Mexico Murders Reach 20-Year High for May

With all the media chatter about threats to America from Nork nukes and such, it’s easy to forget the ongoing dangers posed by our thuggish neighbor to the south. Breitbart had a chilling headline this week about increased cartel violence: U.S. Border Agents Warned of ‘Open Warfare’ with ‘Grenades’ in Mexico at Texas Border. Mexican drug violence is back with a vengeance, and the country is on track to have 25,000 murders this year.

We need the Trump Wall built, no matter how much Mexicans squawk about having their easy access to US jobs and freebies cut off.

Illegal border crossings spiked up 27 percent in May after falling precipitously after the Trump election. Perhaps illegal aliens just discovered they wouldn’t be shot on sight while breaking into Trump-run America.

Just how violent is Mexico these days? RT colorfully headlined (6/22): 3 killed every hour: Mexico’s murder rate reaches 20-year high.

Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse explained the background and present situation with our neighbor:

WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: Mexico is now the second deadliest country in the world after only Syria, and while they’re in a civil war, Mexico’s violence is attributable to only one thing — drugs. So for context, just a few years ago it seemed we were doing a story every week like this under then-President Felipe Calderon which replaced corrupt cops and took the cartels head-on with the military. But every time you take out one kingpin, another would emerge.

Then Mexico got a new president in 2012, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took a less hardline view. Violence subsided, but now it is back. With the capture of former Sinaloa cartel leader El Chapo and others, the turf wars returned, fueled largely by the US meth and heroin epidemic. Mexico saw a record 2,186 murders in May, 30 percent more than last year and the most in two decades.

So Mexico has 31 states: the highest rate of violence is in Guerrero, the country’s opium capital. Today Mexico provides 90 percent of our heroin, up from just 10 percent 20 years ago. Next is Sinaloa, the pot capital where under-lords are fighting to replace El Chapo. Finally the biggest jump in killings however — almost 400 percent — was in Baja where the Jalisco cartel is fighting to control the drug routes into California and Arizona.

While most of the violence is among criminals, it does breed corruption and fear. It goes into tourist areas like Cabo and Cancun, and it fuels extortion and kidnapping. Yesterday there were three workers in Veracruz who are attacked because they were hanging a billboard offering a reward for a drug lord. So we’re looking at over 25,000 fatalities every year.

Douglas Murray Argues That Europe Is Committing Suicide by Diversity

Author Douglas Murray is making the rounds upon the release of his new book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, doing interviews and writing opinion pieces. His chat with Tucker Carlson earlier in the month discusses Europe’s curious denial of the catastrophe it has welcomed inside the gates.

Islamic invaders make clear their intentions toward Europe on the Macedonian border in 2015, demanding “Open or Die!”

The book should be a reminder to Americans in particular that all diversity is not equal. While Mexican immigration brings worsening crime, misogyny and poor scholarship skills, there are at least burritos and other tasty chow. Muslim culture brings nothing — no cuisine, literature or music. The best the west can hope for is the lack of jihad tendencies among newbies, but that behavior may appear in the second generation anyway, as youthful rebellion turns to the well developed dark side of Islam.

An interview on British radio a few weeks back is worth a listen:

It’s interesting that Murray discusses the history of failed ideas in Europe in his Wall Street Journal opinion piece, saying the resulting “tiredness” has caused Europeans to give up on their culture and welcome the “inevitable” influx of unfriendly foreigners. However he doesn’t mention that Europeans are accepting the most dangerous belief of all, that diversity is the highest pinnacle of human progress. On the contrary, diversity the ideology is another dumb idea in the vein of communism and socialism. When the diversity is Muslim-flavored, welcoming millions of its invasive practitioners is truly suicide

Europe’s Elites Seem Determined to Commit Suicide by ‘Diversity’, by Douglas Murray, Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2017

Politicians say with fury that their migration policies ‘must’ work. What if they don’t?

Europe in 2017 is racked with uncertainty—the eurozone crises, the endless challenges of the European Union, national elections that resemble endless rounds of bullet-dodging. Yet even these events are insignificant compared with the deep tectonic shifts beneath the Continent’s politics, shifts that Europeans—and their allies—ignore at our peril.

