End Times

August 14, 2009

Implantable credit card RFID chips

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 1:12 am

Implantable credit card RFID chips: convenient, but creepy By Jay MacDonald It’s a simple concept, really: You inject a miniature radio frequency identifier the size of a grain of rice between your thumb and forefinger and with a wave of your hand unlock doors, turn on lights, start your car or pay for your drinks at an ultrachic nightspot. Radio frequency identifier (RFID) chips are so tiny they can be injected under the skin — and here are 12 cool ways that the technology has been put to use. The problem is, the whole concept is a little geeky for most of us; nauseating for some, Orwellian for a few and even apocalyptic for a smattering of religious fundamentalists. Forget the science of it — and yes, it does work remarkably well. Forget the convenience of it. Forget that similar identifying technologies, from bar codes to mag stripes, overcame similar obstacles and are now ubiquitous. RFID implants face a hurdle the others did not: It’s icky. “There is sort of an icky quality to implanting something,” says Rome Jette, vice president for smart cards at Versatile Card Technology, a Downers Grove, Ill., card manufacturer that ships 1.5 billion cards worldwide per year. How RFID devices work The RFID technology is un-yucky, however. The implanted tag — a passive RFID device consisting of a miniature antenna and chip containing a 16-digit identification number — is scanned by an RFID reader. Once verified, the number is used to unlock a database file, be it a medical record or payment information. Depending upon the application, a reader may verify tags at a distance of four inches up to about 30 feet. The RFID implant has been around for more than 20 years. In its earliest iteration, it provided a convenient way to keep track of dogs, cats and prized racehorses. Few took note or voiced much concern. Then, in 2002, VeriChip Corporation of Delray Beach, Fla., deployed to its foreign distributors a beta version of its patented VeriChip technology for human use. Two years later, the VeriChip became the first subcutaneous RFID chip to receive FDA approval as a Class 2 medical device. One VeriChip distributor in Spain sold the concept to the ultratrendy Baja Beach Club, which offered its patrons in Barcelona and Amsterdam the option of having an implant inserted in their upper arm to pay for their drinks without a wallet bulging their bikini bottoms. Judging by the ensuing outrage, you would think VeriChip had given the pope a wedgie. ‘Mark of the beast’? Web sites sprouted like mushrooms, accusing VeriChip of being the biblical “mark of the beast” predicted in the Book of Revelations as a foreshadowing of the end of the world. CEO Scott Silverman was equally vilified as being tied to Satan, or worse, Wall Street. Big Brother was surely coming, though he’d have to get pretty close to read your implant. Claims that the tags cause cancer based on lab rat tests upped the amps of outrage. Were people suddenly curious about RFID implants? “Curiosity is probably an understatement,” Silverman admits. “People have always taken interest in VeriChip. Part of the lore and part of the trouble of this company over the past five years has been just that.” Though VeriChip played no part in using its implant as a payment device, the company quickly tacked to calmer waters. Today, it markets its VeriMed Health Link patient identification system to help hospitals treat noncommunicative patients in an emergency. Its future may include more advanced medical applications, including a biosensor system to detect glucose levels. A lot of the negative press that we received was a direct result of people having a misconception of what this technology is all about. — Scott Silberman VeriChip CEO “A lot of the negative press that we received was a direct result of people having a misconception of what this technology is all about,” says Silverman. “We believe that the medical application was and still is the best application for this technology.” “That said, if and when it does become mainstream and more patients are utilizing it for their medical records or for diagnostic purposes, if they want to elect to use it for other applications, certainly they’ll be able to do that. But it’s going to take a company much larger than us to distribute the retail reader end of it into the Wal-Marts of the world.” Jette has watched contactless RFID battle for acceptance in the credit card arena. Just as Silverman suggests, the dynamics and scale of the payment industry tends to work against widespread deployment. “Mobil Speedpass tried to do it; they got some traction and decided to see if there was any mileage to take this to a Walgreens or McDonald’s. You used to be able to use your Speedpass at McDonalds, but that ended because, at the end of the day, you still only have two gigantic payment processors out there, Visa and MasterCard,” he says. “To me, the idea of any kind of payment device having ubiquity requires an awful lot of back-end cooperation, of people willing to say, ‘I don’t need my brand in the customer’s wallet.'” Although the coolness factor is effective from a marketing standpoint — American Express Blue with its smart (if largely unused) chip is a good example — Jette says most cardholders would balk at the very thought of a needle. “With the implanting in the nightclubs, there is a cache of exclusivity there, especially among a certain demographic where people are piercing themselves and getting tattoos. But those are things that really only twentysomethings do a lot. I really doubt that there will be any market for injectible RFID tags, or even any single point-of-sale payment device.” “A lot of times, the technology is a solution looking for a problem. Sometimes people fall in love with the technology for its own sake and then try to evangelize a home for it. My business group is just smart cards, and I never forget that although we make money with smart cards, the bills are paid with mag stripe cards. As backwards and old-fashioned as they are, that is still the bulk of what the transactions are going to be in America for a very long time.”

