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Think Cap & Trade is a good idea? Well, then... let's just see how well it's working in Austin, TX:

Austin Energy officials say that times have changed and that the nation's most successful (by volume of sales) green-energy program, which offers the renewable energy only to those who select it, might no longer be the best way to carry out the city's goals. It now costs almost three times more than the standard electricity rate.

"I think it's time to sit back and look at the philosophy behind GreenChoice," said Roger Duncan, the head of Austin Energy and the chief architect of GreenChoice.

Ya think???

Here's another downright scary story:
Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.

It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.

Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner downloaded to his laptop the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd "skimmed" four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet.
Fortunately, I still carry a regular U.S. Passport, not the card. I hate Big Brother...

Well, heck! Even The Princess Mom knew this. (And she must have felt an awful lot of pain, psychic or otherwise, when she was driving, because she was at her most prolific and inventive then.

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Anonymous said...

Hey Les - I didn't realize Austin was trying this! I did know about Spain's green jobs turned out as 2.2 jobs lost - they have extremely high unemployment in the double digits - and companies bailed to other, less restrictive countries.


Graumagus said...

Errr. I plan on getting a passport before the end of the year. I do believe I'll be sheathing that in some sort of RF resistant casing.
I have a friend who builds RF secure rooms for a living. Pretty sure he could help me with this.

May even have to upload the design to the blog....