RFID Mania

You’d think the absolute failure of the 2012 doomsday prophets would have made people less prone to buy into end-of-times nonsense, but you’d be wrong. You’d be very, very wrong.

There was some text accompanying this meme. It started off with a passage from the Revelation about the so-called “Mark of the Beast”, then went on to explain why the Mark of the Beast is totally not just a veiled jab at Roman emperor Nero. According to the delusions of end-of-timers, the Mark of the Beast is (or will be):

a worldwide system that collects and gathers information, and ties it in with personal records of all kinds. This will culminate in a chip, implanted in your body, that will personally connect you to the system. Today you see that information is already being collected when you use your debit card, the loyalty card at the supermarket, your car has computer chips that enable it to function – everything is controlled by a chip that feeds the information to various databases around the world. Even the Internet itself is part of this system.

And all of this is copied and pasted without any hint of irony on Facebook. Facebook. Take a moment to let that sink in.

It’s really hard to write up an argument against the RFID/MotB believers. Like any good conspiracy theorist, they have a response for every counter-argument you might care to make. If Snopes debunks the myth that Obamacare requires RFID implants (which they totally did), the conspiracy nuts will claim that Snopes is in the liberals’ back pocket and that mandatory RFID chips were written into an earlier version of Obamacare, then chopped out for the current version (like here), despite the fact that RFID chips were not mandated by any version of Obamacare, past or present, nor have they ever been. The earlier version of Obamacare, known as HR3200, did try to establish a national registry for all implantable devices. Sure, RFIDs are implantable…but so are pacemakers. The Evil Government was evilly trying to monitor your evil life-saving devices. Revolution!

So, RFID conspiracy nuts have completely abandoned the use of logic and reason in favor of terror and anxiety. No explanation will satisfy them unless it somehow proves that Obama is the son of Santans, because Jesus came riding down on a magical flying unicorn and said so Himself. Oops, I’d better not say that out loud; somebody will surely make it into a meme.


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