluating  the cold facts.... If we view the Foreign and Financial Policies of those who have led the U.S. after winning World War II, and the mentality of those who kept electing the same type of individuals to office.... then the results shown above are indeed correct and "their" plan is working well.

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News Report No. 2

[our highlights]

For Shoppers, Next Level of Instant Gratification : All the world's a shopping cart. (1)

A wave of experiments at various companies could take consumer convenience (and impulsiveness) to new heights. The ultimate vision is a form of shopping nirvana, where consumers can buy what they covet on the spot - straight from an attention-grabbing magazine ad, for instance, or off a television screen, or even from a refrigerator.

On Tuesday MasterCard plans to announce a partnership with Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue, Wired, Vanity Fair and other popular magazines, that will allow digital readers to instantly buy items described in an article or showcased in an advertisement by tapping a shopping cart icon on the page. The partnership, called ShopThis, will begin in the November tablet edition of Wired, due on Oct. 15.

Peapod, an online grocer in the Northeast and Midwest that provides home delivery, recently developed a feature on its mobile app that allows customers to restock household staples by scanning bar codes with their smartphones at home.

"You are finishing the box of Cheerios, pouring your last bowl," explained Mike Brennan, Peapod's chief operating officer, "and before throwing the box away, you take out your phone and scan the bar code." The order goes straight to the consumer's virtual shopping basket.

And Paydiant, a company that develops mobile payment platforms for clients in the finance and retail industries, has created a technology for scanning a QR, or quick response, code off a television screen to redeem a coupon or instantly buy something a viewer fancies in a commercial or perhaps even during a television show.

"We have developed it, but we haven't deployed it," said Chris Gardner, a co-founder of Paydiant. "I would imagine someone is going to want us to do that over the course of the next year."

Such developments seem a natural extension of a culture that has immediate access to information, and more.

"The whole world right now is about instant gratification," said Matt McKenna, the founder and president of Red Fish Media, a digital and mobile marketing agency based in Miami,...

"The potential is endless," he said. "We're not trying to force people to buy things to drive them into debt but to make people's life easier. We want to use tech to make your life easier in some cases that will result in a commerce transaction."


miguel de Portugal comments: As we were saying..... and they sure have "our number" which is: Instant Gratification

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think. (1)

Everyone knows young people these days are born with smartphones in hand and will stay glued to the Internet from that time onward. Right?

Well, not quite. Actually, fewer than one-third of young people around the world are "digital natives," according to a report published Monday and billed as the first comprehensive global look at the phenomenon.

The study, conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the International Telecommunication Union, shows that only 30 percent of people ages 15 to 24 have spent at least five years actively using the Internet, the criterion used to define digital nativism.

In many developed countries, more than 90 percent of young people are considered digital natives, with South Korea leading the way at 99.6 percent. But many developing countries lag far behind — all the way down to the Pacific island of Timor-Leste, where a mere 0.6 percent of 15- to-24-year-olds are digital natives.

A digital divide between rich and poor is nothing new, but the new study identifies an interesting twist on the phenomenon. It shows that in the developed world, there is hardly any generational gap anymore between Internet users. Most people in wealthy countries are online - more than 84 percent of the total adult population, both young and old, in South Korea, for example.

miguel de Portugal comments: If the News Report No. 3 were true, there would not be any need for what you read in News Report No. 2. The error lies in their definition of "digital natives" which they define as "people ages 15 to 24 who have NOT spent at least five years actively using the Internet".

The researchers' major mistake was that "living in the Social Network World" is not considered "actively using the Internet". As a matter of fact, as more 15-to-24-year-olds get trapped in the Social Network World, they will use less what is commonly know as the Internet.

We know people on that age bracket, and beyond, who seldom check their e-mail nor see what is going on the Internet at large; they are submerged in their Social Network World via their Smart Phones.

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October 10th, 2013


About the News in General


miguel de Portugal comments: I just came across a TIME magazine and absentmindedly started to leaf through it while scanning the headlines. It was not until I came across a picture of the Pope that I realized that it had to be an older magazine that had worked its way to my desk.

It was a picture of Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI. The magazine was published seven years ago - in 2006!

That showed me - in the most impacting manner - that nothing has really change in the news being reported. Absolutely nothing!

 

News Report No. 2


Janet Yellen: Five Things You Should Know About Obama's Fed Chair Nominee. (1)

You've likely already learned some things about her in the politicized debate over the last few months surrounding who would be the next Fed chair. But in the accompanying video and below, we reveal the five things about her you may not know about Yellen:

 +   She's rich. Annual financial disclosures that the Fed has released show Yellen to be one of the wealthiest members of the central bank’s board of governors, the New York Times reports. Check out the video to see what she’s invested in and how many millions of dollars her assets are worth.

+    She's the top Fed forecaster. A Wall Street Journal study of 700 economic predictions made by 14 Fed policymakers from 2009 to 2012 found Yellen was the most accurate forecaster overall. She also scored in the top four for her forecasts on inflation, labor, and growth.

+    She's not a political insider. Though she was head of the Council of Economic Advisers for two years during the Clinton administration, she doesn't appear to have close ties to this administration or Congress. While Larry Summers has visited the White House at least ten times since he left as director of the National Economic Council at the end of 2010 – including four meetings with the president – Yellen has been to the White House only once in two years. Check out the video to see how that compares to her meetings with other central bankers and to her visits to Congress.

+    She's married to a Nobel Prize - winning economist. Her husband is George Akerlof, an economist at UC Berkeley. One of his best known articles: "The Market for Lemons: Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism." The paper delves into the theory of information asymmetry by using the market for used cars -- lemons -- as an example.

 +   She wouldn’t be the first woman to lead a central bank. While she would be the first woman to head the Fed, she would join a list of 17 women already who lead central banks around the world (that’s out of 177 central banks). See the video for some of the countries where women have this top spot.

miguel de Portugal comments: Not that it really matters since she is an appointee and not an elected official. It is just as a matter of general interest.

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Michele Bachmann: "We're in God's End Times' because Obama is sending arms to terrorists". (1)

Michele Bachmann says we're facing "God's end times," and she finds the proof in President Obama's actions in Syria.

He recently waived some arms-export rules in order to offer "non-lethal assistance" to the opposition there, according to the National Security Council, the Hill notes. Or, as Bachmann puts it, "the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists," she told radio's Understanding the Times in an interview, as noted by Right Wing Watch. "Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists, including al-Qaeda."

"As I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf  is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times ... we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history." But "rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice," she said. "Maranatha, come Lord Jesus, his day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this—these days would be as the days of Noah."

miguel de Portugal comments: At least she understands where we are at now:  "...we are to understand the signs of the times ... we are to understand where we are in God's end times history."

Now, if she would do and promote the only worthwhile thing for us to do - offer unceasing prayers to the Most High - then she could be taken seriously. However, I suspect that if President Obama resigned tomorrow, Mrs. Bachmann would say that God canceled the End Times.

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October 11th, 2013 [Feast of the Motherhood of Mary]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

By the year 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say. (1)

If greenhouse emissions continue their steady escalation, temperatures across most of the earth will rise to levels with no recorded precedent by the middle of this century, researchers said Wednesday.

Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005.

To put it another way, for a given geographic area, "the coldest year in the future will be warmer than the hottest year in the past," said Camilo Mora, the lead scientist on a paper published in the journal Nature.

Unprecedented climates will arrive even sooner in the tropics, Dr. Mora's group predicts, putting increasing stress on human societies there, on the coral reefs that supply millions of people with fish, and on the world’s greatest forests.

"Go back in your life to think about the hottest, most traumatic event you have experienced," Dr. Mora said in an interview. "What we’re saying is that very soon, that event is going to become the norm."

"I am certain there will be massive biological and social consequences," Dr. Mora said. "The specifics, I cannot tell you."


miguel de Portugal comments: Interesting but.... not to worry. The world, as it is now, will have ceased to exist long before then.

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News Report No. 2

[our highlights]

3-star admiral fired as No. 2 nuclear commander. (1)

The deputy commander of U.S. nuclear forces, Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, was notified Wednesday that he has been relieved of duty amid a military investigation of allegations that he used counterfeit chips at an Iowa casino, the Navy said.

