Zinke Highlights Department of the Interior’s Mission By Installing Video Game in Employee Cafeteria

I’m all for expanding access to public lands for hunting and fishing. I like that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is making an effort to acknowledge the role sportsman play in conservation.  That said, this is a pretty dumb way to raise the issue.

Nothing says “conservation” like a video game in which you blast every deer in sight competing for a high score.

The department announced the cafeteria’s temporary new addition Tuesday, saying it is part of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “latest initiative to reemphasize hunting and fishing” at the department.

“Having the ‘Big Buck Hunter Pro’ arcade game will get many employees involved in sportmen’s season, in turn furthering the department’s mission of wildlife and habitat conservation,” the statement reads.

Genius. Video games are well known for getting people interested in pursuing strenuous outdoor activities. This plan can’t fail.

NASA will likely follow suit and have its employees playing Asteroids to get them interested in outer space.

And let’s be honest, we really do need to provide federal employees more opportunities to get paid for doing pointless and unnecessary things.

This idea isn’t all bad though. The focus on guns and killing wild animals will probably yield some entertaining reactions from PETA and the anti-gun crazies.

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Whoa: Video Shows Russian Helicopters Firing Missiles at Journalists

News out of Russia can obviously be pretty sketchy but video that appears to show helicopters firing missiles at a group of photographers hit the internet today.

This just happened…

The Moscow Times website reported on the incident.

Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a helicopter accidentally fired on bystanders at the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the online news portal 66.ru cited a source as saying on Tuesday.

The week-long drills in Western Russia and neighboring Belarus kicked off last week, with around 13,000 troops, hundreds of tanks, aircraft, warships and other military hardware participating.

The incident reportedly took place at the Luzhsky range near St. Petersburg either on Monday or Sunday. President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday.

The unnamed source told 66.ru that there appeared to have been a technical glitch on board “and the missiles blasted off on their own.”

“At least two cars burned down, two people were seriously injured, they are now hospitalized,” the source said. “The victims were most likely journalists.”

Naturally the Russian Defense Ministry is denying that the incident occurred.

Video footage accompanying the news report appears to show one of the helicopters misfiring in the direction of camera crews.

The Defense Ministry’s press service denied that the incident took place on Monday, saying “all social media messages about ‘rounds on a crowd of journalists,’ ‘a large number of seriously wounded’ are either a deliberate provocation or someone’s personal stupidity.”

“[Video footage] recorded an event that occurred at another time, when army aviation helicopter crews practiced ground attacks as part of a tactical exercise.”

Whenever it happened it looks like a pretty close call and a pretty big screw up.

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Report: Trump Using Campaign Funds to Pay Russia Probe Legal Bills

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Reuters is reporting that President Trump is using reelection campaign funds to pay legal bills associated with the Russia probe.

At first glance that sounds shady but apparently it’s totally copacetic with the Federal Elections Commission.

President Donald Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official.

What makes this noteworthy is that Trump is the first to make use of the FEC provision to pay legal fees relating to a criminal probe.

While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe, said election law experts.

One person familiar with the matter said the first payments, the amount of which Reuters could not determine, has already been made and would be disclosed in public filings. The person did not explain how the costs would be allocated between the campaign and the RNC.

The Republican National Committee is expected to make its August spending public on Wednesday, and the Trump campaign is due for another disclosure on Oct. 15.

John Dowd, Trump’s lead lawyer, declined to say how the president’s legal bills were being paid, adding: “That’s none of your business.”

I think anyone who is a campaign donor might disagree. I would imagine that most people donating to Trump’s reelection are big enough supporters that they’d have no problem with their money going to defend Trump from the Russia probe. Being told it’s none of their business might cause a few to think twice before signing a check though. Using other people’s money should include some transparency.

It’s funny though, I still remember when Trump was going to self fund his campaign so he wouldn’t be beholden to donors. Now the donors aren’t just paying for a campaign, but a legal defense.

