Monday, January 27, 2020

‘FLIPPY’ A BURGER-FLIPPING ROBOT JUST STARTED ITS FIRST SHIFT

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from The Daily Sheeple:

Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has just begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, California. It is the first of dozens of locations for the system, which is destined to replace human fast-food workers.

According to a press release from Miso, the company — which bills Flippy as the world’s first burger-flipping robot — began working with Caliburger two years ago to develop it as a “cost-effective and highly efficient solution” that is “specifically designed to operate in an existing commercial kitchen layout and to serve alongside kitchen staff to safely and efficiently fulfill a variety of cooking tasks.”

“The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see that kitchen as having people and robots,” said David Zito, co-founder and CEO of Miso Robotics tells KTLA in Los Angeles. “This technology is not about replacing jobs — we see Flippy as that third hand.”

But Flippy still needs a human to help it do its job. In its current version, the robot has to have a human coworker nearby to place the patties on the grill, put the cheese on top at the right moment, and add the extras, such as lettuce and sauce before wrapping the sandwiches for customers. So all it does is flip burgers.  But it is just one more nail in the minimum wage’s coffin, that’s for certain.

“The Flippy robot takes the form of a relatively small, wheeled cart equipped with a 6-axis robotic arm and what Miso Robotics calls a ‘sensor bar,’ TechCrunch writes. “It takes in data from thermal sensors, 3-D sensors and different cameras onboard to perceive its environment. Digital systems that send tickets from the counter back to the kitchen give Flippy its orders.”

Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com

This may be the dumbest thing that any politician could ever do…

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Week before last, I told you about how the brand-new President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, made an impassioned speech calling for the confiscation of real estate from white land owners.

It was a pretty remarkable thing to say during what was literally his first week in office.

You’d think the new president would take the opportunity to address more immediate, more critical issues– for example, the fact that Cape Town is about to run out of water.

I’m serious.

Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa (and the most well-developed on the African continent) is about to become the world’s first major city to run out of water.

The city is experiencing its worst drought in a century, one that has dragged on for more than three years. And its various dams and reservoirs are at historically low levels.

Local residents are already being rationed, including having their showers limited to two minutes.

But even with the rationing, Cape Town is still just weeks away from running out of water.

You’d think that would be at the top of the government’s list, given that their own idiotic policies caused this problem to begin with.

But no.

Social Justice has once again won the day over common sense. So they’re prioritizing the confiscation of white-owned land over critical water supply needs.

A few days ago, they took this a step further and actually passed a law authorizing the expropriation of land without compensation.

Their next move is to form an official committee to manage the process.

Now, South Africa obviously has a painful history regarding race.

And this issue of land ownership goes all the way back to the earliest European settlers who took land from the natives– something that President Ramaphosa called “original sin.”

The government’s objective is to correct this centuries-old injustice by taking land away from white owners and giving it back to its ‘original’ owners… ostensibly the descendants of native tribes.

But here’s where things become completely ridiculous. Let me give you a hypothetical example…

Let’s say a white landowner has a large property in eastern South Africa.

Even if he’s only owned the land for six months, he’s still going to be blamed for four centuries of imperialism… so his land will be confiscated by the government.

That sounds like a nice dose of justice!

But who will become the new owner?

One of the dominant tribes in eastern South Africa is the Zulu people. So perhaps the South African government will carve up the land and give tiny parcels to members of the Zulu tribe.

But then again… the Zulu tribe conquered that region centuries ago after a bloody war with the Ndwande tribe.

So perhaps the government should give the land to the descendants of the Ndwande instead.

Except that the Ndwande had conquered the area from the Mthethwa Empire, who in turn had conquered it from the Pedi tribe (of which Julius Malema, another of South Africa’s political hot-heads, is a member).

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

Wireless (WiFi) Radiation — This Won’t Help Much When 5G Cell Towers Are Installed All Over The U.S.

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by BN Frank, Activist Post:

Forbes magazine contributor, Niall McCarthy, was not correct when he stated that there was no conclusive scientific research on the impact of cell phone radiation.

He also didn’t include the fact that The World Health Organization classified cell phone radiationand other sources of wireless (WiFi) radiation as a Possible Carcinogen in 2011 AND that many scientists believe there is enough research that proves it should be re-classified as a Carcinogen.

He also didn’t mention that a 2011 study by the National Institutes of Health revealed that radiation increases the activity in brain cells after just 50 minutes on a mobile phone.

