Sunday, May 16, 2010

In the news...

There are several interesting stories in the news today; unusual for a Sunday:

1. Category: Mark of the Beast:

"Where's Jimmy? Just Google His Bar Code"

Tech enthusiasts and futurists think implantable radio chips, such as those embedded in Amal Graafstra's hands, could mean safety, security and convenience. But civil libertarians are concerned about privacy.

Scientists tag animals to monitor their behavior and keep track of endangered species. Now some futurists are asking whether all of mankind should be tagged too. Looking for a loved one? Just Google his microchip.

The chips, called radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, emit a simple radio signal akin to a bar code, anywhere, anytime. Futurists say they can be easily implanted under the skin on a person’s arm.

Already, the government of Mexico has surgically implanted the chips, the size of a grain of rice, in the upper arms of staff at the attorney general’s office in Mexico City. The chips contain codes that, when read by scanners, allow access to a secure building, and prevent trespassing by drug lords.

In research published in the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Taiwanese researchers postulate that the tags could help save lives in the aftermath of a major earthquake. "Office workers would have their identity badges embedded in their RFID tags, while visitors would be given temporary RFID tags when they enter the lobby," they suggest. Similarly, identity tags for hospital staff and patients could embed RFID technology.

There are a number of entrepreneurial companies marketing radio tracking technologies, including Positive ID, Datakey and MicroChips. Companies started marketing the idea behind these innovative technologies a few years ago, as excellent devices for tracking everyone, all the time.

These medical applications are not quite as controversial as the tracking technologies. The FDA in 2004 approved another chip developed by Positive ID’s predecessor company, VeriChip, which stores a code -- similar to the identifying UPC code on products sold in retail stores -- that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over the chip. Those codes, placed on chips and scanned at the physician’s office or the hospital, would disclose a patient’s medical history.

2. The Middle-East and calls for the destruction of Israel ("Rumors of War"):

"Iranian cleric wants creation of 'Greater Iran'"

A radical cleric called Saturday for the creation of a "Greater Iran" that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam's expected messiah.

Kharrazi's comments reveal the thinking of a growing number of hard-liners in Iran, many of whom have become more radical during the postelection political crisis and the international standoff over the country's nuclear program.

He said he envisioned a Greater Iran that would stretch from Afghanistan to Israel, bringing about the destruction of the Jewish state.

He also said its formation would be a prelude to the reappearance of the Mahdi, a revered ninth-century saint known as the Hidden Imam, whom Muslims believe will reappear before judgment day to end tyranny and promote justice in the world.

"The Islamic United States will be an introduction to the formation of the global village of the oppressed and that will be a prelude to the single global rule of the Mahdi," the Hezbollah newspaper quoted him as saying.

3. Category: Wars and Rumors of War:

"Russian arms sales to Syria 'don't help peace': Israel"

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday criticised Russia for supplying arms to Syria, saying the move did not help efforts to bring peace to the region.

Lieberman's remarks came just days after a top Russian military official said Moscow was supplying Syria with MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsir short-range air defence systems and armoured vehicles.

He also insisted the regime of Bashar al-Assad was not interested in peace, and described as "naive" anyone who believed Syria would be ready "to cut ties with Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia" in exchange for a return of the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied during the 1967 Six Day War.

4. Category: Wars and Rumors of War:

"TIME: 'The Next Lebanon War'"

A report by TIME Magazine this week warns that "the next Lebanon War" is on the horizon, but contends that although the Hizbullah terrorist organization and Israel are both fully prepared for war, neither side is looking forward to the eventuality.

Iran is aiming Hizbullah's tens of thousands of missiles at Israel in a bid to halt American pressure designed to end its ability to build an atomic weapon.

Israel has vowed to consider the entire nation of Lebanon fair game, rather than restricting its targets to Hizbullah-linked areas, if war again breaks out in the north. The reason: Hizbullah has become a significant player in Lebanon's government, with several ministers representing the terrorist organization in the nation's cabinet and a healthy-sized faction in the parliament. The Lebanese government has issued numerous statements asserting the group's right to bear arms, and validating its status as a military entity “defending” the Lebanese people from “Israeli aggression.”

The terrorist group is supplied by Syria and Iran with generous funding and more missiles and other ordnance than most European nations, according to some reports, including Scuds. IDF Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz, a top military intelligence analyst, told a Knesset committee a week ago that Hizbullah has all kinds of weapons, “including solid-fueled rockets, more accurate and with a longer range.” The Scud missiles recently transferred from Syria to Lebanon are "just the tip of the iceberg," Baidatz warned.