The move is exceedingly rare and perhaps unprecedented in the history of U.S. Strategic Command, which is responsible for all American nuclear warfighting forces, including nuclear-armed submarines, bombers and land-based missiles.

The Navy's top spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Giardina, who had held the job since December 2011, is being reassigned to the Navy staff pending the outcome of the probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The gambling matter originated as a local law enforcement investigation in Iowa in June.

As a consequence of being removed from his post at Strategic Command, Giardina falls in rank to two-star admiral. He had been suspended by Gen. Robert Kehler, the top commander at Strategic Command, on Sept. 3, although that move was not disclosed publicly until Sept. 28.

miguel de Portugal comments: Next time you run into a US-basher, remind him/her that it is only in the US that, what you read above, would take place. We may have corruption 'here and there' but it usually is an exception, whereas in most of the world it is the rule and not the exception!

Now in one of the State TV stations in Spain, Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States is being serialized. Yes; it is the same production we wrote abut recently where Stone spoke warmly about Stalin, crediting him with winning World War II, while demonizing the US.

If the US were as he paints it to be, his citizenship would be revoked, the wealth accumulated in the US would be confiscated and he would be placed, wearing only a loin cloth and thongs, in a flight to Moscow holding a one-way ticket.
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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

German bishop lambasted over costly residence. (1)

In Germany a high spending Catholic Bishop is under pressure to resign after it emerged that his new residence would cost 31 million euros. The final amount will be six times the original estimate.

The Bishop of Limburg has been criticised by his own flock over his lavish tastes with a campaign being run calling on him to quit. Many in his diocese feel the overspending is at odds with Pope Francis's shift of the Church's focus towards simplicity and poverty.


miguel de Portugal comments:
Let's see.... overspending is 'not right' now, but it was 'right' when Cardinal Law lived in a 100 million dollar mansion (2) and while the Hierarchy lived better than most members of the world's Royalty for the last 1600 years.

Amazing, simply amazing!

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(1) EuroNews Reports
(2) "Holy" Real Estate



October 12th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

C.I.A. warning on Snowden in '09 said to slip through the cracks. (1)

Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man's behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion.

The C.I.A. suspected that Mr. Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home, according to two senior American officials.

But the red flags went unheeded. Mr. Snowden left the C.I.A. to become a contractor for the National Security Agency, and four years later he leaked thousands of classified documents. The supervisor's cautionary note and the C.I.A.'s suspicions apparently were not forwarded to the N.S.A. or its contractors, and surfaced only after federal investigators began scrutinizing Mr. Snowden's record once the documents began spilling out, intelligence and law enforcement officials said.

"It slipped through the cracks," one veteran law enforcement official said of the report.

There were other signs that have since drawn investigators' attention. In early 2009, someone using Mr. Snowden's screen name expressed outrage at government officials who leaked information to the news media, telling a friend in an Internet chat that leakers "should be shot."

"They're just like WikiLeaks," Mr. Snowden - or someone identified as him from his screen name, "TheTrueHOOHA," and other details - wrote in January 2009 about an article in The New York Times on secret exchanges between Israel and the United States about Iran's nuclear program.

He later told The Guardian he was disappointed that President Obama "advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in."

miguel de Portugal comments: Once again, the most expensive National security system that money can buy rendered vulnerable by mediocre middle management. We are beginning to wonder if these individuals work there because they cannot find employment elsewhere.

Maybe we should contract the government of Israel to streamline our National Security Establishment. Israel has proven its effectiveness in that area whereas we continue to fumble no matter how much money is poured into it.
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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Four  Americans meet Snowden to give him an award. (1) (2)

Four former U.S. government officials who met with former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said Thursday that he is adjusting to life in Russia and expresses no regrets about leaking highly classified information. Separately, Snowden's father arrived to see his son.

The Americans, who once worked for the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and NSA, have criticized the U.S. government and in some cases exposed what they believed was wrongdoing in the its security agencies. They are the first Americans known to have met with Snowden since he was granted asylum in Russia in August.

In interviews with The Associated Press, they described spending the previous evening with Snowden to present him with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.

They said they saw no evidence that Snowden was under the control of Russian security services, as many in the U.S. government believe.

"He spoke very openly about a whole range of things, a number of which I won't get into here, but it certainly didn't involve any kind of manipulation by the Russian government or anyone else for that matter," said Radack, a former Justice Department adviser now with the Government Accountability Project. "He definitely is his own person and makes his own decisions and says and does what he wants to."

miguel de Portugal comments: We would have some respect for those former employees of the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and NSA if they would refund the US Treasury the full amount of the salaries that they earned. Based on their behavior and words, they were doing what they considered wrong and immoral and should not have done it nor accepted payment for it.

Regarding "they saw no evidence that Snowden was under the control of Russian security services". That, we believe.

As we have said before - it is crystal clear that Russia is up to date about everything the US government does. Give them enough time and they will probably call Oliver Stone to prepare a TV mini series using said information for the Russian audience. (I was going lo label the last sentence as "sarcasm" until I realized that it could really happen, based on all else that we have seen.)
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(2) Reuters Reports



News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

The Vatican on "Damage Control"

Pope Francis has grabbed headlines with his off-the-cuff homilies, crowd-pleasing one-liners and lengthy interviews during which he has pontificated on everything from the church's "obsession" with rules to how he won't judge gays.

But his chattiness has gotten him into some trouble, and the Vatican has gone into damage-control mode to clarify, correct or put his comments into context.

Here's  (1) a look at some of Francis' more eyebrow-raising comments, and the efforts by the Vatican's spin doctors to address them.

miguel de Portugal comments: What can we say that we have not already about the "New and Improved" Vatican Circus?

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October 14th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Self-Professed 'Bible Scholar' Makes Explosive Allegation About Jesus That He Believes Could Rock the Christian Faith to Its Core. (1)

On Oct. 19, self-professed Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill is planning to make public some very flammable allegations. At a day-long symposium called "Covert Messiah" in London, England, he's set to unveil purported evidence that Roman aristocrats manufactured Jesus Christ - a claim that, if substantiated, would devalue the core of the Christian faith.

A press release announcing the purported new evidence claims that Atwill has discovered "ancient confessions" that purportedly prove that Romans invented Jesus Christ in the first century. He has long argued that the faith system was used as a political tool to control the masses -- something he says is still going on today.

"I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm, but this is important for our culture," he said of the alleged debunk - one that he believes will eventually be universally accepted.

In the release, Atwill said that governments often create "false histories and false gods" and that this is often done in an effort to secure social order.

Rather than a theology, Atwill believes that Christianity was concocted as a government project that was used to control Roman citizens. During a time in which Jewish residents were waiting for their Messiah, he says they were a constant source of insurrection, leading the Romans to seek out an equalizing and tempering force.

miguel de Portugal comments: What is really amazing is that the overwhelming historical evidence - without even getting on faith or theological matters - is such that: (a) either Mr. Atwill has lost his mind; or (b) he is just trying to "make a name" for himself and the press is fully cooperating with him.

This claim is even more extravagant/outrageous than the Gospel of Judas which sold quite well.

Amazing, truly amazing..... how trash moves and sells.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

GOP senators pessimistic on shutdown, debt deal. (1)

A deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit by Oct. 17 to avoid default appears unlikely, two Republican senators said Sunday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., doesn't anticipate a deal by the Oct. 17 deadline.

"I don't see one," Graham said. "If you break spending caps you're not going to get any Republicans in the Senate."

miguel de Portugal comments: Do not be concerned. The outcome will be in accordance to the (active) Will of God even if it happens to be a full default. Just trust Him and be at peace.

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News Report No. 3

[our highlights]

Google is changing its Terms of Service on November 11, 2013.

These new Google Terms of Service will be effective November 11, 2013, and will replace the existing Google Terms of Service.

Please see their summary of changes for the highlights of the changes.

miguel de Portugal comments: We recommend a careful review of such Terms and the Changes, as well as the options available to anyone who "is in the know" to limit one's exposure.

One particular paragraph caught of the Terms of Service our attention:

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.

