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Media whipping up fear for 2020 elections: “Frightened by shootings, appalled at Trump, Americans are voting to leave – with their feet”

I wonder how many of these frightened Americans are just showing up at a country’s border and expecting to obtain illegal entry? Oh wait, they are applying for Visas. Guess only other countries are expected to determine who has the right to enter their country…

From Yahoo: Eleanor Pelta has secured Polish passports for herself and her two sons. Stephanie Schwab is planning an escape route via Spain. Elie Jacobs has begun to keep enough cash on hand to buy last-minute plane tickets to Israel for his family. Alex and Aussa Lorens are applying for work visas in Australia, while Josh Lewin is aiming for New Zealand.

And Kami Lewis Levin already has her bags packed and tickets purchased. She leaves next week, with her husband, three children and a dog, for a new home in Costa Rica.

Americans are not flocking to the exits, but some of them are thinking about it, and some are talking about it, and at least a few are acting on the idea. Google searches for terms like “how to move out of America” spiked this past weekend to levels not seen since November 2016, right after the presidential election, and last seen a decade ago during the Great Recession. And in dozens of interviews after the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, people who were born here spoke of their crystallizing desire to leave.

These are not recent immigrants who feel threatened by nationalist rhetoric coming from the White House and Congress, but for the most part middle-class or relatively affluent Americans disheartened by the turn in American politics since the 2016 election. And it is not necessarily Canada — the default destination for agitated Americans over the decades — where they are threatening to move, because work visa qualifications there are tight. Instead, they are casting a larger net across the globe.

“The text-message threads and FB message threads have surged with questions about how and when to leave,” said Jacobs, a 41-year-old public affairs consultant who lives in New Jersey with his wife and toddler, and who began looking to Israel as an “escape hatch” as soon as Donald Trump was elected, but whose stockpiling of cash took on new urgency this week.

For many, the exploration of the departure gates is a direct response to the current president of the United States and his party. Before 2016, Coloradans Alex and Aussa Lorens were saving up to buy a house; after that they turned their attention to qualifying for a 190 Skilled Nominated visa for Australia, which requires proving English proficiency, a skills assessment and an “expression of intent” letter to those Australian states that are specifically looking for workers in Alex’s industry, which is hospitality.

Among what the couple sees as the many attractions of Australian society — including universal health care and affordable private insurance, mandated parental leave, four weeks of vacation for all workers and strong limits on guns the Lorenses are drawn by the political culture, which, Aussa says, “protects them from a Trump-like outcome.”

“They do not have a major political party that is at all equivalent to our far-right Republicans,” she says. “Their conservative party is more like the moderate Democrats. They don’t argue about whether health care is a basic human right or whether climate change is real. They banned guns after a mass shooting.

For others, the motivation is what they describe as an increasing level of daily fear.

“The way things are going, it’s to where you can’t even take your family out in public because it’s just a matter of time,” says Josh Lewin, 34, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who lives there now with his wife and four sons ages 4 to 14 and works selling commercial security systems. “I need to do something to protect the family and not have to worry about this day in and day out.”

“First it was a shooting once a year, then once every six months, then once a month, and now it’s every day,” he says. “We don’t even bat an eye as a country now. I would like to move somewhere where that isn’t true and my kids don’t have to be afraid.”

He is surprised to feel as he does, both because he knows that statistically the dangers to any one individual or family are quite small, and because he has never been one for strong political opinions, and lives among relatives and friends who are Trump supporters. In fact, he emphasizes, “I’m not trying to choose sides. I am the type to sit back and support whoever is piloting the ship because you want to support your president and not see him fail.”

He has kept his feelings to himself, he says, particularly at work, where other men wear handguns strapped to their ankles at the office and, according to his wife, “joke about mass shootings being a force of natural selection.”

The Lewins have rejected Australia because “they have huge spiders there,” Josh says, and he is about as scared of spiders as he is of mass shootings. He has set New Zealand as his goal, intrigued years ago by the popularity of the extreme sport of “drift triking” — riding nonmotorized Big Wheels-like contraptions down huge hills. (New Zealand does have spiders, but venomous species capable of harming humans are extremely rare.) More recently he has been attracted by the fact that “after one mass shooting there they took steps to make it not so easy for people to get ahold of weapons of war.”

