The chatter of Spanish serves as the backdrop of Pico-Union, where the aroma of pastries from the panaderia merge with the synthetic smells of an auto repair garage. A predominantly Latino neighborhood, it has for decades been a first stop for immigrants — both legal and illegal — coming from various corners of Latin America.
Over the years, this community has faced challenges, including from politicians threatening crackdowns on illegal immigration. But to many in this densely populated area near MacArthur Park, the presidency of Donald Trump poses a threat of an altogether different scale. Trump has vowed mass deportations of those here illegally, which if carried out, could fundamentally alter the rhythms of life in Pico-Union and numerous other immigrant enclaves around Southern California and beyond.
The potential threat of emptied homes and shuttered businesses has residents envisioning the worst.
“Una desolación. Imagínate no más,” worried Graciela Sandoval, 79, who has lived in Pico-Union for five decades. A desolation. Just imagine it.
“It’ll be a ghost town here,” added Manuel Blanco, 42, a lifelong Pico-Union resident who runs an auto repair shop in the area. “It’s not even going to be worth being in business.”
An analysis released Thursday by the Pew Research Center underscores just how much immigrants here illegally have been embedded into the culture and economy of Los Angeles. Woven, often seamlessly, into dozens of cities’ infrastructures, they have become a workforce and community that makes up much of the fabric of Southern California. Continue reading this article
Surely another nail in the coffin of France is the plan to build a wall — called an “esthetic perimeter” by Paris’ deputy mayor — around the Eiffel Tower to protect it from a jihad attack. The idea of the iconic structure falling to earth like the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 must be a top fantasy for violent Islamists.
Apparently armed soldiers guarding the tower are not thought sufficient to ward off allah’s little helpers.
Wilders’ strong stand against jihadist infiltration has made him a big target for hostile Muslims. In the photo below, he posed with his special security detail for his visit to Garland, Texas, and the Mohammed cartoon contest event in 2015. After Wilders left, a couple Muslims carrying AK-47s with high-capacity drum magazines attacked the venue but were shot dead by Garland police.
Heres’ the video ad. It emphasizes that a nation’s shared culture needs to be protected when under assault from open borders welcoming an unfriendly tribe. Wilders clearly hopes for a new birth of freedom to save the Netherlands and Europe from bad choices made about immigration.
GEERT WILDERS: The Netherlands; A magnificent country! The land of our ancestors. A land that generations have turned from swamps into a miracle. The only country that we have. It is our only homeland The Netherlands. A flag that stands for freedom; it is the symbol of our independence. It’s a flag that says We are the masters of our own future!
The elitists only think of themselves. It is time for a change! The Brits have done it. The Americans have done it. And we, we will do it as well!
Our traditions are precious, they make us unique. They make us into who we are. They are centuries old, and we will not negotiate with anyone about them! Continue reading this article
On Tuesday, Senators Tom Cotton and David Purdue introduced their bill that would end chain migration and the diversity lottery in order to make immigration less harmful to American citizens. As America’s Senator Jeff Sessions has declared, “Immigration should serve the national interest.”
The two senators held a press conference to discuss the legislation. The initial description given by Senator Cotton was direct and well presented:
SENATOR TOM COTTON: Senator Purdue and I are unveiling what we’ve named the RAISE Act which stands for Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment. The title should give you an idea of why we’re offering this bill. Over the last 40 years we’ve seen a huge increase in immigration. As you can see in this first chart, in the past 25 years alone we’re running an average of one million immigrants per year which is far above historical norm. It’s like adding the population of Montana every year or the population of Arkansas every three years.
As the second chart shows, only one out of every 15 immigrants is coming here for employment reasons. If we really needed all of these people because of their skills, because they help the economy grow, they be coming here on say, an EB-1 or an EB-2 visa, but they’re not. Instead we let them in without consideration of our workforce’s needs. Put those two together and what do you get?
A sharp decline in wages for working Americans, as you can see here. Those with college and professional degrees are doing just fine but those with a high school diploma have seen their wages fall by two percent since 1979 and for those without one, it’s 17 percent. Now, is automation a factor? Is globalization? Sure, but there’s no denying this generation-long surge in low-skilled immigration has hurt blue-collar wages. It’s pulling the rug out from underneath them and unless we reverse this trend, we’re going to create a near-permanent underclass for whom the American Dream is always just out of reach.
Senator Purdue and I think it’s time for our immigration system to start working for American workers. The RAISE Act would help increase wages by returning immigration levels to their historical norms and rebalancing the system toward merit-based immigration. There are three main parts of the bill.
