Uber Begins Autonomous Car Testing in Pittsburgh while Millions of Drivers Face Eventual Job Loss

The big robot news over the last week has been the roll-out of self-driving cars onto the streets of Pittsburgh. Last Wednesday, the Uber ride-hailing company presented its self-driving cars to the public for a test program in the city. The autos all have human drivers at the wheel at this point, ready to step in if anything goes amiss.

Below, a self-driving Ford Fusion navigates a Pittsburgh bridge, structures which are challenging for the cars.


Naturally, the tech press enjoys the nifty scientific advances of the new cars.

Tech reporters get Uber test rides and tell us all about it.

This is the week self-driving cars became real, Quartz, September 17, 2016

Even though it was unsettling, erratic, and possibly rushed out, my trip in a self-driving Uber car this week will most likely be looked back upon as a watershed moment. Wednesday Sept. 14 was the first time in the US an autonomous car picked up regular people and drove them somewhere (pretty much) on its own. The drive was just one event in a week hinting that the future of mobility we’ve been dreaming about may arrive sooner than we think.

Ford also demonstrated what its self-driving cars can do this week. The company has been working on autonomous technology for over a decade, and recently committed to releasing a fleet of autonomous taxis in 2021. At its Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters Sept. 12 the company invited a group of journalists to try out its autonomous vehicles, and said that it will be making robot cars available to Dearborn employees in 2018. The company plans to start selling self-driving cars to the public in 2025, according to The Verge’s Tamara Warren.

Warren compared the car’s driving abilities to a “nervous student driver.” It didn’t travel faster than 30 mph, and took its time with awkward situations. But, much like my trip in the Uber, a robot-controlled Ford was able to successfully transport a person somewhere without killing them. While the pace might feel like a Disney World ride, the Ford and Uber rides do represent a step in the right direction toward mitigating the 38,000 US deaths by car accident each year. . . (continues)

Cool technology aside, it would be nice if the press and government would pay more attention to the threat to society of a jobless future. When jobs disappear by the millions, communities suffer greatly, as Americans have endured for decades from the outsourcing of whole industries abroad. Now we face automation, robots and software that promise to make human workers unnecessary on an unimaginable scale in the future.

Oxford researchers estimated in 2013 that nearly half of American jobs might be lost to smart machines in 20 years. A more recent study by Forrester Research forecast that six percent of all US jobs will be replaced by robots by 2021, a mere five years from now. Six percent is a pretty specific number, perhaps too precise, but the immediate time scale does focus the mind.

Driving is a job that employs millions. But our political leaders are snoozing while America drives off an automation unemployment cliff. The least Washington could do is end the continuing immigration of millions of foreign workers. The economy doesn’t need them, and immigration just adds to the growing unhappy underclass of people who cannot find jobs.

One thing America does not need is more diverse cab drivers who are sometimes dangerous like the Afghan responsible for the death of CBS reporter Bob Simon.

Below, a Muslim cab driver in New York City.

In short,

Automation makes immigration obsolete.

The world has changed. We need to adjust national policies to fit the actual needs of America.

Self-Driving Vehicle Revolution to Wipe Out 4 Million Jobs, WolfStreet.com, September 14, 2016

But we’re not prepared.

Tesla made headlines the other day with the first traffic fatality caused by its “Autopilot” system, which had failed to “see” a big tractor-trailer rig that had pulled right in front of the car. But humans fail to see things too, and gruesome accidents are happening with humans behind the wheel. Last year, 38,300 people were killed in traffic accidents in the US, up 8% from 2014, and 4.4 million were injured enough to require medical attention.

Other manufacturers all have similar or better systems than Tesla’s beta version, but they’re more conservative in their hype and what they allow drivers to do.

On Tuesday, Ford, touting its plans for self-driving taxis and other autonomous-vehicle services, took reporters on a spin through the neighborhood in its self-driving cars. It will roll out its services in big cities first, such as New York and Detroit, and will initially limit the service to cities.

Uber is now starting to test about two dozen partially self-driving Ford Fusions in Pittsburgh, and surely there will be some accidents too. There are always accidents once you put enough vehicles into motion.

Ford is doing it because that’s where the future is. And the money. It’s expecting 20% profit margins from these services, rather than the razor-thin margin in its regular business. Sales of autonomous vehicles might account for 20% of its total sales in the US by the end of this decade, it said. That would be huge, and fast! Continue reading this article

Minnesota Mall Stab Spree Ends with Nine Non-Muslims Wounded

Saturday was a busy day terror-wise. A bomb went off in New York City, about which there are still questions regarding the perp and motives. Another explosive went off in New Jersey along the route of a 5K run that celebrated US Marines.

