On Wednesday, the Alabama Republican took the floor of the House to address the effects on America of the great immigration wave we are still experiencing, and which the Democrat Clinton hopes to increase.
As Rep. Brooks noted, billions of people on earth would like to live here, but that is not possible given limited resources like space and water.
In addition, the well informed legislator observed that “technological advances and the intelligent machine age are dramatically changing labor markets” so massive population growth is no longer needed to power productivity.
Here is Congressman Brooks presenting his remarks in the House:
Not only did Brooks read his thoughtful speech, he also posted it online with footnotes — that’s my kind of congressman!
Mr. Speaker, if not for the massive immigration wave of the last 40 years, America’s population would have stabilized or had modest growth.[i] Instead, America’s population has exploded to 321 million people due primarily to 62 million foreign born people plus their minor children. As an aside, illegal aliens are estimated to account for roughly 25% of that growth.[ii] Overall, America’s foreign born population grew from 4.7% of total population in 1970 to over 13% of total population in 2015.
Consistent with the above, the Census Bureau estimates that, within seven years, America’s population will have the highest percentage of foreign born people since the Revolutionary War, adding another 74 million people to America’s population over the next 45 years.[iii] Although Americans are supportive or tolerant of legal immigration, they are showing a growing unease in the face of this record-breaking immigration tidal wave that drives up welfare costs, overcrowds schools and hospitals, and increasingly subjects American citizens to growing crime and terrorist attack risk.
Consistent with this growing concern, a recent poll found that 61% of Americans believe “continued immigration into the country jeopardizes the United States.”[iv] Notwithstanding America’s concern, America’s wealthy elite use their campaign contributions, political influence, and popular media to glorify legal and illegal immigration to ensure their continuance.
Puppet-like politicians expand visa programs, ignore laws that protect Americans from illegal aliens, and seek to legalize those illegal aliens who have broken into our home. Left-wing media, Democrats, and even some Republicans, brand as racist and small-minded the working class Americans who object to massive immigration and label concerned politicians as paranoid isolationists.
What drives the craving by America’s wealthy elite for more foreign workers? Follow the money. Throughout history, from lords to merchant princes, elite have acquired great wealth by exploiting cheap slave or low-cost foreign labor.
Even here, America’s two great immigration waves depressed incomes of working citizens as large numbers of immigrants blew up the labor supply while also competing for and taking jobs from American citizens.[v]
On the plus side, back when America had seemingly unlimited natural resources and great spaces of open land, immigrants were self-sufficient, were not a financial burden on other Americans, and grew America’s wealth and gross domestic product.
In Ecclesiastes in the Bible, a very wise man, Solomon, once said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”[vi] Times have changed. America’s natural resources are limited. We must import metals and energy to sustain our economy. Great spaces of usable land are long gone. Continue reading this article
Is it too early to suggest ending the H-2a agricultural visa? The increasingly affordable cost of agricultural robots is making them an attractive choice for farmers rather than hiring foreign workers who are now often more expensive than the machines. Some of the new farmbots are compact, rentable and therefore suitable for small-scale farmers.
Within the next decade, farming as we know it is expected to be revolutionized by the use of self-driving tractors and robots that can perform time-consuming tasks now done by humans.
Sales of major farm machinery have been in a continued slump amid weak prices for key crops such as corn and soybeans, but the ever-present need to control farm costs and increase output will eventually drive farmers to adopt autonomous technologies.
“They (farmers) are a pretty cautious bunch, which is understandable,” said Kraig Schulz, co-founder and CEO of Autonomous Tractor Corp., a small private company based in Minnesota that is developing AutoDrive technology for tractors. Its technology is aimed at turning existing tractors into semi-autonomous machines.
Experts say the first wave of autonomous tech in ag will go primarily to higher-value crops, such as tree nuts, vineyards and fresh produce. Also, some suggest that the big tractors could be replaced with self-propelled autonomous implements, such as sprayers in row crops, orchards and vineyards or with other robotic equipment for other specific tasks on the farm.
