PBS Thinks Hungary’s Border Fence Is an “Iron Curtain”

The PBS Newshour titled a Tuesday segment “Why Hungary is building a new ‘Iron Curtain’” — a historically ignorant characterization: the original Iron Curtain was built to keep people corralled within the Soviet Union’s communist empire following WWII. Today’s border fence being constructed by Hungary is to keep unfriendly people out. Big difference.

Many are Muslims looking for the “better life” Europe offers, or at least that is what they say to western reporters. The current chaos provides an easy entrance for jihadists to gain access to the millions of infidels they hope to murder.

Below, a gang of illegal aliens enters a town in southern Hungary.

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The first people shown in the Newhour’s piece is a family from Congo in central Africa. Everyone on the planet knows that Europe is offering itself as a crash pad. Don’t Europe’s leaders know that Africa has a population of over a billion mostly poor people?

These cookie-cutter stories routinely avoid the fact that Europe has bad unemployment and the thousands of young men arriving from Africa and the Middle East won’t find jobs paying fat salaries. They will have plenty of time to hang out at the mosque though, where they will hear that the Muslims are victims and should pursue jihad against the meanie Europeans.

Politically correct leaders there seem too dishonest to admit they are creating future disorder. Do they really think they can admit many thousands of historic enemies from Islam and not see their cities become war zones? The danger now is bad enough, and it will only get worse.

One example: last fall Britain announced that authorities had foiled 40 terror plots since the 7/7 jihad attack in London. Why admit more enemies?

Why Hungary is building a new ‘Iron Curtain’, PBS Newshour, August 4, 2015

TRANSCRIPT

JUDY WOODRUFF: We return now to Europe, and another look at the continent’s growing migrant crisis.

In the former communist nation of Hungary, the government is racing to complete what opponents are calling a new Iron Curtain along its border with Serbia by the end of the month. Leaders there say they cannot cope anymore with the tens of thousands of migrants who are entering the country after arriving in Europe through the Greek islands.

Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

MALCOLM BRABANT: This family is more than 3,000 miles away from home in Congo. After months on the road, they have just slipped across the frontier from Serbia and have been stopped by the Hungarian police.

The adults don’t want to be filmed, for fear of jeopardizing their chances of reaching France another thousand miles away. In this porous border region, the country lane is teeming with migrants on a relentless march to Northern Europe.

You’re in Hungary.

MAN: No, you are in Hungary.

MALCOLM BRABANT: You are in Hungary.

Where have you come from?

MAN: I’m from Serbia. OK. Enough.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Nearby, a member of a right-wing vigilante group which claims to protect a local village stands guard over a group of Pakistanis who also just entered Hungary. Some fled for economic reasons, others because of persecution.

MAN: I wanted to marry some girl. The Muslim religion, we don’t have permission for it, so they kill her. So they don’t — they want to kill me, and now I’m running. Even my family want to kill me, my relatives, everybody, because we cross a religion. So, this is me running from there.
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Ten Human Jobs Soon to Be Automated Are Mainstream Employment

There are numerous lists of jobs being made obsolete by automation sorted by expertise level (e.g. blue collar, financial, medical) and also by skill type, such as in the chart below:

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Today’s item purports to list the top ten jobs moving to the automation column soon. A brief look reveals they account for millions of American jobs.

Surely this country doesn’t need to admit millions of immigrants to fill a non-existent future worker shortage — no such thing will occur, because computers, robots and automation will take up all the slack and then some.

The first 10 jobs that will be automated by AI and robots, ZDnet, August 3, 2015

Advances in automation and robotics are putting a lot of jobs at risk. Here are ten jobs first in line for the robot takeover.

The job market is a battlefield, and it’s about to get a lot worse. In addition to competing against other skilled job-seekers for work, you’ll soon be pitted against robots as well.

Robots have been working alongside human employees in industries such as manufacturing for a long time, helping accomplish tasks quicker or more efficiently. But, as the fields of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence continue to grow, we will see many more industries — from the food industry to customer service — affected by automation.

A 2013 research paper out of the Oxford Martin School in the UK estimates that roughly 47 percent of the total US jobs are at risk of computerization or automation. That means almost half of the jobs in the US could end up being automated.

But, which will be the first to go? Here are 10 jobs that will be at the top of the list.

