Jack Saturday

Monday, October 16, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1678-1680

A network of inventors and investors, hundreds of university engineering and math departments, thousands of government-funded research projects, countless freelance innovators and the entire corporate establishment are "re-inventing" practically every workplace by displacing humans with "more efficient" AI robots.
 Robots are now performing millions of surgeries every year.
While online retail giants have already eliminated hundreds of thousands of sales clerks by radically restructuring how consumers make purchases, AI systems are poised to gobble up the jobs transporting those products. The first big targets are America's truckers, who number 1.8 million and have some of the few remaining, decent-paying jobs not requiring college degrees.   
Hightower: The Next Wave of the Tech Revolution Will Wipe Out Millions of Jobs—Maybe Even Yours
By Jim Hightower / AlterNet
October 12, 2017, 2:05 PM GMT

 Human-Free Farms: In a 1.5-acre remote farm in the UK, Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions recently harvested their first crop of barley. The twist? The farm is run autonomously. Instead of human farm workers, Hands Free Hectare uses autonomous vehicles, machine learning algorithms and drones to plant, tend, and harvest.
Why the World Is (Still) Better Than You Think—New Evidence For Abundance
Peter Diamandis
Oct 12, 2017

 Heaven prefers no one, but the sensible person prefers heaven.
Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching


Monday, October 09, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1675-1677

Machines will be able to do our work for less, without the need for a lunch break or eight hours of rest. This dilutes company costs, increases profits, and for socially aware enterprises, makes the widespread implementation of UBI much easier to swallow.
Nikhil Reddy

 It’s fairly common to feel a passing urge to quit your job when you’ve hit a rough patch, says Nancy S. Molitor, a clinical psychologist in Wilmette, Ill., and a public education coordinator for the American Psychological Association. But the idea is surfacing in more employees’ minds these days, she said.
Sometimes an employee wants to quit because of an untenable working situation: an overbearing boss, a difficult co-worker, a crushing workload. Often, the reasons for feeling upset and wanting to quit are legitimate, Dr. Molitor said.
SUZANNE LUCAS, who writes a blog called the Evil HR Lady, says in a column for CBS News that it’s generally a bad idea and “just darn rude” to quit a job on the spot. But she notes exceptions that would justify a quick departure — for example, if staying in a job would put you in some kind of danger (a violent co-worker, say, or a safety violation), or would make you break the law or violate your ethical or religious standards.
Published: March 23, 2013
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Work, Sleep, Work, Sleep, Work

Work, sleep, work, sleep,
Work, sleep, work, sleep,
Work, sleep, work, sleep,

Work, sleep, work, sleep,
Work, sleep, work, sleep,
Work, sleep, work, sleep,

Oh free me please with gentle ease
From work, sleep, work, sleep, work!
This odium, pounding tedium
Of my work, sleep, work, sleep, work.

Just whisk me off to lands afar
From work, sleep, work, sleep, work -
That grinding train of rhythmic pain
Called ‘Work, sleep, work, sleep, work.’

Poor neural circuits fizzle and pop
In work, sleep, work, sleep, work,
In trying to make some sense of all this
Work, sleep, work, sleep, work.

But Hark! I see a golden gleam -
A saving spirit of hope:
‘You’re fired! ’ He screams. What news to bear,
This wondrous hangman’s rope!

So now I’m free, released from all this
Work, sleep, work, sleep, work -
Eternal peace and rest for me, no
Work, sleep, work, sleep, work.


Monday, October 02, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1672-1674

As a stocker. I mostly work, don't have time to do much of anything else. Or at least, don't feel energized or motivated to. If I didn't have work, I'd probably spend a bit too much time playing video games and going on youtube or other time wasting sites. But I also think I'd be more motivated to draw, paint and actually write and work on the comic book stories I have stored inside my head. How many more like me exist in this world, where we want to do more creative things with our life but have to make money, and that takes most our energy?

