Diverse Fremont California Installs Truck Barrier Security for Festival

Diversity comes with an expensive price tag in the form of security measures to protect the citizens from jihadists and other unfriendlies. Major marathons like Boston’s (already a victim), for example, now require a huge police presence which was never the case before diverse immigration of historically enemy tribes.

Today’s instance is the Fremont Festival of the Arts which has installed a dozen truck barriers to prevent against the sort of deadly jihad attack suffered in Berlin last December where a stolen 18-wheeler crashed into Germans enjoying their traditional Christmas market and 12 died. In the French beach town of Nice on Bastille Day, July 14 2016, an ISIS-inspired Tunisian drove a 19-ton truck through crowds, killing 86 and injuring more than 400 others.

Unlike many anti-jihad security measures, authorities revealed the dollar cost — $500,000.

Below, the city of Fremont California has installed truck-jihad-prevention barriers for its arts and music festival.

How Islamically diverse is Fremont? I observed the presence of a “Little Kabul” community of Afghans in 2007, and they haven’t left. The group is not averse to using vehicles as weapons, as shown by the SUV jihad in 2006 where Afghan immigrant Omeed Aziz Popal ran down more than a dozen people in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing one.

So investing in truck barriers is probably a good idea in Islamified Fremont.

Barriers Designed to Prevent Vehicle Attacks Installed at Fremont Festival of the Arts, NBC Bay Area, August 5, 2017

In the wake of deadly vehicle attacks in Europe, city officials and those protecting the Fremont Festival of the Arts installed large barriers designed to prevent such an attack from causing a catastrophe at the popular Bay Area event.

One dozen barriers, which are devised to halt a vehicle weighing in at 15,000 pounds and travelling at 40 mph from plowing into crowds, are blocking roads leading into the street festival expected to attract approximately 200,000 to 300,000 people this weekend. [. . .]

The 12 barriers, which are each 27 feet in length, cost the city of Fremont just over $500,000.

“We felt like this was the right decision, the right purchase to be able to protect our festivals that we have in town,” Snelson said.

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California May Sue Trump Administration over Sanctuary Defunding

Public safety is supposed to be Job #1 of government at all levels, but California open-borders race hustlers have a different idea. Instead of being properly reprimanded for their sanctuary policies that shelter illegal aliens criminals and thereby endanger law-abiding citizens, state officials are doubling down. Attorney General Becerra is considering a lawsuit against the feds to scrounge law enforcement cash the state does not deserve. (Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he will file suit on Monday over the grant funding cut.)

The Sacramento Bee headlined its Saturday front page with the lawsuit story:

A state that has had terrible crimes committed by illegal aliens should be embarrassed by having its disregard of law enforcement further highlighted. Kate Steinle was shot dead while strolling with her father on a popular San Francisco pier by a five-times-deported Mexican who said he returned to the city because of its sanctuary policy.

In 2008, three members of the Bologna family were murdered in a mistaken gang hit by stupid illegal alien Edwin Ramos who had been coddled by San Francisco authorities despite his violent record as an MS-13 gangster.

Further south in sanctuary Los Angeles, high-school football star Jamiel Shaw was shot dead just a few doors from home by illegal alien Pedro Espinoza who was so violent in jail — like attacking a police officer who was interrogating him — that the 18th Street gangster should have been incarcerated as long as possible. But he was released onto city streets instead of being deported and killed Jamiel 28 hours later on March 2, 2008.

Isn’t it basic to imprison and/or deport dangerous illegal aliens to protect the innocent? It seems like common sense, but liberal officials believe otherwise. The list of dead Americans will not make them budge.

State set to sue over ‘sanctuary city’ cuts, Sacramento Bee, August 5, 2017

Stockton, San Bernardino among those losing feds’ anti-crime funds

California is poised to sue the Trump administration over the president’s latest attempt to punish jurisdictions tagged by the Justice Department as “sanctuary cities” that harbor undocumented immigrants, according to two sources close to the case.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — in conjunction with other California city and county attorneys — is considering charging the Justice Department with violating the Constitution by threatening to take crime-fighting funds away from cities and states that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration agents, according to those sources.

