For Ed Young’s Next Trick… November 9, 2010

For Ed Young’s Next Trick…

David Hayward has an idea of what “I-Want-Your-Bank-Account-Number” Pastor Ed Young will do for an encore:

(via nakedpastor)

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  • stacy

    Wow. I used to go to this church. Ed Young and his cronies pushed me toward atheism like no one else could. This is crazy.

  • And I bet that crowd clapped and hooted for this.

    Just wait until it catches one of the ‘Elders’ in some sleazy hotel when they’re supposed to be on a business trip.

  • Welcome to the dark side Stacy, remember… we have cookies.

    Also, I think this is just about any mega church.

  • James

    Jeffrey,
    It is a Photoshop, though I would not be surprised to see it as real.

    And Mr. Hayward, please do not give them any more ideas.

  • James: believe me, it’s probably already been thought of.

  • Michelle

    Wait, they knew about GPS 2000 years ago?

  • @Michelle,

    Wait, they knew about GPS 2000 years ago?

    Heck yeah…that and a hundred other scientific discoveries were all foretold in the Bible.

  • “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28). Clearly the idea of a gps ear tag is UNGODLY and this pastor is in league with SATAN. BE ACCOUNTABLE!

    ‘Scuse me, sore throat from all those caps. Ahem. That’s better.

  • Kahomono

    Poe, Poe! A thousand times Poe!

  • Steve

    @hoverfrog
    It wouldn’t be for the dead and an implanted GPS tag isn’t a tattoo. So it’s all perfectly fine.

  • Steve, I’m “interpreting” the passage to include body piercings. I think that’s fair considering Christians do the exact same thing and we’re talking about Christians.

    Actually I’m wondering if I can get GPS tags for my teenage kids.

  • Steve

    Ok, I can see where you got the piercing thing. The ad says “insert in earlob”. In reality, RFID tags are implanted completely under the skin. Usually in the hand or arm. It’s a small capsule maybe as long as the nail of your pinky finger. There are actually prototypes that can be injected into the bloodstream – to transmit sensor data.

    I don’t know how freely available GPS implants are, but other tags are incredibly cheap. The readers and software cost some though.

  • Andrew

    It’s a small capsule maybe as long as the nail of your pinky finger.

    Actually, I think the tags are about the size of a grain of rice; they also currently require the reader to be held on or near the surface of the skin where they are implanted to be read. They are passive devices, powered by the reader during the reading process. They can’t be used to track much of anything without the implantee knowing it (well, short of being somehow rendered unconscious prior to reading, I suppose).

    As far as GPS implants – that’s going to be a big implant. For one thing, you’re going to need a battery or other power source of some type, plus there has to be at least a cellular module installed as well to send the GPS coordinates back to the monitoring system (don’t even think about a satellite modem ala Iridium – too large). You could maybe build one the size of a largish pacemaker, then have the surgery needed to implant it somewhere in the body (likely in the abdominal cavity)…

  • Steve

    Yeah, I mixed general RFID devices and GPS there a bit. I realized that after I wrote it. :s

    I know how RFID works in great detail. You can certainly use them for position fixes just like any other radio device. Simply by triangulation or (more easily) multilateration. There are applications for that. It’s just that the range is limited to maybe 100 meters using microwave frequencies.

    I’d have to look up GPS trackers, but I think there are some fairly small ones. Certainly not suitable to easily implantation like a pure RFID tag, as you said, they can put some fairly large stuff in bodies…

    Anyways, that’s becoming way too technical 🙂