Friday, April 29, 2016

Trump Blows Fuses In Rabbit Brains

  Leftist foreign policy prescriptions only make sense if you understand that Leftist are anti-American and would rather see America lose a war than win it.

Donald Trump gave an amazing speech about his approach to US foreign policy on Wednesday, at least according to Donald Trump. At an event sponsored by the Center for the National Interest, the Republican presidential frontrunner delivered a 5,000-word speech touching on his criticisms of the Obama administration’s approach to national security, the need to whip US allies into shape, and promised that he alone can restore what he described as the lost standing of the US in world affairs.
A Trump foreign policy would eschew “nation building” but would still somehow promote stability worldwide. It would teach our allies to trust us again, even while making a point of behaving “unpredictably.” It would teach the US military to “fight to win,” as opposed to…whatever it is he thinks the military does now.
To the rabbit, keeping stable countries ruled by effective leaders, being loyal to allies and unpredictable to enemies, looking out for our interests, and removing all the PC crap that hampers our military effectiveness is just madness.
By contrast, overthrowing stable friendly governments to create anarchy, betraying allies and appeasing enemies, sacrificing our interests for everyone else’s, and expending our troop’s lives for foreigners who hate us is just common sense.
Notice how in the r-selected world, avoiding conflict is a prime directive. If you are rich, you give away whatever you have to, to try and quell any animus toward you. That idea is as deeply encoded in the rabbit brain as fighting when attacked is in the K-strategist’s brain.
Indeed, after 9/11 there were rabbits telling us we had to figure out what we did to make the Muslims mad at us, and we needed to change our ways so they wouldn’t be so angry at us in the future. That is a reproductive-strategy-related cognitive instinct. It doesn’t operate on logic or reason – it just is within the rabbit brain.
Here, those same instincts are hearing Trump’s speech, and they can’t even begin to grasp the ideas he presents.
The good thing is Trump is beginning the process of molding all of the populace into K-strategists. I believe most humans are programmed, so that if they see “K-strategery” going on around them, they will begin to adapt to operate as K-strategists themselves.
Trump is probably the one man who could shift the r/K balance absent a full on apocalypse. As such, it is tough to avoid wondering if he is some sort of fated plan for the nation.

McDonald’s Will Replace Jobs with Kiosks: Ex-CEO Says $15 Wage “Will Trigger Massive Layoffs”

Not only will the robots process orders “more efficiently and accurately”, you can be confident that they will NOT spit in your food or rub their junk on it.


The future just doesn’t need many burger-flippers and order takers – the computers do it much more efficiently and accurately, after all.

The future of fast food service will involve much less human interaction.
Instead, humans will line up like rats to pellet dispenser, and computer screens will take orders, as the classic menial, entry-level job will gradually disappear along with many other jobs in the workforce.
Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi, who headed the company during the 90s, blasted the push for a $15 minimum wage, which he argued, food companies won’t pay – they just won’t pay it.
And jobs will suffer because of it.
The company will admitted choose to cut jobs altogether, and phase in automated kiosks, rather than pay more in minimum wage. (Perhaps that was their plan all along, and the $15/hour minimum wage controversy is the perfect excuse to put it into action.)
A Former McDonald’s CEO has predicted that raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will cost people entry-level jobs.
In a column he wrote for Forbes, Ed Rensi says… “it will mean wiping out thousands of entry-level opportunities for people without many other options.’
Labor organizers have been demanding an increase in wages… Rather than raise prices, McDonalds is more likely to replace people with self-service computer kiosks so they do not have to pay the high wage.[…] Over a million American youths may otherwise be out of a job.
‘You’ll see their legacy every time you visit the Golden Arches, where “would you like fries with that” is a button on a computer screen rather than a phrase spoken by an employee in their first job,’ he wrote. 
Admittedly, McDonald’s has already cut thousands of jobs in Europe, where it put in more than 7,000 kiosks to take orders rather than pay wages.
And you can bet that there is much more of that sort of thing coming.
From the company perspective, it is obviously a matter of the bottom line. For society, it is an unfortunate perfect storm asautomation alone is poised to destroy millions and millions of jobs.
The future just doesn’t need many burger-flippers and order takers – the computers do it much more efficiently and accurately, after all.
Could they cut money elsewhere – like from the salaries and bonuses of overpaid CEOs? Of course.
But that’s not the point, and it won’t make the difference. These companies simply don’t care… and the economics are against anyone caring ever again.
It is harsh, but true. Please brace yourself as best as you can for this looming change in our society.
As Zero Hedge reported, McDonald’s has already been rolling out test kiosks in Chicago, and as the above article noted, in Europe as well:
According to Brand Eating, fast food king McDonald’s has been spotted testing a self-serve McCafe coffee station/kiosk out in downtown Chicago. The station is located in the restaurant but apart from the counter and looks to be a theoretically more convenient way for those who just want a cup of coffee to skip the regular line (while also freeing employees from having to make each drink in the back)
In essence, this is the company’s latest venture to make employees responsible for one less task as corporate HQ slowly but surely responds to minimum wage hikes sweeping all states, and in the process, outsource its minimum wage workers to simple machines which will never unionize or have any demands aside from being cleaned occasionally.
That site, of the self-serving kiosk, is already familiar at many grocery stores and Wal-Marts, and will become a mainstay of the shopping experience in all sectors, along with driver-less cars, and somewhere, unrecognized by the media, an endless line of former middle class and working people desperate on food stamps and benefits.
It is all happening so fast… before we know it, it will have happened.
Where will everyone go? What will they do?
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Police clash with protesters outside Donald Trump rally in California

The big question: Were these hooligans
from Craigslist at $15 an hour?


Police clashed with protesters on Thursday night outside a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa with one group of protesters filmed trying to flip over a police car.

Police Reveal 46 Calls to Prince's Paisley Park in Last Five Years

  Actually it is a surprise that so few weirdoes and cranks showed up at Prince’s doorstep. That may be why he stayed in Minnesota for all these years: the people there are greater respecters of privacy than elsewhere.


Documented incidents range from trespassing to the day the “Purple Rain” singer died
Apparently, Prince had a very loyal audience in local law enforcement in Minnesota.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office released documents on Thursday indicating that it had received 46 service calls for Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minnesota over the past five years.
Only four of those calls resulted in police reports, including the April 21 call when Prince’s body was found unresponsive in Paisley Park’s elevator before the star was ultimately pronounced dead at age 57.
The most recent logged service call was on April 26, though scant details for that call were released.
Among the other detailed calls, the sheriff’s office noted that, on two separate occasions, officers were dispatched to deal with trespassers on the property, one of whom claimed to have been hired by the “Little Red Corvette” singer.
The trespasser, who “appeared to be daydreaming and mentally appeared to be in a different state of mind” as she spoke to law enforcement, had “two small bags and a black tambourine with the Prince logo on it,” according to the report.
Another trespasser was found on a bus parked on the Paisley Park property.
A third report, for a service call in 2013, involved a South Carolina woman who claimed that she had received a call from a number registered to Paisley Park from a woman who claimed that she had been raped. According to the woman in South Carolina, who contacted police, the woman sounded “panicked and out of breath.” After the supposed victim hung up, the woman in South Carolina told police that she called the number back, and the call went to a Paisley Park voicemail.
An interview with a person associated with the compound indicated that “there was no practical reason for anyone to have been at Paisley Park that late at night,” and a deputy on the scene reported that there were no cars in the Paisley Park parking lot. However, the incident report stated, the number was indeed registered to Paisley Park.
The scene was ultimately cleared by deputies, due to “the lack of evidence supporting that anyone had recently been at Paisley Park.
“At this time it is still unknown who made the call,” the report concluded. “I have continued to try calling the number listed to Paisley Park and every time I have received the ‘busy’ signal.”

Two Milwaukee Moms Share Concealed Carry Stories

  Interesting. This article illustrates how the situation in Milwaukee has deteriorated (and will continue to deteriorate as all the same Leftist officials that presided over the mess for years have been reelected). Milwaukee is an unusual case in that much of the downtown area has been largely gentrified by young hipsters and older empty-nesters moving in, whereas many of the neighborhoods are crime-ridden hell holes. Kind of a reverse “donut” situation.

When these Wisconsin mothers became gun owners and applied for concealed carry permits, they also talked with their children about guns and gun safety.

This week, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel shared the stories of two women with concealed carry permits in the State of Wisconsin. Although they live in distinct neighborhoods — one suburban, one urban — that are separated by 20 miles and vastly different experiences with gun violence.
However, both have made the conscious decision to carry a gun to protect themselves and their families.
Referring to the 300,000+ concealed carry permit holders in the Badger State, the president of Wisconsin Carry Inc., Nik Clark says, “We’ve got all walks of life.”
These two mothers didn’t demand action from others, they took action to protect their safety and and defend their families.
Shamara Austin felt violated when she and her two sons, one just a few months old, came home six years ago to find their condo on Milwaukee’s northwest side had been burglarized.
Someone broke in through the sliding glass patio door and ransacked the unit, flipping over mattresses, stealing televisions and a video game system.
The burglary shook her up and terrified her 7-year-old son, who began having nightmares. Austin had always been afraid of guns, and had no direct experience with them — other than hearing about people hurt or killed in shootings. For the first time in her life, she considered buying one.
Allison Borre, a mother of three, grew up near Whitewater. She remembers the first time her dad took her target shooting during a family trip up north. She was 8.
Borre, who now lives in Pewaukee, was re-introduced to shooting as an adult when a post-divorce suitor took her to a shooting range for their second date. The guy didn’t stick, but her interest in shooting did.
Borre stopped shooting after she graduated from high school. At 19, she became a busy, single mom and didn’t have the time.
She got married, had two children and later divorced. When she eventually began dating again, one of the men she met took her to the Delavan Sportsmen’s Club. They shot rifles and handguns at the outdoor range.
“I really found myself liking it,” she said. “I wanted to get better at it.”
The hobby continued after their breakup, and trips to the range ramped up when Borre and her now-fiancé, a firearms instructor, started dating. Soon she felt at ease, automatically keeping her finger along the barrel of the gun instead of on the trigger. In April 2014, she got her concealed-carry license.
Six months later, on Sweetest Day, Borre’s fiancé gave her a gift: a Ruger SP101 revolver with pink grips.
In Milwaukee, Austin decided to buy a .380 Ruger and to move after the burglary. But thieves struck her new house — taking electronics and her gun — so she moved again.
In the midst of the turmoil, she saw an ad for a concealed-carry class and got her permit in 2013.
She ended up at a modest house on N. 60th St. south of Capitol Drive. By then, she had purchased a .40-caliber slim model from Fleet Farm in Germantown. She kept the gun locked in a box, which she often stored in her car trunk as she worked to remake her rental home into a day care center.
A rash of burglaries swept through the neighborhood. Her house was hit twice. By then, Austin had stopped replacing her TV and her children’s video game systems and was suspicious of everyone, including some relatives.
“Someone invaded your home, your privacy,” she said. “You don’t know if someone’s watching you.”
Austin and Borre made the decision to bring a gun into their homes after wrestling with a fundamental question for any parent: How do you keep your children safe?
Both mothers have had extensive conversations with their children about their decision to own and carry a firearm.
Borre and her children — two sons, ages 18 and 8, and a 4-year-old daughter — moved to Pewaukee about 18 months ago to live with her fiancé and his 14-year-old son. The couple have multiple firearms stored in gun safes in their home. The teens have shot extensively with their parents as a family activity and her younger son has shot a small-caliber gun at the range once, Borre said.
“We do have a pretty extensive family safety plan, like if someone were to break in, this is what we would do,” she said.
Borre says she understands people who aren’t comfortable with firearms. One of them, she says, is her best friend.
For Austin, her focus is on her 13-year-old son and what happens when he goes to another person’s home. Will he see a gun? Will people treat it like a status symbol, something related to “hip-hop, gangster stuff,” as she put it?
“Even though my son knows I have a gun, he knows what it’s for,” she said. “It’s nothing I show off and point around.”
Austin and Borre say their decision comes down to personal safety. Not only was Austin repeatedly a burglary victim, she also hears about carjackings, gas station robberies, car thefts and shootings from her friends and family in Milwaukee whenever she logs onto social media.
Borre, who works in I.T., says she carries her weapon when she’s called in to fix technology problems at her employer’s Waukesha office. Problems can crop up at any time. She also carries the gun while hiking in remote areas of northern Wisconsin. Otherwise, her gun is locked up at home.
“I suppose I do feel safer in the situations that I do carry,” she said.
Borre, now a certified instructor herself, not only thinks about when to carry, but how she would react to a situation that gave her legal cause to draw her gun.
“You can’t pull it unless you think you’re in clear and immediate danger,” she said. “But to pull a trigger, that’s a tough call, I think. Sometimes I think if it was just me, I probably wouldn’t. If it was my children in danger, I would.”
Austin makes her decision to carry on a day-by-day basis. Sometimes, she says, she can’t help but wonder if she’s attracting “negative energy” by carrying a gun.
“Should I just pray and just leave this gun home?” she said. “Is prayer going to save me if something does kick off? Am I going to regret not taking this gun with me?”

Mother driving on Milwaukee highway shot dead by son in backseat

This sad case is being portrayed by the anti-gun Left as an object lesson of why you should not own guns, especially if you have children. On closer examination one finds that this tragedy was the result of a “perfect storm” of bad decisions. First the deceased loaned her own car to a male friend to use on a date with another woman/women several days previously. Following the date the male friend stopped at a convenience store leaving the car running and unlocked while he was in the store. Yes, you guessed it, the car was promptly stolen while he was in the store (this is Milwaukee after all). The deceased subsequently borrowed her boy friend’s car to run some errand. She took her mother, her two-year-old son and another one-year old toddler with her. Neither of the toddlers were placed in child car seats. The one-year-old sat on the mother’s lap in the front seat, while the two-year-old boy was in the back seat standing on the floor. Incidentally, the boy friend was not the father of either child. The boy friend was employed as a security guard and left his holstered .40 caliber duty handgun inside the passenger compartment of his car. For some reason the deceased woman did not place the firearm in the trunk of the vehicle. Instead  she removed the gun from the holster and slid it in under her seat. Now the holster on the duty belt was a security holster, meaning that the handgun was locked in the holster until the lock was released by pressing a lever or button with the thumb or forefinger while drawing the gun. So the gun would have actually been more secure had the deceased left it in the holster. In the event the gun then slid out from under the driver’s seat and onto the floor in front of the rear seat where the two-year-old boy was able to get his hands on it and  fire a shot killing his mother in the driver’s seat. As it turned out the deceased woman did not have a valid driver’s license, so it was illegal for her to drive the car in the first place. Lesson learned.

Patrice Price, 26, was reportedly driving a car belonging to her security guard boyfriend when her toddler accidentally fired a gun.
A mother driving down a Milwaukee highway was shot and killed by her toddler son in the backseat when he got his hands on a gun, police said.
Patrice Price, 26, was driving a car belonging to her security guard boyfriend when the two-year-old accidentally fired a weapon that had been left in the vehicle, her father Andre Price told WISN.
She was pronounced dead on scene Tuesday on Highway 175, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Patrice Price, a 26-year-old mother of three, was shot dead on a Milwaukee highway by her child in the backseat.

“Initial witness accounts indicate that a child in the back seat of the vehicle got ahold of a gun and discharged the firearm, sending a single bullet into the driver’s back,” the department said in a statement. “The MCSO investigation into the death is on-going.”
Andre Price, who was distraught over his daughter's death, said that she was a hard-working mother of three.
"I have a knot in my chest. They won't even let me see my daughter. I wanted to hold my daughter for one last time," he said.
The incident comes less than two months after a Florida mom was shot in the back while driving by her 4-year-old son, who found a loaded weapon in the back seat.
Jamie Gilt, who posted often about her love of guns, survived the mid-drive shooting, though authorities are contemplating charges for the 31-year-old mom.

Leah Barkoukis - In Dramatic Reversal, Army Retains Green Beret Who Roughed Up Child Rapist in Afghanistan

It shouldn't have taken this long, but better late than never.

The Army on Thursday announced its decision to retain Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, who was ordered discharged last year after he roughed up a local Afghan police commander for repeatedly raping a little boy and then beating his mother.
Outrage against the Army’s actions rightfully ensued after the incident, since the Green Beret had served honorably for more than 11 years and most would argue that taking a stand against a child rapist was the right thing to do, morally speaking.
But, his actions came at a time when U.S. soldiers were being told to ignore rampant sexual abuse of young children by our Afghan allies because “it’s their culture.”
Now, however, the Army has issued a stunning reversal.
Fox News has the details:
Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland, confirmed the Army's decision to retain him when reached by Fox News, who has been covering the story in depth for the past eight months and first broke the story of the Army's decision in August to kick out Martland over the incident, which occurred in northern Afghanistan in 2011.  […]
As first reported by Fox News, while deployed to Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander in 2011 accused of raping an Afghan boy and beating his mother. When the man laughed off the incident, they shoved him to the ground.
Martland and his team leader were later removed from the base, and eventually sent home from Afghanistan. The U.S. Army has not confirmed the specifics of Martland's separation from service citing privacy reasons, but a “memorandum of reprimand” from October 2011 obtained by Fox News makes clear that Martland was criticized by the brass for his intervention after the alleged rape. Asked for comment inSeptember 2015, an Army spokesman reiterated, "the U.S. Army is unable to confirm the specifics of his separation due to the Privacy Act." 
An Army spokesman said Thursday that Martland's status has been changed, allowing him to stay in the Army in a statement to Fox News. 
"I am real thankful for being able to continue to serve," Martland told Fox News. "I appreciate everything Congressman Duncan Hunter and his Chief of Staff, Joe Kasper did for me."
Hunter was very outspoken in support of Martland, writing a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter defending the Green Beret and even introducing legislation that would empower U.S. troops to block sexual abuse on foreign soil.
"The Army did the right thing and we won--the American people, won," Hunter told Fox News. "Martland is who we want out there."

AP News - Spain: Park workers discover huge Roman coin trove

MADRID (AP) — Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.
The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century.
The coins are believed to have been recently minted at the time and had probably been stored to pay soldiers or civil servants.
Museum director Ana Navarro said the discovery Wednesday in the southern town of Tomares outside Seville is unique for Spain and of incalculable value.
She told reporters the museum had contacted counterparts in Britain, France and Italy and that the find appeared to be one of the most important from the period.
The regional cultural department said Friday construction work in the park had been halted while archeologists investigate further.
The clay pots, 10 of which were said to be intact, were found just over a meter (yard) underground.
Navarro said the coins studied so far bear images of emperors Constantine and Maximian and with a variety of pictorial images on the reverse.
The cultural department said the museum had no similar coins in its collection. Once the find has been fully investigated the pieces will be put on display in the museum, the department said.
The Romans began to conquer Spain in 218 B.C. and ruled until the fifth century.
An earlier version of this story was corrected to show museum director's surname is Navarro.

