(Mostly) Self-Driving Car Completes Cross-Country Trip

Progress never sleeps these days, and the expansion of machine intelligence is growing faster than most of us civilians can follow. However, one simple metric is the development of the self-driving car, since Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be available for consumers in five years.

Brin is putting the considerable power of Google into the project, with other heavyweights doing likewise, including Mercedes Benz, Tesla and Nissan. The Google car, a prototype for urban use that tops out at 25 mph, has been cruising around the city streets of Silicon Valley.

But it was lesser-known Delphi that scored the impressive cross-country drive, which took nine days from San Francisco to New York.

Below, the Delphi car looked pretty normal from the outside as it approached NYC.

Some aspects of self-driving are available now, like self-parking. An NBC online story about the Delphi trip includes a video of a Mercedes that can park itself when the driver pushes the park-assist button. So the smarter car is coming in pieces.

Proponents of the self-driving car like Brin emphasize that it will create safer roadway travel once all the tech issues are ironed out.

However the robot-controlled vehicle will destroy millions of jobs for truckers and taxi drivers, just as other smart machines are making human workers obsolete from fruit pickers to diagnostic physicians.

The chart below from Bloomberg estimated that 89 percent of taxi driver and chauffeur jobs are at risk from computerization.

In the very near future, America won’t need to import immigrant labor, because the machines will be doing much of the work. Therefore the correct number of immigrants now is Zero because the current systemic unemployment is partially due to businesses’ use of automation, computers and robots.

Delphi Self-Driving Car Completes Cross-Country Trip: What Happened During The 9-Day Journey?, Tech Times, April 4, 2015

The latest chapter in the evolution of the self-driving, driverless automobile has been completed and proved successful with neither an accident or roadway incident during a cross-country trek that involved 15 states and traversed 3,400 miles.

And no, it wasn’t Tesla or Google or Mercedes or GM or Ford or even Apple (which is the latest tech company rumored to be building such a vehicle, as Tech Times has reported).

It was auto supplier Delphi Automotive, which apparently has been very quietly advancing driverless technology.

In just nine days Delphi’s blue 2014 Audi SQ5 traveled from San Francisco to New York City, only giving the wheel over to a human driver on city streets. The car, built within the past year, passed its big test with flying colors, according to Delphi.

“It was time to put it on the road and see how it performed,” says Delphi CTO Jeff Owens. “It was just tremendous.” The company noted that the vehicle did 99 percent of the trek in automated mode. Continue reading this article

Administration Promotes Low Literacy in America by Importing It

From Mexifornia comes news that hispanic children get an early start on a dropout future based on their parents’ disinterest in speaking and reading to their toddlers. According to researchers, it is an attitude of latino culture that says the home is not a place for education.

Meanwhile, the administration is organizing free flights from Central America for illegal alien kiddies who will grow up to be grateful Democrats, it believes.

Gov’t program would fly in Central American children to join parents in US, Fox News, April 4, 2015

Images of unaccompanied children flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border defined the immigration crisis last summer.

Now, the federal government is intervening so these children won’t have to make that trek -– they’ll get to fly into the U.S. instead. For free.

A new State Department and Department of Homeland Security program seeks to stop the surge of immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador at the southern border by giving their U.S.-based parents the option to apply to have their kids picked up and put on a plane, without paying a penny. [. . .]

Unfortunately, hispanics are the fastest-growing minority and are failing to assimilate to American standards of education. A 2014 Pew report titled More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees found that in 2012, Hispanics accounted for just 9 percent of young adults (ages 25 to 29) with bachelor’s degrees compared with whites being 69 percent of the total.

As the Pew graph at right shows, very few hispanics self-identify as American so it’s not surprising they don’t value American standards of educational excellence.

Literacy gap between Latino and white toddlers starts early, study shows, Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2015

Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday.

The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation’s Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in preliteracy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials.

Although earlier studies have shown that Latino children are raised with emotional warmth and develop social skills on par with others when they enter kindergarten, the new research found they are not receiving sufficient language and literacy skills at home, said Bruce Fuller, a UC Berkeley professor of education and public policy and co-author of the study.

