Germany's Chancellor Merkel Is in Denial about Muslim Invasion

It’s disconcerting to see Europe turning up the speed on its self-inflicted destruction by allowing even more Islamic aliens to enter. Muslims keep coming because Europe keeps admitting them, rather than turn them back at the borders or at sea as Australia has sensibly done. Normal warfare in Islam societies is not Europe’s problem and Europeans are creating a deadly precedent.

Zero Muslim immigration should be the top priority of Europe, not adding more dangerous residents. Authorities admit they cannot keep track of likely terrorists now, so adding hundreds of thousands of unidentified strangers is terrible folly. The recent close call on the train should be a reminder as well as the slaughter of Charlie Hebdo staffers.

Germany is a popular destination, judging by the numbers. The country expects to get 800,000 asylum seekers this year, a quadrupling from last year. Given that the citizen population of Germany is around 81 million now, 800K additional residents would be 1 percent of the number of the whole country. Just the sheer number is daunting, even without the unfriendly culture and history of Muslims toward Europeans. Plus, there is the certainty that dedicated jihadists are using the open borders chaos to infiltrate.

A number of the illegal aliens are Syrians (92% Muslim), who may be legitimately called refugees because they are fleeing the war there. However, many are economic opportunists from all over Africa and as far east in Asia as Afghanistan. Syria has a population of 23 million and Africa has around 1.2 billion.

The illegal aliens won’t be treated with the deference they feel due, but it will be better than bombed-out Syria, and many will tell their whole families to come for Europe’s generous freebies. Why won’t tens of millions come? As long as Europe continues its insane policy of welcoming historic enemies rather than repelling them, they will continue to travel thousands of miles in hopes of a free first-world lifestyle.

Here’s a sappy BBC report about Syrians traversing Macedonia, but it gives a hint of the unruly crowds and how needy they are. Some of those kids will grow up to be jihadists in the heart of Europe.

Here’s a Tube showing hordes rushing the Macedonian border:

Below, some of the Syrians heading to northern Europe, who are not happy with the treatment they are getting.

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Middle Easterner males in Macedonia jam a train headed to Serbia.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is talking crazy, saying that Germany won’t be overwhelmed by 800,000 demanding Muslims. This could end very badly, particularly with such an unrealistic attitude on the part of Merkel.

Europe migrant crisis: Germany ‘will cope with surge’, BBC, August 19, 2015

The German government has insisted that it will not be overwhelmed by a substantial increase in the number of migrants heading for the country

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that his government would not be fazed by an estimated 800,000 asylum applications by the end of 2015:

“This is a challenge for all of us, [but] Germany is not overwhelmed.”

Germany has seen a wave of migration over the last year from the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa.

It has repeatedly had to raise its projections over the number of people seeking asylum.

Earlier this year it forecast that about 450,000 asylum seekers could arrive in 2015, but on Tuesday it warned that the figure could rise to as many as 750,000 this year – a figure which it again raised to 800,000 people on Wednesday.

Last year all 28 EU states received a total of 626,000 migrants. Continue reading this article

Trump Shoutout to America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Is a Crowd Pleaser

Donald Trump welcomed Senator Sessions to the Mobile, Alabama, podium during Friday’s campaign rally, where the crowd responded with pleasure at the appearance of the hometown hero, who ran unopposed during his last election. Sessions spoke a few words of greeting from Mobile and also appreciation for Trump’s embrace of the vital immigration enforcement issue.

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TRUMP: We have a great politician here. We have a man here who really helped me, and he’s the one person I sought his counsel because he’s been spot on, he’s so highly respected. Has anybody ever heard of Senator Jeff Sessions?

(Crowd roars.)

Jeff, come up, where’s Jeff? Get over here, Jeff. Look at him, he’s like 20 years old. Unbelievable guy. Say hello.

SESSIONS: Donald, welcome to my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. The American people, these people, want somebody in the Presidency who stands up for them, defends their interest, and the laws and traditions of this country. We welcome you here. Thank you for the work that you’ve put into the immigration issue. I’m really impressed with your plan. I know it will make a difference. And this crowd shows a lot of people agree with that. Congratulations. Welcome, and God bless.

TRUMP: He was so great, such a help.

In fact, Senator Sessions did help Trump create his position paper on immigration. It is a reassuring sign of Trump’s seriousness about the subject that he consulted such an outstanding expert and leader. Trump’s website includes the paper: Trump Immigration Reform. It’s good to see America’s Senator get some much deserved recognition.

