Good morning everyone! Ever since Within the Trenches hit its goal the show has become quite popular. With such an outpour of support it not only makes me happy but it proves how important this show is. I have been working on spreading the word on the show as well as submitting feeds in order for people to have the ability to download certain apps and stream the show over their mobile devices. As of right now there are three separate feeds. I stated this in a previous post but I wanted to state it again so that it is clear. The feeds are separated as separate categories with one being Within the Trenches, The AudioVillains (NSFW), and a feed to rule them all, The JCast. The last one holds all the shows in one. I did this because not everyone wants to hear every show and all three links can be found on the right side of the site.
With that said I’m happy to announce that Within the Trenches is not only on iTunes for subscription but on Stitcher Radio. For those who have not heard about Stitcher, it’s a free mobile app available for iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. It’s an on-demand podcast, news and public radio app. Ever since I started using Stitcher I have discovered many great shows and I highly recommend it. I will provide a video on Stitcher and a link to Within the Trenches for your listening pleasure. Thank you again for listening and this Wednesday January 16th episode 3 will be recorded. If you have any questions please contact me any time at the JCast’s official email email@example.com. If you are a fan of the show or you know someone who is, make sure to ‘Like’ Jabber Log on Facebook for up to date information on new episodes.
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Technology has always been used to the advantage of the people. It has made everyday life simple in many ways. Communication, Media and even Healthcare have benefited from it. With healthcare in mind, technology has been a large contributor to the progress of man. It has been so beneficial that the FDA has approved a way for healthcare and security to follow us wherever we go. A tiny chip implanted in your right arm or hand would hold our medical records, financial records and information pertinent to our identity. Has technology gone too far? Is this idea immoral or unethical?
So far one company has been approved by the FDA to bring this product to the public. Applied Digital Solutions has designed the VeriChip for our needs. The VeriChip is made possible by the use of an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) microchip and is about the size of a grain of rice, the microchip inserts just under the skin and contains only a unique, 16-digit identifier (VeriChip Corporation, 2006). The chip does not contain GPS (Global Positioning System) capabilities yet and it cannot be lost, stolen, misplaced, or counterfeited (VeriChip Corporation, 2006). Although this type of technology sounds new, it has actually been around for some time now. RFID chips are everywhere. When buying a purse at the store there is a metal strip inside. This is the chip that makes the alarm go off when leaving the store without having it deactivated after purchasing it. Anything you buy these days (other than food) has a RFID tag on it. Even animals have implanted chips. When and if you ever adopt a cat or dog from the Humane Society, press down on the back of its neck. You will be able to feel the chip that has been implanted to track it in case you lose it.
In 2002 VeriChip made a break-through when they chipped a family in Boca Roton, Florida. Jeff and Leslie Jacobs, along with their 14-year-old son, Derek, had the tiny chips implanted in their arms (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). The insertion took only a minute under local anesthesia. The family had decided to be chipped for medical emergencies. Jeff has suffered through cancer, a car crash, a degenerative spinal condition, chronic eye disease and abdominal operations (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). Within their chips contained phone numbers and information about previous medications. If for some reason they were incapacitated and brought to the hospital, a swipe of the arm would supply vital information to treat them according to their past medical history. At this time the FDA had not approved the chip because they did not consider the implant to be a medical device (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). The company had hoped to market this product for those who suffered serious medical conditions, for instance those with Alzheimer’s disease (Family implanted with computer chips, 2002). After two years the FDA approved the VeriChip as a medical device. According to their Class II Special Controls Guidance Document the FDA states that, “the device is intended to enable access to secure patient identification and corresponding health information in humans” (2004, p. 1). Since VeriChip was given the green light the company seemed to target the elderly, children and the military. As they had previously hoped, they were able to market their “medical” device for those with Alzheimer’s disease. In reference to children, the chip was presented to protect children from abduction. As soon as a baby comes into this world the hospital wraps a bracelet on its ankle. I witnessed this first hand when my son was born in March of 2004. They carried my child beyond the security line and a loud and annoying alarm went off. Just a little peace of mind for the parent and one would find this to be a blessing but not everything is as it seems.
The issue of privacy and side-effects of the implant troubles the mind. An article in USA Today spoke of this issue and focused on CityWatcher.com, a provider of surveillance equipment. Two of their employees had been chipped to protect high-end secure data. Sean Darks, chief executive of the Cincinnati-based company compared chip implants to retina scans or fingerprinting (Lewan, 2007). The comparison is weak in reference to implanting humans and to others, the notion of tagging people is Orwellian, a departure from centuries of history and tradition in which people had the right to go and do as they pleased, without being tracked, unless they were harming someone else (Lewan, 2007). When presented with the idea of a Big-Brother-like campaign Sean Darks squashed it by saying it was “hogwash” (Lewan, 2007). Whether it is believed to be hogwash or not others feel it goes hand in hand with the Bible. Some Christian critics saw the implants as the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy that describes an age of evil in which humans are forced to take the “Mark of the Beast” on their bodies, to buy or sell anything (Lewan, 2007).
