As he remarks in the interview below, “Iran is what ISIS aspires to be” namely a jihadist state dedicated to killing infidels and conquering the world for Islam.
Spencer reminds readers that Shi’ite Iran awaits the 12th Imam, an apocalyptic figure signaling the end times, and the author believes Iran’s leaders may be inclined to incite a war that will hurry along the Islamic prophecy.
STEVE MALZBERG: Joining us now to talk about terrorism and and more importantly the main threat to US doesn’t really come from ISIS, Robert Spencer director of JihadWatch, that great organization and website, Vice President of American Freedom Defense Initiative and the author of the Complete Infidels Guide to Iran — there it is on your TV screen. Robert, good to see you sir.
ROBERT SPENCER: Always good to be here.
MALZBERG: All right, so I’m an infidel you’re infidel. Now we have a guide to Iran, and and people need to realize as you point out in the book that it’s not — I mean ISIS, we know what ISIS is capable of — but it’s not ISIS that’s the main threat; the main threat when it comes to terror is Iran.
SPENCER: Very much so. Look ISIS mounts terror attacks in the United States. They call upon Muslims in the United States to kill American police, soldiers, civilians and they have gotten all too many Muslims to Eid, but Iran has a whole global network of terrorist organizations that it supports. Iran is what ISIS aspires to be in that regard, and they control Hizbollah, they fund Hamas, they fund Palestinian islamic Jihad and all these groups have cells in the United States and that is something that is going to become increasingly obvious in the near future. Continue reading this article
Tuesday was the Amazon Prime day, where super deals were offered to shoppers of the online store who pay a fee for extra services. Last year’s Prime Day broke records with its total of 34.4 million items ordered in eligible countries worldwide. That task requires mega processing capability that depends on computers and automation, particularly the company’s Kiva robots that move the orders from storage to packaging to shipping in enormous warehouses.
Amazon’s video of the 2015 contest was explanatory without being too wonky:
The rapid progress of technology as highlighted by this competition should remind us all how the very basics of the economy — namely workers earning money to buy the products they and others produce — are being undermined. Yet none of our political leaders are discussing how the revolutionary changes to society will be addressed.
Robotics competition prize for best warehouse-working ‘picker’ machine awarded to robot designed by Dutch team
Amazon’s progress toward an army of helpful robots is one step closer: a prize for the best warehouse-working “picker” machine has gone to a robot designed by a team from TU Delft Robotics Institute and Delft Robotics, both based in the Netherlands.
The competition was held in conjunction with Germany’s Robocup in Leipzig. Announced on Monday, the winners took home $25,000, while the university of Bonn’s NimbRo won $10,000 for second place and Japanese firm PFN was awarded $5,000 for third.
The contest, in Amazon’s words, “aimed to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities,” and ended with slightly fewer than half of the entrants scoring more than 20 out of 40 possible points, according to a report in TechRepublic. The technology is advancing quickly: all of those contestants would have surpassed the highest scorer in the previous Picking Challenge, held just three years ago. Continue reading this article
The pundit class and the press generally were caught flat-footed about the success of Donald Trump, and before that, they bashed the Tea Party as racist and mean-spirited for wanting a restoration of Constitutional government, national sovereignty and other traditional values.
Donald Trump was not the first person to notice that the globalized economy of elite trade deals and open borders has not fulfilled its promise of more prosperity for all, but he has been one of the loudest. So his candidacy has reminded citizens that their economic struggles to survive are at least partially the result of government policies that favor the elites.
The Rasmussen pollsters have recently produced some interesting surveys to reflect the Americans growing understanding that the government is actually acting agains their economic interests. One poll found that more than two-thirds of voters think government colludes with business against the people, which is a shocking opinion really. It reflects the belief that we now live in an oligarchy, not under a representative government. No wonder Trump’s pledge to kick out the corruption has found an audience.
Most voters feel government and big business are a deadly combination.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters think government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors. Seventeen percent (17%) do not, but just as many (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Finally, below is a survey about trade. Voters largely believe globalist trade deals have been bad for the country, but the pols don’t care what the citizens think.
The elites don’t change course because they have accrued so much political power that they can do what they please to enrich themselves. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the family will probably become billionaires by the time she leaves office. Remember that she claimed they were “dead broke” when Bill left the presidency, but now the couple is worth $111 million.
Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and other international free trade deals if elected president, saying they are costing U.S. jobs and killing the economy. Supporters say the trade deals lower prices for American consumers. Voters are not big fans of free trade deals like NAFTA but also strongly believe that the politicians negotiating those deals don’t care what they think anyway.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico needs to be renegotiated. Just 27% disagree, but nearly as many (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Interestingly, support for renegotiation was slightly higher at 56% in June 2008 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain was defending NAFTA, while his Democratic opponent Barack Obama was calling for changes in it. Now, however, Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are defending the 1994 pact which lowers nearly all trade barriers between the three countries from attacks by the likely 2016 GOP nominee.
Only 29% of voters now believe most U.S. free trade agreements with other countries have been good for America. Forty-nine percent (49%) say they have been bad for the country instead. Just six percent (6%) say these agreements have had no impact. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. This is a more critical assessment of the deals than voters had eight years ago. Continue reading this article
In the video below, Robert Spencer explains the respect that Islam has for women: Zero.
The crime shows how much the nation has changed for the worse when an American girl can’t enjoy a swim in a public pool without being assaulted by a Muslim male because of the wrong-headed fixation of liberal elites with extreme diversity.
LOWELL — A 22-year-old Syrian refugee is behind bars after only two months in the United States after he was accused Thursday night of inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl at a state-run swimming pool in Lowell.
Emad Hasso, right, with defense attorney William Kittredge at his Lowell District Court arraignment on Friday.
In Lowell District Court on Friday, Emad Hasso, of Lowell, was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty via an interpreter to one count of indecent assault and battery on someone under 16.
Judge Stacy Fortes set the bail over the defense attorney’s objections, because Hasso’s only ties to this country are his family members with whom he lives.
Prosecutor Sam Miller said that around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the 13-year-old Lowell girl was at the Raymond Lord Memorial Pool at the North Common Park in Lowell when she said a man approached her, touched her upper thigh and asked her age.
The girl told him she was too young for him and walked away, Miller said.
The man, who was later identified as Hasso, allegedly began to follow the girl around the pool and approached her again when she was swimming, touching her upper thigh and again asking her age.
The girl responded that she was a “little kid, leave me alone,” Miller said.
Other people at the pool, including the lifeguard, saw some of the interaction between Hasso and the alleged victim, and intervened, Miller said. Continue reading this article
Apparently Muslims residing in the United States have discovered the great outdoors as a swell place to act out their Islo-bonding behaviors. You wouldn’t expect them to appreciate nature just for its own beauty, right? Nope, camping with co-religionists builds group cohesion to resist against the nasty American infidels among whom they chose to live when they immigrated.
One place where they have pitched their tents is Yosemite, one of the jewels of America’s national park system.
There’s the Merced River running in the background and bird songs here or there. But the most compelling sound in Yosemite’s Lower Pines campground is the voice of 20-year-old Sohaib Awan.
He’s singing the Muslim call to prayer.
Awan is one of about 500 young Muslims here for the 48th Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Retreat. It’s the first time it’s ever been held on the West Coast. . .
If I were camping nearby, the Muslim call to prayer would be the last thing I would want to hear in Yosemite. Did the park consider the experience of American campers? Most nature lovers come to hear birds chirping and mountain streams gurgling, not hundreds of Islamics making their religious sounds.
Back east, Muslim kiddies pray and swim at Camp Ramadan, where activities keep their minds off the fasting of the Islam holiday. The Washington Post put a story about the campers on its front page the other day and went out of its way to make Islam in America appear normal — despite the many attacks by Muslims on Americans, recently in Orlando and San Bernardino. Peaceful Islam is a big lie, but loony libs like the Post insist upon their religious belief that all cultures are equal. Hey, let’s vacation in Islamabad!
In the Post video below, which includes lots of anti-Trump chatter from the kids, the voice-over concludes, “This Muslim community hopes that Boy Scouts will make their children America’s next generation of leaders.”
Well, that’s ambitious.
The Post can’t wait to bash Donald Trump in the text — it starts in the first paragraph in a story supposedly about diverse Islamic camping. Perhaps the anti-Trump ramp is part of the program to “actually strengthen their Muslim identity.”