1. ASSEMBLY LINE WORKER
The conversation about automation upending the manufacturing industry has been happening for decades, and it still hasn’t come to fruition. Tech, factories, and jobs have had a tricky relationship since the Industrial Revolution. Robotic technology has been used in manufacturing for decades — especially at major operations like Ford and Toyota — and the technology continues to advance. But there are still some hurdles in regards to fine motor skills and decision making that need to be overcome before the robots will be able to work on their own in manufacturing. Even the best robots still require humans to closely observe and orchestrate their work.

2. FIELD TECHNICIAN
Many jobs require an employee in the field to physically visit a work site or piece of machinery and check on the operations. New advances in the Internet of Things could render this work obsolete.

“Low-cost sensors combined with high availability cellular/satellite communications and cloud technology are being implemented to automate and alarm these sites, and can be checked and maintained from a desktop or mobile device,” said Scott Perrin, president of mFactor Engineering.

The need for employees in the field will be there, just not solely for the collection of data. Jerry Dolinsky, CEO of Verisae, said that the role of “meter reader” will be obsolete in the future. For example, British Columbia has already implemented smart meter programs. The field technicians focused on troubleshooting and problem solving will still be in demand, however.

3. CALL CENTER WORKER
At this point, most people are familiar with automated customer service lines and telemarketing. Using natural-language processing, automated call lines are able to better understand what customers are saying and direct them to the proper resource. There’s usually still an option to be routed to a ‘real person’, but even that could be eliminated in the next few years. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Slams High Legal Immigration

It’s nice to know that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) keeps busy trying to save America from excessive immigration. He gives well researched speeches on the Senate floor (available on his YouTube channel) on the subject and also publishes edifying press releases and the occasional longer piece to inform the Republican conference and the public.

Senator Sessions’ most recent effort is a medium-length press release that criticizes the crazy-high number of green cards to be distributed willy-nilly in the upcoming decade — a shocking 10 million, at a time when jobs are not returning during the tepid recovery. And that’s without the hideous Gang of Eight bill the Senate passed that would have doubled legal immigration forever.

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Unlike many snoozer press releases that flow from the capitol city, the Sessions piece is well written and includes history, polling and economic research which all indicate less immigration benefits the American worker and taxpayer. It even mentions that “automation is reducing hiring” which is a worsening drag on the jobs economy.

Washington needs to find the Off switch and stop excessive immigration now operating on automatic pilot. There are bad problems being created by increasing the angry jobless underclass. Adding millions of unskilled foreigners to the population who cannot find work could be laying the foundation for widespread civil unrest in the future

Subcommittee Chart: U.S. to Accept More New Immigrants on Green Cards within Decade than the Entire Combined Populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, August 3, 2015

Background From  Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest

The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The lion’s share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed jobseekers.

Expressly because they are admitted into the U.S. on legal immigrant visas, most will be able to draw a wide range of taxpayer-funded benefits, and corporations will be allowed to directly substitute these workers for Americans. Improved border security would have no effect on the continued arrival of these new foreign workers, refugees, and permanent immigrants—because they are all invited here by the federal government.

The most significant of all immigration documents issued by the U.S. is, by far, the “green card.” When a foreign citizen is issued a green card it guarantees them the following benefits inside the United States: lifetime work authorization, access to federal welfare, access to Social Security and Medicare, the ability to obtain citizenship and voting privileges, and the immigration of their family members and elderly relatives.

Under current federal policy, the U.S. issues green cards to approximately 1 million new Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) every single year. For instance, Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrant annually. Continue reading this article

Hungary Builds a Fence as Hordes Pour Into Europe

Africans and Middle Easterners continue to flood Europe from sea and land. The only government that has taken strong action is Hungary, which is constructing a barrier to keep invaders out. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban remarked, “We would like for Europe to keep belonging to the Europeans. We want to preserve the Hungarian Hungary.”

Below, several Syrians shelter from the rain after they crossed into Hungary from Serbia last month. Do they hope to mass murder infidels or merely mooch off the western welfare system?

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In the video below, a 20-something man lays out his travel plans: first Hungary, then Austria and finally Germany where he hopes to work, summing up, “I want a good life.” It hardly sounds like he is escaping war or famine, but is instead an economic migrant like so many others.

As the summer wears on and invaders accumulate, Europeans are becoming alarmed at their governments’ fecklessness. As Breitbart reported Sunday: Poll: Immigration Beats Economy and Unemployment as Major Concern of Europeans. And why wouldn’t immigration be the top worry? Historic enemies are flowing in by the thousands.