Throughout the migration crisis of recent years I traveled across the Continent, from the reception islands into which migrants arrive to the suburbs in which they end up and the chancelleries which encouraged them to come. For decades Europe had encouraged guest workers, and then their families, to come. As Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel once admitted, nobody expected them to stay.

Yet stay they did, with their numbers swelling even when there were no jobs. Waking up to the results of their policy, European societies rebranded themselves “multicultural” societies, only to begin wondering what that meant. Could a multicultural society make any demands of its newcomers? Or would that be “racist”?

From the 2000s legal and illegal immigration picked up. Boats regularly set out from Turkey and North Africa to enter Europe illegally. Syrians fleeing civil war pushed into the Continent, soon joined by people from across sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East.

Today the great migration is off the front pages. Yet it goes on. On an average weekend nearly 10,000 people arrive on Italian reception islands alone. Where do they go? What do they expect? And what do we expect of them?

To find the answer to these and other questions it is necessary to ask deeper questions. Why did Europe decide it could take in the poor and dispossessed of the world? Why did we decide that anybody in the world fleeing war, or just seeking a better life, could come to Europe and call it home?

The reasons lie partly in our history, not least in the overwhelming German guilt, which has spread across the Continent and affected even our cultural cousins in America and Australia. Egged on by those who wish us ill, we have fallen for the idea that we are uniquely guilty, uniquely to be punished, and uniquely in need of having our societies changed as a result.

There is also, for Europe, the sense of what I call tiredness—the feeling that the story might have run out: that we have tried religion, all imaginable forms of politics, and that each has, one after another, led us to disaster. When we taint every idea we touch, perhaps a change is as good as a rest. Continue reading this article

In Los Angeles Koreatown, Poverty Lurks beneath the Success

Los Angeles Times’ recent spotlight on increasing diverse homelessness has been a reminder of how open borders have turned the United States from a middle class society into the flophouse for the world. Foreigners enter illegally to obtain an array of freebies such as free-to-them medical care, even ultra-expensive procedures like organ transplants. The story discussed below makes a non-explanatory observation that a Korean man “thought the United States would be better for his daughter, who was disabled with brain damage.”

The welcome mat has been out for years for poor and sick illegals to obtain a better life with first-world benefits on the backs of the American taxpayer, and the decades’ accumulation is showing up in symptoms like diverse homelessness.

The Times’ Monday front page featured a Korean sob story that diverts from the usual success narrative that one sees in the media about that tribe. One estimate puts the number of illegal alien Koreans at 20 percent, and some of that group struggle with poverty in Koreatown and beyond. Cultural shame about any failure makes admitting illegal status a verboten subject which is interesting because hispanics essentially celebrate it.

The story is a reminder that poverty is everywhere, even tucked away in normally success-oriented communities — with excessive immigration being a big causal factor.

As usual, La Times downplays the illegal immigration aspect of the story, disguising it by saying “immigrants” may have “overstayed their visas” or “lack work permits” thereby avoiding the plain truth that some Koreans are illegal aliens and have fewer opportunities as a result. Not speaking English is rather limiting also, even in diverse LA.

In booming Koreatown, these immigrants live fizzled American dreams, Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2017

When he hears his phone ring, Seon Jin Kim’s whole body flinches and his ears perk up.

A 62-year-old diabetic with diminishing eyesight, he bounds up the stairs and dives for the phone. This could be the minimum-wage job at a Koreatown pool hall he interviewed for a couple of days ago, the call that would get him back on his feet.

But it’s a wrong number. The phone rings again a few minutes later and he flies up the steps once more — another wrong number.

He couldn’t tell you where things went wrong, but after more than a decade of paint jobs, construction work and cleaning toilets, he had landed in this unofficial shelter for Koreans, run by an Episcopal priest.

For Korean immigrants in Los Angeles, Koreatown, with luxury condos, ever-crowded restaurants and a nightlife that draws the young and trendy from every part of the city, represents an ideal of prosperity and high achievement.

But decades after immigrating, few of the bus boys, cashiers, drivers, cooks and unskilled construction workers who helped build K-town embody the sort of success stories Forbes magazine once called “Bankers, Grocers and Lots of Kims.”

