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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Vienna: 9 Iraqi "refugees" on trial for brutally raping a young woman for hours on: February 21, 2017, 03:32:15 pm
Another of these "unique" horror cases, committed by "refugees" ...



The story is this:

A young woman from Germany visited her friend in Vienna who was studying there. They went out into a crowded bar during the evening. Some Iraqi men (all of them "refugees" who arrived in 2015) filled her up with vodka and took her to the apartment where some of the men were living in. They planned the gang-rape before. They sent the female family members who were living with them to another apartment so that they are not "disturbed".

Then they gang-raped her for several hours and took selfies. One of the men later testified that "she was a nasty woman and that raping her wasn't easy because she constantly cried and screamed".

In the morning, they dumped her at a subway station. The traumatized woman was found by pedestrians who called the ambulance. Now, the woman is a psychological wreck.

The 9 men (of which 4 are already recognized asylum seekers on welfare) will get between 5-15 years in prison. They cannot be deported to Iraq, because they'd get the death penalty there.

http://wien.orf.at/news/stories/2826866
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Dutch election, March 15 2017 on: February 21, 2017, 03:12:17 pm
VVD I guess, strategically.

2nd choice: D66.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf for meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti on: February 21, 2017, 02:57:13 pm
Why would the Grand Mufti want Le Pen to wear a headscarf in the first place ?

As far as I know, there's no word in the Koran which says women have to wear a headscarf when entering a mosque or meeting with some Mufti ...

(or, if there is a verse in the Koran about it - you can certainly interpret it one way or the other).

Therefore, even if I don't like Le Pen, she's virtually right about it. No need to kow-tow to some foreign Mufti. Better stand up to what you believe in and show backbone.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Early test: How would you vote for in the 2018 Austrian election ? on: February 21, 2017, 02:47:51 pm
Early mock election for next year's federal election.

As for me: ÖVP (Kurz)
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: February 21, 2017, 02:28:30 pm
Interesting new report out today about Austrian school kids' language at home:

http://derstandard.at/2000052938033/Knapp-ein-Viertel-der-Schueler-mit-anderer-Umgangssprache-als-Deutsch

http://medienservicestelle.at/migration_bewegt/2017/02/21/mehrsprachigkeit-in-bildungseinrichtungen-nimmt-zu

The report shows that among Austrian school kids, 25% now speak a language other than German at home or in public. That's up from 15% in 2006.

In Vienna, the share is highest with 49.7% and lowest in Carinthia with 13.3%

Among the languages other than German, most kids speak:

61.000 Turkish
27.000 Serbian only
17.000 Albanian
16.000 Bosnian only
14.000 Romanian
14.000 Croatian only
11.000 Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
11.000 Arabic

Arabic also had the biggest increase compared with the previous year (+2.400)

By school types, the percentage of kids with another language than German is generally higher among elementary schools and schools that provide a lower education. Among schools with higher degrees, 18-19% speak other languages.

And a future trend can also be seen:

Among Austrian kindergarten kids, already more than 31% speak another language than German (in Vienna: 59%).
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Breitbart: Riots erupt in Sweden's capital just days after Trump comments on: February 21, 2017, 12:14:51 pm
Plus, it was announced today that Sweden's population increased by 144.000 people last year (+1.5%) - the biggest increase since 1861.

http://www.scb.se/en/finding-statistics/statistics-by-subject-area/population/population-composition/population-statistics/pong/statistical-news/population-and-population-changes-in-sweden-2016

23% of Sweden is now foreign-born (= population with a migration background):

http://www.scb.se/en/finding-statistics/statistics-by-subject-area/population/population-composition/population-statistics/pong/tables-and-graphs/yearly-statistics--the-whole-country/summary-of-population-statistics

For Austria, this number is 25%.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Marine Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf for meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti on: February 21, 2017, 09:12:23 am
Reminds me of the German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who visited Saudi-Arabia in December and was asked to wear a headscarf when meeting with the Saudi men.

