Robots don’t take people’s jobs – they make new ones

Robots are the great bogeymen of the 21st century. With their superhuman strength and non-stop work ethic, many feel they are gunning for our jobs. But these fears may be overblown. The first comprehensive look at automation on the German economy suggests that robots created more jobs than they destroyed. People’s fears have been stoked …

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Weird goings-on in Massachusetts

An hours-long standoff between a group of heavily armed individuals and Massachusetts State Police on an interstate ended with 11 taken into custody. The situation was resolved “through negotiation and tactical maneuvers,” Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason told reporters.  The standoff began nine hours prior when police said the group claimed to “not recognize …

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The worst inventions of the last 100 years:

– Nuclear weapons – Corporations as persons. (ridiculous) – Online financial transactions in general. Unsafe? – Plastic bags and bottles – Cellphones (anti-social time gobblers) – The technology that allows social media, e.g Facebook and most other “social media” offerings, to flourish. – Availability of mind altering drugs and the violence that accompanies them. – …

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Lack of sportsmanship is vulgar and tiresome

England’s young lions won praise across Europe after making it to the final of a major international tournament for the first time in 55 years. What didn’t go down so well was the behaviour of some of their fans – or of the British government. The drunken louts, the booing of opponents’ anthems, the racist …

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American executions

US Attorney General Merrick Garland recently ordered a moratorium on federal executions and a Justice Department review of the death penalty. The move followed a decision by the Trump administration Justice Department to revive federal executions by lethal injection in 2019, using a one-drug protocol. The federal government then carried out 13 executions from July 2020 …

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Lack of sleep and early death

A new study has found that people who get little exercise and sleep poorly are 57% more likely to die prematurely compared to those who exercise a lot and sleep better as a result. Bad sleepers also had a 67% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 45% higher chance of being diagnosed with …

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The scandal of college affordability

Public officials have taken the idea of affordable college from something everyone should have to a luxury item only for the super-rich and super lucky.  Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and chuck Schumer have spent months asking Joe Biden to use his authority to eliminate or reduce crushing student debt. Biden promised to do so.  But …

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Will there be a sea change in the wealth gap?

Americans are quitting jobs in record numbers.  Several retail workers among them recently spoke with The Washington Post, describing how the pandemic led to increased hours, pay cuts and understaffed stores, frequented by more disruptive customers. “We’re seeing a wider understanding that these were never good jobs and they were never livable jobs,”  said Rutgers …

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