The topic of systemic job loss caused by automation has been examined in some corners, like the tech community, but not in the political universe where it should be heard because of the effect on society. Experts on robotics concur that many jobs were lost in the recession to smart machines, and those jobs aren’t coming back. Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of the Gallup polling company, stated a few months ago that 13 millions jobs were lost during the recession, only three million of which have returned. Certainly a substantial number of those have gone to smart machines, but the administration has been strangling employment with undue regulation also, so the precise effect of automation is hard to determine.
In the United States and other advanced economies, the major disruption will be in the service sector—which is, after all, where the vast majority of workers are now employed. This trend is already evident in areas like ATMs and self-service checkout lanes, but the next decade is likely to see an explosion of new forms of service sector automation, potentially putting millions of relatively low-wage jobs at risk.
San Francisco start-up company Momentum Machines, Inc., has set out to fully automate the production of gourmet-quality hamburgers. Whereas a fast food worker might toss a frozen patty onto the grill, Momentum Machines’ device shapes burgers from freshly ground meat and then grills them to order—including even the ability to add just the right amount of char while retaining all the juices. The machine, which is capable of producing about 360 hamburgers per hour, also toasts the bun and then slices and adds fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and pickles only after the order is placed. Burgers arrive assembled and ready to serve on a conveyer belt. While most robotics companies take great care to spin a positive tale when it comes to the potential impact on employment, Momentum Machines co-founder Alexandros Vardakostas is very forthright about the company’s objective: “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” he said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.” The company estimates that the average fast food restaurant spends about $135,000 per year on wages for employees who produce hamburgers and that the total labor cost for burger production for the US economy is about $9 billion annually. Momentum Machines believes its device will pay for itself in less than a year, and it plans to target not just restaurants but also convenience stores, food trucks, and perhaps even vending machines. The company argues that eliminating labor costs and reducing the amount of space required in kitchens will allow restaurants to spend more on high-quality ingredients, enabling them to offer gourmet hamburgers at fast food prices. Continue reading this article
Being a successful modern society, Israel is a magnet for third world fleebags. Africans have been arriving for a while and demanding to be taken in. They now number around 50,000. Seeing the demographic and national security threat, Israel is offering each African $3,500 plus a one-way ticket elsewhere or free housing in a jail cell.
Israel is making a decision based upon the well being and safety of its own people, rather than the United Nations idea of the first world being a flophouse for the billions of the planet’s backward poor. Other first-world governments would be wise to follow Israel’s example.
TEL AVIV, Israel, May 14 (UPI) — The Israeli government appears to be serious about sending perhaps more than 50,000 African refugees out of the country.
The immigrants have largely come from Sudan and Eritrea over the last 10 years, but the Israeli government is now taking action to ship them out, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Israeli officials will soon send letters to the immigrants offering a choice: $3,500 plus a one-way ticket to another destination, or stay and live behind bars. The immigrants have 30 days to make up their mind.
Some critics have accused Israel of hypocrisy, saying a nation that was founded by refugees fleeing war and poverty should be more gracious to others in the same predicament.
A mass exodus of refugees from various nations has marked recent times. On Wednesday, the Malaysian government announced it would no longer take refugees from Myanmar, who are crowding rickety boats to get there. Indonesia has also made such a declaration.
On Monday, the European Union started a push to gain U.N. authorization for military force in the Mediterranean Sea to crack down on immigrant-smuggling boats. Continue reading this article
On Thursday, the full House was successful in removing Democrat language from the National Defense Authorization Act aimed at helping illegal aliens become US citizens using the armed forces. (See my earlier blog Congressmen Brooks and Brat Fight Illegal Aliens Being Allowed to Enlist in Military.) You can see Rep Brooks’ remarks in the video below, along with Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Lamar Smith.
Washington, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), by a vote of 221-202. Congressman Brooks’ amendment successfully removed language added by Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) in the House Armed Services Committee that sought to help illegal aliens take military service opportunities from Americans and lawful immigrants. Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith spoke in favor of Brooks’ amendment on the House floor and urged colleagues to support struggling American families and lawful immigrants by voting to strike Rep. Gallego’s language from the NDAA. Continue reading this article
BROOKS: From 2010 to 2014, 92,498 American citizens and lawful immigrants either were laid off from military service or their military service positions were RIFed. In 2015 the Department of Defense estimates it will eliminate another 27,807 uniformed personnel positions. By the end of 2019 over the next four years the department estimates it will eliminate another 37,680 uniform personnel positions. In total then between 2010 and 2019 the Department of Defense it either has or will eliminate 157,985 uniform personnel positions, thereby costing American citizens and lawful immigrants a total 157,985 lost military service opportunities.
