Reverse cherry-picking



I recently wrote about the ballooning cost of Swedish immigration, and it struck me how completely different the Swedish approach to immigration is compared to other Western countries.

Canada and Australia are two countries with a sensible, structured and fair point system that determine eligbility for potential immigrants. While no system is perfect, these clear guidelines reward higher education and likelihood of swift assimilation into society. 

In other words, all immigration above the UN-mandated refugee quotas are strictly cherry-picked to maximize the benefit for the host country. This in turn also benefits the immigrants, because there’s not a glut of new arrivals fighting for scarce jobs and there is no stigma in being a new arrival; employers know that if you’re an engineer fresh off the boat, your credentials have already been vetted by the government. It’s a win-win for everyone.

When I lived and worked in Silicon Valley, there was a lot of talk about the H1-B visa system and how it created friction vs. the native engineers. Still, some of the most brilliant people I’ve met were Indians who scored their visas through fierce competition at the top Indian universities. To say that these guys were beneficial to society is an understatement, both in terms of taxes paid and work contributions.

It is my firm belief that Sweden would benefit greatly from an addition of, say 50 000 highly educated and entreprenurial Indians, Chinese or whatever. Origin is unimportant; it is the qualities of individuals and what they’re bringing to the table that matters. Sweden has a huge problem with youth unemployment, and a few thousand hungry upstart companies would do wonders for everyone.

Unfortunately, Sweden has decided to do the polar opposite. Skilled workers face a dense forest of red tape, and the oppressive tax system makes the best and brightest look elsewhere. Getting perhaps half of the take-home pay you would command in Silicon Valley, for the privilege of living in snow and slush rather than under swaying palm trees? No sale.

No siree, the Swedish priority is those with the absolutely least likelihood of entering the workforce anytime soon, if ever. Humanitarianism is the one, supreme guiding light — which is fine up to a point when it becomes destructive. That is where Sweden is now. It’s like trying to save 30 people into a rescue boat that only has capacity for 10; when it sinks, everybody loses. 

Unemployment among unskilled immigrants is rampant, with all the costs and social challenges that come with it. That makes perfect sense if you think about it. If you have little education, there simply aren’t that many jobs in a modern, industrialized society. Especially since Sweden has powerful unions that make it a huge risk for an employer to hire. So even if the vast majority of the new arrivals really would like to roll up their sleeves, there’s just isn’t anywhere to turn but remain at home on the welfare dole. 

Anyone pointing out that this is a problem is immediately shouted down as “racist” which makes the issue radioactive. The fact that the challenges would be just as great with a massive inflow unskilled albinos is irrelevant; any critique against the status quo can only based on an irrational hatred of foreigners.

On the flip side, this suppression of sensible voices leaves the stage open for actual racists who like to get into muddy theories of genetical predisposition towards laziness as the “explanation” certain groups have abysmal employment rates. And sure, every society has a certain percentage that really would rather lie on the couch and let others do the work. In Western societies, those afflicted with this clinical aversion to honest work are often easily identified by their Che Guevara T-shirts. But any sensible person recognizes that the high unemployment among immigrants is primarily caused by lack of job skills.

What make matters worse is that Swedish media and politicians insist on treating all “immigrants” as if it was a homogenous mass rather than groups with vastly different skills and opportunities. A Swiss surgeon is an “immigrant” and goes in the same bucket as the illiterate Somalian refugee goat herder. 

Then you purposefully start intermixing the term “immigrant” (which is everyone) with “refugee” (which are almost always poor and uneducated). Voila! Magic! For starters, you can now create a strawman where anyone suggesting the country should accept fewer goat herders is really objecting to ALL immigration. (“Are you so terrified of foreigners you don’t want to let the nice surgeon in? Shame!”) 

It also means you can now conceal part of the cost of the goat herder by letting the surgeon’s taxes paid average into the equation. (“See, the cost of immigration isn’t so bad! Have you no heart wanting to limit the refugees, now that you see how little they cost? We can afford to double the refugee inflow!”)

