This article below is absolutely no surprise to me; in fact I believe they have already been watching. The New World Order (NWO) is gradually coming into focus, and anything that is not Politically Correct (PC) will soon be Persona Non Grata (PNG). Do not take Christian websites for granted. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech is all that keeps them afloat. Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve <><
DHS Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists & Social Influencers
DHS Plans To Compile A List Of All Bloggers, Journalists & Social Influencers
Many were hoping that once Barack Obama was out of office we would see less of this Big Brother surveillance nonsense, but instead it seems to be getting even worse.
In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced that it intends to compile a comprehensive list of hundreds of thousands of “journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.”, and collect any “information that could be relevant” about them.
So if you have a website, an important blog or you are just very active on social media, the Department of Homeland Security is going to put you on a list and will start collecting information about you.
The DHS has already announced that it will hire a contractor to aid in monitoring media coverage, and they will definitely need plenty of help because it is going to be a very big job…
As part of its “media monitoring,” the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English.
The successful contracting company will have “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”
“Any and all media coverage,” as you might imagine, is quite broad and includes “online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media.”
If this sounds extremely creepy to you, that is because it is extremely creepy.
I run several prominent websites and so without a doubt I will be on this list. And if I was just a name on a list in some database somewhere, that would be bad enough, but instead it sounds like the DHS will be collecting any “information that could be relevant” about all of us…
As Gizmodo noted, the DHS’ vagueness is also a concern. It leaves itself an opening for collecting “any other information that could be relevant” about these influencers, and there’s no hint as to what that could be.
Is it strictly functional information like work histories, or sensitive data that could be abused? Either way, the database could be troublesome for bloggers and social media stars who aren’t usually under such close government scrutiny.
This kind of Orwellian monitoring of our freedoms is unnecessary, it is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars, and it violates our most basic freedoms.
So why does the Department of Homeland Security need to do this?
The explanation that they are giving the public is extremely weak. The following comes from Forbes…
DHS says the “NPPD/OUS [National Protection and Programs Directorate/Office of the Under Secretary] has a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach Federal, state, local, tribal and private partners.” Who knows what that means, but the document also states the NPPD’s mission is “to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation’s physical and cyberinfrastructure.”
But we are not supposed to ask questions about government programs such as this.
In fact, just a few days ago a Department of Homeland Security representative stated that those that are questioning this program are “tinfoil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists”…
If you find yourself skeptical of this proposal of mass state monitoring of the press, consider yourself a bonafide member of the “tinfoil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists,” DHS representative Tyler Houlton said Friday. It’s all very routine, he argued, casting the project as an innocent means of “monitoring current events.” Just shut up and let us do this, crackpots.
That kind of response should make all of us very angry.
If the government is going to monitor us and put our information in a database, we should have the right to ask questions.
Freedom of speech is one of our most foundational rights, and many are concerned that “monitoring and tracking” are initial steps that could lead to a significant crackdown on Internet activity. Just check out what is about to happen over in Europe.
The Internet has made it possible for ordinary people to communicate with one another on a massive scale, and any efforts by national governments to interfere with that must be challenged.
Unfortunately, it appears that this new Department of Homeland Security program is moving ahead rapidly and seven different companies have “already expressed interest” in participating.
Taken from “The End” by Mark Hitchcock, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, page 270:
As Donald Grey Barnhouse says, “The devil is making his last and greatest effort, a furious effort, to gain power and establish his kingdom upon the earth. He knows nothing better than to imitate God. Since God has succeeded by means of an incarnation and then by means of the work of the Holy Spirit, the devil will work by means of an incarnation in Antichrist and by the unholy spirit.” In hell’s trinity, Satan is a counterfeit Father (anti-Father), the Antichrist is a counterfeit Son (anti-Christ), and the false prophet is a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit (anti-Spirit). This is the infernal trinity.
In his message “Deliverance or Devastation: Son Of God Or Son Of Perdition,” Doug Stauffer expounds on Jeremiah 30, and how the church will not go through the Great Tribulation, i.e. Jacob’s Trouble. Verse 3 refers to Israel returning to their land in 1948. Now, note the highlighted words below in Jeremiah 30:7 “…he shall be saved out of it.” “He shall be saved out of it,” and we are saved from it. That is what the rapture prior to the Great Tribulation is all about. We (the church) will be saved from the Great Tribulation / Jacob’s Trouble.