It was the last day of Camp Ramadan, and a sea of smiling parents had their arms outstretched, holding up more than a dozen cellphones to capture all of the song and dance and children’s humor contained in the end-of-camp assembly. And onstage, a normally polite and bookish 11-year-old was channeling Donald Trump.
“As a leader, who do you wish to serve?” a child, playing the role of debate interviewer, asked the boy’s character — a certain political candidate with the alias of Ronald McDonald.
“I wish to serve my very fantastic self,” answered Amir-Abbas, 11, provoking peals of laughter from the parents. Money, he told the interviewer, is the key to great leadership — and he had lots of it.
“I’m trying to make America great again by kicking out Mexicans, Muslims and African Americans,” he added.
“By the way,” he said, sweeping a hand over his dark, cropped hair. “This hair is real.”
When Mona Eldadah started this camp four years ago, the idea was mainly about getting fasting Muslim kids off the couch during the holy month of Ramadan, and into activities that were both creatively stimulating and unifying. Continue reading this article
Writer Heather MacDonald appeared with Rush Limbaugh on Friday and discussed the horrific murders of five Dallas police officers. It’s a very important conversation, particularly about what’s at stake: without the thin blue line of policing, civilization faces anarchy.
I disagree somewhat with MacDonald’s statement near the end that economic need in the inner city has no relation to crime. The situation is more complicated than that. Whole generations have grown up on welfare, and the loss of jobs from the society may no longer seem like a problem to those who live within a cultural norm of food stamps and housing vouchers.
Jobs bring more than a paycheck: they also supply regularity to a family. Many a difficult kid has benefited from having a 9-to-5 gig where the structure of work has the calming effect of teaching basic responsibility. Having a good job allows young people to plan a future with a family and buying a house, where personal progress can be envisioned.
A couple generations ago, ordinary young people could go from high school graduation to a decent job in a nearby manufacturing plant. The St. Louis area that includes troubled Ferguson was home to several Big Three automotive plants, but they are all gone now as a result of the outsourcing of entire industries to cheap-labor havens abroad.
Not to excuse the violence in Ferguson and elsewhere, but young people have a right to be angry about their shrunken opportunities. Except the problem isn’t police, but instead is the globalist economy promoted by our own government that has devastated American workers via outsourcing and excessive immigration. The resulting social dysfunction comes largely from an economy that no longer supports the people. And today’s increasing automation is making a bad situation worse for many Americans.
RUSH: And greetings to you. Happy to have you with us, ladies and gentlemen, the Rush Limbaugh program, it is Friday. Let’s commence. And I know that many of you want to weigh in on what’s going on all over the place. And you shall. Whatever you want to talk about when we get to the phones, telephone number is 800‑282‑2882. And the e‑mail address is ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Okay. The war on cops has now come to Dallas, Texas. The war on police has come to Dallas, Texas. Now, after the program yesterday I interviewed Heather Mac Donald for the next issue of the Limbaugh Letter. She has a book out. She’s a scholar, Manhattan Institute, and a prolific writer. And her most recent book is: The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. Not just the cops, but particularly the cops.
It was a compelling interview, and this morning I feverishly reached out and asked her if she had some time because she said some incredible things. Her research has produced some incredible statistics, and I want you to hear it from her. So she has graciously consented to come back and she joins us now. Heather, thanks for making time today. I really appreciate it.
MAC DONALD: Oh Rush, it’s an honor talking to you twice in 24 hours.
RUSH: It’s a rare opportunity. Most people don’t get that. (laughing)
MAC DONALD: They’d kill to be in my position.
RUSH: It’s great that you had time to do this, because this book, I would now call this book essential. Let me mention the title of this one more time, folks, “The War on Cops,” which will help you find it, that’s really all you need. The full title is “How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everybody Less Safe.” I don’t want to steal your thunder, but I want to review some of the things that you said yesterday. I went back to the transcript of the interview. Let me run through some of these things before you elaborate.