Remember - as the saying goes: "There ain't no free lunches!"


October 15th, 2013 [Memorial of St. Teresa de Jesus (de Avila)]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

As you may see below, the price of gold is not "impressed" by the Washington financial impasse.

However, the price of God - having lost about 25 % of its value in one year (1) - seems to be only "concerned" about the downward spiral of the world economies in spite of everyone claiming that "all is well"

.In this case the drop in the price of gold is not a sign that the markets are more secure. It is a sign of people unloading gold to cover overexposed margins.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

In "a mood"? Call Center agents can tell. (1)

"It's not what you say. It·s how you say it," says Dan Emodi, vice president for marketing at Beyond Verbal. "Listening to these patterns, we can allow machines for the first time to understand the emotional side of our communications."

In a YouTube clip from one of Steve Jobs's last interviews, he appears to be enjoying reminiscing about how he first hit upon the idea for the keyboardless tablet that eventually became the iPad.

But in a billboard superimposed over the nearly two-minute video clip, an emotion analytics company called Beyond Verbal has added its own algorithmic evaluation of Mr. Jobs’s underlying feelings. It is an emotion detection system meant to parse not the meanings of people's words, but the intonations of their voices.

"Conflict between urges and self-control. Loneliness, fatigue, emotional frustration," the ticker above Mr. Jobs's head reports as he speaks. Moments later, it suggests a further diagnosis: "Insistence, stubbornness. Possibly childish egoism.” And then concludes: "sadness mixed with happiness. Possibly nostalgia."

Humans generally have inklings when their interlocutors, out of solicitousness or sarcasm, utter phrases aloud that contradict their inner feelings: "Thanks a bunch.", "You've been very helpful.",  "Wish I were there." , "Let's have lunch."  etc.

But now, new techniques in computational voice analysis are promising to help machines identify when smiley-sounding phrases like Mr. Jobs' belie frustration and grief within. Although the software is still in its early phases, developers like Beyond Verbal, a start-up in Tel Aviv, are offering the nascent technology as a deeper approach for call centers and other customer services that seek to read and respond to consumers' emotions in real time. The company says its software can detect 400 variations of different moods.


miguel de Portugal comments: "Read my lips" has become "Read my mood." Lord have Mercy!

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October 16th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

The suffering of 'dogs' - Rohingya kids in Myanmar. (1)

The 10-year-old struggles up the hill, carrying buckets filled with rocks. Though he tries to keep a brave face in front of his friends, his eyes brim with tears. Every inch of his body aches, he says, and he feels sick and dizzy from the weight.

"I hate it," whispers Anwar Sardad. He has to help support his family, but he wishes there was a way other than working for the government construction agency.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children like Anwar are growing more hopeless in Myanmar, even as the predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million wins praise for ending decades of dictatorship.

miguel de Portugal comments: And whose responsibility is the abysmal condition of the hundred of millions of innocent children like Anwar who are everywhere in the world - not only in Myanmar'?

It is the responsibility of those who claim to believe that Jesus said "The works that I do, shall ye do also and greater works than these shall ye do because I go to My Father." [John 14:12-13] and do not pray for their relief.

It IS our responsibility
. This one cannot be blamed on the Administration of any Christian Faith.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

'Luxury bishop' must take responsibility for crisis, says German church head. (1)
  
A Roman Catholic bishop under fire for spending some 31 million euros ($42 million) on an ultra-luxurious residence should examine his conscience over the crisis he has caused, the head of Germany's bishops said on Monday.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg in western Germany has stirred anger and calls for his resignation among German Catholics and media over huge cost overruns on his residence at a time when Pope Francis is stressing humility and serving the poor.

German media, citing official documents, said the residence had been fitted with a free-standing bath that cost 15,000 euros, a conference table that cost 25,000 euros and a private chapel that cost 2.9 million euros. ($1 = 0.7373 euros)


miguel de Portugal comments: And who are supposed to pray for the conversion of this modern day Judas, a child of Babylon?

The same ones who are supposed to pray for the Anwars of the world.

The word from here is: "Get crackling before it is too late for you! Remember, they are our responsibility!"

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

NSA collecting millions of contact lists. (1)

The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world - including those of Americans - in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report.

The Washington Post reported late Monday that the spy agency intercepts hundreds of thousands of email address books every day from private accounts on Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook and Hotmail that move though global data links. The NSA also collects about a half million buddy lists from live chat services and email accounts.

The newspaper said the NSA analyzes the contacts to map relationships and connections among various foreign intelligence targets. During a typical day last year, the NSA's Special Source Operations branch collected more than 440,000 email address books, the Post said. That would correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.

miguel de Portugal comments: Good for them! I have no problem with that.

In addition, were they to find someone in any of our mailing lists who has links to "bad actors" anywhere in the world, we would greatly appreciate it if they would let us know so that we remove them from our Lists.

Frankly, I would be much more concerned about....

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence. (2)

The growing power of computer vision is a crucial first step for the next generation of computing, robotic and artificial intelligence systems. Once machines can identify objects and understand their environments, they can be freed to move around in the world. And once robots become mobile they will be increasingly capable of extending the reach of humans or replacing them.

With increasing frequency, the voice on the other end of the line is a computer.

It has been two years since Watson, the artificial intelligence program created by I.B.M., beat two of the world's best “Jeopardy” players. Watson, which has access to roughly 200 million pages of information, is able to understand natural language queries and answer questions.

.....if God were not to stop all of this "being the creator" nonsense soon and once and for all.
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(2) New York Times Reports


October 17th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Muslim Brotherhood's cohesion is also its pitfall. (1)

On the day of his induction, Baraa Rantisi was told to wait near a mosque after evening prayers.

At the appointed time, a white car drove up. Baraa and the driver exchanged passwords - Omar Ibn al-Khattab and al-Farouk, the name and nickname of an early Muslim leader -  and Baraa got into the car.

In a room sparsely furnished with a desk and wooden chairs, a man instructed Baraa and two other recruits on the values of Islam and a life of sacrifice. When his turn came, Baraa placed his hand on the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and swore "unwavering loyalty and obedience."

With that oath 10 years ago, Baraa joined the Muslim Brotherhood, an exclusive, secretive and disciplined movement that sees itself on a divine mission to establish Islamic rule.

The story of Baraa, 24, and his extended family shows the strength of the Brotherhood: Its cohesion, careful vetting of members and strict rules have propelled an underground movement into a global network that seized power in the Arab Spring. However, some argue that the same closeness and authoritarian nature has worked against the Brotherhood, which now faces challenges to its power throughout the region.

miguel de Portugal comments: You have just met the Muslim version of the Opus Dei (2).

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(2) Opus Dei - Its Power and Its End


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Watch Out for Terrorist 'Dry Runs': Pilots' Memo Union says they're testing to see how crews react. (1)

An internal memo from the US Airline Pilots Association suggests would-be terrorists are conducting "dry runs" during airplane flights to see how crews react to threatening situations, reports Tampa's WTSP.

The memo cites "several" such incidents, the most recent on a Sept. 2  flight from Washington to Orlando in which four "Middle Eastern" men caused a stir. Three moved about the cabin, opening bins, changing seats, and  "generally making a scene," says the memo, which asserts they were trying to distract the flight attendants. The fourth ran hard toward the flight deck before making a sharp turn into a bathroom, reports USA Today.

"They are trying to pull out air marshals if they are on board, or law enforcement if they are on board," an air marshal tells the Tampa station.

"They are looking for how the crew reacts." Or not? The TSA looked into the Sept. 2 incident and says it doesn't merit any further investigation, reports Fox News. But local GOP congressman John Mica disagrees. "While the specifics of the US Air incident are not public, federal authorities must review the matter," he said.


miguel de Portugal comments: "The TSA looked into the Sept. 2 incident and says it doesn't merit any further investigation" - just like the pre Oklahoma bombing and 9-11 signs, the Rich Ames and Hanssen (2) signs, the Snowden signs, etc., etc. That is... the "signs" which are not seen until after the event they were highlighting for us have tragically taken place.

If we could convert stupidity into energy, we would not need the energy of our own Sun!