Lastly he didn’t mention that in 2012, researchers also determined that cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation disrupts the Blood-Brain Barrier which may cause it to leak.

The Forbes article is important, though, because it includes a list of which smartphones emit the most radiation for those who are concerned about this.

Over the years, in-depth articles about research on exposure to cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation and other sources of Electrical Pollution (Electrosmog) has been published by many media sources including GQ magazine and NBCNews.com.

If there was truly no reason to be concerned about exposure from cell phone and wireless (WiFi) radiation-emitting products, there would be no need to test them and include safety guidelines with product manuals.

Federal guidelines and testing for cell phones and other personal wireless (WiFi) radiation-emitting products were created over 20 years ago for adults – not children.

No ‘safe’ level of wireless (WiFi) radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.”

Many believe guidelines and testing need to be updated because unlike 20+ years ago:

  1. People of all ages now use cell phones and wireless (WiFi) radiation-emitting products.
  2. People of all ages are now exposed more often to these types of products from others using them – except for Silicon Valley parents who have been limiting their own children’s use and exposure for many years already.
  3. There are more sources of cell phone and wireless (WiFi) emitting radiation and electrical pollution (Electrosmog) than ever before (cell phones, cell towers, computers, utility “Smart” Meters, WiFi routers, etc.).

No safe level of radiation seems to have been determined for animals either probably because they don’t use cell phones, etc.  However, many humans use cell phones and other wireless (WiFi) radiation-emitting devices around their pets.  WiFi is even installed at many nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries as well.

Many assume that these products are harmless because they don’t come with very obvious warning labels like what appears on packages of cigarettes.  In Berkeley, California, the court system has ruled in favor of more obvious warning labels for the sale of cell phones.  Telecom companies continue to appeal the decision.

In January 2018, CBSNews.com posted “Cell Phones and Cancer:  8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Cancer Risk.”

Utility companies all over the world have been insisting on installing wireless or digital “Smart” Meters on all homes and buildings.  They are not required to provide customers with guidelines or manuals even though these meters also emit wireless (WiFi) radiation.

Recently Dr. Oz featured a segment on his show about telecom companies and U.S. elected officialsinsisting on installing 5G small cell towers every 500 or so feet along residential streets and throughout business districts including in front of homes.  Many municipal governments and American citizens are trying to stop this in their communities.

Because of legislation and regulations established 20+ years ago, Americans have already been limited in how to stop cell towers and other wireless infrastructure from being installed in their communities.  New laws created for these 5G towers have eliminated municipal authority almost entirely.

5G enables us to binge watch, surf, and post online at super-fast speeds without the threat of being disconnected or our screens freezing up.  This is being marketed as “a race we need to win” to ensure that the U.S. will be successful and revered by others all over the world.

Are you also thinking that this is beyond twisted?

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

China’s Coming Meltdown Will Rapidly Spread to U.S.

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by Jim Rickards, Daily Reckoning:

The coming credit crisis in China is no secret.

China has $1 trillion or more in bad debts waiting to explode. These bad debts permeate the economy.

Some are incurred by Chinese provincial authorities trying to get around spending limitations imposed by Beijing. Some are straight commercial loans on bank balance sheets. Some are external dollar-denominated debts owed to foreign creditors.

The most dangerous type of debt involves a daisy chain of insolvent corporations buying debt from each other.

A single cash advance of $100 million can be passed from corporation to corporation in exchange for a new promissory note, used to extinguish an old unpayable promissory note. Repeated enough times, the $100 million can be used as window dressing to prop up $1 billion or even $2 billion of bad debts.

These kinds of accounting tricks will land you in jail in the U.S., but it’s an accepted practice in China as long as the corporate CEO is a “Princeling” (a politically connected Communist Party insider descended from the old guard) or an oligarch willing to pay bribes.

This state of affairs has existed for years. The question investors keep asking is, “How long can this last?” How long can the daisy chain keep operating to gloss over a sea of bad debt and give the Chinese economy an appearance of good health?

Well, the answer is the Ponzi will not likely last much longer. Even compliant Chinese regulators are starting to blow the whistle on bad loans and the banks that cover them up. So the good news is that China is starting to address the problem. The bad news is that if China gets serious about cleaning up bad debts, their growth will slow significantly and so will world economic growth.

That’s bad news for global stock markets.

Essentially, China is on the horns of a dilemma with no good way out. On the one hand, China has driven growth for the past eight years with excessive credit, wasted infrastructure investment and Ponzi schemes like wealth management products (WMPs).