What is the result? American men and women serving in uniform and in combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere have literally been handed pink slips while they are fighting for their country.
There is no labor shortage that justifies supplanting Americans and legal immigrants with illegal aliens in order to meet military recruitment and retention requirements. . .
BRAT: This issue keeps rearing its head without going through regular order. . . One of the reasons it finds its way into the midnight sessions is because some folks know it can’t pass the test. . . I’ve heard no one make the case that this is good for the military.
It is pretty amazing that the military has been hit with extreme cuts to personnel but now the Republican-run House Armed Services Committee has voted in favor of putting illegal aliens in the front of the line to serve. Laura Ingraham said her listeners were “livid” about the scheme when she talked with Rep. Huelskamp on Thursday — Listen.
Ingraham brought up the security angle because the backgrounds of the illegals cannot be determined. What’s to keep Mexican cartel gangsters from joining up and learning America’s effective military techniques? There have been reports of foreign gangsters in the US military for years, so this is not idle paranoia.
Check out the 2008 news report below that shows the criminal effectiveness of a military-trained Norteno gangster in Stanislaus County California, as well as other examples of criminals who joined up to learn skills and tactics.
Congressmen Brooks sent around a group letter pointing out that the policy is highly inadvisable:
Washington, D.C. – On May 5, 2015, 25 Republicans, led by Congressman Mo Brooks, sent a letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions urging the Committee to strip a controversial DACA provision from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the FY 2016 NDAA after open-borders and amnesty proponents added, on a 33-30 vote, Congressman Ruben Gallego’s (D-AZ) amendment, which supports President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty decree for illegal immigrants by encouraging the Secretary of Defense to hire illegal immigrants rather than Americans for U.S. Armed Forces positions, thus advancing Dreamer amnesty that Congress has repeatedly rejected. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) strongly opposed this amendment. Continue reading this article
He appeared with Sean Hannity on Tuesday to discuss his plans to hold a similar exhibition of art in the Netherlands.
WILDERS: I’m certainly not anti-Muslim but indeed I believe that Islam is a threat to our civilization. I believe that our country was based on values that are based on Christianity and Judaism, and that Islam really is a threat to our freedom. . .
HANNITY: This all started with the Danish cartoon event. Why is it that people get so offended over a cartoon? Why is this happening?
WILDERS: Because for more than one billion Muslims, 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Mohammed is a kind of role model, he’s an example. And that’s why every time somebody depicts or mocks Mohammed, Muslims get angry And my point is exactly this is part of the problem. . . Mohammed as a matter of fact, was a terrorist, was a warmonger. He beheaded Jewish tribes and he was one of the guys who participated. I believe that if Muhammad would be alive today, he would be tried and convicted of terrorism. . .
If our reaction is that we should not make more cartoons or not accept them, the terrorists will win. So we have to give them a signal that terrorism does not win. We will not be intimidated.
Below, an armed SWAT team was necessary to protect people at an art exhibition in America.
Geert Wilders posed with the security team at the Garland Texas event.
The fact that a cartoon exhibition now requires serious security is a sign of how much Muslim immigration has diminished our First Amendment freedoms. Victor Davis Hanson recently observed about the reaction of the establishment toward the event, “Apparently there is no longer a First Amendment as our Founders wrote it, but instead something like an Orwellian Amendment 1.5, which reads: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press — except if someone finds some speech hurtful, controversial, or not helpful.’ ”
Wilders is undeterred by threats. GatesOfVienna carried a translation of a Dutch article explaining his intention to “push the pedal” for free speech.
THE HAGUE — Geert Wilders has announced he will continue his struggle against Islam rigorously and with extra passion. “I will push the pedal a little further down,” he says in response to the failed attack in the United States, where he was in attendance at a meeting where Mohammed cartoons were exhibited.
The PVV leader was the main speaker in Garland, and had left the building just before the two gunmen tried to enter. They were shot dead by police. Continue reading this article
Tuesday’s front page of the Washington Post included a photo of a new machine that will eventually make anesthesiologists obsolete. It sedates the patient for one-tenth the price of a human doctor, so despite reassurances in the article, the machine is likely to have rapid adoption because of the cost reduction it offers.
The sedation machine is one of many technologies that are putting humans out of work, now or in the near future. We are becoming accustomed to robot manufacturing, where machines do simple actions like welding and humans are not to be seen.
But the suggestion that certain categories of doctors are disappearing shows how rapidly the smart machine revolution is happening in places we never imagined. Professional and white collar jobs are not immune from job loss caused by technological progress.
