Aloft Hotels today announced an unusual hire: A robotic butler, or a Botlr, for short.
A.L.O., as the cyber associate is known, is reporting for training at the Aloft Cupertino in California today. Its first day of work is Aug. 20.
Created by robotics company Savioke, A.L.O. will help Aloft’s human employees with such tasks as delivering amenities to guest rooms and moving linens and towels from the laundry room to guest rooms and to the fitness center.
A.L.O. will dress in a collared uniform and have a name tag. When a guest needs something, a human employee will place the item in the Botlr and enter the room number. Botlr will rush to the room, even taking the elevator, and call the room phone. The guest will open the door and Botlr will open its container so the item can be retrieved.
It does not accept cash as tips. Instead, it asks for tweets. It also has a screen that asks the guest to give it a rating. If it gets a high rating, it will do a small dance.
“We thought the idea was brilliant, a little bit of child wonderment, somewhere between Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2, and Wall-E,” says Brian McGuinness, global brand leader of specialty select brands for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, parent company of Aloft. Continue reading this article
Here in northern California, local TV news has a lot of coverage about the water shortage, which I don’t remember happening during previous droughts. So the situation is bad, with millions more people using water when there is less of it.
True, most of the water supply goes to agriculture, not home faucets, but the farms are producing food for a rapidly increasing population, fueled by immigration. California farmers have been drilling ever deeper wells for their crops, to the point where the land is subsiding up to a foot in some areas.
The billionaires and other elites who want endless population growth to feed economic expansion don’t care that that this level of growth is unsustainable. The western half of the country is at that point now, but nobody talks about it, particularly “environmentalists” who refuse to discuss the stress on natural systems of unsustainable population growth.
Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, is at its lowest level since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s, as is painfully obvious.
The Daily Mail article, linked below, has lots of photos showing how little water there is in and around Lake Mead.
Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows.
Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.
Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.
The receding shoreline at one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system is raising concerns about the future of a network serving a perennially parched region home to 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland.
Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.
‘We just hope for snow and rain up in Colorado, so it’ll come our way,’ said marina operator Steve Biggs, referring to precipitation in the Rockies that flows down the Colorado River to help fill the reservoir separating Nevada and Arizona.
By 2016, continued drought could trigger cuts in water deliveries to both states. While water authorities say they’ve been saving water for potential dry days, the prospect of the first cuts is already prompting action. Continue reading this article
Is there anyone on earth that enjoys sadistic murder more than jihadists? But just in case Allah’s gangsters are somewhat recalcitrant to behead infidels or are new to the slicing game, there are Islamic clerics who will guide them in the proper technique in order for headchoppers to experience maximum Muslim enjoyment.
As the Wahhabi imam remarks in the video below, “This means you take the sword, you place the head like this and then you enjoy yourself with it… Take pleasure in doing it.”
After all, the Koran teaches: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks…” (Koran 47:4) Jihadists are following their religious instruction book.
Indeed, one often notices the jaunty disposition and happy faces of bloodthirsty throat-slitters after they have done the despicable deed, as shown by the ISIS chopper below: Continue reading this article
In fact, invasive foreigners get so many taxpayer-funded freebies that they have enough spare money to send home to the family as remittances. A 2012 article in the Economist called the worldwide flows of remittances a “River of Gold.” Pew Research reported in February that $123,273,000,000 in remittances were sent from the United States in 2012. That’s a stunning amount of money not being spent in the United States and not stimulating the American economy. Think about that fact if you are ever tempted to hire a gardener who doesn’t speak English.
Remittances create and compound an evil system because the easy money rewards bad governments: the worse political elites run a country, the more its people leave to seek more money in the first world, from which they often send mini aid checks to families at home.
In the corrupt countries of Central America, remittances are a substantial part of the GDP, as shown in the chart above. Moocher Mexico is a wealthy country, consistently #14 in world GDP rankings, and there is no reason why the Centrals can’t do better.
Today’s remittance sob story from the open-borders media centers on a diabetic grandmother in Honduras whose illegal alien grandson sends $100/month for her medicine. The grandson, Jose Luis Zelaya, is now enrolled in a doctorate program at Texas A&M. Where does he get spare money while he is going to school? The Houston Chronicle story omits important details about its star character.
