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In This Edition:

Google’s future: microphones in the ceiling and microchips in your head

Demographic Shift: Where Have All the Christians Gone?

U.S. Support for Brotherhood Drives Arab World to Russia

Bombings Target Christians in Iraq: Part of a Larger Story

Georgetown University Interfaith Center Welcomes Islamists

U.S. plan gives Jerusalem holy sites to Vatican

How Israel Might Look Next December if Kerry Succeeds

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Google’s future: microphones in the ceiling and microchips in your

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Scott Huffman, engineering director at Google: ‘I don’t have a microchip in my head – yet’
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Google’s ideas for a world of search without typing are taking outlandish shape

 

By Adam Sherwin

Monday 09 December 2013

Reprinted from The Independent

 

“I don’t have a microchip in my head – yet,” says the man charged with transforming Google’s relations with the technology giant’s human users.

But Scott Huffman does envisage a world in which Google microphones, embedded in the ceiling, listen to our conversations and interject verbal answers to whatever inquiry is posed.

Huffman, Google’s engineering director, leads a team tasked with making conversations with the search engine more reflective of the complex interactions people enjoy with each other.

The future of the $300 billion business depends upon automatically predicting the search needs of users and then presenting them with the data they need.

“Computing is becoming so inexpensive that it’s inevitable that there will be a ubiquity of connected devices around us, from our lapel to our car to Google Glass [a new optical head-mounted computer],” said Huffman during a visit to the UK from the company’s California base.

A microphone hanging from the ceiling, responding to verbal queries, would remove the need to whip out a phone to remind yourself what time tomorrow’s flight leaves. It could also make sure you don’t miss the flight altogether.

“Like a great personal assistant, it will interrupt you and say ‘ you’ve got to leave now’. It will bring you the information you want,” Mr Huffman said.

In fact, believes Mr Huffman, who has been working on refining search for 15 years, the clunky physical act of typing requests into Google’s search box will gradually recede almost to nothing.

The information could be relayed via “a wearable device, perhaps it might have a small screen, which you can only interact with through your voice and maybe touch but nothing else”.

For play as well as work

The microphone network would have leisure uses too.

“Imagine I can say to a microphone in the ceiling of the room ‘ Can you bring up a video of the highlights of yesterday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game and play it on a TV in the living room?’ and it works because the Cloud means everything is connected,” he says.

“I could ask my Google ‘assistant’ where we should have lunch, that serves French food and isn’t too expensive? Google will go ‘ Ok, we’ll go to that place’ and when I get in my car it should already be navigating to that restaurant. We’re really excited by the idea of multiple devices being able to talk to each other.”

Whether Google users want a microphone embedded in every ceiling is another matter after the company became enveloped in a crisis of trust following Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US Government’s National Security Agency’s clandestine electronic-surveillance programme PRISM.

On Monday, Google joined forces with fellow tech giants including Facebook, Apple and Yahoo! to call for sweeping changes to US surveillance laws and an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public’s “trust in the internet”.

“We take privacy and security very seriously,” Mr Huffman said. “ Our goal is to keep users’ information private and use it in a way that helps that user. When I ask Google for travel information during my trip it draws it out using my hotel confirmation email. So I’m trusting Google with that information and in exchange I’m getting that value.”

Google believes it can ultimately fulfil people’s data needs by sending results directly to microchips implanted into its user’s brains. Research has already begun with such chips to help disabled people steer their wheelchairs.

“If you think hard enough about certain words they can be picked up by sensors fairly easily. It’ll be interesting to see how that develops,” Mr Huffman said.

His current priority is utilising Google’s Knowledge Graph, an expanding store of information holding 18 billion facts on 60 million subjects, to deliver a more “human” search response. Voice-based search requests are more complex than the two-word searches typed into the search engine.

“My team is working very hard on the idea of a richer conversation with Google. We use a fairly complex linguistic structure in conversation that Google today doesn’t understand.

“But five years from now we will be having that kind of conversation with Google and it will just seem natural. Google will answer you the same way a person would answer.”

