North Carolina Reports on Local Job Loss from Automation

Below is a rare local report about automation and its effects at ground level. It’s a 3-minute TV-news segment, but the piece does get the sense of general anxiety about the future of employment. One man sought retraining for a new computer-related career because automation was cutting into construction jobs. A recurring theme was that many job categories weren’t disappearing entirely, but automation was making them more efficient and therefore the workplaces need fewer workers overall.

Food service jobs are threatened in North Carolina because of the increasing use of smart machines, such as ordering kiosks, like the one shown.

North Carolina State University has created a website with a disruption index showing the effects of automation and demographic change by county. The research from the university has indicated that smart machines may threaten 60 percent of jobs, which is considerably higher than the estimate of Oxford scholars who put the number at around 50 percent within 20 years.

Whatever the number ends up being, the estimates are high enough to warrant ending immigration to save the few remaining jobs for citizens. America won’t need millions of immigrant workers when there are no jobs for them in a decade or two.

9 investigates: Automation threatens thousands of North Carolina jobs, by Brittney Johnson, WSOC-TV Channel 9, June 30, 2016

STATESVILLE, N.C. — New research suggests North Carolina is at risk of losing thousands of jobs over the next decade.

Eyewitness News investigated what’s being done to prepare local workers and workplaces after the study from N.C. State University shows that the rise of automation could impact more than 60 percent of current jobs.

Ray Goodwin traded in his career in construction to pursue his passion: computers. As he was transitioning he noticed new technology was hurting his colleagues in the concrete business.

“You didn’t need the number of laborers that you need to actually pour the concrete if you were willing to pay the money for the technological leaps and bounds,” said Goodwin.

Advances in automation, combined with the economy, put construction among the top industries in North Carolina to lost jobs between 2002 and 2015. The findings are part of Dr. Mike Walden’s research on the rise of automation. He teaches economics at N.C. State.

“We are going to see entire occupations wiped out,” he told Channel 9. Continue reading this article

Geert Wilders Stands for Freedom and Therefore Recommends Ending Muslim Immigration

The Dutch politician and founder of the Party for Freedom appreciates freedom in part because his is severely restricted from jihadists who want to kill him. Geert Wilders got a target on his back for being outspoken about the threat that Islam poses for Western liberty and he has lived for over a decade with 24/7 police protection.

Last year Wilders visited Washington to discuss Islam. One event, pictured below, was an outdoors presser near the Capitol where he delivered a message with Congressmen Scott Perry, Louie Gohmert and Steve King standing behind him.

Wilders recently posted a video in response to the jihad mass murders of the past several months to remind Western people of what we are fighting for — namely our freedom.

It’s good that he always remembers to mention the immigration component of our Islam problem. Letting historic enemies inside the gate is just stupid. The world is full of wars and horror, but modern politicians pretend that “enemy” is somehow an outmoded concept and any hostile jihadist on earth can be admitted as an immigrant. That must end.

“Western governments remain dangerously blind to the danger of Islamization. Islam is a religion of peace, they say but that is a lie.

Look at what happened at Istanbul airport.

Look at what happened in Orlando a few weeks ago.

Look at what happened last March at Brussels Airport and metro station.

Look at what happened at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris last November.

Look at what happened in San Bernardino last December.

The list is endless and everything this list has in common is Islam. Let me emphasize that i’m talking about Islam, not about Muslims. Muslims can be good people, but no honest individual can say with a straight face that Islam is a doctrine of peace, of freedom. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Slams Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Sabotage US Citizen Graduates

Candidate Clinton thinks every foreign STEM graduate with an advanced degree should get a green card stapled to their diploma, immediately placing them in the front of the line for US jobs. How does that help American students who already struggle against cheapie foreigners flooding the STEM workers pool in this country?

It doesn’t. Hillary is catering to wealthy tech moguls like Mark Zuckerberg (net worth $51.4 billion) who has long supported permissive immigration to admit millions of cheap workers, a policy that benefits him directly. In fact, Zuckerberg funded and led, a business group promoting mass amnesty and increased legal immigration to keep the firehose of cheap foreign workers flowing forever.

The numbers are worth noting, since a record number of foreign students are studying in America — nearly one million in the 2014-2015 academic year — and they are not majoring in art history.