Often unable to speak English and lacking career skills or legal work visas, they are part of what researchers have called a “pliant, low-wage immigrant workforce,” that remains stuck in low-paying jobs nationwide.

In Koreatown, some of those workers’ stories end at a home residents call Adullam, after the Old Testament cave in which David took refuge.

There’s the man who once worked 18-hour days driving illegal cabs to support a daughter with cerebral palsy.

A mother who has worked for decades in hair salons paying off a husband’s gambling debts while raising a deaf and mute son.

A man who started one business after another, peddling clothing and perfume, until it all came crumbling down.

David left the biblical Adullam and went on to become king of Israel.

Some of the dozens of impoverished Koreans who have stayed at Koreatown’s Adullam since it opened in 2009 have moved on to jobs as supermarket cashiers or box packers. But seven have died here and others don’t see themselves leaving any other way.

The ‘enclave economy’

In 1980, a sociologist studying Cubans in Miami theorized that a self-contained economy in which Cuban-owned businesses employed other Cubans, offered a jump-start for newly arriving immigrants.

Since then, though, other researchers have found that these “enclave economies” might be more of an impediment: the ethnic clusters that are launchpads for some, can be a lifelong trap for others, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by employers and stuck in dead-end jobs with low pay. Continue reading this article

Los Angeles Homelessness Shows a Big Increase in Latino Diversity

The LA Times reports that hispanic homelessness is surging in the county, up by up by 63 percent in the past year, a jaw-drop number particularly when the total homeless population increased by 23 percent.

Certainly a string of really bad luck can put some people on the streets, but the exploding numbers of a certain demographic group indicate years of open borders are showing up in homelessness. When nearly 58,000 persons are homeless in Los Angeles County, the prevalence of illegal alien Latinos in the population should be a hint to the problem.

Naturally, the anything-goes diversity beliefs of the LA Times show up in the way it doesn’t say straight out that illegal immigration is fueling yet another social problem. Apparently there aren’t enough jobs Americans won’t do to put tortillas and rent on the table for a growing number of foreign residents.

The United States is a job-creating machine compared to a lot of places, but it cannot supply employment for the moochers of the world.

Surge in Latino homeless population ‘a whole new phenomenon’ for Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2017

Timoteo Arevalos never imagined he’d end up here, loitering for hours on a bench at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights, using his backpack as his pillow.

He used to have a government job, but the recession hit and he was laid off. He then tried to scrape by as a dishwasher, but last fall his hours were cut and he couldn’t pay his rent.

Now, he is part of a rising number of Latinos who are living homeless in Los Angeles. Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up by 63% in the past year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar by 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street.

Nearly every demographic, including youth, families and veterans, showed increases in homelessness, but Latinos delivered one of the sharpest rises, adding more than 7,000 people to the surge.

“I would say it’s a whole new phenomenon,” said County Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district saw Latino homelessness go up by 84%. “We have to put it on the radar and really think outside the box when we consider how to help this population.”

Homeless officials and outreach groups say Los Angeles’ rising rents and stale wages are the main drivers pushing many out of their homes.

According to a study released by the Homeless Services Authority, renters living in Los Angeles are the most cost-burdened nationwide. More than 2 million households in L.A. and Orange counties have housing costs that exceed 30% of their income.

Latinos are particularly at risk, with many working up to two to three low-paying jobs to make ends meet. Those lacking legal status are more vulnerable these days as they struggle to find work and avoid public assistance, which they fear could flag them for eventual deportation. Continue reading this article

Resistance to EU Mandate of Muslim Immigration Hardens in Eastern Europe

The rumble is growing from nations in Eastern Europe that they will not submit to Muslim immigration being forced upon them by the EU bureaucrats in Brussels. Memories are long in the east, where barbaric Islamic rule under the Ottomans lasted for centuries. (One practice, Dershirme — the kidnapping of Christian boys for a life of military service — is but one example of muslim oppression.)

Eastern Europeans don’t want hostile muslims dumped in their countries, because they’ve been there and done that. Plus the new threat is huge, with millions of jihadists fired up and on the march. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban recently remarked, “Migration turned out to be the Trojan horse of terrorism.”