You said you could end all police shootings tomorrow, both lethal and nonlethal and justified and unjustified, and it would have a negligible effect on the astronomical rate at which blacks die by shootings. And then there was this: The Justice Department under Obama came out with a report in March of 2015, a little over a year ago, that found that black and Hispanic officers were actually far more likely to shoot unarmed black suspects under what’s known as threat misperception. That is the false belief that the suspect is armed. That happens much more than with white officers, who are less likely to engage in that type of threat misperception. Continue reading this article
Two decent immigration enforcement bills were crushed by Democrats in the Senate Wednesday, revealing how far the party has gone down the road of open borders for political gain. Both bills required 60 voted to proceed to debate in the Senate, but Democrats batted them down with few dissenters: see the names here. One measure (S. 3100) would have blocked certain federal funding for sanctuary cities, which sounds like a no-brainer to anyone not a Democrat. The other was Kate’s Law (S. 2193), promoted by Bill O’Reilly and others, would have imposed a mandatory minimum 5-year prison sentence on repeat border crossers. That bill was named for Kate Steinle, a victim of an undeported illegal alien criminal who was protected by San Francisco’s stubborn sanctuary policy.
Kate Steinle (pictured below) was shot dead July 1 2015 as she strolled with her father on a popular San Francisco pier. The man who confessed to her killing is an illegal alien Mexican who was deported five times, but returned to the alien-friendly sanctuary city.
Unfortunately, this news may get lost in all the Comey testimony today about the Clinton emails.
It’s particularly shameful that Senator Feinstein voted against public safety, since she was once the mayor of San Francisco and her Pacific Heights mini-palace is only a couple miles from the pier where Kate was shot.
Senate Democrats launched filibusters Wednesday to protect sanctuary cities and to shield repeat illegal immigrants from mandatory minimum five-year prison sentences, saying Republican lawmakers were following the lead of Donald Trump in attacking immigrants.
The votes were taken slightly more than a year after the slaying of Kate Steinle, whose death at the hands of an illegal immigrant shielded by San Francisco’s sanctuary policy ignited a fierce debate over localities’ laws that limit or ban police from turning over immigrants to federal deportation officers.
Steinle’s death on July 1, 2015, drew attention to victims of illegal immigrant crime — a part of the debate that is often overlooked.
But Democrats said the Republicans’ solutions — stricter penalties on repeat illegal immigrants and punishing cities and counties for shielding illegal immigrants — were wrong.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said incarcerating illegal immigrants who repeatedly sneak into the U.S. after deportations would end up overcrowding prisons and cost Americans billions of dollars.
“Republicans are legislating Donald Trump’s vision that immigrants and Latinos are criminals and threats to the public,” Mr. Reid said.
He led Democrats in blocking the sanctuary bill, which fell seven votes shy of the 60 needed to override his filibuster, and the mandatory minimum bills, which fell five votes shy. Continue reading this article
You can always count on the New York Times to present the anti-American view while clothing it in liberal journalistic propriety. Wednesday’s front page included the headline “Muslims stung by indifference to their losses” — referring to the apparent disinterest of the West to terror attacks in dar al-Islam. That observation is odd because the ummah (community of worldwide Muslims) is regarded by Islam as the ultimate uber-tribe, with all others categorized as unworthy underlings.
The sons of Allah have learned the victimhood tapdance from the West though, so reflexive complaints are part of the predictable political dialogue. A Baghdad resident grumbles that #PrayForIraq isn’t trending on Twitter, for example.
Not that there isn’t real suffering however, particularly during Ramadan, the holiday that celebrates killing infidels, including those caught up in the Sunni/Shia division. But mass slaughter is a cultural/historic norm of Islam, since the Koran commands the faithful to kill those who will not submit; e.g.“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” — Koran 8:12.
Below, Bangladeshis remember those lost in the terrorist attack on Dhaka (from the Times report),
The Times castigates Americans for not being sympathetic enough to suffering Muslims during instances of jihad violence, but when Bin Laden attacked this country on 9/11 and nearly 3000 were killed, Muslims celebrated those deaths in Gaza and elsewhere.
The Times piece gripes about global “atavism” (a proper educated word, so much nicer than “racism”), using examples of Brexit and Donald Trump’s candidacy. But the tribal urge is one of humanity’s strongest, reaching far back into our primitive history. Everyone prefers the safety of their own clan — the people who speak our language, share our values and understand our jokes.
Muslims bring none of those attributes. Plus many of them are busy trying to kill us infidels. Nevertheless, the NYTimes insists on an unrealistic standard of diversity appreciation from Westerners.
