Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Officials Pursuing Charges After They See What Residents Left Behind In Hurricane !

It is sometimes said that a person’s character is illuminated by the way he or she treats their animals. In a shocking case of abuse and neglect, several pet owners will likely face criminal charges for tying their animals to trees and then leaving them to face Hurricane Irma with no way of escape. Florida officials going to seek charges for these cruel offences.
In an act that many people are calling torture, 26 abandoned dogs were removed by authorities who saw the poor beasts chained to trees awaiting the deluge. Residents from a mobile home park in the Glades region had secured 23 of the dogs to trees and vehicles and then fled the coming storm. The additional dogs were found tied up in a similar manner.
Although there are a number of free resources offered on how to take care of a pet during an emergency situation, these unfeeling people obviously thought that rather than allowing their animals the ability to escape, they should be tied up and killed by the rising waters.
The Humane Society offers a detailed evacuation strategy for pet owners who need to flee an upcoming disaster. It includes getting an ID collar and preparing a disaster kit for an unexpected event. The rule is that if it isn’t safe for people, then it’s not safe for a pet. Additional disaster recommendations are also listed.
It seems odd that almost the entire mobile home park would do such a thing, but people rarely act rational when in danger. Regardless of the excuse, such behavior can indicate serious mental problems.
Much research has been done on the subject of animal cruelty. One man in the UK was jailed for 16 weeks after brutally killing his pet rabbit. He claimed that he was angry because the socialized medical plan he was under denied him a needed prescription.
Some people perform intentional torture or cruelty to animals because of a religious or artistic sacrifice, but others do so because they have psychological disorders such as paraphilia. It is also a way to intimidate women or children to keep quiet about physical abuse.
When researchers started exploring the early behavior of serial murderers and rapists in the 1970’s, they discovered that one common trait among these predators was in childhood they tortured and killed of defenseless animals.  In fact, it is now considered one of the three adolescent behaviors that is referred to as the “homicidal triad.” The other indicators are persistent bed-wetting and obsessive fire-setting.
Many criminal psychologists consider that the presence of two or more of these traits increases the risk of homicidal behavior in adulthood. Others disagree and say that they must be combined with other images of brutality such as physical abuse.
In this case of obvious animal abuse, city officials have warned that the residents responsible could face criminal charges. Dianne Sauve, head of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, said the department will be pursuing legal recourse against owners who abandoned their pets, leaving them tethered to places where they would not be able to escape.
Animal control personnel confirmed that  total of 26 dogs were left stranded by their owners. The animals have been rescued from Pahokee and Belle Glade Florida and are now being sheltered in the proper facilities.
The Way I See It......hopefully, the people who did this will be punished. Many animal lovers and individuals who can’t even contemplate doing such a thing to a loyal, loving pet are shocked by the cruelty these residents demonstrated. Many hope that these people didn’t have children watching their despicable act.
Perhaps the furry friends will even find new owners who will love and care for them as they deserve. The owners who ignored, neglected, and abandoned these poor pets because of some imagined inconvenience should not be allowed to own animals and they should be punished suitably for their actions.

