Last spring, we learned that Disney, the fabled story-teller of moral goodness for children, axed its American IT department so it could replace them with cheaper Indian workers. The citizens were forced to train their foreign replacements or else lose their severance package. The Americans were also supposed to keep quiet about how shabbily they had been treated.
But a couple of workers were interviewed by a Florida television station this week to tell their story, and the firings were as bad as you could imagine. The two men interviewed were the top brains behind making Disney’s park operation user-friendly and had received high praise for their tech work. When they were invited into the boss’s office, they did not expect to be cut.
Below, former Disney workers Dave Powers and Leo Perrero.
The report includes some helpful statistics, like the number of H-1b workers in the US (800,000) and the fact that only 26% of science and engineering graduates are currently employed in a STEM occupation.
Sadly, the story hints that the former Disney workers are no longer employed in tech, and they think that the field is no longer available for young Americans who therefore should not study STEM fields in college.
The H-1b program has been known to have “loopholes” for years, but Congress hasn’t gotten around to fixing them (despite some calls for reform).
ORLANDO, Fla. — Just months before the holidays and on the heels of a great performance review, no less. A VP invites David Powers and Leo Perrero into his office, both expecting pats on the back. Instead they hear the dreaded words: You are being laid off.
“When a guillotine falls down on you, in that moment you’re dead… and I was dead,” says former Disney employee David Powers.
Powers and Perrero were two of the brains behind your magical Disney World experience. For the past 10 years, both worked behind the scenes in the IT field, using high-tech data to ensure all points of sale — from tickets to resort stays — were seamless for visitors. Attaining some of the highest recognitions Disney could give, being let go was the last thing they expected.
“I’m in the room with about two-dozen people, and very shortly thereafter an executive delivers the news that all of our jobs are ending in 90 days, and that we have 90 days to train our replacements then we won’t get a bonus that we’ve been offered,” says Leo Perrero, a former app developer for Disney. Continue reading this article
It was one decade ago today, October 27, that self-inflicted deaths by electrocution of two North African boys in Clichy-sous-Bois erupted into a three-week conflagration of riots across France. The violence resulted in three deaths of non-rioters, many police injuries and nearly 3000 arrests.
Below, a fireman tries to extinguish a torched car in Strasbourg during New Year’s 2013.
My blog item from five days into the 2005 riots noted that a police official described the situation as “civil war”: Is Paris Burning?
Now we hear that not a lot has changed in the banlieus, but the problem is the ideology and culture of the immigrant residents which the government cannot change, even with some nice urban renewal projects.
It doesn’t help that Clichy-sous-Bois has an unemployment rate of 23 percent as noted in the video following.
The Local’s report makes the situation sound dire, even after “hundreds of French nationals. . . left their lives in the poor suburbs to head off to join jihad in the Middle East.” Even so, the neighborhoods “are producing terrorists” according to MP Malek Boutih.
France’s experience with Muslim immigration shows that it doesn’t work anywhere.
Ten years after France was forced to declare a state of emergency as youths rioted in poor suburbs across the country, many experts warn that the same scenario could easily erupt again.
The ten year anniversary of the outbreak that of fierce rioting, sparked by the death of two teenage boys, has prompted plenty of soul-searching in France.
But very little of the contemplation is offering up anything positive that has happened in the ten years since two teenage boys Zyed and Bouna died in Clichy-sous-Bois, despite various government initiatives and billions of euros spent over the years.
In fact the picture painted by many experts, politicians, socialists, and anti-racism groups is rather alarming.
Malek Boutih, an MP for the département of Essonne to the south of Paris and former head of SOS Racism, delivered a detailed report on the state of the suburbs, or banlieues as they are known in French, to the government earlier this summer.
“In 10 years, things have changed, in that the situation has worsened. It’s more difficult now than in the past,” Boutih told BFM TV this week.
“There’s been a decline that has set in in recent years that is approaching on the irreparable, because ten years on these suburbs are no longer producing rioters, they are producing terrorists.” Continue reading this article
As the weather turns cold on the western coast of France, illegal aliens in Calais are abandoning their tents and building more substantial structures to survive the winter. The place is turning from a camp to a shantytown.
Below, a humble shack is one of many being built in “The Jungle” where thousands of lawless foreigners hope to reach Britain with its generous welfare system.
Interestingly, some of the illegals appear satisfied to remain in the rough squatter camp they have constructed, particularly since they receive free food and other aid from charities, and Paris remains unwilling to deport them. The video below shows how helpful some French people are to the invaders.
