Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle has an article that’s an immigration two-fer. The paper’s front page shows an Indian immigrant kid playing cricket in an East Bay suburb, because what foreigner wants to play baseball in America any more? Assimilation would be too much to ask of today’s diverse global citizens, and anyway it might hurt their delicate self-esteem.
Below, East Bay development. Chronicle caption: “Development continues in the Tri-Valley with grading along Tassajara Road for more homes in East Dublin near San Ramon. The region is now a booming suburb that’s home to thousands of new Asian residents.”
Have citizens been convinced by government to let their lawns die so developers can get rich by importing thousands of immigrants during a historic drought? That’s what it looks like.
And there are quite a number of new water-using cricket fans from India, as we learn in lower paragraphs: San Ramon’s Indian population increased 600 percent from 2000 to 2013, reaching 9,720 in the latter year.
Local citizens have tried to limit development through the initiative process, with some successes. Still, there’s plenty of agricultural land that remains unpaved, and developers intend to change that by constructing some nice expensive $uburb$ for immigrant$. Cha-ching!
On one end of a 22-yard strip of green carpet stretched across a ball field in San Ramon, a boy gets a running start and heaves a tennis ball as hard as he can.
It bounces a few times before a boy on the other end smashes it with paddle. A third boy nearly snags the ball, barehand, but it fumbles out.
Clint Copeland, who has coached cricket in the Bay Area for four years and played for “too many,” can’t contain his joy. “Nice shot, great bowl, good effort,” he yells. “I enjoy it more than they do. How can you not enjoy it when you see a kid do that?”
Cricket is growing in California, especially in the Tri-Valley, which encompasses the cities of San Ramon, Pleasanton, Dublin, Danville and Livermore.
The sport is so popular at Fallon Middle School in Dublin and Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton that both plan to field cricket clubs this year, making them among the first schools in the Bay Area — possibly the state — to offer the sport.
“People are playing in Fremont, Cupertino, San Jose and Milpitas,” Copeland said. “But not in the schools.”
After Labor Day, the Tri-Valley could make history: Fallon and Harvest Park are preparing for what Copeland calls California’s first interschool cricket match. Other schools may also join, elevating it from a game to a tournament.
The proliferation of the sport, which was born in Britain and became hugely popular in South Asia in the colonial era, is just one indicator of changing times — and changing demographics — in the Tri-Valley. Once a collection of small, rural and largely white towns, the region is now a booming suburb that’s home to thousands of new Asian residents.
Between 2000 and 2013, San Ramon’s Indian population increased 600 percent — from 1,390 to 9,720 residents. The small suburban city now has a higher percentage of Asians living in it than San Francisco or San Jose — 39.5 percent.
Since 1980, the percentage of Asians living in Pleasanton more or less doubled every decade — from 2.5 to 5.6 to 11.7 to 23.1 percent of the population in 2010. Proportionally, Pleasanton’s Asian community was almost twice as large as that of Los Angeles in 2013. Continue reading this article
Today’s liberal campuses would make Pol Pot feel comfortable, given their extreme enforcement of leftist dogma, where no deviation is permitted. Using verboten phrases like “illegal alien” can bring punishment for students, who are encouraged to engage in classroom discussion, but only with approved opinions. Colleges chatter endlessly about the importance of racial diversity, but they largely oppose diversity of thought, which used to be a central component of advanced education.
On Saturday, the Fox News morning show had a discussion of college speech prohibitions, where we learn that students must not disparage illegal aliens by naming them accurately, because the tender feelings of foreign job thieves might be hurt. Self-esteem numero uno!
PETE HEGSETH: It’s back-to-school time all across the country but some college students at Washington State University are in for a rude awakening — I feel like this might happen a few other campuses as well — that’s because some professors at Washington State are telling them that if they say words like illegal alien or female their grades could actually suffer. Sterling Beard is the editor-in-chief of CampusReform.org. Sterling, thank you very much for joining us. I want to run through a couple of these professors in the class and then get you to comment on it. If you take Professor Selena Lester Breikss’ class in Women & Popular Culture, the class policy is no use of the words Females, Males or Illegal Aliens, and if you use those words, you could be removed from class without participation points or fail an assignment. How can this be?
BEARD: It was born out of a desire to sort of keep the classroom environment healthy and good learning environment, but the problem is when you’re out long terms like Illegal Alien or Male and Female, especially in a course where a professor expect students to engage with controversial material, no matter how well-intentioned, that’s an attempt to control student speech and it’s an intent to influence their opinions. That’s the sort of thing you can’t really have at a good college.
