Are Whole Foods Scanners the Mark of the Beast?

The Dead Kennedy’s satirical parody of the famous Patrick Henry quote begins: “Give me convenience or give me Death!” Soon, American consumers will get both good and hard.

Amazon announced last month that it would implement palm-scanning payments in its Whole Foods stores, as well as other commercial outlets within its control by the end of the year.

Amazon One is the name of its project, while biblical prophecy refers to it as the “mark of the beast”.

Via TechCrunch:

Amazon One, its palm-scanning technology for payments, is set to expand across the U.S. The retailer announced today that the payment technology will be available in all 500+ Whole Foods Markets owned by Amazon nationwide before year’s end. The biometric payment system is activated by the customer placing their hand over a reader. The device will then identify the unique palm signature of the individual. This is then linked to the payment card stored on the customer’s file so that they can be charged for their purchases.

Amazon One has now been installed in more than 400 locations throughout the U.S. since its launch in 2020. The retailer also notes that the service has exceeded 3 million usages. Amazon One’s service is available at more than 400 locations across the U.S., according to the retailer, and has been used over 3 million times.

Now, it’s time to deliver on the promise.

The lady scanning her hand at Whole Foods is a nice woman, but also naive. She tells the camera, nervously and excitedly: “I’m in Whole Foods and I’m going to pay with my hand for my groceries.” “That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!”

This is not the coolest thing in the world.

How can this woman expect to buy her organic kale at Whole Paycheck, when the government has cut off her palm scanner because it believes she is a domestic terror based on an Instagram post that annoys some unidentified technocrat or AI algorithm, which no one understands?

What is she going to do when she is relegated to, as my radio host friend Hrvoje Moric calls it, the “algorithm ghetto”?

“I’m not a domestic terrorist,” she might say in response — the classic “I don’t have anything to hide” retort of NPCs for time immemorial. (I don’t know anything about this woman’s politics, so this is purely a hypothetical example.)

As they say, the model citizen of today is tomorrow’s domestic terror. You never know what holy cows are going to be born out of the technocracy’s bowels tomorrow, particularly when Social Justice fanatics have programmed the supercomputers.

Watch what Russell Brand says about the new payment system: