Finnish politician suggests sterilizing African immigrants ‘to avoid total collapse’ in Helsinki *(ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY SAID SOMETHING)*

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A City of Helsinki deputy councilor has come under fire after he publicly stated in a Facebook post that African men who come to Finland as refugees should not be allowed to have more than three children, and should be sterilized instead.

According to Olli Sademies, 67, the problem with African immigrants is that they have too many children. So forced sterilization is the way to tackle it, he suggested.

“Migrants put to the test our social security,” Sademies wrote. “Africa’s social security is based on a large number of children, which enables some children to live longer and take care of their parents.”

In order “to avoid total collapse” of a similar system in Finland, African refugees should be restricted, Sademies said. “Three children maximum. It would require the forced sterilization of African men, which will effectively discourage them from trundling into our country,” he wrapped up.

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The Finns Party that Sademies is a member of has rushed to distance itself from the controversial statement.

Party Secretary Riikka Sjunga-Poutsalo said on Twitter that Sademies’s comments are only his own views, not those of the party.

Seppo Kanerva, who leads the group of Finns Party councilors on the Helsinki council, slammed Sademies’ remarks.

“What he’s written is completely mad,” Kanerva told Yle’s Swedish language news service, according to Yle in English. “It’s fascism. Hitler thought in the same way. I don’t understand why he wrote that.”

The politician told Helsingin Sanomat daily he stands behind his words.

“This is a way to tackle the problem, and I wait for better suggestions. Tell us what would be better!” he told the HS.

In 2012, a Finns Party parliamentary assistant Helena Eronen raised eyebrows when she suggested on her blog on the Uusi Suomi website to make it compulsory for immigrants to wear armbands.

“If every foreigner was obliged to wear a mark on their sleeve stating their country of origin, then the police could see at a glance that ‘aha, there’s a Muslim from Somalia’, or ‘aha, that’s a beggar from Romania,'” Eronen wrote, as cited by the Helsinki Times.

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Phew – what a racist! Media watchdog slammed after exonerating Katie Hopkins’ migrant slurs

Earlier this month, over 300,000 people signed an online petition calling for the Sun to sack columnist Katie Hopkins, who described African migrants as “cockroaches.” The article, published just five days after 400 people died when a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea last month, provoked public outrage.

“NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad,” she wrote. “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit ‘Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984,’ but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors.”

The UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, commented that UK tabloids like the Murdoch-owned Sun that published Hopkins’ comments, bring back the dark days of the Nazi media.

“The Nazi media described people their masters wanted to eliminate as rats and cockroaches,” the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in April.

​IRS says records of more than 100,000 taxpayers hacked

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Hackers have exploited an online service of the Internal Revenue Service to gain access to the information of more than 100,000 American taxpayers, the IRS admits.

The IRS said on Tuesday that its “Get Transcript” service had been breached thousands of times between February and mid-May this year during a span that includes the height of the tax season.

According to the Associated Press, the hackers were able to get tax returns and other tax information hosted on the site.

“In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles,” the agency said. “During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.”

That trove, according to AP, may include Social Security numbers, birthdays and other sensitive information.

Details about what exactly was taken and how it was accessed are still developing, however, while the IRS says it is notifying affected taxpayers.

News of the hack comes amid increased calls from Congress and the White House for the government to pass cyber bills, including efforts from the Obama administration to implement rules that would require online services to better protect user data.

“This extraordinary interconnection” made possible by the internet “creates enormous opportunities,” President Obama said during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission in January, “but also creates enormously vulnerabilities for us as a nation and for our economy and for individuals.”

Last year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that a 19-year-old hacker had exploited the highly publicized “Heartbleed” bug in order to steal nearly 1,000 records belonging to taxpayers that he pilfered from the Canadian Revenue Agency. In the US, meanwhile, federal investigators have been probing how cybercriminals have been able to generate profit by filing fraudulent returns through TurboTax, a program that enables Americans to easily pay their taxes to the IRS.

The Pentagon Admits They Are Preparing For a Mass Civil Breakdown in America

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BY JOHN HAWKINS

This is an old story that has recently resurfaced — and it does make you think. On the one hand, the Pentagon does need to be prepared for any contingency, including a breakdown of order in the country. On the other hand, it makes you wonder if the Pentagon knows something we don’t.