The solution – receiving troves of support from the likes of Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson – is universal basic income.
Universal Basic Income: The Full Rundown
Nikhil Reddy

Widerquist writes, a UBI would cost “less than 25 percent of the cost of current US entitlement spending, less than 15 percent of overall federal spending, and about 2.95 percent of Gross Domestic Product.” It would immediately lift more than 43 million people out of poverty, including 14.5 million children.
The cost of not eliminating poverty? It’s over $3 trillion a year.

Why We Need a Universal Basic Income
By Keri Lee Merritt
September 19, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1669-1671

In New Orleans, a mom with one child needs to earn $17.52 to make ends meet.  In New York, the mom with one child should earn $19.66 to make it.   If we now realistically calculate the number of people who work and do not earn a living wage, the numbers of working poor in the US skyrocket to several tens of millions.
The US Labor Department estimated recently that 13 million people were unemployed.  Another 8 million people were working part-time but wanted full-time work.  Even more millions who are not working are not counted in those numbers because they have been unemployed so long. 
Why Don't We Pay People Enough? 8 Facts About America's Struggling Working People
 AlterNet / By Bill Quigley
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 Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots.

The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent...
The researchers said they were surprised to see very little employment increase in other occupations to offset the job losses in manufacturing. That increase could still happen, they said, but for now there are large numbers of people out of work, with no clear path forward — especially blue-collar men without college degrees.
The study analyzed the effect of industrial robots in local labor markets in the United States. Robots are to blame for up to 670,000 lost manufacturing jobs between 1990 and 2007, it concluded, and that number will rise because industrial robots are expected to quadruple.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
Claire Cain Miller @clairecm
New York Times
MARCH 28, 2017
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76 percent of American university faculty are adjunct professors - an all-time high. Unlike tenured faculty, whose annual salaries can top $160,000, adjunct professors make an average of $2,700 per course and receive no health care or other benefits.

Most adjuncts teach at multiple universities while still not making enough to stay above the  poverty line. Some are on  welfare or homeless. Others depend on  charity drives held by their peers. Adjuncts are generally  not allowed to have offices or participate in faculty meetings. When they ask for a living wage or benefits, they can be  fired. Their contingent status allows them no recourse.
With roughly 40 percent of academic positions  eliminated since the 2008 crash, most adjuncts will not find a tenure-track job.
when 76 percent of professors are viewed as so disposable and indistinguishable that they are listed in course catalogues as  "Professor Staff", administrators view  computers which grade essays as a viable replacement.

76 percent of faculty are treated as dispensable automatons.
Academia's Indentured Servants
April 12, 2013
Sarah Kendzior
Al Jazeera

Monday, September 18, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1666-1668

I DEMAND a return on investment for the taxes i paid that went to r&d for computers, robotics, and automation, not to mention the government loans for rich fucks to obtain more capitol and implement all this. the computer revolution was created by all of us, we should all benefit! place a tax on each form of automation our nation uses, put it towards universal income, and let us all reap the benefits of eliminating tedious tasks
Ron Walsh

 Nowadays, everyone needs an income – to be able to live and to work to our full potential. A real Unconditional Basic Income is not a neoliberal austerity measure for the few who currently appropriate natural resources and the wealth created by the paid and unpaid work of earlier and present generations. Basic income builds a solid basis for the welfare state. No ‘natural’ laws govern the current race to the bottom with austerity and tax competition. These are the result of policy choices, and we can choose different ones. Therefore we say:

    Redistribute the wealth – here and everywhere!
International Basic Income Week

No matter how you calculate the federal budget, we can afford to be our brother’s keeper. The real question is not whether but how we choose to be.
Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause.
James Livingston


Monday, September 11, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1663-1665

Drugs and Depression: As the pharmaceutical industry keeps pushing opioids, Americans are suffering "deaths of despair" – death by drugs, alcohol, and suicide. One out of every six Americans has taken a psychiatric drug such as an antidepressant or sedative in the past year. About 75% of heroin addicts used prescription opioids before turning to heroin, which is killing people at a rate three times greater than just seven years ago. Americans are also dying from alcoholism at a record rate. Suicide is at its highest level in 30 years.

