Here’s some diversity propaganda from the Murdock network to spread the gospel of bilingualism, only now it’s called Dual Language Learning. The idea is that young children are immersed in learning two languages (rather than concentrating on English) and they soak up both easily because young brains function that way. One sees many hispanic faces in news photos of the little students, so it may be a cheap and easy way for immigrant parents to keep their culture alive rather than go for full-tilt assimilation.
It’s a loser strategy for American kids. English has a huge vocabulary and wasting time learning Spanish (a popular second language) means less time to practice their English, a language capable of great precision and expression because of its complexity and multiple linguistic roots.
One approach to dual language learning is to alternate the what is spoken every other day.
Bilingual enthusiasts have claimed for years that learning two languages makes the kiddies smarter — or at least that they score better on standardized tests. There is never a comparison with the advantage of say, studying chess strategy or computer coding. Certainly it’s always better to keep the mind active with stimulating pursuits rather than use it merely as a passive entertainment receptacle. But bilingualists never analyze whether learning a spare language really does something special to the brain that other challenging studies do not.
So you have to conclude that bilingualism remains a political project to increase diversity and decrease the social unifier of having one language in America.
ARTHEL NEVILLE: Several states across the country are stepping up their schools dual language programs, this after a recent study found that students enrolled in these programs perform better than their peers on state testing. Bryan Llenas is here and he’s live in our newsroom to tell us more about these programs.
BRYAN LLENAS: What was once hundreds of kids just a year ago is now thousands learning a language other than their own. That’s what educators say about a trend in schools across the nation giving the next generation a competitive edge on the global stage before they’re even out of the sandbox. Dual language learning programs teach elementary through high school kids all the standard subjects but do so immersed in a second language. The goal: having students fluent in two languages before they don a cap and gown.
PARENT STACEY HALLMARK: In the future, in the job market, like being, that’s it’s a huge benefit, right? Opens up more doors, and I think it’s a good opportunity for them to just be exposed to other cultures and understand that there’s more than what they see in their neighborhood.
LLENAS: New York City now has 182 dual language programs in its schools, 39 new or expanded this school year, 28,000 grade schoolers in Utah and 10% of all K -12 students in Portland Oregon are enrolled. Students at Los Puentes Elementary in Manhattan change the language they speak every other day. Mondays they’ll be learning their ABCs in English, Tuesdays in Spanish, the lessons in the subjects though stay the same. Now according to a federally funded randomized study by the think tank the Rand Corporation which found students who enter immersion programs in kindergarten exceeded reading by the fifth grade and do at least as well as their peers in math and science.
The Washington Post brings us a man-bites-dog story about “refugees” who return to their homes in the Middle East because Europe made it too hard to get free stuff. The Post’s main subject, 25-year-old Iraqi Faisal Uday Faisal, had job skills that included making tea and sweeping in a government office, so he was not a hot prospect for European employers. His dreams of a “beautiful life” were crushed by reality, such as the free food being inadequate to his high standards.
Legal adult Faisal Faisal, below, missed Mom’s home cooking back in Iraq.
Was this article supposed to be a distraction from the one million plus illegal aliens arriving in Europe in 2015? — as in See, they’re not all staying? The piece did mention the tiny numbers of actual returners — 35,000 out of more than a million, although that fact was buried in a middle paragraph.
At least Faisal Faisal was a decent example of avaricious Middle Easterners looking for a deluxe handout in Europe, so perhaps attentive readers would understand that some (many!) of the swarming newbies are economic opportunists rather than actual war refugees (although there are some of those).
BAGHDAD — At 25, Faisal Uday Faisal had high expectations when he packed his bags for Europe in September.
After quitting his job making tea and cleaning for the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, he set off to Turkey to join more than a million refugees and migrants who have made their way to the continent in the past year.
“My dream since I was a child was to go to Europe,” he said. “I was imagining a beautiful life, a secure life, with an apartment and a salary.”
But despite a grueling month-long journey to Sweden, he came back home – one of a surging number of returnees, Iraqi and international authorities say. The International Organization for Migration says it helped 779 Iraqis come back from Europe voluntarily in November, more than double the previous month, and those figures don’t include people such as Faisal, who returned on his own.
Some have chosen to leave because they were confused about the asylum process, disillusioned with the lack of opportunities or homesick, while others were forced to go when their asylum claims were rejected.
“It was a boring life there, their food even a cat wouldn’t eat it,” Faisal said of his two months in an asylum center near the Swedish city of Malmo. “I went to Europe and discovered Europe is just an idea. Really, it’s just like Bab al-Sharji,” he said, referring to a Baghdad market neighborhood.
