Company Wants To Implant Microchips In “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Workers

Not so long ago the idea that thousands of people would volunteer to have microchips implanted into their hands seemed like something out of a TV series about a dystopian future society, but it is already becoming a reality.  Thousands of fanatical technology worshippers, as crazily devoted to their deity as any medieval religious cult it seems, have already had microchips implanted, by a Swedish company. There is a near stampede to get chipped and the company behind the scheme claims it is now working with very large global employers to implement RFID chipping on the corporate level.

Jowan Osterlund, CEO of the company, Biohax, recently told a UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph  that they have been talking with a “major financial services firm” that has  “hundreds of thousands of employees”

from The Daily Telegraph:

Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.

One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with “hundreds of thousands of employees.”

Global corporations face increasing criticism of their authoroitarian management cultures and cavalier attitudes to  ethical and human rights issues. And with horror stories about hacking and cyber attacks constantly in the news, the corporate paranoia of these security-obsessed corporations is driving a rush to adopt this sort of technology.  If all of your employees are chipped, you will always know where they are, and you will always know who has access to sensitive areas or sensitive information. Current RFID technology is not like GPS however, it has limited range and cannot be used to track people outside the workplace. But emplyees smart phones and other internet enabled devices are designed to do that.

According to Osterlund, Biohax, the procedure to implant a chip takes “about two seconds”, and it is usually implanted in the hand

A syringe is used to place the chip in an area between the thumb and forefinger, according to the report. Osterlund said the procedure is similar to ear piercing and takes “about two seconds.” The microchips operate via “near field communication” technology, similar to what is used by no-contact bank cards.

“In a company with 200,000 employees, you can offer this as an opt-in,” Osterlund told the Telegraph.

Right now, many companies use security badges, and many of us are familiar with working in organisations that issue chipped identity cards. Biohax and tech fans say implanted chips are no different except that unlike security badges, which can be lost, stolen or forged,  or taken off and locked in a desk drawer, an implanted chip is much more permanent and much more secure, and that is one of the big selling points.  The following is what the chief medical officer of Biohax recently told Fox News

“The chip implant is a secure way of ensuring that a person’s digital identity is linked to their physical identity. It enables access management in a way that protects individual self-sovereignty and allows users to control the privacy of their online activity,” Dr. Stewart Southey, the Chief Medical Officer at Biohax International, told Fox News.

Of course once this technology starts to be implemented, there will be some workers, and one would hope, almost 100% of trade union leaders that will object. But if it comes down to a choice between getting the implant or losing their jobs, how many workers do you think will choose to become unemployed?

(Subversive types might be interested to know if they obtain a circular neodymium magnet about 15mm diameter and atach it with the north pole next to the skin with surgical tape, leaving it in place for 48 hours, it will effectively neutralise the chip. Doing this might get you fired of course so make sure your union will support you)

Some people will sacrifice their jobs before they will accept this return to medieval serfdom, but given the ease with which corporate propaganda has persuaded people to accept Microsoft’;s ‘not-fit-for-purpose’ operating system, shift so much of their personal data to an electronic networking medium that offers less security than a prison without walls or use a search engine or a social media platform that will not just track users around the web after they leave those sites, but also invade your personal files and mine data from them that can be used to build ‘psychological profiles’ of us and enable people who buy that information to ‘target’ us more efectively with advertising, persuading the masses to accept being chipped is not going to be a hard sell..

Personally, I will never let anyone embed a chip in my body.  But just like with so many other things (sic), most of the population will simply choose to accept the “new technology” because everybody else is doing it. We have already accepted contactless payment cards. Initially we were told the contactless feature on newly issued cards was only for payments up to £30 in Britain, but on holiday in Europe recently I noticed restaurant staff were trying to used it for bills of over €100, and a car hire clerk tried to use it for a €400 payment. And as a former IT professional who worked on securing systems for years, I can tell you this technology is highly insecure. My bank gives me the option of not enabling the feature but many banks are now insisting contactless is the preferred method of use. It’s the future, they chorus in a bid to make us feel inadequate.

OK, if you are affluent and are only buying a sandwich for lunch and end up paying for the tuna and mayo wrap and diet coke the person behind you at the till is having, it doesn’t hurt much but consider what could happen if somebody on a tight budget had their contactless card details skimmed. The equipment needed to ‘skim’ these cards and steal account details is very cheap and easy to obtain.