Job Stress: The suicide rate is also clearly linked to unemployment and deteriorating work conditions, especially since the 2008 recession.
Paul Buchheit
A Beautiful Moment of Socialism. But Now Killer Capitalism Resumes

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When work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Albert Camus

 First of all, I was a white male, with all the privilege that comes with that. I received a free education from a world-respected university paid for by the taxpayers of California (education used to be free in California). I even had a mother that could lend me a year’s wages to start one of my first businesses. I had cities and counties that would give me zoning and permit entitlements to turn a few hundred thousand dollars of raw land into hundreds of millions of dollars of recreational community subdivisions. I traveled on roads I didn’t pay for and used the country’s legal system to bash competitors before they could start. I was not just the inheritor and beneficiary of the rich people that had gone before me, of those that had skewed and rigged the rules and prepared the way, but also of every single person that had allowed it to happen. My fortune was built from riches plundered from the earth and watered by the blood, sweat and tears of everyone that helped to make me rich, not just my employees, suppliers and customers, but the whole society.

Thanks everyone.

The thank you is sincere but it might sound a bit hollow to your ears. Thank you doesn’t really seem like a lot to say when you have accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars and most people have very little money to fall back on. Imagine eating at a sumptuous private banquet every night that the whole society has paid for, while most people are too stressed from overwork and worry to do more than grab some fast food on the way home and others can only hope to find some moldy food in a dumpster. There is no fairness in that. No equality. No justice. Indeed, it is shameful.

Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich
By Dariel Garner
Popular Resistance

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1660-1662

…your average foodie will ask way more questions about how humane the conditions were of the chicken they’re about to eat, than about the working conditions of [the] waiter who is right in front of them.
5 Reasons Working in a Restaurant Sucks
By Katherine Greider
The Washington Monthly
via AlterNet 

 Please, all you empty suits, come to my part of town where young men are rooting through trash cans and mentally ill homeless people gnaw their gums at the bus stops. Come with me to interviews where 20 college graduates, dressed in their Sunday best, winnowed from hundreds of applicants, do a cattle call for a single clerical position. For $8/hr.
Leilani Karp
Los Angeles
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Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs
New York Times
Published: March 3, 2013

 The expression “a liberal education” originally meant one worthy of freemen. Such is education simply in a true and broad sense. But education ordinarily so-called-- the learning of trades and professions which is designed to enable men to earn their living, or to fit them for a particular station in life--is servile.
Henry Thoreau, 1859

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1657-1659

Only about 8 per cent of those aged 18 to 34 reported being unhappy with their job, while for those aged 35 and over, that number doubled to 16 per cent.
"There comes a time when either you haven't achieved success, work has burned you out, or lived experience tells you family is more important," Cooper told Bloomberg.

"You ask yourself, 'What am I doing this for?'"
The least happy workers are found in organizations of 10,000 or more people
Survey Pinpoints Age When You’re Likely To Start Hating Your Job
Daniel Tencer
Senior Business
Huffpost Canada

On Wednesday, Jackie Dean, who began working on the Golden Gate Bridge 18 years ago, will be one of more than two dozen toll collectors who will be replaced by a completely automated system.
New York Times headline
March 25, 2013

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 Trainees in Radiology and Other Specialties See Dream Jobs Disappearing.
New York Times headline
March 28, 2013

Monday, August 21, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1654-1656

Yet for half of all Americans, their share of the total economic pie has shrunk significantly, new research has found.

This group — the approximately 117 million adults stuck on the lower half of the income ladder — “has been completely shut off from economic growth since the 1970s,” the team of economists found. “Even after taxes and transfers, there has been close to zero growth for working-age adults in the bottom 50 percent.”
By 2014, the average income of half of American adults had barely budged, remaining around $16,000, while members of the top 1 percent brought home, on average, $1,304,800 or 81 times as much.
A Bigger Economic Pie, but a Smaller Slice for Half of the U.S.
DEC. 6, 2016
New York Times

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 Thanks to automation, we now make 85 percent more goods than we did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers.