The Chinese leadership knows this, but they had to keep the growth machine in high gear to create jobs for millions of migrants coming from the countryside to the city and to maintain jobs for the millions more already in the cities.

The Communist Chinese leadership knew that a day of reckoning would come. The two ways to get rid of debt are deflation (which results in write-offs, bankruptcies and unemployment) or inflation (which results in theft of purchasing power, similar to a tax increase).

Both alternatives are unacceptable to the Communists because they lack the political legitimacy to endure either unemployment or inflation. Either policy would cause social unrest and unleash revolutionary potential.

The Tiananmen Square protests and massacre of 1989 did not start out as a liberty movement, although that’s how they are remembered in the West. It started out as an anti-inflation protest, and that’s how the Communists remember it.

Instead of these unpalatable extremes, the Chinese leadership is trying to steer a middle course with gradual financial reform and gradual limits on shadow banking. I’ve previously predicted that this gradual policy would not work because the credit situation is so extreme that even modest reform would slow the economy too fast for comfort.

Read More @ DailyReckoning.com

Nationwide manhunt underway for missing CDC worker; Ebola containment aircraft dispatched to Little Rock then back to Atlanta

by Shepard Ambellas, Intellihub:

Is there any connection between the missing CDC public health commander and the Ebola containment aircraft recently deployed to Arkansas?

A nationwide manhunt is now underway for missing Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Service Commander Timothy Cunningham, 35, who was last seen on Feb 12 after he cut his workday short and told a neighbor of his to have the neighbor’s wife erase his phone number from her contact list.

Records show the rock star epidemiologist, who had previously responded to several major Ebola virus and Zika outbreaks, worked on Feb. 5th, 6th, and 7th (a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) before calling in sick on Feb. 8th, and 9th (Thursday, and Friday).

Cunningham reportedly returned to work on the following Monday, Feb. 12, where subsequently left early after telling co-workers he felt ill; this would be the last time Cunningham was spotted.

The Public Health Service commander called and had a conversation with his sister around 9 a.m. on the morning of his disappearance and even tried to reach out to his mother via telephone shortly after but was not successful, reports say.

The family of Mr. Cunningham and Crime Stoppers of Atlanta have put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case, although no evidence of foul play exists, WSB-TV 2 reports.

A GoFundMe page set up on Timothy Cunningham’s behalf has raised just over $24,000 of the $100,000 stated goal at the time of this article’s publication.

An excerpt from the page reads:

Dr. Timothy Cunningham has been missing from his home in North West Atlanta, Georgia, since February 12, 2018. Tim is a very loving, brilliant, and responsible young man. Therefore, his sudden disappearance is highly irregular and very much out of character for him. His friends, family, and colleagues are desperately searching for him. We are launching this fundraising campaign to collect funds that will be used to establish a reward for information that will help locate Tim. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated

The search has turned up no new leads, as of yet.

Ebola containment aircraft dispatched to Little Rock before returning to Atlanta

A CIA-linked virus containment aircraft (N163PA) currently operated by Phoenix Air was captured on the radar flying from one of its hangar facilities in Bangor, Maine, to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday, where the specially equipped aircraft arrived on the tarmac at 11:52 a.m. (CST), presumably to retrieve an infected patient, before flying back to Atlanta (FTY) where the aircraft and its potentially sensitive cargo were wheels-down at 3:27 p.m. local time.

Read More @ Intellihub.com

All I Am Offering Is The Truth

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

This is my quarterly call for your support. Click donate on the homepage of www.paulcraigroberts.org and you will find several means by which to donate.

In the Western world day by day the domain of truth shrinks as does the ability to challenge official explanations. A number of alternative media Internet sites have lost their YouTube platform, and Twitter is censoring what can be posted and preventing access to accounts. Google makes truth-tellers harder to find. All the while official organizations, such as the Atlantic Council and the print and TV presstitutes continue to lie through their teeth. For example, in the face of complete and total evidence that the Russiagate claims are false that the Russian government hacked computers and helped Trump steal the presidential election, the false and orchestrated charge continues to be repeated as if it were proven fact, and the presstitutes continue to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

In other words, truth is of no consequence. Regardless, you will not be told the truth by the print and TV media and by large swaths of the Internet media. I doubt that it is any longer possible for the presstitutes to even recognize, much less tell, the truth, because they are in service to material interests and ideologies.

