Robot Security Guards May Replace Human Workers

Many news reports about robots and automation are stuck on the cool technology aspect, but the one below from la Times includes the likely disemployment effect near the end of the article.

The Knightscope company’s security guard robot is designed to prowl spaces like parking garages and suck up any loose data along with performing its safety function.

The cost of these machines is cheap — only $7 per hour rental with no extra employer payments for FICA and Social Security. The money quote: “robots could be a big cost savings to their clients — and may replace many human guards.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics listed Security Guard in May 2015 as employing 1,097,660 humans. Security guard is a job that doesn’t require much of an education to get, but it looks like it may be on the way out because of smart machines.

Technology experts say the automation threat to jobs will only worsen. The Gartner consulting firm forecast in 2014 that one-third of US jobs will be performed by robots by 2015. In 2013, an Oxford University study (“The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?”) was published that concluded nearly half of US employment is at risk of being replaced by smart machines.

With that automated future in mind, isn’t the policy of continuing to import millions of low-skilled immigrants very unwise? A more appropriate number for immigrants would be ZERO, because…

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Robots are becoming security guards. ‘Once it gets arms … it’ll replace all of us’, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2016

William Santana Li imagines a future where robots will keep Americans safe.

Communities, he dreams, will take security into their own hands by investing in wheeled machines that patrol streets, sidewalks and schools — instantly alerting residents via a mobile app of intruders or criminal behavior.

“What if we could crowd-source security?” said Li, co-founder and chief executive of a robotics company, Knightscope, that hopes to eventually do just that.

His question is like many posed by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs seeking to modernize, privatize and monetize services once entrusted to the government — and it’s one that has intrigued venture capitalists who have pumped $14 million into his start-up.

Already, Knightscope robots are edging into the private security industry, patrolling parking lots, a shopping center and corporate campuses in California. The company’s ambitions, though, are much bigger.

Knightscope manufactures two robots — the five-foot tall K5 and the four-foot K3. Both weigh a hefty 300 pounds (they were designed to make it hard to tip over). Customers such as the Stanford Shopping Center, Qualcomm and Uber rent them starting at about $7 an hour (Knightscope, based in Mountain View, Calif., charges more if companies want extra services, such as more than two weeks of data storage). Continue reading this article

Ann Corcoran Presents a Call to Action against Democrats’ Radical Refugee Program

The editor of the excellent RefugeeResettlementWatch blog sees a dangerous uptick in the administration’s refugee program, as shown by its welcome of 10,000 unscreenable Syrians to American communities in recent months. As the administration has emphasized, the first group of 10,000 Syrians is “a floor, not a ceiling,” meaning that more — lots more — refugees are in the pipeline, particularly if Hillary Clinton is elected.

ANN CORCORAN: It has been nine years since I began investigating the very secretive refugee admissions program which turned 36 years old this year, and reported on what I found at my blog RefugeeResettlementWatch. A joint enterprise of the US State Department and the United Nations, the refugee admissions program was the brainchild of former Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden. It was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and since then it has admitted almost 2 million refugees into your towns and cities.

In recent years the federal government admitted on average 60-70,000 refugees a year and placed them in hundreds of US towns and cities in 49 states where they immediately upon arrival receive all forms of welfare including Social Security for the elderly and disabled. Barack Obama has increased that number to 85,000 for this year — 10,000 of which are Syrian Sunni Muslims — and he vowed that next year he would propose bringing 100,000.

In September Obama will have his last opportunity to change America by changing its people, but we think he will go way beyond a hundred thousand as the resettlement industry, composed of nine federal contractors or VOLAGs (VOLuntary AGencies), began a huge propaganda campaign in Washington yesterday on August 28th, a rally that fizzled spectacularly. They held a pathetically small astroturf event to demand even higher numbers for Fiscal Year 2017 which begins on October 1st, demonstrating that popular support for more refugees is tepid.

