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Riots rage in Brussels. Telegraph UK reports £109 billion spent by EU in 2013 is unaccounted for…i.e. villas for Brussels bureaucrats?

According to the annual report of the European Court of Auditors, seen by The Telegraph UK, £5.5 billion of the EU budget last year was misspent and £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error”. Europe’s citizens are being cheated by the Brussels elite.

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The kleptocracy that is the European Union continues on…but are the citizens of Europe finally waking up to the crimes being committed against them by a spoiled and power hungry group of unelected bureaucrats?

Via Zerohedge…

Riot police clashed with demonstrators in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday amid a massive protest against government plans to reform the country’s welfare system. This comes on the heels of violent French, Italian, and Spanish youth protests in recent weeks as the citizens of the non-Germanic European Union decry the ‘austerity’ they have been crushed by. What is odd, though, is externally, there has been ‘no’ austerity with debt loads rising for all these nations and debt/GDP at record highs for most. So where is the disconnect between a people under increasing financial pressure and a sovereign issuing more and more debt at will? The Telegraph has the stunning answer: an audit, published this morning, found that £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error”. Brussels accounts have not been given the all clear for 19 years running. In other words, Brussels ’embezzles’ billions of euros per year, and blames it on austerity. Is it any wonder, Europe is burning?

European citizens do have the power to stop the theft happening right in front of their eyes, as witnessed by the more than 100,000 people who marched through Brussels this past Thursday.

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The unaccountability (i.e. theft) of hundreds of billions of Euros is coming to light as the Telegraph reports…

According to the annual report of the European Court of Auditors, seen by The Telegraph, £5.5 billion of the EU budget last year was misspent because of controls on spending that were deemed to be only “partially effective” by experts.

The audit, published this morning, found that £109 billion out of a total of £117 billion spent by the EU in 2013 was “affected by material error”.

It means that the Brussels accounts have not been given the all clear for 19 years running.

Treasury sources said that the disclosure shows why the EU needs “urgent reform”.

“More can and should be done to ensure money is spent according to rules,” it said.

Among the examples of misspent money was funding used to buy helicopters to help Spain defend Europe’s borders against entry by illegal immigrants.

“[Auditors] examined a project in Spain which consisted of the purchase of four helicopters, to be used 75 per cent of their operating time for EU border surveillance and control. However, the ECA found the helicopters were only used 25 per cent of the time for this purpose,” said the report.

In another case, the commission handed out £1.4 million in funding for social development in Moldova “for which no underlying expenditure had been incurred”.

“Far too much of the EU budget continues to be spent on poor quality projects with poor oversight. This is not only wasteful but undermines consent for the whole EU project,” said Christopher Howarth, an analyst at the think-tank.

“The EU should radically reform its budget to focus only on those areas where the EU adds value.”

As European citizens undergo tax hikes, austerity programs, unemployment, and falling salaries, E.U. officials are skimming the money paid into the budgets, and lining their collective pockets to the tune of over £100 billion…and counting.

Zerohedge explains…

The bottom line is that Europe’s citizens are being cheated of the benefits of ultra-low interest rates repressed by the ECB that enables their inglorious leaders to issue debt at will and increase the nation’s burdens, by a bureaucratic layer of embezzlement that has been going on – in size – for decades.

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References:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-06/while-brussels-burns-anti-austerity-riots-here-real-reason-europes-depression

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11209248/EU-auditors-refuse-to-sign-off-more-than-100billion-of-its-own-spending.html

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RT @redpilltimes: Riots rage in Brussels. Telegraph reports £109B spent by EU in 2013 is mysteriously unaccounted for. http://t.co/RSvpUFYG…

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Left-protofascist EU

“Reform” the EU? Impossible. As EU reform propaganda surrogate lawyer Ralf Grahn replied in a 2012 tweet, where democracy is concerned the EU is a “black hole”. Just as Helmut Kohl admits to acting like a “dictator” railroading Germany into the Euro against public sentiment, Queen of Europe Angela Merkel railroaded Lisbon Treaty through without promised democratic amendment reforms. By ideology alone, Left-protofascist Euro-socialism renders the USEU project terminally ill & destined for American Civil War type confederate nations secessionist movement. It is only a matter of time before the EU & Eurozone implode. These EU audit revelations reinforce the… Read more »

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Excellent video..thanks for sharing.