And then, “after the shootings this weekend, I went from a 3 on the scale of how likely I was to actually move to a 6.”

Those who say they are serious about leaving are quick to add that they recognize the privilege that allows them to consider such a move at all.

“I am acutely aware of how not everyone can do this,” says 40-year-old Janelle Hanchett, a writer, who sold everything she owned in Northern California in July and moved with her husband, Charles MacDonald, a union ironworker, and their four school-age children to the Netherlands. “We are not rich, we have crippling student loans, but we had equity in a house and the means to pick up and leave.”

Tired of what Hanchett describes as “the specter of this rising authoritarian regime, and of feeling unsafe all the time,” they applied for a “freelance visa” that the government of the Netherlands created to thank America for liberation during World War II, and that allows Americans to live and work as freelancers. (If they become employed by a Dutch company full time, their status switches to a sponsored visa.)

“It feels saner, more humane,” she says of her new home in the city of Haarlem, the capital of the province of North Holland. “The people seem happier. And there aren’t guns.

Under the program, they are entitled to all the country’s benefits, including universal health care, a payment from the government of about 250 euros per child per quarter, and admission to a “Newcomer” school that costs 3 euros per month and helps children learn Dutch and transition to their new country. When they learned about the school, Hanchett says, “we started to cry from happiness.” The principal told them, “Americans always react this way.”

Read the whole story here.

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People can now pay for sex with dolls in Barcelona

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No words…
From Daily Mail: A newly-opened club in Barcelona claims to be the first in Europe to offer clients the chance to have sex with a doll.
Lumi Dolls says men (or women) can get into the mood by having low lighting in their room, candles and huge plasma TV screens to watch some racy movies. As a special offer, an hour with one of the life-sized dolls is £70 which will go up to £100 after the opening promotion.
There are four dolls to choose from, all with female body features and the club promises each one is washed and disinfected with anti-bacterial soap before it is re-used! Each of the dolls, which cost £4,300 and weighs 40 kilograms, are made from silicone.
Clients can choose from Lili, who is 161 cm tall and has Asian features; the blonde and ‘big-boobed’ Katy, who at 170 cm has pouty lips and piercing turquoise eyes; an ‘African’ doll named Leiza who stands at 168cm tall or Aki, who with blue hair appears to be modelled on Japanese anime.
Describing itself as ‘the first sex dolls agency’, Lumi Dolls has a rather delicate question and answer section on its website says of the quartet: ‘They are totally realistic dolls, both in the movement of their joints and in the touch, that will allow you to fulfill your fantasies without any limit. These Sex Dolls will make the experience more pleasurable, exciting and erotic.’
Clients, who are advised to ‘still use a condom’, have to pay at the front desk on leaving. They can even ask in advance for the dolls to wear a special outfit and to be placed in a specific position.
The new club is proving such a success that sessions are already booked up days in advance.
Similar dolls are already a great hit in Japan and Malaysia. According to the website, appointments can also be made for entire nights or for couples.
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The Left approve of stealing your bank savings

Five days ago, on March 16, 2013, the people of Cyprus were told by the grand poobahs of the Eurozone that as much as 10% of the deposits in their personal bank accounts would be “levied”, in exchange for a $13 billion (€10 billion) bail-out of their heavily indebted country to avoid bankruptcy and a banking collapse.
Cyprus is a small island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the east of Greece, and a member of the European Union (EU). The Eurozone is an economic and monetary union of 17 EU member states that have adopted the euro (€) as their common currency and sole legal tender.
The Eurozone’s levy was contingent on the approval of the Cypriot parliament, but parliament resoundingly rejected the levy. Meanwhile, to prevent a bank run, banks in Cypriot will remain closed “until next week”, euphemistically called a “bank holiday”.
If you need the grave import of what happened clearly spelled out, here it is:

  1. Money in our personal bank accounts is PRIVATE PROPERTY.
  2. The proposed levy, therefore, is THEFT/ROBBERY.
  3. This is not just another “tax.” This bank levy is particularly pernicious because what is proposed is the seizure of privately-owned bank deposits that had been guaranteed by the government, much like the FDIC bank deposits in the United States. What value does such a guarantee have if it can be withdrawn at will without any advance notice?
  4. A “bank holiday” means you can’t gain access to YOUR OWN MONEY.
  5. Although Cypriot’s parliament rejected the levy, the damage is already done. The Rubicon has been crossed: the idea of “wealth taxation,” that is the involuntary confiscation of privately-owned property, has now been breached. Sure enough, faster than you can say “Jiminy Cricket,” the governments of two other countries — New Zealand and Spain — already are making similar levy noises.

In case you’re doubtful about what the Left here in America think of this theft, below are the approving comments made by the elite of the American Left, posted on Twitchy, March 18, 2013.
FYI:

  • Daniel Weston is a hedge fund manager.
  • Robert Reich was labor secretary in Bill Clinton’s administration and currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Steven Greenhouse is a labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times.
  • Jeffrey Sachs is an economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

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American libs support Cyprus-style wealth confiscation scheme, while bailout roils world markets; Update: Cyprus reportedly stalls bailout vote

Posted at 5:45 am on March 18, 2013 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments 13
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Cyprus depositors should take the deal, getting off easy comprd 2 the wealth tax coming on citizens in other over indebted countries ahead.
Daniel Weston (@danielweston83) March 17, 2013
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Robert Reich @RBReich

Why any sensible tax reform should include a wealth tax on the vast accumulations of wealth at the top. https://robertreich.org/#.UQHU3ySLN6U.twitter …
12:42 AM – 25 Jan 13
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Steven Greenhouse @greenhousenyt

To cut deficit, some say U.S. should look beyond income tax to creating a tax on households’ overall wealth https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/business/yourtaxes/a-wealth-tax-would-look-beyond-income.html?_r=1& …
3:37 PM – 10 Feb 13
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Daily Kos         @dailykos

GOP cranks up class warfare again with tax-break plans. Time for a wealth tax https://bit.ly/XG9MVM 
2:49 PM – 21 Oct 12
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A big h/t to FOTM’s Anon.

~Eowyn

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Confiscation of bank deposits: Can it happen in America?

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Three days ago, on Saturday, March 16, 2013, the people of Cyprus were told by the grand poobahs of the eurozone that as much as 10% of the deposits in their personal bank accounts would be “levied” confiscated, in exchange for a $13 billion (€10 billion) bail-out of their heavily indebted country to avoid default and a banking collapse.
Cyprus is a small island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the east of Greece, and a member of the European Union (EU). The eurozone is an economic and monetary union of 17 EU member states that have adopted the euro (€) as their common currency and sole legal tender.
The 10% levy figure is now undergoing furious negotiations. Most likely, Cyprus and the eurozone will settle on a “progressive” levy, wherein small savers will be spared or “levied” a small percentage, while those with 6-figures or more bank deposits will have a larger percentage of their money confiscated. Whatever the confiscation formula, what the eurozone wants is that Cyprus raise €5.8 billion to secure its bailout.
Although the Cypriot parliament must vote to approve the eurozone’s levy — and the latest news is that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades thinks parliament will reject the bill — that the levy was proposed at all is stunning. As the Financial Times‘ Wolfgang Münchau puts it: “the eurozone has effectively defaulted on a deposit insurance guarantee for bank deposits” given in 2008 after the collapse of Lehman Brothers to assure depositers “that all savings are safe.”
Analysts including Münchau, Phoenix Capital Research, and ZeroHedge’s Tyler Durden all expect that there will be bank runs, not just in Cyprus but elsewhere in Europe, especially in financially-troubled heavily-indebted countries like Italy and Spain. (Interestingly, Greece isn’t mentioned, perhaps because Greeks have no more money to even do a bank run.)
As Durden puts it: “the bottom line is that the Rubicon has been crossed, and deposits have now been forcefully confiscated in what Europe promises to be a standalone case. What is certain, is that nobody will wait to find out how long it takes before Europe’s class of increasingly more desperate and ill-meaning despots is found to have lied once more (as it has about everything else since the start of the European crisis).”
To prevent bank runs, Cypriot banks will remain closed till this Thursday. Customers can still use their banks’ ATMs but, as in the United States, they are limited as to how much money they can withdraw from the machines — reportedly, up to €500 a day. And as of yesterday, there have been no reports of bank runs in Spain or Italy.

