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What the ACLU thinks about SpyChips…

RFID THREATS TO PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

While there are beneficial uses of RFID, some attributes of the technology could be deployed in ways that threaten privacy and civil liberties:

Hidden placement of tags.

RFID tags can be embedded into/onto objects and documents without the knowledge of the individual who obtains those items. As radio waves travel easily and silently through fabric, plastic, and other materials, it is possible to read RFID tags sewn into clothing or affixed to objects contained in purses, shopping bags, suitcases, and more.

Unique identifiers for all objects worldwide.

The Electronic Product Code potentially enables every object on earth to have its own unique ID. The use of unique ID numbers could lead to the creation of a global item registration system in which every physical object is identified and linked to its purchaser or owner at the point of sale or transfer.

Massive data aggregation.

RFID deployment requires the creation of massive databases containing unique tag data. These records could be linked with personal identifying data, especially as computer memory and processing capacities expand.

Hidden readers.

Tags can be read from a distance, not restricted to line of sight, by readers that can be incorporated invisibly into nearly any environment where human beings or items congregate. RFID readers have already been experimentally embedded into floor tiles, woven into carpeting and floor mats, hidden in doorways, and seamlessly incorporated into retail shelving and counters, making it virtually impossible for a consumer to know when or if he or she was being "scanned."

Individual tracking and profiling.

If personal identity were linked with unique RFID tag numbers, individuals could be profiled and tracked without their knowledge or consent. For example, a tag embedded in a shoe could serve as a de facto identifier for the person wearing it. Even if item-level information remains generic, identifying items people wear or carry could associate them with, for example, particular events like political rallies.

Who is the ACLU?

The American system of government is founded on two counterbalancing principles: the majority of the people governs, through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights.

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

• Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.

• Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.

• Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.

• Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

 

 

 

9.10.08 - Here's an excellent article by Pema Chödrön entitled "Learning to Stay."

         http://www.soulfulliving.com/learning_to_stay.htm 

Chödrön's key points for letting go into authentic Being:

  • As a species, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort.

  • To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we definitely can use.

  • we begin to notice that there are gaps in our internal dialogue. In the midst of continually talking to ourselves, we experience a pause, as if awakening from a dream. We recognize our capacity to relax with the clarity, the space, the open-ended awareness that already exists in our minds. We experience moments of being right here that feel simple, direct, and uncluttered.

  • By simply staying here, we relax more and more into the open dimension of our being. It feels like stepping out of a fantasy and relaxing with the truth.

  • Self-improvement can have temporary results, but lasting transformation occurs only when we honor ourselves as the source of wisdom and compassion.

 

Modern humans don't like discomfort, which is why we are so oriented towards "comforts," the material things that will distract us from our discomfort, or another person to interact with in order to avoid looking within. From a dysfunctional standpoint, discomfort needs to be covered up, in order to suppress authentic Being. From a functional standpoint, one wants to know what the discomfort is in order to bring harmony and balance to one's authentic Being. Being vulnerable is actually a strength, because being open to inner awareness allows one to act for the highest good of one's self. What this means is to act without fear, shame, or guilt in the present, which allows one to "function" in authentic Being mode, which is to be in alignment with spirit.

 

Functioning is not always a pleasant experience, since one who functions within dysfunctional environments is going to run counter to the fear, shame, guilt, and control dynamics that exist. What functioning means is being intuned to one's inner guidance to navigate through or around these dysfunctional dynamics in order to bring functionality. This is our spiritual work, it is why most of us came to this plane of existence, in order to reorient the insanity/dysfunction focus from external to internal dynamics.

 

Once a person becomes centered within their own self, and the fear, shame, guilt lessened significantly, then one can begin to stand in the face of adversity by not reacting in old dysfunctional patterns of helplessness. On the contrary, as we get more grounded in our Being, we find that there is a great deal we can do to effect change in the world. Being can change the world, in fact it has been the only thing that changes the world for the better. Try it, you will find that eventually it becomes less of a challenge and becomes more enjoyable. Enjoyment is what arises from being authentic, it is about being in alignment with one's true essence and expressing this into the world.

 

The true essence of joy is nothing compared to happiness, and it is happiness that most are focused on. In this mode of thinking, happiness is when one achieves or gets something. If either of these is lost, then happiness is also lost. Joy is not something one acquires, it is already present, it is what arises from authentic Being. Being radiates this joy, because the radiating is the emanation of light, of information, of awareness. Joy is the higher vibrational aspects of consciousness, of the Divine. Loving compassion is joy, because one's Being is open to allow this essence to radiate into the world.