“For many Latinos, the home is a nurturing and supportive environment, but it’s not necessarily infused with rich language and cognitive challenges,” Fuller said. “Being warm and fuzzy may lead to well-behaved youngsters but it doesn’t necessarily advance a young child’s cognitive agility.”

Mothers of toddlers who fell behind were more likely to be foreign-born, low-income and less educated. They were also less likely to read to their children daily or give them as much praise and encouragement as those whose children kept pace with white peers. Continue reading this article

Islam Critic: Allowing Michiganistan to Develop in America Would Be Unwise

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been writing opinion pieces as part of the rollout publicity for her new book “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now”. A couple days ago she wrote in the Wall Street Journal about dangerous Islamic prison ministries that convert violent men into Muslims with an excuse to kill.

She is also warning about a potential “Michiganistan” in the United States, just as Britain’s main city is now sometimes called Londonistan to describe the negative effects of Muslim immigration.

Below, in 2009, crowds of Muslims assembled in the American capital to perform the up-butt salute and yell Allahu Ackbar.

It’s true that under Obama, Muslim immigration has been on the uptick, with relaxed standards for Islamics mandated by the White House despite the national security threat. Among refugees these days, Arabic is the top language spoken.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s warning is well taken, but her solution is idiotic. As an immigrant, she has “no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life” but that naivete won’t work when Muslim newbies come packed with a poisonous ideology of death. Their holy book is a murder manual that includes more than one hundred verses urging believers to slay the infidels. Of course not all Muslims are active headchoppers, but the dormant commandments of violence may surface in persons who appear assimilated but then revert to type. One example was Shirwa Ahmed, an immigrant who graduated from a Minneapolis high school and later returned to Somalia to blow up 30 people and himself in Mogadishu.

Another problem is the Islamic doctrine of taquiyya, which says that lying for Islam is acceptable and even desirable. So authorities cannot interview potential Muslim immigrants and be assured of truthful replies about their intentions.

Finally, Muslims have a 1400-year history of conquest against infidels. They make no secret of their plans for a global caliphate under Islamic law. The author notes that the “Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030” — how can that possibly be advantageous for America? It is a profound danger, given Muslims’ history and beliefs. The idea that some program of effective assimilation could be designed that can protect us from a self-inflicted catastrophe is pure fantasy.

Hirsi Ali: Beware of Michiganistan, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Time Magazine, April 1, 2015

Since the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January, the U.S. media has understandably devoted attention to the problem of radical Islam in Europe. The fact has been widely reported that thousands of European Union citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the self-styled Islamic State. Almost as much coverage has been given to stories of French Jews emigrating to Israel. And there have been numerous articles about Michel Houellebecq’s diabolically timed novel Soumission, which imagines France in 2022 with a Muslim president introducing sharia law and being fawned over by the Parisian establishment.

The implication of many of these articles is: “How utterly terrifying. Thank heavens it couldn’t happen here.”

True, there are no American equivalents of the alarmist books about Europe with titles like Eurabia or Londonistan. Apparently it is not quite time to warn about the “United States of Sharia” or “Michiganistan.” But are we underestimating the speed with which this country could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists? A growing, if still small number of cases like that of Abdi Nur — the 20-year-old student who left south Minneapolis to join IS last year — suggests we may be.

Mainly as a result of postwar migrations, there are now more than 20 million Muslims living in the European Union. In France – where accurate census data on religious affiliation are not collected – the Muslim share of the population is now estimated at between 7 and 8 percent. That is an order of magnitude larger than the current Muslim share of the U.S. population.

Yet, as the European experience shows, demographic change can happen rapidly, as a consequence of migration patterns, differentials in birth rates and – in the case of religious affiliation – rates of conversion and apostasy. In 1990 Europe (the whole continent minus Russia) had a Muslim population of 16 million. It had nearly doubled by 2010. It will be 40 million by 2030.

According to estimates by the Pew Research Center, the Muslim population of the United States is set to increase from around 2.6 million today to 6.2 million in 2030, mainly as a result of immigration, as well as above-average birth rates. Although in relative terms this will still represent less than 2 percent of the total U.S. population (1.7 percent, to be precise, compared with around 0.8 percent today), in absolute terms that will be a larger population than in any West European country except France. Between now and 2030, the Muslim population of the United States will be growing faster than that of any EU member state (with two exceptions where the absolute numbers are tiny: Ireland and Finland). The annual growth rate will be more than double that of France.

