Is ICE Honcho Homan a Swamp Creature?

On Wednesday, the Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan appeared on Fox News and sounded like a tough enforcer as he discussed his agency’s duties, but his history is a little more complicated.

He railed against MS-13 and sanctuary cities in the interview. When Fox host Neil Cavuto observed how widespread the violent gang has become, Homan responded, “Our intelligence shows they’re in over 40 states across the country” and “we’re coming after them very hard.” He further expounded:

When [President Trump] signed executive orders, he basically told the Border Patrol agents and the 20,000 American patriots that work for ICE: you can now do your job, you will enforce the laws on the books. There’s no population of aliens that’s off the table any more, and we’ve been waiting on that almost a decade now. So you know I’ve made it clear when you enter this country illegally, you have committed a crime, and you can’t want to be a part of this country and not respect its laws, so those who enter the country illegally, you may get past the Border Patrol and in the past you had this feeling that, ‘Okay I’m home free, I got by the Border Patrol and no one’s looking for me’ — well, those days are over. We’re looking for you, we’re gonna prioritize what we do, but we’re going to enforce the law without apology.

Regarding those special safe spaces for illegal aliens, Homan said, “Sanctuary cities in my opinion, they’re unAmerican: that’s not an America I grew up in.”

He certainly has the enforcement song-and-dance patter down, just the sort of thing his new boss likes to hear.

Director Homan sounds like a tough immigration law enforcer, right? Deportation is happening, is it not?

In May, ICE gang arrests netted more than 1300 illegal alien criminals in largest sweep to date.

Interestingly, Breitbart News paints quite a different picture of the ICE leader, that he was Obama’s willing and enthusiastic henchman who released criminal aliens into America like the MS-13 monsters Homan now condemns:

Trump’s ICE Director Helped Author Obama’s Immigration Priorities and Executive Orders, Praised Them, Breitbart.com, by Brandon Darby, July 10, 2017

The Obama-holdover chosen by DHS Secretary John Kelly to direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the Trump Administration helped author Obama’s controversial immigration priorities and executive orders, and he also publicly praised them. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan made the comments on video shortly before the 2016 presidential election at a time when most thought Hillary Clinton would win, but Donald Trump won and now Homan claims to be an immigration hawk. Continue reading this article

Controversy Continues about President Trump’s Poland Address

President Trump’s Warsaw speech remains a subject for debate in the media. Most reaction from the public has been very upbeat, but the usual suspects in zones like CNN and MSNBC are naysayers regarding the positive remarks about our cultural heritage.

Tucker Carlson found the left’s objections to appreciation of our shared civilization to be profoundly destructive: if they can’t win, then would rather destroy everything.

TUCKER CARLSON: President Trump’s speech in Poland last week may have been the single best thing he has said out loud since entering politics, and for one reason, it was a rousing defense of Western civilization. You wouldn’t think a speech is doing that would be unusual — the only reason you hire leaders in the first place is to defend your civilization, especially ours which is the foundation of pretty much everything we have: our history, our language, our art, science, law — our entire culture — America itself — is the product of Western civilization, so you’d think the people running the West would want to defend all of that, but no, it was left to Donald Trump to do it.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We write symphonies, we pursue innovation, we celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs and always seek to explore and discover brand new frontiers. . . The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?

CARLSON: Now admittedly President Trump is a polarizing figure, but the words you just heard him speak shouldn’t be controversial. The West is indisputably the freest, the cleanest, the fairest civilization in history; that’s why so many immigrants want to move here. It’s definitely under attack: that’s what ISIS and the Berkeley riots were about, and of course it will fall if we don’t guard it. Everything undefended eventually does.

Even Trump haters ought to be able to admit all of that because it’s true, but they can’t admit it. Instead they’re calling the speech bigoted, the line about symphonies especially bigoted.

MSNBC TALKER 1: He threw in there — “we write symphonies” — and that’s what triggered the alarm bells for me. Am I wrong in making this parallel between Steve King, President Trump and white nationalism?

