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Speaking of Pat Robertson
February 26, 2002 7:49 PM   Subscribe

Speaking of Pat Robertson, if the 700 club thinks that this isn't the mark of the beast, sign me up for the pre-implant kool aid anesthetic. As long as I don't have to carry the smoking man's alien baby, I'll be a good citizen.
posted by machaus (16 comments total)

I hope it can monitor your thoughts and filter out all those nasty ones! The world would be so peaceful then!
posted by geoff. at 7:57 PM on February 26, 2002

A tiny VeriChip, inserted subdermally just above the implanted medical device, provides...a rapid, secure and non-invasive method for obtaining medically critical information about the device.

invasive: adj. - Of or relating to a medical procedure in which a part of the body is entered, as by puncture or incision.

well, if you say so...
posted by jpoulos at 8:02 PM on February 26, 2002

i want one in my brain that stimulates the orgasmic control lobes. i'll be a very good citizen.
posted by quonsar at 8:04 PM on February 26, 2002

they've been testing this thing on roaches:

posted by quonsar at 8:06 PM on February 26, 2002

Well at least the End of the World types are no longer harping on the idea of everyone getting UPC labels tatooed to their wrists & foreheads. That's what they use to think was gonna be the mark of the beast several years ago.

Talk about a bad fashion statement. Nothing goes with UPC labels.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:26 PM on February 26, 2002

The technology itself, all kidding aside, sounds promising. Were I to ever need a pacemaker, or have some serious medical condition, the fact that I could travel at will and, even unconscious, a doctor could do a quick scan and get access to a medical history ... well, the Robertson's of the world might see it as evil ... but a lot of our elderly (especially) might see it as wonderful.

Of course, the chip itself is relatively meaningless. It isn't memory, but sounds like it could only contain a sort of identifier ... quite useful if that identifier was a key field in an accessible database, but useless in and of itself. (Rather like having only a small piece of the UPS system ... so what if they scan your package upon delivery ... if the scan isn't communicated to a central datawarehouse it's useless).
posted by MidasMulligan at 8:42 PM on February 26, 2002

posted by ronv at 8:42 PM on February 26, 2002

It's a damn good thing we have an attorney general who wouldn't allow his religious beliefs to become self-fulfilling prophecy. That'd be cheating.
posted by crasspastor at 8:56 PM on February 26, 2002

Crass, who's to say he wouldn't? True zealots would think it their duty to insure the end times come faster, that what they were doing was in the eyes of their god a righteous thing to do.

Cheating? No. They'd just look at it as proving their point.
posted by ZachsMind at 10:37 PM on February 26, 2002

True zealots would think it their duty to insure the end times come faster
No, the time must be right! It must be right!
posted by Dean King at 10:45 PM on February 26, 2002

posted by crasspastor at 10:49 PM on February 26, 2002

Well, prophesy is prophesy is prophecy.
posted by aaronshaf at 11:17 PM on February 26, 2002

That's prophecy with a small important c.
posted by aaronshaf at 11:17 PM on February 26, 2002

posted by Settle at 4:04 AM on February 27, 2002

Does anyone have a corrected link? The featured link seems to go to an index of AP wire carriers, and the last reference I could find to Pat Robertson was about Islam.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:41 AM on February 27, 2002

[invoke Goodwin's Law here]
posted by Down10 at 11:34 AM on February 27, 2002

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