FÜHRERIN MERKEL MUST GO NOW!

 

CDU MPs needs accuse Merkel of shifting CDU further to the left. Alexander Mitsch, who leads a right-leaning group within CDU, on Monday criticized the party’s immigration policies in recent years as well as the loss of voters’ support in September’s national election.

“Now after this election debacle, in which the CDU had the worst result since 1949 … the party leadership is obviously not ready to correct anything,” he told us, referencing the CDU’s drop to 26.8 percent in the election, compared to 34.1 percent in the prior 2013 election. “That brings us then to the realization that we need new party leadership.”

Mitsch also suggested that his party could learn from the example of Austria’s conservative leader, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, who after an election this month is poised to become chancellor. Kurz staged a comeback for his party this fall, in large part by steering it to the right on immigration issues.

“Of course that is a very good model for Germany … We wish we had someone in Germany like Mr. Kurz,” Mitsch said of Kurz’s election success.

Mitsch points out the polls show German people are insecure about immigration and refugee policies, adding that this was a cardinal error on the CDU’s part for not shifting its position on the issue earlier and recognizing it as a great potential problem.

Mitsch told us there are many good people in CDU who would be suitable party leaders, adding that a young new leader would bring new momentum to the party.

Merkel is currently working to form a new coalition government after the election, which will likely bring CDU together with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats.

The cancer of Merkel-Schulz fractals destroys Germany.  The followers of these two useful idiots multiply like geometric fractals, transforming glückskind Germany to an unglücksrabe Islamic Republic. Volksverhuizing mass migration brings umvolkung ethnocide.

 

We love the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).  Our heart belongs to AfD. All other parties are Islamopandering traitors. Thilo Sarrazin points out Germany abolishes itself. Merkel is gambling with Germany.

EU is a German racket designed to take over the whole of Europe. You might as well give sovereignty up to Adolf Hitler. Germany has always been the EU’s most powerful economy, and Britain’s departure leaves the Bundesrepublik in an even more dominant position. Yet far from using this enhanced clout to steer the Brexit negotiations in a direction which would suit German industry, Germany’s leaders are now even more anxious than ever not to be seen throwing their weight around.

German diplomats and politicians remain acutely sensitive to the charge that EU is a Teutonic plot to achieve by stealth what their forefathers failed to achieve in two world wars, and it’s this fear of being cast as Europe’s bully boys which means Germany will play no active role in the Brexit negotiations. 

The reason Germany is so keen to take a back seat is that European unity, not British trade, is Germany’s main concern. Britons find it intolerable being bossed about by Germans. Other Europeans feel much the same. Economically the other members of the EU depend on Germany but they don’t like to admit it and so, in some respects, the EU’s richest, most populous nation actually has less diplomatic leverage than its smallest, poorest states. It makes no difference if Germans want to carry on selling tariff-free cars to Britain – to maintain European harmony, especially after Brexit, Germany must avoid the slightest suspicion that it’s bossing its EU partners around.

So what will be the consequences of this back seat stance, for Germany and Britain? Most probably, a tougher exit deal than many German industrialists would care for. The Germans all seem resigned to a hard Brexit, with no concessions. In means In, Out means Out, and the integrity of the Single Market is sacrosanct. Sure, new tariffs may hurt German exports in the short term, but if the Single Market remains intact it’s probably a price worth paying. And in any case, they argue, German exports aren’t particularly price sensitive. Britons buy German goods because they’re reliable, not because they’re cheap.

Germans want some sort of deal and they’re fairly confident Barnier will work something out, but the one issue which they fear may cause the breakdown of these talks is British exit payments. The way the Germans see it, Britain has made prior commitments to EU which Brits need to honor before anything else can be resolved, and this as an area where the two sides are still a long way apart.

And what about Germany’s role in Europe after Brexit? Ironically, it seems the main result of Britain’s departure will be to make the Germans more Eurofederalist – not because they want to be, but because Brexit will inevitably propel Germany into a closer relationship with France. Macron wants to drive European integration at a faster pace than Merkel, and while the Germans will resist French attempts to pool French debts with German surpluses, without the British there to apply the brakes the EU juggernaut will now move up a gear. One of the unintended consequences of Brexit is that, far from initiating the break-up of the EU, it will most likely bind its remaining members more tightly together.

90% of the corrupt NGOs in cahoots with human smugglers on the Mediterranean are German firms. With their large seaworthy ships, they close the logistical gap in the Mediterranean between the Arab smugglers in Libya and the Arab smugglers in Italy. So it is not Libyans and other Arabs who are organizing the mass transport of invaders to West Europe — it is Germans. The Identitarian Movement put on a wonderful solo demonstration against the German smuggler groups. But where is the systematic protest? Where are the pickets in front of the headquarters of these shady companies right here in Germany? Where are the flyers being handed out in the pedestrian zones of those cities? Why is our concentrated anger not directed at those Germans among us whose hands are dirtiest from this repulsive, duplicitous business?

Day after day, the Lying Press presents us with the same Fake News: “Refugees saved from danger at sea!” Every word is a miserable lie! There are no refugees. They were not “in danger at sea.” They were not “saved!”

This is the truth: These are paying passengers, all from Africa or other places where there is no war. These passengers only pay Libyan smugglers such amounts for a seat in a zodiac, because the smugglers can guarantee them that their journey will continue beyond the 12-mile limit on a modern German sea-going vessel. The zodiac waits patiently outside the 12-mile limit for the smuggler ship — informed beforehand by their smuggling colleagues — to take the African passengers on board. These passengers from the inflatable weren’t rescued. They were passed from one smuggler to the next, in a perfectly orchestrated arrangement.

Because they are nothing but smugglers, the so-called German “aid organizations” do not transport their allegedly saved-from-danger-at-sea African passengers to the closest port, as is required and customary in the case of real danger of death at sea. No, because they are smugglers, they smuggle their passengers 500 kilometers to Italy. Then they put out to sea and the whole charade — refugees-danger at sea-saving — starts all over again.

Without the big German ships, the Libyan smugglers would not have a chance to sell their expensive tickets. Why should a Bangladeshi or a Congolese put his hard-won money into the grubby paws of a dodgy Libyan, if he promises a trip to Europe, but can’t guarantee it? That is why the participation of the Germans is crucial. Without the guarantee of a secure, dependable continuation of the journey, “made in Germany,” there would be no business for the Libyans. So the notorious German “aid organizations” are the crux and the fulcrum of all the organized human trafficking in the Mediterranean.

So Germans are once again the ones who are dragging the rest of Europe in the wrong direction. It is not only an icy, passive-aggressive woman at the head of their state, whose selfies advertise a folk migration to Western Europe. It is also those people, predominantly Germans, who are organizing, coordinating and carrying out this folk migration.

In this context, it is puzzling that the latest, exemplary Identitarian demonstration is thus far a noble but isolated act. Systematic, regular protests against the German smuggler mafia — the so-called aid organizations — are long overdue! There is no admonitory presence in front of the company headquarters of these dubious enterprises. No flyers or informative movements in pedestrian zones. No protests against the backers: particularly the churches that provide sums in the millions for these smuggling groups — because the church-backed asylum industry needs constant replenishment of people, to increase its profits.

Germans must not allow themselves to play the bogeyman of Europe again. They must not allow themselves to be singled out again, and be compelled once more to be ashamed of their wretched contribution to the history of our continent. It is the obligation of Germans to pillory the German smugglers of the Mediterranean, the worthless, criminal pseudo-Germans who are sinning against all of Europe. The perpetrators are in our midst. Let us put a stop to their filthy works!

 

A government task force created to promote the integration of migrants into German society has published a list of the core features of German culture.

The list studiously omits politically incorrect terms such as “patriotism” and “leading culture” (Leitkultur), and effectively reduces German traditions and values to the lowest common denominator. The task force, in fact, implicitly establishes multiculturalism as the most complete expression of German culture.

The so-called Cultural Integration Initiative (Initiative kulturelle Integration) was created by the German government in December 2016 to promote “social cohesion” after Chancellor Angela Merkel opened German borders to more than a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The task force — led by the German Cultural Council (Deutscher Kulturrat) in close cooperation with the German Interior Ministry and two dozen media, religious and other interest groups — was charged with reaching a consensus on what constitutes German culture. The original aim was to facilitate “cultural integration” by encouraging migrants to assimilate to a shared set of cultural values.

After five months of deliberation, the task force on presented a list of what it considers to be the top 15 guiding principles of German culture. Encapsulated in the catchphrase Cohesion in Diversity, the list consists of mostly generic ideas about German culture — gender equality, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, pluralism and democracy — that are not at all unique to Germany.