European nations have armies and navies, but don’t use them to protect their own people. What’s the point of having them then? It’s no secret that ISIS is using the open borders to send ISIS agents into Europe and certainly jihad attacks are the object. There are preventable deaths in the future because of Europe’s refusal to enforce its borders out of some crazy do-gooder impulse. Poet Robert Frost’s observation is appropriate: “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” Such weakness is deadly in these dangerous times.

Typically, Reuters is concerned about the well being of the invaders rather than the very poor nations on the edge of Europe:

A Hungarian fence creates new front in Europe’s migrant crisis, Reuters, July 30, 2015

Swifts darted in and out of nesting holes in the scrubland around an old brick factory in northern Serbia. In the shade of the trees, Syrians and Afghans rested amid the rubbish of those who came before them, waiting for nightfall to walk across the nearby Hungarian border and into the European Union.

Thirty-year-old Mohammed, from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo, said it had taken him just two weeks to come this far. “We are quick,” he said. “We are quick, to beat the fence.”

A month from now Hungary says it will seal its border with Serbia with a 4-metre high, 175-km barrier to keep out migrants streaming through the Balkans, fleeing war, poverty and upheaval in the Middle East and Africa for a better life in western Europe.

The move, with its Cold War echoes in ex-Communist eastern Europe, threatens Serbia with disaster, creating a new migrant bottleneck, one of several on Europe’s fringes, in a country woefully ill-equipped to cope.

One migration expert compared the likely outcome to the French port of Calais, where nine migrants are believed to have died since June trying to breach the entrance to the tunnel than runs under the channel to Britain.

But Serbia “will be on a far greater scale,” said Rados Djurovic, head of the Asylum Protection Centre, a local non-governmental organization. Continue reading this article

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Plans to Beam Internet to the Third World via Drone

The same people who believe technology is the answer to all our problems, like robots replacing humans in the workplace, also think that hooking up everyone on the planet to the internet is a swell idea. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is building a massive drone to fly over the third world and deliver internet access to millions, because he sees connectivity as an unquestioned good.

Universal internet connectivity to the third world is a terrible idea. Rather than creating a kumbaya attitude of global sharing, modern communications project the image of first world affluence and act as advertising for illegal immigration. People who live in primitive situations can now see lifestyles far more comfortable than their own which can be achieved by unlawfully relocating to Europe or America. The young men don’t see the first world as an example of how their own societies can be improved: they just see wealth they want to reach and grab immediately.

A June WSJ article persuasively made the case that the massive movement of Africans north to Europe is caused by the vision of wealth broadcast by media and the internet.

Allure of Wealth Drives Deadly Trek, Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2015

Young Men in Senegal Join Migrant Wave Despite Growing Prosperity at Home

[. . .] Mr. Ba represents a puzzling segment of the migrant population: Unlike those fleeing war, famine or economic desperation, this group is risking rising living standards to brave banditry, starvation and stormy seas to make a better life in Europe.

Officials here say five men from this village of several thousand—which in recent years has welcomed smartphones, laptops and satellite television—are known to have perished this year. More are missing, their fate unknown. Another man leaves every week, officials say.

Senegal is a stable West African democracy, and Kothiary has profited from the currents of globalization transforming rural Africa’s more prosperous areas. Flat screen TVs and, increasingly, cars—mostly purchased with money wired home by villagers working in Europe—have reshaped what was once a settlement of mud huts. The wealth has plugged this isolated landscape of peanut farms and baobab trees into the global economy and won respect for the men who sent it.

But it has also put European living standards on real-time display, and handed young farm hands the cash to buy a ticket out.

Leaving has become cheaper and easier thanks to turmoil in Libya, where revolution and civil war have created a power vacuum filled by militia gangs. Senegalese men, including the educated and ambitious among them, are betting their lives that they can cross that gantlet.

They leave behind a proud democracy whose steady economic growth has brought American-style fast food chains, cineplexes and shopping malls to this nation of 15 million, but hasn’t kept pace with the skyrocketing aspirations of the youthful population. Dusty and remote villages like Kothiary have become an unlikely ground zero for this exodus.

“Here, everybody is leaving,” said Mariama Ndiaye, a 25-year-old mother who held her infant daughter’s hand. “As soon as I raise the money, I’m going to France, to Italy, or to die.”

