Democrat Convention Will Feature Illegal Immigrants

At the GOP Convention, victims of illegal aliens were given a forum to tell their stories of preventable crime, and candidate Trump highlighted those families in his acceptance speech. The point was made that illegal immigration brings suffering and death along with cheap workers.

But Democrats have a different idea about law and borders: for their convention, illegal aliens are being showcased as honored guests rather than job-stealing welfare-abusing moochers.

Hillary & Co. are happy to shred American sovereignty and the safety of citizens in order pander to hispanics to the maximum degree. The US political system is based around responsible, engaged citizens but Democrats see the globalist borderless model as being more advantageous for them because many people on earth live under a big government and expect even more freebies from Washington.

Candidate Clinton chose the Spanish-speaking Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice President. He is also a big amnesty supporter and promised action in the first hundred days.

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Immigrants routinely leave their socialist homelands for the better opportunities in the United States, but after their arrival they like politics working remake the US into a big government behemoth like the places they left. The foreigners don’t seem to grasp that the opportunity they sought arises from free markets being allowed to function.

Such people are perfect Democrat recruits. They want lots of free stuff and hope that somebody else will pay the taxes required.

As a result, Democrats are rolling out the red carpet for “our nation’s brave undocumented youth” and adults. One Bolivian illegal is serving on the credentials committee — who says Democrats don’t have a sense of the absurd?

Undocumented immigrants given roles at Democratic convention, Reuters, July 22, 2016

The Democratic Party has selected a handful of undocumented immigrants for official roles at next week’s Democratic National Convention, in a bid to highlight the gaping policy divide on immigration between White House hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.

Clinton is hoping to drive Latino voters to the polls on Nov. 8 to shore up her chances against Trump, who has campaigned on a promise to crack down on illegal immigration by building a wall along the Mexican border and deporting millions of undocumented foreigners if elected.

“Our nation is a nation of immigrants that believes in being inclusive, and that’s exactly what we will continue to work toward,” said Leah Daughtry, the chief executive officer of the committee organizing the July 25-28 convention in Philadelphia.

“The voices of our nation’s brave undocumented youth will be heard loud and clear,” Daughtry added.

The picks include two members of the convention credentials and platform committees, as well as several speakers. The positions are unpaid, officials said.

Trump’s campaign, which has argued that unchecked immigration hurts American workers and undermines national security, criticized the move.

“Apparently speaking at Hillary Clinton’s convention is just one more job Hillary Clinton thinks Americans won’t do,” a Trump campaign aide said in an emailed statement. “She should have instead invited unemployed Americans, or victims of crime, or law enforcement.” Continue reading this article

Trump Acceptance Speech Highlights Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens

Donald Trump has been clear in his campaign that the preventable crime by foreigners unlawfully in the county was an important issue for him. The GOP convention included the appearance of three parents whose children had been killed by illegal aliens who should have been deported. The victims were mentioned again in Trump’s acceptance speech when he said, “Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.”

One of the three parents, Sabine Durden, tweeted her appreciation for Donald Trump giving the crime victims a forum:

Actually, Trump spoke at length about immigration, public safety and national security.

Below, the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported Mexican as she strolled with her father along a San Francisco pier was another reminder that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

An extra bonus is the list of 282 footnotes included in the official version of the speech illustrating the veracity of Trump’s various points, in case there are any questions about the facts.

In the clip below, a section about crime victims begins at around 8:30:

Lastly, we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.

My opponent has called for a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees on top of existing massive refugee flows coming into our country under President Obama. She proposes this despite the fact that there’s no way to screen these refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from. I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people.

Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.

On Monday, we heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw. They are just three brave representatives of many thousands. Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more deeply than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our border.

These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protest on their behalf. My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Instead, my opponent wants Sanctuary Cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was Sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly? Continue reading this article

Geert Wilders Meets with Media and Americans at GOP Convention

One of the nice things about political conventions is that interesting people show up on the periphery. One such is the Netherlands’ well known defender of free speech and safety from Islamic immigration invasion Geert Wilders, who met with sympatico Americans and was interviewed by a range of journalists.

Below, Wilders discusses policy with convention attendees.

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The Dutch leader’s Twitter account showed him mixing with delegates and having a good time.

Wilders attracts media interest because they consider him controversial for telling the obvious truth about Islam and excessive immigration. He has said many times that “Islam and freedom, Islam and liberty are incompatible.” And for that reason, the West should not admit them as immigrants.

