posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 12:27 AM
Then to make matters worse, don’t forget about the “Real-ID” act. This act was passed in the last year and stated that your driver’s license
was to have your information, including your finger prints and possibly retina scan, in a machine readable format on your driver’s license by 2008.
The “machine readable format” was to be left up to the Department of Homeland Security, and they stated back then that they were leaning in the
direction of RFID technology.
Another trend that I noticed, which I truly do not care for is the amount of companies requesting your finger prints as part of your background check.
When you give out your finger prints to a company, they are sent to the FBI, who digitizes them and adds them to their database. They don’t just get
pitched out once you’re cleared of having any aliases.
What happened to the days when you only had to give out your finger prints if you WERE a convicted felon, or applying for some type of clearance? Now,
as of 2001, to work in many fields, including getting your license in most medical professions, you have to surrender your finger prints.
When you consider that RFID is readable at a distance, basically anyone with a reader can tell your personal information simply by passing you on the
street. That does not sound to cool in my opinion.
I have also come across some horror story scenarios, specifically one involving Wal-Mart (that company we all love to hate), where they want this done
so they can treat customers according to who they are. For example, you pass a scanner upon entering the store, that info is passed to a computer
which then based on your credit, past purchase history, and criminal record, sends a message to the greeter, who treats you accordingly, as do the
rest of the store staff.
From what I have read Wal-Mart did a study and came up with the numbers that 80% of their profit was made up from 20% of their customers. The bottom
40% of their customer base is nothing but a liability to them, they are someone that can shoplift or slip, fall and sue Wal-Mart. So the idea is to
treat the top 20% extra special, the middle group as normal, and the bottom wrung so bad that they will not go to their store anymore.
To me this is a bad trend, mass grouping people into social levels. Lets say it simply starts with those that have had a criminal background; they
have no-where to get their basic necessities provided for, they are going to have to revert back to a criminal life style to survive. Making it
virtually impossible for them to ever be rejuvenated and reconstituted into society. You might as well make the death sentience mandatory for lesser
crimes, since these people will never be able to get out of the states pocket, or the criminal system.
Well it will not stop there, its going to go on to include your credit record, your employment history, buying history, medical history, you pretty
much name it. Can you imagine not being allowed to enter a store because you have a medical record that shows you are prone to having accidents, and
would be a liability if they allowed you to shop there? Well it is on the way.
This whole thing strikes me as being so un-American; I have to wonder if I still live in the same country I grew up in. Gone will be the days when
someone could make a stupid mistake as a teenager, then go on to have a successful life, because with this system if you EVER screw up, you’ll
LITERALLY be branded forever.
Did anyone but me notice that the UK passed their version of the Real-ID Act the same week as the US did? This is going to be the new world order.
Literally a 1984 scenario, in which every person’s life is going to be an open book to the government. To them it’s the only way they will be able
to keep tabs on the radicals that can cause damage like 911, and keep tabs on children in a society were crimes against them are on the upswing. In
certain aspects the system makes sense, and that is why it’s going to be unstoppable. But I do recall reading somewhere that in the end times, most
would accept getting the Mark of the beast, because it would “seem like wisdom, but would in fact be folly.” That you would not be able to buy or
sell without it, It would involve your right hand (finger prints) and/or your forehead (retina scan), and if you refuse to receive it you would be
branded a criminal and put to death.
Knowledge is power, and the governments and the corporations that run this world are after one thing, power. What more ultimate power could they have
then to be able to track everyone and know their hobbies, habits, trends, and entire history and background at all times?
Many of us that worked in the technology field pre-2000 knew that there was not going to be a big end of the world scenario if the 2000 bug was not
fixed. There were not enough systems that use the date as anything truly important. The world was not going to end if you got your bills on 01/01/2000
and they were all dated 01/01/1900. The date was not a factor in the power plants and so on, the only thing date is used for in such places is for
billing the customer, not running the equipment. The only thing that I was slightly worried about at that time were items that used navigation
systems, such as aircraft, since that is sometimes based on time traveled in a certain direction. If a system such as that suddenly thought it had
traveled for 100 years in a direction, it would have acted unpredictably. Since then I have had other programmers tell me that the point of the 2000
scare was simply to get companies to bring their computer systems up to date. To make them so they could share information. Now to achive that, having
the SAME DATE for all systems would be important. Now perhaps we are seeing what that big push was truly for, eh?