How do people in Massachusetts feel about a proposal to eliminate MA turnpike tollbooths and replace it with an automated system that would track our comings and goings?
From the Associated Press-- Instead of fumbling for change or navigating through special lanes in transponder-equipped cars, drivers may soon have to do little more than cruise on and off highways passing under a metal beam spanning the entire width of the road.
At the end of the month they'd receive a bill, much like any other utility bill. Except this bill would log each time they entered or exited a highway system, how far they traveled and how much they owed.Does this idea bother anybody else?
Now comes a truly absurd and invasive idea-- The National Animal Identification System (ever heard of this agency before?) wants the owners of all farm animals "...to register their premises and personal information in a federal database, to buy microchip devices and attach them to every single one of their animals (each of which gets its very own 15-digit federal ID number), to log and report each and every "event" in the life of each animal, to pay fees for the privilege of having their location and animals registered, and to sit still for fines of up to $1,000 a day for any noncompliance." Alternet.
These things get put in place and we have no say about them-- or no idea they're even happening.