Community Lynchings Are on the Uptick in Mexico

We see various reports that Mexico is progressing in education and expanding its middle class, with hopes that the country might be growing out of backwards culture.

But a front-page story in the Sunday New York Times shows the bad old days of mob lynchings are still ordinary and are even increasing because of “frustration.” (Apparently frustration justifies extra-legal community executions by unhappy brown people, according to the NYTimes.)

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Sunday’s report reminded me of a 2007 article of cultural criticism I wrote for Vdare.com, Top Ten Reasons Why the US Should Not Marry Mexico:

#7 Lynching remains a continuing practice.

In the 2001 book True Tales from Another Mexico author Sam Quinones mentioned in passing that lynching is not an unusual occurrence in Mexico, and his clippings file on extra-legal executions from 1994 until 2000 was three inches thick. One chapter in the book told the story of two salesmen whose crude behavior in the country village of Huejutla ended with townspeople lynching them in the town square with the belief that the pair were organ-snatching child kidnappers. . . .

Mexicans simply do not have the same belief as Americans that the law is central to the equitable functioning of a complex nation. It’s the Third World.

Sunday’s story was a similar scenario: two outsider businessmen arrived in a small town where they were thought to be child kidnappers, so they were killed.

Remember, Mexicans are the largest immigrant group in the United States because of our unfortunate geography.

As Frustrations With Mexico’s Government Rise, So Do Lynchings, New York Times, January 24, 2016

AJALPAN, Mexico — The lynching began around 7:20 p.m., not long after the brothers had finished conducting their final interviews on tortilla consumption.

Residents confronted them, mistaking the pair for kidnappers. The police confirmed that the men were, in fact, pollsters for a marketing company and whisked them to safety. Irate residents rang the church bells in the town square anyway, summoning hundreds.

The mob then stormed the arched doorways of the government center, set fire to its library and snatched the brothers from the police. Finally, a man in a motorcycle helmet calmly walked into the center of the frenzied crowd, doused the semiconscious brothers with gasoline and lit a match.

A grisly cellphone video of the episode played for days on local news media last fall, eliciting condemnation and hand-wringing. Officials blamed the crowd and rumors that kidnappers were taking children off the streets. One local official suggested that it was the opposition party making trouble.

But the people of Ajalpan had another explanation: Tired of government corruption and indifference, the mob fashioned its own justice, part of a longstanding problem that Mexican officials say is on the rise.

The killings raise difficult questions for Mexico, highlighting an alarming development: By some accounts, there were more public lynchings this past year than at any other time in more than a quarter-century. There were at least 78 lynchings last year in Mexico, more than double the number the previous year, according to data collected by Raúl Rodríguez Guillén, a professor and an author of the book “Mexico Lynchings, 1988-2014.”

The mob actions were born of a sense of hopelessness and impotence shared by many in Mexico, where 98 percent of murders go unsolved and the state is virtually absent in some areas. By some estimates, just 12 percent of crimes are even reported in Mexico, largely because of a lack of faith that justice will ever be served.

Such a void, taken to extremes, has found its resolution in violence. Continue reading this article

How Immigration Transformed London into an UnBritish City

There’s a new book about how the English capital has been turned into a third-world sewer by immigration, titled “This Is London: Life and Death in the World City” by Ben Judah.

The Financial Times has a review, where it chose a pull quote that reveals much about the state of diversity today:

“The drug dealer complains that ‘good help is so hard to find’. Everyone looks down on someone else.”

London is no longer majority white because of the Labour Party purposefully recruiting foreigners who would be more likely to vote liberal. Tony Blair and his leftist cronies acted as a fifth column to welcome historic enemies (Muslims) into Britain to undermine the traditional people — and they succeeded.

Below, burqas in London.

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As a result, the remaining native Britons can feel like strangers in the old neighborhoods.

The orderly British London shown in the library video below from the sixties is gone because of liberal immigration policies:

The book is a walkabout through London’s diverse underbelly, and the picture is bleak, to be kind.

