REVELATIONS UNFOLDING: Pope calls Muslims ‘brothers’ at Dome of the Rock/666 ALERT:Computer chip makes sure medicine does go down and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


Computer chip makes sure medicine does go down

Each day about 6am, Mary Ellen Snodgrass swallows a computer chip. It’s embedded in one of her pills and roughly the size of a grain of sand. When it hits her stomach, it transmits a signal to her tablet computer indicating that she has successfully taken her heart and thyroid medications. With a few swipes she brings up an hourly timeline of her day with images of white pills marking the times she ingested a chip. “I can see it go in. The pill just jumped onto the screen.” Ms Snodgrass – a 91-year-old retired schoolteacher who has been trying out the smart pills at the behest of her son, an employee at the company that makes the technology – is at the forefront of what many predict will be a revolution in medicine powered by miniature chips, sensors, cameras and robots with the ability to access, analyse and manipulate your body from the inside. More


Church pulls ‘Hell’ sign after police probe considered Sign “Hate Speech”

A Baptist church agreed to take down a sign about hell after police investigated the message as a “hate incident,” reports the Daily Mail. A passerby in Norfolk, England, complained about the sign, which said non-Christians would “burn in hell,” and showed flames below the words, “If you think there is no God you better be right!” Robert Gladwin, 20, said he considered Christianity “inclusive and loving in nature,” but found the sign conveyed the opposite message: “I was just astounded really.” Pastor John Rose, 69, removed the sign and said he “regretted” how Gladwin interpreted the message. “Jesus encourages us to love,” Rose said, “and we therefore regret that the poster has been seen as inciting hatred.”More



When someone thinks of GPS tracking bracelets, court mandated devices or criminals under house arrest typically come to mind, but one company is aiming to break that stigma and bring ubiquitous location monitoring into fashion. Under the guise of providing a convenient, stylish way to “stay safe,” a San Francisco-based company has produced bracelets, key chains, necklaces and hair clips with embeddable GPS sensors targeting women as the primary market, just the latest Orwellian gadget in the campaign to make Big Brother appear fashionable and trendy. Soon to be sold under the brand name “Cuff” (not a far cry from “handcuff”), the line of jewelery, designed by former Restoration Hardware VP of Product Development, Deepa Sood, synchs with your “smart phone” to send alerts, receive notifications or track your fitness routines. More


Earlier today, Obama appeared at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery for a photo op. From The Washington Post: Obama, aided by a soldier in uniform, rested the large wreath on a stand a few minutes after 11 a.m. Monday. The president adjusted the wreath, stepped back and bowed his head in silence for a few moments. Afterward, an Army bugler played taps. Later he appeared at the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to read from a script. “We’re in a pivotal moment. Our troops are coming home. By the end of this year, our war in Afghanistan will finally come to an end,” he recited. “These Americans have done their duty. They ask nothing more than that our country does ours, for now and the decades to come,” Obama said. But, as the VA scandal and countless other examples reveal, the government considers veterans as little more than third class citizens, props to be rolled out on Memorial Day as homage is ritually paid to the state and its endless wars. More


European Parliament set to usher in first neo-Nazis

Though no stranger to controversy or diatribe, the European Parliament is set to usher in its first fully-fledged neo-Nazis members, from Germany and Greece. With around 300,000 votes at the European elections the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) was expected to claim one of the country’s 96 seats in the new Parliament, in a historical ground-breaker.  A recent change in German electoral laws, scrapping all minimum thresholds, paved the way for the march into parliament of the NPD, which has 6,000 members. It describes itself as “national socialist,” just like Germany’s Nazis in the 1930s, and is openly xenophobic and anti-Semitic so a group of German regional governments have tried to have it banned for propagating racism. Meanwhile, with almost all ballots counted in Greece, the neo-Nazi “Golden Dawn” party is claiming over nine percent of the vote, which would net it three seats in the 751-member Parliament. More

