Monday, October 12, 2009

One-Stop Chipping

Every time I’ve written a plug for What So Proudly We Hailed I’ve told myself “this is the last time.”

And then I read something else so disturbingly close to what is in the book that I feel compelled to do it again. So I apologize in advance, but . . .

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has been around for a long time. This excerpt was from a news article I read this morning:

About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is inserted just under the skin and contains only a unique, 16-digit identifier. The microchip itself does not contain any other data other than this unique electronic ID, nor does it contain any Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking capabilities. And unlike conventional forms of identification, the Health Link cannot be lost, stolen, misplaced, or counterfeited. It is safe, secure, reversible, and always with you.
Source: Microchip Implant to Link Your Health Records, Credit History, Social Security

It’s not quite “one chip does it all”, but it’s pretty close. GPS tracking technology could be added easily to this particular chip, and, as was announced back in May of this year, the ability to remotely kill with an RFID chip has already been invented, if not yet patented: Saudi 'Killer Chip' Implant Would Track, Eliminate Undesirables

Should GPS and remote termination capability ever be added in, you’ll have the exact same RFID chip that is depicted in What So Proudly We Hailed.

And then the fun really begins.

What So Proudly We Hailed is a novel of the future. It was not written as a “light Sunday afternoon read”, but as a warning of where technology can lead when it is coupled with a blind, unquestioning trust in mankind. In that respect, reading it is kind of like waking up to a cold, overcast Monday morning.

Most people don’t like cold, overcast Monday mornings. But how else would we know we don’t like them unless we have personally experienced one? What So Proudly We Hailed depicts a future that nobody would want; but how will we know for sure that we don’t want it unless we know what it is?

I would suggest that it could even be important to see that unwanted future, because unlike the weather on Monday, we might actually be able to do something about it.

Maybe you should read What So Proudly We Hailed. You don't have anything to be afraid of.

Then again, maybe you do.

What So Proudly We Hailed and Finding Liberty can be purchased from Both books – including delivery – for only $20.

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