English as a Second Language: Should we be alarmed over this development?

It appears that decades of open borders and political sensitivity has finally caught up with us. After sifting through the 2013 census data, the Center for Immigration Studies has found that 61.8 million U. S. residents, speak a foreign language at home. That is 1 in 5 people, and a 2.2 million increase since 2010. The data was compared to the 2010 statistics, and it was found that the largest increases were for Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
So should we be alarmed over this development? After all, we are a nation of immigrants. Each and every one of us could probably trace our lineage to an immigrant. Many of you reading this right now have ancestors that arrived to this country within the last century.
However, it should be noted that we aren’t just a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of assimilated immigrants. If you read the data provided by this study, you’ll find that our system of assimilation is completely broken.
Of the school-age (5 to 17) nationally, more than one in five speaks a foreign language at home. It is 44 percent in California and roughly one in three students in Texas, Nevada, and New York. But more surprisingly, it is now one in seven students in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and Delaware; and one out of eight students in Kansas, Utah, Minnesota, and Idaho. Many of those who speak a foreign language at home are not immigrants. Of the nearly 62 million foreign-language speakers, 44 percent (27.2 million) were born in the United States. Of those who speak a foreign language at home, 25.1 million (41 percent) told the Census Bureau that they speak English less than very well.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 6th, 2014.

False Flag Warning: Khorasan Terrorist Group Is Back And A US Attack Is Imminent – Episode 485

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 6, 2014
Germany orders plunge to new lows. Euro zone sentiment falls in October. HP laying off 5,000 employees and the company could be split up. UK, US and Turkey attacking free speech on the internet. More cases of Ebola which might trigger more advanced screenings at airports. Hong Kong protests seems to be losing steam. New Islamic State document found implicating Russia in its plan. 5,000 paid mercenaries being trained in Saudi Arabia. Russia blamed for attacking JP Morgan. China implicated in cyber attacking companies. FBI director says Khorasan terrorist group is planning to attack the U. S. Be prepared for a false flag.

SWIFT Announces It “Regrets The Pressure” To Disconnect Russia

With ever louder chatter that the west will force Russia to exit the (EU-based) global currency messaging and interchange service that is SWIFT – essentially locking it out of transacting in “developed” currencies – and with correspondingly louder retorts by Russia that it is prepared and would welcome such a move as it would merely force it to abandon the petrodollar and allign even closer with China, there was one entity whose take on the matter had been largely ignnored. SWIFT itself.
Surprisingly, in a press release issued this morning, the member-owned cooperative, reveals that not only has it received “calls to disconnect institutions and entire countries from its network – most recently Israel and Russia”, but that it regrets “the pressure” as the “surrounding media speculation, both of which risk undermining the systemic character of the services that SWIFT provides its customers around the world.”
And if SWIFT has now gone so far as to distance itself from the source of such external “pressure” which needs no clarification, then surely the dischord behind the SWIFTean scenes is far greater than meets any mainstream media eye.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/06/2014.

Now Ebola’s Cousin Marburg Virus Has Broken Out in Uganda, 1 Dead, 1 in Isolation So Far

West Africa continues to be ravaged daily by Ebola, most specifically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but now on the other side of the continent it is being reported that the related deadly Marburg virus disease (MVD), formerly known as Marburg hemorrhagic fever, has now broken out in Uganda.
China.org.cn reports:
The deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever has broken out in Uganda after samples taken to the Uganda Virus Institute tested positive, a top government official said Sunday.
Elioda Tumwesigye, minister of state for health told reporters that one person has so far died and 80 others are being monitored in central Uganda and the western district of Kasese.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 5th, 2014.

