(This is a multi-part commentary covering a variety of issues.)
We hear over and over that robots and other types of automation are going to take over the economy, put us all out of work and make us poor.
This is nonsense, the opposite of the truth. Just look at how much of the economy has been mechanized and automated over the last century yet we have seen record numbers of people employed and huge increases in wealth. On the other hand the poorest nations with the highest unemployment rates are the ones that have the least automation and advanced technology.
Automation equals efficiency, and efficiency is a good thing. Man has sought to become more efficient at every opportunity since the earliest times. Machines create large amounts of wealth and they do it much more cheaply than human workers.
Therefore the more automation that we have the more efficient our economy will be and the more wealth and jobs we will have overall.
Just look at high living standards and the amount of leisure time we have today in the United States compared to the pre-automation economy of the 19th century and before.
There are many different types of “robots”. Even the internet is a type of “robot” that makes many things more efficient like shopping, paying bills, data transfer, online college courses, communicating, research, etc. Who needs stamps and envelopes any more? Who needs a printed newspaper? Who needs to drive to the store? Now look at this from CNBC:
A Korean tech giant on Thursday announced new robots that take aim squarely at the jobs of many services industry workers around the globe.
… For its part, South Korean giant LG Electronics is the latest company that is planning to sell robots to solve tasks currently completed by humans.
… The first (robot) is a server robot that can deliver food and drinks to customers at hotels and airport lounges. It can essentially replace the work done by the waitstaff and be able to do it around the clock.
Second is a porter robot that can handle check-in and check-out services at hotels and carry luggage to rooms. … there are hotels in Japan that are staffed by robots.
… Meanwhile, a report released by McKinsey & Company last November suggested that by 2030, as many as 800 million workers globally could be replaced by robots. Even if automation adoption is slower, as many as 400 million people could still be affected, the report said.
So big deal. A ‘report’ from a bunch of university eggheads at a think tank. And then look at this from the same story:
In the manufacturing sector, for example, companies introduced conveyor belts and assembly lines at factories in the early 20th Century that brought down labor costs and temporarily put people out of work.
In other words we already have seen waves of efficiency and automation, particularly in the 20th century, including whole automobile factories full of robot welders. Or computer programs that design things quickly instead of requiring thousands of man hours.
Or computerized machine tools that work around the clock without breaks and make few if any mistakes. Yet the world is becoming richer than ever (the total annual global wealth in 2017 was $78 trillion) and we are seeing more people employed than ever.
It also says that automation has “temporarily put people out of work”. Because automation may cut employment in one industry but it will increase productivity and opportunities in another industry.
Look at the mechanization of agriculture over the last century. It only takes a fraction of the number of people to grow food as it once did and this has badly harmed employment levels in rural America.
But it also has led to very low food prices – which is good for all of us – while many of those rural Americans have moved to towns, cities and suburbs to find jobs in other industries.
Our economy is harmed not by automation but by government policies. So don’t fear the robots, folks. Fear the Democrats who can ruin an economy with the stroke of a pen on a government document.
Hollywood Anger at ‘White Men’ Leaves out Crucial Fact
Nikitas3.com saw a few excerpts from the Golden Globe awards replayed on conservative media. And several times I saw “white men” maligned as having too much control in Hollywood.
What they failed to mention was that these awful “white men” are “liberal” and “left wing” white men and “Jewish” white men who are abusing thousands of women and creating widespread misery.
But don’t expect any correction from the goony birds in Hollywood. After all, this is the Land of Make Believe that we are talking about.
Muslim US Congressman Supports Terrorists
Fox news reports:
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, caused a stir on social media Wednesday when he posed with a book promoting the violent “Antifa” movement.
In a post on Twitter, Ellison said that he found the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” at a Minneapolis book shop and said it would “strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.”
Ellison is a black American convert to islam from Minneapolis, one of two black muslim converts in the US Congress. So it is no surprise that he supports terrorists after the US government has officially recognized violent ‘antifa’ as a domestic terror group.
Ellison should be removed from office. He is nothing but a terrorist supporter and sympathizer. We should look into his past. Has he been involved in any muslim violence himself? Let us investigate.
Marijuana Cultivation Ruins the Environment
Look at this shocker from The Washington Times. This shows that marijuana cultivation is using huge amounts of energy to make a destructive product. This is obviously bad for both the environment and for society in general:
Analysts and state regulators say the cannabis industry — including states that have legalized recreational pot and those that offer it only for medicinal purposes — is outpacing many other areas of the economy in energy use, racking up massive electricity bills as more and more Americans light up.
… Recent estimates show that indoor cannabis cultivation racks up as much as $6 billion each year in energy costs. Pot produced indoors can use as much as 5,000 kilowatt-hours of energy to produce 1 kilogram of product output, according to research compiled by RenewableEnergyWorld.com.
The $6 billion-per-year figure is equivalent to about 1.7 million American homes and is about 1 percent of total national electricity consumption. The annual greenhouse gas pollution from the indoor cannabis industry is equivalent to that of about 3 million cars, said Evan Mills, an energy analyst and research affiliate at the University of California at Berkeley.
In California, for example, which produces more pot than any other state in the nation, Mr. Mills said indoor pot growing accounts for about 3 percent of all electricity use in the state.
Look at those devastating figures – 1% of our electricity consumption nationally and 3% in California. To grow marijuana. This is unbelievable.
Environmentalists will say nothing about this massive waste since they are on the political left with the marijuana growers, just as ‘greenies’ never criticize Chinese pollution since they are on the left side politically with the communists.
But, boy, if you use the wrong light bulb in your apartment the ‘green’ goons want to throw you in jail for destroying the planet.
Look at this from The Huffington Post about marijuana:
… experts warn that unwelcome chemicals, including pesticides, may be … threatening the health of marijuana users.
“There’s a pretty considerable amount of contaminated cannabis,” said Jeff Raber of The Werc Shop, a Pasadena, Calif.-based lab that tests products primarily for California dispensaries.
“There are no application standards,” he added. “Since we’re not telling growers that they’re allowed to use anything, they often use whatever they can get their hands on. And that’s a lot of bad things.”
Many of the chemicals applied to pot plants are intended only for lawns and other non-edibles. Medical cannabis samples collected in Los Angeles have been found to contain pesticide residues at levels 1600 times the legal digestible amount.
Will we hear a single peep from the ‘greenies’ about this? Or from the lunatics in the government who want every single trace of any chemical expunged from every food product?
No. Half of the ‘greenies’ are stoned-out crazies anyway.
Another Disturbing ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax
A blind muslim named Shaf Patel has been blaming Trump supporters for sending him anti-muslim tweets.
But then Patel posted a ‘hate tweet’ that he had received, but unfortunately it came from Patel’s own account, i.e., Patel himself had accidentally sent the fake ‘hate’ tweet TO his own account FROM his own account but wanted it to look like a Trump supporter had sent it.
Gee, Mr. Muslim, you’d better get somebody with two good eyes to double-check your hoaxes.
We have seen these types of hoax ‘hate crimes’ over and over like the black parishioner who burned down his own Mississippi church and then spray-painted ‘Vote Trump’ on the outside to make it look like a Trump supporter had done it. Real smart…
A final note: In the War on Trump the Democrats are calling the president “crazy”.
This is a psychological phenomenon called “projection” which has been observed since the beginning of time. It means that crazy people (i.e., Democrats who are naturally insane) call someone else crazy, i.e., they “project” their own insanity onto others.
These Democrats still can’t figure out how this “crazy” president got elected and has accomplished so much in his first year, including giving us a thriving economy that few even thought possible two years ago.
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