“The cities and states affected by these provisions have strong arguments to make in court that these conditions are illegal,” said a former Justice Department official familiar with California officials’ thinking. “If Congress wanted these requirements to be part of the grant funding decision, they would have written it into the law.”

California’s concern stems from an announcement last month by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who warned that jurisdictions that do not assist federal immigration agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants would no longer get funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

California was allocated nearly $18 million under that program in Fiscal 2017. To get future grants, municipalities will have to allow federal immigration agents access to detention facilities, and provide 48-hours notice before they release inmates who are wanted by federal authorities on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

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Senators Cotton and Perdue Discuss RAISE Act with Tucker Carlson

There is plenty of chatter about immigration flying around the ethers on a daily basis, but very little concerns the big policy basics of Who and How Many. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) have done the nation a service by developing and submitting a bill that recognizes the reduced need for foreign workers (assuming there is any need to import labor — doubtful because automation).

The RAISE legislation as submitted begins:

A BILL — To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a skills-based immigration points system, to focus family sponsored immigration on spouses and minor children, to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, to set a limit on the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States, and for other purposes.

I am impressed that the senators included the vile Diversity Visa for the dumpster along with the bigger stuff. The program is often overlooked but shouldn’t be, because choosing immigrants from a random drawing based on diversity is double bad. A visa to increase diversity is simply insane at this point.

The most appealing aspect of the bill is of course the reduction of legal immigration by half. A larger decrease would be better because of the automated future workplace, but half is a good start.

Below, Bloomberg reported in May that the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. rose to nearly 27 million in 2016, up about 700,000 from the previous year and a new high (America’s Labor Force Is Made Up of More Immigrants Than Ever).

The senators appeared with President Trump on Wednesday in the White House to present the bill to the public (transcript here).

Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue discussed the legislation with Tucker Carlson later in the day:

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The RAISE Act ends chain migration and replaces our low-skilled system with a new points-based system for receiving a green card. This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.

TUCKER CARLSON: Senators Cotton and Perdue join us now; thanks to you both. Senator Purdue to you first. When you hear that, the precepts, the principles behind it sound non-controversial; they sound pretty basic. You guys work in politics. I know you’ve polled this. What’s the public opinion of those ideas?

SENATOR DAVID PERDUE: Well this is the the big learning here in Washington; the people out there and the rest of the country get this. Seventy-two percent believe it should be the primary worker plus their nuclear family or less. Eighteen percent, it ought to be just the the worker. So people out there in the real world get this: it’s pro-worker, it’s pro-growth, and it’s been proven to work in Canada and Australia.

CARLSON: What’s interesting, Senator Cotton, when you say this this bill is pro-worker — our current arrangement seems anti-worker. If you look at the effect on wages, working-class people in the country when the Kennedy Act became law, they’ve gone down and remained stagnant. Do you think there’s a direct connection between mass immigration and low wages?

SENATOR TOM COTTON: No doubt, Tucker. I mean the law of supply and demand applies to labor market just like it does to every other market hasn’t been repealed, even though some Republicans feel like it doesn’t apply there. Look, over the last 40 years, my lifetime, you’ve seen a quadrupling of the number of foreign-born residents in our country. The vast majority of those — 14 out of 15 — today come here not based on their skills or their education or their English language ability on some other category. They’re by definition unskilled and low-skilled.

In that 40-year window, if you have high school degree or less, your wages have fallen. If you have more than that, so if you’re not competing with those very same immigrants, your wages have increased. So there’s a direct correlation between the mass unskilled low-skilled migration we’ve seen over the last few decades and stagnant wages and standards of living for working Americans.

CARLSON: Wouldn’t it be clarifying to import — I don’t know — lobbyists for example from abroad who would work for less than our lobbyists? Maybe that. Or United States senators? I think that might change some ideas.  [EDITOR: Or how about journalists? Why is there no journalist work visa?] Continue reading this article

National Security Is Endangered by Admitting Immigrants into US Military

Is there any worse idea under the sun than allowing immigrants to become US military personnel? In today’s world of a billion enemies in the Islamic nations and a lot of unfriendlies in Mexico and points south, it makes no sense to admit diverse tribes into our military where security secrets abound, not to mention training in martial skills.