The engineer adds: “Google will understand context in conversation but it’s not an armchair psychiatrist. You can’t have a conversation about your mother. Google can’t talk to me about how I feel about things until it understands factual ‘things’. We’re just getting started understanding ‘things’ in the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demographic Shift: Where Have All the Christians Gone?

New Book Discusses the Church’s Western Decline and Southern Surge

By Morgan Lee , Christian Post Reporter

From Time Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church

Where have all the Christians gone? According to Pew Research, in 1900, eight out 10 Christians were living in Europe and North America. Today, the map demographics has been completely scrambled.

In Latin America alone, there are 517 million Christians. In Africa, 411 million. Asia tallies 351 million. Once a global powerhouse of Christianity, Europe is home to an ever-shrinking 553 million (expected to drop to 480 million by 2050,) while Northern America has 275 million.

In his new book, “From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church,” Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, the former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, focuses on making sense of the massive demographic shift and explores the consequences and responsibilities the Church must now face.

For Granberg-Michaelson, one of those responsibilities is unity. With over 2.18 billion Christians and seemingly ever growing 44,886 denominations globally, the author empathizes that work of bringing the Body of Christ together is difficult.

Yet, “the Biblical call to unity is pervasive and compelling,” Granberg-Michaelson told The Christian Post. “The Biblical passage calling Christians to unity isn’t contained in a proof text here or there, but resonant throughout the Bible’s message.”

One of the institutional impediments that would-be church unifiers have encountered is the rise of independent or non-denominational congregations.

“One of the weaknesses of traditional, ecumenical instruments and organizations is that they just work with denominations,” said Grandberg-Michaelson. “Some of the newer models…are really trying to figure out how do we draw independent churches, especially like the growth of mega-churches around the world. How can we draw them into more of an intentional fellowship?”

Granberg-Michaelson said that unity should not only be upheld as a value from high-level councils and institutions, but also should be hailed by the local church.

“The bottom line is that when you read the Bible, if you describe a congregation like the one I grew up in, an independent Bible-believing church, well that’s an oxymoron,” said Grandberg-Michaelson. “You can’t be a Bible-believing church and be independent of all other churches and Christians. That’s just not in the Bible. Our connections to one another are a gift and an obligation.”

Grandberg-Michaelson said that one of the impacts of Christianity’s spread in the “Global South” has been the increased interaction that these individuals are having with American Christians, much of this exchange enabled through immigration.

The author, who hails from Grand Rapids, Mich., said that a recent Sunday school assignment revealed the presence of 22 immigrant congregations in the city. Most recently, he learned of an Ethiopian congregation in the city from his cab driver.

[He told me] ‘We have an Ethiopian Orthodox Church on 28th Street in Grand Rapids,” recounted Grandberg-Michaelson. “I said, ‘How do you do your ministry?’ He said ‘We have a priest from Ethiopia… we support him so he can pray every day and in fact today is my day to bring him his three meals.’”

“This is in Grand Rapids!” Grandberg-Michaelson added.

He said that the emergence of these congregations could be a significant asset for American-born Christians.

“The center of the Christian world has shifted and there are new voices. I’d like to think that those who have come for one reason or another from other countries into our midst, I’d like to think of them as God’s missionaries,” said Grandberg-Michaelson.

“There’s one point in the book where I actually quote my friend [Emory University, Associate Professor of World Christianity,] Jehu Hanciles: ‘Every Christian migrant is a potential Christian missionary,’” said Grandberg-Michaelson. “I think there is a whole new wave of Christianity that is being raised up around the world.”

He challenges the “self-absorbed” American church to make a concerted effort to observe and celebrate Christianity’s global growth.

“The prospects of Christianity around the world actually look pretty good. The faith is growing, it’s vibrant, it’s actually pretty exciting,” he said. “The questions is whether the established churches of the United States and of Europe are going to pay any attention and be a part of it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Support for Brotherhood Drives Arab World to Russia

It’s an embarrassing moment in history when the Middle East would rather bring back the Soviet Union than rely on today’s United States.
By Ryan MauroWednesday, December 18, 2013

Reprinted from The Clarion Project

Prince Bandar bin Sultan (L), Secretary-General of Saudi Arabia's National Security Council, shakes hands with Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow (Photo: © Reuters)

Prince Bandar bin Sultan (L), Secretary-General of Saudi Arabia’s National Security Council, shakes hands with Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow (Photo: © Reuters)

 

 

U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the nuclear deal with Iran is propelling the Arab world into the arms of Russia. The Egyptian government, formerly a U.S. ally, willbuy $2 billion in arms from Russia, signaling a strategic realignment in the Middle East that leaves Putin in control.

