Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Big Brother lives in China.

Why are we still doing business with these assholes?

According to this story at Slashdot, the Chicoms are rolling out facial recognition scanning and iris scans all over the country, all at once.

Their goal: to influence behavior and identify lawbreakers.

Lawbreakers. Yeah. Meaning everybody.

By 2020, the government hopes to implement a national "social credit" system that would assign every citizen a rating based on how they behave at work, in public venues and in their financial dealings.

See if you can guess what happens to the people with lower "social credit" scores.

See if you can imagine Communist Party members being bothered with their bad social credit scores.

The Phantom

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Intelligentsia: Trust us! We're experts!

Here's a beautiful article that explains exactly why your money is worth nothing and you can't get a job, my friends.

For years, economists, mayors, and urbanists believed that high-tech development was an unalloyed good thing, and that more high-tech startups and more venture capital investment would "lift all boats." But the reality is that high-tech development has ushered in a new phase of what I call winner-take-all urbanism, where a relatively small number of metro areas, and a small number of neighborhoods within them, capture most of the benefits.

Middle-class neighborhoods have been hollowed out in the process. In 1970, roughly two-thirds of Americans lived in middle-class neighborhoods; today less than 40 percent of us do. The middle-­class share of the population shrank in a whopping 203 out of 229 U.S. metro areas between 2000 and 2014. And places where the middle class is smallest include such superstar cities and tech hubs as New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

Yes, the problem in places like Toronto and San Francisco is that all the houses cost over $800,000 and the taxes are astronomical. That has been the situation in New Your City for a very long time, New York City policemen and firemen haven't lived in NYC proper for 30 years. They commute. Some of them come more than 60 miles, usually by train.

Now, there is a reason for that, and the reason is that the -only- place an individual has left to shelter his money is in his house. The more money people have that they must shelter, the bigger the house. There are some big goddamn houses in Toronto these days.

So, this author is a biiiig expert! He knows what has to be done. Here's his list:

1) More housing must be built. In a city, that means apartment buildings. Big, tall, apartment buildings.
2) Public transit. That means trains, so that the serfs can commute the long distances from their shitty apartments to  the place where their job is.

Third, they can engage the wider business community and government to upgrade the jobs of low-wage service workers—who now make up more than 45 percent of the national workforce—into higher-paying, family-supporting work.

Translation: $15/hr minimum wage for everybody.

Yep, that's the big plan. Shitty apartments, subways, and a massive minimum wage hike.

(Want to know what McDonald's is doing about the new, too-high minimum wage laws being introduced all over North America? They are replacing workers with ROBOTS. Obviously.)

Who is this scholar, you ask?

Richard Florida is a professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and the cofounder and editor-at-large of the Atlantic's CityLab. His books include The Rise of the Creative Class and the just-released The New Urban Crisis.

And that is why your money is worth nothing, and you can't get a job. Because geniuses like this Richard Florida guy teach Management.

The Phantom

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Doc-in-a-box, next level.

Popping up all over the place are mini-clinics, where people with minor ailments go to see a doctor. In the industry they are referred to as doc-in-a-box clinics. The operational notion is that -any- doc is as good as any other doc for a first visit. Industrial medical model in all its glory.

Next step, put the patient in a box and take the doc out.

But the most radical bit of the concept is the self-driving car. What may appear to be a gimmick is actually a carefully designed space. "The vehicle provides an in-between space," says Jordan. It's like a CVS Minute Clinic on wheels, with a patient self-directed as to what to do next via software–cutting down on the staffing costs behind routine measurements often gathered by nurses. "You can take the model of a patient going to Walgreens and doing the automated pressure cuff," says Jordan.The floor automatically weighs you when you walk in. Its pressure sensitivity can measure BMI, and posture, too. The chair has built-in acoustic sensors, which hear your respiration like a stethoscope. And a wraparound screen provides augmented reality interactions, to guide the patient through the experience. They may even be asked to literally point to where it hurts.

No doctor. Not even a nurse. Just a fully automated diagnostic suite that will (presumably) be able to tell if you are actually sick, and put a band-aid on your booboo.

You are not a human being, you are a billable unit. Shut up and get in the box.

They are going to build this. You can tell, there's such excitement over the notion of a hands-free diagnostic service where they can bill you and they don't have to talk to you. Most important, they don't have to pay a doctor.

I suggest you all resist. Hard.

The Phantom

Dems still stunned when they lose.