Monday, September 4, 2017


The bloke arrested last month with a 13 year old “wife” believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes WE are wrong and strangely, so does his “wife”. Both will always believe that! 
Islam brandishes its endemic paedophelia as a badge of honour, but we try desperately to protect our children from sexual abuse while turning our backs on the Islamic outrage rather than risk the “racist” label. 
So, what’s new? Most already know the wife of Mohammed himself was a 6 year-old girl, A’isha…(nice, eh?) Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3310: A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: “Allah’s apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old and I was admitted to his house (that means bonked) when I was nine years old.”
Religion is about the power of numbers. Islam demands the ovarian cycle must be used to its maximum and at the earliest possible age. Catholicism merely bans condoms, but both edicts are designed to have the same effect... an increase in numbers!
Cannot one appreciate the incompatibility of the weak, compliant Christian to the person born to Islam? Congregational reinforcement is the reason there is still a Flat Earth Society. 
If your parents tell you, when you are young, that the colour red is actually blue or the World is actually flat, you will believe everyone else is wrong. You will have no choice but to believe your parents. This is the power of religious indoctrination of a child. 
Christian “christening” is performed before the child has developed the art of choice or the power of reason. And this is where Muslim bigots have an omnipotent advantage:
They believe every person on earth was already born a Muslim. They skip the christening bullshit. They (and they believe everyone else) are BORN a Muslim. 
Therefore their base culture demands the total destruction of non-believers. The non-believers are dangerous apostates likely to convert others to their evils and must be eradicated at all cost. 
This is what they are taught from birth and this is what they believe with a passion that has no equal. 
Everyone who does not practise Islam is a heretic who has already denounced Allah. Everyone who is not a practising Muslim is an enemy of the faith by virtue of being born. 
The congregational togetherness (mosque) is designed to reinforce the disgusting policies of inhumanity toward anyone who is of a different faith. Christianity uses its congregational churches in the same way. There are many fiercely competitive Christian churches but there is only one Islamic mosque... can you see why we are losing?
The Islamic preoccupation with decapitation is also clear! If you don’t believe what I believe, my prophet’s command is to behead you, that is my scriptural command. I am commanded by Allah and the Prophet Mohammed to do this! I cannot disobey, I am Muslim! 
The Koran teaches: 
Koran, Sura 8:12 reads: "I will cast dread into the hearts of the unbelievers. Strike off their heads, then, and strike off all of their fingertips." 
Sura (chapter) 47 contains the ayah (verse): "When you encounter the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly." 
It is written: The practice of beheading non-Muslim captives extends back to the Prophet himself: 
Ibn Ishaq (d. 768 C.E.), the earliest biographer of Mohammad, is recorded as saying that the Prophet ordered the execution by decapitation of 700 men of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina for allegedly plotting against him. 
Islamic leaders from Mohammad's time until today have followed his model. Examples of decapitation, of both the living and the dead, in Islamic history are myriad: 
Yusuf b. Tashfin (d. 1106) led the Al-Murabit (Almoravid) Empire to conquer from western Sahara to central Spain. After the battle of Zallaqa in 1086, he had 24,000 corpses of the defeated Castilians beheaded: 
"…and piled them up to make a sort of minaret for the Muezzins who, standing on the piles of headless cadavers, sang the praises of Allah''. 
"He then had the detached heads sent to all the major cities of North Africa and Spain as an example of Christian impotence. The Al-Murabits were conquered the following century by the Al-Muwahhids, under whose rule Castilian Christian enemies were beheaded after any lost battle.” 

Islam is the only World religion (if religion is the correct word) that is cited by both State and non-State bodies to legitimise beheadings. 
Islam pervades every corner of the Islamic State: It IS the judiciary, it IS the government, it IS the penal system, it IS the education department, it IS the armed forces. 
There is no separation we demand, but don’t actually get, from our State. [Our Constitution demands separation of Church and State, yet surprise surprise, we open Parliament with prayers.] 
Two major aspects of decapitation in an Islamic context should be noted: First, the practice has both Koranic and historical sanction... it is not the product of a fabricated tradition. 
Second, in contradiction to the assertions of apologists of Islam, these beheadings are not simply a brutal method of drawing attention to the Islamic political agenda. Nor are they merely designed to weaken opponents' will to fight. 
The infamous (now dead, thank god) deadshit Zarqawi and other Islamic bigots regularly practised decapitation of infidels for the TV cameras.
Islam is anything but a "religion of peace". It is a way of life, a barbaric, base culture born of Mongolian inspired historic violence and inhumanity toward non-believers, and women. 
When will we recognise (as Europe now rues) that our culture of religious tolerance is not remotely a part of their agenda? 
Even the Islamic apostate, provided he is pronounced sane, must be executed (beheaded) under Koranic law. The implication of course is that one must be certified as insane to reject Islam and therefore can justifiably retain his mixed up head. 
The terms “extremist” and “fundamentalist” are misnomers of the weak apologists for Islam. There are no extremists, they don’t exist... just faithful, obedient, adherents to the one blind Islamic faith.
Certainly there are the more outrageous activists but note the non-activist’s passive lack of protest when atrocities occur! They silently high-five each other behind closed doors so as not to offend the neighbours.
The people next door who you would borrow a cup of sugar from (as the 9/11 bombers were described to be) have been ordered by Allah to kill you.
The Way I See It........it’s not important who’s right and who’s wrong. What is important in this theistic World War is an incompatibility of minds; minds that can never be aligned. One mind cannot be compromised, the other can... and the one that can is the certain loser. 
“I fight to live!” sayeth the Christian. 
“I fight to die!” sayeth the Muslim, “... it is therefore a war that I can never lose.”

