Leland first came onto my viewscreen in 2002 when he took immigrant umbrage at local native plant enthusiasts who wanted to restore indigenous foliage to parks and was quoted in the San Jose Mercury:
One supervisor, Leland Yee, took umbrage at the notion that only native species should be kept, and exotic ones eradicated, comparing it to racial cleansing or “xenophobia.”
“Plants and trees without the proper pre-Mayflower lineage are called ‘invasive exotics’ and are wrenched from the soil to die,” Yee wrote in a local newspaper editorial. “How many of us are ‘invasive exotics’ who have taken root in the San Francisco soil, have thrived and flourished here, and now contribute to the diversity of the wonderful mix that constitutes present-day San Francisco?”
That degree of stupid is almost funny in the abstract, although alarming in an elected official. See my 2014 Vdare article that includes more anecdotes of the wacky-strange man who nevertheless managed to become successful in colorful San Francisco, until he wasn’t — California Immigrant Pol Leland Yee Busted For Corruption.
Below, Leland with an array of multilingual campaign signs in happier days (for him). No English is visible, but “Yee Se Puede” is. Diverse!
The Taiwan animators are often Sinophile to the extreme, but they ripped Leland up and down for his gun-grabber hypocrisy when he was arrested a couple years back. So entertaining.
Leland was sentenced in San Francisco on Wednesday. Diversity didn’t save him.
Former state Sen. Leland Yee, a force in Bay Area politics for a quarter century, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $20,000 by a federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday for taking bribes from undercover agents posing as campaign contributors.
After roughly an hour of haggling between Yee and his lawyers, who argued for leniency, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer dressed down Yee in front of the court.
“I have the responsibility of sentencing the whole person,” the judge said. “You’ve done a number of very goods things but I don’t think I should be lenient.”
The judge said Yee’s crimes had undermined public faith in democratic instutitutions.
“We must be accepted by the public as having done an honest job. You abused that trust,” Breyer said.
Yee stood stoically in a dark suit. Just before he was sentenced, and after his lawyers had asked for leniency on his behalf, Yee briefly addressed the judge.
“Nothing will ever take away the pain I have caused to my friends, family, constituents and the institution I represented,” he said. “In the 67 years of my life, I’ve devoted most of it to the people here in San Francisco and in California.”
The judge took particular umbrage to Yee’s admitted participation in a gun-running conspiracy, considering his public position supporting gun control. The judge called Yee’s participation “inexplicable … unfathomable (and) hypocritical.”
How low can the President go in endangering the American people in his final months? It’s frightening to think. There’s no question that he despises the people he governs, demonstrated by the years of disparaging remarks, from Americans as bitter clingers of guns to disparaging the religion of Americans because of bad behavior during the Crusades.
On Tuesday, Obama announced his plan to empty Gitmo of the remaining hard-core jihadists and relocate many to prisons in America. The move would guarantee a lawyer scrum to service Islam’s top killers because the US locale confers new rights on the bad guys. Plus, the possibility of Islamist jail breaks in America will probably inspire jihadist dreams and create terror magnets if their heroes are incarcerated in rickety local jails.
America’s Senator Jeff Sessions finds it “unbelievable” and “shocking” that foreign criminals are needlessly let loose when they should have been at least deported. He spoke with Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs on Monday. During that discussion, Sessions also pointed out the extent of Senator Marco Rubio’s treachery: not only is he a continuing open-border enthusiast, but he also supports the globalist “free trade” agenda that has shipped entire industries overseas to cheap labor nations. [Spare video.]
LOU DOBBS: First is this dispute that’s arisen around what we’re doing with with illegal immigrants in this country. The Washington Examiner is reporting first that 90,000 — 90,000! — dangerous illegal immigrants have simply been released and gone free. What is happening that our agencies are not carrying out their responsibilities, their duties to protect the country and to enforce laws?