This piece in the Daily Beast is like a cry to the Gods: where did we go wrong?!!!

On the Democratic side, the combined efforts of the Ossoff campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee help build a monster operation unprecedented in Georgia Democratic politics. By the end of the race, they had knocked on more than 500,000 doors, hired 100 staffers, recruited 12,000 active volunteers and spent more than $11 million on ads on everything from the Today show to Korean newspapers and gospel stations.But, and this is the part that will sting Democrats for a long time: It still wasn't enough.

But gee, they still lost. How can this be?!!!

But after $23 million, a candidate who genuinely ignited the grassroots, and a Republican president who may or may not be (but probably is) under FBI investigation and can't stop talking about it, the real question Democrats need to answer is: What's it going to take to win an election in the era of Trump?As of Tuesday night, they still have no idea.

Well, it might just be that people are tired of tax-and-spend Liberalism, where a new regulation or a new policy that comes along to scrape away a little more of your money, time and freedom every goddamn week.

It might be that Trump is not the fool the Dems think he is, and that putting Americans first in their own country is what they really want.

It might be that world-wide Apology Tours and their president BOWING to the execrable king of a shit-hole desert nation (that still has slavery!) pissed them off.

I'm just saying, that might be a thing. Y'know?

The Phantom

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ben and Jerry's gets picketed by the Left.

Ben and Jerry's ice cream in Vermont is one of the most devotedly Lefty companies out there. They are SUPER SJW, all the time. Have been since the thing was two hippies in a shack making artisanal ice cream.

I don't buy their stuff because of that. They're dicks.

So, this piece of news is so sweet, I had to share.

Scores of dairy farm workers and activists marched Saturday on a Ben & Jerry's factory to push for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk for the ice cream maker that takes pride in its social activism.

Protesters said Ben & Jerry's agreed two years ago to participate in the so-called Milk with Dignity program, but the company and worker representatives have yet to reach an agreement.

"We can't wait any more. We are going to pressure them and see what happens," said Victor Diaz, a Mexican immigrant now working on a farm in Vergennes.

Ben and Jerry's is getting rolled by the Entitlement Industry just the same as if they were General Motors or Colgate.


The Phantom

Friday, June 16, 2017

Corbyn: "Eat the rich and take their stuff."

The headline of this post is a translation of what he actually said, which in some ways was worse:

"The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found - requisitioned if necessary - to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally.

"It can't be acceptable that in London we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live. We have to address these issues."

This is the true face of the Left. If you are wealthy enough to afford a town house in London, as it seems many are, your property may be "requisitioned" at the whim of some bureaucrat and pressed into service as a flop for displaced poor people. (Well, unless you're a big donor and friend to the Labor party anyway. They could probably work something out for you in that case.)

Displaced by a government who put POLYSTYRENE on the outside of an apartment building to increase insulation. I'm sure an engineer somewhere left memo after memo that this was a Bad Idea, but the government machinery made the call. Because it is a Green Initiative, you see.

There is also some talk that the refrigerators in Europe use a "new" refrigerant. Replacing freon is propane. Yes, the stuff you burn in your barbecue, because it is a fuel, is being used as a refrigerant. It works great, as long as there isn't a leak. But sadly there are always leaks somewhere, and so there have been -many- refrigerators exploding in Europe lately. And by explode I mean fuel-air incendiary bomb, not firecracker.

Just thought you ought to know.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NYT: blames Sarah Palin. Again.

Just in case you were wondering if the media does this Republican hating thing on purpose.

The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011.
"In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin's political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs," the editors wrote.
They added later: "Though there's no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should of course hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right."

Yes, they really do want more nutjobs to run out and shoot up more Republican baseball games. They are BEGGING the nutjobs.

More proof needed?

and let's not forget

You will be smarter and better informed about everything if you stop looking at the mainstream media.

The Phantom

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First round of US civil war?

The cops have released the name of the guy who shot up the Republican baseball practice this morning. James T. Hodgkinson, appears to be a full-on Bernie-bot and all 'round SJW thug.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jthodgkinson

Social media of course is blowing up with all kinds of people praising this guy for bravely shooting a bunch of unarmed fat politicians trying to play baseball.

As of right now, I'd say you've got a problem, America. There's a tone of assholes like this guy out there.

On the bright side, it isn't that big a problem. This moron fired multiple mags out of a rifle on a baseball field and only hit five people. No gun control there.

The Unimpressed Phantom