Influential People Agree: Automation Threatens Jobs

Over at the exclusive Milken Institute confab this week, wealthy and important people were warning about the coming robot jobs apocalypse that endangers employment across the skills spectrum.

As an example of the increasing insertion of automation into society, here is a BBC report about the four-day conference read by a robot:

It didn’t sound very human-like to me. Perhaps it isn’t supposed to.

Here are some actual humans discussing the automation vs. employment issue at the Milken conference in a panel titled, “Jobs and Technology: Is Any Job Truly Safe?”

Back in the real world economy, the April jobs report was a disappointing 160,000 net new jobs created, the lowest number so far this year. In addition, more than 94 million Americans were not participating in the workforce as of last month, a rather shocking number. Whatever is going on in the employment economy, job creation is not happening.

Why should anyone be surprised? Automation started taking jobs with the invention of the ATM (Automated Teller Machine) in 1969 which has put many human banking clerks out of work. Customers can now use self-service machines to gas up the car, purchase groceries and check in at the airport — automation which saves money for the companies utilizing it.

There’s lot more smart machinery behind the scenes, like the robots that now do about 80 percent of automotive manufacturing, as well as the Kiva carry-bots that enable Amazon to process millions of customer purchases with rapid speed.

Few humans are needed to produce cars and trucks in today’s factories.

If the important people are aware of the automation threat to the economy, does that mean our elected representatives might wake up soon? Perhaps presidential candidates or other politicians might even make the mental leap to the idea that importing immigrant workers is not appropriate to our modern times.

In short, Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Back to a report on the Milken conference (see more videos here):

Rich and powerful warn robots are coming for your jobs, Reuters, May 3, 2016

Some of the richest, smartest and most powerful humans have an important message for the rest of us as they convened this week to discuss pressing global issues: the robots are coming.

At the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, at least four panels so far have focused on technology taking over markets to mining – and most importantly, jobs.

“Most of the benefits we see from automation is about higher quality and fewer errors, but in many cases it does reduce labor,” Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, said on Tuesday during a panel on “Is Any Job Truly Safe?”

The four-day annual conference, which began on Sunday, has 3,500 invite-only participants exploring “The Future of Human Kind.” Continue reading this article

Illegal Alien Kiddie Surge Continues across Border in 2016

It’s too bad the media is mostly incapable of multi-tasking when it comes to reporting the news; otherwise the talking heads might mention the worsening border anarchy. The presidential campaign is just too easy to report, so full of personal conflict and colorful quotes — they can fill hours and hours 24/7 of cookie-cutter programming with the political struggles.

Meanwhile the surge of illegal aliens that was called a “ humanitarian crisis” in 2014 is as bad as it ever was, except now the media largely accepts the lawlessness as normal.

“Unaccompanied” children often bring their parents.

Remember that it’s not cheap to replace middle-class Americans with backwards third-worlders who will vote Democrat. The illegal alien newbies require expensive free-to-them healthcare, tutoring and “bilingual” (Spanish) instruction.

Below, illegal alien kiddies were dumped in New Orleans, a poor city. Unaccompanied illegals were estimated to cost the state of Louisiana $7 million to educate in 2014-2015 — funds taken away from American students.

In fact, the cost per each illegal alien kiddie was recently estimated to be $17,613 for FY2017, a dollar expense that has more than doubled since 2010. Why so generous? This nation cannot afford to continue building an expensive rescue infrastructure that does nothing but encourage the import of unemployable, useless, often hostile foreigners, whether they are handout-seeking families from Central American or unscreenable Syrian refugees.

Greta Van Susteren did report Thursday on the border chaos with an effort to sort out the cause of such ineffectual immigration enforcement in an interview with former Border Patrol official David Aguilar. Her conclusion: “The president and the congress won’t do their jobs.”

The report from The Hill pointed out that the lawlessness remains in place.

Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border, The Hill, May 4, 2016

Child migration is surging again.

The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration.