I remember when Americans were free people. This is no longer the case. The prison in which Americans live is not a physical one with bars, although many Amerians including innocent ones do live behind physical bars. It is an informational prison achieved by control over the explanations that Americans are given. Over my lifetime I have observed that official propaganda has become more successful with the passage of time. My generation was educated at a time when truth was still respected, when facts mattered, when integrity was valued, when “victim groups” had not been created and taught that they had a right to be shielded from “insensitive” words, concepts and facts, when “political correctness” and “Identity Politics” did not exist. Arguments and public debate could not be shut down with the charges that it was offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic, white supremacist. Dogmatism was not shielded by the claim that it is insensitive to cause a person in a protected category to confront the validity of their beliefs. In my generation’s day, the struggle was to expand free speech, not shut it down as has occurred today even in academic institutions. Indeed, Identity Politics is in the process of banning free speech as insensitive and as a means of white supremicist control.

I remember when the police were not permitted to brutalize citizens and to shoot them down without cause on the streets and in their homes. I remember when a reasoned position was more highly regarded than an emotional one. I remember when children could go out and play unsupervised without parents being arrested for child neglect. I remember when history was what happened, not a story in service to some ideological or material interest. I remember so much that those born into the current system have never experienced and know nothing about. Perhaps one day I will face the excruciating sadness of writing about witnessing the complete destruction of my country during my lifetime.

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org

INVESTIGATION: “Trans” ideology pushed by Big Pharma and surgery companies backed by $400 million P.R. campaign

by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

Over the years, Natural Newshas drawn attention to certain environmental factors that are having a profound gender-bending effect on both human and animal life. But don’t for a second think that this onslaught is an unintended consequence of big industry; as new reports suggest, that this was all pre-planned as a way for Big Pharma to rake in more profits.

Much of it is tied into the push for acceptance and normalization of transgenderism, which New York-based feminist Jenifer Bilek admits is a conspiracy, of sorts, to funnel money towards certain special interests groups. Among these are drug companies that supply hormones and other chemical concoctions that aid the process of gender “conversion,” as well as surgery companies and other key players in the healthcare industry.

More than $400 million, she says, has been given by donors and business groups to promote the transgender agenda, which really gained traction during the latter years of the Obama regime. Pro-transgender funding isn’t often talked about, but it’s speaking volumes in the background, greasing the wheels of more profit flow for those also pushing more drugs and surgery for profit on the masses.

This is why questioning gender-trumps-biology dogma has almost become a prosecutable offense in politically-correct America, where stating facts about human nature is no longer accepted. It’s also why those in charge of the narrative are pushing so hard for anything-goes bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms, as normalization of such perversion is the key to ensuring that Big Pharma obtains the profits it so desperately craves.

“These men and others, including pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, are sending millions of dollars to LGBT causes,” Bilek writes, noting that many doctors, reporters, researchers, and surgeons are too afraid to stand against this evil agenda.

“Overall reported global spending on LGBT is now estimated at $424 million,” she adds. “From 2003-2013, reported funding for transgender issues increased more than eightfold, growing at threefold the increase of LGBTQ funding overall, which quadrupled from 2003 to 2012. This huge spike in funding happened at the same time transgenderism began gaining traction in American culture.”

Victims of transgender programming receive little, or none, of this money

What’s perhaps even more disturbing are the victims of this evil campaign who’ve succumbed to the programming and undergone surgeries or hormone therapies in a futile attempt to change their genders. The LGBT mafia loves to pretend as though it raises funds to help these people, but as Bilek reports, very little – if any – of this money ends up in a place where it helps LGBT victims.

Virtually all of it, she says, goes towards government agencies, technology think tanks, and pharmaceutical corporations that are pushing an agenda. And that agenda is to institutionalize and normalize transgenderism as a “lifestyle choice,” as Bilek puts it.

“They are shaping the narrative about transgenderism and normalizing it within the culture using their funding methods,” she points out.

“[Promoting] Bodily diversity appears to be the core issue, not [treating] gender dysphoria; that and unmooring people from their biology via language distortions, to normalize altering human biology. Institutionalizing transgender ideology does just this. This ideology is being promoted as a civil rights issue by wealthy, white men with enormous influence who stand to personally benefit from their political activities.”

Read More @ NaturalNews.com

Recent Elections Prove Once Again that the Anti-Establishment Trend is Here to Stay – Nathan McDonald

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by Nathan McDonald, Sprott Money:

The global, anti-establishment trend is not only alive, it is firing on all cylinders.