In the Calais migrant camp where the stench of human excrement and bonfires of plastic waste taint the chilly sea air, a man in a polythene rain suit cycles on the spot, powering a dynamo to charge a mobile phone.
Of the 700,000 people who have reached Europe this year looking for peace and prosperity but lacking the papers to stay, the 6,000 living in the dunes on the northwest coast of France in hope of reaching Britain may be among the most determined and resourceful.
Yet simply staying warm, healthy, and in touch with loved ones is proving a challenge there as winter tightens its grip on the sprawl of tents and shanties.
There are families, young children, disabled people, and some who are making a living at the site, known locally as “the jungle”. Not everybody is trying their luck with the regular Russian roulette of cutting holes in fences, leaping on trucks and trains, and trying to walk the undersea tunnel.
Brwa, a 17 year-old Iraqi from Kirkuk, has been in the jungle for four months. He says he is the only member of his family attempting to go to Britain every night.
In his tent are his parents, his sister, her husband and a one-year old baby girl called Elia, who is sleeping.
“We use (canister) gas to heat the tent and everybody wants to come inside. The baby is always kept under blankets and a sleeping bag,” he says.
Kazhen, 27, who fled from Kirkuk in Iraq in September, is blind, and moves around with the help of his friends.
“So many people are catching a cold. We wear a lot of clothing,” he says.
“We have a fire place. We burn wood, plastic also… but it’s not good for health you know?”
Residents camping here are trying to reach Britain, which is in the European Union but outside its Schengen border-free travel zone. They believe they would have a better life there than in the EU countries on the European mainland.
Caravans, donated by local sympathizers, have taken the place of some tents. An Iraqi family with children aged 5 and 6 live in one. Inhabitants say there are now five mosques and three churches. Reuters saw one wooden mosque being built to replace a canvas one. Makeshift shops have popped up.
The Law and Justice Party won a victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election. The party favors the nation-state rather than the EU super-state and prefers traditional values to multiculturalism. It opposes the EU’s relocation of refugees and illegal aliens into Poland.
Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) claimed victory on Sunday in a watershed election that risks putting the ex-communist state on a collision course with key European Union allies.
Run by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of Poland’s late president Lech, PiS secured 38 percent of the vote, enough to govern alone and well ahead of the incumbent, staunchly pro-EU Civic Platform (PO) at 23.4 percent, said pollster IPSOS.
If the exit poll is correct, the victory by PiS would be the biggest in terms of seats by a single party since Poland held free elections after shedding communism in 1989 — marking a decisive swing to its brand of social conservatism mixed with left-leaning economics in the country of 38 million people.
It would also be the first time that the socialist grouping that grew out of the pre-1989 communist party failed to win seats in parliament.
A triumphant Kaczynski, whose party immediately signaled plans to reap new revenues from next year with a tax on bank assets, declared victory.
“We will not kick those who have fallen. … We need to show that Polish public life can be different,” Kaczynski told jubilant supporters at his party headquarters in central Warsaw.
Czech television reports the uptick in Austrian firearm purchase:
In Austria, there has been a rapid increase in the sales of weapons to private individuals. All long guns are currently completely sold out.Those arming themselves are primarily women. Austrians have begun to arm themselves with projectile weapons. If anyone wants to buy a long gun in Austria right now, too bad for them. All of them are currently sold out. This is reported by the Austrian outlet ‘Tiroler Tageszeitung’. It provides accessible information regarding the purchasers, which shows that all the stock is sold out.
“We cannot complain about lack of demand” says Stephan Mayer, a gun merchant.
He further claims this is the case for the last three weeks. The huge demand has its roots in fears generated by by social changes. “People want to protect themselves,” says Mayer. ”Nonetheless, the most common purchasers of arms are primarily Austrian women They are buying tear [pepper] sprays, which are much in demand,” says Mayer.
How stupid did Pratt & Whitney have to be to employ an Iranian engineer? Mozaffar Khazaee was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for attempting to carry sensitive material about the engines for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor as he left for Iran. He was arrested at the Newark International Airport in January 2014.
It’s crazy to be equipping our enemies with top-notch educations that enable them to attack us more effectively. Bad guys can easily arrive as students and then stay. Or there’s the business ploy: Lou Dobbs mentioned in 2007, “Three thousand front companies we know of, Chinese front companies, trying to steal American industrial secrets, in addition to the effort to steal U.S. technology.”
Despite numerous espionage episodes from foreign students and workers, Washington continues to run our national immigration system as if America has no enemies in the world.
Back to Khazaee, who got a ridiculously light sentence — whatever happened to capital punishment for spies?
