In these end-times, you can rest easy that it’s now illegal in the state of Georgia for the government to forcibly implant a micro-chip into your body. Now, no one has ever heard of that actually being done and that it’s not really clear that these micro-chips have been invented, but still, rest easy. The state legislative body is currently reviewing a bill that will criminalize the use of death-lazers and impose stricter speeding limits on flying cars.
I appreciate a good snark as much as anyone, but even the crazy squirrels find a nut if they dig enough holes, Wednesday, 13 October 2004 – FDA Approves Use of Microchip Implants in Humans
VeriChips, radio frequency microchips the size of a grain of rice, have already been used to identify wayward pets and livestock. And nearly 200 people working in Mexico’s attorney general’s office have been implanted with chips to access secure areas containing sensitive documents.
Delray Beach, Fla.-based Applied Digital Solutions said it would give away $650 scanners to roughly 200 trauma centers around the nation to help speed its entry into the health care market.
A company spokesman would not say how much implanting chips would cost for humans, even though chips have been implanted in some, including Scott R. Silverman, the company’s chief executive officer.
Bruce Schneier who is a security consultant and writes about security and privacy issues posted just this month on a chip-recorder, Life Recorder
It’s been proposed:
With GPS capabilities built into phones that can be made ever smaller, and the ability for these phones to transmit both sound and audio, isn’t it time to think about a wearable device that could be used to call for help and accurately report what was happening?
The device could contain cameras and microphones that activate if the device was triggered to create evidence that could locate an attacker and cause them to flee, an alarm sound that could help locate the victim and also help scare off an attacker, and a set of sensors that could detect everything from sudden deceleration to an irregular heartbeat or compromised breathing.
Just one sentence on the security and privacy issues:
Indeed, privacy concerns need to be addressed so that stalkers and predators couldn’t compromise the device.
Bruce’s cautions about how such devices might be used to compromise your privacy and safety are admittedly more lucid than the rationale provided by one Georgia pol,
“My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times…Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”
Let’s all point the antennas on our tin foil hats and think good thoughts for the woman who thinks she has a chip implanted in her vagina.
Even if the 67,000 or so members we have identified overall understates the number of tea party members by a factor of 10, the number would still be fairly small in relation to the electorate as a whole.
That may change, of course. It’s still very early in the 2010 campaign. But the tea party movement, though growing, is probably not yet a major force in American politics.
In many places, it is a reiteration of conservative values, but it has yet to grow into something larger.
I’m suffering from a little tea bagger fatigue. Other than a very high pitch on the shrillness scale I have not heard anything from the empty cups than what was not on far Right talk radio in the 90s – other than a pinch of Glenn The Rube Master Beck style libertarianism. The PBS link got the attention of the tea stains as one can see from the comment section. They seem to have descended like flies to new cow droppings. According to what seemed like a typical tea stain accused Big Dog Clinton or Clinton the God of the Known Universe including Taco Bell, of being responsible for the creation of derivatives and thus the Great Recession. Derivatives started trading in the U.S. in the 1850s and modern credit default swaps started in the 1970s. Than one has to assume that Bush 43 did not exist. Nor did Republicans control three branches of government during the 2000 – 2008 election cycles. In other words the all encompassing excuse of the early aughts for everything that happened under Bush 43 is back. Like all ethereal bodies – Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, a Republican Congress and several state houses and a conservative controlled SCOTUS all float above those of mortal flesh, immune from any responsibility for anything. Light as air they are, composed of grave substance and knowledge yet simultaneously empty virgin vessels.