 

Egypt’s open embrace of Russia started immediately after the Obama Administration suspended some military aid to the Egyptian government in response to the overthrow of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. While American aid continued unabated after the Islamists took over, it was cut after they were overthrown.

Support for America and President Obama in particular collapsed in Egypt in response. Only a single percent of Egyptians have confidence in the U.S. and three percent have confidence in Obama. The U.S. support for the Brotherhood has made it a casualty of the regional backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudi Arabia is embarking on a similar course. Saudi officials now openly talk to reporters about how their country will be more independent in reaction to U.S. policy. Reports about the acquisition of Pakistani nuclear weapons are met with non-denials. The Saudis offered Russia a strategic alliance and major oil partnership if Putin abandons the Assad regime.

“We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president [Obama], which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former director of Saudi intelligence.

The Royal Family of Bahrain, a foe of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, feels the same way. Crown Prince al-Khalifa recently said, “America seems to suffer from schizophrenia when it deals with the Arab world.”

He compared the U.S. unfavorably to Russia; a shocking assessment considering Bahrain’s hostility to Putin.

“The Russians have proved that they are reliable friends,” he explained.

This trend didn’t start after the Arab Spring brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the forefront. It started shortly after President Obama took the oath of office. By June 2010, Egyptian and Jordanian officials were privately fretting about American diplomacy, specifically how the administration was reaching out to Syria.

“Only if you’re tough with America and adopt an anti-U.S. stance will the U.S. have a more flexible attitude and pay you,” an Egyptian official anonymously stated.

Similarly, a Jordanian official said the U.S. “sold out the Christians and Druze in Lebanon, sold out the Kurds in Iraq and abandoned the Hariri probe,” referring to the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are widely thought to be the perpetrators.

It is mostly forgotten that the Iraqi government was confronting the Syrian regime (and therefore, Iran) back in 2009. The Iraqis were threatening retaliation for Syrian support of terrorism, releasing incriminating intelligence proving Syria’s complicity and trying to rally international support for a U.N. tribunal to prosecute terrorism-supporting Syrian officials.

When the Iraqi government asked for U.S. backing, the administration declaredit would not get involved and that Iraq and Syria should solve their differences diplomatically. An Iraqi official claimed that the U.S. privately fought Iraq’s plans for a tribunal. Iraq is now in Iran’s orbit and is an ally of Bashar Assad.

This is great news for Vladimir Putin, who said in 2005 that “The collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

“Today, Russia is returning to a number of regions lost during the 1990s,” Mikhail Margelov, chairman of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee, proudlystated when talking about the arms deal with Egypt.

Similar statements are coming from the Egyptian side.

“We want to give a new impetus to our relations and return them to the same high level that used to exist with the Soviet Union,” Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said.

The Middle East is now divided into three alliances.

The first alliance is Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Qatar and Tunisia. The Obama Administration is most favorable to this one, going so far as to use taxpayer money to spread Turkish and Qatari Islamism

The second alliance is Iran, Hezbollah and Iraq. The administration is trying to build a better relationship with this bloc.

The third alliance is Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait. The Gulf country of Oman is trying to stay out of the confrontation with Iran. This bloc is the one most favorable to Israel and the one most vocally disappointed with U.S. policy.

The first two alliances are coming together against the third. Turkey and Iran want to achieve a ceasefire in Syria and their senior officials say they want to “join hands” to become the “backbone of regional stability.” Earlier this month, Hamas announced it resumed relations with Iran.

Russia is now in an ideal position where its friendship is craved by both sides in the Middle Eastern power struggle. Putin is the one with the options.  He can pick the Iranian/Turkish side, pick the Saudi/Egyptian side, or play them against each other to his benefit.

