It’s hard to figure exactly how Europe became so dangerously insane. Certainly extreme liberalism has created a cascade of bad ideas, like all diversity is wonderful and mistrust of Islam is evil racism (even though a person of any race can be a Muslim).
BRUSSELS — We now know that there has been a cover-up by governments and the media in Western Europe about the potential danger of immigration from the Islamic world. It was a conspiracy involving politicians, police officials, and journalists.
The European public was programmed by a relentless media campaign to believe immigration was good; criticism of immigration was racist.
Six months before the deadly Islamic terror attacks in Belgium, left-wing demonstrators were playing dead in the streets of Brussels, protesting for more immigration from the Middle East and against stronger borders in Europe — stronger borders that might have saved the lives of 34 people killed in Brussels last month.
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The Left’s mantra has been “no walls, no borders.” But many Europeans now realize they were sold a bill of goods about open borders and immigration by the political and media class.
Voices who warned about the threat from open immigration were either branded racist or simply ignored. Belgian Jewish leader Joël Rubinfeld warned CBN News a year and a half ago that the Belgian government was too soft on Muslim extremists, and that more attacks were coming.
“We say you need a very long fork to eat with the devil. I think there is no fork long enough to eat with Islamism,” he said.
And the multicultural charade has now clearly crumbled — in Germany when the city of Cologne was caught trying to cover-up massive New Year’s sex attacks, in Sweden where the public learned that the police and media covered up large scale sexual assaults at a summer music festival in Stockholm last year, and in Brussels, which became a home to some of the most dangerous terrorists in Europe.
In cities across Western Europe, women are now afraid to walk alone at night on the street. Muslims make up almost half of Belgium’s prison population, and Jews everywhere live in fear of anti-Semitic attacks.
This didn’t just happen, but in many cases the information has been suppressed.
Sweden has been notorious for censoring the problems of immigration. Newspapers obscured the faces and changed the skin tone of crime suspects with immigrant backgrounds, while showing their faces as if they were white native Swedes. Continue reading this article
Plus, the governor must be aware that the machines are coming, and when costs of human workers increase then the economics of replacing them are unavoidable. The $15 demanders are literally hastening their own unemployment. Some will survive the cuts, but fewer will have jobs.
Much of the $15 dollar activism has been centered around fast food, where basic automation is already making inroads.
Now that a steep rise in labor costs is the law in California, automation developers are rubbing their robot hands in glee.
The article below from Silicon Valley region also observes the other industries that are moving away from human workers, and there are many as machines become more capable of replacing millions of human workers. One business sector mentioned is agriculture. So there is no more need to import immigrant field pickers of varying legality — right? Any mention of that by-product of technology is missing.
Automation makes immigration obsolete — something neither the press nor the national government has yet noticed.
The state’s new minimum wage law, signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, is expected to give a boost to Silicon Valley’s burgeoning robot and automation industry as businesses seek to replace increasingly expensive workers.
With wages rising and technology advancing and becoming cheaper, agriculture, restaurants and hotels are expected to turn more to automation. It’s an unintended consequence of a law designed to improve the lives of lower-paid workers struggling in pricey California.
“The higher the compensation, the greater the incentive to replace labor with capital. The other thing to figure in here is the declining cost of automation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank. “Likely there will be some greater demand for automation, but meanwhile, others will likely find other solutions using the people they have.”
The law raises the minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour through 2022.
“Clearly, a large enough minimum wage is good for our business,” said Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke, a Santa Clara company whose Relay service robots deliver items to guests in six Bay Area hotels, including the Holiday Inn Express in Redwood City and the Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale. “Delivery’s the obvious low-hanging fruit, but there’s a lot of possibilities — staging things, or observing things or even just answering questions, as in a mobile kiosk.”
At E la Carte, a Redwood City company started by Lyft ride-booking co-founder Rajat Suri, calls from potential customers of E la Carte’s automated restaurant ordering and payment system began increasing after last week’s wage-hike announcement. “There was demand before but now it’s gone up even higher,” said Suri, an MIT dropout who spent time as a waiter. “Back in the day, restaurants would just have to absorb higher minimum wages. Now they actually have the tools, like ours, to find ways around it.”