Medicine is an elite, respected, well paid profession. However, it too faces transformational change from smart machines. The Guardian reported a year ago that there is a $10 million prize for the creation of a Star-Trek-style tricorder to do medical diagnoses, and it’s expected that the machine will be built within five years.
[. . .] It’s not just software and diagnosis, either: surgeons will have to make way for smarter machines. “I think we’re going to see the role of the physician changing significantly through the use of robotics,” says Diamandis. He cites the work of Silicon Valley firm Intuitive Surgical, which has created a “surgical system” named Da Vinci, which an expert surgeon can control online from anywhere in the world. Just as in architecture, such developments will allow specialists to reach wider markets – but unlike with architecture there is no reason to assume they will stop there.
“Eventually, where this is going,” says Diamandis, “is that the robot will end up doing the surgeries on its own. I can imagine a day in the future where the patient walks into the hospital and the patient needs, say, cardiac surgery, and the conversation goes something like this: ‘No, no, no, I do not want that human touching me. I want the robot that’s done it 1,000 times perfectly.'”
How will the changing universe of medicine affect young people considering a profession that takes a decade of training? The whole thing won’t go robot immediately, but 20 to 30 years out, who knows? Human doctors may become a rarity.
TOLEDO — The new machine that could one day replace anesthesiologists sat quietly next to a hospital gurney occupied by Nancy Youssef-Ringle. She was nervous. In a few minutes, a machine — not a doctor — would sedate the 59-year-old for a colon cancer screening called a colonoscopy.
But she had done her research. She had even asked a family friend, an anesthesiologist, what he thought of the device. He was blunt: “That’s going to replace me.”
One day, maybe. For now, the Sedasys anesthesiology machine is only getting started, the leading lip of an automation wave that could transform hospitals just as technology changed automobile factories. But this machine doesn’t seek to replace only hospital shift workers. It’s targeting one of the best-paid medical specialties, making it all the more intriguing — or alarming, depending on your point of view.
Today, just four U.S. hospitals are using the machines, including here at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. Device maker Johnson & Johnson only recently deployed the first-of-its-kind machine despite winning U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in 2013. The rollout has been deliberately cautious for a device that hints at the future of health care, when machines take on tasks once assumed beyond their reach.
Everyone is watching to see how this goes.
“We’ve had a lot of anesthesiologists who’ve been dropping by to get a look,” said Michael Basista, the gastroenterologist who was about to work on Youssef-Ringle.
Then Sedasys did its job. And his patient was out cold.
‘Indication is very narrow’
Anesthesiologists tried to stop Sedasys.
They lobbied against it for years, arguing no machine could possibly replicate their skills or handle an emergency if something went wrong. Putting someone to sleep is an art, they said. Too little sedation, and the patient feels pain. Too much, and the patient dies. Anesthesiology requires four years of training after medical school, meaning careers might not launch until the doctors are in their 30s. It’s one reason the profession’s median salary is $277,000 a year, according to research firm Payscale.
At first, the FDA rejected Sedasys over safety concerns. That was in 2010. But Johnson & Johnson, which began work on the device in 2000, won approval by agreeing to have an anesthesiology doctor or nurse on-call in case of emergencies and to limit use to simple screenings such as colonoscopies and endoscopies in healthy patients.
“The indication is very narrow, which is comforting to anesthesiologists,” Paul Bruggeman, Sedasys general manager for Johnson & Johnson, said in an interview.
But that comfort might be short-lived. More advanced machines are in the works. Researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, are testing a device that can fully automate anesthesia for complicated brain and heart surgeries, even in children. Hospital administrators imagine the day when Sedasys or another device is used throughout their facilities for sedation.
“I dream about using it in bigger areas than endoscopy units,” said Joseph Sferra, vice president of surgical services at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, who had to overcome staff objections to get Sedasys into his medical center. “I’m sure this is very disconcerting to anesthesiologists.” Continue reading this article
Here is a clear picture of how America’s immigration system has lost its Off switch for even the most dangerous foreigners. The Conservative Review has produced a fine graphic showing the dangerous places that send thousands of new residents to our cities and Daniel Horowitz provides a well documented explanation of bad policies on steroids that put the nation at risk.
How many people in this country are aware of the fact that immigration from Islamic countries has doubled since 9/11? According to data Conservative Review collated from the DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, the U.S. has issued 1,628,854 green cards to immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries from 2001-2013. Here is the breakdown by country:
According to the data, a large portion of this new wave of immigration comes from volatile countries such as Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. And don’t forget about Somalia, the source of much of our recent troubles with homegrown terror, particularly in the Minneapolis area.