The numbers, compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reveal that child migration is on par with 2014 levels, when a wave of kids — thousands of them unaccompanied — arrived at the southern border.

The surge of illegal immigration quickly swamped border authorities, immigration courts and health and humanitarian workers, while sparking a political battle on Capitol Hill over the cause and proper response to the crisis.

The new figures raise the specter of another increase this summer. That would almost certainly inflame another political showdown in a volatile presidential year in which the issues of race, immigration and border security have been pronounced — particularly due to the hard-line enforcement approach adopted by the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Through the first six months of fiscal 2016, which ended on March 31, border officials apprehended 27,754 unaccompanied children, the CBP reported — a 78 percent jump from the 15,616 apprehended in 2015, and just shy of the 28,579 apprehended in 2014.

For family units, which consist of at least one child traveling with at least one adult, the increase was even more dramatic. In the first six months of 2016, 32,117 families were apprehended, the CBP reported — an increase of 131 percent from the 2015 figure (13,913) and 62 percent from the 2014 figure (19,830). Continue reading this article

Cinco de Mayo in San Francisco: Celebrating Jumbled Diversity Propaganda Is a School Activity

The city by the bay never misses an opportunity to push the diversity meme, and the sinkhole holiday was utilized on Thursday to teach young children about Spain’s catholic influence on early California through founding missions. This occurred even though Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of Mexicans defeating the French army in the 1862 Battle of Puebla — so the timing alone is off by a century.

On Thursday, 1,000 school children were herded into the ginormous St. Mary’s Cathedral to see a dramatic performance of “Always Forward! St. Junipero Serra and the California Missions.” The play has nothing to do with the Cinco battle, but field trips are way more fun than regular class work. Why bother studying when diversity-themed entertainment counts as acceptable education these days?

Elite catholics in the state apparently want to celebrate Pope Francis’ declaration last year of the sainthood of Junipero Serra. This is despite the controversial history of the priest who founded several Spanish missions in California to convert local Indians to the faith, as well as to enslave them, according to descendants.

Below, the catholic church clings to an idealized view of Serra as a civilizing influence. The pope outrageously characterized him as “one of the founding fathers of the United States.”

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As pointed out in the following video, the organizers say the play is for public school children as well as parochial. So there is multiculti propaganda for everyone!

1,000 Children Attend Cinco de Mayo Themed Performance at San Francisco Church, KGO Channel 7, May 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A massive Cinco de Mayo event happened Thursday morning in San Francisco involving several local school children at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Volunteers performed “Always Forward! St. Junipero Serra and the California Missions” at Saint Mary’s Cathedral for 1,000 San Francisco children. The field trip was put on by Francis in the Schools, a nonprofit that offers field trips for schools that might not otherwise be able to afford them. Continue reading this article

Munich Oktoberfest Will Initiate Pre-Brewski Inspection This Year (Because Diversity)

The world’s premier beer festival is bowing to the security requirements from having Germany overrun by the million-plus Muslims who have arrived in the last year due to Chancellor Merkel’s insane invitation to the Islamic world to relocate. Persons attending the Oktoberfest will now have to submit to personal and bag checks upon entrance because so many unfriendlies are now inside Germany’s gates.

Started in 1810, the Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture as well as beer. The 16-day event in 2015 welcomed 5.9 million guests who consumed 7.7 million liters of beers plus a variety of traditional foods.

Below, friends of the noble brew appreciate Munich’s celebration of Western freedom.

Islam condemns the consumption of alcohol, and followers will murder to stop non-Muslims from drinking it — as happened in 2000 in Nigeria when nine people were killed when officials began enforcing new Islamic laws against alcohol.

Furthermore, the New Years sexual assaults on hundreds of German women in Cologne and other cities demonstrated how the new rapefugees refuse to assimilate to European culture. After all, many come as an act of hijrah: immigration as invasion to force Islamic sharia law on non-Muslims.

For now at least, Europeans can party like it’s 1899.

