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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

(Bob: Here he goes again. After calling on Protestant Charismatics to join with Rome; being the first Pope to ever visit a Charismatic celebration; visiting a Pentecostal church in Italy; being visited by so called top evangelicals such as: Kenneth Copeland, and Joel Osteen as well as leaders from Protestant evangelical seminaries and colleges, and now named as the man who singlehandedly helped thaw relations between the USA and Cuba, Pope Francis is on the move again.   
With an incredibly successful 2014 behind him the leader of the deceptive Babylonian Roman Catholic Church will address the UN and call all faiths together.
Now tell me we are not in the end times and the great falling away a.k.a. the great deception is not yet here......Oh really?)

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York. 
Pope Francis was a key player in thawing relations between the US and Cuba. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images
He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.
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Monday, 29 December 2014

Iranian Soldiers Photographed on Israel’s Border: ‘with Allah’s help, we will trample their bodies’
A picture shows the new medium-range sur
More of the poison fruit of Obama’s savage sanction and legitimacy of the Iranian mullocracy. Disaster looms under the terror president.
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“Iranian Soldiers Photographed on Israel’s Border,” By Cynthia Blank INN, December 28, 2014
Iran’s military published photos of soldiers on Israel’s border with the message: ‘with Allah’s help, we will trample their bodies.’
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has published a report documenting photographs of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers “killing time” at the Lebanon-Israel border.
Preliminary information suggests the pictures were taken in October, but were released only recently, along with verbal threats against Israel. Several photographs published contain the caption: “We have arrived to the cursed Israel.”
The Twitter account linked to the Revolutionary Guards uploaded a number of the pictures on Thursday, with the headline, “The Islamic Republic soldiers are on the border of occupied Palestine.”
The soldiers’ faces were blurred, so as not to be identified.
According to MEMRI’s reports, the photos were also published a week and a half ago on the Iranian military’s website. In this case, the soldiers’ faces are visible.
The Iranian military’s websites showcases photos of soldiers taken in the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek in south Lebanon. “We have come close to the motherland of corruption – the cursed Israel. With Allah’s help, we will trample over their bodies” the website writes.
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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Temple Institute Produces Pure Olive Oil for Temple Menorah
First Time In 2,000 Years!
(Bob:Ready For The Antichrist)


Photo Credit: Temple Institute
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem produced, for the first time in 2000 years, the first flask of pure olive oil fit for use in the Temple’s Menorah.
150 kg of organic olives from the Golan Heights were used to make 4 1/2 liters of olive oil, which were produced under special conditions to maintain their ritual purity and then stored in clay flasks specially made for the oil.

The oil will be brought to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday night, December 22, 2014, the 7th night of Chanukah.
The procession will begin at 5:30 PM at Zion Gate and meet at the Golden Menorah on the Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Stairs, opposite the site of the Holy Temple, at 6:00 PM.
At 6:30 PM In a joyous, song-filled procession, the pure olive oil will be deposited in the Temple Institute’s Holy Temple Visitors Center

ISIS Closing in on Israel from the North and the South

The Fiscal Times
The war against ISIS is taking a dangerous, perhaps inevitable turn. The terror organization has been keen to expand to southern Syria and the Syrian capital of Damascus. Now it says it has recruited three Syrian rebel groups operating in the south of the country in an area bordering the Israeli occupied Golan Heights — that have switched their loyalties to ISIS.
This switch means that Israel, the U.S.’s closest ally in the Middle East, could be threatened from the southwest by the Egyptian ISIS group of Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Sinai and by ISIS in southern Syria.

The ISIS war is not going well at all for the US-led alliance in Syria. ISIS and al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, are still the dominant rebel groups in the country. The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army is still not a reliable fighting force.

The three rebel groups that just joined ISIS could make that situation even worse. Two of the groups are small in number, but the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade has hundreds of fighters.

The Yarmouk Brigades has been at odds with al-Nusra Front and switched now to join what leaders of all thrwee groups believe is the future of Islam.

“If Israel was attacked by ISIS, America would expect a proportionate response by Israel, which is militarily capable of defending itself,” said Geoffrey Levin, a professor at New York University. “America would counsel against sustained Israeli involvement because it could threaten the tacit alliance between America, Iran, Turkey, and several Arab states against ISIS.”
“More recent reports indicated a closer alliance with [the Islamic State] due to tensions with JN [al-Nusra Front],” said Jasmine Opperman, a researcher at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC).