After which she replied: "I will certainly not wear a headscarf plus I'll choose my own clothing."



https://www.welt.de/icon/article160241319/Ich-setze-mir-kein-Kopftuch-auf-und-trage-Hosen.html
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Marine Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf for meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti on: February 21, 2017, 09:08:08 am
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti after being asked to wear a headscarf.

Le Pen, who is in Beirut in a bid to boost her presidential credentials, was set to meet the Sunni Muslim religious leader on Tuesday morning until the sudden change of heart.

“You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” Le Pen said.

The press office for the Grand Mufti later insisted her aides had been informed beforehand of the headscarf requirement.

On Monday the French politician held talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. It is thought to be the first time she has met a foreign head of state.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/21/france-s-marine-le-pen-refuses-to-wear-headscarf-for-meeting-with-lebanon-s
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Immigrant groups that voted for Trump on: February 21, 2017, 07:53:52 am
Among the Western European groups, it seems likely that those born in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands voted for Trump.

The Austrian immigrant group as a whole maybe ...

But most Americans with Austrian ancestry I know actually supported Hillary, Democrats or other Republicans than Trump:

* Arnold Schwarzenegger (Kasich)
* Christoph Waltz (Hillary)
* John Kerry (Hillary)
* Kirsten Gillibrand (Hillary)
* Elijah Wood (Bernie)
* Natalie Portman (Hillary)

Are most Americans of Austrian ancestry Hollywood actors?

LOL, no.

There are more than 1 million Americans with a Austrian ancestry.

Or more, because many Austrian immigrants were lumped together with the Germans when they arrived in the US. And Austrians quickly assimilated into US society, so many Americans today might not even know that they have Austrian ancestry.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: February 21, 2017, 07:12:51 am
If the SPÖ manages to communicate and promote this new policy effectively in the next few weeks, they could overtake the FPÖ in the polls - the first time in years.

And the first time the SPÖ would be above 30% again ...
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: February 21, 2017, 07:05:34 am
Austrian government agrees on plan to boost jobs

Austria’s coalition government says it has reached agreement on a new plan to provide incentives for Austrian businesses that hire additional workers. The plan, which is being discussed at today’s minister’s meeting, is designed to tackle unemployment in Austria by making it easier for businesses to hire workers.

Employers who create new jobs will pay only half of the associated wage costs for the next three years - providing that the new employees have graduated from an Austrian school or university, are holders of a Red-White-Red residence and employment permit card, were previously employed in Austria within the last 12 months, or are receiving unemployment benefits. This means the scheme will not apply to migrants who are newly arrived in Austria.

Although the plan will primarily benefit Austrians, Chancellor Christian Kern says the plan is not discriminatory and should conform with EU regulations. He said 180,000 people from other EU countries are already pouring into Austria’s labour market every year.

The scheme is expected to cost the government €2 billion.

Although low compared to other countries in the EU, Austria's unemployment rate has been steadily increasing for several years.

http://www.thelocal.at/20170221/austrian-government-agrees-on-plan-to-boost-jobs

The FPÖ meanwhile applauds this "Austrian workers first" policy, while NEOS opposes it.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 21, 2017, 04:38:11 am
Looks like Schulz and the SPD has peaked.

In the new YouGov poll, CDU gains 1.5% and the SPD loses 1% compared with last week.

This happens at the same time as comedians take on the blank slate Schulz more vigorously ...
13  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Immigrant groups that voted for Trump on: February 21, 2017, 02:34:06 am
There are a handful of smaller cities in WI and PA which have about 10% of their population reporting Austrian ancestry.

But it's impossible to get election results from these small cities and based on 10% ancestry you also can't draw any conclusions about how people with this ancestry voted ...
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Trump 1.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: February 20, 2017, 01:02:20 pm
Rasmussen and the Pew poll are big outliers anyway.

If we use the RCP and Pollster averages, Trump is down about 6-7% nationally.

That's also what the state polls show (they are a bit worse for Trump than his election day results).
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Trump 1.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: February 20, 2017, 09:26:40 am
Arkansas (Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College):

60% Approve
35% Disapprove

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R):

53% Approve
30% Disapprove

Do you support or oppose President Trump’s travel ban?

