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Monday, January 21, 2008

ADF: ADF attorneys file lawsuit on behalf of Wichita pastor arrested for expressing his faith


WICHITA, Kan. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday on behalf of a Wichita pastor arrested for attempting to express his faith on a public sidewalk outside of an event celebrating homosexual behavior.  Although Pastor Mark Holick was arrested, city officials have since dropped the trespassing charges against him after watching a videotape that showed Holick conducting himself in a peaceful manner.
“Christians should not be penalized for expressing their beliefs,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster.  “Exercising your First Amendment rights is not a crime.  Arresting Christians simply because they choose to exercise those rights in a public place is unconstitutional.”

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ADF: ADF attorneys file lawsuit on behalf of Wichita pastor arrested for expressing his faith - Alliance Defense Fund - Defending Our First Liberty

Sunday, January 6, 2008

D.C.: 2nd Amendment Does Not Apply Here


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Second Amendment's provisions protecting the right to keep and bear arms apply only to the federal government, not the 50 states and the District of Columbia, lawyers for the nation's capital argued Friday in a written brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The district is seeking to preserve its three-decade ban on handgun possession after a federal appeals court ruled in March that the ban is an unconstitutional infringement on an individual's right to keep and bear arms.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take the case, setting up what could be a landmark ruling on the scope of the Second Amendment. The court has not addressed the issue in a significant way for nearly 70 years.

Grund Comment: This is an interesting thing... if they can say the US Constitution only applies where the Fed's want it to then to me it makes a case for them laying it down whenever they want to...

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Friday, January 4, 2008

RFID - Mark of the Beast - Side issue...

Uncle Sam Wants YOUR Animals!

"The government is already using space-based satellites to measure the crops on every farm in the country and now the United States Department of Agriculture has plans to give an Orwellian touch to owning any type of farm animal. Are we permitting fear to take away another freedom?

Whether you are a large commercial producer or your child has a single horse or chicken for a 4-H project, each animal must be registered with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and the premise where the animal is kept is to be identified in a national data base, according to the USDA. Read: Animal ID Rolls Ahead With Premises Registration."

Grund comment: First the animals then the humans....

Uncle Sam Wants YOUR Animals!

RFID Tags - Good, Bad & Ugly




Grund Comment: Nicely done and large page on RFID tags and the  National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

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RFID Tags - Good, Bad & Ugly

RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast? Side Issue...

California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging

State Sen. Simitian calls forced “tagging” of humans with RFID chips the ultimate invasion of privacy. By K.C. Jones
September 4, 2007 10:03 AM

California legislators want to prohibit people from forcing others to receive tracking implants.

Sen. Joe Simitian, a Palo Alto Democrat, announced that his Senate Bill 362, which would ban the practice, passed by a 28-9 vote last week.

RFID technology is not in and of itself the issue. RFID is a minor miracle, with all sorts of good uses,” Simitian said in a statement. “But we shouldn’t condone forced ‘tagging’ of humans. It’s the ultimate invasion of privacy.”

The bill is headed for the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for approval. If Schwarzenegger signs SB 362, California will join Wisconsin and North Dakota to ban forced RFID implantation.

“Passage of SB 362 ensures that no Californian is compelled to have electronic identifiers of any type embedded in their body,” Jennifer King, research specialist at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, said in a statement. “This provides Californians with the personal agency to make such decisions should they have a reason to, as well as another means of protecting their personal information. Once again, California leads the nation in recognizing potential threats to individual privacy and self-determination posed by new technologies.”

Grund Comment: re the purple highlight above...the tattoo RFID isn't electronic.... hmmmm

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» California Passes Bill To Ban Forced RFID Tagging NoNais- Washington State: If you eat… you need to stop NAIS

RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast? RFID tattoos for tracking cows... and people - Engadget

Grund Comment: This articles tidbit (and interesting photo) is..."The tattoo can be applied in 5 to 10 seconds with no shaving involved and can be read from up to 4 feet away -- the bigger the tattoo, the more information stored."