HEGSETH: Well we know it’s something that’s happening at a lot of colleges. Okay, let’s say I skip that class, but that I went to professor Rebecca Fowler’s class called Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies. Now in this policy students will not use the word illegal aliens or illegals: the punishment is one point deducted every time they use those words. So really, the speech codes have gone into just not saying things but you’re hurt if you say them in this class.
BEARD: That’s absolutely the case and we actually reached out Professor Fowler. She told us that her objection to the term illegal immigration was that it actually had sort of become synonymous in popular culture with illegal border crossings from south of the border rather than from everywhere, but using her terms of undocumented immigrant or undocumented migrants or person only further confuses the issue. We don’t use these euphemisms for other illegal activity. Nobody said in the Vietnam War that a draft dodger was an undocumented soldier for example.
HEGSETH: No, the contortions are endless. One more professor so we skip those two, now we’re in the clear right, with John Streamas in his class Introduction to Multicultural Literature. In this class policy, you have to defer to the experiences of people in color and reflect on your own social location and — there’s that word privileges — power. The punishment if you don’t is removal from class. So is this white privilege in classroom form?
BEARD: It’s absolutely white privilege in classroom form. Of course the problem is when you’re engaging in controversial material that these courses cover, even if you want to honestly question or want to learn, you always run the risk of offending a fellow classmate especially if you are expected to defer to the experiences of nonwhite students. Of course there are consequences if you’re not respectful in that course.
It sounds like a white student would have to be a masochist to be comfortable on campus these days.
More seriously, the universities have become willing training grounds for young cadres of leftist activists. Academic fields have been turned into schools for learning political tactics to promote socialism and race diversity. The campuses are the breeding grounds for campaigns like Occupy and Black Lives Matter that do nothing but spew hateful division, violence and destruction. The Occupy movement camped in city business districts to complain about capitalism with the only result being crime and filth. Black Lives Matter destroyed businesses in Ferguson and promoted rioting in Baltimore. Continue reading this article
It’s easy to visualize the robot aspect of the smart machine revolution, with post-human manufacturing happening more and more. We are accustomed to images of big robot arms constructing automobiles with no people in sight, but there is also plenty of technological unemployment that is being created by computers. Some white collar professions are just as endangered as the last century’s middle-class factory jobs.
One example is fewer clerks doing financial work in big companies, because software has automated many tasks like accounts payable and other bookkeeping behaviors. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that since 2004, the median number of full-time employees in the finance departments of big companies has declined 40 percent.
There’s a decline in law offices as well. While the public picture of the law is attorneys debating the guilt or innocence of accused criminals, much legal work is paper shuffling, case law research, contracts and other tasks that computers can automate.
It’s curious that none of the Presidential candidates mention automation as a growing problem to employment, even as they all promise to increase jobs for Americans. One obvious fact is that the nation won’t need to import millions of immigrants to do jobs that won’t exist because of automation, robots and computers.
Kaplan said any person that toils through many “repetitive and structured” tasks for a living won’t be safe from the bread lines.
“Even for what you think of as highly-trained, highly-skilled, intuitive personable professions, it is still true that the vast majority of the work is routine,” Kaplan told Tech Insider.
Lawyers, for example, may conjure up images of formidable debators pontificating in front of grand juries, but the reality is much more mundane.
“The vast majority of activities that lawyers are engaged in are straightforward drafting of contracts, putting together things like apartment leases, real estate deals, pre-trial discovery,” Kaplan said. “It’s these very tasks that make the profession susceptible to automation.”
Startups are already springing up to take on these time-consuming and expensive chores. Kaplan lists just a few of them in his book — Judicata uses statistical methods called machine learning and natural language processing to automatically find relevant court cases. Continue reading this article
Donald Trump’s un-consultantized speech about political matters has had many positive results, most particularly honesty about immigration and borders. Also high on the list of accomplishments is his effective mauling of political correctness.
Trump’s bluntness has been a welcome change from the leftist barrage of things we are not supposed to say because we might hurt the illegal aliens’ feelings. Limitation of speech is one step away from thought control. As George Orwell wrote in the book 1984, “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
TRUMP: I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.
I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico both in trade and at the border. We lose to everybody.
I learned something by reading a Wednesday front-page New York Times story, that technology and smartphones fuel the current multitude of illegal immigration from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The internet helps any Mohammed from Senegal to Kabul to make his way across thousands of miles of foreign territory to the welfare offices of his dreams in northern Europe.
