Category Archives: US Economy

Apple Remains in Dark on How FBI Hacked iPhone Without Help | Industrial Equipment News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers suddenly discover they can’t keep their most personal information safe. Meanwhile, Apple remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product.The government said it was able to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, but it didn’t say how. That puzzled Apple software engineers — and outside experts — about how the FBI broke the digital locks on the phone without Apple’s help. It also complicated Apple’s job repairing flaws that jeopardize its software.

Source: Apple Remains in Dark on How FBI Hacked iPhone Without Help | Industrial Equipment News

Did the FBI Just Unleash a Hacker Army on Apple? – The Daily Beast

Cellebrite, an Israeli company, has been identified in some news accounts as the company that came to the FBI’s rescue. It signed a contract with the bureau worth more than $15 million last week.

In other words: The American government may have used foreign hackers to crack the signature product of America’s top technology company.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/29/did-the-fbi-just-unleash-a-hacker-army-on-apple.html

Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos to Build Power

Even as EU bureaucrats try to stop any attempts to control immigrants at borders, they say an EU military must be formed to control borders. All their “solutions” expand government. By Alex Newman

Source: Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos to Build Power

Robots are coming for your job – LA Times

In other words, the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution has found its first victims: blue-collar workers and the poor.The general response in working America is disbelief or outright denial. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 80% of Americans think their job will still exist in 50 years, and only 11% of today’s workers were worried about losing their job to automation. Some — like my former colleagues at the CIA – insist that their specialized skills and knowledge can’t be replaced by artificial intelligence. That is, until they see plans for autonomous drones that don’t require a human hand and automated imagery analysis that outperforms human eyes.Human workers of all stripes pound the table claiming desperately that they’re irreplaceable. Bus drivers. Bartenders. Financial advisors. Speechwriters. Firefighters. Umpires. Even doctors and surgeons. Meanwhile, corporations and investors are spending billions — at least $8.5 billion last year on AI, and $1.8 billion on robots — toward making all those jobs replaceable. Why? Simply put, robots and computers don’t need healthcare, pensions, vacation days or even salaries.

Source: Robots are coming for your job – LA Times

Illegal Immigrants Crossing Border

Residents say the illegal immigrants used to be mostly women and children, but now are becoming more and more men.

Some residents claim as many as 50 people cross the border at night and cut through the Hidalgo Veijo neighborhood.

http://www.myfoxzone.com/story/31568308/illegal-immigrants-crossing-border

Trump effigy set ablaze in Mexico Easter ritual


An effigy of US presidential contender Donald Trump — a hated figure for many in Mexico — was set ablaze in a contemporary twist on a Holy Week ritual. A smiling figure of the billionaire American businessman went up in flames during the Easter eve “Burning of Judas,” a tradition in which Mexicans torch effigies of the devil — and of public figures they dislike. In a neighborhood of the Mexican capital city, this year the devil took the form of Trump, who is notorious here for comments made during his presidential campaign accusing Mexican immigrants in the United States of being criminals and rapists.

Source: Trump effigy set ablaze in Mexico Easter ritual

Losing to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz goes neocon in a desperate attempt to save himself | Mulshine

Till recently, Ted Cruz was trying to portray himself as a traditional conservative hostile to nation-building and pointless wars; but his selection of a foreign-policy team shows him to be a liberal internationalist

Source: Losing to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz goes neocon in a desperate attempt to save himself | Mulshine

The Tyranny of Defense Inc. – The Atlantic

“Every gun that is made,” Eisenhower told his listeners, “every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Any nation that pours its treasure into the purchase of armaments is spending more than mere money. “It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” To emphasize the point, Eisenhower offered specifics:The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities … We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

Source: The Tyranny of Defense Inc. – The Atlantic

Obama on capitalism vs. communism: ‘Just choose from what works’

President Obama told a group of young people in Argentina not to worry about the differences between capitalism and communism and “just choose from what works.”“So often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist,” the president said Wednesday during a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative town hall meeting in Buenos Aires. “And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property.” “And I mean, those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory — you should just decide what works,”

Source: Obama on capitalism vs. communism: ‘Just choose from what works’ – Washington Times