Jack Saturday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 1210-1212

I am wondering if anyone has researched just how many MD's and other practitioners have suffered unjustly at the hands of the establishment, and how many people realize the degree of risk that has been incurred by such breakaway doctors, and how much courage they have displayed and are displaying now. I served time in federal prison from 1995 to 1998 for having conducted a marijuana business. While incarcerated, I met an astonishing number of MD's who were fellow prisoners. I am guessing as many as a dozen. Of course I had to take them at their word in hearing their stories, but apparently the majority of them had offended the establishment by being too successful in their use of unconventional therapies. And that was their only "crime"!
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Imagine getting a job washing dishes, in a windowless room fogged by the steam of a 200-degree dishwasher. You are required to show up for your eight-hour shift every day, whether or not you are sick, and your supervisor won’t take any action if you injure yourself on the job or have to work overtime. Your compensation for this grueling, dehumanizing work? $2 a day.

If this sounds like some hellish turn-of-the-century sweatshop, it is close. But this is today's reality for hundreds of thousands of American prisoners, who work backbreaking full-time jobs for shockingly low pay. Half of the 1.6 million Americans currently serving time do this kind of “institutional maintenance,” and the median wage they receive is between 20 and 31 cents an hour. Some states, like Texas and Georgia, offer no compensation at all.
AlterNet / By Allegra Kirkland
October 20, 2014

The Lettuce Bot is a tractor-towed device that images a row of plants as it rolls past and compares the visual data against a million-point database of other pictures of lettuce (which must have been super exciting to compile) using a custom designed computer-vision algorithm. It's reportedly 98 percent accurate, and if it spots a weed or a lettuce plant in need of thinning (lettuce will remain dwarfed if planted too close together), the Lettuce Bot gives it a shot of concentrated fertilizer, killing the offending plant while improving the growth prospects of the rest. Incredibly, even though it dawdles through the fields at just 1.2 mph, the Lettuce Bot can still thin a field as accurately and as quickly as 20 field hands.

And the Lettuce Bot is only the start. Farmers across the country are finding it harder and more expensive to find enough human workers and are starting to look to robots to augment the labor force. In response, both private and public ventures have started pouring money into agrimech (agricultural mechanization) technology. As such, research is advancing quickly. Robots are being outfitted with suites of EO sensors, nimble manipulator arms, GPS-guidance, and more processing power than the robots in Runaway
Andrew Tarantola
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