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Oct 11, 2010

Liberal Media Exposed--But Is It Too Late?

The public is starting to wake up to the true nature of the liberal media. A new poll by the Gallup Organization finds that 57 percent of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. This is a far cry from 1970s, when more than 70 percent of the population thought the media was very trustworthy.

I'm glad to finally see the liberal media being regarded as a force that guides public opinion. One of the first articles I wrote for Rapture Ready was titled "Satan's Little Helpers." It should be a no-brainer that the devil would use the press to control the world:

Although Satan has a host of demonic angels throughout the world, there is one area from which the devil finds himself mostly restricted. Satan and company are spiritual beings, which makes them incapable of acting in this physical realm. Satan's little helpers must be of flesh and bone. So this is where the need for human organizations comes in. In the nations where the devil has dictators in command, he can use them directly to control those countries. In the "free world," Satan has found that the liberal media makes an effective tool with which to guide and control society.

For many years, I've been frustrated over the public's inability to see how the liberal media twists the news to fit its left-wing agenda. How can we possibly hope to win the culture war when we have an agent who is constantly putting its own spin on reality?

Liberals are so dedicated to their cause that they will sacrifice everything for the liberal agenda. In 2004, Dan Rather destroyed his career as the anchor of CBS news with his effort to defame President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard service record. When a group of bloggers called into question the authenticity of these documents, the network was forced to retract its story. Rather admitted that the evidence was bogus, yet he had blindly believed the story in spite of its missing evidence.

CNN is probably the best example of liberal bias at work. At one time, CNN was the king of the roster. When Fox News came along, CNN lost 80 percent of its viewers. The demographic of the nation explains why: 60 percent of the population views itself at conservative, and people of the right are more likely to watch news.

What was CNN's reaction to this mass exodus? Of course, it became all the more liberal. The few conservatives who were at the network were forced out. They did have a brief relapse when they hired Glenn Beck to host a show on its sister network's "Headline News." Beck left for Fox right when CNN said it was planning to remove one of his nightly telecasts.

CNN now has a whole new concept of what qualifies as conservative. I was reading a report about the Rick Sanchez scandal, and my eye caught a review of a new entry: "Parker Spitzer"--a prime-time talk show anchored by disgraced ex- New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. Since I had never heard of Parker, I looked her up on Wikipedia and found how only in CNN's twisted world she could be seen as a conservative match for the liberal Eliot Spitzer:

On "Larry King Live," she said of President Barack Obama: "I'm a big fan of Barack Obama as he came into office, and was not one of those Republicans who wanted him to do badly."

Parker made news during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when she called on the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, to step down from the party ticket.

She referred to evangelical Christians in another column as "gorillas," "low-brows," and "ooggedy-boogedy."

The fractionalization of media is what has broken liberals' stranglehold on news reporting. People can to turn to prophecy sites like Rapture Ready to find a resource that fits their end-time view. Today, I have so many sources for news that I don't need to turn to the old media for information. The only reason I do watch liberal news is see how they are reporting events.

I'm not sure the downturn in people's view of the liberal media is all that hopeful. The key factor at work here is that hard times have forced Americans to look for the source of our nations problems. There is no quick fix at this point. Liberals have polluted the minds of two, going on three, generations of our fellow citizens.

There is still some hope that next month's election will turn things around in Washington DC, but I’m not holding my breath.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5). 

-- Todd

Stuxnet – Foe or Friend?

The warnings have come for months--for several years, actually. Each time the e-mail articles contain the almost-guaranteed certainty that the summer months would bring a preemptive attack on Iran’s gestating nuclear facilities by Israel or the U.S. Mideast war would ensue, perhaps even lighting off the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog-Magog attack, according to the warnings.

The number of articles I’ve received on this fearful matter have eclipsed the number received on any other.

Then, you might recall, the deadline was reached. If Israel didn’t take out the Iranian nuclear sites by a certain day, the facilities would go online, making any strike against them too dangerous. Radiation would devastate populations surrounding the areas hit. Destruction of Iran’s feared nuclear weapons effort could not be carried out. Iran would thus achieve the means by which to produce plutonium and other byproducts necessary to bring atomic weaponry into its military repertoire. The strike was imminent, the articles I continued to receive warned. The attack had to be accomplished before the nuclear facilities came online. This was it! All-out war in the Middle East!

But the deadline came and went. Neither Israel nor the U.S. struck Iran’s atomic weapons development facilities. The inevitable was thus merely delayed. The war was averted, but the refusal of Israel or the United States to risk setting off conflict only assured that when the war did finally erupt, the world would then face a more deadly foe. The Iranians would now be a nuclear power–or so the fearful rhetoric goes.

How could Israel let such a thing eventuate? How could a madman like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be allowed to have the power that now will guarantee the destruction of Israel at a point, perhaps in the not-too-distant future?

Enter–in my view—the hand of God. The intervention was unwittingly carried out by the human sort, no doubt, but the handiwork of the God of Israel, it seems to me, is all over the matters involved. An unseen entity suddenly has manifested itself in a way that has all but shut down Iran’s nuclear energy/possible atomic weapons production capability. While it is a mysterious cyber-bug that could devastate, particularly, the most highly technical and sophisticated of industrial infrastructures, such as those of America and Israel, it is a number of other nations that are experiencing the illness.

Stuxnet is called a malicious cyber-weapon--a software, or malware, program that was apparently first discovered in June of 2010. It has appeared in China, Indonesia, Pakistan, and India, but Iran seems to have been affected most. The cyber-bug has particularly devastated Iran’s industrial complexes, including its nuclear installations.

Stuxnet, which acts as a computer worm, is inserted into a computer system through a USB port. Since it is thus introduced, rather than through the Internet, the worm is capable of infiltrating networks not connected to Internet.

The Stuxnet is a quantum leap in cyber-bug terrorism, having the ability to determine what, where, and when it wants to attack upon entering a system. It invades, then assaults, industrial computer systems that control infrastructures such as those of power plants, refineries, and others.

According to experts in the field, the Stuxnet, after recognizing its target, does what no other malware program has been able to do. It takes over the industrial target’s supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA), and working within this system it is able to manipulate controls and even destroy the facility.

This is what has happened to Iran’s computer, thus the nuclear program, at Bushehr. Iran was poised to start up the plant next month, but has announced the start-up has been set back at least several months. Deputy head of Iran’s Information Technology Company, Hamid Alipour, told reporters that the malware operated undetected in the country’s computer systems for about one year. He said later that despite its discovery and efforts to mitigate the Stuxnet’s destructive effects, they have been unsuccessful.

“We had anticipated that we could root out the virus within one to two months. But the virus is not stable and since we started the cleanup process, three new versions of it have been spreading,” Alipour said.

Speculation is rampant that Israel introduced Stuxnet to Iran’s computers to cause this malfunction. I would really like to think so. Ah…it would indeed be poetic justice… Regardless, whether by Israel or by whomever, it is a welcome relief. Rumors of Mideast war because of Iran’s atomic threat can be pushed down the road for the moment.

Perhaps it will be pushed down the road until the Iranian hordes are destroyed by God when they come with Gog to try to make good on Ahmadinejad’s threat to wipe the chosen people off the earth. Certainly, there is no mention of the Persian forces (Iran) or any other of the Gog-Magog coalition nations using atomic weaponry on Israel.

Quite the opposite will be the case, according to Bible prophecy. It is those attacking satanic forces that will lose five-sixths of their troops–and by weaponry that will far exceed in power anything human scientists have been able to devise. Maybe the Stuxnet is the first small volley in Jehovah’s battle plan for that coming event. Stay tuned…