She said al-Nusra attacked the headquarters of the Yarmouk Brigade in southern Syria in early December 2014 following clashes between the two groups.

Al-Yarmuk Martyrs Brigade controlled an area near the Jordan-Israel border in March 2013. That same month, the brigade took as hostages some of the United Nations peacekeeping mission soldiers.

 Even so, Israel reportedly allowed the brigade to have its wounded fighters treated in Israeli hospitals.
ISIS has been known for launching surprise attacks and opening new battlefronts when it seems to be losing.

ISIS also has been criticized by many Arabs and Muslims for not taking its fight to Israel and instead fighting fellow Arabs and Muslims.

An attack aimed at Israel may boost ISIS’s popularity in the Arab world and refresh its recruitment and funding efforts.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow.
This past week, the U.S. and E.U. adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy, including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.
The official said there is information Russia in recent weeks successfully shipped to Hezbollah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month, the official said.
The official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hezbollah attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem traveled to Russia to meet with the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
WND reported at the time that according to a source in Assad’s regime, Putin and Lavrov assured Moualem that Russia “won’t stand for” any Western attack on Assad and that the Russians pledged “support” and “protection” to the Assad regime.
That pledge came amid pressure from Turkey and Saudi Arabia on the Obama administration to expand the fight against ISIS in Syria to also target Assad’s forces.
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“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”
A.W. Tozer
“Oh for radically Bible-saturated, God-centered, Christ-exalting, self-sacrificing, mission-mobilizing, soul-saving, culture-confronting pastors!”
John Piper
“When the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first.”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“The church has lost her testimony. She has no longer anything to say to the world. Her once robust shout of assurance has faded away to an apologetic whisper. She who one time went out to declare now goes out to inquire. Her dogmatic declaration has become a respectful suggestion, a word of religious advice, given with the understanding that it is after all only an opinion and not meant to sound bigoted.” A.W. Tozer
“The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…Men of prayer.”
E. M. Bounds

Danish couple beaten with chains on Christmas Eve

There has been a rash of Muslim-on-Christian attacks this Christmas in Western countries. More of the daily news stories the mainstream media refuses to cover.
“Nanna: I was beaten with chains on Christmas Eve,” Speisa, December 26, 2014 (thanks to Armaros)Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 10.04.18 PM
Denmark: Nanna and her boyfriend Mads was beaten with iron chains by Somali youths, on the way home on Christmas Eve.
For Nanna and her boyfriend Mads, Christmas Eve 2014 will not be quickly forgotten.
The couple from Vesterbro in Copenhagen was knocked down at midnight, when they were on their way home from Christmas Eve with Mads’ family.
The couple was walking along the street near Enghave Plads when a young guy came cycling. He was only 16-17 years, but seemed...

Putin's Ace In The Hole - Changing The Rules

By Susan Duclos


I ran across a couple outstanding articles, one at Zero Hedge, another at King World News, along with AMTV's video on "The Real Reason The US Is Targeting Russia," forms the big picture as a former White House official tells KWN that the US is already at war with Russia and China, and Zero Hedge explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin can play his "ace in the hole" and change the rules in a war strategy that the US has played before.

Via KWN:

Today a former White House official stunned King World News by saying the United States is already at war with China and Russia. Former presidential adviser and member of the U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, Dr. Philippa Malmgren, also discussed how and where this dangerous war is taking place and why the public is totally unaware of it up to now.

It is a must-read piece in order to understand the games that Washington is playing, via an insider.

ZH explains we have seen this war strategy before with the Versailles Treaty, stating "This has all happened before. It's the same old game with different players."

Two steps are needed in order for Russia to play that ace-in-hole, neither one of them involve typical weapons of warfare:

First, Russia should join with China in a new gold, oil and natural resource backed monetary union as an alternative to the failed debt democracy model pushed by Wall Street, the central bank cartel and self-serving politicians in the West.

This move is already being implemented by Russia, explained yesterday in an article at ANP titled "
The World Changes on Monday, December 29, 2014," where we learn that China has announced the launch of Yaun trading with Russian Rubles, set to begin on Monday, December 29, 2014.

