Particularly troublesome has been Merhi Alshebli, a man with one wife and 15 children. He complained that he couldn’t afford to feed his assorted progeny and doused himself with gasoline during a meeting with a government official. Apparently Alshebli thought the gasoline stunt would express his desire to leave Uruguay for a country with more free stuff. Maybe gasoline dousing is a Syrian thing.
Below, on September 7, Syrians demonstrated in Montevideo with their demands for exit papers to move to a wealthier nation.
JUAN LACAZE, Uruguay (AP) — When Uruguay announced last year that it would be taking in five families fleeing Syria’s devastating civil war, residents of this small town pulled together and lobbied to host one.
Then in November, locals welcomed a newly arrived Merhi Alshebli, his wife and their 15 children with food and seeds to plant vegetables. People in Juan Lacaze, a coastal city of fishermen and paper factory workers in southwestern Uruguay, wanted to do their part to help a country where more than 200,000 have been killed in the fighting.
But after months of the Syrians’ complaints about their living conditions and demands to be sent to another country, many Uruguayans in this town and elsewhere have come to see the refugees more as rude, ungrateful guests. This month the 51-year-old Alshebli shocked locals by dousing himself in gasoline in protest, furthering Uruguayans’ indignation and sense that this South American nation’s humanitarian gesture has gone off the rails.
“I’m outraged,” said Monica Benitez, who works at a shoe store in Juan Lacaze’s tiny downtown. “What they are doing is offensive.”
The Syrians’ discontent is playing out as hundreds of thousands of their compatriots are risking their lives to migrate to Europe and world leaders from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Pope Francis have urged nations to open their doors to the flood. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to take in 10,000 Syrians over the next year.
Uruguay’s attempt to help by sheltering 42 refugees – a largely symbolic gesture given that over 4 million Syrians have fled since civil war broke out in 2011 – appears to be backfiring, just as earlier this year the ups and downs of six former Guantanamo Bay detainees taken in by the country hogged headlines. Continue reading this article
It’s interesting to see that Americans have become more open to socialism — pollster Frank Luntz found that nearly half of citizens would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Luntz thinks that outspoken socialist Bernie Sanders has charmed the voters with his persuasiveness and that accounts for much of the change, along with convenient political redefinitions.
However, there’s a longer history of leftism being treated kindly by the press. The crimes of the left have never been presented by the media as a major evil: Hitler gets the monster treatment, while his mass-murder equals Mao and Stalin get a pass.
Frank Luntz discussed his poll findings with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Saturday.
CARLSON: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’s a democratic socialist. What do voters think? That used to be a really scary word — is it still? Pollster Frank Luntz spoke with a lot of people about this issue and he’s got the very latest from his research on it. Great to see you, Frank.
LUNTZ: Thank you and what we found is that 47 percent of Americans now would consider — 46 percent — would consider voting for a socialist. It is no longer this demonized word and Bernie Sanders has completely changed it. You got the numbers there from June and I believe that those numbers have even increased. So we ask Democrats in our focus group we did a few days ago which is preferable socialism or capitalism and to my shock, more of them preferred socialism — that’s how much the Democratic Party’s changed.
CARLSON: It just says a lot, I mean socialists, in the name of socialism, 80 million people were murdered last century. It wasn’t that long ago, we both remember, we’re not that old.
LUNTZ: But that’s not the socialism they’re speaking of. So they’ll make the argument that having a police force is socialist because we’re paying for the common good and having a military is socialist, so they’re redefining what the terminology means, and they also believe that capitalism has failed because of this income inequality of CEOs making many millions of dollars and people still working at minimum wage. Continue reading this article
The Swiss have been more sensible than most in who they allow in their small nation, such as in last year’s referendum choosing to limit immigration. On Sunday, the voters strongly chose the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to register their disapproval of Europe’s illegal immigration chaos.
Al Jazeera reported that the election was “dominated by the immigration issue”, noting that a recent poll “showed that 48 percent of those questioned thought migration was the most important issue facing the country.”