Moreover, the list makes no mention of German culture as being the guiding or core culture (Leitkultur), nor does the task force explicitly demand that migrants assimilate to the German way of life. Rather, the guiding principles appear to be aimed at encouraging Germans to embrace the foreign cultural norms that migrants bring to Germany. The task force’s focus seems to have shifted from integration and assimilation to coexistence, tolerance and to the Germans adopting the migrant’s core culture.

The political parties apart from the routine corruption to which the people have almost become adjusted can also lead to psychotic behavior among those responsible.

For example, ignorance and brutality are timeless characteristics of potentates who go out of control. Since in the history of mankind no one has yet escaped this rule, it also applies to the Sovietized politics of the EU and its affiliated states. Germany is no exception in this case; rather she has become, by virtue of her surge toward the radical left since reunification, the driving force. This can hardly be surprising, given her pan-German, red-brown “tradition”.

Since the mechanism is independent of time, it also runs its course in ever the same way. In order to give the German uniparty [Einheitspartei], consisting of the government and opposition (except the AfD), room for its unobtrusive radicalization — evident from the path leading from enforced immigration to immigrant invasion — the nation has been dressaged since the 1970s in the prayer wheel of “cultural dialogue” to three major factors as follows: a) the minimization of education, with the result that people cannot appreciate their own situation; b) maximization of taxes, such that the increasing workloads and tax burdens further paralyze initiative; c) a propaganda, which combines these two and drums a schizophrenic thinking into the nation; that is, the people, who are also voters after all, are supposed to trust a government which considers them the enemy.

For whatever criticism arises, it appears to those “responsible” as “hate speech” framed as populism, racism, parasitism etc. This völkisch politics cribbed from the Nazis accompanies a decline of the constitutional state, which is radically divorced from the old-nation [Altvolk] as “sovereign”, and replaced by means of the pumping-in of Muslims. It follows logically that they not only belong to Germany, but also occupy the country with enormous support from the bureaucracy and the “humanitarian” institutions. These have been infiltrated over the years, even by forces hostile to the state, and have been overrun by countless opinion tanks [Meinungspanzern], also known as think tanks. Thus they have little objection to the hunting season now being opened on the population; meanwhile the justice system is also involved and almost everyone is turning a blind eye.

Since only “hate-speakers” dissent, and since the unity-propaganda of the Islamic peace proceeds from all of the institutions — the media and the universities being in the vanguard — Germany finds herself already in the midst of her third totalitarianism. The color green has long since been attributed to this system, owing to the new dominant culture following that of red and brown; however, the brutal Islamic one is often forgotten over the sloganeering of the media.

It is at this point that brutality comes into play as an indispensable function of totalitarian politics, and it requires correspondingly talented actors. The most important of these, Merkel and Schulz presented to the German electorate their suitability for replacement. The former stressed that she had done all the proper things regarding the torrent of immigrants, “because there are people who come to us”. Her “adversary” could only agree: “Islam is a religion like any other”.

The duelists are conducting a sham battle because, as adherents to the uniparty, they are pursuing through the vehicle of Islam their socialist goal of doing away with the civil constitutional state, which tolerance is carrying to the grave by quite simply giving away, in packages worth millions, individual rights such as freedom of religion and asylum, and without being hindered in the slightest by specialists in the field of law.

Instead, the “elites” calmly watch as the Islamic “freedom of religion” in the form of terror, rapine and rape descends upon the electorate. The ruling class thereby declares open season on the citizens, their actual enemy, whilst also controlling the statistics and opinion polls. Merkel’s ratings are so high that after the election, despite everything, the triumphant political class could encourage — apart from family reunification — the ignition of the next stage of invasion.*

The obsessive quality of this “policy” may explain the extralegal energy with which the primary actors use religiously-free and young Muslims, whose primary duty in the enemy territory of Europe is to fight the outlawed unbelievers wherever they can find them. Since they are being cared for in the wraparound cocoon of the welcoming-ideology, many of them view the whole scenario as the wondrous providence of Allah, who challenges them to make their contribution with Koran-legitimised violence; this all the more, since they are certain not to be deported.

Apart from the fact that such a policy takes on psychopathological features if it remains unwaveringly on its inhumane path, it can open extremely problematic perspectives which ultimately lead to the despotic state. This can easily be brought about simply by proclaiming any resistance which might arise as a reason for activating laws governing a state of emergency. Such an eventuality could hardly come as a surprise given that decisions against the civil state are almost established routine for the Federal Constitutional Court [Bundesverfassungsgericht] and given that the court is occupied by loyal party activists and — particularly in the context of EU litigation — it has with lasting effect completely undermined the sovereignty of the state.

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IDENTITARIANS COME TO UK


A patriotic movement which has united young nationalists from Canada, the US and across the European Union, resulting in shocking, often hostile anti-migration campaigns, is plotting to set up shop in the UK.

Génération Identitaire rose to notoriety when it blocked the roads to the Calais migrant camp and attempted to block a charity vessel bringing migrants from the waters outside Libya into an Italian port, as part of its push to end mass migration to Europe. The stunt shone a spotlight on the group, which claims it is preserving the European way of life.

The niggers and allahuakbars who invade Europe are not refugees, but migrants. A refugee is a person who flees to the nearest safe country, not passing throughout many countries looking for a better life. Europe is committing suicide. An Afghan makes most of his trip overland. He could have stopped in any number of relatively peaceful and comfortable Muslim countries he passed through on the way. He didn’t. He, like the other migrants, insisted on Europe, and, indeed, Western Europe.

Europeans suffer from niggers, allahuakbars, and Gypsies.  Niggers and ragheads terrorize and rape, and Gypsies steal.  The unelected Eurokleptocrats like it this way, because they want to replace the freedom-loving Europeans with obedient morons.

One billion niggers and allahuakbars will try to invade EU in ten years. Many carry HIV and other terrible contagious viruses. Smugglers in cahoots with NGOs make billions of euros every month.  This madness brings uncontrollable crimes, heavy burdens on health systems, and the grand clash of cultures. It will cost Europeans trillions of euros, the loss of their countries, and the loss of their freedom.  This is the end of Graecoroman civilization and the start of the global caliphate. So long Europe!  So long!

Now in its fifth year, the French-founded movement, which wants to end the Islamization of Europe, yet rejects accusations of anti-Semitism and racism, has set its sights on the UK.

Génération Identitaire – or Generation Identity (GI) – took a boat out to the Search and Rescue Zone off Libya to “gather evidence” against NGOs saving migrants from drowning and bringing them to Europe.

Their vessel, the ‘C-star’, ran into a number of issues, however, including crew members being arrested, the boat being detained and an embarrassing breakdown resulting in a rescue by one of the NGOs.

Despite such embarrassments, support continued to grow and donations flooded in to the group, made up of young, media-savvy campaigners.

Using slick videos and appeals, the group capitalized on public concerns as hundreds of thousands of migrants arrived in Europe.

Thousands of pounds of funding for the Defend Europe campaign came from the United Kingdom, RT UK can confirm.

Insiders at GI could not confirm exactly how much because their fundraising efforts were shut down multiple times after pressure on crowdfunding platforms to block them, but the campaign showed interest in the group in the UK.

Now, GI is hoping to open up a British movement.

Julia Ebner, a research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), has revealed details of a meeting held in Britain over the weekend.

Austrian co-leader of Génération Identitaire Martin Sellner was among those who visited London, along with American patriot Brittany Pettibone.

Ebner told the Independent the group is weaponizing internet culture and spreading its message, but believes the UK is key for new support.

“They’ve seen that there is a vacancy there because the UK has either very traditionalist street movements like the English Defence League (EDL) and British National Party (BNP), or the very hard-right and violent ones like National Action who are now terrorist organizations,” Ebner said.

There wasn’t really anything in between and that’s the niche they are trying to fill.”

Undercover researchers found the group is oiling its PR machine and kicking out those who appear to be too extreme, as well as officially banning Nazi symbols.

“They have learnt to be very careful how they portray the movement publicly but inside their channels you see a very different rhetoric,” Ebner told us.

“It’s really interesting to listen to them try to mainstream their views as publicly acceptable.”

The growing popularity of the movement has concerned ISD, with researchers claiming it has mastered the art of making racist rhetoric look like a political message.

“They do talk about white genocide [but] they are careful to represent themselves in a peaceful way and avoid any suggestion of violence,” Davey said.

“They are using memes and the language of young people to compartmentalize and broadcast very far-right ideals.”

ISD found evidence of “troll armies” which bolster the far-right agenda online, pushing campaigns and starting successful hashtags.

During the Defend Europe campaign the group spread information on rescue vessels and their whereabouts, accusing them of breaking the law and helping smugglers.

In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones, everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle. The answer to illegal migration is not fatalistically to sit back and wait for the migrant influx. The answer is, based on a new starting-date, to change EU’s outdated and unsustainable welfare policies, which stem from a pre-globalization era, and in this way actively work to make it less attractive for millions of migrants to venture to EU in the first place.