But there is no question about the attacks in St. Cloud MN where an as yet unnamed Muslim stabbed nine people after quizzing at least some of them about their religious affiliation regarding allah.

ISIS claimed him as one of theirs on Sunday, but the guy was in no position to argue since he had been shot dead by an off-duty cop during the Muslim’s stabby spree.

Minnesota has been inundated by Somali Muslims, who are among the most backward newbies ever, plus they are top jihad returners to the homeland. So why does Washington continue to import Somalis when they don’t like the country or its inhabitants?

Minnesota has struggled for years trying out various strategies to get Somalis to assimilate to American values — expensive youth outreach, make-work social programs, even a basketball coaching scheme for one jihadist that failed — but the Africans have shown zero interest in wanting to acculturate. They prefer their Islamic values of jihad, polygamy, Islamic supremacism and misogyny. A filmmaker interviewed Somalis in Minneapolis last year and most openly rejected the Constitution and embraced sharia as their core belief.

Liberals like Obama say America should repeal the Second Amendment if it would “save one life.” Meanwhile his open borders and Syrian Muslim immigration jihad have caused many American deaths and will likely kill more.

Some Somali immigrants to America prefer to return to their national home to kill for allah with al-Shabaab or ISIS.

Minnesota resident Pete Hegseth appeared on Fox News Sunday morning and agreed with Donald Trump that it’s time to hit the Pause button on diverse immigration.

How about a really long pause, say maybe a century?

TUCKER CARLSON: A man shouting Allah goes on a stabbing rampage inside a Minnesota shopping mall. Did the refugee crisis caused this? We will connect the dots with Pete Hegseth. He joins us just ahead. We’re bringing back a Fox News alert this morning. Eight people were stabbed in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, last night by a man shouting Allah as he asked his victims if they were Muslim.

ED HENRY: Fox News contributor and US Army vet Pete Hegseth was in St. Cloud just yesterday. He joins us live now from Minneapolis. Good to see you Pete, certainly not under these circumstances, when you see what is clearly a terror attack on the ground in Minnesota. What are you hearing there? What are people saying?

PETE HEGSETH: I was there for a football game later on that evening. There was this attack — listen, what’s happening in Minnesota is a microcosm of the refugee concerns in America. There’s large swathes of Somali Muslims who have come to Minnesota over the last number of decades. There’s no real understanding of how many. Many of resettle throughout Minnesota — Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Cloud — a significant populations upwards of 10 or 15 percent of the population in St. Cloud now. A lot of tensions and there has not been the amount of assimilation a lot of Minnesotans have wanted.

So there’s a concern that this population could do something just like this. The FBI director a couple of months ago said that literally about the Somali population in Minnesota: there’s a terror recruitment problem and that community is in denial. And a lot of Minnesotans — I can speak for folks here — there’s been this abiding concern that something like this might happen eventually. Unfortunately it did in St. Cloud it appears, although we don’t know the identity exactly of the attacker, and with the places like the Mall of America and others here in Minnesota those fears continue.

CARLSON: So that refugee resettlement didn’t happen accidentally; it was federal policy and the upshot has been to turn your state from a peaceful state, famous for its niceness, into a place where there are more terror plots foiled than in any other state in the union. What was the point of this? The US government is supposed to act on behalf of the country. What was the point of this resettlement? Continue reading this article

Munich Police Prepare for Oktoberfest after Muslim Influx

This year’s Oktoberfest is the 183rd Munich beer festival, and Germany’s new Muslim diversity requires more security precautions than earlier occasions. Sadly, Munich reports fewer reservations and some locals say they won’t go. Hostile Islam and German beer drinkers pose a rather large culture clash.

Who can blame them? The threat of jihad attacks can really take the fun out of big events that are supposed to be celebrations of freedom. France has cancelled a number of public gatherings because of the fear of muslims mass murdering, so the Germans are at least going forward, although with far more police attention.

The list of security safeguards sound familiar to what Americans must endure at big events like the Super Bowl and the Boston Marathon — no large bags, fenced-in enclosures, lots of police etc. One measure is in dollars: the security costs for the Boston Marathon in 2016 were quadrupled since the Tsarnaev brothers’ bombings in 2013.

Earlier Oktoberfests were celebrations of beer and freedom.

