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A CASHLESS Society 

Is it the future for the world?

Are countries already discussing making their societies cashless?

Was such a thing ever prophesied in the Bible?

Is talk of becoming cashless an indicator that the End of this Age could be upon us … with Christ’s return to rule the Earth, just around the corner?

Below are some News Articles written in 2010 showing that Cashless Societies are indeed, desired around the world

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We’ll make Nigeria cashless society – IBPLC

By Nnamdi Ojiego

Intercontinental Bank Plc, IBPLC, has revealed its desire and determination to make Nigeria a cashless country in line with what is obtainable in advanced countries of the world.

Read the entire VANGUARD Article, regarding Nigeria, HERE

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Sweden Considers Cashless Society

Written by Alex Newman    

Monday, 20 September 2010 00:00 

The move toward a cashless society is accelerating in Sweden as plastic payments become the norm and various government officials, unions, and high-profile Swedes push for a ban on cash, supposedly to reduce robberies. But opposition to the proposal is mounting as well. Swedish buses have already stopped accepting cash after a series of robberies. Commuters must now pay at a separate store before getting on the bus, or use a cell phone. The next targets for the anti-cash movement are banks and retailers. … 

Unions are also helping to lead the charge toward a cashless Sweden. “If we can reduce the amount of cash in the banks and in society in general, robberies will also be reduced,” Marie Look with the Swedish bank workers’ union told the BBC for a recent article.

“If in the long term we abandon cash completely, there will be no robberies, because there’s no point in robbing a bank if there’s no cash there to steal,” she added, perhaps not realizing that the workers she purports to represent would mostly lose their jobs under a cashless regime. Other unions are pushing the issue, too.  … 

(My Notes:
Fear is a great motivator and I can see that such statements/reasonings could be made in any Country, world wide, to promote this philosophy of Cashless Societies)

To read the entire New American News Article on Sweden, click HERE

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Steve Perry, executive vice president of Visa Europe, has a different take on the folding stuff packed in our wallets that most of us take for granted. “Cash is expensive,” he says. “We need to be using it less.”

Expensive? Vintage wines, maybe. Designer clothes, yes. Modern art, almost certainly. But cash?

“Why do you think supermarkets introduced cashback?” Perry asks rhetorically. 

Read the Full Telegraph UK Article HERE

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Australia Becoming a Cashless Society

The number of Australians withdrawing cash from ATMs has dropped to its lowest point in over six years, signalling that consumers are reducing their over the counter cash transactions.

Debit and credit card analysis firm MWE Consulting, found that debit card ATM withdrawals fell by 6.3 per cent to 2.39 per month in 2009, as reported in The Australian

Monthly transactions peaked in 2006 with an average of 2.62 cash withdrawals each month.

“We have been seeing a reduction in cash transactions on credit (card) for a long time . . . but what is significant is this (debit card) reduction, which accelerated in the last year,” said managing director of MWE Mike Ebstein.   

“I think that’s a sign that Australians are beginning to move away from cash as their staple payment product,” he said.

Mr Ebstein said that the figures are showing a reduction in cash usage for the first time, indicating that “we are finally beginning to move towards a cashless society.”

Read the entire CeBIT Australia News Article HERE

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So, has the Bible prophesied such a society?

Is Revelation 13 telling of a Cashless Society?

16 He (the Beast – Rev 13:11) also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

If, indeed, Revelation 13 is showing that a Cashless Society is to be expected in the End Times Tribulation time period, then couldn’t this push to get countries Cashless be an indicator that the End of this Age is upon us?  Could it be a warning sign that the Return of Christ to Earth is sooner than some may think?

Just a thought.

And just another warning sign to prepare ourselves for Christ’s Return.


“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to ESCAPE ALL that is ABOUT TO HAPPEN (via the rapture), and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man”
– Luke 21:36 NIV
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“Nothing matters more than the safety of our patients. That’s why we are working with Versus and DCC to create an exciting, technologically-advanced system to decrease healthcare-associated infections,” …

This is a quote from the below news article.

Fear.
Fear is a great way to introduce ‘big brother technology’ into our lives.

We should want more government intervention, and more government monitoring, and even more government hand-outs in society ….

It’s for our good.
It’s for our protection.
The government can look out for us.
The government cares for us like nobody else can.
They really want to help us!
What a relief!

Or is it a relief?
What more intrusion into our private lives means is less freedom for each individual.

And less freedom is exactly what the world is heading towards … all in the name of  ‘peace and safety’.

Christians, look up!
For your redemption is drawing closer!
Hallelujah.

