Monday, February 27, 2017

A Swede's Take On Their Government's Disastrous, Deluded Immigration Policies

Below is a comment from a Swede in a recent article that tried to downplay the extent of immigration problems caused by 20 years of importing mostly Muslim men from N. Africa and the Middle East into Sweden. 

If you skip down to the comment section, very few commentors agreed and many complained bitterly.  What you may not know is that, if you're Swedish and question the sanity of their obviously insane immigration policy in the past 20 years in Sweden, your microphone is cut off or you are "shusshed" by TV personalities (Gov't employees?) that are immediately eager to censor any and all dissent. 

The comment by "Joe Slater":

"Sweden is in the process of destroying a civilization that took 1,000 years to build. It floods its cities with aliens who dislike the food and climate, feel uncomfortable with the taciturn, reserved Swedes around them, mostly cannot work for months or years for language reasons, and end up festering in angry and unemployment-plagued parallel societies in the suburbs. I don’t care what the stats are made to say. What I know is this. When I first stayed in Sweden, three decades ago, crime of any kind was a rarity. When I last stayed there, a few years ago, it was a daily occurrence. I don’t need BRAA reports to know that everything in Sweden has changed. You name it: murder, non-fatal shootings and stabbings, burglary, rape, rioting, vandalism, molestation, benefit swindling: all of these things are now daily occurrences in large parts of most cities, and in nearly all of Malmo. In cities, young women do not dare to go out alone at night. That’s a banal observation that hides an awful truth: Sweden has lost the most valuable thing any society can have: civic trust. For decades Swedes could trust strangers to do the right thing. Well, they can’t any more. In fact, a lot of them simply avoid certain parts of town, and look away from certain faces. That too is new. The old Sweden—the real Sweden--never really had places you could not feel safe in. But thanks to mass immigration, all that has gone, as it has gone in our country too.

In response to this disaster, the government doubles down and the left-leaning middle classes, in a country so unused to having to face colossal failure, are forcing themselves to smile and pretend to like all the new excitement. Meanwhile, dissenters are persecuted with a zeal that echoes East Germany (google the ritual front page “hanging out” of hacked Disqus commentators by Expressen). Swedish schoolgirls are subliminally encouraged to mate with Afro-Asian immigrants, not with Swedish boys (see this video, in Swedish but you get the picture

What is happening there is a comprehensive tragedy that has only one upside: they are making the mistakes for everybody else. This is exactly how the rest of Scandinavia has come to view Swedes, who are now regarded by Finns and Danes as having almost lost their reason.

But don’t take my word for it. I leave the last words to this plaintive, anonymous internet post by a Swede summing up the feelings of millions of his compatriots. Translated from Uriaposten website (sorry for reposting if you have read it):
“At the beginning of each depressing thread, I look nonetheless at relatively encouraging comments; "Now things are changing!" Or “(PM) Löfven is waking up from his dream world." Personally, I feel just a huge darkness, hatred and sadness.
My country is ruined and there will never be the same. The welfare system will be destroyed, crime is increasing markedly, my future children will grow up in a much less safe society, the wages of low-paid jobs will plummet, Islam will gain an increasingly important role in Swedish society, housing queues will become enormous, and the white homogeneous neighborhoods are disappearing at a furious pace. In time, ethnic Swedes will be outnumbered by Arabs in this country.
It does not matter that the borders are closed or that the public debate has finally become more open. The last fifteen years have completely destroyed my beloved country. What has happened is irreversible, and it will only get worse. I'm just so very sad."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Martin Armstrong: Mainstreet Media Has Become Just Liars

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times demonstrates why mainstream media is just becoming so bought and paid for. You have to wonder if they should not be in prison for attempting to overthrow the government and start a revolution. Here he is still ranting about how Russia hacked the election and asserting that this is somehow a Pearl Harbor and 911 event. I suppose this is implying we should start world war III because Hillary lost.

The Homeland Security and the FBI both said that Russia’s hack of the DNC did not involve altering the vote. In fact, it was his own paper that reported on November 25, 2016: “The Obama administration said on Friday that despite Russian attempts to undermine the presidential election, it has concluded that the results “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”

The constant lies and manipulations seem intent upon creating war exactly as took place with the Spanish American War. We have returned to yellow journalism which is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration. Pulitzer and Hearst went head to head. I remember grade school history class blaming the Spanish American War on fake news. There is one such story that male Spanish officials were strip searching American woman tourists in Cuba looking for claimed messages from rebels. This was the front page of Hearst’s newspaper showing what has become known as “yellow journalism” whereby the illustration was by Frederic Remington published in the New York Journal, February 12th, 1897.