European leaders do not to care that their continuing migration policies and welfare systems support an entire industry of human traffickers, who prey on the desire of hopeful migrants to reach Europe; the traffickers are making billions. Migrant smuggling has emerged as one of the most profitable and widespread criminal activities for organized crime in EU. The migrant smuggling business is now a large, profitable and sophisticated criminal market, comparable to the European drug markets. European politicians are indirectly responsible for the existence of this industry. Day after day, the Lying Press presents us with the same Fake News: “Refugees saved from danger at sea!” Every word is a miserable lie! There are no refugees. They were not “in danger at sea.” They were not “saved!” They were taxied by corrupt NGOs in cahoots with smugglers.

These are paying passengers, all from Africa or other places where there is no war. These passengers only pay Libyan smugglers such amounts for a seat in a modern NGO ship, because the smugglers can guarantee them that their journey will continue beyond the 12-mile limit on a modern NGO sea-going vessel. The modern NGO ship waits patiently outside the 12-mile limit for the smuggler ship — informed beforehand by their smuggling colleagues — to take the African passengers on board. These passengers from the inflatable weren’t rescued. They were passed from one smuggler to the next, in a perfectly orchestrated arrangement.

Because they are nothing but smugglers, the corrupt German NGOs do not transport their allegedly saved-from-danger-at-sea African passengers to the closest port, as is required and customary in the case of real danger of death at sea. No, because they are smugglers, they smuggle their passengers 500 kilometers to Italy. Then they put out to sea and the whole charade — refugees-danger at sea-saving — starts all over again.

Corrupt NGO ships are acting as a pull factor for people smugglers and migrants attempting to enter Europe illegally. Without the big German ships, the Libyan smugglers would not have a chance to sell their expensive tickets. Why should a raghead or a nigger put his hard-won money into the grubby paws of a dodgy Libyan, if he promises a trip to Europe, but can’t guarantee it? That is why the participation of the Germans is crucial. Without the guarantee of a secure, dependable continuation of the journey, made in Germany, there would be no business for the Libyans. So the notorious German NGOs are the crux and the fulcrum of all the organized human trafficking in the Mediterranean.

So Germans are once again the ones who are dragging the rest of Europe in the wrong direction. It is not only an icy, passive-aggressive woman at the head of their state, whose selfies advertise a folk migration to Western Europe. It is also those people, predominantly Germans, who are organizing, coordinating, and carrying out this folk migration.

Germans must not allow themselves to play the bogeyman of Europe again. They must not allow themselves to be singled out again, and be compelled once more to be ashamed of their wretched contribution to the history of Europe. It is the obligation of Germans to pillory the German smugglers of the Mediterranean, the worthless criminals who are sinning against all of Europe. The perpetrators are in our midst. Let us put a stop to their filthy works!

We are – these days – confronted not only with the old, well-known, quite natural, because gradual and evolutionary, phenomenon of individual migration but with a conceptually different phenomenon of mass migration. This is something else, not only quantitatively. Many politicians and their fellow travelers in the media and in the academy either do not understand this difference or pretend not to. They try to deal with mass migration as if it was the case of individual migration, which it is not. To my great regret, some old-fashioned liberals – who are traditionally against all kinds of borders – are making the same mistake, the mistake of not looking carefully enough and of not differentiating.

Everything indicates that it has become more or less a universal issue. Europe makes mass migration – due to its peculiar institutional arrangements and to its apparent absence of democracy – much easier. Mass migration has become a new, innovative social experiment of our era. The whole European continent has been transformed into an experimental laboratory.

The most important cause of the current mass migration is the radical shift in ideas, not a new, more tragic than in the past situation in countries from where the people migrate. As a consequence, people in many unsuccessful, poor and underdeveloped, broken, non-democratic, ungoverned or chaotic countries got the feeling that they have a right to migrate, to depart to more successful, rich, developed, orderly functioning, democratic countries which – in addition to it – offer generous social benefits to all newcomers.

It is – methodologically – very important to see that the concentrating on failed or broken countries covers only the supply-side of the whole story. This represents a huge limitless migration reservoir. It – in itself – cannot bring about migration. To make mass migration possible, there needs to be also a demand-side.

The demand for migrants – in spite of all the political rhetoric suggesting the opposite – comes from Europe. It was not only the reckless and ill-conceived explicit welcoming gesture made by Angela Merkel and some other leading European politicians in the summer of 2015. This was just the last drop. The European – perhaps more implicit than explicit – demand for mass migration has several distinct, but mutually reinforcing factors – some of them ideological, some systemic, some policy-driven.

The modern or post-modern ideological confusion connected with the ideas of multiculturalism, cultural relativism, continentalism (as opposed to the idea of nation-state), human-rightism and political correctness becomes the principle factor. It destroyed the traditional way of looking at the origin and organization of human society. It replaced the orientation towards a nation (or a nation-state) with continental or planetary thinking. It proclaimed that diversity was more than social cohesion and homogeneity. It sacrificed civil rights in favor of human rights. It changed the concept of rights from negative to positive ones. It incorporated migration among human rights.

Not less important is the fact that Occident has been gradually transformed from a society heralding performance, results and achievements, production and work to a society based on entitlements. Due to it, the economic and social policy has switched from the concept of a market economy to the concept of a social market economy where the adjective social has become more important than the nouns market and economy. Potential migrants understood the significance of this destructive shift very rapidly. They are not coming into Europe as a labor force but as recipients of all kinds of social benefits.

There is one Europe-specific factor. The original, post-second world war concept of the European integration has been transformed with the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties into the concept of unification. It has led

– to the weakening of nation-states and to the fundamental undermining of their sovereignty;

– to the elimination of borders throughout the European continent. Instead of introducing easily crossable borders, the borders were abolished with all kinds of unavoidable consequences;

– to the weakening of democracy and to the creation of a post-democratic, bureaucratically run Europe. It enormously enhanced the role of the European strongest country, Germany, and – symmetrically – it lowered the role of smaller EU member states. It brought about a typical imperial structure of society;

These processes led to the reappearance of old dreams about creating a new Europe and a new European man, someone who would be entirely deprived of his roots in individual nation-states. Migrants are believed to become the ideal input in the pan-European society, hence, the more of them, the better. We don´t suggest that this intention has been openly and explicitly formulated by all European politicians, but this mode of thinking has become – at least implicitly – a driving force behind the current migration deadlock.

Mass migration into Europe – much more than terrorism, which is just a supplementary factor – threatens to destroy European society and to create a new Europe which would be much different from the past as well as from a libertarian way of thinking.

Europe is committing suicide. By the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place the world we had to call home. This cataclysm has two causes: mass immigration and Europeans’ loss of faith in European beliefs, traditions, and legitimacy. Europeans feel guilty about their past; they’re jaded, weighted down by an existential tiredness, a feeling that their corner of the world has run out of steam and that their culture, for which they have insufficient regard, might just as well be replaced by another.

Tory MP Enoch Powell, one of the most brilliant and accomplished men of his time, in 1968 gave an extraordinary prescient oration, the so-called Rivers of Blood speech, in which he warned of the long-term results of UK immigration policy. Instead of prompting the immigration controls that 75% of his countrymen wanted even back then, the speech ended Powell’s career and made his name synonymous with hatred. Three out of four members of the general public were with him, but to the elite he was Hitler – and his instant official disgrace made it impossible, during the ensuing decades, to have anything remotely resembling an honest public debate on immigration. The Muslims kept pouring in, and though most Brits disapproved, they kept their heads down, shrugging silently. What else could they do? They knew that if they spoke up, they’d get the Powell treatment.

Meanwhile, slightly different versions of the same tragedy (or farce?) were being played out across northwestern Europe. Everywhere, the natives were lied to by their politicians and media: the scale of immigration, they were told, was far lower than widely believed; their country had always been “a nation of immigrants”; immigrants represented a net economic asset; crime statistics were inflated; and, naturally, Islam was a religion of peace. Those who criticized immigration – because they saw their culture disappearing, their secular democracy challenged, their taxes going to support indolent, criminal aliens, and their own access to housing and schools cut off by policies that favored foreigners – were called racists and nationalists, were accused of being fixated on skin color, and were ridiculed for failing to have a sophisticated enough appreciation of the value of cultural diversity.

If Britain had Powell’s speech, France had a strange prediction, Le Camp des Saints (1973), in which Jean Raspail envisioned a rapid conquest of western Europe by shiploads of Third Worlders crossing the Mediterranean. Just as Merkel triggered the latest immigrant tsumani by setting out a welcome mat, in Raspail’s book the invasion is set off by an ill-advised invitation by the Belgian government. Le Camp des Saints is deeply unpleasant in its depiction of the immigrant hordes, but although it was almost universally dismissed as racist, it predicted with uncomfortable precision Europe’s response to today’s alien influx – from the dithering politicians to the naively magnanimous churchmen.