While some who come back of their own volition may not have been fleeing danger in the first place, aid agencies warn that legitimate asylum seekers are also being discouraged as Europe becomes less welcoming to newcomers and tries to tighten its borders. Finland and Belgium are among the countries that have warned arrivals from Baghdad that they won’t automatically receive asylum.
Faisal concedes that he left for economic reasons, the kind of asylum applicant European authorities are trying to sift out from those fleeing violence. He said he decided to “arrange a story” about being threatened by Iraqi militias. “If I was in danger, I wouldn’t have come back,” he said. Continue reading this article
These days, it’s hard to keep up with all the creative ways that Washington is working to harm American citizens. In the immigration arena particularly, American interests of national security and citizen employment are being constantly pummeled by open borders and an anti-sovereignty attitude.
One sneaker item was quietly inserted by DHS just before New Years, that foreigners on temporary work visas wouldn’t actually have to leave when their time was up. How convenient for them.
The issue was discussed Saturday morning on Fox News and edged into the topic of national security as well.
MOLLY LINE: A New Year’s gift — the Department of Homeland Security rolled out a plan letting foreign workers in the country on work visas stay indefinitely even after their visas run out. This is the same Department of Homeland Security of course that admits it doesn’t know how many foreign workers actually overstay their visas every year.
TUCKER CARLSON: For more on this is the executive vice president of the Center for Security Policy, Jim Hanson. Jim thanks for joining us. I want to ask you about security in just a sec, but first to the employment part of this. You’ve got workforce participation rates at their lowest level in 40 years. Wages haven’t risen for most workers in this country in over a decade. How will this help American workers with their wages and employment opportunities?
JIM HANSON: Tucker, its gonna un-help American workers with their wages and employment opportunities. If a company has a choice between hiring a foreign worker, who they can dangle the lure of citizenship over and negotiate a cheaper wage, versus an American who’s already got citizenship and doesn’t need that, they’re gonna go with the foreign worker, and they are in large numbers. The Obama administration is just helping them with that.
LINE: And Jim, are the foreign workers actually working for less, so does that give an incentive in their direction?
HANSON: Absolutely, and that’s the advantage to business, that’s why the Chamber of Commerce and a lot of other groups support that type of immigration. The problem is it’s just another example of the Obama administration stopping any legitimate controls on immigration and migration into this country. Continue reading this article
National Public Radio reports that a major meat processor is considering the addition of robotic machines to its production plants. The machines continue to get smarter and are likely to become equipped with sensing technology before too long that allows them to feel where bones are, a vital skill in butchering a carcass. The improving technology means a quarter million meatpacking jobs may eventually disappear.
Meat processing is one of the few jobs that cannot be outsourced and is therefore a popular occupation for unskilled, sometimes illegal immigrants, from Mexicans to Somalis. But they are about to be made obsolete by smart machines, just like many American workers.
A few decades back, meatpacking was a good blue-collar job that could support a family. In 1990, a documentary titled American Dream (Watch) won an Oscar for showing the struggle of workers to keep their highly valued jobs. Later the companies brought in cheap foreign workers and wages have been low ever since.
At one point in the NPR discussion, an expert mentions that “Workers are really cheaper than machines.” When meat-processing robots become affordable, as they surely will, then the humans will be gone in a heartbeat.
Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables.But some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. The world’s largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.
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About a quarter of a million people work in slaughterhouses to prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up in America’s dinner tables. Some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports the world largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.
LUKE RUNYON, BYLINE: We’re walking through a meat-cutting line and through JBS here in Greeley, Colo. There are workers in white frocks and white hats using hooks and knives to trim up some of the meat and get rid of the fat.
BILL DANLEY: There’s right now 850 people right out in this building alone. We’re go down through some of the tables. We won’t go in between them, but you’ll get a good view of what we do out here on the floor. Continue reading this article
There was an extra benefit to France having more police on the streets on high terror alert for New Years: less automotive arson occurred. “Only” 804 vehicles were burned, 14.5 percent fewer than the 940 cars destroyed last year.
A slightly lowered total of car destructions counts as an improvement in Islamified France.
No Muslims, no jihad. Simple. Islam cannot be reformed. It can only be quarantined.
A Reuters video reports “more than a dozen armed tactical response teams have been posted along the route, surveillance cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs and radiation-detection equipment have been brought in” and that the security costs alone will exceed $1 million:
The Rose Parade got underway Friday amid tightened security and in the shadow of a terrorist attack less than a month ago that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.