The latest wrinkle in the web of deceit surrounding Sweden’s extreme immigration is the idea that there are tens of thousands highly trained engineers, doctors and scientists languishing away in idleness or menial jobs because their credentials don’t get verified quickly enough. When you hear the Swedish PM talk, every single immigrant taxi driver and window washer is a rocket scientist with at least three PhDs and one Nobel prize. But thanks to Swedish bureacracy, it takes forever to validate their credentials. 

That’s of course a load of bull feces. Kurdish-Swedish economist Tino Sanandaji, acclaimed authority on political economy with a PhD from University of Chicago, addressed the issue in a recent article. I encourage you to run the linked article through a translator; it’s a delight to read an expert rip political BS to shreds using hard facts. 

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Tino Sanandaji

“The most important cause of low employment by far among refugees and their dependants is a low level of education in combination with the increasing demands of today’s knowledge-intensive labor market.”

“[The idea] that Sweden has forced thousands of doctors to remain unemployed or has the world’s best trained taxi drivers is nothing more than a populist urban legend.”

Unfortunately, voices of reason such as Sanandaji’s are routinely dismissed, simply because they don’t fit the established doctrine. In every article, TV debate and talkshow, Sanandaji has crushed politically correct lackeys with math, logic and verifiable facts. No wonder he doesn’t get invited very often anymore.

UPDATE: The Director-General of the Swedish immigration bureau, Anders Danielsson, was interviewed in newspaper Sydsvenskan recently. He had this to say:

 “When I meet with foreign colleagues, they say that Sweden is an odd country when it comes to asylum issues,” he said . “No, I say then, it is you who are odd. All of you.”



“Hey, you’re all going the wrong way!”

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When open hearts lead to ruin



Typical Swedish taxpayer

A new study has just been released on the cost of Swedish asylum immigration. Joakim Ruist, economic researcher at Gothenburg University, has calculated the net of the direct costs incurred by Sweden’s extremely generous immigration policy and came up with the number 50 billion SEK for 2015. 

These are just the direct costs, and only for asylum seekers. There is also about the same amount of immigration made up of relatives to previous arrivals. In theory, the latter are supposed to guarantee the livelihood of the relatives, but thanks to a hodgepodge of exceptions in the rules, that requirement only applies to a tiny fraction. The reality is that the vast majority of relatives go straight into welfare upon arrival. There doesn’t seem to be any reliable numbers on how many additional billions this entails.

Sweden is a tiny country with a total annual tax collection of 820 billion SEK (2013) already running at a hefty deficit. The cost of immigration is projected to increase sharply in the years ahead, as illustrated by the budgeting forecast of the immigration bureau as well as the direct reimbursement to the municipalities.



Swedish immigration bureau budget forecast & municipal costs of immigration

In 2009, the immigration bureau had a total budget of 2 billion SEK even. By 2014, the number had increased to 3,6 billion, with a projected bump to 4,6 billion for 2015 and hitting 5,1 billion by 2016. After that the curve is expected to flatten out and start decreasing, but considering the history of sharp upwards revisions (twice in 2014 alone) this seems unlikely. 

But that was just the cost of the clerks handling the paperwork. Looking at the state reimbursement to municipalities for direct immigration costs, the scope and steep curve is sobering. The 2010 budget had a post of 4,9 billion for this purpose.

  • 2014: 18,6 billion SEK (actual)
  • 2015: 26 billion SEK
  • 2016: 31,5 billion SEK
  • 2017: 33,6 billion SEK

Secondary immigration costs, such as schools, health care, law enforcement, infrastructure etc. must be carried by the taxpayers of the municipality. 

Despite having less than 2% of the European population, Sweden already absorbs about 20% of refugees. And that is before the projected hikes. 

What does this mean for Swedish economy in the years ahead? Hard to say, since even discussing any kind of limit to costs associated with immigration is taboo. It is the one unique government expenditure that has a carte blanche; everything else has to shape itself around budget posts 8 and 13, shown above, be it in the shape of tax hikes, deficit spending or cutbacks on other services. Or a combination of the three.

