Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 4919, that will allow people with dementia and certain other severe medical conditions to be micro chipped so that their whereabouts can be tracked at all times. The bill is otherwise referred to ‘Kevin and Avonte’s Law’, named after two individuals who tragically died after wandering off and subsequently drowned in water. Had their carers been able to keep an eye on these two boys, their sad deaths could have been avoided.
This bill, which has curiously received only scant media attention, is not before time so that other differently-abled children do not meet the same fate as Kevin and Avonte. The story should end on that positive note right there yet, astonishingly, sad conspiracy theorists and the Alt Right have condemned this bill.
The slippery slope of H.R. 4919
Through heroic mental leaps and finding connections that simply do not exist, conspiracy theorists claim that H.R.4919 is just the beginning. They believe the end goal is for the entire human race being ‘forced’ to receive microchip implants and having their every move tracked by ‘sinister government forces’. They claim that chip technology is being developed all the time and that it is already possible for an implant to be used for:
- Electronic payments and seamless connection to bank accounts [which can presumably only mean that an ‘evil’ cashless banking system is around the corner!]
- Tracking an individual’s movements so that the CIA/FBI would know where you are at any time. [Tin foil hats on! Here come Scully and Mulder!]
Their conclusions from the above is that ‘biblical prophecy’ is somehow being played out in front of us and that all personkind will have to wear ‘the mark of the beast’ and that it will not be possible to buy or sell anything otherwise.
Yes, you are being paranoid
This all sounds like a far-fetched plot from a bad Scooby Doo episode. These conspiracy theorists merely show what mental midgets and paranoid fruitcakes they really are by regurgitating such ideas each time there are advances made in the RFID world..
Whilst there is absolutely zero truth in these right-wing nutjobs’ outlandish claims, a Middle-Eastern company called Etilsalat has recently announced that they have a product which is technologically-capable of all the above and more. Hailing the exciting possibilities of this implant, a spokesperson for Etilsalat said:
“It’s like a piercing, it doesn’t hurt, but it feels a bit uncomfortable for the first day. The bio-hacking improves and enhances your body and will be not just a wearable device, but a device within yourself. You cannot replace or lose it, if you have an accident it’s still with you.”
Even IF the conspiracy theorists are right (and we think this is a far stretch), chip implants actually sound like an exciting and welcome innovation. Facebook, Twitter and cellphones are helpful for learning some information about individuals but the data is incomplete and not necessarily accurate (are all those Facebook lives as perfect and blissful as the authors would have you believe?). We need to be able to record and analyse peoples’ every thought, emotion, action, word spoken and step taken so that we can help set them free. The government wants to improve peoples’ lives and has a big plan ready to do this.
The only people who could possibly object to microchip implants are those with something to hide. And we definitely need to know what that something is!