Stockholm hi-tech office implants microchips under tenants’ skin

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand . . . he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” -Revelation 14:9-10

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Rory Cellan-Jones reports for BBC News, Jan. 29, 2015, that an implanted microchip is replacing keys at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Stockholm, Sweden.

Epicenter describes itself as “Innovation with Impact”:

With 4,500 m2 of specially designed office space, we are creating an arena to attract dynamic innovators and entrepreneurs within the digital space. Our vision is to be a magnet for fast growing digital companies and cutting-edge creative corporate initiatives.

The microchip is a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip, about the size of a grain of rice, implanted under the skin of the hands of the office block’s tenants. Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier.

Soon, others among the 700 people expected to occupy the complex will also be offered the chance to be chipped. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they’re promised further services in the longer run, including the ability to pay in the café with a touch of a hand.

On the day of the building’s official opening, the developer’s chief executive was, himself, chipped live on stage. The whole process is being organised by the Swedish Biohacking Group that recently was profiled by BBC’s Jane Wakefield in “The rise of the Swedish cyborgs.”

Hannes Sjoblad, whose electronic business card is on his own microchip and can be accessed with a swipe of a smartphone, has the title chief disruption officer at the development. Sjoblad said, “We already interact with technology all the time. Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.”

While some of the people around the building were looking forward to being chipped, others were distinctly dubious. One young man said “Absolutely not” to whether he’d sign up to be chipped. An older woman was more positive about the potential of the technology but saw little point in being chipped just to get through a door.

But Hannes Sjoblad says he and the Swedish Biohacking Group have another objective – preparing us all for the day when others want to chip us. “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip.” Getting the microchip implanted, Sjoblad insists, will enable us to to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones offered himself as a guinea pig.

A “rather fearsome looking tattooist” inserted Cellan-Jones’ chip by first, massaging the skin between his thumb and index finger, then rubbing in some disinfectant. Cellan-Jones was told to take a deep breath while the chip was inserted. “There was a moment of pain – not much worse than any injection,” followed by the tattooist sticking a “plaster” (adhesive bandage) over the reporter’s hand.

Rory Cellan-Jones got chipped

Rory Cellan-Jones got chipped

Cellan-Jones concludes that “no doubt more sophisticated chips will soon replace wearable technology like fitness bands or payment devices, and we will get used to being augmented. All sorts of things are possible – whether it becomes culturally acceptable to insert technology beneath our skin is another matter.”

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~Éowyn

Is the Whole Country on Food Stamps?

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“Did you sign up for Obamacare?”

I was sitting in the barber chair, getting my hair cut, and the question caught me off guard.

“No. Did you?”

“Yes, I signed up,” said the Korean woman who cuts my hair. “It’s cheaper than paying the fine.”

“How much is it?” I asked her.

“Nothing,” she said. “It’s free if you don’t have money.”

Now this I found odd, because she owned the hair salon I was in, and she had two other hair cutters working for her.

“Are you on food stamps?” she asked next.

“No,” I said.

“You should get on food stamps. I can tell you where to go.”

“Are you on food stamps?” I asked her.

She smiled sheepishly and hesitated for several long seconds before saying, “No.”

I didn’t believe her.

“It’s two hundred a month,” she said. “It helps.”

“But don’t you have to be broke to get food stamps?” I asked.

“Oh, no. It’s easy. You just have to sign up. If you want to get on them, tell me, and I’ll tell you where to go.”

I paid her twenty bucks for the haircut and went home. An email from a friend read: Do you know how to get food stamps?

I emailed him back: Aren’t you working?

His reply: Job sucks. Where do I go for stamps?

My reply: Talk to my barber.

Then I turned the computer off.

Later at work, a black guy at my job sailed by me saying, “The revolution is coming!” He set up shop in the break room, making chicken sandwiches. “You want one?” he asked me.

“No, thanks,” I said. “I just ate.”

“Well, take one for later,” he said. “I got plenty.”

“Save your money,” I told him.

“It ain’t my money, it’s EBT. You don’t have your EBT?”

“No.”

He dropped what he was doing and looked at me like I was from another planet. “What’s wrong with you? We don’t make enough here to survive. Get yourself an EBT.”

Back home, I click on the link that Anonymous has posted several times: It’s free! It’s free! Swipe yo EBT!

Yup. The whole country is on food stamps.

Note: The food stamps program is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

From the US Dept. of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service:

How Can I Report SNAP Fraud?