Huffington Post Now Apparently Hiring Stoners To Write About Gun Policy

  This does tell us what Leftists truly think and whose side they are really on in the fight against crime. Hard as it might be for the rest of us to believe that someone might actually think that way. So yes, please Leftists, keep telling us what you really believe. Don’t hide your thoughts and feelings. Tell us who and what you are so we’ll be warned.


Have you ever read something so incoherent that you simply assume that the person who wrote it must have been high out of their minds?
That’s what it felt like to read a recent article on the Huffington Post by Justin Cormi, where he attempts to assert that lawful citizens using firearms for self-defense, like, denies criminals of their constitutional rights, man.
The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.
Cormi’s disjointed rant gets even more incoherent and illogical from there, but his basic premise is stunning.
He’s effectively arguing that violent criminals have more rights than their innocent victims, and that the act of defending your life using lethal force is illegal.
This is not only factually  incorrect as a legal matter, but is also at odds with thousands of years of human history, the morality of most modern and ancient cultures, and the theology of every major religion.
Put simply, Cormi couldn’t be much more wrong if he was trying to argue that “green” is a smell.
Where do they find these clowns, and why do they give them a voice?

Video shows savage attack of British family after son bumps man on crowded street in Thailand

It’s open season on white people…all over the world.

BANGKOK -- A British couple and their son were savagely attacked during a family vacation in Thailand in the latest blow to the country's image as a welcoming tourist paradise. Police said Thursday they have arrested the four suspected attackers.
A video of the attack, which was captured by overhead security cameras and posted this week on social media, has stirred shock and outrage over its brutality and the ages of the victims, a 65-year-old woman and 68-year-old man from Scotland and their 43-year-old son. The attack is the latest act of violence against tourists in the Southeast Asian country.
In the video the family is seen walking down a crowded street in the beach town of Hua Hin on the evening of April 13, amid festivities for the Thai New Year.
An altercation breaks out with a group of men on the street who punch all three in the face, kick their bodies and stomp on their faces in an attack that lasts about 2 minutes.
Editor's Note: The below video contains graphic content.
Police Col. Chaiyakorn Sriladecho said it started after "the son accidentally bumped into one of the Thai men."
The attack stops only when all three victims are seen lying apparently unconscious on the ground. As the Thai gang disappears, bystanders come to their aid.
"We have now arrested all four suspects," Chaiyakorn said. Three of the men were arrested within days of the incident and the fourth on Thursday, he said, identifying them as in their 20s and 30s.
"The men say they are sorry and that they wouldn't have done this if they weren't drunk," he said.
The father and son suffered head injuries requiring stitches, Chaiyakorn said. The mother received serious eye and head injuries that caused a buildup of fluid in the brain and required an operation, he said.
In March, four French tourists were assaulted on the island of Koh Kut as they walked to dinner. They included a mother and daughter who were both raped.
Two British backpackers were murdered on the island of Koh Tao in 2014. Autopsies showed the couple, a young man and woman, had been severely beaten and the woman raped. Two Myanmar migrants were convicted of the crime based on DNA evidence that rights groups say was questionable.

