Hey Uncle George, Where Does all the Money Come From? By Michael Ferguson

     The question needs serious exploration; where does all the money that George Soros splashers around come from? It cannot be his small change, because there is now so much of it. Witness the latest:
  https://gellerreport.com/2020/07/soros-millions-blm.html/
  https://americanactionnews.com/politics/soros-funnels-another-quarter-billion-into-black-lives-matter-rs-mb/

“With America burning and teetering on the brink of socialism leftist Hungarian billionaire George Soros announced he was donating an additional $220 million to the “Black Lives Matter movement,” with much of the money going into efforts to control 2020 voting systems. “This is the time for urgent and bold action to address racial injustice in America,” said Alex Soros, George Soros’ son and deputy chair of the Soros family’s “Open Society Foundations.” “These investments will empower proven leaders in the Black community to reimagine policing, end mass incarceration, and eliminate the barriers to opportunity that have been the source of inequity for too long,” said Alex Soros. Soros’ group blamed America’s founding for racial injustice and vowed to stop it. “We recognize that the struggle to dismantle systemic racism is an ongoing one; it has existed from the dawn of the republic to the present day, and is embedded in every level of government and in our penal and justice systems,” said Open Society Foundations President Patrick Gaspard. “But the power surge of people who have taken to the streets to demand that this nation do better—people of all ages, from all backgrounds and in every corner of this country—gives hope to us all,” said Gaspard. “We are honored to be able to carry on the vital work of fighting for rights, dignity, and equity for oppressed people the world over started by our founder and chair, George Soros,” Gaspard said. While $150 million of the funds are part of a five-year plan, Open Society Foundations says a $70 million will be immediately spent on plans for “ongoing efforts to fight voter suppression and disinformation and ensure safe and secure elections in the midst of the pandemic.” This likely refers to vote-by-mail programs and overturning ballot security laws.”

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Defund the Universities: A Good Start By James Reed

     I like to think I got the “close down the universities” movement going over a decade ago. Now, thinkers are writing about how to do this, such as by defunding, which is an excellent idea. Simply starve the cancer.
  https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2020/07/20/the-crisis-of-the-american-university/

“The university today is all about insuring control of thought and speech. They want to rewrite the past, and they control the present by indoctrinating students, rewarding those who incentives and disincentives, and idealizing people who embody their values, thus providing role models for students. This guarantees that their millions of student “products” entering critical professions like teaching and journalism will control the future.

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The Dark Shadow of George Soros By Peter Bennett

     Here is the video that YouTubular removed of   Antifa chanting "ANTIFA chant "Soros, Soros, where's our Money?". It was saved by this guy at his site, all full of interesting material. For $ 15 an hour, just to Hulk smash … some anarchist in the past had to do it for free, and these sons and daughters of white urban elites are complaining! And why hasn’t George paid his feral puppies? That is not the way to generate loyalty is it?
  http://mailstar.net/Antifa-Soros-Where-is-Money.mp4
  https://conservativepost.com/antifa-terrorists-in-boston-chant-george-soros-wheres-our-money/
  https://summit.news/2020/07/14/soros-foundation-announces-it-is-doubling-down-on-funding-black-led-justice-organizations/
  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/us/politics/george-soros-racial-justice-organizations.html
  https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/newsroom/open-society-foundations-announce-220-million-for-building-power-in-black-communities
  https://gellerreport.com/2020/07/george-soross-foundation-is-spending-220-million-to-dismantle-systemic-racism-in-u-s.html/

     America is now experiencing its own “colour revolution”:
  http://www.williamengdahl.com/englishNEO16Jun2020.php

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Reparations for Blacks to Bankrupt the Very Universe By Chris Knight

     First, we need to know what a quadrillion is.  It is a thousand million millions:

1,000 x 1,000,000 x 1,000,000 = 1,000,000,000,000,000 which is a 1 followed by 15 zeros. There are thought to be about quadrillion ants on Earth for a comparison. Now consider this bit of metaphysical nonsense:
  https://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/quadrillion.html#:~:text=A%20thousand%20million%20millions.&text=Below%20is%20a%20cube%20made,is%20worth%20a%20quadrillion%20dollars
  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/mayors-back-reparations-could-cost-6-2-quadrillion-151m-per-descendant

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California is Morally Bankrupt, Soon Financially Bankrupt By Chris Knight

     Here is some good news, because in the end, all of this pc woke madness needs to be funded, and if the funds are cut, it all collapses. Bring it on!
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-07-13-california-now-less-than-90-days-away-from-total-financial-collapse.html