All told, Goldman Sachs predicts farm technologies could become a $240 billion market opportunity for ag suppliers, with smaller driverless tractors a $45 billion market on its own. Tens of billions could be spent on advanced tech for major farm uses such as precision fertilizer, planting, spraying and irrigation, Goldman predicts.
Rising costs for farm labor and falling costs for self-driving technology also will provide further catalysts for the shift.
On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill giving farm workers in the state — the nation’s largest agricultural producer — historic overtime pay.
“This is going to have a serious effect on farming out in California,” said Schulz, who expects rising labor costs to be an opportunity for autonomous and even semi-autonomous equipment to replace some of the human labor needed in farming.
“Rising labor costs would certainly be a positive for adoption of automated processes,” said Jerry Revich, an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Self-driving tech prices falling
At the same time, the progress in self-driving technology for automobiles — including both object detection capabilities using multicamera systems, radar and lidar technology — could help speed up and lower the cost of developing autonomous farm machinery.
“Some of the new sensors that help you autonomously park your car, parallel park, backup sensors, cameras and things like that — all that stuff — the cost has come way down on it and it’s allowed us to leverage it more in our machines,” said Matt Rushing, a vice president in charge of precision ag and advanced technology for AGCO.
The content and technology to move to driverless cars cost about $2,700 per vehicle, according to Goldman Sachs. In agriculture, autonomous driving equipment would require technology where there is a slightly higher complexity, but “not disproportionately higher,” Revich said.
“We’re watching the sensor and technology prices really move down,” said Rob Zemenchik, global product marketing manager for Case IH’s precision farming unit, Advanced Farming Systems.
Europe’s CNH Industrial, known for its Case IH tractor brand, unveiled an autonomous concept tractor last month in Iowa at the Farm Progress Show, one of the world’s largest farm shows. CNH’s autonomous tractor could presumably work unmanned around the clock and uses GPS and sensor technology. The grower could remotely monitor and control the machine using a device such as a tablet.
CNH’s concept tractor does maintain the driver cab so the operator can perform tasks not presently suited to automation, such as commuting between fields or going through suburban or rural community roads to reach a farm.
“We’re focusing on perfecting the off-road parts of the solution and we’re very comfortable with our progress to date,” said Zemenchik. CNH’s autonomous tractor could come to market as early as 2020.
Deere and AGCO, two rival farm machinery manufacturers, have similar technologies.
A Deere spokesman said the farm equipment giant does not have a driverless tractor on the market, although the company has done some work on driverless technology in orchards.
Deere’s strategy has been generally to develop ag technologies internally, although it recently tried to buy Monsanto’s Precision Planting, but the Justice Department blocked that deal.
Swarms of farming robots
The autonomous driving trend isn’t limited to large farm machinery. There’s also interest in smaller tractors and ag robots, and some see them working in groups of five or more in a swarm-like action.
One lure for the smaller machines is they would be lighter and reduce soil compaction, a problem today with heavy tractor machinery and one that can reduce crop yields. Continue reading this article
It was disturbing to see Bill O’Reilly agree with the “true Islam” ideology of the left on Monday when in discussing the weekend’s jihad attacks in New York and New Jersey, he said:
“No one can stop these attacks by disturbed individuals who are badly damaging the Islamic faith.
Young Muslim men are now looked upon with suspicion all over the world and the crazy terrorists are the reason why.”
O’Reilly clearly states jihadist killers are “disturbed individuals” who are “crazy.” That characterization buys into the idea that the “true Islam” is the Religion of Peace, when in the real world, Islamic scripture, history and current behavior show otherwise. Islam critic, author and JihadWatch blogger Robert Spencer has appeared on Fox News numerous times explaining that Muslims are instructed by their religion to conquer the world for allah by any means necessary, and the global caliphate will be run by clerics enforcing strict sharia law. Chancellor Merkel’s welcome of Syrian Muslims to Germany has immersed her nation in a firestorm of violence because of that belief. So it’s not like O’Reilly hasn’t been exposed to the ugly truth.