As an immigrant of Somali origin, I have no objection to other people coming to America to seek a better life for themselves and their families. My concern is with the attitudes many of these new Muslim Americans will bring with them – and with our capacity for changing those attitudes. Continue reading this article

Major League Baseball May Require Spanish Interpreters for Diverse Players

One of the little-noticed areas of immigrants being imported to work cheap is baseball. If you have seen your local team gradually become diverse, it is by design so owners can reduce their payrolls. Now there are so many Spanish-speaking players that the league may be about to mandate an on-site translator for every team.

You didn’t expect the foreigners to learn English, I hope. That would be discriminatory and anti-diverse. And racist.

Below, in 2014 Venezuelan players for the Washington Nationals protested violence at home in Spanish.

Joe Guzzardi has been reporting on the topic for some years, and last year he explained how baseball went from being America’s pastime to just another business relying on excess immigration:

Major League Baseball: Charter Member of Cheap Labor Lobby, By Joe Guzzardi, Capsweb, April 25, 2014

[. . .] The evolution from black to Caribbean players isn’t as casual as owners would have fans believe, that it’s an extension of improved global scouting or a greater skill level among players from warm-weather climates who play baseball year around.

Instead, black players, and to a lesser degree white players, have been systematically displaced because of the little-known P-1 visa. Here’s how it works.

In 2006, Congress passed the COMPETE Act which lifted the cap on the P visa for professional baseball players. George W. Bush, then-president, had owned the Texas Rangers. Before the COMPETE Act, most players came to the U.S. on H-2B visas for seasonal employees that are capped at about 66,000 annually. Players also had to vie with other seasonal employees like agricultural workers or summer resort staff for the hard-to-get visas.

After the COMPETE Act became law, MLB owners could sign an unlimited number of foreign-born players with every confidence that they could bring them to the U.S. at any time. That overseas players could be signed for much less money than American prospects was even more appealing to owners. [. . .]

This is the process by which whole fields of endeavor become less friendly to American participation so business can save money. Globalist hacks blubber that “(fill in the blank) is a job American just don’t want to do” and now that mythical category includes professional baseball that can pay millions of dollars yearly to top players.

The Major League Baseball site noted that the opening day rosters for 2014 included 224 players born outside of the US. That’s 26.3 percent of the total of 853 players. Wikipedia lists the names by country of birth, and Venezuela and the Dominican Republic are by far the leaders.

Naturally the New York Times coverage emphasizes the wonderfulness of diverse foreigners speaking a language other than English: it colorfully quotes entire sentences in Spanish. The piece also assumes that American sports fans will be thrilled to hear the thoughts of foreign players — doubtful.

Baseball Striving to Add Voices to Translate From Spanish, New York Times, March 31, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier while crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a sizable gathering.

So a Spanish-speaking reporter stepped in to translate a few questions and answers. Then a clubhouse attendant who speaks Spanish arrived and the interview continued.

“Were you scared?” Pirela was asked.

“Sí, un poquito,” Pirela said. “Pero traté de relajarme un poco y de mantenerme positivo de que las cosas iban a salir.”

“Yes, a little,” the clubhouse attendant said. “He tried to relax and stay positive that everything was going to be all right.”

Such an arrangement is not all that unusual for some major league baseball players from Spanish-speaking countries, who accounted for 22 percent of the opening day rosters last season.

While almost all Asian players have their own interpreters — the Yankees’ three Japanese players last year each had their own — players who speak Spanish typically must rely on teammates, coaches, clubhouse attendants, media relations officials or sometimes members of the news media to express themselves if they feel uncomfortable doing so in English. (Few reporters covering major league teams are bilingual.)

This has meant that even as baseball’s demographics continue to shift toward foreign-born players, highlighted by the wave of Cubans, including current stars like Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes, their voices do not always weigh as heavily in the season-long narratives of their teams as their bats might suggest.