This Washington DC rally, funded by George Soros and his globalist friends, is the lead up to a refugee extravaganza to be held at the United Nations where we know that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has great influence. Obama will travel to New York City for two days in September the 19th and 20th to play host to world leaders and make Americans feel guilty about not welcoming poorly vetted Syrian refugees to their neighborhoods.

Clearly the timing of the event is meant to impact in November election, as Hillary Clinton has said she is in favor of much larger numbers of refugees especially Syrians. She’s on record saying that she wants 65,000 Syrians in the next year — 65,000 when we barely managed 10,000 this year. That would be in addition to the hundred thousand or more from other countries.
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Backlash Alert! Muslims Claim They Fear Violence from Infidels on 9/11 Anniversary

This year, the 15th anniversary of Islam’s jihad attack on New York City and Washington falls on the same day as Eid al-Adha, (aka the feast of the sacrifice) as a result of the lunar calendar. The Muslim media squad has jumped on the coincidence, pretending to be frightened of gangs of angry Americans looking for payback: Backlash!

As if! We all remember who murdered 3000 Americans on that awful day, but lynchings or other violence against the perp tribe by citizens are unlikely because we are a law-abiding people.

In the real world, keeps track of relevant stats, and the number deadly terror attacks since 9/11 as of today, September 2, 2016, is 29,141. The thirty-day count of dead from jihad today is 1223.

So the attempt of Muslims to portray themselves as victims falls short. But they keep trying, because the diversity-crazed media keep responding by printing the stuff.

Muslims are known to enjoy their colorful sacrifice holidays, as shown below.

In fact, a recent instance of Muslims being shot down in America were the two jihadists carrying AK-47s about to attack a free speech event in Garland Texas. They were killed by a local police officer with his service revolver during a shootout the Muslims initiated.

Muslims murder for allah every day, but we are supposed to believe they are somehow victims of mean Americans. And why does the government continue to allow them to immigrate here anyway?

Muslims fear backlash as Eid could fall on September 11 for first time since 9/11 attacks, Express (UK), September 2, 2016

MUSLIMS fear they could be targeted in violent attacks as the holy day of Eid could fall on 11 September for the first time since 9/11.

Eid al-Adha, also known as the feast of the sacrifice, is the holiest Muslim celebration.

But this year’s celebration could fall on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York and the Pentagon which killed 2,996 people and injured 6,000.

The date of the religious celebration is determined by the lunar calendar and is set by academics.

The celebration has fallen close to 9/11 in previous years but has never arrived on the same date of the attacks.

The Muslim Council of Britain said the date-clash would be “completely coincidental”.
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America’s Senator Jeff Sessions: “It's going to be a special night”

Any fear that Donald Trump’s long-awaited immigration policy speech would be based on a “softening” approach to enforcement were allayed by Senator Sessions during his warm-up remarks before the main event:

JEFF SESSIONS: “You’re going to hear the best laid out law enforcement plan to fix this country’s immigration system that’s been stated in this country, maybe forever! It is going to be so good you’re gonna be proud and pleased about that. . . It’s going to be a special night tonight.”

That’s high praise from America’s top sovereignty defender in Washington.

Curiously, Senator Sessions was actually booed by the Arizona audience when he enthused about John McCain’s victory against a primary opponent. Pro-sovereignty citizens naturally despise McCain for his support for amnesty. I chalk up Sessions’ unnecessary congratulations to McCain as a combination of Sessions’ deep politeness and the Senate group loyalty.

And as promised, Trump’s policy speech was filled with sensible strategies to return immigration to lawfulness. Read a transcript here.

Below, Trump and Sessions conferred in the Capitol last year. Senator Sessions was an early immigration policy advisor to Trump.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Is at War with the United States, but Washington Pretends Otherwise

Islam expert Robert Spencer’s most recent book The Complete Infidel Guide to Iran is an effort to wake the American people up regarding the theocratic state’s threat to the United States.

