It’s not exactly news that President Obama uses race and other tribalisms to divide Americans into antagonistic groups for political reasons. As the first black president, he could have been a uniter by stressing what all Americans share, but he has instead used every opportunity to go the other way.
Psychiatrist Keith Ablow delved a little deeper in analysis when he appeared with Lou Dobbs on Monday. They discussed attention deficit disorder for a couple minutes, then went to Obama:
ABLOW: You either build a bridge and you talk about the commonality of man, or you use rhetoric designed to polarize people.
This president is a polarizing president who finds his power when people are separate from each other. When there is fighting between them, he is the one he hopes they will turn to because when people aren’t united, they tend to want direction. This president never loses an opportunity to remind people that they need direction, that they don’t know what their hearts are.
DOBBS: You just said something that I find revelatory and powerful in its in its obvious truth. He finds his power in division. . .
ABLOW: He divides Americans from themselves. He cleaves people right down the middle, even individuals. He says “Look, you’re American,” but that’s also a bad thing so you should hate yourself a little bit because he doesn’t have regard for us.
If people “want direction” it is often because politicians like Obama have confused them on purpose. The left presses hard on oddball social issues like same-sex marriage and flexible gender identity that undermine the traditional meaning of basic institutions.
Confusion is a weapon. Politicians like the President use it to make the general public disoriented so they will withdraw and leave only the activists engaged and voting. The practice is another example of Obama’s Alinsky values and strategy.
Pope Francis on Wednesday called for respect for migrants and suggested that “people and institutions” who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.
The pope’s appeal, made at the end of his weekly general audience, came amid growing debate in Europe on how to deal with an immigrant crisis that has included clashes at the French-Italian borer between police and migrants.
“I invite you all to ask forgiveness for the persons and the institutions who close the door to these people who are seeking a family, who are seeking to be protected,” he said in unscripted remarks delivered in a somber voice. [. . .]
“Out of curiosity, how many immigrants are there in the Vatican State?” northern Italian broadcaster Radio Padania Libera quoted [Northern League leader Matteo] Salvini as asking.
Then on Sunday, the pope went ballistic against weapons manufacturers, calling them un-Christian.
Whoa. The pope has a substantial Vatican army, the Swiss Guards who, despite their silly medieval outfits, are well armed professional soldiers. Columnist Charles C.K. Cooke noted in a tweet, “His bodyguards use SIG P220 and Glock 19 pistols, Steyr TMPs, and H&K MP5A3 submachine guns. Where do they get them?”
So the pope is adequately guarded, but he objects to the tools by which others protect themselves. His complaints represent typical liberal hypocrisy and the same old claptrap about guns.
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause. Continue reading this article
FORD: I should say right off the bat that I noticed in the program that the title for tonight’s presentation is “How to Stop Robots From Stealing Jobs” and I have to tell you honestly that I don’t have an answer for that. I believe that it is probably inevitable that technology is going to displace more and more workers in the economy and the challenge for us is really to figure out a way to adapt to that and ensure that we still have continued broad-based prosperity in the future even as that unfolds.
Ford has life experience that makes him an excellent explainer of the effect of robots and automation on the workplace because he saw job obsolescence happen in his own small business. He had a Silicon Valley company back when software was loaded on disks and sent to customers through the mail. Those shipping jobs disappeared when software began to be transmitted via the internet: no mass layoffs that make the news, just gradually disappearing employment that leaves us where we are today in the jobless recovery.
SUNNYVALE — If you are reading this from the cubicle of your white-collar workplace, Martin Ford is pretty sure that a robot is coming to take your job.
But the Sunnyvale software entrepreneur and author of the recently released “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” published by Basic Books, also sees hope for society if it can adapt its political system to technology that will automate most routine tasks.
He worries most about his 7-year-old daughter and her peers who grow up in a world where businesses employ robots to occupy today’s best careers. He wants the 2016 presidential candidates to address this threat, but doubts they will. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Q: You grimly recount all the white-collar jobs that will be lost to automation, from lawyers to radiologists and journalists. Are there sectors that will be immune?
A: I think health care will probably be the sector that is slowest to see these changes. Radiologists and pathologists (could become obsolete), but if you look at people like nurses and doctors, people who need to move around and interact with patients, building a robot to do that stuff is still science fiction. If I were giving someone advice of what to study, health care is a pretty good bet. But we can’t have a whole economy that’s just health care. There aren’t enough jobs to absorb everyone.
Q: What made you return to this topic after writing about it in 2009 (in the self-published “Lights in the Tunnel”)?