MSNBC TALKER 2: Trump seemed to embody and enshrine that belief that the West should steal itself for a clash of civilizations with other cultures, other beliefs, which pretty much spelled out you know, the Muslim world.

CNN TALKER: So this is not a speech he could have given really any place else, and this is a white America, America-first kind of speech.

CARLSON: So extolling the virtues of symphonies is now racist. Slate.com called it quote white nationalist rhetoric. According to the Atlantic, it is racial and religious paranoia. Okay, let’s pause for a second, tone it down and consider the argument that president’s critics are making here. Trump actually didn’t say a word about race, not one. He talked instead about art, innovation, science, free speech, democracy — those are not racial categories; they’re statements about belief, the beliefs that in fact created this country and have sustained it for centuries since.

The question is: has the left actually rejected those beliefs, those values? Can we no longer agree that free speech, for example, is better than censorship, that representative government is superior to dictatorship, that our civil code is preferable to Sharia law? And if we can’t agree on those things, what are we all doing in the same country? How can we keep living together? What is the point of all of this?

There was a time when the American left grappled with questions like those — those are the real questions by the way. That was a time before the progressive movement became governed by a reactionary almost oedipal impulse to destroy the institutions that made it possible purely for the joy of destroying them, for tearing it all down. The Left used to have ideas: they believed in culture. Now they think symphonies are a sign of white privilege. What happened and can the purges be far behind?

It is bizarre for the MSNBC complainers to condemn symphonies as a racist expression, that merely mentioning the musical form is a dog whistle for white nationalism. Good grief. As if KKK types sit around debating the merits of Bach versus Mozart.

President Trump was being a gracious guest in Poland by complementing Europe on its symphonies which were a major art form for a couple centuries, creating the classical music tradition that remains popular around the world today. It’s not like the US has a great history of symphony creation — no, that’s a European accomplishment.

In addition, Europe has its own anthem, and it is derived from a symphony. At European Union events, big soccer tournaments and other continental proceedings, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is played with new lyrics different from the traditional ones written by Friedrich Schiller.

So when MSNBC dimwits trash symphonies, they are insulting more than 700,000 Europeans.

Tucker Carlson Discusses Immigration-Fueled Overpopulation with Leftist Environmentalist 

Is it ungenerous to experience shock when Tucker Carlson says he’s never heard of an environmentalist who spoke out against excessive immigration until he ran across Professor Philip Cafaro? Do not foundational figures like David Brower and Gaylord Nelson ring a bell somewhere in memory?? Have the giants really been forgotten so soon?

David Brower was a widely celebrated activist conservationist who steered environmental organizations and led campaigns to save the Grand Canyon and other unique places. He also declared to a stubborn Sierra Club, “The leadership are fooling themselves. Overpopulation is a very serious problem, and overimmigration is a big part of it. We must address both. We can’t ignore either.”

Senator Gaylord Nelson was a voice for the wilderness inside the halls of power. He also founded Earth Day and believed that a population policy that included immigration limits was central to protecting America’s natural heritage, saying, “The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become… The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it’s phony to say ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.’ “

More immigration means more traffic and more traffic congestion.

Certainly the subject matter of Friday’s segment was important — that excessive immigration is destroying America’s natural treasures, not to mention severely taxing resources like water supply and farm production to maintain human life. But erasing conservationist history serves no one.

On the subject of true environmental history, Professor Cafaro carefully evaded the reason for the Sierra Club’s reticence, saying, “for complex reasons and really starting about 20 years ago environmental leaders dropped the ball on population.”

“Complex reasons”?? How about a $100 million secret bribe given to the Sierra Club on the proviso that immigration would not be mentioned as an environmental factor. It should have been a major scandal, but the left press and correcto environmentalists won’t repeat that evil truth even now that Wall Street investor David Gelbaum gave a generous donation with strings attached. As reported in the Los Angeles Times (The Man behind the Land, Oct 27, 2004), Gelbaum said, “I did tell [Executive Director] Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me.”