However, on the other hand, it is quite likely that Muslims have emigrated from non-predominantly Muslim countries in Europe and Canada or other countries not listed in our data table. Muslims from other countries have most certainly been issued green cards, such as those who come from Chechnya in Russia (Boston bombers) and India. Over 866,000 green cards have been issued to Indian nationals over the same period of time. This is obviously conjecture, but if it’s assumed that 13.4% of immigrants from India are Muslim – commensurate to their share of India’s native population – that would add another 116,000 Muslim immigrants to the overall tally.
It’s pretty amazing that with all the news about the threat of hostile Islam to our freedom, very few people mention that it got here through immigration.
Is it too rude to suggest that the historical enemies of the West not be welcomed inside the gates by the hundreds of thousands? We know that Muslims complain constantly about their tender feelings being hurt by cartoons and such, but they have plenty of acreage in dar al-Islam, with at least 49 Muslim-majority countries as counted by Pew. They can sharia to their heart’s content. Geography is wonderful that way.
How hard is it to see that Muslim social norms of polygamy, child marriage, misogyny and religious supremacism are not a good fit with western freedom? And that’s even without the mass-murdering genocide stuff we now see in the Middle East.
On Tuesday, he appeared on Fox News to discuss the worsening threat to America from jihad groups.
CARLSON: One of the real threats from ISIS we face domestically is immigrants to this country going back over to the Middle East to join ISIS and posing a real threat to us. Why is the United States government importing hundreds of thousands of potentially dangerous folks from that region, from Iraq, from Syria, from Somalia? Why are we doing that?. . .
How do you deal with them here? It’s kind of a consensus in the foreign policy world, you deal with groups like ISIS by killing them or arming this or that group. But domestically, we all recognize there’s a threat here: there are people in America who are sympathetic to ISIS. Why again — this is a question to ask US members of Congress —why are you allowing the US government to resettle people who are sympathetic to ISIS in the United States? What do we get out of that?
Anyone who would do that is a reckless person who does not have America’s best interests at heart. And that includes many members of Congress who ought to be called out on this. The administration too. What do we get out of that? Nothing.
BILL HEMMER: So what are you saying — prevent them from coming here?
CARLSON: I’m saying that exact thing. Why would you do that? The United States has the pick of the world; people want to move here. Tens of millions of people want to move here. Yet we are almost perversely intentionally selecting people to move here who potentially pose a threat to us from countries where the ideology behind ISIS is common, is supported by a lot of the population, and we’re moving them to this country.
And you’re not allowed to say anything about it. You’re somehow a bigot if you note that. Look at Europe. Europe’s terrorism problems are the result of its immigration policies. That’s a really obvious lesson. It’s been going on for 50 years. We haven’t learned it. Why?
Senator Sessions spoke against the legislation in this audio recording dated May 8, 2015. He cited a Luntz poll where 70 percent of Americans believed global trade agreements benefit other countries and only 30 percent think they are advantageous to the United States. He also mentioned a YouGov survey where only 11 percent thought that trade deals raised American wages.
On Tuesday, Sessions posted a press release bashing the lack of transparency about the legislation.
TPP PROMOTERS WANT US TO FAST-TRACK IT BEFORE WE KNOW WHAT’S IN IT; WHITE HOUSE WON’T EVEN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL TRADE PACT’S EFFECT ON JOBS, WAGES, OR THE TRADE DEFICIT; CRS CONFIRMS GLOBAL TRADE PACT WILL SUPERSEDE U.S. LAW AND SUBJECT COUNTRY TO INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS
With Congress set to vote to begin debate on fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the White House still refuses to answer even the most basic questions about it. These are the questions the White House will not answer:
• Will it increase or reduce the trade deficit, and by how much?
• Will it increase or reduce employment and wages, and by how much?
• Will you make the “living agreement” section public and explain fully its implications?
• Will China be added to the TPP?
• Will you pledge not to issue any executive actions, or enter into any future agreements, impacting the flow of foreign workers into the United States?
Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership want us to fast-track it before we know what’s in it. They want us to trust that enforcement will occur, even though it has not in the past. They want us to trust that the President won’t utilize this broad new avenue to expand foreign worker programs, even though his record demonstrates that he will. They want us to trust that this time is different. Continue reading this article
In March, I wrote about an interesting experiment in Muslim rehabilitation (Can Minnesota Assimilate Somali Teen Jihadist?) where a Middle East-bound Somali residing in Minneapolis would be given the top therapy America could offer. Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf (pictured) was arrested as he boarded a plane for Syria, planning on a glorious jihad of murdering as many infidels as possible. But local do-gooders figured he was a good candidate for rehab, since he was nice to his mom and played football in high school.
