Los Angeles: Street Vendors Increase Because of Unemployment

Here’s another sign of the jobless recovery: more people turn to peddling stuff on the street because they cannot find regular employment. Governor Jerry Brown has touted California’s improved economy during his campaign for re-election, but the unemployment rate remains at a painful 7.4 percent compared with the nation’s 6.2 percent in July.

A recent study [...]

Economy Update: 'Middle Class Is Actually Shrinking'

Business reporter Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News Thursday morning to comment upon the new unemployment figures:

STUART VARNEY: “The numbers are pretty good, I gotta say, those headline numbers hit you pretty good. But you dig a little deeper just beneath the surface and you see that not everybody is sharing in this recovery… What [...]

Video: Humans Need Not Apply

Check out this 15-minute video showing the encroachment of robots and automation ever further into the modern workplace. Describing the history of machines increasingly doing the work of humans, the narrator observes, “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different,” because today’s machines can learn and even teach themselves.

Many [...]

Amnesty Huckster Paul Ryan Is Still Pushing Idea of Future Labor Shortages

Congressman Paul Ryan is stuck on the idea that generational Boomer retirement will cause a scarcity of workers sooner or later and believes that mass immigration will save his pals, the billionaires who are starving for cheaper labor.

Ryan made the Boomer point on the Laura Ingraham radio show more than a year ago:

Paul Ryan Defends [...]

Hotel Robot Butler Automates Room Service Delivery

Count bellhop as another human job on the way to obsolescence because of robotics. Simple butler functions can be done by a mobile smart machine which can deliver requested items to hotel rooms.

Naturally, the hotel company manager in the following story assures us that replacing humans is not the plan, but of course it is. [...]

California: Mulling the Freelance Class

The front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times headlined with “Laboring in the shadow of recession,” which is actually a story about freelancing out of necessity in the bleak job market. Individual cases of human struggles to survive economically are told along with the some of the societal changes which contribute.

There are a few statistics [...]

Senator Sessions Blasts Billionaires for Immigration Lobbying to Displace American Workers

On Thursday, America’s Senator Jeff Sessions took the Senate floor for reflect widely on the recent demands from billionaire elites (Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates) for more immigrant workers while this week Microsoft announced its layoff of 18,000 employees over coming months.

The six-minute video posted on the Senator Sessions Youtube channel didn’t include [...]

Robot Farm Machines Advance in Skills

The image of illegal aliens in agriculture persists, since they occupy 53 percent of farm labor, but in the near future we may be seeing fewer of them.

The reason: robots and automation are replacing human workers on the farm just as surely as on the factory floor. A few years back, simple automatic harvesters and [...]

Professional Occupations Are Threatened with Displacement by Smart Machines

Informed observers have noticed that many manufacturing jobs have disappeared because of robots and automation, particularly among industries returning to the US from abroad where the updated plant needs far fewer workers. (See Manufacturing Is Returning to US, but Automation Means Fewer Hires.)

Oxford University forecast last year that 45 percent of US jobs were vulnerable [...]

More Automation Is on the Way in Service Jobs and Manufacturing

The Saturday morning business chatterboxes on Fox had an interesting discussion about how demands for a higher minimum wage will only drive employers to more use of automation. (A robot burger-flipper already exists that can produce 360 per hour, so businesses like McDonalds can reduce human employees whenever it wants.)

Naturally, nobody mentioned that increased use [...]

UBR-1 Robot Is Designed to Work Alongside Humans

Don’t worry, little human, robot designers are concerned with making the working environment comfy regarding the machine-people interface. That’s the message from the producers of the UBR-1 robot, the latest in smart machines that can work in manufacturing or other assorted tasks.

We’ve heard this mendacity before, that advanced mechanization is being brought in to “help” [...]

Black Americans Struggle in Obama Economy, but Still Support Him

Loyalty is generally considered to be a fine attribute, but when it blinds people to being screwed over, maybe not so much. Political writer Deroy Murdock has crunched the economic numbers (see his chart) about how severely Obama’s economic policies have hammered black Americans, yet they remain enthusiastic supporters: the guy can do no wrong [...]

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