Retail Use of Automation Is Increasing

Automation is creating a revolution in shopping: from ordering merchandise from Amazon to visiting a local supermarket with self-checkout, the machines are moving in. In particular, big changes are coming in retail out where the public will see them. Store sales persons who can advise and help customers are pretty much on the way out.

Below, the LoweBot retail robot can guide customers to the location of items they want to purchase.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail workers account for millions of jobs:

Retail salespersons and cashiers were occupations with highest employment in May 2015, March 31, 2016

Retail salespersons (4.6 million) and cashiers (3.5 million) were the occupations with the highest employment in May 2015. Combined, these two occupations made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment. Annual mean wages were $26,340 for retail salespersons and $20,990 for cashiers. Office and administrative support was the largest occupational group, making up nearly 16 percent of total U.S. employment. Annual mean wages for workers in this group were $36,330.

The upshot is that a large category of employment may be on the verge of disappearing, but Washington is tone deaf to technological changes to the jobs universe.

The big picture of employment is indeed sobering. Oxford researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were vulnerable to machine or software replacement within 20 years. Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi believes that in 30 years humans will become largely obsolete, and world joblessness will reach 50 percent. The Gartner tech advising company believes that one-third of jobs will be done by machines by 2025. Forrester Research Inc. has a more optimistic view, that there will be a net job loss of 7 percent by 2025 from automation. The recent PwC forecast was only slightly less severe than the Oxford numbers.

It therefore goes without saying that continued immigration of foreign workers is foolish and possibly dangerous. We wouldn’t want to see future unemployment riots carried out in Spanish.

In short:

Automation Makes Immigration Obsolete.

How will automation affect the retail industry?, CBS News, April 27, 2017

Technology available today could automate 45 percent of the jobs people are paid to perform across all occupations. By the early 2030’s, 38 percent of current jobs in the U.S. could be automated and one industry could be hit particularly hard.

Since at least the industrial revolution, Americans have worried about technology taking their jobs. Past inventions have ended up creating new jobs, not just destroying old ones, but economists worry that this time may be different, reports Tony Dokoupil.

In Maplewood, New Jersey, Tim Jianni works the register of his family-owned convenience store – just as he has since high school.

“Here, we know all of our customers by name and I have papers or candies, I know what they get. I put it right there so that it is ready for them, and it makes them feel good,” Jianni said. “I just, you could see when they come in they have that smile on their face.”

One day, Jianni hopes to pass the job to a new generation, keeping it in the family or at least keeping it human.

Other retailers have a very different dream. For example, an autonomous, multilingual robot is designed to help customers at the home improvement chain, Lowe’s, to get their shopping done as quickly as possible.

“You can talk to it and it talks back to you,” said Kyle Nel, the executive director of Lowe’s innovation labs.

“It’s basically doing indoor mapping and figuring out where it is. Where you are,” Nel explained. “It will actually help you find the thing you’re looking for.”

The machine is one of 22 that the company is proudly testing in Northern California. Continue reading this article

Murderous MS-13 Gang Terrorizes Long Island Schools as a Result of Obama Policies

The recent Long Island speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions promising to crack down on MS-13 gangsters has brought needed attention on the problem. It is not overstating the case to say the foreign gangsters are terrorizing the area: 11 mostly young people have been killed by MS-13 which uses murder as its initiation ritual. Kids are afraid to go to school because of the threat of violence.

Judge Jeanine Pirro appeared on Fox News following a quadruple murder by the gang a few weeks ago, describing how they got here: “If you recall they came into this country in 2014 under the Obama administration policy of allowing in those from Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. I was one of those people saying look, as a DA, MS-13 is from El Salvador; they are without a doubt the most violent gang where initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others. . . They’re in your school, folks, they are in with your children in school.”

It was predictable at the time that when Obama opened the borders to Central Americans escaping gang violence that the gangsters would come right along with them. Why wouldn’t MS-13 and others take advantage of such an opportunity? Anyway, when the government admits an ethnic or national group, the whole diversity package is included.

Below, two MS-13 gangsters brought to America by permissive immigration policies.

An AP story described the terror in the schools that MS-13 diversity has created:

MS-13 street gang grips Long Island suburbs in violence, Associated Press, April 28, 2017

Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what’s going on.