The Dutchmen Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, who were demonized for criticizing mass Islamic immigration, ended up slain. Oriana Fallaci’s cry of outrage, The Rage and the Pride (2002), sold millions. How long ago all this seems! Fortuyn and Fallaci gained innumerable admirers. But what difference did any of it make? At certain moments all those years ago, some form of salvation seemed just around the corner. Yet the elites retained their power and kept banging away at the lies. And things just got worse.

Not just worse, crazier. When terrorist acts occurred, they were treated as one-offs, unrelated to immigration or Islam. British police covered up mass rapes of English girls by Muslim men for fear of being called racist. Rape victims kept mum for fear of inflicting visa problems upon their assailants, or, more generally, for fear of contributing to Islamophobia. Courts protected brutal Muslim criminals, some of them illegal aliens, from expulsion for fear they’d face trouble in their homelands – never mind the trouble they’d already caused to any number of European natives. While preachers of sharia Jew-killing were tolerated, if not presented with awards for being exemplary community leaders and bridge builders, critics of those preachers were put on trial. Europeans were told repeatedly that their nations’ imperial histories obliged them to shelter descendants of their former colonial subjects; but no one ever talked this way about the Turks’ own Ottoman Empire. And when Eastern European leaders kept out Muslims – and thereby kept violent crime, welfare costs, and other horrors that were becoming increasingly familiar in Western Europe – EU honchos railed at them to open their borders and share in the nightmare.

Under Communism, Eastern Europeans retained the tragic sense of life that many Western Europeans had long since lost; later, freed from Soviet despotism, they joined the EU only to find themselves being ordered around again – this time, being commanded to open their borders to what they, if not their Western European counterparts, recognized quite clearly as tyranny, though in a form different from the tyranny they had lived under. To these EU diktats they said no, in thunder. Eastern Europe’s experience with totalitarian oppression was so recent and so long that it is still able to discover real meaning in the word freedom – a word that educated Western Europeans have been taught for decades now to pronounce with a sneer.

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt actually told his people, in a televised speech, that they were themselves uninteresting and that the nation handed down by their forebears for generation after generation belonged more properly to the masses who were currently pouring in from the Muslim world. Any self-respecting people would have been outraged and – well, would have done to Reinfeldt what the British elite did to Enoch Powell. But no, the Swedes just nodded in acceptance. Their betters had been telling them this sort of thing for so long that they were used to it.

We witness the crime of breathtakingly tragic readiness of millions of supposedly responsible adults to betray their country and culture, their antecedents and their posterity, to an alien and minatory invader. The craven European elites have, unforgivably, opened the city gates to let in the Trojan horse.

We – as a matter of principle and quite resolutely – protest against the decision of EU to launch infringement procedures against member states, in connection with their refusal to accept migrants on the basis of Brussels-dictated quotas. We protest against the intentions to punish us and force us into obedience.

Thanks to this step taken by the European Commission, those who did not know it so far, can now see, what is the genuine position of the member states within the European Union, and what kind of intentions the EU top leaders have with us.

What happened is a new, unprecedented move. We don´t accept it. We refuse mandatory settlements of foreigners on the territory of our state. We don´t wish the transformation of our country into a multicultural society of unadaptive communities, as we see them in France and Great Britain today. Not to speak of terrorism that we see happening almost every day, in connection with such massive migration.

We don´t agree with the argument that we have to be there, that we have to be present at the decision making table, that we must be part of the hard core of EU. We have been a part of the EU decision making process for many years, and we know that we do not make the decisions. Our presence there has no real importance. Our voice is being ignored. The decisions are not made by us. They are made about us.

Let us not be blackmailed by threats of termination of EU subsidies. We do not need them, and we do not want them. We refuse both our payments to Brussels, as well as the money coming from Brussels. We refuse the harmful and violently pushed through EU policy as a whole.

This leads us to the only possible and necessary conclusion. The time has come to start preparing our exit from EU. It is the only way to protect and save our state, which we have inherited from our ancestors, and which we have a duty to pass on to future generations as an independent entity.

Migrants carry highly contagious diseases. A failed asylum seeker from Yemen who was given sanctuary at a church in northern Germany to prevent him from being deported has infected more than 50 German children with a highly contagious strain of tuberculosis. The man, who was sheltered at a church in Bünsdorf between January and May 2017, was in frequent contact with the children, some as young as three, who were attending a day care center at the facility. He was admitted to a hospital in Rendsburg in June and subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis — a disease which only recently has reentered the German consciousness.

Local health authorities say that in addition to the children, parents and teachers as well as parishioners are also being tested for the disease, which can develop months or even years after exposure. It remains unclear if the man received the required medical exams when he first arrived in Germany, or if he is one of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have slipped through the cracks.

The tuberculosis scare has cast a renewed spotlight on the increased risk of infectious diseases in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed in around two million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government’s central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report — which was published on July 12, 2017 and provides data on the status of more than 50 infectious diseases in Germany during 2016 — offers the first glimpse into the public health consequences of the massive influx of migrants in late 2015.

The report shows increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough.

Germany has — so far at least — escaped the worst-case scenario: most of the tropical and exotic diseases brought into the country by migrants have been contained; there have no mass outbreaks among the general population. More common diseases, however, many of which are directly or indirectly linked to mass migration, are on the rise, according to the report.

The incidence of Hepatitis B, for example, has increased by 300% during the last three years, according to the RKI. The number of reported cases in Germany was 3,006 in 2016, up from 755 cases in 2014. Most of the cases are said to involve unvaccinated migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The incidence of measles in Germany jumped by more than 450% between 2014 and 2015, while the number of cases of chicken pox, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough were also up. Migrants also accounted for at least 40% of the new cases of HIV/AIDS identified in Germany since 2015, according to a separate RKI report.

The RKI statistics may be just the tip of the iceberg. The number of reported cases of tuberculosis, for example, was 5,915 in 2016, up from 4,488 cases in 2014, an increase of more than 30% during that period. Some doctors, however, believe that the actual number of cases of tuberculosis is far higher and have accused the RKI of downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

In an interview with Focus, Carsten Boos, an orthopedic surgeon, warned that German authorities have lost track of hundreds of thousands of migrants who may be infected. He added that 40% of all tuberculosis pathogens are multidrug-resistant and therefore inherently dangerous to the general population:

“When asylum seekers come from countries with a high risk for tuberculosis infections, the RKI, as the highest German body for infection protection, should not downplay the danger. Is a federal institute using political correctness to conceal the unpleasant reality?

“The media reports that in 2015, the federal police registered about 1.1 million refugees. Around 700,000 to 800,000 applications for asylum were submitted and 300,000 refugees have disappeared. Have they been checked? Do they come from the high risk countries?

“One has the impression that in the RKI the left hand does not know what the right one is doing.”

At the height of the migrant crisis in October 2015, Michael Melter, the chief physician at the University Hospital Regensburg, reported that migrants were arriving at his hospital with illnesses that are hardly ever seen in Germany. “Some of the ailments I have not seen for 20 or 25 years,” he said, “and many of my younger colleagues have actually never seen them.”

Marc Schreiner, director of international relations for the German Hospital Federation (Deutschen Krankenhausgesellschaft), echoed Melter’s concerns:

“In the clinics, it is becoming increasingly common to see patients with diseases that were considered to have been eradicated in Germany, such as scabies. These diseases must reliably be diagnosed, which is a challenge.”

Christoph Lange, a tuberculosis expert at the Research Center Borstel, said that German doctors were unfamiliar with many of the diseases imported by migrants: “It would be useful if tropical diseases and other diseases that are rare in our lives played a bigger role in the training of physicians.”

The German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases recently held a five-day symposium in Hamburg to help medical practitioners diagnose diseases which are rarely seen in Germany. Those include:

Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF): During the past two years, at least 48 people in Germany were diagnosed with LBRF, a disease that was unheard of in the country before the migration crisis in 2015, according to the RKI report. The disease, which is transmitted by clothing lice, has been prevalent among migrants from East Africa who have been travelling for months to reach Germany on a single set of clothes. “We had all forgotten about LBRF,” said Hans Jäger, a Munich-based doctor. “It has a mortality rate of up to 40% if it is not recognized and not treated with antibiotics. The symptoms are like in malaria: fever, headache, skin rash.”

Lassa fever: In February 2016, a patient who had been infected in Togo, West Africa, was treated and died in Germany. After his death, a Lassa virus infection was confirmed in another person who had professional contact with the corpse of the deceased. The person was treated at an isolation facility and survived the disease. This was the first documented transmission of the Lassa virus in Germany.