Jeremiah 30 King James Version (KJV)
30:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2Â Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
3Â For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
4Â And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
5Â For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
6Â Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7Â Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
8Â For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
9Â But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
10Â Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
11Â For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
12Â For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.
13Â There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
14Â All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
15Â Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
16Â Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
17Â For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
18Â Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
19Â And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20Â Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
21Â And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the Lord.
22Â And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
23Â Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
24Â The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.
Taken From Doug Stauffer’s Message
“Deliverance Or Devastation, Son Of God Or Son Of Perdition”
2015 Orlando Prophecy Summit
March 5-7, 2015
May 14, 2018, is a special day in the life of Israel.
And it’s a proud day to be an
American friend of Israel.
May 14, 2018: A HISTORIC DAY
May 14 loomed large in 1948.
It was the date, according to the secular calendar, when the modern state of Israel was born. It was a time of ecstasy. Nearly 19 centuries had passed since the last chance for Jewish sovereignty was destroyed, but the prayers for a return to the ancestral land – and to Jerusalem, the heartbeat of the Jewish people – had never stopped through all the years of wandering, exile, and persecution.
Fast forward 70 years to May 14, 2018.
This day will be remembered, above all, for another celebration…the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem.
I am in Israel’s capital city to join in the festivities and express appreciation, on behalf of the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee (AJC), to the Trump administration for its bold decision.
It shouldn’t have had to be so bold. Every country ought to have the right to choose its own capital. But that basic political rule applies to each nation on earth, save one.
Think about it. The other 192 United Nations member states pick the site for their capital and it’s no one else’s business.
No doubt, diplomats assigned to Australia would prefer to be situated in Melbourne or Sydney, but the political choice was Canberra and that was that.
Nor did anyone utter a peep when Germany, following reunification, moved its capital from Bonn to Berlin, compelling governments around the world to spend a fortune to find new premises in Berlin.
The same goes for Kazakhstan, which decided to move its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1998, again disrupting the lives of every country that had a diplomatic post in the Central Asian nation.
Or take Nigeria, which chose to leave Lagos and create a new capital city, in distant Abudja, in 1991.
But Israel, and Israel alone, has found itself in the unique position of having its self-declared capital in Jerusalem, while other nations insist it’s in Tel Aviv, where they locate their embassies and residences.
Why? Well, we’re told, it’s because the original UN resolution recommending a two-state solution, adopted in November 1947, designated Jerusalem as a corpus separatum, or a city with no sovereign affiliation to the proposed Arab and Jewish states.
But the Arab world rejected the resolution in its entirety and declared war on Israel. Fortunately, Israel, though heavily outgunned and outmanned, prevailed. The western part of Jerusalem came under Israeli control. The offices of the president and prime minister, the Knesset, the Supreme Court, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry were all established there.
For nearly seven decades, we have witnessed the anomaly of world leaders, whose countries reject Jerusalem as the capital, traveling precisely to that city to meet with Israeli presidents and prime ministers, to see Knesset members, and to hold dialogues in the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
How patently absurd! We have also been treated to the assertion that Jerusalem’s status should not be determined until there is a final peace agreement. But that gives the Palestinians veto power over the process, even as they have rejected one proposal after another, including those that would have essentially divided Jerusalem into two parts.
Why should Israel’s capital be spurned by the international community ad infinitum because the Palestinian leadership refuses to make a deal? In the case of the US, the situation was a bit different. The rhetoric was often right, and there was even congressional legislation (Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995) to back it up, but the results never matched the words.
In 2000, for example, George W. Bush said: “Something will happen when I’m president. As soon as I take office, I will begin the process of moving the US embassy to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”
For eight years, Bush had the chance to do just that. For eight years, however, he balked.
In 2008, Barack Obama declared that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”
In the ensuing eight years, not only did Obama not move to fulfill his commitment, but he actually took a big step back.
When the White House Office of the Press Secretary released the full text of the president’s eulogy at the 2016 funeral of Shimon Peres, the words “Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel” were included to indicate the location.
Shortly afterward, the White House pointedly deleted the word “Israel” from the text, in effect orphaning Jerusalem. It was no longer located in any country, even as Peres, with Obama present, was being buried in Jerusalem as an Israeli statesman.
In September 2016, Donald Trump pledged to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
Some observers understandably thought he was simply parroting his predecessors by making a campaign promise he had no intention of fulfilling.
