A couple days back, Sky News reported about an ISIS jihad weapons lab which had been discovered from a captured video.
Here’s a discussion on Fox News with a British bomb expert:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: This is terrifying — ISIS University. Sky News uncovering video footage showing a very sophisticated training academy in Syria where terrorists are learning how to make bombs and complex weapons and for one purpose — to wage war on the West and to kill. Former British Army intelligence officer in bomb disposal specialist Major Chris Hunter goes on the record from London. Good evening, sir, and what are your thoughts about this?
MAJOR HUNTER: The first thing, Greta, was that the level of ingenuity, the level of technical sophistication that we’ve seen in these training videos is absolutely unsurpassed. The IRA, for example, were the leaders in bomb-making technology for 30 years when I was a young bomb technician. When I went to Iraq in 2004 with the US-led coalition, the Iraqi insurgents superseded that level of technical sophistication in one year, but these guys, ISIS, are leagues ahead. You know, this is absolutely ground-breaking stuff.
Here’s the original video that Sky News broadcast:
One of the scariest things was that ISIS has figured out how to resurrect old jet missiles with a homemade thermal battery to turn them into working surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down passenger jets. See an article from Major Hunter on the Sky website, IS Bomb Skills ‘Truly The Stuff Of Nightmares’.
From potential terrorists who enroll at phony schools only to melt into the U.S. population, to foreign scientists who come to study weapons technology at America’s top schools, the student visa program is allowing dangerous enemies into the country, a former top federal official told FoxNews.com.
Recent attention has been focused on refugee programs and illegal border crossings, but the Achilles heel in America’s immigration system may be the program that invites 1.2 million foreigners into the U.S. each year, according to Claude Arnold, retired special agent in charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Los Angeles bureau of Homeland Security Investigations. Once here on student visas, immigrants are barely monitored and tens of thousands don’t show up for classes and fall off the government radar.
“Our legal immigration system has many vulnerabilities and the student visa program is no different,” Arnold said. “It is only a matter of time before there is either some horrible criminal act, or some act of terrorism, and there is absolutely no information available that would have caused [authorities] to go out and pick that person up.” Continue reading this article
Two Iraqi refugees were arrested on Thursday for terror-related charges, one in Sacramento and one in Houston. Keep in mind that the US presence in Iraq over years has given our government plenty of access to information about Iraqis entering this country. Even so, these jihadists were able to slip through any alleged screening — just like earlier Iraqi refugees such as Waad Ramadan Alwan (a former Iraq soldier who planted bombs against Americans) and Abdullatif Aldosary (a convicted felon who was nevertheless allowed to remain in the US and eventually bomb the Casa Grande AZ Social Security office).
Below, Texas Governor Greg Abbott remarked about the arrests, “This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists.” He has been vocal in his opposition to Syrian refugees, along with at least 29 other governors.
Fox Business’ Stuart Varney observes, “You think ISIS isn’t already in this country? Well, you better think again.”
Cases could hurt Obama plans to take Syrians seeking asylum
Authorities arrested two Iraqi refugees on terrorism-related charges Thursday, in a move that undercuts President Obama’s plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year.
Prosecutors said Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, a Palestinian born in Iraq who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Syria in October 2012, later traveled back to Syria to train with terrorists, then lied to immigration officials about it later.
Even as he arrived in the U.S., he was plotting to join the fight with terrorists in Syria, according to government documents that said he talked about having killed Syrian security officers.
Investigators also indicted Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, a Palestinian man born in Iraq, on three counts of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.
The revelations are a major blow to Mr. Obama, who had insisted the Iraqi refugee program was a success and it proved the U.S. could properly screen out would-be bad actors from the Syrian refugee population as well. Continue reading this article
In the dialogue about increasing workplace automation, a lot of the discussion that occurs online follows the pattern of the following Financial Times discussion, which is aimed largely at educated people who are concerned about their own future employment. The argument typically splits between those who think new jobs will develop to replace the old ones versus Cassandras who believe the new technology really is a step into the unknown territory of extreme unemployment for knowledge workers.
These are disturbing predictions, and should certainly be a part of the political debate occurring now, but aren’t. Certainly the government shouldn’t be importing millions of third-world immigrant workers when jobs like strawberry picker, restaurant employee and driver are being rapidly automated. Otherwise, a future Ferguson-style riot may take place in Spanish.
The Financial Times video following presents both sides of the automation debate about whether the roboticized future will be wonderful or a horror. Representing the Cassandra side is Martin Ford, author of the important Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. An Indian named Guruduth Banavar represents the positive view that robots will help, not replace, humans because new professions will arise to manage the automated workplace, or something like that. The problem is the math doesn’t work for the millions of people who aren’t robot scientists.