A new US Department of Defense (DoD) research program admits that the Pentagon has long been concerned about widespread social break down. Even more striking of an admission is the fact that they have been funding universities to create models of the dynamics, risks and tipping points that would all be part of large-scale civil unrest in the United States.

The DoD program was funded under the overarching authority of a number of US military agencies.

….This program, costing millions of dollars, has been designed for the purposes of immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” development. The Pentagon explains that the purpose is for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community” to form a contingency plan in the event of wide scale social unrest.

The recently revealed documents add that the purpose is further to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”

This all started back in 2008 when the global banking crisis formed the impetus for the DoD “Minerva Research Initiative“.

The DoD then decided to partner with universities in order “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”

One of the products of this was a Cornell University-led study which was managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It aimed to develop a model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions.”

…This project is being managed by the US Army Research Office, and focuses on “large-scale movements involving more than 1,000 participants in enduring activity.” It will cover 58 countries in total.

The DoD’s Minerva Initiative funded a project last year as well, in order to determine “Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?”

It’s interesting that this started after the global banking crisis because the most likely source of a mass civil breakdown in America would be a debt-driven financial crisis. Let’s say America can’t pay the interest on its debt. Then afterwards, we couldn’t borrow any more money, which would mean that welfare, social security and Medicare checks could slow down, stop or be inflated into irrelevance.  Local law enforcement could be dramatically underfunded and the Left’s “The world owes you a living” mentality could come back to bite us in the behind. It’s not a pretty picture and if things started getting really far out of hand, yes, we might need the Pentagon to quell the violence.

FEDS COLLECT RECORD $472 BILLION IN TAXES IN JUST ONE MONTH …

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By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, May 7, 2015

The federal government set a record tax haul in April, taking in nearly a half-trillion dollars in one month alone, according to Congressional Budget Office statistics released Thursday.

April is always a busy month with the tax deadline on April 15, but this year’s haul was historic, totaling $472 billion, far outstripping the previous monthly record, set last April, of $414 billion.

Spending, meanwhile, was a more modest $317 billion, leaving the government with a surplus for that one month of $155 billion — also a record.

Despite that good month, the government is likely to run a deficit when the entire fiscal year is taken into account. But it will probably be smaller than last year’s deficit, and will be the lowest since President Obama took office.

The good news surprised the budget counters at the CBO.

“Receipts for the first seven months of fiscal year 2015 totaled $1,892 billion, CBO estimates — $155 billion more than receipts in the same period last year. That increase is roughly $40 billion larger than what CBO expected when it published its March 2015 report,” the nonpartisan agency said in its report.

Both taxes and spending are growing rapidly, at 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

The CBO said the biggest spending increases are in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — the big entitlement programs that are essentially on autopilot, with costs increasing as more poor, disabled and elderly people become eligible. Combined, they are up some $81 billion compared to the same time period from fiscal 2014.

Defense spending is down, dropping by nearly 4 percent.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE SELF-EMPLOYED MIDDLE CLASS

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No more than 4 or 5 million, depending on where you draw the line

by CHARLES HUGH SMITH | OF TWO MINDS | MAY 4, 2015

Including the professional class, perhaps 3% of the workforce is truly independent.

Being self-employed (i.e. owning your own small business that does not require employees) is an integral part of the American Dream. Many start out dreaming of a corner office in Corporate America, but as they move up the ladder, many become disillusioned by the process and the goal: do I really want to spend my life making big-shots even wealthier?

Bureaucracies (government and corporate) are safe sources of employment, but at a cost: they’re often soul-deadening.

Many dream of making a living doing something they actually care about, and that often means striking out on your own, i.e. self-employment.

This raises an interesting question: how many self-employed people in the U.S. actually earn a middle class income? Since all the government statistics have a line at $50,000, and $50,000 might support a minimal middle class lifestyle in areas with a low cost of living, let’s use $50,000 in annual income as our minimum.