Got that smartphone battery loaded up? Time for Islam boyz to invade stupid infidels in Europe then.
The Camp of the Saints scenario of the 1970s was bad enough. Now the globalized information of the internet empowers diverse unfriendly hordes looking for a handout. Invaders can use their smartphones to plot their own route or hook up with a trafficker. They can keep up with border changes, police movements and available freebies — all the better to swarm European societies whose leaders are too clueless to recognize an invasion when it is happening to them.
BELGRADE, Serbia — The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.
“Every time I go to a new country, I buy a SIM card and activate the Internet and download the map to locate myself,” Osama Aljasem, a 32-year-old music teacher from Deir al-Zour in Syria, explained as he sat on a broken park bench in Belgrade, staring at his smartphone and plotting his next move into northern Europe.
“I would never have been able to arrive at my destination without my smartphone,” he added. “I get stressed out when the battery even starts to get low.”
Technology has transformed this 21st-century version of a refugee crisis, not least by making it easier for millions more people to move. It has intensified the pressures on routes that prove successful — like this one through the Balkans, where the United Nations said Tuesday that about 3,000 people a day continued to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia.
In this modern migration, smartphone maps, global positioning apps, social media and WhatsApp have become essential tools.
Migrants depend on them to post real-time updates about routes, arrests, border guard movements and transport, as well as places to stay and prices, all the while keeping in touch with family and friends.
The first thing many do once they have successfully navigated the watery passage between Turkey and Greece is pull out a smartphone and send loved ones a message that they made it.
Much of the change is driven by the tens of thousands of middle-class Syrians who have been displaced by war. But the use of such tools is by no means limited to them, but rather used by migrants from Africa and the Middle East to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Continue reading this article
A new robot prototype from a Japanese company looks like another step toward a completely automated warehouse, where no human workers are necessary.
The machine has two arms and can pull items off a shelf and place them into a box.
This robot is an advance over the Kiva warehouse system used by Amazon to speed its order processing. The Kiva machines look like big shoeboxes with wheels that scoot under moveable shelves holding merchandise and transport them automatically to humans who pull the items and pack them for shipment.
Interestingly, my Amazon-shipped copy of Rise of the Robots arrived in a new kind of packaging. The book was enclosed in two pieces of light cardboard glued together around all sides, rather than in a box. It was clearly machine packaged and not touched by human hands.
So jobs are slipping away at an increasing rate as smart machines advance in intelligence and movement. It would be unwise for America to continue importing immigrant workers for a shrinking number of jobs. Oxford University researchers estimated in a 2013 paper (“The Future of Employment”) that 47 percent of US jobs could be done by automation and computers within 20 years. So the idea of a future labor shortage based on boomer retirement, a favorite argument of amnesty hucksters, is a myth. Politicians should instead be concerned about a future job shortage based on automation.
Given the rapid replacement of humans by robots, the correct number of immigrants now and going forward is ZERO.
In a warehouse in Noda city, east of Tokyo, a robot with wheels zips around to pick up boxes of goods and carries them to a shipping container. It’s Hitachi Ltd.’s vision for the future.
The Japanese maker of bullet trains and power stations on Tuesday unveiled a robot that can pick up products ranging from 500-milliliter (17-ounce) plastic bottles to shoe boxes weighing around 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds).
Such robots would have the potential to replace some workers as companies begin turning to them for repetitive tasks such as collecting items from shelves in Amazon.com Inc. warehouses. These new machines would also extend the use of robots from fixed positions on factory floors, a common sight at automakers from Toyota Motor Corp. to General Motors Co.
“We plan to start using them in our own group companies in two to three years and selling them in around five years,” Toshio Moriya, a general manager at Hitachi’s technology innovation center, said in Noda Tuesday. Companies could use tens of robots to more than 100 in a warehouse, he said. Continue reading this article
This report from Down Under probably describes the situation in all first-world societies: colleges and trade schools are cranking out increasingly useless degrees and skills that will not serve the economic interests of those who work for years to get them. The workplace is undergoing fundamental change because of automation, robotics and computers, but hidebound elites in government and education behave as if it’s the same old job market.
Below, robots build Volkswagens in a German factory.
Curiously, most of the news stories about unemployed college grads leave out details of what majors the jobless young people had. A major in art history or ethnic studies may have been interesting to certain people, but they are economically useless.
My suggestion for education relevance is that useful majors should cost less in tuition. Anyone dedicating his academic life to chicano studies should have to pay more for it.
Another suggestion: prune immigration severely. Humans are becoming obsolete in many workplaces, from the factory to the farm.