If you see or hear about SNAP fraud, tell us. Help us protect your tax dollars.

FNS takes aggressive measures to fight all fraud. We appreciate the help of concerned citizens.

  • Fraud reports of any kind may be filed with the USDA Office of Inspector General.
    • Call
      • (800) 424-9121
      • (202) 690-1622
      • (202) 690-1202 (TDD)
    • Write
      • United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General PO Box 23399 Washington, DC 20026-3399
    • Online
  • You can also report fraud to your State. This is especially important if you think that someone lied about their income or assets, or is misusing their benefits.

Your report is confidential.

Help us Fight SNAP Fraud.

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~Mike & Eowyn

New Batteries In Church

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~Steve~                    H/T I_Man

U.S. Navy Directive on Inappropriate T-Shirts

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U.S. Navy Directive 16134 (Inappropriate T-Shirts)

The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East. (It was directed at the Navy Seals and embarked Marines.)

To: All Commands
Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts
Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K

All commanders promulgate upon receipt:

The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn, on board ship or on/off base, by any military, or civilian personnel, serving in the Middle East:

1. “Eat Pork or Die” [Both English and Arabic versions]

2. “Shrine Busters” [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]

3. “Goat – it isn’t just for breakfast any more” [Both English and Arabic versions]

4. “The road to Paradise begins with me” [Mostly Arabic versions, but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs.]

5. “Guns don’t kill people. I kill people.”

6. “Pork. The other white meat”

7. “Here Comes Infidel”

The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive. In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

1. “Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range at 0800 Daily.”
2. “Do we really need ‘smart bombs’ to drop on these dumb bas tardss?”

All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.

H/t John Molloy

P.S. This is a joke that’s been circulating since 2007.

~Éowyn

This Dying Woman Has Cancer Like Brittany Maynard, But Her Response is Priceless

LifeNews.com: Lizz Lovett could choose to take her own life. As an Oregon resident stricken with advanced stage kidney cancer, Lovett could lawfully utilize Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to end her life prematurely through euthanasia.

This path, chosen by many, was recently launched to the media forefront by Brittany Maynard’s choice to end her own life last year when diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

When a surgical procedure last spring failed to remove Lovett’s cancer, the wife and mother of four chose a different path. “My life is not a story written by cancer – it’s written by love,” she said. With the help of friend Chris Stefanick, Lovett and her husband, Ryan, released a video documenting her courageous experience.

“I think [Stefanick] saw we still lived joyful lives, and that cancer didn’t define who we are,” Lovett said. “He said he was struck by the dramatic juxtaposition between our life – taking each day as a gift for us to give and receive – and Ms. Maynard’s, where she appeared to want control, by taking her own life.”

In the powerful video, Lovett shared why she is choosing to live despite her terminal diagnosis. “While many of us do not agree on how to think about euthanasia, I do think many of us can still be touched by beauty,” Lovett said. “And from that common experience, I hope we can reconnect how we think about the world and – perhaps – be persuaded to be open in a new way to life.”

Many members of Lovett’s family still hold to the “pro-choice” viewpoint that death by euthanasia is a lawful right. Lovett hopes her story can reach out to them and others faced with this difficult deliberation.

Suffering, Lovett argues, is not the problem. “I hope people will see there can be great joy and love in suffering, and great joy and love can come from it too,” Lovett said. “The stuff of life that has the most meaning – the opportunities for grace, the moments of littleness, humility and weakness that can be made into something so powerful through faith – are in danger of being snuffed out, removed before they even have a chance to occur.”

Lovett believes true dignity is found in living each and every day with love. Finding strength in her faith, Lovett continues to appreciate the time she has left with her family with new perspective.

“Life, indeed, is short,” she said. “And of course, everyone is going to die. I just have a better idea than most of when that may be. I think it is blessing in some ways to have that clarity as I live life each day.”

Her children – aged 2 to 7 – and her husband, remain consistent blessings. Lovett names Ryan as her “backbone of strength.” And Lovett is grateful for the outpouring of support that friends and community members have showered on her family.

“By ending my life prematurely, I lose the opportunity to love, and to be loved,” Lovett said. “We are all in each other’s lives for a reason. This is our journey, something we do together. When we feel the pressure – whether interiorly or from outsiders, subtly or otherwise – to just end it all because we are inconvenient, nothing could be further from the truth. It is through this suffering that our faith grows, our love grows, and the world is transformed, one relationship at a time.”