As Spencer has noted, “Iran is what ISIS aspires to be,” namely a jihadist nation dedicated to killing infidels and conquering the world for Islam.

After the terror attacks of 9/11, the United States went to war against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, because America could not abide the existence of a nation run by Islamists who could use that place as a safe base for launching more attacks. In contrast, under Obama the US has funded the jihad state of Iran.

Spencer uses his brief discussion to illustrate how dedicated the Iran nation is to the pursuit of global jihad and destroying America. Iranian political, religious and military leaders are quoted expressing their loyalty to Islamic principles of world conquest above all else.

Iran is at war with the United States — as demonstrated in recent naval attacks, but our political leaders in Washington pretend not to notice. It’s a dangerous posture to take with a nation poised to become a nuclear armed power.

Robert Spencer here for JihadWatch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and for the Center for Security Policy with the truth about the Islamic Republic of Iran: it’s at war with the United States, only the Obama administration hasn’t noticed.

The Jerusalem Post recently quoted the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani warning the US administration and its House of Representatives and Senate that injurious measures against the nuclear agreement have reached such a point that there is no way left for Iran but to counteract.

As I show in my new book “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran,” Ali Larijani’s bellicose language and thinly veiled threat may have come as a surprise to those who believe that Barack Obama and John Kerry brought peace for our time by means of the nuclear deal, but it was nothing new to those who have been paying closer attention to Iran than the Obama administration has.

When the nuclear deal was concluded, Ali Wambold, a member of the Qajar dynasty that ruled Iran from 1785 to 1925 and a longtime critic of the Islamic Republic, pointed out that the Constitution of the Islamic Republic “proclaims ‘the ideological mission of jihad,’ which it defines as ‘extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world,’ through Iran’s Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.” Thus, he said, “to treat with the Islamic Republic over the particulars of its weaponry while failing to address the very purpose of its bellicosity is delusional. The so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action does nothing to change the fact that, in plain Farsi, Iran is committed to world conquest by Islam, with its clerics as warlords. Those to be conquered include America (the ‘Great Satan’), Israel (the ‘Little Satan’) and the Sunni-led Gulf States.” Continue reading this article

Government Doesn’t Tell One Million Identity Theft Victims That Their Social Security Numbers Have Been Stolen by Illegals

How little does the Obama administration respect the American people? His disdain for citizens is clear from his lecturing to the people on their alleged failures and his extreme open borders that cause enormous misery.

The latest insult is a new report revealing how the IRS never informed victims of identity theft that illegal aliens had ripped off their Social Security numbers.

Below, Audra Schmierer’s Social Security number was used by at least 81 people in 17 states, mostly illegal aliens looking for work. But at least the California woman found out about the theft — when she was hit by the IRS for unpaid taxes of $15,815 for a job in Texas.


The recent report shows that making job theft easier for illegal aliens is apparently more important to the government than protecting law-abiding citizens. No wonder that Donald Trump’s theme of “Americans first” has been a winner among millions of voters.

IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, August 30, 2016

The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.

Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway.

As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.

“Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified,” the inspector general said.

The report alarmed lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who were shocked that the IRS had gone for so long without fixing the issue.

“It is stunning that the IRS has chosen to aid and abet identity thieves for so long instead of protecting the innocent victims of the theft,” said Sen. Daniel Coats, Indiana Republican.

Victims’ numbers are stolen by illegal immigrants who need to give employers a valid Social Security number in order to get a job. Employers are prohibited from probing too deeply into numbers, even when they suspect fraud.

But the IRS learns of the scam when the illegal immigrants file their taxes using a special Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) the agency doles out chiefly to illegal immigrants as a way of making sure they’re paying taxes even if they’re not supposed to be in the U.S. Continue reading this article

LoweBot Retail Robot Will Soon Be Deployed in San Francisco Bay Area

Attention, hardware shoppers! Any questions you may have about products in the Lowe’s store can now be answered by the spiffy new retail robot in multiple languages, because LoweBot is linguistically diverse!