“You just think, ‘Oh, God, whose child is it now?'” said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of this suburb in the heart of Long Island that’s caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13.

MS-13 has been blamed for a trail of 11 corpses of mostly young people discovered in woods and vacant lots in Brentwood and neighboring Central Islip since the start of the school year.

The bloodshed in the blue-collar towns has gotten the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it’s the result of lax immigration policies that let too many criminal “scum” slip through.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday gave a speech about the violence to law enforcement officials near a park where the bodies of four young men were found this month bearing MS-13’s hallmarks: repeated slashes from a blade that left them nearly unrecognizable.

Some parents say they’re afraid to let their children go to school. Teens say any perceived slight to a gang member, especially a refusal to join, can mean death.

After one high school warned parents not to let their kids wear anything gang-affiliated, gang members started deciding on a daily basis what colors were off-limits, leaving students to guess what not to wear. Continue reading this article

Tucker Carlson Follows Up on Attorney General's Visit to Long Island to Fight Gang Crime

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech in Suffolk County Long Island about eradicating the murderous MS-13 gang from El Salvador, Tucker Carlson quizzed a local official about how the event went behind the scenes. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini remarked that AG Sessions met with police and government officials and discussed in detail what could be done to end the horrific crime wave that has reportedly killed 11 mostly young people in the past year. While in Long Island, Sessions also visited with the parents of young people murdered by MS-13.

Tucker remarked about the presence of so many people protesting the Sessions appearance even though he was there to fight gang violence. Most of the signs available to see online were generic retreads of the same old open-borders crap, probably pulled out of a closet and dusted off.

More appropriate images would be photos of the crime victims, like high school girls Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas brutally murdered by MS-13 gangsters. Otherwise, people might get the idea that open-borders lefties support violent foreign criminals. Perish the thought!

Here’s the interview from Friday:

TUCKER CARLSON: What’s the next step? Simply talking about MS-13 won’t beat them. Tim Sini is Police Commissioner for Suffolk County on Long Island and he joins us tonight. . . Why has MS-13 grown so much in the last 10 years?

TIM SINI: There’s likely a variety of factors: there’s no question that MS-13 preys on the immigrant community. In fact they in particular prey on unaccompanied children who come to this country illegally, then are placed in our communities, and the Suffolk County Police Department working in collaboration with our federal partners is dedicated to decimating this gang.

CARLSON: Are the feds going to help you?

SINI: Absolutely

CARLSON: Okay you’re confident the Attorney General’s announcement today means progress in the fight against MS-13.

SINI: Whenever you have the top law enforcement official in the country come to your community and commit to eradicating a dangerous gang such as MS-13 and then ask local officials how can we help, that’s a good day for your community. We had a very productive discussion today about law enforcement issues, about how the federal government can further assist us in our mission of eradicating MS-13, and several specific requests were discussed, several specific topics were discussed. It was a great meeting. We had the the heads of all the local departments in the room, we had our federal partners there and of course the Attorney General and his team.

CARLSON: Right, so I don’t know how far you are to be totally candid since we’re on TV and you’re still holding office, but it seems like politics is playing a pretty ugly role in all this, and you have protesters by the side of the road accusing the federal government of cracking down on all immigrants when they’re going after one of the most dangerous criminal gangs in the country — does that distort your ability to be able to address this as it as a as a criminal matter? Continue reading this article

America’s Attorney General Speaks Out about Increased Enforcement against MS-13 Gang

On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Central Islip on Long Island, New York, an area suffering from worsened gang crime, particularly the ultra-violent MS-13 gang from Central America. That gang got extra attention for itself following a horrific quadruple murder on Long Island earlier this month.

Even so, enforcement of America’s immigration law is unpopular in certain quarters, and unfriendly open-borders advocates turned up as greeters, because even murderous illegal alien criminals are apparently desirable in the minds of some:

About 100 protest Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ visit, Newsday, April 28, 2017

About 100 people gathered outside the Central Islip federal courthouse Friday morning to demonstrate against the attorney general’s visit, sending the message that “immigrants are welcome here.”

