Amazon Pursues More Advanced Robotics

Wired’s video below, sketching out the automated future vis-a-vis jobs, uses the idea that smart machines are helpful collaborative robots, or “co-bots” that allow humans to work more efficiently. But that relationship will end when the machines become able to replicate human abilities and perform them far more cheaply.

One of the bumps along the road for roboticists is the amazing human hand, which allows Amazon’s pickers to pack boxes to be shipped to customers. Interestingly, Amazon has scheduled another picking challenge, where robot technology teams will compete for a big cash prize and a possible deal with the company.

Below, Amazon’s orange Kiva robots scoot under appropriate racks of merchandise to bring the ordered items to a human picker who packs the boxes for shipping.

Below are details about Amazon’s Robotics Challenge which will take place July 27-30 in Japan. The search is for a machine that “can recognize objects, grab them, execute tasks, detect errors and recover as needed” which sounds a lot like the picker job. Clearly Amazon’s goal is to find a machine that can at least partially replace the company’s human pickers.

With robotics technology advancing so rapidly, it seems unwise for the US government to continue importing immigrant workers. They will soon be unneeded, if they aren’t already.

Amazon is offering $250,000 to a team that comes up with an advanced robot for its warehouses, CNBC, May 10, 2017

Amazon is offering $250,000 to teams who invent robots that could potentially work in their massive fulfillment centers, and it has chosen 16 finalists for a tournament it is organizing later this year, the company said on Wednesday.

The e-commerce giant is running its third annual Robotics Challenge this year in July in Japan and has picked finalists from across the world. There are competitors from major U.S. institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon University.

Participants will need to show that their robot software and hardware can recognize objects, grab them, execute tasks, detect errors and recover as needed. The robots will be scored by how many items are successfully picked and stowed in a fixed amount of time, Amazon said.
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Boston: Diverse Heroin Dealing Is Not Being Fought Effectively

The opioid epidemic has been blamed on overuse of painkiller drugs and the doctors who over-prescribe them. But it turns out there’s an illegal alien connection to that social ill along with so many others.

A recent report from Boston found that 65 percent of those arrested for selling heroin, morphine and synthetic opioids were foreign born, with many being Dominicans. More diversity in drug dealers is not what America needs. Worse, Boston officials still don’t understand that illegal immigration is a big part of the problem.

Tucker Carlson recently discussed the issue with Boston radio guy Howie Carr:

TUCKER CARLSON: Howie, this seems to me as a layman to be another indication that maybe there’s a connection between our immigration policy and our drug problems.

HOWIE CARR: Absolutely, Tucker, this has been a very big issue as you said, not just in Massachusetts but in all of New England. Donald Trump ran around last year during the Republican primary in New Hampshire talking about this. Two of the local governors, Republicans, Chris Sununu in New Hampshire and Paul LePage in Maine have publicly blamed the epidemic of heroin largely on illegal alien or alien drug dealers, and of course they’re accused of racism, nativism, xenophobia, but this report from the City of Boston Police Department — it’s an official document — makes it clear that they’re on to something, that this is the problem.

And what makes it even more more interesting is that we have a mayor in the city of Boston who has offered to turn City Hall into a sanctuary for illegal aliens while at the same time he runs around the city railing against the heroin epidemic that’s killing his constituents, and it’s being perpetrated by the people he wants to protect, and at the Statehouse in Boston they’ve cracked down on physicians legally writing prescriptions for legal opioids, claiming that most of the problem is physicians over-prescribing vicodins or percocets for grannie. That’s just that’s just not the case. Maybe it used to be the case, but no longer.

CARLSON: People are totally paralyzed in positions of power by the fear they’re going to be called insensitive. They’d rather see their people die than be called insensitive.

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Unfortunately, diverse Dominican drug dealing has not elicited a realistic response from law enforcement, as observed by Tucker Carlson. Protecting illegals remains a top value for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in particular:

Police: Dominican Immigrants Dominate Heroin Trafficking In Boston, Daily Caller, May 21 2017

Dominican drug trafficking gangs dominate the balance of heroin distribution in Boston, according to a new report from the Boston Police Department.

The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), a Boston Police division that also receives funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released the “2016 Heroin Overdose Report” Tuesday to provide data on trends in opiate use in the city.