“I hope people will learn not to confuse an undignified circumstance with a lack of real dignity. I hope people will learn not to confuse pain with suffering. That people will see that what gives our lives greatest meaning is not feeling good, but being good: feeling good is not compatible with suffering, but being good is.

“And since the issue of euthanasia is not going away, I wanted my voice to be heard – to offer a truthful witness to what death with dignity really means.”

DCG

You’ve come a long way baby: Cosmo recommends chocolate buttholes for a V-day gift

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Cosmo: What do you get for the man who has everything? How about a chocolate version of your butthole! Now, of course Edible Anus chocolates aren’t modeled after your specific anus (if you want something like that, you could always get your anus bronzed), but they may as well be, because who could tell the difference?

Sure, you could just get him a regular box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but would that remind him of how he should probably make a point to eat your ass* some time tonight? Probably not. So this year, give the gift of “Yep. This is seriously a butthole that tastes like candy and when it melts looks like poop.

No doubt Lena Dumham (I was raped by a republican) has this on her list for her boyfriend.

I’ll stick with a more romantic option:

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DCG

*To each their own. Butt, there are some serious consequences to fecal-oral transmission!

CIA spreads disinformation to news agencies

That is the assertion made not by some loony bin, but by the late investigative journalist Jack Anderson in 1981, back in those days when America’s reporters actually had the guts to investigate.

Jack Northman Anderson (1922–2005) was a newspaper columnist, syndicated by United Features Syndicate, who is considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. Anderson won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his investigation on secret Nixon administration policy decision-making between the U.S. and Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Anderson was a key and often controversial figure in reporting on J. Edgar Hoover’s apparent ties to the Mafia, the Watergate scandal, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the search for fugitive ex-Nazi officials in South America, and the savings and loan crisis. He also discovered a CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Here’s a scanned image of a column Anderson wrote on the disinformation campaign waged against Americans by the CIA, which was published on September 22, 1981, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. (Source: Activist Post)

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Jack Anderson on CIA disinformation

Here are excerpts from Anderson’s article:

the Central Intelligence Agency is . . . trying to shut off channels of information to the electorate . . . and . . . spreading “disinformation” to news agency.

The most disturbing is the disinformation campaign. This poisons the well from which Americans draw the facts they need to govern themselves. The wise Thomas Jefferson sought to lay this issue to rest two centuries ago when he argued that the people’s right to know is more important than the officials’ right to govern.

Now along comes Bill Casey, the doddering CIA director, with the argument that the government has the right to mislead the public by planting phony stories in the press.

His purpose ostensibly is patriotic. He wants to build public support for the political, economic and military measures that the Reagan administration believes are necessary to counter the worldwide conspiracies of the Soviet Union.

Legal experts have warned that the CIA is forbidden by law from conducting operations within the United States and that disinformation aimed at the American public, therefore, would be illegal. But Casey has found a way that he thinks the CIA can get around the law. The disinformation will be planted with foreign news bureaus whose stories are routinely picked up by U.S. newspapers. […] Trusted CIA sources have told my associate Ron McRae that the foreign press, in the words of one insider, “is already being manipulated directly.”

My question is:

What makes us think the CIA had stopped its disinformation campaigns?

Recall that last February in an interview with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network, retired four-star Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (1985-1987), the largest single military command in the world, said that the Benghazi attack on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, was a false flag “October surprise” that went horribly wrong.

According to Adm. Lyons, Obama intentionally had conspired with Muslim “terrorists” to stage a bogus attack against the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the bogus kidnapping of Ambassador Chris Stevens. If the plan had succeeded, Obama would successfully “negotiate” for Stevens’ release in a prisoner exchange for “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, which would bolster Obama’s then-mediocre approval ratings just prior to the 2012 election.

And so the Obama administration intentionally gutted security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to the staged kidnapping of Stevens. But former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty disobeyed direct orders to stand down. The two men raced to the U.S. compound and killed scores of attackers, but were themselves killed. Obama’s Muslim co-conspirators took Woods’ and Doherty’s heroism to mean Obama had reneged on the deal, so they took their anger out on Stevens by torturing him and dragging his body through the streets.

Tyrone Woods & Glen Doherty

Tyrone Woods & Glen Doherty

Admiral Lyons’ assertions make sense. They would explain many of the oddities of the Benghazi incident, including:

~Éowyn