Thursday, June 30, 2016

Brexit Tracking

Looking at the UK, it shipped US$460.1 billion worth of products around the globe in 2015. This amounts to about 2.5% of total international exports, which is estimated at $18.686 trillion. Now, breaking that down, about 53.6% of UK exports by value are delivered to European trade partners. On the contrary, 22.5% are sold to Asian importers, 16.1% to North America, and just 2.6% to Africa.

United Kingdom’s top 15 trade partners by dollar value during 2015 are below with the percentage of UK exports:

United States: US$66.5 billion (14.5% of total UK exports)
Germany: $46.4 billion (10.1%)
Switzerland: $32.2 billion (7%)
China: $27.4 billion (5.9%)
France: $27 billion (5.9%)
Netherlands: $26.6 billion (5.8%)
Ireland: $25.5 billion (5.5%)
Belgium: $17.8 billion (3.9%)
Spain: $13.1 billion (2.8%)
Italy: $12.9 billion (2.8%)
United Arab Emirates: $10.3 billion (2.2%)
Hong Kong: $9.6 billion (2.1%)
South Korea: $7 billion (1.5%)
Saudi Arabia: $6.7 billion (1.5%)
Sweden: $6.6 billion (1.4%)

Soros wants to undo Brexit

Soros: ‘Brexit’ Vote Must Be Overturned or the European Union Is ‘Doomed’, June 29, 2016

The Hungarian-American open borders advocate and billionaire George Soros has declared ‘Brexit’ could easily be overturned and that the European Union (EU) must then be “remade”, with power transferred from national governments to EU bodies. Speaking on a wide range of topics, the billionaire stated that popular “illiberal democracies” like Hungary must be remodeled, on “European values”.

Mr. Soros was appearing on a panel at the annual council meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). On the topic of Britain’s EU referendum, he claimed that the British public were “shocked” that voters chose ‘Brexit’ and stated those who voted to leave had “genuine buyer’s remorse”. He contended that many voters who opted for ‘Brexit’ did so as a protest vote, with the “conviction that Leave would not succeed”.

Poll results suggest the claim that Leave voters have “buyer’s remorse”, which has been echoed across the international media on scant evidence, is false. In fact, so far surveys have reliably shown the opposite; More Remain voters are pleased with the result to leave the EU than ‘Brexit’ voters are unhappy.

A poll for ComRes found that, of Remain voters, four per cent are happy with the referendum’s outcome while 88 per cent are unhappy. Of Leave voters, 92 per cent are happy that ‘Brexit’ won while only one per cent are unhappy.

Praising a discredited petition which calls for a re-run of the referendum, the hedge fund manager contended that ‘Brexit’ is “not a fait accompli”. Mr Soros said the petition could very well attract more signatures than the 17 and a half million Leave votes, and that parliament would have to “take this seriously”.

Mr. Soros said a pro-European movement has grown out of the referendum result, opining that it’s “very important to make sure that [this] momentum is not lost”.

The billionaire also spoke about a recent article he had written, which said ‘Brexit’ made the disintegration of the EU “inevitable”. Mr Soros said the point of the article was to advise that, to stop this from happening, the political and economic union must be “reconstructed from the ground up”. He pointed to “national interests” as being what has “gone wrong” in the bloc.

The international hedge fund manager stated it’s best for the unelected European Commission to have much of the power because it advances EU, rather than national, interests.
Referring to his long history of foisting liberalism on societies, the panel’s chair asked Mr Soros’: “Are you worried that the ideas you’ve been promoting, you might be losing the ideological battle?”

The Hungarian said he was, and blasted his birth country’s overwhelmingly popular government, which has a firm mandate to reject liberalism and mass immigration. He said:
“[Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor] Orban presents an alternative to the values that have been the creation of Europe.

“Orban is the promoter of this illiberal democracy and the pursuit of national interests as opposed to the common interests.

“It’s a return to nationalism and it undermines, rejects the values with which Europe was originally conceived. “We need to recapture these values. And that’s going to be our goal. And we have to do that.

