The article on publishing technology struck home because I worked in the field for some years while it was changing from paper layout to pages produced entirely on machines. What’s eye-catching here is how the newspaper workforce shrunk from 310 workers to 140 over a period of years, like many other businesses where greater efficiency brought by technology has meant that fewer people were needed to do the work.
It’s another reminder that America shouldn’t continue importing low-skilled foreigners via immigration. Oxford researchers have estimated that nearly half of US jobs are susceptible to automation by 2033, and all evidence indicates that smart machines are creating substantial job loss now and the trend is partially responsible for the jobless recovery.
Not so many years ago, before the Internet encroached into the journalism industry, I came to work each day here at the Argus Leader with 310 other people.
People laying out the news pages. People working the phones and trying to sell subscriptions. People editing copy and making sure we wrote and spelled correctly. People who took a newspaper out to your house when the delivery boy or girl failed you.
It just doesn’t seem like it was all that many years ago. Yet here I am still coming to work at the Argus Leader every day, but now there are only 140 walking in the door with me.
Where did all the others go?
The layout people work in a centralized hub in Des Moines, Iowa, now. The copy editors? We edit our own copy (and we can debate how well we do that later). The telemarketers working the phones trying to drum up subscriptions? Put out of a job by the Do Not Call mandate. Continue reading this article
Investors Business Daily has detected a pattern, particularly in the 70 arrests in this country for ISIS-related plots, and concludes we have a Fifth Column among us. Can we talk about ending Muslim immigration now?
Homeland Insecurity: The FBI’s arrest of a group of New Jersey and New York Muslims trying to organize a “small army” for the Islamic State leaves little doubt we are facing a full-blown Islamic insurgency inside our borders.
According to a just-released federal criminal complaint, five young Muslim men tied to IS were busted conspiring to recruit a small army for the terror group in New Jersey and New York.
The busts bring to 70 the number of IS-inspired terrorists arrested in this country in homeland plots.
Meantime, the FBI reports that all 56 of its field offices have active investigations against other IS suspects.
It’s now clear we’re besieged by a Fifth Column. Yet the White House fatuously insists these are unrelated, unconnected, isolated, one-off “lone wolf” incidents. Continue reading this article
It’s disappointing to see a Republican governor who has dealt closely with the nuts and bolts of the economy swoon over lawbreaking foreigners in the country who are stealing American jobs. He appeared on the Laura Ingraham radio show on Thursday and she tried to pin him down on the job thievery.
Kasich’s job as Governor of Ohio is to provide for the safety and welfare of Americans residing in his state, not welcome illegal Mexicans et al to drive down wages to benefit the wealthy. It’s amazing he can talk so callously when a record number of Americans — 93.8 million — are not in the workforce. Governors should be working to get those dropped out citizens working again rather than speaking cheerfully of cheap-working foreigners who are a big part of the problem.
Kasich is adding to the difficulty by piling on the myth that America needs foreign workers, despite decades of open borders allowing millions of aliens and now automation coming on strong to take even more jobs. He is a sappy advertising magnet for millions more illegals from the third world.
Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) addressed his controversial views on immigration policy. Yesterday in New Hampshire, Kasich raised addressed the “significant contributions” of illegals to the economy and his support for a pathway to legalization. Today, Kasich emphatically endorsed building a wall to secure the border, but showed little empathy for the American workers displaced by those who are already in the country illegally. Kasich then addressed illegal immigrants as American citizens saying, “we don’t need to be picking one person over the other…let’s not be pitting one American against another,” referencing competition between illegal immigrants and Americans.
Ingraham: Yesterday when you were in New Hampshire you made an appearance in which you said immigrants contribute significantly to the economy and when you spoke about a path to, I guess, legal status for illegal immigrants, it was described in the AP report as you got a “smattering of applause.” Do you think that right now in the country with all these people out of work and 45 million on food stamps that the American Republican voter is really desperate to hear candidates talk about how we need to help all these people who came into the country illegally? [4:30]
Kasich: Well, we’re certainly not going to ship them out of the country. What I’m saying is a lot of these folks who are here, they’re law abiding, they’re God-fearing, they’re family-oriented. And, what do you want to do with them?