Below, an SVP election poster reads “Against excess, remain free.”
Populist rightwing Swiss People’s party expected to take a third of seats in lower house, tipping parliament towards a centre-right majority
Switzerland’s largest party, the populist rightwing anti-immigration Swiss People’s party (SVP) is set for a record win in the parliamentary election, with media reports projecting it will take a third of seats in the lower house.
Based on final vote counts in half of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, and partial counts in 11 others, the ATS news agency forecast the party would take 11 additional seats in parliament.
That would give it 64 of the 200 seats in the lower house, beating its previous record high of 62 after the 2007 election.
Along with advances made by the centre-right Liberal party, Switzerland’s third-largest party, SVP’s gains should tip the scale from the centre-left towards a centre-right majority.
Opinion polls had suggested SVP would gain electoral ground amid concerns over migration and asylum rules, but few had predicted such a dramatic upswing in Sunday’s vote. Continue reading this article
The thousands of refugees pouring into Germany every day could offer Europe’s largest economy an opportune solution to plug the ‘gray gap’ in its aging workforce. But integrating the new arrivals could be costly.
But wait. Germany is rejiggering services and production via automation just as rapidly as America, so a lot fewer workers are needed in the near future and going forward. Merkel is quite aware of the technological transformation because she has seen it firsthand.
The point is that Germany is getting automated, and fast. There’s no need to import hostile Muslims who will bring crime and jihad. Plenty of jobless Europeans, like Spaniards for example, are willing to move to Germany for employment.
Merkel is crazy to endanger Germany and all of Europe by admitting millions of Muslims, the historic enemy of the West.
NARRATOR: Workplace accidents like this simulated one are horror scenarios for companies that rely on robots, but soon transmitters embedded in work clothing will enable robots to recognize their human colleagues better. Scientists at the University of Bremen are working on sensor technology to help intelligent machine tools respond more flexibly to their surroundings. Continue reading this article
Friday’s New York Times front page included a whiner about a college student who claimed she was too busy to obtain proof of citizenship required to vote in Kansas (where sovereignty warrior Kris Kobach [pictured] is Secretary of State).
A 21-year-old because miffed when his visit to the DMV didn’t produce the voting card he expected, so he is part of a lawsuit. The characters presented by the Times seem like slackers at best, and are not very sympathetic. Doesn’t anyone tell the kids these days that becoming an adult requires getting all your official papers?
The Times must think that actually requiring people to prove citizenship to vote is too hard for young and/or diverse people.
Amelia Flores, a high school senior with plans to become an electrical engineer, eagerly filled out a form to register to vote for the first time at the Kansas State Fair last month. But she left the fair without registering, stymied by a state law championed by Republicans who dominate elected offices in Kansas that requires her to provide proof of citizenship.
“I think it’s ridiculous and restrictive,” said Ms. Flores, who later received a notice in the mail informing her that she must produce a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship to complete the registration. “A lot of people are working multiple jobs, so they don’t have time to get this stuff done. Some of them don’t have access to their birth certificate.”
Ms. Flores, who said she was born in Washington State, unwittingly joined a list of more than 36,000 people in Kansas who have tried to register to vote since the law went into effect in 2013, but then did not complete their registration. This month, under a rule adopted by the Kansas secretary of state’s office, county election officials throughout the state began to cull names from the voters list, removing people who had been on it at least 90 days. Those removed from the list must start the registration process over in order to vote.
The move has touched off a new battle over voter registration, pitting the Republican secretary of state, Kris W. Kobach, an ardent supporter of strict voting rules, against Democrats and advocates of voting rights who say the law was intended to suppress voter turnout. Mr. Kobach was named in a federal lawsuit filed in September by two plaintiffs who had applied to register to vote in Kansas but were added to the roll of incomplete registrants when they did not submit proof of their citizenship.
In an interview, Mr. Kobach said culling the list would help address complaints from county clerks that notifying people of the law’s requirements was costly and often ineffective. He asserted that most of the people on the list had moved since their initial registration or “never had any intention of voting in the first place.” And he defended the law as necessary to prevent voter fraud.