An analysis of arrest data for Class A drug trafficking — selling heroin, morphine and synthetic opioids — revealed the majority of individuals arrested in 2016 in Boston were not U.S. citizens, and most of those non-citizens were Dominican foreign nationals.

Of those arrested for Class A trafficking, 65 percent claimed to have been born in a foreign county. Within that group, 84 percent told police they were from the Dominican Republic. The share of heroin trafficking arrests attributable to Dominican nationals is likely even higher, the BRIC report says, because illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic often use fake Puerto Rican birth certificates to obtain state identification documents.

“There has been open source reporting that Dominican drug traffickers will use identities stolen from Puerto Rico to acquire drivers licenses in Massachusetts, and in other states,” the report said.

Identity fraud exploiting Puerto Rican nationality is a major facilitator of heroin distribution in Boston, according to the BRIC report. In particular, Dominican nationals were suspected of using Puerto Rican identity documents or aliases to mask their true country of origin and lack of legal status in the U.S. Continue reading this article

NATO Failures Do Not Go Unnoticed

On Thursday, European leaders were not happy to hear President Trump verbally smack them for being deadbeats regarding their agreed-upon NATO responsibilities. The members are supposed to spend two percent of GDP on defense but few actually do, leaving Uncle Sucker to do the heavy lifting.

This problem has been going on for years. Its beginning can be traced to America’s handling of Europe’s defense needs following WWII as a part of rebuilding politically and keeping the place safe from predatory Russkies. The Europeans got used to the idea of a generous US paying their defense tab, which allowed them to build lavish welfare states in recent decades. At this point, Europe’s liberal ruling elites have become politically infantilized by their assumption that the US will protect them.

Below, the deluxe new NATO headquarters in Brussels cost well over a billion dollars and illustrates the bureaucratic focus of the organization. Check out the video virtual tour to see the extravagance.

On Thursday, retired General Jack Keane expressed his disgust with NATO’s failure to fulfill its primary mission of protecting Europe.

JACK KEANE: Most of them lack moral and national will to defend their own people. It’s actually shameful what has taken place with NATO. ISIS has successfully conducted 32 attacks against eight NATO countries, killing hundreds of NATO citizens. And you have the head of NATO in the Wall Street Journal today saying that terrorism is threatening our values, our freedom and our very way of life. And yet in the same article he says but we’re not going to be involved in combat operations against ISIS. That is fundamentally a lack of will, and these are feckless leaders who are not going to stand up and defend their people.

This is how far NATO has dropped in terms of its effectiveness. After hundreds of people are killed, they’re still not willing to ask their soldiers to go out and risk their lives to protect their own citizens. That is the problem that Mr. Trump has with NATO. While he has financial issues with them to be sure — their not taking up the burdens financially of supporting the alliance — the real issue that’s even more significant is the lack of political and moral will.

Below is the Wall Street Journal opinion piece from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Jack Keane mentioned, reprinted in Australia. It sounds tough enough most of the way through, but in the third paragraph from the end, the author states, “It would not mean NATO involvement in combat operations.”

In short, the top NATO honcho believes the life-threatening combat missions are the responsibility of the Americans, not Europeans. And that’s the problem in today’s Europe — the lack of will for self-defense.

We never said it was easy, but NATO will triumph over terror, The Australian, By Jens Stoltenberg in the Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2017

At first glance, it’s simply a fragment of twisted metal outside NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels. But this 2m-long section of steel girder was recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Centre. At its official unveiling today, we will hail the artefact as a symbol of solidarity: Europe and North America standing together.

Two years ago I spoke at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Being there, at the site of the attacks, reinforced my firm belief that however much terrorists try to divide us, they will only succeed in uniting us.

This is exactly what happened after 9/11. For the first time ever, NATO allies invoked our collective defence clause, Article 5. We recognised those shocking assaults on the US as an attack against us all.

In the days that followed, NATO planes patrolled US skies. Within weeks, troops from NATO allies deployed to Afghanistan to ensure that country would never again be a haven for international terrorists. The biggest combat operation in NATO history was launched in direct response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of Europeans, Canadians and troops from partner countries have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with their US comrades in Afghanistan. More than 1000 have paid the ultimate price. Many more have suffered life-changing injuries.

At this moment, approximately 13,000 troops from 39 NATO and partner countries are training Afghan security forces to stabilise the country. Continue reading this article

Obama Administration Knowingly Admitted MS-13 Gangsters to America

Anybody who was paying attention to Obama’s “unaccompanied minor” project to import thousands of future Democrats from Central America could see the major downside of who might be get in. Clearly the run on the open border invited gangsters to try to slip through as the Border Patrol was overwhelmed by the deluge.

It was known at the time that the minors were mostly teenaged males, not children of both genders. A Maryland sheriff testified to a House committee in 2016, “The criminal alien gang numbers are growing across the nation, and the serious crimes are increasing. There is also a direct nexus between the action on unaccompanied minors of two years ago and the increases we are seeing in gang crimes.”

Now we learn that the Obama administration knowingly allowed 16 MS-13 gangsters to enter and be transported throughout the nation. Certainly there were likely many more than that, as we can see from the gang murder explosion that included high school victims on Long Island precisely because of Obama policies of redistributing Central American fleebags including criminals. The Obama approach consisted of welcoming illegal aliens and calling them refugees.

Tucker Carlson explained the previous administration’s reckless illegality that imported some of the world’s most dangerous gangsters to America:

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Below, MS-13 gangsters are known for their violence: the gang’s initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others.

The subject of the MS-13 gangsters was brought up first thing by Chair Ron Johnson during Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Border Insecurity: The Rise of MS-13 and Other Transnational Criminal Organizations. You can watch a video at the link.

Here’s a text explanation:

Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 24, 2017

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 persons who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.

Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.

Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting.
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Silicon Valley Newspaper Floats Free Money Idea to Remedy Robot Job Loss

Sunday’s San Jose Mercury had a front-page article (graphic shown) about the possibility of instituting a universal basic income to remedy the huge job loss predicted from automation. As usual, nobody promoting the idea has any suggestion of how the government would finance the trillions of dollars annually required. Perhaps a start would be to tax the robots, as suggested by Microsoft founder Bill Gates a few months ago.

Still, at least people are talking about the problem of the jobless automated future — that’s more than you can say for Washington which remains on full snooze mode.

But nobody is discussing how robots taking millions of jobs in the near future eliminates the need to import additional immigrant workers. Instead, open borders hacks like Senators John Cornyn and Ron Johnson are pitching increased immigration of 500,000 workers annually to replace citizens.

As usual, Washington is headed in the wrong direction.

Do nothing, get cash? Maybe, when robots take your job, San Jose Mercury News, May 22, 2017

With an impending robot revolution expected to leave a trail of unemployment in its wake, some Silicon Valley tech leaders think they have a remedy to a future with fewer jobs — free money for all.

It’s called universal basic income, a radical concept that’s picking up steam as a way to provide all Americans with a minimum level of economic security. The idea is expensive and controversial — it guarantees cash for everyone, regardless of income level or employment status. But prominent tech leaders from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Sam Altman, president of Mountain View-based startup accelerator Y Combinator, are proponents.

“We should make it so no one is worried about how they’re going to pay for a place to live, no one has to worry about how they’re going to have enough to eat,” Altman said in a recent speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. “Just give people enough money to have a reasonable quality of life.”

Altman is personally funding a basic income experiment in Oakland as the concept gains momentum in the Bay Area. Policy experts, economists, tech leaders and others convened in San Francisco last month for a workshop on the topic organized by the Economic Security Project, co-founded by Altman. The project is investing $10 million in basic income projects over the next two years. Stanford University also has created a Basic Income Lab to study the idea, and the San Francisco city treasurer’s office has said it’s designing pilot tests — though the department told this news organization it has no updates on the status of that project.

Proponents say the utopian approach could offer relief to workers in Silicon Valley and beyond who may soon find their jobs threatened by robots as artificial intelligence keeps getting smarter. Even before the robots take over, some economists say basic income should be used as a tool to combat poverty. In the Bay Area — where the rapid expansion of high-paying tech companies has made the region too pricey for many to afford — it could help lift up those that the boom has left behind.

Unlike traditional aid programs, recipients of a universal basic income wouldn’t need to prove anything — not their income level, employment status, disability or family obligations — before collecting their cash payment.