Dengue fever: Nearly a thousand people were diagnosed with dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, in Germany during 2016. This is up 25% from 2014, when 755 people were diagnosed with the disease.

Malaria: The number of people diagnosed with malaria jumped sharply in 2014 (1,007) and 2015 (1,063), but declined slightly in 2016 (970). Most of those affected contracted the disease in Africa, particularly from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.

Echinococcosis: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 200 people in Germany have been diagnosed with echinococcosis, a tapeworm infection. This represents in an increase of around 30%. Those affected contracted the disease in Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Iraq, Macedonia, Morocco, Syria and Turkey.

Diphtheria: Between 2014 and 2016, more than 30 people in Germany have been diagnosed with diphtheria. Those affected contracted the disease in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Scabies: Between 2013 and 2016, the number of people diagnosed with scabies in North Rhine-Westphalia jumped by nearly 3,000%.

Meanwhile, Germany currently is in the throes of a measles outbreak that health authorities have linked to immigration from Romania. Around 700 people in Germany have been diagnosed with measles during the first six months of 2017, compared with 323 cases in all of 2016, according to the Robert Koch Institute. The measles outbreak has spread to all of Germany’s 16 federal states except one, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a state with a very low migrant population.

The epicenter of the measles crisis is in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state and also the state with the highest number of migrants. Nearly 500 people have been diagnosed with measles in NRW during the first six months of 2017; most of the cases have been reported in Duisburg and Essen, where a 37-year-old mother of three children died from the disease in May. Outbreaks of measles have also been reported in Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Frankfurt, where a nine-month-old baby was diagnosed with the disease.

Europe is full of Last men. The point of contention is about a real place, with real peoples, and real nations that have existed for centuries on end, perhaps thousands of years—called Europa. Trends in immigration suggest what can only be termed, a self-imposed European death wish.

Look at any demographic map, preferably an interactive one. Of the 7.5 billion people presently on this earth, the vast majority, mostly in the Southern hemisphere, and who are generally poor and backward, are trying to get to the Northern hemisphere, where there are greater opportunities and overly generous welfare states. In recent polls 7 out 10 people from these lands say, given the chance, they want to flee their plight.

The last decade has seen more refugees, migrants and economic immigrants than at any point in human history: tens, if not hundreds of millions. They are dying in transit, drowning on the Mediterranean Sea and suffocating in the back of trucks.

Human trafficking is big business. The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 1,000,000 migrants arrived in Europe by sea in each of the last three years, and tens if not hundreds of thousands more, by land. The numbers are astounding and only increasing. Some 5,000 new migrants arrive on the shores of Italy alone every day.

The U.S. estimates it is now populated by millions of illegal and undocumented immigrants. In fact, about one-fourth of the 42.4 million foreign-born people living in the United States today are illegal immigrants – this amounts to roughly 10.5 million, according to an objective study by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Geostrategists cannot comprehend billions (yes, potentially billions) of people moving from South to North. They can’t comprehend the risk or the total effects of this — a world without borders. Yet it is something that globalist political leaders and flat worlders actually seek and actively endorse.

Europe will change. This will happen… is happening, in our lifetimes, with globalist elites endorsing it as benign or even laudatory. The anywhere crowd with no attachment to place, custom or religion, favor such open borders.

The somewhere folks who still have some degree of loyalty to national identity, tradition and religion do not share the same attitude. As the global elites get their way we witness the end of Europe and the emergence of the Last man. The Last man is a description used by Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra to describe men tired of life, who take no risks, and seek only comfort and idle security.

They exist without purpose or direction. Their lives are pacifist and comfortable. There is no longer any distinction between strength and weakness, excellence and mediocrity. Social conflict and challenges are defined out of existence. Everyone lives equally and in a “superficial” harmony of no consequence. There is no originality or flourishing social trends or ideas, merely fashions. There is no innovation or creativity. Individuality and thinking are suppressed.

According to Nietzsche, the Last man is the goal that modern society and western European civilization have set for themselves. Those writers who have sought to warn about this have failed to date. Nietzsche warned that the society of the Last man could be too barren and decadent to support the growth of healthy human life or great individuals. The Last man is only possible by mankind having bred an apathetic person who is unable to dream, who are unwilling to take risks, and simply earn their meager living and try to keep warm.

Even having children or concern for future generations is too much of a challenge and inconvenience. Leadership is nothing more than a greater degree of things and creature comfort. They are willing to make any temporary compromise so as to maintain their ease. The Last man, Nietzsche predicted, would be our response to the problem of nihilism.

Is Europe today ever closer to what Nietzsche described? Has European decadence and anomie, adrift from its original moorings and spirituality, and more and more awash in a sea of unassimilated and perhaps unassimilable immigrants, with yet more on the way, brought us to this state?

Others have described the onslaught of Islamist immigrants who come to the west to exploit its wealth and flee the scourge of poverty and war of the places they have vacated. They bring with them cultures of hate and the practice of terror as they find no way to immanentize their eschaton and instead end up hating the very new places they inhabit and the way of life that has sustained it for centuries.

Picture The Jungle, the notorious migrant camp outside of Calais that typifies this result. In their stead, they create separatist no-go zones of sharia law and so-called honor killings and murder. They are discontented, unattached, and strike out in terror — rebelling against life itself. Such horrific events are now normal in places like Nice, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Cologne, Manchester and London.

Our political elites, the very globalists who have opened the borders, say accept this new reality as the way of life, the new normal. It is less challenging to analogize this problem to the older problem of assimilating “European” immigrants.

Put simply, the citizens of Western states have lost their appetite for foreign wars; they have lost the hope of scoring any but temporary victories; and they have lost confidence in their way of life. Indeed, they are no longer sure what that way of life requires of them.

If present trends continue, and every evidence — from Merkel to Macron, from Sweden to Canada suggests it will (Trump excluded) — the migrants will not abate. They will continue to come (mostly single males of young adult status) on mass to open and willing arms.

Make no mistake this is nothing less than the utter and complete transformation of Europe into Eurabia, a cultural and political appendage of the Arab and Afro/Muslim world. This Eurabia is fundamentally anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic. And with every passing day, we see the further demise of the West, the onslaught of Eurabia (which could not be won at the gates of Vienna in 1683) and the nihilism — of the Last man.

Apparatchik-finger-wagging Dimitris Avramopoulos sounds for all the world like a Communist dictator – like Brezhnev trying to threaten and cajole Warsaw back into the fold. There is still time, said Avramopoulos darkly, to change everything and come back to normality. Normality – a fine Kremlin-worthy euphemism for obedience, deference, docility. Avramopoulos then engaged in a bit of apparatchik-style finger-wagging: noting that, on the migrant issue, most EU states – especially Sweden – have been showing proper solidarity and making enormous efforts in a real European spirit, he expressed regret that other member states continue to show no solidarity and to ignore our repeated calls to participate in this common effort. Solidarity; European spirit; common effort – more cozy euphemisms for obedience.

Avramopoulos explained that EU action against the three recalcitrant countries had reached the stage of infringement procedure, a term that any Soviet commissar would have been proud to have come up with. Although EU claims not to be a superstate, it has plainly arrogated to itself the role of deciding what is and is not reasoned. Poland, Hungary, and Czechia refuse to budge. Matteo Renzi says he’ll use an iron fist to compel the three countries to respect the rules – a handy reminder that Mussolini, at least in his early years, was also a socialist.

Just like Brezhnev, EU insists that it respects national sovereignty. Obviously that’s as much of a lie now as it was then. Like the Warsaw Pact, EU is no voluntary association of fraternal countries; it’s a budding dictatorship, a malevolent colossus, an ongoing exercise in the amassing of undemocratic power and the dissipation of freedom. It’s also a shaky vessel that’s taking on so many non-paying passengers that it’s destined to sink. The Brexiters were right to vote to jump ship. Let’s hope the Poles, Czechs, and Hungarians stick to their guns. The quicker the EU founders and the peoples of Europe regain their sovereignty, the better for them, and the better for the cause of freedom in the world.

The mass migration is a negative phenomenon for both the countries the migrants move in and the countries they move from. The migration brings about rapid changes in the ethnic composition of countries. It creates substantial cultural, social and political conflicts, shocks and tensions. It undermines the for centuries and millennia gradually developed habits, customs, behavioral patterns, ways of life, which define particular, evolutionary formed societies.

We can’t accept the politically correct, but empty rhetorics stressing “mutual respect”, “the acceptance of the identity of ‘the others’”, warnings against a “widespread xenophobia”, etc. We should insist that the current conflict about migration is neither a conflict between humanism and xenophobia, nor between solidarity and egoism, as is argued by some, especially European and American politicians and media. It is either a belief in freedom and in a nation state or the absence of such a belief.