JEFF SESSIONS: Lou, it’s unbelievable what’s been happening and it’s just shocking. People can’t believe it. This administration has devastated law enforcement. The ICE officers, the federal law officers, sued their supervisors and then the administration in effect, saying you have caused us to violate our oath to enforce the law. They’re been told by policies and regulations and executive orders throughout this entire system that makes it virtually impossible to create a lawful system of immigration.
It can be done, if we had presidential leadership. It’s not that hard. It’s really possible and we’ve got to do it. The American people have demanded it for 30 years, they get promises from Washington and nothing happens.
DOBBS: In dealing with Immigration Customs Enforcement the head of the the union there, in a dispute with Marco Rubio, the head of the union saying point-blank Marco Rubio betrayed law enforcement in the Gang of Eight legislation and did so just bald-faced in front of everyone. You have supported him in this, that is the head of the union. What actually stopped the Gang of Eight bill in your judgment?
SESSIONS: Well, I think Chris Crane played a big role in it. He and other law enforcement officers exposed this bill. They said it would not make us more safe, but less. They said it wouldn’t work as promised. They met for months, the Gang of Eight did, with La Raza and they met with the Chamber of Commerce, but they wouldn’t allow law enforcement to come in to explain how the system really works and what you have to do to end the lawlessness. And they were just pushed out, and it got to be a big deal and I guess the disagreements continue between those two. I just so admired Chris Crane. He was a Marine, he loved America, I believe he told the truth about the legislation and I thought it was very important for the American people that he did.
DOBBS: Senator Rubio’s saying today that Crane’s suggestions were basically conspiracy theories on his part, trying to dismiss them; they’re not easily dismissed, as you know. I would also like to take up Senator Rubio’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free trade agreement that this president wants to have validated by the Senate. Marco Rubio has been a supporter of it, has he not?
SESSIONS: He’s been a very big supporter, I mean he did provide the 60th vote the vote necessary to pass the fast track that led us to this. He has said that he has three pillars of his foreign policy, and one of them was the passage of this bill. I really believe that we are a nation that trades, we’re not against trade, but I really believe these trade agreements are not working effectively for us. Trading partners cheat and manipulate too much, and we have all the leverage in the world to stand back against that. And if we go into this trading agreement that has 5,000 pages now — I think we will regret this. We need bilateral trade agreements, I’ll support them, but we always need to be able to pull out and not have a commission like a nascent European Commission that evaluates disputes and changes the rules whenever they want to. These commissions are dangerous and they erode sovereignty and the power of Congress and the American people.
Here’s the report about illegal alien criminals being released mentioned during the interview:
Nearly 60 percent of illegal immigrants identified by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as criminal threats are not deported and are eventually released, the latest example of the Obama administration’s failed immigration policy. Continue reading this article
Marco Antonio Rubio has been betrayed by his body before, most memorably when he nervously reached for a water bottle during the Republican response to the 2013 President’s State of the Union address. (Watch video.) The establishment suits had portrayed Rubio as the diverse young Republican, ready for higher office. But he failed under intense scrutiny then, as he failed during his recent appearance with Bill O’Reilly. Note how the ears match the facial coloring during the water episode.
On Monday, the main topic out of the box was immigration, and the physical expression of stress was a little different, with a noticeable blush occurring in his ears which can be an indication of lying. Marco the Red-Eared Senator squirmed under the direct questioning from Bill O’Reilly even though Rubio has recited his immigration spiel hundreds of times.
O’REILLY: Let’s talk a little policy tonight. We’ve got about 12 million illegal immigrants currently living here in the USA. Mr. Trump says he would deport all of them. Would you?
RUBIO: Well the ones that are dangerous criminals, the ones that are violent, the ones who pose a threat would be immediately deported, and many others will have to leave or be deported because they don’t qualify. They’ve been here long enough, but I can just tell you that what we do with the rest of them is not even something we’re going to have a debate about until we first secure our border and only after we secure our border, then we’ll see what the American people are willing to support when it comes to someone who’s been here for a long time, is not otherwise a criminal, has passed a background check, learns English, pays a fine, starts paying taxes, we’ll see what the American people support. We can’t do it all at once. it’s got to be secure the border first.