“It’s a right of citizenship,” said Karl Widerquist, a basic income expert and associate professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, “so we’re not judging people and we’re not putting them in this other category or (saying) ‘you’re the poor.’ And I think this is exciting people right now because the other model hasn’t worked.”

That means a mother living on the poverty line would get the same amount of free cash as Mark Zuckerberg, Widerquist said. But Zuckerberg’s taxes would go up, canceling out his basic income payment.

The problem is that giving all Americans a $10,000 annual income would cost upwards of $3 trillion a year — more than three-fourths of the federal budget, said Bob Greenstein, president of Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Some proponents advocate funding the move by cutting programs like food stamps and Medicaid. But that approach would take money set aside for low-income families and redistribute it upward, exacerbating poverty and inequality, Greenstein said.

Still, some researchers are testing the idea with small basic income experiments targeting certain neighborhoods and socio-economic groups.

Y Combinator — the accelerator known for launching Airbnb and Instacart — is giving 100 randomly selected Oakland families unconditional cash payments of about $1,500 a month. Altman, who is footing most of the bill himself, says society needs to consider basic income to support Americans who lose their jobs to robots and artificial intelligence. The idea, he said at the Commonwealth Club, tackles the question not enough people are asking: “What do we as the tech industry do to solve the problem that we’re helping to create?”

Increased use of robots and AI will lead to a net loss of 9.8 million jobs by 2027 — or 7 percent of U.S. positions, according to a study Forrester research firm released last month. Already, the signs are everywhere. Autonomous cars and trucks threaten driving jobs, automated factories require fewer human workers, and artificial intelligence is taking over aspects of legal work and other white-collar jobs. Continue reading this article

Paris: Hostile Muslim Immigrants Hound French Women Off the Streets of Their Own Country

In the Chapelle-Pajol neighborhood of eastern Paris, local women fear to venture outside because of the extreme harassment coming from the new residents, namely Muslim men with misogynous beliefs that come from the Koran and other religious texts.

France has been invaded before, but this time American soldiers won’t be coming to the rescue.

In fact, the French recently voted for their dispossession when they elected Emmanuel Macron as president: as a supporter of the European super-state, he has commended German chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-borders refugee policy for “[saving] our collective dignity.”

President Macron is apparently a post-sovereignty fellow who cares more about the diversity religion than the safety of his own citizens.

Below, In the Chapelle-Pajol district, foreign men have marked the streets as their territory, and women have become unwelcome and unsafe in their homeland.

While we’re on the subject of diverse immigration, why does America continue to admit supremacist Muslims when their cultural values are repulsive and some of them aim to kill us? It’s silly to believe that violent, misogynist Muslims will readjust their thinking just because of a change in locale. When their numbers increase to a larger percent of the population, they will become more bold in their hostility. Why import trouble?

Below is an article translated from the publication La Parisien titled “Paris : les femmes chassées des rues dans le quartier Chapelle-Pajol.” It reveals how far Paris has fallen from being an icon of European culture.

Paris: Women hunted in the Chapelle-Pajol neighborhood, La Parisien, May 18, 2017

Women in this part of eastern Paris complain that they can not move about without being subjected to comments and insults from men.

They are several hundred square meters of road abandoned to men alone, and women are no longer entitled to be there. Cafes, bars and restaurants are prohibited, as are the sidewalks, the subway station and the squares. For more than a year, the Chapelle-Pajol district (10th-18th administrative districts) has completely changed its face: groups of dozens of lone men, street vendors, aliens, migrants and smugglers hold the streets, harassing women.

Disgusted, the inhabitants of the neighborhood decided to launch a large petition to denounce the situation. Every day becomes more and more oppressive. Young girls, who can no longer go out alone, cannot wear a skirt or trousers that cling too close to the body without receiving a lash of insults: one of them tells of having her hair lit up by a cigarette.

“Continuous unkind remarks”

“We are all subjected to unbearable treatment,” says Nathalie, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for thirty years, and a “hostile” climate in recent months: “These are insults, incessant unkind remarks. The atmosphere is agonizing, to the point of having to modify our itinerary, our clothes. Some even have given up going out,” such as the old lady of 80 years who was sexually assaulted as she returned to her building, and is now entrenched in her apartment. Continue reading this article

Robots Threaten Millions of Retail Jobs

Tech experts all say that simple jobs are the easiest to automate. Therefore we can expect to see a lot more self-checkout when shopping. How hard is it to scan bar codes and calculate the total cost? My local Safeway added several DIY checkout stations a couple years ago in a major remodel.