How Labour turned London into a foreign city:, By Harriet Sargeant, Daily Mail (UK), January 22, 2016

Fewer than half the capital’s population are white British, gangsters from Somalia terrorise the suburbs and even the tramps are immigrants, reveals astonishing new book

An Afghan and I once broke into a small house in Peckham. I had met him while researching a report on immigration for the Daily Mail.

We were on a rescue mission. Inside the two-up, two-down property in South East London, every room was packed with beds, mattresses and migrants.

On the landing, grey and scarcely breathing, lay the man we had come to rescue from this awful place.

The other migrants who were there started to shout at us. Apparently, the sick man owed them and their trafficking gang money. We had to hustle him out fast.

I emerged shaken. I had glimpsed a London I did not know existed — one of Third World poverty, exploitation and criminality.

It is writer Ben Judah’s great achievement to reveal that hidden city in his new book, This Is London: Life And Death In The World City.

A young war correspondent, Judah examines his home city as the foreign metropolis it has now become

Since 2001, immigration has transformed the capital. More than half of Londoners are now not ethnically British.

As he says: ‘I was born in London, but I no longer recognise this city. I don’t know if I love the new London, or if it frightens me: a city where at least 55 per cent of people are not white British, nearly 40 per cent were born abroad and hundreds of thousands are living illegally, in the shadows.’

Who are these new Londoners? In order to find out, Judah immerses himself in the migrant world.

He spends a night with the Roma beggars who camp in the tunnels beneath Hyde Park. He stays in a doss-house in Barking, East London. He cajoles an astonishing array of migrants from across London to describe their lives.

Whether a mini cab driver who also washes dead bodies, a Romanian prostitute in a blonde wig, or a wealthy young African with bodyguards hired from his own tribe, they open up to Judah.

The quantity and authenticity of his interviews build up an irrefutable argument. Here, as opposed to what the Left is always telling us, are the real effects of immigration.

Immigration, Judah makes clear, has touched every aspect of life in London and utterly transformed it.

The English upper classes no longer inhabit the splendid townhouses in Mayfair. Suburbs such as Edmonton in the north of the city are no longer home to the aspirational, largely unionised, English working-class.

As for white, East End gangsters such as the Kray Twins, you will only find those in movies.

The same goes for the prostitutes who used to inhabit Soho. Even tramps, for goodness sake, are rarely English any more. Such is the level of liberal propaganda that we have largely remained blind to this startling transformation of our city.

Judah systematically maps these changes — the result of Labour relaxing immigration into the UK.

Left-wingers and the business establishment pat themselves on the back for creating an open city that welcomes the world. In fact, we have lost control of our borders and have no say who comes here.

This week, it emerged that Brussels is attempting to blackmail Britain by saying that if we don’t take as many as 90,000 migrants a year, we will not be able to send failed asylum seekers back to safe countries on the Continent.

Then came the story that a tribunal had ruled that a group of migrants in the Jungle camp in Calais had a ‘human right’ to join family members in Britain. It is a precedent that could have far-reaching implications.

Aside from legal rulings, the truth is that much of our immigration policy is now dictated by criminal trafficking gangs who make a fortune smuggling people into Britain — not our elected leaders and certainly not voters and taxpayers.

It is criminal gangs who decide who comes into the UK and in what numbers. They largely decide what happens to the migrants once they arrive.

In handing our immigration system over to them, we have allowed conditions of unimaginable squalor, misery and criminality reminiscent of Victorian times to take hold. Continue reading this article

Davos Meeting Focuses on Fourth Industrial Revolution, aka Automation

The World Economic Forum wrapping up on Saturday in Davos has made the future of employment a major focus, calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape. This is the finding of a new report, The Future of Jobs, published today by the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum has a thorough website, including a section titled Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, from which the article linked below is taken.

Below, robot arms by Nachi Robotic Systems work on the body of a car at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. About 80 percent of car manufacturing work is now done by smart machines.

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The WEF’s brief article provides a decent overview of what’s ahead, albeit somewhat sanitized. The social disruption will be enormous, and we are seeing the initial symptoms now. The situation of more than 90 million Americans not participating in the workforce has accumulated from decades of government-assisted immigration and outsourcing, with automation added in recent years.

The Gartner consulting firm (which forecast one-third of jobs will be automated by 2025) also warns of the consequences for society: “As the digital revolution kills jobs, social unrest will rise” (Computerworld, Oct 7, 2013).