The current pope is a serious anti-borders type and recently called the rejection of migrants fleeing violence “an act of war” — which is an upside-down characterization when Europe is being invaded by many thousands who just want free stuff. Many of the illegal aliens flooding through Europe’s open borders pretend to be refugees, but are actually economic opportunists, encouraged by the fecklessness of the Eurocrats who refuse to defend their homeland.
Other important cassocks chimed in behind the pope’s anti-nation-state theme, with Angelo Bagnasco, the head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, denouncing “the indifference shown to the exodus of desperate people forced by poverty, war and persecution to take their chances elsewhere.”
It’s too bad Cardinal Giacomo Biffi is no longer around to speak sanity to power. He died on July 11 but is remembered as warning in a 2000 pastoral letter that the influx of Muslims was a danger to Italy’s Catholic identity and that Christian immigrants should be given preference. He also stated that Islamic notions of family and the status of women were incompatible with Italian culture and that Islamic fundamentalists posed a threat to Christian Europe.
The pope and his cronies are generous with the safety of Europe even though the invasion of historic Muslim enemies presents an existential threat to the continent, now and going forward. Today’s liberal generosity to thousands of moocher migrants will turn out badly as jobs disappear with increasing automation and the young Muslim men become disappointed and angry.
High-ranking members of the Italian Church on Monday slammed politicians who peddle anti-immigrant ideas to win votes – sparking a heated row with Italy’s right wing.
“We here hear talk of the ‘unbearable’ number of asylum seekers, an attitude that is unfortunately fed by these salesmen” who are merely pandering to voters, Nunzio Galantino, secretary general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI), said in an interview on Vatican Radio.
The head of the anti-immigration Northern League party, Matteo Salvini, was quick to lash out at the Roman Catholic Church, saying “those who defend this illegal invasion, which is ruining Italy, either don’t understand or are making money” from the migrant arrivals.
Tempers have been fraying in recent weeks over the reception of migrants and would-be refugees in Italy, with Pope Francis intensifying his pleas for those fleeing war or persecution to be taken in – despite increasing anger over the numbers being rescued. Continue reading this article
These people expect wealthy Europe to roll out the red carpet and start dispensing the free stuff immediately. When services aren’t forthcoming for the thousands overwhelming the poor countries on the edge of Europe, the scroungers can get huffy, as one sees in the DW video below.
DEMANDING SYRIAN WOMAN: I don’t have money! Help me! I want to go! I don’t want to stay in Greece! I want to go in Europa! I am Syrian!
YOUNG SYRIAN MAN: I see we are in third world countries. No toilets, no water. People have been waiting for more than 10 years, 10 days. What can I say? Is this Europe? If this is Europe, we’re going back to Syria.
And speaking of non-refugee economic relocators, check out the front page photo below from the Wall Street Journal of August 10. All of the “refugees” are young men who look like they have never missed a meal. Family groups are more likely to be genuine refugees, although certainly not all, but these gangs of young men are out to grab some first world stuff.
Greece has its own problems paying its bills these days following a full blown economic crisis that rocked the Eurozone for weeks. Greece doesn’t need the aggravation of thousands of uninvited foreigners arriving and demanding a handout. The article below reports that 124,000 illegal aliens have arrived in Greece this year and the country is overwhelmed.
The migrant crisis on the Greek island of Kos is pushing people to their limits.
Fights broke out during a registration procedure as more than 1,000 migrants gathered in a long, crowded queue outside a local football stadium.
Migrants demanding quick registration blocked the main coastal road staging a sit-in and chanting “We want papers. We want to eat!”
Police reportedly used fire extinguishers and batons to control the crowd. It comes amid heightened scrutiny of security forces after a policeman was suspended on Monday for ‘abusing a migrant’.
Under pressure Greece is struggling to cope with the increase of migrant arrivals. Some 124,000 people arrived so far this year mostly on the eastern islands closest to Turkey. Authorities are unable to keep pace. On Friday the UN refugee agency warned the country to take control of what it called the ‘total chaos’ on the Mediterranean islands. Continue reading this article
La Times practically shrieked in joy with a featured story at how California has become less American, less law-abiding and more Mexican, er diverse. The arrogance of liberals knows no bounds.