This suggests that while Mr. Trump can browbeat manufacturers into staying in America, he can’t force them to hire many people. Instead, companies will most likely invest in lots and lots of robots.

And there’s another wrinkle to this story: The robots won’t be made in America. They might be made in China.
in the last few years the Chinese government has spent billions to turn China into the world’s robotic wonderland.    

In 2013, China became the world’s largest market for industrial robots, according to the International Federation of Robotics, an industry trade group. Now China is working on another big goal: to become the largest producer of robots used for factories, agriculture and a range of other applications.
In 2014, Xi Jinping, China’s president, called for a “robot revolution.”

How to Make America’s Robots Great Again
New York Times
JAN. 25, 2017

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 We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
R. Buckminster Fuller

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1651-1653

A good starting point is the simple reality that most of what we all receive as “income” far, far exceeds what anyone can claim as the result of the “work” they actually do in the here and now. Once this fully documented reality is understood, the moral case for a basic income for all becomes very different from conventional understandings. The starting point is recognition that most “income” is, in fact, a gift of the past.
A person born at the end of the current century will have done absolutely nothing to enable or deserve this enormous gain. All of it will come to that person as a gift from the past, mainly from the accumulation of technological and scientific knowledge she receives just by being born.
The gift of the past includes thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and technology — arithmetic, calculus, electricity, chemistry, physics, automobiles, airplanes, engines, computers, the internet, modern medicine, and on and on. In the 1950s M.I.T. economist Robert Solow demonstrated that nearly 90 percent of productivity growth up to that point in the 20th century was due to technical change (including technology, knowledge, education, and various related factors) rather than as a result of current labor and capital. He later won a Nobel Prize in Economics for the resulting contributions to the theory of economic growth.
The gift of the past includes thousands of years of accumulated knowledge and technology — arithmetic, calculus, electricity, chemistry, physics, automobiles, airplanes, engines, computers, the internet, modern medicine, and on and on. In the 1950s M.I.T. economist Robert Solow demonstrated that nearly 90 percent of productivity growth up to that point in the 20th century was due to technical change (including technology, knowledge, education, and various related factors) rather than as a result of current labor and capital. He later won a Nobel Prize in Economics for the resulting contributions to the theory of economic growth.
Technological Inheritance and the Case for a Basic Income
Gar Alperovitz
Economic Security Project

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 A veteran Mountie based in Courtenay is suing the RCMP, alleging she was subjected to years of sexist and racist harassment.

The allegations come just months after the RCMP announced a record $100-million compensation package for women who were sexually harassed while working for the national force. The RCMP has come under fire for allowing a toxic work environment that has contributed to low morale and mental-health issues for members.

In May, a report by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP criticized the national police force for its failure to address widespread bullying and harassment.

Ian MacPhail, the commission’s chairman, urged the federal government to bring in civilian governance after he concluded the force’s top brass is incapable of making reforms to its dysfunctional culture.
Island officer sues RCMP, alleging harassment

Katie DeRosa / Times Colonist
August 9, 2017 10:25 PM
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 This era of Industry 4.0 is being driven by the same technological advances that enable the capabilities of the smartphones in our pockets. It is a mix of low-cost and high-power computers, high-speed communication and artificial intelligence. This will produce smarter robots with better sensing and communication abilities that can adapt to different tasks, and even coordinate their work to meet demand without the input of humans.
Again, in an ideal scenario, humans may be able to focus on doing the things that make us human, perhaps fuelled by a basic income generated from robotic work. Ultimately, it will be up to us to define whether the robotic workforce will work for us, with us, or against us.

Jeff Morgan
Thursday 20 July 2017
Does The Next Industrial Revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs