15 April, 2005

Literacy and RFID for all

Good news: President Bush says he reads the paper. More good news: He "questions" rules that will make the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada even more ridiculous human-rights-and-sanity-free-zones.
"When I first read that in the newspaper about the need to have passports, particularly the day crossings that take place, about a million for instance in the state of Texas, I said, 'What's going on here?' " Bush said when asked about the new rules at an American Society of Newspaper Editors convention. "I thought there was a better way to expedite the legal flow of traffic and people."
Bad news: Neither he nor anyone else outside the world of blogs and tech-geek websites seems to care that mandatory new passport rules are to go into effect in a couple months that will make anyone with a passport into a sitting duck for identity thieves, terrorists, and surveillance geeks. Go figure: American with passports didn't vote for the guy. At least some commie, god-hating homo-lovers have decided to defend basic human dignity along with travelers' physical safety.

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