Self-checkout — get used to it, shoppers.

As a result of advancing technology, cashier jobs are starting to disappear now, and a recent study forecasts that six million or more could go in the next decade.

Seriously, does America really need to continue importing immigrant workers when automation is forecast to shrink the number of US jobs dramatically? There is a bill in Congress to reduce immigration by half, but that’s hardly enough given the automated future.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that “63% of American Adults believe it’s at least somewhat likely that most jobs in America will be done by robots or computers 25 years from now.”

So if nearly two-thirds the American people are aware of the automation threat to employment, why is Washington entirely asleep on the subject?

Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs, CNN Money, May 19, 2017

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation.

Next up could be jobs at your local stores.

Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group.

That represents at least 38% of the current retail work force, which consists of 16 million workers. Retail could actually lose a greater proportion of jobs to automation than manufacturing has, according to the study.

That doesn’t mean that robots will be roving the aisles of your local department store chatting with customers. Instead, expect to see more automated checkout lines instead of cashiers. This shift alone will likely eliminate millions of jobs.

“Cashiers are considered one of the most easily automatable jobs in the economy,” said the report. And these job losses will hit women particularly hard, since about 73% of cashiers are women. Continue reading this article

Media Malfeasance against President Trump Is Noted at Harvard

Tucker Carlson began his Friday show by remarking on a new analysis about media reporting of President Trump, and of course it almost entirely negative. The report is from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, titled “News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days”.

Interestingly, the paper noted, “Immigration was, at once, both the most heavily covered topic in U.S. news outlets and the topic that drew the most negative coverage.”

That outcome should not be surprising, since the occupation of Journalist is unique in that it has no corresponding employment visa: as a result, members of the scribbler class never face the possibility of being replaced by a cheaper immigrant worker and have little apparent sympathy for those who do. If the thousands crossing the border included skilled reporters and editors rather than being mostly strawberry pickers, immigration coverage would certainly change: sob stories of “immigrant” suffering would be balanced by the crushing cost of open borders to Americans in terms of jobs lost, schools flooded with non-English speakers and healthcare overwhelmed.

Let’s have more immigration diversity in the newsroom by Congress creating a Journalist Visa! There’s nothing like more open borders in one’s own profession to clear the mind and increase compassion for those similarly afflicted.

Back to Tucker Carlson and his observations about media malfeasance. . .

TUCKER CARLSON: The news media are liberal: if you grew up in this country, you probably have known that for quite a while. It’s obvious in the stories they choose and maybe even more evident in the ones they ignore. About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it and that would include progressive activists posing as reporters and the Democratic politicians whose water they carry, but exactly how liberal and how biased is the press? Well, for the answer to that we have to go to social science. and now for the first time in a while we actually have some some real data.

A new study from researchers at Harvard University looked at 10 major news outlets and found the overwhelming majority of their coverage of the new administration’s first 100 days was hostile. At CNN and NBC, both purportedly straight news outlets, 93 percent of the stories were negative which is remarkable considering that there’s no way that 93 percent of their stories about — I don’t know, pick someone — Fidel Castro were negative. Ninety-three percent is a lot. In fact it’s not only news coverage at that point: it’s advocacy. So the press doesn’t like Trump; we knew that, but it’s not just Trump, it’s the issues that Trump’s voters favor. The media disagree with those too, and they skew their coverage accordingly.

Take immigration for example. Now there many sides to that issue but most Americans believe it ought to be illegal to come to our country without permission. That’s why the Congress has made it illegal. But that’s not how the people who work in the media think: they believe that defending the border is an act of bigotry, and so that’s how they have portrayed it with no other side represented at all most of the time. The Harvard study found that of stories on Trump’s immigration policies, fully 96 percent were negative. There was more diversity in the Romanian media under Ceausescu. That’s no diversity at all.

