Chipin' the President's Men
Well, this whole world has sho' gon crazy! It appears that, in a recent newspaper article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy Thompson (boy where his parents mean!) - the once Governer of Wisconsin - is getting Chipped! That's right, and RFID implant. I suppose worse implants could have been done, really. *shudder*
Tommy volunteered to get chipped to promote the VeriChip company. Probably because he's on the board for Applied Digital, the owner of VeriChip.
Thompson was quoted saying "people will eventually get beyond any queasy feelings about having a chip implanted. It will prevent babies from being picked up by the wrong people in a maternity ward and make sure people in nursing homes don't walk away," OK, whatever you say, Tommy Tom, but just remember... we know exactly where you are at all times, dude.
The Inquirer went on to say that "about 7,000 chips for people have been sold, with about 2,000 implanted worldwide," quoting Scott R. Silverman, chairman and chief executive of Applied Digital.
Once Thompson gets chipped, chances are it won't help him in an emergency. Only two hospitals - Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston - read the chips, Silverman said.
"No worries," said Rebecca Harmon, a spokeswoman for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "We can always take him to the vet school!"
...and you have to LOVE Rebecca for her sense of humor... and seriousness, all at the same time!
Via: [BoingBoing, via The Philadelphia Inquirer]