In March of 2015, Senator Sessions chaired an important hearing that examined foreign workers displacing Americans in tech jobs, from which he observed, “American schools graduate twice as many students each year with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs to fill.”

So America has plenty of STEM workers and needs to import ZERO foreigners to take those jobs.

But Hillary Clinton would rather serve tech billionaires than look after the well-being of young Americans who have invested their time and money to have a career.

Industry-Backed Clinton Plan Gives Preference to Foreign Students over American Grads,

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement on the need to put American students first:

“Although there are more college graduates in the U.S. today than at any point in our history, many have trouble finding meaningful work in their field of study. Many are underemployed, taking jobs well below their skill level simply to make ends meet. This holds true even for those who earn degrees in the Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (‘STEM’) field, with prior estimates indicating that 74 percent of all STEM graduates are not working in the STEM field.

Yet, today, candidate Hillary Clinton announced that if elected president, she would ‘staple’ a green card to STEM master’s degrees and PhDs of every graduate  – enabling foreign students to get green cards and thus be able to remain in the U.S. permanently and take any job. Her plan embodies a concept that has been recycled by industry year after year as ‘immigration reform,’ and would damage the job prospects of U.S. students. Continue reading this article

Trump Thumps the Great God Globalism

Candidate Donald Trump delivered a well crafted speech on Tuesday which attacked the globalist economy as harmful to American workers and destructive to the middle class. He criticized powerful interests, like Red China for its currency manipulation and our own government for its policies that have become such a menace to the general good.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) erased the border with Mexico to a degree.

Globalization encompasses immigration, outsourcing and so-called free trade, all of which have been job-killers for working people. But the globalist economy works very well for powerful elites in business and politics, so the system has continued long past the time when it was shown to be a failed faith.

(See also the annotated version of the speech which includes footnotes for the facts cited.)

Full transcript: Donald Trump’s jobs plan speech, Politico, June 28, 2016

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Declaring America’s Economic Independence

It is great to be here. I’d like to thank Alumisource and all the amazing workers here for hosting us.

Today, I am going to talk about how to Make America Wealthy Again.

We are thirty miles from Steel City. Pittsburgh played a central role in building our nation.

The legacy of Pennsylvania steelworkers lives in the bridges, railways and skyscrapers that make up our great American landscape.

But our workers’ loyalty was repaid with betrayal.

Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization – moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas.

Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy. But it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.

When subsidized foreign steel is dumped into our markets, threatening our factories, the politicians do nothing.

For years, they watched on the sidelines as our jobs vanished and our communities were plunged into depression-level unemployment.

Many of these areas have still never recovered. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Warns That Hillary Clinton’s Refugee Scheme Will Cost a Fortune

Apparently Secretary Clinton intends to continue the Obama program of fundamentally changing America via extreme diversity, only more so. But aside from the obvious national security threats from importing hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees, the dollar cost will be through the roof. Importing more than 600,000 sketchy needy foreigners that will cost over $400 billion over four years is more bad craziness that will end up in the welfare office.

Is there no end to immigrating people America doesn’t need and can’t afford?

Below, a few of the 4.8 million Syrian refugees available for resettlement.

Here’s a good tv report:

It’s hard to imagine anyone being worse on refugees and immigration than Obama, but Hillary looks determined to go for it.

Clinton Refugee Plan Could Bring In 620,000 in First Term at Lifetime Cost of Over $400 Billion, Senate Immigration Subcommittee, June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON— An analysis by the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest finds the refugee plan of presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could cost hundreds of billions of dollars. 

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has announced her desire to admit at least 65,000 refugees from Syria – on top of the existing refugee flow already entering the United States. What Clinton has not explained, however, is that in addition to the clear national security implications related to accepting more refugees, there are massive financial costs that would be borne by federal, state, and local governments.‎

Assuming Clinton’s desire to bring in 65,000 Syrian refugees is in addition to the Obama Administration’s current goal of admitting 10,000 this fiscal year (out of 85,000 total refugees), that would amount to an increase of 55,000 refugees. ‎55,000 on top of 85,000 totals 140,000 refugees. The Obama Administration’s target for FY 2017 is actually 100,000 refugees, meaning that adding 55,000 refugees to that would result in 155,000 refugees each year.  Due to statutory flaws in our Refugee Admissions Program, the number could be as high as Hillary Clinton desires. Assuming her goal is to admit 155,000 refugees each year during a hypothetical first term in office, a Clinton Administration would admit at least 620,000 refugees in just four years – a population roughly the size of Baltimore. Continue reading this article

SpotMini Robot Loads Dishwasher and Delivers Beer

Last February, millions watched a video of Boston Dynamics’ amazing Atlas robot as it walked with ease through a snowy landscape.

