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— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) October 18, 2017
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Most Left-wing American political figures, entertainers and academics speak highly of the United Kingdom’s socialized medicine system, saying that the U.S. ought to emulate it. But they don’t live there so they don’t really know just how bad it is, and how close it is getting to collapse.
In fact, the National Health Service is so chronically under-funded — socialized medical systems require massive infusions of tax money — that scores of senior physicians may begin refusing to take on new patients unless the government commits more financial resources, the UK’s Daily Mail is reporting.
The fact is, they really have few other choices.
Andrew Parker warns that the UK has seen a “dramatic upshift in threats”, adding that terrorist activity is now harder to detect.
The UK is facing a “multidimensional threat” that is rapidly evolving “at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before”, the director general of MI5 has warned.
Andrew Parker said the security service is operating at an unprecedented level and has seen “a dramatic upshift in threats this year”.
Following Theresa May’s dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, we have a promise that both sides are committed to accelerating Brexit negotiations…except nobody actually believes that.
Apart from the “bear hug” that Juncker gave Britain’s Brexit Secretary, David Davis, as they went their separate ways, there is no evidence that relations are any more cordial, or that any tangible progress was made in breaking the deadlock.
The squeeze on households intensified last month as the cost of living increased at the steepest rate since April 2012.
Inflation rose to 3% in September, its highest level in more than five years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation rose from 2.9% in August thanks partly to higher food prices – adding to the squeeze on households as pay growth lags behind.
A whopping £500bn has fallen off Britain’s balance sheet, or so a revision to official data appears to show.
UK investors were thought to have ramped up spending abroad, giving Britain a cushion of sorts against economic and political turmoil – the net international investment figure turned positive last year for the first time since the financial crisis.
Yet revisions from the Office for National Statistics indicate that was an illusion. Unexpectedly, the stock of foreign investments in the UK still outweighs British investments abroad.
What is the net international investment position?
This measures the amount of money that British investors put into foreign assets, minus the amount foreign investors put into UK assets.
The withdrawal of the old £1 coin was mired in chaos on Monday after it emerged that thousands of parking ticket machines and shops have yet to fall into line with the new rules.
Car parks serving as many as one million motorists a day have defied the Royal Mint’s deadline for updating their machines to accept the new coin.
A man who described himself as a ‘soldier of Allah’ escaped a terrorism charge because of his Facebook settings.
Leroy McCarthy, 22, was going by the name Abdullah Mahmood when he was arrested for a string of offensive posts.
In one, he wrote about bombing Furness General Hospital, in Cumbria.
But he was not charged with a terrorism offence due to his social media settings.
Lee Dacre, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court: ‘He would have been here today on a terrorism charge but for the settings on his Facebook. It’s a legal technicality.’
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All of Elon Musk’s worst fears are slowly becoming reality.
The Telegraph reports that robocop-type policing techniques are set to replace beat cops within a decade as the use of artificial intelligence becomes more widespread in investigating crimes.
Thames Valley Police said AI computers – which mimic humans by making decisions themselves – could be used to answer 999 calls, detect crimes and identify offenders.
But in one chilling detail that will hopefully be resolved within the next decade or so before robocops become a routine presence in London’s streets, the TVP warned of “bias” in the AI software and a concern that AI computers “might be unable to reason with a human”.
We don’t find further clues about the subject of these biases until much later in the story, when the leader of a civil liberties group – which have been predictably alarmed by plans to automate police forces – pointed to a study showing the machine’s algorithms have shown racial biases, according to the Telegraph.
Jihad Watch reported on this firing last week, but what Ross Lister actually said had not yet been revealed. Now we know: “the comment in question was on a post about the consequences for terrorists, former PC Lister wrote: ‘What? Wrap them in bacon?’”
According to Chief Constable Jerry Graham, this was beyond the pale: Lister had “damaged the reputation of the constabulary and undermined public confidence. PC Lister’s behaviour and judgement has fallen so far below the standards expected that I have decided to dismiss him from the constabulary without notice. The communities of Cumbria expect officers and staff to act on their behalf with integrity, fairness and judgement. The trust of local communities, particularly minority groups, is hard won and easily lost.”
Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London’s Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, despite her being in one of the UK’s highest-profile terror trials.