First, we reprioritize immediate family members: we keep immigration preferences for spouses and unmarried minor children of citizens and green card holders but eliminate them for extended relatives like parents, adult siblings and adult children. Second, we eliminate the 50,000 visas and the diversity lottery which is rampant with fraud provides no discernible economic for humanitarian benefits and doesn’t even promote diversity. Third, we limit the number of green cards offered to refugees to 50,000 per year which is in line with historical averages under Presidents Bush and Obama and consistent with President Trump’s recent guidance.
The net effect will be the cut annual immigration in half from 1,000,000 to 500,000 green cards per year. This approach is broadly consistent with past reform measures and it would begin to move us towards a more merit-based system like Canada and Australia have. Most important, it would promote higher wages on which working Americans can build a future whether your family came over on the Mayflower or whether you just took the oath of citizenship.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos certainly is the busy little billionaire, as shown by his latest project of an automated supermarket, where technology replaces human workers to save lots of money for the third-richest man in the world.
Does Bezos not understand that destroying jobs is a long-term loser for Amazon’s customer base? When workers are no longer needed to perform workplace tasks, their lost jobs decrease buying power in the economy.
The Bezos supermarket operates from the individual shopper’s smart phone, which checks in at the store and keeps track of what the purchaser picks off the shelves. No tiresome checkout line exists, but there’s nobody to help you either. There are no carts to be seen in Amazon’s explanatory video, and the system looks designed for small purchases, like a sandwich or cupcake.
Furthermore, in an economy where human workers are replaced by machines, it’s ridiculous for the government to continue admitting a million-plus immigrants annually: many will end up as recruits for the angry underclass of people who cannot find a job because of technology.
If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.
That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below.
The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its recently unveiled “Amazon Go” convenience store, with a bigger layout that could span anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet — would be devoted to goods that shoppers typically like to touch, sources briefed on the plans told The Post.
Those could include as many as 4,000 items, spanning fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats and cheeses, and grab-it-and-go stuff like beer and wine, the sources said. Pharmacies might also might spring up at some of the high-tech locations, as Amazon looks to break into the lucrative sector, insiders said.
But for many, the most striking feature of the bigger stores is that they could operate with as few as three employees at a time. Sources said the plans call for staff to max out at 10 workers per location during any given shift.
“Amazon will utilize technology to minimize labor,” a source close to the situation told The Post.
Job-cutting technology isn’t new for Amazon, which has increasingly used robots to automate its distribution warehouses. More recently, it has been pioneering the use of drones to deliver packages instead of humans, and even filing patents for unmanned blimps that would serve as flying warehouses.
In the case of Amazon’s automated retail prototype, a half-dozen workers could staff an average location. A manager’s duties would include signing up customers for the “Amazon Fresh” grocery service. Another worker would restock shelves, and still another two would be stationed at “drive-thru” windows for customers picking up their groceries, fast-food style.
The last pair would work upstairs, helping the robots bag groceries to be sent down to customers on “dumbwaiter”-like conveyors, a source said.
With the bare-bones payroll, the boost to profits could be huge. Indeed, the prototype being discussed calls for operating profit margins north of 20 percent. That compares with an industry average of just 1.7 percent, according to the Food Marketing Institute.
Labor accounts for the lion’s share of a supermarket’s operating costs. In 2015, the industry employed 3.4 million workers nationwide, with an average grocery store employing 89 workers to generate annual sales of more than $2 million, according to the trade group. Continue reading this article
What is it with MSM scribblers and their failure to remember history? Do they take an Islam-amnesia pill every morning before they begin reporting the stories of the day? Islam has declared war on the west and acts accordingly — from 9/11 to recent attacks in France and Germany, but when anyone points out muslims’ open plans for world conquest assisted by islamic immigration (aka hijrah), the press declares them to be a wacko and islamophobe.
The eight-page outline of Bannon’s film pitch warned of “fundamental clash of civilizations”
Trump strategist Steve Bannon pitched a movie in 2007 in which radical Muslims take over the country and turn it into the “Islamic States of America,” according to a treatment published by The Washington Post on Friday.
The eight-page outline of Bannon’s documentary film pitch warned of a “fundamental clash of civilizations.” According to the Post, the treatment proposes “a three-part movie that would trace ‘the culture of intolerance’ behind sharia law, examine the ‘Fifth Column’ made up of ‘Islamic front groups’ and identify the American enablers paving ‘the road to this unique hell on earth.’”
The outline reads, according to the Post:
“The road to the establishment of an Islamic Republic in the United States starts slowly and subtly with the loss of the will to win. The road to this unique hell on earth is paved with the best intentions from our major institutions. This political/accommodation/appeasement approach is not simply a function of any one individual’s actions but lies at the heart of our most important cultural and political institutions.”