Mass migration can be justified or defended only by the failed doctrine of multiculturalism. We should say loudly that this is a blind alley, a wrong way. For countries to function, they need a minimum (which is not low) degree of homogeneity and unity, not a maximum of heterogeneity (and diversity). The ideology of multiculturalism tries to deny this. Let´s distinguish the spontaneous, evolutionary risen multiculturality in some parts of the world from the aggressive and constructivist ideology of multiculturalism.

We live in Europe which has a specific history and – in addition to it – it has new specifics connected with the EU institutional arrangements. The current migration wave to Europe has been made possible by the fact that the EU borders have been open and unprotected for a long time and remain open even after all what has been happening since 2015. The inability, lack of will or even an intentional behavior of key European politicians not to protect these borders serve as a strong motivation for migration to continue. The European politicians probably still believe in the half-baked and ill-conceived utopian idea of Schengen which has proved to be fundamentally wrong and untenable. Borderless society can´t exist.

Central Europe has a long experience with communism. This is something which sharpened our eyes. The people in the Central and Eastern Europe do not forget communist experiments, similar in nature to the current migration project – including an unauthentic solidarity forced from the outside, the calls for self-sacrifice in the name of the future, and the attempts to create a new species, a new, truly European, man. What is happening today is not far from these failed ambitions. We should never forget that there is a huge difference between small and big countries when discussing migration. For small countries the danger of mass migration is something else than for big countries (or large empires). The big countries should be aware of that.

In addition to it, we shouldn’t mix supply and demand sides of migration. The current migration wave has not been primarily caused by the failure of countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa. Its apparent unstoppability is a by-product of the already long existing European crisis, of the systemic defects of European policies, of the built-in defects of EU institutional arrangements, and of the ideologic confusion and prejudices of European political elites. We consider the current policies of the German and Brussels establishment to be a bigger threat to the future of Europe than the migrants themselves.

Our criticism is not aimed at the migrants. It is aimed at the present day Europe, embodied in its temporary organizational form, called EU. The very causes of the current migration crisis can be found and fixed only in Europe. Blogs like Venitism can come up with the much needed arguments and thus contribute to a more rational and reasonable behavior of European politicians. We used the term “migration project”. We want to emphasize it again. The current migration is not the outcome of a spontaneous, respect deserving human behavior, it is the consequence of an erroneous project of multicultural political elites.

Pseudo-children pseudo-refugees arrive in EU covered by blankets to hide their old age! Children do not have wisdom teeth, because they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.  So all those pseudo-refugees with wisdom teeth are big liars when they claim they are children in order to get extra benefits in EU.  Europeans are fooled by pseudo-children pseudo-refugees.

The ummah, or international community of allahuakbars, has not responded to the migrant crisis with much urgency, generosity, or compassion. Fahad al-Shalami, a Kuwaiti official, told us his country is unsuitable for migrants because it is expensive and suitable for workers, not migrants. Further, al-Shalami unabashedly stated, migrants posed a threat to his nation. “You cannot accept people who come from a different atmosphere, from a different place. These are people who suffer from psychological problems, from trauma.” Saudi Arabia has 100,000 empty air conditioned tents it refuses to a single migrant.

MYSTERIOUS COSMIC EMISSIONS

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Nailing down the chemical makeup of cosmic space will help us understand the origins of planets, stars, and maybe even life. That’s why researchers have spent decades trying to identify the chemicals that produce a series of mysterious peaks in the infrared (IR) spectrum of space. One idea is that this so-called cosmic unidentified infrared emission comes from hydrocarbons containing structural defects. Héctor Galué of Vrije University, Netherlands, and Grisell Leines of Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, now propose a physical model supporting this picture.

In the 1980s, researchers ascribed the unidentified IR peaks to molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These planar molecules consist of hydrogen and carbon atoms, with the carbons in rings arranged in a way that resembles chicken wire. When a PAH is heated, its vibrational modes cause it to emit radiation at wavelengths that seem to match those of the unidentified IR peaks. However, the exact wavelengths of the IR peaks are known to shift depending on the astrophysical environment—say, interstellar space versus a planetary nebula. The basic PAH model doesn’t provide an explanation for this fact.

Several years ago, Galué proposed that the emission might instead come from molecules with a carbon-ring structure like that of PAHs, yet containing structural defects that bend the rings. Such molecules are thought to be ingredients in stardust, and the defects are produced when the molecules absorb starlight. In their new work, Galué and Leines use various theoretical techniques to show that introducing the defects causes the molecules’ delocalized electrons to redistribute. This effect shifts the molecules’ vibrational emission peaks in agreement with the observed shifts in the IR emission.

DIFFRACTION SEPARATING ISOTOPES

Atom Scattering Picks Out the Heavyweights

 

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Atomic-beam diffraction emerges as a viable approach to separating isotopes within the beam.  Many great discoveries in science and technology have come from researchers who realized that a tangential finding of their experiment had potential for an entirely different purpose. Such serendipitous findings have brought us penicillin, superglue, microwave ovens, Viagra, and pacemakers—to name just a few. With the same ability to look beyond disciplinary silos, Kevin Nihill, Jacob Graham, and Steven Sibener at the University of Chicago, Illinois, have used diffraction of a beam of gaseous atoms—an approach traditionally employed to characterize the structure of surfaces—as a tool for separating the different isotopes within the beam gas itself.

Isotope separation is the process of concentrating particular isotopes of a chemical element by preferentially selecting them from a mixture of isotopes. The highest-profile example of isotope separation is the enrichment of uranium-235 from the heavier, more naturally abundant uranium-238. But isotope separation of other elements is critical to the provision of radioisotopes for medical applications, of “marker” atoms for following chemical reactions, and of ultrapure silicon for the semiconductor industry.

Various experimental approaches to isotope separation have been used, from those of the Manhattan Project based on the methods of gaseous diffusion and mass spectrometry, to later techniques involving distillation and centrifugation. Chemical methods, such as the so-called Girdler sulphide process for filtering heavy water out of natural water, have also been commercially viable, although they are very specific in their application. A common feature of these approaches is the need to pass the isotopic mixture through multiple iterations of the separation process. This “cascade” technique is necessary to achieve the required level of isotopic purity, but it is energy intensive.

More recent developments have used tunable lasers to ionize only the desired isotope, which is then collected by electrostatic deflection. The separation here can be much more efficient than the earlier approaches, but because of other technical challenges, the method has met with only limited application within the nuclear-technology industry. Medical and technological applications requiring isotope separation motivate the search for new and more efficient approaches that are viable outside the nuclear niche.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS AND POLITICS

 

Can Social-Emotional Skills Strengthen Democracy?

A new study links student participation in SEL programs to voter participation later in life.

 

 

By Mariah Flynn

We live in a democracy, but many Americans do not vote. Turnout in presidential election years hovers around 60 percent, and it can be much lower otherwise.

What’s going on? Perhaps many voters do not feel informed enough to make decisions. At first glance, it would seem that a little information is all that’s needed, like simply reading up on candidate positions or quickly researching the best way to get to a polling place.

But could there be an emotional obstacle to voting?

If so, we might find answers much earlier in our lives. We’ve long understood that the development of social-emotional skills in early childhood can affect many aspects of our adulthood, from public health and safety to economic mobility to personal happiness. Could “non-cognitive” skills developed in early childhood, like empathy or self-control, predict civic engagement later in life? Specifically, could participation in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs at school lead to more voting after kids turn 18?

That’s what John B. Holbein at Brigham Young University tried to find out. He reviewed a 20-year-old program called Fast Track. Developed in the 1990s, Fast Track was one of the earliest, and largest, programs designed to improve the life outcomes of at-risk children. Almost 900 students were recruited and randomly selected to either participate in the program or become part of a control group.

Fast Track, conducted over the span of a few years, included formal curricula, home visits, parent training groups, tutoring, and peer pairing. Students participated in an instructor-led curriculum called PATHS where they learned important SEL skills like recognizing emotions, self-control, and social problem-solving, and the other program components were designed to reinforce these skills.

Participation in the Fast Track program had just a small effect on cognitive ability. However, compared to the control group, Fast Track students showed positive changes in social and emotional skills like self-control, empathy, and self-efficacy (the sense that they could overcome challenges). Researchers didn’t just see these effects immediately after the program ended. According to follow-up data collected annually for the next two decades, participants kept their social and emotional gains.

In order to understand if there was any relationship between the Fast Track program and political participation, Holbein matched Fast Track participants—now adults—with state voting records. He found that those who participated in Fast Track as children were significantly more likely to vote as adults, compared to those in the control group, by as much as 14 percent.

After considering a number of potential benefits of the Fast Track program that could have influenced political involvement (like increased educational attainment and cognitive skills or decreased participation in crime), Holbein’s statistical models suggested that it was the improvement of psychological and social abilities that had the greatest impact.