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(1) News Report
(2) Diary of a Spy



News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Newly Appointed Vatican No. 2 a no-show at handover ceremony. (1)

The new Vatican No. 2 was a no-show Tuesday at the ceremony to take over the reins of the Holy See administration, after being hospitalized for urgent surgery on the day he was to have begun charting a new course for the troubled Vatican bureaucracy.

Pope Francis told the assembled guests at Tuesday's handover ceremony that Archbishop Pietro Parolin had to undergo minor but urgent surgery and would be out for several weeks. Parolin was hospitalized while visiting his family in Italy's Veneto region, the Vatican said without providing details.

The day was supposed to have been a ceremonial and very real changing of the guard from the retiring Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who left his post after seven tumultuous years in which he was blamed for many of the gaffes and problems of the papacy of Benedict XVI.

Francis welcomed Parolin "in absentia" as he thanked Bertone for his service, noting the difficulties and "thorns" that Bertone had endured.

"I want to thank you for the courage and patience with which you lived through the setbacks that you had to confront," Francis said. "There were a lot."

miguel de Portugal comments: We have to hand it to the Vatican - they can lie with such straight face that they have no match. Imagine, - "minor but urgent surgery and would be out for several weeks." Then again, they have had 1,600 years of practice.

In the meantime, God managed to provide His children with another sign
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October 18th, 2013 [Feast of St. Luke - Evangelist]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill. (1)

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

and

Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running (2)

Containers of goods idling at ports. Reduced sales at sandwich shops in downtown Washington. Canceled vacations to national parks and to destinations abroad. Reduced corporate earnings forecasts. Higher interest payments on short-term debt.


miguel de Portugal comments: Allow us to show you what we mean when we speak of the global masses being lied to and manipulated at will.

All throughout this staged drama we have been monitoring, on a daily basis, the actual losses/gains of the world markets - Asia (3), Europe (4), and North and South America (5) - at their closing times. We have also been monitoring the trends in the price of gold. (6)

We can assure you that the "cliff hanger drama" being staged in Washington and reflected/magnified by the Media could not be discerned, even if one tried, from such information. The behavior of all of those indicators were "business as usual". Of course, the talking heads of the Media would say what their masters pay them to say - words like "plunging", "nervous", "took a dive" were used to describe markets and gold.

Lies, lies and more lies!

The outcome was a given fact because the Masters of the World, who control the markets, and who "scripted and produced" the staged drama, responded to the realities of the world economies as one would expect, and not to the Washington hoopla.

The real question is: Were the "extras" in the staged drama (i.e. most of the Congressmen and Senators) aware that the outcome was a done deal from day one? I do not think so. They are not such good actors, even filling the roles of  "extras"!

May the above serve as just one overwhelming example to our readers as how everything else is being fed to the world masses.

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(1) Reuters Reports
(2) New York Times Reports
(3) Markets Asia
(4) Markets Europe
(5) Markets North and South America
(6) Price of Gold


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Woman described as long-time House employee yells during vote, is escorted out of chamber. (1)

A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a long-time House stenographer has been removed from the chamber during a vote after she began shouting.

Lawmakers said she was yelling about the House being divided and the devil. Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro said she had a crazed look on her face. As she was led into an elevator by security, she was heard to shout, "This is not one nation under God. It never was." She also screamed, "Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

The outburst occurred while the House was voting on legislation ending the government shutdown and extending the federal debt limit.

miguel de Portugal comments: Maybe her only error was expressing herself in the manner she did - out of control - and not within the content of her message. (2)

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(2) Content and alleged source of her message
 

News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

The Roman Catholic Church in Spain opens its financial books.

According to the official numbers released to the press (1), this is how the financial picture looks for the Roman Catholic Church in Spain:


EXPENSES


Pastoral and assistance: 219 million Euros (295 million US dollars)

Conservation and Maintenance 200 million Euros (270 million US dollars)

Clergy salaries  152 million Euros (205 million US dollars)

Repairing existing churches and building new ones 97 million Euros (130 million US dollars)
Total budget for the 69 dioceses in Spain is 818  million Euros (1,100 billion US dollars)


INCOME (Some of it)

Collection for masses, weddings, baptisms and funerals 150 million Euros (203 million US dollars)

Income from their investments 81 million Euros (109 million US dollars)

Number of entities which are part of or depend on the Episcopate and the Religious Orders based in Spain: 40,000

What was not revealed is the real estate holdings the Church and Religious Orders is Spain which defies comprehension, without exaggeration.

As points of reference:

SPAIN

Population of Spain in 2012 was 46.2 million
Surface area of Spain: 0.195 million square miles
GNP of Spain: 650 billions of dollars
GNP/Capita: 14,100 - 16,000 dollars
Number of nominal Catholics in Spain: 32.8 million

USA

Population of the USA in 2012 was 316.9 million (6.86 times that of Spain)
Surface area of the USA: 3.717 million square miles (19 times that of Spain)
GNP of USA: 10,533 billions of dollars (16.2 times that of Spain)
GNP/Capita: 33,200 - 38,000 dollars (2.3 times that of Spain)
Number of nominal Catholics in the USA: 78.2 million (2.4 times that of Spain)

miguel de Portugal comments: Just sharing as a matter of interest. Any conclusions based on the above information are to be reached by each individual reader.

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(1)  TIEMPO Magazine, No. 1620, 4-10 October 2013, pp 17-20


October 19th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

India is home to nearly half of world's 30 million modern-day slaves. (1)

There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed.

The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India.

China is a distant second with 2.9 m slaves; followed by Pakistan with 2.1 m; Nigeria 0.7 m; and Ethiopia 0.6 m.

But when the number of slaves as a proportion of the country’s population is considered, top is Mauritania, followed by Haiti, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

The index, compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, says modern slavery includes: debt bondage, forced marriage, sale or exploitation of children, human trafficking, forced labour and slavery itself.

The 10 countries with the lowest prevalence of slavery – among the 160 ranked – are all European, except New Zealand: Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ireland and Iceland.

The report reads:

"The India country study suggests that while this involves the exploitation of some foreign nationals, by far the largest proportion of this problem is the exploitation of Indians citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labour.

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state, said: "I urge leaders around the world to view this Index as a call to action, and to stay focused on the work of responding to this crime, even if your country receives a positive rank. Now we know the Index isn’t perfect and can’t answer every question about modern slavery, but this is an important starting point."

miguel de Portugal comments: Let us pray! Only God, moving individual souls, will reduce this scourge of the "civilized" 21st Century. Politicians will never do it. There is too much money involved in it.

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(1)  EuroNews Reports



News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Documentary by Knights of Columbus addresses, "Who is Pope Francis?" (1)

The Knights of Columbus have produced a documentary, "Francis: The Pope From the New World," that will air on October 20th, on FOX Business Network, at 5:00 pm (Eastern Time).

The documentary "traces the remarkable rise of Jorge Mario Bergoglio who has become the first pope from the Americas, the first pope who is a Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. The hour-long program features interviews from around the world, with close friends, fellow priests, co-workers, his biographer, and the poor of Buenos Aires. Most of the interviews and much of the film were shot on location in Argentina."

"This documentary arrives as the world realizes that a very special man has assumed the leadership of the Catholic Church, and this begins - but does not end - with his gestures of humility and care for everyone," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, one of the documentary’s executive producers. "Still, what remain largely unknown to the public are many details of Pope Francis' life, the work he has done and the ways in which he has defended the voiceless and Catholic principles. This documentary delves into those stories."

miguel de Portugal comments: "The Pope of the New World" Order?

Is God up to it again.... writing on every possible wall so that Daniel can read it to His children?

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Can the NSA mistakenly believe you're a terrorist? It's possible. (1)

After all, a "false positive" is an erroneous 'positive' diagnosis resulting from testing inaccuracies.

It is true that the test will accurately measure 99 percent of terrorists who take it - but it's false that 99 percent of "positive results" are terrorists.

Just how rare are terrorists in America? Between 2001 and 2011, there were 207 attempted terrorist attacks in America, which is an average of 20.7 per year. If we cautiously assume 20 individuals were involved per attack, that would mean there were 414 terrorists in America per year. This also equates to one in 624,297 Americans being a terrorist.