Lowe’s likes how the machine can function for 24/7 with no lunch breaks or paychecks required. Plus, the LoweBot also performs inventory tracking as it cruises around the aisles — no need to hire a human for that task either.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics put the number of retail sales workers in 2014 at 4,859,600. Many of those jobs are threatened by retail robots — not immediately, but as the price of the bots go down, more businesses will add them to save labor costs.

The LoweBot, an updated version of the OSHbot, will be rolled out in San Francisco Bay Area Lowe’s stores this fall.


The profound changes in the workplace due to automation are likely to undermine the basic economic cycle of humans getting paid for performing work and purchasing manufactured goods in the stores using their wages. How is the economy supposed to work without shoppers?

In light of the automated future, it makes no sense for the government to continue importing millions of foreign workers to do jobs that are disappearing. Expert predictions are sobering: In 2013, an Oxford University study (“The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?”) was published that concluded nearly half of US employment is at risk of being replaced by smart machines. The respected Gartner tech consultants predicted in 2014 that one-third of jobs will be taken by smart machines and software by 2025.

In short, automation makes immigration obsolete. Let’s just stop, for a less chaotic future.

Lowe’s introduces LoweBot, a new autonomous in-store robot, CNBC, August 30, 2016

“Hello, I’m NAVii. How can I help you?” This is how the store associate of the future may greet you.

Starting in the fall, Lowe’s shoppers in the San Francisco Bay Area will be greeted by autonomous robots. The LoweBot speaks multiple languages, and will be deployed to 11 stores to help guide home improvers to find items in store.

“This is a response to things people wanted since retail began, but up until now there just wasn’t the technology to be able to make that happen,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs.

The robots, made by Fellow Robots, use a 3-D scanner to detect people as they into stores. Shoppers can search for items by asking the bot what they want or typing items into a touch screen. The bot can guide them to those items using smart laser sensors, similar to the technology used in autonomous vehicles, said Marco Mascorro, chief executive officer of Fellow Robots. Continue reading this article

Critics Note Extreme Lack of Christians among Syrian Refugees

Obama hit his 10,000 Syria refugee goal the other day, a month ahead of the fiscal year deadline. Now critics are asking why so few are Christians — a mere 52 individuals, or 0.5 percent — despite the fact that Christians are the ones being genocided by Muslims in their Middle Eastern homelands. Why is the government bringing the dangerous perp tribe here rather than rescuing endangered Christians?

Below, in 2014 ISIS burned an 1800-year-old church in Mosul Iraq.

Stuart Varney of Fox Business was outraged that the number of Syrian Christians was negligible. He discussed the situation with Zuhdi Jasser on Tuesday.

STUART VARNEY: The ten thousand Syrian refugees admitted to the United States. There’s an interesting story here — will you break down those numbers, E-Mac.

ELIZABETH MacDONALD: Muslims, there’s 9945; Christians, just 52. Remember, John Kerry said Yes there’s Christian genocide going on, but he only did that after the House of Representatives voted unanimously saying Yes there is genocide of Christians going on in the Middle East.

VARNEY: 9945 Muslims, 52 Christians are coming in — got it. Zuhdi Jasser is with us this morning. Zuhdi, can you explain this to our viewers? 9945 Muslims and 52 Christians — I thought it was the Christians who are being killed and slaughtered.

ZUHDI JASSER: Well Stuart, this is what happens when you don’t have ideological vetting, when we just sort of let first-come first-serve, you’re not going to actually be fair. This is why vetting is so important because the Christians are not Islamist. We have to vet against Islamists and then the numbers will follow. And the Christians are getting it from both sides. The Assadists, the Assad regime works with Hezbollah and the radical Shia element and then the ISIS Islamists are radical Sunni elements, so caught in the middle are the Christian community. They can’t even go to the refugee camps because they get persecuted there, so we have to make an effort to bring them out —active effort to do so, and when the State Department doesn’t, they just Sunniso new Muslim.