O’REILLY: And we assume anyone who wins the Republican nomination will do that if they become president, but I’m interested in your vision . . .
RUBIO: As far as the 12 million that are here, look I don’t believe the American people support some sort of militaristic roundup of individuals and I don’t think you can carry it out that sort of tactics that would require would offend the American people. . .
Here’s what I suggested in the past: if someone has been here for a defined period of time, they can pass a background check, if they committed crimes they can’t stay, they have to pay a tax, start paying taxes, they’re going to have to pay a substantial fine because they the violated the law and in exchange for all of that they can apply and receive a work permit and that’s all they’re gonna be allowed to have, a permit that allows them to work here and and travel, and that’s it. That’s all they’ll be allowed to have for a very significant period of time. I think that’s something the American people might be open to only after our borders are secure.
For Rubio, the road always gets to amnesty even when he pledges to leave it up to the American people, whom he mentioned nine times in four minutes. After the borders are “secure” (whatever that really means), then the foreign job thieves will be awarded with exactly what they came for — free and legal access to American employment. And Rubio hints that eventual voting is on the table, even though illegal aliens aren’t interested in the responsibilities of citizenship — only the yankee dollars. That’s why . . .
Then turn to Brussels, some parts of which host large communities of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants, mostly from religiously conservative regions of those countries. Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. The atheist/agnostic camp came to 30%.
This surrender is what happens when liberal governments allow the traditional enemy of Western civilization to invade via mass immigration. The eventual totalitarian conquest by Islam is the same as war, only without all the messy bombing and destruction. However the new rulers are rapefugees and women won’t be the only people to lose their freedom.
Immigration is very stressful, even under the best of circumstances. Adults usually have the responsibility of employment to focus their attention, but kids are torn back and forth every day. In school, they face a new language and American classmates (although that’s changing because of immigration), while home may as well be another country. (Some number of crimes by immigrants certainly reflect failures of assimilation, but you will find no sociologist willing to investigate that dangerous topic.)
A rare expression of this wrenching culture clash is a short film created by Sanjay Patel telling his own childhood struggle to fit in. As a boy, Sanjay felt “embarrassed and mortified by how different my family was” and producing the film brought up many of the issues all young immigrants face about assimilation. Here’s a snip of the film, Sanjay’s Super Team:
Now 41, Patel sounds well adjusted and he certainly is successful to have Pixar produce his film as an opener for the feature “The Good Dinosaur.” Monday’s San Jose Mercury celebrated his success with a front-page story, noting the Oakland-residing filmmaker’s work has been nominated for an Oscar.
Patel’s apparent assimilation is all the more admirable because India’s traditional culture is hardly acceptable by the standard of American values. In my 2007 Vdare article, “Dogs, Frogs and Dalits — the Indian Model Minority Has a Dark Side”, I outlined the objectionable items of caste (from light-skinned Brahmins to darker untouchables), dowry murder, widespread sex-selection abortion (against females of course), child labor, slavery and belief in witchcraft. Also included was the case of immigrant Lakireddy Bali Reddy, convicted of human trafficking connected with the death of a teenaged girl he bought in his hometown who died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater in Berkeley.
Back to the present: Sanjay’s Super Team looks to be a good bet for an Oscar because of the ongoing race kerfuffle within the Academy, despite Pixar’s denial of having a “diversity agenda.”
When Sanjay Patel was a boy, he and his dad had a ritual every morning and evening. They sat side by side on the floor of the motel the family ran in San Bernardino. The father prayed to his gods in his daily meditation. The son often worshipped his own gods, cartoon superheroes, in front of his own shrine, the television.
