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It won't take long before you might not find a single human working in a retail store. If this robot works out I foresee heavy lifting bots, checkout bots, cart chasing bots, shelf stocking bots, janitor bots, security bots, and heck why not a store manager bot?

I.R.S. Regularly Seizes Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.  Continue reading

Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist

THE debate about climate change is finished - because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world's leading meteorologists has claimed.

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.

Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: "The ocean is not rising significantly.

"The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

"Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

"I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid."

Man made climate change is a myth according to Coleman, inset [AP]

 I have studied climate change seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid

John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel

Mr Coleman said he based many of his views on the findings of the NIPCC, a non-governmental international body of scientists aimed at offering an 'independent second opinion of the evidence reviewed by the IPCC.'

He added: "There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.

"Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.

"There has been no warming over 18 years."

The IPCC argue their research shows that man-made global warming will lead to extreme weather events becoming more frequent and unpredictable.

US News and World Report noted that many of the world’s largest businesses, including Coke, Pepsi, Walmart, Nestle, Mars, Monsanto, Kellogg, General Mills, Microsoft, and IBM, "are now engaged and actively responding to climate science and data."

Mr Coleman's comments come as President Barack Obama came under fire from climatologists as federal data revealed The United State's energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5 per cent despite the President's pledges to decrease it.

President Obama told 120 world leaders at the United Nations climate summit last month that America had done more under his watch in cutting greenhouse gases than any other country.

Despite this, the Energy Information Administration's Monthly Energy Review showed an increase in the use of energy from coal.
World leaders have pledged to keep the global average temperature from rising two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst consequences of climate change.

The US, along with the UK and other developed countries, is expected to pledge further actions on climate change early next year. Continue reading

Report: Obama Administration Gearing Up to Produce Millions of Immigration Documents

Breitbart reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a draft solicitation for bids “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” The October 6 notice seeks vendors able to produce at least four million immigration-related cards per year, with a possible “surge” in 2016 of 5 million additional cards.

The agency is seeking vendors that can produce both Permanent Residency Cards (green cards) and Employment Authorization Documentation (work permit) cards. The solicitation does not indicate the numbers needed for each card but the total contract seeks 34 million cards.

Breitbart quotes the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughan as saying that the solicitation “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the 'Gang of Eight' bill.”

Federal agencies have been known to plan for contingencies, so the solicitation does not guarantee the Administration will follow through and purchase the cards. But a solicitation in January of this year seeking escorts for 65,000 unaccompanied alien children well predicted actual needs.

If the solicitation had been issued last year, one could conclude that it was preparation for implementing the so-called comprehensive immigration reform that most anticipated. But the passage of any immigration legislation in the short-term seems unlikely so Breitbart says the solicitation gives “additional credence to the possibility the move is in preparation for an executive amnesty by Obama.”

Read more in Breitbart.