Did you see it? Watch that video here.

Now the company is back with an even more advanced machine — SpotMini — that can grasp and place a wine glass into a dishwasher without breakage, as well as trot along, deliver a beer and quickly get up after slipping on a banana peel.

The company includes this explanatory blurb with its video:

Introducing SpotMini, Published on Jun 23, 2016

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance. For more information about SpotMini visit our website at

SpotMini is a smaller, quieter version of the carry-all robot that was rejected by the Marines for being too noisy. SpotMini is designed with home use in mind, and people don’t want a loud machine clanking around the place.

Below, SpotMini, the house robot, awaits master’s next command.


The ability of SpotMini to manipulate a wine glass safely shows how rapidly human-like dexterity is being developed, and that capability is the Holy Grail for business. Once machine smarts can be married up with the precise movements of the human hand, then many more jobs will be transferred to the automation column, like picking vegetables, sewing clothing and packing customer orders into boxes in an Amazon warehouse.

Speaking of Amazon, that company has grown enormously from its use of increasingly automated processing centers where Kiva robots deliver ordered merchandise to human workers who load boxes for shipment. CEO Jeff Bezos wants to automate further, as shown by the Amazon Picking Challenge, a competition to develop a dexterous robot that can replace the humans (and their amazing hands).

The trend in the economy is for more automation and fewer workers. The May employment statistics showed a record 94.7 million working-age Americans not present in the workforce. Surely there has been a cumulative effect of decades of industrial outsourcing and immigration, plus automation now added to the mix of job-killing policies and technology.

In 2013, two Oxford University researchers forecast that nearly half of US jobs might be automated or computerized within 20 years. The Gartner tech consultants predicted in 2014 that one in three jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Those forecasts don’t look out of line with what we see today.

For sure, immigration of cheapie foreign workers for “jobs Americans just don’t want” (a questionable concept anyway) is a relic from the 20th century, because machines are doing those unpleasant jobs now. Therefore:

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Little Marco Rubio — He's Back and Running for Re-election

Whoever thought that Little Marco Rubio, the Gang of Eight Amnesty Man, was really going away? He had promised to retire from the Senate after Donald Trump beat him like a drum in the Florida primary election, where the Senator got only 27 percent of the votes in his home state. But now he means to continue his Senate career if the constituents will vote him back.

His return to the political fray puts him back on the list for Sunday shows, as the consequential hispanic Republican who conveniently is critical of the nominee Trump, which pleases the networks. Senator Rubio appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss the issues of the day.

Interestingly, when asked about how he would envision his next Senate term, Rubio declared that “the Senate needs to fulfill its role as a check and balance on the president” and he would focus on that. It’s curious that he hopes to improve the Senate’s proper functioning within our Constitutional system when he dropped out for a year to pursue his campaign for President.

Below, Senator Rubio appears with other Gang of Eight members when the group worked to pass a terrible amnesty bill for millions of illegal alien foreigners. His amnesty activities as a freshman senator helped him get a lot of attention in the press.

Naturally, the topic of immigration came up during the interview, since Rubio is an “expert” in the minds of the media. He still wants the big amnesty reward for the intruders, although he framed the idea in a roundabout way: “I argue for a piecemeal step-by-step approach that begins with enforcement and I think leads to the confidence we need from the American people to do something reasonable.”

Little Marco was quite firm in his objection to Trump’s Muslim immigration ban, because refusing immigration admittance to anyone (including historic enemies) is not something Rubio can stand.

“You see our best allies in Jordan. Our allies in that reach that are working to us to defeat ISIS, they’re Muslims. You look at communities in America who are reporting to the FBI, we have got a radical here in our midst, they’re Muslims. And so it’s just — that’s not a real proposal. It’s not something that’s going to happen. . . I think it’s bad policy for the country to say you’re going to have a religious exclusion. And I think you have heard from multiple leaders in our party say that. And, by the way, I believe or I would hope that we would have the opportunity to encourage him, if he’s elected president, in a different direction about how to deal with the problem he’s trying to deal with, is radical Islamic terror.”

