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It sounds like a ghost story: A huge cargo vessel sails up and down the Norwegian coast, silently going about its business, without a captain or crew in sight. But if all goes as planned, it’s actually the future of shipping.

Last week, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, a Norwegian maritime-technology firm, and Yara ASA, a fertilizer manufacturer, announced a partnership to build the world’s first fully autonomous cargo containership. Manned voyages will start in 2018, and in 2020 the Yara Birkeland will set sail all on its own. It’s the beginning of a revolution that should transform one of the world’s oldest and most conservative industries — and make global shipping safer, faster and cleaner than it’s ever been.

The commercial rationale for autonomous ships has long been clear. The U.S. Coast Guard has estimated that human error accounts for up to 96 percent of all marine casualties.

Source: Autonomous Ships Will Be Great – Bloomberg


EternalBlue (the hacking tool) has now demonstrated the ROI (return on investment)

Source: Oddities in WannaCry ransomware puzzle cybersecurity researchers | Reuters


Is there an element of more could have been done to minimise the resentment that was created within Khalid Masood.

Yes, the UK could have decided not to become involved with the Middle East conflicts, but that could still cause resentment to the parts of the Middle East who were suffering before the UK and the Wests involvement.

Should there have been a better plan or even a plan on how to relate and deal appropriately with the resulting aftermath.

Should the views and thoughts of the respected areas within the UK and other Western countries have been obtained and given serious consideration, for the days of ‘Gunboat Diplomacy’ are long gone, something which is outside the thought process of many of our politicians, especially President Donald Trump.

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The last message left by the killer Khalid Masood on the WhatsApp messaging service, revealing his motivation for the lethal attack in Westminster, has been uncovered by the security agencies, The Independent has learnt.

Source: Last message left by Westminster attacker Khalid Masood uncovered by security agencies | The Independent

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This is progress!! But it is disaster for many.

Industrialisation as been with us for many years, in fact 1760 in respect of England. This was the start of the Industrial Revolution when factories were created and many workers from the land moved to the industrial towns for a change and more guaranteed employment when compared with agricultural work. The progression for the time was quick, but compared to the present day it was not.

With the onset of computerisation and the extension of robotics many areas of employment are reducing in the number of employees that are required to process goods. Thus reducing the employment prospects for those in the areas of industry concerned.

This is coming at a times of increased on-line shopping, thus reducing employment in retail.

However, this is not effecting the money makers, who are enjoying the increase in profits due to the reducing costs of employment, as fewer are being employed and the increase in production due the automation of the processes.

Further on the Horizon is driver-less transport so will professional drivers be the next on the agenda and if so who is looking at these areas to mitigate thee effects on the resulting workers. It will be again at the expenses of workers who can least afford it, for the rich will go forward and prosper more.

So the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer.

There will be employment opportunities, but not in the areas where many were previously employed, be it geographical or the type of industries.

How can the poor become re-employed, there could have to be large scale re-training in any new industries that are created, but invariably there will be those that cannot cope with re-training and will the new industries have the capacity to accommodate all being re-trained.

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Vincent Del Giudice and Wei Lu report for Bloomberg:

Image result for America’s Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Replaced by RobotsAmerica’s working class is falling further behind.

The rich-poor gap — the difference in annual income between households in the top 20 percent and those in the bottom 20 percent — ballooned by $29,200 to $189,600 between 2010 and 2015, based on Bloomberg calculations using U.S. Census Bureau data.

Computers and robots are taking over many types of tasks, shoving aside some workers while boosting the productivity of specialized employees, contributing to the gap.

“Technological developments have increasingly replaced low- and mid-skilled jobs while complementing higher-skilled jobs,” said Chad Sparber, an associate professor and chair of the economic department at Colgate University.

This shift is predicted to continue. About 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be at high risk of automation by the early 2030s, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The “most-exposed” industries include retail and wholesale trade, transportation and…

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Jenny Gumbrell has been housebound and unable to work since returning from a trip to New Zealand in mid-February. When her flight arrived at Gatwick she discovered that her portable mobility scooter was in pieces, having been apparently dropped from a height. It was declared beyond economic repair and, since then, the multiple sclerosis sufferer from Winchester has fought in vain to persuade Emirates Airlines to pay for a replacement.