“The State of California is now less than 90 days away from a financial collapse that can only be averted by acquiring new sources of loans or dramatically slashing government-funded services in health care, pensions, welfare and education. The cracks of financial insolvency are starting to show, and Newsom has no plan that doesn’t lead California into anarchy and destitution. In a desperate effort to delay the financial collapse, Newsom has ordered the state’s EDD to delay unemployment checks for as many months as it takes to preserve the state’s rapidly-dwindling funds. The Mercury News reports that nearly 2 million Californians have yet to receive unemployment checks covering the first three months of the coronavirus lockdowns, which began in mid-March:

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Who Funds George Soros? By Peter Ewer

     Just a thought, it seems all the dissent sites talk about George Soros as if he has an endless source of money. Tens of millions to this Leftist group, then the same to another. It must add up. Wikipedia says that he is worth US $ 8.3, but that would not be in a bank deposit, no doubt it would be tied up in all sorts of clever financial ways that would not make it super-liquid. So, surely Soros must be the front man, the public face of some that lurk in the shadows. It would therefore be interesting to find out who is backing Soros, if even he knows. And, why is there never any money for our side of politics, everything having to be done by chook raffles and the like? Can a war really be won like that? Or, is that simply the nature of the Beast, and I mean Beast, Biblically.
  https://www.amren.com/news/2020/07/george-soros-pouring-220-million-into-racial-justice-movement/
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/13/george-soros-pouring-220-million-into-racial-justice-movement/

“Progressive billionaire George Soros’s philanthropic organization — Open Society Foundations — announced Monday that it will donate $220 million to groups focused on “racial justice.” The organization plans on investigating $150 million alone into five-year grants for organizations aimed at achieving equal statistical outcomes between demographic groups in economics and criminal justice. The other $70 million is said to be going toward “more immediate efforts to advance racial justice.” Groups expected to receive funds include Black Voters Matter and Repairers of the Breach. “It is inspiring and powerful to experience this transformational moment in the racial justice movement,” said Open Society Foundations president Patrick Gaspard. “We are honored to be able to carry on the vital work of fighting for rights, dignity, and equity for oppressed people the world over started by our founder and chair, George Soros.”

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Biden Vows to End Capitalism; Full on Racial Socialism By Chris Knight (Florida)

     Biden is moving increasingly towards the Left, indicating that the Democrats are in full-on socialist mode. The ultra-woke female running mate, who will soon become president once he is uncorked as senile, will push America over a cliff, and Australia will go with it.
  https://conservativedailypost.com/biden-vows-to-end-shareholder-capitalism-that-ignores-racial-responsibility/?utm_source=Push&utm_campaign=OneSignal&utm_term=12_July-1

“Yesterday, democrat hopeful Joe Biden delivered a speech in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, and announced his ‘economic’ plan for the United States. The politician, who’s held office for nearly five decades, explained that suddenly ‘now’ he has answers that he never had before, and this time, he will end “shareholder capitalism.” “It’s way past time to put the end to the era of shareholder capitalism. The idea the only responsibility a corporation has is its shareholders — that is simply not true, it’s an absolute farce. They have a responsibility to their workers, their community, to their country,” Biden bafflingly explained. In place of “shareholder capitalism,” Biden proposed a more inclusive system built on the power of labor unions and on “black, brown, and Native American” communities that he said had been left out of economic prosperity. Much of his speech was devoted to criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus. Biden claimed (falsely) that Trump told Americans to “drink bleach” to fight the disease. Biden, addressing a small, socially-distant group of workers and journalists at the McGregor Industries metal works facility, said that he would raise the corporate tax rate to 28% (from 21%, where Trump lowered it in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017).”

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The Crisis has Been Very Good for the Super-Capitalists By James Reed

     Of course, they can be generous in throwing money at BLM since the super-capitalists have benefitted by the corona madness eliminating many small businesses.
  https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/worlds-richest-billionaires-risk-turning-22288193

“The wealth of the top 1% has soared during lockdown, but the booming fortunes of tech billionaires like Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos reveal deep faultlines in society. The coronavirus pandemic has directly cost some 500,000 lives. But the damage it has wreaked on the world economy will cost many more. In America, the unemployment rate in April was 14.7%, up from just 4.4% in March. In real terms that’s at least 44 million people laid off. Between March 29 and April 4 alone, 6.6 million Americans registered as unemployed. More than 27 million Americans stand to lose their employer-provided healthcare coverage as a result of the pandemic, at a time when they might need it most. But it’s not affecting all Americans equally. The wealth of the very richest has soared during the pandemic. America's top five billionaires – Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett and Larry Ellison – enjoyed a 26% surge in their wealth since the outbreak began. Between them they’ve gained over a hundred billion dollars. Amazon’s business has been booming with most of America cooped up at home and according to figures from Forbes, boss Jeff Bezos is worth 38.6% more – an extra $43.7 billion – between March 18 and June 17.

