Saturday, March 11, 2017

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in

Immoral and disgusting, that's what the state of CA is.  Now, the poor are leaving the state.  I have advocated for years that the poor should get out while they could.  Now....they are.
Kiril Kundurazieff, 56, is among the low-income residents who left California. He spent more than a decade working in a small bookstore, then at Target, then at a Verizon call center, in Southern California. After some medical issues that hampered his eyesight, he found himself unemployed in Santa Ana, with monthly rent of about $1,000 in 2012.

“There was really nothing left for me in California,” said Kundurazieff, who also writes a blog about his cats. “The cost of living was high. The rent was high. The job market was debatable.”

Friends in Texas suggested he relocate. He now works at a Walmart in Houston, making a little north of $10 an hour. He works 40 hours a week, riding his bike about 7 miles to work many days. He does not pay state income tax. His rent is just over $500, with utilities.

About the same time that Kundurazieff was leaving, Tamara and Kit Keane were arriving from Oklahoma. Both had been working on their doctorate degrees at Oklahoma universities, Kit in biology and Tamara in education.

1500' TV Tower

I love videos like this.  America at work.  There are just some jobs that require you to do the Hard Thing.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job in California

From MSN:
Self-ordering kiosks are already replacing workers at fast food chains like McDonald's and Wendys. But, Miso Robotics said Flippy is designed to work alongside human staff. Once its "probation" ends in Pasadena, it will roll out to more than 50 CaliBurger locations over the next two years. When that happens, some people could be reassigned to the dining room to engage more with customers, while others will be trained to operate their new assistant.

"Tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef," Zito recently told TechCrunch. "And restaurants are gathering places where we go to interact with each other. Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food. We just don't know what the new roles will be yet in the industry."

"Some" people will be reassigned to the dining room..."  What a lie.  There will only be one worker.

The chef.

Here's a syrupy sweet video of everyone loving "flippy".  Everyone is full of smiles.

The chef?  Oh, yeah...that.  The "chef" has been redifined as the one guy that places cheese on the burgers.  God forbid the "chef" do any real "cheffing".

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why California cities and counties should act scared by pension payments

From the Sacbee:
It’s the legacy of overly generous promises, notably a legislative giveaway to public employee unions by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999, plus the fallout from the December vote by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System board to cut the “discount rate” – its long-term projection of investment returns – from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. It will be phased in, starting in 2018-19.

For Sacramento, the higher pension contributions make up the vast majority of projected deficits that by 2022-23 could rival those during the Great Recession that forced layoffs and major cuts in city services, including public safety and parks.

There’s time to avoid painful budget cuts, but only by belt-tightening now. That’s even more crucial because the City Council went on something of a spending spree last year, before the CalPERS action.

Those budget projections assume that voters renew the Measure U half-cent sales tax, which now brings in more than $40 million a year and is set to expire in March 2019. The numbers also include about $5 million more a year, mostly in property taxes generated in part by the development around Golden 1 Center.
And it was just  0.5 per cent lowering of expectations. What would happen if this were to be lowered by 1%?  2%?  6%?

‘Literacy’ test for teachers may be nixed

We can file this under "Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"
State education officials plan to scrap a literacy exam given to prospective teachers and allow certification for some applicants who fail a performance assessment test — moves that critics warned will weaken the pool of candidates.

The state Board of Regents will likely vote early next week on whether to ax the Academic Literacy Skills Test, one of four exams that teacher wannabes have to pass for certification, officials said Monday.

The Regents will also consider changes to one of the other three prerequisite exams for would-be educators, the Teacher Performance Assessment, or edTPA.

Under that proposal, applicants who just barely fail the edTPA could still be certified based on other factors, including teacher recommendations.

Sources said the moves will likely be approved, leading to outcry from those who believe they are important assessment tools.

“It’s alarming because we’ve now abandoned or watered down the teacher evaluation process, and now we’re lowering the bar for entry certification as well,” said Charles Sahm, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.

The literacy test has been accused of skewing against minorities and being redundant — but Sahm called it an important tool in bringing in qualified candidates.
Yes, you see, it's impossible for blacks and hispanics to rise to the level of Asians and Whites because of all the RACISM!!!

This is a horrific time for minorities.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Academics swapped gender of Trump, Clinton for restaged presidential debate and the results surprised them

This is AMAZING!  But that was not my first impression.  My first impression was  these people were nuts and it all sounded like a whacko scheme only a Left Winger would come up with. But...as it turned out, the results stunned everyone one - especially me.  It told me that Trump's message transcended gender.

We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened”—meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman—that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.” Another—a musical theater composer, actually—said that Trump created “hummable lyrics,” while Clinton talked a lot, and everything she was was true and factual, but there was no “hook” to it. Another theme was about not liking either candidate—you know, “I wouldn’t vote for either one.” Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was “really punchable” because of all the smiling. And a lot of people were just very surprised by the way it upended their expectations about what they thought they would feel or experience. There was someone who described Brenda King [the female Donald Trump] as his Jewish aunt who would take care of him, even though he might not like his aunt. Someone else described her as the middle school principal who you don’t like, but you know is doing good things for you.
Here is a youtube video of the rehearsal:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emirati brothers shock scientists with breakthrough invention

If all it did was enable a better battery, that alone would be life changing.  But beyond that is incredible!

Two young Emirati brothers and a UAE based American nuclear chemist have developed what could be the-next-big-thing in science, which they claim: “Has the potential to change the world of technology, as we know it.”

Mohammed Al Fahim, 29, his younger brother Rashed, 24, and Dr Larry A Burchfield, 65, have always had a long passion for science.

However, in the world of physics and chemistry, one truly needs to think outside the box to discover something astonishingly groundbreaking and potentially change the lives of millions, if not billions of people - the Al Fahims and Dr Burchfield done just that, right here in Abu Dhabi.

In an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, the team shared how they recently invented a brand a new class of carbon allotropes, which Moahmmed Al Fahim dubbed as ‘Novamene.’

“We were not allowed to speak about this discovery until recently when international scientists, professors, global research journals and lab tests confirmed our invention.”

“Novamene has the potential applications for transistors and other electronic components and could rival graphene as the next wonder martial for use in technology and energy,” added Mohammed.