Fox News Red Eye with Tom Shillue February 13, 2016
New York City was a cold, but welcome place yet again on February 13, 2016! I had a great time chatting with host Tom Shillue, Joanne Nosuchinsky, comedian Justy Dodge, The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Editor Will Rahn, and of course Andy Levy on Fox News Red Eye about:
Kanye West and his odd Twitter feud with Taylor Swift
Kanye and his odd demands of models in his show
Senator Ted Cruz and his ad with a soft core porn actress
Cruz’s brilliant Office Space ad
Hillary Clinton’s longtime top aide Huma Abedin had an awkward moment pushing away a supporter who wanted to hug her
and a brand new Titanic, the Titanic II, is being built. Would you ride on it?
Take a look at three of the videos, leave your comments below, and please share with others!
The NBA is considering putting ads on players’ jerseys
Do you support free trade? What about labor unions? Or how about environmental and labor laws?
Another 1,400 manufacturing and distribution jobs lost. I am angry, I understand the pain of the workers. Why did the giant military-industrial supplier United Technologies think it was best to move the jobs to Mexico?
The cost of energy, taxes, transportation, environmental mitigation expenses, and actual labor laws here in the United States. Oh yeah, and greed. Corporations don’t have loyalty to anything other than money. People are who have ethics and need to be in charge.
There is also the fact that many workers at this facility are in the United Steelworkers Union. What did the union do to help keep their workers competitive? Did they constantly ask for more money or less work? Or did they spend the dues collected on political donations and other crony actions?
Think about those factors are you support “free trade” in conjunction with labor and environmental laws we pass here. When we protect the environment and workers rights, we become uncompetitive in a global market, working against manufacturing jobs in the USA. And no, a centrally planned economy for you Socialists and Communists, will never work either (see Venezuela and their rationing of everything since their re-nationalization has broken their economy).
Look, I want Mexico to have a growing economy with jobs for their people. What I don’t want is American jobs lost for that result. It does not need to be a zero-sum process, their is room for both countries to grow manufacturing jobs.
However, the contradictory stances of people here in the United States is pushing this process along. Either stop supporting “free trade” or stop supporting labor and environmental laws. They ARE mutually exclusive unless the trading partner supports labor and environmental rules as well.
If you are unhappy with this move to replace American workers with workers in Monterrey, Mexico, then boycott Carrier & Bryant heating and air conditioning systems. But, you also have to be consistent in what you are supporting.
My thoughts are similar to some of the expletives said by workers in this video.
I’ve been writing about, and been supportive of, autonomous or self-driving cars for years now (see HERE). This move I do not support.
In airplanes, the auto-pilot controls the aircraft, but the pilot or co-pilot is still at the controls. I have always seen autonomous cars in the same light. We still sit behind the wheel and have the capability to take over at any time.
While the auto-pilot in the car drives, we can safely talk on the phone, eat food, shave, put on makeup, text away, all while listening to our favorite personalities on the radio or podcasts.
Once you remove the human from the picture, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now going to allow, we are solely dependent on a piece of software from a corporation who will get the government to grant them immunity from their failures, much to the detriment of all of us in the end.
I have insisted that autonomous vehicles NOT be Johnny Cab from Total Recall, and this move is in that direction.
Individual humans still need a level of control on our roadways as long as other humans are driving, since we are the ones who behave in unexpected and erratic ways.
I reject this move by the NHTSA and see it as a move to undermine California where are proposing a law requiring a human driver behind the wheel.
Further, making software algorithms equivalent to a person has some really problematic potential outcomes. Our robots will demand rights as people.