Hong Kong Boiling – But Gently So Far

Hong Kong is at a gentle boil. As of this writing, tens of thousands of students have been politely demonstrating, calling for the Beijing-appointed chief executive, C. Y. Leung, to resign and be replaced through free elections.
Politics don’t often divert Hong Kong’s manic obsession with business and finance, but the upsurge of youthful discontent has presented China with one of its biggest popular challenges since the 1989 Tiananmen uprising – which China insists never happened.
So far, China’s Communist Party and its tough new boss, Xi Jinping, have stood back and taken no serious action to curb the peaceful demonstrations. Now, however, protest leaders are threatening to seize government buildings unless Beijing drops plans to select Hong Kong’s new government in 2017. This is a direct challenge to Beijing’s national authority.
Considering that Beijing is ruthlessly crushing protests by Uighur Muslims in its strategic westernmost province of Xinjiang, Hong Kong’s demands for true autonomy and self-rule come at a particularly difficult time for the Communist Party which is feting its 65th anniversary of taking over China.
Western media, often hostile to China, is portraying the uprising as a struggle by democrats against party dictatorship. Reality is rather more complex. Hong Kong never had democracy under British Imperial rule: it was run by an autocratic British colonial governor – and run pretty well.
When China assumed control in 1997 of long-lost Hong Kong, it vowed to maintain its special self-governing status for 50 years, except for defense and foreign affairs. China appointed the former colony’s chief executive, but locals were given some latitude.
This ‘one state, two systems’ worked well. But a new generation wants democracy and real political power. Beijing is unlikely to ever accept such a development. Hong Kong is isolated from the rest of China and self-contained, but Beijing fears the internet and social media will spread the virus of democracy – even chaos – to the rest of China.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on October 4, 2014.

Sun Tzu And The Cost Of War

Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, and is credited to have written ‘The Art of War’, a seminal treatise on managing conflict and warfare. It is uncertain when he actually lived, but some traditional historians date his lifetime to 544 – 496 BC.
The Art of War discusses military strategy within the wider context of public administration, politics and planning. Organized in thirteen chapters, the text outlines theories of battle, but also advocates diplomacy and cultivating relationships with other nations as essential to the health of a state. For centuries, it has been regarded as the definite reading for strategists and warriors of all types.
Sun Tzu’s work remains highly influential to this day. An internet search with his name produces over 10 million hits; in recent years there have been several best-selling translations and books applying the strategies to different fields, including negotiation, leadership and business.
So influential in fact that certain authors claim China’s leaders follow a modern adaptation of his principles as they seek to transform their country into a world superpower in the 21 century. Exactly at a time when the Western Establishment seems to be very busy brushing them aside.
Sun Tzu in Action
Sun Tzu observed, analyzed and distilled what works and what doesn’t at war, and eventually developed an approach which transcended the battlefield. He emphasized the need to have a strategy planned well in advance of any campaign based on a detailed assessment of both adversaries’ strengths and weaknesses: ‘If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/04/2014.

Gapple and Oogle, Our Defenders

I read that Apple and Google have begun encrypting the data of customers so that nobody, including Apple and Google, have plaintext access to it. This of course means ‘so that the government will not have access to it.’ The FBI is terribly upset about this, the first serious resistance against onrushing Orwellianism. God bless Apple and Google. But will they be able to stand up to the feds?
Here is a curious situation indeed. The government has become our enemy, out of control, and we have to depend on computer companies for any safety we may have.
NSA spies on us illegally and in detail, recording telephone conversations, reading email, recording our financial transactions, on and on. TSA makes air travel a nightmare, forcing us to hop about barefoot and confiscating toothpaste. The police kick in our doors at night on no-knock raids and shoot our dogs. In bus stations we are subject to search without probable cause. The feds track us through our cell phones. Laws make it a crime to photograph the police, an out-and-out totalitarian step: Cockroaches do not like light. The feds give police forces across the country weaponry normal to militaries. Whatever the intention, it is the hardware of control of dissent. Think Tian An Men Square in China.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 4, 2014.

Hong Kong: Tempest in a Teapot – Or Something Much Bigger?

Hong Kong is at a gentle boil. As of this writing, tens of thousands of students have been politely demonstrating, calling for the Beijing-appointed chief executive, C. Y. Leung, to resign and be replaced through free elections.
Politics don’t often divert Hong Kong’s manic obsession with business and finance, but the upsurge of youthful discontent has presented China with one of its biggest popular challenges since the 1989 Tiananmen uprising – which China insists never happened.
So far, China’s Communist Party and its tough new boss, Xi Jinping, have stood back and taken no serious action to curb the peaceful demonstrations. Now, however, protest leaders are threatening to seize government buildings unless Beijing drops plans to select Hong Kong’s new government in 2017. This is a direct challenge to Beijing’s national authority.
Considering that Beijing is ruthlessly crushing protests by Uighur Muslims in its strategic westernmost province of Xinjiang, Hong Kong’s demands for true autonomy and self-rule come at a particularly difficult time for the Communist Party which is feting its 65th anniversary of taking over China.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 4, 2014.

Putin Rules Out Capital Controls As Ruble Hits Record Lows, “Curbs Risk” By Shifting To Non-Dollar Settlements

Despite ongoing outflows, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed earlier statements by the Central Bank ruling out any measures to stop the flow of money from his nation (following rumors that they were weighing capital controls sent the Ruble to fresh record lows against the USD). The central bank continues to make “small interventions” but the Ruble has pushed to new record lows this morning nevertheless, as Bloomberg reports, restating “the first principle is the lack of limits on capital movements.” In order to “curb risks” from ongoing outflows, Putin said on Thursday that Russia wants to shift to national currencies in trade deals with China and other countries, implying a shift away from the U. S. dollar. That appears to be strengthened further this morning as Putin signs law ratifying a Eurasian economic union.
Following rumors of capital controls, Bloomberg reports Putin denying any such rumors…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/03/2014.

Tensions Mount in Hong Kong as Protest Enters 5th Day

Protests in Hong Kong entered the 5th day with no sign of letup.
The protest movement followed a controversial decision in which candidates for chief executive of Hong Kong in the 2017 elections be made by a committee, rather that a general election. Election by committee is billed as “election reform”.
Protests intensified after police used teargas in an attempt to disperse student protesters. Pro-democracy protesters now number in the hundreds of thousands. The protesters demand a free election and the resignation of Hong Kong’s current chief executive CY Leung.
This is the greatest mass protest in China since the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989.
Beacon of Hope
Bloomberg comments on Hong Kong Autonomy
Hong Kong is an island of free speech and civil liberties in an authoritarian sea. It is not, however, a democracy. Hong Kong citizens have never had the power to choose their top leader, neither as part of China since 1997 nor as an outpost of the British Empire for 156 years before that. Now the prospect of the first direct election of a chief executive in 2017 is increasing the tension between Hong Kong’s yearning for autonomy and China’s for loyalty.
Tensions Mount
The Financial Times reports Tension Mounts in Hong Kong as Police Mass…

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on October 02, 2014.

Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society

Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers.
The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of expression, and from the influence, specifically, of U.S. groups that may be trying to promote those values here, experts say. That campaign is long-standing, but it has been prosecuted with renewed vigor under President Xi Jinping, especially after the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych following months of street demonstrations in Kiev that were viewed here as explicitly backed by the West.
The tensions have been heightened by pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, and on Monday, Beijing warned other nations not to intervene in protests there. Chinese news media suggested that Western civil society organizations have had a hand in promoting unrest there.
In its tightening of control, China appears to be taking a page from the playbook of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, who oversaw a crackdown on Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) two years ago that has sapped their ability to effect change.

This post was published at Washington Post

Is China Facing Another Tiananmen Square Moment?

What began with several small student groups protesting the government in Hong Kong, has escalated into a tidal wave of unrest in one of China’s biggest financial hubs. How the central government responds to this resistance, may end up shaping the future of China for decades to come.
Angered by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plans to undermine Hong Kong’s democratic system, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to reclaim their rights. The droves of young citizens currently occupying the streets of Hong Kong, have issued an ultimatum to the central government in Beijing. If the government does not respond their demands by Wednesday October 1st, the protesters will take their unrest to the next level:
We face three foreseeable choices. The first is to widen the protest areas across the city, the second is to launch a labour strike and the third is to occupy a government building,’ Federation of Students secretary-general Alex Chow said.
Occupy Central leader Chan Kin-man echoed the students’ demands and insisted on the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
‘Only then can we elect a new government and restart the political reform process,’ Chan said.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on October 1st, 2014.

Video: The Death Of King Dollar: ‘This Could Happen As Soon As 2018’

Despite continued assurances about America’s economic strength and global influence, scores of nations around the world are rapidly divesting themselves from their dependency on the world’s reserve currency as a mechanism of exchange. The key players, Russia and China, are actively developing entirely new systems of trade with numerous partners that include countries from the middle east, Asia and South America.
These major strategic moves, trade agreements and partnerships are being marginalized by mainstream American news sources, or are simply ignored and never shared with the public. The end result for Americans’ way of life will be nothing short of disastrous as the eventual outcome leads to an implosion of our economy and the destruction of one of the most influential currencies in human history.
Watch: The Death of King Dollar (via Crush The Street)

This post was published at shtfplan on September 30th, 2014.

