There are some things in this world that just confound me on the level of sheer stupidity of the human race. Reality Shows, American Idol, Claims of serving sizes for any package of cookies or ice cream, current debate on the floor of congress that claims to be in the best interest of our nation or it's citizens.
Small things, little things when compared in the Big scheme of the cosmos.
Most are no more or no less harmful to the human condition than what we have been doing to ourselves since we were fighting with stick and stones trying to make the totem payment and keep mastodon steaks on the fire.
But alas, There are a few ingenious tool users amongst the rest of those of us with opposable thumbs that add a new wrinkle to the possibilities of our existence. Some of these have relieve us of a burden that has hindered our ascent to more time of leisure or that have just plain bedeviled us with suffering and long calls to help centers located in India. Everything from indoor plumbing to Hulu.Com.
Then there are inventions that cause you to ask yourself "Why?".
I am not talking about anything that Billy Mays screams at you about as you retreat to the kitchen for another cold frosty one, or that you would find on the shelf next to the cash register at Christmas time in the Men's dept of Macy's pre-wrapped for that last minute gift.
These are the inventions can clearly be used further enslave the human race to the will of a few. I guess you could include movable type, Radio and television among these. But, the first two have actually provided more to the greater good than the enslavement; and in my opinion the jury is still out television.
Back to my rant..
There is an inventor in Saudi Arabia, a country known for it's stalwart principles promoting freedom of thought and pursuit of liberty, that has invented a "Killer Chip".
The basic model would consist of a tiny GPS transceiver placed in a capsule and inserted under a person's skin, so that authorities could track him easily.
Model B would have an extra function — a dose of cyanide to remotely kill the wearer without muss or fuss if authorities deemed he'd become a public threat.
This is SCARY on the order of waking up in a Vegas hotel in an ice bath, your back hurts and there is a note taped to your chest with medical tape.
Why would a person even conceive of such a brutal tool that can only be used for the purpose of tyranny.
BTW, Nancy P.and Harry R. were delighted when briefed by the CIA on this new invention. I wouldn't look to them blaming the Bush administration for this Saudi tool of terror, but to announce a "National Flu Vaccination Program". Rumors are that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are going to be the first two recipients.