So America can have friendly relations only with nations from whom we accept immigrants? That’s the underlying supposition, and it’s strange when you think about it.

Anyway, Temple University Law Professor Jan Ting has said the president has the power to block whatever group he wants: “There’s clear statutory authority in the laws [outlined by] Congress … delegating to the president” the power to impose an immigration ban “whenever the president finds that such admission would be detrimental to the United States.”

On another front, political newcomer Carlos Beruff is challenging Rubio in the primary from the right, asking, “Do you want a Senator who puts politics and their own ambition first?”

So Little Marco is not getting a free ride back to the Senate. We can dream.

The following transcript is from CBS NEWS June 26, 2016:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST: In terms of the politics of this, do you see any parallels between the Brexit push and what’s happening in American politics?

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: I think globalization, the kind of move of the economy to this global economy, is having an impact in multiple countries around the world.

I think the reality that we have a new economy and the new economy is creating a lot of new jobs, that the people hired for the new jobs are not the same people that are losing jobs under the old economy. In essence, the people losing their jobs are the not the ones people being hired by the new economy. All of this has created an incredible amount of strain and friction all over the world.

And so there’s a sense in many countries around the world that this is because we’re too engaged with this global economy, we’re too engaged with world. I think you see it manifested here in America. I think you saw it in that vote there. I think there’s other places where you may see that pop up as well.

DICKERSON: Do you see it manifested in America in the support for Donald Trump?

RUBIO: Sure. Continue reading this article

Media Melts Down over Brexit Outcome

The Brexit media aftermath continues to roil, in part because the press was caught flatfooted regarding the results. In addition, Britain’s choice to return to nation statehood upsets the globalist values of the liberal stenographers of elite views.

Below, Nigel Farage was condemned for UKIP’s poster illustrating the mobs of mostly Muslim foreigners allowed to invade Europe.


Per playbook, liberals and their media squawk with the usual accusations of racism against anyone who disagrees with approved issues, and by extension, with libs’ imagined moral superiority. It’s tiresome and unimaginative. As Tucker Carlson notes in the video below, there were sound reasons to oppose the Brexit, but to accuse the supporters of being evil racists reveals libs’ kneejerk habit of personally castigating opponents if the results do not suit them.

In addition, the lefty globalists in this case want to shred the democratic outcome that resulted from a months-long debate and the votes of more than 30 million citizens: an online petition for a do-over of the referendum is being run which insists on new rules: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”

The overall turnout was 72 percent, higher than in last year’s general election. But that’s not sufficient for a certain group.

Plus the automatic name-calling from the other side make it hard to engage in political debate when their arguments include accusations that are designed to shut people up.

TUCKER CARLSON: After British voters decided to leave the European Union, many in the press here in the US were quick to label the Brits bigots.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: A lot of these leave movements are led by the hard right, very very xenophobic anti-immigrant, are very populist, nationalist, white identity politics.

NBC REPORTER: What this was really about was fear, xenophobia, in some cases certainly racism.

CARLSON: So has Christiane Amanpour recovered this morning, or is she hiding under the covers weeping? Let’s talk to Dan Joseph; he’s a video correspondent political analyst for the Media Research Council in Washington. Dan, good to see you this morning. So in the UK, there was a robust debate about this. i mean the papers were kind of split on it and there was a debate. In the US, I think the New York Post was the only print media outlet that was sympathetic to Brexit. Why was the American media so against this? Continue reading this article

Supremes Reject Obama Flophouse View of America

It’s been a good couple days for national sovereignty. The Brexit referendum passed, against all polls and bookie forecasts, which begins divorce proceedings between Britain and the unelected European Union superstate. In Washington, the Supreme Court rejected the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

President Obama observed at least 22 times that he couldn’t declare amnesty unilaterally (because he said he’s “not a king”), until he did.

Friday’s New York Times front page featured Obama’s disappointment over the amnesty smackdown— the loss is “heartbreaking” for him. Poor sensitive president!


Now that Obama is becoming more lame-duckish, he is less careful about what he says. When he appeared before the press on Thursday to speak about the court decisions, he expressed his flophouse ideal for America (Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on U.S. Versus Texas, 6/23/16):

“Our Founders conceived of this country as a refuge for the world.”