ANDREW HILL: Humans vs machines is a story as old as the history of automation; whether in the fields or the factories, with the invention of new technology always comes the promise of a revolution in the way we work and just as surely fears that jobs that can now be done by machines will not be replaced. After an unsettling transition period, new jobs have always evolved. Is it different this time?
MARTIN FORD: I believe we are now at the moment where the technology is finally there, when the disruption is going to happen and the fact that we’ve had these false alarms so many times in the past really makes it difficult for people to accept it, and so that’s where a lot of the resistance comes from I think.
HILL: Martin Ford’s book the Rise of the Robots, winner of this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, paints a bleak picture of a future in which machines displace humans in all but a few high-end roles. He prescribes radical economic solutions including a universal citizens dividend but warns that disruption will extend to professionals who may previously have considered themselves immune. Continue reading this article
We know that Mexico is a very violent place, where wars among drug cartels take out thousands annually. Interestingly, there are so many murders that the average lifetimes of Mexican men have been reduced by several months, according to a new study. That’s a lot of dead bodies to affect such a major demographic factor.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new study suggests that Mexico’s drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation’s male life expectancy to drop by several months.
Experts say the violence from 2005-2010 partly reversed decades of steady gains, noting that homicide rates increased from 9.5 homicides per 100,000 people in 2005 to more than 22 in 2010. That has since declined to about 16 per 100,000 in 2014.
The study published Tuesday in the American journal Health Affairs says “the increase in homicides is at the heart” of the phenomenon, though deaths due to diabetes may have also played a role.
“The unprecedented rise in homicides after 2005 led to a reversal in life expectancy increases among males and a slowdown among females in most states,” according to the study, published by Jose Manuel Aburto of the European Doctoral School of Demography, UCLA’s Hiram Beltran-Sanchez and two other authors. Continue reading this article
There’s nothing like a good chart to help visualize the government-imposed population replacement project where the historic people are being pushed out for a more diverse clientele. Elites of both parties apparently regard the European-descended traditional Americans to be more independent-minded than is preferred by the powerful, and Mexicans just seem so agreeably hard working. If immigration laws remains unchanged, the immigrant population will reach 78.2 million by 2060, nearly twice that of 2015, which reached a record high of 42.4 million.
Expanding the population through excessive immigration is nothing but a scheme to lower wages, increase shoppers and add Democrat voters. Immigration may have been helpful to settle the frontier, but it’s all negative for America going forward. Today’s Census clock show 322.8 million US residents, and that is too many for numerous reasons.
Background From Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest:
After the 1880-1920 immigration wave, Congress reduced immigration. There was zero net growth in the immigrant population from 1920 through 1970 – in fact, the immigrant population shrank considerably over this time – even as the total population of the United States roughly doubled. Covering the entire time period from 1880-1970, the foreign-born population grew roughly 40 percent. By comparison, from 1970 through 2060, Census data shows the immigrant population will increase an unprecedented 715 percent – unless Congress reduces visa allocations.
Today, the foreign-born population is already at an all-time high of 42.4 million. Measured as a percentage of total national population, it is set to soon surpass the highest levels ever recorded and continue rising to new unseen records every year and decade to follow. Continue reading this article
General Motors Co. will invest $500 million in Lyft Inc., giving the ride-hailing startup a valuation of $5.5 billion and a major ally in the global battle against Uber Technologies Inc.
The investment, part of a $1 billion financing round for Lyft, is the biggest move by an automaker to date when it comes to grappling with the meteoric rise of the ride-hailing industry.
GM and Lyft said they will work together to develop a network of self-driving cars that riders can call up on-demand, a vision of the future shared by the likes of Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick and Google-parent Alphabet Inc. More immediately, America’s largest automaker will offer Lyft drivers vehicles for short-term rent through various hubs in U.S. cities, the companies said in separate statements on Monday.
GM President Dan Ammann, who is joining Lyft’s board as part of the deal, expects the automotive industry to “change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50 and we obviously want to make sure we’re at the forefront of that change.” Continue reading this article
Here’s some diversity propaganda from the Murdock network to spread the gospel of bilingualism, only now it’s called Dual Language Learning. The idea is that young children are immersed in learning two languages (rather than concentrating on English) and they soak up both easily because young brains function that way. One sees many hispanic faces in news photos of the little students, so it may be a cheap and easy way for immigrant parents to keep their culture alive rather than go for full-tilt assimilation.
It’s a loser strategy for American kids. English has a huge vocabulary and wasting time learning Spanish (a popular second language) means less time to practice their English, a language capable of great precision and expression because of its complexity and multiple linguistic roots.