One of the carrots dangled before young Yusuf was the goal of his being trained to “coach basketball, mentor other teens.” What an optimistic plan. We love our hoops in America, but it might not have the same cultural appeal to Somali youth enthralled with the romance of mass murder for Mohammed and the promise of paradise with 72 available virgins.
Still, NPR gave the effort high praise in a February report: A Model For De-Radicalization In Minneapolis. It remarked the idea was “to take an existing program called Empowering You and adapt it for Minneapolis’s large Somali community.” The plan sounded like social work flavored with community organizing.
Yusuf could have gotten a sentence of 15 years in the slammer, but the judge was convinced to give him a chance at rehab. But Yusuf failed in some unspecified way to follow the conditions placed upon him in the halfway house.
The case underlines the failure of Muslim immigration. Not every single one goes on to a career as a headchopper in ISIS-stan, but some do. Why does America perversely admit the historic enemies of western civilization? There seems to be a certain arrogance about our assimilation process, even as it is crushed by the extreme diversity of millions. When a group establishes its own neighborhoods and maintains its culture while rejecting the America outside, the traditional social contract of welcome given for immigrants assimilating has disappeared.
The example of Abdullahi Yusuf’s failure to assimilate and instead continue to embrace jihad should be another sign that Islam cannot be cured. The only answer is quarantine to their own lands. Muslims have plenty of territory, so they should be happy to stay home among themselves.
Our government promoting Islam immigration to the west is a mistake that greatly increases the danger to us.
Halfway house was hailed as a step to rehabilitate at-risk youth.
Abdullahi Yusuf, a Somali-American defendant accused of conspiring to support terrorists in the Middle East, has been taken into custody for violating conditions while living in a St. Paul halfway house, according to court documents filed Monday.
Yusef, a student at Inver Grove Community College, drew national attention after a federal judge decided to place him in a halfway house and provide counseling for him rather than hold him in custody while awaiting sentencing.
Yusuf’s violations were not detailed in court records.
After Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy charges, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis agreed to a proposal by his attorneys to enroll the 18-year-old man in Heartland Democracy’s program designed to reshape the attitudes of troubled youth, with special emphasis on Somali-American teens who feel disenfranchised. The move was hailed by counterterrorism experts as a novel idea and was viewed as a test case on whether such persons could be rehabilitated. Continue reading this article
JUDGE JEANNINE: The White House wants people fully engaged in the Presidential election for 2016. You worked in the Justice Department on voting rights. What is going on in respect to illegals and the possibility of their voting?
ADAMS: The Obama administration is doing everything it can to inject new voters in the 2016 election, Judge. In DHS for example, they’ve issued orders to get all nine million green card holders — these are legal permanent residents — converted to citizenship before the 2016 election. Of course, most of them are going to vote one way: you can understand why the Obama administration is doing this. Those are the people who are here legally.
They’re also affecting the pipeline of people here illegally. The Supreme Court just this week received briefs in a case where the federal government is stopping states like Kansas and Arizona from checking to make sure that people are actually citizens when they register to vote, and the Obama administration justice department, the Election Assistance Commission, which is a federal agency, has tried to block states from making sure that only citizens are registering to vote. Continue reading this article
A nightclub in Bavaria has found newly arrived refugees to be too uncivilized to admit, particularly because the women patrons don’t like being harassed. When the owner said he would ban refugees, presumably African and Middle Eastern Muslims, howls of racism were heard from the usual liberal enforcers.
A suggested solution is for flyers to be handed out that explains to refugees how to behave properly toward western women.
Below, thousands of African men have been utilizing Europe’s open border to gain entrance to the First World, with all its pleasures and free stuff.
The Local reports that problems began after a new group arrived in the town’s refugee center last December and began insulting women and stealing things in the bar. The club’s owner says “the blacks have a problem with women, and the Arabs have a problem with aggression.” Such nice new residents Bavaria is getting!
Ingolstadt club “Amadeus” has banned refugees. After a wave of outrage, the owner is now considering introducing mentors who tell the refugees how to behave in German nightlife before they enter his establishment.
The nightlife in Ingolstadt, a city in Bavaria about an hour north of Munich, might soon see an interesting addition: asylum seekers handing out fliers about clubbing etiquette, telling other refugees how to behave appropriately toward women.
That’s one suggested solution to a conflict that sprang up when Martin T., the owner of the “Amadeus” nightclub in Ingolstadt, announced his decision to ban refugees from his establishment earlier this week. Legally, a German club owner has the right to refuse entry to anyone he doesn’t want in his nightclub. But after outrage over the ban, which some have deemed racist, the city of Ingolstadt and T. introduced the nightlife-mentors idea on Friday. Continue reading this article
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