The Sierra Club had previously been an immigration realist until the secret money changed management’s mind. A group of traditional members got together in 1996 to reverse the bad policy using the club’s democratic process by bringing the issue before the membership for a vote. We were surprised at the ferocity of management against our reasonable initiative to return the club to its earlier position, not knowing that a lot of money was involved. We got three like-minded individuals elected to the Sierra Club board over 2002-03, and when it looked like population sanity might prevail with a possible election majority, the Sierra old guard’s character assassination became very shrill. And then the Gelbaum bribe was revealed.

For lots of gory details, see my Sierra Club series in Vdare.

So anyway, back to Cafaro, it’s quite amazing that liberals are still covering up for the corrupt post-environmental Sierra Club more than a decade after the immigration controversy.

In addition, I reviewed his book How Many Is Too Many a couple years back in The Social Contract. Cafaro’s coverage of members’ efforts to fix the Sierra Club is incomplete, to be kind. I wrote:

However, the treatment of the struggle for reform in the Sierra Club starting in 1998 leaves out vital elements, and they are important. Were any of the reformers interviewed? Apparently not. The book quotes Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope as saying that he had once believed that immigration should be reduced for environmental reasons, but that the issue could not be debated in the organization “without stirring up racial passions.”

Here’s the interview. The actual facts about immigration and population growth are important, although there are distractions. The immigration part starts at 1:25:

TUCKER CARLSON: The President is pushing for restricting immigration into the United States, focusing on the alleged economic, criminal and cultural problems caused by heavy immigration here, but those aren’t the only reasons you might oppose mass immigration: what about the classic liberal cause of protecting the environment? Phil Cafaro is a philosophy professor at Colorado State University; he’s the author of the book “How Many Is Too Many?” the progressive argument for reducing immigration into the United States. Professor Cafaro joins us tonight. . .

It seems I was looking for you for a year because when I was a kid — there were liberals and sincere liberals, progressives who said, no I’m not against immigrants or anything but too many people is bad for the environment — it seemed an obvious point I can’t find anybody on the left who says that, other than you. What’s your argument?

PHILIP CAFARO: Well the argument is relatively straightforward, Tucker, immigration currently is driving US population growth and population growth is a big part of many of our environmental problems in the United States, so part of the progressive argument has to do with with that if you care about creating a sustainable environment, you need to look at immigration driven population growth. Continue reading this article

The Robot Future Requires Job Retraining

Television coverage of automation’s threat to the world of work is not common, so it was nice to see Fox’s segment on Friday. The report is decent regarding the need to rejigger education to align with future employment in the tech environment. It is certainly true that robots will require oversight and programming, but the big automated picture means job loss for many people.

If businesses couldn’t save money by automation then why would they invest great sums of money to re-outfit their factories? It’s true that manufacturing is returning to the US because automation reduces labor costs and having production close to the markets is a money saver. But where will the shoppers come from when in the future millions of Americans suffer from technological unemployment?

The admittedly brief Fox piece did not mention any of the expert warnings about the jobless robotic future: 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.

Finally, is it not obvious that the automated future completely erases any need for immigrant workers? In fact,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Can robots create jobs for humans?, Fox News, by Jonathan Serrie, July 7, 2017

As President Donald Trump seeks to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, many industry leaders are looking to robots as the most efficient way for American factories to compete with cheap labor overseas.

“We think robotics has had a positive impact on U.S. manufacturing by creating better, safer and higher paying jobs for American workers,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), a trade group. “Most importantly (robotics is) making American companies more competitive so that they can expand their business and ultimately, in many cases, add more workers than they did before they started automating.” (. . .)