One approach to dual language learning is to alternate the what is spoken every other day.
Bilingual enthusiasts have claimed for years that learning two languages makes the kiddies smarter — or at least that they score better on standardized tests. There is never a comparison with the advantage of say, studying chess strategy or computer coding. Certainly it’s always better to keep the mind active with stimulating pursuits rather than use it merely as a passive entertainment receptacle. But bilingualists never analyze whether learning a spare language really does something special to the brain that other challenging studies do not.
So you have to conclude that bilingualism remains a political project to increase diversity and decrease the social unifier of having one language in America.
ARTHEL NEVILLE: Several states across the country are stepping up their schools dual language programs, this after a recent study found that students enrolled in these programs perform better than their peers on state testing. Bryan Llenas is here and he’s live in our newsroom to tell us more about these programs.
BRYAN LLENAS: What was once hundreds of kids just a year ago is now thousands learning a language other than their own. That’s what educators say about a trend in schools across the nation giving the next generation a competitive edge on the global stage before they’re even out of the sandbox. Dual language learning programs teach elementary through high school kids all the standard subjects but do so immersed in a second language. The goal: having students fluent in two languages before they don a cap and gown.
PARENT STACEY HALLMARK: In the future, in the job market, like being, that’s it’s a huge benefit, right? Opens up more doors, and I think it’s a good opportunity for them to just be exposed to other cultures and understand that there’s more than what they see in their neighborhood.
LLENAS: New York City now has 182 dual language programs in its schools, 39 new or expanded this school year, 28,000 grade schoolers in Utah and 10% of all K -12 students in Portland Oregon are enrolled. Students at Los Puentes Elementary in Manhattan change the language they speak every other day. Mondays they’ll be learning their ABCs in English, Tuesdays in Spanish, the lessons in the subjects though stay the same. Now according to a federally funded randomized study by the think tank the Rand Corporation which found students who enter immersion programs in kindergarten exceeded reading by the fifth grade and do at least as well as their peers in math and science.
The Washington Post brings us a man-bites-dog story about “refugees” who return to their homes in the Middle East because Europe made it too hard to get free stuff. The Post’s main subject, 25-year-old Iraqi Faisal Uday Faisal, had job skills that included making tea and sweeping in a government office, so he was not a hot prospect for European employers. His dreams of a “beautiful life” were crushed by reality, such as the free food being inadequate to his high standards.
Legal adult Faisal Faisal, below, missed Mom’s home cooking back in Iraq.
Was this article supposed to be a distraction from the one million plus illegal aliens arriving in Europe in 2015? — as in See, they’re not all staying? The piece did mention the tiny numbers of actual returners — 35,000 out of more than a million, although that fact was buried in a middle paragraph.
At least Faisal Faisal was a decent example of avaricious Middle Easterners looking for a deluxe handout in Europe, so perhaps attentive readers would understand that some (many!) of the swarming newbies are economic opportunists rather than actual war refugees (although there are some of those).
BAGHDAD — At 25, Faisal Uday Faisal had high expectations when he packed his bags for Europe in September.
After quitting his job making tea and cleaning for the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, he set off to Turkey to join more than a million refugees and migrants who have made their way to the continent in the past year.
“My dream since I was a child was to go to Europe,” he said. “I was imagining a beautiful life, a secure life, with an apartment and a salary.”
But despite a grueling month-long journey to Sweden, he came back home – one of a surging number of returnees, Iraqi and international authorities say. The International Organization for Migration says it helped 779 Iraqis come back from Europe voluntarily in November, more than double the previous month, and those figures don’t include people such as Faisal, who returned on his own.
Some have chosen to leave because they were confused about the asylum process, disillusioned with the lack of opportunities or homesick, while others were forced to go when their asylum claims were rejected.
“It was a boring life there, their food even a cat wouldn’t eat it,” Faisal said of his two months in an asylum center near the Swedish city of Malmo. “I went to Europe and discovered Europe is just an idea. Really, it’s just like Bab al-Sharji,” he said, referring to a Baghdad market neighborhood.
While some who come back of their own volition may not have been fleeing danger in the first place, aid agencies warn that legitimate asylum seekers are also being discouraged as Europe becomes less welcoming to newcomers and tries to tighten its borders. Finland and Belgium are among the countries that have warned arrivals from Baghdad that they won’t automatically receive asylum.