Law enforcement officials increased security for this year’s parade but stressed there was no specific threat against the event.
“We do have strong visible presence. There is plenty of security,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez on Friday morning. “We have state, federal and local officers all along the route. There are bomb-sniffing canines, rapid response teams and other less visible resources ready for anything.”
Some parade-goers said the extra measures made a difference to them.
As Sanchez spoke a federal agent stood near a stand with a bomb-sniffing dog.
“It is nice to see the dogs,” said Tom Kotter with his wife, Margie, from Cincinnati, who were attending their first parade. “It is reassuring. Obviously security is tight. How far is San Bernardino, like 50 miles?”
Remember, before Muslim immigration, the only drawbacks to a New York New Years Eve were cold weather and crowds. Now America has to deal with immigrants who want to murder us all and institute a totalitarian world caliphate.
Plus, the security measures in New York’s Times Square don’t sound like an evening of fun: no backpacks, no alcohol and no bathrooms inside the security corral. A long freezing night without a bottle of Jack to warm the soul? The extreme safety measures are more examples of how immigration of unfriendlies means less freedom.
Below, New York’s Times Square will have 6,000 city police to help celebrants avoid Muslim diversity.
This extra policing must cost taxpayers a bloody fortune, but media reports normally omit that detail, perhaps so citizens won’t reflect on the expense of unwise immigration.
Authorities are stepping up security for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the U.S. as revelers prepare to welcome 2016 amid widespread nervousness after recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
In America’s two largest cities, officials assured the public Wednesday that there were no known credible threats against either New York or Los Angeles ahead of three of the most famous New Year’s events on the calendar.
“Leave the worrying to the NYPD,” said James O’Neill, chief of the department. “People should feel safest this New Year’s Eve because we’re there.”
About 1 million people are expected to pack the blocks around Times Square Thursday night to watch the 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball drop, marking the official start of 2016. Continue reading this article
In September, two illegal alien Pakistan residents known to have terror associations were snagged by authorities near San Diego, a fact just being reported now.
It’s not exactly news that foreigners from unfriendly nations (AKA Special Interest Aliens) cross Obama’s welcoming border, but these recent characters have a rap sheet which makes them different. Still, the security threat is huge because of the administration’s willingness to swap safety for future Democrat voters. Earlier this month, several Middle Eastern men were arrested south of Tucson, and two of the group had stainless steel cylinders in their backpacks.
In November, Sharyl Attkisson reported Syrians, Afghanis and Pakistanis were caught crossing the border illegally. Unless foreigners have a pre-existing record, they are given a court date to appear and released. A frustrated Border Patrol agent complained, “The truth is, anyone can get into this country and stay. It’s not possible that we don’t have any ISIS sympathizers here. It’s just too easy for them to get here.”
When the U.S. Border Patrol nabbed two Pakistani men with ties to terrorism at the U.S.-Mexico border in September, it marked just the latest instance of illegal immigrants from so-called “special interest countries” using the southern border as a point of entry into the country.
Muhammad Azeem and Mukhtar Ahmad, both in their 20s and from Gujrat, were caught Sept. 20 by agents south of San Diego and just over the international border from Tijuana. When agents checked their identities through databases, they got hits on both of them: Mr. Ahmad popped up as an associate of a known or suspected terrorist, while Mr. Azeem’s information had been shared by a foreign government for intelligence purposes.
Both men had been processed two months earlier by immigration officials in Panama, suggesting they took advantage of smuggling networks or other routes increasingly used by Central American illegal immigrants to sneak into the U.S.
It comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are increasingly worried about potential terrorists gaining entry to the U.S. through the border with Mexico or taking advantage of lax screening elsewhere in the immigration system.
“The southern land border remains vulnerable to intrusion and exists as a point of extreme vulnerability,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last week demanding to know how many people in the FBI’s terrorist screening database have been caught at the border. Continue reading this article
Germany’s federal states are planning to spend around 17 billion euros (12.6 billion pounds) on dealing with the refugee crisis in 2016, the newspaper Die Welt said on Tuesday, citing a survey it conducted among their finance ministries.
The sum, bigger than the 15.3 billion euros that the central government planned to allocate to its education and research ministry in 2015, is a measure of the strain that the influx is causing across the country as a whole.
The Association of German Cities called for a large-scale home building programme for refugees many of whom have been sleeping in school gymnasiums, office blocks and tents.
Germany is the favoured destination for many of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, partly due to the generous benefits that it offers.