N.b. TAFE in the following article stands for Technical and Further Education. Apparently Aussie vocational schools are not facing workplace changes any better than academic institutions.
News reports say 30 police were injured in the riot, although there is no mention of any civilians being hurt, which is odd.
Naturally, the press is full of shrieking about neo-nazis, but that characterization is not completely convincing.
A little backstory is in order here. Heidenau is just a few miles from Dresden, which has been the site of peaceful Monday-night marches of the PEGIDA group since last October. The name PEGIDA stands for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes). Photos of marchers all show families, young and old — definitely not a skinhead crowd.
Below, a PEGIDA march in Dresden. The front banner reads “Nonviolent and united against religious wars on German soil.” The sign behind that says, ”For the future of our children.”
So the local people have been peacefully demonstrating for months against the Islamization of Germany caused by legal and illegal immigration, but the government has ignored them completely by its resettlement behavior. A little violence did get the attention of the big suits in Berlin however.
Angela Merkel has admitted that multiculturalism is a failure, but she continues to shove an unrealistic ideology down the throats of the citizens, and it’s hard to see why. Is her aim to preserve the borderless European Union, no matter what? The violence is only beginning, and the newcomers are the ones to fear, not the Europeans.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande condemned anti-immigrant riots in Germany, while pressing all European Union countries to help deal with the continent’s tide of refugees.
Meeting for the first time after the political summer break, the leaders of Europe’s two biggest economies elevated the refugee crisis to a top priority Monday, placing it alongside challenges such as the conflict in Ukraine.
“There are moments in European history when we face exceptional circumstances, and these are exceptional circumstances that will last,” Hollande said alongside Merkel before they met for talks in Berlin. “So rather than wait and then cope on a day-to-day basis, we must get organized and strengthen our policies.”
With Germany expecting as many as 800,000 people fleeing war and poverty to arrive this year, street violence and arson attacks on empty asylum shelters are raising pressure on Merkel to find solutions and take a stand. After police guarding a refugee shelter were attacked by protesters for three consecutive nights, she condemned the outbreak of “anti-immigrant hatred” in the town of Heidenau near Dresden. Continue reading this article
Watching snotty globalist Fareed Zakaria is generally a waste of time, but the segment of his CNN show with writer Derek Thompson was informative because it discussed automation’s threat to ordinary American jobs. Thompson wrote the May Atlantic article about the subject, A World without Work, that got some attention.
The only clip I could find was incomplete, but still contains important points about how people in the Rustbelt city of Youngstown are scrambling to earn a living now, although the piece omits the severe economic restructuring that may face us. That part is a scary future without a roadmap, and the TV segment was only five minutes.
The headline here is that America’s most common jobs are likely to be automated: those are driver (cab and truck), retail salesperson, cashier, food and beverage worker, office clerk.
Thompson’s solution is a big government one, namely a universal basic income. If there is a conservative fix, I haven’t heard it. In fact, the right-wing press and politicians have been ignoring the problem. One notable exception is Sen Jeff Sessions who connected automation with a reduced need for immigrants in an op-ed. None of the Presidential candidates of either party have mentioned the automated future, and that is worrisome.
ZAKARIA: The great economist John Maynard Canes [sic] looked at his crystal ball in 1930 and imaged life 100 years later, in 2030. In a piece entitled “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” he envisioned those descendants of his working only 15 hours a week yet producing enough to live happy and fulfilled life with lots of leisure time.
It’s not 2030 yet but a not-so surprising survey by Gallup last year found that only 8 percent of American full-time workers work less than 40 hours a week, 42 percent work the standard 40 hours, and the other 50 percent, well, they work more than 40 hours a week. But are we at a turning point? Will the huge advances in robotics and artificial intelligence strip away more and more jobs from us humans until we are all working about 15 hours a week? And will that be the fulfillment of Canes’ dream or a nightmare of part-time work, low wages and job insecurity?
Derek Thompson has written a great long read for “The Atlantic” called “A World Without Work” about all this and much more.
THOMPSON: Thank you. Good to be here.
ZAKARIA: You start with Youngstown, Ohio. Explain why. What’s the story there?
THOMPSON: Youngstown, Ohio, in many ways, was the American dream of the 20th century. It had one of the highest typical incomes for young people, it had perhaps the highest rate of home ownership of any city in the U.S. in the middle of the 20th century. But then something happened in the next 20 years. The steel industry started to collapse for a variety of reasons, globalization and technology. Continue reading this article
It’s disconcerting to see Europe turning up the speed on its self-inflicted destruction by allowing even more Islamic aliens to enter. Muslims keep coming because Europe keeps admitting them, rather than turn them back at the borders or at sea as Australia has sensibly done. Normal warfare in Islam societies is not Europe’s problem and Europeans are creating a deadly precedent.