Hearst’s New York Journal was called out for this fake news by its rival Joseph Pulitzer’s, New York World, reporting that this story was erroneous and its graphically illustrated strip-search of a woman aboard U.S. passenger steamer was fake. The Journal article was written by Richard Harding Davis, who reported that Spanish authorities boarded the U.S. steamer, the Olivette , as it prepared to leave Havana and searched several passengers for contraband. Among the passengers was a young Cuban woman named Clemencia Arango, whose brother was a leader in the insurgency against Spanish rule. The Journal’s article was ambiguous, implying the woman was strip-searched by men, which was created by the accompanying illustration of Frederic Remington.

The New York World attacked the Journal’s fake news, quoting Arango as denying that men had strip-searched her. That task, she said, had fallen to a matron, or “inspectress.” The Journalist Davis, in a letter to the World, then blamed Frederic Remington for having drawn “an imaginary picture” and insisted his dispatch had not report that men had conducted the search.

Nevertheless, this story of the strip-search discredited the Journal as being unreliable and prone to publishing “fakes” and other thinly documented reports. Welcome to the present where the New York Times and Washington Post seems to be carrying on in the same unreliable manner as well as ABC, CBS, NBC, and of course – CNN.

Of course, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has won the Pulitzer Prize three times – it seems it has become the award that does celebrate yellow journalism for whom it was named. 
If the Democrats were clean, then even if Russia hacked the DNC, there would have been nothing to release. Moreover, nobody has accused Russia of altering one single email. This is outrageous blaming Russia for their candidate losing instead of admitting they got caught.

This interview is a disgrace to the New York Times and to MSNBC. Comparing the hack of DNC to Pearl Harbor and 911 where thousands of people died is just insulting.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

College Tuition Bubble: Far Too Many Unqualified Students Attending College

Everyone has heard about the ongoing and growing bubble in student loans -- which now totals $1.25 Trillion and rising even though the non-payment rate has hit 43%.  If you ever needed evidence of how broken Washington DC has become, this is it.  Outright defaults have reached at least 13% but the government is still making loans and doing so at very low interest rates.

Much of that $1.25 T student loan portfolio is held as an "asset" of the Federal Government (just like a bank's assets are their loan portfolio). It is, in fact, the LARGEST asset of the Fed Government. But 43% of it already looks very shaky. But don't expect any write-downs or "mark to market." Any kind of proper accounting or even accountability is now absent in every aspect of government.

The College tuition "bubble" has all the makings of a free-money welfare scheme. According to the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), overall only 30% of 12th grade students perform at a "proficient" or better level for 12th grade knowledge, skills and capabilities. That's averaging the Reading and Math scores for those proficient or better. (See here for Math and here for Reading.)

One would think that a student should be performing "proficiently"or "advanced" at the 12th grade level before they are ready for college, right?  You thought wrong. Some 66% of high school graduates are going to college but only 30% of them are performing proficiently at the 12th grade-level.  It means that, overall, about 1/2 of kids going to college probably don't belong there.

Given this situation, one shouldn't be a surprised if about 1/2 of those college loans aren't payed back. But that's what we're seeing. Because 1/2 of these kids don't belong in college at all, it's not really doing them any good.  It's all a huge racket that benefits colleges--both good and bad ones and the not-for-profit and for-profit ones. All that money has inflated college tuition costs to the moon and has priced-out the next generation of college kids. And those student loans are a huge burden to an entire generation of young adults.

And if you look at the data for Black kids at the 12th grade level, only 12% of those kids are "proficient" or better at 12th grade studies but fully 70% of all black high-seniors are going to college!  Only 12% of black kids are qualified for college but 70% are taking the money and going to school (and actually attending classes???).  Why is this? Because black teenage unemployment is sky high. And few blacks can pass up seemingly "free money." They are right though, politicians will bail them out before long -- all at taxpayer's expense.

So, about 83% of black college kids don't belong at college at all.  Correspondingly, the expected student loan default rates for blacks will be about 80% or higher.  This is already being seen in repayments from primarily black colleges are leading the list of institutions where NOT ONE DOLLAR OF STUDENT LOANS are being repaid.

So, this has all the marks of a "free-money" scheme (that will ultimately need a taxpayer bailout) and a welfare scheme to "benefit" or "help" black kids the most. It's also a huge "racket" to fund unworthy colleges and professors. For-profit colleges are benefiting enormously from all that "free money." See my blog post "Student Loan Racket In Action."

Think about how stupid Hillary, Sanders and others in the Democratic Party are who are in favor of "free college" for all. It would amplify the absurdity of the current tuition bubble and turn many colleges into high schools--which I suspect is already happening. How can it NOT be with so many "deficient" kids attending class?

Confirming that mainstreet media are a bunch of liars, they never tell you that most of the students that demand "safe spaces" and other protections to shield themselves from opinions that they don't understand or like are mostly minority kids who don't belong on those campuses in the first place. And it shows.  Insanity is taking over this country (and world).

And Congress is sitting on their asses watching the money fly out the window since it's assumed that taxpayers will pay the bill for the defaults. Shut down the whole damned thing! Only private banks should be making such loans!