“He actually sees the west in a war with these elements and he’s suggested that Islam in general is not a religion of peace, is something to be fearful of as Christians and as Americans,” Matea Gold, national political reporter for The Post, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday night. Continue reading this article
Hostile Islam certainly gets a lot of mileage out of its official, polite designation as a “religion” and double that as a so-called “religion of peace” even as it headchops its way around the landscape and commits acts of mass murder on a semi-regular basis.
So it was surprising that the politically correct narrative was slightly violated on NPR Friday when Steve Inskeep asked White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka (author of Defeating Jihad) whether Islam is a real religion in the mind of the president:
INSKEEP: I want to ask about the president’s view of Islam, Mr. Gorka, because we’ve had so much discussion of that on the program here, and there’s been so much discussion in the country. I’m thinking of the national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who gave a speech last year in which he said Islam is a cancer that, quote, “hides behind this notion of being a religion” – sounds like he didn’t even think it is a religion. Does President Trump believe that Islam is a religion?
GORKA: The fact is we are concentrating – if you look at his speeches – and it’s really important – there’s one speech that most people didn’t pay adequate attention to and that’s the Youngstown speech from the president – also his Gettysburg Address. They tell you everything you need to know. And what is the phrase he uses again and again and again? It’s not Islam. It’s not a discussion about Islam as a religion or not a religion. It’s about radical Islamic terrorism. We are prepared to be honest about the threat. We’re not going to white it out, delete it as the Obama administration did. We understand that groups like ISIS have a religious verbiage. Continue reading this article
Has ultra-liberal San Francisco gone completely nuts? Probably. Despite being a top terror target because of its famous structures — just think Golden Gate Bridge and TransAmerica building — the city’s Police Department recently ended its partnership with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Security for the Golden Gate Bridge is a task assigned to several overlapping agencies, but a terrorist aiming to destroy the landmark would likely camp out in San Francisco during a planning period. Wouldn’t it be wise to keep an eye on hostile characters with the help of the feds?
The angry allah acolytes dislike San Francisco in particular because of what jihadists see as a sinful lifestyle. Last June, the Islamic state released a video, suggesting that the city by the bay would be a fine target for a jihad attack.
Making San Francisco a jihad-friendly zone will only create a magnet for unfriendly muslims to move there. Remember, the Mexican killer of Kate Steinle said he chose the city as his home because its sanctuary policy protects illegal aliens, and an official prohibition of jihad surveillance will draw other enemies as well.
San Francisco police will suspend the department’s much-criticized collaboration with FBI counterterrorism efforts, police said Wednesday, in an announcement that was celebrated by civil liberties and immigration advocates who have long called for stricter oversight of local participation in federal enforcement.
The announcement comes as San Francisco moves to disengage from the federal government under the Trump administration, especially in regard to the president’s directives on immigration and the treatment of Muslims.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force, which has two full-time city officers assigned to it, was established in 2007, when the police force entered into an agreement with the FBI that authorized intelligence-gathering by San Francisco officers of people engaged in First Amendment activities such as religious services, protests and political assemblies.
Advocates penned a letter to the Police Commission last month raising concerns that the department would follow federal law over local ordinances such as San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which limits city employees’ cooperation with federal immigration agents. Continue reading this article
Robert Spencer has written numerous books about hostile Islam in addition to his blog JihadWatch.org, and while his scholarship is generally very informative, I’ve long thought he did not discuss the immigration angle enough. After all, how else does murderous Islamic jihad reach our shores other than by immigration?
Useful_Vidiots: What is the single greatest thing you would do to stop Islamic terrorism?
Robert Spencer:Ban immigration from Muslim countries. This is not in reality unconstitutional. The Constitution doesn’t apply to non-citizens, and no one has some natural right to come to the US. Besides that, I would aggressively counter the guiding ideology of the jihadis – which the US has NEVER yet done in any way. During the Cold War we had Radio Free Europe and the VOA beaming into Communist countries explaining why Communism was a failed system. Now we don’t dare challenge the jihad ideology, because it’s religious. But what if, when we went into Iraq and Afghanistan, we had offered refuge to every woman beaten by her husband, and every secret ex-Muslim (secret because of Islam’s death penalty for apostasy), and every non-Muslim persecuted by Muslims, and every gay person in fear of being murdered, etc.? The outcome would have been very different.
Christmas took place this year amid heightened security all over Europe and North America. And this year’s tense and nervous Christmas is just the beginning: get used to it, because Christmas is going to be like this for many years to come.
The Mailonline reported that “the West has been put on increased terror alert over the festive period following the Berlin lorry tragedy. Security has been ramped up in major cities including, London, New York, Paris, Vienna and Dusseldorf, as fears grow of another ‘ISIS’ attack on the West. Tanks were seen in the streets of Budapest, Hungary, and soldiers were pictured at the Christmas markets in Antwerp, Belgium. The Metropolitan Police has said it is to review its plans for protecting public events over Christmas and New Year following the ‘awful incidents’ in Berlin and Ankara.”