Now, not so much.


DW covered the increased security including the financial costs. The estimated 3.6 million euros for security guards works out to $4,016,880, plus there are other costs as well.

Diversity is getting more expensive all the time.

Security boosted for Munich’s Oktoberfest, Deutsche Welle, September 7, 2016

Not giving in to terror, but taking it into account is what the organizers of Munich’s Oktoberfest are trying to accomplish by implementing more security checks, fences and a ban on backpacks.

Despite their reassurances that the festivities will not be affected, the Oktoberfest will be very different this year. Hotels say bookings have declined, Oktoberfest table reservations are being cancelled, clubs are pulling out of taking part in the Oktoberfest procession and invited celebrities are backing off: the fear of terror attacks has taken hold of Munich’s Oktoberfest.

More security checks for festival visitors
Because of security concerns, large bags and backpacks will be banned for the fist time. A mobile fence will close off an area of the festival grounds, which until this year had been open and there will be security checks at all entrances.

Organizers are reacting with these measures to a series of attacks during July in Bavaria: a teenager killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich and two attacks were claimed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group – a bungled suicide bombing in Ansbach which injured 15 people and an axe attack on a train in Würzburg, in which five people were injured.

“Security is our highest priority,” said Josef Schmid, Munich’s deputy mayor and managing director of the Oktoberfest. He added that Munich would not allow anything to “put a dampener on their festival”.
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New York: Cleaver-Attacking Muslim Was Slated for Deportation

On Thursday, Palestinian Akram Joudeh slashed an off-duty cop with cleaver after the foreigner was confronted for trying to remove a boot from his parked car. The officer, NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell, was slashed across his face by the cleaver which Joudeh had tucked in his waistband (!), and the perp was shot by other police in the following confrontation.

Fortunately Detective O’Donnell was released from the hospital on Friday, so that’s good news.

The important information today is that Joudeh was in the city because he was appealing a deportation notice. In fact, the diverse slasher has a long rap sheet with 15 prior arrests, including larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Below, Palestinian Akram Joudeh (left), NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell (upper right) and Joudeh’s cleaver (lower right) used as a weapon by the violent foreigner against the officer.


The Daily News calls the slasher a “madman” in its headline, but Muslims are told by their supremacist religion that they are allah’s special people and are therefore superior to infidels. So violent behavior that may appear insane within our culture is actually somewhat normal for Muslims when they enter western societies, something we see now in Europe due to the Islamic influx.

Furthermore, the paper assures us that the cleaver attacker is “emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat” — well, phew! I’m certainly relieved!

Meat cleaver madman, a Palestinian national, was in Midtown to appeal deportation order before he sliced cop, New York Daily News, September 16, 2016

The meat cleaver maniac who hacked an off-duty cop is a Palestinian national busted two months ago while screaming in Arabic outside a Brooklyn synagogue.

Suspect Akram Joudeh was only in New York for Thursday’s Midtown rampage because he was appealing a deportation notice — with a hearing set for Oct. 14, a high-ranking NYPD source told the Daily News.

Cops found two knives inside Joudeh’s car after answering the July report of an erratic man on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn shout “Allahu Akbar!” — or “God is great” in Arabic.

But the source said investigations by the NYPD and FBI showed Joudeh, 32, was emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat.

Joudeh was selling perfume out of his illegally parked car Thursday near Madison Square Garden when he attacked NYPD Detective Brian O’Donnell on a W. 32nd St. sidewalk, cops said.

The 16-year police veteran left a Manhattan hospital Friday sporting a blue NYPD windbreaker and a raw red gash on his cheek.

O’Donnell was cheered by an assortment of fellow cops, doctors and family members as he exited Bellevue Hospital one day after he was gashed by the madman with an 11-inch blade.

O’Donnell said nothing, but mouthed the words “Thank you” as he was rolled out in a wheelchair. He stood and waved before climbing into a waiting car for the ride back to his Northport, L.I., home.

“His bravery is amazing,” said Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael J. Palladino. “He’s remarkably in good shape today as he goes out the door … His spirit is remarkably high.”

According to Palladino, O’Donnell already endured one surgery and may need more on the wound that snaked along the left side of his face from the temple down to the base of his jaw.

The detective’s left hand and wrist were heavily bandaged from injuries suffered in his Thursday scuffle with Joudeh, police said. Continue reading this article

China Lens Factory Is an Illustration of Robot Introduction to Replace Human Workers

Here’s an interesting case study of a factory in China that added robots because management needed to increase productivity and cut costs. It’s refreshingly honest because the boss doesn’t bother to lie with silly stories about how robots will “help” workers by doing the boring repetitive stuff — the company is doing it to save money, period. It’s Red China and they don’t pretend to care about workers’ feelings.

Plus, the report explains in plain language the workers cut versus the productivity gained. Management used automation to shrink the workforce from 440 to 370, and at the same time it increased its production of lenses from four million to five million annually. Sorry, Chinese workers. This is progress in the automation age.

Below, a Chinese lens producer turned to robots to save yen.


China used to supply the cheap labor that western manufacturers want, but now they need even cheaper automation that doesn’t require breaks, lunch or paychecks.

The point here is that the same switch to automation is going on all around the industrialized world, but the ChiComs are at least more honest about their financial motivation.

Factory replaces workers demanding higher wages with robots to cut costs, Mirror (UK), September 12, 2016

The company has overhauled their workforce with automated machinery producing record units

Robots are being brought in to replace human workers in China because people are seeking higher wages.

This footage shows the production line in a factory which produces lenses for the German company Carl Zeiss.

The automated tasks being practised by the robotic workers include applying protection films, cutting, polishing and packaging.

Although the roles used to be performed by human beings, reports CCTV News , the change came as the manager of the plant in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

Zeng Zhiyong, Carl Zeiss Vision Technologies (Guangzhou) Ltd explains: “In 2012, the Zeiss Group informed us that labour in China was twice as expensive as in Mexico and four times that in India.

“We were very surprised at this huge gap and started to think of how to improve productivity.”

The installation of machines to carry out the tasks has seen the workforce shrink from 440 workers – who were producing four million lenses every year – to 370 humans in 2015 – with output increased to five million. Continue reading this article

Muslim Animal Sacrifice Turns Dhaka Streets Red with Blood

All diversity is not equal, as perceptive observers have noted, particularly in the area of the humanitarian treatment of animals. As I documented in my 2006 VDARE article, Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also… Cruelty To Animals, the barbarity ranges from the extraction of bile from live bears in China for traditional medicine to the Korean practice of blowtorching dogs being slaughtered for food in the belief that it makes the meat tastier, and many more appalling customs.

Islam’s religious holiday that focuses on sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, is particularly cruel, not to mention unsanitary, when the enthusiasm of DIY slaughterers fills the streets with the blood of dead animals.

Below, Eid street slaughter in Egypt.

The results of the practice of street slaughter were on display in Dhaka recently when the bloodletting coincided with heavy rains.


Can we expect this diverse custom to sprout up in America due to increased Muslim immigration? The diversity-afflicted city of Dearbornistan bears watching, along with others like San Diego.

Bangladesh: Rivers of blood run through Dhaka after animal sacrifices, CNN, September 15, 2016

In a bizarre consequence of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Bangladesh, animal sacrifices have combined with heavy rains to leave the streets awash with blood.

Shocking photos emerged from the capital Dhaka Wednesday that showed residents wading through streets flooded with a mix of animal blood and rainwater.

Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham — known as Ibrahim to Muslims — in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience.

As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son. To commemorate God’s test of Ibrahim, many Muslim families sacrifice a goat, cow or sheep and share the meat with the poor.

Pakistani men use a crane to lift a young bull from the roof of a building in preparation for the Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi on September 4, 2016.
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Obama Plans on Big Refugee Increase after He Leaves the White House

Barack Hussein Obama is bent on leaving America a far more diverse and dangerous place than he found it. The southern border is wide open to future Democrats from Central America, where the number of illegal entrants is on course to set a record for this fiscal year.

Obama’s pretend do-gooder program of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees curiously ended up being almost entirely Muslim. In fact, his 10,000 goal was reached weeks ago, ahead of the October 1 deadline by an unprecedented “surge” in processing from two years to three months. CNS reported on September 12, 15% Over Target: 11,491 Syrian Refugees Admitted Already; 0.46% Are Christians.

There are millions of spare Syrians looking for a handout or jihad or some crime opportunities.

FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress last fall that the Syrians could not be screened because the US government has “no record of them.”

So the Syrians are a dangerous import, and now Obama wants lots more as one of his parting gifts to Americans.

PETER DOOCY: The 110,000 refugees are from all around the world including many who have fled war torn countries in the Middle East, and this is consistent with what Secretary Kerry said he wanted, which was to try for a hundred thousand and more if possible. So today’s announcement means 57 percent more refugees are going to come here next year than came here last year the White House told us this morning they just do not think this country has been doing enough to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

MARTHA McCALLUM: So what are lawmakers saying about this plan?

DOOCY: There’s some concern. There’s going to be a Homeland Security Committee hearing this morning with officials from DHS, TSA, Border Patrol and remember this summer that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson did say that western countries like the US needs to be especially worried about westerners who go overseas and join ISIS and then try to return home with some kind of maybe fake passport or real passport once the ISIS territory wherever they’ve been fighting has been shrunken or reclaimed by another military.

Funny how few in Washington give a thought to how these unfriendly foreigners will affect the American communities where the Muslims will be dumped. No wonder Donald Trump’s Americans first message has caught on.

Obama administration demands 30 percent boost in refugees, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, September 13, 2016

President Obama wants the U.S. to take 30 percent more refugees next year, top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday, calling for Americans to do more on the world stage at a time when many voters are already balking at the current pace.

The announcement seems designed to boost Mr. Obama’s hand for next week, when he is scheduled to host a summit on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly, pressing international leaders for action on a global refugee crisis.

At home, however, his refugee target is likely to renew controversy over the ability of the U.S. to absorb newcomers, particularly from countries where vetting is not easy and where terrorist networks have said they want to insert operatives into the refugee stream.

“The common-sense concerns of the American people are simply ignored as the administration expands its reckless and extreme policies,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered the news to congressional leaders, along with Homeland Security and Health and Human Services officials — part of the official consultation process that must take place before the target can go into effect.

The administration’s target for fiscal year 2017 is 110,000 refugees, up from the 85,000 goal in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015. Just a few weeks ago, the State Department was hinting at a target of 100,000 refugees next year, and it’s not clear why the additional 10,000 were added. Continue reading this article

Advances in Agricultural Robots Make Immigrant Farm Labor Obsolete

Robot technology is getting smarter, smaller and cheaper. While this evolution is a growing threat to American jobs in general, the applications for agriculture make immigration truly outdated in that employment category, which is a good thing for this nation.

We know the argument: without largely illegal immigrant workers to pick the crops, food would rot in the fields, so deportations should stop. But even though that prediction never materializes, nevertheless we are told our food supply depends on open borders and welcoming lots of Mexican pickers.

But that dependence does not exist — if it ever did. When a robot weeding machine (Little Oz) can be rented for $300 per month as noted in the article below, that technology definitely makes foreign farm workers an unattractive financial choice for farmers.

Earlier farming robots like the harvester shown below were large and expensive.

Today’s farmbots can be compact and less expensive, putting them within the reach of the small farmer.


As noted in a July New York Times article, the focus of Silicon Valley has moved from social media to smart machines: “The new era centers on artificial intelligence and robots.” Those innovations will have broad applications from industry to the internet of things. Silicon Valley may not be a farmbot center per se, but the technologies created there are being developed elsewhere in different forms.

Given the rapid expansion of agricultural technology, Congress should be considering a winding down of the H-2A ag visas, as well as of immigration in general. When experts forecast that nearly half of American jobs will be taken by robots and software by 2033 as two Oxford University researchers did, then it’s time to get realistic about the world’s automated future.

For starters, Automation makes immigration obsolete.

Washington needs to wake up and smell the software.

How robots will revolutionize farming, Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2016

Earlier this summer, I took a dive into the world of small farm machines that will soon be crawling farm fields near you. In the sort of thoughtful, enthusiastic reaction that makes any storyteller smile, I was inundated with tips from robot builders, imaginers, investors and watchers from around the world.

Most important, I now know that the global farm robot space is bigger, more intelligent and closer-to-commercialization that I realized. We are perhaps a few short years from a day when you will drive past a farm or walk past a community garden and see a robot working the ground. Continue reading this article

9/11 plus 15 Years: Are We Safer?

On Saturday, the Value Voters Summit included a panel of three expert on jihad: Sebastian Gorka, Philip Haney (author of See Something, Say Nothing) and Zuhdi Jasser.

Security expert Gorka is not shy about assessing the danger we face from our Islamic enemies. In fact, he remarked on the Hannity show last week, “The presidency of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was a godsend to ISIS, literally.”


It hasn’t helped that Washington has allowed considerable Muslim immigration into this nation during a time of jihad, specifically the worldwide war of Islam against infidels. Not every Muslim is engaged in that war, but the koran urges all followers to fight the nonbelievers to establish Islamic rule. Our arrogant political leaders apparently think that immigration to America is a right even for historic enemies.

As a result, more than two million immigrants and refugees from majority Muslim nations have been admitted to the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks. More recently, the Obama administration has rubber-stamped 10,000 Syrian refugees for admittance, whom FBI Director Comey testified could not be screened because the government has no access to needed records.

Is Washington deranged? Sane leaders don’t welcome likely enemies inside the gates. As Gorka mentions, the authorities have arrested or killed 110 ISIS jihadists in America in the last two years. Why does the government continue to believe Islam is not the problem?

SEBASTIAN GORKA: Let me start by saying that we need to remember that this Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the longest war the Republic has been engaged in since 1776, and the question I’d like you to ask yourselves is very simply the following: Do you feel today — yourself, your families, your friends — do you feel safer today than you did on September the 10th, 2001?


GORKA: Good, and why is that? You know in your gut, you sense that we are more in danger, more imperiled today than we have ever been, but let’s look at the facts behind your common sense intuition and let me just give you some of the data points that will allow you to understand what it is that really makes us more endangered today. Number one, ISIS is the most powerful modern jihadi organization the world has ever seen. Let me give you the facts from inside President Obama’s own administration.

Two weeks ago he went to the Pentagon for a special meeting on ISIS. At that meeting, the National Counterterrorism Center, which is part of the Director of National Intelligence’s complex, gave him a briefing on ISIS. That map, which was reported in the mainstream media, said that ISIS now has fully operational affiliates in 18 nations around the world. Two years ago that number was seven: in 24 months they’ve more than doubled their global expanse. Not only that, it controls territory in different regions of the world. We focus on Iraq, we focus on Syria, but ISIS has control of territory in Nigeria, Boko Haram territory. There are Taliban leaders in Afghanistan that have sworn allegiance to ISIS, but that sounds very far away. The Middle East, Central Asia — let’s bring it all back home. My wife and I Catherine Gorka published a report one week before San Bernardino on what ISIS is doing in America. You’ll hear much more from Phil (Haney) and others, but let me just give you again the key data points.

Since ISIS declared the caliphate on June 29, 2014, so just over two years ago, here in America we have killed or arrested 110 terrorists linked to ISIS. Not 10 not 50, but 110. One of the most recent being the arrest two weeks ago in Roanoke, Virginia, of an ISIS terrorist. If you look at those arrests and break them down into what they were doing, it gets even more disturbing.

Half of the people we have intercepted are what if the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls travelers, they are US subjects who want to leave America to become jihadis in Iraq or Syria. Twenty percent of them are middle management: they’re recruiters, talent spotters, people buying the tickets for the jihadis to fly to the Middle East. But that leaves more than a third — 38 percent of everybody we have intercepted has sworn allegiance to the new caliph, the new emperor of Islam, and decided that the best way to serve ISIS is to kill infidels here in America. They don’t need to go anywhere; they can go and buy a rifle, 2000 rounds of ammunition, go to the range, practice and then go to a nightclub in Orlando and slaughter 49 Americans. Continue reading this article

California: Jerry Brown Signs Extremist Climate Change Bill

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will force reductions of carbon emissions in the name of global warming prevention. The legislation requires a massive 40 percent cut of CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.

Few reports mention that in 1990 the state population was around 30 million, while today it is estimated to be 39 million. The Census Bureau may be hesitant to declare the scary 40 million number, an increase driven by immigration. Maybe the head-counters will go there after the election.


Plus, it should be mentioned that the self-appointed super-environmentalist Jerry Brown thinks open borders are a swell idea. In fact, he once welcomed ALL of Mexico to move here, an invitation he made astoundingly during a historic drought when there wasn’t enough water for California’s current residents, much less an additional hundred million or so.

And Third Worlders searching for a better life aren’t looking for better recycling opportunities; they come to get lots more stuff, like a bigger fancier car. Any true environmentalist understands that mass immigration to America of whatever legality is a big drain on scarce resources like water, and it increases worldwide pollution. That was essentially the argument of the Sierra Club reformers a decade ago who wanted the organization to return to its earlier stance of immigration restriction, but it turned out that the club was bought out for $100 million in donations with open-borders strings attached.

Meanwhile the manufacturing powerhouse of Red China remains the world’s top gross CO2 emitter by far. America’s outsourcing of industry has increased global pollution, because China finds it cheaper to manufacture without such regulation. Beijing has recently been promising some environmental clean-up of its factories, but talk is cheap.

Below a China steel factory in 2014 with attendant air you can see, because of its CO2 then being more than 45 percent above the global average.


So Jerry’s plan is lots more regulation, taxation and social control for California residents. Driving is about to become even more expensive, because Jerry wants to reduce petroleum use in cars and trucks by 50 percent. Even more businesses will be driven out by the unfriendly atmosphere of costs and regulation with accompanying job loss. California has been voted the worst state for business 12 years running, and it is now about to get worse.

La Times at least had the honesty to mention California population growth and how it makes the emission goals more difficult.

Gov. Brown signs sweeping legislation to combat climate change, Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2016

California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint.

“What we’re doing here is farsighted, as well as far-reaching,” Brown said at a signing ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles. “California is doing something that no other state has done.”

The legislation, SB 32, requires the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, a much more ambitious target than the previous goal of hitting 1990 levels by 2020.

Cutting emissions will affect nearly all aspects of life in the state — where people live, how they get to work, how their food is produced and where their electricity comes from.

“We’re going to have to make the change about three times as fast as we’ve done so far,” said James Sweeney, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.

The state has already been ramping up solar power generation, handing out subsidies for drivers to buy electric cars and prodding developers to create denser communities connected to mass transit.

But research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that current policies may get the state only about halfway to the 2030 goal. Right now the state is inching closer to 1990 emissions levels, a target set a decade ago by an earlier law.

That means Californians can expect to feel more of what Brown has called the “coercive power of government.” Businesses will likely face more restrictive rules, and taxpayer and ratepayer money will be needed to subsidize cleaner technologies.

“You name it, we’re going to need it,” said Snuller Price, senior partner at E3, an energy efficiency consulting firm that has worked with state regulators.

Reaching the goal set by SB 32 could be a difficult task in a growing state. California has 38 million people now, with a gross domestic product of almost $2.5 trillion, making it the sixth-largest economy in the world.


By 2030, estimates from the Public Policy Institute of California and the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy show, the state could have 44 million people and an economy of nearly $3.5 trillion, but carbon emissions would need to be dramatically reduced. Continue reading this article

Visa Loophole Remains in Place 15 Years after 9/11

How seriously does Washington take national security as we near the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 jihad attacks against America?

Not so much, it would appear, given that there is still no way for the government to track when or if visitors leave on their temporary visas, which was an important recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, as well as later analysis regarding the immigration enforcement aspect. If a foreigner arrives on a plane or ship, it’s essentially an open borders situation.

It’s odd the Capitol Hill denizens are so unconcerned, since they remain a major target of America’s enemies.

Visa security loophole exploited by 9/11 attackers still open 15 years later, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, September 8, 2016

airportvisaloophole-wtAt least five of the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited a glaring hole in visa security to stay in the U.S. beyond their time — allowing them to board the planes and conduct their murderous attack. Fifteen years later, and despite a clear consensus on the need for improvement, that gaping hole remains.

“In too many cases that’s still happening — they come in legally, but we don’t know if they’ve left, and if they haven’t left, we don’t know where they are,” said Tom Kean, former governor of New Jersey and chairman of the 9/11 Commission that looked into the 2001 attack and crafted a long list of changes to put homeland security on firmer footing.

“That is probably the most important unfulfilled recommendation,” Mr. Kean told reporters this week ahead of the commemoration of the attack that ushered in the current war-on-terrorism era.

It’s also a key part of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immigration plan going forward.

“For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed. The politicians are all talk, no action — never happens,” he last week in laying out his plans. “Hillary Clinton, all talk. Unfortunately, when there is action, it’s always the wrong decision. You ever notice? In my administration we will ensure that this system is in place. And, I will tell you, it will be on land, it will be on sea, it will be in air. We will have a proper tracking system.” Continue reading this article

Fresno Gunman Was a Violent Convicted Felon Laos Would Not Receive in Deportation

laotianthongvangSaturday’s Fresno jailhouse shooting of two unarmed deputies by Laotian Thong Vang (pictured) has shined a light once again (!) on reprobate countries that refuse to accept their deported illegal alien criminals. Tools exist to help the State Department to convince recalcitrant nations to take back their bums, including the ability to block foreign aid or deny visas, but State doesn’t want to ruffle any foreign feathers. Public safety for Americans is not a priority for the executive branch of the federal government.

The recent crime in Fresno went down like this (from Breitbart):

Just after 8:30 am on Saturday morning, [Laotian Thong] Vang was seen trying to cut the visitor’s line in the lobby of the Fresno County jail and began acting agitated, showing “bizarre behavior” and pacing in the vicinity of a secure area when experienced officer Davila confronted him. The AP reported that the facility is guarded by unarmed officers and that visitors must pass through metal detectors to get to secure areas.

Sheriff Mims stated that Davila confronted Vang. Vang then pulled a gun from his clothing and began shooting. Scanlan then also responded to the scene and was shot. An estimated 15 adult and child bystanders fled, according to the AP.

Here’s a local report from KCRA:

What’s been little reported is Vang’s original crime in 1998 that put him jail for only 16 years: as part of the Mongolian Boys gang, he and more than a dozen of his Hmong gangster pals kidnapped, forcibly confined and gang-raped three young girls, aged 12 to 14.

It was such a shocking crime at the time that even the New York Times reported about it, although with its usual camouflage about diversity. The first mention occurred in paragraph #13, but the Times had to immediately balance the word “Mongolian” with a balancing note about a white gang that wasn’t accused of any time.

Gang Rape of Three Girls Leaves Fresno Shaken, and Questioning, New York Times, May 1, 1998

. . . Woven into Fresno’s subculture are gangs, and the police report on the attack linked some suspects with one called the Mongolian Boys Society. There are a multitude of ethnic gangs here, including a white supremacist gang called the Peckerwoods. Experts on gangs say that the reasons for the high gang activity include Fresno County’s 16.6-percent unemployment rate, largely attributable to a lack of manufacturing jobs and the seasonal nature of the region’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.

In fact, Ann Coulter used the Times’ diversity-defending report as a central part of her media analysis in Adios, America! in a chapter titled, “SPOT THE IMMIGRANT! Case No. 1, Fresno, California.” You can read that chapter in the Google Books file of the book.

Back to the main topic here (non-acceptance of deportees), the upshot about the perp Vang is that he was a very dangerous man who was sentenced to only 19 years in prison and served 16 for crimes of kidnapping and gang-rape of minor girls, and yet the feds apparently did not try hard to get him out of this country. Instead, because of the 2001 Supreme Court decision Zadvydas v. Davis, the government is prevented from detaining an illegal alien beyond his sentence length (with six months wiggle room) if his birth-nation will not take him back. However the United States has legal means to turn the screws on these irresponsible countries, but the Democrat executive branch won’t use them.

There are other cases of deportation rejects going on to commit preventable heinous crimes, for example:

● Illegal Alien Bangladeshi Is Sentenced for Murdering Hillsdale NY Grandmother

● Accused San Francisco Mass Murderer Was Not Deported to Vietnam

Below, Vietnamese man Binh Thai Luc murdered five San Francisco residents in 2012 after avoiding deportation in 2006.

Cases like this are a reminder why Donald Trump’s theme of America First and his sympathy for crime victims of illegal aliens has struck such a strong chord among citizens.

Laos refused to take back ex-con gunman who shot Fresno sheriffs, Fox News, September 8, 2016

The convicted rapist who shot two corrections officers in Fresno, Calif., last week was an illegal immigrant who was only in the U.S. because his homeland refused to take him, federal officials confirmed Wednesday.

Thong Vang, a 37-year-old Laotian national who completed a 16-year rape sentence two years ago and was slated for deportation, instead was freed when Laotian officials did not respond to a request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to assist in his removal.

“When Laotian officials failed to respond to that request, ICE released Mr. Vang in December, 2014 due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zadvydas v. Davis,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. The ruling Kice cited held that immigrants under order of deportation but whom no other country will accept may not be held indefinitely, absent special circumstances. Last year, 3,735 illegal immigrant criminals from Laos were ordered deported but instead freed when the country refused to cooperate.

“This is another horrifying example of the consequences of failing to push the issue of deportations with uncooperative countries,” said Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. “Laos has been a problem for many years, and there are more than 3,700 criminals still here as a result, but still the State Department has not lifted a finger to take action against that government. Instead, they keep issuing visas – they gave out more than 11,000 temporary visas in the last five years in Laos, despite the requirement in federal law that they impose visa sanctions on countries that won’t take back their citizens.”

Vaughan said she hopes the wounded officers will recover, and that they and Fresno County officials will ask the federal government for an explanation for why nothing has been done about this problem, and call for action before others are hurt.

By contrast, some 67,792 Mexican nationals slated for removal could not be deported and nearly 29,000 Cubans were also freed after deportation failed. Continue reading this article

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