Groundbreaking Moment as a Robot Closes the NY Stock Exchange

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News Story Source: Machine Design
Last Wednesday, Oct. 17, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) were treated to a first-ever experience: A collaborative robot (cobot) rang the day’s closing bell. The cobot was Universal Robots’ UR5e with a two-finger gripper from Robotiq.

This particular ceremony celebrated the five-year anniversary of ROBO Global, the first-ever robotics, automation, and AI index. Having launched in October 2013, it currently invests into more than 80 companies across the globe, including 12 subsectors ranging from manufacturing to healthcare.

Despite the sudden departure of Rethink Robotics, which was one of the leaders in the cobot market, the cobot industry remains the fastest-growing sector of the industrial automation market. By 2025, the cobot market is expected to grow 34% in sales, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

The UR5e was used to ring the bell with the help of a gripper from Robotiq. 

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Thanks, Common Core: ACT Scores for Class of 2018 Worst in Decades

Read more on this subject: Education/Common CoreNews Story Source: PJ MediaThe report includes ACT test results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"The percentage of ACT-tested graduates who met or surpassed the ACT College Readines… Continue reading

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

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News Story Source: Next Gov
The National Security Agency is quietly beginning work on a new series of three communications contracts valued at $6.7 billion.

Details are sparse because the classified contracts—collectively called Greenway—were secretly awarded to telecommunications giant AT&T and defense contractors General Dynamics and ManTech International over the past year. Redacted legal documents following a protest of one of the contracts in March indicate the NSA’s goal is to “technically evolve” its IT environment.

NSA’s Greenway program is a continuation of its classified Groundbreaker program, which dates back to then-NSA Director Michael Hayden’s decision to outsource the agency’s IT operations to industry.

At the time, Hayden said the contract would allow NSA to “refocus assets on the agency’s core missions of providing foreign signals intelligence and protecting U.S. national security-related information systems by turning over several infor
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10-23-18 — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump Report — LISTEN LIVE on LRN.FM, M-F, 9-Noon EST

Read more on this subject: Declare Your Independence with Ernest HancockDeclare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock – Radio Radio/Video Program on 2018-10-23Ernest recaps the Trump Rally held in Phoenix last Friday – Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump … Continue reading

Judge upholds Monsanto verdict, cuts award to $78 million

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News Story Source: Associated Press
In denying Monsanto’s request for a new trial, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos cut the jury’s punitive damage award from $250 million to $39 million. The judge had earlier said she had strong doubts about the jury’s entire punitive damage award.

Bolanos gave DeWayne Johnson until Dec. 7 to accept the reduced amount or demand a new trial.

Johnson’s spokeswoman Diana McKinley said he and his lawyers are reviewing the decision and haven’t decided the next step. “Although we believe a reduction in punitive damages was unwarranted and we are weighing the options, we are pleased the court did not disturb the verdict,” she said.

Monsanto spokesman Daniel Childs said that the company was pleased with the reduced reward but still planned to appeal the verdict. Childs said there’s no scientific proof linking Roundup to cancer.

The jury awarded punitive damages after it found that the St. Louis-based agribusiness had purposely ignor
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An exclusive look at Cory Booker's plan to fight wealth inequality: give poor kids money

Read more on this subject: LegislationNews Story Source: Vox NewsAmerica has a massive, growing racial wealth gap. The median white family today holds nearly 10 times the wealth of the median black family.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is introduc… Continue reading

Bolton in Moscow

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Bolton in Moscow 

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton is militantly Russophobic, pro-war, and anti-peace and stability.

Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation director Alexandra Bell earlier said Pompeo and Bolton reflect “neocon foreign policy jacked up on steroids.”

Last February, shortly before his appointment as national security advisor, Bolton called for a “decidedly disproportionate,” anti-Russia cyber offensive. He urged Trump to let Putin “hear the rumble of artillery and NATO tank tracks, conducting more joint field exercises with Ukraine’s military” close to Russia’s border.

He called nonexistent Russian US election meddling “a casus belli, a true act of war, and one Washington will never tolerate,” adding:

“For Trump, it should be a highly salutary lesson about the character of Russia’s
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China Slams Pompeo for His Hostile Remarks

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
China Slams Pompeo for His Hostile Remarks

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Through its media, China strongly slammed Mike Pompeo for warning Latin American leaders against seeking Beijing investments.

In meetings with Mexican and Panamanian presidents last week, he turned truth on its head, saying “when China comes calling it’s not always to the good of your citizens,” adding:

“When they show up with deals that seem to be too good to be true it’s often the case that they, in fact, are.”

Like Russia, China seeks cooperative political, economic, and financial relations with other countries. America wants them dominated and exploited, how all hegemons operate.

The state-run China Daily broadsheet called Pompeo’s remarks “ignorant and malicious,” for falsely calling Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative a debt trap – how America operates internationally, notably through the
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US Treasury Secretary Schmoozes with Killer Saudi Crown Prince

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
US Treasury Secretary Schoozes with Killer Saudi Crown Prince

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Dirty US domestic and geopolitical business as usual under Republicans and undemocratic Dems reflects how America is governed – things worsening over time, not improving, heading for full-blown tyranny in cahoots with likeminded regimes worldwide.

First Mike Pompeo, then Steven Mnuchin schmoozed with killer Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in Riyadh.

Both officials met with him mainly for one reason – to assure him and other Saudi officials of full US support. Khashoogi’s brutal abduction, torture and murder changed nothing in the bilateral relationship. 

It remains rock solid despite MBS’ responsibility for ordering Khashoggi’s elimination. Official denials were and remain bald-faced lies.

Trump made clear he won’t cancel US arms deals with the kingdom – nor anything else in the bilater
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Turkey Debunks Saudi Disinformation on Khashoggi Incident

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Turkey Debunks Saudi Disinformation on Khashoggi Incident

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Turkish President Erdogan promised to reveal “naked truth” about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday, precisely what he didn’t say. 

Surely he’s well informed by Turkish intelligence, its information likely gotten by bugging Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate. Washington likely has the same information gotten the same or a similar way.

On Monday, Turkish media reported that surveillance video showed a member of the 15-member Saudi hit squad sent by Riyadh to murder Khashoggi, Mustafa al-Madani, leaving the Saudi consulate dressed in his clothes with a fake beard and glasses.

The subterfuge was to claim he left alive unharmed alive well before the kingdom admitted killing him, different versions of his death presented, each fabricated to shift blame on others for what crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MB
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