News of the wage increase also generated calls to Blue River Technology of Sunnyvale. The firm makes the Lettuce Bot, an automated lettuce-thinning machine that’s operating in the Salinas, Central, and Imperial valleys, as well as in Yuma, Arizona. “Rising wages make automation more palatable, make more sense,” said Blue River vice president of business development Ben Chostner. Continue reading this article
While our hidebound representatives in Washington DC continue to ignore the technological revolution increasing in the nation’s workplaces, the political leaders in Tennessee are stepping up. The state government recognized the problem, studied it and finally created a policy response in the form of an educational program. The nation’s leaders should do half as well.
Below, robots build cars, a job that once provided employment for many thousands of American workers.
First, the bad news: 1.4 million Tennessee jobs, or around half of existing employment, are predicted to be lost to advancing juggernaut of robots, automation and software in the near future. That conclusion was published in the Tennessee Workforce Disruption Index, a project of a state economic research agency.
It’s good to see a state take the automation revolution seriously. In particular, Tennessee has set up its “Drive to 55” initiative which refers to the goal of raising the number of workers with post-secondary degrees from the current 37 percent to 55 percent by 2025.
So these technologies are coming after the skilled jobs, the good jobs, the jobs that college graduates might want to take and really kind of upends this conventional view that the solution to all of this is more education.
You know, the idea that if you lose your low skilled job then we’ll send you back to school and give you some more training so that you can move up the skills ladder. That’s looking like it may not work so well because the technology is also coming after those skilled jobs.
At least Tennessee is engaged and facing the future, which is more than you can say for Washington. That place still can’t find the OFF switch for immigration, even when it’s clear that importing more foreign workers is ill-advised given employment’s shrinking future. Enlarging the angry underclass of poor is unwise and can only lead to more misery.
Remember: Automation makes immigration obsolete.
Here’s a local report of Tennessee’s grappling with the automation behemoth:
About 50 percent of Tennessee jobs, some 1.4 million, could be replaced by robots, automation and advanced technology in the near future, according to a new study from the state’s economic development department.
That’s the crux of a new report by the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee, which explores the impact automation and technological disruption may have on the state’s workforce in the years ahead.
The study notes that 1.4 million workers have a high likelihood of being displaced by automation — a total that represents 37 percent of the wages among Tennessean workers. Continue reading this article
The energized discussion about who and how many should be allowed to live here has made this presidential campaign unique: verboten immigration topics have been exploding out of the national subconscious after decades of official disapproval. We can almost talk about keeping enemies outside the gate, even though admitting them is administration policy.
Given all the open-borders/rescue propaganda in the air, it is pretty remarkable that 60 percent of likely voters don’t want Syrians refugees in their state and 70 percent regard the resettlement project as a threat to national safety. Seeing Europe blow up with jihad attacks will have that effect on this side of the Atlantic, where Americans don’t want the same stupidly imported misery.
Support remains high and unchanged among Republicans for GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 23% are opposed, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The self-proclaimed Mayor of Realville has been painfully slow among radio conservative talkers to see the big picture of immigration’s threat to America. While an insightful commenter on some aspects of politics, he avoided the subject of foreign culture overload for far too long. One symptom was Limbaugh’s credulous crush on amnesty quisling Marco Rubio which suggested a curious sentimentality on the central issue. Plus, when he launched his series of books aimed at teaching kids about American history, he also published the books in Spanish — unclear on the subject of assimilation I would say.
So it’s noteworthy that on Friday’s program he examined a recent Pew paper and was more honest than he generally gets about immigration’s long-term weakening of the America’s culture of freedom. At the heart is the influx of left-leaning immigrants whose preference for big government with “a generous safety net” lasts through generations of residing in the United States, as shown by a graph from a 2012 Pew poll:
RUSH: Okay. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press put out this massive research product recently: “10 Demographic Trends That Are Shaping the US and the World,” and, if you go into reading these with any kind of a pessimistic attitude, you would be totally within your logical bounds to conclude that the country’s done, as you’ve known it.