Wilders and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour had a few words regarding citizen anger about out-of-touch political leaders:

GEERT WILDERS: What is happening in the United States today as a matter of fact is the same as what is happening in Europe today: the people no longer feel represented by their political leaders. There is an enormous gap both here in America and Europe where people feel that problem when it comes to their jobs, when it comes to crime, when it comes to immigration or terrorism are not addressed by the political leaders. [. . .]

CHRISTINE AMANCOUR: So what is your solution, what is Mrs. Le Pen’s solution, what is the Brexit solution?

WILDERS: Well, we have a solution. First, Brexit is important, and I would like to have a Nexit. So first get off the European Union; second, make sure that when it comes to the immigration from Islamic countries that there will be a full stop.

Geert Wilders spoke at the Gays for Trump event, featuring Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos as well as Islam-critical blogger Pamela Geller.

The existing video of his short speech is pretty terrible quality, but you can at least hear what Wilders is saying:

He warned the audience that Muslim immigration has been very bad for Europe:

“Let me tell you the situation in Europe today is worse than ever. Europe as a matter of fact is collapsing, is imploding, is exploding. We have terror attacks by jihadis almost every week. . .

It gets worse because thousands thousands of Arabs, thousands of Muslims from Europe went to Syria and to Iraq to fight for the jihad, and since ISIS is losing ground now in that region, there are hundreds of them are returning to Europe. They are returning and our stupid governments allow them to return to Europe. . . Continue reading this article

Trump’s GOP Convention Hears Testimony from Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens

As promised, the Republican convention welcomed crime victims of illegal aliens to tell their stories of preventable suffering, which reflects Donald Trump’s interest in a topic the liberal open borders media prefers to overlook. Three parents told the convention audience how their sons were killed by illegal aliens who should have been deported but weren’t.

Below, the parents: on the left top is Jamiel Shaw Sr., whose son Jamiel (below) was murdered by by an extremely violent illegal alien gangster who was nevertheless released rather deported; on the top center is Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Brandon (below, an Arizona police officer) was killed by a drunk and drugged illegal alien who stuck Mendoza’s car head-on after driving the wrong way for 35 miles; on the top right is Sabine Durden, whose son Dominic (below) was struck and killed on his motorcycle by an illegal alien who had been convicted of felonies yet was not deported.

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Sabine Durden appeared on Fox News the following day to talk more about her son and how government lawlessness endangers all Americans.

SABINE DURDEN: Dominic was 30 years old and he was an incredible spirit, incredible man, the kind of man you would want for a son-in-law. He was on his way to work on his motorcycle to the 911 dispatch center and as he drove down the street, about two miles from the house, an illegal alien without a license without registration, without insurance, drove up the street and turned in front of him and hit him so hard that he threw him into a wall right there on the sidewalk. He died instantly. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: 60 Percent of Voters Think Race Relations Have Worsened under Obama

Only 60 percent? America didn’t have black assassins murdering police (as in Dallas and Baton Rouge) eight years ago who think that cops routinely kill African-Americans just for yucks. The other 40 percent of poll responders must be asleep.

The lives of black Americans have not improved economically under the black president, and many may be inclined to look elsewhere for blame. Police are a handy target, since they represent government authority up close and personal. Plus, Obama uses the police as a punching bag whenever convenient.

Nobody tells economically stressed blacks that their problems are largely due to the accumulated effects of the globalist economy of outsourcing and excess immigration (in addition to business-killing overregulation from Washington). Those policies effect all working Americans, but low-skilled blacks are hit hard. A few decades back, young person with a high-school education could be employed in a nearby manufacturing plant, but many of those jobs are long gone now, outsourced to cheap labor overseas. The St. Louis area, including Ferguson, had several automotive manufacturing plants, but now they have been offshored and consequently thousands of jobs have disappeared from the region.

Plus, black citizens are very loyal to Obama, who is therefore freed up to concentrate on pleasing hispanics and illegal aliens to add to the Democrat voting block — a policy that directly harms blacks.

60% Say Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama’s Election, Rasmussen Reports, July 19, 2016

As the nation reels from angry protests and deadly violence against police officers, voters are more pessimistic than ever about the state of race relations in this country since the election of its first black president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters think race relations are worse since President Obama’s election nearly eight years ago. That’s an 18-point jump from 42% in late 2014 and up from 43% when we first asked the question in August 2013.

