Sunday, July 23, 2017

New German study finds its media up to its old tricks, colluding with the Merkel government

New German study finds its media up to its old tricks, colluding with the Merkel government

A new study from a couple of media/academic sources in Germany finds that the German media colluded with its government to hide the truth about the migrant crisis that flooded the country as part and parcel of Chancellor Angela Merkel's 'let 'em all in' refugee policy.
Major German print publications have played to the tune of the German government in presenting the migrant crisis to the public, ignoring critical issues in their coverage of the biggest refugee flow into Europe since WWII, a new German study revealed.
After analysis of thousands of articles published in Germany between February 2015 and March 2016, researchers at the Hamburg Media School and the University of Leipzig found that major German publications failed to objectively cover the refugee crisis.
The report is available on the website of the Otto Brenner Foundation. According to German media, the full study will be officially published on Monday.
That's not the finding of some right wing blog, but the piece-by-piece analysis of two leftish think tanks who took a good look at the problem and found the press - including papers such as BildDie WeltSueddeutsche Zeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wanting. Essentially, the press covered up the extent of rapes, ripoffs, welfare-mining, terrorism and pillage the German people were subject to, all to advance the political fortunes of Chancellor Merkel, who seems to have little regard for the fate of her countrymen. german women were exposed to untold dangers and advised that their fears of migrants were baseless. The reality is, they were not. Merkel's government got away with this becal's use she had a willing handmaiden in the lapdog press, and the latter scrapped what used to be known as 'honor' in the media world by scrapping their independence, their capacity to report and write without fear or favor. Objective? They were not. Now, they are exposed.
So for all its self-praise (kid you not) and claims of 'censorship' one now sees in the media, in the German version (and don't think these people aren't educated in the same schools), the press has essentially self-nationalized without a word all to advance leftism and prop up Merkel.
Will it have an impact? It's unknown. I suspect it may be a one-day story and then slip down the memory hole. But that it's a collaboration of leftish institution finding this, there is reason to sit up and consider that maybe this could be a moment of truth for these colluders.

The peasants should just pay up and shut up, government knows what's best.

Glenn Beaton: Aspen City Council to the people: Shut up

Here in Aspen, our City Council has announced that the taxpayers who decided to elect them are too stupid and lazy to decide properly how to spend their own tax money. Here's the story.
City bureaucrats for years have wanted to spend tens of millions of dollars on lavish new offices. The most recent price tag is over $23 million. This is for a city with a population of only 6,500 people.
Do the math: These nice new offices for the government bureaucracy would cost over $3,000 per resident — or over $12,000 per family of four residents. That's on top of a city budget that exceeds $100 million a year, or about $15,000 per resident and $60,000 per family of four.
Part of the reason the building is so expensive is that they want to put it right in the middle of town, naturally, because that's where the action is. Most of the rest of us can't afford the middle of town because real estate there costs thousands of dollars per square foot. But it's easier if someone else is paying for it.
Just to make sure this monument to themselves is sufficiently monumental, it will rise to 46 feet in an area where other development is capped at 28 feet in order to preserve the mountain views. Obscuring the view is evidently OK if the rule-makers do the obscuring.
There's just one snag in this plan.
The snag is those people whose views would be obscured and whose money is being spent. You know, the people. Those pesky people would like to put the plan to a vote.
Bravo! Democracy lives in Aspen.
In a democracy, elected representatives occasionally do put controversial issues to a vote of the people who elected them. In that way, they make sure they are effectuating the will of the people.
They respect the judgment of the people. After all, the people and their judgment are what got them elected in the first place.
But alas. Democracy dies in Aspen.
The Aspen City Council decided not to put this plan to a vote of the people. That's bad enough, but their stated reason for dodging a vote has left people incredulous.
Their stated reason is that the people might vote it down. Because people might not "comprehend" the issue. And because people opposed to the plan might spread "false information" about it. And because some people are just always opposed to taxing and spending. Darn those people!
One councilman stated at the outset of the meeting that he was "100 percent" in favor of putting the question to a vote of the people. But by the end of the meeting, his position for the people had declined by exactly 100 percent. He later lamented the lambasting he received from the people on social media for abandoning them.
But he said found a way to comfort himself, if not the people: He turned off social media.
Another councilman at the meeting scolded some people who were urging a vote. He said they "need to be more careful about the words you are using to challenge us." It's telling that he sees a request for a vote of the people as a "challenge."
As for the words used by the people in issuing their challenge, it sounds like he'd be more comfortable if those words started with "Your Excellency."
There's some history here. A few years ago City Council had a leaky idea to dam a tiny local stream near a wilderness area in order to generate a miniscule amount of hydroelectric power. The people voted it down.
Then City Council wanted to allow an oversized "affordable" hotel to be built on Main Street — as if people who need affordable lodging come to Aspen. The people voted it down.
Then there was the time the term-limited mayor wanted to end-run the term limit law by getting himself elected to City Council. Virtually the entire Aspen establishment endorsed his scheme. But the people overwhelmingly voted him down (in favor of the candidate who became the sole dissenter in City Council's current decision to dodge a vote of the people, Bert Myrin).
Democracy is a bitch, huh? Sometimes the people say things that their elected representatives don't agree with. Sometimes the people say it in a way the elected representatives don't like. Sometimes the people don't comprehend very well. Sometimes they make the wrong decision.
But City Council now has a creative solution to this problem of noisy and uncomprehending people making the wrong decision: City Council will prohibit them from making any at all.
There's still one decision they can't take away from us, however, at least not yet. That's the decision whether to vote for them. Next time around, let's throw the bums out. 

A synopsis of the tragedy called Obamacare

Those of us who had decent health care in 2009 have been ripped off

In 2009, the healthcare system was working reasonably well for around 85% of us. Instead of trying to address the problems of those that weren't covered, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the American Medical Association, hospitals, and insurance companies chose to rework the system for all of us.
They wrote a 2,000-plus-page law with over 10,000 pages of regulations and 20 new taxes. On order to pass the bill they continually lied to the people that if they liked their plan and doctor they could keep them and it would lower premiums. They knew this wasn't true because they dictated exactly what had to be in the policies to please the government. The CBO dutifully estimated that 26 million would be covered by 2016 and that the 10 year cost would be less than $1 trillion. Within three years, the estimate was over $2 trillion and only 11 million were covered. The government bribed the states with 100% coverage of Medicaid expansion for awhile.The media gladly repeated the lies about Obamacare and supported it every step of the way
Now that costs have exploded, choice has been taken away, Medicaid costs are uncontrollable and the exchanges are collapsing, Durbin and the others say 'don't repeal.' They blame Republicans for the collapse and repeat Congressional Budge Office numbers as gospel. And again, the media just repeats Democrats' talking points and CBO numbers with no questions asked.
It is sure hard to stop entitlements when they start because there are always victims. It is no wonder we are broke because once a program starts, no matter how it performs, it is always expanded and anyone who wants to stop, change or control it is ripped to ribbons as mean-spirited. We are greatly harming our children (that Democrats always pretend they care about) with massive debt.
We need our freedom back.

General Tony Thomas Reveals New York Times Leak Foiled al-Baghdadi Mission…

General Tony Thomas Reveals New York Times Leak Foiled al-Baghdadi Mission…

General Tony Thomas speaking at the Aspen Forum on July 21, 2017 reveals the New York Times ran a story from leaked intelligence that foiled the capture of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
(Via Fox) In a wide-ranging interview moderated by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Thomas, who leads the Special Operations Command, said his team was “particularly close” to Baghdadi after the 2015 raid that killed ISIS oil minister Abu Sayyaf. That raid also netted his wife, who provided a wealth of actionable information.
“That was a very good lead. Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,” Thomas said. “The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly. There’s a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.” (read more)  Watch Video:

Blame not only the traffickers but also the enticement by sanctuary cities.