Second, Russia should act offensively rather than defensively on the financial front by creating corporate tax-free/low income tax zones and welcoming corporations, successful individuals and entrepreneurs to take up residence and create jobs and prosperity.

Vladimir Putin is quite aware of exactly what is going on as evidenced by his statement last week where he said "They won't leave [the bear] alone. They will always seek to chain it. And once it's chained, they'll rip out its teeth and claws. The nuclear deterrence, speaking in present-day terms. As soon as this happens, nobody will need [the bear] anymore. They'll stuff it. And start to put their hands on its Taiga [Siberian forest belt] after it. We've heard statements from Western officials that Russia's owning Siberia was not fair."
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60 Prominent Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe: “It Is Not About Putin. What Is At Stake Is Europe”

"War in Europe Again? Not in Our Names!"
60 Prominent Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe: "It Is Not About Putin. What Is At Stake Is Europe"
by Zero Hedge |        
Two weeks ago, as the S&P was preparing to surge on the latest round of all time high market-goosing algo trickery by the FOMC, 60 prominent German personalities from the realms of politics, economics, culture and the media were less concerned with blinking red and green stock quotes and were focused on something far more serious to the future of the world: the threat of war with Russia.

In a letter published by Germany’s Die Zeit, numerous famous and respected Germans including a former president and former prime minister write “Wieder Krieg in Europa? Nicht in unserem Namen!”, or, roughly translated, “War in Europe Again? Not in Our Names!

The open letter to the German government, parliament, and media, excerpted here, was signed by more than 60 prominent German personalities and published in the weekly Die Zeit on Dec. 5.

The initiators were Horst Teltschik (CDU), advisor to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the time German of reunification; Walther Stützle (SPD), former Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defense; and Antje Vollmer (Greens), former Bundestag Vice President. Teltschik said, in motivating the appeal, “We are giving a political signal that the justified criticism of Russia’s Ukraine policy should not wipe out all the progress that we have made in the past 25 years in relations with Russia.”
               Below is an excerpted translation (source) of the original letter found here. Nobody wants war. But North America, the European Union, and Russia are inevitably driving towards war if they do not finally halt the disastrous spiral of threats and counter-threats.

All Europeans, including Russia, are jointly responsible for peace and security. Only those who do not lose sight of this goal can avoid fatal actions.
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Monday, 22 December 2014

I have just read the reviews from the people who went to the special screenings of the new movie EXODUS.
If all they say is true then save your money.
The vast majority of reviews used the same words: shallow characters; spectacular scenes; weak script; hardly DVD fodder and so on.
Moses is depicted as a kind of war lord.
God appears to Moses in the form of a child.
And on and on the reviews go.
Cecil B. DeMille it ain't! 
Below I show a clip from the 1956 film and one from this 2014 version of the same story. 
Please visit us Here to see an interview with Jim and Penny Caldwell who talk to me about the discovery of the real Mount Sinai. An amazing couple with and amazing story....Here 
Okay compare the 1956 movie to this new 2014 version:

I attend a church with wonderful believers. Because of my lifestyle I cannot always get there. However when I do go I have a great time of fellowship.
There is a slight blip in this wonderful scene though: I believe in a Post Tribulation rapture of the church and my church is Pre-Trib.
Should that cause a problem? Well normally it doesn't at all but I have had some serious thoughts of late regarding the whole question of the rapture timing and what the scriptures have to say about it.
Some of you will have heard the saying (and may have said it yourself) "I'm a pan rapture man." Meaning whichever view we take it will all pan out in the end.
For a while I have accepted this with a smile and moved on to other topics.
Not any more.
The reason?
I have taken another look at the words of Jesus and the Apostles regarding the rapture and I have come away with HUGE fears for myself and my friends.
What we believe about the timing of the rapture IS serious. It is serious because it reflects immediately on the veracity and trustworthiness of the words of the Messiah himself and the Apostles.
In the Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24; Mark 13 and Luke 21 Jesus begins to answer the disciples question regarding his return by warning them not to be deceived.
So his whole message is laced with a warning regarding any teaching that comes to them contrary to what he is about to tell them.
Later he warns them if anyone says he has returned secretly and is in the desert or in the secret place do not believe them.
Now here are the words of the Messiah himself regarding his return:   
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
 In other words Jesus warns us against any other teaching regarding his return other than visible and in the clouds as clear as a lightening strike. Could he have been any clearer?
Let's look at Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2. Here the Apostle warns against being deceived concerning the day of the Lord and his coming and our gathering to him.
How are we to avoid being deceived? 
The Apostle tells us clearly: That day; which day? His coming and our gathering together to be with him; the day of the Lord, the day of his wrath, will not come EXCEPT  OR UNLESS two things take place first.
1. There is a falling away. The Greek word means to leave a belief system or cause one once held in order to take up another belief or cause. The Apostasy.
2. The Man of Sin is revealed. The Antichrist.
So Jesus warns us against being told Jesus has returned or will return some other way than visibly for the whole world to see.
And Paul warns us against those who will say the day of the Lord and our gathering to him is at hand when, in fact he has told us there must first be a falling away from the truth and the Antichrist must appear before we go to meet the Lord in the air.
Now comes the crunch; on this plain reading of the words of Jesus and Paul where does that place the Pre-Tribulation teachers of today?
Hard though it is for me to write this, Jesus and Paul are saying such teachers are in fact deceivers or are at best deceived themselves.
And those I mentioned at the beginning who say they don't care because it will all pan out are simply dodging the issue.
The issue is this, plain and simple:
Do I believe what the bible teaches in the clear plain text or do I believe those who say his coming is secret or that the day of the Lord's wrath is at hand?
There is no middle ground here.
It is truth as told by Jesus and Paul or error and deception.
Do I believe Jesus and Paul or John Hagee, Hal Lindsey, Chuck Missler and others?
Time for real Bereans to step up and see what the scriptures tell us as opposed to what we are told they "mean".
I often hear the scripture quoted in support of the any moment, Pre-Tribulation rapture "no man knows the day or the hour." In fact the recent movie on the Pre-Trib rapture: "Left Behind" staring Nicolas Cage quotes this very scripture at the end of the film.  
But there is something deceptive about this quote. When Jesus uttered these words he had just finished speaking about his Post Tribulation appearing to gather his elect.
And here is the shocker:
Neither the Prophets, Jesus, or the Apostles mentioned the Pre-Tribulation rapture....even once. 
Do Not Be Deceived 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Are you a Joel Osteen fan?
Read this!

 Quote from NowTheEndBegins:
"In the last year, Joel has tweeted roughly 806 times. He used the word God in a general sense 261 times, he never quoted the bible, and used the words “dream” or “dreams” as in achieving your dreams 66 times.

 Jesus, Christ (2 tweets for Easter) – April 19th

 Christ (1 tweet for Easter) – April 20th...

 Jesus (1 tweet as a plug for movie he was promoting “Son Of God) – February 27th

 Scripture Quotes – None

 God – 261 times

 Dream – 47 times

 Dreams – 19

 But here was the biggest shocker of them all. The most visible and most popular Christian pastor in America only used the words “Jesus” and “Christ” 2 times each! And 3 of those tweets was because it was Easter, and the other was a plug for a movie!"

Another Montauk Monster? Mystery Creature Washes Up On California Beach

by Sarah C Nelson

    A gruesome specimen of… something has washed up on a California beach.
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

A controversial book by Bob Cornuke of Base Institute ( states that the Temple Mount, long thought by Christians and Jews alike to be the site of the first two Jewish Temples, is not where archaeology and history tells us they stood. 
In fact according to the new claims in the book "TEMPLE" by Robert Cornuke, they stood where the city of David once stood. And that is south of the Temple Mount.
Mr Cornuke is not the first to posit such beliefs but he claims his new book adds even more
evidence to the debate. 
Available on Amazon
While the message is ancient, the venue was particularly provocative at a time of rising tensions.
In the middle of the cavernous and ornate Al Aqsa Mosque on top of Judaism’s holiest site – the Temple Mount – an Islamic cleric began drawing a crowd as he delivered an impromptu sermon warning the Jewish people that they are about to be “slaughtered without mercy.”
Citing the Quran in his reference to Jews as “the most evil of Allah’s creations,” Sheik Omar Abu Sara declared a climatic “battle with the Jews” is imminent, according to a video of the sermon that was posted on the Internet Nov. 28 and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
And he appeared to be inviting the armies of ISIS – the self-declared Islamic state – to fulfill the prophesied task of eliminating the Jewish people and “liberating” the Palestinians.
“We are living in a time when the battle with the Jews has drawn near, as our Prophet Muhammad was reported to have said: ‘You fight the Jews until the trees and the stones will say: Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him,’” the sheik said.
“I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come. The time to fight you has come. The time to kill you has come. Allah willing, we are ready for the task – we and the loyal and faithful Muslims, along with the armies of the state of the Islamic Caliphate, which will come to liberate this land from your filth.”
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Baby steps towards molecular robots