“We now live in a society where there is a record number of noncitizens who live with us,” he said. “This is a common sense way of ensuring that only U.S. citizens are able to vote.” Continue reading this article
Diversity cultists want to promote the social practices of foreigners by stomping out the culture of Americans, which the multiculturists find less desirable than, say, that of honor-killing Pakistan, for example.
Christmas and Easter, being religion based, get the annual disapproval treatment, where schools tell kids and parents that important celebrations will no longer be held, because some foreign kid might feel left out. Often, a single complaint from an immigrant can end a special event kids really love, like how the traditional visit from Santa to a Minnesota Headstart class was cancelled because a Somali became miffed at the infidel custom.
On the other hand, Halloween — once All Hallow’s Eve — has morphed into something totally secular, and is now an occasion to play dress up and eat lots of candy. The objections to Halloween are therefore more suspect.
Perhaps the costumes are getting too creative and culturally edgy. Liberal enforcers might get offended about cultural appropriation they deem inappropriate.
Anyway, today has a small victory for silly outfits, culture and freedom:
MILFORD – The school system in Milford has reversed its cancellation of the annual Halloween costume parades at the city’s elementary schools following an outcry from parents.
Superintendent Elizabeth Feser wrote in a letter Monday that the controversy over the parade was becoming a distraction.
She said the goal in canceling the parades in the schools had been to create a substitute Halloween celebration for families that would be inclusive of all children, including those who might not take part in the parade for religious or cultural reasons.
An online petition had been started asking the school district to restore the parades.
Victoria Johannsen, mother of a third-grader at Live Oaks School, told the Connecticut Post the decision to cancel wasn’t fair to students who cherish the parade.
Congressman Mo Brooks had some politely positive things to say about Paul Ryan on Fox News this morning, but allowed that the reluctant candidate for Speaker would have to chill on his amnesty fixation to get Brooks’ vote:
MO BROOKS: Now on to Paul Ryan. I have some reservations about Paul in particular with respect to amnesty for illegal aliens. He’s been a staunch proponent of this amnesty program that was in the Gang of Eight Senate bill that over a ten-year period of time would either have legalized or brought into America anywhere from 44 million to 57 million foreigners. If our economy was booming that’d be one situation, but our economy is rather anemic and I’m not going to support economic policies, immigration policies that would deprive Americans of jobs or suppress their wages.
So Paul will have to change his position a little bit, but Paul is a charismatic individual. He knows how to raise the money, he knows how to communicate, so he’s got some real strengths too, but the immigration stances that he’s taken in the past — he would have to assure people like myself that those are not going to be forced through the House of Representatives if he becomes Speaker of the House.
Congressman Brooks is thinking about how government creating a massive influx of excess workers during the jobless recovery is exactly the wrong thing to do to American workers.
How bad is violence among the diverse illegal aliens and refugees invading Europe and heading for Germany now (who happen to be mostly Muslim and mostly young men)?
One hint: according to a classified German government report leaked to Die Welt, “highly delinquent youths. . . resist and assault [police officers]” when arrested. (Germany: Migrant Crime Wave, Police Capitulate, Gatestone Inst.)
The same article notes, “Asylum seekers are driving a surge in violent crime in cities and towns across Germany. German authorities, however, are downplaying the lawlessness, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiment.”
Wait, don’t they know that diversity is supposed to be celebrated?
A couple years ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Multiculturalism Is a Failure in Germany, but now she is using it to destroy her nation’s identity as a historically Christian nation and endanger the safety of all through Islamization.
A recent television interview of a police officer provided more information about the chaos happening on at ground level:
TV INTERVIEWER: And now in the studio I am honored to greet the chief of the German police union, Rainer Wendt. Herr Wendt, the cabinet has wasted no time passing these new asylum laws; is that enough?
RAINER WENDT: Well, first, it’s a good sign, and it shows that politicians can react, but what I’d like to see is that politicians react in time. Things always have to go up in flames before they manage to get anything done. All of this should’ve happened at least a year or so ago when we saw the first signs of the chaos.