Here’s a query that was posted on a tech forum earlier this year: When my old debit card expired and a new one was sent, it came with this new feature. I wanted a way to disable it since each time I was scanning my RFID access card in my wallet, the detectors at work were picking up the debit card too. They’d beep twice and sometimes get confused. Not only this, but while my bank promises it’s secure, I’d rather not have a feature I don’t intend to use on the off-chance that it’s not.

Most methods of disabling the contactless feature on a debit or credit card involve physically mutilating the card, which I don’t like the idea of. A less destructive method is to locate where the rfid chip is positioned in your card and put a half inch square of copper tape (available from gardening stores or websites) over it on the back of the card.

In my experience when corporate businesses, the banks or technology companies tell us some innovation is for our benefit, either making life more convenient, or our finances more secure, in reality it is for their benefit. In my omnibus page Cashless Society I have reported many times on moves to eliminate the use of coinage and banknotes in the developed nations. It is claimed the reasoning behind this is to reduce crime and make financial activity more convenient. In fact a big part of the push to dump cash is to enable the electronic tracking of even our smallest purchases, the better to divine our habits and lifestyle choices from collected data.

Nothing is ever what it seems to be and RFID chip implants are no different. Apart from privacy issues and the principle of personal liberty, we must ask, as Marcus Tullius Cicero did two thousand years ago, Cui Bono. Who benefits? I’ll give you a clue, it isn’t people like you or me.

FUKUS axis imposes sanctions, Russian Oligarchs Shrug

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Got the builders in (source)

This may seem like another lazy post as most of it is lifted from finanial news sheets but we have builders in and having been living in what could easily pass for a comfortable suburban home in Gaza, Syria or Iraq all week we are spending the weekend perched on piles of boxes, new kitchen units, all the stuff that accumulates over a forty year marriage and a collection of low value builders tools.

It’s a situation that does not encourage creativity. I was amused by this however …

Russian Oligarchs Dump Visa, Switch To Chinese Credit Card

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Russian Oligarchs (source)

You have probably read a torrent of arse dribble in mainstream media about “Russia is becoming increasingly isolated” It’s a meme that political leaders in the FUKUS axis, EU and NATO would like us to believe.

It isn’t quite the whole story however.

As Russia continues to cut de-dollarization deals and trade agreements with its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) allies and Iran while continuing with retaliatory actions against the US and Europe, (If you remember, Obama cancelled the bus passes of retired Russian gangsters living in Florida,) it appears the ‘sanctioned’ friends of Putin are taking matters into their own hands.

Billionaire oligarch Gennady Timchenko, among the first to be hit by travel bans and asset freezes by the US, has decided to tear up his Visa and Mastercard, shifting all his credit cards to China’s UnionPay, noting that in some ways it is more secure than Visa because at least the American security agencies can’t track his transactions.

The Western meme goes something like this…

“Russia risks becoming a pariah state if it does not behave properly,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sky news this week.

However, after various deals with BRICS and Middle East nations, it appears Russia can find plenty of ‘friends’.

And now the the Russian government and the oligarchs and de-dollarizing… (via ITAR-TASS and Google Translate)

Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko (said) because of the U.S. sanctions imposed against him in March 2014 after the annexation of the Crimea to the Russian Federation, (he) has replaced by Visa and MasterCard for card payment system China Union Pay and wallet with cash.

Timchenko March 20 was included in the U.S. Treasury list of persons with whom the U.S. companies and citizens have the right to maintain the business relationship, including U.S. registered Visa and MasterCard.

Businessman said that stopped using these cards payment systems. “We’ll have to, as before, to carry a purse with cash,” – complained Timchenko, adding that also enjoys card Chinese Union Pay.

“As the sanctions imposed, it immediately issued,” – he said. “Excellent work! And accept card in many places. In some ways more secure than Visa. At least Americans will not reach” – said Timchenko.

The targeting eof businessmn in the U.S. sanctions list created trouble for electronic payments system said Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 17 during his “straight line”, describing the incident as a violation of human rights.

The move has also created trouble for US and European banks as the Russians have been moving serious amounts of money out of reach of the US and its allies.

While Obama and his little chums hopes that pressure on the oligarchs will create some grief for Putin, saner heads worry that it will merely corner Russia into survival mode and that could lead to serious repurcussions in the west.