Germany is a popular destination, judging by the numbers. The country expects to get 800,000 asylum seekers this year, a quadrupling from last year. Given that the citizen population of Germany is around 81 million now, 800K additional residents would be 1 percent of the number of the whole country. Just the sheer number is daunting, even without the unfriendly culture and history of Muslims toward Europeans. Plus, there is the certainty that dedicated jihadists are using the open borders chaos to infiltrate.
The illegal aliens won’t be treated with the deference they feel due, but it will be better than bombed-out Syria, and many will tell their whole families to come for Europe’s generous freebies. Why won’t tens of millions come? As long as Europe continues its insane policy of welcoming historic enemies rather than repelling them, they will continue to travel thousands of miles in hopes of a free first-world lifestyle.
Here’s a sappy BBC report about Syrians traversing Macedonia, but it gives a hint of the unruly crowds and how needy they are. Some of those kids will grow up to be jihadists in the heart of Europe.
Here’s a Tube showing hordes rushing the Macedonian border:
Middle Easterner males in Macedonia jam a train headed to Serbia.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is talking crazy, saying that Germany won’t be overwhelmed by 800,000 demanding Muslims. This could end very badly, particularly with such an unrealistic attitude on the part of Merkel.
The German government has insisted that it will not be overwhelmed by a substantial increase in the number of migrants heading for the country
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that his government would not be fazed by an estimated 800,000 asylum applications by the end of 2015:
“This is a challenge for all of us, [but] Germany is not overwhelmed.”
Germany has seen a wave of migration over the last year from the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa.
It has repeatedly had to raise its projections over the number of people seeking asylum.
Earlier this year it forecast that about 450,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015, but on Tuesday it warned that the figure could rise to as many as 750,000 this year – a figure which it again raised to 800,000 people on Wednesday.
Donald Trump welcomed Senator Sessions to the Mobile, Alabama, podium during Friday’s campaign rally, where the crowd responded with pleasure at the appearance of the hometown hero, who ran unopposed during his last election. Sessions spoke a few words of greeting from Mobile and also appreciation for Trump’s embrace of the vital immigration enforcement issue.
TRUMP: We have a great politician here. We have a man here who really helped me, and he’s the one person I sought his counsel because he’s been spot on, he’s so highly respected. Has anybody ever heard of Senator Jeff Sessions?
Jeff, come up, where’s Jeff? Get over here, Jeff. Look at him, he’s like 20 years old. Unbelievable guy. Say hello.
SESSIONS: Donald, welcome to my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. The American people, these people, want somebody in the Presidency who stands up for them, defends their interest, and the laws and traditions of this country. We welcome you here. Thank you for the work that you’ve put into the immigration issue. I’m really impressed with your plan. I know it will make a difference. And this crowd shows a lot of people agree with that. Congratulations. Welcome, and God bless.
It’s depressing that America is so crippled by liberalism and political correctness that the anchor baby scam of invasion-by-birth continues and is getting worse. Trump’s declaration that as President he would end it has made a number of heads explode because the idea of America as world welfare provider accords with globalist redistribution ideology.
After giving birth in south Texas on the US taxpayer’s tab ($4500), moocher Mexican Fabiola says, “I’m glad he was born here. That’s why I came here, so my children, my husband and I could have a better life.”
Geography is so convenient for Mexicans in that they can walk to America and steal all the freebies they can carry. No wonder more than 12 million of them live in the US so they can be close to the welfare office and hospital.
When people discuss our nation’s immigration policies, what becomes clear is that the system is broken, and tangible solutions are needed. Take birthright citizenship, for example. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants we admit each year, our country must also prepare for the economic, educational, health care and infrastructure responsibilities and consequences of illegal immigrants who cross the border and then have a child in the USA.
The status quo understanding of the 14th Amendment allows for a child born of illegal immigrants on U.S. soil — via birthright citizenship — to be granted full citizenship rights and access to all public and social services our society provides. That’s a lot of services.
Recently, there have been raids of “maternity hotels,” where foreign women paid exorbitant amounts of money to visit the USA in the final few months of pregnancy in order to abuse our government’s misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. While it seems unbelievable, hundreds of thousands of babies each year are the offspring of illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article
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