This may be about to change. Major League Baseball has been working with the players’ union on an initiative this season to encourage every team to have a Spanish-speaking interpreter to help players communicate with the largely English-speaking news media in their native language. Continue reading this article

Jihadist Prison Ministries Endanger America

The Somali critic of Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pictured), has lately been doing media appearances for her new book, “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.”

Her recent WSJ piece highlights the danger of Islam being propagated in US prisons, a problem which is too little known. Of course, the biggest Islam danger comes via immigration by which thousands of potential hostiles enter annually — a policy that should be ended.

But prisons offer a captive audience of angry young men who may be open to hearing an excuse for violent behavior. Some inmates are receptive to the belief that rape, assult and murder are acceptable when done by Muslims against infidels for the glory of Allah: just follow your violent actions with an Allahu Ackbar and it’s all cool. Islam is therefore the ideal religion for criminals.

One disturbing example of a prison convert is Alton Nolen, who beheaded coworker Coleen Hufford in an Oklahoma food plant after he was fired last fall. He had demanded that she convert to Islam and her refusal was an excuse to murder her according to Islam scripture.

Ayaan points out that some of the imams doing prison ministries are dangerous and dedicated to jihad, yet are paid by the government to teach Islam behind bars to persons already inclined toward violence.

America’s Academies for Jihad, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2015

A radical imam threatened me with death—and was later hired to preach in U.S. prisons. I was surprised, but I shouldn’t have been.

Less than a year after I moved to the United States in 2006, I was asked to speak at the University of Pittsburgh. Among those who objected to my appearance was a local imam, Fouad El Bayly, of the Johnstown Islamic Center. Mr. Bayly was born in Egypt but has lived in the U.S. since 1976. In his own words, I had “been identified as one who has defamed the faith.” As he explained at the time: “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”

After a local newspaper reported Mr. Bayly’s comments, he was forced to resign from the Islamic Center. That was the last I would hear of him—or so I thought.

Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that the man who threatened me with death for apostasy is being paid by the U.S. Justice Department to teach Islam in American jails.

According to records on the federal site USASpending.gov and first reported by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, the Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded Mr. Bayly a $10,500 contract in February 2014 to provide “religious services, leadership and guidance” to inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Ten months later he received another federal contract, worth $2,400, to provide “Muslim classes for inmates” at the same prison. Continue reading this article

Britain’s Farage: ‘Immigration Is the Number One Issue’ for the Public

Across the pond, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been pounding British mainstream parties with their failure to stop the excessive immigration that has been plaguing the island with hostile Muslims and job-grabbing Eastern Europeans.

Farage has been refreshingly fearless in telling the unpleasant truths about immigration, particularly that multiculturalism has been a failure and a moratorium needs to be enacted to get a grip on the chaos. He is plain-spoken, remarking last year, “Four million net migrants in the last 13 years to Britain represents an astonishing social change, and one that people simply don’t want.”

On Tuesday, Farage held an outdoor presser near the iconic cliffs of Dover to unveil a new billboard design for the upcoming election, shown below:

The BBC was there to film the event:

FARAGE: This subject of immigration goes right to the heart of the public’s disillusion with politicians. It is all about trust. Now five years ago David Cameron said, in his contract with Britain in his manifesto, that he would reduce immigration into Britain to 1990s levels, i.e. back to tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands a year. . . When Cameron made that promise, he was being willfully dishonest, because he knew the truth, now the British public five years on know the truth, that you actually cannot have an immigration policy, you can’t set targets of any kind at all, you can’t attempt to control who comes into Britain all the while you’re members of the European Union.

Who but Nigel Farage would say without apology that immigration has fundamentally changed the social fabric and culture of the nation, and not for the better?

What a shame we don’t have a political leader like that in America.

Nigel Farage: immigration has left Britain almost unrecognisable, The Guardian, March 31, 2015

Ukip leader unveils first general election poster and makes immigration centre of the party’s campaign

Nigel Farage declared immigration has left towns and cities in Britain almost unrecognisable for many people over the last decade, as he unveiled the UK Independence party’s (Ukip) first general election poster, an image of the white cliffs of Dover with three escalators running up them.

The Ukip leader said he was making immigration the central plank of his campaign and wants the the chance to grill David Cameron on the issue at the leaders’ television debates later this week.