With the help of Bayes Theorem, we can determine there's a 99.98416 percent false positive probability of not being a terrorist given a 'positive' test result. Surprised? The higher the rarity, the more false results - despite an accurate test.

In order for the NSA to have a 94 percent probability of actually finding a terrorist with a 'positive' result, the NSA testing methods would have to reach 99.9999 percent accuracy, which is equivalent to the accuracy of a DNA test.

These are a lot of numbers thrown at you - and some assumptions are made. What you really need to remember is this: never say anything (NSA) online!

miguel de Portugal comments: A statistical "snow storm" indeed.... and the message is? "Yes, things - anything in any area -  can go wrong".

The simple-folk reality is: Yes, mistakes can be made but, since a "statistical suspect" is not shot on the spot, the mistake will hopefully be corrected.

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October 21st, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown. (1)

Over the past few months, there has been a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation's power grid, and hardly anyone has noticed.

The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country.

Using those vulnerabilities, an attacker at a single, unmanned power substation could inflict a widespread power outage.

And yet, the two engineers who discovered the vulnerability say little is being done.


miguel de Portugal comments: Just a reminder that it is only in God in Whom we can safely trust and be assured of protection.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Typhoon Wipha causes more nuclear contamination at Fukushima. (1)   

A typhoon that swept through Japan has caused more radioactive leaks at the troubled Fukushima plant.

Workers there say they have detected high levels of radiation in a ditch leading to the Pacific Ocean and suspect heavy rains lifted contaminated soil.

It was one of the most powerful storms to hit Japan in years with more than 80 centimetres of rain falling within 24 hours.

miguel de Portugal comments: Another reminder of the same....

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 Japan launches anti-radiation underwear after Fukushima crisis. (1)

Japanese company launches anti-radiation swimwear and underwear as Fukushima nuclear crisis continues. The new swimwear has been crafted from a unique biorubber material that claims to protect the wearer from radiation exposure in contaminated waters.

The wetsuit-style garment, which contains micron-sized bubbles, blocks almost 100 per cent of beta rays, according to its makers Yamamoto Corporation, a swimwear company based in Osaka. A further line of anti-radiation underwear made from a lead-based fabric to prevent the contamination of gamma rays is also in development and due to go on sale in the near future.

The underwear, which weighs close to 7.5 lb, is designed to protect in particular the spine and lower abdomen of the wearer from the damaging effects of gamma ray exposure. The products are clearly targeting high-risk workers in and around the still-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, which suffered triple meltdowns and hydrogen explosions following a major earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

miguel de Portugal comments: Frankly, I believe that a Rosary will be more effective in the long term.... and we are not being sarcastic!

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October 22nd, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

What's that smell? Exotic scents made from Re-engineered Yeast. (1)

Vanilla, saffron, patchouli. For centuries, spices and flavorings like these have come from exotic plants growing in remote places like the jungles of Mexico or the terraced hillsides of Madagascar. Some were highly prized along ancient trading routes like the Silk Road.

Now a powerful form of genetic engineering could revolutionize the production of some of the most sought-after flavors and fragrances. Rather than being extracted from plants, they are being made by genetically modified yeast or other micro-organisms cultured in huge industrial vats.

The products, which taste or smell nearly the same as the real thing, are coming quickly and even moving beyond flavors and fragrances to include other commodities, like rubber and drugs.

In April, the pharmaceutical company Sanofi began commercial production of an essential malaria drug using baker's yeast genetically modified by Amyris.

miguel de Portugal comments: Jesus said: The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven (yeast), which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. [Matthew 13:33]

Now we have genetically modified yeast (leaven). As we keep saying: God does not tire of giving every imaginable sign of the Times that we are living through to those who have Eyes to see and Ears to hear.

Here is alerting us about the preparation of a "genetically engineered" Kingdom of Heaven which is what Bergoglio and his team are busy working on.

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(1)  New York Times Reports



News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet. (1)

Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.

The warning comes from researchers who bought and tested 101 breast milk samples sold by women on one popular site. Three-fourths of the samples contained high amounts of bacteria that could potentially sicken babies, the researchers found. They did not identify the website.

The results are "pretty scary," said Dr. Kenneth Boyer, pediatrics chief at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who was not involved in the study. "Just imagine if the donor happens to be a drug user. You don't know."

The research published in medical literature cites several cases of infants getting sick from strangers' milk.

miguel de Portugal comments: Have we lost a collective sense? Mind? Of course that is a rhetorical question since it is obvious that we have. Buy breast milk via the Internet? What next - Blood plasma? Fertile ovum?

Let us see how long it takes Mr. Mike Adams from NaturalNews to claim that Big Pharma and the NSA (why not?, they are now blamed for everything) are attempting to deprive the nation of "natural" foods....

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Oops! Etruscan warrior prince really a princess. (1)

Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: A completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy.

The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior prince.

But the grave held one more surprise. A bone analysis has revealed the warrior prince was actually a princess, as Judith Weingarten, an alumna of the British School at Athens noted on her blog, Zenobia: Empress of the East.

miguel de Portugal comments: Oops!??? In today's world? Get serious!

Prince, Princess, whatever.... It seems that today everything goes and, if you doubt us, ask Lady Gaga. (2)

It is a shame that a Gamma Ray Burst is practically instantaneous, otherwise we would be out there cheering it on! No; we are not being sarcastic.
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(2) Gaga's latest "whatever"



October 23rd, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Israeli premier not meeting pope despite earlier announcement. (1)

An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet Pope Francis on a trip to Italy this week, backing off from an earlier announcement that a meeting was planned.

The official cited "logistical reasons" for the change. But the Vatican said a meeting had never been planned.
 
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Monday "the Israeli premier is welcome, but this week the pope had other commitments."

Israeli media speculated that bad planning or an overzealous office worker were behind the initial statement.

Last week, Francis met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

miguel de Portugal comments: The truth about this situation could be anything and the above news will be interpreted throughout the world at the convenience of the individual's agenda. After all, obviously Truth in the News No Longer Matters.
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(1) Source


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Cupidity, being attached to money, destroys relationships between people. (1)

In the end, " is a tool of idolatry , because it takes the path contrary to the one God has taken with us" "Jesus Christ, who was rich, became poor to make us rich ." And the right path is not "the path of poverty for poverty's sake" but "the path of poverty as an instrument, so
that God be God" because "all the goods that we posses were given us by the Lord to make the world go round, humanity progress, to help, to help others".
 
Pope Francis spoke about our correct relationship with "material goods" during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta , commenting on today's Gospel , in which a man asks Jesus to intervene to resolve a matter of inheritance with his brother.

As published by Vatican Radio in Italian, the Pope noted that the problem of the relationship with money "is an every day problem. How many families have we seen destroyed by money problems: brother against brother, father against son ...

This is the first thing that this attitude of being attached to money does, it destroys! When a person is attached to money, he destroys himself , he destroys his family! Money destroys! It does!

Being too attached to it. Money is needed to do good things, many tasks to develop humanity, but when your heart is too attached to it, it will destroy you".

miguel de Portugal comments: We continue to hear this kind of talk but still no action, yet people cannot notice that none of these "pious talk" is being placed into action now, or was placed into action when Bergoglio was the supreme master of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina.

Of course what Bergoglio is saying is true. Jesus said it! The issue is that talking about what Jesus said and doing it are two completely different things. Talk is always cheap!

It is truly amazing how easy the masses can be fooled - when God allows it, of course. Remember Adolph Hitler?

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(1) Asia News Reports


October 24th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Poland archbishop slammed over sex abuse statements. (1)

The leader of Poland's Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests.

Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland's influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, "seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too."

The words triggered an immediate uproar - one that Michalik tried to stamp out the same day by apologizing and saying he had been misunderstood. He had not, he said, meant to suggest that child victims were in any way responsible. But the damage was done.

Ordinary citizens joined prominent politicians in expressing outrage, and intense debate continues more than two weeks later. The media pointed out that Michalik had supported a parish priest convicted in 2004 of child sex abuse, and one of the priest's victims said she was horrified by Michalik's latest remarks.