As you might expect, government agencies count jobs and self-employment in different ways, which makes sorting out the numbers difficult. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), for example, counts two types of self-employed, the unincorporated and the incorporated. The unincorporated may have employees, but typically do not, i.e. they are sole proprietors. The incorporated have employees, starting with the owner, as the BLS counts the incorporated self-employed as employees of their own corporation.

The analysts at Docstoc.com assembled a chart that counts only those sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations with no employees, i.e. the self-employed:The State of US Small Businesses.

They came up with a total number of all self-employed that earned at least $1,000 annually of 22.5 million, of which 3 million were partnerships or corporations. These are overwhelmingly professionals such as attorneys, accountants, physicians, consultants, entertainers, etc.

If we subtract the partnerships and corporations, there are 19.4 million sole proprietors.

For context: there are about 141 million people in the U.S. with some sort of employment according to the BLS: total nonfarm employment.

But this number includes tens of millions of part-time jobs and self-employed earning very little money. According to the BLS, there are about 121 million full-time jobs and 27.3 million part-time jobs.

But how many of these jobs are marginal, i.e. earn less than $10,000 a year? For that, we turn to the IRS data from tax returns (The Social Security Administration also compiles income statistics.)

I prefer the statistics compiled by tax returns, as these numbers are verifiable and precise. There is no seasonal adjustment of tax returns; there is an exact known number of tax returns with taxable income, i.e. net income after credits and deductions.

The IRS site Individual Statistical Tables by Size of Adjusted Gross Income offers a wealth of information that can be downloaded into Excel spreadsheets.

I am referring here to Table 1.1, All Returns: Selected Income and Tax Items for tax year 2012, (the most recent data available) and Table 1.4, All Returns: Adjusted Gross Income, Exemptions, Deductions, and Tax Items for tax year 2012.

If we examine Table 1.1, we find there were about 145 million returns filed, and 93 million had taxable income after credits and deductions. Roughly 46 million earned less than $20,000: 22 million workers earned less than $10,000, 35 million earned less than $15,000, and 46.5 million earned less than $20,000.

While 19.4 million sole proprietors is a big number, it turns out most are side businesses that earn relatively little income. 5.5 million earn less than $5,000 annually, 3.8 million net between $5,000 and $10,000, 5.7 million earn between $10,000 and $25,000, and another 3 million net between $25,000 and $50,000.

Only 4.48 million self-employed earn $50,000 or more, and 3 million of those are partnerships or corporations, i.e. professionals such as CPAs, attorneys, etc. That leaves leaves about 1.5 million people who aren’t in the professional class (those with advanced degrees and professional licenses and credentials) who earn a middle class living as sole proprietors.

This is roughly 1% of the workforce of 145 million. It turns out the non-professional self-employed that make enough to maintain a minimally middle class lifestyle are a razor-thin slice of the workforce.

Table 1.4, All Returns: Adjusted Gross Income, Exemptions, Deductions, and Tax Items is a treasure trove of telling statistics. Information junkies will be in hog-heaven as soon as they open the spreadsheet, because these numbers cut through the fog of employment and income.

As many of you know from previous entries on jobs, work, etc., I am self-employed and have no employees. I am one of the 1% who earns more than $50,000 annually via self-employment who is not a licensed professional or equivalent. Since I have to file Schedule C tax returns, I am keenly aware of the deductions that are only available to sole proprietors/self-employed taxpayers.

Only self-employed taxpayers get to deduct half of their healthcare insurance premiums. You have to earn a fair sum to actually afford the sky-high costs of health insurance. We pay $15,300 per year for stripped-down healthcare coverage, which is more than the annual earnings of the bottom 35 million workers in the nation.

Only 3.9 million taxpayers took the self-employed health insurance deduction.That’s a pretty good indicator of how many taxpayers are actually living solely on their income, that is, they don’t have a spouse who has family healthcare coverage via being an employee for the government or a corporation.

The number of taxpayers who took the deductible part of self-employment tax was 18.6 million. This includes everyone with a net income from a business. According to the IRS tax data, 7.39 million taxpayers reported self-employment of $50,000 or more.

This is almost 3 million more people than counted in the infographic, which shows that it takes cross-checking various agency statistics to sort through all the data.

This means roughly 5% of the workforce is self-employed and earns $50,000 or more annually.