Now if you’ve read a newspaper lately, you’ve seen it. Here’s the New York Times for example: “Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on Any Corner.” The LA Times: “Trump’s crackdown sparks fear and anger among immigrants here illegally” and of course, America’s least honest newspaper The Washington Post which wrote in a headline: “Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them.”

Where are the stories about Americans hurt by illegal immigration? Well, you’d have to wait an awful long time to see those. There aren’t many, if any. If anything, most television news is even more distorted than this.

SCOTT PELLEY: President Trump drew an X today through the welcoming words of the nearby Statue of Liberty.

FAREED ZAKARIA: Trump has always trafficked in fear-mongering; this time to stoke those fears and present himself as the country’s protector. He chose to punish ordinary men women and children who are fleeing terrorism and violence.

JIM AVILA: This is just a proposal, but already immigration attorneys are telling me it’s harsh and un-American.

CARLSON: Un-American. Well that’s news with a message at its core, just like in a political campaign which in many ways is exactly what this.

Trump Convinces Some Recalcitrant Countries to Accept Their Deported Criminals

It’s good news from Washington that President Trump has prevailed upon some of our irresponsible world neighbors to take back their criminal citizens. The problem of deportable thugs being freed onto American streets because their homelands won’t take them has been under-reported.

Naturally, released criminals continue committing crimes, leading to some terrible, preventable murders like that of grandmother Lois Decker, pictured.

Texas Congressman Ted Poe has been a resolute leader on the issue of undeportables for years, and last January he reintroduced H.R. 241, the Timely Repatriation Act of 2017, to restrict diplomatic visas to countries that deny or unreasonably delay the repatriation of a national ordered removed from the United States.

In 2012 Ted Poe appeared on the House floor and discussed the murder of Lois Decker while displaying her photo, plus analyzing other crimes resulting from criminal aliens being released into American neighborhoods.

The Washington Times article below is reasonably thorough; however it could have included more details about Thong Vang, an illegal alien criminal mentioned. He had rape convictions and shot two guards according to the article, but there’s more, much more.

As I reported in Fresno Gunman Was a Violent Convicted Felon Laos Would Not Receive in Deportation, Vang and more than a dozen of his Hmong gangster pals kidnapped, forcibly confined and gang-raped three young girls, aged 12 to 14. Plus Vang was sentenced to only 19 years in prison and served 16 despite the violence of the crime, which is rather shocking in itself. He shot the two police officers last September when he reported to the Fresno County Jail as required by his parole and was behaving strangely. When an officer asked him to sit down, he pulled a gun in the crowded room and wounded the two.

Six months after the shooting, the two correctional officers were still recovering from the gunshots. They are lucky to be alive, given America’s weakness toward illegal alien criminals in recent years.

Trump presses more countries take back U.S. deportees in immigration success, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 16, 2017

Between cajoling, threats and actual punishments, Homeland Security has managed to drastically cut the number of countries that habitually refuse to take back immigrants whom the U.S. is trying to deport, officials said Tuesday, notching an early immigration success for President Trump.

The number of recalcitrant countries has dropped from 20 to 12 over the months since the presidential election, and some longtime offenders — including Iraq and Somalia — have earned their way off the naughty list. The list of countries is the shortest this decade.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials couldn’t immediately say how many people have been deported because of the changes, but Somalia has taken back 259 just seven months into the fiscal year. That is far more than the 198 it took back in all of 2016 and the 17 it took in 2015.

Marlen Pineiro, assistant director for removal operations at ICE, said the efforts began under the Obama administration but that Mr. Trump has created a determined focus at the Homeland Security and State departments, which are both involved in speeding up deportations.

“The wind being at our wings is really driving us forward,” she said.

In many cases, that means criminals who otherwise would have been released onto the streets are now being sent to their home countries.

Recalcitrant countries have long been among the serious issues that didn’t get much attention, though the consequences can be extreme.

In one notorious case, Haiti refused to take back an illegal immigrant who had served time for attempted murder, and U.S. officials were forced to release him. He killed a young woman in Connecticut just months after his release.

Another illegal immigrant, Thong Vang, was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for rape convictions, and his home country of Laos refused to take him back. He was sent to a California prison last year and shot two guards, police said.

Armed with those kinds of cases, Mr. Trump made recalcitrant countries a part of his presidential campaign. He vowed to begin putting pressure on countries to take back their deportees.