But he meant what he said, which is why we are all gathering in Jerusalem to mark this historic occasion, to be followed two days later, it should be noted, by the Guatemalan decision to do the same.
In today’s hyper-partisan world, many who oppose the president on other issues are unlikely to give him any credit for this move. But we remain fiercely nonpartisan and call them as we see them.
Trump, as he said, simply recognized reality. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Period.
Does this move preclude a peace deal with the Palestinians? Absolutely not. In fact, perhaps in the long haul it accelerates the chances by signaling to their leadership that they don’t necessarily have the continued luxury of avoiding the peace table and rejecting one peace deal after another.
And does it prevent the possibility of a Palestinian state that includes part of Jerusalem within its borders, allowing the Palestinians to declare their own capital? Again, absolutely not.
May 14, 2018, is a special day in the life of Israel. And it’s a proud day to be an American friend of Israel.
Reported by: The Jerusalem Post
By Prophecy in the News| May 14th, 2018|Tags: Ancestral Land, Bible Prophecy, Christian News, Holy Land, Israel is Born, Jerusalem, Jewish Sovereignty, Prophecy News, State of Israel, Tel Aviv, US Embassy Move to Jerusalem
At Reception, PM Netanyahu Cites ‘A Momentous Time, Our People Will Be Eternally Grateful’ to President Trump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara welcomed the U.S. delegation on Sunday to the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, at a special reception held at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. During the event, the prime minister presented a Letter of Appreciation to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in gratitude for his activity on behalf of moving the Embassy to Jerusalem.
Reported by: Hana Levi Julian – The Jewish Press
By Prophecy in the News| May 14th, 2018|Tags: Bible Prophecy, Christian News, Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, moving the Embassy to Jerusalem, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Prophecy News, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, U.S. delegation
Prophecy News Watch / Update For May 15, 2018
American Christian Leaders Praise Jerusalem Embassy Opening
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”
American Christian Leaders Praise Jerusalem Embassy Opening
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American Evangelical Christian leaders praised the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday and the American leader for keeping his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Christians United for Israel’s founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee, who gave the benediction at the embassy ceremony, told JNS that he is “deeply proud” of his country and its president.
“I was deeply honored to participate in this historic moment. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, and I am very proud of my country and my president for recognizing that fact,” said Hagee. “This moment would not have been possible were it not for President Trump’s courage and the unwavering commitment of CUFI’s 4.1 million members.”
The embassy ceremony in Jerusalem was attended by some 800 guests from the United States and Israel.
“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like any other nation to determine its own capital,” Trump said in a video greeting at the embassy ceremony.”Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”
Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of the Latino Coalition for Israel, told JNS that he was “amazed” by the embassy move.
“We are in amazement with today’s movement of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. We are so proud of President Trump’s historic actions today.”
David Parsons, vice president of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, told JNS that “The ICEJ joins with the people and government of Israel in rejoicing over the historic events of this day, as the United States brings its Embassy up to Jerusalem.”
“We are praying and working towards the goal of many more nations taking their rightful place in this city in due recognition of its status as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has to be shared as a ‘house of prayer’ for all peoples, but the proper sovereign and custodian of the city is the Jewish people.
They were the first and only nation in history to truly honor and select Jerusalem as their capital and the focal point of their national identity, and it is most fitting that they be the ones to see this special city through to its glorious destiny.”
Similarly, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel, noted that the embassy opening was a “historic” day for America and Israel.
“Today is a historic moment when on the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of Israel, the U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem,” said Staver. “The timing could not be more appropriate to open the embassy at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. We celebrate with the Jewish people for this long-awaited event.”
For many evangelical Christians, the issues of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy to that city have been top priority for years. Evangelical Christian groups, who have been strong supporters of Trump, strongly lobbied the American leader to keep his campaign promise of moving the embassy during his first year in office.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who heads the Jerusalem-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, credited the Christian community for playing a “critical” part in ensuring the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and the decision to move the U.S. embassy to the Holy City on the Jewish state’s 70th anniversary could not have happened without critical U.S. Christian support,” said Eckstein.
He added that “Israel’s future rests on continuing and strengthening the Christian bond with Israel.”
One such effort includes a new comprehensive building in Jerusalem about a mile from the embassy to accommodate Christian visitors to Israel.
Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.