The demonstrators gathered about two hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed law enforcement officials during a stop in the same community where the bodies of four young men were found in a park just over two weeks ago — the latest violent incident in Central Islip and Brentwood to be investigated as a possible gang-related killing. . .

Tucker Carlson interviewed one of the protesters on his show, if you care to Watch.

Below, not every person with a sign was hostile to the attorney general.

Finally, keep in mind that Obama’s policy of delivering many thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America all around the country helped to distribute the MS-13 gang more widely around the nation.

Here’s AG Sessions’ speech, via video and text:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks on Violent Crime to Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement, US Department of Justice, April 28, 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Good morning. I am honored to be here today with all of you – the brave men and women of law enforcement. Your dedication, your commitment to justice and your patriotism are inspiring. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe.

I also want to thank Congressman Pete King for inviting me to visit his district. He has been a steadfast partner and leader in combating violent crime. Finally, let me thank our Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde of the Eastern District of New York. Bridget, thank you not only for your hospitality, but also for your leadership.

Today is the 99th day of President Trump’s administration. The President made a promise to make America safe again, and that is exactly what we are doing at the Department of Justice. The President has talked to me several times about this and his commitment to these issues is complete. He is very aware personally of the violence and murders here.

We’re seeing an increase in violent crime our cities – in Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis and many others. But gang violence has also been in the headlines right here in the suburbs of Long Island, while the murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide – the largest increase since 1968. Groups of murderers, rapists, traffickers and thugs are carrying out a frontal assault on the decent, law-abiding men and women of this community and others like it across our country.

This is not acceptable, and the American people will not tolerate it.

Are these gang and cartel members violent and formidable foes? They sure are. But they are also mortal, and that means they can be arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for their crimes. And that’s what we are going to do.

MS-13’s motto is “kill, rape and control.” Let me tell you our motto: justice for victims and consequences for criminals. It is that simple. We will prosecute gang members who commit crimes, to the full extent of the law.

This community is no stranger to violence. You know the story: last September, two teenage girls here were beaten to death using baseball bats and a machete. Earlier this month, police in Central Islip found the bodies of four young men, ranging in age from 16 to 20. They had been murdered and their bodies were dumped in a park. One of these young men was an honor student.

I have a message for any gang that targets our young people: we are targeting you, and we are coming after you.

Transnational criminal organizations represent one of the gravest threats to American public safety today. These groups enrich themselves by pedaling poison in our communities, trafficking children for sexual exploitation and inflicting horrific violence in the neighborhoods where they operate and slipping their ill-gotten wealth back to their home countries.

For example, there are over 30,000 MS-13 members abroad, with their headquarters in the El Salvadoran prison system. According to the National Gang Intelligence Center, MS-13 now has more than 10,000 members in at least 40 states in this country – up significantly from just a few years ago. Continue reading this article

Robot Apple Picker Will Displace Illegal Alien Workers

Automation’s threat to jobs is not entirely negative, considering that robot pickers can replace an agricultural workforce that is generally estimated to be half illegal alien. The Associated Press article below notes that in Washington state, “several counties near the Canadian border are now majority-Hispanic.”

Abundant Robotics has developed a vacuum-based system that doesn’t bruise the apples. It doesn’t pick particularly quickly, but on balance, the machines can literally work 24 hours a day and don’t require lunch. In the video below, the developers describe how they moved from experimental versions to building a commercial machine.

Apples are easily bruised so hand picking has been the norm. Robot developers think they have that problem solved.

The world of work is being fundamentally altered because of automation. What worries me is how the government is oblivious to smart machines coming on strong and acting as if nothing has changed.

A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some, Associated Press, April 28, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.

That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market.

The robotic pickers don’t get tired and can work 24 hours a day.

“Human pickers are getting scarce,” said Gad Kober, a co-founder of Israel-based FFRobotics. “Young people do not want to work in farms, and elderly pickers are slowly retiring.”

FFRobotics and Abundant Robotics, of Hayward, California, are racing to get their mechanical pickers to market within the next couple of years.

Harvest has long been mechanized for large portions of the agriculture industry, such as wheat, corn, green beans, tomatoes and many other crops. But for more fragile commodities like apples, berries, table grapes and lettuce — where the crop’s appearance is especially important — harvest is still done by hand.