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Chequing Into A Future Of Medieval Serfdom.

Singing hey ho and a hey-nonny-no I was making my merry way along Cordwainers Lane, the rhythm of my steps accompanied by the jangle of credit cards and cash cards in the leather purse that hung from my belt when I came upon a hag who sat by the road and wept most sorely. “Why weepest thou so Madam,” I asked, hoping my jaunty tone did not offend her ear. The tragedy that had befallen this dame must indeed be great it was reflected in the awful wailing she made.

“Oh woe, woe,” she cried, “what is to become of me for I can no longer light my gas stove having had my supply cut off and without that I cannot boil handkerchiefs to make the hearty, nutritious soup I sell on market days.”

“Forsooth madam, what wickedness is this? Have the evil Utility Barons raised the price of fuel so much that poor folk cannot afford to boil a cauldron of soup.”

“ ‘tis worse than that,” she said, “though a fine Gentleman like your worthy self would not know of such things. I am not so poor that I cannot pay my bills, I should be able to continue making my living from selling tasty handkerchief soup were’t not for Lord Fatcat the Utility Baron having decided that my chosen method of payment is too lowly for their cashiers to accept.”

I was confused. Odd’s bodkins, what was this babbling old fool talking about?

“Madam,” I declared, “if you will permit me I will accompany you now to the house of the Utility Lord’s toll collector and will personally take care of your bill.”

She tried to stifle her sobs but the poor creature was beyond comforting.

“Oh no good sir, no. What has happened to me is beyond your understanding. I have offered payment in full but the Utility Baron’s toll collector is too haughty to accept my cheque. He sayeth the Bank no longer process cheques and I must pay with plastic or cash or sign a direct debit authority which will permit the Utility Baron’s men to take what they will from my bank account at their whim.”

Egad, this was returning honest folk to serfdom. The pittance they could earn by honest labour would not be theirs to do with as they wished. Their Utility Baron would have first claim upon it. These business people who safe in their towers in London robbed the poor with impunity were surely the most vile creatures as ever walked the earth, some said they were just good capitalist businessmen but it seemed to me they were more ruthless than the Robber Barons that had flourished in my Grandsire’s day. Surely it could not be long now until they had written into the Droit De Seignior section of their utility supply contract the Primae Noctis clause giving them the right to deflower and woman on the first night she and her family occupied a house which obtained its gas and electricity from them.

“Thou seest why I weep good sir, were a frail old woman like me to walk along Cutpurse Way or even Vagabond Turnpike carrying cash I would surely be robbed for the thieving scumbags who frequent such places are no respecters of age or gender. My old eyes are to dim for me to correctly enter a PIN number in a little machine and besides who would give me a credit or debit card when my needs are few and the bankers could make little profit from operating my account. I might as well be penniless as a poorhouse preacher sir if what little I have cannot be spent on he things I need.”

It was true, I had heard of these plans to phase out cheques and force all transactions to go online or use plastic. It seemed unfair but such things did not affect me, after all I, Sir Roger Emall, had been away many a year fighting my King’s wars in far Mesopotamia and The Hindu Kush from where the heathen threatened issue forth to subsume Merrie England in and force upon us their strange ways. Consequently I had done nothing.

What had I found on returning to my homeland but that the nobles, friends and associated of our brave and pious King were waging war on his own loyal subjects even as he led his armies against those who would deny the superiority of the western way?

I led the old woman to the house of the Utility Baron’s toll collector, paid her debt and accepted her cheque as reimbursement though I would never present it. Then bidding her good morrow I made my way to the house of Joblot the Haberdasher where I bought a Tommy Hilfiger Eccliasiatical Robe with Cowl. A pot of pain from Bodger the Doeth It Thyself shop with which I could paint over the Coat Of Arms on my shield completed my purchases.

That day my life as Sir Roger Emall, playboy Knight Adventurer would end, the morrow would see me reborn as Robbing Hoodie, the Champion Of The Common Folk.

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Do I Look Stupid?

Just had a phone call allegedly from my bank. The caller wanted to know all sorts of personal details starting with date of birth.

I said “why don’t you teel me what you think my date of birth is and I will tell you if its right.”

The guy said “I would get in a lot of trouble if I gave out personal information on the telephone.”

I said “well I operate the same policy.”

I mean, do I look stupid?