San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck in Walmart car park

Media captionPolice Chief William McManus and Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters about the discovery
Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in the US state of Texas, authorities say. 
Twenty others were in critical condition, some suffering from heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital in the city of San Antonio.
Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but said the driver has been arrested and would be charged.
They are investigating a possible people-smuggling offence.
The US immigration department is trying to establish the victims' status.
San Antonio is a few hours' drive from the border with Mexico. 
Police Chief William McManus said in a press briefing that the bodies were discovered after a call from a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone from the truck asking for water.
Video footage from the store showed a number of vehicles arriving to pick up some of the survivors.
"We're looking at a human trafficking crime this evening," he added.
Officials investigate a truck that was found to contain 38 suspected illegal immigrants in San Antonio, Texas, USA, 23 July 2017Image copyrightEPA
Image captionThe truck contained 38 suspected illegal immigrants, both adults and children
Several others may have managed to escape on foot into the woods nearby. 
Local fire chief Charles Hood said they had arrived at the scene just after midnight to find eight people dead in the back of the trailer truck, which had no functioning air conditioning and no signs of water inside.
The survivors had heart rates of over 130 beats per minute and were very hot to touch. In addition to the 20 people in a critical condition, eight others were taken to hospital in a less severe state. 
The fire chief confirmed at least two of the victims were school-age children. Their condition is not clear.
"We're very fortunate that there weren't 38 of these people who were all locked inside this vehicle dead," he added.
Media captionMigrant deaths: How one Texas county is struggling to cope
The US attorney for the Western District of Texas, Richard Durbin, said the authorities were working to identify those responsible for the incident.
"These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said in a statement.
They were victims of "ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the wellbeing of their fragile cargo," he added.
Weather in the area has been hot and dry.
Map of San Antonio

Saturday, July 22, 2017

He has two small children...journalism or intimidation? Time to respond in kind!

News outlet live-streams Sean Spicer’s private home — Americans respond with pulverizing comments

Criminalizing normality.

State instructs schools to ‘segregate’ students who feel uncomfortable with transgender bathrooms

State instructs schools to ‘segregate’ students who feel uncomfortable with transgender bathrooms
A recently approved Minnesota Department of Education “toolkit” instructs schools to isolate students who are concerned about sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with transgender students. (2016 file photo/Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) 

A recently approved Minnesota Department of Education “toolkit” instructs schools to isolate students who are concerned about sharing bathrooms and locker rooms with transgender students.
On Wednesday, an advisory council for the Minnesota DOE approved a new toolkit, titled “Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students,” which provides public schools with advice for how schools should interact with and protect transgender and “gender-noncomforming” students.
The Minnesota Star Tribune reported the toolkit is nonbinding and could be edited in the future, according to Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
The toolkit’s stated goal is “to help school districts and charter schools create school environments where transgender and gender nonconforming students are safe, supported and fully included, and have equal access to the educational opportunities provided to all students as required by federal or state law.”
Among the many ways the toolkit says schools can create a welcoming environment for transgender students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, is to provide transgender students with access to bathrooms and locker rooms that conform with students’ gender identity and to segregate students concerned with privacy.
“Schools should work with transgender and gender nonconforming students to ensure that they are able to access needed facilities in a manner that is safe, consistent with their gender identity and does not stigmatize them,” the toolkit states. “Privacy objections raised by a student in interacting with a transgender or gender nonconforming student may be addressed by segregating the student raising the objection provided that the action of the school officials does not result in stigmatizing the transgender and gender nonconforming student.”
There’s nothing in the toolkit to prevent, for instance, a male student from claiming to be a girl and therefore having access to female restrooms and locker rooms, and then for a female student who objects to be “segregated.”
Schools are also told they should “have regular meetings with students, teachers and other staff to discuss how to make transgender students more comfortable. Schools are instructed to allow transgender students to choose the pronouns staff must use when addressing them, and does not require a medial “transition” before students are to be treated as the gender of their choice.
Teachers are warned they could violate federal law if they use the “incorrect pronoun or incorrect name” of a transgender student.
“Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of students,” the toolkit states. “Schools should note that neither a student’s gender nor pronouns are considered public or directory information. Casual use of a student’s incorrect pronoun or incorrect name may violate FERPA.”
Schools are encouraged to make exceptions to dress codes for transgender students and to change “school traditions” to be more inclusive.
“In an effort for inclusivity, schools may wish to consider revisiting existing traditions or establishing new traditions,” the toolkit states. “For example, instead of electing a homecoming king and homecoming queen, some schools have chosen to nominate ‘prom ambassadors,’ ‘homecoming court’ or ‘homecoming royalty.’ At the University of Minnesota, for example, the titles of homecoming king and queen have been replaced with the title ‘Homecoming Royalty’ and students selected as royalty will now be called ‘royals.’”
John Helmberger, CEO of the Minnesota Family Council, said the toolkit will likely be challenged in court and that the “concerns of gender-conforming students and parents are ignored and dismissed” by the toolkit, according to a report by the Star Tribune.

