Latter Times Headlines- Star Trek Technology, Flu Epidemic, Cyber Threats, more

Latter Times Headlines
Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

2 Timothy 3:1-9 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (8) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Beam me up, Scotty! Real-life Star Trek tractor beam created by scientists at University of St Andrews
A real-life miniature version of the “tractor beam” featured in the Star Trek series has been created by a team of scientists which could be used in medical testing. Although light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s, researchers said this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level.

Gallup Poll: Americans Most Negative On the Nation And Economy In 30 Years
I guess Americans just haven’t heard of a little something called the stock market. Isn’t that right Bernanke? Wasn’t the stock market rally you engineered supposed to make everyone feel all nice and confident? Well the great middle class squeeze continues, as the stock market is for the 1% what food stampsare for the poor.

Deadly GM flu research that could ‘wipe out significant portion of humanity’ set to resta
Research into H5N1 transmission stopped a year ago amid fears information about how to create potentially dangerous viruses could be used for bioterrorism. The self-imposed moratorium came after two teams independently discovered how to mutate the virus so that it could be transmitted through the air between humans.

Cyber Threat Looms
The United States is facing a catastrophic cyber attack by nations or non-state groups that could cripple the country’s economy, a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday.

World Bank says Red-Dead project feasible
Project meant to connect Red Seas with Dea Sea gets financial thumbs up, but green groups warn it may spell an environmental disaster.

Plans For “Sweeping” Changes To U.S. Immigration Law To Be Unveiled Today
A group of leading senators from both sides of the House have formulated a plan to re-write U.S. immigration laws which is expected to be formally released at a press conference today. The eight senators expected to announce the proposals today are Democrats Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet; and Republicans John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake.

Mohamed Morsi declares emergency in three Egyptian cities
Port Said, Suez, and Ismailiya – the cities most affected by the violence – will be subject to a 30-day curfew lasting from 9pm to 6am every night, Morsi said in a surprise televised speech.

Earthquake felt throughout Solano County
According to the USGS website, the earthquake caused no damage, but was felt as far away as Vacaville, Suisun City, Benicia, Vallejo, Deer Park, Pleasant Hill, Sacramento, Roseville, Petaluma and Nevada City.

Earthquake (aftershock) in East Azerbaijan, Iran injures at least 34 people
A moderate earthquake struck Iranian Province East Azerbaijan this afternoon (Saturday). USGS gives M 4,8 and a depth of 18 km for this quake. The epicenter lays 66 km northeast of Tabris, where two devasting earthquakes on August 11th 2012 killed more than 300 people.

2 Iron Dome batteries deployed in north Israel
Two Iron Dome batteries have been deployed in northern Israel over the past few days, the IDF said on Sunday. One battery of the missile-defense system was deployed in the Krayot area, while the other was installed in the Galilee region. Additional, fully operational batteries have already been deployed in the Haifa are and in other locations.

China, U.S. conduct missile defense tests
China on Sunday conducted the second test of a new anti-ballistic missile defense interceptor that United States officials say is directly linked to Beijing’s secret anti-satellite weapons program. Meanwhile, the Pentagon on Sunday announced it conducted a successful test of a long-range anti-missile interceptor.

Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force
The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials. …The command, made up of about 900 personnel, will expand to include 4,900 troops and civilians.

Ahmadinejad: Muslims should mobilize resources to uproot Zionism
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that all Muslims should mobilize their resources to uproot Zionism… He said that the prime goal of the Muslims should be terminating the issue of Zionism. ”World Muslims should forge unity in their struggle with bullying powers and by the time that the Zionist usurpers commit crimes through occupation and vandalism. It is not advisable to sit idle and take no action.”

Senators reach agreement on immigration reform
A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

Egypt’s Morsi calls crisis talks as emergency declared
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has urged leading opposition figures to attend a “national dialogue” meeting following four days of deadly violence. Dozens of people have died since a court sentenced 21 people to death over football riots. Anger over Mr Morsi’s rule has fuelled unrest elsewhere. Mr Morsi declared a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismalia, and a 21:00 to 06:00 curfew from Monday.

Security chief heads to Russia amid Syria concerns
National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror was set to fly to Russia on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis, Army Radio reported. According to the report, Amidror plans to discuss the issue of Syrian chemical weapons with officials in the country. The fighting and instability in Syria and the uncertainty over the security of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been a cause of ongoing concern for Israel’s decision makers.

Ex-CIA man: Iran blast largest sabotage case in decades
Iranian dissident-turned CIA operative Reza Kahlili told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that an alleged blast at the Fordow nuclear installation in Iran is “the largest case of sabotage in decades.” Although it has not yet been verified, a report by Kahlili, according to which a massive blast rocked Iran’s key Fordow nuclear installation last week, continued to spread on Monday.

North Korean parents ‘eating their own children’ after being driven mad by hunger in famine-hit pariah state
A starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim. A ‘hidden famine’ in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen.

French-led troops ‘have control of Timbuktu airport’
French-led troops in Mali have taken control of the airport in the key northern city of Timbuktu, French military officials say. The troops encountered no resistance as they headed towards the city, a senior officer with the Malian army told AFP news agency.

Tens of thousands march in support of gay marriage in Paris
Tens of thousands of people marched through Paris on Sunday to support the French government’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption, but the turnout fell well short of a mass demonstration against the project two weeks ago.

U.S. condemns sentencing of American pastor in Iran
The U.S. State Department on Sunday condemned an Iranian court for sentencing an Iranian-American Christian pastor to eight years in prison. The State Department said it had confirmed reports of Saeed Abedini’s sentencing with the family’s attorney and called for his release.

Israel warns of attack on Syrian chemical weapons
Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria’s chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon’s Hezbollah or al-Qaida inspired groups, officials said Sunday.

Australia floods leave hundreds stranded in Bundaberg
Helicopter rescue crews are trying to reach hundreds of people trapped by rising floodwaters in Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland. Many people are trapped on roofs, but there are fears homes could be washed away by fast-moving waters after the Burnett River burst its banks.



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