“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, October 13, 2006

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Rev 13:16
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Rev 13:17
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

From the Timesonline :

Speed through the checkout with just a wave of your arm

By Valerie Elliot

Shoppers could soon pay for goods using a microchip implanted under the skin

IT MAY sound like a sci-fi fantasy but shoppers may one day be able to pay their grocery bills using a microchip implanted in their body.

The idea is already catching on with today’s iPod generation. According to research released today by the Institute for Grocery Distribution (IGD), a retail think-tank, almost one in ten teenagers and one in twenty adults are willing to have a microchip implanted to pay shop bills and help to prevent card or identity fraud and muggings.

A quick scan of the arm would connect immediately to bank details and payments could be made swiftly. Such microchips are already used in cats, dogs and horses. They are used in cattle and sheep so that consumers can trace their food from farm to plate and are also being used to help to combat drugs counterfeiting.
How convenient! Think of the freedom. No cash or credit cards or ID to carry around with you. No need to write checks. No worries about theft or fraud. It won't be long before someone will offer bonus "rewards points" or a toaster for everyone who receives an implant during the initial registration period.


  1. This isnt that new. Its available at my Jewel Osco. I forget what its called. You pay by your thumb print, which is linked to an account.

    Wish I knew the name of it off the top of my head. Developing...

  2. Ahhh here it is Pay By Touch

    Same difference. I'm not sure why a chip is needed if your sensors are reliable and can pick up skin patterns well.

    Best line though:

    "No fumbling with cash."

    I always looked like such an idiot when I pulled out those filthy pieces of cocaine paper.

  3. Infact, I'm going to sign up now. I'll goto confession right afterwards and see if the collision of good and evil annihilate the booth.

  4. Ahh, so the sensors suck enough that you need this additional step:

    "When you use the Pay By Touch service in a store, you'll be prompted to enter your 7 digit search number. This is not a secret code. Paired with your finger scan, it is used to retrieve your wallet. Choose a number that's easy to remember. We recommend a phone number without area code."

    Maybe there is a market for the chips afterall. Or better scanners.

  5. I think I would rather have a thief steal my bank card, than cut off my finger, or arm.

  6. This stupid paranoid crap has been going on as long as I can remember. My Protestant pals kept talking about the "Beast" computer in Brussels with information on everyone, then Hal Lindsey sold a bunch of books titled, "1980s: Countdown to Armageddon" (oops!), then they said UPC barcodes had "666" for frame markers, then they said Y2K was going to usher in the Great Tribulation, then Saddam Hussein was the Antichrist, then all the books about the Soviet Union invading Israel had to be redacted to say China, yada yada yada. Not that Catholic eschatology is any less silly.

  7. thiefs steal in part because its easy

    they will steal your finger prints not from your hand but from the database that stores them

    Just wait until all those fancy pants electronic medical records are suddently documented with homosexuality or HIV and then leaked to the internet and sustainably hosted abroad for KOS kidz to fawn over.

  8. Bloody, I think a lot of our thieves here in the Memphis area steal for money. More than a few of them, I'm afraid, aren't smart enough to hack a database, but would cut your finger off in a heartbeat. A few would do it just for the fun of it; money be damned.

    I'm just having fun here; please don't take me (too) seriously.

  9. Yikes.

    Thought fellars like that were a rarity. Then again, all I have to do is go into one of Chicago's banlieus and I probably will see the same thing in spades.

  10. 2164th, did you get my email?

  11. Just wait until all those fancy pants electronic medical records are suddently documented with homosexuality or HIV and then leaked to the internet and sustainably hosted abroad for KOS kidz to fawn over.

    Not even a record of a woman having a baby would be documentation of heterosexuality (due to the existence of artificial insemination) but I cannot imagine how or why homosexuality would find its way onto a medical record. Its presence there would be ipso facto proof of tampering. And HIV could be anything. Isaac Asimov died in 1992 nine years after a tainted blood transfusion.