Just nine percent (9%) believe race relations are better now, little changed from the previous survey, while 28% say they have stayed about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 13% think life for young black Americans has gotten better since Obama’s election in November 2008, while 41% believe it’s gotten worse. That compares to 16% and 22% in March 2014.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe life for young blacks is about the same, down 10 points from the previous survey. Continue reading this article

Nice Jihadist “Radicalized Very Quickly”

The recent case of the Bastille Day jihadist Mohamed Bouhlel is another reminder that the correct number of Muslim immigrants is ZERO, period, now and forever until pigs fly and Islam is reformed.

Unfortunately, there’s a wrong-headed idea floating around that Muslim immigrants can be successfully screened to keep out the dangerous bad guys. The truth is that jihad ideology is powerful and can re-emerge in the minds of Muslims at any time like a latent disease.

Achmed may test out as being a fine fellow on paper who doesn’t want to behead infidels, but that viewpoint cannot be guaranteed to last. At some point he may feel stressed or insufficiently virtuous or or not Islamic enough, and then decide he must return to the all-encompassing religion of his tribe. The switch can occur very quickly, as apparently happened with the Tunisian immigrant Mohamed Bouhlel who murdered 84 with a 19-ton truck at the Independence Day celebrations in Nice, France.

In the photos below, Mohamed looked more like a well toned gym rat than an aspiring jihadi. But he relapsed to Islam.

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In a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, “Infiltrating Jihadis’ World,” a police informant associated with young men being turned to Islamic murder and observed their enjoyment of snuff films of American soldiers which inspired them to want to kill:

He said he watched the radicalization process of dozens.

At times, it was so rapid that a year or two could separate clubbing in Miami from prayer five times a day.

So the process of radicalization can happen quickly, particularly when effective visuals are used.

In addition, young second generation immigrants seem particularly susceptible to jihad propaganda. When combined with the normal rebellion of youth against parents and authority, the jihad message can be quite powerful to the second generation, unfortunately.

As it happens, the immigrant Bouhlel drank alcohol, beat his wife and didn’t respect ramadan. Too bad his general thuggery didn’t prevail, because he went jihad in a bad way.

Official: Nice, France, killer radicalized “very quickly”, CBS News, July 16, 2016

NICE, France — French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says that the truck driver who killed 84 people when he careened into a crowd at a fireworks show was “radicalized very quickly.”

Speaking to journalists at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Cazeneuve said Saturday that the case demonstrated the “extreme difficulty of the fight against terrorism.”

The French government has been criticized for lax security at the show, which marked Bastille Day, France’s national holiday. But Cazeneuve said that high security had been assured in the region – including at the Cannes Film Festival and the Nice Carnival.

The man responsible for turning a night of celebration into one of carnage in the seaside city of Nice was a petty criminal who hadn’t been on the radar of French intelligence services before the attack.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claimed Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel as a “soldier” on Saturday, but what is known so far about Bouhlel suggests a troubled, angry man with little interest in Islam.

The 31-year-old was born in Msaken, a town in Tunisia, but moved to France years ago and was living in the country legally.

At an apartment bloc in the Quartier des Abattoirs, on the outskirts of Nice, neighbors described the father of three as a volatile man, prone to drinking and womanizing, and in the process of divorcing his wife.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports that Bouhlel was employed as a truck driver and was known to the police. He had a history of violence, but the police said they never saw any indication that he’d been radicalized.

His neighbor, Yasmine, agreed.

“He stank of alcohol, even during Ramadan,” she told Palmer, referring to the Muslim holy month. “It was his eyes, they scared me.” Continue reading this article

In France, Immigrant-Caused Carnage Promotes Consideration of Limits

Monday’s Washington Post front page had a cheerful headline: “In France, immigration restriction finds rising support.” (The Nice truck killer was a Tunisian immigrant who appeared assimilated, i.e. he drank alcohol and ate pork until recently.)

That tiny morsel of immigration sanity has been slow in coming, true, particularly after the horrific jihad mass murders of the Charlie Hebdo magazine staff and the Paris multi-site jihad last November. Perhaps the thought of a 19-ton truck deliberately chasing down little children broke through the liberal religion of Diversity Uber Alles.

Islamic immigration diversity brings death, as France was reminded last week. Allowing historic enemies inside the gates remains an unwise policy choice.

