Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mark of the Beast

CNN - MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face
CNN reports: "This fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. At checkout, you'll be asked to hold up your phone and snap a photo. MasterCard's thinking? It's easier than remembering a password."

Comment: This is an interesting convergence of biometrics and purchase approval, it will be interesting to see if this catches on. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nations in Distress

My Way News - IMF: Greece misses $1.8 billion loan payment
My Way News reports: "The International Monetary Fund says Greece missed a $1.8 billion debt payment Tuesday, becoming the first developed country to default on a loan to the lending agency. [...] Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called a referendum Sunday in which Greek voters can decide whether to approve a deal proposed by the country's creditors. A 'No' vote would likely force Greece to stop using the euro currency."

Comment: Well, that's that then. It's a virtual certainty that the "No" vote will win and Greece will exit the eurozone. The real question is, will this lead to the unraveling of the common currency, or will the EU be able to contain the damage? We don't know the answer to that question yet, but we do know that Europe's financial markets are about to become very turbulent.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart
My Way News reports: "The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise. Should the talks actually collapse, the alternatives are not appealing. The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world community does not seem willing to impose truly crippling sanctions. A dangerous period of uncertainty looms."

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Nations in Distress

My Way News - Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked
My Way News reports: "Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. [...] Greece's bailout program ends Tuesday, when the country is unlikely to make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) repayment to the International Monetary Fund. But Athens and creditors from the IMF and the eurozone failed to agree on the terms of an extension."

Comment: Things are not looking good for the eurozone. Will this rock the foundations of European unity or will the EU emerge from this stronger than ever? Stay tuned!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

War

My Way News - Tunisia pledges tough security post-attack, as tourists flee
My Way News reports: "Tunisia's prime minister announced on Saturday a string of new security measures including closing renegade mosques and calling up army reservists as thousands of tourists fled the North African country in wake of its worst terrorist attack ever. Tourists crowded into the airport at Hammamet near the coastal city of Sousse where a young man dressed in shorts on Friday pulled an assault rifle and grenades out of his beach umbrella and killed 38 people, mostly tourists. [...] The attack came the same day that a suicide bomber killed 27 people in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and a man in France ran his truck into a warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on the gate."

My Way News - Kuwait conducts mass funeral as police question suspects
My Way News reports: "Thousands of people in Kuwait took part in a mass funeral procession Saturday for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite mosque a day earlier. Police in Kuwait said they are interrogating a number of suspects with possible links to the suicide bombing, which was claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group. [...] The bombing, which also wounded more than 200 male worshippers who were taking part in midday Friday prayers, was the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades."

My Way News - Beheading, attack at US factory in France; suspect detained
My Way News reports: "A truck driver once under surveillance for radical Islamic ties crashed into an American-owned chemical warehouse in southeastern France on Friday and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. The attack, which triggered an explosion that wounded two people, came on a day of violence that spanned three continents. [...] The severed head appeared to mimic the Islamic State group's practice of beheading prisoners and displaying their heads for all to see, and came days after the militants urged attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan."

Comment: In case you missed it, Islamic terrorist were staged attacks across three continents on the same day, many were killed.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pestilence

My Way News - Ebola cases not slowing in Guinea, Sierra Leone
My Way News reports: "Despite hopes that the deadly Ebola outbreak could soon be contained in West Africa, it shows no signs of abating in Guinea and may be flaring up once more in Sierra Leone as people are flouting rules limiting travel meant to stop it."

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kings of the East - Rumors of War

My Way News - US chides China but avoids clouding cooperation
My Way News reports: "The United States voiced deep concern Tuesday over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp disagreements with China on pressing security issues cloud the outlook for cooperation between the world powers. [...] Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the need to 'reduce tensions rather than add to them' in the South and East China Seas, where China's assertive behavior and land reclamation to advance its territorial claims has rattled its Asian neighbors, U.S. allies among them. China says the disputed areas are its sovereign territory. U.S. officials said they voiced concern over the possible militarization of artificial islands China is building."

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Earthquakes

My Way News - Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes
My Way News reports: "The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. [...] Studies have linked the increase in quakes to the practice of injecting leftover wastewater into the ground after drilling for oil and gas using newer technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing."

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Final Kingdom

My Way News - Greek officials meet, prepare proposals for Eurozone summit
My Way News reports: "Two days before a crucial summit of Eurozone leaders, Greek ministers are huddling to discuss strategy and assemble a new package of proposals, officials say."

Comment: Is Greece about to destroy the Eurozone? Stay tuned! 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Gospel Preached to All Nations

My Way News - Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court
My Way News reports: "They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK." Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial hearing. They described their pain and anger, but also spoke of love."

Comment: Out of this great tragedy has come a living witness to the power of the Christian virtues of love, forgiveness and mercy. So great is their love that the secular news media is amazed and leads their newscasts and headlines with this astonishing new narrative of forgiveness. Is there something different about Christianity? When other religions are attacked they respond with calls for vengeance, for revenge, for retribution. It's not unusual for other religions to meet violence with violence, an "eye-for-an-eye" according to the old code, but where does that lead? There is indeed something different about Christianity because there was something different about the founder of the religion. That difference is revealed daily in the lives of those who follow Him and it was on display today in that courtroom. What a powerful witness!

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