Fortune magazine has an article reassuring tippy top inventive people that a robot won’t take their jobs. In particular, if someone’s work requires creativity then they are probably secure. It’s the last century jobs using repetition that are at risk — from welder to librarian.
Below, auto manufacturing once supplied millions of middle class jobs for Americans. Now, outsourcing and robotics have slashed that employment opportunity.
Fortune’s forecast is fine for MIT wiz kids, but what about everybody else? People get angry when they cannot earn a living and they feel society is stacked against them. The current unrest in places like Ferguson about alleged police misconduct couldn’t happen if young people were employed and had hope for their futures.
But there’s hope, at least for some. According to an advanced copy of a new report that U.K. non-profit Nesta sent to Fortune, 21% of US employment requires people to be “highly creative.” Of them, 86% (18% of the total workforce) are at low or no risk from automation. In the U.K., 87% of those in creative fields
“Artists, musicians, computer programmers, architects, advertising specialists … there’s a very wide range of creative occupations,” said report co-author Hasan Bakhshi, director of creative economy at Nesta, to Fortune. Some other types would be financial managers, judges, management consultants, and IT managers. “Those jobs have a very high degree of resistance to automation.” Continue reading this article
The upshot is the Obama administration is opening the border to huge numbers of backward Third Worlders who will need lots of government freebies to survive and will gratefully vote Democrat in the future.
One of the experts testifying at the hearing was Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, and she appeared Friday on Fox News with Neil Cavuto:
VAUGHAN: What the administration is doing is two things: first, in order to justify admitting huge numbers of folks from Central America, a lot of them are kids, they’ve basically unilaterally changed the definition of who is a refugee to cover people who live in very violent places where maybe a criminal organization goes around threatening people or if women suffered domestic violence at the hands of their husbands. They’re even saying female single heads of households can qualify the same as somebody who is persecuted for their religious beliefs and allowing them to come into the country and immediately qualify for the huge array of services and benefits. . . Continue reading this article
Labor shortage spurs farmers to use robots for handling delicate tasks in the fresh-produce industry
OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands.
Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby.
Such tasks have long required the trained discernment and backbreaking effort of tens of thousands of relatively low-paid workers. But technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the job, just as a shrinking supply of available fruit pickers has made the technology more financially attractive.
“It’s no longer a problem of how much does a strawberry harvester cost,” said Juan Bravo, inventor of Agrobot, the picking machine. “Now it’s about how much does it cost to leave a field unpicked, and that’s a lot more expensive.”
The Agrobot costs about $100,000 and Mr. Bravo has a second, larger prototype in development. Other devices similarly are starting to assume delicate tasks in different parts of the fresh-produce industry, from planting vegetable seedlings to harvesting lettuce to transplanting roses.
Farmers of corn and other commodity crops decades ago replaced most of their workers with giant combines and other machines that can quickly cut and gather grain used for animal feed, food ingredients and ethanol. But growers of produce and plants have largely stuck with human pickers—partly to avoid maladroit machines marring the blemish-free appearance of items that consumers see on store shelves. Continue reading this article
On Thursday, Don Rosenberg appeared on the Fox morning show to express his distrust of the administration’s screening of illegal aliens. He has been an advocate for the public safety of citizens since his son was killed by an illegal alien in 2010. He knows very well that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.
STEVE DOOCY: Our next guest’s son was killed by an illegal in a car crash back in 2010, and he says this was no mistake. . . . You say the government did not make a mistake here, did they?
ROSENBERG: They have a policy right now and it’s actually been going on for years, to try to keep as many of these people in the country as they possibly can, and I’m not buying that it’s a mistake, a matter of fact they lie constantly. It’s a mistake when they tell the truth. . . .
When you talk about a background check, how do you do a background check on somebody, you have no idea who he is, you have no idea where they came from, but you’re going to do a background check? You don’t know what they did in their country of origin, and here’s a case, a perfect example of that because it wasn’t just this guy, they’re admitting to at least 20 others.
20 other suspected gang affiliates get admin’s approval
The man accused of murdering a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was already a known gang member when he was approved for President Obama’s amnesty for so-called Dreamers, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted it broke its own rules in approving the gang member for tentative legal status, agency chief Leon Rodriguez said in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley.
“Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been approved,” Mr. Rodriguez said in admitting his agency’s catastrophic error in approving Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez.
Mr. Rodriguez said Mr. Rangel’s immigrant’s status was revoked March 5 — but that was a month after he’d already been arrested by police and accused of killing Mirjana Puhar, a contestant last year on the “Top Model” program, and three others.
The admissions are a serious black eye for Mr. Obama’s amnesty program, which the president has insisted would allow generally law-abiding illegal immigrants to live and work without fear, while weeding out serious criminals.
