Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/10/2017

According to the latest estimates, German states spent more than €20 billion on migrants in 2016, far more than had been predicted. Meanwhile, in its election manifesto the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) pledges to get rid of 200,000 more migrants than are taken in annually.

In other news, California Democrats are pushing to lower the voting age to 17 in order to improve their electoral prospects.

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Financial Crisis
» Strong Jobs Report an Encouraging Sign for US Economy
» CIA’s Creator Came to Regret it … Said the CIA Was a “Government All Its Own” Which Was Destroying Democracy
» Democrats Push to Lower Voting Age to 17 With Boost From Billionaire George Soros
» Illinois State Senator is Pushing a Bill That Would Allow the Government to Confiscate Guns Without Due Process
» Why is General Mattis Nominating the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s Stooge’?
» WikiLeaks: CIA May be Hacking Cars to Murder People
Europe and the EU
» Belgium’s Police Detain 2 People Over Terrorism Financing
» France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism — Part 1
» Israel Fears ISIS Chemical Attack in Europe
» Italy: ‘Discriminated’ Rome Ballerinas Case Sent to EU Court
» Italy: Antitrust Conditional OK to Espresso-Itedi Deal
» Italy: Vouchers to be Capped at 3,000 Euros — Panel
» Jihadis Living on Support Payments From the Europe They Vowed to Destroy
» Marine Le Pen: “France Isn’t Burkinis on the Beach, France is Brigitte Bardot’
Israel and the Palestinians
» Palestinians: Fake News and “Alternative Facts”
South Asia
» Killing of a Kafir Woman in Pakistan in a Very Quranic Way!
» Bloated on the Beach: 22 African Migrants Shot Dead by People Smugglers on Libyan Coast
» Fears ISIS Are Smuggling People and Weapons Into Europe as ‘Ghost Ships’ Sail Into Waters
» Germany ‘Spent More Than €20bn on Refugees in 2016’ As Crisis Outstrips State Budgets
» Germany: AfD Promises ‘Minus Migration’ of at Least 200,000 Migrants Every Year
» Illegal Border Crossings Decreased 40 Percent During Trump’s First Month
» It’s Edward Bernays’ Birthday, Here’s How His Propaganda Still Controls You

Strong Jobs Report an Encouraging Sign for US Economy

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just announced the U.S. economy created 235,000 jobs in February, slightly higher than most experts expected and much higher than President Barack Obama’s 187,000 average in 2016.

[Comment: it shouldn’t be surprising. Business is flourishing because the current President is intent on keeping taxes and regulations down.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

CIA’s Creator Came to Regret it … Said the CIA Was a “Government All Its Own” Which Was Destroying Democracy

President Truman created the CIA.

He explained that it was solely an attempt to consolidate intelligence from many different intelligence agencies (page 285):

I needed … the President needed at that time a central organization that would bring all the various intelligence reports we were getting in those days, and there must have been a dozen of them, maybe more, bring them all into one organization so that the President would get one report on what was going on in various parts of the world. Now that made sense, and that’s why I went ahead and set up what they called the Central Intelligence Agency.

But in the 1970s, he told his biographer, Merle Miller (page 285):

I think [creation of the CIA] was a mistake. And if I’d know what was going to happen, I never would have done it…

Why, they’ve got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I’ve told you, one Pentagon is one too many. Now, as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don’t just report on wars and the like, they go out and make their own, and there’s nobody to keep track of what they’re up to. They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they’ll have something to report on. They’ve become … it’s become a government all of its own and all secret. They don’t have to account to anybody.

That’s a very dangerous thing in a democratic society, and it’s got to be put a stop to. The people have got a right to know what those birds are up to. And if I was back in the White House, people would know. You see, the way a free government works, there’s got to be a housecleaning every now and again, and I don’t care what branch of the government is involved. Somebody has to keep an eye on things.

And when you can’t do any housecleaning because everything that goes on is a damn secret, why, then we’re on our way to something the Founding Fathers didn’t have in mind. Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix. And if what happened at the Bay of Pigs doesn’t prove that, I don’t know what does. You have got to keep an eye on the military at all times, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s the birds in the Pentagon or the birds in the CIA.