Standing in front of his new billboard in a pub car park in St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover, Farage moved beyond making a case that immigration puts pressure on wages, schools and hospitals to a more emotional argument that it is changing the culture of the UK.

He said immigration was the number one issue for the electorate in “all the opinion polls”, although some surveys put the NHS first among the concerns of voters.

The poster is a modification of a previous advert showing a single escalator leading up the white cliffs. It bears the slogan: “Immigration is three times higher than the Tories promised.”

Farage said immigration was having an impact on A&E services, GP appointments and primary school places. But he went on to say it was also causing a “change in our communities that has left many people in our towns and cities frankly finding it difficult to recognise the place being the same as it was 10 to 15 years ago.” Continue reading this article

Supremes Reject Students’ Free Expression to Wear American Flag Clothing in America

It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that a Morgan Hill CA school was right to disallow American students wearing of patriotic clothing on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. School authorities feared the Mexican students would riot if the offending American clothing items were not removed and the patriotic students were forced to change.

On the day after the shirt altercation, the Mexicans staged a walkout from the school.

American Flag Clothing Sparks New Protest, NBC Bay Area, May 6, 2010

[. . .]The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.

To many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

It’s called winning through intimidation, and the case must be counted as a loss for the freedom to express American patriotism.

Supreme Court Rejects American Flag Student Speech Case, Bloomberg News, March 30, 2015

White high school students sued after an assistant principal asked them to turn their American flag shirts inside-out to prevent fights on Cinco de Mayo.

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from white high school students who sued after an assistant principal asked them to turn their American flag T-shirts inside-out to prevent fights from breaking out on Cinco de Mayo.

The justices left intact a lower court ruling that said officials at Live Oak High School in northern California had justifiable safety concerns and didn’t violate the students’ free speech rights.

The case tested what has proven to be a tricky balance between school security and the First Amendment. Live Oak officials said they had reason to worry about ethnic and gang violence at the school-sanctioned Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010. The suing students said they shouldn’t pay the price for the possibility that others would react negatively toward their clothing.

A year earlier Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexican culture, was marred at the school by an altercation between white and Hispanic students over the display of an American flag. The school’s assistant principal, Miguel Rodriguez, acted in 2010 after hearing from students that more trouble was brewing. Continue reading this article

Amnesty Man Rubio Hints Cuba-Themed Campaign Kick-Off in Miami to Win Presidency (of USA)

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a top quisling in the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme, thinks appealing to his tribe the Cubans will be a plus for obtaining the American Presidency in 2016. It’s an odd strategy, but one which will likely find favor with the media elites.

Hey, Rubio, most Americans don’t care squat about Florida Cubans, some of whom were criminals deported by Castro in 1980 to stupid-generous America. But Rubio seems to want to play the hispanic card rather than expertise or accomplishment. Maybe he is really pitching to be the Vice President on a Republican ticket that would then include the all-important Diversity! Anyway, Rubio is young at 43 and may be strategizing for a more serious run at a later date.

Below, Senator Rubio loomed large in the Gang of Eight Senate cabal to shove their deeply flawed amnesty down America’s throat during the last session of Congress.

Rubio’s perfidy even inspired a song, The Amnesty Man:

The Miami Herald reported that Rubio is planning his announcement at Miami’s Freedom Tower (shown below in a romanticized style) which is a big deal to Cubans, but means Zero to US citizens.

As noted by the Herald, the tower houses the Cuban American Museum, so the place is meaningful to foreigners from Castro’s communist paradise.

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto made a similar characterization about the building, calling it “a powerful symbol for thousands of Cuban refugees.”

Marco Rubio may have presidential announcement date: April 13 at Freedom Tower, Miami Herald, March 27, 2015

Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida’s junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

A Rubio adviser stressed nothing has been nailed down for any kind of announcement, but the timing makes sense: Likely presidential candidate Rand Paul is expected to make things official April 7, followed by a five-day, five-state announcement tour, so Rubio presumably would not want to share the spotlight during that period.

All-but-announced candidate Jeb Bush appears to be in no rush to shift more formally into campaign mode, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his announcement this week, and Democrat Hillary Clinton is expected to make her campaign announcement in April as well, though nothing has been set.