On September 13, 2015, thousands of Poles rallied in Warsaw to protest the EU’s open borders, with slogans like “Islam will be the death of Europe.”

For resistance against Brussels, there is strength in numbers, as more countries line up to deny the EU’s forced migration mandate:

Czech Republic Joins Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in Refusing EU-Imposed Migrants, Gateway Pundit, June 10, 2017

The Czech Republic has joined its Central European neighbors in officially announcing a withdrawal from the European Union’s 2015 migrant resettlement program.

After much criticism of the scheme, which seeks to resettle an initial 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across EU member states, the Czechs have finally withdrawn citing concerns over security and the ‘’dysfunctionality’’ of what has been criticized as a shambolic program.

Prague had accepted only 12 of the 1,600 migrants required by Brussels before leaving the program, which imposes quotas on all 28 member states under threat of sanction.

The resettlement scheme was the EU’s initial response to the near Biblical wave of migrants which arrived in autumn 2015 following Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders…

Naturally, no good deed goes unpunished by authoritarian multiculturalists, and EU honchos mean to smack down any resistance against their toxic diversity scheme, as noted by the Guardian (6/13): EU takes action against eastern states for refusing to take refugees. Brussels is bringing a court case against Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic, and what’s the worst it could do? Demand fines? If a worsened argument hastens a further breakup of the European Union, that would be an excellent outcome for all.

Furthermore, it’s not just Eastern Europeans complaining about the EU’s forced immigration: a new poll from Pew Research found that Europeans in general overwhelmingly want their national governments to determine who enters, not Brussels.

Vaclav Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, is a famous defender of national sovereignty:

Continue reading this article

Collaborative Manufacturing Robot Is Introduced

Industrial robot manufacturers have a marketing problem: they want potential customers to be able to purchase the labor-saving machines without frightening the hired help. If employees think they are about to be replaced by a smart machine, unpleasant workplace tensions might result.

So manufacturers have to adjust their language to a non-threatening vocabulary. One choice has been “co-bot” as in “collaborative robot” to ease the sting. Lately it seems the co-bot term has disappeared, perhaps sounding too gimmicky. But the collaborative idea has remained to emphasize the improved efficiency that smart machines provide to the remaining humans.

The YuMi robot is marketed as the “world’s first collaborative dual-arm robot” by manufacturer ABB. The machine is safe for close use, unlike larger industrial robots which can be dangerous.

The show-and-tell segment about the robot on Fox Business Tuesday was surprisingly straightforward with the details. The YuMi can be trained to do tasks by a human moving its arms in the appropriate fashion, meaning that advanced coding is not needed for operation.

Manufacturer ABB says YuMi would be a good choice for small to medium-sized businesses with its moderate cost and advanced capability. The machine can do small parts assembly, varieties of manufacturing and food production. The representative William Studebaker said, “This robot costs roughly $50,000, it works 24/7 365 days of the year with no healthcare or overtime” — an obvious pitch about replacing those greedy human workers. Continue reading this article

Future Automation Plans Include Ocean Shipping

The death by a thousand cuts continues to shrink the employment universe even in the rather obscure maritime sector, where few people seek jobs at sea any more. A recent report noted that Japanese firms are planning an automation remodel for ocean-going cargo ships, just like the self-driving cars nobody asked for. Japanese shipbuilders intend to construct remote-controlled ships for the near-future with fully automated on the to-do list for later.

As usual, the job-slashers claim automation will “reduce accidents” — when the clear motive is to cut costs by replacing humans with machines. It must be said that ships are still lost at sea at great cost in lives and property. Using appropriate technology to lessen the inherent danger is positive, unlike the wholesale dumping of humans.

The Guardian reported on the Japanese consortium:

Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade, Guardian, June 8, 2017

Shipbuilders and shipping firms believe autonomous ships will reduce accidents by removing potential for human error

Commercial drones and self-driving cars will soon be joined by fleets of autonomous cargo ships that navigate the world’s oceans using artificial intelligence.