Trump Condemns Anchor-Citizenship; Vitter Legislates

It’s depressing that America is so crippled by liberalism and political correctness that the anchor baby scam of invasion-by-birth continues and is getting worse. Trump’s declaration that as President he would end it has made a number of heads explode because the idea of America as world welfare provider accords with globalist redistribution ideology.

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Breitbart reports that ripping off US citizenship is now big business, costing $99,000 for wealthy persons from Russia and Red China. Birth tourism has been going on for years, but now the internet allows information about grabbing US citizenship to be broadcast worldwide. In 2013, a maternity hotel in southern California with a Chinese clientele was closed down based on the side issue of zoning complaints from neighbors grown tired of traffic, overcrowding and sewage spills. Birth tourism is not illegal, and it shows.

Below is a good report from 2008 produced by CBS and better than anything you see now from the networks: Illegal Immigrant Births – At Your Expense.

After giving birth in south Texas on the US taxpayer’s tab ($4500), moocher Mexican Fabiola says, “I’m glad he was born here. That’s why I came here, so my children, my husband and I could have a better life.”

Geography is so convenient for Mexicans in that they can walk to America and steal all the freebies they can carry. No wonder more than 12 million of them live in the US so they can be close to the welfare office and hospital.

The Constitutional argument about what the 14th Amendment really means has become rather intense, with Bill O’Reilly proclaiming loudly that born here = citizen, period.

On the other side, author, radio host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin has been discussing the misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment. Here’s a recent radio clip:

Meanwhile, Article 1, Section 8 says that “The Congress shall have the power … To establish a uniform rule of naturalization.”

So Senator Vitter (R-LA) thinks legislation to clarify the citizenship question should suffice. It’s worth a try.

Sen. Vitter: Close loopholes in immigration, USA Today, By David Vitter, August 20, 2015

When people discuss our nation’s immigration policies, what becomes clear is that the system is broken, and tangible solutions are needed. Take birthright citizenship, for example. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants we admit each year, our country must also prepare for the economic, educational, health care and infrastructure responsibilities and consequences of illegal immigrants who cross the border and then have a child in the USA.

The status quo understanding of the 14th Amendment allows for a child born of illegal immigrants on U.S. soil — via birthright citizenship — to be granted full citizenship rights and access to all public and social services our society provides. That’s a lot of services.

Recently, there have been raids of “maternity hotels,” where foreign women paid exorbitant amounts of money to visit the USA in the final few months of pregnancy in order to abuse our government’s misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment. While it seems unbelievable, hundreds of thousands of babies each year are the offspring of illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article

Sheriff Babeu Warns of ICE Fostering Illegal Alien Criminality

On Tuesday, I reported about the administration’s negligence regarding foreigner crime: Arizona Sheriff Condemns Feds for Irresponsible Release of Dangerous Aliens into American Communities. Sheriff Paul Babeu held a presser where he explained the increased lawlessness that the government is now promoting by its criminal-friendly policies toward illegal aliens. Citizens should be furious that public safety is being ignored by the Obama administration, and polling suggests many Americans have been paying attention.

On Thursday, Fox Business’ Stuart Varney was appropriately shocked that violent foreign criminals are routinely released into America by the feds. Yes, it is truly appalling that Washington and its liberal cronies at the local level believe importing a future Democrat majority is worth the harm innocent Americans suffer.

VARNEY: Sheriff, have I got this right, that you arrested people for an offense, but you had to release them because they were foreigners — is that accurate?

BABEU: Well not just that. That happens all the time in my county and the state of Arizona and in fact throughout America. When it comes to immigration law, it appears there is no law because there’s no consequences. And what’s happened in the last two years alone, Stuart, that 67,000 of the most violent criminals in the Western Hemisphere, members of the cartels, people who are kidnapping people, raping them, murdering them — hundreds and hundreds of them that are being released into our community. And I pointed out three just this week that were released: one from Sudan, one from Iraq, one from Russia, all tried and convicted of both kidnapping numerous aggravated assaults in numerous states and also two of them were convicted of murder and they were released into my community here in Arizona. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Voters Say Deport the Criminals and Build the Wall

It looks like Americans have noticed the shocking and preventable crimes committed by undeported illegal alien offenders over the last little while, like the murders of Kate Steinle and Marilyn Pharis, both residents of enforcement-phobic California.

Kate Steinle was shot dead as she walked with her father on a San Francisco pier by a five-times-deported Mexican criminal.