VARNEY: See, I’m not looking for a religious test: I’m far from it. I’m looking for a genuine refugee test — who are the genuinely persecuted people? Bring them in, that’s America’s role. I got no problem with that no matter who they are.

JASSER: Exactly — we’re at war, we’re at war against political Islam the Islamist that have a theo-political ideology that hates the West, hates freedom and democracy, that includes from a tough-love perspective, an ideology within the Muslim community — but not all Muslims — and so far even before, it used to be 50-50 Christians of the 30,000. The last 10,000 has been all Sunni Muslim because we have no longer been vetting. I mean, when Secretary Kerry yesterday in Bangladesh makes this statement “Oh too bad the media’s paying too much attention to terrorism, they just shouldn’t even pay attention to it” — that tells you where the radar of the State Department is, and unfortunately the Christian community is caught in the middle and is being ignored.

VARNEY: Let me fill that in for you, exactly what John Kerry said yesterday in the media: “If you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist… you can make some noise. Perhaps the media should do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” That’s the Secretary of State from the United States of America saying that kind of thing. What is this?

JASSER: I don’t even know. I’m speechless. We hear our Secretary of State as we take in thousands of refugees, most of whom need refuge, as you are seeing, Stuart, but if we don’t vet for the ideologies that threaten us that lead to terrorism, if we don’t have a barometer in which to predict and know what are the precursors for radicalization which is Islamism, that he’s going to make ridiculous utterances like this that completely portray him as either being a fool or trying to deceive America. And Americans are smart, and I hope as we head towards the election season, we start to get politicians that really understand what keeps America safe.

Plus, the administration doesn’t intend to stop importing Syrian Muslims but plans to continue at full speed. As the Washington Times reported on Monday: 30,000 more Syrian refugees waiting in the wings as Obama hits 10,000 goal ahead of schedule.

Interestingly, ZERO Syrian refugees were sent to Obama’s home state Hawaii or Joe Biden’s New Jersey: dangerous Muslim diversity for little citizens, but not for the neighborhoods of the top elites.

Christians Need Not Apply: Few Syrian Christian Refugees Allowed into US, CBN, August 30, 2016

The Obama administration has surpassed its goal of receiving 10,000 Syrian refugees by Oct. 1, but very few of the new arrivals are Christian.

The official count for the fiscal year reached 10,126 resettled Syrians when 224 refugees arrived Monday. They are among 12,000 Syrian refugees interviewed earlier this year in Jordan by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Although 1 million Christians have fled Syria, Christians comprise only 0.51 percent of the refugee total.  More than 98 percent of those allowed into the United States this fiscal year are Sunni Muslims, the largest Islamic sect in Syria comprising 74 percent of that population. Continue reading this article

Sacramento Legislator Beams as Her Farmworker Overtime Bill Goes to Governor

The photo below caught my eye during the morning peruse of newspaper front pages. The Sacramento Bee picture shows a Democrat Assembly member, Lorena Gonzalez, glowing with hispanic pride at farmworker fans in the gallery after the passage of her bill expanding overtime pay for agricultural labor. The photo illustrates the tribal nature of human beings, something little analyzed but widely celebrated today: the liberal assumption is everybody’s tribe has equally worthy values (clearly not true, as we observe from violent jihadists), but calling out the bad stuff is racist. Everybody holds their own tribe close with a passion that comes from the attachment being hard-wired.


This being California, we must assume that many of the field workers are illegal aliens who not only pick food but also mooch benefits like school for the kiddies along with food stamps and subsidized housing.

Interestingly, the comments following the Bee story reflected a knowledge that automation is coming to the farm — if only politicians were so well versed!

California farmworker overtime expansion sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento Bee, August 29, 2016

The California Assembly on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a hard-fought and historic expansion of overtime rules for farmworkers, but it remains uncertain whether the Democratic governor will sign off on the measure.