Munich Oktoberfest to get first-ever entrance checks, The Local (Germany), April 28, 2016

Revellers hoping to join in the carousing at Munich Oktoberfest will have to pass through a security check before entering the festival grounds this year, Munich authorities have said.

People hoping to enter the Theresienwiese – the large open space where Oktoberfest is held each year – will have to pass through security checks, including bag checks, at all the entrances, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported on Thursday.

And as well as bringing in more security guards this year, city managers say that they won’t hesitate to block off the entire festival grounds with fences if things get too crowded.

Last but not least, the huge beer-hall tents run by Munich breweries that attract thousands of drinkers will open an hour later than usual at 10am.

‘Changed global context’

Oktoberfest – which Bavarians hail as the world’s largest folk festival (Volksfest) celebrated since 1810 – is being organized this year in the shadow of troubling events.

Munich authorities believe they must boost security after the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, as well as the danger of terrorist attacks like those which hit Paris and Brussels in November and March. Continue reading this article

ICE’s Deportations Budget Has Increased, Yet Removals Have Plunged

Last week’s House Oversight Committee hearing shined a light on the refusal of the administration to deport dangerous criminals after their sentences are served. In fact, in 2015 ICE released 19,723 criminal illegal aliens, including 208 convicted of murder.

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions must have thought it was a good time to release more details about how poorly the government is doing its job of protecting the public from illegal alien criminals. The shrinking number of deportations is easy to grasp in the simple chart representing that last four years, plus the details behind the graph are included in an explanatory memo:

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Chart: Deportations Plummet as ICE Receives More Resources, Senator Sessions Office, May 2, 2016

Background from the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest:

According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, deportations of aliens from the United States have decreased precipitously under the Obama Administration – particularly of those aliens from the interior of the United States. In FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 409,849 aliens from the United States, with 180,970 coming from the interior of the United States. In FY 2015, ICE removed 235,413 aliens, with only 69,478 coming from the interior.

Put differently, ICE removed nearly 43 percent fewer total aliens from the United States in FY 2015 than it did in FY 2012 – and nearly 62 percent fewer aliens from the interior of the United States. Continue reading this article

Germany: Hundreds Arrested at Pro-Borders Political Conference

Open borders anarchists seem to be working themselves into a froth all over, from Mexicans bashing Trump in California to Germany where 400 black bloc leftists were arrested on Saturday for violently crashing a conference of the AfD (Alternative for Germany) party. The similarity — both events featured themes of national sovereignty and border defense.

In Germany, the AfD has gotten electoral success for opposing Chancellor Merkel’s dangerous welcome of more than a million Middle Eastern Muslims inside the gates.

Below, masked men attempt to shut down a political conference of the AfD in Stuttgart.

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The Russian broadcaster RT explained the arrests with its usual snark about sovereignty defenders.

CBN’s Dale Hurd interviewed Björn Höcke, one of the AfD leaders after his electoral success in March, and the politician reflected thoughtfully about how Germany’s current difficulty.

Dale Hurd: I assume that you think a big problem with the migrants coming into Germany is that they are Muslim?

Björn Höcke: Yes it’s a big problem. We are still a nation with a Christian imprint. Even though we have many atheists in Germany and in Europe, our values are from a Christian foundation. Islam is a religion that never reformed. It stayed in the Middle Ages. And I, living in Europe, don’t want to adjust myself to Islamic values from the Middle Ages. I’m of the solid conviction that we can’t take in millions of Muslims and integrate them into Germany and Europe.

The lefties squawk about the conservative AfD being nazi, but it’s the masked left-wingers who use violence to shut down legitimate speech, like restricting immigration.

How do anarchists imagine their idealized borderless world will operate? If sovereign democratic states are beaten down into diminished power, who will run the one-world society? Certainly the transnational business interests would move into the vacuum and become even stronger. Have anarchists thought this through?