A: The issue back then was just so off the radar. People thought it was kind of crazy (and I couldn’t find a publisher). I wanted to extend the argument I made then, and hopefully get it in front of more people.
Q: Has your own perspective changed since then?
A: The technology has moved even faster than I thought. I talked about an autonomous car back then, and it happened within a year. Same with IBM’s Watson (the computer that won the quiz show “Jeopardy” in 2011). That was pretty remarkable. But in general I haven’t changed my view that in the long term this is going to be a disruptive change and we’re going to have to do something fairly radical to adapt to it. It might be 10, 20 years, but eventually we’ll get to the point where there won’t be enough jobs for most people — average people who aren’t rocket scientists with a Ph.D. from MIT.
Q: One of the scariest ideas you talk about is techno-feudalism. How worried are you that’s a real possibility?
A: If we have inequality on steroids, we essentially divide into two societies with a tiny minority that’s extraordinarily wealthy and everyone else is (jobless and) just kind of falling apart. The wealthy would rope themselves off, live behind gates. The vast majority of people would be really miserable. But it’s not clear that’s even a viable path. In order to have a successful economy, even the people at the top have got to sell something. They need consumers for that. If we really got into a situation where most people just don’t have the income, that could create a deflationary spiral, financial crisis, dragging the wealthy into it as well. Continue reading this article
Saturday, June 20, was designated by the UN as World Refugee Day. It might better be called Islam Jihad Victims Day, because many (if not most) of the genuinely displaced persons have been forced from their homes by hostile Muslims organized into murder gangs like ISIS. Jihads can as easily be Sunni vs. Shia as Muslim vs. Christians, so quite a number of people can be affected.
Dedicated do-gooders like the UN think that we first-worlders should admit millions of Muslim refugees as part of Marxist global redistribution with extra diversity added. But that means injecting Europe and America with the same totalitarian virus of jihad that caused the refugee-creating upheavals in the first place. This is the same process by which Islam turned north Africa and the Middle East from Christian to Muslim. There were no cameras during the early period of Islam conquest, so we don’t remember the massacres and refugees from that period. But today’s rape, torture and mass murder must give a good approximation of militant Islam on the march in centuries past.
(CNN) The world’s refugees are all too often shunned, discriminated against or forgotten. As the United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Saturday, Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie is lending her support by visiting a refugee camp in Turkey.
It won’t be the first such visit for Jolie, who’s a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR. She’s previously visited refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq to see the plight of families forced from their homes by Syria’s long conflict and the advance of ISIS.
She will be accompanied Saturday by U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In a statement, Guterres warned that “a spreading global violence has come to threaten the very foundations of our international system” and urged the world not to turn its back on those who most need its help.
“More people fled last year than at any other time in our records. Around the world, almost 60 million have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Nearly 20 million of them are refugees, and more than half are children,” he said.
Their numbers are growing every day, on every continent, he said. And they rely on the world for their survival.
“They will remember what we do,” he said. “Yet, even as this tragedy unfolds, some of the countries most able to help are shutting their gates to people seeking asylum. Borders are closing, pushbacks are increasing, and hostility is rising. Avenues for legitimate escape are fading away.”
At the same time, he said, humanitarian organizations like the UNHCR run on shoestring budgets, unable to meet the spiraling needs of such massive numbers of people.
Fleeing conflicts in Middle East, Africa
A report from the UNHCR on Thursday gave the same stark warning.
On average, 42,500 people were displaced every day in 2014, it said. The conflict in Syria has been the biggest single driver of displacement, according to the refugee agency’s Global Trendsreport — but far from the only one.
Most refugees come from the Middle East, with 7.6 million Syrians taking to the road within their own country, and 3.88 million having become refugees. Many have found shelter in neighboring Turkey, others in Lebanon and Jordan. Continue reading this article
ANN COULTER: The point at issue is should america’s immigration policy be used to benefit the people already here or should it be benefiting Pakistani pushcart operators, illiterate in their own language — never mind ours — who come here, go on welfare, commit terrorism, engage in crimes. Why wouldn’t you look across the world like a sports team does to get the creme de la creme?
She also agreed with a black woman, former MSNBC host Joy Reid, who said that a new slave class is being imported via immigration for cheap labor, with Coulter noting her book “is far more of an attack on Republicans, on big business, on the Chamber of Commerce.”
Customs deriving from a desert religion can be inconvenient. The Islam holiday of Ramadan requires Muslims to fast from dawn to sundown for a month, which can put a crimp into normal behaviors like work.