It’s an embarrassing moment in history when the Middle East would rather bring back the Soviet Union than rely on today’s United States.

 

 

 

Bombings Target Christians in Iraq: Part of a Larger Story

 Holiday bombings targeting Christians in Iraq are part of the bigger picture of persecution of Christians in the Arab Middle East.

Thu, December 26, 2013

A soldier guards the site after a bomb exploded in a market in a Christian neighborhood in Baghdad.

A soldier guards the site after a bomb exploded in a market in a Christian neighborhood in Baghdad.

 

Deadly bombings targeting Christians in Iraq are part of the bigger picture of persecution and ethnic cleansing of Christians and other minorities in the Arab Middle East, including in the countries of Syria and Egypt when hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes or face certain death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgetown University Interfaith Center Welcomes Islamists

The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center is led by Dr. John Esposito, one of the strongest defenders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.
By Ryan Mauro

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reprinted from The Clarion Project

 

John Esposito, director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown Univeristy

John Esposito, director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown Univeristy

 

Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded interfaith center found itself in hot water, but it won’t be for long.

A speaking engagement with an Egyptian Nazi was cancelled, but Islamists need not worry: Muslim Brotherhood supporters and 9/11 Truthers are still welcome, as is a senior Obama Administration official allied with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown is led by Dr. John Esposito, arguably the strongest non-Muslim defender of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network. The center receives significant Saudi funding, such as a $20 million donation in 2005 alone.

On November 21, the center held its 20th annual conference themed, “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.” The chairman of the first panel was Natana DeLong-Bas, a known 9/11 Truther.

Natana DeLong-Bas

Natana DeLong-BasIn 2006, DeLong-Bas said, “I do not find any evidence that would make me agree that Osama Bin Laden was behind the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.” DeLong-Bas is also a defender of Wahhabism, one of the most tyrannical practices of Islam, and disagrees that it bears responsibility for inspiring the 9/11 attacks.

Further, she says that the Hamas terrorist group is a better promoter of democracy and human rights in the Middle East than the U.S. government, and that American efforts do “not rise to the level of what Hamas has achieved,” complimenting their work in health care and education.

One of the speakers on DeLong-Bas’ panel was Dalia Mogahed, a former senior advisor to President Obama. She is the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

Mogahed has been described as possibly “the most influential figure guiding the Obama Administration’s Middle East oureach.” One of the reasons she supports the Syrian rebels is because Bashar Assad “cannot deliver…resistance to Israel.”

Mogahed and Esposito authored the 2007 paper that downplayed the extent of extremist beliefs in the Muslim world. She spoke at the 34th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ISNA) and was booked as a speaker for 15thannual fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Both groups are part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.

Mogahed said in 2008 that the criticism of groups like CAIR is part of a “concerted effort to silence, you know, institution-building among Muslims. And the way to do it is [to] malign these groups. And it’s kind of a witch hunt.” She also believes that “[Islamophobia presents a grave danger to America as a whole.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim congressman, was invited to speak on the panel but did not attend. He is a close friend of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network. His pilgrimage to Mecca was sponsored by the Muslim American Society.

The Georgetown center also scheduled an event on December 5 named “Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy.” It has been postponed to January 30 because of delays in getting visas for some Egyptian speakers.

Balance isn’t the event’s objective. None of the speakers are opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mogahed and Rep. Ellison are both scheduled to speak.

The Washington Free Beacon pointed out that most of the other speakers are known supporters of the Brotherhood. For example, Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery is a former member of Egypt’s parliament for the Brotherhood. Wael Haddara used to be a top aide to Mohammed Morsi and Mohamed Abbas is a Brotherhood backer.

The speaker representing Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority was Ramy Jan, a member of the country’s Nazi Party. He is a Brotherhood supporter that leads Christians Against the Coup. No segment of Egyptian society is more anti-Islamist than the Christians, but that’s not the impression you’d get from the event.

Jan was disinvited after attention was brought to his background. Esposito pleads ignorance.

This latest event follows a history of Georgetown University’s affiliations with Islamists.