PARIS — In recent days, jihadists killed 41 people at Istanbul’s bustling, shiny airport; 22 at a cafe in Bangladesh; and at least 250 celebrating the final days of Ramadan in Baghdad. Then the Islamic State attacked, again, with bombings in three cities in Saudi Arabia.
By Tuesday, Michel Kilo, a Syrian dissident, was leaning wearily over his coffee at a Left Bank cafe, wondering: Where was the global outrage? Where was the outpouring that came after the same terrorist groups unleashed horror in Brussels and here in Paris? In a supposedly globalized world, do nonwhites, non-Christians and non-Westerners count as fully human?
“All this crazy violence has a goal,” Mr. Kilo, who is Christian, said: to create a backlash against Muslims, divide societies and “make Sunnis feel that no matter what happens, they don’t have any other option.”
This is not the first time that the West seems to have shrugged off massacres in predominantly Muslim countries. But the relative indifference after so many deaths caused by the very groups that have plagued the West is more than a matter of hurt feelings.
One of the primary goals of the Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups is to drive a wedge between Sunni Muslims and the wider world, to fuel alienation as a recruiting tool. And when that world appears to show less empathy for the victims of attacks in Muslim nations, who have borne the brunt of the Islamic State’s massacres and predatory rule, it seems to prove their point.
“Why isn’t #PrayForIraq trending?” Razan Hasan of Baghdad posted on Twitter. “Oh yeah no one cares about us.”
Hira Saeed of Ottawa asked on Twitter why Facebook had not activated its Safety Check feature after recent attacks as it did for Brussels, Paris and Orlando, Fla., and why social media had not been similarly filled with the flags of Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. “The hypocrisy is the western world is strong,” she wrote.
The global mood increasingly feels like one of atavism, of retreat into narrower identities of nation, politics or sect, with Britain voting to leave the European Union and many Americans supporting the nativist presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. Continue reading this article
I’ve reported earlier about the robot security guard. The Knightscope machine is a 300-pound snoop-bot that scoots around parking lots, recording license plates and other useful data.
The security robot is large and imposing, although it is not capable of aggressive action against bad behavior other than setting off an alarm.
What’s interesting about a recent report from Fusion is the information about the machine’s inexpensive cost — only $7 per hour for the standard rental, which is a lot cheaper than hiring a worker. That low pricetag will be attractive for the right kind of business that wants just the basic observer unit for a parking lot or similar environment.
The robot was seen rolling around the Uber parking lot in San Francisco, so the machines are being adopted in real situations today. That fact illustrates how the replacement of human workers by machines is not a distant future event but is a present reality that will likely increase going forward.
With that dire employment future predicted by experts, the correct immigration policy should be reduction to zero. US business won’t be needing millions of cheap foreign workers because the machines will be even cheaper.
Uber drivers who pay a visit to the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble.
The robot is a K5, a 300-pound security robot made by Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope. It’s a stand-in for a human security guard. Stacy Stephens, Knightscope’s VP of marketing, says Uber is a recent customer of the company. The bot was spotted by friend of Fusion, Alan Sanchez, who stopped to take a photo of the bot and found that when he did, the robot stopped moving around to focus its stare on him:
The robot has multiple high-definition cameras for 360-degree vision, a thermal camera, a laser rangefinder, a weather sensor, a license-plate recognition camera, four microphones, and person recognition capabilities. Once set up in a geofenced area, “it roams around looking for anomalies,” said Stephens. Continue reading this article
For Independence Day, Spencer has taken the title of the WWII films made by director Frank Capra to inform the American people about the danger they faced from German and Japanese fascism. Today there is a different threat, the one posed by hostile Islam that also plans to rule the world, yet political correctness prevents many in high office from explaining the true barbarity of the current enemy.
The situation verges on insanity: we see monstrous acts perpetrated on a near-daily basis, but the government pledged to keep us safe seems afraid to name what motivates the enemy. That won’t work to alert and mobilize the citizens.
Americans need to understand that we really are at war with an enemy of 1400 years standing. Given that situation, admitting Muslims into this nation as immigrants is not appropriate. Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt did not allow Nazi immigrants during WWII.
