"Marriages Made In Hell"

by Edward Langenback

© 05/18/04

The next step in the continuing slide into wholesale moral bankruptcy is here as same sex couples are married. I honestly can't say which is worse, the fact that homosexuality is considered 'ok' by enough people that this whole same sex marriage mess would even be possible, or the idea that those 'weddings' would be legally sanctioned and recognized by any government.

Romans 1:26-27, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."

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Same-Sex Couples Marry in Massachusetts
May 17, 11:27 PM (ET)

BOSTON (AP) - Elated and in some cases incredulous at making history, gays and lesbians by the dozens exchanged vows and were pronounced "partners for life" Monday as Massachusetts became the first state to let same-sex couples marry.

The nuptials ranged from quick city-hall ceremonies to ornate weddings in downtown Boston churches, complete with champagne and fancy cakes. Among the touches: matching orange bow ties, rainbow flags and confetti, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus singing "Marry Us," and a special rendition of "Here Come the Brides."

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RFID tracking systems are showing up in more and more places being used to track more things and people. Almost always there are several apparent benefits that honestly are sometimes hard to argue against. The problem is that with each benefit, there are pitfalls, more and more our privacy is being chipped away. (pun intended)

This item is enough to make any Christian's hair stand on end....

Can you say "Mark of the Beast?"

... I knew you could!

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Tracking Junior With a Microchip
By Julia Scheeres
02:00 AM Oct. 10, 2003 PT

A Mexican company has launched a service to implant microchips in children as an anti-kidnapping device.

Solusat, the Mexican distributor of the VeriChip -- a rice-size microchip that is injected beneath the skin and transmits a 125-kilohertz radio frequency signal -- is marketing the device as an emergency ID under its new VeriKid program.

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If it's not enough to track people, let's track the things they own.

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RFID Keeps Track of Seniors
By Mark Baard
02:00 AM Mar. 19, 2004 PT

Researchers have built two new systems that use radio frequency identification tags to monitor the elderly in their own homes.

RFID tags, as they are called, are widely used as a part of building security passes, Speedpass key chain devices and E-ZPasses for paying highway tolls. Retailers also expect RFID tags to replace bar codes on store items over the next 15 years.

RFID technology can also improve health care for the elderly, said researchers at Intel Research Seattle and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Caregivers receiving data via the Internet from RFID readers can monitor seniors' daily activities by recording which tagged items they have picked up, and when. By comparing real-time data with a record of an individual's normal daily routine, caregivers can easily spot any significant changes.

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Take a look around you sometime. Small, inexpensive digital cameras are watching all sorts of places, and these pictures are available on the web to anyone who wants to look. If you think you're being watched, you probably are.

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Spying on the Silent Spies
Larry Jacobs, ABCNEWS

Ever get the feeling that you're being watched? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say you shouldn't be surprised at that sinking suspicion.

Professor Latonya Sweeney of the university's School of Computer Science in Pittsburgh, says that tiny, inexpensive digital cameras are keeping silent watches at about 10,000 or more public places in the U.S.

What's more, many of these cameras -- located at street corners, parks, bars, beaches, and so -- are sharing what they digitally capture with anyone online.

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Big Brother Is Watching
How Patriot Act Search Warrants Can Affect All of Us Online

By Lance Ulanoff
PC Magazine

March 18-- A recent Associated Press article about the FBI raiding an Ohio-based chat host company's offices and confiscating its servers sent a chill up my spine.

The FBI acted on information that someone may have used the service for hacking. It was within its jurisdiction, obtaining a warrant for the search and seizure. But it's what they could do with those servers and the information stored on them that really has me spooked.

I've visited Internet chat rooms. They tend to be useless, annoying affairs where, along with potentially interesting discourse, there are always a dozen or so idiots trolling for online sexual banter. Spend three minutes in any chat room and you're likely to get either a pop-up note or a direct question in the live thread that asks: "ASL?" (Age, Sex, Location). It's annoying and this intrusion usually drives me right out of the virtual room, but others stay.

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FBI adds to wiretap wish list
Last modified: March 12, 2004, 1:05 PM PST
By Declan McCullagh and Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police.

The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development.

Legal experts said the 85-page filing includes language that could be interpreted as forcing companies to build back doors into everything from instant messaging and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) programs to Microsoft's Xbox Live game service. The introduction of new services that did not support a back door for police would be outlawed, and companies would be given 15 months to make sure that existing services comply.

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What the goverment doesn't know about you, they can probably find out from the folks at ChoicePoint...

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By Shane Harris
Watching people on behalf of Uncle Sam.

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As you move through life, you leave traces of yourself that never disappear. You register a car, apply for insurance, apply for a job, get a blood test, open a bank or credit card account, buy a home, move into an apartment, get arrested, get paroled, buy a boat, file a tax return, get married, get divorced, have a baby, get a library card. These movements leave marks in the form of records. A record might be a seemingly innocuous bit of information you wrote on a form - your phone number, date of birth, where you went to college - or a more telling nugget you surrendered to a customer survey, like why you bought that 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, or why you take trips to Ireland.

ChoicePoint and other collectors scoop up these pieces of information and preserve them electronically. They buy the data - sometimes from each other - or obtain it from public sources, such as court and property records. Then, when their customers ask, ChoicePoint blends the pieces into a picture of you. Where you've lived. The cars you drive. The people you know - neighbors, school friends, ex-spouses. The more records, the bigger the picture. ChoicePoint owns an astounding 19 billion records, about 65 times as many pieces of information as there are people in the United States. As a result, ChoicePoint knows more about most people than the federal government does.

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