In addition, one gets the feeling that the captains of the tech industry have something of a competition going on. Sergey Brin of Google led the efforts for a self-driving car, now other billionaires feel they need a big project to show their global vision. Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos imagines cluttering the sky with drones to deliver merchandise, and Mark Zuckerberg plans to transmit the internet to the backward third world.

Below, the Facebook drone has a wingspan of 140 feet and will beam the internet from the sky for months at a time.

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Zuck has been one of the worst anti-sovereignty billionaires, so this enterprise fits with his globalist values.

Facebook wants to offer Internet service to remote areas by drone, Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2015

Social media giant Facebook seeks to bring the Internet to remote areas of the world with its latest project involving a huge drone it has built.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm said Thursday that its Connectivity Lab has completed work on an unmanned aircraft it calls Aquila with the ability to send Internet signals from the sky to users below.

The company hopes that someday the drone — the size of a Boeing 737 aircraft — will be able to fly above remote areas and serve millions of people worldwide that currently don’t have access to the Internet or Facebook.

The Aquila places Facebook one step closer to achieving this goal by using new laser technology that can deliver Internet access 10 times faster than any previous device, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. Continue reading this article

Ann Coulter Criticizes Immigration from Peasant Cultures to America

Lefties get riled up when anyone suggests that all cultures are not equal, as if the self-esteem of backward aliens might get damaged by hearing such an idea. Note to leftists — the foreigners come for the money, not to feel better about themselves.

On Thursday, Ann Coulter discussed the verboten topic of peasant cultures with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney.

VARNEY: I think at the very basis of this argument about sanctuary cities as the whole basis of the immigration argument is the Hispanic vote, and that’s what everybody’s chewing on, and the Democrats think they’ve won it and they’re running with it.

COULTER: They probably have; that’s why they they like this mass immigration of peasant cultures to America but it shows they really don’t care that much about the war on women.

VARNEY: The first sentence out of your mouth you explode: these peasant cultures invading our country. . .

COULTER: Normal people, whether that’s PC or not, recognize that we have in amazingly successful culture, thus we have a successful country. That’s why so many people want to come here but if we dump millions upon millions of people from backward cultures, as different from ours as possible, incredibly poor. Not only are you getting just a shocking war on women but — why do the democrats want it? — because post-1970 immigrants are voting 8 to 2 for the democrats and nothing Republicans do is going to change that. In addition, specifically with the Hispanic vote, which you mentioned, only Democrats and the RNC seem to think all brown people are are alike.

VARNEY: How would you define British culture?

COULTER: British culture? Well coincidentally, the studies from Harvard at UCLA you can look them up. The two factors they found for the least corrupt cultures — two things — protestantism and years of British rule, which is why Hong Kong is pretty good. So it’s not an ethnic thing, it’s not on an individual person thing. It is a cultural issue and cultures are hard but really ingrained.

VARNEY: Fascinating, really it is — inflammatory but fascinating.

COULTER: I don’t think it’s inflammatory but thank you.

Coulter made similar remarks this week when she debated crime and backward diversity with liberal Alan Colmes. When she mentioned “peasant cultures where child rape is common” Colmes was incensed that she would speak so unkindly about the illegal alien hispanics who don’t child rape.

In fact, in Mexico federal law establishes 12 as the minimum age of consent.

Out in the Mexican boondocks, the peasant culture can be quite vibrant, and remains so when imported to America. In 2009, a Mexican illegal alien residing in Greenfield California sold his 14-year-old daughter for cash and some cases of beer. When the money wasn’t forthcoming, he reported the non-payment for the enslavement of a minor to local police, hoping the cops would help him collect the debt. The father, Marcelino de Jesus Martinez (pictured), was a member of the Triqui tribe for whom a “bride price” is a cultural norm, as is polygamy. In America, the sale of humans became illegal in 1865 under the 13th Amendment.

Sadly, Martinez got a very permissive plea deal instead of a serious sentence for enslavement and sex trafficking of a minor. Still, the crime stands as an illustrative example of what peasant cultures do when they are admitted to America: child rape is only one barbaric behavior of diverse cultures from the third world.

If anything, Coulter understates the backwardness of peasant cultures. If we switch the diversity channel to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, ugly practices like animal sacrifice, honor killing, polygamy, marriage by capture and FGM turn up.