Similarly, President Kennedy said he wanted “to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds”. But he was assassinated a month later.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Democrats Push to Lower Voting Age to 17 With Boost From Billionaire George Soros

Stung by recent election defeats, Democrats are leading the charge to lower the voting age to 17, with a little help from liberal billionaire George Soros.

In California, Democratic legislators introduced this week a landmark bill, ACA 10, that would give the Golden State the nation’s youngest statewide voting age by lowering the threshold from 18 to 17 in the name of reversing the slide in voter turnout.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Illinois State Senator is Pushing a Bill That Would Allow the Government to Confiscate Guns Without Due Process

Constitution Burning

There are people in our government who are determined to chip away at our Second Amendment rights, and they are an insidious bunch. Rarely do they make blatant gun grabbing attempts. Typically they push for policies that quietly set back gun rights. They like laws that merely set precedents without alarming the public, and they’ve been doing it successfully for decades.

The latest of these attempts comes from Illinois, one of the least gun friendly states in America. State Senator Julie Morrison has proposed a bill titled SB 1291, which would allow the government to confiscate firearms from citizens without any due process. According to Breitbart:…

Basically if this bill passes, then a resident of Illinois could have his or her firearms confiscated if a family member alleges that the person in question is an immediate threat to himself or others. All they have to do is file a petition and report that allegation to the government. I say allegation, because under this bill, no real proof is required to take away someone’s firearms.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Why is General Mattis Nominating the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s Stooge’?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, Anne Patterson, is problematic.

As ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2013, Patterson worked closely with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist government. She came under fire for cultivating too close a relationship with the regime and for discouraging protests against it — and White House officials are voicing concerns about those decisions now.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

WikiLeaks: CIA May be Hacking Cars to Murder People

It seems the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could, at least in theory, murder you by hacking into your car’s computer, according to the pro-transparency group Wikileaks. And now, with some of the rogue agency’s hacking tools and methods available on cyberspace, any common criminal with some computer knowledge might be able to do so as well. It remains unclear whether the CIA, which brags about its mass murder, has actually murdered anyone by hacking their car. But reasonable suspicions about the possibility have been floating around for years — especially since the suspicious “car crash” death of journalist Michael Hastings, who was involved in exposing CIA and NSA crimes.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Belgium’s Police Detain 2 People Over Terrorism Financing

Federal Prosecutor’s Office said that Belgium’s police have detained two people over alleged financing of terrorism during searches in Belgium’s Anderlecht municipality and the city of Ghent.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

France: The Taboo of Muslim Racism and Anti-Semitism — Part 1

On January 25, 2017, all of France’s “anti-racist” organizations — even the Jewish International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) — joined the Islamist Collective Against Islamophobia (CCIF) in court against Bensoussan. He was prosecuted for remarks he made in October 2015, during a debate on radio station France Culture about anti-Semitism among French Arabs. Benoussan said:

“An Algerian sociologist, Smaïn Laacher, with great courage, just said in a documentary aired on Channel 3: It is a shame to deny this taboo, namely that in the Arab families in France, and everyone knows it but nobody wants to say it, anti-Semitism is sucked with mother’s milk.”

The Islamist CCIF send the quote to the public prosecutor, who opened a case against Bensoussan. The charge was simple: “mother’s milk” was not a metaphor for cultural anti-Semitism transmitted through education, but a genetic and “essentialist” accusation. “Mother’s milk”, they claimed, means: “all Arabs are anti-Semitic” — in other words, that Bensoussan supposedly a racist.

The decision of the court to acquit of Bensoussan is a key moment for freedom of speech in France in general, and for the freedom to speak about Muslim anti-Semitism in France.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Israel Fears ISIS Chemical Attack in Europe

The National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau is concerned that ISIS terrorists might be plotting to carry out chemical attacks in Europe in the coming months.

The bureau intends to issue a travel advisory to the tens of thousands of Israelis who are planning to vacation in Europe over the upcoming Passover holiday, Channel 2 reported. The bureau is said to be particularly concerned with the possibility that, due to losses ISIS is sustaining in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters there will return to their homes in Europe and carry out attacks along the lines of the truck attack in Berlin in December that killed 12 people, including Dalia Elyakim, an Israeli tourist, and wounded 56 others.