With a largely jobless future looming, what possible excuse is there for Washington to admit millions more immigrants when there will be no employment for them? Immigration should be retired as an institution that is no longer appropriate, like rotary phones and homesteading.

If human jobs are indeed becoming obsolete, as experts suggest, then immigration should be recognized as likewise anachronistic.

What happens when robots take our jobs?, World Economic Forum, January 21, 2016

Technologies such as big data, advanced analytics, the internet of things, wearables, advanced robotics, learning machines and 3D printing are finding their way into factories.

Despite the sluggishness of change on today’s factory floors, this digital wave is slowly but surely revolutionizing manufacturing, contributing to major productivity enhancements and the emergence of innovative production paradigms that deliver more tailored and efficient solutions.

Needless to say, this transformation has profound implications for manufacturing employment, affecting everything from the size of the workforce, to the skillsets required and the locations of factories. Will this Fourth Industrial Revolution lead to a jobless future for manufacturing or will the “traditional” response of education and training allow workers to remain employable?

A factory with no employees?
According to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, “The factory of the future will have only two employees: a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”

Indeed, from Jeremy Rifkin in the End of Work to Martin Ford in the Rise of the Robots, economists have been predicting that automation will make human jobs – at least as we know them today – obsolete in the not-too-distant future. In the United States alone, manufacturing jobs have fallen from 25% of the total in 1970 to approximately 10% today, as James H. Lee reminds us in his blog on the World Future Society website. Productivity and employment, which rose and fell in tandem until the early 2000s, now show an increasing gap, reflecting the fact that humans are being displaced by machines for many jobs. Continue reading this article

Germany: Regensburg Considers Women-Only Sections on Buses Because Rapefugees

In Germany’s New Normal of violence caused by hundreds of thousands of misogynous Muslim men, European women are in danger just going about their normal lives. Women are warned not to go out alone at night and to dress modestly — it sounds like a perfect sharia Eurabia where women are kept out of the public square, as Islam demands.

Since the shocking New Year’s attacks on women in Cologne and other cities around Europe, the numbers of victims is being toted up in various categories:

The number of criminal complaints has already exceeded 750 and is still increasing, Die Welt reported. The total number of victims amounts so far to 883 with almost 500 of them having reported sexual abuse. (RT, January 18)

Regensburg is a city of 140,000 in Bavaria with a historic cathedral:

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Other nations have used the strategy of separation to protect women from violent misogynist men: Mexico comes to mind, with its women-only buses in Mexico City.

But those are entire vehicles where piggy Mexican men are prohibited; Regensburg is considering designated sections of buses for women. But how will rapefugee Muslim men be kept away from German women? Will each bus have an armed guard? Apparently not, because the discussion concerns an appropriate color scheme, so the proper Regensburgers may be projecting their own orderliness on the lawless interlopers. Putting women in one section just makes targeting easier for allah’s gangsters. Regensburg needs to think this through and understand that they have been invaded by hostile illegal aliens.

The article following is translated from Die Welt:

Councillor brings “Lady-zones” to buses, Die Welt, January 19, 2016

In Regensburg it could soon enter city buses with separate “Lady-zones”. This discusses just the city council. The application was made in November, by a local politician – before the attacks in Cologne.

In order for women and girls to feel safe from sexual harassment, the Regensburg City council is discussing specially designed “Lady Zones” in its city busses. They are also imagining “Women only Taxis”.

Christian Janele of the Christian-Socialist (CSB) had turned in an application in November of 2015 – before the mass sexual assaults in Cologne took place. The city planning commission will discuss this issue on Tuesday.

Janele says that many citizens had expressed their concerns with him: “How will my daughter, how will my wife arrive home safely in the evenings?” These fears among the citizenry have to be taken seriously. Markings on the bus floors could establish safe zones, in which only women and children are allowed to be in. Additionally there should be offered women only taxis in which women drivers will bring female passengers to their destinations – and the city will subsidize the taxi fares. Heidelberg has had a similar project ongoing for years, says Janele.