BILL O’REILLY: You may remember that over the summer a French priest was murdered by Muslim terrorists in his own church. That sparked more outcry against the jihad in France and around the world. Political commentator Mark Steyn recently returned from Europe where he attended the priest’s funeral and spoke with a number of people affected by the jihad. Mr. Steyn joins us now from Colchester, Vermont. What did you learn there? What was the headline that you learned in Europe, Mr. Steyn?
MARK STEYN: Well, you said at the top of the show that migrants aren’t the problem, jihadists are, and that’s true, but there is a crude arithmetic here, Bill, which is that the more Muslims you have, the more terrorism you have. So that France, Belgium and Germany have very high Muslim populations and they have a lot of terrorism. When you’re in Poland and the Czech Republic, they have very few Muslims, so they don’t have terrorism, and the question for Europe, and I think for the United States a few years down the line, is whether you can contain this just by the big security state.
I was on the beach and there were soldiers everywhere in France now — outside schools, shopping centers, railway stations. I was on the beach at Saint Tropez where the topless women have armed soldiers with automatic weapons patrolling between the topless women. It’s a sad sight, and it’s an absurd sight. Ultimately, it’s no solution. Continue reading this article
The big robot news over the last week has been the roll-out of self-driving cars onto the streets of Pittsburgh. Last Wednesday, the Uber ride-hailing company presented its self-driving cars to the public for a test program in the city. The autos all have human drivers at the wheel at this point, ready to step in if anything goes amiss.
Below, a self-driving Ford Fusion navigates a Pittsburgh bridge, structures which are challenging for the cars.
Naturally, the tech press enjoys the nifty scientific advances of the new cars.
Tech reporters get Uber test rides and tell us all about it.
Even though it was unsettling, erratic, and possibly rushed out, my trip in a self-driving Uber car this week will most likely be looked back upon as a watershed moment. Wednesday Sept. 14 was the first time in the US an autonomous car picked up regular people and drove them somewhere (pretty much) on its own. The drive was just one event in a week hinting that the future of mobility we’ve been dreaming about may arrive sooner than we think.
Ford also demonstrated what its self-driving cars can do this week. The company has been working on autonomous technology for over a decade, and recently committed to releasing a fleet of autonomous taxis in 2021. At its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters Sept. 12 the company invited a group of journalists to try out its autonomous vehicles, and said that it will be making robot cars available to Dearborn employees in 2018. The company plans to start selling self-driving cars to the public in 2025, according to The Verge’s Tamara Warren.
Warren compared the car’s driving abilities to a “nervous student driver.” It didn’t travel faster than 30 mph, and took its time with awkward situations. But, much like my trip in the Uber, a robot-controlled Ford was able to successfully transport a person somewhere without killing them. While the pace might feel like a Disney World ride, the Ford and Uber rides do represent a step in the right direction toward mitigating the 38,000 US deaths by car accident each year. . . (continues)
Cool technology aside, it would be nice if the press and government would pay more attention to the threat to society of a jobless future. When jobs disappear by the millions, communities suffer greatly, as Americans have endured for decades from the outsourcing of whole industries abroad. Now we face automation, robots and software that promise to make human workers unnecessary on an unimaginable scale in the future.
Driving is a job that employs millions. But our political leaders are snoozing while America drives off an automation unemployment cliff. The least Washington could do is end the continuing immigration of millions of foreign workers. The economy doesn’t need them, and immigration just adds to the growing unhappy underclass of people who cannot find jobs.
Tesla made headlines the other day with the first traffic fatality caused by its “Autopilot” system, which had failed to “see” a big tractor-trailer rig that had pulled right in front of the car. But humans fail to see things too, and gruesome accidents are happening with humans behind the wheel. Last year, 38,300 people were killed in traffic accidents in the US, up 8% from 2014, and 4.4 million were injured enough to require medical attention.
Other manufacturers all have similar or better systems than Tesla’s beta version, but they’re more conservative in their hype and what they allow drivers to do.