Several shipbuilders and shipping firms in Japan have joined forces to develop remote-controlled cargo vessels that could be launched by 2025, according to the country’s Nikkei business newspaper…

Below, some representations of the future automated container ship look similar to human-run versions, at least on the outside.

In addition, the ports are becoming more automated, so robot ships will fit into a friendly existing infrastructure.

Automated straddle-carriers, the modern version of the basic forklift, stack uniformly sized containers of goods after being unloaded by computerized cargo cranes from enormous purpose-built ships for temporary storage at the port and then transfer to trucks and railways for delivery to final destinations.

Automation is a world techno-phenomenon, including the ocean shipping sector, and the pain will be felt everywhere. (See my Social Contract article, How Automation Threatens Third World Stability.) Automation is happening now, but will really heat up in the next 5 to 10 years as many more labor-saving machines appear in the workplace.

The big picture of employment is indeed sobering. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation. The recent PwC forecast was only slightly less severe than the Oxford numbers.

So America won’t need any more immigrants for non-existent jobs, right? In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

The big robot plans for the maritime industry around the world are outlined in the MIT tech publication:

Shipping Giants Are Looking to Self-Piloting Boats to Shift Cargo, MIT Technology Review, June 9, 2017

Millions of containers could be hauled by robotic ships within the next decade.

Forget Uber’s autonomous 18-wheelers: if you want a robot to haul a heavy load in the future, it might be worth considering a self-piloting container ship instead.

Plenty of people have been building modest autonomous boats in recent years, but the real payoff is in something much larger. As the Economist has pointed out in the past, fully robotic cargo ships could be faster, safer, and ultimately cheaper to run than their crewed counterparts. And that promise obviously hasn’t escaped the attention of some of the world’s largest users of maritime freight. Continue reading this article

Mexicans Think Beating US at Soccer Would Be a Win against President Trump

South of the Rio Grande, the Mexicans have their sombreros in a twist about a soccer game on Sunday which they imagine as a battle against the hated President Trump. They believe winning the World Cup qualifying match will show how superior they are to mean gringos who won’t let them steal American jobs any more. Mexico-USA soccer to Mexicans is low-intensity warfare.

Such are the Third World values of our next-door neighbor. Geography is cruel. So Build That Wall.

Below, Mexicans residing in the United States went nuts over Mexico’s national team playing in the Rose Bowl in 2011, where the awards ceremony was conducted in Spanish.

The Mexicans hate Trump because he defends America from illegal alien moochers, meaning them. But instead of bashing the US president, why don’t the Mexicans get about fixing their own country? In fact, Mexico is quite wealthy (#15 in world GDP rank) but has one of the worst levels of wealth inequality on earth, according to a scathing 2015 report from Oxfam, Extreme Inequality in Mexico. If the energy Mexicans used breaking into the US to steal American jobs were instead channelled into reforming Mexico’s corrupt political/economic system, some improvement might be made.

Back to soccer, the game won’t even be noticed by Americans. Nobody cares about soccer in the US because we have interesting sports (with actual scoring!) all year long. Anyone who observes the obnoxious and hateful behavior of Mexicans toward Americans will be reminded that they are really hostile and will remember how important the wall and universal E-verify are.

‘In your face, Trump!’ Mexicans really, really want to win Sunday’s U.S.-Mexico soccer match, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2017

Soccer-crazed Mexicans tune in for every big game, crowding bars, restaurants and any other place with a television.

But Sunday’s match will be exceptional: As the Mexican national team faces off against the United States in a World Cup qualifying contest here, it won’t just be about who best handles the ball.

“President Trump has offended us, he is threatening us with his wall,” said Mario López, 38, who was selling sports clothes from a stand in a crowded market in Mexico City.

“If Mexico beats the United States,” he said, “Mexicans will celebrate like never before.”

The U.S. and Mexican soccer teams have carried on a fierce rivalry since their first faceoff in a World Cup qualifier 83 years ago.

Mexican players say they have always felt a special pressure to deliver victories against their neighbor to the north. While the U.S. may have a far larger economy and a more powerful military, one place Mexico can win is on the soccer field.

But this year, the rivalry has kicked into overdrive.