“Instead of doing away with a job, we still have to have someone to be able to operate that robot. We have to have someone to be able to program that robot and someone to be able to work on it,” said Rick Maroney, director of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

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Poland’s King Jan Sobieski Is Remembered during President Trump Visit

President Trump’s speech to the people of Poland got great reviews, even from critics. Military analyst Ralph Peters counts himself as “skeptical” toward Trump, yet remarked, “That Warsaw speech was to me the most timely and most effective speech given by an American president on European soil since Ronald Reagan said, ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ ”

The speech was a salute to the Polish people’s pursuit of freedom, and contained many references to their history of having to fight for it. (Transcript.) Watch:

With all the historical references, there was one hero omitted — Jan Sobieski, who as the king of Poland saved Europe from the Muslim Ottoman invaders in the 1683 Battle of Vienna. The pope called him the savior of Christendom because he prevented an Islamic takeover of Europe.

The battle’s cavalry charge was said to be the largest in history and was memorialized in a 2012 film, which highlighted the amazing winged hussar horsemen (3:15):

Fortunately, the great king was not forgotten during President Trump’s day in Poland:

Coincidence? Polish Government Seats Trump Beside Painting of Polish King Famed For Routing Islam from Europe, By Oliver JJ Lane, Breitbart.com, July 6, 2017

President Donald Trump’s first photo-call in Poland after his arrival in Air Force One was with President Andrzej Duda and saw him sat beside an oil painting of a prominent figure in Polish history and folklore — the 17th-century king who kicked Islam out of Central Europe and is remembered as “the Hammer of the Turks”.

Warsaw’s Royal Palace, where the meeting took place — lavishly reconstructed after it was dynamited by Nazi German troops during the Second World War — benefits from a surfeit of grand rooms and hundreds of works of art.

From oils of kings and statesmen by artists such as Rembrandt to impressive murals and sculpture, the Polish authorities had a great deal of choice for where to host the symbolic first meeting of President Trump’s first European visit.

It may be seen as a remarkable coincidence, therefore, that of all the rooms and of all the paintings, they chose to sit President Trump besides a portrait of one of Poland’s best-known warrior kings. King Jan (John) III Sobieski is today remembered and celebrated in Poland, and elsewhere in Central Europe, for his pivotal role at the Battle of Vienna in September 1683.

A Portrait of King Jan Sobieski III hangs over President Trump’s right shoulder, Thursday morning.

At the culmination of the two-month siege of Vienna by the forces of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, Sobieski led an army to relieve the city. Despite leading a force significantly smaller than the invading Ottomans, the coalition of Polish and Germanic troops staged one of, if not the largest, cavalry charge in the history of warfare and defeated the Ottoman army — ending centuries of Islamic attacks and invasions reaching the heart of Europe. Continue reading this article

Burger Joint Robotics Are Coming Soon

Fast-food restaurants are a major target for automation developers because of the high labor costs connected with preparing food and dealing directly with customers. Kiosks for ordering food have begun appearing as a result of their simple design. In February for example, Wendy’s announced it would install kiosks in 1,000 restaurants (around 16 percent) by the end of the year.

Machines that make the food require more advanced moving parts, but those are coming along also, such as the Flippy burger cooking robot, shown below:

Below, the Flippy robot cooks the meat while a human worker assembles the burgers.

It’s always interesting when a top CEO in an industry makes a prediction of when automation will come on big. The CNBC article below mentions a recent interview with Greg Creed, the CEO of Yum Brands, saying robots would replace most fast-food workers by the mid-2020s, and here it is:

Restaurant work is a popular occupation for unskilled immigrants and illegal aliens because most of the basic tasks can be easily learned. A Pew Research report from earlier this year found that 22 percent of food preparation and service workers were legal and illegal immigrants. A Census survey from 2015 shows that restaurants employ nearly 2.3 million foreign-born workers, a number used in the CNBC article.

So the government’s persistence with old-style levels of immigration to fill these jobs is a fool’s errand, considering the forecast that most restaurant work will be done by machines in a decade from now. For that reason:

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Why isn’t Washington paying attention to the rapidly changing workplace?

Robots are coming to a burger joint near you, CNBC, July 4, 2017

● A burger-flipping robot called Flippy will be at work in CaliBurger restaurants by early 2018.