Below, Zeyala campaigns in 2011 for Texas A&M President (unsuccessfully).
So Zelaya (@JoseLuisInspire on Twitter) has a talent for creative panhandling and promoting himself. You get the feeling his plan is not to acquire an advanced education so he can return to Honduras and help improve it. He has found the diversity gravy train and intends to stay.
Jose Luis Zelaya trekked to a Western Union office inside a Houston Fiesta Food Market last week with one of his family’s regular $100 money transfers. It was for the ailing grandmother who had helped him flee Honduras when he was 13 to find his mother working in Texas.
“She helped me get here,” said Zelaya, an undocumented student who recently was granted a temporary stay in the United States while he pursues a doctorate at Texas A&M University. “It would be inhumane if I didn’t.”
To Zelaya, the money is a small sacrifice for a diabetic grandmother who needs medicine. But it’s an integral part of the complicated tapestry of immigration: As U.S. officials try to stem the flood of illegal immigration from Central America, they are working against a rising but less visible tide of money going back in the other direction.
Immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – both legal and illegal – sent home more than $12 billion in remittances in 2013, a record year. Analysts say much of that money went directly to needy family members and loved ones. Inevitably, some also ended up in the pockets of smugglers who guided them north.
Economic realities In the wake of the recent surge of undocumented families and children in the Rio Grande Valley, the Obama administration says it is working with three Central American nations to improve the desperate social and economic conditions they see as the root of the exodus. Texas Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents the border region around Laredo, says that Central American leaders have told him and a procession of visiting U.S. lawmakers that they “want the kids back.”
But experts on immigration and the global remittance marketplace say policy makers are up against a hard economic reality in their quest to stop the surge. Viewed from Central America, the exodus north is not only a critical source of hard currency; it is also a social “safety valve” for poor nations with little economic opportunity.
“These governments are living off illegal, unsafe and vulnerable migration,” says Inter-American Dialogue researcher Manuel Orozco, a University of Texas-trained political scientist and one of the nation’s leading experts on remittances.
Studies by Orozco and a raft of other scholars show that remittances from relatives who emigrated to the U.S. far outstripped the $237 million in nonmilitary foreign aid that Washington sent in 2013 to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Continue reading this article
As a result, the city council instituted a standard of driver hygiene, ability to make change using American money, knowledgeable navigation of the city and ability to read, speak and understand the English language.
But now the cabbies have seen the English test and they complain that it is too HARD. Obviously they think that they deserve an automatic pass because they are immigrants and therefore special. The city started out with an intention to fix a system that clearly didn’t work well, but now a meeting is scheduled so cabbies can complain about the skill requirement.
These days, normal standards of performance are considered discrimination by the diverse, so we shall see whether Sacto cab drivers will be required to speak passable English with American passengers.
The street fight between the city of Sacramento and some taxi drivers has escalated again over the city requirement that cabbies prove they understand English at a basic level.
Saying they want to professionalize the sometimes unruly downtown taxi industry, Sacramento officials this week began requiring drivers to take written tests when seeking permit renewals. But some drivers are complaining that the test is tougher than they had been led to believe and that it is being used by the city to weed drivers out.
“The city said it is a very simple test,” said Kazman Zaidi of the Sacramento Taxi Cab Union. “But they lied to us. It is totally different. It is very hard.”
Zaidi said some drivers, immigrants without an American education, have difficulty in particular on a lengthy portion of the test conducted on computer.
“Poor people cannot read and write,” he said. “They can speak English and understand English. There is a lot of frustration.” Continue reading this article
California continues to stretch the imaginations of non-liberals. One unthinkable policy is Governor Brown’s policy by which thousands of presumably dangerous prisoners originally sentenced by juries to life sentences in the slammer are being set free.
A Friday radio segment on the California Report was downright cheery about cons being released into local communities. The title gave a hint of the reason for the upbeat account: New Classes Aim to Help ‘Lifer’ Inmates After Parole. In other words, don’t be scared, little citizens — the murderers and rapists have been taught techniques in anger management.
Below, inmates teach a class as a part of the Long-Term Offender Pilot Program at Solano State Prison.