2 Thessalonians 2:1 –
“No concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our BEING GATHERED to Him”

2 Thessalonians 2:2 –
“…we ask you brothers, not be easily upset in mind or troubled, … alleging that the Day of the Lord has come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way.  For that Day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.  … Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this?  And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; but the one now restraining will do so until HE IS OUT OF THE WAY and then the lawless one will be revealed.”

Context:
Vs 1 – we are gathered to Christ
Vs 7 – Church is taken away
Vs 6 – Anti-Christ / ‘man of lawlessness’ then revealed … the ‘man of lawlessness’ who will cause the earth to bear his mark on their right hand or forehead:

Revelation 13 –
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He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

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University of Miami launches hygiene compliance supported by RTLS

July 30, 2009 | Kyle Hardy, Community Editor

MIAMI – The University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital (UM-JMH) Center for Patient Safety has deployed a hand washing compliance program with the use of real-time locating solutions.

The RTLS technology will be supplied by two Michigan-based providers: Dynamic Computer Corp.,  and Versus Technology. The hand hygiene compliance pilot will employ the use of infared-radio frequency technology that will be implemented as a standalone system, or as an integrated part of a network wide RTLS system.

“Americans don’t expect to get additional infections when they go into the hospital,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said earlier this month. “Stopping health care associated infections and improving the quality of care is one of our top priorities.”

With the implementation of the RTLS technology the University of Miami looks to reduce the percentage of bacteria-related infection that patients and physicians contract from not washing with bacteria-killing soap.

The solution uses small IR-RF sensors in the medical center’s soap dispensers that identify staff ID badges as well as monitor when and where physicians and other staff wash their hands. Medical center employees then hear a confirmation sound after the sensors successfully captures the identity of the person and the time and location of the hand-washing event.

“Nothing matters more than the safety of our patients. That’s why we are working with Versus and DCC to create an exciting, technologically-advanced system to decrease healthcare-associated infections,” said David J. Birnbach, MD, director, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety.

According to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HAIs have accounted for nearly 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths per year. The CDC says most of these deaths are preventable through proper hygiene compliance.

The medical center expects to further prevent healthcare-associated infections by employing evidence-based practices that promote safety and action accountability. Staff members are alerted when they forget to comply with the hygiene initiative, which the facility predicts will lower the rate of adverse events. With the RTLS solution, hospitals can actively track hand-washing compliance and then retrospectively analyze problem areas and add additional training if necessary.

“This is a reliable and affordable solution with compound benefits for hospitals seeking to improve patient care and processes while greatly reducing costs,” said Farida Ali, DCC president and CEO. “This is just one example of how innovative technologies are transforming the way we deliver care.”

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What is RTLS Technology?

Detailing how RFind’s Tag to Tag(TM) communication technology addresses the needs of users requiring precise GPS type asset locating ability, indoors or outdoors, this paper defines and compares Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and RTLS (Real Time Locating System), which is based on RFID technology. It illustrates the checkpoint locating and triangulated locating methods using images, and compares their cost and accuracy with those of RFind’s Tag to Tag(TM) Communication Technology, which uses trilateral targeting algorithms for precise real time location of assets. The paper also details the many advantages of Tag to Tag(TM) communication technology, which makes use and deployment of RTLS truly affordable.

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The below story is found at the LA Times

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Microchip wristband becomes a theme park essential

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At Precision Dynamics, what started out as simple hospital ID product has become a high-tech admission pass, a cashless debit card, a hotel room key and a way to reunite lost children with parents.

By Hugo Martín
May 2, 2009In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet San Fernando cul-de-sac, a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon and spits out one of the hottest features in theme parks.

Here, Precision Dynamics Corp., a company that began making plastic hospital wristbands out of a Burbank garage more than 50 years ago, has become the nation’s top producer of a new microchip-enhanced wristband for amusement parks, concerts, resorts and gyms.

…. The idea of using radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology in wristbands came to Mosher about 10 years ago when he learned that microchips were being implanted in dogs and cats to identify them in shelters and veterinary clinics. A short time later, company Vice President Robin Barber moved ahead with the idea after meeting with managers from Great Wolf Resorts, who wanted to let guests buy food and drinks at the water parks without carrying a wallet or cash.

The result was a patented wristband containing a tiny antenna and a microchip only slightly bigger than a postage stamp.

Each microchip is programmed with a unique 16-character code. A separate device known as a reader emits a low-power radio wave that activates the chip to collect the information and upload it into a computer. The reader must come within a few inches of the wristband to connect to the chip. Thus the wristband acts as a key to access a computerized debit account or unlock an electronic hotel room or a clothes locker.