Mr Soros said that in order for the union to survive, it must be rebuilt with a transferral of powers from national governments to EU bodies.

“Europe is genuinely doomed to fall apart unless we pull together. This is not the time for compromises, we need a fundamental reform to reconstruct it from the ground up”, he told the audience.

The billionaire has a record of funding movements to destabilize popular governments and is suspected to be behind a supposed “pro-democracy” movement in Poland that in actual fact represents the elite class, who looted the country post-Communism, and has the support of perhaps less than 10 per cent of Poles.

The ECFR is an international think tank whose website proclaims it provides “a safe meeting space for policy-makers, activists and intellectuals to share ideas.” Their site states that the ECFR was started up with funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, among others.

Refugee Program set up in 2013

Long before the Muslim Migrants started moving in 2016

Is Welcoming America “collaborating” in your town with your elected officials/businesses, Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 29, 2016

Oh boy, the newest buzz word in the refugee industry is “collaboration” (gee, is that what is driving the Twin Falls mayor and council too, they want to be like Boise?).
Here is a story on Cleveland where we are told that the refugees are better off than refugees anywhere else in America! Yes, you got it! The rest of you (200 towns and cities) better shape up!

She doesn’t understand that big businesses and Chambers of Commerce need people like her to shill for them as they need the cheap immigrant labor that refugees supply! Watch Maggie here (and don’t miss the Palestinian activist at the end!):

And who says Cleveland’s are the best, none other than Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland. Go here to see what/who that is!  I bet if you researched each group making up the “collaborative” most would be living off your tax dollars.
Read it all! Go here to read about when Welcoming America first showed up in Cleveland in 2013.

Welcoming America is collaborator-in-chief!
Yesterday a reader sent me an alert from Welcoming America which says the deadline has been extended one week for you to get your grant requests in to them to see if you will be one of the big winners—you will get federal $ to be trained on how to collaborate to make your town the most welcome town it can be!

In the past year, Welcoming America (WA) received an Office of Refugee Resettlement grant to distribute to the those lucky winners who submit the best applications for projects that seek to develop strategies to (LOL! my phrase) ‘mind meld’ your community, to turn it from a town filled with a bunch of hateful unwelcoming redneck boobs to a town filled with love and understanding where multicultural joy reigns supreme for ever and ever.
Here is WA which received just short of $300,000 of your dollars for the project (go to USA  Deadline was this coming Friday (July 1), but has been extended for another week (what? not enough takers?):

Collaborations for Welcoming Refugees Deadline Extended to Friday, July 8
Apply for an exciting new opportunity to advance your local collaborative through customized coaching and training from Welcoming America. Local collaboration shows great promise for coordinating, expanding, and scaling refugee integration and welcome in communities. Many communities such as Boise and Cleveland have had great success in fostering greater community support for refugees through local community collaborations.
Collaborations for Welcoming Refugees participants will receive personalized technical assistance and will connect with and learn from other collaboratives participating in Collaborations for Welcoming Refugees. Whether your collaborative is just starting out or is more seasoned, apply now to be part of this new effort. Learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity by Friday, July. [They obviously left off the 8—ed] They are called collaboratives in case you missed it.

Go here to see what you have to do to get a fistful of taxpayer dollars to promote the colonization of your town and thus help change the demographic makeup of America so that big businesses/Chambers of Commerce, like the members of Global Cleveland (a member of the Cleveland COLLABORATIVE) can increase their bottom lines!

Note to do-gooders! You and the refugees are being used! Go here for all of our previous posts on Welcoming America.

Refugees in Virginia Facts

To The Citizens of Radford, Virginia, June 29, 2016 Jeff Bayard | Virginia Free Citizen Watch

To The Citizens of Radford, Virginia June 29, 2016
Over the past few weeks, two important meetings were held in Radford. The subject of both was to introduce Radford to the refugee resettlement program under the auspices of Commonwealth Catholic Charities, a sub-contractor for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The USCCB is a federal contractor in the business of resettling refugees in your community.  Both meetings were conducted in local churches and sought volunteers to help with the resettlement activities. Let’s start with some facts: who are these people, what are they doing here and why Radford?