It doesn’t have to be pink
On the social network Facebook, the Christian-Socialists have published a photo montage with a pink “Lady Zone” in a public bus. But the post adds that the safety zone doesn’t have to be pink. Any other color would be possible as well. Continue reading this article

Pennsylvania University May Drop Crusader Team Name

The Crusades and Crusaders get a lot of battering from the politically correct these days, including Susquehanna University which now wants to be more “inclusive,” because apparently they don’t want headchopping jihadists to feel left out.

And who can blame the university? No less of a person than President Obama bashed the original Crusaders as committing “terrible deeds” during the annual prayer breakfast in 2015:

OBAMA: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Jihad expert and author Robert Spencer (who is well informed about the period) remarked, “The Crusades were actually a late and small-scale defensive response to 450 years of Islamic jihad aggression.”

In General Dwight Eisenhower’s 1944 D-Day message to the troops, he characterized their efforts to free the continent of Europe from the Nazi jackboot as a Crusade. The word had positive connotations until the anti-civilization left inserted its hooks.

EISENHOWER: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force.

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Perhaps it is a hopeful sign that the image of Crusaders is reappearing in Europe, which is once again besieged by an evil foe.

Below, German patriots disinvite invasive illegal alien jihadists from Europe with a banner showing a Crusader.

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Here is an article about the university brouhaha:

Pennsylvania university considers dropping its ‘Crusader’ nickname, Fox News, January 19, 2016

A Pennsylvania university is searching for a new mascot and nickname to replace its longtime “Crusaders” moniker, which the school says is “at odds” with its “values and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.”

Susquehanna University is asking people to submit their top choices for a replacement by Jan. 25. The top contenders — which might include the Bobcarts or River Otters — will then be submitted to the university president, who will in turn present them to the school’s board of trustees, a university spokeswoman told FoxNews.com Tuesday.

The school’s board of trustees voted in October to replace the Crusader name, after consulting with alumni, students, faculty and staff.

The Crusader name, which was first used by a Philadelphia sports writer in 1924, was a reference to then-Susquehanna athletic director Luther Grossman’s “crusade” to bring integrity to intercollegiate athletics.

“Many critics of the term Crusader feel that connotations of the word — related to the medieval Crusaders who used violence in the name of religion — are at odds with the university’s increasing diversity and its commitment to embracing and respecting difference,” the school said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. Continue reading this article

Davos Forecasts Five Million Jobs Lost to Automation in 15 Nations by 2020

The global thinkers at the World Economic Forum have produced a new report drilling down into the automation workplace revolution, which they call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The report focuses on world trends and has no specifics about the job losses of individual countries, at least that I could find in a brief search & skim of the paper, titled The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

It isn’t surprising to treat automation as a global phenomenon, because its effects are very similar throughout the industrialized world and in developing nations too, because of the decreasing price of robots. Every business tries to lower its costs, and so they all will use smart machines to survive.

Below, the Baxter model robot costs around $22,000, which makes it affordable for smaller businesses.

One interesting item is the forecast of a total loss of 7.1 million jobs, offset by a gain of 2 million new positions: that figure give an estimated ratio of old jobs destroyed to new jobs created. There are a number of cheerful public voices opining that the coming disruption will be minor and the new jobs will make up for the ones lost, but the Davos thinkers have come out with the pessimistic view, seeing severe job reduction as the net result.

For an example of that discussion, see Automation Debate: Will Smart Machines Disrupt the Economic Order or Not? where Martin Ford (author of Rise of the Robots) politely takes the negative, realistic side.

Finally, there is not a whole lot that can be done about technological unemployment, but the government should at least end immigration, a vestige of earlier centuries which needs to be put aside as being obsolete, along with homesteading. Workers should no longer to be imported because citizens will need all of the remaining jobs.

Robots and artificial intelligence will kill off five MILLION jobs by 2020 – and women will be worst hit, Daily Mail, January 18, 2016

Disruptive labour market changes, including the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, will result in a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries – and women will be worst hit, a major new study released at Davos has claimed.

The projection by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is holding its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort this week, assumes a total loss of 7.1 million jobs, offset by a gain of 2 million new positions.

Women will be the biggest losers as their jobs are often concentrated in low-growth or declining areas such as sales, office and administrative roles, the report said.