Interestingly, Rasmussen points to the positive result for “path to citizenship” in a Gallup poll, while noting that the future “requirement” dodge goes unspecified.

Voters Want to Build A Wall, Deport Felon Illegal Immigrants, Rasmussen Resports, August 19, 2015

As far as voters are concerned – and not just Republicans –  Donald Trump has a winning formula for fighting illegal immigration.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% of Likely Republican Voters agree with the GOP presidential hopeful that the United States should build a wall along the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration. Seventeen percent (17%) of GOP voters disagree, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ninety-two percent (92%) of Republicans agree that the United States should deport all illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a felony in this country. Only four percent (4%) disagree.

Among all likely voters, 51% favor building a wall on the border; 37% disagree, and 12% are not sure. Eighty percent (80%) support the deportation of all illegal immigrants convicted of a felony; only 11% are opposed.

Trump made both proposals in a policy paper he released this past weekend that calls for getting tough on illegal immigration. He cites a Rasmussen Reports survey to back up his proposal to end automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants in this country. Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters disagree with the current federal policy that says a child born to an illegal immigrant here is automatically a U.S. citizen.

Just 34% favor President Obama’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation.

Most voters continue to think instead that the United States is not aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17-18, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Gallup released a new survey last week with the headline, “In U.S., 65% Favor Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants.”  But the actual question shows that 65% of Americans favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants “if they meet certain requirements over time.” Unspecified in the question is what those requirements are and the length of time in question. Continue reading this article

Valedictorians! Don’t Deport the Valedictorians!

Failed election consultant Karl Rove is still showing up on Fox News to condemn immigration enforcement. On Wednesday, he was energetic during his Trump bashing, stooping to the la Raza argument that illegal alien valedictorians should not be deported, even though Mexico etc. needs them more than we do.

Below, demanding DREAMer kiddies pretend to be scholarly in graduation outfits, though hispanics are school dropout champs.

So Karl Rove had his little whiteboard, with a poll showing that half of Republicans prefer a system of legalization as long as there are requirements for the illegals. Of course, those prerequisites would never happen; instead, the millions of future Democrats would be rubber-stamped into voter-hood, as has happened previously in Clinton’s Citizenship USA program.

And Rove actually used the Raza meme of alien valedictorians, though hispanic academic achievers are the exception and not the rule.

ROVE: Thirty-one percent said deport them all. Now my suspicion is that 31% would be a smaller number if you attach to it what Mr. Trump also says which is that you take children of illegal aliens who were born in the United States and you ship them out of the country as well with their families — you know, they have constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment to US citizenship, having been born on US soil, and I think you know we’d have a lot of stories of, you know, you know, here in Texas there was a series of stories about valedictorians of our high schools who would be forced to leave …

Arizona Sheriff Condemns Feds for Irresponsible Release of Dangerous Aliens into American Communities

On Tuesday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu held a press event to draw attention to the continuing release of violent illegal aliens onto American streets. He chose three diverse characters as examples to demonstrate how little our government cares about the citizens’ safety.

Below, a Sudanese, a Russian and an Iraqi walk out of a prison — that would be (l-r) Musa Salah Abdelaziz Abdalla, Dennis Valerievitch Tsoukanov and Nasser Hanna Hermez. All have lengthy criminal histories but were released by ICE anyway.

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Terrible crimes are occurring because of liberal weakness toward illegal alien criminals. On July 1, Kate Steinle was shot to death in San Francisco by a five-times-deported Mexican drug dealer who had not been repatriated. Marilyn Pharis, an Air Force veteran, was attacked in her Santa Maria CA apartment on Jul 24 by two men, one of which was an illegal who had been released rather than deported.

Yesterday I reported on illegal alien Francisco Chavez who beat a two-year-old girl nearly to death, who nevertheless was released by San Luis Obispo authorities on bond and unsurprisingly didn’t show up for his court date.

Americans pay billions of dollars in taxes to support a system of police, border security, courts and prisons. It’s therefore reasonable for us to expect a first-world level of public safety, but we’re not getting it. Why are illegal alien criminals treated with such deference?

Sheriff Babeu had two crime victim relatives with him to speak, the mother of Brandon Mendoza and the father of Grant Ronnebeck.

Here’s a local news report from Fox 10 in Phoenix:

Arizona sheriff blasts Feds for releasing violent immigrants into communities, Fox News, August 18, 2015

An Arizona lawman blasted the federal government Tuesday over an Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy he said sprang criminal immigrants on the law-abiding public.