Patel, a longtime animator at Pixar Studios who lives in Oakland, tapped into that childhood memory for his Oscar-nominated animated short film “Sanjay’s Super Team.” He’s spent a lifetime trying to bridge the gap between his American attitude and his cultural roots and parents’ Hindu traditions.
“I was always embarrassed and mortified by how different my family was,” says Patel, 41, who has worked on animated hits such as “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “The Incredibles.” “It took me a long time to feel comfortable in my skin.”
Amid the discontent over the all-white roster of acting nominees for this year’s Oscar, “Sanjay’s Super Team,” a seven-minute short that played in theaters before “The Good Dinosaur,” comes as a relief for those who wish Hollywood reflected the diversity of America today. Critics have been raving about the raw emotional power of the autobiographical film as well as its animated flash. Patel’s honesty about his childhood struggles gives this “Super Team” its special powers. Continue reading this article
It’s a good day when Americans know they won’t have to face a Mexican First Lady in the White House. The Bush scion “suspended” his campaign for President on Saturday after another terrible response from voters, this time in South Carolina.
Jeb! Bush was observed by Donald Trump as being “low energy” which must have struck voters as accurate because the charge lingered stubbornly. Perhaps Bush’s uninspired slow-walk to coronation was unappealing to the public.
Last year Jeb opined, “The fact that I’m bilingual, bicultural can’t hurt.”
Actually, it can. Citizens are sick of elites who aren’t patriotic. Americans are tired of being told that all cultures are equal when barbaric Islam proves the lie of that idea. Also associated with the one-worlder ideology is economic globalization (outsourcing plus mass immigration) which has been pitched as beneficial to consumers when it has killed millions of US jobs. Establishment Republicans like Bush love the global economy because it makes their billionaire donors happy.
His closest aides failed to predict Trump and never changed course, guiding a flawed candidate into a corner he couldn’t escape.￼
Jeb Bush, the Republican establishment’s last, best hope, began his 2016 campaign rationally enough, with a painstakingly collated operational blueprint his team called, with NFL swagger, “The Playbook.”
On page after page kept safe in a binder, the playbook laid out a strategy for a race his advisers were certain would be played on Bush’s terms—an updated, if familiar version of previous Bush family campaigns where cash, organization and a Republican electorate ultimately committed to an electable center-right candidate would prevail.
The playbook, hatched by Sally Bradshaw, Mike Murphy and a handful of other Bush confidants in dozens of meetings during the first half of 2015 and described to POLITICO by some of Bush’s closest and most influential supporters, appealed to the Bush family penchant for shock-and-awe strategy. The campaign would commence with six months of fundraising for the Right to Rise super PAC and enough muscle to push aside Mitt Romney. There would be a massive, broad-based organizational effort to plant roots in March states at a time when other campaigns were mired in Iowa and New Hampshire. The plan outlined Bush’s positive, future-focused message with an emphasis on his decade-old record of accomplishment as Florida governor. Continue reading this article
On Friday, Breitbart posted an interview with Chris Crane, the honest pro-sovereignty President of the National ICE Council who has testified before Congress about the government’s purposeful immigration anarchy. Breitbart’s subject was a 2013 Gang of Eight press conference in which Crane was ejected for trying to ask a question and was nearly arrested for daring to commit free speech about immigration. I reported about an answering presser organized by America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions, where Crane explained how he had been jacked around by Senator Marco Rubio in a last-minute meeting (Concerned Law Enforcement Officers Speak against Gang of Eight Amnesty).
Below, the 2013 Gang of Eight press conference was a rogue’s gallery of powerful enemies of American law and sovereignty.
BNN: Sen. Rubio pledged his bill would provide enforcement first, do you believe this was an honest representation the bill?
CRANE: No, I don’t believe it was an honest representation. Protection from deportation, a type of de facto amnesty, came almost immediately as the first step in a much broader amnesty like process provided in the bill. There was no real promise of border security in the bill, and the bill provided nothing for interior enforcement, but instead made legalization of criminal aliens and gang members a priority. People need to understand that this bill was written by pro-amnesty and open borders groups that have no concern for America’s borders or the safety of its communities. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the bill was such a lopsided mess.
BNN: Sen. Rubio’s bill legalized sex offenders, drunk drivers, and others with criminal records. From an ICE officer’s perspective, how do you feel about his decision to legalize illegal immigrants with criminal convictions?
CRANE: Under the Obama Administration, ICE released estimates stating that approximately 2 million criminal aliens resided in the U.S. That’s 10 times the size the U.S. Marine Corps, at least when I was in. And I think ICE’s estimates are low.
People need to wake up. We can’t continue to keep taking millions of the world’s criminals without expecting serious repercussions to public safety and expense and burden to our legal system. Local and state jurisdictions are already overwhelmed by the criminal alien problem in our country.
On to Saturday morning: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto brought up the Crane remarks to Rubio, who went into denial mode, including a lot of niggling details that seemed designed to distract from the important points:
CAVUTO: Former ICE officials now who are saying that your push for enforcement on the border as an inconsistent when you were part of the Gang of Eight, that you were not making it a priority. When they questioned this Chris Crane, who ran this council group of officers, said that “Not one of the changes we suggested was made to the bill before Senator Rubio introduced it.” That he tried and failed with you repeatedly, that your heart wasn’t in it.
RUBIO: Yeah, number one, that’s not true and he’s not an ICE official, he’s the head of a union, and it’s being reported on a website that’s not a credible source [Ed: Breitbart.com where Rubio published an op-ed on Feb. 17!]. It’s the same website that said, Neil, that you guys gave me the questions to the debate because one of the members of my staff is a family member. . .
Let’s go back to 2013. Harry Reid was in charge of the Senate, Democrats control the Senate and they were going to move forward on some sort of immigration reform, so what I wanted to do was make whatever came out of the Senate as conservative as possible. It’s still didn’t go straight to the President. Whatever came out of the Senate had to go to the House. The House was controlled by conservative Republicans, so my goal was to produce the most conservative thing possible out of the Senate, have the House take that up and make it even better and then to come together as Republicans and say to the president: this is what we’re willing to do; take it or leave it on the issue of immigration.
Arguably, the most important lie was Rubio’s dissembling that he kicked a bad bill over to the House to have them fix it. But it was the Raza/donors’ dream bill, cooked up behind closed doors to give the whole leftist panoply their ideal legislation, serving up cheap labor and gang crime forgiveness all in one horrific package. Rubio’s big-money donors wanted minimal adjustments to their bill when it went to the House. Jeff Sessions reminded radio listeners the other day of the billion-dollar campaign mounted by powerful open borders enthusiasts to pass the Schumer-Rubio bill. The amnesty establishment was all in for the Gang of Eight, particularly because its spokesman was a Cuban Republican with a winning smile.
A few hours after the Rubio appearance with Cavuto on Saturday, Senator Sessions posted a press release expressing his support for Chris Crane. Hopefully more will be done in the near future to refute Rubio’s self-aggrandizing rewrite of Gang of Eight history. He cannot be allowed to be the GOP candidate.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) released a statement today highlighting the important role ICE Council President Crane played in defeating the 2013 ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill:
“Chris Crane is an honest man of integrity who has served his country for many years as a United States Marine and as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer. He is an American hero who was chosen by nearly 6,000 ICE officers, agents and employees to head their union and speak to the nation on their behalf. He courageously spoke up to expose the administration’s political manipulation of ICE officers, providing all of us an early warning of the administration’s near total non-enforcement of immigration laws, years before it was widely known. When the Gang of eight and President Obama were drafting their immigration bill, he asked to be allowed to participate and provide input. In fact, House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte and I personally requested that President Obama meet with the ICE union, but he never did. The White House and the Gang of Eight refused to listen to Chris and his officers because the truth is they never wanted their professional advice. The bill was designed to benefit the powerful special interests who guided its creation from the beginning — it was not designed to benefit the national interest, nor the interests of our nation’s law enforcement officers. Chris Crane exposed the fatal weaknesses of that bill and played a major role in stopping what would have been a disaster for the country.”