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China Just Does What it Wants, No Consequences By Brian Simpson

     The Covid-19 madness could have been prevented by China just acting, morally, or even quicker:
  https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/03/covid-19-china.page
  https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/505373-wuhan-is-the-final-straw-the-world-needs-to-divest-from
  https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/03/covid-19-china.page

“The global influence of the Chinese Communist Party both economically and militarily is one of the most concerning stories so far in the 21st century. Despite years of human rights abuses, currency manipulation, dishonest trade practices, and threats to democracy, the Chinese communist government has been able to grow its economy and influence throughout the world at a breathtaking pace. The current COVID-19 pandemic, and the global economic upheaval it has created, has exposed China as the reckless, dishonest member of the global community that many of us knew them to be. The outbreak in Wuhan and the communist government’s efforts to keep this quiet have led to a global catastrophe. National security advisor Robert O’Brien suggested that this cover up delayed the global response to COVID-19 by two months while the Chinese government allowed its own people to continue traveling to Wuhan and abroad, infecting the world. A study from Southampton University in England found that if China had acted sooner, the damage could have been mitigated by 95 percent. This is staggering when looking at the lives lost and the economic turmoil created. Instead of alerting the world, the Chinese government silenced its doctors, forbidding them from sharing information which could have spared so many lives. This negligence is compounded by the fact that China either failed or refused to follow the rules imposed by the World Health Organization following an outbreak of SARS in 2003 - the last time China gifted us with a global pandemic.

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The Eternally Evasive Old Age Pension By Mrs Vera West

     For many today, the old age pension is a moving fence, a horizon that ever resides, since the state wastes so much money on multiculturalism, immigration and diversity, that there is nothing left to reward hard working citizens for a lifetime of slaving away. Talk about being expendable!
  https://theconversation.com/amp/retirement-age-is-increasing-but-our-new-study-reveals-most-only-work-ten-years-in-good-health-after-50-141227

“Though we’re living longer, this doesn’t necessarily mean our health will allow us to work for additional years. Healthy working life expectancy tells us the average number of years people in a population are likely to be healthy and in paid work from the age of 50. Healthy working life expectancy focuses on working life after age 50, which is when health problems (such as common age-related diseases, including pain or mobility issues) can make it difficult for people to continue working or find a job that fits their needs. Our study of healthy working life expectancy found that on average, people in England can expect to be healthy and in work for almost nine and a half years after age 50. However, these years are not necessarily lived consecutively as people may temporarily leave work or experience health problems. These findings came from data on 15,284 people aged over 50 in England who were interviewed several times from 2002 to 2013. Compared to the national average, healthy working life expectancy is higher for men (10.94 years) and lower for women (8.25 years). We also found that healthy working life expectancy is higher for people in non-manual or self-employed occupations (such as office workers) than those in manual occupations (such as electricians or care workers). It also increased alongside education level. People also tend to have longer healthy working lives in the south compared to the north of England. This reflects the worse health and economic conditions typically seen in the north. The amount and type of jobs available regionally also influence differences in healthy working life expectancy, as people who cannot find a job that suits them won’t be able to continue working. We also split the population into five equal-sized groups based on deprivation. We found that the people living in the least deprived areas tended to stay healthy and in work for almost four years longer (10.53 years) than those living in the most deprived areas (6.80 years).

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The Economic Apocalypse is Here By Peter West

     Clearly, this is not going to end well:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8474819/Nearly-half-U-S-population-without-job.html

“Nearly half of the U.S. adult population is without a job, as the number of Americans filing for unemployment remains high and reopening in several states is slowed because of high levels of new coronavirus cases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment-population ratio for May 2020 shows that just 52.8 percent of the adult population was employed last month. This means that 47.2 percent of adult Americans are jobless despite a surprising surge in jobs in May. The employment-population ratio highlights the number of employed people as a percentage of the U.S. adult population, creating a broader picture of the rate of employment across the country. While the unemployment rate only includes those actively looking for a job, this ratio accounts for those not in the labor force and those discouraged about their prospects of finding a job. The labor force only includes about 60 percent of the U.S. adult population. May's ratio figures showed a massive plunge from the 61.2 percent employed in January 2020. It had increased slightly from 51.3 percent in April. It is also far below the record post-war high of 64.7 percent in 2000 as experts warn that up to 30million jobs will have to be created to get it back to its peak.”

