Sara Lee Starts Robo-Meat Plant.
Sara Lee, parent company of Hillshire Farms, has announced the purchase of a fully operational meat processing plant where most of the employees are robots.
The plant reportedly cost Sara Lee $140 million and will reduce their human staff by more than half. The robots de-bone, cut, slice, and package all the company’s meat and do it at twice the speed of human workers. More robots and less people are a mixed and bizarre blessing.
Meat processing plants are extremely dangerous places for humans to work with employees getting severe cuts, losing limbs, and getting caught in grinders on a fairly regular basis. Robots doing the work might reduce injuries but it also kills $20/hr jobs. Plant workers operate under the assumption that the robots are detecting defective meat the way humans might but it feels like it could be easier for a robot to miss opportunities to remove diseased meat from the line.
When owned by ConAgra, the plant was site of an infamous shooting spree in which a disturbed employee killed 6 co-workers. In exchange for taking the troubled site in Kansas, the State gave Sara Lee $9.7 million in tax breaks and 47.3 million in other “incentives.”
The State giving Sara Lee millions of dollars to fire half their work force and process twice as many animals? Forget my mixed bag comment, this just sounds bad.
The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays
Brenda Ann Spencer wounded eight children and one police officer and killed two adults in a shooting spree at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in the San Carlos section of San Diego, California, on the Monday of January 29, 1979.
The school was across the street from her house. She used the rifle she had recently been given for Christmas. When the six-hour incedent ended and the sixteen-year-old was asked why she had committed the crime, she shrugged and replied, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” She also said:”I had no reason for it, and it was just a lot of fun”, “It was just like shooting ducks in a pond” and “[The children] looked like a herd of cows standing around, it was really easy pickings.”
She pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 25 years to life. She has been up for parole four times and has been turned down each time. Spencer will be eligible for parole again in 2019.
Spencer’s crime, lack of remorse, and inability to provide a serious explanation for her actions when captured inspired the song “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats.
THINGS WERE DOING:
-PLAYING WITH FUCKING DESPISE YOU
-GOING ON TOUR IN ‘MURRICA WITH OUR BEST BUDS IN SKUFF
-GOING ON TOUR TO PLAY ARSONFEST WITH SQUAMPTON HOMIES SHOOTING SPREE AND OBACHA
THINGS WERE RELEASING:
-FIRST EVER FULL LENGTH RECORD
-SPLIT WITH THEDOWNGOING FROM AUSTRALIA
-SPLIT 7” WITH SKUFF
-SPLIT 12” WITH DYSPLASIA
-SPLIT TAPE WITH SHOOTING SPREE, PRISON VIOLENCE, LEONARDXLAWRENCE
BEST. YEAR. EVER.
New shooting spree in California shocks US
Another shooting spree has occurred in the US state of California as the American public is still in shock over the recent spate of massacres across the country.
A gunman fired at least 50 shots in a parking lot outside the Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach, 35 miles (56 km) south of Los Angeles, on Saturday, causing panic among the shoppers.
No one was injured during the shooting, but one person sustained minor injuries while escaping the scene, police said.
Shortly after the incident, police rushed to the area, arresting the shooter, identified as 42-year-old Marcos Sarinana, without any struggle.
“A male was shooting a weapon in the air and at the ground, standing by a vehicle,” said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
The incident came as many across the US are on high alert following the recent spate of mass shootings.
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a hospital in the US state of Alabama, injuring a police officer and two other people before a policeman shot and killed him.
Earlier on Friday, a total of 28 people were killed in a shooting spree in Connecticut. Twenty-seven people - 20 students, 6 adult victims, and the shooter, who killed himself - were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Earlier in the day, the assailant killed his mother in another location.
Later in the day, about 100 protesters gathered outside the White House demanding stricter gun control in the United States.
The Connecticut massacre came just two days after another gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in the US state of Oregon, killing two people and injuring several others.
An online petition has urged the US government to produce legislation that limits access to guns. The petition had more than 25,000 signatures just hours after its inception.