Faisal concedes that he left for economic reasons, the kind of asylum applicant European authorities are trying to sift out from those fleeing violence. He said he decided to “arrange a story” about being threatened by Iraqi militias. “If I was in danger, I wouldn’t have come back,” he said. Continue reading this article
These days, it’s hard to keep up with all the creative ways that Washington is working to harm American citizens. In the immigration arena particularly, American interests of national security and citizen employment are being constantly pummeled by open borders and an anti-sovereignty attitude.
One sneaker item was quietly inserted by DHS just before New Years, that foreigners on temporary work visas wouldn’t actually have to leave when their time was up. How convenient for them.
The issue was discussed Saturday morning on Fox News and edged into the topic of national security as well.
MOLLY LINE: A New Year’s gift — the Department of Homeland Security rolled out a plan letting foreign workers in the country on work visas stay indefinitely even after their visas run out. This is the same Department of Homeland Security of course that admits it doesn’t know how many foreign workers actually overstay their visas every year.
TUCKER CARLSON: For more on this is the executive vice president of the Center for Security Policy, Jim Hanson. Jim thanks for joining us. I want to ask you about security in just a sec, but first to the employment part of this. You’ve got workforce participation rates at their lowest level in 40 years. Wages haven’t risen for most workers in this country in over a decade. How will this help American workers with their wages and employment opportunities?
JIM HANSON: Tucker, its gonna un-help American workers with their wages and employment opportunities. If a company has a choice between hiring a foreign worker, who they can dangle the lure of citizenship over and negotiate a cheaper wage, versus an American who’s already got citizenship and doesn’t need that, they’re gonna go with the foreign worker, and they are in large numbers. The Obama administration is just helping them with that.
LINE: And Jim, are the foreign workers actually working for less, so does that give an incentive in their direction?
HANSON: Absolutely, and that’s the advantage to business, that’s why the Chamber of Commerce and a lot of other groups support that type of immigration. The problem is it’s just another example of the Obama administration stopping any legitimate controls on immigration and migration into this country. Continue reading this article
National Public Radio reports that a major meat processor is considering the addition of robotic machines to its production plants. The machines continue to get smarter and are likely to become equipped with sensing technology before too long that allows them to feel where bones are, a vital skill in butchering a carcass. The improving technology means a quarter million meatpacking jobs may eventually disappear.
Meat processing is one of the few jobs that cannot be outsourced and is therefore a popular occupation for unskilled, sometimes illegal immigrants, from Mexicans to Somalis. But they are about to be made obsolete by smart machines, just like many American workers.
A few decades back, meatpacking was a good blue-collar job that could support a family. In 1990, a documentary titled American Dream (Watch) won an Oscar for showing the struggle of workers to keep their highly valued jobs. Later the companies brought in cheap foreign workers and wages have been low ever since.
At one point in the NPR discussion, an expert mentions that “Workers are really cheaper than machines.” When meat-processing robots become affordable, as they surely will, then the humans will be gone in a heartbeat.
Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables.But some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. The world’s largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.
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About a quarter of a million people work in slaughterhouses to prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up in America’s dinner tables. Some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports the world largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.
LUKE RUNYON, BYLINE: We’re walking through a meat-cutting line and through JBS here in Greeley, Colo. There are workers in white frocks and white hats using hooks and knives to trim up some of the meat and get rid of the fat.
BILL DANLEY: There’s right now 850 people right out in this building alone. We’re go down through some of the tables. We won’t go in between them, but you’ll get a good view of what we do out here on the floor. Continue reading this article
There was an extra benefit to France having more police on the streets on high terror alert for New Years: less automotive arson occurred. “Only” 804 vehicles were burned, 14.5 percent fewer than the 940 cars destroyed last year.
A slightly lowered total of car destructions counts as an improvement in Islamified France.
No Muslims, no jihad. Simple. Islam cannot be reformed. It can only be quarantined.
A Reuters video reports “more than a dozen armed tactical response teams have been posted along the route, surveillance cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs and radiation-detection equipment have been brought in” and that the security costs alone will exceed $1 million:
The Rose Parade got underway Friday amid tightened security and in the shadow of a terrorist attack less than a month ago that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.
Law enforcement officials increased security for this year’s parade but stressed there was no specific threat against the event.
“We do have strong visible presence. There is plenty of security,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez on Friday morning. “We have state, federal and local officers all along the route. There are bomb-sniffing canines, rapid response teams and other less visible resources ready for anything.”
Some parade-goers said the extra measures made a difference to them.
As Sanchez spoke a federal agent stood near a stand with a bomb-sniffing dog.
“It is nice to see the dogs,” said Tom Kotter with his wife, Margie, from Cincinnati, who were attending their first parade. “It is reassuring. Obviously security is tight. How far is San Bernardino, like 50 miles?”
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