American Elephants


The Creepy Line — The Movie by The Elephant's Child

The Creepy Line is a documentary that reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and YouTube, and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle –hence powerful– manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title taken from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day.” Containing interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the meddling and intervening done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly “neutral platforms.” The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data.



The Difficulties With Declaring Independence by The Elephant's Child

All you need to know about Silicon Valley can be summed up by the simple information that they have chosen the Southern Poverty Law Center as their guide to identifying Hate Speech!

Bwa ha ha ha ha-ha ha!

File this under “It takes one to know one!”

Then add this bit:  ” Facebook removed an excerpt from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, claiming that the text violated the social network’s policies.”

As Reason adds: “The social media site has a difficult time telling the difference between white nationalist ravings and the writing of Thomas Jefferson.”

America’s founding document might be too politically incorrect for Facebook, which flagged and removed a post consisting almost entirely of text from the Declaration of Independence. The excerpt, posted by a small community newspaper in Texas, apparently violated the social media site’s policies against hate speech.

Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator‘s readers.

The first nine such posts of the project went up without incident.

“But part 10,” writes Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett, “did not appear. Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post ‘goes against our standards on hate speech.'”

The problem is ignorance. Silicon Valley is full of math and physics majors and H-1B immigrants, not history majors. Our own colleges and universities, full of anti-war people left over from Vietnam have turned our education system into far left indoctrination organizations, so there are a lot more courses titled “Studies” in colleges and fewer “The History of.”

Facebook was based on the flawed idea, that it would be emotionally appealing for people to share their family news and doings with friends, which, of course it was. But the downside never occurred to the founders. Users were making public the intimate details of their lives and their children, where they went to school, the general status of the family, the location of the home—which they did, with no thought about the dangers of making such information public. So it is unsurprising that Facebook has turned the bother of identifying “hate speech” over to robots.

The powers that be in Silicon Valley have already been in trouble for allowing the adherents of radical Islam access to the world’s computers, and correctly recognize that to be a problem. They are trying to figure out how to protect themselves. At the same time, the major news media are telling them that the Right Wing are white supremacists, Hitler, Nazis, fascists, etc. etc., so, in their ignorance of history they do not understand politics and assume that they need to banish anyone on the Right—without understanding that making enemies of half the population of the country is probably not a good idea. They probably do not want to come under regulation by the federal government as utilities.

 



Just What You Thought! Silicon Valley Billion-Dollar Firm Pays Illegal Workers $1.21 an Hour. by The Elephant's Child

About those Silicon Valley claims that they just can’t find enough talented STEM workers in this country:

Although there is a surplus of American high-tech workers, high-tech companies continue to clamor for more guest-worker visas to lower the wages of their workers. Companies like Microsoft have lobbied for massive increases in foreign workers even while laying off 18,000 American workers.

Electronics for Living is a billion-dollar manufacturer of computer peripherals with sales of $727 million last year. They apparently have an operation and employees in Bangalore, India. The company decided to install a new computer system and imported eight workers from India to do this work. The first arrived in September 2013, and the last left in December of that year.

The workers continued to be paid at their Indian wages plus  an apparently tiny bonus, in rupees, or 74 Indian rupees an hour. In American dollars, their total pay was $1.21 an hour. Oops! Temporary or not the were completely covered by both federal and California minimum wage law, the latter calls for at least $8.00 an hour and time-and-a-half  for overtime. At least one of the workers was forced to work 122 house in a week, but details for the others are not available.

They were busted, but while both workers and corporation were egregiously violating the Immigration and Naturalization Act. they got off with a minor slap on the wrist. The Dept. of Labor figured the difference between $1.21 and the state’s minimum of $8.00 an hour plus the missing overtime payments came to about $20,000. Labor did double that figure, and each worker got about $5,000 or $40,000 all together. And they added in a $3,500 administrative  fee to the total. Electronics for Living  said “We unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local U.S. standards.”

When India-based Infosys was called into court for multiple violations of the INA, they were smacked with a $34 million fine. The two cases are separate, but if you look upon whines from Silicon Valley about their inability to find satisfactory STEM graduates in this country with a bit of a jaundiced eye, you cannot be blamed.

Importing foreign workers pushes the wages for available jobs downward. Massive increases in guest-worker visas will cut off opportunity for American workers to enter the middle class through technology jobs.




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