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Left-protofascist EU

Anytime! I saw the Moscow beta website. Please note, KGB code name “naked nips” Putin is just as corrupt, if not more than the EU. Can you run a story like this one on Putin? Putin’s legacy ⚊ Tops corporate asset manipulation, bribery, corruption on.wsj.com/1d3e28b

redpilltimes
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redpilltimes

Let me look over the WSJ post and research things to see if I can put together a post on this topic. So much corruption and bribery, it makes your head spin.

Thanks for the tip.

Rocky Racoon
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Rocky Racoon

Why don’t you worry about your own backyard before these crooks you seem to be ok with send your loved one’s to their death fighting for Soros’ neo Nazi in the Ukraine or Syria or Iraq or Yemen or Sudan or Libya and you come back with even less brain matter than you have now.

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Farage is the man! Free the UK from the EU’s clutches and maybe then the rest of this Frankenstein experiment will come undone, and European countries can finally begin to pick up the pieces of crippling austerity policies and rebuild properly.

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Sink Euro-Socialism!

“Reform” the EU? Impossible. As EU reform propaganda surrogate lawyer Ralph Grahn replied in a 2012 tweet, where democracy is concerned the EU is a “black hole”. Just as Helmut Kohl admits to acting like a “dictator” railroading Germany into the Euro against public sentiment, Queen of Europe Angela Merkel railroaded Lisbon Treaty through without promised democratic amendment reforms. By ideology alone, Left-protofascist Euro-socialism renders the USEU project terminally ill & destined for American Civil War type confederate nations secessionist movement. It is only a matter of time before the EU & Eurozone implode. These EU audit revelations reinforce the… Read more »

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redpilltimes

Excellent video..thanks for sharing.

Sink Euro-Socialism!
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Sink Euro-Socialism!

Anytime! I saw the Moscow beta website. Please note, KGB code name “naked nips” Putin is just as corrupt, if not more than the EU. Can you run a story like this one on Putin? Putin’s legacy ⚊ Tops corporate asset manipulation, bribery, corruption on.wsj.com/1d3e28b

redpilltimes
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redpilltimes

Let me look over the WSJ post and research things to see if I can put together a post on this topic. So much corruption and bribery, it makes your head spin.

Thanks for the tip.

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alisya7492

Farage is the man! Free the UK from the EU’s clutches and maybe then the rest of this Frankenstein experiment will come undone, and European countries can finally begin to pick up the pieces of crippling austerity policies and rebuild properly.

Sink Euro-Socialism!
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Sink Euro-Socialism!

“…i.e. villas for Brussels bureaucrats?” Of course, which is why Donald Tusk & Radek Sikorski totally corrupt Civic Platform party railroaded Poland into the EU at the time when the Eurozone was at it’s absolute lowest point. Everyone in USA thought Poland was insane. But Sikorski has his ancestral manor house to renovate. Here he is riding in his Nazi WWII motor bike with London mayor Boris Johnson. Join the EU & get trinkets, trinkets & more trinkets.

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I often wonder how much money all these Brussels elite amassed during their tenure? I also wonder if the NSA has all their pillaging on records…hence the Biden revelation that Obama had to “embarrass” EU leaders into sanctions against Russia, sending their own economies further down the toilet.

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“…i.e. villas for Brussels bureaucrats?” Of course, which is why Donald Tusk & Radek Sikorski totally corrupt Civic Platform party railroaded Poland into the EU at the time when the Eurozone was at it’s absolute lowest point. Everyone in USA thought Poland was insane. But Sikorski has his ancestral manor house to renovate. Here he is riding in his Nazi WWII motor bike with London mayor Boris Johnson. Join the EU & get trinkets, trinkets & more trinkets.

alisya7492
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I often wonder how much money all these Brussels elite amassed during their tenure? I also wonder if the NSA has all their pillaging on records…hence the Biden revelation that Obama had to “embarrass” EU leaders into sanctions against Russia, sending their own economies further down the toilet.