In 2006, it was revealed that gang graffiti was common in the war zone: Gangsters In Iraq (Flopping Aces). One gang named was the Latin Kings, reportedly “the oldest and largest Hispanic street gang in both the United States and worldwide.” (There were tens of thousands of immigrants in the US military before the MAVRI program which is being criticized in the recent reports.)

Of course, the greater danger now is from Islam, yet Muslim immigration continues apace because the liberal swamp adores diversity — and Democrat voters.

In the new, improved diverse US Army, turbans and hijabs are permitted.

Criticism of allowing immigrants, particularly illegal ones, in the armed services is not a new issue. In 2015, Rep. Dave Brat remarked on a local radio show, “I wanted to stand up and shout, I mean, ISIS is willing to serve in our military. . . Part of the reason Rome fell is because they started hiring barbarians, otherwise known as the Germans at the time, to be troops in their own army.”

The military values certain skills among its recruits, particularly language ability useful in current war zones, such as Arabic and Pashto. So you could see how corners could be cut in background checks, as has been reported.

Here’s the segment about the issue from Fox’s Special Report on Tuesday:

Pentagon investigators find ‘security risks’ in government’s immigrant recruitment program, ‘infiltration’ feared, By James Rosen, Fox News, August 01, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for.

After more than a year of investigation, the Pentagon’s inspector general recently issued a report – its contents still classified but its existence disclosed here for the first time – identifying serious problems with Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), a DOD program that provides immigrants and non-immigrant aliens with an expedited path to citizenship in exchange for military service.

Defense Department officials said the program is still active but acknowledged that new applications have been suspended.

Created in the final weeks of the Bush-Cheney administration and launched under then-President Barack Obama, MAVNI was designed to recruit individuals with foreign-language and other skills the Pentagon deems useful and in short supply. The program has had many success stories – most notably the Army’s Soldier of the Year in 2012, Sgt. Saral Shrestha, originally of Nepal – and independent analyses have found MAVNI recruits out-perform non-MAVNI soldiers in critical areas.

Yet concern over management of the program has grown over recent months.

“The lack of discipline in implementation of this program has created problems elsewhere,” said Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., a retired Army officer who sits on the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel. It was Russell who first publicly sounded alarms. During the markup of the latest defense authorization bill, on June 28, Russell noted: “The program has been replete with problems, to include foreign infiltration – so much so that the Department of Defense is seeking to suspend the program due to those concerns.”
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Japan Uses Robots to Make Up for Decreasing Population

Japan is an interesting place in that it hasn’t allowed immigration and so has a monoculture. It seems like that lack of diversity allows them to experiment in the comfort of their own tribe.

The Japanese take on robots is unique: they appreciate human-like machines that imitate our movements and speech very well. Which may be a good thing, since the Japanese are not forming families and having babies.

We will see how a falling population works out for them. Hopefully they can lead the way, because we humans can’t continue to grow beyond nature’s ability to support us with food and water.

Below, the somewhat wacky Henna Hotel in Nagasaki is highly automated and has only seven human workers, when 35 would be needed in a more normal establishment.

Japan battles population decline with robots, CBS News, July 28, 2017

Japan is facing a population collapse that threatens its very existence. As with many of its problems, Japan is not looking for conventional solutions. It’s pressing forward in its own, uniquely Japanese way. The world’s third largest economy is looking to buttress its diminishing human population with a growing population of robots.

Japan’s robot revolution will be explored during “CBSN: On Assignment” – a new primetime documentary series which premiers Monday, July 31, 2017, (10 p.m. ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBSN, the network’s 24/7 streaming news service.

Japan is in crisis because humans aren’t having enough babies. The country has one of the world’s lowest birthrates. Coupled with a strict immigration policy, the nation’s numbers are on the decline, and they’re about to reach freefall.

Enter Japan’s robots. In a laboratory in Japan, roboticists are working on perfecting highly realistic humanoids who look, and in some cases, fidget and move, just like humans. They will one day walk amongst us.