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Liberals are strongly attached to their failed ideology of diversity that posits hard-wired human tribal identification can be rejiggered by elites to suit the current political style. Maybe the failure to assimilate hostile Muslims — a policy soaked in blood — is seeping through. We can hope, even though the Post has to maintain its neurotic attachment to other Diversity tenets, like Backlash against innocent Muslims.

Nice attack propels anti-immigrant sentiments into France’s mainstream, Washington Post, July 17, 2016

NICE, FRANCE — With this coastal city reeling from the Bastille Day attack by one of its Tunisian-born residents, one sentiment is growing stronger and stronger: Keep the immigrants out.

Across France, it is voiced by the far-right National Front party, which counts Nice as a stronghold. It is embraced by the ­center-right politicians dogging French President François Hollande ahead of elections next year. And though Hollande has preached tolerance and unity every time terrorism strikes France, his allies are also trying to tamp down immigration.

Leaders of Nice’s Muslim community say they fear that a backlash could make people such as the attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, even more disconnected from French society, sharpening the risk of more attacks. But there are now few mainstream voices in France’s political establishment advocating a welcoming policy toward migrants. Hollande’s center-left Socialist party appears likely to limp to a third-place finish in the presidential race next year behind the far-right National Front, which long had ties to Holocaust deniers.

The dynamic comes as voters around the world seek to bar the way to immigrants amid persistent economic challenges and wars in the Middle East that have displaced millions of women, children and men. British voters last month voted to sever ties with the European Union in a referendum widely seen as motivated by fears over migration. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, plans to build a wall to keep out Mexicans. And just over France’s coastline border with Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League is also strengthening.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian-born émigré was behind the wheel of a truck that barreled into Bastille Day revelers and claimed at least 84 lives.(Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post) Continue reading this article

Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens Will Speak at GOP Convention

One of the things that convinces me of Donald Trump’s seriousness about making immigration legal again has been his attention to crime victims of illegal aliens. He has met with surviving family members, and now two parents — Jamiel Shaw and Sabine Durden — have been reported as being speakers at the Republican convention next week.

In April, Jamiel Shaw, standing at the podium, tells a Trump audience about the 2008 murder of his teenaged son who was shot and killed near his home by an exceptionally violent illegal alien gangster who nevertheless had been released onto Los Angeles streets instead of deported. Others on the stage are holding pictures of their relatives also killed by unlawful foreigners: one is Sabine Durden who is standing closest to Donald Trump.

Jamiel Shaw appeared on Fox News Sunday morning to discuss his upcoming talk in the convention:

Sabine Durden was interviewed by a local Los Angeles station earlier this week about her appearance at the convention to discuss the loss of her son at the hands of an illegal alien. She supports Donald Trump’s candidacy because of his law enforcement stance toward immigration.

Moreno Valley Mom To Speak At RNC About Her Son’s Death, Illegal Immigration, CBS Los Angeles, July 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Moreno Valley mother has been invited to speak Monday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Sabine Durden will speak about her son Dominic. “I’m going to travel to Cleveland, Ohio, and I get to share Dominic’s story again on a big platform,” she said.

The Moreno Valley mother talked with CBS2/KCAL9’s Rachel Kim via Skype from Arkansas on Friday night as she prepared for her big event.

Dominic Durden, 30, was a 911 dispatcher for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. In 2012 as he was on his way to work on his motorcycle, he was hit and killed by an undocumented immigrant, who Durden said was a convicted felon for offenses including DUIs.

“He got busted again while he was on probation again with a DUI, and they let him go again. Five weeks later, he killed Dominic,” Durden said. Continue reading this article

Imam Insult: Nice Slaughter Had Nothing to Do with Islam

The liberal press loves to assist hostile Muslims by telling us citizens that night is day regarding Islam, as in, “Who you gonna believe — me or your lyin’ eyes?” The media insist: Muslims are peace-loving — everybody knows that! The Bastille Day mass murder in France is no exception.

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So it goes after every monstrous atrocity performed as an act of devotion to allah — “nothing to do with Islam, honest!” The more horrendous the murders, the more absurd are the declarations of innocence for the Religion of Pieces. Meanwhile the Koran and other Islam scriptures are dripping with blood and exhortations to violence.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders angered many with his short film Fitna that showed Islamic violence with corresponding scripture:

Islam has been spread by the sword for 14 centuries: convert or die has been a successful strategy for them. Sophisticated Europe is falling into line just like the backward tribes of the Arabian Peninsula.