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RFID tattoos for tracking cows... and people - Engadget

RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast? Somark Innovations


Somark Completes Animal Tests of Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink

Grund Comments: PDF alert, contains..."Secondary target markets include laboratory animals, dogs & cats, prime cuts of meat, and military personnel. The company, which is currently raising a Series A equity financing, will license the technology to secondary target markets."

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RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast? Privacy Controversy Dogs RFID Startup


Privacy Controversy Dogs RFID Startup

How can a company that makes radio frequency identification ink for use on animals and humans head off bloggers' criticism?

by David E. Gumpert

...An Issue of Privacy

Yet the kind of celebrity Somark has achieved is definitely a two-edged sword that raises marketing questions Pydynowski, 24, and Mays, 26, have thus far not figured out how to answer. The reason this tiny company is garnering so much attention is that it has developed what could be the next stage of a technology for tagging animals and people.

The issue of tagging has divided state governments, farmers, consumers, and investors. The U.S. Agriculture Dept. is pushing for tagging of all of the country's millions of farm animals under its National Animal Identification System (NAIS) program. Small-farm owners, who say the system infringes on their privacy, oppose the program (see, 12/19/06, "Farmers Say No to Animal Tags").

Some critics of the NAIS program fear that tagging of animals will eventually evolve into tagging of people, and already one young company, VeriChip, has begun marketing RFID chips for implantation into the arms of humans (see, 1/11/07, "Animal Tags for People?").

For Their Own Good?

Somark says its product, a bio-compatible ink applied like a tattoo, just under the skin of animals or people, acts in much the same way as an RFID tag, emitting a signal that can be picked up by a scanner a few feet away. Pydynowski is pleased to discuss the advantages of the Somark product over existing RFID tags for animals—namely, it can't fall off, is more easily read, and is considerably cheaper ($1 vs. about $2.50 per conventional tag). "It's a bulletproof tracking and identification system," he says of the Somark product.

But when I ask him about the application of the Somark product to people, he gets nervous. Rather than respond spontaneously, he refers me to a technology trade article that quoted him as saying the tattoo could be used by the military to track and rescue stranded soldiers. "It's a very scary proposition when you're dealing with humans, but with military personnel, we're talking about saving soldiers' lives and it may be something worthwhile," he says in the article.

Grund Comment: "Okay lets track soldiers, pets, prisoners,...err oh yeah, children.... Its for their own good.  Geez...."

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Privacy Controversy Dogs RFID Startup

RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast?

Tattooing cows to keep track of them - Audio Report
Robert Frederick, KWMU

...Grund Comments: Mentions the size of the tattoo is about the size of a postage stamp, doesn't require line of sight, can be read while moving, (RFID is what they use on the toll booths, you prepay and they give you a tag to put in your dashboard), and a suggested use is on prisoners (temporary ones).

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kwmu NewsRoom

RFID Tattoos - Mark of the Beast?

Somark Innovations, a biotech startup, has developed a chipless and antenna-less asset identification and tracking system for animals and even food.

By Beth Bacheldor

Radio frequency identification technology is a valuable tool for tracking livestock, but the button-size RFID tags stapled into animals' ears can fall off, and glass-encased RFID tags injected into skin can migrate deeper into the body and become unreadable. Somark Innovations, a St. Louis biotech startup, thinks it has a better solution: a permanent ink tattoo that relies on radio frequency waves to read and render unique identification numbers.

The chipless and antenna-less asset identification and tracking system uses biocompatible, translucent ink that can be tattooed onto livestock, pets, laboratory animals and even food, such as meat or fruit. The tattoo is applied using a micro-needle, which is actually a geometric array of many tiny needles, and each tattoo is made up of a unique pattern.

...Grund Comment, "heh, when I was reading this I thought, Hey this really *is* a mark of the beast, get it? Its a cow, thats a beast.. heh...  But that joke being said, This is scary stuff, I'll be posting more..."

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RFID Journal

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Anchor Stone International - Video: The Red Sea Crossing

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ron Wyatt shows you the very spot where Moses and the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea at the Gulf of Aqaba fleeing Pharaoh's army. He leads you to the very blackened peak of Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia!

Part 1






Anchor Stone International - Video: The Red Sea Crossing