A former Pratt & Whitney engineer was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday for attempting to deliver what federal prosecutors called “highly sensitive” information about military jet engines to Iran.
Mozaffar Khazaee, 61, formerly of Manchester, was sentenced to 97 months and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant for violating the Arms Export Control Act.
Khazaee was accused of trying to send to Iran proprietary, trade-secret and export-controlled material relating to U.S. military jet engines, which he had stolen from Pratt and other U.S. defense contractors where he had worked. In addition to Pratt, Khazaee had been employed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce.
Bryant, at the urging of federal prosecutors, imposed a sentence that exceeded the 57- to 72-month sentence recommended by the advisory sentencing guidelines used in federal court. Continue reading this article
Here’s a bit of news the press under-reported during the week of the highly anticipated Hillary hearing. FBI Director James Comey put a specific number on how many possible jihadists in America his agency is scrutinizing, and it’s shockingly high at 900.
The next number citizens need to know is how many ISIS supporters are immigrants or offspring of immigrants. There are converts to Islam among jihadists, but they seem to be a small minority.
So the FBI’s top cop says Syrians (90 percent Muslim) cannot be adequately screened, but the Obama administration is importing 10,000 of them ASAP for starters with lots more to follow. We already have a bad jihadist problem in America, but Washington plans to import more of the same tribe. Plus, the government curiously worries about them traveling to Jihadistan overseas, while there are plenty of targets for them here.
Hello! The government’s primary job is to protect the citizens, not perform do-gooder rescues of potential enemies to satisfy globalist values.
WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Friday that federal authorities have an estimated 900 active investigations pending against suspected Islamic State-inspired operatives and other home-grown violent extremists across the country.
In a speech to intelligence officials, Comey initially indicated that all 900 of the inquiries were ISIL related. Later, officials said the vast majority involved ISIL but the number also included other U.S.-based extremists.
Still, Comey said that the total number of inquiries is “slowly climbing” as ISIL has sought to expand their reach into the U.S., targeting largely young, disaffected potential operatives through a provocative social media campaign. Continue reading this article
Machines will replace more writers, and by 2018, 2 million workers will be required to wear health monitors
ORLANDO — Chances are robots aren’t mowing your yard, teaching your children, or bossing you around at work – yet.
But according to Gartner’s annual top-10 list of strategic predictions, robots, robotic systems and automation will have an expanding role.
Sooner or later, there will be robots that train your children and help them with their homework. That “might seem a little strange to us, but is it really stranger than being trained by a purple dinosaur named Barney?” said Daryl Plummer, a Gartner analyst, to the laughter of his audience at the research firm’s Symposium ITxpo.
Here are Gartner’s predictions:
1. Writers will be replaced. By 2018, 20% of all business content, one in five of the documents you read, will be authored by a machine, Plummer said.
“Robowriters” are already producing budget reports, sports and business reports, and this trend is sneaking in without notice. One advantage for machines: They don’t have biases or emotional responses, he said.
2. By 2018, 6 billion connected things will be requesting support. These non-human “things” are nonetheless customers requesting services and data, and other methods of support. Marketing to them (and by extension their human owners) can help build a business.
3. By 2020, autonomous software agents outside of human control will participate in 5% of all economic transactions. Smart algorithms are already beginning to perform transactions without our help.
4. By 2018, more than 3 million workers globally will be supervised by a roboboss. “The problem with this is that robot bosses don’t have human reactions,” Plummer said. “The reality is we have to see if robots can get human mannerisms right.” Continue reading this article
Prime Minister Orban has been a rare voice of sanity in the mass delusion now afflicting European elites. In July, he remarked that “Europe is at stake… The question now is not only what kind of Europe we Hungarians would like to live in. Rather, will all that we now call Europe exist at all?”
Mr. Orban appeared this week in a meeting in Spain. The clip of his remarks below has a screw-up in the middle, but he ends up with a sensible observation that you can hear: “Europe is not able to accept everyone who wants a better life.”
We see the open-borders fantasy of liberals being played out now in Europe. The immediate result is chaos, and much worse pain is sure to follow.
Orbán stares down Merkel on migration, calls Europe ‘rich and weak.’
MADRID — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán faced down German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a key migration conference this weekend, using his most explosive arguments yet to rally his center-right political allies behind a tougher response to Europe’s refugee crisis.
“We are in deep trouble,” Orbán said in remarks to the European People’s Party annual congress here, building on comments he had made Wednesday night on Hungarian television. “This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process,” one that threatens democracy because governments did not “get authorization from (citizens) for millions to walk into our continent.”