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Camus on Replacism By Richard Miller

     Here is French intellectual Renaud Camus writing on the Great Replacement, and the theme that immigration to France is an invasion – which got him a two-month suspended jail sentence:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/french-intellectual-sentenced-2-months-jail-after-calling-mass-immigration-invasion

    Disclaimer: we at this site do not necessarily agree with everything said here in Camus’s article, but merely report the items said, since it is a matter of public interest; that is what journalism is about, covering the news in the public interest:
  https://www.cnre.eu/en/appeal-of-colombey

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London is Off-Limits By Richard Miller

     When I first read the headline that London was off-limits, I thought that this related to the wave of crime and knife attacks, and the white flight that has made once merry, London, majority non-white. But, it is way more complex than just a racial apocalypse angle, and involves our “friends” the elites:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-inequality-social-mobility-sutton-trust-meritocracy-unpaid-internships-privilege-a9295986.html

“London has cemented itself as the UK’s “elite epicentre” since the 1980s and has become increasingly off-limits to those from less privileged backgrounds, an extensive study suggests. The “Dick Whittington vision” of moving to the capital to make one’s fortune is largely a myth, the Sutton Trust’s report found. The skyrocketing cost of living in London means those from privileged backgrounds are the most able to migrate there and take advantage of the most sought-after career opportunities, researchers concluded, finding three quarters of those who move to London for elite jobs are already advantaged. Furthermore, the analysis of census-based data suggested the vast majority of the most socially-mobile people born between 1965 and 1981 had never made a long-distance move, choosing instead to remain close to home and benefit from the growing spread of professional jobs across the country. However, social mobility appears to be decreasing, with the number of men rising to professional and managerial classes from the lowest occupational classes declining from 20 per cent in those born between 1955 and 1961, to 12 per cent in those born two decades later. To combat this rising inequality, the report recommends abolishing unpaid internships, increasing the number of degree-level apprenticeships on offer as an alternative to university, and incentivising state schools to concentrate more on life skills like public speaking, self-control and motivation techniques within their curriculums. “London is essentially off-limits to ambitious people from poorer backgrounds who grow up outside the capital,” said Sutton Trust founder, Sir Peter Lampl. “That means that boosting London is not going to have much impact on making things fairer for anyone other than those already living there. “In spite of the dominance of London, over two thirds of the socially mobile have never made a long-term move. It’s crucial that the new Conservative government implements its policy of creating more opportunities across the country so that talented people can benefit from them wherever they live.”

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Soros in Davos By Charles Taylor

     Trump was in Davos, giving a soft nationalist speech, which is better than nothing. But Georgie boy was there too, to counter him at every corner, as he does in his 24/7 job:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/23/george-soros-in-davos-2020-election-will-determine-fate-of-the-world/

“Left-wing billionaire George Soros on Thursday reportedly warned that the 2020 election will determine the “fate of the world” and lashed out at President Donald Trump during a private dinner event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Soros, the 89-year-old founder of the progressive advocacy organization Open Society Foundations, accused the president of being a “con man” and a “narcissist” who wants the world to “revolve around him,” according to CNBC. “When his fantasy of becoming president became a reality,” his ego swelled, Soros said, adding: “This has turned his narcissism into a malignant disease.” Soros, who has yet to endorse a 2020 Democrat candidate, then said that this year’s election will decide the “fate of the world,” CNBC reports. In October, the billionaire argued White House contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the “most qualified to be president,” but stopped short of formally throwing his support behind her. This, of course, is not the first time the hedge fund manager has taken aim at President Trump at the World Economic Forum. Last year, Soros criticized the president’s negotiating style against China, which culminated in the signing of a phase one trade agreement last Wednesday. “Regrettably, President Trump seems to be following a different course: Make concessions to China and declare victory while renewing his attacks on U.S. allies,” Soros said at the time.

