Sunday, November 15, 2009
VeriChip (CHIP), the company that markets a microchip implant that links to your online health records, has acquired Steel Vault (SVUL), a credit monitoring and anti-identity theft company. The combined company will operate under a new name: PositiveID.
The all-stock transaction will leave PositiveID in charge of a burgeoning empire of identity, health and microchip implant businesses that will only encourage its critics. BNET previously noted that some regard the company as part of a prophecy in the Book of Revelation (because the HealthLink chip carries an RFID number that can be used as both money and proof of ID) or as part of President Obama's secret Nazi plan to enslave America.
The most obvious criticism to be made of the deal is that it potentially allows PositiveID to link or cross-check patient health records (from the HealthLink chip) to people's credit scores. One assumes that the company will put up firewalls to prevent that. PositiveID CEO Scott Silverman said:
"PositiveID will be the first company of its kind to combine a successful identity security business with one of the world's first personal health records through our Health Link business. PositiveID will address some of the most important issues affecting our society today with our identification tools and technologies for consumers and businesses."
Unless, of course, consumers don't actually want to be implanted with chips, have their health records available over the internet, or have their medical records linked to their credit scores."
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Sunday, November 1, 2009
Republican Candidate for Marion City Council, 4th Ward
Leadership, Honesty, Honor, Integrity, Determination
I have personally spoken with Nick Clarke, who took over an hour out of his very busy campaign schedule to go over his views and listen to my concerns with great interest. At the beginning of the phone call, I expected the same script, "Hi, I am running for (insert office here) and I want your vote" however, this call was very different.
Nick Clarke listened to my questions and concerns and explained how he has a desire to stand up for what is right in our community and how he has been volunteering for our community for years. He has been participating in local government and volunteering in our neighborhood, having a positive impact on improving the quality of life and making us safer. After our discussion, I knew he was serious about taking a stand and taking action to better our neighborhood. Thank you Nick Clarke for taking the time to talk to me.
I would HIGHLY recommend you vote for him.
Nick is the founder of the Bellefontaine Avenue Neighborhood Association and your voice for our community. Nick Clarke is dedicated to making a difference, not just warming the bench and this is evident by his current involvement in our community. He is consistently making a stand at council as he gives a voice to our neighborhood.
We need people in office, in all offices, who will do more than benefit from the title, but who will use their platform to speak out, improve our community, stand for what is right and not be bought out by special interests. It is for that reason that I support Nick Clarke for City Council, 4th Ward!
I am also endorsing the following candidates:
· Paula Clarke, treasurer
· Jason Schaber, council at large
· Ryan Schertzer, council at large
· Nick Clarke, 4th Ward
From the Nick Clarke website:
As a City Council member, I will bring your voice, your thoughts and your needs to our electic officials.
As the co-founder of The Bellefontaine Area Neighborhood Association, I have already dedicated two years to this very task.
The Association serves several purposes, but most importantly, it is a voice that carries the Members' needs to the City on behalf of the Members.
My mission is to continue that same effort, but in an official capacity and for all of the residences of Ward 4.
The goals will not change, only the title.
Take of few moments and visit the web site of the Association. All of the members have worked hard to better our neighborhood.
The Bellefontaine Area Neighborhood Association
Concerned over unaddressed issues in our neighborhood, Paula Clarke and I requested appointments to meet with the department heads of City Government to voice our concerns. We met with each department head individually; The Law Director, the City Engineer, the Police Chief, and then Councilmen Schertzer.
Each rearranged their schedule to meet with us after regular work hours to accommodate our available times.
The question poised to each one was same, "How can we help our neighborhood as citizens?" The answer was the same from each, form a neighborhood group and work with the members toward a safer, more connected neighborhood.
I am now prepared to take that same effort to the next step. And that is to represent my Ward, my neighborhood, in an official capacity as a City Council Member. But to do that, I need your support. It is critical. Together we can present our needs to the City more effectively.