It was discovered two years ago that in 2006-2007, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) planned to donate $325,000 to the center to put on an event about “Islamophobia.” The OIC is pushing hard for laws that restrict freedom of speech to stop alleged anti-Muslim sentiment. The money was to be routed through CAIR, specifically its executive director, Nihad Awad.

The Muslim chaplain of Georgetown University is Imam Yahya Hendi. In 2003, Hendi testified on behalf of Sami al-Arian, who was convicted for being a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. Hendi stated that suicide bombings are permissible under Islam during his questioning.

The center’s conferences often bring together Islamists from around the world. It has also jointly sponsored events with the International Institute for Islamic Thought, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.

One of the center’s Common Word Fellows is Louay Safi, the executive director of IIIT from 1995 to 1997 and the IIIT Director of Research from 1999 to 2003. He was also the President of the Associaiton of Muslim Social Scientists from 1999 to 2003, another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front that shares an address with IIIT.

Safi was also the Director of Leadership Development for the Islamic Society of North America. He was designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Sami Al-Arian. He is also intimately involved with Syrian Islamists.

In 1988, the FBI had a spy inside the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network that explicitly warned about the IIIT’s plans to infiltrate the U.S. government and universities to “institute the Islamic Revolution in America.” A Clarion Project research report shows that IIIT has had success in that endeavor.

This latest event at Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding shows that the Muslim Brotherhood never gave up on its plan to influence American academia.

 

U.S. plan gives Jerusalem holy sites to Vatican

International mandate to control sections of Israel’s capital

December 15, 2013

By Aaron Klein

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

 

TEL AVIV – Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area, according to informed Palestinian and Israeli diplomatic sources.

The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

The international arrangement is being proposed as a temporary solution for about two to three years while security arrangements in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians are finalized, said the sources.

Israel, the sources said, was not receptive to the particulars of Kerry’s plan, especially the concept of Turkish participation in Jerusalem. Kerry told the Israelis he would hold talks with the Kingdom of Jordan about its playing a leading role in the proposal in the place of Turkey, the sources added.

Kerry was in Jerusalem on Friday as part of an Obama administration effort to reach a deal for a Palestinian state by April, a timeline that is still on track, Kerry told reporters.

“We are working on an approach that both guarantees Israel’s security and fully respects Palestinian sovereignty,” Kerry added.

According to the Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources speaking to WND, Kerry’s trip this time around focused specifically on the particulars of security arrangements for the strategic Jordan Valley following a deal.

In October, WND exclusively reported Kerry was strongly urging Israel to give up the Jordan Valley in closed-door talks with the Palestinian Authority.

The current round of U.S.-brokered talks is attempting to hash out the details of a plan for the valley.

The Jordan Valley cuts through the heart of Israel. It runs from the Tiberias River in the north to the Dead Sea in the center to the city of Aqaba at the south of the country, stretching through the biblical Arabah desert.

The U.S. proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with unarmed Palestinian police forces, a senior Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND in October. Israel will retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley, according to the U.S. plan.

Previous talks incorporated an element of Jordanian authority in the Jordan Valley, but the Kingdom of Jordan is wary of participating in a future Palestinian state, the negotiator said.

The Palestinian negotiator pointed to the insurgency in Syria and changes of leadership in Egypt as reasons for Jordanian reluctance to assume any security control over Palestinian areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Israel Might Look Next December if Kerry Succeeds

If Kerry succeeds in forcing a PA-agreed “peace” plan on Israel, cheered on by the Left, the result will eventually be tragic -  for the PA.

From Dr. Tuvia Brodie

Reprinted from Israel National News

” For Arabs, the ‘end’ will come only when Israel has been destroyed and all Arab “refugees” return to Israel. ”

Once again, Israel’s Left tells us that Israel cannot survive if we refuse to surrender land. They say that Israel and ‘Palestine’ can live ‘side-by-side in peace and security’.

They are wrong.

Currently, Arabs control 99.75 per cent of land in the Middle East. Israel controls 2.5 tenths of one per cent of the Middle East.  Israel’s Left, the EU and the US believe that that is too much land for Jews.

There can be no peace, in their opinon, if Jews control that much land.