At the declining end of the labour market, the drivers of change identified by our respondents will heavily disrupt two of the job families most clearly dominated by women and men: Office and Administrative and Manufacturing and Production, respectively.

‘In short, as industries prepare to adapt to disruptive change the dynamics of the industry gender gap will be at the centre of many facets of the new employment landscape.’ Continue reading this article

FBI Screening for Syrian Refugees Is Proposed

The SAFE Act will be voted in the Senate this week (if it survives a Harry Reid blocking cloture) and the bill would require the FBI to screen refugees from Syria and approve them as being non-jihad. Members of Congress who have noticed the mess in Europe caused by barbarian Islamic refugees want to prevent similar violence here.

Senator Sessions held a hearing in October about screening refugees and he determined “We do not have access to any Syrian government database to learn the backgrounds of these refugee applicants.”

Below, naive Europe regrets having lost control of its borders with the unfriendly Muslim world, because foreigners have repaid kindness with violence and rape. New Years turned into a riot including hundreds of sexual assaults of German women in front of the iconic Cologne cathedral.

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The best thing would be for Washington to end the refugee scam in this country altogether. The program is a total negative for Americans, all cost (including crimes like mass murder) and no benefit. If government must engage in do-gooder behavior, then additional support for refugee camps in the Middle East is a far more effective way to spend limited funds.

But without an attack of sanity in Washington, a slow-down strategy may be the best we can do for now.

On Monday, Congressman Richard Hudson, the author of the SAFE Bill, appeared on Fox to explain the legislation:

GRETCHEN CARLSON: Let’s turn to take on the SAFE Act now. That is the bill that would temporarily halt accepting refugees from Iraq and Syria until federal agencies can truly verify that there are no possible terrorists among them. The House passed it in November overwhelmingly, just two days after it was introduced. North Carolina Congressman Richard Hudson was there and he’s here today. In fact, he wrote the SAFE Act and he joins me for the real story on that. So in the House, back before the end of the year, it was a bipartisan vote 287 to 137. You got 47 Democrats to vote for it. Will that happen in the Senate?

CONGRESSMAN HUDSON: Well I’m not sure we’ll get a two-thirds vote, but my hope is we’ll at least get through the cloture vote Wednesday, bring the bill to the Senate floor. If we can get six Democrats to vote with Republicans that we can have this very common sense measure that the American people want to see. Continue reading this article

Washington Flash: Spike in Immigration May Be Connected to Unfriendly Islam Behavior

This just in — bright lights among the people’s representatives in the big capitol city have noticed a possible correlation between increased Muslim immigration and jihad activity.

Who could have imagined that the historic enemies of Western civilization for the last 1400 years would still be planning the mass murder of infidels, and now are using America’s open borders as a door?

New York City’s traditional Thanksgiving Parade now requires massive security to protect the public from Muslim jihad attacks.

In the final year of the Obama administration, immigration of various legalities from everywhere continues like there’s no Off switch. The Washington Beacon notes that 170,000 persons from majority-Muslim nations will be granted legal entry this year — that’s around 466 potential unfriendlies arriving per day in stupid-generous America.

A historic enemy tribe is welcomed by the government and Obama wants to disarm the lawful citizens — how curious is that?

Rise in U.S. Terror Plots Tied to ‘Unprecedented’ Spike in Immigration, Washington Free Beacon, January 15, 2016

Cruz: ‘Political correctness’ fueling failure to address U.S. security flaws

There is growing concern on Capitol Hill that a recent spike in the number of foreigners arrested in the United States on terrorism charges is the result of a flawed Obama administration immigration policy that will grant residence to around 170,000 individuals from Muslim-majority nations in the coming year, according to conversations with lawmakers and congressional sources.

With the indictment last week of two Iraqi refugees who allegedly conspired with ISIS, a number of lawmakers are now warning that poor screening methods and an administration plan to boost immigration will endanger national security.

Recent efforts by Congress to investigate the immigration histories of at least 113 foreign-born individuals snagged on terror charges since 2014 have been blocked by the Obama administration. There are at least 1,000 open investigations into ISIS members residing in the United States, sources said.