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A recent example of Islo-denial needs a closer look — is it a gag? An actual statement by an Islamic cleric to show his disrespect of the victims? He certainly has no fear that his family will be mowed down in response — nope, westerners have been cowed into perfect dhimmi submission by political correctness. There’s no danger of any sort of physical backlash. The French won’t even demand that the hostile tribe who believes in the murder of infidels be deported to a more agreeable nation.

Is the following serious? Or the jihadist version of a crude joke on the stupid westerners…

Nice attack: ‘This has nothing to do with Islam,’ says imam after Bastille Day terror atrocity, by Jamie Micklethwaite, Evening Standard, July 15, 2016

Islam had nothing to do with the truck attack in Nice which claimed the lives of at least 84 people, a local imam has said.

Driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhle mowed down terrified spectators at the Bastille Day celebrations on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on Thursday night.

After being stopped by armed police the attacker opened fire on the officers before being shot dead at the scene

One witness claimed he shouted Allahu Akhbar at the wheel.

Local Imam Tawfik Bouhlel, who is not related to the attacker, condemned his actions, stating that he does not represent Islam.

He told iNews: “I’m terribly shocked by what has happened. I have lived in France for 35 years in peace and harmony with others and for such a thing to happen gives me the most profound sorrow.

“The name is not familiar to me, I don’t know this man. What I will be saying during our prayers is that we must pull together.

“What this man has done is unthinkable and to be completely condemned because every human being is sacred, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, regardless of colour or religion.

“This has nothing to do with Islam. This man does not represent Islam. I am afraid that there are fanatics everywhere, in every neighbourhood. We can only defeat them together.”

Jihad Expert's New Book Focuses on the Iranian Threat

CompleteInfidelGuideIranCoverThe prolific critic of Islam Robert Spencer, the webmaster of the excellent JihadWatch.org, has published a new book that warns the west about its most serious enemy: “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran”.

As he remarks in the interview below, “Iran is what ISIS aspires to be” namely a jihadist state dedicated to killing infidels and conquering the world for Islam.

Spencer reminds readers that Shi’ite Iran awaits the 12th Imam, an apocalyptic figure signaling the end times, and the author believes Iran’s leaders may be inclined to incite a war that will hurry along the Islamic prophecy.

The situation of Hezbollah jihadists operating in Mexico — which has been known for years — is even more intolerable with Obama’s open borders.

I’ve added a few links below:

STEVE MALZBERG: Joining us now to talk about terrorism and and more importantly the main threat to US doesn’t really come from ISIS, Robert Spencer director of JihadWatch, that great organization and website, Vice President of American Freedom Defense Initiative and the author of the Complete Infidels Guide to Iran — there it is on your TV screen. Robert, good to see you sir.

ROBERT SPENCER: Always good to be here.

MALZBERG: All right, so I’m an infidel you’re infidel. Now we have a guide to Iran, and and people need to realize as you point out in the book that it’s not — I mean ISIS, we know what ISIS is capable of — but it’s not ISIS that’s the main threat; the main threat when it comes to terror is Iran.

SPENCER: Very much so. Look ISIS mounts terror attacks in the United States. They call upon Muslims in the United States to kill American police, soldiers, civilians and they have gotten all too many Muslims to Eid, but Iran has a whole global network of terrorist organizations that it supports. Iran is what ISIS aspires to be in that regard, and they control Hizbollah, they fund Hamas, they fund Palestinian islamic Jihad and all these groups have cells in the United States and that is something that is going to become increasingly obvious in the near future. Continue reading this article

Amazon’s Picking Challenge Spotlights Robotic Advances

Tuesday was the Amazon Prime day, where super deals were offered to shoppers of the online store who pay a fee for extra services. Last year’s Prime Day broke records with its total of 34.4 million items ordered in eligible countries worldwide. That task requires mega processing capability that depends on computers and automation, particularly the company’s Kiva robots that move the orders from storage to packaging to shipping in enormous warehouses.

Jeff Bezos’ vision of automated retail extends beyond the Kiva robots however, as shown by the Amazon Picking Challenge, an annual contest to encourage the creation of robots that have human-like manual dexterity. When machines can pick individual items from a shelf and put them into a box, then quite a few human workers will lose their jobs. Amazon paid $775 million for Kiva Systems, and the people who build the chosen robot picker will pocket quite a tidy sum.