China Accuses U.S. of Fomenting Hong Kong Unrest

Has the U. S. Egged On the Protests? The mass demonstrations in Hong Kong are dramatic, indeed. And given that Hong Kong has long enjoyed a more liberal existence under British rule, protests against a more authoritarian Chinese government (or at least it used to be more authoritarian) are not entirely surprising.
But Chinese officials accuse the U. S. of egging on the protests. As the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time blog reports:
On Thursday, Wen Wei Po published an ‘expose’ into what it described as the U. S. connections of Joshua Wong, the 17 year-old leader of student group Scholarism.
The story asserts that ‘U. S. forces’ identified Mr. Wong’s potential three years ago, and have worked since then to cultivate him as a ‘political superstar.’
Evidence for Mr. Wong’s close ties to the U. S. that the paper cited included what the report described as frequent meetings with U. S. consulate personnel in Hong Kong and covert donations from Americans to Mr. Wong. As evidence, the paper cited photographs leaked by ‘netizens.’ The story also said Mr. Wong’s family visited Macau in 2011 at the invitation of the American Chamber of Commerce, where they stayed at the ‘U. S.-owned’ Venetian Macao, which is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp.
This isn’t the first time that Beijing-friendly media have accused foreign countries of covert meddling in the former British colony. China’s government has long been concerned that Western intelligence agencies might try to exploit the city’s relatively more open political environment to push democracy in the rest of the country. The various ‘color revolutions’ that ushered in democratic governments across the former Soviet Union in the early 2000s, and which were partly organized by foreign-funded NGOs, heightened those concerns.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 30, 2014.

The Other Regime Change: How Hillary & Co. Smacked Washington’s Japanese Vassal Into Line

The American-triggered regime change in Ukraine at the Western end of the Eurasian continent has been widely discussed. Less noticed, if at all, has been the American-triggered change of government in Japan four years ago as part of the so-called ‘pivot’ aimed at holding back China on the Eastern end. The two ought to be considered together, since they share a purpose known as ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’.
A military ambition and agenda, this provides much activist energy among America’s neoconservatives and their fellow travelers, which include sundry financial and commercial interests. Made up of many parts, like the recently established ‘Africom’ (U. S. Africa Command), the comparable effort to contain/isolate/denigrate the two former communist enemy giants, China and Russia, may be considered a central aim.
It does not add up to a feasible strategy for long-term American interests, but few American initiatives have been so in the recent past. Since neoconservatives, ‘liberal hawks’ and neoliberals appear to have captured the State Department and White House, and their activism has already produced significant geopolitical instability, it would be no luxury to dig deeper in developments on the rather neglected Asian side of the globe.
The protracted overthrow in the course of 2010 of the first cabinet formed by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) does not at first glance resemble what happened in Kiev on January 22nd 2014 – when Victoria Nuland & Co triggered, aided, and abetted an anti – Russian coup d’tat. No snipers were involved. No deaths. No civil war against Japanese citizens who had supported a reformist program. It was a gentle overthrow. But an overthrow it was even so. And, importantly, while the Ukraine case served the elevation by consensus of Russia to being the new number one enemy of ‘the West’, the abrupt end to a new Japanese policy of rapprochement was the start of a fairly successful drive to create common imagery of China as a threat to its neighbors.
Back in September of 2009, Japan underwent a politically momentous change when a new ruling party came to power, thereby ending half a century of what had been in fact a ‘one-party democracy’. As the first serious opposition contender for government, the DPJ had won an overwhelming electoral victory with a strongly reformist manifesto. Its original, and at that time still essential, aim was to push for greater political control over a bureaucracy that is in many crucial ways politically unaccountable.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on September 30, 2014.

Hong Kong protesters remain defiant as riot police withdraw

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong defied volleys of tear gas fired by police, blocking streets and forcing some banks to close on Monday as they stood firm in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday.
Hong Kong’s government later said it had withdrawn riot police from the city’s streets as demonstrators apparently began to calm down.
The unrest, the worst in Hong Kong since China resumed its rule over the former British colony in 1997, sent white clouds of gas wafting among the world’s most valuable office towers and shopping malls as the city prepared to open for business.
Televised scenes of the chaos also made a deep impression on viewers outside Hong Kong, especially in Taiwan, which has full democracy but is considered by China as a renegade province which must one day be reunited with the Communist-run mainland.