On Tuesday, Ford, touting its plans for self-driving taxis and other autonomous-vehicle services, took reporters on a spin through the neighborhood in its self-driving cars. It will roll out its services in big cities first, such as New York and Detroit, and will initially limit the service to cities.
Uber is now starting to test about two dozen partially self-driving Ford Fusions in Pittsburgh, and surely there will be some accidents too. There are always accidents once you put enough vehicles into motion.
Ford is doing it because that’s where the future is. And the money. It’s expecting 20% profit margins from these services, rather than the razor-thin margin in its regular business. Sales of autonomous vehicles might account for 20% of its total sales in the US by the end of this decade, it said. That would be huge, and fast! Continue reading this article
Saturday was a busy day terror-wise. A bomb went off in New York City, about which there are still questions regarding the perp and motives. Another explosive went off in New Jersey along the route of a 5K run that celebrated US Marines.
But there is no question about the attacks in St. Cloud MN where an as yet unnamed Muslim stabbed nine people after quizzing at least some of them about their religious affiliation regarding allah.
ISIS claimed him as one of theirs on Sunday, but the guy was in no position to argue since he had been shot dead by an off-duty cop during the Muslim’s stabby spree.
Minnesota has been inundated by Somali Muslims, who are among the most backward newbies ever, plus they are top jihad returners to the homeland. So why does Washington continue to import Somalis when they don’t like the country or its inhabitants?
Liberals like Obama say America should repeal the Second Amendment if it would “save one life.” Meanwhile his open borders and Syrian Muslim immigration jihad have caused many American deaths and will likely kill more.
Minnesota resident Pete Hegseth appeared on Fox News Sunday morning and agreed with Donald Trump that it’s time to hit the Pause button on diverse immigration.
How about a really long pause, say maybe a century?
TUCKER CARLSON: A man shouting Allah goes on a stabbing rampage inside a Minnesota shopping mall. Did the refugee crisis caused this? We will connect the dots with Pete Hegseth. He joins us just ahead. We’re bringing back a Fox News alert this morning. Eight people were stabbed in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, last night by a man shouting Allah as he asked his victims if they were Muslim.
ED HENRY: Fox News contributor and US Army vet Pete Hegseth was in St. Cloud just yesterday. He joins us live now from Minneapolis. Good to see you Pete, certainly not under these circumstances, when you see what is clearly a terror attack on the ground in Minnesota. What are you hearing there? What are people saying?
PETE HEGSETH: I was there for a football game later on that evening. There was this attack — listen, what’s happening in Minnesota is a microcosm of the refugee concerns in America. There’s large swathes of Somali Muslims who have come to Minnesota over the last number of decades. There’s no real understanding of how many. Many of resettle throughout Minnesota — Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Cloud — a significant populations upwards of 10 or 15 percent of the population in St. Cloud now. A lot of tensions and there has not been the amount of assimilation a lot of Minnesotans have wanted.
So there’s a concern that this population could do something just like this. The FBI director a couple of months ago said that literally about the Somali population in Minnesota: there’s a terror recruitment problem and that community is in denial. And a lot of Minnesotans — I can speak for folks here — there’s been this abiding concern that something like this might happen eventually. Unfortunately it did in St. Cloud it appears, although we don’t know the identity exactly of the attacker, and with the places like the Mall of America and others here in Minnesota those fears continue.
CARLSON: So that refugee resettlement didn’t happen accidentally; it was federal policy and the upshot has been to turn your state from a peaceful state, famous for its niceness, into a place where there are more terror plots foiled than in any other state in the union. What was the point of this? The US government is supposed to act on behalf of the country. What was the point of this resettlement? Continue reading this article
This year’s Oktoberfest is the 183rd Munich beer festival, and Germany’s new Muslim diversity requires more security precautions than earlier occasions. Sadly, Munich reports fewer reservations and some locals say they won’t go. Hostile Islam and German beer drinkers pose a rather large culture clash.