USCCB is a federal contractor in the business – and yes, it is a business – of resettling refugees under the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and the Virginia Office of Newcomer Services. Much of their funding comes from federal grant money allocated to Virginia and passed through the Virginia ONS.  Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs) such as the USCCB are paid by the head.  In other words, the more refugees they resettle, the more money they receive.  Given this business model, there is no incentive for any VOLAG to stop resettling refugees in your community.  Once it starts, it will not stop until either your community can’t shoulder any more or you stop it.

Yes, they are talking about only bringing in two families.  But this is how it always starts.  Look to your neighbors in the north in Roanoke to understand what awaits you.  Roanoke has accepted close to 2,000 refugees over more than ten years from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Pakistan, Republic of South Sudan, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam.

And that number – 2,000 – is only the direct and initial refugee resettlement.  It does not include secondary migration (when a refugee moves from one state and town to another within the US) or follow to join (family reunification).  Source: Refugee Processing Center, US State Department.

To the Faith Communities of Radford

USCCB promotes refugee resettlement by reminding you of your Christian duties to aid those less fortunate than yourselves and to welcome the stranger.  But, as a federal contractor that receives federal funding, the USCCB and their sub- contractor Commonwealth Catholic Charities are prohibited from testifying or proselytizing in any way, shape or form to the refugees they resettle.  Conducting the introductory meetings in churches lends a patina of faith-based initiative to a project that is, in reality, based on maximizing profit for a federal contractor.

To Radford Volunteers for Refugee Resettlement

The USCCB receives grant money through the Matching Grant Program.  This program provides federal matching for “in-kind” contributions from non-federal sources.

“Participating agencies agree to match the ORR grant with cash and in-kind contributions of goods and services from the “community”. The ORR awards $2 for every $1 raised by the resettlement agency from non-federal sources, including state and local support, United Way contributions, and in-kind support from other local and volunteer organizations, up to a maximum of $2,200 in federal funds per client. Of this match – an uneven public/private match – Volags and local affiliates only need to give 20 percent of the match in cash; the balance may be in cash, in-kind services, or donated goods.”  See Christopher Coen’s full explanation here.

So…when you volunteer your time and donate your household furnishings and appliances to refugees, is it truly a donation or is a federal contractor receiving twice the value of your time and your goods to further fund their operations?  It is a question that every volunteer should ask.

To the Parents of Radford

Look again at the list of countries from which refugees have arrived in Roanoke. Forgive the sarcasm, but so many languages in the schools system renders the junior year abroad unnecessary.  What you need to ask yourselves is this: how will an influx of refugee children speaking multiple languages who may not even be literate in their native tongues affect the quality of education for your children?  Aren’t your public schools challenged enough already serving the existing population of students?

To the Aid Recipients of Radford

Statistics prove that refugee populations depend on public assistance far more than the general population.
“According to the most recent government data, even those refugees in the country for five years are largely dependent on taxpayer largesse. Sixty percent of this group receives food stamps and 17 percent are on the cash welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). A nationwide U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study shows 44 percent are still in Medicaid and 29 percent of families who have been here for five years have one or more members on the lifetime cash welfare program Supplemental Security Income (SSI).”  Don Barnett, Center for Immigration Studies.

Economic troubles over the past few years have already put community resources under strain.  Can Radford afford to accept more people who will, once their federal funding runs out in 90 to 120 days, burden the public assistance rolls even further?  And what if there’s not enough to go around for everyone?  Can you get by with less?  And where will you live if there is not enough affordable housing to go around?

To the Employed of Radford

When Radford becomes a target for refugee resettlement, where will they all work?  Are there any new businesses planning to relocate to Radford?  I didn’t think so.  If you are getting by, as so many of us are, with a low paying job, now you will have competition from a new group of low wage earners.  Are you willing to lose your job and go on public assistance?

