Are We Just Putting Off The Inevitable In Afghanistan?

An Australian service light armored vehicle drives through Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, March 29. The terrain of Tangi Valley is notoriously rough, but the ASLAV maneuvers across it with ease, said Australian army Lt. McLeod Wood, a troop leader for 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Mentoring Task Force 2, Combined Team Uruzgan.

by Tony Wyman After campaigning on the pledge to pull all American troops from Afghanistan, President Trump reversed course in August and announced a new plan that, essentially, continued President Obama‘s strategy, with one major change. That change, putting pressure on the Taliban‘s sponsor, Pakistan, is a major course correction from the Obama Administration’s failed strategy that allowed the Taliban to resurge in the mountainous country. But will it succeed? In the president’s first major foreign policy address of his time in office, delivered on August 21, he committed the…

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Mel Brooks’ Son, Zombies, Monsanto, Big Ag, War Games And China

Sign in front of gate - "Close Gate In Case of Zombie Outbreak"

by Richard Cameron   Recently  I enjoyed listening to Max Brooks’ interview on NPR with Fresh Air host Terry Gross.  Max is the son of comedy genius Mel Brooks and noted actress Anne Bancroft, she of the iconic Mrs. Robinson role in “The Graduate” – an Oscar winning box office smash of 1967, and the breakout role of Dustin Hoffman’s career. Max is an accomplished writer and creator in his own right – having written a popular series of books on the zombie phenomenon, including “The Zombie Survival Guide”. Brooks has…

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Urban Community Gardens, Co-ops, Communal Farming and Farmers’ Markets: Healthy Food Production for Our Future

J. Lee Community Gardens, Community Farms and Farmers’ markets A trend that is gaining momentum is community gardens, co-ops, communal farms and farmers’ markets. They have always been around, but the idea has become more mainstream. They can be found throughout the United States. Community Gardens Community gardens, also known as co-op’s, are comprised of land purchased by a group of people or local governments. Regulations can be a challenge, but many governments will assist those who are serious. They are developed so that a group of people can produce…

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The Brave New World Of Productivity Maximized Robot Workforces & Trump’s False Narrative

photo of Kismit Robot at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Museum

by Tony Wyman Editor’s Note:  This review of productivity maximized robot workforces, is the second part in a series examining the challenge of the rapid incorporation of automation and mechanization displacing American workers.  In part One, the author examined the plans for automated transportation (the trucking industry) and increased mechanization of coal mining. Productivity Increases What entices managers to increase their reliance on robots is obvious: greater productivity at lower costs.  Robots are increasing American manufacturing productivity dramatically, up 32% from 1998 to 2012. Today, thanks to automation, there are…

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Mr. Roboto is Stealing Your Job – Mechanization In Trucking And Coal Mining

photo of actual robotic hand

by Tony Wyman Automation vs. Truck Driving Humans According to the American Trucking Association, there are 3.5 million people driving trucks professionally in this country, earning anywhere from an average of $41,000 to $81,000 a year.  And robots are about to put those drivers out of a job. A recent story in the MIT Technology Review claimed self-driving long haul trucks will be common on highways in five to ten years, making the humans driving the big rigs obsolete.  Not only are self-driving trucks more efficient, able to drive long hours…

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House Passes CHOICE Act with Little Hope of Success – Dodd-Frank Remains the Law for Now

by Oletta Branstiter The majority of Americans were focused on the media circus surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress yesterday regarding possible Russian collusion and obstruction of justice by President Trump. You may have missed the halfhearted news: “The House of Representatives pushed through a bill Thursday that would gut many of the key banking reforms implemented after the financial crisis.” CNBC adds, “In a primarily partisan vote, the House passed the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act, a highly controversial measure that stands…

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The Fallacious Narrative Of The Trump Economic Turnaround – Retail And Consumers

photo credit: Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City by Richard Cameron Certain individuals inclined to see all things Trump, through the lenses of rose colored glasses – including the economy, are ignoring the warning signs of the hard economic data. Credit Suisse, the Wall Street Journal and Fitch are not. The backdrop to the data that these three observers of the real economy are examining, are the GDP numbers for the first quarter of 2017. Cheerleaders of the script that Donald Trump was going to usher in a new cycle…

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