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“”…i.e. villas for Brussels bureaucrats?” Of course, which is why Donald Tusk & Radek…” — Sink Euro-Socialism! http://t.co/mk9C0ClyqQ

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“”Reform” the EU? Impossible. As EU reform propaganda surrogate lawyer @RalfGrahn replied in…” — Sink Euro-Socialism! http://t.co/HHFTdyRn7J

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“”…villas for Brussels bureaucrats?” Of course, which is why @DonaldTusk & @SikorskiRadek…” — Sink Euro-Socialism! http://t.co/FFtI3DCHmp

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RT @redpilltimes: Riots rage in Brussels. Telegraph reports £109B spent by EU in 2013 is mysteriously unaccounted for. http://t.co/RSvpUFYG…

Rocky Racoon
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Why don’t you worry about your own backyard before these crooks you seem to be ok with send your loved one’s to their death fighting for Soros’ neo Nazi in the Ukraine or Syria or Iraq or Yemen or Sudan or Libya and you come back with even less brain matter than you have now.

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Opposes Vote on Kavanaugh Until Leftist Accuser Has Her Say

The end of the Republic inches closer as Identity Politics knows no bounds: Republicans join the fight to delay Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote.

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FLAKE OUT — ARIZONA SENATOR OPPOSES VOTE ON KAVANAUGH

Anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Sunday evening that until he learns more about the sexual assault allegation regarding Brett Kavanaugh, he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Kavanaugh.

It’s Flakes last chance to poke President Trump and the country in the eye before he rides retires and likely finds a job in the liberal media.

Via Mike Cernovich:

Kavanaugh’s accuser is a far left anti-Trump activist.

Via Zerohedge


Over the past few days, what appeared at first to be a merely token resistance to the nomination of Trump SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh has morphed into something entirely more menacing. And for the first time since Kavanaugh’s name was first floated in June, his nomination may be in jeopardy.

After allegations of decades-old sexual improprieties first surfaced last week, it looked as if Kavanaugh would easily surmount this obstacle. But we have to give the Democrats credit: They have lined up their dominoes perfectly. And on Sunday, they set their plan in motion when the Washington Post published an in-depth interview with Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. The story detailed a blow-by-blow accounting of Ford’s allegations, as well as her explanation for why she neglected to share her experience until decades later. Tellingly, the story also noted that Democrats have been sitting on the story since July, and that Ford only decided to out herself after some unscrupulous members of the Judiciary Committee shared her identity with the press – or at least that’s what California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office alleges.

While the allegations are relatively tame by #MeToo era standards (the incident allegedly unfolded when Kavanaugh was 17), it has apparently been enough for Democrats and a handful of turncoat moderate Republicans to successfully shut down a planned Thursday vote of the Judiciary Committee. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake effectively shut down the vote last night when he revealed that he wanted to hear more from Ford before voting. Without Flake, the Republicans’ 11-10 majority on the Judiciary Committee shifts to a 10-11 vote in favor of the Democrats. While Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has said he’d like the vote to proceed as scheduled, media reports say he is quietly working to organize a private call involving Ford and curious Senators in an effort to help mitigate their concerns.

But looking further ahead, Republican leaders might have more difficulty as Tennessee Republican Bob Corker – who is not a member of the Judiciary Committee but could still hold up the final confirmation vote – said Sunday that he’d also like to see Thursday’s committee vote delayed.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

“I’ve made it clear that I’m not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further,” said Flake, who has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee. Flake’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Corker of Tennessee, who isn’t a member of the panel but whose vote is critical to confirmation, also doesn’t want the committee to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until Ford’s allegations can be heard, said his spokeswoman, Micah Johnson. The senator wants the allegations to be heard promptly, she said.

The backlash intensified late Sunday when Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told CNN that Thursday’s hearing should be delayed.

“Well, I think that might be something they might have to consider, at least having that discussion,” Murkowski.