To the Health Care Professionals of Radford

Despite assurances from HHS and the ORR regarding the health screenings and treatment of refugee prior to entry into the US, local health departments are experiencing an increase in communicable diseases and disorders from refugee populations.  The increase in cases of latent tuberculosis is particularly troubling.  22% of resettled refugees in Minnesota test positive for latent TB. And Arizona state officials have stated that active TB resulting from latent TB cases in the refugee population presents a public health issue.  How will you and the Radford health system cope should there be an outbreak?  More importantly, should Radford even take such risks?

To the Elected Officials of Radford

Many arguments can be made for allowing refugee resettlement in Radford.  Virginia is a Dillon state, this is a federal program, etc. and the city council has no authority to oppose resettlement.  The “stakeholders” all assure you that you cannot say “no” and don’t worry, everything will be just fine.

Turn your attention, please to this 3 minute video clip taken from the full Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Immigration and the National Interest dated October 1, 2015, Senator Jeff Sessions chairing.

In the clip Larry Bartlett, Admissions Director, State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration states that on-going consultation with local communities regarding resettlement is required by the State Department and that the responsibility for these consultations is placed on the local resettlement agencies.  He further states that the local resettlement agencies are required to report their compliance with this consultation requirement to the State Department.

Was the Radford City Council consulted?  I didn’t think so.  Actually, those two un-advertised meetings mentioned at the beginning of this article were probably the CCC’s attempt to comply with the requirement to “consult” as stated in Larry Bartlett’s testimony.  Do you consider two un-posted and un-advertised meetings to which you were not invited proper and sufficient consultation?  I wouldn’t.

Very rarely does “consultation with stakeholders” include elected officials.  Those involved in refugee resettlement don’t include you because they don’t want you to know what’s going on.  You are purposely being kept in the dark and for good reason.

The most important and final stakeholders in this scheme are the tax-paying citizens of Radford whose federal, state and local taxes ultimately pay for refugee resettlement – an undisclosed and unfunded mandate on the citizens of Radford.

More in-depth with video testimony :

Hayek’s Case for Freedom

Every price is the knowledge and values of millions boiled down to a single number.

The distinguished economist F.A. Hayek (1899-1992) also noted the strong association among prosperity, freedom, and personal responsibility. In “The Moral Element in Free Enterprise” (included), he writes:

"Free societies have always been societies in which the belief in individual responsibility has been strong. They have allowed individuals to act on their knowledge and beliefs and have treated the results achieved as due to them. The aim was to make it worthwhile for people to act rationally and reasonably..."

The importance of individuals acting on their knowledge was the theme of Hayek’s groundbreaking article “The Use of Knowledge in Society” (included). Hayek asks, how are the innumerable scarce resources in a global economy to be used to best satisfy human wants? Of all the practically infinite possible ways of combining them, which is to be chosen?

Every tiny detail about the economy is relevant to this question. This includes every single preference of every single soul, and every relevant fact about every material resource. Existing knowledge about those myriad details is dispersed among billions of minds. How can all those bits of knowledge be integrated and utilized to inform the use of society’s resources? A central planning board could not possibly hope to gather and get a handle on so many bits, much less keep up with constant changes in knowledge and values. For a central planner to think otherwise would be “The Pretense of Knowledge” (which is the title of Hayek’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, also included).

Hayek argues that the market price system is the only way that humanity has discovered to meaningfully cope with “the knowledge problem.” Every resource price is essentially the knowledge and values of millions of minds concerning that resource boiled down to a single number. All individuals can use these simple, yet information-rich prices to guide their economic choices. Describing what he calls the “marvel” of the market price system, Hayek writes:

“In abbreviated form, by a kind of symbol, only the most essential information is passed on and passed on only to those concerned. It is more than a metaphor to describe the price system as a kind of machinery for registering change, or a system of telecommunications which enables individual producers to watch merely the movement of a few pointers, as an engineer might watch the hands of a few dials, in order to adjust their activities to changes of which they may never know more than is reflected in the price movement.”
The Essential F.A. Hayek

Source: Herman Talmadge III, New Georgia Republican Leadership for Principles above Politicians (facebook)

Trump Wins Poll

Democrats Aren’t Going to Like This Latest Presidential Poll, By Philip Hodges June 29, 2016

In a new Quinnipiac University poll, the two presumptive nominees are in a statistical tie. Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 42% to 40%.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,610 likely voters from June 21st through the 27th, with a margin of error of ± 2.4%.

