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April 2, 2006

Blogging for the super-busy

There's a lot going on in New Hampshire with the Real ID bill! Ever since our state House of Representatives voted that NH should refuse to comply with the federal mandate that would turn our driver's licenses into a de-facto national ID, we've been getting national attention. I've been super busy working with NH CASPIAN and a coalition of local and national groups to mobilize a response and convince the state Senate to agree.

All that activity means the thoughtful blog entries I had planned for these news items will have to wait until I get more free time. Meanwhile, I thought I'd at least get them off my desktop and into this blog in some form so I can shut my computer down and enjoy Sunday.

-Katherine Albrecht

Another RFID blocking shirt (this one is a joke)

Bruce Sterling (who wrote the foreward to Spychips) got a kick out our last blog entry and blogged it

...then BoingBoing blogged Bruce Sterling

Gillette Fuses RFID With Product Launch
(Be sure to go to www.BoycottGillette.com if you haven't already. And werite a letter to Dick Cantwell while you're there.)

Defending RFID badly (man, this was a lame attempt)

RFID Implants: Making the Body Electric
AIM Global at it again, this time (sort of) defending implanted microchips

Agencies Affirm Privacy Policies for RFID
An old article I was planning to re-read in light of various recent events

RFID Hacks
Concern that hackers and terrorists will wreak ruin on the RFID industry. (Well, duh.)

Neuron from rat brain on a linear array of transistors. The ionic current in the cell interacts with the electronic current in the silicon. Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry; NACHIP; P.Fromherz
(Sorry for the obnoxious URL - I would look into shortening it if I had time. But get a load of this creepy photo. Talk about cyborgs -- they're fusing computers with living things at the most basic levels now.)

World's smallest and thinnest 0.15 x 0.15 mm, 7.5µm thick RFID IC chip - Enhanced productivity enabled by 1/4 surface area, 1/8th thickness -
This one is worth clicking up for the photo. After the image above, I can't help but Imagine this thing fused with a brain cell. Uggh.

Mandatory microchipping of all NZ dogs

The insatiable computer wants to number and catalog every last thing on earth. This is not a joke. We are in the sights of this system. (Go to NoNais.org to see how the US wants to number, tag, and register billions of US animals.)

NZ workers could be microchipped
New Zealand workers may one day be embedded with microchips if employers here follow some overseas employers, a University of Otago law professor has claimed.
Unlikely, but creepy nonetheless.

FAQ: How Real ID will affect you
A good overview if you're new to the REAL ID controversy

Gas tax on miles, not gallons, tested
PORTLAND, Ore., March 25 (UPI) -- Oregon is testing the idea of collecting highway funds through a tax on miles driven, rather than gasoline consumed.
People who will stand for this garbage will stand for anything. Oregon has puzzled me ever since they voted down the GMO labeling law. Wake up, Oregonians. Big government and big corporations are not your friends.

Posted by Katherine Albrecht at April 2, 2006 6:14 AM


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