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Leftist Commentary About Americans’ Constitutional Ignorance Is Truly Cringeworthy

By now you may have heard about the The Annenberg Policy Center’s annual Constitutional Day Civics Survey. If you’re a regular reader here at RedState the fact that Americans are woefully ignorant about the Constitution and basic civics probably doesn’t surprise you. The way some left leaning pundits are approaching it is so transparently biased it will make you cringe.

The Blaze summarized some of the pathetic results of the survey. Note that right leaning outlets still address this sort of thing even when their “side” is in power.

According to the report conducted on Aug. 9-13, of the 1,013 American adults surveyed, more than half could not name basic constitutional provisions in the Frist Amendment, nor the three branches of government.

Here what they found:

  • More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally do not have any rights under the U.S. Constitution.

  • More than a third of those surveyed (37 percent) can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

  • Only a quarter of Americans (26 percent) can name all three branches of government.

One left wing pundit from Newsweek, Stav Ziv would have you believe this is something new judging from this headline:

UNDER TRUMP, MOST AMERICANS LACK BASIC KNOWLEDGE TO UNDERSTAND CURRENT EVENTS, STUDY FINDS.

Really? This is only true “under Trump?”

When the public hears news of a travel ban proposed by Donald Trump being struck down in whole or in part by the courts, it should recognize the interaction between the executive and judicial branches of government and remember that freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment.

Pundits should recognize that the executive branch can act on immigration issues and the judicial branch only struck down the so called travel ban by extrapolating Trump’s intent from his campaign rhetoric rather than focusing on the content of the executive order. Granted the first iteration was a ginormous clusterhump by the Trump administration but the basic concept of limiting immigration and travel from certain areas is within the jurisdiction  of the President and similar actions have been taken by past Presidents.

When the public reads about Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall, it should be aware that he cannot act unilaterally to make it a reality, but rather that he’ll need the legislative branch to provide funding. And when the public hears fiery rhetoric about deportation, it should be aware that even people who are in the United States illegally have the right to due process under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

I’ll bet when President Obama established DACA by executive order, I’m sure Stav Ziv was silent about Presidents acting unilaterally. And since when are deportation and due process mutually exclusive?

I touched on this yesterday as well with regard to Chris Cillizza’s similar take on the Constitution survey.

CNN’s always annoying Chris Cillizza wrote about a poll from which he concludes that “Americans know literally nothing about the Constitution.” I’d quibble with the absolute, but I’ll grant that Americans are pretty ignorant in general when it comes to government and the Constitution. Where Cillizza displays his obsession and lack of self awareness is in his sudden concern for such ignorance and how it empowers Washington at the expense of the people.

What we don’t know about the government — executive, legislative and judicial branches — is appalling. It’s funny — until you realize that lots and lots of people whose lives are directly affected by what the federal government does and doesn’t do have absolutely no idea about even the most basic principles of how this all works.

This was apparently never a problem during the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, or at least we never heard about it from CNN or Cillizza.

The level of civil ignorance in the country allows our politicians — and Donald Trump is the shining example of this — to make lowest common denominator appeals about what they will do (or won’t do) in office.

These Democrat party apparatchiks want people to believe that widespread ignorance about the Constitution is something for which Donald Trump is both a cause and effect. I won’t argue that everyone who voted for Trump is as uninformed as this survey indicates but it is a problem that effects both sides of the aisle. It only concerns the Left when they are out of power though. Like the issue of homelessness, Constitutional ignorance is only a problem when Republicans hold the White House.

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Hollywood Awards Shows Are Dumb, Conservatives Surrendering Pop Culture to the Left Is Dumber

I didn’t watch the Emmy Awards last night. It wasn’t entirely because I knew it would be an unenjoyable trash fire of left wing political screeching. It wasn’t even mostly that.

The primary reason I didn’t watch is that I simply don’t care. The Oscars, The Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, The Golden Globes, yada yada yada. It seems like there’s some televised mutual admiration event every other week. The entertainment industry is obsessed with giving itself accolades. None of it interests me.