Monday, August 28, 2017


Maley seems completely ignorant of the facts that actually support Kelly:
The idiot writes: You can tell the coal-fanciers within the Coalition are panicked. Not content with scaremongering about rising electricity prices, they are now invoking the greatest carbon price of them all – death. 
On Thursday morning Liberal MP Craig Kelly said people would die of cold
this winter because renewable energy was putting up electricity prices. Both elements of this outlandish statement were baseless and wrong...
Really? There's plenty of evidence that says he's right, including this:
Two hundred people, most of them elderly, will die in Britain of cold-related diseases every day this winter, according to calculations by Britain's leading advocacy group for old people, Age UK. 
The charity's figure of 200 deaths a day follows sharp price hikes by energy companies, credited with driving inflation to its highest level in 20 years. At the same time, a report by Britain's leading academic expert on poverty and inequality, Professor John Hills of the London School of Economics, found a deepening "fuel poverty gap".
Then there's this further ignorance from Maley:
Kelly says people will be forced to burn wood in their homes because they can't afford to turn on their heaters, which will lead to increased air pollution. Kelly's logic is spectacular in its circularity – note he is actually admitting that burning carbon is toxic to humans, but no way is he letting that sway him into thinking we might want to come up with a few alternatives to burning it globally, on a massive scale.
Maley makes two fundamental mistakes here.
First, burning wood in a home heater produces more particulates than does burning coal in a modern generator equipped with the usual technology to remove them. That's why what you see above the giant generators we have left is not smoke but steam from the cooling systems.
Second, Maley confuses these particulates - soot - with the carbon dioxide gases that are said to be heating the world dangerously. Carbon dioxide is as "toxic" as the breath you exhale. In fact, it IS the breath you exhale. All the global warming programs we have are designed to reduce carbon dioxide and not particulates.
But even more remarkable than Maley's ignorance of global warming science and complete lack of interest in poor people dying from cold is her hypocrisy over fear mongering.
Having savaged Kelly's "scaremongering", Maley then proceeds to deliver a completely hysterical rant on the global warming apocalypse she imagines is around the corner.
She makes Kelly seem the soul of moderation:
[Kelly] has stolen the thunder of those who urge climate change action on the basis of the extinction of the species if we leave things as they are. Here comes
Death, high cancer rates, drownings – that territory is supposed to be the environmentalists' (speedily defrosting) tundra. 
Climate scientists, not by nature a rowdy crew, have, for decades now, been politely ahemming at the back of the room to get our attention, so they can warn us about all the various ways our children are going to get cooked if we don't act collectively soon. 
A New York Magazine cover story published a few weeks ago entitled The Uninhabitable Earth, (that scientists rated on their Credibility Index 0.07) laid out some of the terrifying scenarios that could eventuate "absent aggressive action", broken down into cheerful subheadings like "Poisoned Oceans", "Climate Plagues" and "Permanent Economic Collapse".
It was criticised as being overblown by some climate scientists and focusing on the worst, worst-case scenarios, but not before it lodged firmly in the amygdalas of hundreds of thousands of readers. 
It lays out what the author says are the possibilities of unmitigated climate change – including the annihilation of Bangladesh and Miami, tens of millions of climate refugees, deadly heat waves, cities like Kolkata and Karachi becoming uninhabitable for humans, and greater social conflict leading to war, not just because of the food shortages and shrinking land resources, but because everyone is so irritable from the heat. 
A number of climate scientists have since objected to the piece, saying it is too dire – as Michael Mann of the University of Pennsylvania said, "the evidence that climate change is a serious problem that we must contend with now, is overwhelming on its own". But the piece also mentions a phenomenon called "scientific reticence", which describes the habit climate scientists have of being so cautious and self-censoring they fail to communicate how dire the threat is. This is where politicians could, for once, be useful. 
All we need is one Craig Kelly for the climate – to stand up in Parliament and, instead of brandishing a lump of coal for the amusement of the proletariat, hold up a picture of an infant with her skin peeling off, or a submerged Palm Beach mansion, or a Torres Strait Islander forced to flee his home because of rising seas, or a piece of grey coral plucked from our dying reef. 
The Way I See It.......The greatest thing about this scare campaign? You don't even have to make up the facts.
Seriously? These are "the facts"? An "infant with her skin peeling off", thanks to man-made warming? The "annihilation" of Miami? Food shortages? Plagues? Our extinction?
Here's what we have in fact seen so far: rising living standards world-wide, record crops, a dramatic slowing of the rate of warming, fewer cyclones, no trend to more droughts, 80 per cent of low-lying atolls actually growing or stable.
What on earth is Maley talking about? She's coated in the slime of Fake News !