A nearly identical bill fell three votes short of passage on the Assembly floor in May, with 15 Democrats voting against the measure or declining to vote. But on Monday, an amended version of the measure, now contained in Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote.

Agricultural workers already receive some overtime pay under California law thanks to a 2002 state directive that entitles them to extra wages if they work more than 10 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a week. AB 1066 would expand that to bring it more in line with other industries, offering time-and-a-half pay for working more than eight hours in a day or 40 in a week and double pay for working more than 12 hours a day. The pay boosts would kick in incrementally over four years, and the governor could suspend them for a year if the economy falters.

Business groups quickly condemned the vote. “We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 1066 today and the devastating impacts this bill will have on our small, independent farmers and the workers they employ,” said Tom Scott, state executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business. “This mandate does not consider the thousands of agricultural workers who will lose their jobs and the billions of dollars in lost crop production resulting from these new overtime regulations.” Continue reading this article

Media Celebrate Obama’s 10,000-Refugee Target Being Reached

The White House is thrilled that it managed to speed-dump 10,000 Syrian refugees into America’s cities and towns, even though FBI Director Comey warned in Congressional testimony last fall that they could not be screened because the US government has “no record of them.”

For a media celebration of Obama’s goal being reached, the Associated Press focused on a rather sketchy family from Homs. The father, Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, says he is 49 but looks a lot older, and is characterized as a construction worker having heart ailments — so it sounds like the whole bunch of six will go straight to the welfare office.

Below, Syrian dad Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh with his wife and three of four kids will be resettled in refugee-diverse San Diego.


At some point, San Diego got the rep as being a soft touch for refugee resettlement, so the extreme diversity pile-on continues. The local Union-Tribune reported last October: County tops in refugee resettlement, referring to the fact that San Diego County has taken the most refugees in the state over the last seven years. The county accepts around 3,000 refugees annually, including persons from the Congo, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi, Burma, and Columbia.

Unfortunately, extreme diversity has not worked out that well in the county. The local immigrants were stirred into rage a few years ago when Shaima Alawadi was found dead in her El Cajon home with a note nearby telling the Iraqi refugee to go home. Lefty propagandist Salon wrote five articles railing against American haters and CAIR waved the Islamophobia flag as well, resulting in a lot of bad feeling.

In fact, the murder was a hate-crime hoax created by her husband to cover up his crime. But apologies from the diversity mongers for stirring up various immigrant groups were nil.

Anyway, San Diego is getting still more diversity, and plenty of it.

Oh, and how many Christians are included in the 10,000 horde? you may ask. Even though Syrian Christians face genocide in the Middle East, Obama has focused on importing thousands of unscreenable Muslims into America, despite the obvious danger to this nation and the tribe’s disturbing unwillingness to assimilate in general.

When the total number of Syrians had reached 9,144 a few days ago, only 47 (0.5 percent) were Christian. Regarding the whole refugee cohort for this fiscal year, Muslims outnumber Christians for the first time in a decade: of the total 66,480 refugees, 30,543 (45.94 percent) were Muslims and 28,973 (43.58 percent) were Christians.

As Daniel Greenfield wrote recently, “If you are a member of ISIS, you have a better chance of reaching America than your Yazidi sex slave.”

Does Obama hate Americans? He sure acts like it. A president who cared about the safety of this country would end Muslim immigration entirely.

The long road from Homs to San Diego: Syrian refugee family ‘filled with fear and joy’ embark on 7,000mile trip as part of resettlement plan for 10,000 immigrants, Daily Mail (UK), August 28, 2016

Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh is a 49-year-old construction worker with heart ailments and four children to look after.

As if that wasn’t difficult enough, he and his family were enmeshed in the destructive civil war that has left Syria in ruins and killed hundreds of thousands of their countrymen and women.

Now, they are getting a new lease on life.

The Jouriyehs are among the 10,000 refugees fleeing the smoldering Middle Eastern nation and resettling in the United States. Continue reading this article

Google Self-Driving Cars Face Competition in Concept

The front page of Saturday’s San Jose Mercury News had a headline: “For Google, race is on with self-driving cars.”