Who can blame them? The threat of jihad attacks can really take the fun out of big events that are supposed to be celebrations of freedom. France has cancelled a number of public gatherings because of the fear of muslims mass murdering, so the Germans are at least going forward, although with far more police attention.
Not giving in to terror, but taking it into account is what the organizers of Munich’s Oktoberfest are trying to accomplish by implementing more security checks, fences and a ban on backpacks.
Despite their reassurances that the festivities will not be affected, the Oktoberfest will be very different this year. Hotels say bookings have declined, Oktoberfest table reservations are being cancelled, clubs are pulling out of taking part in the Oktoberfest procession and invited celebrities are backing off: the fear of terror attacks has taken hold of Munich’s Oktoberfest.
More security checks for festival visitors
Because of security concerns, large bags and backpacks will be banned for the fist time. A mobile fence will close off an area of the festival grounds, which until this year had been open and there will be security checks at all entrances.
Organizers are reacting with these measures to a series of attacks during July in Bavaria: a teenager killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich and two attacks were claimed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group – a bungled suicide bombing in Ansbach which injured 15 people and an axe attack on a train in Würzburg, in which five people were injured.
“Security is our highest priority,” said Josef Schmid, Munich’s deputy mayor and managing director of the Oktoberfest. He added that Munich would not allow anything to “put a dampener on their festival”. Continue reading this article
Fortunately Detective O’Donnell was released from the hospital on Friday, so that’s good news.
The important information today is that Joudeh was in the city because he was appealing a deportation notice. In fact, the diverse slasher has a long rap sheet with 15 prior arrests, including larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Below, Palestinian Akram Joudeh (left), NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell (upper right) and Joudeh’s cleaver (lower right) used as a weapon by the violent foreigner against the officer.
The Daily News calls the slasher a “madman” in its headline, but Muslims are told by their supremacist religion that they are allah’s special people and are therefore superior to infidels. So violent behavior that may appear insane within our culture is actually somewhat normal for Muslims when they enter western societies, something we see now in Europe due to the Islamic influx.
Furthermore, the paper assures us that the cleaver attacker is “emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat” — well, phew! I’m certainly relieved!
Here’s an interesting case study of a factory in China that added robots because management needed to increase productivity and cut costs. It’s refreshingly honest because the boss doesn’t bother to lie with silly stories about how robots will “help” workers by doing the boring repetitive stuff — the company is doing it to save money, period. It’s Red China and they don’t pretend to care about workers’ feelings.
Plus, the report explains in plain language the workers cut versus the productivity gained. Management used automation to shrink the workforce from 440 to 370, and at the same time it increased its production of lenses from four million to five million annually. Sorry, Chinese workers. This is progress in the automation age.
Below, a Chinese lens producer turned to robots to save yen.
China used to supply the cheap labor that western manufacturers want, but now they need even cheaper automation that doesn’t require breaks, lunch or paychecks.
The point here is that the same switch to automation is going on all around the industrialized world, but the ChiComs are at least more honest about their financial motivation.
The company has overhauled their workforce with automated machinery producing record units
Robots are being brought in to replace human workers in China because people are seeking higher wages.
This footage shows the production line in a factory which produces lenses for the German company Carl Zeiss.
The automated tasks being practised by the robotic workers include applying protection films, cutting, polishing and packaging.
Although the roles used to be performed by human beings, reports CCTV News , the change came as the manager of the plant in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
Zeng Zhiyong, Carl Zeiss Vision Technologies (Guangzhou) Ltd explains: “In 2012, the Zeiss Group informed us that labour in China was twice as expensive as in Mexico and four times that in India.
“We were very surprised at this huge gap and started to think of how to improve productivity.”
The installation of machines to carry out the tasks has seen the workforce shrink from 440 workers – who were producing four million lenses every year – to 370 humans in 2015 – with output increased to five million. Continue reading this article
All diversity is not equal, as perceptive observers have noted, particularly in the area of the humanitarian treatment of animals. As I documented in my 2006 VDARE article, Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also… Cruelty To Animals, the barbarity ranges from the extraction of bile from live bears in China for traditional medicine to the Korean practice of blowtorching dogs being slaughtered for food in the belief that it makes the meat tastier, and many more appalling customs.