Amazon’s video of the 2015 contest was explanatory without being too wonky:

The rapid progress of technology as highlighted by this competition should remind us all how the very basics of the economy — namely workers earning money to buy the products they and others produce — are being undermined. Yet none of our political leaders are discussing how the revolutionary changes to society will be addressed.

The politicians could start by ending immigration, since citizens will need all the remaining jobs. Oxford researchers estimated in 2013 that nearly half of US jobs were vulnerable to automation within 20 years, and the progress of the intervening years has done nothing to refute that idea.

Below, Kiva robots move racks of merchandise in Amazon’s Tracy CA warehouse.

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Amazon moves one step closer toward army of warehouse robots, Guardian, July 4, 2016

Robotics competition prize for best warehouse-working ‘picker’ machine awarded to robot designed by Dutch team

Amazon’s progress toward an army of helpful robots is one step closer: a prize for the best warehouse-working “picker” machine has gone to a robot designed by a team from TU Delft Robotics Institute and Delft Robotics, both based in the Netherlands.

The competition was held in conjunction with Germany’s Robocup in Leipzig. Announced on Monday, the winners took home $25,000, while the university of Bonn’s NimbRo won $10,000 for second place and Japanese firm PFN was awarded $5,000 for third.

The contest, in Amazon’s words, “aimed to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities,” and ended with slightly fewer than half of the entrants scoring more than 20 out of 40 possible points, according to a report in TechRepublic. The technology is advancing quickly: all of those contestants would have surpassed the highest scorer in the previous Picking Challenge, held just three years ago. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Majority of Voters Believe Government Acts against Their Interests, Particularly in Trade Deals

The pundit class and the press generally were caught flat-footed about the success of Donald Trump, and before that, they bashed the Tea Party as racist and mean-spirited for wanting a restoration of Constitutional government, national sovereignty and other traditional values.

Donald Trump was not the first person to notice that the globalized economy of elite trade deals and open borders has not fulfilled its promise of more prosperity for all, but he has been one of the loudest. So his candidacy has reminded citizens that their economic struggles to survive are at least partially the result of government policies that favor the elites.

One example: America is no longer a majority middle-class nation, according to a 2015 Pew Research study:

The Rasmussen pollsters have recently produced some interesting surveys to reflect the Americans growing understanding that the government is actually acting agains their economic interests. One poll found that more than two-thirds of voters think government colludes with business against the people, which is a shocking opinion really. It reflects the belief that we now live in an oligarchy, not under a representative government. No wonder Trump’s pledge to kick out the corruption has found an audience.

Most Think Government, Big Business Work Together Against America, Rasmussen Reports, July 06, 2016

Most voters feel government and big business are a deadly combination.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters think government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. Seventeen percent (17%) do not, but just as many (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Another poll found that Americans “strongly agree” with returning manufacturing to the this nation and were willing to pay more for US-produced consumer goods, although no numbers were included.

Finally, below is a survey about trade. Voters largely believe globalist trade deals have been bad for the country, but the pols don’t care what the citizens think.

The elites don’t change course because they have accrued so much political power that they can do what they please to enrich themselves. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the family will probably become billionaires by the time she leaves office. Remember that she claimed they were “dead broke” when Bill left the presidency, but now the couple is worth $111 million.

Voters Aren’t Happy with NAFTA, Other Free Trade Deals, Rasmussen Reports, July 5, 2016

Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and other international free trade deals if elected president, saying they are costing U.S. jobs and killing the economy. Supporters say the trade deals lower prices for American consumers. Voters are not big fans of free trade deals like NAFTA but also strongly believe that the politicians negotiating those deals don’t care what they think anyway.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico needs to be renegotiated. Just 27% disagree, but nearly as many (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Interestingly, support for renegotiation was slightly higher at 56% in June 2008 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain was defending NAFTA, while his Democratic opponent Barack Obama was calling for changes in it. Now, however, Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are defending the 1994 pact which lowers nearly all trade barriers between the three countries from attacks by the likely 2016 GOP nominee.

Only 29% of voters now believe most U.S. free trade agreements with other countries have been good for America. Forty-nine percent (49%) say they have been bad for the country instead. Just six percent (6%) say these agreements have had no impact. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. This is a more critical assessment of the deals than voters had eight years ago. Continue reading this article

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