The dumbing down of America as a civil rights issue.

College chancellor: Requiring students to take algebra is a ‘civil rights issue’

College chancellor: Requiring students to take algebra is a ‘civil rights issue’
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley says that requiring all students to take algebra is a "civil rights issue." Oakley said he wants to get rid of the requirement for any community college student who isn't a STEM major, or focusing their studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) 

A community college chancellor in California is proposing to get rid of the requirement that all students take intermediate algebra in an effort to boost the graduation rate at his institution.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges System, made the suggestion during a recent interview with National Public Radio, calling the requirement a “civil rights issue.” Specifically, Oakley said he wants to get rid of the requirement for any community college student who isn’t a STEM major, or focusing their studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“What we’re proposing is to take an honest look at what our requirements are and why we even have them,” Oakley said, adding that the college system he leads is going to look into “other math pathways” based on research at other colleges across the country.
Oakley said those “other math pathways” should be “actually relevant to the coursework that the student is pursuing.”
He took it one step further, suggesting that dropping the requirement would not only benefit students academically, but also portrayed it as a “civil rights issue.”
“This is also something that plagues all Americans, particularly low-income Americans,” Oakley said. “If you think about all the underemployed or unemployed Americans in this country who cannot connect to a job in this economy, which is unforgiving of those students who don’t have a credential, the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.”
Currently, the graduation rate at California Community Colleges is just 48 percent. According to NPR, this includes the number of students who either graduate with an associate’s degree and those who transfer to a four-year college within six years of starting at CCC.
Oakley didn’t dispute the dismal graduation rate, and further disputed that he is taking the “easy way out” by simply dropping the requirement.
“[N]othing could be farther from the truth,” Oakley insisted.
“[S]ince the 1950s, we decided that the only measure of a student’s ability to reason or to do some sort of quantitative measure is algebra. What we’re saying is we want as rigorous a course as possible to determine a student’s ability to succeed, but it should be relevant to their course of study. There are other math courses that we could introduce that tell us a lot more about our students,” Oakley said.
Oakley suggested there are other courses that could teach students the same, underlying principle of reasoning, for which algebra is intended.
“There’s an argument to be made that much of what we ask students to learn prepares them to be just better human beings, allows them to have reasoning skills,” Oakley said. “But again, the question becomes: What data do we have that suggests algebra is that course?”
One example of a course that could replace algebra, Oakley said, is statistics.
“[I]f you think about it, you think about the use of statistics not only for a social science major but for every U.S. citizen,” Oakley said. “This is a skill that we should have all of our students have with them because this affects them in their daily life.”
Oakley cited research by the University of Texas, as well as the Carnegie Foundation, to make his point.