New cases of legal immigrants participating in alleged terrorist plots are cropping up on a near daily basis, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who has been spearheading an effort to investigate how these individuals are passing through U.S. security screenings.

“Almost every day there is a new case that documents the relentless attacks being waged against our nation,” said Cruz. “We have militants who have infiltrated waves of refugees to come to American and plot attacks. We have Americans who have travelled abroad to train returning to wage jihad here. We have home-grown terrorists who are receiving instruction online to hatch attacks.” Continue reading this article

Germany: Male Aliens Barred from Town’s Swimming Pool

The New Normal in Muslim-infested Germany means women must be protected from the barbaric foreigners who engage in the Islamic practice of Taharrush, group sexual assault.

In fact, the town of Bonnheim should be praised for dealing with the invasion crisis forthrightly, rather than blaming the victim as the mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker did: she crudely suggested German women alter their behavior to adjust to Islamic values rather than insist upon newcomer assimilation. Reker’s recommendation that women keep “an arm’s length” from foreign men was ridiculed by many.

In another variety of fecklessness, the city of Munich has responded to diversity by printing up a leaflet for savages that explains acceptable behavior in the West. (Click here to see the full page of pool instructions.)

Achtung! No groping!

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But a few cartoons picturing European cultural norms won’t make a dent on the political jihad supremacism of 1400 years standing. As Ralph Peters recently opined, what we see in Europe is an invasion.

“[This] is a true clash of civilizations. And we must distinguish, and the Germans and Europeans must, between legitimate refugees and people who are hustlers. These young, uneducated muslim males of military age are not refugees. They are invaders, culturally.” (Peters: They Are Invaders)

The experience of Germany reminds us that in a time of global jihad, the appropriate number of Muslim immigrants is zero.

Town bans male refugees from pools amid complaints, The Local (Germany), January 15, 2016

A town in Germany has banned male asylum seekers from public swimming pools after complaints from women that they were being harassed by migrants.

A spokesman for the local government of Bornheim said on Friday that the ban on male asylum seekers above the age of 18 came after six people filed complaints “over the sexually offensive behaviour of some migrant men at the pool”.

The measure aimed at “making it clear to the men that the rights of women in Germany is inviolable”, he added.

Officials have gone personally to three asylum seeker shelters near the pools to deliver news of the ban and emphasize how people should behave in swimming pools, said the spokesman.

The town, situated on the west bank of the Rhine River, would revoke the ban once it deems that the message has been drilled into the asylum seekers, he said, adding that this would be evaluated through interviews with social workers at the shelters.

Authorities denied placing entire groups of people under suspicion, but said the measure was aimed at laying down clear ground rules.

Munich pools issue ground rules for migrants
Meanwhile in Bavaria, swimming pools have issued leaflets with simple pictorial instructions on behaviour for migrants who may never have swum in public before.

The leaflets are available in multiple languages, including Arabic, French, Pashto and Somali, and include safety and behaviour tips in a comic book style.

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A leaflet produced by Munich city authorities including behaviour rules for migrants in the swimming pool. Photo: DPA

Particular emphasis is placed on stopping physical and verbal harassment of women, with images showing a red “no” symbol over an outstretched hand reaching for a woman in a bikini. Continue reading this article

Obama Plans to Spend $4 Billion to Speed Development of Self-Driving Vehicles

The tech industry has been successfully moving forward at deliberate speed to create self-driving cars, trucks and buses, but the administration thinks it can help by dumping in a major infusion of taxpayer cash. On Thursday, the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a plan increase government meddling in driverless vehicles to expedite the process:

FOXX: “We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for the American people. Today’s actions and those we will pursue in the coming months will provide the foundation and the path forward for manufacturers, state officials, and consumers to use new technologies and achieve their full safety potential.” (Gizmodo)

Certainly new rules of the road need to be worked out, along with safety and insurance considerations, but $4 billion is off the charts for what is needed.

The tech elites promote the argument that self-driving vehicles will be safer without dangerous humans at the wheel. Google driverless car pioneer Sergey Brin has long emphasized the safety aspect of his project.

Below, a Google prototype self-driving car.