Airplane production has special problems for adapting automation because of the large size of passenger aircraft that don’t fit on assembly lines. So manufacturers are considering more humanoid robots that are becoming alarmingly advanced these days. A bi-national research program has been announced to press forward on the project.
“It should be very clear that these humanoids are not intended to replace workers, but rather to offer them better working conditions by freeing them from chores that are physically-taxing or that involve contact with pollutants,” concludes [Director Abderrahmane] Kheddar. “This enables workers to focus on the more skilled and value-added aspects of their activities. In other words, these robots are sophisticated tools intended to assist them as part of a synergistic human-robot collaboration.”
Does anyone believe that gobbledegook?
Meanwhile, humanoid robots have come a long way, baby.
The sci-fi future of human workers becoming obsolete is getting closer by the day.
There’s not a lot that can be done, but at least America should stop importing any more immigrant workers because they will be doubly obsolete.
Developing humanoid robotic technology to perform difficult tasks in aircraft manufacturing facilities is the goal of a four-year joint research project, which is being conducted by the Joint Robotics Laboratory (CNRS/AIST) and Airbus Group. It will officially be launched on 12 February 2016 at the French Embassy in Tokyo. The introduction of humanoids on aircraft assembly lines will make it possible to relieve human operators of the most laborious and dangerous tasks, thus allowing them to concentrate on higher value-added ones. The primary difficulty for these robots will be to work in a confined environment and move without colliding with the numerous surrounding objects. This is the first issue researchers will have to solve by developing new algorithms for the planning and control of precise movements. Continue reading this article
Pope Francis has toured Mexico over the last few days, preaching about this and that, with the grand finale planned from the start to be a poke in the eye of American law and sovereignty, and indeed it was. The pope stood in Juarez — the city where hundreds of women have been murdered — which he briefly mentioned, but the Very Important Victims according to Francis are the illegal aliens “expelled by poverty and violence, by drug trafficking and criminal organizations.”
Funny how the professional do-gooders regard America as the world’s flophouse and full-service social service agency. Meanwhile, the influx of millions of low-skilled oppression-accepting foreigners harms our own poor people the most. But the pope doesn’t care about American poor; job #1 for him is virtue display with a thick religion overlay.
Anyway, America is a traditionally Protestant nation (being diminished, as a result of immigration) and the pope is all about boosting the welfare of his people the catholics by encouraging them to move north. And he wouldn’t mind if the US becomes more catholic as a result.
Cassock elites believe national law and sovereignty take a back seat to church tenets. Those supremacist beans were spilled by border priest Michael Seifert when he observed, “Any family in economic need has a right to immigrate, that’s our posture, if a family is hungry and the family needs work, then society should provide a way for people to do that.”
Meanwhile, polling shows that catholic parishioners agree with the rest of Americans that the government should be doing more to bring illegal immigration under control.
On Thursday, the big front-page photo on several major newspapers, including the New York Times (shown below), Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, was of the pope endorsing open borders to benefit poor people to the south. Those emotional images will stick with illiterate third worlders, giving them permission to illegally enter America and steal citizens’ jobs.
As it happens, Mexico is rich, consistently ranking around #15 in world GDP, and could well afford to take better care of its citizens. But it pretends to be poor, because the position offers advantages for begging in Washington.
CNN gushed with foretgner love in its coverage:
CNN HOST WOLF BLITZER: He’s now being taken to the border fence and is getting ready to offer a very, very special blessing. This is a moment that will have great significance along the US/Mexico border for Pope Francis as he walked over there. You see the cross. I want to bring in Father Edward Beck, our CNN religious commentator, the host of the Sunday mass. Explain the significance, Father Beck, of this moment in the pope’s trip to Mexico.