Cyprus ATMPeople lining up to withdraw money from ATMS at the Bank of Cyprus, March 19, 2013. (Photo from Reuters)

How might the Great Cyprus Bank Robbery of 2013 affect Americans?

1. If you have a bank account in Cyprus, your deposits may be “levied” at a percentage depending on how much you have in your account(s).
2. If the levy is approved by Cyprus’ parliament, Americans will contribute toward the $13 billion bailout of Cyprus, thereby adding to our already gargatuan $16+ trillion national debt. Why? Because International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde already said she would ask the IMF board in Washington to contribute to the bailout.
With 16.2% of the IMF shares, the United States is the largest shareholder or contributor among the 187 nations who belong to the fund—even though its managing director has always been a European. In addition to America’s 16.2% “share” (i.e., “contribution”) in the IMF, in 2009, Obama proposed and Congress approved a $100 billion U.S. loan to the IMF.
Even before Cyprus, the IMF has joined with the European Union to sculpt bailout packages for Greece, Ireland, and Portugal.  Coupled with loans from the EU, the price tags on the bailout packages came to $157 billion for Greece, $122 billion for Ireland, and most recently, $116 billion for Portugal. Alarmed about this, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash.), the premier congressional foe of spending U.S. tax dollars on IMF bailouts, points out that “The Portugal bailout is half that country’s GDP—$116 billion out of $233 billion. The IMF has refused to provide a reliable number but, given America’s contribution to the bailout, we estimate that our support of the package is equal to writing a check worth $600 for every man, woman, and child in Portugal.” She added that this ratio “was nearly identical for Greece and Ireland bailouts. (See John Gizzi, “Why Is the U.S. Bankrolling IMF’s Bailouts in Europe?,” Human Events, May 2, 2011.)
3. If bank runs occur in Europe, leading to a systemic collapse of European banks and the euro currency, that in turn will trigger a worldwide financial-economic crisis of an unimaginable scale.
4. Can it happen here? Will we wake up one day to be told that our bank deposits are also confiscated? Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge writes that the key thing about what happened to Cyprus is that “the Rubicon has been crossed,” that is, the until-now taboo subject of the forceful “levy” of citizens’ private bank accounts has been broached. As Durden puts it: “the topic of ‘wealth taxation’ is now front and center, and it stars not only Europe, but the US as well. The question then becomes … is there any possibility of Cyprus ‘wealth tax’ recurring on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Durden points out that in the US, other financial assets, namely the stock market, account for a far greater proportion of household net worth than bank deposits. It is therefore quite possible that instead of confiscating our bank deposits, thereby voiding the FDIC guarantee, the government may instead choose to tax 30% of all of your stock holdings, and achieve the same “wealth transfer” result.

Will Congress do this?
Obviously, nobody can answer that question now. However, it was “absolutely certain” as recently as three days ago that the safety of Cypriots’ bank deposits was protected.
Then things changed rapidly.
What is the lesson we should take away from the Great Cyprus Bank Robbery?
Answer: There are no longer any rules, and any assets, any “wealth” saved, stored, and hidden is now fair game.
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Update: Cyprus parliament rejected the levy.
~Eowyn

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Today's Geography Lesson

The Geography of a Woman

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Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa . Half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally Beautiful!

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Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe. Well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

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Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain, very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty. 

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Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all conquering past.

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Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Italy, a bottle of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada, self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

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After 70, she becomes Tibet .

Wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages.
An adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge. 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN 

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Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran ,
ruled by a pair of nuts.

THE END

~Steve~       H/T  Wild Bill Alaska.

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Spain in Turmoil

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The RT News Agency posted this video of the protesters who surrounded the capital building in Madrid yesterday.  The situation is horrific and likely to get much worse.  How much longer can the European Union hold together when the whole economy goes under?  It’s front page news everywhere over there.

As with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring protests, Reuters reports, “The protest, promoted over the Internet by different activist groups, was younger and more rowdy than recent marches called by labor unions. Protesters said they were fed up with cuts to public salaries and health and education.”

Der Spiegel elaborates, “ Some 6,000 people marched before Spanish Parliament on Tuesday against the belt-tightening measures and several grew violent. Police beat back demonstrators with batons and fired rubber bullets on the crowd, according to several news reports. Protesters retaliated by hurling rocks and bottles at authorities and tearing down barricades. The violent clashes led to 22 arrests and 32 injuries, including four policemen

What next?

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Bank runs in Greece as country spirals out of control

Yesterday, May 15, 2012, CNBC reported that Greek depositors withdrew 700 million euros ($900 million) from the nation’s local banks recently.
That’s a straight quote from Greek President Karolos Papoulias, who was citing a conversation he had with Greek Central Bank Governor George Provopoulos. Papoulias admits, “the strength of banks is very weak right now.”
Turns out the $900 million figure is too low.
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge reports that Papoulias announced this morning that almost $1.27 billion has been pulled from Greek banks in the last 10 days. Papoulias said he had been warned by the central bank and finance ministry that the country faced “the risk of a collapse of the banking system if withdrawals of deposits from banks continue due to the insecurity of the citizens generated by the political situation”.
Durden writes that if Greece defaults on its $1.3 trillion debt, “forget the drivel that you read in the press because it will not just be the sovereign debt but the municipal debt, the derivatives, the bank debt, the corporate debt and all of the obligations of the country that will fall into the sinkhole of no return.”
Attempts to form a government in Greece collapsed yesterday, jolting financial markets at the prospect that leftists opposed to the terms of an EU bailout could sweep to victory in a June election and nudge the euro zone crisis into a dangerous new phase.
Meanwhile, Spain is going down the toilet. This morning the Prime Minister of Spain said that “Spain faces the serious risk of being shut out of the markets.” ZeroHedge sees that comment as the precursor to Spain turning to the European Union and the IMF for help: “In Spain we are faced with bare bones arithmetic where the country cannot bailout its Regional debt and its back debt because they do not have the capital to do either; much less both.”
Take a look at this graph, showing the jobless rate in Spain to be worse than Greece’s (click graph to enlarge):

Greece’s $1.3 trillion debt may seem puny compared to the United States’ $16 trillion national debt, but Greece is a small country. A more meaningful statistic is its debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio, which is 120%. That means Greece’s national debt of $1.3 trillion is 120% of its GDP.
Lest you think America is hunky dory, our nationa debt now exceeds our GDP, which economists consider a danger sign. The last time I saw a report, which was in February 2012, the ratio of our debt to GDP was 101%. As a point of comparison, although the ratio increased to 41% at the end of the 1980s, it decreased to a “mere” 31% by 2001, then increased to 62% by the end of fiscal year 2010.
In other words, in less than two years (we’re not yet at the end of fiscal year 2012), Obama and the useless Congress had expanded America’s debt to GDP ratio from 62% to 101%!
~Eowyn

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Muslims Declare Jihad on Dogs