With the loved ones of crime victims at his side, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu spotlighted three criminals, including a Russian national who set a police informant on fire, an Iraqi who killed his two-year-old daughter and an illegal immigrant from Sudan who has committed multiple assaults in two states. Babeu said ICE set all three and hundreds like them free in communities such as his, and that even its new “Law Enforcement Notification System,” designed to let local authorities know of pending releases, is too little, too late.

“You don’t have to be a sheriff to realize that this is going to end very badly for people,” Babeu said. “You don’t release murderers into the state of Arizona and somehow think that they are just going to go about their business and try to find a job.”

Babeu said immigrant criminals should be deported after completing prison sentences, especially when they have shown a propensity for violence. The three criminals, who Babeu pointedly noted were not from Mexico, were all released in Arizona in the last week. Continue reading this article

Illegal Alien Child Beater Fails to Appear in Court

FranciscoChavezChildAbuserA violent illegal alien who was released from jail for a charge of bone-breaking assault did not show up for his court date. Whatever did authorities have in mind when they allowed bail for a man who was definitely a flight risk?

That’s a rhetorical question in California, where the most dangerous foreigners like to reside because no other state is so criminal friendly.

The alien in question is Francisco Chavez (pictured), who was arrested a couple weeks ago for beating a toddler nearly to death, yet he was allowed bail. He has a local record too, so San Luis Obispo authorities cannot claim ignorance about him:

Mexican national accused of abusing toddler is freed despite request from immigration officials, San Luis Obispo, August 4, 2015

. . . Chavez similarly has a criminal history in San Luis Obispo dating back to 2006, when he was convicted of felony assault and served about 180 days in County Jail. Court records show he had been arrested at least four other times on suspicion of various offenses, including a 2011 felony conviction for possessing a controlled substance for sale.

According to ICE, Chavez was previously deported in February 2014 following a San Luis Obispo County conviction for drunken driving.

Apparently the Mexican could have been kept in jail if he had been charged with a worse crime. Does this screw-up reveal Chicago-level corruption or California stupidity? Chavez is likely back in Mexico now.

It’s not like the citizens have a right to expect some semblance of public safety for all the taxes we pay.

Illegal immigrant a no-show in court, Cal Coast News, August 17 ,2015

An illegal immigrant whom the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office recently let out of jail did not appear Thursday at his first court appearance for the alleged near-fatal beating of a 2-year-old girl.

Francisco Chavez, 27, is accused of nearly beating to death the young daughter of his live-in girlfriend. The two-year-old reportedly suffered a broken leg, two broken arms, a compressed spine, bruises and a urinary tract infection. She was in the hospital with a 107-degree fever days following the beating.

On Thursday, after Chavez failed to appear, Judge Dodie Harman ordered a warrant for his arrest with bail set at $600,000. Continue reading this article

Robot Restaurants Are Accelerated by Excessive Wage Demands

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot: fast-food workers have not been paying attention to what is happening in their industry — that automation is coming on strong — and their ignorance is about to bite them. Business owners have looked at worker demands for $15/hour versus the cost of burger-making robots, and the machines will likely be brought in sooner than they would have otherwise. This development was obvious and predicted earlier.

Tablets or kiosks for ordering are an easy first step in restaurant automation, being relatively inexpensive, and have been introduced in McDonalds, as shown below.

The brief video below quotes Alexandros Vardakostas, the creator of the robot hamburger maker, who remarked, “The device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient, it’s meant to completely remove the need for them altogether.”

It’s criminal that left-wing activists have sold out the workers over unrealistic pay raises. Seattle required local wages be $15 and small businesses have closed as a result. Doubling the minimum wage will do that.

Teen unemployment is bad and getting worse because of immigration, automation and now crazy wage demands causing more rapid entry of smart machines into the workplace. Youth unemployment keeps young people from getting the first step on the jobs ladder because of the rapidly changing workplace and ignorant reactions to those changes.

The article below provides a brief history of how fast food became less hands-on over decades, requiring fewer workers. The fast-food industry employs millions now, but is on the verge of downsizing considerably.

And remember, the chainsaw reduction of jobs caused by automation is only beginning. The technology is expanding in ways that are hard to imagine. Oxford University researchers estimate that 47 percent of US jobs are at risk for some form of automation by 2033.

Further immigration is therefore unnecessary and unwise. We will need every single one of those remaining jobs for Americans.

Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants, Washington Post, August 16, 2015

Crowded. That’s how Ed Rensi remembers what life was like working at McDonald’s in 1966. There were about double the number of people working in the store — 70 or 80, as opposed to the 30 or 40 there today — because preparing the food just took a lot more doing.