400 arrests outside German far-right AfD party congress, The Local (Germany), April 30, 2016

German riot police on Saturday arrested around 400 protesters trying to block access to the congress of the right-wing populist AfD political party, as clashes broke out between party members and left-wing activists.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is meeting in the western city of Stuttgart, where it is expected to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto, emboldened by the rise of European anti-migrant groups like Austria’s Freedom Party.

The AfD congress comes a week after the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer sent shock waves through Austria’s political establishment by winning the first round of a presidential ballot.

Heavily-armoured riot police used pepper spray to hold off protesters, many dressed in black and masking their faces, as officers escorted AfD members into the congress hall. Continue reading this article

Jamiel Shaw, Father of a Son Murdered by an Illegal Alien Gangster, Speaks at Trump Rally

On Friday, President Obama remarked on his Facebook page that he would happily shred the Second Amendment by requiring all firearms have smart gun technology if it could save just one life:

OBAMA: Today, I want to update you on some important progress we’ve made to protect our communities from gun violence. As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one? We should be doing everything we can to save lives and spare families the pain and unimaginable loss too many Americans have endured.

If the President really cared about saving an American life or two, he might consider enforcing the border and immigration laws. Doing that would save many lives, not just one. Too many citizen lives have been lost to criminal illegal aliens because the government permits and arguably promotes the influx of dangerous foreigners.

When hundreds of illegal aliens convicted of murder are not deported, but instead are purposefully released into American communities, we have to understand that the government no longer cares about public safety for its citizens.

Candidate Donald Trump has made a point of demonstrating the human cost of open borders by recognizing the crime victims of illegal aliens. For example, Laura Wilkerson was an opening speaker for a Trump rally in Orlando in early March. Wilkerson’s 18-year-old son Joshua had been tortured to death by an illegal alien. Trump also met with crime victim families in July and August during his campaign travels, remarking on the issue to the press.

On Thursday in Costa Mesa, California, Trump invited several victim families on stage with him, including Jamiel Shaw, the father of a son killed by an illegal alien gangster in 2008.

Below, Donald Trump with crime victim families in Costa Mesa.

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Jamiel Shaw mentioned that the illegal alien killer was “on his third gun charge” plus “assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest.”

Seriously, killer Pedro Espinoza was a murder waiting to happen. He was violent while incarcerated so the authorities could see how dangerous he was first hand. He was a particularly violent character in jail where he acted as a gang enforcer. News reports say he was the aggressor in eight incidents while he was incarcerated, including attacks on other inmates. One officer testified at trial that Espinoza tried to fight him in the police interrogation room. Yet the alien was released onto Los Angeles streets where he shot young Jamiel Shaw III to death a day later.

An illegal alien criminal practically gets a license to practice in the US. Donald Trump is apparently the only presidential candidate who really understands the level of lawlessness that has been going on for years.

House Hearing Investigates Administration’s Abandonment of Incarcerating and/or Deporting Illegal Alien Criminals

On Thursday, the House Oversight held a hearing, Criminals Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security. (You can watch the nearly six-hour hearing at the link as well as read the testimonies.) The first panel was a grilling of ICE Director Sarah Saldana, who proved that when the administration wants a dirty job done, it choses an incompetent diverse person. Saldana is a slippery liar, who flailed and changed the subject to deflect responsibility from herself. Interestingly, she supported the freeing of violent illegal alien criminals in a hearing just a year ago: ICE Director Defends Administration’s Mass Release of Criminal Aliens. Clearly, this administration’s opening jail cells for violent illegals is a policy, not a mistake. Apparently the increasing number of dead citizens is not too high a cost for turning America hispanic, or Democrat, or whatever the goal is.

The second panel included two parents of young people killed by illegals who should have been deported, the Santa Maria CA Police Chief Ralph Martin and one open borders enthusiast.

Illegal alien criminals keep coming because even murderers get to stay.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz was still exasperated when he appeared on Fox with Greta van Susteren later in the day:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: The Obama administration under fire at a House hearing. The Department of Homeland Security has released thousands of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes on US soil, including some behind more than 200 murders.