Spencer uses the device of contrasting America’s Constitutional principles of limited government with Islam’s own words declaring tyranny against all unbelievers.
Why We Fight, By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org, July 4, 2016
Another Independence Day is upon us. Each one presents to us a challenge: will we also fight for freedom and independence, or give them up? The struggle for freedom has not changed, and will never change. It is the eternal struggle over whether human beings will live free, or willingly submit to slavery.
All over the world today, slaves are seeking slavery. Slaves everywhere are defending and even glorifying slavery. As those who are standing against tyranny continue to be excoriated as “enemies of the people,” demonized, and marginalized, avoiding slavery will be harder than ever. People everywhere defend oppressors and carry water for bullies and tyrants, and think all the while that they’re serving the cause of freedom.
In reality, you are either fighting for one thing, or the other. If you’re not working to advance the cause of freedom, you’re working to advance the cause of slavery. The cause of slavery has so very many advocates today. Be an advocate for freedom — for what we must defend, not what we must fight against:
1. Governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
What we must defend:
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” — Declaration of Independence
What we must defend it against:
Non-Muslims have “absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God’s earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines.” If they do, “the believers would be under an obligation to do their utmost to dislodge them from political power and to make them live in subservience to the Islamic way of life.” — Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami
The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000 mark and putting the government on track to surpass President Obama’s goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising questions about screening out potential terrorists. . . .
Obama promised to “fundamentally change” America, and there’s no better way to accomplish that goal than than to demographically swamp traditional people with foreigners who do not share our values.
Muslims on the march to hijra the stupid-generous west.
The PBS Newshour has a chipper little story that begins with informing viewers about the fastest turkey tail lopper in a poultry processing plant in Huron, South Dakota — who happens to be a refugee. In fact, when Nyo Maung is on vacation, his supervisor says, the productivity of the place slows down.
Isn’t that heartwarming? You wouldn’t expect an American to work that hard — particularly for a crummy $13 per hour.
(It’s doubtful PBS will check up on Maung’s health, particularly his hands, in a few years. Repetitive movements, like cutting off turkey tails even with a swell electric knife, have a tendency to cause strain and eventual injury.)
The group that has moved in the town of Huron en masse is from the Karen tribe of Myanmar. The BBC reports some locals say they are “befuddled” by the new residents, but the turkey business likes them very well.
Below, a refugee worker at a South Dakota turkey processor.
The PBS narrative is a stream of excuses for hiring foreigners rather than Americans — the local kids can’t wait to leave town, the newbies don’t mind being underpaid for hazardous work, the business claims it couldn’t survive without foreigners to exploit, etc.
There’s no mention that decent wages would likely attract American workers, as it did in decades past when meatpacking was a good blue-collar job that provided a middle-class life for families.
And what about the 46 percent of the K-12 students who are diverse and require ESL teachers? That’s an extra expense for the local taxpayers, yet the story makes that cost sound like economic growth. Even with the special educational services, there is a high dropout rate, as reported by RefugeeResettlementWatch.
As rural America sees its populations shrink, one town in South Dakota is embracing new communities, including Karen people, an ethnic minority from Myanmar. Home to Dakota Provisions — a turkey processing plant that produces 200 million pounds of turkey meat annually — Huron, South Dakota is being revitalized by Asian and Latino workers. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Christopher Booker reports.
CHRISTOPHER BOOKER: At Dakota Provisions, a turkey processing plant in Huron South Dakota, worker Nyo Maung takes only a second-and-half to remove the tail of a turkey. With his electric knife, he completes 40 cuts a minute and 2,400 every hour.
Huron is a small city of 13,000 residents halfway between Sioux Falls and the state capital, Pierre. More than 40 turkey farms supply the plant, which distributes meat all over the U.S.
It runs like an auto factory assembly line with about a thousand workers processing 20,000 turkeys a day. That adds up to 200 million pounds of turkey meat a year. And no one is faster with his blade than Nyo Maung.
MARK HEUSTON: He cuts tails off the turkeys with a wizard knife.
CHRISTOPHER BOOKER: Mark “Smokey” Heuston is the company’s human resources director.
The foreman was saying that they’ve actually noticed when he’s on vacation the productivity levels go down, the yields go down. Continue reading this article
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