● Miso Robotics, the inventor of Flippy, has raised $3.1 million in Series A venture funding.

● Patent services firm Acacia Research, CaliBurger and Match Robotics VC are investors.

Grilling burgers may be fun on the Fourth of July, but less so if hot grease is your daily grind.

Enter Miso Robotics. The southern California start-up has built a robotic “kitchen assistant” called Flippy to do the hot, greasy and repetitive work of a fry cook. Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done.

Miso is part of a budding kitchen automation industry. Its peers include Zume Pizza, Cafe X, Makr Shakr, Frobot and Sally, which are developing robots to help commercial kitchens churn out pizzas, lattes, cocktails, frozen yogurt, and salads.

In a recent CNBC interview, Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed predicted robots would replace fast food workers by the mid-2020s. It’s not as if workers love those jobs.

Employee turnover in the restaurants and accommodations sector was 73 percent in 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fry cooks, the people who flip burgers (or fillets) all day at a hot grill, move on from the job faster than others in the field.

Rather than build a robot from the ground up, Miso integrates the best of available components on the market, including robotic arms, sensors and cameras. It develops proprietary control software to enable the robots to work as cooking assistants in complex environments right alongside humans, said CEO David Zito. Continue reading this article

South Korea Plans Airport Robot Roll Out

South Korean’s Incheon Airport is testing out some new smart machines to ease the travel experience.

Koreans are modernizing the airport a bit in advance of the Winter Olympics which start on Feb 9, 2018. The airport hopes to get the kinks worked out now, so the increased number of travelers next year will have a positive experience in South Korea.

Two robots are in the pipeline: one provides travel information and services while the other is a simple floor-cleaning machine.

Below, the Troika info-robot is designed to be use-friendly and non-threatening to children.

The following video shows the two robot models performing their basic skills. It ends with a human worker passing by her mechanical replacement cleaning robot, perhaps reflecting on her uncertain future.

If the machines are cheap enough and passably effective, they will be here soon enough. Cost cutting is always job #1 for executives, not worrying about whether mass unemployment may be the ultimate long term result.

Robots to aid tourists, clean floors at South Korean airport, Associated Press, July 4, 2017

Robots will start roaming South Korea’s largest airport this summer, helping travelers find their boarding gates and keep its floors clean as the country prepares for its first Winter Olympics game.

Starting this month, Troika, a self-driving robot made by LG Electronics, will rove the Incheon International Airport, telling travelers how long it takes to get to boarding gates and escorting them to their flights. A jumbo cleaning robot will help cleaning staff swab the wide expanses of floors in the airport west of Seoul.

Troika, about the size of a young teen, is equipped with a rectangular display on its front that looks like a giant smartphone screen and can show flight information, an airport map and weather data. Its partly rounded head has a flat touchscreen face that displays blinking or smiling eyes or information.

The guiding bot responds to its name.

Travelers can insert their tickets into its scanner to get flight information, and Troika will then ask if they want to be escorted to their gates, warning laggards to “Please stay closer so I can see you.” Continue reading this article

Mexican Deportees Join Together to Survive in Homeland

The Los Angeles Times maintains its cred as a top illegal alien champion with its Monday front-page story about Mexico. It turns out that under the Trump Administration, some of the Mexicans residing unlawfully in the US are being deported to Mexico, if you can imagine.

La Times reports that 50,000 Mexicans have been given free-to-them rides home in the first four months of 2017, similar to the Obama rate interestingly. But because President Trump is in charge, the reaction south of the border has been shock and squawk. The Mexican government has responded to the US enforcing its own laws with a barrage of trash talk and objections.

In February, Mexico’s foreign minister Luis Videgaray rejected Trump’s deportation plans by saying, “We are not going to accept it because we don’t have to accept it.” He further asserted that Mexico would get the United Nations to stop the meanie US from deporting Mexicans.

A few months ago, Pew Research reported that illegal Mexicans residing in the US numbered 5.6 million, so 50,000 deported in four months is not that many. At that rate, it would take 37 years to deport all the current Mexicans living here unlawfully.