(Hearing clip)  CHAIRMAN JASON CHAFFETZ: You have somebody who commits homicide? Yes, we want them deported. That’s the law.

ICE DIRECTOR SARAH SALDANA: Then put it in the statute, sir.

CHAFFETZ: There’s a whole list of categories there that are a harm to public safety, including those that commit homicide that you went ahead and released anyway. And so that law is crystal clear. You are making these discretionary choices in releasing these people out in the public and they’re committing more crimes, and I don’t understand why you don’t deport them.

SALDANA: To sit there and say that those proud women and men of law enforcement in ICE are choosing to release criminals is absolutely unforgivable. I am very proud of representing those men and women. Many of them are former police officers, sheriff’s department members, and they do not go around trying to put criminals on the streets. (End hearing clip)

VAN SUSTEREN: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman who led today’s hearing Congressman Jason Chaffetz goes on the record. Very good evening sir. Okay, there are some people who are released who are criminals from prison, right?

CHAFFETZ: Eight-six thousand of them over a three-year period.

VAN SUSTEREN: Okay, who makes the decision to release and how do they pick and choose?

CHAFFETZ: Well it seems to be random, but everything from homicide to DUIs to assault to sexual battery to — I mean you name the violent crime — they have released them back out to the public, rather than either detaining them, or even better yet, deporting them

VAN SUSTEREN: These people have been arrested for these crimes and gotten sentences?

CHAFFETZ: They are here illegally, they committed a crime, they were convicted of that crime, they either served that time or they just released them back out in the public instead of actually saying, now that you’ve served your senior sentence your debt to the United States, we’re gonna send you back to the country from which you came — they don’t do that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why don’t they do that?

CHAFFETZ: It’s ridiculous; there’s no acceptable answer. They tried to reprogram over $100,000,000 that the congress had, allocated for these deportations they wanted to get that money back rather than do it. There’s a minimum of 34,000 beds for these types of people. Yet the department only wants to house about 30,000, and what they’ve done is they’ve released them out on the streets. And more than 200 of those people that were in our detention, that had committed a crime were released back into the public and committed homicide. Continue reading this article

Immigration Fraud Figures Strongly in San Bernardino Arrests

On Thursday, the feds arrested three family members of the San Bernardino jihadists (the Muslim couple who murdered 14 Americans for Allah last December). None of the charges against the three were terror-related, but instead were an assortment of immigration scams and fraud that allowed a nasty gaggle of foreigners to live here.

Below, mass murderer Syed Rizwan Farook (far left) and family members (from left to right): brother Syed Raheel Farook, brother-in-law Farhan Khan and mother Rafia Farook.

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The case is a reminder of how immigration marriage scams are an easy way for hostile foreigners to enter with little attention from the authorities. Apparently Pakistani Tashfeen Malik was quite the jihad enthusiast and she received no scrutiny on her K-1 fiancee visa before she entered and went on to commit mass murder in California. Retired INS senior specialist Michael Cutler was interviewed following the San Bernardino massacre about marriage fraud as an easy way to be admitted to the US:

TUCKER CARLSON: It turns out we knew very little about this woman before letting her in. Did we try to learn more?

MICHAEL CUTLER: Well, we try but you know we keep hearing about the vetting process for refugees. In most cases, many of our visa programs have no vetting process. If you look at the K-1 program it has the highest approval rate or one of the highest approval rates because how do you screen this? This isn’t like marriage fraud. I did marriage fraud investigations and we’ve seen what terrorists have used marriage fraud and visa fraud — the 9/11 Commission talked about that by the way. But here you are talking about somebody going to immigration saying, I’m about to marry this person, I’ve never met them. Now they’re supposed to have met them within two years but if going to their countries so far away would impose a hardship or if their religious beliefs don’t require a face-to-face meeting you could bring someone in literally sight unseen. How do you make certain that this is legitimate?