In 1994, 72 percent of California voters approved a broad three-strikes initiative to lock up habitual criminals for long prison terms. The voters think bad guys belong in prison to protect public safety, but liberal politicians believe they know better than the citizens.
A profound change is underway in California’s criminal justice system.
Inmates serving life sentences with the possibility of parole are being released in record numbers. Since 2009, nearly 2,300 lifers have been paroled. That’s more than three times the number paroled in the previous 17 years combined.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s office insists it has nothing to do with the state’s prison overcrowding issue. Instead, he says, it’s being driven by recent court rulings that make it harder to deny parole if inmates are no longer considered a risk to public safety.
Now, for the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers.
On a recent weekday morning at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, inmates lined up to receive certificates. They had just completed classes that help them understand how they ended up here. The special guest is not a typical graduation speaker. Instead, they hear from Teresa Courtemanche. Six years ago, her son, Matt, who was on the Fairfield City Council, was shot and killed. He was 22 — a victim of mistaken identity. She recalls that night when her home phone rang.
“It was my friend Terri and she said, ‘I think Matt got shot,’ ” Courtemanche remembers. ” ‘What?’ ‘I think he got shot.’ I said, ‘OK, let me go. Let me call his phone.’ And I kept calling his phone and he didn’t answer.”
She goes on to describe through tears how the murder tore through her family — and still does. The audience, 40 or so lifers, sits quietly, many of them nodding slowly as she speaks. It’s one of the ways inmates hear about the impact that crime has on their victims and their families. Afterward, one of the inmates, James Ward, speaks passionately about the unfairness of violent crime.
“When I hear us complaining about how unfair we are treated — you want to see how unfairness is?” Ward says, pounding the podium for emphasis. “Look at herexperience. When we talk about, ‘Oh, the police didn’t let me out on the yard or came to search my house.’ How messed up that is. That is not unfair!”
Ward has spent half his life in prison after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death over 30 years ago. After being turned down for parole five times, he was finally found suitable earlier this year. Standing in a prison courtyard, Ward says unless that his parole is reversed by the governor, he’ll leave Solano Prison Nov. 5.
“I have mixed feelings about it, actually,” he confides. “There’s the elation of being found suitable but then the sobering realization of what this has cost — in my girlfriend’s life and her relatives’ lives and my family’s lives. So, the impact is widespread, so I can’t be too celebratory.”
A couple years ago, Ward was trained to be a drug and alcohol counselor at Solano, as well as a mentor for other inmates.
“Doing this work is part of that making amends in a kind of indirect way to my victims,” Ward says. “But there’s more that I think I could do out of the confines of this limiting environment.”
Programs like these are part of a different approach that Gov. Brown has brought to criminal justice. For the first time in decades, inmate rehabilitation is a funding priority. The inmates learn things like anger management, what leads to criminal thinking, the impact crime has on victims and how to reconcile with their own family members if they’re released. Continue reading this article
In the past, former Speaker Newt Gingrich has been a hispandering hustler when shopping for diverse votes, but these days he does speak plainly about the threat of hostile Islam in its current incarnation. For that he is to be congratulated.
Jihadists are pumped up about recent events, which are going their way because nobody, particularly the United States or neighboring Middle Eastern states, is doing much of anything to stop them.
Unlike the administration, Gingrich has a reasonable strategy against an enemy that kills everyone who won’t convert to Islam: destroy them. Too bad he didn’t mention ending Muslim immigration to America.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The United States has already dropped some, some food and water to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped at the top of a mountain who had to flee the militants, so can the United States stop ISIS before the militants completely overrun Iraq? And most importantly from this perspective, what should the U.S. role be here?
Joining us to discuss, CNN’s “CROSSFIRE” host Newt Gingrich. So, Newt, I really am interested in getting your take on not only the president’s statement but also the action that the president decided to take last night.
NEWT GINGRICH, CNN HOST, “CROSSFIRE”: Well, let’s start with his statement, which is frankly a little confusing.
GINGRICH: Well, if he doesn’t want to risk American lives, he can pull them out of Erbil. I mean, there’s no obligation to sit in Erbil, so he’s trying to find a hometown “gosh, I have to do this, all of us patriots have to rally together. We’re not going to risk American lives.”
