On Monday June 3rd, Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’ aired a disturbing, eight-minute segment featuring the highly-invasive, RFID microchipping agenda, AKA “The Internet of Things”. The episode not only presented an entirely pro-RFID message featuring numerous menacing applications for the phenomenon, but went as far as nonchalantly stating that “the ultimate goal will be to have RFID chips fitted directly into our bodies“. (@ 06:25 mark below ).
The programme is watched by a young and impressionable demographic during prime TV viewing hours on Channel 5, and features a team of presenters mindlessly competing with each other for the “coolest” technology. Episodes are repeated on C5+1 and on the Channel 5 website allowing for an almost limitless audience reach.
Yet despite having the ability to influence the opinions and attitudes of millions of people each week, the programmers made no mention of the grave arguments against RFID technology nor of the implications for its widespread introduction. Suffice to say that no attention was given to how RFID-ready ‘Smart Meters’ in our homes and businesses will allow for microchipped versions of everything (including you it seems) to be tracked at all times.
Zooming out, and considered in context, Channel 5 appears to be singing from a hymn sheet popular among some very big corporate circles. During a speech about “the next leadership agenda” at the Council of Foreign Relations in 2008, IBM’s CEO & Chairman, Sam Palmisano, said:
“The digital and physical infrastructures of the world are converging. Computational power is being put into things we wouldn’t recognize as computers. Indeed, almost anything—any person, any object, any process or any service, for any organization, large or small—can become digitally aware and networked.” IBM CEO & Chairman, Sam Palmisano [emphasis added]
Is it significant that IBM happens to be the driving force behind the ‘Smart Grid’? Is it significant that IBM provided funding for human microchipping company PositiveID – creator of the Verichip? Is it significant that many people are largely in the dark about these apparently separate phenomenon as we witness them being simultaneously implemented?
Where we go from here is up to you.
Update: the clip we embedded below seems to have been memory holed – see the 35:30 mark here if you can bear the adverts)
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ~ Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda, 1928. Bernays was known as ‘the father of public relations’ and was responsible for originally coining the term.