Members of the $7.5 billion annual Washington agriculture industry have long grappled with labor shortages, and depend on workers coming up from Mexico each year to harvest many crops. Continue reading this article

University of California Hid $175 Million in Secret Funds, According to Auditor

It’s a pretty big scandal in California that an audit published Tuesday showed the President of the University Janet Napolitano had accumulated a secret slush fund of $175 million. Napolitano’s office responded that no, the amount of UC cash hidden from regents and state officials is only $38 million.

What’s particularly shocking is how for years the university has increased the number of well-heeled foreign students because it wanted the higher tuition non-staters pay. An audit from a year ago found that UC lowered admissions standards for out-of-state students in order to get more of them — so the university has had a dismal history in regards to fairness toward young Californians who want college educations in their state. Now we learn there was plenty of spare cash that could have been spent on scholarships for state students.

At the prestigious UC Berkeley, shown below, 30 percent of the fall freshmen class of 2014 were not California residents.

California parents have been angry and frustrated for years that fewer state kids were being admitted to the universities supported by tax dollars. The public outrage got so bad that in March, UC proposed a 20 percent cap on out-of-state students.

As the Mercury-News article below notes, “UC repeatedly hiked tuition to backfill state budget cuts and turned away record numbers of California high school seniors while admitting higher-paying, out-of-state and international students.”

The policy amounts to young Californians being displaced from a reasonably priced college education that was once the promise of a wealthy state before it went haywire with immigration and liberal politics.

In contrast, California has been very generous to illegal alien college students and, in addition to in-state tuition, is now supplying financial aid to them at a current cost of $65 million. Last year, 20,000 illegal moochers applied for state financial aid.

SFGate.com’s article (Auditor says UC kept millions in secret fund) included some dollar amounts of dubious spending by Napolitano:

Some of the secret funds were allocated for communications and brand management ($4.7 million), the president’s residence ($862,000), nonresident recruiting ($1.8 million) and an initiative that allows students at historically black colleges and universities to participate in UC summer research programs ($5.2 million).

In her earlier career, Janet Napolitano was the pro-amnesty governor of Arizona for two terms and the Secretary of Homeland Security. In 2009 she broke new ground in political correctness by referring to terror attacks as “man-caused disaster” during an interview with Der Spiegel.

California auditor slams UC President’s office over $175 million in hidden funds, San Jose Mercury News, April 25, 2017

A scathing state audit Tuesday accused University of California President Janet Napolitano’s office of hiding tens of millions of dollars in reserves — even from its own board of regents — and creating a secret spending plan, while also padding the salaries and benefits of her staff.

The eye-popping report comes as UC plans to hike tuition this fall and has already prompted one UC regent, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, to publicly request a reversal of that increase.

State Auditor Elaine Howle found that UC’s central office had accumulated more than $175 million in reserves that it failed to disclose, including money it collects from campuses, for a series of systemwide initiatives from boosting the university’s carbon footprint to bolstering its cybersecurity.

“It’s like they had appropriations and kept the change, kept it in some slush account,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, who requested the audit last year along with Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

In another startling finding, the auditor accused Napolitano’s office of intercepting a confidential survey that the auditor sent to individual campuses about the quality and cost of services they received from the central office, causing campus officials to soften their responses.

For years, state lawmakers have been clashing with the university system over its opaque finances and escalating costs amid calls for belt-tightening by Gov. Jerry Brown. Tension between the state and the prestigious university system has mounted since the recession, when UC repeatedly hiked tuition to backfill state budget cuts and turned away record numbers of California high school seniors while admitting higher-paying, out-of-state and international students.

UC disputes some of the new findings. It says the size of the reserve is $38 million, not $175 million, and that the report “fundamentally and unfairly mischaracterizes UCOP’s budget processes and practices in a way that does not accurately capture our current operations nor our efforts and plans for continued improvement.” Continue reading this article

LA Times (Mis)Interprets Montana’s Objection to Refugee Dumping

Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times front page contained a sob-story extravaganza of refugee resettlement boosters cast as the virtuous heroes, while the opponents of importing sketchy African/Middle-Eastern Muslims etc. are evil haters. The main photo is of a smiling African boy in a welcoming church.

