Billed as part of an effort to reduce obesity and improve eating habits, small cameras are programmed to take snapshots of lunch trays before and after each student eats. Each child is uniquely identifiable via a barcode attached to the tray. The amount of calories and nutrients that each child has consumed is then calculated via a database containing 7,500 different varieties of food.
The entire project is being funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the tune of $2 million.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to be as passive as possible. The kids know theyâ€™re being monitored,â€ť Dr. Roger Echon told the Associated Press. Echon, who works for the San Antonio-based Social & Health Research Center, is building the food-recognition program.
The aim of the study, according to the researchers is â€śto study what foods children are likely to choose and how much theyâ€™re eatingâ€ť, in addition to influencing parents to alter their childâ€™s eating habits at home.
The principal of the five schools involved, described by researchers as â€śpoor minority campusesâ€ť, told the AP that 90% of parents agreed to allow their children to be monitored, adding that he believes those who have resisted do not understand the project.
â€śNothing in the program says they canâ€™t have something,â€ť principal Mark Davis said. â€śIt just says weâ€™re tracking what it is.â€ť
This is yet another example of the shocking acceleration of the nanny state.
Is it really necessary to barcode kids like rats in a lab and database everything they eat in order to promote healthy eating? Why not just serve healthy food free from additives and preservatives? Oh right I forgot, that is not a part of the vision for the perfect control freak society.
Where does this end? Will parents receive letters from the government informing them that little Jimmy is not eating his greens? Will the government move to ration your childâ€™s calorie intake? Will the government issue fines to parents whose childrenâ€™s eating habits do not match up to a predetermined definition of a â€śbalanced dietâ€ť?
Just last month it emerged that schools in Chicago have banned parents from giving their children packed lunches, forcing kids to eat in the cafeteria in order to â€śprotect students from the potential for unhealthy homemade lunchesâ€ť.
Of course, should kids be allowed to eat their own lunches the government would not be able to effectively monitor them.
The precedent was set long ago to demonize any parents who try to keep the government out of their childrenâ€™s lives. Parents who attempt to take their kids out of the predatory public school system by home schooling are even being spied on by authorities. A Mississippi state judge recently ordered that state officials gather the names of every single child being home schooled in the state in order that they be kept on a watch list.
Mayor Bloomberg is forcing food manufacturers in New York to reduce the amount of salt content in food under the National Salt Reduction Initiative, while at the same time spending $25 million on a program to fluoridate the water supply with a toxic waste, sodium fluoride, that contributes to lowering IQ and has been linked to cancers as well as disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland. Food additives like aspartame and MSG, which are a far deadlier health threat than salt, are not being targeted by the government.
Indeed, New York is the model for the rest of the country. The Department of Health has slapped strict regulations on anything deemed â€śrisky recreational activitiesâ€ť conducted by programs or organizations. Wiffle ball, dodge ball, kick ball, freeze tag, red rover, frisbee tossing and tug of war have all been placed under the new rules. If an organization offers two or more recreational activities, with just one being on the â€śriskyâ€ť list, it is deemed to be a summer camp and comes under state regulation which entails fees and the necessity to provide medical staff. â€śClassics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps,â€ť reports the New York Daily News. This is all part of the process of the state replacing the parents as guardians of the children and it is designed to ensure that kids become nothing more than drug-addled, dependent slobs with no energy and no life experience, perfectly molding them to grow up as obedient, video-game playing, Clockwork Orange-style droogs.
Monitoring of school children extends beyond the cafeteria and gym class, however, as evidenced last year in a shocking case in Philadelphia, where a school district issued laptop computers to 1,800 students across two high schools and then used concealed cameras within the machines to spy on students and their parents without their knowledge or consent.
In todayâ€™s big brother control freak society this is the norm. In the UK, the state has gone one further by pumping $700 million into a program to install surveillance cameras inside the private homes of citizens to ensure that children go to bed on time, attend school and eat proper meals.
Private businesses have also jumped on the rise of the nanny state, and the governmentâ€™s control freak agenda, recognizing a money spinner when they see one. Google, for example, wishes to control everything inside your home, as the company recently announced at its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco:
â€śWeâ€™d like to think of your entire home as an accessory, or better yet as a network of accessories, and think of Android as the operating system for your home,â€ť said Joe Britt, head of the Android@Home team.
These examples barely scratch the surface of the nanny state offensive that has been launched as part of the establishmentâ€™s social engineering program.
These developments represent a total power grab on behalf of the federal government as it bids to become the supreme authority over Americans from cradle to grave. This is about a complete transformation and re-engineering of society, a calculated coup dâ€™Ă©tat against individuality, designed to oppress and enslave the population.News by Mcalle on May 24, 2011 @ 2:07 AM