“When I first started at McDonald’s making 85 cents an hour, everything we made was by hand,” Rensi said — from cutting the shortcakes to stirring syrups into the milk for shakes. Over the years, though, ingredients started to arrive packaged and pre-mixed, ready to be heated up, bagged and handed out the window.

“More and more of the labor was pushed back up the chain,” said Rensi, who went on to become chief executive of the company in the 1990s. The company kept employing more grill cooks and cashiers as it expanded, but each one of them accounted for more of each store’s revenue as more sophisticated cooking techniques allowed each to become more productive.

The industry could be ready for another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and as other campaigns to boost wages gain traction around the country. About 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs come from salaries, so burger-flipping robots — or at least super-fast ovens that expedite the process — become that much more cost-competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled.

“The problem with the ­minimum-wage offensive is that it throws the accounting of the restaurant industry totally upside down,” said Harold Miller, vice president of franchise development for Persona Pizzeria, who also consults for other chains. “My position is: Pay your people properly, keep them longer, treat them right, and robots are going to be helpful in doing that, because it will help the restaurateur survive.”

Many chains are already at work looking for ingenious ways to take humans out of the picture, threatening workers in an industry that employs 2.4 million wait staffers, nearly 3 million cooks and food preparers and many of the nation’s 3.3 million cashiers. Continue reading this article

Jeff Bezos Predicts Amazon Drones Will Be As Common as Delivery Trucks

The Amazon company has been a leader in replacing human workers with automation. Its Kiva semi-automated warehouse system enables orders to be processed and shipped rapidly. The robots bring the merchandise to human workers who pack the items up in boxes for shipment. Manual dexterity keeps humans employed in that department — for now. The company is looking for robots that can perform that function also.

Now Bezos is talking up his drone delivery scheme, as he first announced on Sixty Minutes in 2013. In a recent interview with the UK Telegraph, he remarked, “One day Prime Air deliveries will be as common as seeing a mail truck. The technical problems are very straight ahead. The biggest issue, or the biggest thing that needs to be worked on, is the regulatory side.”

Below, the Amazon Prime Air drone may soon be infesting American neighborhoods.

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It’s surprising how little the safety aspect has come up in the discussion of drones. They have spinning blades and have been known to crash into people. Recent news reports have emphasized the danger of drones colliding with airplanes potentially causing a major crash, but they have already hit a number of people. In June, a woman was struck and knocked unconscious  by an errant drone in Seattle. In Marblehead, Massachusetts, a man was hit on the head by a drone as he attended a Memorial Day parade last May. The March issue of the Scientific American had a list of other injuries in a piece titled, 5 Epic Drone Flying Failures.

If drones were to take over many of Amazon’s delivery chores, that would be a case of flying robots taking American jobs, as opposed to the largely land-based machines up to this point. In any case, UPS drivers should be concerned.

No surprise with the trend toward automation — it’s only going to get worse. Oxford researchers have predicted that nearly half of US jobs are susceptible to being computerized by 2033.

Plus, America won’t need any immigrant workers in the future post-human workforce.

Jeff Bezos: Amazon drones will be ‘as common as seeing a mail truck’, CNN Money, August 16, 2015

Amazon delivery drones are still “years” away, but CEO Jeff Bezos said someday they will be “as common as seeing a mail truck.”

Bezos told the Telegraph in London that the biggest hurdle Prime Air has to clear isn’t related to technology, but regulators. Continue reading this article

Britain Celebrates VJ Day as Invasion Proceeds in Greece with UK as the Goal

How disconnected has the West gotten from the basics of survival? Indications are discouraging. One example is the remembrance of the WWII victory this week while at the same time a future conflict is being created by Europe’s stupid opening its borders to many thousands of likely enemies.

Below, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, danced with a WWII veteran, navy sailor Jim Booth, 94, during a celebration of VJ Day in London.

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Meanwhile, on the other end of Europe, an invasion is occurring because the political leaders of the EU are too politically correct to block the entrance of historic enemies. Impoverished Greece has borne a lot of the brunt this year, focused on its island of Kos located just three miles from Turkey, which is happy to wave through the thousands of illegal aliens to make them Europe’s problem.

Greece is struggling just to process the thousands of demanding foreigners who want to get on to Britain which reputedly has the most generous benefits for moochers. The crowd below is waiting to take a ferry from Kos to Athens so they can be on their way to better pickings in the UK.