The Times makes David LeBleu the star of its little morality tale: the former New Yorker pushed for his adopted state to admit lots of refugees, particularly Syrians, which has not been a popular position in Montana. Most residents of the state don’t want their communities to be diversified with burqa-wearing, FGM-practicing, infidel-hating sharia supporters. But diversity infatuation is strong in LeBleu.

The situation is another case of liberal virtue exhibition. If the do-gooders really wanted to help, they would raise funds to assist the struggling people in their homelands, where the cash is twelve times more effective than importing foreigners, according to a 2015 study from the Center for Immigration Studies, The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees. But pursuing the most efficient policy to aid the most people wouldn’t bring the feel-good photo opportunities.

In addition, it’s not like the United States is overflowing with spare jobs. The millions of jobless citizens should get the first shot at employment, and they shouldn’t be standing in line behind foreigners. The March number of officially unemployed Americans was 7.2 million.

Finally, will no corner of America be allowed to remain free of government-imposed diversity? The people don’t want it, and for good reason: Islam has been the historic enemy of western civilization for more than a millennium. And today’s innocent child of immigrant parents may grow up to become tomorrow’s murder-seeking jihadist, as some already have, like the Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen and the San Bernardino killer Syan Farook. Even the best government screening won’t stop the second-generation problem where the normal stress of growing up may cause a young person to accept jihad which offers a ready-made identity and a welcoming clubhouse.

Islam can act like a dormant disease where jihad may appear at a later date in a future generation. So why does the government continue the suicidal social policy of Muslim immigration? And why does Washington force it upon American communities that want to maintain their own culture without an enemy element being injected? No good can come of such foolishness.

How a Montana county became a stage for the national debate over refugees, by Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2017

As images of dead Syrian children flashed across his television this month in Montana, David LeBleu prayed it would finally change minds.

“Could this be our chance?” he wondered.

LeBleu, 73, had been campaigning for a year to bring refugees to his tiny mountainside town of Whitefish. But in conservative Flathead County, he was making little headway.

Donald Trump had won the county with 65% of the vote in the presidential election and found widespread support there for his “America first” message and pledge to halt refugee resettlement nationwide. In that sense, the region wasn’t much different from a broad swath of the nation.

If the deaths of “beautiful babies” — as Trump had put it — in what the U.S. said was a poison gas attack couldn’t sway people, LeBleu figured nothing could.

“They don’t like newcomers here,” he said. “They want to just keep things the way they are, in the past.”

LeBleu himself is a newcomer, part of a wave of liberal-minded transplants drawn to Whitefish, population 6,357, for its natural beauty and slower pace of life. He moved from Long Island, N.Y., three years ago, following his daughter after retiring from teaching high school social studies and losing his wife to multiple sclerosis and cancer.

He was delighted that people would “talk to you on the street and ask how you were doing.” As a lifelong Christian, he was pleased to see churches everywhere.

But the faith that dominated northwest Montana was far more conservative than LeBleu had ever experienced.

To him, being a Presbyterian meant a life of public service and openness to other cultures. Back in Long Island, he sat on a refugee council at his church and once housed a Vietnamese refugee and her two sons. He joined churchgoers for a trip to refugee camps in the Middle East, and his church hosted a Coptic Christian priest from Egypt and a pastor from Syria.

But in Whitefish, the Presbyterian churches he visited were more interested in the Bible than the wider world and didn’t share his passion for women’s or gay rights. Continue reading this article

Indians Are Disappointed with Americans’ Choice of Donald Trump as President

There’s a certain kind of America-bashing that should be welcomed as positive, exemplified by Monday’s New York Times article that described America as a “land of lost opportunity” for Indians who now feel disenchanted about possible immigration. Apparently we’ve become a horrible racist nation since Donald Trump was elected president: the Times says Indians are shocked at a “wave of racist violence” — consisting of one murder, which while awful, is not quite a “wave” and the fear described by Indians seems overblown.

(Interestingly, it’s reported that Africans residing in India don’t feel safe there and encounter “racism at every turn.”)

What a rapid transformation. For years, Indians couldn’t wait to immigrate here and perhaps get a job in tech even when it meant working cheap as an H-1b to replace America workers. Now we’re not good enough for them. Oh, well!