“I can’t leave the house unless I pay for a taxi,” says Gumbrell, who had to be pushed by airport staff in a borrowed wheelchair to her taxi. “The scooter gives me a sense of independence, despite the difficulties caused by my condition.”

Gumbrell’s plight highlights the inadequacy of aviation law when it concerns travellers with disabilities. Airlines are only obliged to pay passengers a maximum of around £1,200 when their luggage is lost or damaged. The threshold was…

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  • Assistive technology is becoming increasingly more advanced in the modern day world. This umbrella term is one that is constantly evolving over time to incorporate more technological devices designed to aid those living with a disability. Advances in medical treatments have meant a better prognosis for many conditions associated with certain disabilities. Life expectancy has also risen, meaning there are now more people than ever living with a disability. In fact, estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) state that there are approximately ‘one billion people living with a disability.’ That equates to around ‘one in five people in Europe and America.’ With so many people now looking to adapt their lifestyles to suit their specific needs; the market for assistive technology is becoming increasingly popular as demand for certain products increases. People are keen to maintain their independence and their standard of living where possible, so depending on the nature of the

Source: Assistive Technology: Changing Perceptions of Disabilities | DisabledGo News and Blog


Waging endless wars abroad isn’t making America, or the rest of the world any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably

Source: Beware the Dogs of War: Is the American Empire on the Verge of Collapse? – TruePublica


The US is set to rollback the rules that keep internet companies on a level playing-field. It could make services slower and more expensive.

Source: Donald Trump could be about to end net neutrality


These are indeed very worrying times for there is crime and job losses in all sections of each community and no one section should be vilified more than the others.

Racists are also terrorists, because they wish to bring down the current order for their own ends and that is against democracy.

Trump came to power as one section of the American community felt disillusioned with how they believed they have and are being treated and Trump jumped on this to say what they wished to hear and given them an illusion that he can bring back what they feel they have lost.

But this loss will also have been in all sections of the community, who are also disillusioned.

For Trump to go anywhere near to bring back the assumed losses the current progression in technology will need to be reversed as automation is one big factor, especially on job losses. But in doing so in manufacturing this will increase production costs, which will result in the items being produced to be more expensive, while the rest of the world will be progressing using the new and future technology. American goods will therefore be more expensive to the wider world and the goods will need to be only for the home market.

In the short term this may appear to produce some short term gains, but in the long term it will create an even greater loss, because the industries will be stagnating.

Trump, therefore is using a short term policy or policies to create more wealth for himself and others like him, while they are also creating more wealth outside America.

This is because their interests are global, but Trumps policies within America are not.

This will eventually bring down America, just as terrorism is wishing to do, so can not Trump and his like be also terrorists, so should they themselves not be banned from America.

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Here’s another step towards real Fascism by the Trump administration. In this clip from Democracy Now! anchor Amy Goodson and her co-host talk to Andrea Pitzer about yet another policy of Trump’s, which is very close to the Nazi vilification of the Jews. Pitzer is the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. She and the Democracy Now! team discuss Trump’s proposal to publish official lists of crimes committed in sanctuary cities – those towns where the officials are unwilling to comply with Trump’s deportations of illegal immigrants. They point out that this is exactly what the Nazis did in the pages of their ‘newspapers’ Der Sturmer and Das Neues Volk with the Jews. Der Sturmer had a column called ‘Letterbox’, in which its readers were encouraged to send it stories about crimes committed by Jews. The Nazi life-style magazine, Das Neues Volk, which…

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When a tyrant comes to power they may wish to change facts and/or history and therefore it is good that the US website on Climate Change has been backed up by independent operators so that any changes that may be made can be fact checked for we do not want Fake News or Facts being released as the truth.

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Here’s another act of resistance against the Trump regime. In this very short video, Farron Cousins from The Ring of Fire explains how, during Trump’s inauguration, a group of 60 climate scientists and hackers got together to go through the US government’s website to back up all the data on climate change. This information is now stored on servers in Europe. The scientists, technicians and hackers did so to prevent the information from being deliberately purged by Trump. The group intends to compare this with future releases of information on climate by Trump and his cronies in order to prevent him from falsifying evidence against climate change.

Cousins makes very short work of Kelly-Anne Conway’s statements that Trump believes in climate change. Conway is Trump’s spokeswoman, and she’s claimed that he believes in it, as he’s talked about it in the past. Well, no, he hasn’t actually. The only time…

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