Ramadan is determined by a lunar calendar, so it occurs in varying seasons over the years. This year’s observance starts around June 17, near the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. So in wandering so far from their homelands nearer the equator, Allah’s gangsters have to fast for much longer periods. For example, the period of daylight in London (51 degrees N) now is around 19 hours.
How unfortunate that a religion based on warfare and violence has holidays where its followers become grouchy from daily hunger. To commemorate the tendency toward worsened savagery during the month, TheReligionOfPeace.com website is about to roll out its annual Ramadan Bombathon scorecard to keep track of the unfolding carnage.
Back in London, the BBC reports that some Muslims won’t be working at night when they are feasting in the Ramadan style — and it’s serious eating, where not a few Muslims gain weight during the month of fasting. Some Allah-bots, such as cab drivers, won’t work at all during the month.
And that’s a lot of taxi drivers, since one million Muslims reside in London, which is no longer majority white because of the extreme levels of immigration for decades.
At least a quarter of minicab and taxi drivers in London are stopping work once the sun goes down to mark Ramadan.
The holy month commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
Organisations which represent drivers said at least 25% were finishing their shifts before sundown to return home and break their fasts with family.
It is estimated about one million Londoners will fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.
The Muslim holy month follows the lunar calendar and as such it is the first time in many years it has fallen at this point in the summer when daylight lasts for about 19 hours.
Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, said: “We are aware that many private hire and taxi drivers won’t be working during Ramadan. It’s certainly very tight, it’s about 25%, but it doesn’t stop the world from turning.” [. . .]
But what about the United States? Are men in turbans grumpy from low blood sugar driving American cabs? Or not?
Anyway in New York City (41 degrees N, 15 hours daylight now), Islam cabbies “struggle” with the strain of Ramadan. Poor little lambs. Their desert customs are not a good fit with the big infidel city. They can alway go home. Many immigrants have.
In the first three months of 2015, Europe saw the arrival of 185,000 illegal aliens, a big uptick from last year’s numbers. The increase is not surprising, because who among the one billion Africans wouldn’t like a better life in first-world Europe with its generous welfare policies? Word has gotten out that if you claim to be a refugee fleeing some war or privation, you may win the asylum sweepstakes. Nobody is punished for engaging in refugee fraud, so they keep coming.
Europe should be defending its people from a true invasion, but is too mentally weakened to understand the national security threat posed by open borders to African and Middle Eastern migrants.
Of course, there are real refugees fleeing brutal wars in Syria and Iraq, but most photos don’t show families but instead reveal boats crowded with young African men. Europe is struggling with unemployment for its own people, so the Africans won’t find the streets paved in the gold they desire: anger and social unrest may well result.
Unsurprisingly, many people don’t want the invasion. In a recent British poll, only 34 per cent said they would welcome refugees, which fell to 29 per cent when asked about refugees from the Middle East. Many Brits think the Australians have the right policy by turning migrant boats away before reaching land.
But instead of facing the demographic tsunami honestly and taking steps to stop the invasion, European leaders squabble over how many thousand each country should take. They should be planning defensive measures but have been too lulled by decades of easy living and diversity propaganda from the left to understand that war is upon them.
According to the United Nations, June 20 is World Refugee Day, an event designed to draw attention to the many people cast adrift by war and calamity. That’s the idea at least. Many of the current crop of Africans fleeing to Europe are economic migrants — otherwise they wouldn’t be mostly young men under 30.
The BBC had a story in April that tracked African aliens; one was a Gambian Muslim who journeyed over 4500 miles to reach the first-world opportunities in Europe in order to support his large polygamous family. But Europe has opened its borders wide for “refugees” so people like the Gambian are taking advantage of a situation.
Malick Touray, 30, The Gambia
Malick, a 30-year-old mobile phone technician, describes how he began his journey across Africa to Europe in October 2012 because of his financial situation, struggling to support his extended family.
He had finished school early and started work because his father – who has three wives – could no longer pay school fees for Malick and his 18 other children. [. . .]
Erie Pennsylvania is having a Refugee Celebration as are Jacksonville Florida and Wakefield Oregon. Isn’t that like having an Ebola Celebration? Don’t people feel un-celebratory about being forced to leave their ancestral homes and be resettled in an alien culture?
But the point is that resettlement workers want to display their liberal virtue of extreme diversity and inclusion as well as promote the importation of refugees in a positive way — hey, let’s have some foreign people on welfare do their native dances!