“Labor-Saving” Robots Mean Job Elimination for Humans

I generally don’t care much for the PBS Newshour’s liberal slant on nearly everything, but must admit they have done good work in examining the automation revolution in the workplace. They have reported important tech news, like one research firm’s forecast that smart machines will perform one-third of jobs by 2025 and have kept an eye on the issue of robots replacing humans.

One inquiring mind at PBS is economics reporter Paul Solman, who gets out and talks to people about financial issues as they play out in the real world. I thought his 2013 report about teen unemployment was first rate, in particular because he actually met with inner city kids and asked them how their job search was going. He also reported on the growth of automation in 2012, asking whether we should fear the end of work for humans.

On Thursday’s PBS Newshour, Solman did another economics walkabout, visiting a Stanford golf course where he observed a robot caddy and then going to the campus proper, where a Stanford local delivery robot moved among students. Interestingly, an earlier booster, Vivek Wadhwa, no longer believes that tech is a panacea, but now he thinks, “Technology. . . is going to disrupt industries and create unemployment on a scale that we haven’t imagined before.”

PBS didn’t connect the dots with immigration, but massive future unemployment certainly means America doesn’t need to import workers from abroad to carry golf bags or pick crops or anything else. Citizens will need every one of the jobs that hasn’t disappeared. Because of the smart machine revolution, the correct number of immigrants is ZERO.

Solman also observed an OSH robot that guides customers to their desired products in an Orchard Supply Hardware store.

Below, the OSHbot helps a customer find a desired hardware item. The smart machine costs $50,000 and doesn’t require coffee breaks, healthcare or vacations. Or sleep: after business hours, it cruises around and updates its database of where products are located in the store.

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Here is Paul Solman exploring robots around Stanford and Silicon Valley:

The PBS Newshour transcript of the segment:

Do labor-saving robots spell doom for American workers?, PBS Newshour, July 30, 2015

TRANSCRIPT

GWEN IFILL: We have shown you before the rising role that automation and robots play in some parts of the work force.

Tonight, we have a more sobering and perhaps somewhat eerier picture of how those trends are gathering force more quickly than anticipated.

Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at the promise and perils of the rise of the robot, part of our weekly series Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour.

PAUL SOLMAN: The 11th hole at Stanford University. Chad Gray’s an OK golfer, but his caddy is really hard to beat.

CHAD GRAY, CaddyTrek: It’s going to go wherever you want it go. Follows you like a puppy dog.

PAUL SOLMAN: Meet the robot CaddyTrek.

CHAD GRAY: It has two ultrasound bars that send a signal back to the remote that’s on my back pocket here.

JERRY KAPLAN, Author, “Humans Need Not Apply”: It’s an incredibly simple piece of technology.

PAUL SOLMAN: But the implications for America’s caddies, and millions of other workers, are ominous, says computer scientist and serial entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan. Kaplan has his own labor-saving schlepper, an R2-D2 designed to make local deliveries. Continue reading this article

Calais: Invasion Is On as Thousands Rush Tunnel to Britain

The channel tunnel that connects the British island to Europe has become a magnet for thousands of illegal aliens who believe Britain is the most generous distributor of free stuff to foreign moochers. As a result, thousands camp out in Calais, enabled by the free food they receive from French charities, as the foreigners try to hop trucks into the UK.

Over the last few days, huge numbers of Africans and Middle Easterners have made a run on the border and the scene has become dangerously chaotic.

Below, poorly equipped French police fought running battles to bring order to Calais.

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In a July 29 BBC interview (below), UKIP politician Nigel Farage described the situation as worsening over the last six weeks, and that the French have not done enough to stop the violence. He noted the cause: “What Europe has done with the migrant tide that is now coming across the Mediterranean, basically, the European Commission have said that anyone that lands in Greece or Italy can stay. Because of that policy, we’ve seen the massively increased pressure at Calais.”

As an indicator of the general unseriousness about the immigration chaos, Prime Minister David Cameron was slammed by Labour pols for calling the invaders a “swarm.”

On Friday, the New York Times put a Calais photo on the front page above the fold to show the diversity or something:

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Calais migrants undaunted by extra French riot police, Reuters, July 30, 2015

Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side.

A police officer said the number of migrants trying to enter Britain eased slightly overnight compared to earlier in the week, with about 800 migrants around the site and some 300 intercepted by police.