And Mexico likes having several million of its citizens in the US, where they take American jobs and send back mucho remittances to the dear homeland. In fact, remittances remain a vital source of cash for the moocher nation: in 2016 the total hit $26.9 billion, an increase of 8.8 percent over the previous year. Remittances exceeded the $15.6 billion Mexico earns from oil exports and the $17.5 billion in tourism income Mexico received in 2015.

So Mexico is not happy to have its citizens returning, even in relatively small numbers, considering the millions in America. And since Mexico is complaining anyway, it’s too bad the deportables aren’t being shipped back more rapidly.

They were deported to Mexico. Now they’re helping others, Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2017

The sliding doors opened, and suddenly Roger Perez was back in Mexico.

Spanish boomed over the airport loudspeaker, and men swaggered past in dusty boots and cowboy hats.

Thanks to U.S. immigration authorities, Perez, 21, had been trapped on a plane for hours with his wrists and ankles shackled. Now, he was a free man. But as a deportee to a country he hadn’t seen since he left as a young child, the freedom felt scary, not sweet.

Trembling, Perez shook the hand of a Mexican government official, who explained how he could apply for unemployment benefits. Then he took a business card offered by Diego Maria. “We’re here to help you,” it read. “Together we’re stronger.”

“Hey, man,” Maria told him in English. “I was deported too.”

Every week, Maria, 36, and other migrants deported from the United States in recent months greet planeloads of people sent back to Mexico City. They call themselves Deportees United in the Fight. Continue reading this article

France: Before and after Islam in Two Minutes

Versions of the video below have been showing up on Twitter, and the comparisons of French society before and after Islam are quite affecting. From a peaceful, civilized life to civil war, all because of unwise immigration.

I tried to create a similar effect with still photos in a blog, Muslim Immigration Has Turned Paris into a Violent Dystopian Hellhole, but the video is much better.

Commission Investigates How Many Illegal Aliens Are Voting in America

Verifying voter rolls to keep out the Democrat base of illegal aliens and dead people should be a top priority for the Trump Administration, because the 2016 election results has surely convinced the left that they can only win by vastly increasing the numbers of fake and foreigner voters.

Therefore the Voter Integrity Commission created by President Trump is the first step to determining how bad the problem is. But some of the usual Democrats have resisted handing over public voter rolls to the commission:

Dem state officials refusing to cooperate with Trump voter fraud probe, Fox News, June 30, 2017

Democratic state officials already are refusing to cooperate with the voter fraud investigation ordered by President Trump, saying they will not hand over the extensive “voter roll data” the commission is seeking.

The response comes after Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state serving as vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote to all 50 states this week asking for their input as well as voter registration data.

“I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia,” Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe countered in a statement Thursday, claiming the commission is based on the “specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November.” . . .

Interestingly, thousands of fraudulent voters were found a couple months ago in Virginia, so Gov. McAuliffe’s squawks of probity are suspect.

Polls have shown for years that an overwhelming majority of Americans across racial and party lines support voter IDs.

Kris Kobach, the vice-chair of the commission, appeared with Tucker Carlson on Friday to discuss the resistance he is experiencing for trying to analyze public information about who is voting in America.

Here’s a spare audio file of the video in case it disappears:

Kobach thinks the Democrat states may fear the public learning how many illegal aliens are voting in states like California that lets anyone vote:

”For example one thing that’s never been done that’s very important is the federal government knows the names of more than 15 million aliens who are living in the United States, in fact it’s closer to more than 20 million. The individuals are here on green cards, they’re on temporary visas. But the states have never been permitted to see how many of those aliens have registered to vote in my state.

The number is likely to be very high, but let’s find out what the number is and that’s one of the reasons I think California is afraid of what they might find out; they don’t have any sort of precautions that effectively ensure that non-citizens aren’t voting.”

Fifteen to 20 million imported alien Democrats is a lot, and they must be made to stay away from American polling places on future election days.