“President Trump has fomented hatred against Mexicans,” said Federico Gonzales, a 50-year-old doctor on Mexico City’s south side.

“If Mexico is victorious Sunday, it will send a message,” he said. “‘We win! In your face, Trump!’” Continue reading this article

Hearing: DHS Secretary Kelly Suggests Congress Legalize Illegal Alien Kiddies

It was very disappointing to see Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly say he wants Congress to legalize Obama’s unlawful action of 2012 when he delivered an amnesty to hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens, in a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Obama had stated for several years that he couldn’t unilaterally create a mass amnesty, until he decided that he could.

In the hearing video below from June 7, Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ, immigration grade this Congress F-) recites the tiresome cliché, “These kids who were brought here into the country through no fault of their own as children, as you know; in Arizona there’s 57,000 of them.”

Secretary Kelly responded, “As I said many many many times on this topic, we are not targeting DACA recipients. But that said — and I’m not gonna let you off the hook — you’ve got to solve this problem. A different man or woman in this job might have a different view of it. I’m not gonna let the Congress off the hook. You’ve got to solve it.”

Of course, Kelly is simply following the guidance of his boss, President Trump, who has been continuing Obama’s DACA program with remarkable enthusiasm, despite having promised during his campaign to end it. In fact, in April the president said “This is a matter of heart” — meaning it would be mean to send them home. What?!

Whose heart? Certainly not the hearts of patriotic Americans, who thought they had elected a tough immigration enforcer. Trump’s reversal has put him in the anti-borders camp of Obama globalists, at least for kids’ category.

DACA kids have gotten free educations and other social services on the backs of taxpayers, not to mention the all-important jobs obtained via their government-supplied work permits. Illegal immigration is theft, and youth is not an excuse for receiving ill-gotten gains. If your father was an excellent safe-cracker, I don’t think you get to keep the loot.

And the numbers of DACA recipients are not insignificant. Mark Krikorian found them the other day and reported in his article Amnesty Donald:

Assuming a constant rate of processing, that would mean Donald Trump has given access to work permits, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, EITC, and more to 13,436 illegal aliens who had not already been amnestied by Obama. That’s an average of 192 new illegals a day granted amnesty by Donald Trump.

The Washington Times observed the disapproval of Trump voters:

Trump’s reversal allowing amnesty for Dreamers enrages conservative base, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, June 8, 2017

The Trump administration has approved tens of thousands of temporary amnesties for illegal immigrant Dreamers, according to numbers released Thursday that underscore a major reversal for President Trump.

The decision has enraged the president’s conservative base, which hoped he would make good on his promise to revoke the policy, known in governmentspeak as DACA. Continue reading this article

Six Years On: Information about Agent Brian Terry’s Death Is Still Incomplete

Fans of Barack Obama like to imagine that his administration was “scandal free” though nothing can be further from the truth. There were plenty of audaciously evil scandals, but the adoring liberal media never reported on them so they barely exist. Breitbart has an instructive list: 18 Major Scandals in Obama’s ‘Scandal-Free’ Presidency.

Near the top of the list is one of the stupidest, most dangerous Washington schemes ever cooked up — “Fast and Furious,” part of the larger “gunwalking” plot to supply Mexican drug cartels with high-powered firearms that could then be tracked to top narcos, even though there were no electronic markers to follow.

Plus, President Obama kept an ultra-open border, so naturally those firearms would likely reappear in the US and be used against American citizens — like Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (pictured) who was killed in a 2010 Arizona shootout with drug smugglers with two Fast & Furious assault weapons at the crime scene.

On June 7, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing, Fast and Furious, Six Years Later on a website that has written witness testimonies and a video of the whole hearing. The new report is available on another page: COMMITTEE RELEASES FAST & FURIOUS REPORT: OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Senator Grassley’s 17-minute testimony presented the six-year history of lies to Congress and the struggle to ferret out the truth —  an impressive statement of how difficult it can be for the legislature to perform its oversight function. Read the text here.

Fox News had a shorter report on Wednesday:

BRET BAER: An absolutely blistering report tonight out saying the Obama administration in general and former Attorney General Eric Holder in particular repeatedly lied to the family of a slain Border Patrol officer about the weapons used in his death and stonewalled efforts to get at the truth. Correspondent William La Jeunesse tonight on Operation Fast and Furious.

