RFID isn't a new technology, it's been around for a long time. Basically, it's a tamper-resistant method of identifying something with radio waves. Calling it a sign of the end is flat out technophobia.
And to say that people in the first world will be unhappy when it happens to them...well, you're a little late CD. This kind of technology is already standard in new passports that are being issued in the States (and Canada, I think).http://travel.state.gov/passport/eppt/eppt_2788.html
Does your passport have a logo like this on it?
That means it's an electronic passport, and has your information stored in a chip in the back cover or spine. It's passive technology, so it doesn't emit a signal, and the range is pretty limited. They can't track you with it like a GPS (like the one that's probably in your cell phone).
So, the technology is new, kinda spooky, and should make travel more efficient. Passports are kind of a normal thing for people who travel, so I don't see this as being that dangerous.
Police State? Ummm, depending on what you try to do, we're already in one, but as was demonstrated by the protests on Sept. 14th, we in the States can still gather and demonstrate...well, at least until November of next year, so we have recently heard (:lol:).
Is RFID the dreaded Mark of the Beast? I kinda doubt it.
There's a new mark of the beast every few years. Hey, I could be totally wrong about this, but so far there has been no one trying to implant anything, chip or otherwise, in my right hand or forehead.
Back in the 50's when credit cards were first introduced, people called them the mark of the beast, too. Yet here we are, 60 years after their inception, with no apparent anti-christ that I can name in history. Revelations gives a pretty specific timeline, so we have to either assume that a). the bible is wrong and thereby, unreliable for predicting the end times (I'm not stating that as my opinion, just illustrating my point), which means the Mark may or may not be reliable, or b). that credit cards were not in fact the mark of the beast.
If we decide on the latter, and that the mark is yet to come, then who is to say that it is going to be in the form of a card that you can stick in your wallet? I don't think it goes "...and he shall cause each man, woman and child to receive a mark, in a card to be kept in their butt pocket". It's pretty specific that it will be in the right hand or in the forehead.
...that is if you think the mark is something that will be a physical mark. One of my favorite theories is that the Mark is the US Dollar, which every other currency in the world has been measured against "that no man may buy or sell" without it. The mark is what they called their currency in Germany, and if we don't have our dollars in hand, it's definitely on our mind, at the forefront of our thoughts, in our foreheads.
If that is the case, there's going to be a lot of unhappy people when they find out they've been duped.
I think technology is a helpful tool with the correct application. If this story had been current, and they had wanted to track how people were reacting to the vaccine, then it makes sense to use some kind of barcode or chip. If someone goes into convulsions, they may not be able to tell health care professionals that they've received an H1N1 vaccine.
I may be a little biased though. After all, I've been working with RFID technology for about 6 years, 6 months and 6 days now...oops, did I just say that out loud?