 

This light shines, it is a warmth that softens the hardness that prevents authentic Being from expressing outwards into the world. I had an experience of how my own compassion was able to melt away someone's walls. I was able to witness the walls energetically coming down. This phenomenon is palpable, one can see it as well as feel it when it occurs. This spiritual warmth is not something one can own, one cannot take it or possess it, because it is like the wind, it cannot be contained, only experienced much like the Sun's warm rays on a cold day. The Sun is always shining and the same principle applies to our own inner sun, that shine's if we let go enough to allow it radiate out. 

 

Understanding this will start to explain the necessity of walls, facades, masks, hardness, meanness, fear, anger, hatred, shame, guilt, jealousy, greed, violence, and the need for control. All of these prevent the light of the inner Sun from radiating out into the world. Each of us has been to one degree or another, prevented from shining our light into the world. The darkness that pervades the egoic psychic realms plays a large part of this, which is why it is of utmost importance to stay centered as much as possible in the present now.

 

The present now is like being in the center of a hurricane, where it is always peaceful and calm. When we get caught up in egoic thinking, this is when one steps into chaos of the hurricane. In the image below, one can see the eyes of the hurricanes and extending outward one begins to see the chaos that ensues. This particular image is important in that it portrays what the dynamics are like when two egos come into close contact. If one is present, then there is no hurricane so to speak, it is only when one gets caught up in egoic dysfunction that the outer chaos begins to arise. In this particular scenario, when egos arise and clash, it is due to self-hatred. The center is always present, its just that we have been conditioned to not be aware of it and are drawn into external identification for most of our existence.

 

The idea is to stop identifying with external situations. This is not to say we ignore them, but we do not put them before our authentic Being. Being centered and focuses in awareness is our first priority. If we do not make this our daily priority, then everything we are involved in throughout the day will be tainted with egoic chaos. The point is to not get caught up in the madness. All that exists is the present moment. If you will look at all the issues you are presented with daily, you will find upon reflection that none of them have any power over you unless you choose to do so. Fearing the "what ifs" is an endless game because there is always an infinite amount of negatives that could occur. In this game the ego takes the focus off of what is positive.

 

There is an old adage that says, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" Focusing on the glass being half empty is where most of humanity is. It is the egoic mindset of negation. Focusing on the glass as being half full, is being centered in Being and coming from a place of gratitude for what one has in this moment and only in this moment. The concern for what might be at a later date is merely psychobabble that is like a dog chasing its own tail forever. What ifs are addictive egoic strategies designed to entrap and ensnare your consciousness in a perpetually repeating loop of destructive thought mantras. These negating mantras imprison your mind in a box of limited perception with the intention of distracting your focus of attention from the whole of authentic Being.

 

People with ego in control will automatically react to this statement, in fact they must in order to protect the limited perspective of the box mentality. Those imprisoned will argue for their limitations, because from their limited egoic perspectives, it is all they know, it has become their security, even though it has cut them off from knowing authentic Being directly. At some point, after being attentive to inner dialogue, one can have an experience, where in the midst of being angry or upset, suddenly be the observer of this egoic self. 

 

In 2002, I started creating my website with FrontPage 2000. I became very angry when the commands refused to work. In the midst of this anger, I suddenly had the experience of what is called "The Observer," where part of me stepped back from within, and was witnessing the other aspect being angry. I was so startled by this revelation that my anger completely disappeared. The anger disappeared because I had stepped completely into the present moment. In that moment I realized that the anger was not me at all, it was something I had been pulled into.

 

Imagine yourself being in a very large room, and the room is full of many different things, with doors going elsewhere. You are exploring this room, when you are startled by a noise. Your attention and awareness goes to the source of distraction, which is a television with images and sounds emanating from it. You are drawn into this like magnet and become entranced by the contraption. When your attention begins to lose its focus, the television changes channels to something that grabs your attention. This is how the ego operates and if you have ever been in a room with an actual TV going, you will find it extremely hard to not look at it. Studies have shown this to be true. Try it yourself and see how challenging it can be.

 

Most are not watching the present unfoldment of reality as it is, rather they are watching an inner television (ego) that creates all the possible negative scenarios that happened in the past, that might occur in the future. Or it spends endless amounts of time fantasizing about possible future endeavors. All of this meant to distract and detain one from their authentic Being. Ego has an unlimited amount of channels with which to draw you into its web of deception, delusion, and illusion. What we are doing is becoming conscious of this dilemma and re-orienting our focus to the present moments in order to free ourselves from the imprisonment that is causing the pain and suffering.

 

Becoming conscious is only becoming aware of what you already are at your core. Letting go is the key. Humans have been trained to tie themselves into one huge ball of tension, that has effectively smothered the functional flow of consciousness from expressing itself into the world. Any disruption in your flow causes a distortion of truth and perception of reality. Taking off those bands of stress/tension is the goal. Each band is a layer of conflict that is negating an authentic truth for a false one. At the core of this ball of tension is your authentic Being.

 

 

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