INTERVIEWER: What do you mean with go up in flames?
WENDT: In our asylum camps all hell broke loose; at the border in southern Germany, and in Bavaria especially, it’s hell. Our colleagues down there can’t ever take their boots off anymore. But that’s not just since last week or since last month, but all year. Our federal police and the Bavarian county police especially, and also from other countries, have for months now been heavily overwhelmed, and now politicians are acting like they’re totally surprised, but that can’t be; nobody is surprised, and they should’ve reacted a lot sooner.
INTERVIEWER: We hear of mass brawls in asylum camps, we hear of robberies in grocery stores, which is another strain on the police. Are you worried that crime will rise because you are overwhelmed?
WENDT: Of course that’s an issue and there are three areas we consider. The first is attacks on asylum camps, which is a number that has exploded in recent months now, and there it is our duty to protect these camps. And then there’s criminality among the refugees, meaning, rapes of women and of children, massive use of violence, criminal activities such as exploitation, slavery, we see it all there. Those are not just little squabbles because they’re living in cramped spaces; these are territorial conflicts, dominance struggles, I mean fanatical religious groups that can’t be separated easily. Our private security personnel are completely overwhelmed. We don’t have enough and they are not qualified enough. Continue reading this article
I arrived in Budapest to meet my friends. When I got to Keleti Railway Station I was shocked at what I saw there. Masses of people of Arab appearance, filthy, unwashed and loud, who refused to let me get across the entrance. They shouted various insults in my direction, they tried to take away my luggage.
Since, like I said, I’m perfectly fluent in Arabic, I understood everything that they were saying. While I waited for my train, I saw what was happening in the station. People, without shame, simply defecated right where they stood, the women shouted, they were beaten by their own kind, not by the police who didn’t even touch them. . . .
Ninety percent of them were men between 18 and 45, completely healthy men who grabbed absolutely random children and fought their way forward using the children as a shield. Five people with tickets entered my train car. We sat down, the rest of the car was totally empty. Within minutes something unbelievable happened. Huge screaming, the windows were cracking, the situation was unbelievable. Like some dark cloud, a mass of people got on. There were conflicts, fights and other awful things. The situation’s climax was when they began talking to each other in a relaxed tone, considering whether or not they should rob us, since that would please Allah because we were infidels. As for me, it would really be worth raping me because I am not dressed like a proper woman.
My question: Do Arabs crap in public at home or only in infidel lands (assuming her description is accurate of course)?
What’s really odd is that, given the violent chaos following the refugee and alien horde entering Europe, the Express would call the Hardheim directives “bizarre” when it is exactly the sort of behavioral expectations one would present to a gaggle of barbarians.
THE mayor of a small town in Germany has drawn up a hilarious set of rules for refugees housed in his community which include leaving toilets clean and not pinching fruit from orchards.
Mayor Volker Rohm, 55, leaves no stone unturned, with his list also encouraging the new settlers in Hardheim, south Germany, to not open supermarket goods before paying for them, not to relieve themselves in public or to make a noise after 10.00pm at night.
Hardheim is now home to 1,000 refugees being housed in a former American military barracks. Officials in Berlin have questioned the necessity of instructing the new arrivals how to behave, but the town insists the guidelines will stay on the local community website.
Under the heading ‘helpful instructions and guidance,’ Mayor Rohm said young girls should avoid giving out their mobile phone numbers on Facebook and not feel forced into “marrying anyone.”
In other orders which seriously patronise the refugees, Mayor Rohm also said: “Welcome to Germany, welcome in Hardheim.
“Many of you have been through terrible experiences. War, threats to your lives, a dangerous escape over half the world.
“This is now over. You are now in Germany.
“Germany is a peaceful country.
“Now it is up to you for you not to remain a stranger in our country. A request to start with: that you learn the German language as quickly as possible so that we can understand one another and you can express your needs.