The bureau was specifically concerned with the possibility that ISIS would try to carry out a mass casualty chemical attack in a main European city, the Channel 2 report said. The bomb could be made using over-the-counter ingredients available in supermarkets and home improvement supply stores.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Italy: ‘Discriminated’ Rome Ballerinas Case Sent to EU Court

Dossier sent ‘immediately’

(ANSA) — Rome, March 9 — The supreme Court of Cassation on Thursday sent to the European Court of Human Rights appeals by a number of ballerinas at the Rome Opera House who were forced to retire at 47 when the male retirement age is 52. The rule may break EU rules on sex discrimination, the Italian court said.

The Cassation Court said it was sending the case dossier to the European court “immediately”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Antitrust Conditional OK to Espresso-Itedi Deal

Must sell La Repubblica’s Genoa-Turin ad revenue

(ANSA) — Rome, March 9 — The Antitrust authority on Thursday gave a conditional green light to the purchase by Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, which owns La Repubblica daily and l’Espresso weekly, of Italiana Editrice (Itedi), which owns La Stampa daily and Genoa daily Secolo XIX. The authority said the buyer must sell off the advertising business of La Repubblica’s Genoa and Turin editions. The deal combining two of Italy’s top-selling dailies, La Repubblica and La Stampa, has been criticised by rivals such as Corriere della Sera as concentrating too much media assets in one group.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Vouchers to be Capped at 3,000 Euros — Panel

Hiring triggered if firms exceeeds limit

(ANSA) — Rome, March 9 — The use of widely abused vouchers for occasional work is to be capped at 3,000 euros for households and companies and hirings are to be automatically triggered if firms exceed legal limits, according to a paper approved on a House panel Thursday. The paper said the nominal value of each voucher would be set at 10 euros for non-entrepreneurs and professionals and at 15 euros for entrepreneurs and professionals without staff. The government is trying to reform voucher schemes so as to avert a union-sponsored referendum that would ask Italians to scrap them. Suasanna Camusso of the big leftwing union that sponsored the referendum, CGIL, said the proposed changes were not “radical” enough to void the referendum.

Vouchers were intended to be used just for occasional work but their use has expanded exponentially to pay for longer term and sometimes steady jobs.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Jihadis Living on Support Payments From the Europe They Vowed to Destroy

Four years ago, the British liberal newspaper, The Guardian, ran a story about the “survivors of Guantanamo”, the “victims of America’s ‘icon of lawlessness’“, “Britain’s survivors of the detention centre that has been called the ‘gulag of our times’“. The article featured a photograph of Jamal al Harith.

Al Harith, born Ronald Fiddler, a Christian convert to Islam, returned to Manchester from detention at Guantanamo Bay thanks to activism of David Blunkett, Home Secretary of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. Al Harith was immediately welcomed in England as a hero, the innocent victim of the unjust “war on terror” after September 11. The Mirror and ITV gave him £60,000 ($73,000) for an exclusive interview about his experience at Guantanamo. Al Harith was also compensated with one million pounds by the British authorities. The victim of the “gulag of our times” bought a very nice house with the taxpayers’ cash.

A few weeks ago, al Harith made his last “journey”: he was blown up in Mosul, Iraq, on behalf of the Islamic State. Al Harith had also been recruited by the non-governmental organization “CAGE” (formerly known as “Cageprisoners”) as part of its testimony advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Marine Le Pen: “France Isn’t Burkinis on the Beach, France is Brigitte Bardot’

Leading French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told 60 Minutes on Sunday that France “isn’t burkinis on the beach, France is Brigitte Bardot.”

From CBS News:

Like President Trump, Marine Le Pen takes a hard line on immigration and champions the unemployed workers of France, who she says have been harmed by globalization. Her views have resonated within the French electorate. She wants to drastically reduce legal immigration and deport all illegal immigrants, and she says she would also like to ban conspicuous religious garb in public, including Muslim headscarves and yarmulkes.