PRIEST EDWARD BECK: Well, it kind of is the hallmark of his whole papacy thus far, Wolf: immigration, welcoming the stranger, the refugee. Here on this border of the Rio Grande, where so many lives have been lost, Mexican lives, of those fleeing to the United States, this pope is offering a blessing for those on both sides of that border. And it is symbolic because he is standing there in prayer right now saying, we have to do better. It’s not about chastising and punishing people for fleeing to something more prosperous, something more safe. So he is saying that by being here right now and offering this blessing that we are all strangers. Remember when he came and spoke before Congress he said, I am the son of immigrants. We were all once foreigners in a strange land, and this pope thinks that we need to welcome those who flee political and social oppression.
That’s a strange kind of religion, where third-world poor stealing jobs from first-world poor is considered virtuous. Maybe it’s the Marxist liberation theology seeping through.
If Mexicans et al put half the energy they invest in illegal immigration into political reform at home, a lot might be accomplished. But it’s easier for them to play the victim and sniff out American jobs and welfare offices.
CNN also promoted the papist view that the US should be a world rescuer of those facing “forced migration” and forget about the mean-spirited national sovereignty stuff intended to protect the American people.
For much of his five-day trip in Mexico, Pope Francis played the role of friendly pastor, smiling for selfies, kissing babies and encouraging the youth not to fall prey to the drug trade.
On Wednesday, Francis unleashed another aspect of his complex public persona: The disappointed prophet who excoriates world powers for mistreating the poor and marginalized.
Celebrating Mass in Ciudad Juarez, a city just across the border from the United States, Francis delivered a stinging critique of leaders on both sides of the fence, calling the “forced migration” of thousands of Central Americans a “human tragedy” and “humanitarian crisis.”
“Being faced with so many legal vacuums,” the Pope said during his homily before a congregation of more than 200,000 people, “they get caught up in a web that ensnares and always destroys the poorest.”
“Injustice is radicalized in the young,” the Pope continued. “They are ‘cannon fodder,’ persecuted and threatened when they try to flee the spiral of violence and the hell of drugs.”
The Bible readings at the Mass, which are tied to the church calendar, told the story of Jonah, another angry prophet. It was the kind of coincidence that a man of Francis’ faith might consider the work of a watchful God. The Bible passages set up the Pope to blister injustices in Mexico and indifference in the United States, casting both countries as modern-day Ninevehs.
‘No more death! No more exploitation!’
“Go and tell them that injustice has infected their way of seeing the world,” the Pope said, describing Jonah’s mission to rouse the city of Nineveh from the morass of moral decay. “Go and help them to understand that by the way they treat each other, ordering and organizing themselves, they are only creating death and destruction, suffering and oppression.”
In case the message was lost on his audience, the Pope drove the point home:
“Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites, open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women. No more death! No more exploitation!”
Before the Mass, Francis prayed and blessed a makeshift memorial to migrants who have tried to cross into the United States. He then blessed a group of about 400 people across the river in El Paso. Included among these “Francis VIPs” were families seeking asylum in the United States, according to El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz.
It was a grand geopolitical gesture from the Pope’s political playbook, mirroring his prayer at the wall separating Palestinian territories and Israel in 2014. It also thrust Francis into the polarized debates over immigration in both the United States and Mexico. Continue reading this article
So where should the next impenetrable razor-wire border fence in Europe be built?
Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban thinks he knows the best place — on Macedonia’s and Bulgaria’s borders with Greece — smack along the main immigration route from the Middle East to Western Europe. He says it’s necessary because “Greece can’t defend Europe from the south” against the large numbers of refugees pouring in, mainly from Syria and Iraq. . .
