Thursday, April 22, 2010

RFID Wackiness?

rfid chip implant in humans
There seems to be a quiet undercurrent against implanting RFID chips into humans.
Of course, according to the mainstream media, if you are opposed to it, you're just a nut.

Case in point, "When Private Wackiness Becomes Public Legislation" by Bill Egnor over at Fire Dog Lake....

" There are a lot of wacky people in the world. At times it is part of the joy of living, when you run into someone who is willing to give you a five hour mini-seminar on crop-circles or try to explain the universe with the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky. If you have a reasonable sense of the ridiculous and a lot of time on your hands it is a harmless source of entertainment. The problem comes when one person’s wackiness intersects with the legislative process.
This is where we are in at least two states, Virginia and Georgia in regards to the forced implantation of micro-chips..."

Bill goes on to quote Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg) from back in February of 2010, when Virginia was looking at the anti-RFID measures....

“Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), the bill’s sponsor, said that privacy issues are the chief concern behind his attempt to criminalize the involuntary implantation of microchips. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the "mark of the beast" described in the Book of Revelation.
"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," Cole said. "Some people think these computer chips might be that mark"

I have no problem with him using that quote.
The quote is valid, as I have seen it referenced on a lot of news sites.
This article appears on Mr. Egnor's blog and it's his right to say whatever he wants there.
And yes, I have a problem as well with the Bible entering into Government legislation.

However, I went to Mr. Cole's website itself ( and yes there is a mention of the bill on his website, this is what he says about it....

" One bill which garnered some media attention was HB 53 which would simply ban employment and insurance discrimination against individuals who decline to get an RFID or microchip implant in their bodies. The legislation was introduced at the request of several constituents and is similar to legislation already passed in several other states including Wisconsin, California, and North Dakota. Concerns about these implants usually center in three areas: privacy, health, and religion. “The technology is here and is being used,” Cole said. “While it may be in its infancy and not yet widespread, the question is does Virginia want to be proactive and head-off potential problems by setting clear and reasonable policy regarding the use of these devices, or do we want to wait until problems arise or lawsuits are filed and then react after the fact? All sensationalism aside, I think HB 53 is good policy and will avoid future litigation.” Most Delegates apparently agreed as the legislation passed the House with strong bi-partisan support, on an 88 to 9 vote. "

Now Delegate Cole's version really doesn’t sound too "wacky" does it?
"The legislation was introduced at the request of several constituents..."
That's what delegates are supposed to do isn’t it?
Listen to constituents?

So are Wisconsin, California, Maryland, Washington, North Dakota and Virginia also over reacting?

Well if they are, you can add Georgia to the list of over reacting states....

" Are you worried that someone is going to implant a microchip in your brain against your will? If you live in Georgia, your worries will soon be over.
A state House committee approved a measure this week that makes it a misdemeanor to implant microchips, sensors, transmitters or any other manner of tracking devices into individuals against their will. The state Senate has already passed the bill."

By the way, the NPR article also uses the same "Revelation" quote from Delegate Cole.

But if you think RFID tech isn't spreading everywhere, just do a quick Google News search and you get stories like ....

"Regal Group, Inc. announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent with UHF Logistics Ltd. ("UHF"), whose operating subsidiaries are leading developers of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) solutions for supply chain applications, parkade management, the pig breeding industry, and anti-theft and secured access applications in China."

"Evigia Systems Inc., the leading provider of high-functionality and cost-effective integrated wireless and sensing products, announces the introduction of a new active-passive mobile RFID platform, based on the industry-leading EV3 ISO18000-7 active RFID platform and MC9090g RFID Gen2 rugged handheld interrogator."

"Developers attending today's Facebook conference, f8, is being issued with RFID badges integrated with their Facebook profiles for clocking into site locations."

"The Asia-Pacific region will overtake Europe and be on par with the United States in the deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) services in the next three to four years."

"In this year’s Boston Marathon, runners wore shoelace RFID tags to track their time from start to finish, according to a PC World report."

"DAILY RFID has released a new mobile RFID Reader DL710, designed as a compact and rugged LF or HF device. This PDA-based handheld RFID Reader is ideal for outdoor applications with its WiFi, Bluetooth and GPRS wireless transfer functions."

"With RFID tags being embedded in everyday items like passports, credit cards and transit passes, security has become a concern with this "always-on" technology."

"RFID Technology: Where ‘sci-fi’ meets ‘I spy’"

So is RFID tech becoming pervasive...or invasive?

Do your own research and find out.
Then take action if you feel the need.
After all, you are the constituents.

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