by Pete Wilton, Oxford Science Blog in Nanotechnology / Nanophysics

A walking molecule, so small that it cannot be observed directly with a microscope, has been recorded taking its first nanometre-sized steps.
It's the first time that anyone has shown in real time that such a tiny object – termed a 'small molecule walker' – has taken a series of steps.

The breakthrough, made by Oxford University chemists, is a significant milestone on the long road towards developing 'nanorobots'.

'In the future we can imagine tiny machines that could fetch and carry cargo the size of individual molecules, which can be used as building blocks of more complicated molecular machines; imagine tiny tweezers operating inside cells,' said Dr Gokce Su Pulcu of Oxford University's Department of Chemistry. 'The ultimate goal is to use molecular walkers to form nanotransport networks,' she says.

However, before nanorobots can run they first have to walk. As Su explains, proving this is no easy task.

For years now researchers have shown that moving machines and walkers can be built out of DNA. But, relatively speaking, DNA is much larger than small molecule walkers and DNA machines only work in water.

The big problem is that microscopes can only detect moving objects down to the level of 10–20 nanometres. This means that small molecule walkers, whose strides are 1 nanometre long, can only be detected after taking around 10 or 15 steps.

It would therefore be impossible to tell with a microscope whether a walker had 'jumped' or 'floated' to a new location rather than taken all the intermediate steps.         
As they report in this week's Nature Nanotechnology, Su and her colleagues at Oxford's Bayley Group took a new approach to detecting a walker's every step in . Their solution? To build a walker from an arsenic-containing molecule and detect its motion on a track built inside a nanopore.

Nanopores are already the foundation of pioneering DNA sequencing technology developed by the Bayley Group and spinout company Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

Here, tiny protein pores detect molecules passing through them. Each base disrupts an electric current passed through the nanopore by a different amount so that the DNA base 'letters' (A, C, G or T) can be read.

In this new research, they used a nanopore containing a track formed of five 'footholds' to detect how a walker was moving across it.

'We can't 'see' the walker moving, but by mapping changes in the ionic current flowing through the pore as the molecule moves from foothold to foothold we are able to chart how it is stepping from one to the other and back again,' Su explains.
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New smart skin will give artificial limbs the sense of touch
By Alex La Ferla 

Researchers in South Korea have developed a “smart skin” that could give people with prosthetic limbs a sense of touch.
In its current form, it doesn’t look like much more than a thick layer of plastic draped over a robotic hand, but it’s implications for the future of prosthetics could be much more significant than its appearance would suggest.
via FUT-Science
The artificial skin can process pressure, temperature and humidity, making it suitable for a range of real-world situations including handshaking, typing, gripping, and sensing dry or wet surfaces.
The smart skin even has features built in to make it feel more human-like, including a heating system to make it as warm as living tissue and a similar elasticity and texture to that of human skin.
“For prosthetic devices and artificial skin to feel natural, their temperature profile must be controlled to match that of the human body,” the authors write in their paper, published Tuesday in Nature Communications.
  The new skin is primarily made of polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, a flexible, transparent silicone material. Tucked within the PDMS are silicon nanoribbons, that respond with an electrical impulse when touched to provide a source of feedback for the user.
Where greater flexibility is required, such as around the wrist, the nanoribbons are grouped in a somewhat loose arrangement to allow movement. At the fingertips, where flexibility is less of an issue and maximum sensitivity is desirable, the nanoribbons are grouped together as tightly as possible.
  The humidity sensors in the skin were tested on diapers, and were able to determine which were wet and which were dry.
Eventual wearers of the skin will surely be glad to know they can perform this test, but might want to leave actual diaper humidity tests to a sense other than touch.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead
Most of the injured and dead were students, including a two-year-old child, as Paul Adams reports
Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked a school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.
Pakistani officials say the attack is now over, with all of the attackers killed. A total of seven militants took part, according to the military.
Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.
The attack is the deadliest ever by the Taliban in Pakistan.
There has been chaos outside hospital units to which casualties were taken, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from Peshawar.
Bodies have been carried out of hospitals in coffins, escorted by crowds of mourners, some of them visibly distraught.

