Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Morals Morass 

Is it wrong that I kind of hope this guy dies, just to see what happens?

The fellow hunter who was shot and wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney has suffered a "minor heart attack" after a piece of birdshot migrated to his heart, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Dr. David Blanchard, the hospital's emergency room chief, said Whittington suffered an "asymptomatic heart attack," without displaying symptoms such as chest pains or breathing difficulty. He said a roughly 5 mm piece of shot became lodged in or alongside Whittington's heart muscle, causing the organ's upper two chambers to beat irregularly.

I mean, I know it's wrong but, admit it, you've thought about it, too.


Sign of the Beast 

Found it on DU, channeled it through Phillip K. Dick.

An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as a way of identifying them.

CityWatcher.com, a private video surveillance company, said it was testing the technology as a way of controlling access to a room where it holds security video footage for government agencies and the police.

Embedding slivers of silicon in workers is likely to add to the controversy over RFID technology, widely seen as one of the next big growth industries.

I'm glad to see that's a growth industry, and that businesses and government alike will be looking to find ways to use this technology and convince us all that we need it. Under the guise of national security? Maybe there will be another kidnapping hysteria? Identity theft? Uncertain, but it will happen, just as SciFi predicted. I really need to get that novel finished...


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