Even with third party candidates included in the poll, Clinton still only leads Trump by 2 percentage points, 39% to 37%. Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson polls at 8%, and Green Party nominee Jill Stein polls at 4%.

This Quinnipiac University poll differs from other recent polls which have Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by several percentage points.

Last month, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was released showing Clinton besting her Republican rival by three points, 46% to 43%.

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted from June 20th through the 23rd, Clinton had a double-digit lead. She led Trump 51% to 39%. The Washington Post headline said that support for Trump had “plunged.”

But this Quinnipiac University poll seems to have reversed that trend slightly in Trump’s favor. It’s entirely possible that the UK’s declaration of independence from the EU is having an impact on the presidential race here.

The percentage gap between Clinton and Trump may continue to narrow as more of Hillary Clinton’s emails are leaked, even some she deleted:

Judicial Watch today released 165 pages of new State Department records that include a previously unreleased March 22, 2009, email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealing that she was concerned about how her records were being handled and had “no idea how my papers are treated at State.  Who manages both my personal and official files?”  Clinton top aide Huma Abedin responds: “We’ve discussed this” and promises to explain it again.  This is the fifth set of records produced to Judicial Watch by the State Department (from the non-“” email accounts of Huma Abedin) that contain Hillary Clinton emails that were not produced by the State Department as part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department.

It remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and FBI investigation will have any effect on her support come this November.

Union Government

Why are government employees still getting paid on official time to do union work? By Nathan Mehrens

Will Rogers is reported to have once said, “be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” While there are certainly many areas where we’re not getting what we pay for, one area where the problem is particularly acute is in an obscure federal personnel practice known as “official time.” Official time is a practice where a government employee is paid, not to do work for you as the taxpayer, but rather to work for the union representing the employees at the agency which employs this individual. The employee keeps their federal position, title, and all the benefits that go with being a federal employee, but works for a union instead of taxpayers. This is a direct subsidy to labor unions because they are getting free labor that, but for the practice, would be an expense they would have to handle out of their own treasury.

In years past the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was in the habit of publishing an annual report on the practice, and the associated costs to taxpayers. In fiscal year 2012, the last year for which OPM has bothered to release the figures, the reported cost to taxpayers was over $157 million. That money could have been saved. While the OPM reports give dollar figures and account for the hours spent by agency officials on official time, they do not disclose how many employees are working 100 percent of the time for unions instead of taxpayers.

To give the public a better understanding on this issue Americans for Limited Government Foundation has filed a series of records requests using the federal Freedom of Information Act. These requests asked for records from each agency on how many of their employees are working 100 percent of the time for a union.

We have taken the information disclosed to us per these requests and compiled a report showing how many employees are working 100 percent of the time for unions, along with information related to their salary and the total salary cost to taxpayers.

Some of the information we received is staggering. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation has twenty-six employees that work 100 percent of the time for a union. These employees make as much as $183,300 per year, and their average salary is $141,221. That’s certainly a nice salary, especially when you consider the extensive, and expensive, benefits packages that are on top of this.

The U.S. Postal Service disclosed to us that they have 274 employees who work 100 percent of the time for a union, at a combined cost of over $16 million per year.

Like many areas of waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government, this one continues year after year. Current law allows agency heads to negotiate with unions regarding how many people you and I as taxpayers will be paying to work for the union, instead of course, doing their actual job.

Next time you hear an agency official complain that they don’t have enough money to handle the things they are supposed to do, remember that they have plenty of areas where they can easily make cuts, and cuts that will not have any effect on their program activities. Spending money on official time is but one area of many where easy cuts could be made.