Watch lava slowly engulf a poor, abandoned car sitting in the path of Hawaii’s volcano
BGR NewsMay 7, 2018
Late last week, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted, spewing lava from a massive crack in the ground near a residential subdivision. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, as the eruption was preceded by several small earthquakes and large bulges had formed in the ground where the Earth eventually cracked open. Nevertheless, many residents were forced from their homes as the lava slowly poured from the gap, and new time lapse footage of one unfortunate abandoned car being swallowed up gives you a good idea of a worst-case scenario.
The original video, which was posted by a man named Brandon Clement, shows the liquid rock flowing through a fence before crossing a residential road and then engulfing a Ford Mustang as it sits helplessly on the side of the road. The area had already been under evacuation orders for some time, so it’s likely that the car’s owner was long gone by the time the lava reached his home and vehicle.
This isn’t the kind of rapid, utterly devastation eruption that many people imagine when they think the dangers of living near a volcano, but it can be just as tragic for those living nearby. You obviously can’t pick up and move an entire house at a moment’s notice, and while this unlucky Mustang may have been saved with a bit better planning, the homes in the path of the lava flow will be destroyed just the same, regardless of the speed of the eruption.
Those living near Kilauea are still under an orange warning, which is the second highest alert associated with volcano eruptions. According to the most recent information from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, the lava flow has progressed over half a mile from the fissures, with additional intermittent eruption activity expected to continue.
It’s unclear at this point just how dire the situation will get, but officials are being proactive in their evacuation efforts to ensure that no lives are lost as a result. For now we know of one definite casualty: a silver Ford Mustang. Oh, and that fence and telephone pole.
These events are the Lord’s judgment in microcosm. I have never really pitied folks who build homes near cliffs in California or at the base of an active volcano…..and then catastrophe strikes. I believe they are foolish, and tempting God. There is a very important spiritual application here. People are living their lives with a “devil may care” attitude as if the Lord does not exist. God sends everyone warning flares throughout our lives, and most people ignore them. Even if catastrophe never strikes, most people will die of natural causes, totally unprepared to meet the Lord. People who meet God unprepared will lose a lot more than their Mustang.
Amos 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
“Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”
Matthew 24:44 King James Version (KJV)
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Jesus Christ will soon come in judgment and rapture His bride (the church) home. The rest of the world will be plunged into the time of the Great Tribulation.
Be Ye Ready!
In Christ, Pastor Steve <><
Pathway To The Mark? Cashless Society Slowly Gaining Around The World
Several countries around the world have moved quickly towards cashless societies in the last five years, most notably China and Denmark.
The Church of England has now adopted electronic payment systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and the major credit cards.
Not yet abandoning cash, the introduction of the new payment systems is a response to a social movement that is increasingly rejecting cash.
Though the numbers are not easy to track, the number of young adults who pay their bills, send money to friends, fill up their cars and buy groceries all without touching cash is growing to the point where some financial experts believe that today’s teens may, in another decade, be the first cashless generation in the United States.
On March 29th, Visa announced the fifty winners of its cashless challenge contest, which challenges small businesses that now accept only credit card payments to compete for $10,000 prizes. Visa may be awarding $500K a year of its money to small businesses for the simple act of foregoing cash payments, but the investment can have a powerful knock-on effect.
First, the winners are required to explain how going cashless has positively impacted their businesses, which is, in itself, valuable marketing and research data the credit card companies can use to persuade others to abandon physical currency.
Second, the more businesses that go credit-only, the greater the level of acceptance we are likely to see across a broader spectrum of society, resulting in increased credit card use overall and more businesses ditching cash. For credit card companies and banks, collecting fees on every transaction is a powerful incentive to undermine the use of cash.
Businesses cite cost savings from time wasted counting cash, fees paid for armor car services and safety from theft. When cash is created as an object of value that must be counted, stored and transported with care, it is clear how digital payment systems and credit cards can come out ahead.
For individuals, there are no more trips to the ATM and no cash for thieves to grab in a robbery. A recent study sponsored by credit card company Capital One found that 25% of Americans don’t carry cash at all any longer and that rises to 33% for adults between 18 and 35.
Just 21% of Americans use cash as their most common form of payment and the average amount carried is a mere $25.
China and Denmark stand out as the two countries moving most quickly away from cash, with India and several other countries not far behind. Denmark favors credit and debit cards while China has skipped cards in favor of app-based digital payment networks such as WeChat.
