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Disabled Vet’s Bike Gets Stolen, His Community’s Response is Amazing

Such a great story!

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Criminals aren’t exactly known for adhering to a moral code, but there are some lines even they won’t cross in a strange attempt to hold on to some form of human decency.

Unfortunately, these folks seem to be in the minority these days, especially when they start stealing from disabled veterans.

An army vet had his specialized bicycle stolen recently, and while that’s a tragic tale in and of itself, our story here actually has a happy ending.

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Curt Payne, a Manchester, New Hampshire, resident, was permanently disabled after a near-fatal car accident in 2001.

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Now he spends his time volunteering for the city and picking up trash from public places.

Payne got around on a specialized bicycle — that is, until a thief made off with the bike and left Payne without transportation.

Payne — who locals call Major — put over 900 miles on his bike last year, and thanks to the love and kindness of his local community, he might be back in business for another 900.

WBZ reported that Payne’s story went viral on social media, and some in the community came forward to show their admiration and generosity by offering to replace Payne’s stolen bicycle.

Payne’s former boss said one person is going to donate $500 and he himself would offer up $250, noting others, complete strangers, made donations as well.

Two siblings ended up raising some cash for Payne by doing a lemonade stand.

Because of these efforts, it appears Payne will have the funds needed to purchase a bike in the upcoming days.

This is a beautiful story of how communities can love and respect one another, caring for each other and being willing to help whenvever a need arises.

Here’s to hoping more of this way of thinking spreads across America and the issues that divide us lose their power.


Source: TheBlaze

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Amazon Rolls Out Creepy ‘Pay By Palm’ Hardware at Whole Foods

Is this one of the harbingers of a cashless society?

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Throughout much of modern history, Americans and their cash were two separate things.  One was a human being, breathing and walking about, earning money.  The money was an inanimate commodity of varying value that we used to keep the organism alive, fat, and happy. But in the future, it seems as though we may find ourselves intrinsically, and anatomically indistinguishable from our bank account.  In fact, it appears as though Amazon is banking on it. Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The move shows how Amazon is bringing some of the technology already in use at its namesake brick-and-mortar Go and Books stores to the grocery chain it acquired in 2017. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments, Amazon said. Of course, the move is being regarded as a terrifying leap into Orwellian territory by privacy experts, as it appears to push us ever closer to a cashless society where hackers and power failures could doom us all to poverty in the blink of an eye.

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Fraternal Order of Police Responds to LeBron James’ Tweet Fiasco

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The politicization of American sports has been ongoing for some time, perhaps decades, but the most recent acceleration of this melding has come thanks to the power of social media and the blurring of the line between celebrity and athlete. At the forefront of this movement has been the NBA, and, more specifically, superstar LeBron James. This week, James came under fire for a tweet in which he referenced the Derek Chauvin trial’s guilty verdicts, with a photo of another officer who was involved in the shooting of a young black girl and text stating “you’re next”. The tweet was seen as a threat by many, including the Fraternal Order of Police who responded harshly. On Wednesday, James tweeted a photo of the officer involved in the shooting with a caption reading “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” The tweet has since been deleted. James was reacting to the deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Hours later, the National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a photo of James’ original tweet, saying: “[email protected], with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.” James attempted to walk back the tweet after deleting it, by issuing an explanation that garnered only a lukewarm response online.

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