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Thursday, August 22, 2019

A highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor's internet ads. This was a lesson that Benedict Redgrove, a photographer, said he took away from his recent attempt to advertise his space photo project on Facebook and Instagram. ... About 24 hours after the ads were approved, he got a notification telling him the ad had been removed. He resubmitted it. It was accepted -- and then removed again -- 15 or 20 times, he said. The explanation given: He had run "misleading ads that resulted in high negative feedback." ... He understood that it was Facebook's algorithm that rejected the ads, not a person. Getting additional answers proved difficult, a common complaint with advertising on Facebook. The best clues he could find came in the comments under the ads, which he and his colleagues captured in screenshots before they were removed and in responses to other posts about the project: There were phrases such as "The original moon landing was faking" and "It's all a show," along with memes mocking space technology. read more

Electric vehicles are everywhere now. It's more than just Leafs, Teslas, and a wide variety of electric bikes. It's also trains, busses, and in this case, gigantic dump trucks. This truck in particular is being put to work at a mine in Switzerland, and as a consequence of having an electric drivetrain is actually able to produce more power than it consumes. (Google Translate from Portugese)

This isn't some impossible perpetual motion machine, either. The dump truck drives up a mountain with no load, and carries double the weight back down the mountain after getting loaded up with lime and marl to deliver to a cement plant. Since electric vehicles can recover energy through regenerative braking, rather than wasting that energy as heat in a traditional braking system, the extra weight on the way down actually delivers more energy to the batteries than the truck used on the way up the mountain.

After finishing a particularly satisfying dinner at a Coral Gables restaurant with his wife, Pedro Martinez quietly slipped around to the back alley where the kitchen is.

"Whatever you're making, I'll give you a raise," Mr. Martinez whispered when the back door swung open. An executive at 50 Eggs, a restaurant group based in Miami, he is always ready with a stack of business cards for occasions like this.

More immigrants have streamed into South Florida than to most American cities, and for decades, employers have relied on them to wash dishes, put up drywall and care for grandmothers. Still, there are not enough to fill Miami's relentless boomtown demand for workers.

As unemployment rates nationwide have sunk to record lows, filching workers " from kitchens and construction sites, warehouses and Walmarts, truck cabs and nursing homes " has become routine.

President Trump defended the idea of buying Greenland " derided by critics within the United States and rejected by Denmark, which controls it " in part by saying the idea first came from President Harry Truman.

Is that so?

The short answer: Yes " but it's complicated.

The long answer:

...Trump sought to make the case that his plan to buy Greenland was not, in fact, absurd, because he wasn't the first to come up with the idea. The administration of President Harry Truman pitched a sale to Copenhagen in 1946, in a story told in documents contained in the National Archives and revealed in 1991 by The Associated Press.

But the Truman administration did so under Cold War secrecy and no one learned about it for decades. There was no open bid and rejection as with Trump's attempt.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic

The situation in Truman's time also was very different for other reasons....

Opinion: The president isn't the type to think he can walk on water, but he is the type to hope that millions of evangelicals keep falling for his shtick....

Trump, however, has been self-absorbed, self-deluded and wildly self-aggrandizing for decades. New Yorkers who had ringside seats to much of this know how much of a sociopath he can be when he wants his way (a useful case study is his failed effort to develop Manhattan's West Side Yards years ago). They're now watching the rest of the country and the world acquaint themselves with a Trump whom many either didn't understand or willfully overlooked prior to his ascent to the White House.

The Trump of the past few weeks is the same disordered figure of the past several decades with, I suspect, a big dollop of something new blended in: unbridled and unmanageable panic.


@#27 ... the supply is there corporations will figure out how to make use of it ...

Many Mexican migrants secure jobs in U.S. even before crossing the border

...When Pedro Lopez Vazquez crossed illegally into the United States last week, he was not heading north to look for a job. He already had one.

His future employer even paid $1,000 for a smuggler to help Vazquez make his way from the central Mexican city of Puebla to Aspen, Colo.

"We're going to Colorado to work in carpentry because we have a friend who was going to give us a job," Vazquez said....

His story is not unusual. A growing number of U.S. employers and migrants are tapping into an underground employment network that matches one with the other, often before the migrants leave home.

"It continues to become clear who controls immigration: It's not governments, but rather the market," said Jorge Santibanez, director of the Tijuana-based think-tank Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

As debate over immigration heats up in the United States, more and more U.S. companies in need of cheap labor are turning to undocumented employees to recruit friends and relatives back home, and to smugglers to find job seekers....

@#27 ... I see the menial jobs as stepping stones to skilled jobs. Personally I a mowed lawns, worked at Wendy's and became a tester before my career started as a Software Engineer. ...

I sold can openers in a department store. :)

What about many of the menial jobs that the illegal immigrants currently hold... temporary agricultural workers, meat packing plant employees, etc. Will the wages rise to the level that will attract legal workers?

... If there wasn't a shortage of skilled labor you might be correct. Currently I can find an illegal immigrant to work for 5$, and have am currently doing KnowledgeTransfer for a software position to India. ...

I'm having trouble parsing that.

But I think to your point... I'm not saying we should not fill skilled position with legal immigrants (an Intel CEO comes to mind). I think it would be great if a highly skilled legal immigrant worked at a company and such work allowed the company to stay based in the United States and grow and prosper.

I was commenting on one interpretation of what was said. Given the current administration, I wanted to be specific in what the original comment meant.

... If the supply is there corporations will figure out how to make use of it, ...

We may disagree a bit here.

I think the companies encourage the supply to be there.

The raids in Mississippi show that.

The companies involved started to advertise in local media after the raids and guess what. They received a lot of interest from local legal workers, albeit, at higher salaries. Yes, advertising in local media for local job openings got local people to apply (quelle surprise!).

The downside for the companies was two-fold, however. The companies had to pay higher wages to legal workers, and they had to treat the workers better because legal workers have better protection from abuse than illegal workers.

... Assimilation is important, infact its the most important part of immigration. Having little fiefdoms of separate cultures is balkinization. ...

What is the culture like now? How will immigration change that? Do we have balkanization now? Will immigration change that?

What is the culture that we want to protect from balkanization?

And what does assimilation really mean in this context? I've asked that question many times, but no one ever seems to answer it.

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