Why would that be the case? Those who are able to put themselves “in someone else’s shoes” may be more motivated to mobilize and vote on behalf of others. The ability to self-regulate emotions and behaviors—and display grit or perseverance—may come in handy in the stress of waiting in a three-hour-long line at the polls. In addition, developing these SEL skills can reduce the likelihood of negative life events (like teenage pregnancy or criminal activity), and those who experience events like these are much less likely to vote.

There are many reasons for educators to teach social-emotional skills—and we now might be able to add a healthy democracy to that list. Schools often find challenges to implementing such programs, including the expense of SEL curricula and the limited time they have to devote to non-academic subjects. However, given that democratic participation is a “critical mission” of the public education system, programs like these—that can directly influence political participation—may be well worth the cost.

MCDONALD’S LOOKING FOR A SOUL!







Got McDonald’s? For years, TBWA Paris has been on a mission to advertise McDonald’s in the most minimalist ways imaginable. This started in 2013 with extreme close-up photographs of the food, with almost zero branding whatsoever. (They don’t need any, was the point, the menu items being so instantly recognizable.) The following year, the agency introduced Pictograms, in which the food was reduced down to very spare illustrations.

Now, it’s disappearing altogether. TBWA’s latest ads for the fast-food giant feature minimalist illustrations of packaging for top sellers like the Big Mac, french fries and Chicken McNuggets—with only a few crumbs of food seen in each ad, the rest having been devoured by an unseen diner.

EU imposes hen-hush in a big secrecy scandal. The EU’s food safety commissioner has called for an end to countries blaming and shaming each other, after eggs were found to contain insecticides dangerous to humans.  Europeans are not supposed to know the whole truth, because there will be pandemonium all over EU.  It’s a big risk to eat European eggs, cakes, or chicken.

The restaurant industry is in a slump and one of the culprits is the popularity of desktop dining. The number of Americans going out to lunch hit its lowest level in four decades. People don’t have time for a one-hour lunch, they want to save money or their employers provide meals for free. Desktop dining cost the industry $3.2 billion last year.

People are leading busier lives that give them less time to cook at home, and yet more restaurants are losing money and shutting down. The two seemingly conflicting facts can be explained in one word: takeout. The trend toward people eating more food away from home continues to rise, so it seems to be largely a takeout story.

Consumption of food outside the home accounts for about half of total food spending, a number that has held steady for about 12 years. Since there hasn’t been an increase, the downshift in the restaurant industry is on macroeconomic forces and competition from supermarkets.

It’s the demand of consumers for convenience. They have less time, they have more flexible hours, so they want to have lunch more quickly. Restaurants are going to be working on deliveries much harder in the future.

One of the points that has not been emphasized enough is that people are concerned about their health and they want to have more control of the meals that they have in terms of the size and the quality.

Here’s where supermarkets come in. Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix and other grocers offer an array of prepared meals that customers can grab and go. They are pulling in customers who don’t have time for a sit-down meal or to cook at home.

The prices of food at supermarkets, relative to the prices of food at restaurants, has been declining over the past five years. This is definitely playing in favor of the supermarket sector because people are finding cheaper food in the supermarket.

More restaurants are offering breakfast, chasing the trend of consumers who are going out for their first meal of the day. But breakfast meals have a smaller ticket, so that also has an impact on restaurants. That revenue gap is widened by the loss of alcohol sales from customers who don’t linger in a restaurant over lunch or dinner. Sale of alcohol is a factor on margin. If people are doing takeout or delivery, that sale is entirely gone.

The fast-casual chain Panera recently announced it intends to hire more employees to begin delivery service, a smart move that could help the company capture a large share of office workers who want to eat in.

But not every restaurant will be able to follow suit. So few of the chains have been able to specialize in delivery service. The pizza space is the exception, and something like two-thirds of delivery meals are still pizza. Those casual dining chains, the sit-down ones, it’s a bigger step for them to go to delivery than the fast-casual chains that just crank out the meals.

Adapting to delivery introduces a plateful of logistics for which many restaurants aren’t ready. It’s harder because of the type of meals that they offer and their big investments in having people come to their restaurants and spend time there.

Food service is one of the largest employment sectors because it is a labor-intensive activity. As restaurants adjust their business models, employees will be affected in terms of scheduling, positions and pay. There’s also minimum wage pressure on these restaurants. For the chains, as they think about their strategic futures and their costs, that’s going to be a big piece of it.

The impact will also hit the supply chain. It’s interesting because from the supply-chain perspective, when you are serving restaurants, your business model is completely different than when you are serving the supermarket industry in terms of packaging standards and presentation of the product. In the grocery store, products are usually sold fresh, so you want them to look good.

Labor costs will be a major issue for restaurants in the future. They’ve got changing customer preferences, the changing nature of the supply chain and changing labor pressures. The ones who win will be the ones who figure out how best to manage that. It’s not easy. It’s not a trivial job to do it right and provide the customer with an in-restaurant delightful experience that’s not going to annoy them in some way.

More restaurants are turning to technology to lure customers through apps that can manage reward points or facilitate ordering. Even if you want to eat on the premises, you see people who want to order in advance. If you are not applying technology, you are going to be way behind the industry standards for business models.

Consumers may not want to deal with app overload. One thing we do have to think about with each of these brands having an app is how many apps consumers are willing to have on their phone. And those aren’t small investments to get the app going and the kinds of services that people are going to want.

Restaurants can turn the tables on sliding sales by focusing on their customers. They should keep the focus on consumers and understand what the consumers want and how they are consuming meals. Why are they going less and less to restaurants? Really, at the end, consumers are king. Restaurants are there to make them happy, keep them coming and keep them loyal. They just need to adapt.

Starbucks is an example of success. In the early 2000s, when they started getting new consumers who wanted faster, good-quality coffee but they didn’t want to linger, they changed their business model, and they are what they are today.

But it’s tough to keep up with customers when tastes are fickle. The companies that do the best prediction of consumer preferences and can execute on it are going to win. The mix of fine dining and quick serve is always going to be there in the same individual.

You should never eat in restaurants, because they use a lot of salt and sugar for better taste, putting the health of their customers at risk.  By law, certain levels of rodent and insect filth are also permitted in food. Moreover, the handling of paper money brings a lot of germs to the food served. Paper money has more germs than any other substance on Earth. 

Soda consumption has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, kidney stones, and tooth decay. Cola beverages, in particular, contain phosphoric acid and have been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones.

Human feces were found in Coke cans in bottling plants. The night shift at a Coca-Cola plant was disrupted when a container of cans clogged up the machines, only for workers to discover a number were filled with human waste! It was absolutely horrible, and the machines had to be turned off for about 15 hours to be cleaned. 

Some migrants have made that long journey in the lorry and in their desperation were forced to use the cans instead of a toilet.  Cans arrive at factories without tops on, to be filled with the fizzy drink before they are sealed and sold.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods. Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fats. Eat more whole-grain foods, fish, poultry, and nuts. Limit sodium, sweets, sugary drinks, and red meats.

The Venitis diet is based on salmon, brown rice, whole wheat bread, chocolate-almond dragees, walnuts, and all fruits and vegetables.

Dietary changes are used to treat certain medical conditions, rather than drugs or surgery. We can, through an altered diet or behavior, to shape the microbiome to improve health. The gut microbiome is the second genome, the first being our own.  This second genome is plastic and responsive to the way we choose to live our lives.

Addiction to fat, sugar, salt, and cola is killing you.  Medical research shows our health is greatly affected by what we eat.  Eat an abundant variety of vegetables. Choose a rainbow of fruits every day. Choose whole grains, such whole wheat bread, brown spaghetti, and brown rice. Choose fish, poultry, beans, or nuts, which contain healthful nutrients. Use olive and other plant oils in cooking, on salads, and at the table, because they reduce harmful cholesterol and are good for the heart. 

Sugar and sugary products are bad not only for your waistline, but for your brain function as well. Long-term consumption of sugar can create a wealth of neurological problems, and it can also interfere with your memory. On the other hand, sugar can also interfere with your ability to learn, this is why it is recommended to avoid pre-baked goods, sugar, corn syrup and products that are high in fructose.

Fat and sugar aren’t simply unhealthy, but they hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to drugs.  Food is addictive!  Lab studies have found sugary drinks and fatty foods can produce addictive behavior. Brain scans of obese people and compulsive eaters reveal disturbances in brain reward circuits similar to those experienced by drug abusers.



There’s not much else in the ads either—just the Golden Arches and the product name (and not even that for the fries), against solidly colorful backdrops. The point, once again, is that McDonald’s food is so well known and understood that it speaks for itself, even in its absence. Also, as TBWA says, it’s “so good that in the end, there is only one crumb left.”

