Tag: passports

Pony Party: Do you believe in miracles?

I should mention that I don’t believe in miracles, except that I have two to report.

First and foremost, I think both of my pups will be okay. Considering they were at death’s doorstep a mere two weeks ago, and that I had been convinced no less than four times that we were going to lose them, I would consider this a miracle. Not in the religious sense, mind you, though I can understand how some might feel that way. Instead, I consider it physiologically miraculous that they survived kidney failure, liver failure and loss of nearly 30% of body weight (while they were on fluids, I should add). They’re mostly back to normal, though we’re still trying to get them to eat appropriate dog food, as opposed to roasted chicken, kielbasa and bacon. Oh, and carrots. They LOVE carrots.

The second miracle to report involves my passport application. Specifically, I sent it by snail mail on a Thursday (can’t use a courier to send to a PO box). I received my new passport just eight days later. Granted, I did have it sent back by courier and I paid extra to expedite processing. But eight days? Especially when it had to traverse a border in both directions? I’d call that a miracle. I mean, this is the US government (and Canada Post) we’re talking about!

BTW – I’m going to be travelling (for work, alas) over the next few Mondays (and many other Mondays this summer). So, while I hope to have the foresight to set up a Party ahead of time, I will apologize in advance if I miss one!

Your RFID-Chipped Passport Is Made In Thailand and China ‘Stole’ the Chip Tech

Remember this?

Back in September 2006, Bruce Schneier wrote about the The ID Chip You Don’t Want in Your Passport in the Washington Post:

If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it — even if it’s not set to expire anytime soon. If you don’t have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don’t want one of these chips in your passport…

RFID chips don’t have to be plugged in to a reader to operate…

The risk to you is the possibility of surreptitious access: …


Breaking: WTF Does This Mean??

I just got a CNN email that says precisely the following:

— The State Department says security on Barack Obama’s passport file has been breached, campaign officials tell CNN.

And it’s up on the main page of CNN too.

I have to go somewhere, and I’ll be back in couple of hours.  My question: WTF does this mean?