The German government expects 500,000 refugees to come to Germany this year, German newspaper Rheinische Post cited sources from the Federal Labor Office as saying.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Frank-Juergen Weise, head of both the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the Federal Labor Office, to prepare for an influx of that size this year, the newspaper said in an advance copy of a report due to be published on Tuesday.
The German Interior Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the report.
Last year some 1.1 million migrants arrived in Germany. German media tend to use the word refugee to refer to both refugees and migrants.
Certain lefty media (like Huffpo) spread the ridiculous idea that only three perps of the shocking New Year’s mass sex assaults in Cologne were refugees — as if German women are too stupid to identify foreigners. But now Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer has told the Associated Press that the “overwhelming majority of persons fall into the general category of refugees.”
Germans were furious that their hospitality in welcoming illegal alien Muslims (“refugees”) had been repaid by rape jihad.
Most of the suspects identified in connection with a series of robberies and sexual assaults in Cologne during New Year’s celebrations are refugees, prosecutors said Monday.
The crimes, described as unprecedented by authorities, sparked uproar in Germany and a heated debate about the country’s ability to integrate almost 1.1 million people who sought asylum there last year.
Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer said 73 suspects have been identified so far — most of them from North Africa. A total of 1,075 criminal complaints have been filed, including 467 alleging crimes of a sexual nature ranging from insults to rape.
“The overwhelming majority of persons fall into the general category of refugees,” Bremer told The Associated Press, saying recent reports describing only three of the suspects as refugees were “total nonsense.” Continue reading this article
Rice University Professor Moshe Vardi not only thinks that smart machines are rapidly making human workers obsolete, but he also believes a future society where work is obsolete won’t be beneficial for human beings.
“I do not find this a promising future, as I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing. That seems to me a dystopia. I believe that work is essential to human well-being,” he remarked at a recent presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington.
Destroying the entire basis of the economy — jobs paying people to work, who in turn buy products — will be hard enough to sort out. But the adjustment required when billions of lives become unstructured seems a recipe for social disaster. Work has long been a basis of self-worth, and unemployment often leads to a feeling of emptiness which can prompt unhealthy use of drugs and alcohol.
The one-minute video below sums up the situation rather succinctly.
Human labor could be obsolete by 2045, according to a computer scientist at Rice University. Moshe Vardi believes that within the next 30 years, machines will be able to perform almost any task presently performed by humans. Thus, Vardi is posing questions to his colleagues about the necessary response in the event of widespread unemployment. According to Vardi, technological advancement in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics are displacing the need for human labor leading to worldwide unemployment as high as 50 percent within the next 30 years, reports the Guardian. He said, “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task. I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us. If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do? The question I want to put forward is does the technology we are developing ultimately benefit mankind?”
Vardi is calling for a public discussion about how society should prepare for this fundamental change, but the usual suspects in Washington and the media continue to remain clueless about the shrinking jobs economy. The workplace revolution is well underway and the self-appointed leaders haven’t noticed. Millions of jobs have disappeared forever from the effects of advancing machine technology, but the same old prescriptions are being dragged out — lower regulation from Republicans and more welfare from Democrats — none of which grapple with the real problem.
Rice computer scientist Moshe Vardi: Human labor may be obsolete by 2045
HOUSTON — (Feb. 14, 2016) — Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can. In anticipation, he is asking his colleagues to consider the societal implications. Can the global economy adapt to greater than 50 percent unemployment? Will those out of work be content to live a life of leisure?
“We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” Vardi said. “I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?”
Vardi addressed this issue Sunday in a presentation titled “Smart Robots and Their Impact on Society” at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific meetings — the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
“The question I want to put forward is, Does the technology we are developing ultimately benefit mankind?” Vardi said. He asked the question after presenting a body of evidence suggesting that the pace of advancement in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing, even as existing robotic and AI technologies are eliminating a growing number of middle-class jobs and thereby driving up income inequality. Continue reading this article
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