May 21, 2009

Just When You Thought Big Brother Couldn’t Get Any More Orwellian…

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 4:35 am

Enemy of the State with a twist. They can track you with satellites, find your doorway with the GPS coordinates shot at your doorway, and now if you try to get away, with the push of a button they can release a lethal poison into your body.

Beware, rightwing extremists, and lovers of the U.S. Constitution, the means to competely control you has arrived.

A Saudi inventor was seeking to bring his insidious killer chip to Germany until the German patent office rejected his request. Germany’s laws prohibit inventions that are unethical or a danger to the public. Considering the sinister history of Hitleric proportions, one can understand that law.

The device in question is a tiny semiconductor that is designed to be surgically implanted or injected into the body. The purpose of the device is to track persons using GPS satellite technology, and in the case of the intention on the patent request, to track visitors who are overstaying their visas.

For some, the creation of such a device is not a surprise considering the increasingly percieved need for security. However, it is not a long shot to consider that the device could be used against citizens for more sinister reasons. How far of a stretch is it for the government to use such devices to keep an eye on “undesireables” and those considered to be subversives? The device could be used to track political opponents, as well as the usual suspects of troublesome people, and eliminate them at will.

Though Germany rejected the inventor’s device, that does not mean the inventor won’t find success in securing a patent for the device in another country.

March 26, 2009

RFID Chip Implants Setting the stage for the Mark of the beast

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 10:15 pm

Now do you see how close we are? Are you Rapture ready? Have you followed the plan of salvation as outlined in Acts 2:38-39 and what happned on the day of Pentecost???? Have you recieved after you Believed????

Act 2:38

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Act 2:39

 

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

These scriptures tell you how you know if you have recieved the Holy Ghost or not!!!

Act 2:1

 

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Act 2:2

 

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Act 2:3

 

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Act 2:4

 

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwpLpOvvOs

March 24, 2009

Microchips-Closer to rapture then you think

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 7:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt8e33MJW2o

March 18, 2009

The chips are down

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 3:32 pm

The chips are down

It’s a funny old world out there. Seems the advent of the RFID chip has some people agog with fear and loathing, as it is apparently evidence of a Biblical prophecy coming true. The Number of the Beast, or something bizarre like that; of course the near-hysterical warning arrived by email: SCARY BUT TRUE!!!! Things so labeled are almost always scary, but rarely true. Happily, it seems those belonging to the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religions will not be affected.

 

On to topic of RFID, I attended the launch of a snazzy new printer last week which is yet another link in the chain of making RFID chips everywhere a reality. This baby actually prints RFID labels for use on, well, whatever goods you’d like to keep track of. Just don’t slap one on your head, for obvious reasons, might just tip off the Beast as to your whereabouts.