One of his first executive orders instructed Homeland Security to take steps to pressure other countries, including potentially stopping the issuance of visas to governments that refuse to cooperate. Continue reading this article

Chinese Characterize ‘White Left’ as a Slur

Tucker Carlson finished up Tuesday’s show (5/16) with some interesting remarks about America’s leftist culture as observed from Red China, which knows something about ultra socialism and its excesses. It seems the term “white left” has become an insult in the People’s Republic and refers to the increasingly nutty expressions of leftist identity politics as practiced in the US and Europe.

Unfortunately nobody pulled that video clip out of the show, so you can click to near the end of the whole show below (37:42 to be precise) to watch or just read my transcript below:

It’s interesting that the far left looks just as insane from abroad to ChiComs (!) as it does from up close here in the US.

TUCKER CARLSON: The Chinese have a new insult you often see in online political arguments between Mandarin speakers: the word is “Baizuo”— its literal translation is “white left” according to political scientist Chenchen Zhang who wrote about the term in a recent open democracy piece. Members of the white left are, in the view of the Chinese “biased, elitist, ignorant of social reality and constantly applying double standards. . .”

“They only care about topics like immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment. . .” and have “. . .no sense of real problems in the real world. . .” They’re people obsessed with political correctness to the extent they “. . .tolerate backward Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism. . .” and on top of that they say the white left “. . .pity the rest of the world and think they are saviors.”

Hmm, sounds like the Chinese are watching pretty carefully. The term first became popular two years ago to describe Angela Merkel and her decision to welcome more than a million third-world immigrants to Europe. Chinese students and job seekers complained they had to work very hard to stay in Europe, while unskilled migrants could simply show up, claim asylum and get welfare. Chinese immigrants to the US, meanwhile, see themselves penalized by affirmative action and wonder why they’re paying the price for historic wrongs that other people committed, which is not a crazy question by the way.

One Chinese internet user described the white left as quote “a spiritual epidemic that will destroy the West and destroy China — if we’re foolish enough to follow their lead.”

As Donald Trump once noted of the Chinese: “They’re laughing at us.”

He may have been more right than he knew.

California Budget Proposes Extra Millions for Defending Illegal Aliens from Deportation

Mexifornia Governor Jerry Brown has unleashed his budget for the legislature to consider, and it includes an extra $15 million to provide legal representation for illegal aliens who may be deported to their nations of citizenship. California Democrats really don’t like Americans, or at least it seems so from their actions.

Below is a discussion of the budget on Fox News Tuesday morning. Helpfully, Kristin Tate, a contributor for The Hill, recited some diversity crime facts:

KRISTIN TATE: ”California is a border state so they have high rates of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. In 2014 which is the most recent year for which data is available 75 percent of criminals convicted for federal drug offenses were illegal immigrants. That same year 38 percent of murder convictions in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and New York were illegal immigrants. All of this data is available via the Government Accountability Office.”

Keep in mind that individual California cities like Sacramento and San Francisco are directing taxpayer dollars to defend the “rights” of illegal foreigners to remain in the country they invaded.

California is definitely generous in spending the citizens’ money on unlawful residents. In 2015, the state mooched $57 million in tax dollars to subsidize illegal alien drivers’ licenses as well as covering illegal alien kiddies’ healthcare, beginning with $40 million allocated in the beginning and expanding to $132 million annually “when fully implemented” — whenever that is.

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Times article below refers to illegal aliens as “Californians” in its title. But even more outrageous is the statement that illegal alien boosters pushed for the legal aid particularly in cases where “the repercussions of deportation could lead to death.”

What about the deaths to Californians caused by the illegal aliens residing in the state!? Some that I’ve reported include Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the three members of the Bologna family in San Francisco, Marilyn Pharis of Santa Maria, Drew Rosenberg from Los Angeles, Jamiel Shaw in Los Angeles and film director Bob Clark of Pacific Palisades.

Below, Tony Bologna and his two sons were shot to death by an MS-13 gangster a short distance from their home in San Francisco as they returned from a family picnic.

It’s monstrous that the state government does so little to provide public safety for the citizens while going out of its way to crank out freebies for illegal aliens.