Rubio, 43, has been preparing for a potential presidential run for at least a year. While behind in most early polls, he has generated considerable buzz as a top-tier contender who offers the party a fresh face, foreign policy experience, charisma and substance.

The Freedom Tower is apparently one of several venues under consideration by Rubio, but it could be an ideal postcard setting to kick off a presidential campaign promoting the promise and greatness of America by the son of Cuban immigrants. Continue reading this article

LA Times: Police Department Is More Diverse, but It Doesn't Help Much

Many liberal media outlets push the propaganda that diversity is the highest good, but few do it with the ham-handed clumsiness of the Los Angeles Times. The paper has promoted topics like backward hispanic culture, unconstitutional executive amnesty and lawbreaking street vendors as if the readership should embrace behaviors that harm American law, sovereignty and culture.

The Sunday front page above the fold contained quite a zinger, touting diversity while admitting that it hasn’t had the desired effect in police-community relations, bringing only “some relief” while “distrust lingers”:

Note to la Times: diversity may be the trendy ideology du jour among liberals, but science has affirmed the hard-wired tribal nature of humans. We all prefer people who dress, speak and believe like us. When left-wingers don’t like social generalizations, they call it racism; but in the universities the study is known as sociology.

Yep, the PD is diverse and probably has plenty of non-English speakers, so complaints about alleged police misconduct can be heard multi-lingually. Progress!

Note that according to the graph below, the city of Los Angeles is only 28 percent white.

Details in the story reveal that the perfect diverse utopia has not yet been achieved in Los Angeles. Oh well!

LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains, Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2015

The sweeps came on Friday nights in South Los Angeles, often before big events like Raiders games. Police would round up young men they thought were gang members and hold them over the weekend to keep violence down, a campaign launched by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates to control “the rotten little cowards.”

Francisco McClure recalled being arrested several times, only to be released the following Monday mornings without being charged. For the young black man, the fact that most of the officers were white made the experience even more bitter.

The martial arts instructor, 50, these days sees more Latino and black faces patrolling his community of Jefferson Park, and he says the officers don’t hassle residents as much. He commends them for holding neighborhood forums and using more dashboard cameras.

But, he said, “they just cleaned up their act a little. Before it was white against blacks. Now it’s just blue against blacks.”

The Los Angeles Police Department often is cited as an example of how recruiting nonwhite officers can improve community relations. The LAPD, once a predominantly white institution, now closely mirrors the city’s demographics and is majority nonwhite — from the glass offices at headquarters to patrol cars working the beat.

There is wide agreement that the transformation has helped, turning even some longtime LAPD critics into supporters.

“The department has moved away from being an occupying force in South L.A. and East L.A. to one that interacts and is more representative of those communities,” said John Mack, a veteran civil rights leader who recently served as a police commissioner.

LAPD and community in a wary detente
But Mack and others also acknowledge that a more diverse police force has not extinguished distrust in the community it serves. Continue reading this article

Somali Feminist Promotes Islam 'Reformation'

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali women’s rights advocate, has written a new book, “Heretic, Why Islam Needs a Reformation” and has been doing the tour. She has the inconvenient honor of being on al Qaeda’s wanted poster for murder because of her truthful statements about Islam. She partnered with Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh to make a documentary showing Islam’s cruelty to women, Submission, for which Van Gogh was killed on an Amsterdam street by an angry Muslim in 2004.

One of her media appearances on the book tour was for the Daily Show, the liberal fusion of politics and comedy. Host Jon Stewart repeatedly asserted that Christianity is just as bad as Islam, even though Baptist beheadings are not a big problem and Islam’s holy book has over 100 verses urging followers to kill nonbelievers which does inspire current behavior in the Middle East and beyond.

JON STEWART: I think people single out Islam as though there is something inherently wrong with it that wasn’t wrong with other religions, so I guess my point is if Christianity went through almost the exact same process, people who thought they were purer and that created violence, so I get they sense that you think Islam is different than other religions.

AYAAN HIRSI ALI: I’m saying that Christianity went through that process of reformation and enlightenment and came to a place where the mass of Christians at least in the western world have accepted tolerance in the secular state, the separation of church and state, respect for women, respect for gays.