Television programming is a product I consume, like breakfast cereal. I choose cereal according to various criteria. I want something that I’ll enjoy eating but isn’t going to rot my teeth and fill me with empty calories. There are probably some sort of awards for excellence in breakfast cereal. If there is, I imagine that breakfast cereal manufacturers probably recognize that no one outside their industry really cares and they don’t attempt to make the entire nation watch their black tie gala on prime time television.

No one would be sitting on the edge of their seat as a cereal celebrity dramatically teases open the envelope containing the winner of Best Use of Riboflavin in a Flake or Oat Cluster. No one would care, nor should they. I don’t think the entertainment industry’s awards are any different. What some elite cadre of alleged experts decides is the best piece of entertainment does not matter to me any more than a bunch of granola chefs singing the praises of the latest vitamin infused human kibble.

In short, I think awards shows are boring and dumb and they have no influence on how I spend my entertainment dollars. You can think that without thinking that pop culture should be abandoned entirely (which is also a boring and dumb idea).

Organizing boycotts of awards shows—or anything else really—because some of those involved spout stupid ideas about politics is fruitless and silly. There are people today reveling in the low ratings for last night’s Emmys broadcast as if it represented some great political victory brought about by their hashtag activism.

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I can assure you that virtually no one involved with the Emmys cares about whether a few politically motivated tweeters boycott their awards broadcast. The Emmys  show only pulled in 11.38 million viewers, continuing its downward trend. It probably had more to do with it being put up against NFL football than anything else. The trend toward lower ratings for both the NFL and the Emmys is probably because there are more viewing options now than ever before with streaming services offering an ever growing library of original programming. It would seem odd to me if former ratings behemoths didn’t start to lose viewers.

Spinning it all as a political defeat of Hollywood by the minority of Americans who love Trump is just as asinine as Stephen Colbert pretending to be edgy by dissing Trump in front of a Trump hating audience in a country where leftist speech is seldom if ever infringed upon by anyone. Everyone is fooling themselves.

Despite the imaginary effects of the Emmy boycott, I have little doubt that most of those who participated in said boycott are still binge watching their favorite Netflix shows and tuning in to their favorite comedies and dramas (as well as watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters). Sure, some may have killed their television. If you know anyone who has, they will almost certainly tell you about it. Repeatedly. Like vegan Cross-fitters. Still, more television content is being produced today than at any time in history.

Pop culture matters and it’s not going away because a few disgruntled people stop watching.

The smart play is not to abandon pop culture but rather to help create it. Instead of the mega-donor class pumping big bucks into the coffers of unreliable candidates or Super PACs they should consider investing in story tellers. Movies and TV are central to American culture and the culture war will be won by whomever uses them most effectively. So far, the Right has ceded that ground to the Left without much of a fight, if any. The Right seems fixated on the terribly erroneous idea that we can change the culture of America at the ballot box.

Earlier today RedState’s Brandon Morse wrote about Rolling Stone being put up for sale. That is a prime opportunity for someone with money to strike a blow in the culture war. Freedom and liberty minded people are now the counter culture so why not buy Rolling Stone—a magazine historically associated with the counter culture—instead of throwing money away on politicians who will inevitably let you down?

You wouldn’t need to turn it into a right wing rag. That would be just as bad as the left wing rag it is now. Just turn it into a place where it’s acceptable to write about pop culture while being something other than a lock step leftist. You could even still have some lockstep leftist writers but for the sake of diversity add some voices from the other side.

Give underrepresented points of view an outlet and make money doing it by producing interesting content. It seems like a better plan than hosting $35,000 a plate rubber-chicken dinners and expecting it to change the world.

Somebody get Mitt Romney or the Koch brothers on the phone.

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Fake News, Ignorance, and Hypocrisy Are Everywhere while Objectivity Remains Missing in Action

I don’t have a specific study or poll to support the claim in the headline but I am 99% certain that if there were an objective scientific method for measuring Americans’ relative ability to see the beam in their own eye versus the speck in others’, it would be at an all time low.

A few weeks ago Newsweek published a dopey piece by John Haltiwanger asking whether President Trump is obsessed with Hillary Clinton. His reason for asking the question was the number of tweets Trump posted containing the word “Hillary” since Election Day (38, in case you’re wondering).