There’s always gonna be an America. But it increasingly looks like it will be less and less like the America that was founded. There will always be a United States, we think. It starts out this way. “Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the US is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades. By 2055, the US will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. Much of this change has been (and will be) driven by immigration.”
Can I sum this up for you? What you’re gonna hear here, I’m gonna tell you why all of this happened. The Great Society of LBJ in 1964 coincides with Ted Kennedy demanding that immigration be reinstituted in 1965. And I am here to tell you that the problems we face today are the direct result of the Great Society being used to hide massive numbers of illegal immigration. The Great Society, of course, was founded with great compassion. It was founded, part of it, the War on Poverty. Part of it was to end the great disparities that existed economically from both groups of people, classes of people, what have you. Continue reading this article
In California, we have a spring ritual that has become increasingly important in recent years of worsening drought: the state’s top water watcher heads to a specified spot in the mountains where he sticks his long pole into the snow to estimate the amount of future runoff into streams and rivers.
Below left, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resource, measured snow depth and moisture content on March 30, 2016. The photo on the right shows the dismal sight of no snow to be measured during last year’s evaluation, reflective of the snowpack’s 500-year low in water content in 2015.
Around 80 percent of state water use goes for agriculture. But when drought comes, the government leans on citizen users to cut back severely. The state is partially arid and has way too many people for a region historically afflicted by drought — including mega-droughts occurring only a thousand years ago.
California is environmentally overpopulated with a population of more than 39 million, a sustainability problem exacerbated by continued growth fueled by unrestricted immigration of various legality. California should be the golden brown example that unlimited population growth as a strategy for easy economic expansion has serious underlying flaws
So Californians are still on water conservation — we have to save so Pedro in Los Angeles can wash his lowrider.
After years of drought and months of speculation about how much precipitation a strong El Niño weather pattern would bring, the results are in:
We’ve had a roughly average year.
On about this date last year, Gov. Jerry Brown stood in a dry field near Lake Tahoe and announced that he would require California’s urban water districts to cut use by 25 percent. Snowpack on that day was roughly 5 percent of normal.
On Wednesday, standing atop several feet of snow in the same spot, state officials announced that snow water content at the site is 97 percent of average. Sensors across the Sierra show statewide snow water content at 87 percent of average. Snowpack historically reaches its peak around April 1; the date serves as a benchmark when comparing one year’s snowfall to another. Continue reading this article
We can add this item to the file titled Expensive Diversity. Chancellor Merkel has welcomed hordes of Muslim rapefugees into Germany and Europe generally, and the rescue operation has not been a do-gooder success story. The predatory behavior of the Islam males has proved to be hugely problematic in European public spaces (such as the New Year’s Cologne mass sex attacks on German women) but also within foreigner centers which now require expensive remodeling to prevent assaults of feral Muslims on women and children. This is not how rescue is supposed to work.
The €200 million comes out to $227,740,000 so the cost of hardening refugee centers against internal attacks is a substantial amount.
Germany’s Ministry for Families is making up to €200 million available to fight sexual abuse of women and children in refugee homes.
The scheme is slated to start on April 1st and will provide funds to remodel refugee camps with protected spaces for women and children, the Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) said in a statement on Thursday. Continue reading this article
Donald Trump made his first big splash as a presidential candidate by speaking honestly about the crushing problems of immigration, particularly the illegal variety. His pledge to build a big border wall with Mexico paying for it is a hu-u-u-u-ge crowd pleaser during campaign speeches.
His attention to immigration issues convinced the National Border Patrol Council (a union with a membership of nearly 17,000) to recommend Trump for president. A March 30 Breitbart story includes the NBPC’s statement and an audio interview with BB Texas manager Brandon Darby: National Border Patrol Council Endorses Trump for President.