“Sometimes we’ll run her in a way that she’s purely learning and she’s imitating people or she’s learning from data and when she does that it’s really hard to know what she’s gonna do next. Somehow she seems more alive that way,” says one robotics researcher at the University of Osaka, home to the world’s most advanced humanoids. Continue reading this article

Pew Puff Poll Punts on Polygamy (and Sharia)

The Pew pollsters published a major survey on Islam in the US on July 26 titled U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream.

It portrays Muslims residing in the US as concerned about terror and extremism in their religion, while feeling not entirely accepted in American society. The first graph in the paper reflected their feeling of non-acceptance:

So according to Pew, Americans are suspicious for some reason and Muslims are long-suffering victims. It’s a wonder so many immigrate here — in fact, 58 percent of US-residing adults are foreign born.

But instead of inquiring into thorny subjects of belief and behavior, Pew created a polling puff piece, an embarrassingly unserious excuse for an investigation. For example in the section about identity, one headline read, “In their personal lives, Muslims prize being good parents – much like other Americans.”

Mom and apple felafel, anyone?

The printable PDF version of the report runs to more than 150 pages, but a search found exactly Zero mentions of “sharia” or “polygamy” — topics which reveal a lot about whether Muslims are assimilating to American and western values.

By comparison, two years ago a different polling company did ask probing question about difficult topics like sharia, and the results were quite revealing. I wrote about it in a blog, Poll of Muslims Residing in America: Yes to Sharia, No to Assimilation.

Interestingly, over half of Muslims in America found Islamic sharia law to be agreeable in the poll, which was commissioned by the Center for Security Policy.

Violence against infidels can be justified for Islam, said some poll responders.

Both of the images come from a segment of the Bill O’Reilly show where the poll was discussed:

Machines Compete in Amazon Robotic Challenge 

The latest Amazon Robotic Challenge took place over July 27-30 in Nagoya Japan, hosting a competition to develop a grasping machine that can pack boxes for shipment in the company’s warehouses. Or as ZeroHedge put it so clearly: Amazon Hosts Robotics Competition To Figure Out How To Replace 230,000 Warehouse Workers.

Amazon warehouses depend on the little orange robots to bring racks of merchandise to human pickers who pack the boxes with the customers’ orders.

The contest used to be called the Amazon Picking Challenge, but the big management brains may have thought it was time for a classier name. I see the earlier Url for the event, AmazonPickingChallenge.org has been transformed into AmazonRobotics.com.

“Picking” is the term for pulling items from the warehouse inventory to be packed into boxes for customers’ orders. But as the video below shows, packing may be the harder challenge. The robot sucks up objects well enough and then drops them into a large box, with no attempt to use space efficiently. Amazon may have to order a lot of extra large boxes if this sort of machine is adopted.

I’ve blogged about this competition over the last three years and can report no stunning breakthroughs. For example, the robots in the video following aren’t able to pick up the objects on every try:

Below is the winner, from Australia, Robot Vision’s Cartman, that does the basic grab-and-drop pretty well, but no human pickers need to be worried about their jobs just yet.

The upshot is the amazing dexterity of the human hand coupled with our brains is very hard to recreate in a machine. However, the machines are going gangbusters in many other areas of work, from farms to factories, so the fact remains that America should seriously reduce the number of immigrant workers imported by the government. We have plenty of them already.

Amazon’s New Robo-Picker Champion Is Proudly Inhuman, MIT Technology Review, July 31, 2017

It only needs to see seven images of a new object before it can reliably spot and grab it.

A robot that owes rather a lot to an annoying arcade game has captured victory in Amazon’s annual Robotics Challenge.

E-commerce companies like Amazon and Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer, currently boast some of the most heavily automated warehouses in the world. But items for customers’ orders aren’t picked by robots, because machines cannot yet reliably grasp a wide range of different objects.

That’s why Amazon gathers together researchers each year to test out machines that pick and stow objects. It’s a tough job, but one that could ultimately help the company to fully automate its warehouses. This year the task was made even harder than usual: teams had only 30 minutes for their robots to familiarize themselves with the objects before trying to pick them out of a jumble of items. That, says Amazon, is supposed to better simulate warehouse conditions, where new stock is arriving all the time and pallets may not be neatly organized.