Girma’s colleagues “failed to realise she was linked to one of the country’s most notorious attacks.” In other words, despite the fact that “details of her convictions can be found in seconds with a simple Google search, aided by her unusual name,” Girma still was not vetted. Concerns have also been raised about what access she may have had to databases of “vulnerable people.” Her employment raises questions about what measures are taken by London’s Southwark Council to vet staff.
The carelessness exhibited in hiring Girma is only one manifestation of a larger problem we see in the West in the face of multiculturalism and immigration. For example, the Muslim rape gang scandal, in which the system failed to protect the most vulnerable so as to avoid being called “racist” or “Islamophobic”; a Muslim MP retweeted that victims of Muslim rape gangs should shut up for the “good of diversity.”
Many Western nations and/or leaders have systemically adopted a two-tier system, with special privileges awarded to Muslims on many levels. Some other examples: the Obama administration once gave Somali Muslims behind-the-scenes tours at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — the nation’s 17th busiest in terms of passenger traffic — after the group “complained to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about feeling harassed and profiled”; a Muslim professor at the University of California called for “intifada” in America, with no outcry or consequences.
Even “anti-Islamophobia” drives that seek to shut down criticism of Islam gives special status to one religion above all others. This term is pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It does not hold the same meaning as anti-Muslim bigotry; it is meant to silence all criticism of Islam as a political system, and of oppression justified by sharia norms.
“Convicted Tube Bomb Terrorist Accomplice Hired as Labour Council ‘Poster Girl’”, by Liam Deacon, Breitbart, October 11, 2017:
A Muslim woman jailed over the 2008 London tube bomb plot was subsequently given a high-flying job with a local council and even featured on the authority’s magazine front cover.
Mulumebet Girma, 33, rose through the ranks of the Southwark Council, despite being convicted of hiding a terrorist, after failing to disclose her criminal past when applying for the position.
The Ethiopian origin former model was jailed for 10 years in 2008 for helping her brother-in-law Hussain Osman escape after his plot to kill Tube passengers.
The plot failed because the attackers did not mix their chemicals properly, and was attempted just two weeks after the 7/7 attacks that killed 52 people.
Mrs. Girma hid the terrorist at her home in Brighton before he fled the country, and did not report the plot to the police.
Her sentence was reduced to five years on appeal, and in 2013 she was recruited by the Labour-run south London local authority as a trainee customer services assistant, The Sun reports.
She was sentenced alongside her sister and Mr. Osman’s wife, Yeshi Girma, then 32, who is serving 11 years and 9 months in prison.
Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, said: “The individual concerned no longer works for Southwark Council.
“As soon as her background came to light we took immediate action and terminated her employment. She did not disclose her full offense to the council…….
Liberal Democrat councillor Anood Al-Samerai, leader of Southwark’s main opposition party, called it “particularly shocking”.
She told the Evening Standard: “Clearly something has gone very wrong. There must be an urgent independent inquiry. We are very concerned that the HR processes seem to have failed completely.
“It makes you wonder what else they have not picked up on?”
H/t reader kevin a.
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The British Transport Police are disadvantaging white, male applicants by excluding them from recruitment workshops.
The force is holding the workshops in London, Manchester, and Birmingham — but one would-be officer was turned away after being told they were for “women and black or ethnic minority” candidates only, reports The Metro.
“I am a white heterosexual male and also a member of the armed forces, how can a public service blatantly support this kind of discrimination and inequality in 2017?” he told the newspaper.
“I am going to withdraw my application due to having been treated in such a manner.”
The UK government has published one of the world’s most extensive audits of racial disparity, picking out various differences to imply the nation is institutionally racist.
When she announced the audit, back in August, the prime minister promised it would make for “difficult reading”.
The report – covering health, education, and housing, for example – reveals that different groups fall behind in different areas.
On Saturday 7th October, the Football Lads Alliance marched in London against Islamic terrorism and sharia in Britain.
The march drew tens of thousands of people, but the media largely ignored it.
If they did talk about it, they called the FLA “racist.”
BAE will announce the job cuts later this week, dealing a blow to the UK manufacturing sector, Sky News understands.
BAE Systems, Britain’s biggest defence contractor, is to axe more than 1,000 jobs this week in a bitter blow for Britain’s manufacturing industry.