Daily News Thread 2/18

Super Late Edition

California 'bombogenesis', biggest storm in years, kills four

One of California's strongest storms in years - dubbed a "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb" - has hit the state, killing at least four people and bringing torrential rain and floods.

In Munich, Pence Says U.S. Commitment to NATO Is ‘Unwavering’

Pence also warned that Europe must increase its military spending in a dangerous world, saying, “As you keep faith with us, under President Trump, we will always keep faith with you.”

Donald Trump's administration is in 'disarray', warns John McCain at Munich Security Conference

Donald Trump's administration is in "disarray" and has “a lot of work to do”, a senior Republican figure has warned at a high-level meeting of defence and security chiefs in Germany.

UAW head backs 'Buy American' campaign, praises Trump

The president of the United Auto Workers union declared Thursday that the "Buy American" movement is back, praised President Trump for criticizing outsourcing and reiterated his call for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.

Dutch populist Geert Wilders calls some Moroccans 'scum'

Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans "scum".

Australian stripped of citizenship, setting dangerous precedent

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton declined to comment, but his office confirmed that a citizenship was revoked. Dutton reportedly declared Sharrouf’s citizenship void on the advice of a secret panel of intelligence officers, police, bureaucrats and lawyers known as the Citizenship Loss Board.

Perez says he's closing in on DNC chairmanship with 180 votes

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is claiming 180 Democratic National Committee members are supporting his bid for chairman, a number that would put him within striking distance of the 224 votes needed.

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Meritocratic Myths

Elite universities don’t offer poor and working-class students class mobility — they maintain a rigid class hierarchy.

Unions Are Losing Their Decades-Long ‘Right-to-Work’ Fight

Mandatory fees are endangered at the Supreme Court, statehouses, and Congress.

'Psychological warfare': immigrants in America held hostage by fear of raids

After a week of raids and an alarming government leak, uncertainty hangs over immigrant communities as they wait to see what Trump will do next.

In Germany, the Taboo of Patriotism Is Fueling Far Right’s Rise

Germans are reaching for a shared identity but finding only an empty space. Into that vacuum slipped the Alternative for Germany, known by its German initials, AfD, the nation’s fastest-growing party with recent polls showing support at 12 percent, ahead of some mainstream parties.

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

There’s a new automated propaganda machine driving global politics. How it works and what it will mean for the future of democracy.

=A Le Pen Win Would Be Dangerous for Putin and Russia’s Economy==

Far-right French presidential contender Marine Le Pen’s party has received financing from a Russian bank and gets positive coverage in Russia’s state-run media. Does that mean the Kremlin actually wants to see her elected? Not necessarily.

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.

=Why Corporations are Too Big to Jail in the Drug War==

Cardinal Health and McKesson received the white-glove treatment from the law enforcement community, but their cases were no different from any other powerful corporation. Even though their company was only slapped on the wrist, the size of McKesson’s latest fine and their new compliance requirements were actually unprecedented penalties for drug distributors.

Who decided to call it bombogenesis, it's so dumb.

better late than never, newsanon

Tom Perez's vote count is FAKE NEWS designed to burnish his image as the "consensus candidate" and exert pressure on those still on the fence. If he felt secure in his impending victory, why would he feel the need to go public with this unverifiable number?


This is so fucking idiotic. Why would you want to slow the spread of automation. This is what happens when see how technology is developing but can't look outside the capitalist paradigm because of self-interest and/or ignorance.

Am I being too paranoid thinking that Perez is specifically being set up as the establishment "default" choice with this shit so that when Ellison wins everyone buys him as totally anti-establishment even though he has major establishment backing himself?


Why hasn't anyone killed McCain yet?

Because McCain is still a useful tool of the CIA's narrative on Trump


Automation is going to lead to one of two things. The first that happens is that a mass automation happens and many forms of 'hard labour' simply disappear leaving a fucking huge hole in the jobs market, this will then make such a strain on the state via welfare as well as mean people can't afford to spend so demand across the board,and especially for luxury goods, falls through the flaw as people need to 'live within their means'.

The second thing that could happen with automation is that labour is phased out and we finally reach post scarcity ushering the FLASC we all dream of. By proposing to disincentivise automation via this tax this would firstly not remove a large amount of jobs and would secondly seek to subsides the welfare needed by those who have been removed from the workforce as some amount of automation will happen no matter what.

What he is proposing is a measure to prolong capitalism by evolving it just enough to keep the proles slaving away,much like the welfare state and UBI. It won't ever go through though, with the automation of labour you have higher output with less overhead so you end up with a higher rate of profit. Make no mistake in thinking that porkie can turn down that profit hike even if it ends up being the beginning of the end for him.

If you don't think this is a problem we will face and is just some speculative futurism then look at the job I do, lorry driver. We know that we have a job for about 3 more years until it's all robot lorries and we are all out of the job, logistics is a fucking huge industry that employs people like me who are uneducated and rely on these 'simple' jobs. I just hope I can get a job after this shit falls through, accelerationism is great if you're middle class but when you've got literally £87,which I do, in savings it's not like I can afford to sit around as the world collapses and feed myself at the same time

If you think this isn't* a problem we will face



He doesn't want the system that contains all that money he doesn't want to collapse, for some strange reason.

Can anyone tell me more about the UAW? From the article in the OP I get a pretty good vibe from them, am I wrong to think so?

OP here. The story here is about him launching his campaign, and that's the reason why I included it.

more people are willing to defend a nazi's free speech, than your violence.

they seem pretty cool. Just had a look around their website and they are pretty militant and don't seem all fucked up with idpol. They have demands about good wages, health insurance and safety. Considering they're Americans its weird to see such an oldschool militant union

Oh, and another thing I forgot to mention was that I gave a quick glimpse into their wiki page to see that most members voted Clinton. I hope that didn't extend to the union's collective response during the election

no,no they don't. Any time you fuck go on a march there is an opposition about 10 times that to oppose you

eh.I'm not going to hold that against them. It's not like this union exists in opposition of Trump, they would be as militant towards Clinton

Do they actually believe their bullshit that robots replace workers?

There is a reason why people think that Capitalism is inefficient and will be outcompeted by Socialism.

Unemployment => Angry people => (guess who is back)

Oh no, this has nothing to do with Trump, I was just saying that they might not necessarily be as militant as you think

mate,it's the best we have right now.When just the other day those Boeing workers voted against having a union this shit is the torch in the darkness. Workers seem to oppose unions more and more these days and these guys are keeping alive the legacy of the OGs like the IWW

I wouldn't disagree with the fact that some morrocans are scum, but thats another topic entirely.

Oh shit, I guess you're right, also in the article it states that they're trying to unionize Tesla and foreign auto manufacturing places. Sounds bretti gud, kinda makes me want to be a member

Also, >Tesla

The Redditors must be pissing their pants lel

but muh Elon Musk. If we oppose him how will we get to Mars? Do you hate progress is that it?
Fucking hate the worship of that porkie bastard

I get that being a union right now sucks in America and you have to take whatever wins you can get, but I can't help but feel Trump's just using unions like UAW as useful idiots so labor will be less ready to react to getting backstabbed later.

Let's face it, everybody will be affected by Trump's shit policies; and so it's only rational to use Cheetohman for your goals while the situation is normal