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Economics in the Service of Ideology By James Reed

     Here is something I did not know about Adam Smith, the founder of free market economics, beloved by conservatives: he was financed by a globalist of the time:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/geopolitics-epistemological-warfare-babylon-neocon

“Smith at Her Majesty’s Service
Do Smith’s modern followers sincerely believe in the “self-regulating forces of the free market”? Sure they do. Did Adam Smith actually believe in his own system? Whether he did or not, according to recent research conducted by historian Jeffrey Steinberg, Smith received his commission to compose his seminal book Wealth of Nations (published 1776) while riding with Lord Shelburne himself in a carriage ride from Edinburgh to London in 1763. The date 1776 is not a coincidence as this was the same Lord Shelburne who essentially managed the British Empire during the American Revolution and who always despised all colonial aspirations to use protective tariffs, emit productive credit or channel said credit towards internal improvements as Benjamin Franklin had championed in his 1729 Necessity of Paper Currency and Colonial Script. Why develop Industry, asked Smith, when the new “Law” of “absolute advantage” demanded that everyone just do what they are good at for the best price possible? America has a lot of land, so they should stick with agriculture and slave-driven cotton. Britain had a lot of industry (don’t ask how that happened because it wasn’t through free trade), so they should stick with that! India had advanced textiles, but Britain had to destroy that so that India could then have a lot of opium fields so she could do that… which China could then smoke to death under the watch of British Gunships. “Free Trade” demanded it so.”

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Globalism and Sexual Exploitation By Mrs Vera West

     Yet another “joy’ of globalism and the rule of money, which reduces everything and everybody to money:
  https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50828386

“Top social media influencers are being propositioned daily by strangers with offers of thousands of pounds in return for sex, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. One said social media had become "a catalogue" for men to select their next conquest. "It's high-end prostitution - it's just scary to think if they've messaged me, they've probably sent it to thousands of pretty girls on Instagram," says Tyne-Lexy Clarson. She says she was only 19 when she was first propositioned, with an offer of £20,000 for dinner and drinks. But after starring in series two of Love Island, an agency emailed, offering her £50,000 for five nights in Dubai. It contained a non-disclosure agreement, stating that the details of what she would be required to do would remain confidential. Tyne-Lexy says she refused the offer, but fears that struggling influencers who do not receive luxury items for free would feel pressure to "keep up appearances" and become vulnerable to these kinds of transactions. "It's a lot of money for some people, it's life-changing amounts of money." Rosie Williams, who starred in series three of Love Island, says she was offered £100,000 a year plus all her clothes and bags, to become a companion to a man in Dubai. She showed us one of the recent messages she had received, from a man purporting to be in Dubai. It says she may be surprised to hear from him but he has an "important transaction" he wishes to share - which she says is a common turn of phrase in these messages. And she says she would never be tempted, despite the large amount of money involved. Rosie says it is not an aspect of fame she anticipated: "You're warned about trolling, you're warned that your life will change dramatically, but you're never warned that you could get bought by men." And she says it is not spoken about in influencer circles: "We either aren't in a position where we need to do it so we don't speak about it, or we've done it and we're too ashamed."

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Do What the Man Says By Bruce Bennett

     Companies will get diverse, or else:
  https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/23/goldman-says-it-wont-take-companies-public-without-at-least-one-diverse-director-heres-what-it-should-have-said/

“Now Goldman Sachs  has made an announcement of its own that’s very much a part of the times: its CEO, David Solomon, today told CNBC that beginning this year, Goldman will no longer take companies public if they don’t have at least one “diverse” member on its board of directors. “Starting on July 1st in the U.S. and Europe, we’re not going to take a company public unless there’s at least one diverse board candidate, with a focus on women,” Solomon said specifically on the network’s “Squawk Box.” Some will, perhaps rightly, see the announcement as little more than marketing. After all, it’s already widely viewed as unacceptable for a company to go public without at least one female board member and preferably far more “diversity” than that. WeWork, for example, tried to go public last year with an all-male board, only to realize soon after that if it wanted to pursue an initial public offering, it had better mix it up a bit. (Of course, by the time it amended its S-1 to name Harvard professor Frances Frei as its first female board member, its offering was already starting to implode.) Adding one’s first female board member ahead of an IPO is such a cliche at this point that the more interesting question is how close to the filing a related announcement will be made.

