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The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend about a story previously mentioned on MNB - the belief on the part of some people that the Devil’s fingerprints are all over the development of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

The story in the WSJ highlights what will doubtless become a louder argument in coming months, advanced by privacy advocates Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntire, who wrote a book entitled “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move With RFID.” They intend to published a new edition of the book this year, arguing that, as the WSJ writes: “Chip implants could be part of the satanic identification scheme, foretold in the Book of Revelation, by which ‘no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of the beast, which is 666.’ Those without the mark, which itself signals obeisance to the evil one, will find themselves excluded from the chain of commerce, unable to purchase even food.”
KC's View:
It has always been our impression, from having been educated by Irish Christian Brothers and Jesuits, and by watching movies that range from “Damn Yankees” to “Rosemary’s Baby” to “The Omen,” that the Devil was a pretty powerful fellow, and probably wouldn’t need computer chips to wreak havoc on society.

Then again, there’s no reason the Devil should be a Luddite. Why not use technology if it is available?

We actually suspect that this is all part of an elaborate publicity campaign for the remake of “The Omen” that is coming out this year, entitled “The Omen 666.” It stars Live Schreiber and (how great is this?) Mia (“Rosemary’s Baby”) Farrow.

Though we suspect, based on all this nonsense from the “Spychips” ladies, that instead of being the Ambassador to Great Britain (as Gregory Peck was in the original), Schreiber will instead pay a senior executive with a major retailer or packaged goods company.