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The Brave New World of RFID–Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984!

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Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
~Benjamin Franklin

First they tag your food,  then they tag your cars, then they tag your animals, then they tag your money and then they tag you!

What is RFID?

Radio-frequency indentification

“…Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders.

An RFID tag is an object that can be applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader.

Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating a (RF) signal, and other specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal. A technology called chipless RFID allows for discrete identification of tags without an integrated circuit, thereby allowing tags to be printed directly onto assets at a lower cost than traditional tags. …”

Welcome to George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984.

Big Brother arrives a little late.

They now know where you are.

We know you are watching

They are coming to take you away way, ho-ho, to the funny farm! 

Napoleon XIV: ‘They’re coming to take me away’

They’re Coming To Take Me Away – Dr. Demento

Funny Farm

They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa

from: Dr. Demento’s Delights
Warner Bros. 1975 BS 2855 0698

Remember when you ran away and I got on my knees and begged you not to
leave because I’d go berserk?? Well…
You left me anyhow and then the days got worse and worse and now you see
I’ve gone completely out of my mind.. And..

They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa
To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be
happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re
coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!!!

You thought it was a joke and so you laughed, you laughed when I had said
that loosing you would make me flip my lid.. RIGHT???
I know you laughed, I heard you laugh, you laughed you laughed and
laughed and then you left, but now you know I’m utterly mad… And..

They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa,
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa.
To the happy home. With trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket
weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they’re
coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!

I cooked your food, I cleaned your house, and this is how you pay me back
for all my kind unselfish loving deeds.. Huh??
Well you just wait, they’ll find you yet and when they do they’ll put you
in the ASPCA, you mangy mutt!!! And…

They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa.
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy
to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming
to take me away, ha-haaa!!!
To the happy home, with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket
weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they’re
coming to take me away, ha-haa!!!
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time… (fade out)

Hey, buddy!
Yes officer..
You a head?
No, but I’m catching up, ha ha ha….

original recording by Napoleon XIV 


Background Articles and Videos

How RFID Works

by Candace Gibson and Kevin Bonsor

Introduction to How RFID Works

“…RFID tags, a technology once limited to tracking cattle, are tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to track the location of each product they make from the time it’s made until it’s pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping cart.

Outside the realm of retail merchandise, RFID tags are tracking vehicles, airline passengers, Alzheimer’s patients and pets. Soon, they may even track your preference for chunky or creamy peanut butter. Some critics say RFID technology is becoming too much a part of our lives — that is, if we’re even aware of all the parts of our lives that it affects. …”

“…Human chipping has seemingly higher stakes than merchandise tagging, and RFID critics are concerned that human chipping may one day become mandatory. When the company chipped two of its employees in 2006, these fears spun out of control. insisted that the employees were not forced to be chipped — they volunteered for the microchip implants for easier access to secured vaults where confidential documents are stored. Other employees declined the implants, and their positions with the company were unaffected.

RFID, The Good, Bad & Ugly.

Fox News – VeriChip – Big Brother, George Orwell’s “1984” 

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RFID tech turned into spy chips for clandestine surveillance

“…The RFID Dust that Nox Defense also sells is actually made up of tiny RFID chips – each about the size of a grain of sand, according to Brown. They can be scattered on a floor, so when someone walks through a room, entryway or warehouse, the tags will stick to their shoes or pants cuffs. When they walk past an RFID reader, it will be able to tell where they’ve been.

“We use it for positive ID… I could have a reader at the exit to tell where you’ve been in my building,” said Brown. “Imagine you’re working [with the government] in a drug lord’s house in Columbia. You sprinkle it on the floor boards. It gets on their shoes. When they come through customs, there could be RFID readers on the floor mats. It would show that you had been in this drug lord’s house. With this, you can figure out which place they visited and what RFID dust stuck to their shoes. It creates data points for you to make decisions. ” …”

RFID Technology in the U.S.

By Frederick W. Stakelbeck, Jr.

“…Moving beyond passports and into the Orwellian realm of intrusive government monitoring that many privacy experts and everyday citizens fear, implantation of human subjects has already begun. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the country’s first implantable RFID chips from VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. According to the FDA, the new chips could save lives by limiting errors in medial treatments. But could the technology be used for other questionable purposes?