Indians have a decent rep as immigrants because many are hard-working and don’t tend to rob Seven-Elevens. But as I wrote in a 2007 Vdare article (Dogs, Frogs and Dalits: The Indian Model Minority Has A Dark Side), there are problems. One is sex-selection abortion because Indians don’t value girls. Even though India made the practice illegal in 1994, it continues, and one NGO estimates that five to seven million sex-selective abortions are performed in India every year. As a result, the gender ratio is 89 females to 100 males, and a number of men cannot find a wife.

Another cultural practice that’s a bad fit in America — where we strive for an egalitarian society — is the discriminatory caste system. One quote from my 2007 article spoke volumes about snotty arrogance:

Caste in America is justified into more acceptable terms, like the computer programmer quoted by the NYT as saying, “That’s why I went into the Brahmin group, because I wanted to give my children the same values.” But the fact remains that Indians come to America, a society with minimal class distinctions, and see no problem with bringing their discriminatory caste system with them.

So if Indians don’t immigrate to America, that’s not a bad thing at all. Citizens have gotten tired of the oppressive diversity hectoring from elites and seeing their communities transformed into something foreign. That attitude is a big reason why Donald Trump was elected.

America could use a long time-out from immigration because we have plenty now, thanks anyway. Not to mention that automation will be doing an increasing amount of the work in coming years, so immigration really should be retired.

For Indians, Donald Trump’s America is a land of lost opportunity, Straits Times, April 24, 2017

MUMBAI (NYTIMES) – Generations of Indians have admired the United States for almost everything. But many are infuriated and unnerved by what they see as a wave of racist violence under President Donald Trump, souring the United States’ allure.

The reaction is not just anger and anxiety. Now, young Indians who have aspired to study, live and work in the United States are looking elsewhere.

“We don’t know what might happen to us while walking on the street there,” said Kanika Arora, a 20-year-old student in Mumbai who is reconsidering her plan to study in the United States. “They might just think that we’re terrorists.”

Recent attacks on people of Indian descent in the United States are explosive news in India. A country once viewed as the Promised Land now seems for many to be dangerously inhospitable.

Further alienating Indians, especially among their highly educated class, is the Trump administration’s reassessment of H1-B visas given mostly for information technology jobs. More than 85,000 are granted a year, the majority to Indians.

This year, undergraduate applications from India fell at 26 per cent of US educational institutions, and 15 percent of graduate programs, according to a survey of 250 US universities by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

The number of applications for H1-B visas also fell to 199,000, a nearly 20 per cent decline, according to data kept by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Continue reading this article

Ex-foreign Service Officer Warns against Open Borders

Tucker Carlson had something of an Earth Day message during a Friday show segment, when he interviewed a former foreign service officer, David Seminara, who screened thousands of visa applications as part of his job. Seminara had recently written a cautionary piece for the Wall Street Journal (Opening Our Borders Would Overwhelm America), opining that a more liberal immigration policy would be disastrous for America. Both agreed that hundreds of millions of foreigners would like to move to a country like the United States, but the environmental limits of what the land can support must be a central part of the calculus.

Interestingly, the “B” word — Billion — was curiously avoided even though there are surely billions on earth who would move to the prosperous first world if allowed. In fact, Seminara mentioned in his article that a 2008 Gallup poll found one in four people in 82 countries would immigrate if they had the opportunity.

Below, California’s Lake Oroville in September 2014. The state just emerged this year from a harsh several-year drought with a record-breaking rainy season. Leaders in government had no plan of what to do if millions of residents ran out of water. One strategy, trucking it in to individual users, doesn’t seem practical for large communities.

Nobody bothers with trying to fix their own country any more. That’s not a good trend when the world population is around 7 1/2 billion people. The dissatisfied billions on earth cannot all relocate to the US and Europe.

Anyway, isn’t it racist to assume the diverse people need to be rescued by admittance to the white nations? If escape were not made so easy, many more would push for political and social reform at home which would be advantageous for all concerned.

TUCKER CARLSON: What’s going on in Oakland right now shows the idea of opening America’s borders to anyone who wants to come here — anyone — is increasingly popular. Within a few years the concept of open borders may even become part of left-wing orthodoxy, in fact it basically already is. But what would that look like if we had open borders? Dave Seminara is a journalist and former diplomat he just wrote a piece on that exact question and he joins us tonight. Dave, thanks a lot for coming on the show.