Really? Does he think the Founders fought a seven-year revolutionary war and set up a whole new country so the rest of the world could have a really comfy safe space?

Actually, the Constitution said that the purpose of the founding was “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” There’s no mention of a “refuge” for auslanders.

The leftist view is that America is too rich, and middle-class citizens should be taxed to the max to provide free stuff for illegal aliens.

So it’s a good thing that the Supreme Court rejected Obama’s overreach of executive authority. However, it is concerning that four members of the nation’s top court apparently think it’s okay for the president to make law, which is Congress’ job and a basic item of the separation of powers.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a similar point about the court’s ruling:

Supreme Court deadlocks, dooming Obama deportation amnesty, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, June 23, 2016

President Obama lost his bid to kick-start his deportation amnesty Thursday after the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, keeping in place a lower court’s injunction, nixing the policy for the rest of Mr. Obama’s tenure and igniting political and legal debates that will carry on well beyond.

Mr. Obama said the ruling “takes us further from the country we aspire to be,” and vowed to protect most illegal immigrants from deportation anyway, saying his discretionary powers remain intact.

But the decision is a devastating blow to his hopes of a legacy-building amnesty, known by the acronym DAPA, that would have granted as many as 5 million illegal immigrants a stay of deportation and the keys to a more normal life in the U.S.: work permits and Social Security numbers enabling them to obtain driver’s licenses and other taxpayer benefits.

The ruling could have been even worse. Had Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, still been on the court, Mr. Obama would likely have lost in a 5-4 decision that could have spanked him on broad constitutional grounds and imposed limits on future presidents, analysts said.

Instead, the tie decision leaves in place rulings by a district judge in Texas and by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Mr. Obama broke the law when he claimed he had the categorical power to grant “deferred action” to nearly half of the illegal immigrants in the country. Continue reading this article

Report: Refugees and Immigrants Are Highly Represented in Terror Convictions

Senator Jeff Sessions’ Immigration Subcommittee has published a study of persons convicted in terror crimes and the results are not promising for the safety of the nation. Despite the horror and deaths of 3000 inflicted on America on 9/11 by Middle Eastern foreigners, the government has learned little about protecting us in the intervening time, as shown by the fact that at least 380 of 580 convicted terrorists were foreign-born. Forty of those foreigners were refugees, which should be a warning about Obama’s project to admit 10,000 unscreenable Syrian refugees during this fiscal year. Why continue to import potential enemies who want to kill Americans? What kind of government does that?

Below, the 2013 Boston Marathon jihad attack, which killed three and seriously injured many others.

Senator Sessions appeared with Sean Hannity on Wednesday to discuss the report:

SEAN HANNITY: Based on research conducted on a list of the Department of Justice, subcommittee on that you’re involved in — let’s see, at least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001, and December 31st, 2014, they were 380 of 580 were born abroad.

SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS: Absolutely, and it’s really a lot more than that because we had to find that information from public sources and for large number we couldn’t. I’d say it’s probably pushing 75 percent of those involved in terrorist activities

HANNITY: Were they illegal immigrants or were some foreign born here on visas and we’re not vetting them properly?

SESSIONS: Right, they’re coming mostly, I would assume, on legal visas but they are immigrants themselves, so some are suggesting the second generation or homegrown terrorism is the biggest problem: that’s really not so according to the data.

HANNITY: When Donald Trump said that there’s rapes and murders by illegal immigrants — I sat through a security briefing with Governor Rick Perry and in an eight-year period they reported, his officials, people on the on the borders, they gave the number of 625,000 crimes committed by illegal immigrants against Texans alone, including rape and murder. So this is happening, what Trump said is true, is accurate,

SESSIONS: It’s absolutely accurate, it’s indisputable really. We have a responsibility to protect the United States of America from those who would attack us and destroy domestic stability and tranquility. We can do that. People don’t have a constitutional right to demand entry. We should screen those people. Those who are likely to be prosperous and flourish in America and be good citizens we should admit before we admit those who are likely to be dangerous.

HANNITY: Well the group FAIR did a study and what they found is from the Freedom of Information Act on their behalf that the 30,558 criminal aliens that ICE released in fiscal year 2014 — of the 30,000, 13,288 additional crimes were committed by illegal immigrants that just got out of jail. Why are we letting illegal immigrants that are in prison back out on the street?