This is not a joke.
Muslims in Spain are killing dogs because according to Islamic teaching dogs are “unclean” animals.
Soeren Kern reports for Hudson New York, October 6, 2011, that Spanish authorities are investigating the recent deaths by poisoning of more than a dozen dogs in Lérida, a city in the northeastern region of Catalonia that has become ground zero in an intensifying debate over the role of Islam in Spain.
All of the dogs were poisoned in September (local media reports here, here, here, here and here) in Lérida’s working class neighbourhoods of Cappont and La Bordeta, districts that are heavily populated by Muslim immigrants and where many dogs have been killed in recent years.
Over the past several months, residents taking their dogs for walks have been harassed by Muslim immigrants opposed to seeing the animals in public. Muslims have also launched a number of anti-dog campaigns on Islamic websites and blogs based in Spain.
In July, two Islamic groups based in Lérida asked city officials to regulate the presence of dogs in public spaces so they do not “offend Muslims.” Muslims are demanding that dogs be banned from all forms of public transportation including all city buses as well as from all areas frequented by Muslim immigrants. They say the presence of dogs violates their religious freedom and their right to live according to Islamic principles.
Dogs are not the only Islam-related controversy in Lérida, where 29,000 Muslims now make up around 20% of the city’s total population.
In December 2010, Lérida became the first municipality in Spain to ban the burqa head covering in all public spaces. Women found violating the ban will be fined up to €600 ($750).
Much of Spain was ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 and 1492; Salafists believe that the territories the Muslims lost during the Spanish Reconquista still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish their rule there – a belief based on the Islamic precept that territories once occupied by Muslims must forever remain under Muslim domination.
Salafism is a branch of revivalist Islam that calls for restoring past Muslim glory by forcibly establishing a universal Islamic empire (Caliphate) across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe such as Spain, which Salafists view as a Muslim state that must be re-conquered for Islam.
The Salafist Houzi has called on Muslims who are eligible to vote in Spain to support Catalan separatist parties as a means to firmly establish Islamism in Catalonia. The Catalan independence movement supports the independence of Catalonia from Spain.
Catalonian pro-independence parties have traditionally favored immigration from non-Spanish-speaking countries, especially from Arabic-speaking Muslim countries, in the belief that these people would speak Catalan rather than Spanish.
The end result of this decades-old policy is that Catalonia is now home to a huge concentration of hard-line Islamist groups including Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami and the Salafists. Salafi preachers in Catalonia do not believe in democracy and teach that Islamic Sharia law is above Spanish civil law.
Meanwhile, the Catalan regional government says that during the first six months of 2011, it prevented 14 forced marriages and the genital mutilation of 24 Muslim girls.
Not surprisingly, some Catalans are having second thoughts about Muslim immigration. The Catalan nationalist party Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC), which has some 70,000 active members, is opposed to any further Muslim immigration.
~Eowyn

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Black "Flash Mobs" the Beginning of Race War in America?

Violent riots are breaking out across the globe.

Britain

In the UK, 16,000 police officers flooded the streets of London on the night of August 9, 2011, after the previous night’s mayhem in which Metropolitan Police use armored vehicles to push back 150 rioters in Lavender Hill, Clapham; 20,800 citizens made 999 emergency calls (a 400% increase); and Birmingham Children’s Hospital staff were forced to barricade themselves in against the mob outside trying to break in. Government estimates that the cost of clean-up will run into ‘tens of millions’.

The riots that began in London have spawned copycat riots in Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds. Prime Minister Cameron’s conservative government is under fire for spending cuts to social programs in order to help reduce the country’s debt. Among those hit the hardest are large numbers of minority youths who have been at the forefront of the unrest.

Burnt out buildings in London's Croydon are doused down after a night of rioting

Chile

In Chile, on the night of August 9, 2011, masked demonstrators capped more than 2 months of unrest over public education funding by burning cars and looting shops in the capital Santiago. The protesters were met with force as Chilean police cracked down on further unrest over state education. At least 273 protesters had been arrested across the country, and 23 police officers were injured in the clashes.

