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Zero Sum Game

Immigration for its own sake is idiotic. It should be closely tied to labour requirements and nothing else. 

Migration has brought ‘zero’ economic benefit

Ten years of record immigration to Britain has produced virtually no economic benefits for the country, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

A House of Lords committee, which is due to report next Tuesday, will call into question Government claims that foreign workers add £6 billion each year to the wealth of the nation.

Our overall conclusion is that the economic benefits of net immigration to the resident population are small and close to zero in the long run

The findings of the Lords economics committee threaten to demolish the key argument made by ministers to justify the highest levels of immigration in the country’s history.

The inquiry by the committee, which includes two former chancellors and several former Cabinet ministers, is the first to try to balance the costs and benefits of large-scale immigration. – Telegraph

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Nice paintings. I used to see shit like that too, but I can’t paint….

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Chinese press ordered to fan hatred of Tibetan ‘clique’

Throughout the crisis in Tibet, images of Tibetan rioters attacking ethnic Han Chinese have been shown over and over on Chinese television.

Chinese officials have ordered the Chinese press to “incite patriotism and hatred of the Dalai Lama clique” among the Chinese people.

American Communists seem to be in lockstep with the Chinese.

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Keep ‘em Stupid

Interesting that these two stories should come on the same day.

Children need ‘life skills’ not dates say teachers

Children should not be taught to remember key historical dates such as the Battle of Hastings but should instead learn “life skills”, teachers have claimed.

Children think Winston Churchill walked on moon

He’s one of history’s greatest political leaders. But more than 30 per cent of primary school children in Britain think World War II leader Winston Churchill was the first man to walk on the moon.

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Best to cut them off from food aid for a bit. The regime should be left to collapse on its own and when they are ready we can go in and clean up the mess. Too bad for the people there though, but they will be better off in the long run to get rid of this bunch of crazy bastards. Once again the script plays out although American Communists seem to be ignoring the famine. Communism’s legacy, 100 million dead and counting. Sounds like a warped McDonalds ad.

The Beginning of the End: Food Shortages Reach Pyongyang

The regime has contained and survived mass-casualty famine and dissent in the countryside before.  A severe downturn in Pyongyang, however, is a game-changer.  If the regime can’t even feed its elite, it’s going to have to take some chairs away from the banquet table.  That means commissars and apparatchiks will shiv each other for the remaining chairs as though their lives depend on it.  A rumored phase-out of the “military first” policy introduces a whole new pool of potential coup plotters. This could be the beginning of the end.  If the report is true – and if China doesn’t execute an Olympic-sized airlift to reverse those conditions fast – there’s a 70% chance of regime collapse within the next year.

One Free Korea Via GWP

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When Moqtada al-Sadr extended his cease-fire in Iraq last month, many wondered what he had in mind. Did he intend to bide his time, purge his movement of dissenters, or simply withdraw from public life to study Islam in Iran? Almost two weeks ago, Sadr himself provided an answer. He failed:

Captain Ed

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New light bulbs brought to you by the Global Warming shysters will poison us all. Thanks a lot assholes:

Even a single CFL could provide toxic levels of exposure for mercury. One contains five milligrams of mercury, which would be enough to contaminate 6,000 gallons of drinking water. Low-mercury models have about one-sixth of the amount, but that’s still enough to contaminate 1,000 gallons. It makes the CFL one of the most toxic components of a household, one that causes kidney and brain damage when people get exposed to enough of it.

What happens when an incandescent bulb hits the floor? Simple: sweep it up, and try not to step on a shard of glass with bare feet.

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And while we’re at it how about an economic boycott too…

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Tibet Protests Spread to Other Provinces

Violence in Tibet spilled over into neighboring provinces Sunday where Tibetan protesters defied a Chinese government crackdown. The Dalai Lama warned Tibet faced “cultural genocide” and appealed to the world for help.

Protests against Chinese rule of Tibet were reported in neighboring Sichuan and Qinghai provinces and also in western Gansu province. All are home to sizable Tibetan populations.

The demonstrations come after protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa escalated into violence Friday, with Buddhist monks and others torching police cars and shops in the fiercest challenge to Beijing’s rule over the region in nearly two decades.

“Whether intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place,” said the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. He was referring to China’s policy of encouraging the ethnic Han majority to migrate to Tibet, restrictions on Buddhist temples and re-education programs for monks. – MyWay

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The link is there but the MSM wants to suppress it. They wouldn’t be able to if the Bush people had a clue on how these reports should be handled. The biggest cause of this war’s unpopularity is the administration’s inability to justify it.

Ed Morrissey:

Because the media relied on a politically-motivated leak and didn’t actually read the report before telling people what it said, they essentially reported a lie to the American public. Instead of getting ahead of this, or at least right behind it, the Pentagon and the White House dithered for most of the week about how to respond. It took three days before they finally released the entire report to the public, and the delay became a story in itself. What was the Bush administration hiding? Only their own incompetence at public relations, as it turned out.

The full report shows clearly that Saddam Hussein had made himself one of the most significant sponsors of terrorism in the world. While much of it intended to keep his own people from killing him, a significant portion was directed towards the US, and some of that funded and supported Osama bin Laden. That story, however, won’t get told, thanks to the malfeasance of media that prefers leaks over source material and an administration that hasn’t learned a thing about messaging in five years.

Stephen Hayes:

This ought to be big news. Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Saddam Hussein actively supported an influential terrorist group headed by the man who is now al Qaeda’s second-in-command, according to an exhaustive study issued last week by the Pentagon. “Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives.” According to the Pentagon study, Egyptian Islamic Jihad was one of many jihadist groups that Iraq’s former dictator funded, trained, equipped, and armed.

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