Thursday, June 2, 2022

GOP Must Hold 'Radical' Health Officials Like Fauci 'Accountable': Republican Study Committee; Robots Pick Up More Work at Busy Factories, and other C-Virus related stories

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GOP Must Hold 'Radical' Health Officials Like Fauci 'Accountable': Republican Study Committee:
In a May 24 policy memo, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) argued that if Republicans take back Congress in November 2022, holding “radical” public health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci accountable must be a “major oversight priority” for the party.
Once a figure trusted by Republicans and Democrats alike, Republicans have increasingly balked at Fauci’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several Republican lawmakers, most prominently Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have quarreled openly with Fauci, accusing him of lying intentionally and of attempting to seize powers that should belong to Congress under the Constitution. In one official email, Paul attached an image showing Fauci’s face with the caption, “Fire Fauci.”
Many Republicans remain anxious to do just that, particularly in light of information that Fauci and his associates may have worked to intentionally mislead the public about the so-called “lab leak theory” of the origin of COVID-19.
Now the RSC, a GOP research group comprising several sitting Republican House members, is demanding that GOP leadership take a strong stance against Fauci and his allies if they take back Congress in the 2022 midterms. --->READ MORE HERE
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Robots Pick Up More Work at Busy Factories
Workplace robot orders jumped by 40% during this year’s first quarter; ‘Before, you could throw people at a problem’
Robots are turning up on more factory floors and assembly lines as companies struggle to hire enough workers to fill rising orders.
Orders for workplace robots in the U.S. increased by a record 40% during the first quarter compared with the same period in 2021, according to the Association for Advancing Automation, the robotics industry’s trade group. Robot orders, worth $1.6 billion, climbed 22% in 2021, following years of stagnant or declining order volumes, the group said.
Rising wages and worker shortages, compounded by increases in Covid-19-related absenteeism, are changing some manufacturers’ attitudes about robotics, executives said. “Before, you could throw people at a problem instead of finding a more elegant solution,” said Joe Montano, chief executive officer of Delphon Industries LLC, a maker of packaging for semiconductors, medical devices and aerospace components.
Delphon, based in Hayward, Calif., lost 40% of its production days during January when the coronavirus spread through its workforce. The disruption accelerated the company’s purchase of three additional robots earlier this year, Mr. Montano said.
Manufacturers in the U.S., where workers typically have been abundant and wages stable, have been slower to embrace robotics than those in some other industrialized countries. The number of robots deployed in the U.S. per 10,000 workers has traditionally trailed countries such as South Korea, Japan and Germany, according to the International Federation of Robotics. --->READ MORE HERE
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