The archbishop's comments forced the Episcopate's spokesman, the Rev. Jozef Kloch, to state that Poland's church has "zero tolerance" for pedophilia but that it needs to learn how to approach and talk about the matter. The controversy has since led bishops under Michalik to apologize for "priests who have harmed children."


miguel de Portugal comments: We are not going to comment on the sexual abuse issue - we have done enough of that in the past. Our comments will address the intellectual capacity of  the "head of Poland's influential Episcopate".

Anyone so intellectually challenged, as to make such statement, to be the "head of Poland's most influential Episcopate", reflects on the degree of "illumination" these alleged successors of the Apostles have. Instead of the brilliant Light of the Holy Spirit of God guiding them, they must be under the Black Light (as the UV (2) light is called) of the Spirits banned from Heaven by God.

Any member of the Elect who blindly trust in an institution led by people like Mr. Michalik, have a very, very painful future ahead of them but they have been amply warned already.

Thank you, Mr. Michalik and those of your ilk, you are making our work a lot easier.

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(2) Come to think if it -  "black light" is the street name for ultra violet (UV) light and, isn't violet the color these prelates use in their gowns?


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Nuke officers left blast door open. (1)

Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

The blast doors are never to be left open if one of the crew members inside is asleep - as was the case in both these instances - out of concern for the damage an intruder could cause, including the compromising of secret launch codes.

Transgressions such as this are rarely revealed publicly. But officials with direct knowledge of Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile operations told the AP that such violations have happened, undetected, many more times than in the cases of the two launch crew commanders and two deputy commanders who were given administrative punishments this year.


miguel de Portugal comments: Well, well, well! It seems that intellectual impairment is also rampant among those who are entrusted with our physical (2) safety.

Are these people "brain dead", as the saying goes? Of course, this is just a rhetorical question since the answer is obvious.

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(1) News Report
(2) See our comments on News Report No. 1 above for a report on the intellectual impairment among those who are entrusted with our spiritual safety.


News Report No. 3

[our highlights]

Greeks 40 percent poorer than in 2008. (1)
   
Greeks are on average almost 40 percent poorer than they were in 2008, data indicated, laying bare the impact of a brutal recession and austerity measures the government may be forced to extend into next year.

Gross disposable incomes fell 29.5 percent between the second quarters of 2008 and 2013, statistics service ELSTAT said on Tuesday. Adding in cumulative consumer price inflation over the same period takes the decline close to 40 percent.

Propped up by international aid since 2010, Greece is at loggerheads with its lenders from the European Union and International Monetary Fund over the size of its 2014 budget deficit.


miguel de Portugal comments: Another of the European Union "miracles", or "how the establishment of a One World Order in three easy steps", crumbles upon the same people who were promised a "Wonderland".... and whose leaders bought it, "lock, stock and barrel!"

Demonstrations - peaceful and violent - continue to erupt all over Europe and these poor demonstrators have not noticed yet that they might as well stay home. Europe already is under a de facto dictatorship and will not change its course.... until God does it for them, of course.

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October 25th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

White House Official on National Security Is Fired After Twitter. (1)

In his day job at the White House, Jofi Joseph was known as a generally collegial guy, a junior but experienced staff member working on some of the nation's most serious business specifically arms proliferation, and especially involving Iran.

But after hours? That is when he became @NatSecWonk: "I’m abrasive and I bring the snark," he wrote anonymously on his now-closed Twitter account. "Unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks" on "the foreign policy and national security scene."


miguel de Portugal comments: Who, in our governement, keeps hiring these losers and place them in sensitive areas?

Obviously they must be hired by other losers.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling' who spent €31m renovating a property. (1)

Germany's "Bling Bishop", who sparked outrage after spending €15,000 of diocese money on a bathtub and €350,000 on walk-in wardrobes, has been suspended after falling foul of the famously frugal Francis I.

But it appears Francis I, who models himself on the ascetic Saint from Assisi, was not impressed after hearing Tebartz-van Elst's attempts to justify home improvements and renovations totalling €31m - more than double the original €13.5m estimate presented to the diocese.

"The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," a Vatican spokesman said yesterday. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties.

"The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst."


miguel de Portugal comments: We take note that, for the Vatican, it is appropriate to, in effect, "deactivate" a Bishop for overspending but not for covering up and transferring criminal pedophiles within the priesthood. The behavior of these people  - with the Ratzinger-Bergoglio team at the head - is simply revolting!

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(1) Report One

and

     Report Two



News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

 Germany, France united in anger over U.S. spying accusations. (1)

German and French accusations that the United States has run spying operations in their countries, including possibly bugging Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, are likely to dominate a meeting of EU leaders starting on Thursday.

The two-day Brussels summit, called to tackle a range of social and economic issues, will now be overshadowed by debate on how to respond to the alleged espionage by Washington against two of its closest European Union allies.

For Germany the issue is particularly sensitive. Not only does the government say it has evidence the chancellor's personal phone was monitored, but the very idea of bugging dredges up memories of eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany, where Merkel grew up.

miguel de Portugal comments: As we have often said - the US is the greatest stumbling block to those who insist in establishing that pathetic idea of One World Government with its One (Bergoglio's) World Religion and will use anything they can to undermine the US.

Granted - such activities do not look too good but, making such a fuss over it? After all, if they are really the US allies, what do they have to hide from the US?

With Angela Merkel, in essence, ruling Europe, it just may not be a bad idea on keeping a discreet eye on her. She is, through the façade of the European Union, making, albeit in a more civilized manner, Hitler's dream come true: One United Europe ruled by Germany.

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(1)  News Report No. 1
(2) News Report No. 2



October 26th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters. (1)

Tetsuya Hayashi went to Fukushima to take a job at ground zero of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He lasted less than two weeks.

Hayashi, 41, says he was recruited for a job monitoring the radiation exposure of workers leaving the plant in the summer of 2012. Instead, when he turned up for work, he was handed off through a web of contractors and assigned, to his surprise, to one of Fukushima's hottest radiation zones.

When Hayashi took his grievances to a firm on the next rung up the ladder of Fukushima contractors, he says he was fired. He filed a complaint but has not received any response from labor regulators for more than a year.

Out of work, Hayashi found a second job at Fukushima, this time building a concrete base for tanks to hold spent fuel rods. His new employer skimmed almost a third of his wages - about $1,500 a month - and paid him the rest in cash in brown paper envelopes, he says. Reuters reviewed documents related to Hayashi's complaint, including pay envelopes and bank statements.

In reviewing Fukushima working conditions, Reuters interviewed more than 80 workers, employers and officials involved in the unprecedented nuclear clean-up. A common complaint: the project's dependence on a sprawling and little scrutinized network of subcontractors - many of them inexperienced with nuclear work and some of them, police say, have ties to organized crime.

Outside the plant, Japan's "Big Four" construction companies - Kajima, Obayashi, Shimizu Corp and Taisei Corp - oversee hundreds of small firms working on government-funded contracts to remove radioactive dirt and debris from nearby villages and farms so evacuees can return home.

Tokyo Electric, widely known as Tepco, says it has been unable to monitor subcontractors fully but has taken steps to limit worker abuses and curb the involvement of organized crime.

miguel de Portugal comments: Stop and think about it: These are the people entrusted with the safety of the Japanese population and that of the waters being carried by ocean currents throughout the world.

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Addicted to the Apocalypse by Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize winner)

Once upon a time, walking around shouting “The end is nigh” got you labeled a kook, someone not to be taken seriously. These days, however, all the best people go around warning of looming disaster. In fact, you more or less have to subscribe to fantasies of fiscal apocalypse to be considered respectable.

And I do mean fantasies. Washington has spent the past three-plus years in terror of a debt crisis that keeps not happening, and, in fact, can't happen to a country like the United States, which has its own currency and borrows in that currency. Yet the scaremongers can’t bring themselves to let go.

On the Chicken Little aspect: It’s actually awesome, in a way, to realize how long cries of looming disaster have filled our airwaves and op-ed pages. For example, I just reread an op-ed article by Alan Greenspan in The Wall Street Journal, warning that our budget deficit will lead to soaring inflation and interest rates. What about the reality of low inflation and low rates? That, he declares in the article, is "regrettable, because it is fostering a sense of complacency."

