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Prayer App Now Available for Android in Google Play

oraBELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 22, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — ORA NET LLC announces its Ora prayer app is now available for Android smartphones in the Google Play store. Android users can now join the initiative to use a disruptive technology to promote the oldest form of recognized religious expression in the Christian and Jewish faiths — prayer. The ORA system creates a personal mobile experience for the individual and an enterprise-quality community management platform for any organization to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer.

“ORA’s technology gives us the ability to do so much more to leverage existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals in the most meaningful relationship they can have with others and with God. And now that technology is available to an even larger group of smartphone users in a secure, private setting,” said Jeff Bone, Chief Marketing Officer for ORA.

The Bellingham, WA, company introduced what many have called the most revolutionary development for the faith community to be released in decades.

“We all maintain a number of social and spiritual connections within a broad community that includes our favorite people and our favorite places of worship and ministry. ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose. Android is the largest and fastest growing segment of smartphone users in the world and we are pleased to be able to offer this to the Android community as well,” Stated Dusty Gulleson, ORA Chief Executive Officer.

“We are very excited to use the ORA app in our Life Groups. We think God will use this app to connect people through prayer in a way that hasn’t been done before,” said Jake Schwein, Pastor of Grace Chapel, Wilsonville, Oregon.

Typical social networks are inappropriate “high noise” areas that are not private enough for sensitive postings like prayer requests. ORA creates an environment where prayer is the most important thing and your privacy is mission critical. ORA employs financial-grade security to protect your privacy and keep your intimate postings secure. ORA not only makes prayer available on your smartphone, but it makes comments, reminders and prayer partners always available too and gives immediate feedback to requests, questions and comments from prayer partners and helps to track and remind the user of how prayers are answered immediately or over time. ORA helps you get a glimpse of the eternal that can be missed when we’re caught up in the stress of everyday life.

ORA is a free download for iPhone, AppStore.com/ora, and now for Android at: ora.net/android.html. The ORA smartphone app integrates into the ORA Community system. The ORA Community system is a software as a service (SaaS) solution designed with many more management features that allows an organization to administer community-wide prayer communication and easily integrate with existing email, church management or relationship management software from leading providers. Visit the ORA website for more information: ora.net.

This Is Your Future: Ordering a Pizza In 2015, NSA Style

This is your future, America!

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As your personal data from hospitals, insurance companies, banks, retailers, phone carriers, traffic records and every other manner of electronic interaction is merged into massive databases, it will soon be possible for not just the government, but companies you patronize on a daily basis to know your most intimate secrets.

All of this information will be used to build detailed profiles of your personal habits and qualifications for certain services. Just as your credit report is used to determine your financial worth and capability, a computer will soon determine what you are or not allowed to do.

Life on Earth, As Seen By A Spy Drone

This brings new meaning to Michael Jackson’s song, “Somebody’s Watching Me”

♪ I always feel like
Somebody’s watching me
And I have no privacy
I always feel like
Somebody’s watching me
Tell me is it just a dream ♫

Think Your Home is Private? Think Again.

Smart Meters tells your insurance company, the police, and anyone else, EVERY DETAIL about you! And that information is for sale!

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We have upgraded that letter of warning and refusal to the power company and it no longer fits in the allotted space here. You can find that by going to: jerryday.com
On that home page, scroll down, way down, you will pass a large picture of an electric meter and a document called “Public Notice” (you will want to hang that on your electric meter). Right below that is some short instructions titled TEXT OF LETTER FOR POWER COMPANY. The letter is right below that.
Copy/paste that letter into your word processor, edit it according to the instructions, and send it to your power company. The sooner the better. They are sneaking these meters onto people’s homes by the thousands. If you already have a digital meter (bad) go to FreedomTaker.com for a special legal notice form (“Demand For Removal”, $9.95) and safe analog meter replacement kits ($69.95). Take back your power. If you have questions, there is an email address and phone number at the bottom of the home page at FreedomTaker.com.


H/T Bonq

Obama takes control of the internet with Cybersecurity Executive Order

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Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure by increasing information sharing and by jointly developing and implementing a framework of cybersecurity practices with our industry partners.