Regarding the issue of side-effects an article on MSNBC.com entitled, “Microchip for people may cause cancer” mentioned that there were possibilities that tumors could form. When the FDA approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives (2007). They found “reasonable assurance” the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005’s top “innovative technologies” (2007). However, neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned that the chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats (2007). These studies were actually performed in the mid-1990’s and well before the approval in 2004. One would wonder why the FDA would allow the approval of a product that could possibly cause cancer. Within the Class II Special Controls Guidance Document, the FDA determined that premarket notification is not necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of this generic type of device if the manufacturer follows the recommendations in this special controls guidance or equivalent measures to address the risks identified in this guidance (2004, p. 3). The risks of chipping humans are even listed within the document, however, no mention of cancer (2004, p. 3).
- Adverse Tissue Reaction
- Migration of implanted transponder
- Compromised Information Security
- Failure of implanted transponder
- Failure of Inserter
- Failure of electronic scanner
- Electrical Hazards
These are just a few of the risks regarding chip implants and this product was designed to help us.
In conclusion this is just the beginning and so far it has been seen as a grand invention for healthcare and security. Persuasion is the key to marketing to the American people and those around the world. You will no longer have to worry about your medical information or if your children will be abducted. Missing soldiers will be a thing of the past and your finances will be kept safe in a secure database that can only be accessed by a swipe of your arm. Such simplicity would make everyday life a cake walk but the big picture is concerning our privacy. The question of whether or not chipping humans is unethical or immoral is irrelevant. The time is now to wake up and reject the wolf in sheep’s clothing. As George Orwell put it in his book 1984, “Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” (Orwell, 1950).
(2006). VeriChip Corporation-RFID Tags. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from VeriChip Corporation Web site: http://www.verichipcorp.com/content/company/rfidtags#implantable
(2002,05,10). Family implanted with computer chips. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from USA Today Web site: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002/05/10/implantable-chip.htm
(2004,12,10). Class II Special Controls Guidance Document. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from The Food and Drug Administration Web site: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ode/guidance/1541.pdf
Lewan, T (2007). Microchips in humans spark privacy debate. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from USA Today Web site: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/surveillance/2007-07-21-chips_N.htm
(2007). Microchip for people may cause cancer. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from MSNBC Web site: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20643620
Orwell, George (1950). 1984. New York,New York: New American Library.Post Views: 289
Hello everyone! I hope that everyone is having an excellent day. I wanted to clear up a few things with the iTunes subscriptions. I have recently split the main RSS feed into three separate ones. The reason for this is because some shows might not be suited for all audiences. There are two main shows within the JCast. The first show features the AudioVillains. This show is full of adult content, language and humor. We are three guys telling it how we see it and it’s a NSFW (not safe for work) show. The second show is called Within the Trenches and is based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. This is a clean show and is SFW (safe for work).
The gist of this post is that if you would like both shows you can subscribe to that feed. If you want to subscribe to one over the other then you can do that as well. I am working on adding them to the sidebar of the site and I will add them to this post. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the JCast on Jabber Log!
The JCast (all shows)
The JCast – Within the Trenches
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New images have surfaced regarding this bizarre incident out of Miami, FL. I must warn you that the images are gruesome and NSFW (Not Safe For Work).
It appears that other bizarre incidents have been going on in Florida as well. People coming down with mysterious rashes, violent rages, and lock downs with hazmat teams have been popping up according to buzzfeed.com. Make sure to check out their site for a complete timeline. If this is the beginning then you better check out the CDC’s PDF on Zombie Survival! Good luck and godspeed!
Odd things happen all the time. Sometimes there are no explanations. People start going crazy and we look for an answer. Could it be a change in weather? Has their been a disturbance in the force? Is it a full moon or should some things be left unanswered? Well, in Miami something very odd occurred. According to the Miami Herald, “a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face.” The altercation was described as being a “scene as creepy as a Hannibal Lecter movie.”
The story alone is gruesome but what made it more interesting are how many shots it took to take down the assailant. The Herald reported that,
“The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”
It’s hard not to speculate on what caused the altercation between the two men. One would think that this is the beginning of a zombie apocalypse but the Herald reports that the police have a theory. “Police theorize the attacker might have been suffering from “cocaine psychosis,” a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.”
Whether it was a “cocaine psychosis” or a zombie, there is one quote that relates to the incident,
“You know, if you die first, I am definitely going to eat you. The question is, if I die first, what are you going to do? Bon Appetit.” – Colhoun (IMDb: Ravenous – 1999)Post Views: 180