Therefore, sometime in 2014, Israel must give to the Arab both Judea-Samaria and parts of Jerusalem. That way, Arabs will control 99.87 per cent of the Middle East.

The West is serious about this. So is Israel’s Left. They both want Israel to sign a diplomatic ‘letter of intent’ to allow ‘peace’ to unfold in ‘stages’; at least, that’s the most likely scenario for current peace talks.

It’s a clever approach. It allows the West and Israel’s Left to declare that a deal has been done.

It won’t matter that all that’s been done is an agreement to agree. What will matter is, the West and Israel’s Left will have a piece of paper they can wave and say, ‘we have peace’.

Haven’t we beem there, done that?

The PA—our so-called peace partner—will also wave paper in the air. But it won’t be a peace agreement. It will be their new map–which shows ‘Palestine’ in place of Israel.

This moment, however, will be a beginning, not an end. For Arabs, the ‘end’ will come only when Israel has been destroyed and all Arab “refugees” return to Israel.

Their leader, Mahmoud Abbas, will wave his map in the air. He may not say the words, but his intent will be to declare some kind of final war against Israel.

The ‘Palestinian’ end-game (to replace Israel) will then begin.

First, Abbas will rush to the International Criminal Court. He will seek indictments against every Israeli official who has ever signed any paperwork against Arabs in Judea-Samaria. He will claim that Israelis have, over the years, illegally detained—and denied the human rights of—more than 650,000 Palestinians. He will seek damages for each of these detainees against both individuals and the State of Israel.

His lawsuits will add up to billions.

At the same time, he will go to the UN General Assembly. He will demand from Israel reparations (in the tens of billions) as compensation for decades of so-called oppression, war-damage and ‘deprivation’.

He will demand that Israel pay for every individual air-strike ever executed against Arab targets. He will also demand reparations for privations caused by the ‘Wall’.

He will demand that “Palestine” take its seat in as many UN Councils, Committees and Organizations as it can secure. Then he will demand that each of these Councils, Committees and Organizations isolate and sanction Israel according to the power and authority of each.

He will demand the ethnic cleansing of Jews from ‘Palestine national lands’. He will demand the UN follow the moral leadership of Christian churches in Canada– and use boycotts and sanctions against Israel to assure that the cleansing process is completed. Otherwise, he will declare, the West denies justice to the ‘Palestinians’.

While Abbas works the UN, ‘unauthorized’ Arabs will fire rockets into Israel. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) will be banned from entering the new “Palestine”.

Therefore, Jews caught in homes now ‘behind the lines’ would be unprotected. They will be shot at and attacked without fear of IDF ‘interference’.

Jews in Hevron will be (G-d forbid) threatened with massacre. Jews in Ariel will be stoned. Jews in Jerusalem will be beaten.

If Abbas has his way, by December, 2014, Israel will be cornered. When Israel asks for help, its allies will shrug and say, ‘what can we do? You’ve brought this onto yourself.’

But as much as Jews and Israel will suffer, the Arabs may, in the end,  suffer more. For in their new-found hubris, they will eventually shell Tel Aviv.

The shocking reality that Tel Aviv has been attacked will become the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.  In this scenario, it will be shells falling on Tel Aviv as they did on Sderot, that will awaken the Jewish state.

Israel will defend Tel Aviv.

The IDF will awaken. Tel Aviv has been attacked! And the IDF will not be gentle because it will be a fight for survival..

Abbas will return to the UN. He will demand action against Israel.

The UN will act. It will make speeches against Israel. It will condemn Israel. It will demonize Israel.

But it will not send armies into Israel. It will not interfere.

‘Palestine’ will crumble. Abbas’ dream will evaporate. Israel will become stronger than ever.

Will this be the legacy of Israel’s Left?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Daniel 12:4

 

Computerizing people will be next step in technology

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News

It’s likely the world in the not-so-distant future will be increasingly populated by computerized people like Amal Graafstra.

The 37-year-old doesn’t need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer. He’s programmed them to unlock at the mere wave of his hands, which are implanted with radio frequency identification tags. The rice-size gadgets work so well, the Seattle resident says, he’s sold similar ones to more than 500 customers through his company Dangerous Things.

