Saturday, May 26, 2012

Being tracked

Police State Culture

Students will be tracked via chips in IDs
.Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.

District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.

[...] The school board unanimously approved the program late Tuesday but, in a rarity for Northside trustees, they hotly debated it first, with some questioning it on privacy grounds.

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And this is in Texas for chrisake.  San Antonio must be in one of those counties where Lyndon Johnson received 118% of the vote.  If I was writing a novel, members of the school board would be given rides on government drones which would be quickly shot down by Judge Napolitano's band of patriots.  It would be fiction of course, because in real life we'll go on thanking the people who strip us of all freedom in exchange for free Band-Aids. And it would be unlawful too, of course.


Anonymous said...

Sheep deserve to be shorn. A citizen would never stand for this. Subjects will, without saying a word.

Guess what they are becoming?

rickn8or said...

"...count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding..."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the number one reason for this abomination.

Wonder how long before the students find a way around it? (And they SHOULD!)

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Kids will ALWAYS find a way around anything.

Kristophr said...

Put the card in a microwave oven for 30 seconds.

Kristophr said...

In fact, a school in California gave up the program ( after spending a crapload of cash on it ) for exactly that reason:

Students would just microwave their IDs ... and if given a replacement ID, microwave that as well.

The district could not use the data to prove attendance and get money for processing kids ... which was what this was all about in the first place.

Anonymous said...

The school computer club should offer, at cost, replication of the RFID chips.

That would really boost attendance.

Frisco Scooter Trash

pdwalker said...

That, or they should a metal case, you know, to keep their id safe and to protect it from stray microwaves.

...the readers won't be able to read it? Ah well, such is the price of keeping such a valuable card safe.

Anonymous said...

Even barring human nature's desire to thwart a system, they're not going to be able to prove greater attendance. In fact, the opposite is much more likely. Be careful about creating foolproof systems, it makes it a lot harder to fudge the data.


leelu said...

...find the kid to volunteer for a "dangerous mission". Everyone else give that kid their ID cards. Volunteer goes to school, 100% attendance, 1 student attending.

Take turns, lather, rinse repeat.

rickn8or said...

leelu beat me to it.

Some young "entrepreneur" would carry several ID's for a fee.

Anonymous said...

I don't get the problem with this. Kids don't have or need rights in school, beyond the right not to be indoctrinated by lefty BS. I'm 22, five years removed from high school. 75%5 of kids out there are stupid and don't stay on campus when they ought.

Kristophr said...

Anon: If it was a private school tracking kids for their parents, then I would have no problem with this.

Government organizations are a different matter.

Wabano said...

Foiled even before it started, I just picked up these
little shielded envelopes for my
debit and credit cards with chips
that make them unreadable by crooks...

Try again, Snidely Whiplash O'Bummer!

Anonymous said...

Remove chip, attach to pigeon, squirrel, local taxicab, bus, teachers car... the possibilities are endless !

Cheesy said...

Unfortunately, SA has a leftist, obama-sucking scumbag of a mayor named, appropriately enough, Castro, and a large hispanic population that loves him. Add to that all the goddammed california liberals that have been moving down here, it's reaching critical mass.
That's why I live in a small town called Boerne, and am happy that I no longer have children in school.

Anonymous said...

"Billy, the rest of us are playing hooky today so we'll each give you a dollar to carry our ID cards around in your backpack for the day."

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