Is Obama in a rush to unemploy still more millions of Americans? There are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S., from big-rig 18-wheelers to local delivery vans. In addition, the BLS counted 233,700 cab drivers in 2014. Also, some (many?) of the roadside truck stops offering food and services for human drivers will go out of business.

Hopefully, the problem of automotive hacking will be worked out before major implementation of robot transportation, so some jihadist Mohammed won’t be able to take remote control of a big rig weighing 80,000 pounds barreling down the highway.

The fantasy of being able to curl up in the back seat with a book won’t happen any time soon though. A driver will have to be present to handle any emergency that might come up.

But that arrangement has not worked well for airliners, which are now highly automated except for take-off and landing. When something goes wrong, modern pilots no longer have the skills to fly the plane, a reason cited for the 2013 Asiana crash in San Francisco that killed three. This week, it was reported that pilot over-reliance on automated controls in the cockpit had become a problem, and pilots need more training in manual flying.

By the same token, if the human “driver” has to be available for an emergency, then the person has to be paying attention to the road rather than daydreaming. Semi-automated driving seems dangerous rather than safer.

Keep in mind that automation experts say that a huge transformation of the jobs economy is underway, causing human workers to become obsolete in many occupations. Oxford researchers reported in 2013 that 47 percent of American jobs could be replaced by automation within 20 years. The Gartner tech consulting firm has forecast that one-third of jobs will be performed by smart machines in 2025, just 9 years from now.

So along with all the other complications of automation, the workplace transformation means America won’t be needing any more immigrant workers.

White House pushes to make driverless cars a reality, Politico, January 14, 2016

Driverless cars could be dominating U.S. roadways in years, not decades, thanks to a new push from federal regulators.

President Barack Obama is heading for the exits with a $4 billion push to get more driverless cars on the road, moving to mollify an increasingly hungry tech industry — but he will need Congress to loosen its purse strings first, not to mention potentially increase authority for the Department of Transportation’s highway safety agency.

The multibillion dollar program, announced Thursday, is the biggest push yet from the White House to integrate driverless cars into the transportation system and a landmark moment for an administration that has taken a go-slow approach to the issue. It’s also a watershed for NHTSA, a safety watchdog whose ability to keep up with technological changes in the automobile industry it oversees has been regularly critiqued.

The president’s fiscal 2017 budget, set to be released Feb. 9, will include a request for nearly $4 billion to implement driverless car pilot programs over the next decade, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday.

At Foxx’s announcement at the Detroit Auto Show, he called the push for billions in testing dollars “a huge step forward,” adding that “we are going to do everything we can to advance safe, smart and sustainable transportation innovations. We are bullish on automated vehicles.” Continue reading this article

New York Times Explores Europe’s Struggle with Muslim Diversity

Is the New York Times having a teeny tiny shift in opinion about the wonderfulness of Islamic foreigners? Thursday’s front page included an interesting juxtaposition: the photo shows a protest of the Cologne sex attacks by aliens against European women with a sign reading “Rapefugees Not Welcome” while the caption referred to the “far-right group Legida” sponsoring the demonstration.

The Times better be careful or people will start to think “far-right” is the sensible, non-misogynist position.

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The online posting of the article included a video from Reuters with an interesting quote from a greying man named Olaf Spermer who appeared middle class and not an extremist at all:

“Especially what annoyed us in the past weeks and months, was the whole situation regarding foreigners, that how things were handled and not only I, but many people, think that it will all end in a very bad way.”

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The newspaper text, however, wrings its liberal hands over self-defense militias and alleged right-wing violence against foreigners. It misses the central issue: when immigration threatens public safety and national security, it is wrong and must stop. ISIS declared its intention to insert jihadists into the illegal alien hordes, so it is naive to think otherwise.

In centuries past, Europe had defenders like Charles Martel who defeated the Muslims at Tours in 732. Today’s political leaders act on their liberal desires about how people should behave rather than the reality in front of them.

Sexual Attacks Widen Divisions in European Migrant Crisis, New York Times, January 13, 2016

ROME — In Finland, militia groups are patrolling small towns housing asylum seekers in the name of protecting white Finnish women. In Germany, far-right protesters rampaged through Leipzig on Monday, vandalizing buildings in an “anti-Islamization” demonstration. In Italy on Tuesday, an anti-immigration regional government approved the text of a law making it difficult to construct new mosques as Muslim refugees are settled in the area.

