Reese… and Reinhard Heydrich
In the original
movie, Reese the heroic resistance character sent to our
present from a horrific future in which machines tyrannize humanity
displays a bar code embedded on his arm to convince Sarah
Conner hes not nuts and that his story is all-too-real. The
bar code, of course, is used to scan people instead of groceries.
in 1984, when the first Terminator movie came out.
An even creepier
reality this 2012 a time when men use machines to tyrannize
my home state, but by no means the only state looking
into this lawmakers are studying the idea of
bar-coding license plates and possibly even embedding radio frequency
identification (RFID) tags into them so that every car and
thus, every driver can be more readily kept track
for mere revenue collection.
soviet er, DMV issued a report (see here)
about a week ago bemoaning the loss of toll fees resulting from
cars being able to slip through the revenue gantlet, particularly
along the I-95 corridor near Richmond, where automated toll machines
are supposed to snap pictures of toll both scofflaws and send them
a piece of payin paper in the mail. It is insufferable that
anyone escape paying their fair share to use roads theyve
already paid more than their fair share to use via motor fuels taxes
and all the countless other taxes each of us is already forced to
are small fry just a convenient excuse to bar code
and chip our cars. And thus, us. The DMV soviets study estimates
that, at most, $70,474.73 is lost each year to toll non-payers.
Chump change for an entity that disposes of $85 billion
annually (see here).
Seventy thousand? Its amazing they even noticed it.
Probably, that amount of other peoples money is spent on lawmakers
mini-bar incidentals in a month.
the real sweet spot is the millions that could be mulcted
via these bar-coded and RFIDd license plates. Readers have
already pointed out in response to my last article about
creative resistance (see here)
that many jurisdictions already have mobile plate scanners that
enable cops to quickly suss out out-of-date vehicle registrations
and so on. Bar-coded and chipped plates would make things even more
efficient for the mulcters. A single cop or even several
cops cannot scan everyone. The offender must
be within range of the cops car. There are only so many of
these. And if your car (or bike) is parked off-street, inside
an enclosed garage or in the backyard
But if the
plate can transmit
a brave new world of possibilities
opens up. Forget being able to benignly neglect to re-up your registration,
or get your vehicle properly inspected. They will know.
And you will
more efficient fleecing is merely one aspect of it. The other
more sinister aspect is more efficient monitoring.
Which is another
way of saying, more efficient controlling.
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