Now, with just a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, I make no claims of being any kind of authority on the matter. But as an investor, I’m used to sizing up stocks before making a decision. And personally, I would be rather bearish on Sweden Inc. at this point.

Swedish employment office recruiting for ISIS

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The Swedish national employment office has been running an extensive “establishment pilot” program for years, where the thousands of new arrivals from MENA each week are supposedly being helped find jobs. The tax-funded pilot services are often carried out by countrymen on a consultant-basis with the intent of bridging the gap into Swedish society.

Now the employment office has been forced to do an emergency shutdown because it turns out the consultants have been more focused on scams, recruiting for ISIS and setting up Swedish terror cells than finding jobs. The program has been in effect since 2010 and has been heavily criticized since the start, but this tax-funded debacle sowing the seeds of societal destruction has been allowed to run unchecked until now.

“The problems became numerous and also directly criminal. The magnitude of the whole thing is organized crime, intimidation, trafficking and extortion. People are trading registered addresses to enable welfare fraud and generally cheating the whole system,” says employment office director Mikael Sjöberg.

“We have indications that there has been recruitment attempts and contact situations to various violent fighting groups. It’s not a question of employment agency to investigate, but in such times, we leave it to the security police SÄPO.”

According to news site Fria Tider, the cost for this service was 4,3 billion SEK in 2014 — a not insignificant chunk of the total 865 billion budget.

But… At least the plug has been pulled on the program, and the “consultants” now have to go back to recruiting pro bono.

I still can’t help wondering about the Swedish employment office in Africa (!) though…

Sweden’s alternative explanations for Jihadist shootings

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Swedish police guarding a Jewish preschool in Malmö

Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the recent Copenhagen shootings, most countries in Europe are waking up to the fact that the Jihadist threat is real and are taking precautions. In Sweden, the main issue appears to be how to stick to the established agenda when these displays of barbaric violence pops up like a Jack in the Box from hell.

It seems most politicians and mainstream media profiles have chosen a two-pronged approach:

1. Express generic shock and outrage, with a wide condemnation of all forms of violence and extremism. Once the focus has shifted from the actual perpetrators to “extremists” in general, it’s time for step two:
2. Once again start painting a picture of extremist white supremacists being the number one threat to the fabric of society. Because hey, they have to do SOMETHING to appear decisive, but the political doctrine prevents them from cracking down on any other grouping than nazis.

Thus: The logical response to a fanatical Jihadist firing a machine gun at a “blasphemous” free speech event is to put more resources into keeping tabs on the white supremacists. It’s like responding to a flood warning by bringing out a water hose preparing for a forest fire.

Then there are those who just go all-out and jump into loony land with both feet.

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FI leader Gudrun Schyman, wearing hijab in support of sharia

I have written about the new Feminist Party (FI) before, which currently hold seats in many municipalities and are dangerously close to reaching the 4%-threshold of getting into parliament. While I generally try to be respectful and keep good tone towards those with different political views than myself, it becomes difficult when it is obvious party leader Gudrun Schyman uses her skull to house a family of inbred squirrels with a severe drug habit.

The core cause for terrorism, she says, is that they’re men.

Heavy over-representation of men in violence” is a baffling piece of writing published on state-owned public service SVT. It appears alongside real articles on the Copenhagen shooting as if it was a perfectly legit contribution rather than something that belong in a tabloid featuring the scoop on Elvis’ and Miss Bigfoot’s upcoming wedding.

A few excerpts:

“[We must combat] the raised voices that argue that the threat comes from ‘outside’ and should be solved by increased border controls and increased police action. The problem in our society is not immigration, the problem is racism.

The problem is not the Jewish population, the problem is anti-Semitism. The problem is not the Muslim population, the problem is Islamophobia.

To respond to acts of terror by escalating violence and increasing militarization of the police force would lead to a vicious circle in which violence begets more violence.”

“We need to analyze how the violence in our lives even when it explodes in acts of terrorism.

All the facts show that men, especially young men aged 15-29 years, are over-represented in the assault and sexual offences. The same is true for terrorist crimes. Men are over-represented.”

