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"Big Brother" at its worst?

Check out this story at I haven't formulated an opinion about it yet. What do you guys think? Here are a few quotes....

Every child in the school, grades kindergarten through 12, received an ID badge with a tiny tag carrying the RFID technology, which was activated only to take attendance when the older children entered their classrooms.

But having children carry ID tags did not go over well with some parents and local privacy advocates, who called the use of RFID "Big Brother" at its worst.

...the parents in Sutter who loudly opposed the system were a small minority who were able to command a national news audience by calling the new ID cards “Orwellian,” a reference to George Orwell’s novel, "1984," about a dictatorship that uses technology and media to control society.


"Yea, this infringes on my kid's right to skip class and go smoke pot with his/her friends at the gym". That is what I can't stand about these extreme liberal whores. They will not let pass a single opportunity to complain for something about some """""rights""""" that have been violated (like the right to have pornography in public libraries, right?). I guessed that I should go sue Novell because they made me wear a badge while I worked there. Maybe that badge was not only activating the main door but it also activated a sensor in the bathroom to check the frequency I go there. Also, maybe they measure how long it took me to finish pooping and then they went and analyze chemically my feces to determine what I had for lunch that day, and used that information for cafeteria planning.
It is sad how these paranoic freaks see conspirations everywhere (they remind me of the movie "A beautiful mind"). I wouldn't want to live like that.

I'm curious how they expect t

I'm curious how they expect this to prevent students skipping class. If attendance is measured by an ID tag, a student could just give their friend their tag and skip class for the day. 100 percent attendence without ever entering the school.

Sorry, it looks like I was lo

Sorry, it looks like I was logged out when I replied but it was me doing it.
About the library thingy, its irrelevancy is exactly what I try to point out. Why would someone complain about Internet filtering in a public library? At least in Utah, it is against the law to watch pornography in a public computer. Also, if caught in the workplace (even your assigned machine in your office), most companies will fire you because of their internal policies. Also, you are in danger of being sued for sexual harrassment by your coworkers (it has happened before). So, why complain about filtering if you can't watch porn? If you don't intend to, why still complain? So that others can watch porn? Then you are actually trying to make it easier for other people to break the law?
Why did I pull this Internet filtering at public libraries thing up? I just want to show the faulty logic of many of the claims ACLU constantly presents to court, and this specific case smells like ACLU material to me. I actually believe that there are many abuses due to overinterpretation of the Bill of Rights.


The right to privacy is not the same as the right to skip class and smoke pot in the gym. By the way, who has ever smoked pot in the gym? No one I know, the idea is to get away from school grounds. But anyway, I don't understand what you're getting at. Are you saying that the right to privacy should not exist, because of how someone might use that privacy (such as going to smoke pot, in the gym or elsewhere)? Also, what's the relevance of the porno in the library thing? I've heard you bring it up a few times now, here and on my site, and I think zogdog too. Is this something specific that you're referencing that I'm just not catching on to? How does it relate to this topic?


I totally agree with the right to privacy as one of the implicit human rights outlined int the Constitution. But why would someone feel him/herself threatened by an ID tag that checks whether the kid is in class or not? Should I feel threatened every Sunday because the ward clerk comes and counts how many people attended sacrament meeting? That's is plainly ridiculuos. I don't see why so many people oppose to measures that would have absolutely zero repercusion unless they are doing something they are not supposed to. Well, probably the only understandable reason would be fear of abuses by the government, although I can't see why someone would be afraid of an ID tag. It's not like we are implanting a monitor in the back of their neck like in "Ender's Game"