Monday, August 21, 2017

Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling !!

Dr. Cheryl Benard  (photo right) has worked for refugees. (She was program director of the Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth and the Alternative Strategies Initiative within the RAND Corporation’s National Security Research Division.) She now warns of the rape epidemic brought by Afghan refugees to Austria:
These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. 
Typically, the preferred targets are not what stereotype might imagine, provocatively dressed young women that a confused Muslim from the ultraconservative hinterland misinterprets as promiscuous. No; often, the victims are mothers with small children. I am guessing that to a predator, they appear to be easier targets, because it is assumed they will be handicapped in their ability to fight back, but there may also be some more Freudian dimension that I am missing. 
This brings us to a third, more compelling and quite disturbing theory—the one that my Afghan friend, the court translator, puts forward. On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, he believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. 
To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports. Their laws don’t matter, their culture is uninteresting and, ultimately, their civilization is going to fall anyway to the horde of which one is the spearhead. No need to assimilate, or work hard, or try to build a decent life here for yourself—these Europeans are too soft to seriously punish you for a transgression, and their days are numbered. 
And it’s not just the sex crimes, my friend notes. Those may agitate public sentiment the most, but the deliberate, insidious abuse of the welfare system is just as consequential. 
But we are still left with a mystery. Welfare fraud is one thing: it makes a certain kind of sense, if you have no regard for rule of law or fairness and you are lazy. But why is this current cohort of Afghans making its mark as sexual predators . . . and inept, stupid ones at that? 
In search of an answer, perhaps we should take a closer look at the victims. We have eliminated improper attire and an unwittingly seductive manner, but might they have any other traits in common to shed light on why they became the targets of such madness? 
Reviewing them, one word comes to mind: fulfillment. A Turkish exchange student, happy to be advancing her education in industrial design at a good university in Vienna. A girl in a park, enjoying the sunshine. Two friends, taking their babies for a walk. A mother, enjoying a summer stroll with her two children. A contented old lady, out with her pet. Attractive, accomplished, happy, normal people . . . an unbearable sight, perhaps, to—and here I must agree with President Trump—losers. That is what he proposed we should call terrorists, and he is right. These young men, even minus a suicide vest, are losers, which has inspired them to become social terrorists. 
The young Afghan attackers are saying, yes, that they have no impulse control, that their hormones are raging, and that they hate themselves and the world—but most especially, that they will not tolerate women who are happy, confident and feeling safe in public spaces. They are saying that they have no intention of respecting law, custom, public opinion, local values or common decency, all of which they hate so much that they are ready to put their own lives, their constructive futures and their freedom on the line for the satisfaction of inflicting damage. 
The Way I See It....., the Left has to do a bit of hard thinking. It’s fine to be warm, fuzzy and sentimental about strangers arriving on your shores, but let’s also spare some warm, fuzzy and sentimental thoughts for our own values, freedoms and lifestyle. Girls and women should continue to feel safe in public spaces, be able to attend festivals, wear clothing appropriate to the weather and their own liking, travel on trains, go to the park, walk their dogs and live their lives. This is a wonderful Western achievement, and one that is worth defending.
A deeply disturbing read. Read it all.