The festivities constitute another version of celebrating diversity, which seems to be the highly enforced prime directive in these days of open borders.
The celebrations also distract attention away from what’s causing all the refugee turmoil: Islam doing its traditional thing of conquering infidel lands for Allah as well as killing other Muslims who aren’t sufficiently Islamic in the mind of the jihadists.
Check out the chart of top refugee sources, compiled by the New York Times. Like last year, the top refugee creators are Islamic, namely Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. See my report from 2014: World Refugee Day: Jihad on the March,
But elite media promotes emotion, not analysis, about refugees so we rich first-worlders will feel guilty and willing to rescue lots more historic enemies. It’s ugly to watch, but the pattern we see today is precisely how conquering Islam destroyed Christianity in northern Africa and the Middle East over centuries. Western nations should not admit potential enemies within our gates: Muslim refugees should go to Muslim nations, period.
In fact, America would be a lot safer if Muslim immigration were ended immediately.
UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 60 million people have been driven from their homes by war and persecution, an unprecedented global exodus that has burdened fragile countries with waves of newcomers and littered deserts and seas with the bodies of those who died trying to reach safety.
The new figures, released Thursday by the United Nations refugee agency, paint a staggering picture of a world where new conflicts are erupting and old ones are refusing to subside, driving up the total number of displaced people to a record 59.5 million by the end of 2014, the most recent year tallied. Continue reading this article
The GOP really is the Stupid Party. Many Republicans are uncritical believers in the “Free Trade” religion despite its history of failure. Globalist trade deals have been disastrous for American workers: trade supporters promise jobs and prosperity but it has been a series of sellouts starting with NAFTA. Free trade has all been a big lie, and now the same bunch of elites are back with the same line of crap.
Another globalist job-killing trade deal is not what Americans had in mind when they voted Republicans into majorities in the House and Senate. Congressman Jim Jordan, who voted against Boehner and Obama, reflected that idea to Lou Dobbs on Tuesday: “The American people elected to do certain things. Let’s just focus on what we told them we were gonna do when we ran for the job and they elected us last fall. Pew Research has a poll out — 65 percent of Republican voters think Republicans aren’t doing what they said they were going to do because we’re not doing what we said we were gonna do.”
If the GOP doesn’t shape up in short order, millions of conservative voters may well stay home in 2016.
Pat Buchanan appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show earlier this week:
BUCHANAN: We’ve had $11 trillion in trade deficits since 1992. I said we were going to lose our manufacturing — I never thought it would this horrendous this fast. We lose 5 to 6 million manufacturing jobs in the first decade of the 20th century and 55,000 factories. Sean, this is why the country is standing up against the trade bill. They listened to all the BS they were fed by both parties and now they’ve seen the result, and the results are Detroit, the results are West Baltimore, and they’re saying “Where are all the jobs? They’re gone.”
Senator Sessions cautions that the latest trade monstrosity is even worse than the earlier ones, but why would we expect anything less from Obama?
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement today ahead of the new attempt to give President Obama expanded fast-track executive authorities:
“The House is preparing to vote again tomorrow on providing fast-track executive authority to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration.
It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote. Continue reading this article
Nobody should be surprised that Democrat-run Mexifornia has enacted free-to-them healthcare for illegal alien kiddies, and Gov Jerry Brown is ever so pleased with his liberal generosity with the taxpayers’ money. “All in all, I think the people of California can be proud of the work that’s been done,” Brown said.
An estimated 170,000 immigrants 18 and younger could be included in the plan, which supposedly would cost around $132 million annually — barely a nickel in the state budget of $115 billion, or thereabouts. So we are supposed to think.
However, when a major state rolls out the big freebie welcome mat, particularly for healthcare, the policy creates a powerful incentive to draw illegal aliens with expensive medical problems. One medical moocher is Ana Puente (pictured), who was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the U.S. to seek medical care. California taxpayers have been forced to fund her three, maybe four, liver transplants and ongoing anti-rejection treatments. Taxpayers have spent well over $1 million, maybe twice that, for Puente’s medical costs.
And that was before free healthcare for all illegal alien kiddies became law in California.
Transplants are a very expensive procedure, but so are many others these days. Modern medical science performs miracles, but they don’t come cheap. California’s kiddie healthcare magnet will draw the worst, most expensive cases from abroad, and illegal aliens believe they are entitled to free, first-world healthcare. A 2006 Denver Post story reported, “Hundreds of Mexican illegal immigrants are in Colorado not just for work but also for free medical care they say they can’t get back home.” It’s unlikely that number has decreased in the intervening years.