The extra security was justified: not only did jihadis target the Christmas market in Berlin, but there were six other terror plots and attacks in the run-up to this Christmas day.
Why is this happening? Why are tanks in the streets of major cities, guarding Christmas markets? Why is the entire Western world on edge? Because European and North American authorities have admitted large numbers of Muslim migrants into their countries, among whom are unknowable numbers of jihad terrorists, and allowed Sharia enclaves to grow in which hatred of unbelievers and the necessity to wage war against and subjugate them is taught. Christmas is under siege because there are large numbers of Muslims in the West. The responsibility lies with those who admitted them without regard for Islam’s doctrines of religious warfare and supremacism. Continue reading this article
These billionaires can never get enough immigrants — they work cheap and shop enthusiastically. You might think the third richest man in the world might have better things to do than overwhelm America with overpopulation and unfriendly diversity. In particular, the man who arguably spearheaded the drive to automate jobs and put Americans out of work should know the shrinking need for foreign workers in the modern economy.
Interestingly, there are no photos of Jeff Bezos with the warehouse robot system that made him a billionaire. Does he not want to be associated with the automation job killer? Bezos did introduce his drone delivery robot during a Sixty Minutes interview in 2013, but that was a rare personal connection with automation technology for him.
Below, a young Jeff Bezos lounges on some books in his Amazon warehouse in the 1990s.
Bezos says America is a “nation of immigrants” but in his workplace world, we’re a nation of robots.
Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who was one of the most outspoken challengers in the technology industry to Donald Trump’s candidacy during the presidential election, issued a strong statement on Monday afternoon opposing a recent executive order that banned refugees and visa holders from seven majority Muslim countries from traveling to the United States.
In a note to employees, the Amazon founder said that his company’s policy team had reached out to congressional leaders from both parties and that its legal team was preparing to support a lawsuit from the Washington State Attorney General against the order. On Monday, Reuters reported that Microsoft would also be cooperating with the attorney general’s office as well.
“We’re a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years,” Bezos wrote. ”No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country—one we should not weaken.” Continue reading this article
Behind a large pane of curved glass, a six-axis robotic arm swivels back and forth with hot cups of coffee. Two automated coffee machines in the back grind coffee, pull espresso shots and steam milk. The robotic arm — made by Mitsubishi and designed for industrial applications — places the cup near the front of the glass to await pickup. Once the customer arrives and inputs the four-digit code sent to their phone, the drink is sent down a tiny elevator and delivered to the customer. It all seems a little excessive for what amounts to a glorified vending machine, but the end result is a delicious espresso drink.
This is the first robotic coffee shop from Cafe X in the United States — the first Cafe X has been up and running for several months now in Hong Kong. Located on the ground floor of the Metreon shopping center in downtown San Francisco, Cafe X opens for business on Monday morning. The robotic cafe will serve only espresso drinks, and the prices are reasonable compared to other artisanal cafes: espresso costs $2.25 and an eight-ounce latte costs $2.95. The beans come from local Californian coffee roasters AKA Coffee, Verve Coffee Roasters and Peet’s Coffee. (Verve’s single-origin coffee bean adds $1.)
The San Francisco-based startup Cafe X is run by Thiel Fellow (which pays budding entrepreneurs to drop out of college) Henry Hu. Hu, 23 years old and a dropout of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is unconcerned with what his invention might do to the baristas’ livelihood. Like many entrepreneurs in the field of automation, he likes to say his technology will enable people to do more useful things with their time. Hu got the idea after waiting impatiently in line for a coffee, he said. He noticed that much of the baristas’ time was spent simply moving cups around.
“Our reason for using a robot is not to save money,” Hu said on the Friday before the cafe’s opening. “The reason for using a robot is that it allows people on-site to be more productive, because moving cups around a thousand times a day is not a very productive thing. It’s a very repetitive, boring thing, which is why we have a robot doing that. ”
Instead, Hu said coffee experts can now use their skills to set recipes on the Cafe X machine. The coffee roaster partners come into Cafe X and tune the machine to make sure the espresso is coming out to their liking. The machine then remembers the roaster’s specifications and brews the espresso consistently.
Even so, Hu does aim to save money by cutting people out. Each Cafe X location requires only one human present to administer the machine, assist customers on orders and educate them on the espresso options. He guesses that each Cafe X system can make up to 120 drinks an hour. Hu aims for the cost of rolling out a Cafe X location to ultimately be less than what it takes to open a normal, human-operated cafe — which Hu estimates can cost between $250,000 and $350,000. Continue reading this article
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