One thing Le Pen and some other French conservatives are upset about is a full-body swimsuit called the Burkini, which French Muslims have been wearing to the beach. Le Pen brought up the Burkini to make a broader point about immigration and assimilation in France, enlisting a French film star of the 1960s and 70s to help illustrate it. “[France] isn’t Burkinis on the beach. France is Brigitte Bardot. That’s France,” she tells Cooper. Is she trying to “make France great again,” just as Donald Trump promised during the campaign to “make America great again?” asks Cooper. “Of, course,” she replies, “I’ve been saying so for many years.”

[Comment: I much prefer a France of Brigitte Bardots than a France of burkinis.]

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Palestinians: Fake News and “Alternative Facts”

Palestinians have long been fed fake news. It is a tried and true method for recruiting terrorists and jihadists in the fight against Israel and Jews. As, in Islam, jihad is allowed to “defend Islam,” narratives sometimes have to be provided to give the impression that Islam is being attacked.

There is no shortage of Palestinian and Arab news websites that publish hoaxes, propaganda, lies and disinformation disguised as real news. This garbage is accepted as factual by many Palestinians and other Arabs.

This is another form of incitement to which the West is deaf, largely because journalists working for Western mainstream media do not wish to understand what is being reported in Arabic, or even in English. These journalists either deliberately turn a blind eye to this indoctrination or underestimate how it deforms the hearts and minds of Palestinians.

Take, for example, a recent story published on Palestinian news websites, claiming that Israel has been spraying agricultural fields in the Gaza Strip with pesticides. According to the report, Israel uses planes to destroy Palestinian agricultural products in order to ruin the Palestinian economy and deprive farmers of their livelihood.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]

Killing of a Kafir Woman in Pakistan in a Very Quranic Way!

Hindu woman axed to death in Pakistan’s Balochistan.

Prem Dalpat | HENB | Karachi | March 10, 2017:: Now, a Kafir Hindu woman has been axed to death by a group of unidentified persons in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province, a media report said.

The veiled assassinators came with skull cap wielded with axe and machetes.

Zania Kumari, was attacked on Wednesday by a group in Baba Kot area of Nasirabad district and escaped after the murder, police was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

The cause of the attack remains unclear and police have registered a case against the killers, the report said.

Jalo Ram, Kumari’s brother said his sister was killed for no reason by “influential people” of the area. He appealed to the police to take action against the killers and provide security to his family.

As per various report of Rights groups the Hindu girls and women are the culpable victim of Islamic persecution in Pakistan…

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]

Bloated on the Beach: 22 African Migrants Shot Dead by People Smugglers on Libyan Coast

MORE than 20 EU-bound African migrants have been shot dead and more than 100 injured by Libyan people-smugglers.

Police initially believed the migrants had been shot because they refused to board the human traffickers’ boat during bad weather.

But it later emerged that the migrants — whose bodies were found buried under the sand — had been caught in a bloody cross-fire between rival people-smuggling gangs operating along Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

The migrants were due to set sail from the beach at Sabratah, a coastal town located some 45 miles west of Tripoli, to Italy or Malta.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Fears ISIS Are Smuggling People and Weapons Into Europe as ‘Ghost Ships’ Sail Into Waters

THE ROYAL Naval association is warning that Britain has to be on its guard over the potential of ISIS terror attacks being planned from sea.

And at least one ‘ghost ship’, a vessel which appears to disable its tracking system, was caught when it ventured into Scottish waters to avoid detection.

Experts are warning that while an ongoing operation by joint forces to tackle the European migrant crisis is underway that there is a more dangerous threat in the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.

Figures compiled by maritime data and analytics company Windward for The Times shows 40 ships entered Europe from Libya, close to where ISIS is operating, after “going dark” in January and February.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Germany ‘Spent More Than €20bn on Refugees in 2016’ As Crisis Outstrips State Budgets

German states spent more than €20bn (£17.5bn) on refugees in 2016, government figures have indicated as Angela Merkel continues to come under pressure for her policy on migration.

Statistics seen by The Independent for the states of Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse and Berlin show that the cost of housing and integrating asylum seekers has far outstripped official predictions.

