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Amazon Will Give You a Whole $10 for Your Palm Print

The Verge reported:

Amazon is offering $10 in credit if you enroll your biometric data in the company’s palm print recognition system, Amazon One. The promotion, spotted by TechCrunch, says people must connect their palm print to their Amazon account to claim the reward, though it’s not clear exactly where it’s available.

Amazon launched Amazon One in September last year, presenting it as an easy way to pay in the company’s stores, as well as a future identity service to be used by other venues and businesses. Users simply position their hand over the company’s scanners, which recognize their unique palm print based on its patterns of lines, ridges, and veins. This information can be used to verify payments in stores, but also in lieu of entrance tickets and the like.

Will There Be a Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate for Most Workers?

Forbes reported:

Employers also offered incentives to their employees. Benefits ranged from paid time off to $200 in extra pay to $125 in gift cards. Although depending on how these employer-incentive programs worked, employers needed to be careful not to violate federal anti-discrimination laws.

But as the Delta variant continues to spread, it’s become clear that carrots haven’t been enough to get a sufficient number of people vaccinated. So now the sticks have come out, with the most notable being President Biden’s July 29 announcement concerning federal workers.

If this current plan doesn’t work, a hypothetical vaccine mandate would be the next option. However, the Biden administration has so far made clear that there will be no nationwide federal coronavirus vaccine mandate.

As Health Officials, Mainstream Media Ramp Up Vaccine Coercion, They Scapegoat the Unvaccinated

The Defender reported:

In the global war on national and individual sovereignty — for which COVID-19 has been serving as the unlawful casus belli — two tactics long favored by tyrants have been deployed by government officials and mainstream media to utmost effect, successfully distracting many citizens from the increasingly aggressive attacks on their civil and human rights and livelihoods.

The first tactic — the sophisticated mobilization of appeals to fear — has steered many individuals into unquestioning compliance with harsh public health authoritarianism. The second — the promotion of divide-and-conquer theatrics — has been instrumental in helping build public support for coercion, including vaccine mandates.

Defense Secretary Weighs Recommending Vaccine Mandate for Troops

The New York Times via The Seattle Times reported:

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III will decide in the next few days whether to recommend that President Biden make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for the country’s 1.3 million active-duty troops, military officials said, signaling a major move by the administration to harden the country’s defenses against the highly contagious Delta variant.

Mr. Biden announced last week that all federal employees and on-site contractors must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, or be required to submit to regular testing and other measures. The requirement extended to the 766,372 civilians working for the Defense Department, but not active-duty service members.

That could soon change, administration and military officials said Tuesday.

U.S. Lawmaker Says Facebook Move to Cut Off Researcher Access Is ‘Deeply Concerning’

Reuters reported:

Senator Mark Warner said on Wednesday that Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) move to disable the accounts of a group of New York University researchers who were studying political ads on its platform was “deeply concerning.”

Facebook said on Tuesday it had cut off the personal accounts and access of the NYU researchers, who were studying political ads on the site, because of concerns about other users’ privacy.

Warner, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the action was a step backward.

Digital Health Passports Are Trojan Horse For Cashless Society

Technocracy News reported:

Several new technologies that appear separate and unrelated will soon converge, creating a giant digital trap that will easily entice the uninformed masses.

The digital trap has already been set and globalist elites are using COVID to speed up the process of convergence. Most people will sleep-walk right into the trap, which will ultimately reduce them to a human QR code – trackable, traceable, and 100 percent dependent on Big Tech and big government for their existence.

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