Automation: Basic Income Is Discussed as a Possible Solution to Jobless Future

It’s a rare thing for the automation threat to employment come up on TV, so any discussion has to be scored as a plus. In addition, the video segment was shown on the evening Fox News show Special Report a few days ago.

But universal income is a hard sell, with so many ways it could go wrong — like seven billion potential moochers worldwide. The social effect is likely to be huge because many people won’t easily adjust to having nothing but free time and no job to define their identity.

Also, it’s difficult to be convincing about the need for a fix when the threat is not laid out clearly, even when the existing expert warnings are substantial. 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.

Below, human workers can be hard to find in automotive factories, which are now largely automated.

I understand that less than three minutes is not a lot of time to discuss the complete erasure of the market system of pay for labor, but explaining the extent of the problem here takes up only a few seconds. And of course there is no mention that the automated future will need Zero immigrant workers.

The following article is a knock-off of the video report:

Universal Basic Income: A concept that would mean a paycheck, even if you don’t have a job, Fox 6, June 29, 2017

MILWAUKEE — How does this sound? You get a paycheck each month, even if you don’t have a job! It’s called Universal Basic Income, and it’s growing in popularity as a concept for the not-too-distance future.

The Senate rejected the idea way back in 1970, but the ravages of the digital age are causing many to revisit the concept of a Universal Basic Income.

“We need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes,” Hillary Clinton said during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs,” then-candidate Donald Trump said during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Yet during the three presidential debates, the word “automation” never came up. With credible projections now forecasting that our growing use of robots, self-driving vehicles and other automated machinery will eliminate 40 percent of all jobs in the United States by 2030, futurists, labor market analysts and leading CEOs have begun asking “what will become of all those workers displaced by technology?”

“Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder said.

At Harvard in May, Zuckerberg endorsed the concept of a Universal Basic Income — a guaranteed wage for some or all Americans, to be means-tested or limited to the losers in the emerging new economy of the digital age. Continue reading this article

Trump Travel Ban Is Reported to Cause Anxiety among Foreigners

The Trump Administration allows big opportunities for Sob Story peddlers, those media creatures that believe exorbitant rights and freebies for foreigners are more important examples of liberal values than providing attention to American citizens needing assistance.

Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle front page featured a snap of lefty legal help for foreigners unhappy with restrictions on jihadist travel to the United States, complete with PC hijab. No more Obama-style open borders — oh, the horror!

It will take some time for foreigners to get over the idea that the United States is their all-purpose flophouse to visit, illegally immigrate to, mooch from, steal medical care from, etc. ad nauseam.

Anyway, why is it odd for President Trump to keep out muslims, who are historic enemies of 1400 years standing? They have vowed eternal war against infidels like us until the whole world is ruled by totalitarian Islam. Job #1 for the president is to protect the American people from enemies, and preventing the entrance of an unfriendly tribe is a good place to start.

Travel ban, with qualification, is underway again after Supreme Court ruling, San Francisco Chronicle, June 29, 2017

Visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries and refugees from around the world lost their ability to gain permission to enter the United States starting Thursday evening unless they could prove a “bona fide relationship” to the country, the latest step in a historic fight over the Trump administration’s travel ban that is playing out in the courts.

Administration officials said those with visas as of 5 p.m. Thursday would be permitted, and they expected “business as usual” at airports across the country.

Still, civil rights attorneys who see the travel ban as a broad act of discrimination against Muslims returned in droves to San Francisco International Airport to ensure that immigrants would not be wrongfully barred entry, as they had been in January when the travel ban was first implemented before being halted.

Meanwhile, the administration — which called the ban vital to national security — clarified details of the order in an effort to comply with this week’s Supreme Court decision. The high court allowed the action to proceed in part but carved out the exception for people with “bona fide” relationships to people or entities in the United States.

Officials said applicants for future visas who are from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia must prove they are the parents, spouses, children, children-in-law, siblings, fiances or fiancees of a U.S. individual or have a formal tie with an entity, like a university, in the country. Continue reading this article

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