The move to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via “smart tattoos” could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another. Critics call the trend intrusive, even sacrilegious. But others say it ultimately will make life better for everybody. Some researchers and executives envision a day when devices placed in people will enable them to control computers, prosthetic devices and many other things solely with their thoughts.

“In the next 10 to 20 years we will see rapid development in bioengineered and man-machine interfaces,” predicted Graafstra, who wrote a book about the technology, adding that the trend is going to “push the boundaries of what it means to be human.”

Many large technology companies and researchers are keenly interested in the topic.

In a patent application made public in November, Google’s Motorola Mobility branch proposed an “electronic skin tattoo” for the throat — with a built-in microphone, battery and wireless transceiver — that would let someone operate other devices via voice commands.

When asked, Google said it often seeks patents on employee brainstorms and that, while “some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t.” But Google CEO Larry Page apparently is intrigued with enhancing people electronically. A 2011 book about the Mountain View search giant quoted him saying, “Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.”

Similar notions are under study by others, including UC Berkeley researchers. In a scholarly paper published in July, they proposed implanting people’s brains with thousands of tiny sensors they called “neural dust.”

The idea initially is to have the little circuits gather detailed data on brain functions. But eventually, lead researcher Dongjin Seo said, the electronic swarms may prove useful for “controlling devices via thought” or stimulating malfunctioning brain regions to restore “limb motor control for paralyzed patients.”

Among the most widely anticipated uses for implants, smart pills and electronic tattoos are medical.

In October, Stanford doctors implanted the brain of a Parkinson’s disease sufferer with a new device that gathers detailed data on the “neural signatures” of his illness. They hope to use the information to make a gadget that will ease Parkinson’s symptoms with electrical impulses that adjust to any activity the patients do.

Last year, Proteus Digital Health of Redwood City won approval to sell a pill that relays information about a person’s vital signs via a mobile phone to their doctor. And officials at Santa Clara-based Intel envision their microchips one day in devices ingested or implanted for medical and other uses.

Some fear implants might become mandatory for health insurance or jobs.

After learning about a Cincinnati video surveillance firm that required employees to have a chip inserted in them, California Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, introduced a bill that became law in 2008 forbidding anyone in this state from making similar demands.

Two years later, when the Virginia House of Delegates passed a similar measure, some of the lawmakers — citing biblical references about the Antichrist — denounced implanted chips as “the mark of the beast.”

It’s unclear how widespread those concerns are. A study Intel made public this month found that 70 percent of the 12,000 adults it surveyed were receptive to having their health data collected by various means, including “swallowed monitors.”

Nonetheless, Intel futurist Brian David Johnson thinks the public initially will be more amenable to smart tattoos than computerized pills or gadgets inserted into them, because “something on your skin, that’s a baby step” compared to a swallowed or surgically implanted device.

One tattoo being developed by MC10 of Cambridge, Mass., would temporarily attach to the skin like an adhesive bandage and wirelessly transmit the wearer’s vital signs to a phone or other device. The company, which has a contract for a military version, plans to introduce one next year for consumers, according to MC10 official Barry Ives Jr., who touted its use for “athletes, expectant and new moms, and the elderly.”

In a recent patent application, Finnish phone-maker Nokia proposed a tattoo that would vibrate when the person gets a phone call or serve as a mobile-device password and attach to the skin with “ferromagnetic powder.”

Other envisioned gadgets would go under the skin.

MicroCHIPS, of Lexington, Mass., recently reported success testing a microchip implanted waist high that automatically provided daily doses of medicine to osteoporosis patients. In February, regulators approved an eye implant by Second Sight Medical Products of Sylmar that lets the visually impaired see shapes and movements transmitted to the implant from a camera on their glasses. And University of Southern California scientists are studying implanted chips to restore memories in people with dementia, strokes or other brain damage.

Among the critical issues to be resolved is how to keep implanted devices updated with the latest software, maintain their battery power and shield them from hackers. But Eric Dishman, who heads Intel’s health care innovation team, predicts the gadgets — particularly those providing health benefits — will become common some day.

“There’s going to be an ecosystem of things on and in the body,” he predicted. “This is the ultimate in personalized medicine.”

 

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