This post was published at France24

Asian Stocks Are Sliding Following Data Disappointments Across The Region

Following dismal data from South Korea (industrial production plunged most since 2008), Japan(household spending missed again and dropped 4.7% YoY), and China (HSBC Manufacturing PMI missed for the 11th month in a row and dropped to 50.2 – barely expansion), and Hong Kong‘s ongoing protests, Asian stocks are all down hard. Japan’s Nikkei 225 is 300 points off Friday’s highs (ignoring USDJPY’s relative weakness), South Korea’s KOSPI is holding at 10-week lows, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is back under 23,000 at 4-month lows (negative year-to-date), and the China Enterprise Index is down at 2-month lows (negative year-to-date). For now the Shanghai Composite is modestly lower (but up 15% in Q3 following QE-lite) and the broader MSCI Asia-Pac is down around 1% to unchanged for 2014.
South Korean Industrial Production… ugly…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

“Hong Kong Risks Losing Its Role As A Financial Capital,” Deutsche Bank Chief Economist Warns

“Hong Kong clearly has its work cut out holding on to its role as the entry way to [investing in] mainland China,” warns Deutsche Bank’s Chief Economist Taimur Baig as he reflects on the civil disobedience this weekend. Even before this weekend’s riots, Baig believes “Hong Kong will have to shape up,” and while his base case suggests the unrest will not have a major detrimental effect on the economy per se, he fears it will add to investor angst – and along with macro uncertainty – leaves Hong Kong more precariously positioned than Singapore as Asia’s major financial capital.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

The Hong Kong Protest: What It’s All About

Considering that as recently as 3 weeks ago the leader of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong decided to throw in the towel, after admitting that his civil disobedience movement’s pursuit of democracy had ‘failed’ as a result of waning public support, many are shocked by how aggressively Hong Kong’s students took up the baton: almost as if the mystery sponsor behind the ISIS blitz-ascent from obscurity had decided to “destabilize” yet another region. Tongue-in-cheek kidding aside, for everyone confused about the context of this weekend’s at time very violent student protests, here is Evergreen GaveKal with its wrap up of the “Hong Kong Democracy Protests.”
The inhabitants of Hong Kong were treated over the weekend to the unusual spectacle of police battling political protesters in the city’s streets. Baton charges and volleys of tear gas might be common enough tactics in New York or London, but not in Asia’s leading international financial center. The rapid escalation of the protests over the weekend and the police’s strong-arm response shocked locals, and triggered a -2% fall in the city’s benchmark Hang Seng stock index on Monday morning as investors worried about the impact of continued unrest on Hong Kong’s markets, its economy and its future as Beijing’s laboratory of choice for China’s financial liberalization.
Only a few weeks ago it seemed that Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement was a spent force. After Beijing ruled out open elections for the chief executive of the territory’s government, the leader of Occupy Central admitted that his civil disobedience movement’s pursuit of democracy had ‘failed’. However, Hong Kong’s students and high school pupils failed to take heed. Last Friday a group of around 200 stormed security fences blocking off the ‘Civic Square’ outside the government’s headquarters to stage a sit-down protest against official obduracy. The heavy-handed police response prompted thousands more protesters to descend on the site over the weekend and on Monday morning the city woke up to find a civil disobedience campaign dismissed as irrelevant just weeks before had paralyzed the area surrounding Hong Kong’s government headquarters. With the mood highly febrile ahead of a public holiday on Wednesday to mark the Communist Party’s assumption of power in China, the fear is that the crowds of protesters could swell further over the course of the week, prompting an even more uncompromising response from the city’s Beijing-backed government.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

China Finally Speaks On Hong Kong Protest: “Opposes Illegal, Destabilizing Activities”

With the biggest Hong Kong protest in recent history taking place over the weekend, and continuing indefinitely because one thing is certain: the local student demands for more democracy and the ouster of HK chief executive CY Leung will not be met, what everyone has focused on is what China’s response, call it crackdown, to the breakout of violence will be. After all, while algos and the Fed’s liquidity tsunami have priced in pretty much everything short of (or including, according to some) World War III, a repeat of Tiananmen square could well be large enough to where it registers as a slight downtick in the Fed’s balance sheet, pardon the S&P 500.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.