In addition to the U.S., other countries are seriously exploring RFID technology. The Mexico City police department recently implanted 170 police officers with a device designed by U.S.—based Verichip to access criminal databases and to track officers in case they were abducted. At Spain’s Baja Beach Club, VIP customers are implanted with a Verichip designed tag to confirm their identity to hotel staff. Mary Brown, a security specialist who teaches at Capella University in Minneapolis, is concerned about the use of RFID technology as it relates to humans. ‘When it comes to human tracking, I think we are crossing the edge,’ she said. …”

“…Initially, these seem to be very positive developments, but they lead us to ask the inevitable question — Where do we go from here? 

What Next?

At the request of U.S. businesses and Washington, warehouses and distribution centers are making progress toward RFID adoption, as are public libraries, laundries, and toy manufacturers. Is this a good thing for America? Could what retailers call ‘slap and ship’ technology become ‘slap and track’ technology in the United States? Let’s hope not, otherwise, we all may want to begin taking Mandarin or Russian language classes at the local community college.

Microchips Everywhere: a Future Vision


“…Presently, the radio tag most commercialized in America is the so-called “passive” emitter, meaning it has no internal power supply. Only when a reader powers these tags with a squirt of electrons do they broadcast their signal, indiscriminately, within a range of a few inches to 20 feet.

Not as common, but increasing in use, are “active” tags, which have internal batteries and can transmit signals, continuously, as far as low-orbiting satellites. Active tags pay tolls as motorists to zip through tollgates; they also track wildlife, such as sea lions.

Retailers and manufacturers want to use passive tags to replace the bar code, for tracking inventory. These radio tags transmit Electronic Product Codes, number strings that allow trillons of objects to be uniquely identified. Some transmit specifics about the item, such as price, though not the name of the buyer.

However, “once a tagged item is associated with a particular individual, personally identifiable information can be obtained and then aggregated to develop a profile,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office concluded in a 2005 report on RFID. …”

Old Big Brother Had a Farm

USDA ID-tag plan for farm animals has some small-scale farmers unhappy

“…The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a system that would have farm-animal owners and livestock handlers attach microchips or other ID tags to their furry and feathered charges so they could be monitored throughout their lifetimes by a centralized computer network. The National Animal Identification System, as it’s known, has been in development by the department since 2002, with help from an agribusiness industry group that represents bigwigs like Cargill and Monsanto.

Sounds like Animal Farm meets Big Brother. Yet, while some small-scale farmers are outspoken in their criticism of the scheme, many in the agriculture community say it’s high time the U.S. more carefully tracked livestock. The question is how best to do it — and the devil, as always, is in the details. …”


I’m Going to Have to See Your ID

The program — which is thus far voluntary, but could eventually become mandatory — is designed to unfold in three stages. First, farmers and producers would register the barns, factories, slaughterhouses, and even homes where their animals — be they 10,000 cows, a dozen chickens, or a single potbellied pig — reside and are processed.

Second, animals born or living on those premises would be assigned a 15-digit federal ID number and a tag — in some cases, an implanted radio-frequency identification (RFID) device. But producers of certain species such as chickens and swine that are bought, moved, and slaughtered in big groups could be allowed to identify an entire lot with a single ID number — a less time-intensive and expensive process. Critics argue that since factory farms are in the business of mass production of animals, this would present them with a cost advantage. Miller says this is a loophole that effectively “renders the whole program moot.”

Third, data on each animal’s whereabouts would be compiled and regularly updated in a centralized computer network, which the USDA expects to be up and running on a national scale by 2009 at the earliest. The department has suggested that animals’ RFID tags could eventually be tracked real-time by a Global Positioning System, but there is no clear time frame for this scenario. …”

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Approves RFID Livestock Tagging System

“…The NAIS, a cooperative program between the state and federal governments and the livestock industry to help trace, manage and eradicate animal diseases like Mad Cow Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease, Pseudo-Rabies Disease and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome in pigs, is being run by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS launched the voluntary NAIS in 2004 with the premises registration system and is now continuing its advancement by implementing the animal identification component. While USDA has established visual tags as the minimum standard for some species, cattle for example, producers may elect to use ear tags with RFID technology incased in the official identification tags.

Ag Department Launches Animal Identification Iniative

“…Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will play a critical role in the new initiative.  RFID employs an ear tag with an electronic chip that can be read when the animal passes by a sensor, in much the same way as scanning technology works in grocery stores. The following groups will be able to test and ultimately utilize animal tracking technology through RFID:  producers, packing and rendering plants, livestock auctions, veterinarians and industry associations. 


During the twelve-month study, animals will be tracked from the farm through various production and marketing channels to packing and rendering plants. …”


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