The president has arguably spent an inordinate amount of time on social media attacking a person whom he defeated, leading to the question: Is Trump obsessed with Hillary Clinton?

What would be an ordinate amount of time? Anyone who lived through the 2016 election should know that there were a lot of unusual circumstances, like Clinton being under investigation by the FBI, etc. A lot of that remained in the news even after the election. Hillary’s ongoing blame game in which she identifies a laundry list of people at fault for her loss has also kept her in the discussion. I don’t think even Al Gore hung on this long after the recounts finally ended.

Since he’s been on Twitter, the president has tweeted about “Hillary” 819 times in total. Based on his tweets, the only person Trump might be more preoccupied with is former President Barack Obama, about whom Trump has sent 2,565 tweets, according to Trump Twitter Archive.

So a presidential candidate tweeted a lot about his opponent and about the previous president? Stop the presses!  It seems like Haltiwanger is obsessed with Trump’s Twitter habits. He at least cares about them to a greater degree than he cares about context and serious analysis.

You know who is really obsessed with Hillary Clinton since the election? Hillary Clinton. Trump may have tweeted about her 38 times, but she wrote a book and went on tour to whine about how unfair the election and the world in general is to her.

CNN’s always annoying Chris Cillizza wrote about a poll from which he concludes that “Americans know literally nothing about the Constitution.” I’d quibble with the absolute, but I’ll grant that Americans are pretty ignorant in general when it comes to government and the Constitution. Where Cillizza displays his obsession and lack of self awareness is in his sudden concern for such ignorance and how it empowers Washington at the expense of the people.

What we don’t know about the government — executive, legislative and judicial branches — is appalling. It’s funny — until you realize that lots and lots of people whose lives are directly affected by what the federal government does and doesn’t do have absolutely no idea about even the most basic principles of how this all works.

This was apparently never a problem during the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, or at least we never heard about it from CNN or Cillizza.

The level of civil ignorance in the country allows our politicians — and Donald Trump is the shining example of this — to make lowest common denominator appeals about what they will do (or won’t do) in office.

I’m no Trump fan but I can’t help but notice that Constitutional literacy was never an issue raised by CNN while Occupy Wall Street was demanding  an end to capitalism and tweeting about it from their iPhones and MacBooks. Barack Obama signed legislation requiring individuals to purchase a product chosen by the government and it was considered the height of racism to question its Constitutionality. Bernie Sanders ran around the country making promises of free college tuition and healthcare to roaring crowds and I dare say that no CNN pundit questioned the Constitutional literacy of either Sanders or his zealous throng of aging hippies and millennials.

Just this week CNN allowed Hillary Clinton to suggest that we need to move beyond the Electoral College and asked no follow up questions about the Constitutionality of doing so.  Judging from last night’s Emmy Awards, leftists in the entertainment industry still think jabs about the Constitutionally meaningless “popular vote” are clever and funny.

The federal government has been growing unchecked like a malignant tumor beyond its enumerated powers for more than a century to the delight of the left wing media, but now Donald Trump is the shining example of what happens when people don’t understand the Constitution. The bias could not be more asinine.

It’s not just on the Left that obsession and self awareness are severely out of balance. Despite Trump’s raucous pandering to the “deport them all ” crowd at every campaign stop, his call for codifying DACA, to many of those who cheered at his rallies, isn’t seen as a betrayal of his promises. Instead, the blame is shifted to Congressional Republicans.  Deals Trump made with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are the fault of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Many who chanted “drain the swamp” celebrated Trump’s overtures to two of its most leftist ‘gators simply because it was an affront to “establishment” Republicans. The same people will often attack those from the NeverTrump camp for infighting.

I don’t know if Trump can be called a shining example of anything but during this time in which he rose to power there certainly seems to be a light shining on dishonesty and lack of objectivity across the political spectrum.  It’s hard to look at politics these days and not see it a shouting match between groups of self-propagandized people looking for scapegoats. That’s what it has always been to some extent but it never seemed quite so blatant as right now.