MRS. TERRY (MOTHER): My only goal was to make sure he was laid to rest with honors. That honor has been insulted by cover-ups and deception by the very people he served.

WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE: Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died in December 2010, killed by guns tied to an Obama administration plan that armed Mexicans, a scandal officials tried to hide by wrongly claiming executive privilege. Continue reading this article

In Europe, Denial about Jihad Remains Stubbornly in Place

Europe has been a regular shooting gallery the last few years because of jihadist attacks. This year’s Ramadan began May 26 and has apparently been the impetus for many murders, including one targeting young women and girls in Manchester England that killed 22.

Is Britain serious about the jihad threat yet?

Concerned citizens who study the enemy to determine the nature of the current conflict in Europe understand that it is an Islamic religious war against the infidels as commanded by allah and written in the koran. Muslims have been behaving this way for 1400 years as their way of conquest. But not everyone in Europe has gotten the memo, particularly among the elites. According to author Douglas Murray, the author of the soon-to-be-published book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, important people in Europe are still in denial and don’t yet realize what a bad fix the continent is in.

He says some in Britain are still looking for a foreign policy that caused offense to immigrants, which I suspect is a kind of national solipsism that supplies a tiny illusion of control over the situation.

Murray isn’t shy about saying the problem was brought by the immigration the elites wanted, and now they don’t want to admit their continent-crushing mistake, as he discussed with Tucker Carlson on Tuesday:

TUCKER CARLSON: Besides easy travel, what other factors have made Europe such a common terror target? Douglas Murray is the author of “The Strange Death of Europe;” he’s thought a lot about this and he joins us from London. Douglas, thanks a lot for coming on. One of the things you often hear Americans say, I have said, including last night, is that assimilation is the problem, their people are not assimilated. And yet, you look around, and there are actually a number of groups in our society and yours who aren’t assimilated: Hasidic Jews live apart, the Amish live apart, they pose no threat at all to the country they live in, they love the country. Why is this group different?

DOUGLAS MURRAY: Well that’s the key question, the one that people in Europe across my entire continent, they’re sitting there, thinking about, mulling about at the moment. The political response is to tweak bits of anti-terrorism legislation, the British Prime Minister tonight has announced that she will even have to take Britain out of some of the human rights jurisdictions that we’re under. And this is the sort of thing that all the politicians do across Europe: another terrorist attack occurs and they they have tweaks effectively, but all the time the public are wondering about these very deep problems underlying it, which includes the one you just asked. Continue reading this article

California Pol Gavin Newsom Seeks Governorship, Frets over Automation

Gavin Newsom is the sort of serial politician that many citizens wish would give it a rest, because he was mayor of San Francisco for eight years and since 2010 has occupied the post of California lieutenant governor. Playing second banana to Governor Jerry Brown has been a rather low-visibility gig, so he may be looking for a hot new issue to make him seem fresh to voters in his effort to move on up. Newsom has glommed on to the threat to jobs from automation as a campaign topic, although his knowledge of the issue seems sketchy at best. He admitted in an interview with The Guardian (linked below) that he is “part of the problem” by using an automated grape sorter in one of his Napa vineyards.

Mayor Newsom certainly didn’t seemed concerned with American job loss when the cause was illegal immigration — in fact, he actively promoted it. In 2008, he spent $83,000 for an ad campaign to inform illegal alien job thieves that they would have safe access to city services in San Francisco and would not be arrested by the SFPD for any crime this side of murder. Of course, advertising a generous sanctuary policy functions as a magnet to unlawful foreigners who come to rip off jobs that belong to citizens according to law.

Below, in 2008, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to announce new anti-gun initiatives. The Chief of Police Heather Fong is also pictured.

The automation threat to employment needs to be discussed by the political class, which isn’t happening in Washington. Newsom is not the brightest light in the liberal galaxy, but his gubernatorial candidacy and issues will get media coverage just because it’s California. Also, the idea of a universal basic income as proposed by some techies is a better fit for Democrats, since dispensing free stuff is what they like to do.