Students hurl rocks and Molotov cocktails at an armoured police van in Valparaiso, Chile

Israel

Some 250,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 6, over the rising cost of living. Demonstrations actually began last month when a few people set up tents in an expensive part of Tel Aviv to protest rising property prices. The protests have moved to other cities in Israel, where some 50,000 people rallied.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a series of reforms including freeing up land for construction and offering tax breaks. But the reforms have only increased anger in the streets, according to reports.
Israel’s demonstrations are decidedly socialist in character. Here are some of the demands from protestors, according to Reuters:

  • Increase personal tax brackets for top earners
  • Enshrine the right to housing in the law; introduce rent controls; boost mortgage relief
  • Stop further privatization of things such as health facilities
  • Provide free education for all from the age of three months
  • Raise the minimum wage to 50 percent of the average wage

Spain, Greece, Portugal

All three have experienced protests and rioting in reaction to government austerity programs and bad economic conditions.
In late June, riots broke out in Athens and other parts of Greece as the bankrupt country’s parliament voted to approve severe cutbacks in government spending in order to receive more bailout money from the International Monetary Fund and European Union—or run the risk of defaulting on their debts. Dozens were hurt and businesses destroyed as police battled rioters with tear gas and night sticks.
In Spain, thousands of people turned out in late May to protest the country’s 21% unemployment rate and against government corruption and austerity measures to rein in the country’s debt. Hundreds of people set up tents in a Madrid square and spent a week there in protest.
Portugal saw massive strikes and protests last March in response to government spending cuts. At least 200,000 people gathered in Lisbon.
Demonstrations and riots also broke out in the Philippines, China, and Syria (see here).

The riots in the UK are about not just the economy, but also about race.

Katherine Birbalsingh, a teacher who exposed the failures of the UK’s comprehensive school system, writes in The Telegraph:

“No one would say the unsayable, that the rioters were…on the whole, black. Then, finally, Toby Young’s Telegraph blog post on the riots was published. Is Toby Young the only  journalist out there who will dare say that these riots are about race?”

Toby Young wrote that “What’s so depressing about [the] outbreak of public disorder is that it indicates that little or no progress has been made when it comes to relations between the police and the local African-Caribbean population, particularly the local youths.”

United States of America

Here in the good ol’ U. S. of A, incidents of black flash mobs engaged in robbery (“flash robs“) and violence are on the rise, the worst being the one in Wisconsin on the night of August 4, 2011.
At around 11:10 p.m., a mob of “hundreds” of black teens ran amuck at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee. Police squads were sent to the area after reports of “mob beating,” fighting, and property damage. The mob attacked drivers in cars and pulled riders off motorcycles.
The dictionary defines “riot” as:

  1. A wild or turbulent disturbance created by a large number of people.
  2. Law A violent disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled for a common purpose.

So the truth is we’re already having riots in America. It’s just that  the police and media call them “flash mobs” instead of “riots.”
After key figures on the Left repeatedly called for a race war in America, is it any wonder that we are seeing more and more “flash mob” incidents with a decided racial overtone?
As examples, on March 25, 2010, ACORN’s CEO Bertha Lewis called for an immigration race war in America:

“Immigration is the next big battle…. We’re getting ready to be a majority, minority country…. We’ll be like South Africa. More black people than white people…. You get yourselves together, get strong, get big, and get in this battle….it’s all about money…. [T]he face of immigration needs to be a lot blacker than it is…join this immigration war. Black people, young black people…JOIN. Don’t march along side, don’t march in back, be right out front!…. That will be the battle for the kind of government that we have.”

Sometime around May 2010 at a Hispanic La Raza rally in UCLA, Ron Gochez, a history teacher at Sanchee High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, openly called for a Mexican revolution against “capitalism,” “imperialism,” and the white man, because America is really “their” land.
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Then, there’s none other than the President of the United States himself calling for a race war.
On October 25, 2010, in a radio interview that aired on the Spanish-language television network Univision, referring to the Americans who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants (at last count, 63% of U.S. voters), Obama called on Hispanics to “punish our enemies”. (See “Obama Foments Race War in America”)
I have a message for all you punks intent on instigating a race war in America:

The United States ranks No. 1 in the world in gun ownership, at 88.8 guns per 100 residents (2007 figure), whereas England ranks #88 at 6.2 guns per 100 residents.

Unlike the Brits, Americans are armed and ready to take on punks!

~Eowyn

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