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Journalist Tony Thomas says of the greatest physicists developed a test for honest science. Warmists fail it.  Stating that 2016 was the ''Hottest Year'' their gross dishonesty was revealed regarding the actual GLOBAL TEMPERATURE: THE PAUSE NEVER WENT AWAY. 
Tony Thomas writes:
The trouble with mainstream climate scientists is that they’re third-rate scientists, and the reason they’re third-rate is that they’re dishonest. My authority for this statement is physicist Richard Feynman, (photo below) who has been dead for 29 years but was ranked by his peers as one of the ten greatest physicists of all time. Feynman set out the parameters for honest science in general, and I’ve never yet seen a mainstream climate scientist live up to Feynman’s honesty test.
Thomas quotes Feynman explaining the principles of his test, and adds:
There must now be tens of thousands of peer reviewed mainstream studies relying on the output of temperature computer-modelling for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Since the 5th IPCC report of 2013, each such study, on Feynman’s honesty test, should include in the preamble that the 5th report noted [1] that 111 of 114 such model runs over-estimated actual temperatures from 1998-2012 — and they’re still over-estimating for 2012-2016, as demonstrated by John Christy’s satellite graphs provide in Congressional testimony last March.
Another example:
Another great Feynman-test fail is all this science-y stuff about hottest year ever. Surface based records (that have been ruthlessly adjusted by lowering the early-year temperature data) may show recent hottest years, but the 38-year satellite records don’t – at best the 2016 peak was within the margin of error relative to 2015. How can any honest scientist (on Feynman’s definition) fail to mention the awkward satellite data when assessing hottest years?

REALITY CHECK: A particularly strong El Nino event contributed about 0.2C to the annual average for 2016. This means that without the El Nino 2016 would have had a global temperature of 0.57+/- 0.1°C which is the same as 2014 and within the errors of 2010 (0.56) and 2005 (0.54). It would also have been in the 95% confidence range of 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003 and 2002. In other words without the El Nino 2016 would have been statistically in the same region as the previous 15 years.

The Way I See It........what is fascinating about his common-sense tenets of scientific honesty is that today they are forgotten, ignored, corrupted and trampled upon by supposed scientists  in all fields playing ‘publish or perish’ and ‘get that grant’.  The climate scientists are particularly bad because the stakes in grants, influence and reputation are now so high. When the Climate Council’s CEO Amanda McKenzie talks about “carbon pollution”, why don’t the scientists on her board (Flannery, Hughes, Steffen, Bambrick) correct her and say carbon dioxide (not “carbon”) is  a plant food essential to life on earth, not “pollution”?  That’s what Feynman surely would want.