Across Europe, the migrant crisis that has engulfed the Continent since the summer is provoking new levels of public anxiety after the New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, where witnesses and the police described predatory gangs of mostly foreign men, including some refugees, groping and robbing young women. The Cologne police are also investigating allegations of rape.

While the police say the assaults in Cologne were carried out by hundreds of men, even that is a narrow sliver of the more than one million asylum seekers who entered Europe last year. Still, the anxieties provoked by the Cologne attacks quickly spread as reports emerged of similar New Year’s Eve assaults in other German cities, as well as in Finland and Austria.

While the details in some of those reports are sketchy, and none approach what happened in Cologne, they have touched an exceptionally raw nerve as European societies face the challenge of integrating and acculturating the asylum seekers, most of them Muslims, and a majority of those single men. Continue reading this article

European Women Buy Pepper Spray to Defend Themselves from Muslim Men — Geert Wilders Explains

Responding to the Cologne New Years attacks, sensible women are reacting to the New Normal of greatly reduced public safety by purchasing pepper spray — lots of it. An RT video report notes, “One shop in the city of Cologne says it has completely sold out of pepper spray and it is mostly women who are buying it.” Too bad the segment had to end up by showing a Syrian alien whining about the Cologne attacks that “in Syria I don’t know people who could commit anything like that” — while there are clearly many who can.

Geert Wilders, the Dutch member of Parliament and leader of the Freedom Party, has some experience with defense against Islamic violence, having been on the hit list of jihadists since he became outspoken about the danger of Muslim immigration.

Below, Wilders posed with a local SWAT team when he spoke at the Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. After Wilders left, the free speech event was attacked by two armed jihadists who were taken out by a Garland police officer with his service revolver.

Along with other words of the Islamist vocabulary we never wanted to learn, along with jihad and hijra, we must now add Taharrush, meaning group sexual assault condoned by allah. Geert Wilders explains the ugly details in a recent opinion piece:

Give Women the Right to Defend Themselves, January 13, 2016

Today, The Post Online published an op-ed piece by Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graaf. Click here to read the piece at TPO.nl (in Dutch)

“Cultural enrichment” has brought us a new word: Taharrush. Remember it well, because we are going to have to deal with it a lot. Taharrush is the Arabic word for the phenomenon whereby women are encircled by groups of men and sexually harassed, assaulted, groped, raped. After the Cologne taharrush on New Year’s Eve, many German women bought pepper spray. Who can blame them?

A culture that has a specific word for sexual assaults of women by groups of men is a danger to all women. The existence of the word indicates that the phenomenon is widespread. Frau Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte and all the other open-door politicians could and should have known this.

The Islamic world is steeped in misogyny. The Koran explicitly states that a woman is worth only half a man (Suras 2: 228, 2: 282, 4:11), that women are unclean (5:6), and that a man can have sex with his wife whenever he wants (24:31). The Koran even says that men are allowed to have sex slaves (4:24), and that they have the right to rape women whom they have captured (24:31).

The hadiths, the descriptions of the life of Muhammad, the ideal human being whose example all the Islamic faithful must follow, confirm that women are sex objects, that they are inferior beings like dogs and donkeys, and that there is nothing wrong with sexual slavery and raping female prisoners.

Taharrush is quite common in Islamic countries. Women are frequently surrounded by men and subsequently abused. The Egyptian website Jadaliyya points out that it also happens to veiled women. Women are victims simply because they are women and not because they have provoked the men by their conduct or “provocative” clothing. It can happen in the streets, public transport, supermarkets, or during protest demonstrations.

In 2011, the American television journalist Lara Logan had her clothes ripped off and “was raped with the hands” by a group of 200 men on Tahrir Square in Cairo. Two years later, a young Dutch woman became a taharrush victim at the same square. Now, along with the flow of migrants from the Islamic world, the phenomenon also reached Europe. The elite tried to keep it hidden from the people, but they cannot do so anymore. Continue reading this article

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