 – In a remote area populated by ramshackle houses, rusted trailer homes and decrepit barns, a mysterious monument rises from the red Georgia clay, cordoned off from the surrounding cow pasture by a barbed-wire fence. As seen from State Route 77, the Georgia Guidestones might be dismissed as a roadside oddity, attracting the occasional lost traveler. There would be no other reason for a tourist to visit Elbert County, Ga., or its main city of Elberton, where entrance signs read: “Welcome to the Granite Capital of the World.” This tiny town 90 miles northeast of Atlanta might not have much, but it does have granite, and this singular fact figures prominently in the story of how it ended up with a monument that manages to both attract and repel, depending on one’s worldview. At the Georgia Guidestones on a recent Saturday, despite the cold drizzle and cloudy skies, a steady stream of pilgrims found their way to what is known as “America’s Stonehenge.” Some come to the 19-foot-tall behemoth out of curiosity, having seen one or more of the documentaries about the hidden origins of the Guidestones, such as the 2011 episode of Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded” on The History Channel. More


Hospitals beginning to Cut Healthcare Assistance and Charity

Hospital systems around the country have started scaling back financial assistance for lower- and middle-income people without health insurance, hoping to push them into signing up for coverage through the new online marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The trend is troubling to advocates for the uninsured, who say raising fees will inevitably cause some to skip care rather than buy insurance that they consider unaffordable. Though the number of hospitals tightening access to free or discounted care appears limited so far, many say they are considering doing so, and experts predict that stricter policies will become increasingly common. Driving the new policies is the cost of charity care, which is partly covered by government but remains a burden for many hospitals. The new law also reduces federal aid to hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured people, creating an additional pressure on some to restrict charity care. More

Creation Museum Unveils ‘Exceptional’ Dinosaur Exhibit to Challenge Evolution

Leaders of the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky unveiled a new $1.5 million dinosaur exhibit last week which they say ‘will challenge evolutionary theory.’ Since 2007, the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum has displayed exhibits which affirm and illustrate the history of the world from a biblical perspective. According to the museum’s website, the Creation Museum “brings the pages of the Bible to life” with many high-tech exhibits. In a press release last week, Creation Museum leadership announced the grand opening of a brand new dinosaur exhibit featuring a well-preserved allosaur skeleton. The exhibit, titled “Facing the Allosaurus,” features one of the best-preserved Allosaurus fragilis skulls ever discovered, according to the release. “Allosaurs, sometimes confused with a T. rex, were large theropod dinosaurs,” the press release explains. “This allosaur, named Ebenezer, is exceptional not only for its almost-complete, three-foot-long skull (including 53 teeth) but because its bones, rather than mixed and scattered, were found together (with many in their articulated position). The creature probably weighed 2.3 tons.” More

 An 89-year-old war veteran is sharing his story of how a pocket Bible that he carried near his heart saved his life during WWII. Greensboro News-Record reporter Jeri Rowe recently sat down with Doc Long, who will turn 90 on Wednesday, to hear his story. Long joined the Army at age 19, and was given a Bible from his Aunt May that had his named etched in gold on the front. “Now, I want you to read it daily and carry it with you wherever you go in the pocket over your heart,” Long’s aunt said. And he did, including on his darkest day—November 13, 1944. More

Student loans to rise for next decade

Interest rates on government-funded student loans are due to increase this summer and are projected to continue to rise for the next decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis.  College students who take out government-funded, tuition loans are likely to see the interest rates on their student loans increase by nearly 1 percent July 1, with rates by 2024 likely to be from 2 to 4 percent higher than current rates. The sharp rise stems from a change Congress mandated last year requiring the rate new borrowers pay for the term of the loan to be set each July 1. The rate for new student loans is to be adjusted based on the last auction in May for the 10-year Treasury rate. Congress mandated the change in July 2013 when Treasury was prepared to double the interest rates. Congress members panicked, realizing they faced a massive public relations problem, and responded with the current fix, which locks in interest rates to a formula for 10 years and establishes caps. More






Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is clinging to her faith, even though her country has condemned her, and her husband’s country – the U.S. – has thus far abandoned her to a death sentence. Ibrahim’s attorney, Osman Mubarak, said Sunday in a radio interview that his client still has not received any firm assistance from the U.S. beyond empty declarations, even after the case received international media attention in recent days. Yet Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to be hanged to death for purportedly leaving Islam and marrying an American Christian, has no plans to renounce her Christian faith in order to avoid the death penalty. More