The tragedy of where we are — and this is not about President Obama. This is about President Bush. It’s about President Clinton. It’s about where the country has been now about radical Islamism probably for — probably since 1979 when the Iranians seized the American embassy. Nobody wants to tell the truth.
The truth is this is a radical Islamist group. They say openly if you don’t convert, we’ll kill you. It turns out they actually mean it. There’s no complexity. They’re exactly like Hamas. Hamas says openly we’re going to kill every Jew; that’s a direct quote from two weeks. We will kill every Jew. The difference is that is ISIS gaining power and they’re doing exactly what they said they would do.
And I think this, if you go from Boko Haram in Nigeria all the way across region, what you see is a radical Islamist force. Nobody in the American State Department, nobody in the White House, not just Obama, but for three or four administrations, we have not had the courage to confront how bad this is, and it’s getting worse.
By the way, yesterday there were — there were ISIS forces in Lebanon occupying a town in the middle of a fight with the Lebanese army in northern Lebanon. They’re in Syria. They are recruiting people in Europe and the United States. They see themselves as a worldwide fight, and so the president says we’re going to stop them from getting to Erbil. Well, what does that accomplish?
BOLDUAN: Well then, what is your prescription? That’s — you want to — do you want to see combat troops on the ground? What are you saying?
GINGRICH: No. I think that we should be arming and training the Kurds, who are very reliable. We should be arming the traditional tribes with whom we had very good relations back when we were in Iraq. We should be providing air power in a massive way. We should be hunting down ISIS anywhere it exists, whether it’s in northern Syria, it’s in Lebanon or it’s in Iraq.
We hear that the border flood of illegal aliens has slowed down somewhat because of the summer’s brutal heat. But the lower Rio Grande Valley is still quite busy, including diverse lawbreakers from around the world. Breitbart reported on Aug 3 that illegals from more than 75 countries have crossed the open border. Does nobody in Washington care about the national security threat?
Below, the Border Patrol discovered a group of Chinese nationals minutes after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States.
Furthermore, rancher Fred Cappadona says the traffic has never been as bad as this summer on his land, located 30 miles north of the border. He recently found a 16-year-old Nicaraguan sleeping on his back porch. He remarked, “The numbers are overwhelming… I’m going to say it’s at least three times more aggressive this year.”
The kid crossers have been getting most of the press attention, but numbers in all age categories are up.
Why not? The world’s moochers have heard that America’s southern border is wide open, so they are coming.
While much of the focus of foreigners and drugs crossing the Texas border is on the serpentine Rio Grande River, its effects are felt 20 and 30 miles north in the rural ranches that blanket South Texas.
In just one constable’s precinct in Hidalgo County that reaches into the ranch land, there have been 47 calls from ranchers concerning traffickers busting through fences on ranches in the first six months of 2014, according to crime statistics provided by officials with Precinct 4.
“I promise you the number of incidents of ranch crossings is double or triple that,” Precinct 4 Sgt. Aaron Moreno told ABC-13.
Those stats also show a total of 64 “bailouts,” in those ranch areas in that six-month span. That’s where an officer stops a vehicle, or a vehicle crashes and the passengers scatter.
On Wednesday alone between 1 and 3 pm, in the ranches covered by Precinct 4’s constables, there were three incidents of vehicles carrying large groups of people that busted through fences. Those vehicles were either were stopped by officers or crashed and the passengers fled.
One of those incidents, involving a white Ford truck registered in Houston, took place near the ranch of Fred Cappadona.
“The numbers are overwhelming,” Fred Cappadona told ABC-13.
He’s in a position to know. Cappadona works cattle on a Hidalgo County ranch about 30 miles north of the border. And he said the coyote traffic across his land has never been as bad as it’s been this summer.
Coyote is a common term throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley referring to those who practice smuggling both people and drugs across the Texas-Mexico border. And too many times they beat a path through Cappadona’s ranch, which spans thousands of acres.
Most voters rate the federal government’s handling of illegal immigration as poor and think states should be able to act on their own to stop the problem. They also favor use of the National Guard in their own state to deal with illegal immigrants.