Additionally, there is an inherent problem with an agency forcing taxpayers to subsidize unions which are advocacy organizations. Unions, of course, then turn around and lobby the government seeking more money and benefits for their members. Just like we should not be using taxpayer dollars to subsidize other advocacy organizations such as the National Rifle Association or the Sierra Club, we should not be subsidizing unions either. If the National Rifle Association or the Sierra Club want to raise money to fund their operations that is their prerogative. It is not, however, the proper place of the federal government to be funding them, or unions, using your hard-earned tax dollars.

Nathan Mehrens is President of Americans for Limited Government Foundation.

Financial Warfare

War on Citizens
Electronic funds transfer capabilities have enabled our governments to wage war on bank accounts.  Private property rights are ignored when governments seize or freeze assets.  Government seizure of land and water and growing or harvesting or use rights lowers private property values and may cause bankruptcies.

War on Terrorists
Freezing assets of terror states like Iran was one way to punish Iran for sponsoring terrorism short of bombing them and starting a real war.

Trade Sanctions
Misbehaving countries can have trade sanctions placed on them, so that the sanctioning group refuses to trade with them because of their hostile or criminal actions.

Cartel Actions
Groups of countries like OPEC can lower or raise production to create gluts and shortages to effect prices.

War on Stocks and Currencies
Hedge funds betting against events and short selling stocks are dubious ways active investors manipulate markets to disadvantage passive investors and pension funds.

Government Controlled Interest Rates
Keeping rates low robs fixed income investors from receiving interest income compared to what it would be if the market set interest rates.

Government Controlling the Money Supply
Printing money, so governments can overspend and over-borrow dilutes the value of the currency eventually.

Government Controlling Real Estate
The US federal government unconstitutionally claims ownership of one third of the US land mass.  Land is a commodity and is the basis of real wealth.  HUD now has regulations to remove zoning from local control. 

Government can decide to take over entire industries and impose taxes to maintain their bureaucratic control.  Taxpayers do not get a good deal.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

The US Chamber of Communists

Is your Chamber of Commerce working with the ‘progressives’ at Welcoming America Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 27, 2016

They apparently are in Nashville, TN according to this story at a website called ‘The New South?’ For background on ‘Welcoming America’ (click here ) for our past posts.

To tell you the truth, this, to me, is one of the great mysteries of the whole refugee resettlement industry—how is it that Republicans like Paul Ryan (backed by the Chamber) are so doggedly pro-refugee and the only answer that continues to make any sense is that refugees are needed as cheap labor for businesses (workers salaries are low, but welfare fills the gap) and they are all new consumers (food, used cars, housing etc.).

I don’t see any other explanation than this—your community is disrupted socially and culturally so these business interests can make more money, and politicians can fill their campaign coffers.

To add insult to injury, all of the myriad economic interests have figured out how to hide under that white hat of humanitarianism. Do they have training sessions on how to snooker the public? I wonder!

Perhaps one of the most shocking photos I’ve seen in a long time is this one (posted in this story).  Certain special people—‘NEW Americans’—are not required to pledge allegiance to their new country. From The New South?

In 2014, speaking from Casa Azafran where TIRRC [Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition—ed] and its allied organizations are headquartered, Obama talked about his New American Task Force*** and his end-run-around-the-Congress DACA program. He specifically recognized, David Lubell, TIRRC’s first director and creator of “Welcoming Tennessee/ Welcoming America” who also won an award from the National Council of La Raza awarded.

Welcoming America will judge how progressive your community is Nashville is among the “Welcoming Cities” in Welcoming America’s (WA) network. Last year, Welcoming America paid the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for an economic report to support their story that legal and illegal immigrants are the hub of Nashville’s economic success.

The Chamber’s report looks strangely just like the WA website, suggesting a WA templated product that will be replicated by Chambers in other “welcoming cities.”

The real agenda of groups like TIRRC and WA is to mutate our communities until they satisfy a leftist open-borders, one-world, globalist vision of an ideal society. Continue reading here.