According to the South China Morning Post, China registered $12.8 trillion of digital transactions in the first 10 months of 2017 alone, a truly staggering figure. The Chinese Communist Party has fully embraced payment apps not just for their efficiency but also the level of control they offer.
Without paper money, every transaction can be tracked, logged and forever linked to every citizen. Under the new social scoring system, purchases that the Communist Party favors will improve one’s score, but use your money for video games or vices and your access to jobs, education and loans will dry up.
Legally restricting or banning gun ownership is a tall order in the United States but cutting off the ability to purchase them may not be.
Following the Bush administration’s attacks on the credit card processors of pornography sites more than a decade ago, New York’s Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, appealed in a letter to major banks and credit card companies to block all transactions associated with firearms.
Today, if credit cards and banks refused transactions involving firearms or ammunition an individual could simply pay in cash, but once physical currency has been eliminated such purchases will require the permission of both corporations and government.
A system of loyalty or mark to a government ruler that controls your ability to buy or sell is exactly what is described in the book of Revelation and is often referred to as “the mark of the beast”. Those who like to dismiss the book of Revelation as mere allegory may want to take another look.
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Revelation 13:16-18 King James Version (KJV)
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Pray For Revival In America!
‘Oh! Susanna’ Songwriter’s Statue Removed Amid Criticism From PC Leftists
A 118-year-old statue of the “Oh! Susanna” songwriter was removed from a Pittsburgh park Thursday after criticism from PC Leftists that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo.
In October, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to take the Stephen Foster sculpture out of Schenley Plaza and find it a new home. For now, it will remain in a storage lot, out of the public view.
On Thursday, workers used straps and construction equipment to lift the 10-foot-bronze statue off its base. It was strapped to a flatbed truck and taken away.
The Giuseppe Moretti statue was completed in 1900 and thousands attended its dedication.
The shoeless banjo player is based on “Uncle Ned,” a fictional slave and subject of a song by the same name. Critics have long decried the statue as racist.
“It’s the single most offensive display of public art in Pittsburgh, hands down,” Paradise Gray, a hip-hop activist, musician and writer, told the Post-Gazette in August . “It permanently depicts the black man at the white man’s feet.”
Others say it highlights that Foster was inspired by black spirituals. Some historians contend the 1848 song is actually an early, subtle anti-slavery song.
A statue honoring an African-American woman will be put up in its place. Residents can submit nominations.
Foster, a Pittsburgh native, is often called the father of American music and was known for enduring tunes from the 1800s.
His songs include “Camptown Races,” ”My Old Kentucky Home,” ”Beautiful Dreamer” and “Old Folks at Home” (Swanee Song).
He died penniless in New York City in 1864 at age 37.
Reported by: Culture War Resource
By Prophecy in the News| April 30th, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Globalism, Oh! Susanna Song, PC Leftists, Pittsburgh Art Commission, Prophecy News, Removing U.S. History, Schenley Plaza, Stephen Foster sculpture
Think Facebook Knows A Lot About You? Take A Look At Google
By PNW Staff April 03, 2018
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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that exposed the selling of a treasure trove of personal information on 50 million Americans, many are now questioning how much information they are willing to share with Facebook.
Personal photos, political views, chat logs, phone records and much more are all being stored on Facebook waiting to be sold or stolen.
But few realize that Google actually knows far more about them than even Facebook. By providing dozens of free services to consumers, Google is able to collect data about multiple aspects of their lives and then compile it into a frighteningly detailed record.
For Google, consumers themselves are the product it sells to advertisers and, it is safe to assume, to curious governments as well. In a recent article, Irish web developer Dylan Curran downloaded both his Facebook and Google data files as part of an investigation into the amount of data collected.
Although different for everyone, his Facebook file contained around 600 megabytes of raw data while the dossier that Google kept on him weighed in at 5.5 gigabytes of data. But how much can Google actually know about us?
The most obvious piece of data is a user’s Google search history. Google has become synonymous with searching the Internet and many often forget that every keystroke is recorded (even when deleted before searching). While some may argue that using the search history of dangerous criminals (bombs or poisons) to convict them, there are few among us who haven’t searched for something that wouldn’t look good in public or in the hands of the government.