So has the ex-Maestro reconsidered his views after having been so wrong for so long? Not a bit. His new (and pretty bad) book declares that "the bias toward unconstrained deficit spending is our top domestic economic problem."


miguel de Portugal comments: I could not help but heartily laugh when we read the above. The same laughter I enjoyed at the time when not even the top US media pundits could explain why no one could get Clinton out of the White House (2).

These little men with great world credentials seem to forget - if they ever knew - that it is God the One Who really "calls the shots".

Of course the financial crash - as announced - does not have to happen anymore. It was programmed for the original plans of the One World Order, etc. We are heading into the climax of the Chastisement so all bets are off unless God can use some of them for the benefit of His Elect.

Yes; it really IS that simple!
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(1) New York Times Reports
(2) Why God kept Clinton in the White House


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Syria's New Woes: Polio, Flesh-Eating Parasites as Vaccination program breaks down. (1)

Syria's clerics last week gave the starving people of Damascus the OK to eat dog, and the bad news has not ended there. The World Health Organization now suspects polio has returned to the country. If verified, these would be the first recorded cases there since 1999. And it's just one on a list of what the Telegraph calls health "flare-ups": measles, typhoid, hepatitis, and tens of thousands of cases of the flesh-eating parasite leishmaniasis have also surfaced.

As for the potential polio cases, the WHO is still waiting for a lab to confirm the results, but 22 people in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor have symptoms of what is "very likely" polio. The WHO places much of the blame on the breakdown of the country's immunization program; the BBC notes vaccination rates sank from 95% to 45% between 2010 and 2013. Worse still, Syria's porous borders could endanger other countries.

The Telegraph notes that cases of both leishmaniasis and measles have been recorded among refugees in Lebanon.


miguel de Portugal comments: (sarcasm on) Not to worry. (sarcasm off) We are sure that the UN and the European Union will have several "working" lunches and dinners as they meet to discuss this situation so that they can then adjourn having done nothing about it.... as it is customary.

Can anyone blame God for what He is about to do?

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October 28th, 2013 [Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles]

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Pope offers 'indulgences' to his Twitter followers. (1)(2)(3)

In its latest effort to take part in the social media conversation, the Vatican has announced it will offer "indulgences" to virtual followers of Pope Francis, better known on Twitter as @Pontifex.

For Catholics, an indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin. In essense a step towards purification, indulgences are usually granted in exchange for prayers or good works. The Church's salvation is only granted by having grave sins absolved, customarilly through the sacrament of Confession.

miguel de Portugal comments: No wonder he already has nearly ten million followers! For satan this is like "shooting fish in a barrel".

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(2) Source
(3) Source



News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Ex-NSA chief spills secrets while riding Amtrak. (1)

Oh, the things you hear on Amtrak's Acela service! Screaming kids, complaints about Wi-Fi and - oh yeah - a former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA seemingly spilling secrets to reporters.

We learn this from the Twitter feed of Tom Matzzie, former Washington director of MoveOn.org Political Action, who sat near retired Gen. Michael Hayden. Matzzie's tweets suggest that Hayden took calls from reporters digging into the ongoing NSA spy scandal and asking about President Barack Obama's BlackBerry and CIA secret prisons overseas.

Hayden apparently insisted on being quoted anonymously.


miguel de Portugal comments: Genaral Michael Hayden: Another of the "winners" entrusted with the security of the US!

As the saying goes.... With friends like Hayden, who needs enemies!"

Amazing, simply amazing!

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Amazon's Revenue Soars, but No Profit Is in Sight. (1)

Amazon's third quarter followed a familiar script: it sold vast quantities of things, lost money while doing so, and investors were delighted.

Revenue was $17.09 billion, the company said on Thursday, up 24 percent and about $400 million more than analysts predicted. But all that volume could not yield a profit. Amazon lost 9 cents a share, or $41 million, just as it had anticipated.

Investors broke out the Champagne. In after-hours trading, the stock was up $29, or 8 percent, to $361. The stock is up nearly tenfold since 2008.

miguel de Portugal comments: There is something wrong with that picture, isn't there? Just like it was when I was in the travel business in the eighties. The airlines lost money every year (and I think they still do) and never went bankrupt.

Move over, Perpetual Motion Machine.... someone has developed a fool proof method of making money while losing it..... and will continue... as long as there are enough fools in the world that will believe it!

Amazing, simply amazing!

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October 29th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Chemical plant safety - Preventing a Bhopal-like catastrophe in New Jersey. (1)

New Jersey is home to ninety facilities which produce and store large quantities of highly toxic chemicals. A superstorm or terrorist attack could doom millions of people around southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to a Bhopal, 1984-like fate if either of these facilities and their storage tanks were affected.Typically, in the aftermath of major disasters, a blue ribbon panel is created to review preventative measures that could have been taken before the disaster.

Security experts say that there is no need to wait for a post-disaster blue ribbon panel investigation to know what sensible safety measures should be implemented now.

There is a two-mile stretch in eastern New Jersey, from Newark Airport to Port Elizabeth, where many large chemical facilities are located, a stretch which terrorism experts have dubbed, "The most dangerous two miles in America."


miguel de Portugal comments: Hallelujah!!!!

They have FINALLY!!! realized that it is best to prevent it than to figure out what happened after it did!

Now, if we could get our State and Defense Departments to think likewise, we  may just have a winner!

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Report: US monitored 60 million calls in Spain. (1)

A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone - the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies.

The El Mundo newspaper report comes a week after the French paper Le Monde reported similar allegations of U.S. spying in France and German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Washington tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. The leaders of Brazil and Mexico are also reported to have been spied on.

El Mundo said the bar graph document titled "Spain - Last 30 days" showed daily call traffic volume between Dec. 10, 2012, and Jan. 8, 2013. It says the NSA monitored the numbers and duration of the calls, but not their content. The document does not show the numbers.

Just as with the report in Le Monde, the El Mundo story was co-written by Glenn Greenwald, who originally revealed the NSA surveillance program based on leaks from Snowden. El Mundo said it had reached a deal with Greenwald to have the exclusive on the Snowden documents relating to Spain.

miguel de Portugal comments: So?

60 million calls in one month in a country which has a little over forty million (accounted for) residents, works out to a little over one call per person per month. Considering that people live almost glued to their phones day in and day out - easily five calls per day on the average.  That works out to 150 calls per month per inhabitant which, at 40 million inhabitants, works out at six billion calls per month. Therefore, if our math does not fail us, the NSA has monitored barely 1 % of the telephone traffic in Spain.

With the free-for-all border situation in the European Union where anything and anyone can get through them if the traffickers are attentive. Massive and uncontrolled influx of refugees into Europe from the African continent and the Middle East and over 30% of the economies of several countries being kept "under the table" - that is, uncontrolled and unaccounted for billions upon billions Euro - maybe the US should step up the monitoring to 120 million per month!

The monitoring is of  "the numbers and duration of the calls, but not their content" - so what IS the problem? Perhaps if Spain had done that before the horrific terrorist attack on commuter trains in Madrid some years back,  it would not have happened..... after all, they used cell phones to organize it and execute it.

We are the first one against the establishment of a Police State but Democracies operating like Anarchies (2) IS NOT the answer.

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(2)  No to Anarchy!


News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

"Go ahead, make my day": Sheldon Adelson on how to deal with Iran. (1)

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson says that the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran will lead to nothing, arguing that the best negotiating tactics would be to launch a preemptive nuclear strike on unpopulated areas in Iran – accompanied by a threat to wipe out the entire population of Tehran if Iran refused to give up its nuclear program.

Echoing Clint Eastwood, Adelson said that following the nuclear explosion in the desert, Obama should tell the Iranians: "You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development."

miguel de Portugal comments: As we have said many times - we do not support nor endorse wars; not even the "Just Wars" approved by the Vatican, but.... those who know nothing else besides war should learn how to conduct it. Under that light, Mr. Adelson's idea should be considered if, for nothing else, to soften Iran's position.