Hizbullah is upgrading its battle plans and preparing for war, TIME reports, while planning to send guerrilla fighters on cross-border raids and sabotage missions, similar to that which ignited the Second Lebanon War.

War is imminent in the Middle East. It could explode at any minute. And when it does, subsequent events should begin to fall into place quickly as things deteriorate in the region, and as Russia (aka "MaGog") gets pulled in.

As usual - we're watching closely.

These events in the Middle East simply mean that we're all that much closer to our ultimate fate: A face-to-face meeting with Christ Jesus, and a tour of our eternal home.


Expected Imminently said...

In the Daily Mail newspaper at the weekend, there was yet another report that nuclear-capable Russian bombers have again flown into UK airspace and are being seen off by the R.A.F.

This has been going on for some time now – they deny it of course, what are they up to?

Are they keeping the West busy guessing as they formulate a plan of attack against Israel?

Scott said...


This is the first I have heard of this...

What are the newspapers there saying?
Any speculation from the news?

Thats very very interesting and ominous too.

How long has this been going on?


Expected Imminently said...

For the past couple of years but it hasn't been on the front page to my knowledge.
I give all my old papers to my Mum to help her keep the floor clean in case of 'doggy accidents'. I am going to see if I can rescue the latest and will write it up for you if I can.
Otherwise I will try Googling the Daily Mail for info.
God bless

Scott said...

Wow. This is interesting. Reminds me of the cold war era (?)

Thanks Sue

God Bless


Expected Imminently said...


The ‘Cold War’ is exactly as they are describing it along with ‘sabre rattling’.

Previous reports have said they have breached our airspace at times, over Scotland and the Hebrides Islands I believe? At the very least they follow the boundary as closely as is possible – why if not intent on mischief?

At least our two men Tornado’s are faster and niftier than the ‘bear’. It reminds me of our tiny ships compared to Spain’s huge big gun vessels of the Armada when they attempted to invade England. It is written in stone at Plymouth Hoe “God blew with His wind and they were scattered”. Russia will soon be taught the lesson that their ‘giant’ is no match for small David plus God and the armies of heaven.

If you want to follow our national news, the best of the papers is the broadsheet ‘The Daily Telegraph’.

I found a similar warplane report in the Telegraph dated July 2009

Because my arms ache for being too short I read The Daily Mail as the next best thing :)

Russian warplane info is on your Monday thread.

Expected Imminently said...

One other thought I have expressed elsewhere - the ash cloud!

The U.K. and Europe are reliant upon the Weather Service to see if planes can fly or not. It appears this volcano could go on for a lot longer yet. If Russia watches the wind directon as we do, and see that U.K. and Euro planes, plus the U.S. airforce cannot take off because of the ash, what better time for the bear to attack Israel?

Scott said...

Thats a good idea re: the Telegraph - I think I'll link it and include it on my daily "scan" for pertinent news.

Its really interesting why Russia is doing this. I have to believe its more than "flexing muscles"...Any any speculation on my part would probably be way off

But one has to wonder:

Are they testing the limits to see what the UK will do when the airspace is breached?

Is this some kind of surveillance? (I would think satellites would perform as well )

Is this somehow testing the capabilities of the UK 's response time to a perceived threat?

Either way, I don't see this as "business as usual" and I can't believe they have "good" intent.

Thanks for the info - very interesting indeed.

God Bless

Expected Imminently said...


Part of their interest may lay with a desire to photograph the new Europlane they are sending up with the Tornados?

We saw one up close and personal about two years ago in Wales, and it is a stunner - a fantastic aircraft that can lift and hover
into position from a standing start. It was truly 'gob smacking' and brought tears to my eyes at the wonder of it.

Scott said...

Just noted the ash comment. Thats food for thought isn't it?

Another point about the Russian thing (first I have hear of the Europlane as well...I guess I need to "get out" more :) - but considering Putin, I suppose it is possible that he is simply flexing muscles. One aspect of his personality thats very scary IMO - is his intense need to be Macho. From the beach "muscle mag" shots, to the shots with the Tiger, or hiking or Karate or whatever - he does like to flex his muscles literally and figuratively - I may have read last year where Russia was doing similar things near Alaska.

Things are most definitely getting interesting,