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FAKE NEWS: NBC Actively Tries (and Fails) to Stir Discord Between Trump and Rubio

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Whoever runs the NBC Politics Twitter feed was trying to create a story out of whole cloth by trying to stir discord between President Trump and Senator Marco Rubio. Sure, Rubio and Trump aren’t the best of friends but this is a great example of letting your narrative get ahead of reality. The President appeared with Senator Rubio while in Florida surveying the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Watch the video clip in the NBC Politics tweet.

Can you believe it? Trump said he hopes Rick Scott runs for Senate while Rubio was STANDING RIGHT THERE?

Oh snap, right?

Other left wing outlets like Raw Story ran with the tweet acting as if it was a sick burn.

The problem is that Rubio just won reelection in 2016 so he won’t have to face a challenge until 2022. If Florida Governor Rick Scott runs for the U.S. Senate, he’ll be facing off against Democrat Bill Nelson.

Fake news.

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Even Superman Gets in on Spreading Propaganda Supporting Illegal Immigration

Hey, let’s just ruin everything about American culture that is good and fun in the name of pushing disingenuous political arguments.

The Hollywood Reporter published an article about how in the latest issue of Action Comics, Superman steps in to save a bunch of illegal aliens from a machine gun wielding white supremacist bent on mass murder because dey turk er jerbs

The moment in the book released Wednesday comes a week after President Trump ended DACA.

Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but perhaps not.

Of course, Trump didn’t really “end” DACA at all. He charged Congress with legalizing it.

In the recent issue of Action Comics #987, “The Oz Effect,” released Wednesday, Superman arrives in the nick of time to protect a group of undocumented immigrants from a white man sporting an American flag bandanna, wielding a machine gun, who is going to shoot them for taking his job.

This is routinely happening all across America as we speak, right? In a comic book the suspension of disbelief should be about the unexplainable super powers, not about the partisan political propaganda.

Obviously anyone wearing a flag is a racist murderer though. Everyone who reads Salon dot com or watches MSNBC knows that.

Superman blocks the bullets before they hit the terrified people.

“Stop this!” Superman orders the gunman.

“Why?!” he responds. “They ruined me! Stole from me!”

Grabbing the gunman by the collar and pulling him in close, Superman says, “The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul — is you!”

Apparently drama-queening is also something Superman does with super human ability. Yeah, I know he’s talking to a would-be murderer but what happened to just punching a villain in the face and handing his unconscious carcass over to the cops. Supes has become a real supercilious douche over the years. No wonder Batman wants to kick is ass.

Police arrive, and Superman hands over the gunman and tells officers to make sure the victims are “safe and cared for.” An officer responds, “Anything you say, Superman!”

Oh good, the cops are taking orders from a preening elitist civilian in long underwear. Later Clark Kent will probably write a positive op-ed about the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks in Metropolis.  (It should also be noted that Superman always wears a onesy, just in case he needs to pitch Jimmy Olsen on the wonders of Obamacare over a Starbucks salted caramel hot chocolate.)

The “American way” sure has changed.

 

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Is There Really Anything Substantial Standing Between Us and Single Payer Healthcare?

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants “Medicare for All.” Can Republicans offer an alternative?

There was a time when I would just laugh off Democrats and Bernie Sanders stepping up their rhetoric in favor of full blown socialized medicine, aka single-payer health care.  Now, even with Republicans controlling the House, Senate and the White House, I’m not so sure there is a substantial bulwark against implementing European style government controlled health care in the United States.

What is there to protect Americans’ right to choose their own doctors and the type of insurance coverage that suits their needs best? Even with a majority in both houses, Republicans in Congress couldn’t manage to repeal the horribly botched Obamacare legislation they’ve been promising to get rid of for eight years. Trump  often talks about healthcare being broken and the need to fix it but he never offers specifics about what’s broken and what the fix needs to be. The President has provided no leadership beyond indicating that he’ll sign whatever Congress gives him just to claim the “win.”

