If this passes, Adam can travel to Georgia and sleep in peace knowing he won’t be chipped. He still will have to worry about two to the head, earthquake machines, anal probes by space aliens, …

Last Wednesday, the [Georgia] House Judiciary Committee entertained SB 235, the bill sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) to prohibit the involuntary implantation of microchips in human beings.

In Gov. Roy Barnes’ stump speech, the bill has become a routine example of the Republican tendency to attack problems that don’t exist, and ignore the ones that do. Besides, Barnes argues, if someone holds him down to insert a microchip in his head, “it should be more than a damned misdemeanor.”

Three states have instituted bans, and others have considered the legislation. In Virginia, a bill supporter declared microchips to be the “666″ mark of the beast referred to in the Book of Revelation.

Pearson has said his motivation isn’t biblical or religious – that he is simply working in advance of technology’s next assault on personal privacy. Not unlike limiting the uses of DNA testing by health insurance companies, he argues.

  1. Greg Allen says:

    Next, Georgia is going to outlaw hook hands because these hook guys murder teens necking in cars after they run out of gas on deserted highways.

    Stop voting for low-information politicians!

  2. Animby says:

    Hey, Bobbo : No extra credit for the most number of bytes in a non de plumber.

    Give us a break. It takes time (sometimes a lot of time) to parse your posts. Now we have to parse your pen name, too?

    “Bobbo, the Almighty” will do just fine.

  3. bobbo, only a humble scribe says:

    You are very generous Animby==most want to penalize me, so a mere lack of extra credit is heartwarming.

    I apologize for my inarticulateness, and do assume its my poor typing that causes the anguish.

    I’ll accept “Alrighty” but as an evangelical anti-theist, I see the gibe!! (smile!).

    SAY–I thought of you yesterday. I was speaking to an ex Navy Corpsman and we both were of the opinion that back when we were both pre-med, everyone else in the class was smarter than we were==hence our lower status career paths. But now with a few years behind us, we notice there are a lot of really dull witted doctor.

    What kind of circle squaring do you guys go through?

  4. Hmeyers says:

    I’m not liking where the police state mentality is going in countries like the UK or even here.

    Anything anti-“Big Brother” is a good thing.

  5. Hmeyers says:

    @5 Bobbo

    “What businesses have an overriding interest in where their employees are?”

    If left unchecked, I would imagine about all of them.

    CEOs and executives see themselves as little gods, and Senators see themselves as big gods.

    And with big corporate money financing the political parties these days, the line between government and business will blur in a disgusting way.

    There is a law against, for example, polygraphs and if such a law did not exist, imagine how frequently employers would use that.

  6. Uncle Patso says:

    But without our government-supplied chips, how will we prove to the Arizona state troopers that we’re legal citizens?

  7. Animby says:

    #33 bobbo the Alrighty – “What kind of circle squaring do you guys go through?”
    Beats the hell out of me. I’ve been out of school so long they used to teach us the only sure sign of death was decomposition! BTW, I, too, started out as a corpsman but in an Army Ranger company.

    “…we notice there are a lot of really dull witted doctor.”
    My old biochemistry professor and I have remained friends lo these many years. He is now in his dotage and raises golden retrievers that, he claims, are smarter than most of his students. He used to say (and I pretty much agree) it helps to be smart if you want to be a doctor but it’s more important to have a good memory. Then there was our pharmacology prof who opined that you won’t be a good doctor until you’ve killed a few patients.

    So, I guess I’m a good doc.

    #35 Hmeyers said, “There is a law against, for example, polygraphs and if such a law did not exist, imagine how frequently employers would use that.” Don’t you find it interesting, then, that the US Gov’t uses polygraphs freely and with impunity.

    #36 – Uncle Patso – As Sheriff Joe would say, “You coulda bought that chip anywhere!”

  8. Dallas says:

    While involuntary implants are not on high on my list of concerns, I will say I’m for voluntary implants. The benefits would be very substantial.

    I predict voluntary chipping will be mainstream and commonplace within 20 years.

  9. Buzz says:

    This story needs to be connected to the Arizona police bust-you-if-you-look-Mexican story.

    What? There was no coverage here on the Arizona police bust-you-if-you-look-Mexican story?

    Never mind.

  10. bobbo the Alrighty says:

    Animby–“Army Ranger Corpsman?”===great RESPECT. No wonder you swat my insults aside as if they were irrelevant to your life’s purpose.

    My problem pre med was not lack of memory, although it is not photographic as so many of my competitors nearly had, no it was microbiology and with the R-2 Complex or the mitochondria placed dead center in the specimen slide, I couldn’t make it out from the blue stain. So, I went with the Humanities. Ha, ha.

    and “the Dean” thinks the same of his professors, and on down the line. Hubris.

    To avoid Hubris, you have to recognize you did kill that patient. I’ve seen good docs avoid that, good pilots avoid their errors, intelligent people avoid learning experiences of all kinds and stripes. Hubris.

    Hope for God’s Mercy, because the merit system will find Heaven much like the Texas Panhandle.

  11. bobbo the Alrighty says:

    HMeyers–certain private security and bonding firms do use polygraphs routinely as does our government and police agencies. The results are not relevant in a court case, but guess what? Most of life takes place outside of the court room.

  12. GoGoGadget says:

    bobbo = troll pandering to the worst in the comments section.

  13. Glenn E. says:

    This law won’t stop the US military (and possibly other Federal agencies) from chipping its personnel, compulsory. As Federal employees aren’t subject to, or protected by, most state laws.

    BTW, Ion Tv just reran the “Demolition Man” movie of the 1980s. And the chief villain in that carved out a warden’s eyeball, to deal with retina scan locks. And later Stallone’s character remarks, “let’s hope he does figure out chopping someone’s hand off”, in order to get their chip for commerce use. So it’s not exactly a new concern here. And I’m thinking it’s highly unlikely, the technology could ever be made theft-proof. And there would always be someone willing to “core you like an apple” to get at your chip.

    Making it a ridiculous issue of biblical paranoia, misses (or obscures) the real point. That sticking something into your body, to make it more secure. Isn’t going to do any such thing, accept to make its theft more lethal.


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