[…]

“This is not something that came up during the hearings. The hearings are now over. And if there is real substance to this it demands a response.”

However, at least one of the Senate’s reputed moderates has stood up to the Democrats in an interview with the New York Times, castigating them for withholding this information until so late in the process (remember: Feinstein justified this decision by saying she had referred Ford’s allegations to the FBI, who reportedly added them to his background check file).

“What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Collins told The New York Times.

Collins asked if Democrats believed Ford, “why didn’t they surface this information earlier,” and if they didn’t believe Ford, “why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it?”

“It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled,” Collins said.

Collins comments come after Ford spoke publicly about the alleged incident for the first time during an interview with The Washington Post that was published on Sunday.

On Monday, in the latest sign that Ford could appear at an embarrassing public hearing, Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, told “Today” that her client would be willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “She’s a credible person. These are serious allegations. And they should be addressed.”

The White House, for its part, is standing by Kavanaugh, and allowing the Senate to sort things out. According to Bloomberg, Kellyanne Conway said Ford should not be “insulted and ignored” in what appears to be an attempt to beat the Democrats at their own virtue-signaling game.

Still, according to a White House spokesperson, Trump isn’t giving an inch. Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim, citing WH spokesperson Kerri Kupec, reported that Judge Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied this allegation: “This has not changed. Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement,”she said.

In fact, as Axios reports, Senate Republicans could “play hardball” by calling on Ford to testify before Thursday’s scheduled vote. Though Republicans wouldn’t surprised if Ford holds a press conference or gives a TV interview, which Axios says “would raise the stakes considerably.” Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, has repeatedly called for an FBI investigation and a postponement of the vote

To be sure, the Democrats’ goals here are obvious. After Sen. Corey Booker’s “selfless” decision to release unauthorized documents about Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush Administration failed to even delay the process, Democrats have now played their Trump card – no pun intended. Their goal: Delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation at least until the Oct. 1 mark – the beginning of SCOTUS’s next term – to put a halt to any controversial decisions that could reverse important precedents. Of course, their ultimate goal is to stonewall the White House until after Nov. 6, when a few victories in the midterms might allow them to sink Kavanaugh’s nomination once and for all.

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University announces “White Awake” safe space for white students

The University of Maryland at College Park has set up a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings.

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Update: After publication of this article, University of Maryland-College Park changed the name of the group to “Anti-Racism and Ally Building Group,” along with a shorter description, which reads,  “Do you want to improve your ability to relate to and connect with people different from yourself? Do you want to become a better ally? Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”

In a statement provided to Campus Reform on Friday, the university explained the name change: “Our Counseling Center acknowledges that we did not choose the right words in raising awareness about this research-based initiative, and how this group has been perceived is counter to the values of inclusiveness and diversity that we embody. Therefore, we are renaming the group to better reflect our intention and values.”


The University of Maryland at College Park announced Friday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

The support group, called “White Awake,” will help white students who may “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.” The description asks students if they want to “improve [their] ability to relate to and connect with people different from [themselves]” or if they want to become a better “ally.” The new group is now one of four in the university’s “Diversity Issues” program series.The group is being led by Noah Collins, who works for the UMD Counseling Center, and will be held once a week. Collins specializes in group therapy and is interested “especially in the areas of racial and cultural awareness,” according to his faculty bio.The safe space has been met with harsh criticism from students on social media.

“I am ashamed over the execution of white awake nor do I fully understand its clause. ‘How they can fit into a diverse world’? Why do they need to attend therapy sessions on how to be a decent human being in society?” a UMD student wrote on Twitter. “Why do they need to have these sessions to learn how to coexist?”

“Just like classes. You can’t take one class and feel like you have all understanding over a certain subject,” the student added. “It takes practice, it takes problems, it takes more than one course, so ‘White Awake’ has good intention but I am skeptical over the fairytale result.”

Campus Reform reached out to Collins and UMD for comment but did not receive a response by time of publication. If and when a comment is received, the article will be updated.


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Harvard Prof: Merit-based admissions ‘reproduce inequality’

Professor Natasha Warikoo is displeased that students she interviewed are motivated by “self-interest” instead of social justice.