Researchers at Michigan State University also conducted research regarding what it says is a “widening” gap in how well low-income students understand math and how well high-income students understand it.
According to the American Educational Research Association, which cited the 2012 study, the research “confirmed not only that low-income students are more likely to be exposed to weaker math content in schools, but also that a substantial share of the gap in math performance between economically advantaged and disadvantaged students is related to those curricular inequalities.”
“Our findings support previous research by showing that affluent students are consistently provided with greater opportunity to learn more rigorous content, and that students who are exposed to higher-level math have a better ability to apply it to addressing real-world situations of contemporary adult life, such as calculating interest, discounts and estimating the required amount of carpeting for a room,” William Schmidt, one of the authors of the Michigan State University study, said, according to a September 2015 AERA press release.
“But now we know just how important content inequality is in contributing to performance gaps between privileged and underprivileged students,” Schmidt added.
Pierce College and College of the Canyons, both located in Southern California, are just two colleges that have experimented with dropping algebra as a requirement. So, too, have at least five other colleges in California: American River College, Mt. San Antonio College, Diablo Valley College, Foothill College and San Diego City College, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Not all colleges, however, are so eager to cut algebra courses from their core curriculum. The University of California system, for example, said the alternative just isn’t rigorous enough. George Johnson, a University of California mechanical engineering professor, told the Los Angeles Times in 2014 that “the faculty at UC are interested in alternative pathways, but, so far, [it] has not reached the level of quality we expect.”
(H/T: Daily Caller)

Berkeley middle school teacher who’s a well-known ‘anti-Trump fighter’ charged with inciting a riot. BAMN is the Left's sense of entitlement to violence against any opposition.

Berkeley middle school teacher who’s a well-known ‘anti-Trump fighter’ charged with inciting a riot

Berkeley middle school teacher who’s a well-known ‘anti-Trump fighter’ charged with inciting a riot
Yvette Felarca, a middle school teacher in Berkeley, California — and a well-known "anti-Trump fighter" and left-wing activist — was arrested on three felony charges over her alleged participation in a violent protest last year in Sacramento, California. (Image source: YouTube screenshot) 

A middle school teacher in Berkeley, California — who’s also a well-known “anti-Trump fighter” and left-wing activist — was arrested this week on three felony charges over her alleged participation in a violent protest last year in Sacramento.
Yvette Felarca, aka Yvonne Felarca — who teaches at Martin Luther King Middle School — is charged with inciting a riot, participating in a riot and assault, KTVU-TV reported, citing prosecutors. She was arrested after boarding a plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office told the station.
Authorities said the 47-year-old — who has made frequent appearances on news shows and is with the leftist group By Any Means Necessary — was caught on camera hitting a member of the Traditionalist Worker Party, which KTVU called a “white nationalist group” that had taken out permits for a rally in the California capitol on June 26, 2016.
Felarca and other counterprotesters blocked the rally by chasing and hitting and even stabbing members of the Traditionalist Worker Party, the station said.
The Berkeley Unified School District placed Felarca on paid administrative leave after the rally but reinstated her last fall, KTVU reported.
District spokesman Charles Burress told the station Thursday that school officials are gathering information about Felarca’s case and that she’s still employed there.
By Any Means Necessary member Hoku Jeffery told KTVU that “Yvette is the most known anti-Trump fighter in the movement. Now she is brought up on baseless charges as an attempt to intimidate” the anti-fascist movement.
Felarca’s attorney, Shanta Driver, told the station that her client is innocent.
“She was stabbed and hit in the head,” Driver told KTVU. “To accuse her of doing something when police could have stopped it, it’s wrong.”
Berkeley school teacher arrested; faces rioting, assault charges
KTVU - Oakland, CA

TheBlaze noted Felarca’s interview with Tucker Carlson in February after she helped organize what turned out to be violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, against Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned speech. Felarca made no apologies to Carlson for her desire to use violence to “shut down” those she believes are “fascists.”
In a KTVU interview that same month, Felarca said she had no regrets about the riots on campus — which she called “stunningly successful” in furthering the leftist cause — and called for more “militant” protests.
“A few broken windows are nothing compared to the lives that are at stake,” she said.