That compared to an estimated 1,500 attempts by migrants to enter the tunnel on Tuesday night and 2,000 on Monday. Some were probably repeat attempts by the same people.

Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as “The Jungle”, making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe’s wider migrant crisis alongside Italian and Greek islands used an entry point for those crossing the Mediterranean from Africa or the Middle East.

Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel have been severely disrupted in past weeks as migrants desperate to enter Britain have stepped up attempts to board trucks and trains travelling from France.

“All Europe, you know that the England is good. All, everybody knows that,” a 25-year-old Sudanese migrant who gave his name only as Mohammed told Reuters.
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McDonald’s Introduces Kiosks So Customers Can Have (Money-Saving) Non-Human Food Ordering

The automation revolution keeps picking up speed as the machines get better. Today’s news included a report from Fox Business about McDonald’s introduction of kiosks to replace human order takers in its restaurants. The company saw the writing on the wall last year with the noisy campaign to demand big pay raises for fast food workers and expedited its plans for more machines and fewer humans.

Below, the new McDonald’s food-ordering kiosks are large stand-alone items rather than the small tablets on tables some companies have chosen.

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Of course, kiosks for ordering are just the start for replacing humans with automation in the restaurant business. In Italy, a clever entrepreneur has invented a pizza-making vending machine that mixes and bakes a fresh pie in minutes: just add money.

Sorry, Tony, pizza twirlers aren’t needed any more. Human workers are so 20th century.

A section of the new book Rise of the Robots is dedicated to automated fast food: Robotics Expert Martin Ford Explains the Automated Hamburger and Other Job-Killing Smart Machines.

Below, the burger of the future may be untouched by human hands and will unemploy even more restaurant workers.

If fast-food workers had half a brain, they would demand a policy change that might actually raise their wages: End Immigration. Surplus workers are the source of cheap labor for the business owners, and the increasing expansion of robots and automation means that America really doesn’t need to import immigrant workers anyway.

A lot of the reporting about the new McD kiosks featured the local angle and made the cost-saving change sound like a boon to the customer:

McDonald’s adds self-serve kiosks, Amarillo Globe-News, July 15, 2015

Big changes are underway under the golden arches.

On Tuesday, McDonald’s introduced its new Create Your Taste campaign to Amarillo.

The idea, which includes new menu items and self-serve kiosks, is being tested in certain areas in the country, with all Amarillo locations participating.

“The term ‘fast food’ is kind of going away,” McDonald’s Marketing Director Brandon Clavel said. “This is a whole new experience.”

The kiosks will give customers who don’t want to wait in line another option. Continue reading this article

ACLU Promotes Sanctuary Cities through Threat of Lawsuits

Jason Riley, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, is a big time amnesty enthusiast. But his recent piece pointed out a strong impetus for cities adopting sanctuary policies, namely the threat of an expensive lawsuit from leftist monsters like the ACLU. Some cities have been sued for cooperating with the feds to deport criminals because the ACLU says it is unlawful.

Riley appeared with Stuart Varney on Wednesday to explain.

CartoonRamirezSanctuaryCityGunSFHere is the part of Riley’s article that pertains to the ACLU lawsuits aimed at releasing dangerous alien criminals onto American streets:

The Latest Casualty in America’s Immigration War, Wall Street Journal, By Jason L. Riley, July 28, 2015

If San Francisco had been more cooperative with federal authorities, Kate Steinle might still be alive.

[. . .]
This month the administration watered down Secure Communities, renamed it the Priority Enforcement Program, and promised local jurisdictions that the DHS would only issue detainers for felons or other perceived threats to public safety. This may help stem the growth of sanctuary cities and improve federal-local cooperation, but it’s no guarantee. Cities are also under pressure from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union which maintain that cooperating with the federal government on immigration enforcement is illegal.

Court rulings in Oregon and Pennsylvania last year went against local authorities who had detained arrestees for an additional period at the request of the DHS. In Oregon, a federal judge ruled that Clackamas County officials violated the rights of a woman arrested for ignoring a restraining order when they turned her over to DHS officials. The county settled the case by paying the woman $30,000 and picking up her court costs. In a Pennsylvania case involving a man arrested on drug charges, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that local authorities are not required to honor federal detainers. The man sued and was awarded $145,000 in damages and legal fees.

