Zero Hedge – Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy’s Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs
by Tyler Durden Feb 28, 2017
Wendy’s chief information officer, David Trimm, said the kiosks are intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs. Kiosks also allow customers of the fast food giant to circumvent long lines during peak dining hours while increasing kitchen production.
As Dispatch.com reports, the Dublin-based burger giant started offering kiosks last year, and demand for the technology has been high from both customers and franchise owners.
KWN – ALERT: Legend Art Cashin Just Issued A Dire Warning
On the heels of another record breaking week for the Dow, legend Art Cashin just issued a dire warning.
Eric King: “When you look at the stock market, Art, we keep hitting one record high after another on the Dow. As the market continues to melt-up, do you sometimes step back and say, ‘I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t always have a good ending?’”
Art Cashin: “Well, it’s funny you say that. I wrote in my comments yesterday about the fact that the Dow being up nine consecutive record closes has only happened five times since 1897. And in virtually all of those cases it didn’t end well. It didn’t end badly immediately after the streak was broken but a year or so later there were problems. The most recent time we’ve seen it they had 12 records in a row in early 1987, (laughter) and we all have some scars from what happened later in 1987. It also happened in 1929.
Thomas Dishaw – Barclays bank goes down over the weekend, millions unable to access cash or use credit cards
A server crash on Barclays network Saturday gave many customers an unwanted glimpse into the chaotic future of a cashless, automated society. The crash left many unable to access their funds, unable to use internet or telephone banking and caused many cash machines to go down as a result of hardware failure.
Customers noted that their debit cards were declined even for small purchases like a 17p banana. Many took to social media to express frustration over the inability to withdraw money from in ATMs or be able to pay for purchases in shops and pubs around the world. Some reported being stranded because they could not access funds to buy tickets to return home. Others expressed desperation of not being able to feed themselves or their families.
Panic set in when Barclay’s admitted they had not idea how long it would take to fix the issue, even speculating that it could take until Monday. The bank released a statement saying it was “working to fix” a problem and advised customers to use other banks’ cash machines. It added that telephone banking and in-branch payments were also affected and apologized “for any inconvenience.” Barclays also reiterated the fact that no customer will lose out financially because of the hardware crash and any relevant fees would be reimbursed as soon as possible, another concern that some users called out.
There is still no word how many of Barclay’s 15 million card customers were affected by the outage. There is no doubt this experience echoes the fears and concerns many still have of completely cashless societies. Becoming dependent on cards leaves us vulnerable to situations like this. And the increase of automation results in fewer bank branches where you can go in and manually withdraw money from your account.
Globalists have indoctrinated many of us to believe that electronic currency is more convenient and easier to access than paper currency. But the advantage for cash remains that it is tangible and can be used to trade goods at face value, whereas we see in this scenario that if the value on your debit or credit card cannot be accessed, it doesn’t exist.
KWN – Greyerz – This May Crash Europe’s Financial System And Lead To The Next Global Crisis And Collapse
With continued uncertainty around the globe, today the man who has become legendary for his predictions on QE, historic moves in currencies, spoke with King World News about why Target2 may crash Europe’s financial system and lead to the next global crisis and collapse.
100 Years Of Massive Credit Expansion
To own gold is not climbing a wall of worry. For anyone who understands the problems that the world is now facing, physical gold ownership gives peace of mind and the best insurance that money can buy. So why are less than 0.5% of world financial assets invested in gold and gold stocks? There are several reasons for this. Firstly, 100 years of massive credit expansion and money printing have mainly inflated the asset classes that investors understand, be it stocks, bonds or property. Also, financial repression, which in layman’s terms means manipulation, has totally distorted most financial markets. With the help of derivatives, governments, central banks, investment banks and hedge funds can create false markets in most investment areas. If a market is massive and global, like currencies, they are very hard to manipulate, except if several major sovereign states collude. But in a small market like gold and silver, it is extremely easy to manipulate prices. Even more so when a lot of it is done with the assistance and blessing of governments…