The GOP doesn’t exactly inspire confidence these days and that may well make their majority short lived. If the Democrats retake control of one or both houses in 2018, they could pass single payer and it would be unrealistic to consider a Presidential veto guaranteed given that Trump has spoken approvingly of single payer systems in the past.

Health insurance is broken and if single payer is the only plan on the table the American people could rally behind it simply out of frustration. The CEO of Allergan PLC recently remarked that people could get behind something like single payer just because they are “fed up” with the political polarization

“I think we’ve got to do things to bring that trust back,” the executive added, “because ultimately, someone’s going to be in the White House. Somebody’s going to be in Congress. Someone’s going to be somewhere and going to have to say, ‘Enough’s enough. Let’s just change the whole system. Let’s go to one payer. Let’s do something.’”

While single payer has been discarded as a fringe, far-left idea over recent generations, the policy proposal has gained new traction in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Many in the Democratic Party are drifting to the ideas of Sanders and other progressives who have long advocated for expanding coverage by providing Medicare to all Americans.

Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” idea is a bad idea but in the absence of any other ideas bad ideas are often implemented. People are often easily convinced that pursuing a bad plan is superior to doing nothing at all. That is not necessarily true. A bad plan can make a problem worse rather than solving it.

Also, frustrated and angry people often rally behind bad ideas. After years of Republicans not governing according to the ideology on which they ran, Republican voters nominated a presidential candidate who—albeit loudly—espoused no ideology at all.

I think we’re on a long glide path toward socialized medicine unless the Republican Party steps up and provides not only a clear, unified vision for free market based health care but also displays the political courage to pass it even if it means some of them losing their seats. As long as reelection is placed above doing what’s right, that seems unlikely. I hope I’m wrong.

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Watch This Burger Flipping Robot Do Everything but Demand a Minimum Wage Hike

While do-gooders in Congress, state houses, or city council chambers around the country promise more money for unskilled jobs, economic reality is driving innovation and automation. In response, Miso Robotics has introduced Flippy the burger flipping robot. Equipped visual sensors and algorithms for cooking the perfect burger, Flippy is undoubtedly a sign of things to come.

Scholars have warned that demand for low-skilled jobs will drop sharply following automation and flipping burgers is definitely on the robo-overlord menu, as CaliBurger can attest. The fast-food restaurant chain present all over the United States, but also in countries like China, Sweden, Qatar or Taiwan, said it will introduce a burger robot in fifty of its locations.

The kitchen assistant, known as ‘Flippy’, was designed by a startup called Miso Robotics which specializes in “technology that assists and empowers chefs to make food consistently and perfectly, at prices everyone can afford.”

It looks like a cart on wheels with only one arm and no legs. With six axes though, the arm has plenty of freedom of motion so the robot can perform a variety of tasks. In fact, Miso claims this robot is more akin to a self-driving car than an assembly line machine.

What they mean is that Flippy uses feedback-loops that reinforce its good behavior so it gets better with each flip of the burger. Unlike an assembly line robot that needs to have everything positioned in an exact ordered pattern, Flippy’s machine learning algorithms allow it to pick uncooked burgers from a stack or flip those already on the grill. Hardware like cameras helps Flippy see and navigate its surroundings while sensors inform the robot when a burger is ready or still raw. Meanwhile, an integrated system that sends orders from the counter back to the kitchen informs Flippy just how many raw burgers it should be prepping.

Fast food chains have already begun using kiosks where customers can place their orders and pay without the help of an employee. Other fast food jobs are ripe for takeover by machines.

On a more serious note, it’s clear nobody has any idea what will happen to all these displaced jobs. Tech startups are in a competition to be as disruptive as possible with not much regard for what happens next to the industry they’re affecting. Quite frankly, that might not be their responsibility. Nobody had any beef with Henry Ford when he flooded the market with millions of Model-Ts, pulling horse and buggies out of the streets.

Minimum wage hikes in some cities have already resulted in higher prices and fewer available jobs. Flippy requires no wage at all and no benefits. It will require a higher skilled employee to operate and maintain it though. The smart money will be on developing a labor force with automation related skills and not on arbitrarily mandating higher wages for jobs that are headed for obsolescence.

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