  • Defense Industrial Base Information Sharing Program Now Open to Other Sectors: The Order expands the voluntary Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program, enabling near real time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts.
  • NIST to Lead Development of Cybersecurity Framework: NIST will work collaboratively with critical infrastructure stakeholders to develop the framework relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective.

Partnering with Industry to Protect Our Most Critical Assets from Cyber Attack

Today’s new Executive Order was developed in tandem with the Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience also released today. The Executive Order strengthens the U.S. Government’s partnership with critical infrastructure owners and operators to address cyber threats through:
  • New information sharing programs to provide both classified and unclassified threat and attack information to U.S. companies. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to produce unclassified reports of threats to U.S. companies and requires the reports to be shared in a timely manner. The Order also expands the Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program, enabling near real time sharing of cyber threat information to assist participating critical infrastructure companies in their cyber protection efforts.
  • The development of a Cybersecurity Framework. The Executive Order directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to lead the development of a framework of cybersecurity practices to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure. NIST will work collaboratively with industry to develop the framework, relying on existing international standards, practices, and procedures that have proven to be effective. To enable technical innovation, the Cybersecurity Framework will provide guidance that is technology neutral and that enables critical infrastructure sectors to benefit from a competitive market for products and services.
The Executive Order also:
  • Includes strong privacy and civil liberties protections based on the Fair Information Practice Principles. Agencies are required to incorporate privacy and civil liberties safeguards in their activities under this order. Those safeguards will be based upon the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPS) and other applicable privacy and civil liberties policies, principles, and frameworks. Agencies will conduct regular assessments of privacy and civil liberties impacts of their activities and such assessments will be made public.
  • Establishes a voluntary program to promote the adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework. The Department of Homeland Security will work with Sector-Specific Agencies like the Department of Energy and the Sector Coordinating Councils that represent industry to develop a program to assist companies with implementing the Cybersecurity Framework and to identify incentives for adoption.
  • Calls for a review of existing cybersecurity regulation. Regulatory agencies will use the Cybersecurity Framework to assess their cybersecurity regulations, determine if existing requirements are sufficient, and whether any existing regulations can be eliminated as no longer effective. If the existing regulations are ineffective or insufficient, agencies will propose new, cost-effective regulations based upon the Cybersecurity Framework and in consultation with their regulated companies. Independent regulatory agencies are encouraged to leverage the Cybersecurity Framework to consider prioritized actions to mitigate cyber risks for critical infrastructure consistent with their authorities.
Building on Progress 
In May of 2009, President Obama declared our digital infrastructure a strategic national asset and made protecting this infrastructure a national priority. As part of this effort, the Obama Administration has:
  • Created the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center: The NCCIC is a 24-hour, DHS-led coordinated watch and warning center that improves our nation’s ability to address threats and incidents affecting critical infrastructure, the Internet, and cyberspace.
  • Issued the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace: The NSTIC and its programs are creating alternatives to passwords for online services that are more convenient, secure, and privacy enhancing.
  • Submitted to Congress Comprehensive Cybersecurity Legislation: The Administration continues to believe that legislation is needed to fully address this threat. Existing laws do not permit the government to do all that is necessary to better protect our country. The Executive Order ensures that federal agencies and departments take steps to secure our critical infrastructure from cyber attack, as a down-payment on expected further legislative action.

Source: White House

Technology Site, Gizmodo, Mocks Conservatives

Whenever you stumble upon a website, Twitter account, or Facebook page that posts “LOL! GOP!”, you know you’ve wandered into unfriendly territory.  This is terminology that’s used by people who consider John Stewart’s comedy to be “sophisticated”.  And more often than not, they’re not as interested in the truth as they are mocking conservatives.

So imagine my surprise, when I came across this post on Gizmodo.com:  How Conservatives Made #iLikeObamaCare The Number One Topic On Twitter.  In case you didn’t know, Gizmodo is a site where one would normally go to find out what the next iPhone might look like or other such random tech news.  And while stories involving Twitter technically are technology news, it seems strange that they’d choose one with such political overtones.

 

***Update**

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll notice that Gizmodo is part of a family of websites that includes Gawker.com.  Gawker has been known to have bad blood with conservative outlets such as Fox News Channel, so maybe that has something to do with the seemingly odd dig.