The following video report does a decent job of explaining the relationships, starting with the Farook brothers, the deceased shooter being Syed Rizwan and the brother arrested today being Syed Raheel. The non-shooter brother married Tatiana Farook, a Russian woman, for her immigration convenience and her sister Mariya married the doofus neighbor, Enrique Marquez, who supplied the murder weapons and planned another jihad attack with Rizwan that never took place. Marquez has been awaiting trial and could do serious time.

San Bernardino Terrorist’s Brother, 2 Women Arrested In Marriage-Fraud Scheme, CBS Los Angeles, April 28, 2016

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com/AP) — Three people with close family ties to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded not guilty in an alleged marriage-fraud scheme.

The defendants were arrested Thursday morning during two raids in Corona and Ontario. They are 31-year-old Syed Raheel Farook, his 31-year-old wife, Tatiana, and her 26-year-old sister, Mariya Chernykh.

The trio pleaded not guilty in federal court in Riverside Thursday afternoon. All three were released on bail. Bond was set at $25,000 for Raheel, $35,000 for his wife and $50,000 for Chernykh.

A federal grand jury issued a five-count indictment against the accused Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the indictment, the three defendants carried out a marriage fraud conspiracy to obtain immigration benefits for Chernykh, who allegedly entered into a sham marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr.

Marquez is charged with providing assault rifles to Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2. He is also charged with conspiring with Rizwan Farook on two previously planned attacks that were never carried out. Continue reading this article

Self-Driving Trucks Will Automate Millions of Jobs

Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??

Below, the German company Daimler introduced a self-driving big-rig truck at Hoover Dam last May. Nevada allows self-driving vehicles if a driver is present to take charge.

Self-driving trucking is moving ahead briskly. The main article linked below notes that a convoy of self-driving trucks recently crossed Europe, which leaves out important details. The trucks were connected wirelessly, as part of the 2016 European Truck Platooning Challenge. The event was a test of the platooning concept,  meaning the vehicles were following in a close line to save fuel and the lead truck had an active driver:

Convoys of Automated Trucks Set to Point Way to Driverless Cars: Truck “platooning” can help manufacturers hone technology, Bloomberg News, April 21, 2016

Michael Kropp typically spends his days behind the wheel of a big, freight-hauling truck, navigating the high-speed curves, offramps, and stop-and-go traffic typical of European highways. On a recent trip to Rotterdam, he was able to relax and take in the sights. Kropp was one of about 30 drivers participating in a test of a new automated driving technology called platooning, which links trucks via Wi-Fi, GPS, sensors, and cameras so they can travel semiautonomously behind one another. The leading rig dictates speed and direction, while the rest automatically steer, accelerate, and brake in a closely spaced convoy. [. . .]

Although driverless cars grab headlines, it may take decades before truly autonomous vehicles rule the road. In the meantime, semiautomated convoys can help manufacturers hone the technology while cutting emissions and fuel consumption, says Anders Kellström, who managed Volvo’s test run to Rotterdam. “Platooning is one of the first steps toward automated driving,” he says. “The technology is mature.”

Eventually, the passive drivers in the convoy will disappear and the group of trucks will be semi-autonomous with one human driver in charge. That will likely be the next step.

This video shows the platooning concept:

The following article is useful because it names some of the costs and savings in dollar amounts. These are the facts the trucking company owners are considering. Naturally they believe that someone else will provide jobs for Americans so they can purchase goods being transported by truck.

And of course, America won’t need any more immigrant workers in the techno-future, given the shrinking workforce caused partially by automation of jobs that were once done by humans. Oxford University researchers forecast in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs were susceptible to being automated within 20 years.

Remember: Automation makes immigration obsolete.

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs, TechCrunch.com, April 26, 2016

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.

Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks.

Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost.

And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology, allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains. Continue reading this article

Mexico: Cartel Gunfights Mean No More Fun in Acapulco

Mexico’s beautiful west coast city of Acapulco used to be a safe and pleasant place for Americans to vacation. In fact, Hollywood produced a film in 1963 titled “Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley that was practically a travel ad.