Just 13% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the federal government is doing a good or excellent job dealing with the illegal immigration problem in this country. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% rate the government’s performance in this area as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Sixty percent (60%) believe a state should have the right to enforce current immigration laws if it believes the federal government is not enforcing them. Just 28% disagree, while 12% are undecided.
This is comparable to findings in December 2011 when Arizona announced its intention to go it alone because of the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws. But the Obama administration challenged the state’s effort in court, and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately limited what Arizona could do.
Texas Governor Rick Perry also has been critical of the federal government’s handling of the current immigration crisis and has announced plans to send his state’s National Guard to the border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide favor using their state’s National Guard if necessary to deal with illegal immigration. Only 27% are opposed. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure. Continue reading this article
(Reuters) – As President Barack Obama considers sidestepping Congress to loosen U.S. immigration policy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Americans are deeply worried that illegal immigration is threatening the nation’s culture and economy.
Seventy percent of Americans – including 86 percent of Republicans – believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to the poll.
The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare – the healthcare insurance overhaul – and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November’s congressional election.
With Congress failing to agree on broad immigration reforms, Obama could act alone in the next few weeks to give work permits to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and delay some deportations, according to media reports.
Hispanic and liberal voters would welcome that, but the online survey suggests much of the rest of the nation may not.
Despite arguments from the White House and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that legal immigration benefits business, 63 percent of people in the online survey also said immigrants place a burden on the economy. Continue reading this article
CBN’s terror analyst Erick Stakelbeck reminds us that the jihad juggernaut in the Middle East does not want to remain there. Allah’s gangsters still hope to return to America to finish the job they started in 9/11, as shown by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s remark to US troops when released from prison, “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
WASHINGTON — Before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became what many consider the world’s most powerful terrorist, he was in U.S. custody.
U.S. forces released Baghdadi from an Iraqi prison in 2009 after four years in captivity. His reported parting words to American troops? “I’ll see you guys in New York.”
Baghdadi now leads a terrorist army of some 10,000 jihadists, known variously as ISIS or the Islamic State, that has conquered vast amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria.
And his repeated threats to attack America have not gone unnoticed.
“You will have a hard time finding any senior U.S. counterterrorism or intelligence official who won’t say right now that the Islamic State, or ISIS, is the biggest threat that we’re facing at the moment,” said Matthew Levitt, director of the counterterrorism program at the Washington Institute.
Levitt, a former U.S. Treasury Department and FBI analyst, told CBN News the large influx of Western Muslims into ISIS’s ranks — from places like Britain, France, and Denmark — poses a unique danger.
According to some estimates, up to 3,000 Western Muslims have traveled to Syria to join the jihad.
“They are recruiting a very large number and attracting, really, a very large number of foreigners, including Americans,” Levitt told CBN News. “At least 100 or so have gone to fight, some with ISIS, some with Jabhat al Nusra in Syria.”
“And also Europeans,” he added, “and many of the Europeans that are being recruited are from European countries that have visa waiver programs with the United States.” Continue reading this article
Britain is known to be the softest touch in Europe for welfare goodies and remains the top magnet in the region for shiftless moochers from around the world. One symptom is the bunch-up of foreigners at the French town of Calais, a major ferry port that lies only 21 miles from freebie Britain.
The 1,000+ Africans lounging about Calais, eating the free food put out by the French, recently rioted as Sudanese and Eritreans battled each other for access to the parked trucks, which they hop to enter Britain.
Below, fleebag Africans line up for chow handouts in Calais.
Hundreds of migrants trying to reach Britain renew earlier fight over an evening meal as riot police step up port patrols
More than 50 people have been injured, one seriously, in clashes between African migrants gathered at France’s northern port of Calais trying to reach Britain, authorities said.
Police intervened to separate hundreds of migrants who had renewed a fight that broke out on Monday between Eritreans and Sudanese during the distribution of an evening meal.
Police twice had to separate the migrants and allow access to ambulances and firefighters, an official at the Pas-de-Calais prefecture said.
Despite the periodic dismantling of makeshift migrant camps since May, the number of migrants has continued to increase. The prefecture estimated the number of migrants currently in the port and industrial zone of Calais at 1,200-1,300. Continue reading this article
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