So California’s $130 million pricetag sounds very low indeed.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A budget deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally.
The $115.4 billion agreement announced Tuesday is expected to win easy approval from the Senate and Assembly before the fiscal year begins July 1, and its immigrant health care provisions were touted by its backers as a necessity in the face of federal inaction.
“While Washington dithers because they can’t get things done, we need immigration reform,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. “The reality is many of these children, and they are children, require some kind of health care and they receive it in the emergency room.
The cost to taxpayers would be $40 million in the new fiscal year and grow to $132 million a year once fully implemented, numbers that had Republicans objecting and warning that it won’t help immigrants get access to doctors because of the shortage of providers who accept Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the poor.
Anti-immigration advocates said it was yet another move from Brown – like a bill providing driver’s licenses that took effect this year – that is “extremely generous” toward people who enter the country illegally.
“Gov. Brown continues to sign laws that incentivize more illegal immigration,” said Joe Guzzardi, spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization. “I can’t really see what reason there would be not to come to California. I can get a job, I can get tuition, I can now get medical care for my children.” Continue reading this article
It’s not just the first world where smart machines are taking over jobs that humans recently performed: Mexico’s Constellation brewery is “fully automated” and employs only six human workers per shift.
Michael Othites, Senior VP of Operations: Our brew house is fully automated here. We run each shift with six people. We got maybe 58 robots. . .
We’ve got about 70 laser-guided vehicles, as we’re built out, we would have 250 forklifts to do the same work. And then, frankly, laser-guided vehicles, when they need a battery change, they go up, they pull up, they say change my battery. Employees need breaks, employees need lunches, employees call in sick. It’s just the human factor that with laser-guided vehicles, you don’t.
Those darn humans! The machines are so much more efficient and trouble-free!
But hey, Mr. Senior VP, who will buy the beer after millions of workers have been made obsolete and no longer get paychecks?
Also, you have to wonder how many more Mexicans will illegally immigrate to El Norte after losing their jobs to automation. It could be a coming trend.
The cultural crazy bell was rung pretty hard last week with the news that the a white woman, Rachel Dolezal, has been posing as black for years and used it to her advantage, such as becoming the President of the Spokane NAACP. The media has gone into overdrive, even hitting the front page of the New York Times after a few days (Black or White? Woman’s Story Stirs Up a Furor).
But how different is she from Jeb Bush, the newest Republican President candidate? He hasn’t gone all the way into total delusion — being a public figure is a helpful reality reminder — but Jeb has devolved pretty far in the direction of cultural transformation. One curious behavior was his checking the Hispanic box on a voter registration form in 2009.
Rachel Dolezal has denied her race, her background and her family, which must be very painful for the parents. Jeb comes from one of America’s leading political families, yet has repudiated this nation’s language and traditions to adopt hispanic culture. Do the Bushes feel the rejection personally? They don’t show any outward signs. Anyway, the family has had Mexican connections for a while, but nobody else has taken on the cultural trappings.
On Monday, NPR went into a multicultural swoon over the hispanic attributes of “Jebcito,” noting “he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture,” — so post-American!
There are three Republican candidates who ran Spanish-language ads when they announced their presidential intentions — but only one was an Anglo.
Jeb Bush not only speaks fluent Spanish, he has made his home by completely embracing Latino culture and putting down roots in South Florida.
Ana Navarro, his former aide, tells a little story that shows just how much he’s adopted the culture: One day, she suggested something to Bush that he rejected because it was too expensive. Then, she said, he touched his elbow with his hand.
“That’s a very Hispanic gesture for meaning: ‘Because I’m cheap, because I’m frugal,’ ” Navarro said. “It means ‘I walk with my elbows so as not to wear out my shoes.’ In Spanish, it would say, Yo camino con los codos. And it’s that kind of nuance that he fully understands.”
To understand why Bush only half-jokingly adopted the Twitter hashtag #honorarylatino, you have to understand the path he took to his current home in South Florida. Bush grew up in Midland, Texas, he summered in Maine and went to prep school in Andover, Mass. And it was in high school that his path home really began. He met his wife, Columba, on a high school exchange trip to Mexico. In college, he majored in Latin American Studies. He converted to Catholicism, and he worked briefly in Venezuala. But the place he chose to put down roots was Miami.
“It certainly did shape him,” said Tom Fiedler, the former political editor of theMiami Herald. “The story of Miami since the Cuban exiles began coming has been one of being the new immigrant city.” Continue reading this article
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