Brandon Judd appeared on Fox News Thursday morning to discuss his group’s endorsement, a step into politics the NBPC has never taken before:
DONALD TRUMP (campaign clips): I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall — mark my words. . . The Border Patrol’s invited me because it got to do they want to be able to do their job. . . We have thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants in our country not only taking jobs but many of them are causing problems beyond belief. . . Many killings, murders, crime, drugs pouring across the border — our money going out and the drugs coming in and I said we need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly.
BRIAN KILMEADE: Now as this race progresses for the Republican nomination it gets down to the wire a group that is never ever before endorsed candidate in a presidential primary is breaking tradition by throwing its support behind Donald Trump. Meet Brandon Judd. He is the president of the National Border Patrol Council which speaks on behalf of nearly 17,000 Border Patrol agents. Brandon how tough was this decision for you to make this unprecedented move?
BRANDON JUDD: It was a very tough decision. We had to look at all candidates, we had to vet candidates thoroughly, we had to look at where their positions were on the border, and frankly Donald Trump has the strongest position on the border and he’s always had the strongest position on the border. Continue reading this article
The Golden State has been shirking its responsibility to educate young Californians by increasingly relying on non-residents’ higher tuition to keep the university budgets flush. All the major newspapers had front page stories on Wednesday about the State Auditor’s report finding admission standards were lowered for non-residents which kept out better qualified Californians. Auditor Elaine Howle said the University of California system “failed to put the needs of residents first.”
Much of the reporting has discussed the issue in terms of “non-resident” students which is not exactly wrong, but misses the point: the big numbers are from foreign students. The chart below (from the San Jose News article) shows that in 1994 the out-of-state kids were only 3 percent and “international” (aka foreign) students were 1 percent. By 2015, the out-of-staters had not quite doubled at 5.5 percent, but foreign students had multiplied by a factor of ten to 10 percent. The university suits probably regard the non-Americans as a two-fer win of more money and more diversity.
SACRAMENTO — As high school seniors endure the grueling springtime ritual of college admission decisions, the state auditor on Tuesday released a report affirming the frustrations of many California families: The University of California softened admissions standards for out-of-state students, who pay triple the fees, even as it turned away record numbers of in-state applicants.
The finding — vehemently disputed by UC President Janet Napolitano — adds fuel to an already red-hot debate over which students are admitted to the highly competitive university system, especially at prestigious campuses such as UC Berkeley and UCLA. In the past five years, as their in-state admission rates fell to record lows, the proportion of out-of-state undergraduates at both schools doubled, rising to 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
“This is horrific,” said Rohini Ashok, a San Jose parent whose son was rejected from his three top UC campuses last year and enrolled at the University of Michigan. “Someone has to go in there and figure out who is responsible.”
Enrollment of out-of-state students skyrocketed after 2011, when the cash-strapped university system, reeling from state budget cuts, relaxed a policy requiring the scores of non-California applicants to be as good as the top half of admitted in-state students, the auditor’s report found. Now, the out-of-state students need only “compare favorably.” Continue reading this article
Today’s money story from San Francisco is not even close to a complete accounting. The $3 million in cop overtime pay is one item in a list that also includes other city services at the local level. But the big costs come from the federal government to keep the event safe.
The FBI set up a command center near the football stadium in Santa Clara (45 miles from San Francisco) where around 20 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were centered. They included the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration which sent choppers over the area looking for any spikes in radiation indicating a dirty bomb. The Department of Homeland Security watched for signs of chemical or biological attacks present in the air, using high tech mechanical air sniffers located in downtown San Francisco and presumably elsewhere.
Increased police presence in San Francisco and Santa Clara was evident before the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl was a preview of the post-privacy snooper state. Below is a video from the time, showing the massive technology brought to bear — a necessity when America continues to have open borders in a dangerous world.
The whole effort must have been very expensive, but we will never see the dollar cost of all this security. Government doesn’t want the bad guys to know what it’s doing, and doesn’t mind keeping the little citizens in the dark either. We will only learn about the local costs, like the $3 million police OT, because it gets political when local taxpayers have to foot the bill.