The game has changed with so many players on the field, as various companies have made their intentions known to build a self-driving car. Google self-driving vehicles have been designed as being totally driver-free, as can be seen by the lack of a steering wheel. Meanwhile, some companies have marketed their advanced cruise control as “self-driving” as one did with deadly results: Tesla advertised its system as “Autopilot” which led to the death of a Florida man who thought the technology functioned as described.

Google’s little cars are being tested on the streets of Silicon Valley.

Interestingly, a Rasmussen poll from a couple months ago found that 52 percent of voters think robot cars will make the roads less safe, but business sees an automated future and believes public opinion can be readjusted.

As the Mercury reports, the pressure of suddenly facing so many competitors has forced the Google car company to step up its game.

As usual, there is no mention of the effect to society of gutting a major sector of the jobs economy, namely driving. More than three million Americans make their living by driving delivery vans, taxis, buses and 18-wheelers, but they are little discussed by the press when presenting its techno-news about automation.

And given the shrinking employment universe caused by technology, it makes no sense for the government to continue importing foreign workers under its anti-American immigration policies to fill jobs that no longer exist:

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

San Jose, of course, is at the heart of Silicon Valley and the major newspaper essentially serves the industry.

Google’s rivals in self-driving cars may force it into hard choice, San Jose Mercury News, August 26, 2016

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The sudden acceleration in deployment of self-driving technology could confront Google with a choice: stick to its fundamental plan to develop fully autonomous vehicles or downshift to join rivals who are poised to put less-advanced semi-autonomous cars on the road first.

Amid a blitz of progress announcements this month from robot-car firms that could beat Google to commercial success, the Mountain View tech titan on Friday confirmed it has hired a new head of its self-driving program who is known for steering the successful expansion of Airbnb into a new market.

“At some point the rubber has to hit the road,” said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Raj Rajkumar, whose work is focused on self-driving cars. “My understanding is they’ve spent several hundreds of millions of dollars on this project, and that they’re still spending $100 million a year. As far as I know there’s not a single penny of revenue. With the new Airbnb executive, they have to look at what are the opportunities for monetizing.”

But while Google has adhered to a belief that self-driving cars should only go to market when the need for human intervention has been eliminated — a step many experts believe is years away — the firm’s rivals are already putting out self-driving systems that stop short of full autonomy but take much of the work out of driving. Continue reading this article

Ecuadoran Park Worker Falls to Her Death in Yellowstone

Is working in this country’s spectacular national parks a job that Americans just don’t want to do? Apparently the government thinks so, judging from the foreigners it promotes to the head of the line.

The recent death of 21-year-old Ecuadoran Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar is regrettable, but it does remind us of how Americans are not encouraged to become workers in their own national parks. Yellowstone is very up front about welcoming foreign workers using the visas that Washington has supplied for that purpose when the jobs economy is particularly slim for young citizens.

The recent accidental death is not the first of a foreign worker fatally falling in Yellowstone National Park. In 2012, Maria Sergeyevna Rumyantseva of Kaliningrad, Russia, fell when a loose rock promontory gave way underneath her. She had been hired by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the park’s concessionaire.

Below, Yellowstone Falls. The National Park Service is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this week.

So the Ecuadoran was “socializing” with friends on a canyon rim at 3:15 am. . .

Yellowstone employee falls to death in park canyon, Reuters, August 26, 2016

A 21-year-old worker at the Yellowstone National Park plunged to her death early on Friday from the edge of a canyon while socializing with colleagues, park officials said.

Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, a concession employee, was with a small group of coworkers at the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone shortly after 3:15 a.m. when she fell, according to accounts by her companions, the park’s public affairs office said in a statement.

Her body was recovered about four hours later and the incident remains under investigation, the officials said. Alvicar is from Quito, Ecuador. Continue reading this article

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