The microchip wristbands now account for about $3 million in annual sales for Precision Dynamics, representing only a fraction of the company’s more than $100 million in annual sales, according to company executives. The bulk of the company’s business comes from the sales of wristbands that employ simpler bar-code technology to identify hospital patients, among other uses, and plain plastic wristbands with colors that tell security officers at theme parks and concerts who has paid for admission.

At theme parks, parents can use a kiosk to upload amounts that their children can spend, using the wristbands to buy food or play video games at the park. The microchips are coded so that the wristbands can be used only on a specific day. Once a hotel guest or theme park visitor departs, the wristbands becomes obsolete.

Because cashless spending is more convenient, industry reports suggest that visitors who use the wristbands spend as much as 25% more at resorts and parks.

“Our guests appreciate the convenience of it all,” said Jennifer Beranek, a spokeswoman for Great Wolf Resorts. Precision Dynamics wristbands are used at seven of its 12 water parks nationwide.

But price remains a barrier for the technology. Simple wristbands that use bar-code technology, for example, sell for as little as 14 cents each; the RFID wristbands sell for about $1 each. An RFID reader sells for about $450, roughly twice the cost of a bar-code reader.

Perhaps the biggest hurdles facing the widespread use of the microchip wristbands are the added costs and the persistent fear that personal information could fall into the wrong hands.

Katherine Albrecht, a personal privacy advocate and a leading critic of RFID technology, has called the microchips used in such wristbands “spy chips” because she fears they will be used to track people’s movements. But Precision Dynamics notes that the wristbands cannot be read unless they come within inches of a reader.

Mark Roberti, editor of the RFID Journal, an online and print periodical on the technology, said such fears are unfounded because the wristbands typically hold no personal information. Once the world’s business leaders realize the wristbands are safe and effective, he believes, the technology will be widely used.

“Businesspeople have a bit of a herd mentality,” he said. “This technology is very convenient, and it will continue to take off.”

Paul Chang, IBM Corp.’s business strategy leader for emerging technology, agreed, saying RFID technology is already in wide use in Europe and Asia. But he said the U.S. is still playing catch-up. He noted that tickets issued at the Beijing Olympics were embedded with an RFID chip to stifle counterfeiters.

“Other parts of the world have already adopted this technology,” he said.

Barber, Precision Dynamics’ vice president, believes the future of the wristbands is in healthcare. The microchips can be programmed to hold a patient’s blood type, medical history, drug allergy information and other data to reduce mistakes and confusion.

Unfortunately, too many hospitals today employ a variety of computer systems, many of which cannot communicate with one another, he said.

That, however, is not a problem at theme parks, he said. “The systems at theme parks are much simpler.”

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Does the above story foretell the coming of a cashless society?
Is it setting the world up for such?
Is it setting the world up to receive the “mark of the beast” predicted in Revelation 13?

Are these RFID chips a sign that the “End of this Age” is near?

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Revelation 13 –

13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

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Remember, the present day Church gets to see the ‘beginning’ of these things predicted.  We get to see the beginning of the birth pains.  We will not be around when Revelation 13 is taking place.  Because the WRATH of God started in Chapter 6 of Revelation, and the Church is exempt from WRATH …. we have passed from wrath and death, into forgiveness, righteousness and life.  Praise the Lord!  {Romans 5:9, 1 Thess 1:10 & 5:9}

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Chips in Official IDs Raise Privacy Fears

Saturday, July 11, 2009

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 detected, then 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” the identifiers of four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet.

Embedding identity documents — passports, drivers licenses, and the like — with RFID chips is a no-brainer to government officials. Increasingly, they are promoting it as a 21st century application of technology that will help speed border crossings, safeguard credentials against counterfeiters, and keep terrorists from sneaking into the country.

But Paget’s February experiment demonstrated something privacy advocates had feared for years: That RFID, coupled with other technologies, could make people trackable without their knowledge or consent.

He filmed his drive-by heist, and soon his video went viral on the Web, intensifying a debate over a push by government, federal and state, to put tracking technologies in identity documents and over their potential to erode privacy.

Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone’s radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.

“Little Brother,” some are already calling it — even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.

But with advances in tracking technologies coming at an ever-faster rate, critics say, it won’t be long before governments could be able to identify and track anyone in real time, 24-7, from a cafe in Paris to the shores of California.

The key to getting such a system to work, these opponents say, is making sure everyone carries an RFID tag linked to a biometric data file.

On June 1, it became mandatory for Americans entering the United States by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean to present identity documents embedded with RFID tags, though conventional passports remain valid until they expire.

Among new options are the chipped “e-passport,” and the new, electronic PASS card — credit-card sized, with the bearer’s digital photograph and a chip that can be scanned through a pocket, backpack or purse from 30 feet.