USCIS admitted in its letter to Mr. Grassley that another 20 immigrants with potential gang ties have also been approved, and officers are now going back and trying to figure out whether rules were broken in those cases as well. Mr. Rodriguez said his officers will also face retraining so they know which applications to deny.
But Mr. Grassley said the approvals exposed the holes with the amnesty, which Mr. Obama announced in 2012 and which has approved more than 600,000 Dreamers for tentative legal status under his program, officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
“It’s no secret that USCIS staff is under intense pressure to approve every DACA application that comes across their desk, and based on this information, it’s clear that adequate protocols are not in place to protect public safety,” Mr. Grassley said. “The fact is that this tragedy could have been avoided if the agency had a zero tolerance policy with regard to criminal aliens and gang members.” Continue reading this article
The replacement of traditional American people continues briskly, according to Census projections out to 2060. In the near term, the US population will reach a record high percentage of immigrants in 2023, just eight years from today.
The Center for Immigration Studies issued an analysis of the Census report which includes the chart below:
The future America planned by elites will be more crowded and therefore regulated, because order must be enforced to prevent chaos among the increasingly diverse population. Plus, Americans will experience more pavement, less open space and more water shortages. It sounds stressful, but Happy Belated Earth Day anyway!
U.S. Census Bureau: 1 in 7 U.S. residents will be foreign-born
While they did not receive much attention when they were released last month, new projections from the Census Bureau show the enormous impact of immigration on the U.S. population. For the first time, the Bureau projected the future size of the immigrant (foreign-born) population and found that by 2023 immigrants will account for more than one in seven U.S. residents (51 million) — the largest share ever recorded in American history. Driven largely by legal immigration, not illegal immigration, the immigrant population will grow to nearly one in five U.S. residents (78 million) by 2060, the Bureau projects. The total U.S. population will grow to almost 417 million — 108 million more than in 2010. Continue reading this article
On April 20, Rev. Graham wrote about the Islam threat on his Facebook page:
Each day’s news seems to reveal new horrors from militant Islam. Can it be that the world is no longer as shocked by Christians having their heads cut off and then ISIS proudly promoting this on video? We should continue to be horrified and nauseated. We should make sure our government and the current administration recognizes Islam for the danger it is, and that they are doing all they can to work against it. Our government needs to: (1) Immediately look at immigration reform to halt all immigration of Muslims from countries that have active terrorist cells—the threat this poses to our nation is huge and could end up costing thousands of lives in the future if we don’t act now. And (2) Take immediate military action to defeat ISIS. The influence of radical Islam is spreading, not diminishing. I urge you to contact your senators and representatives in Congress to express your concern and outrage—and ask them to take action. SHARE this if you agree, and continue to pray for Christians living in the midst of this threat around the world. I will be talking about this issue on Fox News Channel’s The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson live at 2:00 today, so tune in to hear more.
Here’s a clip of that Fox News interview:
GRAHAM: We have to stop allowing the immigration of Muslims into this country who come from countries with active terror cells. So I’m calling for the halt to all immigration of Muslims to this country if they come from a country that has Islamic terror cells. . . You just can’t allow people to keep coming from those countries that are going to bring terrorism into this nation, so you’re going to have to just halt immigration until ISIS is defeated, and if we don’t do that we’re going to have a huge problem like we’re seeing right now in Minnesota.
America and the West are in a war for civilization against the Muslim barbarians. During a time of war, a prudent nation does not admit members of the enemy tribe inside the gates. Even Democrat Franklin Roosevelt did not allow fascist immigration during WWII.
The poet Robert Frost once remarked, “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”
These days, a liberal is a person too broadminded to take his own side in a war, and bullies others to feel likewise in the name of diversity.
“We have a terror-recruiting problem in Minnesota,” Luger said. “The problem will not go away unless we address it head-on. It’s not a Somali problem, it’s not an immigrant problem. It’s our problem. It’s a Minnesota problem.“
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Six young Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism, accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
The indictment said the men were recruited by another young Minnesotan who has been with ISIS for more than a year.
The six, whom authorities described as friends who met secretly to plan their travels, are accused of conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The complaint says the men planned to reach Syria by flying to nearby countries from Minneapolis, San Diego or New York City, and lied to federal investigators when they were stopped.
Four of the men were arrested Sunday in Minneapolis and two were arrested in San Diego.
Charged are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.
At least fifty members of the Somali community — some of them family members of the young men — arrived in federal court for the hearing Monday afternoon.
The four defendants, including Hanad Musse and Adnan Farah, appeared briefly — all were given public defenders . They are all charged with conspiring to leave the country to join ISIS.