DAVE SEMINARA: Thanks for having me on the show, Tucker.

TUCKER CARLSON: So you say in this piece that you’re not anti-immigrant, like almost every other American. You like immigrants; I think we all do.

SEMINARA: Of course not. I have immigrants in my own family

CARLSON: You raised the question of what would happen if we actually did what many on the left are calling for, and I pose that question to you — what would happen?

SEMINARA: Well it’d be a really unfortunate situation, especially for working-class America, Tucker, I mean I think as Americans we forget how lucky we are to be born in a country like this and unfortunately you know for every one United States or UK or Germany there are ten Uzbekistans, Venezuelas and Somalias. Unfortunately there’s just very very many countries in the world that are absolutely dysfunctional and poor and corrupt that people are looking to get out of and there’s really only 20 or 30 countries, rich countries like ours, that people want to go to, so it’s a problem of supply and demand. Continue reading this article

Automation-Caused Job Loss May Spawn Third-World Instability, World Bank Warns

It would be a mistake to think that automation is a first-world affliction only. As the cost of robots decrease, they will replace workers in the third world also. (See my Social Contract article on this topic: How Automation Threatens Third World Stability.)

Third-world automation is happening now, as shown by robot arms painting motorcycle gas tanks in an Indian factory.

The video below produced by the VOA News observes, the automation-caused “loss of livelihoods could have far-reaching repercussions including the mass migration of displaced workers.” Third-world nations don’t have unemployment insurance and welfare programs to cushion unemployment, so millions may head for the generous first world to see what freebies they can get.

World Bank President Jim Kim says the time to act is now: “And so for every country in the world, we have to think very seriously about what are the investments we need to make right now in order to prepare ourselves for the economy the future.”

The World Bank is not my favorite institution, but Kim’s admonition to start planning now is a pleasant contrast to Washington’s total denial regarding the issue, particularly the recent blunder of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin when he remarked that the automation threat to jobs was 50 to 100 years in the future.

It’s particularly disturbing that the government’s immigration import program continues on auto-pilot when the actual need for immigrant workers is getting close to Zero. Even the RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) proposed by Senators Cotton and Purdue cuts legal immigration by only 50 percent over a decade.

The world of work is at the beginning of a revolution, and Washington is still playing according to 20th century rules.

And will the government protect the citizens from millions of economic “refugees” flooding across the border in an automation-fueled Camp of the Saints?

Automation Could Slash Jobs in Developing Countries, VOA News, April 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — World Bank President Jim Kim warns that two-thirds of jobs in developing nations could be wiped out by automation, a situation that could boost conflict and refugee flows.

Kim spoke Thursday in Washington as economic and political leaders from around the world gathered for meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Kim says it is not clear how fast automation would cut jobs. He says the threat to employment opportunity comes as near-universal access to the internet means people in the poorest nations understand that others have much more comfortable lives. The result, Kim says, is soaring aspirations. Without economic growth and opportunity, those unmet aspirations could lead to frustration, unrest, or more refugees seeking jobs in other nations. Continue reading this article

Surplus Workers (Fueled by Immigration) Decrease Wages, L.A. Times Admits

It’s hard to imagine the Los Angeles Times expressing any negativity about illegal immigration ever, but Friday’s front page illustrated in plain dollars how supply and demand function in the workplace. Since the principle is little mentioned in today’s digital economy, here’s a briefo explanation regarding wages: a surplus of workers drives the payscale down while a shortage pushes wages up. That concept explains all you need to know about immigration: business’ endless push for open borders is based upon maximizing profits on the backs of citizen workers.

The Times article does push the union angle and barely mentions the illegal aspect, although the captions above specify “Ybarra, from Los Angeles” makes $40/hour while “Martinez, from Mexico” gets $27.50/hour. The paper apparently believes it is rude to point out that an illegal alien worker has stolen a job that by law belongs to an American citizen.

In addition, the article’s graph showing the increase of “Latino” workers does not estimate legality. At least a million illegal aliens reside in the Los-Angeles-Orange-County metro area, so we can guess that they are well represented in decent-paying jobs.