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A Harvard University professor claims in a new academic study that merit-based admission processes at elite universities “reproduce inequality.”

Harvard education professor Natasha Warikoo draws on interviews with 98 white, native-born students at Harvard, Brown University, and the University of Oxford in “What Meritocracy Means to its Winners: Admissions, Race, and Inequality,” published in the journal Social Sciences.

During interviews Warikoo conducted between 2009 and 2011, these students were asked to sound-off on whether they felt their school had meritocratic admissions and if they supported affirmative action. Many answered the second question affirmatively and hailed the benefits of a diverse student body.

But Warikoo seems concerned with students’ responses. Analyzing data from these interviews years later, Warikoo points out that students’ approaches to diversity suggest that they’ve “internalized” the tokenistic rhetoric of the school admissions office, even if they had disagreed with policies like athletic recruitment or legacy admissions before coming to campus.

“Unlike in other campus domains in which there is a history of social protest among college students, in the realm of admissions, students seem to agree quite strongly with their universities, and come to even more agreement rather than critique upon arriving to campus,” she writes. “They suggest that most actors in elite institutions espouse views that reproduce their elite status, rather than engaging in symbolic politics or protest.”

According to Warikoo, “US students espouse a collective understanding of merit,” but only “value collective merit for its impact on themselves, not for social justice, or for the collective good of society.”

“They are not espousing, for example, a vision of multiculturalism that emphasizes group identities and the need to support ethnic and racial groups in society, as many scholars define multicultural state policies,” she elaborates.

Notably, Warikoo addressed the same issue in her 2016 book The Diversity Bargain, which criticizes white students for understanding “the value of diversity abstractly, but [ignoring] the real problems that racial inequality causes.”

White students “stand in fear of being labeled a racist, but they are quick to call foul should a diversity program appear at all to hamper their own chances for advancement,” Warikoo claims in that book, asserting for instance that white students “reluctantly agree with affirmative action as long as it benefits them.”

Her new study, too, criticizes white students for believing in meritocracy and supporting affirmative action, suggesting that white students only support affirmative action for selfish reasons.

One white student, Naomi, was criticized for saying “diversity is really how you learn here,” as Warikoo suggested that Naomi only valued diversity because it added to the “collective merit” of her cohort of students.

Warikoo also reports that “some students used the collective merit framework to express support for legacy admissions…even while lamenting the inequality legacy admissions engenders.”

She bemoans that, ultimately, the students she interviewed were more motivated by “self-interest” than a commitment to social justice.

“They value collective merit for its impact on themselves, not for social justice, or for the collective good of society,” she writes. “They are not espousing, for example, a vision of multiculturalism that emphasizes group identities and the need to support ethnic and racial groups.”

According to Warikoo’s interviews, students who attended elite high schools “no longer see a large number of their peers gaining admission to the likes of Harvard, Brown, and Oxford,” which they interpret “as evidence that the system is fair, even while ignoring the fact that students like them and their peers are vastly overrepresented at elite universities.”

The professor suggests that when the legitimacy of how they obtained seats at elite institutions gets called into question, students only become more convinced that they deserve to occupy those seats.

“This paper shows how admissions systems often reproduce inequality not only by how they select students, but also by defining ‘merit’ for admitted students in ways that will reproduce inequality in the future,” she concludes.

Warikoo claims that schools have “unequal” admission processes because black, working class, and first-generation students are underrepresented in student bodies. To fix this, Warikoo recommends that elite universities employ an “admissions lottery,” which the schools would use to randomly admit students who meet certain minimum standards.

“An admissions lottery would shift the meaning of selection from an absolute sense of merit—the best of the best—to an understanding that admission is somewhat arbitrary,” she predicts.

Warikoo’s study was published in the journal Social Sciences, which boasts of a “rapid peer-review” system. While most articles take months if not a year to be accepted, Warikoo’s article was accepted by reviewers in 48 days.

Though Warikoo initially agreed to answer a few questions by email, she ultimately did not respond to Campus Reform. Harvard University also did not respond.

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