The German states have repeatedly complained that they are struggling to cope, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy has caused tensions within her conservative camp.
Die Welt said that excluding the small city state of Bremen, which did not provide any details, current plans suggested the states’ combined expenditure would be 16.5 billion euros.
The paper said actual costs would probably be even higher because the regional finance ministries had based their budgets on an estimate from the federal government that 800,000 refugees would come to Germany in 2015. In fact, 965,000 asylum seekers had already arrived by the end of November. Continue reading this article
A lot of Christmas trees probably had Lego presents under them a few days back, but it was not Santa’s elves who produced the popular building blocks.
In fact, neither elves nor humans have much to do with the production of Lego stuff nowadays, because the automation force is strong in this company.
A recent Daily Mail story (Inside the ‘top secret’ Lego factory in Denmark, Dec 26) featured the new toys made for the Star Wars movie and mentioned in passing that the company employs more than 200 designers, but the manufacturing plants are “manned by robots but supervised by two people.”
Below is the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark, where one human worker is visible.
Okay, back to the Lego factory, where even the cheerful narrator notices the lack of human workers:
In this hall, there’s over a thousand machines making the bricks 24 hours a day but there’s not a single person in sight.The machines melt the granules at 232 degrees Celsius, shake them, cool them down and then spit them out into the containers below, all in under 10 seconds. This rapid process helps Lego to make 1.7 million bricks every hour. That adds up to an enormous 15 billion a year. The factory is almost completely automated: when a container is full, a robotic car collects it and takes it to the storage hall. In the vast hall another automated system takes each crate to its specified shelf.
Below, an aerial photo of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. Those boxes that may appear tiny are large: they go straight from ships to the back of semi-trucks. (In later incarnations, some are cleverly turned into housing, as Popular Mechanics has detailed.)
The largest container ship to visit a North American port, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday morning, December 26th. The ship will leave for Oakland on Wednesday.
Here’s Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti crowing about what a big ship it is and how he saw “one crane operator who’s unloading about 40 boxes in an hour” — a speed made possible because of increased automation in ports these days, a job-killer fact the mayor didn’t mention:
Globalization has caused Americans to lose “six million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 factories” in the first decade of the 21st century as a result of government policies, according to Pat Buchanan.
So it’s pretty dense of politicians like Garcetti to praise an element of America’s economic downfall where millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost while just a couple hundred transportation positions result.
The largest container ship to ever dock in North America arrived at the Port of Los Angeles Saturday morning.
The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 1,306 feet, which is longer than the Empire State Building, and rises out of water nearly the size of a football field. Its width matches than of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, port officials said.
The French vessel can transport 18,000 containers, which is a third more cargo than most ships at the port. It’s even too big to pass through the Panama Canal.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke at the arrival.
“This ship is called the Benjamin Franklin because it embodies the relationship that has existed between our nation and France…,” said Garcetti. “Here we have this great French ambassador visiting America and repaying the favor.”
The ship was expected to be unloaded at the port over the next four days.
It was scheduled to return to Southern California, docking at the Port of Long Beach sometime in early 2016.
Czech President Milos Zeman delivered a Christmas address to his fellow citizens recently that addressed their concerns about events. Unlike the European leaders whose minds have been turned to mush by the false ideology of multiculturalism, Zeman still grasps the concepts of Enemy and National Security. Even though political correctness has sought to pretty up human nature by limiting speech, the old animosities remain in place. He doesn’t accept the narrative of fleeing refugees because so many are healthy young men.
Zeman says his country is to be run for the benefit of its citizens, not to be a social services center for invasive illegal aliens.
Christmas Message from the President of the Republic, Miloš Zeman, 2015
And so, in foreign relations, there is just one dark stain: that is the migrant wave. These politicians, who close their eyes to the fact that this migration wave has still not yet spilled over [into Czechia], [who say] that there is nothing to fear, are just a bit reminiscent of one mayor of Prague. This mayor, at the time of floods, stood on the bridge, and said: the situation is more than excellent [safe]. And two hours later the water had flooded the Prague metro.
Sometimes I feel like Cassandra, who gave a warning before the Trojan Horse was dragged into the city, but I am deeply convinced that what we are facing is an organized invasion, and not the spontaneous movement of migrants.
Those who are standing up for migrants speak of empathy and solidarity. Empathy, if possible, with the old, the infirm and primarily with children.
But the vast majority of illegal migrants are young able-boded men without families. And I ask: why do these men not take up arms and fight for the freedom of their own country against the Islamic State? Continue reading this article
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