“Men’s heavy over-representation in violence indicates that the socialization of boys is a part of the problem. Beliefs about masculinity are closely linked with violence, militarism and the nation.”

The eventual conclusion is that the country needs to fight terror by taking bold and decisive action in:

1. Maintaining open borders
2. Neuter and wussify the police force even further
3. Indoctrinate all boys to think like girls

A significant percentage of the Swedish journalists vote for this woman, and give her tons of free promotion through a steady stream of fawning, uncritical media appearances. I welcome you to run the full article through your browser translator for a revealing insight into what happens when political correctness rots the brain all the way to the core.

There really are people that operate on this level, and they have a mainstream media monopoly to make their voices heard. Perhaps then it’ll make more sense when you read “normal” news in the Swedish Pravda.

Copenhagen shootings increase Scandinavian tensions

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Just weeks after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, a gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a free speech-event in Copenhagen killing one and injuring three. The big name of the event was Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been living under death threats and secret service protection for eight years since creating a “blasphemous” image of the Prophet.

Danish police believes the gunman was targeting Vilks, and that he was the same shooter who later attacked a synagogue killing another person. The man was killed in a gunfight with police early this morning. More details will be forthcoming during the day, but at this time everything points to the same twisted hate that set the stage for the Paris massacre.

It seems twisted hate is coming from all directions now. Just this friday, three white supremacists were arrested outside the offices of newspaper Expressen. Fortunately, police were able to intercept them before anyone was hurt, but it is widely believed the attempt was in response to an expose of prominent female figures in the shady neo-nazi underworld.

BUT… This is not to be confused with the previous smear campaign by Expressen. A crew of extreme leftists made up by convicted violent felons hacked personal information of those opposed to the open-border immigration policy, and the newspaper happily hung lots of people out to dry for their political convictions. One person is dead and many more have been severely harassed as a direct result that campaign.

That’s the same criminal group that is now providing newspaper Aftonbladet with hacked personal information for their currently running campaign against private citizens. Simply put, the tiny percentage actual racists (i.e. people of the manifestly insane idea that people of certain skin color are superior than others) are used as justification to set up huge databases of sensitive, personal information of the 98% who are not racist, but simply disagree with the current political situation.

To make matters worse, the group is openly bragging about the vast expanses of personal data they have acquired, and make no secret that they intend to use it for blackmail and public shaming. “We’re the Swedish STASI!” they happily bragged on Twitter. It’s like handing a loaded machine gun to an ape.

The justification for this blatant breach of all standards for integrity is that they have registered as a “journalistic research agency” and now make good money selling illegally obtained personal information to whoever wants to cause harm to anyone disagreeing with their leftist views. The media and the law turns a blind eye, because hey, it’s just soulless orcs deserving whatever they get.

I’m no psychologist, but I’ll go out on a limb and claim that it’s this kind of thing that drives MORE people to become radicalized. If you can’t trust authorities to shield you from invasion of privacy and even physical harm, you get angry and disillusioned. And easy bait for secretive “defense leagues” that talk about protecting you from the bad guys, but in reality is just a front for the true extreme right forces. If you keep yelling “Racist!” at people long enough, eventually some of them will step up to meet your projection.

So, besides the rapidly growing number of ISIS-returnees biding their time in Swedish sleeper cells, we have a lovely cocktail of bad stuff going on:
Imported hate against muslims carried out by immigrant christians fleeing the middle east, hate against jews carried out by immigrant muslims from the middle east, leftists blaming everything on “racists,” but thanks to their collateral damage-rate of 98% or so only succeeding in turning otherwise decent young native Swedes to the dark side of true racism and bigotry.

Sweden is rapidly turning into a pressure cooker. I fear for what will happen when the first major act of terrorism goes off here.

UPDATE: Swedish press is now blaming Vilks for the attack.