The winner, a robot called Cartman, was built by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. Unlike many competitors, which used robot arms to carry out the tasks, Cartman is distinctly inhuman, with its grippers moving in 3-D along straight lines like an arcade claw crane. But it works far, far better. According to Anton Milan, one of Cartman’s creators, the device’s computer-vision systems were crucial to the victory. “One feature of our system was that it worked off a very small amount of hand annotated training data,” he explained to TechAU. “We only needed just seven images of each unseen item for us to be able to detect them.”

That kind of fast learning is a huge area of research for machine learning experts. Last year, DeepMind showed off a so-called “one-shot” learning system, that can identify objects in a image after having only seen them once before. But the need to identify objects that are obscured by other items and pick them up means that Cartman needs a little more data than that.

(Read more: TechAU, “Robot, Get the Fork Out of My Sink,” “Machines Can Now Recognize Something After Seeing It Once,” “Inside Amazon”)

California: Refugees Supply Cheap Labor for Meatpacking Industry

Monday’s front-pager for the Los Angeles Times is a reminder that refugees are just another variety of cheap-labor immigrants.

Meatpacking plants used to be a big magnet for illegal alien labor which was convenient for the industry, and the business recruited openly in Mexico. But in 2006, the government raided six Swift plants and carted off around 1300 unlawful workers, so management looked for a different source of cheap labor instead of offering better wages to attract citizens. Refugees were one answer.

But there are caveats. The industry is very interested in automation technology that will end the struggles of labor acquisition. As a result, many of the unskilled refugees are likely to be unemployed in a few years, requiring even more taxpayer assistance.

Below, a diagram of a robotic chicken butcher shows the sort of technology the meatpacking industry wants to adapt.

Also, the story notes that the refugees are from Muslim nations, and while Taiseer and the others profiled sound like upstanding fellows, the second generation is where the trouble often starts among Muslim immigrants. Second gens may have identity problems, feeling they are neither entirely American nor the parents’ tribe either. As a consequence, the strong message of jihad and sharia can sound like the answer to a young person’s confusion.

The most prudent policy would be to admit NO Muslims as immigrants at all. Public safety should come first.

In California’s poultry plants, refugees from war fill labor vacuum, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2017

Taiseer Al Souki spends most days on his feet at a Foster Farms poultry plant, hefting table-sized plastic brown boxes and feeding them into a machine that cleans them.

He plugs his ears to soften the deafening clang of heavy machinery as he cycles through the same motion for hours on end.

At night, after slumping to sleep in exhaustion, the 44-year-old Syrian refugee dreams that he’s at the plant, still hoisting box after box filled with chicken destined for dinner tables across America.

Al Souki does not complain. He fled war-torn Syria and worked backbreaking 12-hour shifts in his home country and Jordan before making his way to the United States. He is grateful for the $10.50 an hour he collects at the poultry plant.

“I like work. I need work,” he said in the smattering of English he has picked up. “Without work, not a man.” [. . .]

The meatpacking industry has become so reliant on refugees that the North American Meat Institute, an industry lobby group, released a statement stating their concerns after President Trump issued an executive action restricting citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries and all refugees from entry into the United States.

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Portland: 20-Times-Deported Criminal Is Finally under Arrest

The latest illegal alien horror is one of a series of preventable crimes in sanctuary cities that liberal communities allow to happen because they would rather protect law-breaking foreigners than innocent American citizens. Such is the twisted virtue of liberals.

Jesse Watters gave a brief rundown of the crime details from Portland:

JESSE WATTERS: The vicious consequences of illegal immigration — that is the subject of tonight’s Watters’ Word. Viewer warning: what I’m about to tell you is highly disturbing and will make you angry. Thirty-one-year-old Mexican national Sergio Jose Martinez has been on a path of destruction in Portland, Oregon, a notorious sanctuary city.

Martinez has been arrested 13 times since 2008 in Oregon alone. His rap sheet includes car theft, hit-and-run, criminal trespassing, meth possession, reckless endangerment, burglary and shoplifting. He has criminal convictions in California too, including burglary, battery, theft and obstructing a police officer. The man is described as a transient with a daily meth habit. He has been deported — you ready? — 20 times with at least five probation violations from re-entering.