Read about Obama’s New American Task Force, here.
Find out if your Chamber of Commerce is peddling a similar report!

Lawless Resettlement Agencies

Fargo: Lutheran federal refugee contractor kept information on active TB from public Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 27, 2016

In yet another in a series of investigative reports on Tuberculosis, and diseases generally, in the refugee population coming to America, Michael Patrick Leahy now reports that in Fargo, North Dakota the lead contractor bringing refugees to that state was not forthcoming about information one assumes they would know—-how many of the refugees they resettle there have latent and active TB.

Doing well by doing good! This time last year, LSSND was busy with its grand opening of its huge brand spanking new headquarters in Fargo. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney was on hand for the ribbon cutting.

Breitbart: Dr. John Baird, Health Officer for the Fargo Cass Public Health Department in North Dakota, confirms to Breitbart News that the agency, which serves all of Cass County, has diagnosed and treated four refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) between 2012 and 2015.

Baird’s confirmation of active TB among refugees in the Fargo community comes barely a month after a spokesperson for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND), the resettlement agency hired by the federal government to operate the program in North Dakota, denied that any refugees it has resettled in North Dakota have been diagnosed with active TB.

“We have a good working relationship with NDDoH [North Dakota Department of Health], and have not encountered any issues pertaining to active TB disease among refugees,” an LSSND spokesperson told Fargo’s local NBC television affiliate, KVLY, as reported by the station’s Valley News Live program on May 16.

“Based on Dr. Baird’s statement, the LSS statement to Valley News Live in May was factually inaccurate at best, and an intentional deception at worst,” Breitbart News said in an email to LSSND, asking for a comment to explain their statement that they “have not encountered any issues pertaining to active TB disease among refugees.” Continue reading here for more important details in an article that once again shows the complete lack of transparency on the part of federal contractors and some officials that work closely with them.

I continue to wonder if community members who sign up with the contractor (LSS in this case) to help refugees get settled are given any instructions in how to avoid exposing themselves to any communicable diseases or parasites.  Does anyone know? Has anyone who volunteered for a resettlement agency been briefed on health issues?

See also our post last week about Fargo’s welcoming Democrat Mayor Tim Mahoney. Fargo has been selected by some millionaires and billionaires as a Gateway to Growth, here.

On the Bhutanese refugees Leahy mentions that the large numbers of Bhutanese refugees (and some Somalis) come from countries with high levels of TB. For new readers, the Bhutanese (not! Muslims) are really ethnic Nepalis who had been expelled from Bhutan when that country sought to keep Bhutan for true Bhutanese people.  The refugees’ (we call Bhutanese) original country is Nepal.  Nepal wouldn’t take them back so they lived in UN camps on the border of Nepal for 20 years or so. We had no national interest that would lead us to get involved in this refugee situation…but we did!

In 2007, the George W. Bush Administration said (heck yeh!) we would help the UN by cleaning out those camps and ‘welcoming’ (the original number was somewhere around 60,000) of them to live in your towns.  I bet we are now up to 80,000 who have been transported on your dime from UN camps to your cities.  And, the camps are still not cleaned out because more arrive at the camps looking for a plane ticket to the west!

We have a huge (and I mean huge!) archive on the Bhutanese here at RRW (find more than you ever wanted to know).  The big medical issue that brought them to the attention of the federal government and the CDC was not TB, but the extremely high suicide rate after resettlement to the US.  Why are they killing themselves asked the CDC and the ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement)? Could it be culture shock?

Endnote:  Just now I had a look at LSSND’s website. So tell me why a Lutheran non-profit group is now in partnership to build low income housing in North Dakota. See here.  Forget the humanitarian BS, this is all a money making racket! Lutherans get paid by the feds to bring in the refugees and then they make money building them housing!
This post is filed in our ‘health issues’ category with 304 previous posts. Leahy’s previous reports are posted there.  You will find the Bhutanese suicide posts filed there too.