[. . .] Judicial Watch sources said that “coyotes” working for the notorious Juarez Cartel are smuggling Islamic State terrorists across the U.S. border between the New Mexico cities of Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, as well as “through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas.” [. . .]
Why wouldn’t ISIS operate a base in Mexico, given the disinterest in border security decreed by the Obama administration? Next thing, the jihadists will be opening an office on K Street in Washington to lobby Democrats more easily.
More recently, photos have appeared showing drugs and guns being transported north — it looks too easy to be called “smuggling” — like they were going from Sacramento to Fresno. The cameras have been placed by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Operation Drawbridge which was responsible for more than 29,300 apprehensions and 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014.
On Saturday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson to discuss the border situation:
CARLSON: The video doesn’t lie: people seem to move unimpeded across the border with drugs and guns.
FITTON: Well that’s right and a lot of these folks also help illegal aliens come here and they rely on the distraction of bringing those people up often allow them to do this other activity and they often force these other illegal aliens to carry the drugs for them, but what it exposes is the lack of security on the border.
I’m glad these cameras are there to demonstrate what’s happening. I’m sure there’s a good law enforcement purpose, but your viewers should know there’s really no fence of much significance on the border. They have only 37 miles of the sort of fencing you would understand to prohibit people from crossing. The rest is just vehicle barriers and things that can be stepped over. It’s a real crisis on the border — it’s unsecured. We hear about ISIS in Australia, in Kansas and Ohio, but we’re supposed to pretend that it’s not in Mexico potentially. . . The drugs, the guns, the national security threat is a real issue there.
Apparently Texas authorities are hoping that embarrassing the feds will force them to become more responsible about protecting the country.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released images this week showing individuals walk across the southern border at night — in many cases carrying drugs or firearms.
The pictures were captured by a network of motion-detection cameras placed on the Texas-Mexico border as part of a program in collaboration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection called Operation Drawbridge.
Authorities say the program was responsible for more than 29,300 apprehensions and the seizure of 88,400 pounds of drugs in 2014.
“These results represent a significant impact in the effort to combat Mexican cartel smuggling operations,” the Texas DPS said in a statement.
Authorities in Texas say they don’t have the manpower to blanket the entire southern border with personal. Instead, they rely on Operation Drawbridge cameras to alert them to individuals crossing the border. Law enforcement is then deployed to the scene. Continue reading this article
Excessive immigration can usually muddle through as long as the jobs economy doesn’t tank. But when employment disappears, then jobless locals begin to notice the cheapie foreign workers. That scenario seems to be the case in South Africa, where several persons have been killed in anti-immigration rioting across the country over the last couple weeks. Most of the immigrants apparently are other Africans.
Below, South Africans rough up a foreign cabbie in an instance of black-on-black xenophobia. (See Daily Mail coverage for photos of machete diversity.)
The deadly violence going on is regrettable, but humans are normally tribal beings by nature, and sometimes the us-versus-them urge gets ugly.
In 2011, the IPSOS pollsters asked citizens of a number of countries whether they thought that there were too many immigrants. Two-thirds of South Africans agreed with that statement.
It’s odd that many governments let such predictable time bombs grow and fester, but they do. Now the political leaders of South Africa must deal with widespread rioting over weeks: their response is to ask for help from outside. Note that the immigrants have formed up into vigilante groups and armed themselves with machetes.
South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across the continent on Friday to defeat the “demon” of anti-immigrant violence in which at least four people have been killed over the past fortnight.
Foreign nationals have complained that the South African police are failing to protect them, raising the prospect of a row between Pretoria and its neighbors, as well as stirring hostility to South Africans working abroad.
The unrest, which began in the port town of Durban, has spread to Johannesburg where police fired rubber bullets and a stun grenade on Friday to end a stand-off between South Africans and an immigrant vigilante group armed with machetes.
“We believe that working together we can defeat this demon,” South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters after meeting African diplomats in Pretoria. “We all have to nip this in the bud.”
However, the Malawian government has hired buses to repatriate 500 of its nationals, Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said on Friday. He urged South Africa to provide greater protection for immigrants, echoing demands from China and the African Union.
Kenya and some other African governments have also offered to evacuate any of their citizens who feel threatened, while local people in neighboring Mozambique temporarily blocked a road leading to the South African frontier on Friday in protest.
Chadian Ambassador Mahamoud Adam Bachir told Reuters the Pretoria meeting had helped to alleviate some safety concerns. “It went better than expected. We were assured of the security of our nationals,” he said.
