Dogs Politics + Big Brother = Guess Who Came To Dinner?
Last week's Dog Politics post, "The PAWS Bill - Show Me The Money, Microchips & Political Power", was the most popular post ever here on this blog. Traffic spiked at close to 200 hits per hour on the blog as it zoomed around the globe and drew dog lovers from every conceivable country.
Connected to the Dog Politics Blog is My Dog Votes, and many people visit both sites. Now the daily site traffic reports for My Dog Votes tracks named servers, but not individual users. For instance, the report shows how many visitors came from the AOL servers (aol.com) , or the Proctor & Gamble servers (pg.com) or the United States Department of Agriculture (usda.com).
Last week's post drew significant traffic from new visitors to both sites. So aside from dog lovers - who else comes to MyDogVotes.com?
Well, there are the usual visitors from various state & municipal governments, insurance companies and law firms that find my musings so fascinating. But there were also some noteworthy new visitors.
Could there be that many dog lovers in the government? Do they love my blog? Or was there enough truth to my writings cause the United States government to send out a red alert?
Dog Politics Is So Popular!
Apparently there are those within government, military and defense circles that found my post worthy of a visit to MyDogVotes.com all with the same day. So draw your own conclusions.........
Site traffic to MyDogVotes.com last week included:
- www.army.mil/ - The Army
- www.af.mil - The Air Force
- www.navy.mil - The Navy
- www.uscg.mil - The Coast Guard
I don't know that the Marines got the memo. But as a bonus..........
- www.dtra.mil/ - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency - Welcome to DTRALink. This is the official web site of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Our mission is to safeguard America and its allies from Weapons of Mass Destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat, and mitigate its effects.
Well, howdy to you too!
Home Sweet Homeland Security
Oh - then not to be missed - the defense contractors............
- www.aeatech.com - Homeland Security and Defense - AEA Technology has recently begun to transfer its security and remote handling expertise to the anti-terrorism arena to enhance the safety and security of troops and law enforcement. A few of our clients include:
- Northrop Grumman
- www.northropgrumman (Owned by Lockheed Martin)
- www.lmco.com - Lockheed Martin
- www.dminformation.com - D-M Information Systems, Inc. is a one-stop, full-spectrum litigation support service provider. We have supported law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies nationwide since 1979. D-M Wins GSA (General Services Administration) Contract. D-M has been awarded a GSA Schedule 36 contract (number GS-25F-0034R) qualifying D-M to serve Federal agencies in the areas of litigation support, document conversion, and training services.
Hmmmmmmm - could this government contractor be caching (storing) these pages? Then came...........
Hmmmmmmm - could this government contractor be caching (storing) these pages?
- www.usbr.gov - The U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation
These agencies all have a vested interest in GIS Mapping- Global Information Systems Mapping and GPS - Global Positioning Systems (which you'll need if your tracking your assets via satellite). Ooopps- so does everyone else.
Please Present Your Identification
Then came the Social Security Administration and the FDIC. And the Department of The Treasury. Don't they already have my social security number? Hhhhmmmm - I don't think I've bounced any checks lately.....
Last but not least...............
In writing about PAWS last week, I posed a series of questions to readers. Questions that every dog owner, or pet owner - regardless if they breed or show - should ask themselves and their elected representatives - about the PAWS bill.
Beyond The Beltway - Spin
Beyond the clever Beltway spin and the push to save us (and helpless puppies) from evildoers like puppy mills and unscrupulous foreign mass puppy importers, what other factors in the mix?
The biggest question of all .....does the PAWS amendment contain language that provides the precursor to mandatory microchipping in the United States?
Could PAWS be just the excuse for Digital Angel and the USDA to execute on a billion or even trillion dollar (adding in cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, etc. ) business plan that will line a lot of pockets and possibly strip away personal freedoms?
Digital Angel Has Been Very Busy
Of note -Digital Angel was selected by the Portuguese government last year as the supplier for Portugal's MANDATORY MICROCHIP program:
Digital Angel is also a key player in the EU, where all dogs, cats and ferrets traveling into or between member countries to must be microchipped (MANDATORY MICROCHIPS) by 2008..........
Excerpts from the Digital Angel press release last year:
“The EU pet passport initiative has been driven by efforts over the past decade to prevent the spread of rabies throughout EU member states. Addressing an estimated 100 million population of companion dogs and cats in 30 countries in Europe, the EU regulations explicitly recognize the benefits of the radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip as the only positive, permanent and unalterable form of animal identification available.”
Kevin Nieuwsma, President of the Company’s RFID Division, added, “We believe that by taking this step, the EU has indicated the direction the rest of the world will eventually take in the area of safe and secure identification of companion animals, as well as livestock.”
Are There Microchips In Rick's Backyard?
Is Tommy Thompson Backing The Winning Horse?
After all, leaving a top cabinet post for greener pastures as a member of the Board Of Directors for Applied Digital Technologies, parent company of Digital Angel, after a 40 year career in public service could be risky, couldn't it? According to a company press release through Business Wire:
"In his role as a member of the Board, Secretary Thompson is expected to help the Company accelerate adoption of the VeriChip for healthcare and security applications. And....................
"Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital. "An important part of our strategy has been to attract key thought and opinion leaders, and Secretary Thompson has played an influential role in shaping this country's healthcare policies. We look forward to him assisting the Company to make the VeriChip an important part of the healthcare landscape." "
So with the war in Iraq and the Katrina/Rita disasters and the earthquake in South Asia, I feel flattered that the our government, the military and those defense contractors carved out time out of their very busy schedules to visit My Dog Votes and Dog Politics.com
That's mighty nice of them.