61% Support the Trump travel ban
34% Oppose the Trump travel ban

http://talkbusiness.net/2017/02/trump-popularity-unchanged-with-arkansas-voters-hutchinson-job-approval-solid
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 20, 2017, 09:06:15 am
This could slightly go the Austrian way, with the runoff polls narrowing but I'd still be shocked if Le Pen comes anywhere close to the Hofer-results ...

Le Pen (like FPÖ-leader Strache) is a really unlikeable figure among the French public (only 30% having a favourable opinion of her), while Hofer had 50-55% favourable ratings.

Van der Bellen and Macron's images with the public are roughly comparable though (allthough Macron is probably in bigger trouble than VdB, because of his banking ties - which are not all that popular these days).
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 20, 2017, 07:14:57 am
New NRW state election poll (in May):







Kraft also has a 64-33 job approval rating.
18  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Immigrant groups that voted for Trump on: February 20, 2017, 03:37:53 am
Among the Western European groups, it seems likely that those born in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands voted for Trump.

The Austrian immigrant group as a whole maybe ...

But most Americans with Austrian ancestry I know actually supported Hillary, Democrats or other Republicans than Trump:

* Arnold Schwarzenegger (Kasich)
* Christoph Waltz (Hillary)
* John Kerry (Hillary)
* Kirsten Gillibrand (Hillary)
* Elijah Wood (Bernie)
* Natalie Portman (Hillary)
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ecuador election, 19th February on: February 20, 2017, 02:55:48 am
84% counted and Moreno has 39%.

Turnout was 83%.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a fighter for a Judeo-Christian Europe? on: February 19, 2017, 08:31:53 am
A fighter ? Lol, no.

But I prefer severely limited annual immigration into Europe, equivalent to about 0.1-0.3% of the EU's population.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Alpine Skiing World Championships 2017 (St. Moritz, Switzerland) on: February 19, 2017, 08:23:03 am
The Empire strikes back !

Double-victory for Austria today, led by the Marcel Hirscher-train. 3rd was the highly likeable Bavarian Felix Neureuther.



Austria finishes ahead in the medal table, with 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze - then Switzerland (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze) and France (2 Gold).

Smiley
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 8 people flee U.S border patrol to seek asylum in Canada on: February 19, 2017, 03:00:48 am
The border patrol officer did nothing wrong here.

In fact, it is his job to chase them, ID them and try to arrest them if they were in the country illegally.

If you are working at the border and some group of 8 jumps out of a taxi with massive luggage and try to sneak over to Canada, of course you go after them ... otherwise you'll risk your job.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 8 people flee U.S border patrol to seek asylum in Canada on: February 19, 2017, 02:49:55 am
This happens at the Austrian-Italian snowed-in mountain border all the time.

Mostly involving Africans who came via Italy and want to travel on North.

Tyrolian border agents stopped and ID'd about 12.000 illegal immigrants alone last year (Tyrol has 750.000 inhabitants).

Some were even crushed to death or frozen to death when they they were hiding on freight trains during -25°C in the night ...
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Austrian youth prison, now with 50%+ Muslims, gets mosque on: February 19, 2017, 12:58:38 am
Quote
But this was regarded as unfair by the governor. . .

What was regarded as unfair Huh  Is there a paragraph missing?

Was this the case with Christians? If yes, this is fine, if not, it is not.

I try to sum it up in one sentence:

The prison director found it unfair that the Muslims in the prison have no mosque, depite now being a majority there, but Christians were having a church room inside of it - despite being a minority now.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics 3.0 on: February 19, 2017, 12:54:29 am
Here are some crosstabs from the Kurz-poll, if he's the ÖVP-leader in the next federal election:



From top to bottom:

* men
* women
* under 30 years
* between 31-50
* over 51 years
* Vienna
* Lower Austria/Burgenland
* Styria/Carinthia
* Upper Austria/Salzburg
* Tyrol/Vorarlberg
* Without a higher school degree
* With a higher school degree

Kurz does really well with older voters, women and rural voters in Lower Austria and out West.
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