Alternatively, travelers can use “enhanced” driver’s licenses embedded with RFID tags now being issued in some border states: Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York. Texas and Arizona have entered into agreements with the federal government to offer chipped licenses, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recommended expansion to non-border states. Kansas and Florida officials have received DHS briefings on the licenses, agency records show.

The purpose of using RFID is not to identify people, says Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer at Homeland Security, but rather “to verify that the identification document holds valid information about you.”

Likewise, U.S. border agents are “pinging” databases only to confirm that licenses aren’t counterfeited. “They’re not pulling up your speeding tickets,” she says, or looking at personal information beyond what is on a passport.

The change is largely about speed and convenience, she says. An RFID document that doubles as a U.S. travel credential “only makes it easier to pull the right record fast enough, to make sure that the border flows, and is operational” — even though a 2005 Government Accountability Office report found that government RFID readers often failed to detect travelers’ tags.

Such assurances don’t persuade those who liken RFID-embedded documents to barcodes with antennas and contend they create risks to privacy that far outweigh the technology’s heralded benefits. They warn it will actually enable identity thieves, stalkers and other criminals to commit “contactless” crimes against victims who won’t immediately know they’ve been violated.

Neville Pattinson, vice president for government affairs at Gemalto, Inc., a major supplier of microchipped cards, is no RFID basher. He’s a board member of the Smart Card Alliance, an RFID industry group, and is serving on the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Still, Pattinson has sharply criticized the RFIDs in U.S. driver’s licenses and passport cards. In a 2007 article for the Privacy Advisor, a newsletter for privacy professionals, he called them vulnerable “to attacks from hackers, identity thieves and possibly even terrorists.”

RFID, he wrote, has a fundamental flaw: Each chip is built to faithfully transmit its unique identifier “in the clear, exposing the tag number to interception during the wireless communication.”

Once a tag number is intercepted, “it is relatively easy to directly associate it with an individual,” he says. “If this is done, then it is possible to make an entire set of movements posing as somebody else without that person’s knowledge.”

Echoing these concerns were the AeA — the lobbying association for technology firms — the Smart Card Alliance, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Business Travel Coalition, and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security has been promoting broad use of RFID even though its own advisory committee on data integrity and privacy warned that radio-tagged IDs have the potential to allow “widespread surveillance of individuals” without their knowledge or consent.

In its 2006 draft report, the committee concluded that RFID “increases risks to personal privacy and security, with no commensurate benefit for performance or national security,” and recommended that “RFID be disfavored for identifying and tracking human beings.”

For now, chipped PASS cards and enhanced driver’s licenses are optional and not yet widely deployed in the United States. To date, roughly 192,000 EDLs have been issued in Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York.

But as more Americans carry them “you can bet that long-range tracking of people on a large scale will rise exponentially,” says Paget, a self-described “ethical hacker” who works as an Internet security consultant.

Could RFID numbers eventually become de facto identifiers of Americans, like the Social Security number?

Such a day is not far off, warns Katherine Albrecht, a privacy advocate and co-author of “Spychips,” a book that is sharply critical of the use of RFID in consumer items and official ID documents.

“There’s a reason you don’t wear your Social Security number across your T-shirt,” Albrecht says, “and beaming out your new, national RFID number in a 30-foot radius would be far worse.”

There are no federal laws against the surreptitious skimming of Americans’ RFID numbers, so it won’t be long before people seek to profit from this, says Bruce Schneier, an author and chief security officer at BT, the British telecommunications operator.

Data brokers that compile computer dossiers on millions of individuals from public records, credit applications and other sources “will certainly maintain databases of RFID numbers and associated people,” he says. “They’d do a disservice to their stockholders if they didn’t.”

But Gigi Zenk, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Department of Licensing, says Americans “aren’t that concerned about the RFID, particularly in this day and age when there are a lot of other ways to access personal information on people.”

Tracking an individual is much easier through a cell phone, or a satellite tag embedded in a car, she says. “An RFID that contains no private information, just a randomly assigned number, is probably one of the least things to be concerned about, frankly.”

Still, even some ardent RFID supporters recognize that these next-generation RFID cards raise prickly questions.

Mark Roberti, editor of RFID Journal, an industry newsletter, recently acknowledged that as the use of RFID in official documents grows, the potential for abuse increases.

“A government could do this, for instance, to track opponents,” he wrote in an opinion piece discussing Paget’s cloning experiment. “To date, this type of abuse has not occurred, but it could if governments fail to take privacy issues seriously.”

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Wow.  This video of MSNBC reporting the reality that we could have a cashless society by 2017, really hits home how CLOSE we are to the “End of this Age“.

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