Behold the Tuesday headline, right below the Times banner:
It’s not exactly a good time to be doing cartwheels about California’s rebellion against law and sovereignty when another murder victim of an undeported illegal alien criminal has been in the news. This time the victim is a 64-year-old woman veteran of the Air Force, Marilyn Pharis, who was bludgeoned to death in her own home in Santa Maria.
Nevertheless, the preventable murders of Californians are just so much road kill to la Times, which apparently believes that liberals’ open-borders utopia is worth all the death and suffering. Citizenship, law and sovereignty are just so 20th century.
Interestingly, the online title of the celebratory article was slightly less confrontational than the print version. I think. Note that energized Democrats have more goodies planned for foreign moochers.
It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver’s licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word “alien” from California’s labor code.
Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual parts — a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a kind of California citizenship.
The changes have occurred with relatively little political rancor, which is all the more remarkable given the heated national debate about illegal immigration that has been inflamed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“We’ve passed the Rubicon here,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican strategist. “This is not an academic debate on the U.S. Senate floor about legal and illegal and how high you want to build the wall…. [The state] doesn’t have the luxury of being ideological…. The undocumented are not going anywhere.”
Democratic lawmakers and immigration activists, with diminishing opposition from the GOP, continue to seek new laws and protections. These measures include cracking down on employers withholding pay from low-wage workers and expanding state-subsidized healthcare to adult immigrants without papers.
These new initiatives face obstacles, but backers say such hurdles center on the hefty price tags of the programs, not political fallout from the immigration debate. Continue reading this article
Manufacturing robots are showing up in interesting places, and not just in industrialized economies any more. Despite India’s having an abundance of very cheap labor, it is just as susceptible as America to automation because robots have gotten inexpensive enough to make them competitive with humans.
Robot arms spray motorcycle gas tanks in a factory in India.
The Bloomberg article is noteworthy for its straight talk about the workplace revolution, signaled by using the phrase “robot invasion” (!) in the title. The threat to jobs isn’t disguised by pretense that the smart machines are there to “help” human employees do the unpleasant or boring work. One industry spin has been that the machines are “collaborative robots” or “cobots.” Nope, the machines are there to replace humans who are not as precise or cheap to operate.
In a sweltering factory in southern India, Royal Enfield motorcycles are being painted and lacquered by giant robotic arms that move at twice the maximum speed of a human limb, day in, day out, never making a mistake.
Only a few workers are still needed on the paint line at Royal Enfield Motors Ltd.’s plant in Oragadam, doing touch-ups on the iconic two-wheelers coveted for their classic design. Four robots can do the work of 15 human painters toiling across three shifts.
Robots and automation are invigorating once-sleepy Indian factories, boosting productivity by carrying out low-skill tasks more efficiently. While in theory, improved output is good for economic growth, the trend is creating a headache for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Robots are diminishing roles for unskilled laborers that he wants to put to work as part of his Make in India campaign aimed at creating jobs for the poor.
India’s largely uneducated labor force and broken educational system aren’t ready for the more complex jobs that workers need when their low-skilled roles are taken over by machines. Meanwhile, nations employing robots more quickly, such as China, are becoming even more competitive.
“The need for unskilled labor is beginning to diminish,” Akhilesh Tilotia, head of thematic research at Kotak Institutional Equities in Mumbai and author of a book on India’s demographic impact. “Whatever education we’re putting in and whatever skill development we’re potentially trying to put out — does it match where the industry will potentially be five to 10 years hence? That linkage is reasonably broken in India.”
Competing Tasks Improving automation will “likely compete with some low-skill tasks,” Standard Chartered Plc economists in London and Toronto wrote in a May report.
Royal Enfield Motors’ plant, near Chennai, is an example. Spray painting is a repetitive and hazardous job, perfect for a machine. Done manually, it exposes laborers to noxious, dizzying paint fumes that can impair memory and cognitive function.
Humans are imperfect: They miss spots, which can corrode the bike. They waste more because they go over the same place twice. No human can paint exactly the same way each time. Continue reading this article
It’s already mid-August (boo!) and colleges are looking ahead to the new school year with its incoming freshman class. At the University of California system, the entering students will be more diverse, increasingly foreign and less Californian. The liberal suits like to pretend that it’s all about the world community joining hands in campus kumbaya, but the real reason is the full tuition checks required of the auslanders.