According to the Federal Reserve of St. Louis (FRED) data shown in The Decline of Self-Employment and Small Business (April 22, 2013), there are 5.5 million incorporated self-employed and 9.2 million unincorporated self-employed.

If we assume most of the incorporated self-employed are professionals, this leaves roughly 1.9 million non-professional self-employed who earn more than $50,000 annually (7.39 million – 5.5 million).

However you figure it, there are less than 2 million non-professionals making a middle class living via self-employment. That is roughly 1.5% of the 121 million full-time workers in the nation.

I confess to being astonished at the tiny number of truly independent self-employed people in the U.S. Only 3.9 million of us deduct our healthcare insurance, and only 7 million out of 145 million earn $50,000 or more–and on the left and right coasts, $50,000 is not a middle-class income–it is borderline poverty.

If we only counted the self-employed who earn enough to afford a minimally middle class lifestyle in high-cost urban zones such as greater New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, etc., the number declines to an even thinner slice of the workforce–no more than 4 or 5 million, depending on where you draw the line.

It isn’t easy to earn enough to afford a middle class life via self-employment.Including the professional class, perhaps 3% of the workforce is truly independent.

THE REAL WAR ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

Eliminating the welfare-warfare state would benefit middle-class Americans by freeing them from exorbitant federal taxes

BY RON PAUL

One of the great ironies of American politics is that most politicians who talk about helping the middle class support policies that, by expanding the welfare-warfare state, are harmful to middle-class Americans. Eliminating the welfare-warfare state would benefit middle-class Americans by freeing them from exorbitant federal taxes, including the Federal Reserve’s inflation tax.

Politicians serious about helping middle-class Americans should allow individuals to opt out of Social Security and Medicare by not having to pay payroll taxes if they agree to never accept federal retirement or health care benefits. Individuals are quite capable of meeting their own unique retirement and health care needs if the government stops forcing them into one-size-fits-all plans.

Middle-class families with college-age children would benefit if government got out of the student loan business. Government involvement in higher education is the main reason tuition is skyrocketing and so many Americans are graduating with huge student loan debts. College graduates entering the job market would certainly benefit if Congress stopped imposing destructive regulations and taxes on the economy.

Politicians who support an interventionist foreign policy are obviously not concerned with the harm inflicted on the middle-class populations of countries targeted for regime change. These politicians also disregard the harm US foreign policy inflicts on Americans.  Middle- and working-class Americans, and their families, who join the military certainly suffer when they are maimed or killed fighting in unjust and unconstitutional wars. Our interventionist foreign policy also contributes to the high tax burden imposed on middle-class Americans.

Middle-class Americans also suffer from intrusions on their liberty and privacy, such as not being able to board an airplane unless they submit to invasive and humiliating searches. Even children and the physically disabled are not safe from the Transposition Security Administration. These assaults are justified by the threat of terrorism, a direct result of our interventionist foreign policy that fosters hatred and resentment of Americans.

Some “military Keynesians” claim that middle-class workers benefit from jobs in the military-industrial complex. Military Keynesians seem to think that the resources spent on militarism would disappear if the Pentagon’s budget were cut. The truth is, if we reduced spending on militarism, those currently employed by the military-industrial complex would be able to find new jobs producing goods desired by consumers. Even those currently employed as lobbyists for the military-industrial complex may be able to find useful work.

Few things would benefit the middle class more than ending the Federal Reserve.  The Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies erode middle-class families’ standards of living while benefiting the financial and political elites. Middle-class Americans may gain some temporary benefits from Federal Reserve created booms, but they also suffer from the inevitable busts.

As I write this, the dollar still reigns as the world’s reserve currency. However, there are signs that other economies are moving away from using the dollar as the reserve currency, and this trend will accelerate as the Federal Reserve continues to pump more fiat currency into the economy and as resentment toward our foreign policy grows.  Eventually, international investors will lose confidence in the US economy, the dollar will lose its reserve currency status, and the dollar bubble will burst.

These events will cause a major economic downturn that may even be worse than the Great Depression. The main victims of this crisis will be average Americans. The only way to avoid this calamity is for the American people to force Congress to free them from the burdens of the warfare state, the welfare state, taxation, and fiat currency.