But Stewart is stuck on making chopper Muslims just another religious group, insisting that African Christians are beheaders too. If so, I missed it, although African Christians have been fighting back against the brutal warfare of Boko Haram jihadists, who have killed more than 1000 civilians so far this year.

It’s good that Ayaan is out there, reminding the public that Islam is a dangerous political system and not a normal religion like Christianity or Buddhism. She is an important voice of feminism telling liberals that some societies have a cultural norm of oppressing women, and Islam is one of the worst.

However, as a former Muslim and self-defined atheist, her opinion about improving Islam counts as a big fat zero among allah’s believers. In fact, she requires 24/7 security against jihad enthusiasts for being critical of Islam.

The Wall Street Journal published an essay from the author that outlines the new book. It’s nice that she says Islam needs a “reformation” but America really should think in terms of keeping historic enemies out rather than putting energy into the pipe dream of remodeling an Evil Empire of 1400 years duration. Islam needs to be quarantined within its own rather extensive lands.

Why Islam Needs a Reformation, Wall Street Journal, By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, March 20, 2015

To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war.

“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” Nearly 20 years later, Huntington looks more right than ever before. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at least 70% of all the fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims. In 2013, there were nearly 12,000 terrorist attacks world-wide. The lion’s share were in Muslim-majority countries, and many of the others were carried out by Muslims. By far the most numerous victims of Muslim violence—including executions and lynchings not captured in these statistics—are Muslims themselves.

Not all of this violence is explicitly motivated by religion, but a great deal of it is. I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself. For more than a decade, my message has been simple: Islam is not a religion of peace.

When I assert this, I do not mean that Islamic belief makes all Muslims violent. This is manifestly not the case: There are many millions of peaceful Muslims in the world. What I do say is that the call to violence and the justification for it are explicitly stated in the sacred texts of Islam. Moreover, this theologically sanctioned violence is there to be activated by any number of offenses, including but not limited to apostasy, adultery, blasphemy and even something as vague as threats to family honor or to the honor of Islam itself. Continue reading this article

Amazon Explores Next Step in Automated Warehouses -- Bye Bye Human Workers!

In February, I wrote about Amazon’s new “fulfillment centers” that featured increased use of robots: “North Texas: Amazon.com Promotes Its Semi-Automated Warehouses.” Managers assured the public and new local employees that the smart machines “help” humans do the heavy lifting and boring stuff that the workers don’t want to do.

We’ve heard that kind of language before, particularly regarding a dubious “need” for immigrant workers — that they do jobs Americans don’t want to do. It was once the case that workers were paid more for difficult, dangerous or unpleasant jobs, like meatpacking (which once provided middle class jobs for citizens), but no longer. That social contract has been ripped to shreds because of the globalized forces of outsourcing and mass immigration, and smart machines are coming on strong.

These days the Amazon company depends on its amazing Kiva system of warehouse robots to locate and move goods to humans who do the picking and packing.

The History Channel explained Kiva robots:

Now Amazon is sponsoring a contest to be held in May to find a robot that can discern, grasp and pack all sorts of objects. Amazon is looking for the next money-saving automation that will cut labor costs and lessen the company’s need for human workers who require paychecks and lunch breaks.

A search of Youtube for Amazon Picking Challenge brings up an assortment of application videos like the following:

Below, today’s increasingly dexterous robots can shoot pool [Watch].

Given the expanded used of computers, robots and automation, America’s future need for immigrant workers is ZERO.

Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation, Technology Review, By Will Knight, March 25, 2015

Robots will use the latest computer-vision and machine-learning algorithms to try to perform the work done by humans in vast fulfillment centers.

Packets of Oreos, boxes of crayons, and squeaky dog toys will test the limits of robot vision and manipulation in a competition this May. Amazon is organizing the event to spur the development of more nimble-fingered product-packing machines.

Participating robots will earn points by locating products sitting somewhere on a stack of shelves, retrieving them safely, and then packing them into cardboard shipping boxes. Robots that accidentally crush a cookie or drop a toy will have points deducted. The people whose robots earn the most points will win $25,000.