The university overlords complain that they need more money from the taxpayers to admit more in-state kids, but nobody in the perfunctory news reports ever suggests that a lot of money could be saved by cutting waste in the enormous bureaucracy. One place the suits could cut is the funding for “diversity:” In 2011 it was reported that UC Berkeley had an office of diversity and inclusion that spent $17 million annually. UCB is plenty diverse and doesn’t need a big bureaucracy when the state’s demography already supplies it.
And here’s a money-saving idea: charge more for useless degrees like chicano studies. The decision of what major to choose should make the kiddies consider the real world of work after graduation. And promoting anti-American subjects like leftist chicano propaganda shouldn’t be supported by California taxpayers anyway.
Also, keep in mind that the foreign students are well situated to grab an American job upon graduation, so it’s a two-fer screw job on young citizens.
As state funding for the University of California system has declined, campuses have plugged budget shortfalls by enrolling out-of-state and foreign students who pay more in tuition.
An analysis of enrollment and funding data shows a demographic sea change across the UC system.
About 95 percent of undergraduates enrolled in the system were California residents in 2007. That number dropped to under 87 percent in the 2014-15 academic year, as the state Legislature cut more than $810 million in funding, after adjusting for inflation. Meanwhile, international enrollment increased nearly fivefold over the same period, from 1.8 percent to 8.5 percent of the student body. The number of domestic out-of-state students grew by just under two percentage points.
As freshmen prepare to leave home and move onto campus for the 2015-16 academic year, an even higher percentage will be coming from overseas and across state lines. Non-resident admissions for the fall semester increased by about 13 percent UC-wide, with Santa Cruz, San Diego, Irvine and Davis experiencing particularly large jumps. Continue reading this article
Europeans better wake up to the unforgiving demographics. The UN has a new report out, forecasting more rapid population growth than earlier projections: 11 billion humans on earth by 2100.
The growth leader is Africa, exploding from 1 billion today to well over 4 billion in 85 years:
And every African who is allowed to stay in Europe will be texting the rest of his family to join him in the wealthy first world, where welfare offices hand out free money to anyone with a hard-luck story. There’s no reason for millions not to come when Europe makes itself so attractive.
Concerned about how to accommodate more refugees, Marino said the city is “overcrowded”.
“We can’t welcome 18 to 20 percent of people who arrive in our country. We don’t have the resources,” he was cited by Ansa as telling a Lower House commission on immigration on Tuesday. Continue reading this article
California is becoming quite the horror show of illegal alien crime. The latest is painfully similar to the San Francisco shooting death of Kate Steinle in its preventable nature: the accused illegal alien,Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, has a long rap sheet including violent crimes but was recently released onto California streets instead of being deported and/or prosecuted.
Below, Marilyn Pharis during a happier time, before she was raped and bludgeoned to death with a hammer in her own home.
Greta van Susteren, a lawyer, had an interesting conversation with Santa Maria’s Chief of Police Ralph Martin on Friday. He makes it clear that Sacramento has turned the dial to favor illegal alien criminals, but we know the feds are to blame as well. The system is designed not to work, so both sides can blame the other and claim the violent foreigner “fell through the cracks” or some other fiction. Crime committed by illegal aliens goes unpunished in today’s lawless America, and no citizen is safe.
VAN SUSTEREN: There is outrage tonight over an illegal immigrant arrested for the rape and murder of a 64-year-old woman. The illegal immigrant was on probation for battery and drug possession at the time of the rape and murder. Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin joins us. Good evening, sir. Chief, what happened?
CHIEF MARTIN: Well Greta, two weeks ago today Marilyn Pharis. a sixty-four-year-old very healthy woman was asleep in her bedroom. She had just finished an eight-hour shift at Vandenberg Air Force Base where she is a satellite tracker when two men broke into her home, sexually assaulted her, strangled her and then beat her unmercifully with a hammer.
VAN SUSTEREN: One of the men who has been arrested is here in this country illegally, having been released having been released on other charges?
MARTIN: Yes that’s correct my officers have arrested on Martinez six times in the past 15 months.
VAN SUSTEREN: And why was he out on the street?
MARTIN: Well the state of California has Prop 47 which was really pulled the wool over the eyes of the people here. It was supposed to be safe neighborhoods and safe schools. The reality was they decriminalized all of the small possession cases. So if you’re carrying such things as heroin or methamphetamine, we can’t take you to jail anymore.