Friday, August 18, 2017

15 Muslims Forced To Get Rabies Shots As Police Order Their ‘Pleasure Donkey’ Be Killed !

There is plenty of evidence that Muslims from third-world countries can’t function in Western society. Even if all the terror activities are not considered, the lack of hygiene and oppressive society just isn’t compatible with civilization. In the latest example of Islamic depravity, at least 15 teens in Morocco, and most likely more, are being treated for rabies after gang raping an infected donkey.
Islamic culture is totally foreign to the basic morals and activities of educated nations. Their entire perception of right and wrong is horrifically alien to anyone raised in a developed country. Muslim terrorists brutally slaughter hundreds of people each year who they think are “infidels,” and their barbaric fundamental beliefs are completely opposite to every normal behavior in a civilized society.
The donkey abused by the teens was killed, for fear that its attractions would entice other “admirers.”
Local authorities are desperately pleading with anyone who “admired” the animal to report to a health facility for rabies treatment. It is thought that the numbers are higher than the original 15 because many parents took their sons outside the immediate area to avoid ridicule.
Rabies is a dreadful disease. The ignorant migrants who abused the animal began to show symptoms and were taken to hospitals. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Mayo Clinic report that the disease is almost always fatal after that occurs. “Once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare. To date less than 10 documented cases of human survival from clinical rabies have been reported,” according to the CDC.
Initial symptoms are similar to the flu, but the infection spreads quickly. The progression occurs “within days,” getting worse until eventually “cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation” are evident. The final stages typically include a person experiencing “delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, and insomnia.”
The 15 boys from Sidi Al Kamel have already spent one week in the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital undergoing vaccinations because of their bestiality. The Moroccan town has mocked the perverted act, so migrants are ashamed by the disgust of their neighbors.
The treatment involves five injections of a rabies immune globulin shot, which is necessary for preventing the infection if caught immediately. If the symptoms have already appeared, as is the case with these animals, the best that can be hoped for is supportive care.
This activity is much more wide-spread than Western journalists would like people to believe. Because liberals are constantly calling for the open borders that would allow Muslims to enter civilized nations, the frequent bestiality within the Islamic culture is typically hushed up.
NO...your Dick is your Death-by-Rabies you sick Buggers !
In fact, although political groups like CAIR, which are intent on bringing more deviants to American and European shores, will condemn the story, such practices are common in third-world Muslim countries.
The Koran does not prohibit bestiality. Penalties for adultery and homosexuality result in death, but sexually abusing an animal is only mentioned in their holy book as it relates to cleanliness.
Sahih Muslim – Book of Menstruation – hadith #525 states, “if the penile head has penetrated a woman’s anus, or a man’s anus, or an animal’s vagina or its anus then it is necessary to wash whether the one being penetrated is alive or dead, young or old, whether it was done intentionally or absentmindedly, whether it was done willfully or forcefully.”
Experts Allen Edwardes (photo) and Robert Masters, Ph.D report that in Morocco, which is 98 percent Muslim, many believe that sexual relations with a donkey “make the penis grow big and strong.”
Because this donkey was infected with rabies, the practice has been made public. This is just another example of the foreign mindset of Muslims. To ensure that cultures around the world are protected, these deviants must remain in the land of their birth.
Moroccan authorities have killed the donkey for fear that he would attract other “admirers” and spread the disease. The atrocities against animals that Muslims consider normal are just too incompatible with developed nations.

The Way I See It........the political left feigns surprise when instance after instance of Muslim atrocities occur. Many crimes aren’t made public for fear of righteous anger overcoming the public’s good sense. However, the Islamic regimes that operate under sharia law give males supreme power. If man can’t find an unattended female or child to violate, any animal will do.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We’ve Raised ''Generation Hopeless'': The MILLENNIALS !

