Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Walmart, CIA partisanship, RFID tags, Condi!

Just yesterday in one of my geography classes we were dicussing the enormous role Walmart plays in the global economy...apparently there's a PBS special on it soon, which you'll also be able to watch online as of Friday. It looks pretty good, and the website has plenty of related information... I was a little disappointed to see a lack of interviews/facts regarding Walmarts interaction with unions, both in their own stores and the sweatshops they buy their goods from.

And it looks like we're going to be doing a fantastic job reforming the CIA - just the other day, in fact, Peter Goss wrote a lovely memo stating that employees should, "support the administration and its policies in our work". Maybe I just can't read between the lines like I used to, but isn't that contradictory with providing the best intelligence possible? Support the preznit vs. gather useful intelligence...

Oh, and freakin' Condi Rice as Secretary of State?? If you thought she was a good lap dog as National Security Advisor, you ain't seen nothin' now her historical claim to fame can be "the only NSA and SoS to have an oil tanker named after her" The oil tanker has since been renamed, naturally...if you're bored, be sure to check out the rest of the old cabinet's corporate connections.

Here is a surefire way to make your children safer and less fearful of being kidnapped or stalked. Give them all RFID tags! (stands for Radio Frequency Identification) These same chips have been approved by the FDA to, um, implant into people so they can carry their medical history around with them. What a weird thing to say. You need to implant a chip inside you to tell your doctor what your body has been up to? Isn't that what your body is for??

They're also using these same RFID chips to put on prescription bottles, allowing the government to track them easier, and make sure you're not buying cheaper generic drugs from some other country.

Oh, and that one plane went really really fast.

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