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The video clip below says 140,000 migrants have arrived in Greece so far this year. Many more illegal aliens are taking the Mediterranean route from north Africa to Italy. One estimate is that a total of 250,000 have entered Europe this year. That’s a lot of future trouble that never had to happen.

Many of the incoming Muslims will find that European streets are not paved in gold, nor are there well paying jobs for them because unemployment is a problem on the continent already. Many will hang out at the local mosque which likely preaches jihad against the hated infidel Europeans. Violent conflict is practically guaranteed because of the idiot policy of opening Europe’s borders to one and all — particularly to Muslims who are enemies of 1400 years standing.

In WWII, the West fought against totalitarians; today it welcomes them out of liberal naivete — apparently the idea of having “enemies” is too politically incorrect to accept. In the 1940’s, Britain had Churchill as a war leader who declared, “We shall never surrender.” Last year, Paul Weston was arrested for quoting Churchill about Islam — the current threat — in public.

In a hint of what monsters Europe has welcomed, the sub-tribes of Islam recently rioted among themselves on Kos, chanting “Afghanistan!”, “Pakistan!” and “Iran!” just like the gangsters they are.

Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty, Reuters, August 15, 2015

Migrants desperate to get off the Greek island of Kos fought each other on Saturday while nearby a passenger ship chartered to house and process refugees lay empty 24 hours after it had arrived.

Outside the island’s main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan andIran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening.

The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos, as priority is being given to Syrians, who are treated as refugees as they are fleeing their country’s civil war and have greater rights under international law than economic migrants.

All have crossed the narrow stretch of water from Turkey in small boats and dinghies as they try to find a better life in Europe and leave behind either conflict or poverty.

A few hundred meters from the Kos police station, the white-painted ANEK Lines vessel remained at a quayside with only its crew aboard a day after it had docked while Greek officials debated among themselves how the Syrians should be let aboard.

Nearly a quarter of a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration. Of these, about half have come to the Greek islands, with numbers surging in the summer when calmer weather makes the crossing marginally less risky.

Early on Saturday, about 300 Syrians had gathered on the quayside in the hope of getting aboard the ship – a car ferry belonging to ANEK Lines which operates routes to the Greek islands and across the Adriatic to Italy – where about 2,500 people are due to be housed and processed.

The Greek government chartered the vessel to ease conditions on Kos, where several thousand migrants are staying in hotels if they can afford it, or more often sleeping in tents or the open. Continue reading this article

How Technology Shrunk the Workforce in One Newspaper

The Argus-Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been running a series of articles this week titled Robot Week stories: How technology is changing the workforce. It covers some common topics like fast food jobs and medicine while considering the common skepticism that a jobs revolution is not happening.

One piece is an interview with Martin Ford, the author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, who opined that South Dakota is somewhat atypical but still faces automation performing more jobs.

Agricultural technology is important in South Dakota. Farmers appreciate milking automation that frees them from having to tend to the cows every 12 hours. Plus the increased efficiency is remarkable: a state Agriculture Secretary said his father once employed 45 people and now the farm is bigger with more stock and operates with eight workers because of technology.

The article on publishing technology struck home because I worked in the field for some years while it was changing from paper layout to pages produced entirely on machines. What’s eye-catching here is how the newspaper workforce shrunk from 310 workers to 140 over a period of years, like many other businesses where greater efficiency brought by technology has meant that fewer people were needed to do the work.

It’s another reminder that America shouldn’t continue importing low-skilled foreigners via immigration. Oxford researchers have estimated that nearly half of US jobs are susceptible to automation by 2033, and all evidence indicates that smart machines are creating substantial job loss now and the trend is partially responsible for the jobless recovery.

Computer software journalists are coming after my job, By Steve Young, Argus-Leader, August 13, 2015

Not so many years ago, before the Internet encroached into the journalism industry, I came to work each day here at the Argus Leader with 310 other people.

People laying out the news pages. People working the phones and trying to sell subscriptions. People editing copy and making sure we wrote and spelled correctly. People who took a newspaper out to your house when the delivery boy or girl failed you.

It just doesn’t seem like it was all that many years ago. Yet here I am still coming to work at the Argus Leader every day, but now there are only 140 walking in the door with me.

Where did all the others go?

The layout people work in a centralized hub in Des Moines, Iowa, now. The copy editors? We edit our own copy (and we can debate how well we do that later). The telemarketers working the phones trying to drum up subscriptions? Put out of a job by the Do Not Call mandate. Continue reading this article

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