Food companies now face the most drawn-out consumer safety battle since the anti-smoking movement took on the tobacco industry a generation ago.  No one disputes that obesity is a fast growing global problem. In the West, a third of adults and a fifth of teens and children are obese.

The cost to society is enormous. Moderate obesity reduces life expectancy by four years, while severe obesity shortens life expectancy by ten years. Obesity has been shown to boost the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke. The annual cost of treating illness associated with obesity in the West is estimated at half trillion euros.

A few years ago, Starbucks’ popular Strawberry and Crème Frappuccino got its pink color not from strawberries, but from a dye made of crushed-up cochineal insects. Vegan consumers cried foul, and mainstream media outlets picked up the story. So, Starbucks decided to stop using cochineal extract and start using lycopene to dye its drinks pink instead.

Lycopene is a red pigment found in several fruits, but strawberries are not among them. The lycopene that now colors strawberry Frappuccinos is tomato-based. The upshot: in lieu of bugs, Starbucks is using tomatoes to make its strawberry-flavored drinks look more strawberry-like. It’s a natural ingredient, but not what nature intended. Yet that part of the story didn’t garner headlines. While crushed-up bugs may alarm some people, most of us tend to take the fact of food coloring for granted.

Today, we tend to view color as an ingredient. In the food industry, color standardization meant asserting the idea of naturalness, even as manufacturers imposed a ‘natural’ color through artificial dyes.

Take butter, for example. The color of butter fluctuates, depending on the season. From early summer through early autumn, cows eat green grass, which is rich in the orange pigment beta-carotene. The pigment colors the fat in the cows’ milk, which gives the butter a golden color. But, in winter, cows don’t eat grass. Rather, they eat grain, which, unless it has been genetically modified, does not contain much beta-carotene.  Thus, winter butter is whiter than summer butter. It’s also arguably less tasty. Because the flavor of butter was richer in the summer, there was the impression that the yellow golden color was better, too. So producers started coloring their winter butter with a golden shade to make it look tasty. The color was known as June shade.

The practice dates back to at least the fourteenth century in Europe. Dairy farmers would color their butter with carrot juice and annatto, a dye derived from achiote tree seeds, to make their butter look summery all year round. Late in the nineteenth century, dye manufacturers started supplying synthetic food coloring to dairy producers for the purpose of coloring butter and cheese, which essentially spearheaded the synthetic food dye industry.

Throughout the twentieth century, consumer watchdogs and activists opposed the use of chemical additives in food, and they continue to do so today. Major companies have responded to the demand. Nestlé pledged to remove artificial color from its candy bars in 2015, for example. General Mills promised in the same year to phase out artificial colors from its cereals. And Kraft’s signature macaroni and cheese no longer comes packaged with a Day-Glo orange powder, thanks to a pledge to stop using artificial dyes (Yellow 5 and Yellow 6) in the product. Due to consumer protests against synthetic colors, the standardization of color moved from being an opportunity to being a challenge for food manufacturers. That said, color continues to be an important ingredient in packaged foods.

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is an international animal welfare rating program which includes the following:

  • Using breeds with measurably improved welfare because most chickens are bred to grow so fast that many collapse under their own weight
  • Ending extreme crowding and providing each chicken more floor space
  • Keeping chicken litter clean enough to prevent eye sores, flesh burns, and respiratory distress
  • Improving lighting standards, including at least six hours of darkness each night and 50 lux of light during the day, to decrease illness and disease
  • Ending live-shackle slaughter in favor of less cruel systems, such as controlled-atmosphere stunning, which eliminates the suffering caused by shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals

It is time for leading restaurant chains to ban needless abuse from their supply chains. Consumers are demanding companies ban the cruelest practices from their supply chains, and those that fail to do so are quickly falling behind competitors. The best way for individual consumers to protect chickens and other farmed animals from cruelty is simply to leave them off their plates.

Here are five reasons for giving up meat:

  1. The environmental impact is huge

Livestock farming has a vast environmental footprint. It contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration and deforestation.

Nowhere is this impact more apparent than climate change – livestock farming contributes 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This is more than all emissions from ships, planes, trucks, cars and all other transport put together.

Climate change alone poses multiple risks to health and well-being through increased risk of extreme weather events – such as floods, droughts and heatwaves – and has been described as the greatest threat to human health in the 21st century.

Reducing consumption of animal products is essential if we are to meet global greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets – which are necessary to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. 

  1. It requires masses of grain, water, and land

Meat production is highly inefficient – this is particularly true when it comes to red meat. To produce one kilogram of beef requires 25 kilograms of grain – to feed the animal – and roughly 15,000 liters of water. Pork is a little less intensive and chicken less still.

The scale of the problem can also be seen in land use: around 30% of the earth’s land surface is currently used for livestock farming. Since food, water and land are scarce in many parts of the world, this represents an inefficient use of resources.

  1. It hurts the global poor

Feeding grain to livestock increases global demand and drives up grain prices, making it harder for the world’s poor to feed themselves. Grain could instead be used to feed people, and water used to irrigate crops.

If all grain were fed to humans instead of animals, we could feed an extra 3.5 billion people. In short, industrial livestock farming is not only inefficient but also not equitable.

  1. It causes unnecessary animal suffering

If we accept, as many people do, that animals are sentient creatures whose needs and interests matter, then we should ensure these needs and interests are at least minimally met and that we do not cause them to suffer unnecessarily.

Industrial livestock farming falls well short of this minimal standard. Most meat, dairy and eggs are produced in ways that largely or completely ignore animal welfare – failing to provide sufficient space to move around, contact with other animals, and access to the outdoors.

In short, industrial farming causes animals to suffer without good justification.

  1. It is making us ill

At the production level, industrial livestock farming relies heavily on antibiotic use to accelerate weight gain and control infection – in the US, 80% of all antibiotics are consumed by the livestock industry.

This contributes to the growing public health problem of antibiotic resistance. Already, more than 23,000 people are estimated to die every year in the US alone from resistant bacteria. As this figure continues to rise, it becomes hard to overstate the threat of this emerging crisis.

High meat consumption – especially of red and processed meat – typical of most rich industrialized countries is linked with poor health outcomes, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and various cancers.

These diseases represent a major portion of the global disease burden so reducing consumption could offer substantial public health benefits.

Currently, the average meat intake for someone living in a high-income country is 200-250g a day, far higher than the 80-90g recommended by the United Nations. Switching to a more plant-based diet could save up to 8 million lives a year worldwide by 2050 and lead to healthcare related savings and avoided climate change damages of up to $1.5 trillion.

THEATER MASTER CLASS

Theater master class by Andreas Manolikakis at the Hellenic American Union

 

“Textual Analysis” helps those involved in theatrical theory and practice to discover information that will help them make the most appropriate choices between and underneath the words a play consists of. This work focuses on understanding and developing all elements inherent in the plot and characters, with particular emphasis on the reality of each individual moment of the play. Andreas Manolikakis is teaching this master class based on the Stanislavski system and the Actors Studio method. Excerpts from classic and contemporary plays will also be analyzed. The master class also traces the development of the Stanislavski System from its roots to the present.

Andreas Manolikakis is a lifetime member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio and Chairman of the Actors Studio Drama School (Master of Fine Arts) Program at Pace University in New York City, where he teaches acting and directing. He has taught workshops in acting, directing and script analysis in New York, Athens, Berlin, Roumania and Paris. He has translated into Greek the book Vakhtangov’s School Of Stage Art by Nikolai Gorchakov, which was published in Athens in 1997. As a director and actor has worked in the U.S. and Europe (on Broadway, at the Actors Studio, the National Theatre of East Paris and elsewhere). Ellen Burstyn (President of the Actors Studio, Oscar and Tony-winning actress) has said for Andreas Manolikakis: “Andreas Manolikakis understands the work of Stanislavsky and Vakhtangov better than any teacher or interpreter since Lee Strasberg was teaching at the Actors Studio.”

Due to limited seating those interested in participating should at first fill in an application form (PDF, 192kb, in Greek). The form should be forwarded via email at culture@hau.gr with a short CV attached or submitted in an envelope to the reception of the Hellenic American Union (Massalias 22, Kolonaki). The final selection of participants is subject to a short interview, to be held at the Hellenic American Union.

Apllications’ deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017

Information

Course Code CU108
Department Cultural Affairs
Instructor Andreas Manolikakis
Instruction Languages EL
Who should attend Actors, directors, playwrights, script-writers, translators, theatrologists
Certificate of Attendance Yes
Offered Online No
Available to Buy Online No
Course Fees €240.00

Schedules

Days and Hours Start Date End Date Hours per Week
January 8-11, 2018, 10:30-15:30 | Applications’ deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017