Despite a rap sheet this troubling, Martinez was still waltzing around Northeast Portland on July 24th. This is when his latest crime spree began. Here are the sickening allegations: Martinez, armed with a knife, entered a woman’s home through an open window, used scarves and socks to blindfold her, gag her and tie her up before sexually assaulting her, punching her and slamming her head into the wood floor.

Martinez then stole her car in search of a new victim. Then he waited in a dark corner of a parking garage as a woman approached. He threatened to kill her and forced her into her car at knifepoint. The woman tried to escape, but he tackled her and slammed her head into the ground. Once she screamed, Martinez ran, and was caught by police, carrying a knife and stolen items from both victims.

Martinez was high on meth at the time of the attacks he’s been charged with 13 felonies including burglary, sodomy, sexual abuse, robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He remains in jail with bail set at more than two million dollars.

An ICE spokesman says that he is quote looking into Martinez’s cases, which tells me that Portland police haven’t even been talking to ICE. The Multnomah County Sheriff says the county is “. . .not responsible for enforcing federal immigration policy…. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office does not hold persons in jail based upon their immigration status.”

So apparently authorities in Portland Oregon and Multnomah county have no problem protecting monsters like this. The sheriff and the Portland mayor should explain to the victims faces why Martinez was roaming the streets. This is exactly why sanctuary city should be defunded and Kate’s Law should be the law of the land.

The Daily Mail has a thorough report on the crime (Illegal Mexican immigrant, 31, who was deported TWENTY times ‘rapes woman, 65, at knife-point’ just months after Portland released him from jail under ‘sanctuary’ policy) that helpfully included a photo of the victim’s street:

Even living on a pleasant, tree-lined street is no guarantee of safety in sanctuary city Portland, where serial foreign criminals are allowed to run free.

Finally, here’s the accused Mexican, Sergio Jose Martinez — can we get a real prosecutor for this case in Portland??

African Overpopulation Is Revealed in Conflict over Resources

Sunday’s front page on the New York Times features an important story that looks at the perilous situation in Africa, where overpopulation’s effects are being seen in local warfare over food resources, particularly land. The farmland is becoming depleted, while a skyrocketing number of people fight over what’s available for use.

The story focuses locally on Kenya which has many of the same problems as large areas of Africa — overgrazing and overfarming caused by the growing number of hungry people lead to conflict. The drought now occurring eastern Africa accelerates the process of desertification, further reducing the available land.

The article does not mention the number of Africans who are pushed by difficult circumstances to head north to Europe, as many already have. And they come from throughout the continent.

Africa’s population growth guarantees that huge numbers of illegal migrants will continue flooding into Europe. The possibility of four billion Africans by 2100 should focus Europe on defense now before it is completely overrun.

Disappearance of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ in Africa, By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, New York Times, July 30, 2017

LAIKIPIA, Kenya — The two elders, wearing weather-beaten cowboy hats with the strings cinched under their chins, stood at the edge of an empty farm, covering their mouths in disbelief.

Their homes — neat wooden cabins — had been smashed open. All their cattle had been stolen. So had their chickens. House after house stood vacant, without another soul around. It was as if some huge force had barreled into the village and swept away all the life.

Sioyia Lesinko Lekisio, one of the elders, had no doubts who did this. Swarms of herders from another county had invaded, attacking any farm or cattle ranch in their path, big or small, stealing livestock, ransacking homes and shooting people with high-powered assault rifles.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” he said. “They want our land.”

Kenya has a land problem. Africa itself has a land problem. The continent seems so vast and the land so open. The awesome sense of space is an inextricable part of the beauty here — the unadulter- ated vistas, the endless land. But in a way, that is an illusion.

Population swells, climate change, soil degradation, erosion, poaching, global food prices and even the benefits of affluence are exerting incredible pressure on African land. They are fueling conflicts across the continent, from Nigeria in the west to Kenya in the east — including here in Laikipia, a wildlife haven and one of Kenya’s most beautiful areas.

Large groups of people are on the move, desperate for usable land. Data from NASA satellites reveals an overwhelming degradation of agricultural land throughout Africa, with one recent study showing that more than 40 million Africans are trying to survive off land whose agricultural potential is declining.

