Clapper: Democracy ‘under assault’

I would like to cite this article, because I believe it represents a very importance event of our history, and will be echoed and remembered by people for decades.

Basically, the best winning strategy is simply to let your enemy die from within. I hate to say it, but Russia actually gets it perfectly right this time and lets the US destroy itself slowly.

WASHINGTON — American democracy is “under assault” on separate fronts from President Donald Trump and Russia, the former U.S. intelligence chief warned Sunday, expressing dismay over the abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey amid a probe into Moscow’s meddling in U.S. elections and possible ties with the Trump campaign.

As Trump works to fast-track Comey’s successor, lawmakers from both parties urged him to steer clear of any politicians for the job and say he must “clean up the mess that he mostly created.”
“I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally — and that’s the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system,” said James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence. “I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.”

When he was asked, “Internally, from the president?” Clapper said, “Exactly.”

Clapper spoke after Trump’s sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Clapper said America’s founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now “eroding.”

The White House had no immediate comment. No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump. “The president is the CEO of the country. He can hire and fire whoever he wants,” she said.

Reference: Clapper: US govt ‘under assault’ by Trump after Comey firing

Former Microsoft CEO Launches New Tool For Finding Government Data

This Tax Day, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched a new tool designed to make government spending and revenue more accessible to the average citizen.

The website — USAFacts.org — has been slow and buggy for users on Tuesday, apparently due to the level of traffic. It offers interactive graphics showing data on revenue, spending, demographics and program missions.

Reference: Former Microsoft CEO Launches New Tool For Finding Government Data

Warehouse workers beware: These little robot helpers may be after your job

Check out the video link below. An interesting piece is that the Chinese manufacturers completely copy Amazon’s orange robots to handle its distribution centers.

Again, manufacturing automation and 3D printing is the trend.

Reference: Warehouse workers beware: These little robot helpers may be after your job

Arms on rise in road rage cases

The analysis was published by The Trace, a nonprofit organization focused on gun violence. It found that cases of road rage involving a firearm — where someone brandished a gun or fired one at a driver or passenger — more than doubled to 620 in 2016 from 247 in 2014.

Reference: Arms on rise in road rage cases

America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

I remember large retailers were so afraid of Amazon, when they asked the on-line retailer to pay for sales tax so they can have a leveled playing field. Those brick-and mortar retailers thought they could stop the inevitable trend of technical revolution.

On the contrary, they sped up their own dilemma, when Amazon quickly expended its distribution centers, because the sales tax allowed it to freely expand its sales territories than ever. Essentially, major retailers’ fear made them shoot their own feet and results in the store closing tide we see today.

History has shown us again and again that we should embrace the change, not blocking it. But, unfortunately, people still fail to learn their lessons and get themselves into their own death spiral.

Similarly, the trend of manufacturing job market is automation. Today, people still thought they could bring manufacturing jobs back to the US. But, in reality, some jobs are not deemed to be back. As I stated in my previous posts, the missing key is still universal income, or including automation in our social security pool so we can embrace the change and protect our welfare altogether. It has been more than 7 years, since I raised the issue. I am still hoping people will understand it one day and consider the solution seriously.

References:

America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

BOTUS

Robots, artificial intelligence boom may cost US, UK at least 1/3 of their jobs: Study Shows

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Robots May Pay Taxes Under European Proposals

Why our recent technology advancement is not a revolution to economy?

A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets

The Bank of England has a chart that shows whether a robot will take your job

These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job

Sustain Social Security under the Impact of Automation and a Shrinking Job Market

BOTUS

Here is another interesting pod cast and experiment about robots and jobs.

All across Wall Street, humans are being replaced by computers. Even the people who make decisions about which stocks to buy and sell are being replaced by computer programs, by bots.

To understand what goes on inside a stock-picking bot, we at Planet Money built our own.

References:

BOTUS

Robots, artificial intelligence boom may cost US, UK at least 1/3 of their jobs: Study Shows

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Robots May Pay Taxes Under European Proposals

Why our recent technology advancement is not a revolution to economy?

A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets

The Bank of England has a chart that shows whether a robot will take your job

These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job

Sustain Social Security under the Impact of Automation and a Shrinking Job Market

Robot-Proof Jobs 1: Jobs that are safe today

NPR podcast: The first episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy. Technology is increasingly replacing work done by humans, but some jobs are more resistant than others — we’ll find out which.

My related posts:

Robots, artificial intelligence boom may cost US, UK at least 1/3 of their jobs: Study Shows

Bill Gates: the robot that takes your job should pay taxes

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

Robots May Pay Taxes Under European Proposals

Why our recent technology advancement is not a revolution to economy?

A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets

The Bank of England has a chart that shows whether a robot will take your job

These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job

Sustain Social Security under the Impact of Automation and a Shrinking Job Market