With 2010 World Cup tickets on sale at variable prices, talk soon turned to how RFID technology could easily be incorporated into the tickets sold to prevent scalping. Already FIFA is well aware of the potential temptation for those short on scruples to hawk their R140 bargain acquisitions for much more to unsuspecting (or should that be suspecting…and expectant) tourists.

There is a lot that can be done with these minute technological wonders. But fear and loathing often gets in the way of technological advancement, in much the same way that Galileo took strain for his advocacy of Copernican cosmology back in 1610. Or, for that matter, in the sort of way that some people were objecting to the rather wonderful and broken Large Hadron Collider just earlier this year; they switched it on but the world failed to end.

History is littered with examples of Luddites and other retro-bates refusing to allow science to take its course.

Indeed, there was plenty talk of introducing RFID for FIFA 2006 in Germany. Have a look here, some reckon it is jolly naughty, this RFID nonsense. Shoo.

But RFID chips in tickets really can have great benefits, aiding CRM efforts, crowd control, and security. Artful Dodgers could have their work really cut out for them with cashless stadiums and wallets. And black market ticket sales could be stopped.

Be all of that as it may, it remains unclear whether or not 2010 tix will feature RFID.

Just as well, what with worrying about global warming, I can do without the Number of the Beast as an additional burden of bother right now.

February 4, 2009

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 12:14 am

A week in the surveillance society 2016

Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2009

Surveillance is expanding at lightning speed everywhere. “You can’t keep up with the types of changes it’s producing,” says the University of Alberta’s Kevin Haggerty.

In 2006, an international group of experts produced a report on Britain’s surveillance society for that country’s information commissioner. One section imagined the surveillance a British family could face in 2016. What follows is adapted from that section.

The Jones family — Gareth, his wife Yasmin, and their children, 18-year-old Ben, 14-year-old Sara and 10-year-old Toby — returns from a vacation in Florida.

At the airport, passport control is a series of cameras and scanners taking images of their faces, irises and fingers. Those are then compared to data on standardized biometric passports, whose built-in RFID chips contain all citizenship, immigration, visa and criminal justice data, along with health information.

At customs, everyone is subject to a full-body scan, a virtual strip search using a millimetre wave scanner. Sara thinks she hears a customs officer make a lewd remark about her piercings.

At the shopping mall, scanners log the unique identifiers found in RFID tags embedded in clothes the family is wearing. Information about their clothes — its brand, where it was purchased and by whom — is compared against consumer profiles in a huge database. Intelligent billboards at eye level display advertising in real time from a range of products aimed at their consumer profiles.

The mall mines data about consumers to offer frequent shoppers membership in its “cashless” scheme. For about $500, these “valuable consumers” can be implanted with a chip that allows them to pay by having their arm scanned. They also have access to a VIP lounge, spa and massage facilities on site and are eligible for discounts that will allow them to recoup the cost of the implant.

Like many affluent families, the Jones live in a gated community, Dobcroft Estate, patrolled and monitored by a well-equipped security firm. Since birth, everyone in Dobcroft Estate has been a “customer” of a multi-level Personal Behaviour Scheme (PBS), monitored and enforced by a private consortium called Total Social Solutions. Many have RFID implants that register with sensors installed in their homes and at the entrances of the estate.

At the moment, everyone under 18 is barred from entering or leaving Dobcroft Estate from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. because an elderly woman spotted youths causing trouble on the local video surveillance cameras. The cameras broadcast on the security channel, which includes a rogues’ gallery of those known to have infringed their PBSs.

When Gareth drives out of the estate, wrought-iron gates open automatically and his licence plate is read, noting his time of departure and the number and identity of his passengers. On the roads, automatic plate readers are so numerous there’s no longer any point in trying to avoid them.

When Ben and his friend Aaron go into the city for an anti-war protest, small remote-controlled spy planes monitor what they do. CCTV cameras, embedded in lampposts and walls at eye level, allow for efficient operation of universal facial recognition systems.

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