Losing Freedom Fast

Grind for November 19th, 2018
“We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Say What?!

The Headline

Would you let your employer put a microchip in you?

The Grind

British tech firm BioTeq offers a unique service to its customers: it implants RFID chips in them.

Most of BioTeq’s customers are individuals who want to use the chips to access their homes and vehicles, but the company also offers its services to employers. In this case, employees can use the chip to enter buildings (like a key card) and to store information.

The procedure is completely voluntary (at least for now).

The Details

The RFID chips are a convenient way for companies to deal with security, but the practice raises obvious ethical and privacy concerns.

Just think about it: if your RFID chip allows you to enter a door, it can also be used to prevent you from entering that door.

And what happens when hackers gain access to a chip that’s inside your body?

Workers’ rights groups in the UK are already fighting to stop the use of microchips at work.

“Microchipping would give bosses even more power and control over their workers,” says Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress. “There are obvious risks involved, and employers must not brush them aside, or pressure staff into being chipped.”

BioTeq’s chips are currently being used in the UK, Spain, France, Japan, Germany, and China.

A Nightmare

The Headline

With new majority in House, Dems take aim at gun control

The Grind

The Dems are wasting no time using their newfound majority in the House to push for tighter gun control.

Introduced this week by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is the 3D Firearms Prohibition Act, which actually has nothing to do with 3D printing.

The bill’s stated purpose is:

“To prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import into the US of certain firearm receiver castings or blanks, assault weapon parts kits, and machine gun parts kits and the marketing or advertising of such castings or blanks and kits on any medium of electronic communications, to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers, and for other purposes.”

As you can see, the bill has serious implications for gun owners, firearms parts manufacturers, and for gun owners who build their own firearms at home.

The Details

The 3D Firearms Prohibition Act (HR 7115) essentially bans Americans from building firearms at home and blocks manufacturers from advertising their products online.

The bill also requires every firearm built since 1968 to have a serial number.

Perhaps most concerning is the bill’s expansion of the term “assault weapon” (a phrase Democrats like to use in reference to all semiautomatic guns) to include all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns with the “capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device.”

The bill fails to specify the penalties for breaking these rules, but notes that enforcement would fall on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the FTC.

The bill currently has 17 sponsors in the House.

Did you know… About 1 in 30 people, in the U.S., are in jail, on probation, or on parole!