FORGET lazy, self-centred or cocky — the truth about most millennials is they’re absolutely hopeless when it comes to basic life and workplace skills, experts say.
Research shows young adults are comfortable putting themselves ‘out there’ online, but all that time glued to screens has raised a generation incapable of small talk, critical thinking and problem-solving.
And that’s not to mention their staggering inability to cook, draft a personal budget or change a tyre.
“There’s been a very steep decline in interpersonal skills and it means that regardless of their school results, young people are going to struggle to get a job,” educator Michaela Launerts said.
Launerts (photo right) has written the book #Girlcode, which she describes as a guide to interacting properly on this side of a screen.
“It teaches people how to prevent potential disasters in their professional and personal lives that may occur because of the consequences of their online and (online-influenced) behaviour.”
Topics canvassed include the basics, from shaking hands, to more advanced areas like how to convey positive body language, grooming, the art of conversation, dinner etiquette and managing intimate relationships.
The blame for many of these personal inadequacies lies with the internet, she believes. A number of other sociologists agree.
Technological advances has made verbal communication redundant in many parts of life — ordering a pizza, taking part in a university class, planning a holiday and even gym personal training can all be done via an app.
What this means is young people aren’t used to speaking to someone in person or on the phone, and the thought of doing so terrifies them.
A survey of American millennials by One Poll found 65 per cent don’t feel comfortable engaging with someone face-to-face, and 80 per cent prefer conversing digitally.
As a result of this they’re less likely to understand how they’re perceived by others in real life.
They struggle to strike up a conversation and can’t navigate tricky problems like workplace conflict.
Their time management is shocking and they desire senior roles they can’t possibly hope to hold down.
“They’re so used to being able to filter themselves before they post something on line that they get stuck in a kind of real life stage fright,” Launerts said.
“I’ve spoken to teenage girls who are more frightened of eating in public than putting a provocative picture of themselves online. That’s so frightening to me.”
It’s not just educators who are worried about how woefully unprepared so many young adults are for life.
They’re more likely to have a tertiary degree than any other generation, and they can code software and create magic in a digital environment.
But Rachel Weinstein, (photo) a clinical psychologist who founded The Adulting School in the US, said these highly skilled candidates often crash and burn in interviews with prospective employers.
“Many lack skills creating a resume, interviewing and (engaging in) professional correspondence,” Weinstein told CNS News.
These sorts of strengths are called ‘soft skills’ — critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, working in a group, and verbal and written communication.
These things might sound basic, but they’re often missing in most young adults, Lisa Renneisen, co-founder of the GenerationYOU training conference, said.
“The event teaches millennials these soft skills, or enterprise skills as they’re also known, which every jobseeker need regardless of the role — networking, problem solving, interviewing techniques, personal branding and so on,” Renneisen said.
“But it’s also about bringing them together and empowering them with the knowledge that they’re not alone, and that they can control their own destiny.”
The conference, which has expanded rapidly and now takes place in cities across Australia throughout the year, began through Renneisen’s own experience with young recruits.
“We had a bad run with hiring young people back in 2014,” the event and training company director recalled.
“There was one who never showed up (on the first day), one who started but switched off after a few months … the more we spoke to other employers, the more we realised it wasn’t just us.”
Launerts said millennials have grown up in online worlds where they make their own rules and don’t learn the social conventions that are still expected of them.
“I think it’s because of the time they’re spending online, which promotes an inward-facing attitude,” Launerts said.
Eye contact, not interrupting, a proper handshake, social engagement — they struggle with what older generations consider basic niceties.
“Body language and creating a good first impression shape how someone sees you. I think most young people lack the concept of what body language is. They’re not equipped with the skills to make a good first impression and that’s a real problem.”
She has met dozens of recruiters who report being “astounded” at the conduct of young jobseekers. Unless something changes, we’ll wind up with a segment of the population doomed to fail, she believes.
“They won’t get the opportunity to thrive … without these skills they’re going to become passive observers of their own lives.”
A study of millennials in the workplace by researchers at the University of California observed that young adults are “unusually and extraordinarily confident” in their abilities.
It has long been noted that younger generations want it all — and they want it now.
“The idea of paying their dues by working hard to demonstrate their worth before they’re given significant tasks is likely to be resisted by millennials,” the UC paper noted.
“They seek key roles in significant projects soon after their organisational entry … co-workers see them as overly confident and inappropriately demanding, asking ‘who do you think they are?’”
And by many indications, they are skilled in the theory of their respective professions.
Rather than their ambition being an issue, it’s their inability to ‘walk the walk’ when they climb the corporate ladder, Renneisen said.
“They want to skip the entry level, junior roles and go into middle management and the like, but they lack the skills needed when they get there,” she said.
“It’s everything from picking up the phone to have an awkward or confrontational conversation with someone to working with large teams and managing others.”
This lack of interpersonal skills results in often awkward encounters, university professor Elwood Watson (photo right) noted in an essay for Diverse Education.
“They engage in behaviour that previous generations would consider weird or outright rude, Watson, an academic at East Tennessee State University, wrote.
“I see this inability to converse directly with other human beings. I’ve seen students on campus walking next to one another and texting, as opposed to speaking. They’re also terrified of directly confronting problems or fears.”
It’s not just at work where they’re lacking.
Weinstein said millennials flounder when it comes to personal finances, meal planning, time management and general home-based tasks.
“Due to budget cuts and restructuring, schools have changed curriculum and cut courses like (home economics) and consumer science,” she said.
“Families are busy in this fast-paced society and there’s less time to focus on household chores, where kids would be learning those skills.”
The Way I See It.......the blame doesn’t lie entirely with digital technology. How we educate young people could also be behind the dwindling priority placed on life skills.
Teaching students how to pass exams and standardised tests is favoured more and more.
“As a result, we’ve created a generation of doctors, lawyers and accountants who don’t know how to cook dinner. The disconnect is stark — minds capable of advanced calculus that are unfamiliar with creating a monthly budget,” the Huffington Post noted.
Life skills are essential, and thankfully they’re not difficult to learn. We need to show them how to be their best selves.