Republicans just seem flummoxed about how to cope with automation generally and avoid it if they have a clue. Hint: ending immigration as an obsolete government policy for the jobless automated future would be a good place to start.

California’s would-be governor prepares for battle against job-killing robots, Guardian, June 5, 2017

Gavin Newsom has been waiting in the wings for years as lieutenant governor. Now his campaign to lead the state is taking on its golden industry: tech

The graduating computer science students at the University of California at Berkeley had just finished chuckling at a joke about fleets of “Google buses, Facebook shuttles and Uber-copters” lining up to whisk them them to elite jobs in Silicon Valley. The commencement ceremony for a cohort of students who, one professor confided, were worth around $25bn was a feel-good affair.

Until, that is, Gavin Newsom took to the lectern and burst the bubble.

The smooth-talking Democrat, and frontrunner to win California’s gubernatorial race next year, warned the students that the “plumbing of the world is radically changing”. The tech industry that would make them rich, Newsom declared, was also rendering millions of other people’s jobs obsolete and fueling enormous disparities in wealth. “Your job is to exercise your moral authority,” he said. “It is to do the kinds of things in life that can’t be downloaded.”

That is not the kind of message computer engineers tend to hear. But Newsom, who has been waiting in the wings as California’s lieutenant governor for the past seven years, has put the consequences of automation and the center of his campaign.

“This is code red, a firehose, a tsunami that’s coming our way,” he told the Guardian a few days after his commencement address at Berkeley. “We’re going to get rolled over unless we get ahead of this.” California, a crucible of technological transformation that is reshaping the world, could be on the cusp of the first major election to be dominated by a debate over what to do about robots.

It is a conversation that already feels overdue. San Francisco, the city where Newsom, 49, came to prominence as a two-term mayor, is a petri dish for technological advances and their social consequences. The novelty of seeing driverless cars on the roads wore off months ago, while delivery robots recently began patrolling the sidewalks.

San Francisco office workers can now grab lunch at a branch of Eatsa, a restaurant that boasts no waiters or cashiers, followed by a quick artisanal espresso at Cafe X, a coffee shop composed of a single robotic arm. Newsom has been concerned about the numerous startups seeking to disrupt the fast-food industry.

He frequently complains about Momentum Machines, a secretive San Francisco startup promising to transform the fast-food industry with robotic technology. The ambition, according to the company’s founder, is to “completely obviate” human workers.

“There’s an empathy gap,” Newsom said. “I really feel intensely that the tech community needs to begin not just to solve these business problems but to begin to solve societal problems with the same kind of disruptive energy that they put behind developing the latest app.”

But Newsom’s critics question whether he’s the politician to take on the tech industry. Caricatured by opponents as a business-friendly “Davos Democrat”, Newsom has a long record of support for gig-economy companies such as Uber and Lyft. One of his biggest sources of donations is Airbnb employees.

Newsom does not dispute that he has deep political connections in Silicon Valley, and refers to both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckeberg as friends. “I’ve grown up in and around this world. I could tell you 10 founders who I did their weddings, quite literally married them. Very, very close; a number of them are godparents to my kids.”

Newsom argues his close relationship with the titans of technology, and his dependence on their donations, makes him better placed than his rivals to challenge the industry. “I am probably the one person that can have that conversation,” he said. “Because I have the relationship.”

He says that while he respects technology, “I’m starting to appreciate the downsides more and more”. But in his own business, a conglomerate of restaurants, bars, hotels and wineries, Newsom said he is increasingly aware of the upsides of labor-saving technology.

His interview with the Guardian took place in Balboa Cafe, a Newsom-owned restaurant in the Marina district. One of his waitresses was within earshot when he remarked: “I think we’ll have some bartenders for a while, although I know for a fact they have robotic bar tending technology.”

One of his Napa vineyards, he added, recently started using a $50,000 German-made machine that utilizes sophisticated optical scanning technology to pick and sort grapes. He conceded that the machine was replacing human grape-pickers, who might not be able to find work elsewhere. “It’s their lives,” he said. “And that’s my point. I’m part of the problem.”
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