Mass immigration destroyed the blue-collar middle class in this country. Americans used to work in construction and make middle-class wages without a college degree, but Washington ended that lifestyle by opening the borders to millions of illegal workers happy to work for less than citizens. And the press wondered why Americans were angry and voted for Trump: a big factor has been the loss of middle class jobs because of displacement by foreign workers.

Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why, Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2017

Construction in Los Angeles has shifted from a heavily unionized labor force that was two-thirds white to a largely non-union one that is 70% Latino and heavily immigrant.

Eddie Ybarra and Francisco Martinez, both in their 40s, work side by side building the walls of two of the newest condo buildings in downtown Los Angeles. They drive pickup trucks to work, park in adjacent lots and both take their lunch break around 10 a.m. That’s about all they share.

Ybarra, born in Los Angeles, has built a solidly middle-class lifestyle on more than two decades in the carpenters’ union, earning $40 an hour on top of a pension, healthcare and unlimited vacation days.

Martinez, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, works for a nonunion contractor, installing metal panels and other parts for $27.50 an hour. He doesn’t have retirement savings, his insurance doesn’t cover his family and he gets five vacation days per year.

The story of these two men illustrates the radical shift that has put construction front and center in the national debate over declining blue-collar jobs and President Trump’s views of immigration.

In the span of a few decades, Los Angeles area construction went from an industry that was two-thirds white, and largely unionized, to one that is overwhelmingly Latino, mostly nonunion and heavily reliant on immigrants, according to a Los Angeles Times review of federal data.

At the same time, the job got less lucrative. American construction workers today make $5 an hour less than they did in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation.

In 1972, construction paid today’s equivalent of $32 an hour, almost $10 more than the average private-sector job. But real wages steadily declined for decades, erasing much of that gap.

So who’s to blame?

Trump faults immigrants for taking Americans’ jobs and pushing down wages.

In an April speech, the president promised construction workers that he would “protect your jobs by protecting our borders.” Continue reading this article

France: Muslim Bar Is a No-Go Zone for Women

With the French election coming up where Marine Le Pen looks like a contender, Islam diversity issues are front and center. A English-language news website for France recently reported on a December incident that bodes poorly for the future of French women in an increasingly Islamified nation: two women were told to leave a Muslim bar because of their gender.

Women simply cannot live according to western values of freedom in Muslim neighborhoods without endangering themselves.

Islam cannot be fixed because it regards itself as perfect; therefore it can only be quarantined, and immigration from Muslim nations should end.

The video following is an English explanation of the bar incident:

Muslim immigration has changed France profoundly.

The Local report on the No-Go Bar started out well enough, but had to finish the piece with complaints of how Muslims residing in France feel “besieged” because of unfair stigmas being attached to them. They should return to Islamistan if living in France is so objectionable, but they won’t.

And if these men are such great Muslims, why are they hanging out in a bar and drinking alcohol which is forbidden by Islam?

The ‘Islamic’ bar in Paris that became a French election scandal, The Local, April 19, 2017

France has been left divided after hidden cameras footage revealed men in an “Islamic” bar in Paris telling women they weren’t welcome.

Amar Salhi is still amazed at how his scruffy bar north of Paris sparked an election scandal after it featured on national television in December during a report about Islam and women.

In footage shot with hidden cameras and broadcast during prime-time by state media giant France 2, two women activists were seen facing a hostile welcome as they tried to go for a drink in the Jockey Club.

“There’s no mixing in this bar,” one client was heard saying.

“You’re not in Paris here… it’s a different mentality, it’s like the village back home (in north Africa),” said another.

One of the women left disgusted, comparing the situation in the multi-ethnic suburb of Sevran to Saudi Arabia.

In a matter of hours of the report airing, social media lit up with comments, from members of the far-right National Front but also others across the political spectrum appalled by the sight of women’s rights being trampled.

In the minds of some, the report appeared to crystallise widespread fears about the impact of immigration or Islamists imposing their rules in a country traumatised by a series of deadly terror attacks since 2015.

“Here’s the result of decades of submission,” wrote National Front vice-president Florian Philippot.

Salhi’s business became a punching bag as the Socialist party selected its presidential candidate in January, and has been a feature in speeches and debates ever since. Continue reading this article

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