But in recent years, tourists have been avoiding Acapulco because of worsening cartel violence. On Sunday night, gunmen attacked a police station in the city — is that crime or civil war?

In addition, a local journalist, Francisco Pacheco Beltran, who reported on cartel violence, was murdered a few days ago. According to Reporters without Borders, Mexico is the deadliest country in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.

The map of Mexico’s drug cartels is a patchwork of crime.

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Build that wall, President Trump!

Acapulco paralyzed by fear after gunfights between police and gang members, Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2016

The Pacific city of Acapulco remained gripped by fear Tuesday with thousands of businesses and many schools shuttered following two brazen attacks on federal authorities — the latest round of bloodshed in the city’s long fall from storied vacation paradise to Mexico’s murder capital.

Gov. Hector Astudillo of Guerrero state pleaded for a return to “normalcy” after Sunday night’s attacks by suspected drug gangs on a police station and a hotel that housed federal police.

The attacks were apparently reprisals for the arrest Saturday of Fredy del Valle, alias “El Burro,” head of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, the governor said.

Though the casualties were limited to one dead attacker and a wounded policeman, prolonged gunfire transformed several blocks into a war zone and left residents in a state of shock. City streets, including the Costera Miguel Aleman beach side road, were largely deserted Tuesday amid fears that violence could erupt again. Continue reading this article

Mexico Is “Driven Up the Wall” by Trump Making Mean (True) Observations; Meanwhile Mass Murder Cover-Up Continues

Our narco-neighbor to the south is in a regular tizzy about Donald Trump for reminding Americans of what a lawless hellhole it is and why keeping them out with a wall is a good idea. Like many a useless government, the first move was to think “image makeover” rather than deal with actual problems.

On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh noticed the Mexican squirming:

RUSH: Mexico ‘Driven Up The Wall’ By Trump

RUSH: Look at this headline.  I mean, there’s all kinds of little nuggets out there. “Driven Up the Wall by Trump, Mexico Looks to Recast Image in US.”  This is a Reuters story.  Why, some might say whatever Trump is doing is already getting results.  Page two of this story: Mexican officials say that Republicans told them they will take care of Trump.

Let’s see what this story has to say here. “At first, Mexico’s government did its best to ignore Donald Trump. Then it likened him to Adolf Hitler. Now it has appointed a new ambassador to come up with a better plan. Fed up with the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination labeling Mexico as a cradle of drug-runners, job poachers and rapists, the government is sending in respected diplomat Carlos Sada to lead a fightback.

“Mexico’s new ambassador in Washington, Sada acknowledges his country has neglected its image across the border and aims to fix that with PR and media campaigns, and by lobbying prominent US companies, lawmakers and civic leaders.” (continues)

Meanwhile, Meheeco has more serious problems than accurate trashtalk. An international panel just handed in a disturbing report about the 43 missing college students who went missing in 2014 (something I reported at the time: Mexico: 43 Disappeared Students Highlight Deep-Seated Lawlessness). The upshot is that a brutal mass murder happened, but the government blocked the panel’s investigation to determine details.

This video report seems to have pertinent facts — which remain sketchy even after two years of investigations:

Here are a few headlines from the last couple days:

Missing Mexican Students Suffered a Night of ‘Terror,’ Investigators Say, New York Times, April 24.

Mexico missing students: Government ‘hampered’ independent inquiry, BBC, April 24.

Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students’ case, Associated Press, April 24.

Mystery of how 43 Mexican college students disappeared may never be solved, Los Angeles Times, April 25, with front-page headline below:

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Political correctness represses much of the truth about Mexico — that it is a barbaric and violent society where 43 students can be murdered with no government accountability or even explanation. Donald Trump is the least of Mexico’s problems and his mention of Mexican alien crimes only skims the surface of the rot.

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