Friday, May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Be Careful What You Ask For

Photo: Humanrobo

"It's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making $15 an hour bagging French fries," Ed Rensi former CEO McDonalds Corporation.

Foxconn Technology Group, a multinational technology manufacturer and supplier to Apple and Samsung has cut it's workforce from 110,000 to 50,000 by replacing workers with robots in 505 factories for a cost of $623 million.

A study by the UK firm Deloitte (professional services) and Oxford University place 35% of current jobs at risk to automation.

Is it that far fetched? Look closely at the tractors below and you'll notice that there is no one in them.

Photo: ASIrobots
 Or take a trip to the bakery

KUKA Roboter GmbH

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

More...not Politics

Photo: Alison Cassidy

Well, mostly not politics.  The Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturer's Act of 2015 is going into effect and could allow the return to American shores of some formerly fashionable cars (Morgan Aero 8 illustrated above).  The Aero 8 weighs about 2500 pounds and comes with a 362 hp BMW V8 engine (270 kw for Morgan afficianados). Or perhaps you'd prefer the roadster:

Photo: Semnoz
 The act allows low production volume vehicles an exemption to some of the American safety standards currently keeping them off American roads leaving the decision to the owner/operator where it rightly should be.  It's certainly as safe if not safer than any motorcycle, yet I can drive a motorcycle but not this?

I've always want the one that has remained available in the US, categorized as a motorcycle... the Morgan 3-wheeler.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Photo: Matthew W. Hutchins, Harvard Law Record

Libertarian candidate and former two term Republican Governor of the State of New Mexico, Gary Johnson has announced his running mate, Libertarian candidate and former two term Republican Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, William Weld.

Weld, the former US Attorney for Massachusetts was elected first in 1990 and reelected in decidedly liberal Massachusetts in 1994 by the largest margin ever in the state with 70.85% of the vote.

Coincidentally, I lived in both states during each Governor's first term.

Washington Times


Monday, May 23, 2016

Among people who take polls...

Photo: Michael Vadon
Trump leads Clinton by 2 points:

"At this point, the two candidates are in a statistical dead heat among registered voters, with Trump favored by 46 percent and Clinton favored by 44 percent. That represents an 11-point shift toward the presumptive Republican nominee since March." WAPO

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Google, Mao, & Yuri

Fair Use - Google

It’s with great pleasure that Google celebrates Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American activist who dedicated her life to the fight for human rights and against racism and injustice. Born in California, Kochiyama spent her early twenties in a Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. She and her family would later move to Harlem, where she became deeply involved in African American, Latino, and Asian American liberation and empowerment movements. Today's doodle by Alyssa Winans features Kochiyama taking a stand at one of her many protests and rallies.
Kochiyama left a legacy of advocacy: for peace, U.S. political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for Japanese Americans interned during the war. She was known for her tireless intensity and compassion, and remained committed to speaking out, consciousness-raising, and taking action until her death in 2014.

On May 19th Google celebrated the life of Yuri Kochiyama. You've got to be kidding me.  This woman supported Mao, Ho Chi Min, the Shining Path, the Japanese Red Army, and Osama bin Ladin. Can we expect tributes to Stalin on December 18th and Adolf Hitler on April 20th?

The "Great Peace Advocate" and "Human Rights" activist supported a man who massacred 30 million people, most of them peasant farmers, and her other "friends" are no better. So when the Chavs at Google go home, don their Che Guevara T-shirts, crack open a bottle from their $16.99 six pack of micro-brewed craft beer, and kick back on their $6000 Italian leather sofa to play X-box on their 70" HDTV I just ask that they think about that for a moment and on the fact that when the revolution comes... they will be among the first to go.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Guy Clark

Guy Clark, Grammy winning Texas Country and Folk artist died this past Tuesday at the age of 74.  Clark had released 23 albums on his own and had his music performed by such artists as Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Ricky Scaggs, John Denver, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, and Kenny Chesney.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A fool and his money...

Rumor has it that George Zimmerman managed to sell his Kel Tec PF9 at auction... for $138,900.  The gun retails for around $200.  Like I said, a fool and his money are soon parted, I don't care who you shot with it.