Screen capture from newspaper Expressen:

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Underlined: “The Swede’s drawings of the Prophet Muhammad’s face has now claimed a life in Denmark”

Not to be outdone, newspaper Aftonbladets main stories below:

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Headline left: “Vilks raises fury – across the globe”

Headline right: “The police officers pointed their machine guns at us”

Way to put the focus on a barbaric act of terrorism that has claimed two lives so far: blaming the victim and criticizing police for following standard procedure in a dangerous situation.

Sweden increases financial support to Palestine

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When Sweden got its new leftist government last fall, one of the very first things it did was recognize “Palestine” as a fully legit state. Many were baffled, not least because the Swedish population at large didn’t have a particular opinion on the matter while razing foreign relations with many Western countries. In effect, it was a shameless pandering to the extreme left; foreign policy as an interior policy tool.

The issue is complicated no matter how you twist it, because the defintion of “Palestine” and its people vary at different points in history. Furthermore, President Abbas and his government has some legitimacy issues since they are years past their term in office. The reason new elections can’t be held, Abbas says, is that terrorist organization Hamas won’t allow it. Which brings the issue of de facto territorial control into the light.

Simply put, this is a can of worms that have smarter people than me pulling their hair out, so let’s just conclude one thing: A bumbling welder from Sweden with zero insight or education on the issues should probably stay out of it.

So of course, this is PM Löfvens chosen area to “make his mark” in history.

[NOTE: Yes, the prime minister of Sweden is an uneducated welder who even dropped out of welding trade school. No joke. Google it!]

In an almost comical parody of their own cluelessness, foreign minister Margot Wallström was then caught completely by surprise when Israel didn’t do cartwheels of joy. She had planned an official visit, but quickly cancelled blaming “scheduling conflicts” when Israel made it clear she was welcome as a tourist but would not get to meet any officials.

Well, now Abbas has visited Sweden and met with Löfven and his government. The Swedish PM has made no secret that his ambition is to get into the UN security council, so he tried to be all statesman-like with lots of lofty talk about re-igniting the peace talks and negotiations under the wise guidance of Saint Löfven. Uh, yeah. Good luck with that.

But the main, concrete thing to come out the whole deal is that Sweden is increasing it’s financial support to Palestine by 50%, to 1,5 billion SEK. It may not sound like much, but consider that Sweden is a small country of just under 10 million citizens. The 2013 grand total tax intake is 790 billion, with expenses running at 921 billion.

Yes, that’s a deficit. And Löfven’s own finance minister Magdalena Andersson has spent the bulk of her time in office wringing her hands about the coffers being empty. She has repeatedly made it clear there simply is no room for propping up the crumbling infrastructure, steady decline in health care (Sweden now has the lowest number of hospital beds per capita in EU) or the laughable military that basically consist of a general ready to wave a white flag (on duty during office hours Mon-Thu only, due to budget cuts).

But dumping the equivalent of two years’ worth of cancer treatment for the entire country into the lap of Palestine with zero control and virtually guaranteed corruption swiping the lion’s share of it? Sure!

And here’s another wrinkle: Suppose the long-delayed elections do take place. Suppose Hamas wins. Then you have a legit, democratically elected government (according to Sweden) that is simultaneously classified as a terrorist organization. UN and EU don’t look kindly on funding terror, and 1,5 billion SEK isn’t chump change. What then?

Pegida in Sweden

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It is said one picture is worth a thousand words. This picture was taken by the No Pegida-movement at the first Pegida rally in Sweden held last night in Malmö.

The couple dozen standing peacefully in the middle are the actual Pegida-people demonstrating against sharia laws in Europe.

The 4000 standing around them hurling insults, firecrackers and other objects being forcefully held back by the police to prevent them from ripping the Pegida-demonstrators to bits are the “good guys”.

According to the media and the government, it is the handful in the middle that are a tremendous threat to people surrounding them as well as the fabric of society itself.

If you look carefully you will find a pink Feminist Party-banner (FI) amongst all the red communist flags, where self-proclaimed women’s rights activists are thus demonstrating in favor of sharia laws.

The St Petri church next to the event participated in the anti-pegida, pro-sharia protest by ringing the church bells with the explicit intent to disrupt the Pegida-speakers.