Kidnapped boys forced to play Russian roulette: Police


TORONTO -- Two Toronto teenagers allegedly caught up in one of the city's gang wars were kidnapped, beaten, forced to play Russian roulette and sexually assaulted over two harrowing days, police said Thursday.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for two of the people alleged to be behind the violent abductions as police try to prevent the conflict from escalating.
Toronto police Staff Insp. Mike Earl said the kidnapping took place hours after members of one gang tried to crash a party held by one of their rivals.
"I wouldn't call this an innocent stranger kidnapping. This is basically gang war kidnapping with one group or gang kidnapping another group's members to make money, to send a message," Earl told a news conference.
"As police officers we don't pick our victims. We're here to protect everybody, so we need to step up here and prevent retaliations by apprehending these individuals as soon as we can," he said.
Earl said the event that led to the kidnappings was an April 18 party held by members of the Young Buck Killers in a downtown condo they rented through Airbnb.
Members of the Queen's Drag Crips allegedly tried to crash the festivities, leading to an armed standoff in the hallway outside the condo. Earl estimated between eight and 10 shots were fired and one person sustained minor injuries, but police were never called to the scene.
The next day, Earl alleges two 17-year-old members of the Crips were summoned to a home by members of the Young Buck Killers.
What followed there was an ordeal for the teens that Earl said continued over the next 48 hours.
"The two 17-year-old youths were tied to a chair and beaten," he said. "During their beating they were forced to play Russian roulette with a loaded handgun. A shot was fired in the premises."
Earl said police received multiple reports of suspicious activity around the home, but officers failed to find anything when they arrived. As a result of the frequent police presence, however, Earl said the teens were moved to two different locations in the city where the abuse continued.
Earl said the boys were also forced to perform undisclosed sex acts during their captivity.
The teens were released on April 21 after family members agreed to ransom demands made by the alleged abductors. Earl did not say how much money changed hands.
A 19-year-old man allegedly involved in the kidnapping was arrested on April 23. Quinton Gardiner is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping for ransom, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and assault with a weapon.
The next day, police arrested three people -- 23-year-old Akil White, 18-year-old Deshawn Walters and a 16-year-old boy -- who are charged with various firearms-related offences.
Earl said police are still seeking a 23-year-old man and 17-year-old boy on a nationwide warrant. Earl said members of 23-year-old Lincoln Richards' family are also of interest to police.
"My understanding of the allegations is that his family members -- his mother, grandmother and sister -- may have been present in the house ... when the beatings were taking place," he said.
Police said both suspects are considered armed and dangerous and urge the public not to approach them directly.

Automation: Self-Driving Trucks Will Automate Millions of Jobs

Self-driving cars and trucks are touted as improving road safety (once all the tech kinks are worked out) and will perform jobs that “people don’t really want to do.” according to the article below. Hmm, where have we heard that phrase before??
Self-driving trucking is moving ahead briskly. The main article linked below notes that a convoy of self-driving trucks recently crossed Europe, which leaves out important details. The trucks were connected wirelessly, as part of the 2016 European Truck Platooning Challenge. The event was a test of the platooning concept, meaning the vehicles were following in a close line to save fuel and the lead truck had an active driver:
Michael Kropp typically spends his days behind the wheel of a big, freight-hauling truck, navigating the high-speed curves, offramps, and stop-and-go traffic typical of European highways. On a recent trip to Rotterdam, he was able to relax and take in the sights. Kropp was one of about 30 drivers participating in a test of a new automated driving technology called platooning, which links trucks via Wi-Fi, GPS, sensors, and cameras so they can travel semiautonomously behind one another. The leading rig dictates speed and direction, while the rest automatically steer, accelerate, and brake in a closely spaced convoy. [. . .]
Although driverless cars grab headlines, it may take decades before truly autonomous vehicles rule the road. In the meantime, semiautomated convoys can help manufacturers hone the technology while cutting emissions and fuel consumption, says Anders Kellström, who managed Volvo’s test run to Rotterdam. “Platooning is one of the first steps toward automated driving,” he says. “The technology is mature.”
Eventually, the passive drivers in the convoy will disappear and the group of trucks will be semi-autonomous with one human driver in charge. That will likely be the next step.
This video shows the platooning concept:
The following article is useful because it names some of the costs and savings in dollar amounts. These are the facts the trucking company owners are considering. Naturally they believe that someone else will provide jobs for Americans so they can purchase goods being transported by truck.
And of course, America won’t need any more immigrant workers in the techno-future, given the shrinking workforce caused partially by automation of jobs that were once done by humans. Oxford University researchers forecast in 2013 thatnearly half of American jobs were susceptible to being automated within 20 years.
Remember: Automation makes immigration obsolete.
A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.
Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks.
Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost.
And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology, allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains. Continue reading this article