South Africa, with a population of about 50 million, is home to an estimated 5 million immigrants, from countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and from further afield, including China and Pakistan. Many own shops or sell wares as informal hawkers on street corners or in markets. Continue reading this article
It’s spring on the Mediterranean and that means thousands of Africans and Middle Easterners are boarding rickety boats to reach Europe, where they expect to be welcomed and treated generously. The Associated Press reported on April 14 that “more than 7,000 migrants have been plucked from the Mediterranean in the last four days.” Furthermore:
More than 280,000 people entered the European Union illegally last year. Many came from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia and made the perilous sea journey from conflict-torn Libya.
But even during the attempted escape to a better life, the common Muslim urge to murder infidels couldn’t be suppressed, and allah’s gangsters had to kill 15 non-Muslims because they were Christians.
Didn’t the killers understand that they were headed for a continent of cultures based on Christian principles? How did they expect to get along? The killers are just an extreme example of the diverse barbarians headed north to overwhelm Europe. Africa is home to over a billion people — why wouldn’t a hundred million or more leave for the freebies of Europe’s social welfare societies?
Italian police arrested 15 Muslim migrants who survivors said tossed 12 Christians from a boat during a recent Mediterranean crossing attempt. In a separate incident, 41 migrants were feared drowned as the situation in the region intensifies.
The Muslim migrants involved in the clash with Christians were arrested in the Sicilian city of Palmero and charged with “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,” police said in a statement Thursday, according to the BBC. The victims were from Nigeria and Ghana. The suspects were from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.
Police learned of the incident through interviews with survivors, who said they boarded a rubber boat Tuesday off the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, the Associated Press reported. The surviving Christians were able to remain onboard only by forming a “human chain” to resist the assault, police said. Continue reading this article
A Muslim residing in Columbus traveled to Syria and trained with the Al Nusra Front, who then returned to the US with plans to kill Americans. That man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, was arrested February 21 upon his return from the MIddle East. On Thursday, an indictment was filed which said he aimed to murder police or members of the US military.
A local news report from March after the arrest reveals the “community” from which the jihadist sprung. In it, a Somali immigrant leader vows to fight back against the stigma of terror against them. Presumably he hopes that Columbus has forgotten about Nuradin Abdi, another Somali jihadist from the city who was convicted of a plot to bomb a shopping center in 2002.
Naturally, many reports called the perp an “Ohio man” rather than mentioning his background as an immigrant from Somalia.
Also predictable is the fact that no media outlet will question the government’s policy of admitting thousands of likely enemies yearly in the form of Muslim immigrants. Somalis are among the most dangerous and hostile, yet they are being welcomed into the US at a rate of 800 per month.
A federal grand jury has charged a Columbus, Ohio man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud with attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and making false statements to the FBI, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports.
The three-count indictment was filed Thursday in the Southern District of Ohio. The case is notable because Mohamud, 23, actually went to Syria and returned to conduct attacks, Reid reports. Most “aspiring jihadists” don’t leave the country.
According to court documents, Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizen and was able to obtain a U.S. passport. In April 2014 he left the U.S. on a one-way plane ticket to Greece. During his layover in Istanbul, he left the airport and completed pre-arranged plans to travel to Syria. Continue reading this article
Does La Raza run a complainer training program for illegal aliens? Moocher moms from Central America (yes, they’re back) are griping about the service at one of America’s most deluxe detention centers. Apparently the illegal alien kiddies are “depressed” because of the free-to-them school, housing and amenities are not culturally perfect or otherwise deficient.
When Congressman Lamar Smith spoke in the hearing, he noted that the guidelines were designed without input from ICE officers or citizens concerned with the cost of extreme upgrades to holding facilities. Smith further remarked, “While funds for American students physical education classes are being cut, the new detention standards expand recreation for illegal immigrants. . . [with] options such as soccer, volleyball and basketball. It would be nice if all American students got those options.”
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Immigrant children at a federal detention facility in Texas are acting depressed after months of regimentation and confinement, said a Honduran mother who was recently released with her 2-year-old son.
Kenia Galeano, 26, said at a small protest Tuesday in front of a downtown cathedral that the children are suffering after long periods of being held at the 500-bed facility in Karnes City.
U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement authorities, however, have said in the past that the facility provides a number of play and schooling areas where children and residents can move about freely. ICE officials said they would look into questions from The Associated Press about the emotional state of the children at Karnes, but could not provide a response Tuesday.
Tens of thousands of Central American migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last summer, most of them mothers with children and unaccompanied minors.
Galeano, who entered the country illegally last November and was detained for more than five months, said the children are unaccustomed to being restricted to the facility and have trouble with the more rigid eating and schooling schedules. She said the food, such as reheated vegetables and chicken mixed with pineapple and oranges, is also foreign to them. Continue reading this article
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