Other cities are taking note, said Mr. Rosenblum. “This local jurisdiction fear of lawsuits, there’s something to that. It’s a big issue, especially in the Ninth Circuit, where the Oregon case was. After that, you saw a big wave of California, Oregon and Washington state counties opting out.” [. . .]

San Francisco doesn’t need any threat of lawsuits to coddle illegal alien criminals, as its behavior has shown in the past, like its special protective programs for “juvenile” Honduran crack dealers and the murder of Tony Bologna and his two sons by a previously arrested but not deported illegal alien MS-13 gangster.

Most other cities are not so extreme, yet the threat of cash-sucking lawsuits from the spawn of Satan in the ACLU has moved their policies to the dark side.

The A.P. had a more detailed story last week:

Motives Behind ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Vary; Some Fear Lawsuits, Associated Press, July 24, 2015

The term “sanctuary city” has become a rallying cry for conservative Republicans seeking stiffer immigration laws. They characterize such places as havens where those in the country illegally are protected from immigration authorities.

The reality behind the phrase is that while some cities actively thumb their noses at federal immigration policies, many refuse to enforce them not because of any moral obligation to immigrants; they fear lawsuits.

Since the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a San Francisco pier allegedly by an immigrant who was released from jail even though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought to deport him for a sixth time, the debate over how to handle cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities has reached a feverish pitch.

On Thursday, House Republicans passed a bill aimed at punishing cities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities, which the White House threatened to veto. While the bill doesn’t specifically address the release of immigrants sought by federal authorities for deportation, the Republicans are pitching other legislation to do so.

The vote came after presidential hopeful Donald Trump attacked illegal immigration on the campaign trail.

While notably liberal San Francisco has openly declared itself a haven for all immigrants regardless of their legal status, some of the cities and counties that have stopped detaining immigrants for ICE are politically conservative and are not trying to shield residents from deportation. Continue reading this article

Citizens Protest San Francisco Sanctuary Policy That Protects Illegal Alien Criminals

On Monday I traveled to San Francisco to join with a couple dozen other friends of public safety to protest the preventable crimes of illegal aliens. Those crimes are assisted by the policy of Sanctuary Cities, which actively protects illegal alien criminals and allow them to harm and even kill Americans. That government program was responsible for the murder of Kate Steinle who was shot dead by a five-times-deported Mexican felon on July 1.

SanFranciscoSanctuaryProtestJuly27

Kate Steinle has become the symbol of how little the government cares about protecting its law-abiding citizens. As Congressman Trey Gowdy recently remarked, “Those of us who have daughters, saw our daughters in Kate Steinle.” She was walking with her father on a San Francisco pier popular with both locals and tourists, a place known to many Americans. But she wasn’t safe there, because liberal San Francisco stubbornly clings to its extreme sanctuary policy.

San Francisco didn’t learn a thing from the horrific triple murder in 2008 of Bologna family members by a known MS-13 gangster similarly protected by the city. Danielle Bologna, who lost a husband and two sons because of permissive policies toward illegal immigration, recently spoke out at the sentencing of an accomplice to the murders: “Violent criminals, convicted felons and gang members illegally in the United States should not be shielded by any law enforcement agency. I am begging community leaders to put public safety first so another preventable tragedy for another family is avoided.”

The sanctuary policy that facilitates crimes by illegal aliens is a years-long crisis the government refuses to fix, a problem that is worsening as border enforcement has ended. It’s not an overstatement to say the administration’s stand-down of immigration enforcement has made America a sanctuary nation, where the worst foreign criminals are allowed to run amok. Earlier this month, a former FBI agent noted that three persons on the Most Wanted list are illegal alien criminals. In June, it was reported that illegal aliens who were held but later released by ICE from 2010 to 2014 went on to commit 121 murders.

Whatever happened to public safety? Isn’t that government’s top job? The country is upside down when government assists foreign criminals to commit crimes against law-abiding citizens.

For more information about the protest and issue, see the Facebook page Sanctuary City Kills.

Below are a few pictures I took on Pier 14 where the protest took place.

Speaker Maria Espinoza of the Remembrance Project wore a flak vest to emphasize that sanctuary cities are unsafe.

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Speakers Maria Espinoza and Robin Hvidston with organizer Rick Oltman.

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Stop Sanctuary Cities — the banner.