But we all bear multi-billion-dollar costs of security because diversity with open borders doesn’t come cheap.
Islam is a big ugly problem facing the world. There’s 1.6 billion of them, so the murderous headchopping polygamous misogynous supremacist “religion of peace” cannot be easily ignored, particularly when they have brought their barbaric culture with them to Europe and America.
But teaching them about democracy in various nation-building programs, such as in Iraq, have failed miserably.
The citizens have apparently noticed Muslims’ lack of aptitude for democratic self-rule, as reflected in a recent Rasmussen poll where a strong 58 percent of likely voters said we should chill on foreign democracy projects. Hopefully a future poll will ask about the wisdom of Quarantining Islam within its copious territory.
Donald Trump has run afoul of the Republican establishment with his opposition to so-called “nation-building,” but most voters think Trump’s on the right track.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 28% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should do more to encourage the growth of democracy in the Islamic world. Fifty-eight percent (58%) say the United States should leave things alone.Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) . . .
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 22-23, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports.
After it became clear that Chancellor Merkel’s welcome to millions of Muslim foreigners has been a disaster that threatens all of Europe’s safety, the government is scrambling to look like it is doing something. First on the revised to-do list is to insist that newbies learn to speak German — so rapefugees will understand when Frauleins say Nein.
German teachers can’t be happy about facing even more obnoxious students than they already have. Foreigners forced into classrooms will likely be twice as difficult as the usual violent Muslim boys.
And make no mistake: German schools have already had a rough time with young Muslims who don’t respect teachers or learning.
In 2006 things were so bad in a diverse Berlin high school that teachers wanted it shut:
Suddenly, teachers at Berlin’s Ruetli school decided enough was enough. They would no longer tolerate being spat at, insulted and attacked by pupils, some of whom spoke hardly any German and many of whom carried knives.
Things had deteriorated to such an extent at the state school – in a district where 80 per cent of pupils are from Muslim immigrant families – that it had become virtually impossible to teach, and some staff feared for their lives. At the end of their tether, staff wrote to the authorities pleading for the school to be closed. . .
Here’s a video of the conditions at the time at the Rutli school:
Below, a Muslim student at Rutli flashes a knife during a media interview.
But there is a happy ending — if spending $35 million to fix one foreigner-infested school can be considered a success. A gigantic infusion of money plus extensive rejiggering of the school seems to have worked — for now.
A decade ago, the Ruetli school in Berlin’s Neukoelln district became a symbol of all that was wrong with Germany’s integration of immigrants.
Its teachers begged city officials to shut it down because of violence. Hooded students were filmed pelting police and reporters gathered at the school’s entrance with cobblestones.
Today, Ruetli is transformed and the scenes from 2006 a distant memory. Some 33 million euros ($35 million) in public money have been pumped into the school over the past few years and the widow of former German president Johannes Rau is a patron.
Violence is down sharply and a gleaming new event hall houses art exhibitions and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
For wealthy Germany, which faces a mammoth challenge to integrate and educate hundreds of thousands of refugees – many of them fleeing war in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – the radical remake of Ruetli is an example of what is possible if politicians embrace the task with commitment and resources. . . .
The experience of mixing Muslims and education so far is not promising, but Merkel has gotten Germany in a terrible pickle, and they have to try something. This “requirement” sounds pretty slim. Merely learning to speak German will not turn allah’s gangsters into civilized persons.
As Lee Kuan Yew, the architect of modern diverse Singapore, observed, “I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.”
MIGRANTS in Germany will be required by LAW to integrate and learn the country’s mother tongue or face getting deported, according to planned legislation.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maziere said he is intending to implement a new law that will require migrants to learn German and be part of society – or lose their permanent right of residency.
Many people in Germany have turned their backs to Chancellor Angela Merkel following her open-door refugee policy and turned towards the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany.
The Alternative for Germany party (AFD) has developed an anti immigration stance over the past year, the party has made huge gains in popularity since the refugee crisis hit the EU and the group powered into three state legislatures. Continue reading this article
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