Beyond a simple log of an individual’s search history though, Google uses its pattern-matching algorithm to predict gender, age, political views, interests and a host of other details with uncanny accuracy. If anyone actually clicks an ad, that is, of course, logged and tracked to further refine targeting.
Gmail and Google Calendar are other obvious sources of data for users and the company landed itself in hot water several years ago when it was discovered that Google reads the contents of emails and uses that to target advertisements.
Conversations that the public believes are private are far from it and by accepting a free product such as Gmail, users are essentially surrendering access of their private emails to Google, the NSA or even, in some cases, hackers. As for Google Calendar, a complete record of events is stored, including when, where and who they included, a useful piece of data when mapping an individual’s relationships.
Touted as a free and cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office, the popular services known as Google Docs, Slides and Sheets have been adopted not only by millions of individuals but by corporations and schools all over the world.
The catch? The documents are now accessible to Google and everything typed in is logged. Deleted files, researchers have discovered, are not entirely gone and files stored on Google Drive always leave a trail as well, even after being removed. Best not store anything truly private in a Google Docs file.
YouTube and Google News are yet more sources of data on users’ habits, tracking everything individuals watch, read and comment on, all linked to individual profiles in the Google servers. Taken by itself, an individual’s search history (including image searches) may not paint a complete picture, but link this with his YouTube viewing habits, the text of emails, files stored in the cloud, events on Google Calendar and a record of Google News articles read, and the picture becomes much clearer.
Google began its domination of the smartphone market with the invention of the Android operating system that Google made free to all smart phone developers. Now installed on 82% of all smart phones around the world, Android allows Google an incredible level of control and access to users’ lives.
From the use of GPS location tracking that allows Google to keep a record of every place smartphone users have ever been, and for how long, to keeping the metadata on all photos taken on Android phones, there is little that can be done with a smartphone that Google does not track and log into its records.
Records of all apps installed and every interaction with them, GoogleFit data, every device ever connected to a Google Account and a user’s contact list all become useful pieces of data to be fed into the Google algorithms and brokered to government and corporate clients. Pay strict attention to the permissions you are forced to grant the next time you download an app from Google Play store.
With ownership of Android, Google also gains access to device permissions such as the microphone and video camera, though it is still not clear how much of this data is being used to target ads and track behavior and what capabilities exist to use the microphone clandestinely in the background.
Google knows far more than the Stasi secret police of East Germany could ever have dreamed. Make no mistake, this is the surveillance State, even though conducted by corporations, and we have ignorantly and foolishly welcomed it in with open arms.
Smartphones and the Internet now play such central roles in the lives of most that Google’s dominance amounts to the perfect tool for monitoring and control over billions of people. So, in the rush to “delete Facebook” should we not consider, too, how much of our lives we have surrendered to Google?
Palm Sunday is March 25, 2018
In Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19, Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem, and the crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome him as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem. Christians celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday.
Some churches decorate with palms and distribute palm branches in memory of the greeting Jesus received from the pilgrims as He rode into Jerusalem.
Jesus had spent many months traveling through the towns and villages. He preached about the kingdom of God and healed the sick wherever He went. Now the time had come for Him to claim His title as the Messiah – the Savior that God had promised to the Jewish people.
Jesus knew His mission was almost finished. As they traveled to Jerusalem, Jesus warned His disciples that He would soon be put to death, and after three days He would rise again.
As they came near Jerusalem, Jesus told two of His disciples to go into a nearby village and bring a donkey that would be waiting there. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. Crowds of people spread their coats on the ground in front of Him. Some waved branches of palm trees, a sign of victory. The people shouted, Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!
Only a king would be greeted this way, and the people wanted Jesus to be their king. (II Kings 9:13)
Most of the people did not understand what kind of king Jesus would be. They expected their Messiah to be a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire. But, the kingdom of God is not of this world. It is a spiritual kingdom that is now growing in the hearts of people who put their faith and trust in God.
Did you know that a Donkey is the only animal in the world with a cross on its back, Jesus the Messiah came into Jerusalem on the cross and he also left Jerusalem with a cross. Coincidence ? I don’t think so. Thank you Jesus for taking ALL our sins on You!
By Prophecy in the News| March 23rd, 2018|Tags: Bible, Christians, Churches, Donkey, Easter, Israel, Jerusalem, Jesus, Jewish, Jews, Kingdom of God, Messiah, Palm Branches, Palm Sunday
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