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Fox News reported the protest as part of an item about the arraignment of the accused killer of Kate Steinle:

Below is a news report from KRON, a local independent station:

Pier 14 Shooting: Protesters aim to overturn sanctuary city laws, KRON TV, San Francisco, July 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Pier 14 shooting death of Kate Steinle is a crime that touched a nerve and is sparking a debate in the Bay Area and across the nation about sanctuary cities–and shielding undocumented immigrants.

KRON 4’s Vicki Liviakis shows the protest. The flowers at this make shift memorial are dry, but emotions are still raw.

“She was on this pier with her dad, and the last thing she said to her dad as she died here was help dad,” one protester said. “Now, we look to government to help us but government isn’t helping us when it comes to sanctuary cities.”

A group called Citizens for Safe Cities wants to overturn san francisco’s sanctuary city policy – which they say shielded a known criminal.

Thousands of Invaders Are Walking into Europe, with Little to Stop Them

It’s mid-summer and the weather is pleasant, a perfect time for third worlders to flood into Europe more easily. There has been a lot of reporting about the rickety boats headed north from Africa, but it’s also possible for the intruders, some number of whom are unfriendly Muslims, to walk to the first world, just like Mexicans do to get here.

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On Sunday, the New York Times reported on the walkers, and interestingly didn’t call them “refugees” at every opportunity. Perhaps the brilliant reporters there figured out that when all of the relocators are young males (as in the photo below), then they are likely economic migrants looking for “a better life” i.e. more money, rather than families forced from their homes by war or natural disaster.

Below, Syrian men traverse Serbia on the way to Hungary and points beyond in Europe.

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Unsurprisingly, pockets of resistance are forming up among Europeans. Hungary is building a fence to block the intruders, which supposedly will be finished by November. Naturally the invaders are miffed, with some declaring ”This wall, we will not accept it”, showing their aim to conquer rather than immigrate.

A few weeks ago, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned that the massive influx was a national security threat. “It is obvious that we simply cannot filter out hostile terrorists from this enormous crowd,” he remarked in a speech.

Furthermore, the PM noted:

“For us, today Europe is at stake,” Orban said. “The survival, disappearance or, more precisely, the transformation beyond recognition of the European citizen’s lifestyle, European values and the European nations.”

“The question now is not only what kind of Europe we Hungarians would like to live in,” Orban said. “Rather, will all that we now call Europe exist at all?”

Below is a cheerful video item from Deutche Welle that follows the journey of one invader, a Syrian named Ahmad Shelabi, as he travels to Germany to start his “new life.” No mention that any job he finds will be one not available for a German citizen — unpleasant facts can ruin a diverse puff piece!

A lot more resistance from the people of Europe will be required for Brussels to come around to defending their culture from demographic defeat via illegal immigration, the 21st century’s more polite form of war.

Seeking Sanctuary, More Migrants Confront Land Route’s Perils, New York Times, July 25, 2015

SUBOTICA, Serbia. — They call it “the jungle,” but it’s really just a tangle of dirt paths through stunted trees near an abandoned brick factory.

Between 150 and 200 people — mostly men, with a smattering of young families — cluster in discrete groups in scattered campsites, most resting on dusty blankets, the earth blackened here and there by the remains of the previous night’s fires.

“We have people from Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Morocco,” said Mohamd, 42, a former truck driver for a factory near Aleppo, Syria, who hopes to reach the Netherlands. “Am I forgetting anyone?”

His cousin, Walid, 45, scratched his well-worn sandal into the hard clay. “Algeria?”

Mohamd waved him off. “That group went into Hungary two nights ago,” he said. “We have not seen them back yet.”

With war continuing to plague the Middle East and Afghanistan, and thousands trying to flee Africa’s grinding poverty, the swell of refugees and migrants hoping to reach Western Europe shows no signs of abating this summer.

For the last few years, the most popular route has been across the Mediterranean on boats run by Libyan smugglers that aimed for the nearest islands off the Italian coast. But as that route has become increasingly dangerous — the range of threats include drowning, abandonment by unscrupulous smugglers and crackdowns by European border patrols — the human tide is shifting. Increasingly, migrants are following a land-based route into Europe by way of Greece and the West Balkans.

But with the alternative crossing come other perils: violence, exploitation, intolerance. Though most European countries are overwhelmed by the tide, fueling an anti-immigrant backlash in many places, Eastern European countries like Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria are considered particularly hostile.

Still, the migrants keep coming. Continue reading this article

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