Japan’s Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots


As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driver-less tractors.

The Group-of-Seven agriculture ministers meet in Japan’s northern prefecture of Niigata this weekend for the first time in seven years to discuss how to meet increasing food demand as aging farmers retire without successors. With the average age of Japanese farmers now 67, Agriculture Minister Hiroshi Moriyama will outline his idea of replacing retiring growers with Japanese-developed autonomous tractors and backpack-carried robots.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has warned that left unchecked, aging farmers could threaten the ability to produce the food the world needs. The average age of growers in developed countries is now about 60, according to the United Nations. Japan plans to spend 4 billion yen ($36 million) in the year through March to promote farm automation and help develop 20 different types of robots, including one that separates over-ripe peaches when harvesting.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-23/robots-replacing-japan-s-farmers-seen-preserving-food-security

Symantec Reveals Six Top Security Trends


Last year, financial sector breach incidents led to more than 120 million exposed identities, which represented 28% of the overall breached identities, according to the Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report.

Symantec also reported finance was the second most victimized sector when it comes to data breaches, following the services industry. The average financial institution was attacked 4.1 times in 2015 and 52% of emails sent within the finance industry were spam, with one in 310 emails containing a virus.

More than 430 million new unique pieces of malware surfaced in 2015, up 36% from the year before. However, attacks against businesses and nations hit the headlines with such regularity that people have become numb to the sheer volume and acceleration of cyber threats.

http://www.cutimes.com/2016/04/13/symantec-reveals-six-top-security-trends

 

VIDEO: SJW BERNIE SUPPORTERS TELL JEWISH IMMIGRANT: “GO BACK TO GERMANY”


Do you not see any correlation? You should look up World War II,” one of the social justice warrior said to the immigrant, who promptly told her he found the sign highly offensive.

Another SJW responded by telling him to “go back to Germany, then.

And the Bernie supporter holding the sign told the immigrant he should support Bernie over Trump because Sanders “is also a Jewish guy” and added “down with the republic!”

That prompted the Jewish immigrant to turn around and tell her “I’m going to stay here in the United States because I belong here, unlike these illegal aliens.”

The confrontation further demonstrates the excessive hypocrisy of SJWs who are completely intolerant – and in this case xenophobic – to anyone who disagrees with their world views.

In fact, SJWs and other leftists are also less charitable than others, with one study by the Philanthropy Chronicles stating that poorer conservatives are actually more altruistic than wealthy liberals on average.

http://www.infowars.com/video-sjw-bernie-supporters-tell-jewish-immigrant-go-back-to-germany/

“SPIKE IN DEFAULTS”: STANDARD & POOR’S GETS GLOOMY, BLAMES FED


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Credit rating agencies, such as Standard & Poor’s, are not known for early warnings. They’re mired in conflicts of interest and reluctant to cut ratings for fear of losing clients. When they finally do warn, it’s late and it’s feeble, and the problem is already here and it’s big.

So Standard & Poor’s, via a report by S&P Capital IQ, just warned about US corporate borrowers’ average credit rating, which at “BB,” and thus in junk territory, hit a record low, even “below the average we recorded in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 credit crisis.”

The one-year average default rate for US companies with a credit rating of B- is 9.8%, according to Standard & Poor’s. That’s a 1-in-10 chance that the company will default over the next 12 months. Companies getting downgraded deep into junk and issuing more low-grade bonds are precursors to soaring defaults

http://www.infowars.com/spike-in-defaults-standard-poors-gets-gloomy-blames-fed/

 

DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE WAVERS AHEAD OF FEDERAL OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE MEETING


stock-exchange (1) The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) lost 16.20 points, or 0.09 percent, to 17,631 in Monday morning trading. The S&P 500 index (INDEXSP:.INX) declined by 6.05 points, or 0.29 percent, to 2,069. The Nasdaq composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) shed 11.45  points, or 0.23 percent, to 5,020.

Four out of 10 S&P 500 sectors were up slightly Monday morning, led by consumer staples and telecommunications. Energy stocks led declines, as they have frequently over the past year. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) led declines among the 30 Dow component ahead of its latest earnings report, due out Tuesday after markets close.

http://www.infowars.com/dow-jones-industrial-average-wavers-ahead-of-federal-open-market-committee-meeting/

The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago


3051326-poster-p-1-after-inflation-the-average-american-worker-earns-less-today-than-40-years-ago At $50,383, the figure is the lowest it’s been since 2006. It’s also $450 lower than in 2013. Women have seen bigger increases in real pay in the last few years, though from a lower (unequal) base. The median female worker earned $30,182 in 1973 (in 2014 dollars), but $39,621 last year.

As we explored in our income inequality series recently, technology, globalization, and reduced union bargaining power are all factors behind stagnating wages. The economy has been getting bigger, driven by continuing increases in productivity. But, for one reason or another, workers haven’t been sharing in those gains. But they’re not just disappearing: They’re making a small group of people very, very rich. What are we going to do about that?

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3051326/the-average-american-worker-earns-less-today-than-40-years-ago

AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER EARNS LESS TODAY THAN 40 YEARS AGO


092915welder At $50,383, the figure is the lowest it’s been since 2006. It’s also $450 lower than in 2013. Women have seen bigger increases in real pay in the last few years, though from a lower (unequal) base. The median female worker earned $30,182 in 1973 (in 2014 dollars), but $39,621 last year.

As we explored in our income inequality series recently, technology, globalization, and reduced union bargaining power are all factors behind stagnating wages. The economy has been getting bigger, driven bycontinuing increases in productivity. But, for one reason or another, workers haven’t been sharing in those gains. But they’re not just disappearing: They’re making a small group of people very, very rich. What are we going to do about that?

http://www.infowars.com/average-american-worker-earns-less-today-than-40-years-ago/

Dow Jones Industrial Average Today Will Continue Dive Below 17,000


Dow-Jones-300x225 U.S. stock futures forecast an 80-point decline. The S&P 500 is currently at a five-month low. Investors are worried that a slowdown in China, the world’s second-largest economy, could affect global growth and equities. And yesterday’s decline turned the DJIA and the S&P 500 into negative territory for the year…

http://moneymorning.com/2015/08/21/dow-jones-industrial-average-today-will-continue-dive-below-17000/

Dow Jones Industrial Average Plunges 200 Points On Global Growth Fears


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U.S. stocks traded sharply lower Thursday morning, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging 200 points after oil prices tumbled to near $40 a barrel. The S&P 500 turned negative for the year after all 10 sectors traded lower, led by a 1.5 percent decline in financial stocks.

The losses in financial stocks were fueled by fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve may wait until after September to raise interest rates, a delay due to global growth concerns. Policy makers need more confidence that inflation is moving toward their goal before the Fed will lift rates, minutes released a day earlier from the central bank’s July meeting showed.

http://www.ibtimes.com/dow-jones-industrial-average-plunges-200-points-global-growth-fears-2061881