Amazon has already automated some of the work done in its vast fulfillment centers. Robots in a few locations send shelves laden with products over to human workers who then grab and package them. These mobile robots, made by Kiva Systems, a company that Amazon bought in 2012 for $678 million, reduce the distance human workers have to walk in order to find products. However, no robot can yet pick and pack products with the speed and reliability of a human. Industrial robots that are already widespread in several industries are limited to extremely precise, repetitive work in highly controlled environments. Continue reading this article

Record Number of Foreign Students Now Attend US Universities

American universities are highly invested in the globalist enterprise and ideology as shown by their policies of welcoming foreign students to the detriment of Americans. Many state schools are broke, and their practice of admitting more foreigners (and out-of-staters) is based upon those students paying full tuition rather than the subsidized in-state tuition rate: the colleges drone on about the benefits of experiencing different cultures, but it’s the dollars.

Today, foreign students are at an all time high on US campuses. Over one million international students take slots at American schools, up nearly 50 percent since 2010.

University spokespersons often claim that having lots of foreigners contributes to enriching diversity for American students, but the truth occasionally pops out, as happened in a Bloomberg article, Lure of Chinese Tuition Squeezes Out Asian-American Students, Dec 29, 2011:

In 2009, University of California administrators told the San Diego campus to reduce its number of in-state freshmen by 500 to about 3,400 and fill the spots with out-of-state and international students, said Mae Brown, the school’s admissions director. California residents pay $13,234 in annual tuition while nonresidents pay $22,878.

Another fact: the number of nonresident students enrolled at the University of California’s 10 campuses rose from 22,984 to 31,991 between 2009 and 2012, an increase of nearly 33 percent. No wonder parents residing in the highly taxed state are angry when their kids cannot get admitted to the schools they have supported financially for years.

Below, UC Berkeley, had 29.8 percent out-of-state and foreign students in its 2014 fall freshman class.

The DHS report published on Wednesday, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) by the Numbers, has lots of informative graphs, like the national origins of foreign students:

The 300,000 students from Red China is an eye-catcher, since the People’s Republic uses the easy access to American science through sending spying students to hoover up useful facts, trends and secrets.

It’s one thing for private universities to choose the sort of students they want, but state schools need to dial back on diversity. The story following notes, “The University of California system recently announced it will cap the percentage of out-of-state and foreign undergraduate students at the Los Angeles and Berkeley campuses at the current level, 22%” but that’s not good enough. California taxpaying residents should demand a far lower percentage, say three to five percent.

International Students Stream Into U.S. Colleges, Wall Street Journal, by Miriam Jordan, March 24, 2015

American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia.

Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend, aggressively recruiting students from abroad, especially undergraduates who pay a premium compared with in-state students.

There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14% increase over last year, nearly 50% more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005.

Students from China account for the largest share—331,371 of all international students, or 29%. Nearly 81,000 subjects of the Saudi kingdom are studying in the U.S. this school year, up from about 5,000 in 2000-01. Nearly three-quarters of Saudi students are enrolled in bachelor’s programs or English-language programs that precede starting undergraduate studies here.

Of the top five campuses for international students, two are public universities: Purdue, at No. 2, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, at No. 4. The No. 1 school is the University of Southern California, with 12,480 students, according to the report. Columbia ranks No. 3. and New York University comes in at No. 5.

Amid rising costs, shrinking state support and student resistance to tuition increases, foreign students have become crucial to many public universities. Some hire foreign consultants to recruit students overseas, while others send their own staff on scouting missions. Officials at many state universities say the higher-paying students essentially subsidize in-state students.

But the perception that foreign students, in addition to out-of-state Americans, displace state residents has fueled a backlash in some states.

The University of California system recently announced it will cap the percentage of out-of-state and foreign undergraduate students at the Los Angeles and Berkeley campuses at the current level, 22%. University of Iowa regents last year adopted a plan to tie state funding of public universities to the number of in-state students enrolled.

Brenda Nard of Salem, Ore., said she encountered many out-of-state and foreign students during her daughter’s recent college search. “You wrestle with it because you want your kids to have the most opportunity,” she said. “I understand the state needs the money yet I also wonder if it eliminates opportunities for some Oregonians.” Continue reading this article

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