As I have written in numerous articles over the past few years, this trend will continue onward, shaping our politics for years to come. The election of Donald Trump, (whom I accurately predicted would win theElectoral College) was not the first sign of this growing trend, nor was the successful BREXIT campaign.

Even though these two events were the most stunning to rock the political landscape in recent history—and thus shocked many—they came as no surprise to those closely following the pulse of the geopolitical landscape. This pulse suggests monumental change is still yet to come, and the times are going to become increasingly more unstable moving forward.

Once again, with the recent German, Austrian and now Italian elections, we can see that this trend has solidly entrenched itself. Anyone who still has their blinders on needs to wake up and smell the coffee.

Whether you like it or not, global change is occurring, and it is becoming ever more obvious with each passing election in the Western world. The center is falling away, and rising powers—which many are calling “extreme” or “radical”—are filling the void on both the right and the left.

The anti-EU, “Five Star Movement” is now the largest party in Italy, wresting control from the leftist party in power before them. Shockingly, the latter came in third place, with another anti-establishment party taking the second share of the vote, proving just how far things have deteriorated in the minds of the Italian people.

Still, forces will be working against the Five Star Movement. This election was highly controversial—as are all of its type—and they were unable to meet the 40% share of the vote needed to make a majority. This means they will need to try and work with one of the other parties to form a coalition, a not-so-simple task given the many differences of these parties.

Whatever happens next is anyone’s guess. However, we are once again seeing that the anti-establishment trend is here to stay, and the global elite are rapidly losing power over many of the systems they have helped create.

People are demanding change and are sick and tired of the results they are seeing. They are throwing their hands up in despair and taking any opportunity they can to rock the boat and, hopefully, reset the system in a way that benefits them, the citizens of their nation.

Read More @ SprottMoney.com

Are Subprime Debt Slaves, a Leading Indicator, Worrying the Fed?

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by Wolf Richter, Wolf Street:

Credit problems always appear first at the margins.

The new Fed remains a somewhat unknown quantity: There are still four vacancies on the Fed’s seven-member Board of Governors that forms the core of the policy-making FOMC. The new Chairman, Jerome Powell, has already shown in his testimony before Congress last week that he may use a little more straight talk than his predecessors, and the markets took notice.

No one knows for sure what this new Fed will look like once the four vacancies are filled. But this new Fed will likely try to push interest rates back to a somewhat more normal level and lighten their balance sheet so that they have some options when the business cycle trips over balled-up credit problems.

With consumers, the credit problems appear first among the most fragile, most at risk, and most strung-out – borrowers with subprime credit ratings, and with lenders that went after these consumers aggressively. And this is happening now.

Small banks pushed with all their might into credit cards, loosening credit standards, lowering credit score requirements, raising credit limits, and offering new cards to people who had already maxed out their existing cards and had limited or no ability to service them from their income, and no way of paying them off – and thus are stuck with usurious interest rates that make these credit card balances impossible to service.

For small banks it was the Holy Grail: to profit from the American debt slave.

There are about 4,888 commercial banks in the US. There are the top 100 banks, and there are the 4,788 smaller banks – those with less than $14 billion in assets. These smaller banks have seen this irresistibly sweet deal. Banks were paying next to nothing in interest to their depositors, but they could charge 25% or 30% interest on outstanding credit card balances. The interest-rate spread between these two products was just too juicy, in this otherwise low-interest rate environment.

Now small banks are getting their clocks cleaned by these American debt slaves that they have gone after so aggressively and that suddenly cannot make their credit payments. Charge-off rates – the portion of outstanding credit card balances that a bank writes off as a loss – spiked to 7.5% and 7.4% of total balances in Q3 and Q4 respectively, according to the Fed’s Board of Governors. Those were the highest charge-off rates since Q2 2010, up from 4.6% a year earlier, and up from 3.5% two years earlier.

Credit card charge-offs at the largest 100 banks are also increasing, but slowly. In Q4, they were at 3.6%, just slightly higher than a year earlier (3.4%):

During the Great Recession, charge-off rates at small banks had peaked in Q4 2009 at 8.8%. So the current charge-off rates of 7.4% aren’t that far off. Charge-off rates for the largest 100 banks had peaked Q2 2010 at 11% in; but in this cycle so far, they’ve dodged the bullet.

Read More @ WolfStreet.com