Mourners carry the coffin of a student from a hospital in Peshawar, 16 December Coffins are being carried out of Peshawar hospitals

Empty coffins stacked at a hospital in Peshawar, 16 December Empty coffins were delivered to a hospital in Peshawar in readiness for the removal of the dead

Relatives comfort injured student Mohammad Baqair in Peshawar, 16 December School pupil Mohammad Baqair lost his mother, a teacher, in the attack

A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to army operations.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent military offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.

US President Barack Obama condemned the "horrific attack (...) in the strongest possible terms".

Russian rouble in free-fall despite shock 17% rate rise

Russian dolls for sale near Red Square, Moscow. 15 Dec 2014 Raising interest rates could affect Russia's economic growth

Russia's rouble went into free-fall in Tuesday trading, falling repeatedly to hit record lows, despite the central bank's dramatic decision to raise interest rates from 10.5% to 17%.

The rate rise was meant to strengthen the currency.

It helped it to 58 to the dollar early on Tuesday, but the dollar at one stage bought as many as 79 roubles.

The rouble has lost more than half its value against the dollar this year, hit by cheaper oil and Western sanctions.

US Dollar v Russian Rouble
Last Updated at 16 Dec 2014, 17:06 *Chart shows local time USD:RUB intraday chart

Both of these have weakened the Russian economy.

Russia's central bank has now pledged fresh further measures to try to stabilise its currency, with First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov describing the situation as "critical".

Share prices in banks thought to have exposure to Russia were down sharply. In Paris, Societe Generale was down 4.2% and shares in Italy's Unicredit also fell.

However, the Russian stock market was higher, with the main Micex index up 2% in afternoon trading.
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Monday, 15 December 2014


Is this a photograph of the notorious 'black-eyed child' of Cannock Chase - a ghostly sighting that has been spotted numerous times at the Staffordshire beauty sport.
And now it seems a Stoke-on-Trent mother may have unintentionally captured the ghoulish apparition while taking a picture of her children at the site in August.
Michelle Mason, aged 39, told the Daily Mail she was shocked to discover what appeared to be a ghostly image of a black-eyed Victorian child when she looked back at the photographs of her two children Sophia and Lee at home.
The mother-of-three said: "We were on a family walk one afternoon and the kids decided to climb a tree.
"I stopped to take a photo but it wasn’t until I got home that I spotted a child’s face looking back at me.
"I couldn’t believe it when I looked closer at the picture and there was a child, standing with a wheel or a hoop in their hand. 

"It has really freaked me out. I don’t like anything like that. 
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The Festival Of Lights (HanuKkah) begins this evening16/12/14 at sundown.
So why not be different and celebrate a festival that is in the bible
(Christmas isn't)
To Kick Off The 8 Days Of Hanukkah
Turn Your Sound Up High
and Celebrate With
Neil Diamond 

I had a chat with a scientist a couple of years ago who believes in the big bang (the bible never mentions a big bang).
I asked where all the material for the big bang came from. He said he doesn't know.
I said Our bodies are mechanical miracles.
My sight, hearing, smell and taste are all located in this thing we call our head. I can move it around to see what I hear.
I have arms and hands that move the instant I think of moving them. They grip and pick up and bring objects close to me so that I can see, smell, listen to or eat them.
My DNA is equal to a pile of telephone directories stacked on top of each other.
Yet every letter in the DNA code has to be in order.
How did that code get there?
By accident?
How is my body formed so perfectly?
By accident?
How was my eye formed, for instance?
By accident?
How is it we have the ability to communicate with each other through speech and the air carries the sound to the other person's ears?
By accident?
How is it we have the right mixture of chemicals to enable us to breath?
By accident?
How is it we have water to drink and food to eat?
By accident?
How is it we are just the right distance from the sun and from the moon otherwise we would freeze or burn or the seas would have no tides to keep them moving, preventing stagnation?
By accident?
Well that is amazing?
All these accidents and more came about by pure random chance?
Like the man said......If you believe that you'll believe anything.