The Bundestag’s statistics service has listed a total spend of over €7bn (£6bn) for those four states alone in 2016, meaning the nationwide figure is likely to be far higher.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Germany: AfD Promises ‘Minus Migration’ of at Least 200,000 Migrants Every Year

THE right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has pledged to get rid of at least 200,000 more migrants a year than it takes in as part of its draft election manifesto released yesterday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Illegal Border Crossings Decreased 40 Percent During Trump’s First Month

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (shown on right) issued a statement on March 8 noting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released data showing a 40-percent drop in apprehensions of illegal immigrants from January to February. The number of illegal aliens apprehended during that period fell from 31,578 to 18,762 persons.

Kelly’s statement observed: “The drop in apprehensions shows a marked change in trends. Since the Administration’s implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

It’s Edward Bernays’ Birthday, Here’s How His Propaganda Still Controls You

Bernays was also the first person to use the term “public relations” to describe the work of the propagandist. In his famous book bluntly titled “Propaganda,” Bernays highlighted his own work and the works of many other prominent figures in the public relations industry. It is important to mention that Edward Bernays came from a very prominent family in the field of psychology, as he was the nephew of Sigmund Freud, the “father of psychology.” Freud’s discoveries about the human unconscious were the basis of his nephew’s work. Bernays used what he knew about the inner workings of the mind as a tool of persuasion to control the masses through their subconscious.

In “Propaganda” Bernays doesn’t even attempt to sugarcoat his sinister plan when he makes statements like this one: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.”

Before Bernays published “propaganda” in 1928, advertisements were far less complicated than the ones that were seen after. While advertisements in the past would just describe a product and its uses, now they would appeal to the viewer’s subconscious fears and desires in order to make a mental connection between product and consumer. Do you ever wonder why commercials often times have absolutely nothing to do with the product they are trying to sell? It is because they are trying to sell an image that you can relate to, not just a product.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/10/2017

  1. Well, thats 22 less invaders that the European taxpayer has to support, plus several hundred offspring they would have hatched once they reached European shores, and several thousand family members once the reunifications start in earnest.

    • Western Woman is essentially sterile and cannot (will not) sustain a population. It’s going to be a demographic nightmare in Europe this century, as the Third World occupies the continent and demands the whole pie with machetes, rapes and bombs.

      • […] The fact that western women are not ‘sustaining the population’ as many think they should, has nothing to do with fertility or sterility, but the fact that they are insecure, financially and/or otherwise. (wow! how could that be in today’s Europe?)

        • very much so! In the precarious post war period when I grew up, a working man could feed a family, schooling included.This goes for the US and most of Europe. These days, even a college professor cannot feed three kids and a wife without finding himself in a semi- proletarian lifestyle of whence…ö

  2. If the AfD could deliver on even half of that promise, it would be fantastic. Assuming Germans actually want to vote to save themselves.

    • The AfD will not save Germany, they probably so corrupt then the CDU,SPD and the Greens. It is already to late for my Country. I think a Civil War will spread in Europa very soon.

  3. How did we get to a consolidation of the intelligence agencies to form the CIA and end up with 17 intelligence agencies? It is the Washington swamp, Mr. President. It may well be targeting you.

  4. Be interesting to know how much the UK spend on Refugees ! The governments of Europe seem very keen keen to keep this information secret ! Probably a lot less than Germany ! What`s more interesting is the total amount of Welfare the UK is now paying out now compared to say 2004 before immigration rose dramatically after a decision by the then left wing government to allow a dramatic rise in immigrants arriving from the EU and the rest of the world ! It would be interesting to see if the increase in welfare exactly matches the increase in immigration ! EU governments seem to keep this sort of info under wraps .

    • I’m pretty sure you already know the answer, a quick google search confirms the same for several cou

  5. This lowering the voting age is a very serious trend. If it happened in Germany islamists could come to power in German cities where the majority of children are now muslim.

  6. Well I’ll be darned. Imagine that. ISIS may have a follower or two here and there all over the west. Armed to the teeth to boot. There’s a rumour going around about Muslims being brainwashed in an ideology that is committed to wiping out enslaving and or converting Eurolib in as blood thirsty a manner as any ideology of hate can. Personally I don’t believe it. How could we think such a thing. Next we’ll be afraid of our own shadow. Ok just in case someone may be taking this seriously. Time to take our countries back and each deal with its Muslim problem as matter of survival.

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