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Mass Immigration and the End of the Aussie Way of Life By James Reed

     Anyone who was following the immigration and multiculturalism debate in the 1980s and 1990s, would remember that the key argument of the Growths was that none of this would change the Australian way of life, but that diversity would enrich it, with all the metaphors of meals, dinners, salads and things that the decadent chattering class, liked. It was a lie for the time, just like populate or perish was for the World War II era. Here is Ross Gittins, still going at it, God bless him:
  https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/high-immigration-is-changing-the-aussie-way-of-life-20191126-p53e5e.html

“The nation’s economic elite – politicians of all colours, businesspeople and economists – long ago decided we need to grow our population as fast as we can. To them, their reasons for believing this are so blindingly obvious they don’t need to be discussed. Unfortunately, however, it’s doubtful most ordinary Australians agree. A survey last year by researchers at the Australian National University found that more than 69 per cent of respondents felt we didn’t need more people, well up on a similar poll in 2010. This may explain why Scott Morrison announced before this year’s election a big cut in our permanent migrant intake – while failing to mention that our booming temporary migrant intake wouldn’t be constrained. He also foreshadowed measures to encourage more migrants to settle in regional cities. What he didn’t say is what he’d be doing differently this time, given the many times such efforts had failed in the past. In between scandalising over the invading hordes of boat people, John Howard greatly increased the immigration intake after the turn of the century, and this has been continued by the later Labor and Coalition governments. “Net overseas migration” accounts for about 60 per cent of our population growth. In 2000, the Australian Bureau of Statistics projected that our population wouldn’t reach 25.4 million until 2051. We got there this year. Our population is growing much faster than other developed countries are. The growth in our economy has been so weak over the past year that they’ve had to stop saying it, but for years our politicians boasted about how much faster our economy was growing than the other economies. What they invariably failed to mention was that most of our faster growth was explained by our faster-growing population, not our increasing prosperity. Over the year to June, for instance, real gross domestic product grew by (a pathetic) 1.4 per cent, whereas GDP per person actually fell by 0.2 per cent. That’s telling us that, despite the growth in the economy, on average our material standard of living is stagnant. All that immigration isn’t making the rest of us any better off in monetary terms.”

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The Collapse of the Swedish Welfare System By Richard Miller

     Can it be that all of those rockets scientists-to-be, who will be paying for Swedish boomer pensions, are abusing the welfare system? That must be some kind of racist prank, surely?
  https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/01/10/former-insurance-directors-warn-migrants-can-abuse-welfare-system-easily/

“Three former Swedish insurance fund directors have claimed that since 2015, accounting for migrants in the Swedish national social insurance system has practically collapsed, leading to a high potential for abuse. Stig Orustfjord, Gunnar Johansson, and Erik Kärnekull have claimed that the large number of migrants received by Sweden at the height of the migrant crisis has overwhelmed the bureaucracy and accounting for migrants has “almost collapsed”. “The system got its final crack in 2015 when the integrity of the public records could no longer be guaranteed. Today, the bookkeeping and control of immigrants have almost collapsed. We no longer have control over who lives and resides in the country,” the three said in a debate article in Nyheter Idag. “We have a large number of co-ordination numbers, which give the right to social security’s residence-based contributions, to persons whose identity is not confirmed. Swedish citizenship has been assigned to people whose identities we have not been able to establish and who have in many cases been assigned parallel Swedish identities,” they explained.”

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China’s Demographic Woes By James Reed

     Not everything is going swimmingly for China. First, there are demographic woes, even given the country’s pro-natalist policies:
  https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202001/18/WS5e22494fa310128217271d58.html

“The birthrate on the Chinese mainland reached a record low last year, figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday showed. The total number of babies born last year was 14.65 million, a decrease of 580,000 from the previous year, while the birthrate stood at 10.48 per 1,000 population-the lowest over the past seven decades, according to the bureau. Meanwhile, total population on the mainland narrowly exceeded 1.4 billion by the end of last year, an increase of 4.7 million year-on-year. Last year marked the third consecutive year of falling births on the mainland despite the universal second-child policy having been adopted at the beginning of 2016. The policy, which encourages all couples to have two children, was designed to boost births to cope with rapid population aging. Births reached 17.86 million in 2016, the highest since 2000, according to the National Health Commission, but they fell to 17.23 million in 2017 and to 15.23 million in 2018. Ning Jizhe, head of the NBS, said at a news conference on Friday that despite the decrease, the total number of births last year on the mainland was still very big, and the universal second-child policy has played a very important role in encouraging births. The decrease last year was the smallest, he said. Births fell by 630,000 in 2017 and by 2 million in 2018. "Of all babies born last year, 59.5 percent were the second or more child, with the percentage rising over the past few years," Ning said. The percentage has remained at about 50 percent since the universal second-child policy was enacted, according to the National Health Commission. Despite the policy, many couples in China were not willing to have a second baby, for reasons such as the high cost of raising children and a lack of nursery facilities, according to a survey organized by the commission.”

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