Sean, the law requires if you’re convicted of an offense in the United States, you shall be deported. They should be deported anyway if they’re here illegally. So you first should be deported if you’re here illegally, and if you commit a crime that’s a high priority case. It’s not happening, even that Hillary Clinton has said Sean, that nobody in the country illegally should be deported unless they are a terrorist or commit a violent crime and that’s just open borders really.

Below is a chart which shows the country of origin of the terrorists. More charts can be seen on the Fox News article, Anatomy of the terror threat, 6/22/16.


Here’s the report issued from Senator Sessions’ office:

At Least 580 Individucals Convicted in Terror Cases since 9/11, at Least 380 Are Foreign Born, Senator Sessions Office, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON—Based on open-source research conducted on a list provided by the Department of Justice, the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest has determined that at least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2014, were born abroad.  

On August 12, 2015, December 3, 2015, and January 11, 2016, letters were sent to the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State, requesting the immigration histories of individuals implicated in terrorism since early 2014. For over 10 months, the Obama Administration has refused to provide this crucial and easily accessible information. Since sending the last letter on January 11, however, the Subcommittee has identified 18 additional individuals implicated in terrorism since early 2014 – bringing the total to 131, of whom at least 16 were initially admitted to the United States as refugees, and at least 17 of whom are the natural-born citizen children of immigrants.

However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) did provide the Subcommittee with a list it maintains of 580 individuals not only implicated, but convicted, of terrorism or terrorism-related offenses between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2014. DOJ has deferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide immigration background information regarding these individuals, but to this day, DHS has not done so – despite having the information on the foreign-born easily accessible in its records and databases.

Using this list, the Subcommittee conducted open-source research and determined that at least 380 of the 580 were foreign-born (71 were confirmed natural-born, and the remaining 129 are not known).  Of the 380 foreign-born, at least 24 were initially admitted to the United States as refugees, and at least 33 had overstayed their visas. Additionally, of those born abroad, at least 62 were from Pakistan, 28 were from Lebanon, 22 were Palestinian, 21 were from Somalia, 20 were from Yemen, 19 were from Iraq, 16 were from Jordan, 17 were from Egypt, and 10 were from Afghanistan. Continue reading this article

America's Truckers Face Self-Driving Technology

Many jobs that are being replaced by automation are somewhat small in terms of the number of workers in each employment category, so the overall cumulative effect has not been adequately noticed. However drivers are a huge group with millions of workers, plus the collateral businesses that are built around track drivers in particular, like roadside restaurants, so the disruption of the trucking industry will have large injurious effects.

Nevertheless, the businesses that build cars, trucks and buses are moving full steam ahead with self-driving technology because they don’t want to be left in the dust by Silicon Valley developing the industry.

In January, Obama announced he would throw $4 billion of taxpayers’ money at the self-driving project (if Congress appropriates it), so a big pile of free-to-them cash is another incentive for business to disemploy millions of American drivers.

The report below from the Guardian suggests that self-driving trucks might come into common usage more quickly than we think. But however attractive the idea of far cheaper hauling might be to transportation companies, it’s hard to imagine the driving public will readily accept ginormous big rigs speeding down the highway with no driver. Business may compromise by using the platooning strategy, where a designated lead truck has a driver and several vehicles follow along by being networked wirelessly.

Below, the German company Daimler introduced a self-driving big-rig truck at Hoover Dam in May 2015. Nevada allows self-driving vehicles if a driver is present to take charge.

Powerful interests now believe there is money to be made by creating an automated future, although making many millions of people unemployed seems a poorly considered way to run an economy. Robots don’t shop.

Still, the automation future is coming coming our way, as we see in the machines and software already here as the vanguard of the revolution.

One thing that should be done is to zero out immigration, because America won’t need millions of additional unemployable workers in a vastly reduced employment universe.

Self-driving trucks: what’s the future for America’s 3.5 million truckers?, Guardian, June 17, 2016

The race is on to get driverless trucks on the roads, and experts say the impact on professional drivers ‘is going to be huge’

Driverless trucks will be safer and cheaper than their human-controlled counterparts, but that doesn’t mean America’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers are giving up to the machines without a fight.

Across the US, truckers collectively haul more than 10bn tons of freight each year, but it’s a tough job – the hours are long and lonely, the pay is low and the lifestyle is sedentary. In many ways it’s a job ripe for disruption; robots v truckers.

