Christian singer Natalie Grant put it this way on Twitter: “We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this: I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.” Grant will probably be remembered better for what she did that for what she sang. Although she is not naming names, it seems likely Grant was upset by Katy Perry’s performance. E! Online tweeted that Perry’s act resembled “actual witchcraft”. The pop singer began her musical career as a Gospel singer under her birth name of Katy Hudson.
Month – January 2014
Just think. The state of New York will start collecting data on public school students with the goal of monitoring individuals from childhood to death. The data will be easily available to state and federal agencies. Do you suppose it will stop there? I bet corporations too big to fail would also like to get their hands on it, but that’s not official. The P-20 data collection program is promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
We only caught a glimpse of the Twelfth Doctor during the annual Christmas episode of “Doctor Who”. And since he had just regenerated, Peter Capaldi was still wearing Matt Smith’s outfit. Today the BBC released a picture of Capaldi with his new look. Production on the world’s longest running sci-fi series resumed this month in Wales, but Whovians still have to wait for fall to watch new episodes on TV. But who know? With the Tardis, maybe Capaldi can appear before schedule.
The documents were leaked by Egyptian security. They provide evidence that the government there was monitoring the movement’s of Obama’s half-brother Malik. The Clinton link involves a top Muslim Brotherhood official, Gehad el-Haddad, who had worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation for five years.
In general, the US federal government has been downplaying the effects of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. State governments are, of course, expected to follow suit. Maybe scientists at the University of Alaska just didn’t get the memo. Or perhaps they are more concerned with revealing the truth.
So called progressives in the US have long pointed to the blissful socialism of Sweden. But now a growing number of Swedes are the opposite of blissful when it comes to government health care. Long waits and poor service are pushing them to spend an extra $600 or so a year in addition to their health care taxes.
When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA telephone and email spying program against ordinary Americans, his target audience was adults. He apparently never thought about how to reach children with his message. But the NSA has the resources to be more creative. You can be sure they’ve spent big bucks to develop the CryptoKids. Sure, this may enlist the sympathy of more gullible children right now. The question is when today’s kids outgrow cartoons, will they still be fooled?
The mother of an 11 year-old girl in the school system has created a website to create public awareness of the issue. The former teacher with a background in psychological development says, “I want to preserve the purity of the hearts of little girls. I say [to the schools] what’s your right to impose this on our kids?” Rather than welcoming public input, school officials have threatened to sue the mom for defamation and harassment.
We all know that if you want to withdraw a large sum of money from a bank, you may not get it immediately. That’s because banks make money by investing your deposit. But after a necessary wait, you do expect to get your cash. Customers of one of England’s biggest banks — HSBC, a multinational corporation headquartered in London — have been subjected to nosy questions about how they intend to spend their withdrawals. The bank says it wants to prevent money laundering. This may be in response to a scandal from 2005 when “Bloomberg Markets” magazine accused HSBC of money laundering. US Senate investigators drew a similar conclusion.