Gov. Brown’s budget proposal includes an extra $15 million to help Californians facing deportation, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked an extra $15 million in the state’s budget to expand legal defense services for people battling deportation, a move that could be interpreted as a response to the Trump administration’s broadened immigration enforcement orders.

The one-time cash infusion would boost the state government’s financial help to those in the country illegally to $33 million. Immigrant rights groups and lawyers hailed the increased funding in Brown’s revised state budget, calling it a signal that the state is committed to protecting families from what could happen under President Trump.

But while the total funds are enough to support existing services, policy analysts said lawmakers might need almost double this amount to fund the other new legal initiatives under consideration at the state Capitol.

“We urge the Legislature to deepen its investment in programs,” said Ronald Coleman, government affairs director for the California Immigrant Policy Center. “It is going to be key given that California can be ground zero for the devastation that we would face from Donald Trump’s deportation policies.”

Improving legal defense for immigrants has been a significant part of a legislative package proposed by Democrats, in an attempt to assist more than 2 million people living in the state illegally. Among the proposals is a $14-million request to provide legal training, written materials, mentoring and technical assistance to county public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Another bill seeks to create a $12-million legal defense program for immigrants facing deportation who do not have a violent felony on their records, while a third would increase legal counsel for deported veterans, depending on available funding in the annual budget.

Opponents to the programs have argued against using taxpayer money to help offenders in the face of potential funding cuts from the federal government. And debate in Sacramento has simmered over who should be served with the limited resources.

On the state Senate floor last month, Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) said he had to reduce the scope of SB 6, which would fund the $12-million legal initiative, to prioritize immigrants with children, immigrants with parents who are citizens, veterans and asylum seekers.

Proponents say the legislative proposals come as lawyers and advocates across the country have sought to increase government-funded access to counsel for immigrants. The movement has centered on showing that many immigrants would be granted relief if they had the resources to prove their cases and that for some, the repercussions of deportation could lead to death. Continue reading this article

Report Explores the ‘Human Cost’ of Automation

The video piece from an Albany, New York, TV station starts out well enough, showing how automation is moving into jobs like supermarket checkout, restaurant cashier and cab driving.

But the piece wanders into sketchy territory when it poses a hopeful retraining message. Certainly the schools need to teach more tech-oriented curricula that will prepare young people for the jobs of the future. But not everyone can be a robotic engineer or even a mechanical engineering technician with a two-year degree. Well educated people forget how many Americans aren’t, and it skews the debate.

Plus there won’t be enough tech-connected positions for all the people displaced by the automation juggernaut. Businesses are investing in advanced software and machines in order to save money by cutting labor costs. The press wants to calm fears that are developing in the public, but it’s not being honest. Yes, there will be new jobs created by the tech revolution, but not enough in total numbers to make up for the jobs lost. The articles written to reassure people about the techno-future are practically becoming a sub-genre of tech writing and they appear nearly every day.

But the warnings from automation experts are much more convincing. Automation job loss has been happening for a while — worsening the last recession — and its effects will only increase. The nation needs an honest dialogue about how we can handle the automation revolution to the economy and the world of work.

At the very least, the US government should end immigration, because it is rapidly becoming an obsolete institution in the coming age of automation. We certainly won’t need to import human workers when machines are doing the jobs.

Below, digital ordering in restaurants is becoming more common as machines become cheaper and more capable, while workers’ wage demands accelerate the change.

Here’s the text version of WNYT’s report:

In Depth: The human cost of automation, WNYT, May 8, 2017

Jobs are disappearing in the Capital Region as everyday tasks are automated. It’s expected to get worse in the future as computers and robots get faster and more efficient.

The concern over machines replacing humans for certain jobs is nothing new. The Industrial Revolution brought on riots with people raging against machines that took their jobs. Today, these machines are even smarter and they’re going after jobs that were once automation proof.

The Digital Revolution as it’s called, is transforming the labor market.

Self-checkout systems are popping up in many places. For example, the Price Chopper in Latham, assisting customers. Human cashiers at supermarkets and fast food restaurants may be phased out altogether in the future.

Self-driving cars will be replacing cab drivers. A recent study done in the United Kingdom suggests that 38 percent of jobs in the United States could be in jeopardy by the early 2030s because of automation. Continue reading this article

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