“Picture the taxi drivers around the world acting in response to Uber,” says Andy Stern, the former former president of the Service Employees International Union, referring to protests and violence that erupted in many cities as the $62.5bn Silicon Valley on-demand ride-hailing firm challenged conventional, regulated taxis.

“Truck drivers will follow a similar pattern,” says Stern. “There will be disruption in different places. You can imagine people ringing state capitals with their trucks.”

Much has been written about the advent of the driverless car, with rival versions being developed by Google, Uber and Tesla, yet driverless trucks are likely to roll out at scale much sooner. “Individuals can make their own choices about whether they want to get into a driverless car or taxi, but labour-saving technology will be deployed by businesses much quicker,” explains Stern, whose book Raising the Floor explores the need for a universal basic income as technology replaces jobs. Continue reading this article

Liberals Agree: America’s Parks Must Be Diverse

The President visited Yosemite this weekend, so the public’s attention is focused on parks. Naturally, the discussion includes liberal worries that the parks are not diverse enough, and that topic was a front-pager for the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.


Liberal outdoorsy types, like Sierra Clubbers, worry that colorful people don’t care about wild places, and when America becomes even more diverse (as libs have engineered through immigration), then wilderness preservation will end and pavement will prevail. In the post-American United States, Yosemite Valley might be rejiggered to include luxury condos or Yellowstone could get a roller coaster to amuse the kiddies — who would be left to complain? The Mexicans won’t care.

So liberal environmentalists don’t mind assimilating non-whites to the American value of conservation. The Sierra Club has complained at length about having too many white members, but they are the stalwarts who made wilderness preservation happen.

In liberal Minneapolis, the metro council is calling for “racially equitable use of parks” — whatever that is. Do they want race quotas for use? It’s unclear.

However, there are downsides to promoting diversity in wild places. The newbie visitors bring their own cultures and values to the experience. One expression is tagging, and so-called “street artists” see nature as a swell canvas where they can squirt out their imagined creativity.

”Mr. Andre” put his mark on Joshua Tree National Park, an act which he admitted and characterized as a “performance.”


In a report titled Graffiti artists’ move to national parks shocks nature community (April 26, 2015), the LA Times noted the growing problem of such unwanted “art.”

In Joshua Tree alone, graffiti artists vandalized the popular Rattlesnake Canyon in 2013, requiring an extensive cleanup; workers just finished removing etchings from the face of Barker Dam, and in February, someone painted a large, bright blue giraffe on a boulder in 49 Palms Oasis.

About the same time, someone painted a menacing 8-foot-by-12-foot image of a skull on the wall of a historical structure in a nearby area known as the Wonderland of Rocks.

Nevertheless, the diversification of parks moves full steam ahead, as explained respectfully in the Chronicle — a project which was not appreciated by Ajit in the comments section: “I am Asian and I don’t give a rat’s a&s whether any other Asian visits any National Park. In fact, I’d rather have fewer visitors of all colors, races, and all ethnicity. Stop wasting the already meager resources of the Park system on politically-correct nonsense. Use the money to perform much-needed and postponed repairs and upkeep of these precious jewels.”

National parks at 100: Working to make diversity part of legacy, San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2016

Growing up in North Hollywood, Jessica Rivas never gave much thought to the glacier-carved monolith that is Half Dome, rustic cabins along the Merced River or uniformed park rangers in flat brim hats.

These days she often can be found walking near the river, in the shadow of the granite peak.

Wearing the hat.

As a wilderness ranger working in Yosemite National Park, Rivas represents the park and the National Park Service and, she says, the nature that can be “life-changing.” As a 22-year-old woman of Mexican and Lebanese descent, however, she is far from representative of most visitors and workers in a park system that belongs to an increasingly diverse U.S. population.

Just 22 percent of park-goers are ethnic minorities, according to a 2011 study that also points out that percentage had not changed noticeably since the previous survey in 2000.

The lack of diversity is even more dramatic in light of predictions that by 2020 half of all youths in America will be of color, and by 2043, whites will no longer be a majority of the U.S. population.

It’s been a dilemma for all of the National Park Service’s 100 years: The legacy left for all Americans — and paid for with everyone’s taxes — should be easily available and welcoming to the entire population. Continue reading this article

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