Islam’s religious holiday that focuses on sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, is particularly cruel, not to mention unsanitary, when the enthusiasm of DIY slaughterers fills the streets with the blood of dead animals.
Below, Eid street slaughter in Egypt.
The results of the practice of street slaughter were on display in Dhaka recently when the bloodletting coincided with heavy rains.
In a bizarre consequence of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Bangladesh, animal sacrifices have combined with heavy rains to leave the streets awash with blood.
Shocking photos emerged from the capital Dhaka Wednesday that showed residents wading through streets flooded with a mix of animal blood and rainwater.
Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham — known as Ibrahim to Muslims — in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.
As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son. To commemorate God’s test of Ibrahim, many Muslim families sacrifice a goat, cow or sheep and share the meat with the poor.
Pakistani men use a crane to lift a young bull from the roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi on September 4, 2016. Continue reading this article
So the Syrians are a dangerous import, and now Obama wants lots more as one of his parting gifts to Americans.
PETER DOOCY: The 110,000 refugees are from all around the world including many who have fled war torn countries in the Middle East, and this is consistent with what Secretary Kerry said he wanted, which was to try for a hundred thousand and more if possible. So today’s announcement means 57 percent more refugees are going to come here next year than came here last year the White House told us this morning they just do not think this country has been doing enough to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
MARTHA McCALLUM: So what are lawmakers saying about this plan?
DOOCY: There’s some concern. There’s going to be a Homeland Security Committee hearing this morning with officials from DHS, TSA, Border Patrol and remember this summer that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson did say that western countries like the US needs to be especially worried about westerners who go overseas and join ISIS and then try to return home with some kind of maybe fake passport or real passport once the ISIS territory wherever they’ve been fighting has been shrunken or reclaimed by another military.
Funny how few in Washington give a thought to how these unfriendly foreigners will affect the American communities where the Muslims will be dumped. No wonder Donald Trump’s Americans first message has caught on.
President Obama wants the U.S. to take 30 percent more refugees next year, top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday, calling for Americans to do more on the world stage at a time when many voters are already balking at the current pace.
The announcement seems designed to boost Mr. Obama’s hand for next week, when he is scheduled to host a summit on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly, pressing international leaders for action on a global refugee crisis.
At home, however, his refugee target is likely to renew controversy over the ability of the U.S. to absorb newcomers, particularly from countries where vetting is not easy and where terrorist networks have said they want to insert operatives into the refugee stream.
“The common-sense concerns of the American people are simply ignored as the administration expands its reckless and extreme policies,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered the news to congressional leaders, along with Homeland Security and Health and Human Services officials — part of the official consultation process that must take place before the target can go into effect.
The administration’s target for fiscal year 2017 is 110,000 refugees, up from the 85,000 goal in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015. Just a few weeks ago, the State Department was hinting at a target of 100,000 refugees next year, and it’s not clear why the additional 10,000 were added. Continue reading this article
Robot technology is getting smarter, smaller and cheaper. While this evolution is a growing threat to American jobs in general, the applications for agriculture make immigration truly outdated in that employment category, which is a good thing for this nation.
We know the argument: without largely illegal immigrant workers to pick the crops, food would rot in the fields, so deportations should stop. But even though that prediction never materializes, nevertheless we are told our food supply depends on open borders and welcoming lots of Mexican pickers.
But that dependence does not exist — if it ever did. When a robot weeding machine (Little Oz) can be rented for $300 per month as noted in the article below, that technology definitely makes foreign farm workers an unattractive financial choice for farmers.
Earlier farming robots like the harvester shown below were large and expensive.
Today’s farmbots can be compact and less expensive, putting them within the reach of the small farmer.
As noted in a July New York Times article, the focus of Silicon Valley has moved from social media to smart machines: “The new era centers on artificial intelligence and robots.” Those innovations will have broad applications from industry to the internet of things. Silicon Valley may not be a farmbot center per se, but the technologies created there are being developed elsewhere in different forms.