At the same time, high birthrates and lengthening life spans mean that by the end of this century, there could be as many as four billion people on the continent, about 10 times the population 40 years ago.

It is a two-headed problem, scientists and activists say, and it could be one of the gravest challenges Africa faces: The quality of farmland in many areas is getting worse, and the number of people squeezed onto that land is rising fast.

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Iranian Expat Observes That Germany Is Becoming Islamized

In the video below, an Iranian woman tells how she is afraid that her new country is becoming very much like the one she escaped. She asks whether the old refugees are no longer good enough and must be traded in for new ones.

When Merkel invited Syrian refugees to Germany, moochers from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe showed up looking for a handout.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open borders insanity is making Germany rather similar to the barbaric nations expats left looking for safety.

Dear Frau Merkel, I have questions, and I hope you have the answers to them. Many have warned that with Islam, terror will come to Germany, and that the people who come here, who are let into the country uncontrolled by you, will bring their wars from their home countries with them, and that they will in just as uncontrolled a way attack each other here in Germany as they do back home.

Today, on the 28th of July, 2017, again, an attack took place in Hamburg against innocent people, and again, the attacker yelled Allah Akhbar, god is great. Again, innocent people have died in the name of Allah, just as millions of people have died for 1,400 years.

Thirty-one years ago, I fled from exactly these people and came to Germany. Therefore, when I say that I see my persecutors on the streets, that is not a joke. It is a fact. As a small child I experienced the revolution in Iran; I experienced the war; I saw seen things on the streets that no child should see. Continue reading this article

‘Oakland Man’ Planned Bay Area Conflagration and Mass Murder Jihad

You’ve probably heard the jihad joke, “They blow up so fast.”

Today’s example is a young man born in Lodi and a graduate of Berkeley High School who was planning a major jihad attack in the Bay Area. Remember that Lodi has a history — it was home to a jihadist family with the principal perp, Hamid Hayat, eventually sentenced to 24 years in prison. Joe Guzzardi was writing about his home town’s jihadist diversity back in 2005: Home, Sweet, Home: Is Lodi, California A Terrorist Hot Bed?.

So we’re getting more of the dangerous second generation of muslim immigrants — born here citizens, but loyal to Islam above all. The 22-year-old Amer Sinan Alhaggagi hoped to kill 10,000 people in the Bay Area through fire and bombs according to the precepts of his religion.

Funny there hasn’t been more news coverage of this case — after all, the accused is just an “Oakland man.”

I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: Oakland man allegedly planned Bay Area terror attacks, ABC 7 News, July 24, 2017

The I-Team has uncovered new information on the terror case against a West Oakland man. Prosecutors say he was willing to die in a suicide bombing here, but that he was planning a series of attacks. It’s a story you’ll only see on ABC7.

Investigators say a West Oakland man told an undercover agent he wanted to “redefine terror” and kill 10,000 people in support of the terror group ISIS.

VIDEO: Stunning testimony from Amer Alhaggagi detention hearing

The ABC7 I-Team obtained a recording of Amer Alhaggagi’s detention hearing from December. Here are some of the most explosive accusations.

In an exclusive interview with the head of the San Francisco FBI and from federal court recordings obtained by the ABC7 I-Team, new details are emerging in the government’s terror case against Amer Sinan Alhaggagi.

Alhaggagi was arrested back in November 2016 on aggravated identity theft charges. But when he went to court a month later, his defense attorney asked for his release on bond in an unusual hearing closed to the public for a case that was ordered sealed by a federal judge. We obtained an audio recording of that detention hearing.

His defense attorney told the court the defendant was in many ways a typical American youth who might need counseling. He asked the judge to fashion a bond arrangement that would have Alhaggagi freed with electronic monitoring.

But a federal prosecutor revealed details of another case, one Alhaggagi had not been charged in, and convinced Federal Magistrate Kandis Westmore to order the defendant be held in custody.

RELATEDOakland man indicted on terrorism charges after allegedly promoting ISIS rhetoric online

On Monday, FBI Special Agent in Charge John Bennett emphatically reiterated the government’s position in an exclusive interview, telling ABC7’s Dan Noyes, “This was a case of grave importance for us. This was a clear and present danger for public safety here in the Bay Area.” Continue reading this article

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