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Robot Blitzkrieg


Robot8blitzkrieg /blits-krēɡ/ noun an intense military campaign intended to bring about a swift victory.”

24hGOLD (“How many Jobs Do Robots Destroy?”) wrote:

How many jobs do robots – whether mechanical robots or software – destroy? Do these destroyed jobs get replaced by the Great American Economy with better jobs? That’s the big discussion these days.

So far, the answers have been soothing. Economists cite the industrial revolution [A.D. 1760 to 1840]. At the time, most humans replaced by machines found better paid, more productive, less back-breaking jobs. Productivity soared and, despite some big dislocations, society prospered. Some say the same principle applies today.”

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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Robots, Technology, Uncategorized

 

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Fed delayed rate hike but claimed to “keep its options open”


Maybe We Won't Have to "End The Fed"--Maybe it Will End On It's Own, Under the Weight of its Own Lies, Fraud and Declining Power. [courtesy Google Images]

Maybe We Won’t Have to “End The Fed”–Maybe it Will End On It’s Own, Under the Weight of its Own Lies, Fraud and Declining Power.
[courtesy Google Images]

I wrote the following article in June just after the Federal Reserve announced that it would not raise interest rates.  It wouldn’t been more timely, if I’d published then.  But, it was lost in the piles.  However, even though the article is late, there’s still an insight to be gained from reading it.

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In June, the Federal Reserve declined to raise interest rates.  In response, Yahoo Finance reported:

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The Federal Reserve pushed back its plans to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate, a widely expected move following a series of mixed US economic reports.

After a two-day policy meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to hold the federal funds rate between 0.25% and 0.50%, citing weakness in recent employment data.”

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That “weakness” was a surprising jobs report that, although economists had generally expected about 162,000 new jobs to be created in May, only 38,000 jobs were actually created—”the lowest level in six years.”

Although the unemployment rate has declined, job gains have diminished,” the central bank wrote in its statement.

Say whut?

Does it make sense that the “unemployment rate declined” at the same time that the number of “jobs gains diminished” from an expected 162,000 to just 38,000? I won’t say that’s impossible, but it seems odd that, even though expected “job gains” fell by 76% (from 162,000 to an actual 38,000), the unemployment rate nevertheless continued to decline.

If the unemployment rate really declined, it sounds more like 124,000 people (who were expected to get new jobs but didn’t) simply “disappeared” from the unemployment rolls. They didn’t get jobs. Instead, they were simply deleted from unemployment calculations.

Result? Unemployment rates fell mathematically, but not actually.

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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Employment, Federal Reserve, Unemployment

 

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Abbott & Costello Explain Unemployment


Abbott & Costello [courtesy Google Images]

Abbott & Costello
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COSTELLO: I want to talk about America’s unemployment rate.
.ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 4.7%.
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COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
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COSTELLO: You just said 4.7%.
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ABBOTT: 4.7% Unemployed.
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COSTELLO: Right–4.7% out of work.
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 23%.
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COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 23% unemployed.
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ABBOTT: No, that’s 4.7%.

 

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 4.7% or 23%?
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ABBOTT: 4.7% are unemployed. 23% are out of work.
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COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

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ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

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COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

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ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
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COSTELLO: What point?

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ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.

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COSTELLO: To whom?

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ABBOTT: The unemployed.
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COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
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ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
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COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?
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ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
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COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
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ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 5.6%. Otherwise it would be 23%.

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COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

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ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
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COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
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ABBOTT: Correct.
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COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
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ABBOTT: Bingo.
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COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
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ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like a Democrat.
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COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
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ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Hillary.

 

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Posted by on June 23, 2016 in Humor, Unemployment

 

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World’s Savior: “Helicopter Money”?


Helicopter Money: Modern Manna? [courtesy Google Images]

Helicopter Money: Modern Manna?
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We live in times that are not merely “interesting” but spectacularly so.

According to Zero Hedge.com (“Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland To Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens”),

 

Citi Bank’s chief economist has recently proclaimed that, ‘only helicopter money can save the world now’.

The Finns are considering a ‘basic monthly income’ for the entire population.

“And soon, Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of around $2500 per month, with authorities insisting that people will still want to find a job. . . .  Under the proposed initiative . . . each child would also receive 625 francs ($750) a month.”

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Robot Wars


[courtesy Google Images]

[courtesy Google Images]

“The Terminator” was an A.D. 1984 film starring “Ah-nolt” Schwarzenegger as a robot sent back in time to kill a particular person.  I thought the movie was cool, and I liked at least one of the four “Terminator” films that were subsequently spun off from the original.  Even so, the idea that robots might come to challenge mankind’s earthly supremacy seemed so technologically far-fetched that I didn’t expect to a conflict with robots in my lifetime.

Silly me.

Here we are, 31-years later, and it appears robots are present and already challenging mankind for commercial supremacy. They’re competing with us for our jobs–and they’re winning.

What I didn’t think I’d live to see 31 years ago, is already happening.  Ohh, we’re not fighting with robots just yet.  But, as you’ll see, that’s coming a lot faster than I ever expected.  For now, robots are only taking our jobs.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Employment, Robots, Technology, Video

 

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Figures Lie, and Government Economists Figure


English: U.S. map with counties labeled by FIP...

Image via Wikipedia Unemployment Rates by County

Bill Clinton observed that, when it comes to elections, “It’s all about the economy, stupid.”  Clinton might also have said, when it comes to elections, “It’s all about the appearance of the economy, stupid.”  In either case, while there are other important considerations in elections, the economy is the voters’ primary concern and economic statistics are one of the politician’s principle weapons.

In the coming election, the Republicans can tar Obama with a number of economic statistics.  For example, since Obama took office: 1) the number of people unemployed for more than 52 weeks rose from 15% to over 30%; 2) There are 1.2 million fewer jobs; 3) worker health insurance costs increased 23%; 4) the price of gasoline has increased by 90%; 5) home values have fallen by another 13%; 6) the number of new home sales hit consecutive record lows in A.D. 2009, 2010 and 2011; 7)  the number of Americans living in poverty has increased by over 6 million; 8) Americans dependent on food stamps have increased by 14 million to 46 million; 9)  the national debt has increased by 44%.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Economy, Lies

 

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