Given the rapid expansion of agricultural technology, Congress should be considering a winding down of the H-2A ag visas, as well as of immigration in general. When experts forecast that nearly half of American jobs will be taken by robots and software by 2033 as two Oxford University researchers did, then it’s time to get realistic about the world’s automated future.
For starters, Automation makes immigration obsolete.
Washington needs to wake up and smell the software.
Earlier this summer, I took a dive into the world of small farm machines that will soon be crawling farm fields near you. In the sort of thoughtful, enthusiastic reaction that makes any storyteller smile, I was inundated with tips from robot builders, imaginers, investors and watchers from around the world.
Most important, I now know that the global farm robot space is bigger, more intelligent and closer-to-commercialization that I realized. We are perhaps a few short years from a day when you will drive past a farm or walk past a community garden and see a robot working the ground. Continue reading this article
It hasn’t helped that Washington has allowed considerable Muslim immigration into this nation during a time of jihad, specifically the worldwide war of Islam against infidels. Not every Muslim is engaged in that war, but the koran urges all followers to fight the nonbelievers to establish Islamic rule. Our arrogant political leaders apparently think that immigration to America is a right even for historic enemies.
Is Washington deranged? Sane leaders don’t welcome likely enemies inside the gates. As Gorka mentions, the authorities have arrested or killed 110 ISIS jihadists in America in the last two years. Why does the government continue to believe Islam is not the problem?
SEBASTIAN GORKA: Let me start by saying that we need to remember that this Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the longest war the Republic has been engaged in since 1776, and the question I’d like you to ask yourselves is very simply the following: Do you feel today — yourself, your families, your friends — do you feel safer today than you did on September the 10th, 2001?
GORKA: Good, and why is that? You know in your gut, you sense that we are more in danger, more imperiled today than we have ever been, but let’s look at the facts behind your common sense intuition and let me just give you some of the data points that will allow you to understand what it is that really makes us more endangered today. Number one, ISIS is the most powerful modern jihadi organization the world has ever seen. Let me give you the facts from inside President Obama’s own administration.
Two weeks ago he went to the Pentagon for a special meeting on ISIS. At that meeting, the National Counterterrorism Center, which is part of the Director of National Intelligence’s complex, gave him a briefing on ISIS. That map, which was reported in the mainstream media, said that ISIS now has fully operational affiliates in 18 nations around the world. Two years ago that number was seven: in 24 months they’ve more than doubled their global expanse. Not only that, it controls territory in different regions of the world. We focus on Iraq, we focus on Syria, but ISIS has control of territory in Nigeria, Boko Haram territory. There are Taliban leaders in Afghanistan that have sworn allegiance to ISIS, but that sounds very far away. The Middle East, Central Asia — let’s bring it all back home. My wife and I Catherine Gorka published a report one week before San Bernardino on what ISIS is doing in America. You’ll hear much more from Phil (Haney) and others, but let me just give you again the key data points.
Since ISIS declared the caliphate on June 29, 2014, so just over two years ago, here in America we have killed or arrested 110 terrorists linked to ISIS. Not 10 not 50, but 110. One of the most recent being the arrest two weeks ago in Roanoke, Virginia, of an ISIS terrorist. If you look at those arrests and break them down into what they were doing, it gets even more disturbing.
Half of the people we have intercepted are what if the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls travelers, they are US subjects who want to leave America to become jihadis in Iraq or Syria. Twenty percent of them are middle management: they’re recruiters, talent spotters, people buying the tickets for the jihadis to fly to the Middle East. But that leaves more than a third — 38 percent of everybody we have intercepted has sworn allegiance to the new caliph, the new emperor of Islam, and decided that the best way to serve ISIS is to kill infidels here in America. They don’t need to go anywhere; they can go and buy a rifle, 2000 rounds of ammunition, go to the range, practice and then go to a nightclub in Orlando and slaughter 49 Americans. Continue reading this article
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