atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3836: If we let them build their biometric database, we're done.

Amnesty is the excuse they're using to implement it. The theory is to make it harder for illegal aliens to find work here.

Because of course illegal aliens never get paid in cash at the end of each workday or anything. Why, the people employing illegal aliens are totally unaware they're hiring illegal aliens! So of course they'll use this biometric system to check if the people they're hiring are legal to work in the United States, and refuse to employ them when they prove not to be.

*rolleyes*

This is not about controlling illegal immigration. If it were, Congress instead would be discussing ways to enforce the laws already on the books which would work just fine. Congress would not be talking about ways to let millions of illegal aliens stay in the country.

It's about controlling the populace of the country. With a biometric-linked ID system they can track you everywhere you go and maintain a database of everything you do. From there, it's just a short hop to requiring your fingerprints or retina patterns whenever you want to do anything. Got to deposit your paycheck? Please look at the iris scanner. Buying groceries? Iris scanner, please. Gas station, DMV, any time you earn or spend money they'll want to scan your biometric data.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.... And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
John didn't know about fingerprints or iris patterns, and he came from an iron age culture, so he wouldn't have understood iris scanners or fingerprint scanners or anything of the sort...but I figured the meaning of that passage of Revelation out years ago, before "biometric" was a term in common use: it foretold government requiring that you provide fingerprints or some other kind of biometric scan in order for you to do anything. And yeah, if government gets this biometric database, then we really will not be able to buy or sell anything without "the mark of the beast".

But of course you won't need it to vote.

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Same vein, kind of, but this one's avoidable: I am never, never, ever going to shop at Nordstrom's. This will not represent much of a sacrifice on my part, though, as I've never shopped there before.

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If we hold Obama to the same standard Richard Nixon was held to, Vox Day opines, then Barack Hussein Obama must be impeached.

Ace comments on the same George Will column that led to Vox Day's post.

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Government has fudged the retail sales numbers to make them positive. Problem: everything is sharply negative if you look at the unadjusted numbers. As Karl Denninger says, "...but for 'adjustments' the real figure was -2.6% for April."

What the feds did was to adjust the numbers, Feb to Mar, down by 0.1%: the growth number was -0.4% (a contraction of 0.4%, in other words) and the feds changed it so that the new official number was -0.5%.

That enables the feds now to report that retail sales grew, April to May, by 0.1%, and it further lets them report that the year-on-year figure is +3.7%.

Denninger then points out that if you look at the unadjusted figures, though, suddenly the year-on-year growth becomes -2.6%, which is (of course) a contraction rather than growth.

The most worrisome part--and Denninger himself notes such, with a "(!!)"--is that groceries are off 7.5%. You only see a decline in grocery sales when the economy is really in the shitter.

Which--y'know, big surprise.

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Today I finally took the junk to the recycler. I had 9 lbs of aluminum and 81 lbs of assorted scrap; the former was worth $4.50 and the latter worth $4.05, for a total of $8.55. Whee!

...I had to provide a government-issued photo ID to get the money. Yeah. See, so many people are stealing metals to recycle them, the Peoples' Demokratik Republik of Illinoistan passed a law requiring that records be kept of all scrap metal transactions.

It even had bipartisan support. What a surprise.
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