VAN SUSTEREN: Chief, I take it and hope that tonight he is in jail having been charged with murder. He hasn’t been let out on this one, right?
MARTIN: Oh no no, this is a felony so he’s been booked for first-degree murder, and the district attorney and I are going to meet next week and this is really a death-penalty-eligible case. Continue reading this article
As Washington plods along with its 20th century assumptions regarding labor and the economy, the technology-fueled future is here and changing all the rules. Just when we have adjusted to the idea that cars are produced by a robot factory with few humans, now the 3D printer is being rejiggered to build autos.
On Friday, Fox Business’ Stuart Varney interviewed Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers about his company’s development of the 3D printing process to build cars. Rogers says everything will be printed except the motor and the wheels. Varney observed, “It looks to me like you have gotten rid of the labor force. I didn’t see any human beings there, I just saw a computer-driven machine.”
And people wonder why the jobs have not returned as the economic recovery progresses — Friday’s jobs report included the fact that a record 93,770,000 Americans are not in the labor force while Wall Street is doing very well. The new machines are a big part of modern unemployment.
Below, Local Motors’ Strati model reveals some of its print layers if you look closely at the front.
As a result of these rapid technological changes to the workplace, America does not need to import immigrant workers to do jobs deemed by some to be too unpleasant for citizens. Given the automation revolution, the appropriate number of immigrants is ZERO.
A recent Popular Mechanics article featured the 3D car:
A little quality time behind the wheel of the Local Motors Strati roadster.
This spring Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne called out the auto industry for the staggering amount of money it wastes in the design and manufacture of cars. His solution is based on classic business principles: consolidate and eliminate redundancy. Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers perceives the same challenge, but he’s attacking it from a completely different direction. For Rogers, the problem stems not from business organization but from the fact that we still build cars the same way we did in 1915, on assembly lines with thousands of individual parts. It doesn’t have to be that way, and the proof is parked in his Knoxville, Tennessee, garage, charged up and ready for a drive.
Local’s answer to the cost-cutting question is the Strati, the first 3D-printed car. It’s a humble (albeit very cool-looking) thing. Built—printed—in Detroit, in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the Strati is a small electric two-seater, the first of many models in Local’s plans. Two factories, scaled to employ 100 people each, are under construction now and scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Local plans to build its own cars, but it could also end up working as a supplier for original-equipment manufacturers, some of whom have met with Rogers already. “One of them said, ‘This would be great for prototyping,’ ” Rogers says. “And I said, ‘Forget prototyping! This is how you make the car.’ ” That’s the radical big idea, the one that prompted Popular Mechanics to bestow a Breakthrough Award on Local Motors last year. Continue reading this article
And of course the numbers have kept growing since the 2010 Census, because Washington seems incapable of finding an Off switch.
Coulter was previewing Thursday’s Republican Presidential debate, and got into the numbers with Fox talking-head Megyn Kelly:
COULTER: The question should be, “Does this help America?” and and I’d like to ask them, “How many immigrants are enough?” We already have 42 million immigrants in this country. These guys all talk about how they want to go back to the era of Reagan and they’d be Reagan. Well in the eighties when Reagan was elected, one of every sixteen people residing in America was was foreign born; today it’s one in seven. One in seven. Okay, we have 42 million now — a hundred million, 200 million — how many is enough?
KELLY: The other side says for the 11 to 12 million who are here now it is impractical if not impossible to talk about deporting them.
COULTER: Well, I liked Romney’s answer about enforcing e-verify and they’ll go home the same way they came. I mean everyone made fun of Mitt Romney for saying they’d self deport and oh, it’s so impractical — and there aren’t 12 million there are least thirty million. Okay, say there are 30 million; how are 30 million going to self-deport? Are you going to round them up? We didn’t round them up to get them here. They’re gonna go home the same way they came.
Megyn Kelly’s smirky efforts to belittle Coulter and the issue were tiresome, as if discussing the plot to destroy America via immigration is a big yuck. Kelly continued the segment with self-proclaimed illegal alien activist Jose Vargas, who got much more respectful treatment. He made the ridiculous assertion that America couldn’t get along without all the illegal alien workers, noting “half of the construction workers in the state of Texas are undocumented.”
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