Evacuations of 1,000 structures ordered as Alaska wildfire grows

A wildfire on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage expanded in size Sunday, leading officials to issue a mandatory evacuation order for 1,000 structures. The number of people told to flee their homes isn’t clear, said Michelle Weston, spokeswoman with the Alaska Interagency Management Team, which includes the state Division of Forestry and federal and local officials. Officials said that as of 4 p.m. Alaska time, the fire covered nearly 243 square miles and may continue to grow as it burns in the 1.9 million-acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. More

Obama Should Apologize For Treating Military Veterans Like Garbage For The Past 5 Years

This Memorial Day, Barack Obama and members of Congress will honor our veterans by wearing ribbons and laying wreaths, but what they should really do is apologize to the entire nation for treating them like human trash for the past five years.  You see, the truth is that this VA scandal is nothing new.  The problems at the VA hospitals have been documented over and over again for years.  When Barack Obama was a U.S. senator, he served on the Veterans Affairs Committee.  So as he entered the White House, he was supposed to be an expert in this area.  And back in 2008, he pledged to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible“.  But of course that never happened.  And now Obama is claiming that he only learned of the “secret waiting lists” at VA hospitals by “watching television“, and his staff says that he is “madder than hell” about it.  So now that he has been publicly shamed, will Obama actually do something about it?  Because our military veterans deserve far better care than what they have been getting. More

GOG N MAGOG WATCH: Is Russia reviving its empire?

A great many experts, observers and pundits are missing the point in their analyses of events in and around Ukraine by making two flawed assumptions. One, that the personal traits and characters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, or US President Barack Obama, or both, are the main causes of the momentous developments in and around Ukraine; and two, that Putin is executing a master plan. The reality is something else. International relations are intricate. Decisions made by heads of states are guided by a complex web of domestic and international factors and circumstances. Of course, the person at the top and his or her worldview, leadership qualities and style are key factors in the final determination, but explaining transformative events on the basis of one man’s behaviour and actions is overly simplistic and inevitably will miss the point. More

New Photos Show Drought Ridden Lake Powell Half Full

New Photos Show Lake Powell Half Full
The mud-choked Colorado River flows through the dry lakebed of northern Lake Powell in a new satellite image released yesterday (May 22). Western drought has left this reservoir on the border of Utah and Arizona less than half full, the satellite image captured on May 13 reveals. As of May 21, the lake was at 42 percent of capacity, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) data. Lake Powell is crucial for both water and electricity. Some 20 million people drink water from the reservoir; the controversial Glen Canyon dam, which created the lake, produces about 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectricity a year, on average, according to the USBR. More

Pope calls Muslims ‘brothers’ at Dome of the Rock

Pope Francis on Monday urged his “brother” Muslims to never abuse God’s name through violence as he opened the third and final day of his Mideast pilgrimage with a visit to the Dome of the Rock, the iconic shrine located at the third-holiest spot in Islam. Francis took off his shoes to step into the gold-topped dome, which enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. The mosque complex, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, is at the heart of the territorial and religious disputes between Israel and its Arab neighbors. More

Ukraine launches air strikes against gunmen

KIEV, Ukraine
 (AP) — Ukraine’s new president-elect wasted no time Monday focusing on the top issues at hand — promising to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east and saying he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Russia quickly welcomed the offer from 48-year-old chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko, raising hopes that his election will indeed ease the protracted crisis that has fueled tensions unseen since the end of the Cold War. More

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, all but said on Sunday that negotiations over the country’s illicit nuclear program are over and that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America. “Those (Iranians) who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency. Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.” “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that for Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself,” he said. More


Pope Francis Refers to ‘State of Palestine’ on Holy Land Trip, Calls Mahmoud Abbas a ‘Man of Peace’

Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable.” Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the “state of Palestine.” In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine,” and his Bethlehem office as the “presidential palace.” He pointedly called Abbas a “man of peace.” More

Acceptance of Jewish state will bring peace, PM tells pope

A day after a politically charged visit to Bethlehem that saw the pontiff pray at the security barrier and appear with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Francis is spending his last day in the region touring holy sites in Jerusalem and meeting Israeli leaders. Follow the Times of Israel’s liveblog for all the updates. More


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