“In Germany people live side by side with many freedoms. There is freedom of religion for all.
I’ve been following the topic of automation destroying employment for a few years and am still waiting for a conservative response of what to do if indeed half of America’s jobs become displaced by smart machines in 20 years, as Oxford researchers have forecast. Coverage of the robot workplace revolution has been slim from conservative media, while liberdoodle PBS has done some very good programming about labor-saving robots replacing human workers.
The famous physicist Stephen Hawking remarked recently that capitalist elites will become even more wealthy as robots they own gobble up increasing numbers of jobs. Perhaps to a degree, but the automated, unemployed future will have fewer shoppers with money to spend.
This is the technological change that is partially causing the miserable jobs economy today, and we are only at the beginning. But few in government are willing to talk about how the economic earthquake should be handled now and going forward.
The Golden Brown State’s fourth year of drought has brought massive land sinkage, aka subsidence, caused by continued and deeper drilling of ground water by farmers. The subsidence has been observed for a while, but it is getting worse as more water is pumped out of the ground.
Not only is the subsidence another warning about the limited water supply, but the land sinkage also disturbs the proper functioning of water infrastructure around the state. For example, canals were designed with a precise degree of slope to move water by gravity, and the subsidence has disrupted that.
Around 80 percent of state water use goes for agriculture. Nevertheless, when drought comes, citizen users are exhorted to cut back severely. Responsible Californians have heard the message: in August, cities reduced their water use by nearly 27 percent, slightly better than Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate in April of a 25 percent cutback.
California is an environmentally overpopulated state at 38.8 million, a sustainability problem exacerbated by unrestricted illegal immigration which has added millions of uninvited residents. Gov. Brown believes himself to be a model environmentalist, but when he visited Mexico (population 120 million) in August 2014, he invited all of them to come to California. The big picture is that the road map of elites to create easy economic expansion via immigration-fueled population growth is not quite the trouble-free path they imagine. California is once again the bad example of the many problems caused by excessive immigration, Nature bats last, as they say.
Below, the depleted Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California, in February 2014.
The bad news is that big rains could also cause flooding because of the subsidence and its damage to water control infrastructure like the delta levees in the central part of the state. The levees near Sacramento have long been identified as dangerously weak anyway, but the land sinkage has worsened their stability.
(AP caption) This July 23, 2015, photo provided by the California Department of Water Resources shows the Russell Avenue bridge over the Delta Mendota Canal in Firebaugh. The drought has caused the bridge to subside until there’s almost no space between the bottom of the bridge decking and the canal water surface. A NASA scientist says in a report released Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, that parts of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than ever as groundwater is being pumped during the state’s historic drought.
The PBS Newshour had a report on the California subsidence problem on Wednesday:
HARI SREENIVASAN: California’s drought is resulting in a big drop. The state is sinking, and sinking fast. Some parts of the state are settling lower at a rate of two inches a month, according to a report NASA released last month.
As Nathan Halverson from Reveal shows us, the sinking is increasing the flood risk in one area of the state that is desperate for water.
This story was produced by member station KQED in San Francisco.
MAN: Let’s fire it up. It’s better than nothing.
NATHAN HALVERSON: Johnny Andrews is a third-generation farmer in California’s Central Valley.
JOHNNY ANDREWS, Farmer: My grandpa came out of Texas, and he told me years ago, he said, you know, whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.
See how it’s changing colors?
NATHAN HALVERSON: Andrews is one of thousands of farmers in the state struggling to keep their crops green during a record drought.
JOHNNY ANDREWS: It’s lifting the water.
NATHAN HALVERSON: He is turning to what he calls a last resort: drilling for groundwater.
JOHNNY ANDREWS: You’re looking at $200,000 to drill a well. You’re looking at the pumping cost every month of about between $2,500 and $3,500 per well.
NATHAN HALVERSON: Farmers like Andrews use about 80 percent of the state’s developed water, growing everything from tomatoes to almonds. With the drought in its fourth year, farmers are drilling deeper and deeper, running pumps day and night. Continue reading this article
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