To loud applause from conservative politicians from across Europe, Orbán slammed politicians on both the left and right. He accused left-wing political parties of “importing future leftist voters to Europe” while trying to “hide it behind humanism.” Continue reading this article
Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal had a diverse front-pager about Eritreans escaping a dictatorial regime to reach next-door Ethiopia and far-away Europe. The online article has an array of sensitive photos highlighting difficulties of their lives both in the homeland and in Ethiopian refugee camps.
On the other hand, a brief video that has appeared online that shows the demanding attitude of Eritrean aliens when they arrive in Europe (Eritrean migrants warn Germans their days are numbered). Do they not understand that foreigners making threats is not a good way to make friends and influence people in a new place?
ERITREAN MAN: That your democracy for us is an anti-democracy. Your democracy is anti-democracy. It is for you. Because you are racist. (Howls of approval from diverse crowd.)
We are equal under the law. I know this thing is in your hands, but I assure you, we are not going to fear of you. Because we are more than stronger, more than the yesterday, and we will be tomorrow MORE stronger and with the future. (Crowd chants in approval.)
Thousands flee isolated Eritrea to escape life of conscription and poverty
ASMARA, Eritrea—On a cool March evening soon after his 16th birthday, Binyam Abraham waited until his mother and young siblings were sleeping and slipped away to begin the long trek toward Eritrea’s southern border.
With his father trapped in open-ended military service that would soon snare him, too, Binyam walked for 19 hours without food or water to reach Ethiopia. He made a choice 5,000 of his countrymen make each month, by a United Nations estimate: to flee Eritrea and brave the world’s deadliest migrant trail, across the Sahara and the Mediterranean to Europe.
They leave behind one of the world’s fastest-emptying nations: a country of about 4.5 million on the Horn of Africa, governed by a secretive dictatorship accused of human-rights violations, that is playing an outsize role in the biggest global migration crisis since World War II.
“I didn’t tell my mother before I left, but I didn’t have a choice,” Binyam said, sitting in a mud-brick shack at Adi-Harush, a refugee camp in the foothills of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains that has become ground zero for Eritrea’s exodus. Flanked by five young friends, all planning to brave the same dangerous journey, he said: “I have to go to Europe so I can help my family.”
Attention is focused, amid the intensifying migration crisis, on Syrians fleeing civil war and making a dramatic run to Europe. Yet by some measures, the exodus from the smaller Eritrea is more extreme. From the start of 2012 to the middle of this year, 1 in 50 Eritreans sought asylum in Europe, nearly twice the ratio of Syrians, based on data from the European Union statistical service Eurostat.
The U.N. estimates that 400,000 Eritreans—9% of the population—have fled in recent years, not counting those who died or were stranded en route.
On the rickety smuggling boats crossing the Mediterranean, Eritreans comfortably outnumber other nationalities. More than a quarter of the 132,000 migrants arriving in Italy between January and September were Eritreans, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Eritreans accounted for a majority of the 3,000 people who have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, humanitarian agencies say.
Despite this toll, emigration here is accelerating. The number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe quadrupled from 2011 to 46,000 last year. The exodus is catapulting the African country to the center of a divisive EU debate over which nations’ migrants should be granted refugee status, as the bloc struggles to respond to the wave from Syria. Continue reading this article
Meanwhile on the same day in the crime-friendly city by the bay, the odious San Francisco Board of Supervisor debated non-binding resolutions to try to pretty up the lawlessness decreed for illegal aliens by the leftist political class.
The extra weaselly Supervisor David Campos seen in the video below is a one-time illegal alien himself, so he is a passionate advocate for diverse lawbreakers.
Notice how San Francisco’s political elite is actually proud of protecting criminal aliens who murder innocents like Steinle — and also Tony Bologna and his two sons who were killed in another crime committed by an undeported illegal alien.
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors vigorously reaffirmed the city’s status as a sanctuary city on Tuesday, nearly four months after a woman was killed by a Mexican national who had been released from jail despite federal requests to detain him for deportation proceedings.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution urging the sheriff not to participate in a detainer-notification system that asks jails to let Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials know when an inmate of interest is being released.
The action sent a strong but symbolic message to critics who had lambasted San Francisco after the July 1 waterfront shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle.
Earlier in the day, Senate Republicans in Congress tried but failed to push through legislation punishing sanctuary cities.
The death of Steinle cast an uncomfortable spotlight on the city that proudly declares itself a refuge for immigrants. As outrage mounted nationally, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, criticized San Francisco’s sheriff, saying that suspect Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez should have been detained. Continue reading this article
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