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October 30th, 2013

News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

Russia: Putin says gay athletes and visitors welcome at Sochi games. (1)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused of discrimination against homosexuals by his critics, said gay athletes and visitors would be welcome in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

On a visit to the host city with Thomas Bach, the Head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Putin stressed that all would be welcome at the games:

"We are doing everything - our organisers, athletes and fans – so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation," Putin said.

A new Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors has cast a shadow over the lead-up to the Olympics. There had been concern that the legislation could apply to gay athletes and visitors to Sochi.

miguel de Portugal comments: We applaud Putin's position. First for making it illegal the promotion of homosexuality among minors and secondly for making sure that all participats and guests to the Sochi games, homosexuals included, feel comfortable and welcome.

That IS exactly the way it should be in accordance to the Will of God.
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(1)  EuroNews Reports


News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

Russia to build floating nuclear power plants. (1)

Global warming is opening the Arctic Ocean to shipping - and causing the rapid melting of Arctic ice. Russia says that ship-based nuclear power plants would allow it to provide power to remote cities in Siberia, and provide power to oil and gas drilling operations in the Arctic (about 30 percent of the world’s unclaimed natural gas is in the Arctic, and about, 60 percent of that unclaimed natural gas is in the Russian Arctic).

Experts worry about the ability of ship-based nuclear reactor to withstand extreme weather events, or terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Army deployed its own floating nuclear reactor – the Sturgis – in the Panama Canal Zone from 1968 to 1976.

Russian state-controlled energy company Rosatom is developing what maybe the future of portable energy: a ship-based nuclear power plant consisting of two small KLT-40 reactors,capable of generating seventy megawatts of electricity, enough to provide electricity, heat, and desalinated drinking water for a city of 200,000 people.

miguel de Portugal comments: On this one it is "Two thumbs down!" That is insanity and begging for a terrorist-caused disaster. On the other hand.... it will not come to pass....

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News Report No. 3
[our highlights]

Fury in the Kingdom. (1)

Here's how the Saudis see it: President Obama has sold out the Syrian opposition, reinforced President Bashar al-Assad after having called for his departure, embarked on a dangerous duet with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, played the wrong cards in Egypt, retreated from initial criticism of Israeli settlements that promised a more balanced American approach to Israel-Palestine, tilted toward the Shiites in the growing regional Sunni-Shiite confrontation, and generally undercut the interests of the kingdom.

To say Saudi Arabia is livid would be an understatement. Hence the Saudi decision to give up a seat on the Security Council that it had long coveted. It was not aimed at the United Nations. It was aimed above all at the United States.

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former director of the Saudi intelligence services, put it this way recently: "Washington is not able to reach a cohesive and comprehensible policy vis-à-vis particular situations." He continued, "On Syria, of course, it has been a continuous retrogression from first statements within a couple of months of the situation in Syria when President Obama said Assad must go until today."

The Saudis, of course, always talk a good line and are happiest when others — read the United States — do the heavy lifting for them. But they remain an important ally. The pursuit of U.S. interests in the region is made more difficult with the Saudis fuming.

It is not only the Saudis who are wondering. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi there is a perception of American weakness and retreat. The claim in Dubai that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside the atrium of the tallest building in the world, the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa tower, amounts to a boast freighted with symbolism.


miguel de Portugal comments: Amazing. Simply amazing!... but right on target (the "target" of those who are determined to establish a One World Order).

All over the world... at every junction, every key world government makes the wrong decision.

When will they learn that their "pipe dream" will never happen? That, of course, is a rhetorical question since only, after having been pushed across the veil they will see it.

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October 31st, 2013


News Report No. 1
[our highlights]

As Europe denounces U.S. spying, it delays privacy protection at home. (1)

Even with Europe in an uproar over intrusive United States surveillance, its leaders are looking for ways to slow down legislation aimed at preventing violations of privacy at home.

Two days after Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany telephoned President Obama to complain about the monitoring of her cellphone by the United States, she joined fellow European leaders at a summit meeting in Brussels last week in agreeing not to rush into a new data privacy law, perhaps putting it off until 2015, after elections next May for a new European Parliament.

Kicking decisions into the future is a permanent feature of Europe's cumbersome decision-making process. But Germany’s acquiescence in a British-led effort to freeze the privacy measures highlighted what appear to be contradictions between the verbal support for privacy among European leaders and their own policy decisions.

"Everyone is very eager to protect privacy in their public statements," said Miriam Artino, a policy analyst at La Quadrature du Net, a French organization that promotes digital rights and liberties. "But we can see that government leaders are not very enthusiastic and are looking for ways to delay the process."


miguel de Portugal comments:
If I were a US leader I would think:

"What are the European leaders hiding?" "Why are they so curious about what goes on in private amongst their citizens and so concerned regarding what we know about them?"

Followed by an order to double on the monitoring of the activities of the leaders of key European nations.

That's how international business has been conducted since time immemorial - whether Mrs. Merkel likes it or not. Of course, that is not God-like but, since when cathedral laden Europe has been concerned about what is right before the Eyes of God?

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News Report No. 2
[our highlights]

New Vulnerability Found in Apps Using Wi-Fi. (1)

Public Wi-Fi networks are notoriously insecure, and now there's this: Mobile security researchers have discovered a new way for attackers to access mobile phone apps from Wi-Fi networks.

The vulnerability allows attackers to persistently alter the server URL from which a mobile app loads its data, so that instead of loading data from realserver.com, for instance, the attack makes the app load data from attacker.com, without the victim knowing. Attackers could use that data to load malicious links, or insert fake, market-moving news into a news app.

The researchers from Skycure, a mobile security company, said that in the past they had alerted app makers to a vulnerability before making it public. In this case, however, they said such responsible disclosure was all but impossible because the vulnerability was present in hundreds of apps they tested, including stock management and news apps. They declined to name the apps affected for fear attackers would use the knowledge and exploit it.


miguel de Portugal comments:
Just another reminder about being very careful with all of these "New and Improved" technologies.
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About Malachi Martin

Introduction by miguel de Portugal We have spoken about him recently and perhaps many of our readers do not have much of an idea about who he is and his background. Therefore, we have reproduced a few lines (1) below for your convenience. [our highlights]

Malachi Brendan Martin (July 23, 1921 – July 27, 1999) was an Irish Catholic priest and writer on the Catholic Church.

Originally ordained as a Jesuit priest, he became Professor of Palaeontology at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute, and from 1958 Martin also served as a theological adviser to Cardinal Augustin Bea during preparations for the Second Vatican Council  Disillusioned by reforms he was released from certain of his Jesuit vows in 1964 and moved to New York.

His 17 novels and non-fiction books were frequently critical of the Catholic Church, which he believed had failed to act on the third prophecy supposedly revealed by the Virgin Mary at Fátima. Among his most significant works were The Scribal Character of The Dead Sea Scrolls (1958) and Hostage To The Devil (1976) which dealt with satanism, demonic possession, and exorcism. The Final Conclave, 1978 was a warning against alleged Soviet spies in the Vatican.

Martin was born prematurely in the village of Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland to a middle-class family in which the children were raised speaking Gaelic at the dinner table and Catholic belief and practice were central - his three brothers also became priests, two of them academics. He received his secondary education at Belvedere College in Dublin, and became a Jesuit novice on September 6, 1939, at the age of eighteen. Due to the Second World War and the inherent risks involved with travel during this time, Martin remained in Ireland and studied at the National University of Ireland where he received a bachelor's degree in Semitic languages and Oriental studies while carrying out concurrent study in Assyriology at Trinity College, Dublin.

Upon completion of his degree in Dublin, Martin was sent to the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium to continue his education. During his four year stay in Leuven, he completed master's degrees in philosophy and theology, and three doctorates (in Semitic languages, archeology, and Oriental history). On August 15, 1954, the Feast of the Assumption, Martin was ordained a Jesuit priest at the age of thirty-three.

Martin started postgraduate studies at both the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Oxford University, specializing in intertestamentary studies and knowledge of Jesus Christ and of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts. He undertook additional study in rational psychology, experimental psychology, physics and anthropology.


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