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    Pretty Strong

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  13. pastry guy. i did get your email, but i also went to a rather splendid wine tasting, so i will do it justice after my morning coffee or more than likely sometime after 3:00 am. I like your ideas and will go over the details with you. i appreciate your genuine interest.

  14. Barry Ridholz says today's retail sales numbers really were bad. What's wrong With this argument?

  15. Teresita,

    EMR includes psych treatment, right?

    A senator's ongoing battle with homosexuality...

    A senator's mysterious protease inhibitors - he denies them but his records showed he's been taking them for 5 years! While having unprotected sex!

    I know what you're getting at, but as Wretchard pointed out, volume of broadcast can persuade at least as well as a brilliant proof, if not more so.

  16. Nobody has come up with a better method of spreadin it than BUTTFUCKING!
    How can we STILL be talking about this?

  17. Oh that's right, Terrorita is in.

  18. EMR includes psych treatment, right? A senator's ongoing battle with homosexuality...

    Anyone who "battles "homosexuality (or left-handedness too for that matter) should have their head examined. Here's some wreckage from the "battlefield" gleaned from Wikipedia:

    Love in Action, or LIA, was founded in 1973 by John Evans and the Rev. Kent Philpott. . After Evans' friend Jack McIntyre committed suicide out of despair concerning his inability to change, Evans left the project and denounced it as dangerous

    Exodus International underwent a very damaging scandal in 1979 when co-founder Michael Bussee left the group with Gary Cooper, a co-organizer of 1976 conference that led to Exodus' inception. Bussee and Cooper had both worked at the local Exodus ministry, and later held a life commitment ceremony.

    Colin Cook founded the groups Quest Learning Center and Homosexuals Anonymous in 1979 and 1980 respectively. In 1986, he was discovered to be engaging in sexual acts with his Quest patients.

    Courage Trust, a Protestant evangelical group formed in 1990 ceased to exist as an ex-gay ministry in 2001 when the group's founder, Jeremy Marks, wrote in the journal Lesbian and Gay Christians, "I have come to the conclusion that we have been quite wrong to dismiss all same sex love (other than platonic) as sinful."

  19. Not sinful, just gets you killed if you have to do it with whoever you please.
    (Gawd made me that way)
    I, on the other hand, was created chaste.
    What About Those Gay Scout Masters?
    When my son was in the Boy Scouts the organization was fighting back against openly gay scout masters (not gays) and the firestorm from the left about allowing gay men to camp out with these young boys. But now it seems the liberal media has become very concerned about gay men leading camp outs :

    Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., took 10 years ago that included two teenage congressional pages, a Justice Department spokesman told NBC News. NBC News first reported on the camping and rafting trip on Tuesday.

    A spokesman for the Justice Department in Washington said that the U.S. attorney in Arizona has started a “preliminary assessment” of the trip, after an unidentified source made allegations about the congressman’s behavior on the expedition.
    I guess if Kolbe had been a Boy Scout Master it would have been all OK.

  20. We also like PAYING for Promicuous Buttfucks.

  21. I guess if Kolbe had been a Boy Scout Master it would have been all OK.

    Unless he made his little bedroll buddies mention God in the scout oath or something.

  22. It Clots your Blood:
    "BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early Saturday at Boston Medical Center, several days after he collapsed while walking his dog, his husband said.

    Studds fell unconscious October 3 because of what doctors later determined was a blood clot in his lung, Dean Hara said."
    Just Walkin the Dog.

  23. Teresita,

    Misnomers can be as popular as many other good ideas. Personal health record "misnomers" may be a new bug we'll all have to deal with. We've the "financially corrupt" now, but is it also possible for there to be the "medically corrupt?" It was brought up re: McCain and Cheney. Its a harmless accusation - there are no "pro-heart condition" advocates. Just caring people that don't want you to do anything important with that there faulty ticker or compromised immune systm.

    I'd wager if there is anything that'll be carrying the torch of the Civil Rights movement, it wont be the gays but the chronically sick.

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