Thought for the day

"The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free." -- Aldous Huxley

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Yesterday’s Midterms were not a victory for conservative or progressive ideology, but an assertion of the growing power of geography in American politics. It was less a national election than a clash of civilisations.

Virtually nowhere in blue areas did Republicans make gains. Both the north-east and California – the central players in Democratic Party politics – stayed solidly blue. Even the most well-regarded GOP candidates, such as Lanhee Chen who ran for California state controller, struggled to make inroads in Democratic territory.

Meanwhile, the senators and governors of the leading red states – Texas’s Greg Abbott, Georgia’s Brian Kemp, Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Ohio’s Mike DeWine – all won handily. Almost all blue-state governors remained the same as well, although the Democratic incumbents often won by smaller margins.

So, what is happening in this increasingly inexplicable country? Essentially, there are now two prevailing realities in the US. One is primarily urban, single and, despite some GOP gains in this demographic, still largely non-white. It functions on the backs of finance, tech and the service industries. The other is largely suburban or exurban, family centric and more likely involved in basic industries like manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and energy.

Posted on: Nov 10 14:15

Election officials in Maricopa County released an update on the “printer issue” that caused multiple vote tabulators to malfunction on Election Day. One poll worker in the state’s largest county said that “nothing was working” and that voters should submit their ballots to be “counted downtown later tonight.” In total, the issue affected roughly 17,000 ballots, authorities said.

On Election Day, officials announced that about 20% of tabulators at county polling sites were malfunctioning. “We have two tabulators. One of the tabulators is not working, OK? The other tabulator is taking about 75 percent successful,” a poll worker told a lengthy line of voters early Tuesday morning. “So 25 percent of them are being misread, and it could be a printer issue, and it could be a tabulator itself.”

“So when it’s misread, you have an option to put it into what’s called box three, and it gets read. Whether it goes downtown and gets read manually, or whether re-fed into our tabulator, they get read, OK? the poll worker explained. “No, we don’t wanna adjudicate,” one voter could be heard saying.

“So no one is trying to deceive anybody the poll worker said, prompting groans from the crowd. “I don’t trust going in the box, they never make it down there,” one woman said. “I’ll come back.”

Posted on: Nov 10 14:13

Welcome to the Banana Republic of Biden — where the voting machines break down and the tabulators fail and the paper runs out on Election Day!

The rigging was so bad, so obvious, so corrupt that even the corporate media was forced to admit that electronic voting machines didn’t work across America. That was a “conspiracy theory” — you might recall — just the day before.

But — lo and behold ! — the machines were all “down” in Mercer County, New Jersey. They were full of “mishaps” in Harris County, Texas and in Chesterfield County, Virginia and in Bell County, Texas and in Suffolk County, New York. At least 20% of all the machines were “not working” throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. They “ran out of paper” in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In fact, “officials say that roughly 44 polling locations in Luzerne County ran out of paper to print ballots.”

Of course, it’s completely normal on Election Day for 44 polling places to run out of paper simultaneously. Don’t start fueling conspiracy theories by noticing that such a shortage must be deliberate!

Posted on: Nov 10 14:12

Democrats and regime media have been claiming every day for years now that questioning election results is a "threat to democracy" but now that Election Day is here they're already screaming about the GOP committing fraud.

Posted on: Nov 10 14:12

This week’s Big Event – the US midterm election result, it’s proven to be yet another likely scam election. But then how can we honestly expect a different result if the identified problems that rigged the stolen 2020 election have never been fixed or resolved? The definition of stupidity is repeating the same mistakes over and over again, expecting a different outcome each time. We learned the pathetic evidence in detail how the Democrats stole the 2020 election. A majority of Americans even agree that election results were illegally altered and flipped by fraud, yet have the evidence of stuffed ballots and proven mail-in fraud, the tampered Dominion electronic vote flip at 4AM from overseas switching votes via unprotected internet access so that a repeated debacle is inevitably doomed to be painfully repeated on November 8th to even further make more a mockery of the United States as the onetime beacon of democratic freedom. Sadly, the only democratic freedom still alive in America today is the freedom of the Democratic Party to steal yet another national election. Why hasn’t America bothered to even correct these identified election crimes?

Because the Deep State cabal consisting of the Democrats in collusion with the RINO Republicans, the GOP establishment of Bush-McCain-Romney-McConnell types has been allowed to steal yet another super important US election to ensure that our constitutional republic is totally destroyed. And unbelievably, the same swing states identified in 2020 for unlawfully swinging the election are all at it once again – Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania and Michigan, making certain that the leftist overthrow of America is complete, that fraud will forever rule and that the US has been turned into a bloated, corrupt beyond repair banana republic.

Posted on: Nov 10 14:11

“We were seeing nothing coming in from New York all the evening until all of a sudden we have 99% posted in the governor’s race for New York”

“These districts are using the same exact number of votes with the exact same percentages duplicated over and over again for either person.”

Posted on: Nov 10 14:10

The Chinese Communist Party is expecting Joe Biden to get impeached as a result of these past midterm elections.

In its analysis on Wednesday, the official CCP newspaper Global Times said that a Republican majority in the House would launch several investigations into Biden which would likely lead to his impeachment. 

The Global Times warns that Republicans will now do to Biden “what Nancy Pelosi” and the Democrats did to Trump.

The Chinese Communist Party says it expects more political chaos, instability and hostility toward China coming out of Washington.

Posted on: Nov 10 14:08

“Only one clear truth emerged from this election: this country is evenly divided and each side thinks the other is literally insane.”

Posted on: Nov 10 14:08
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 Tennessee lawmakers have filed a bill to ban the controversial practice of pediatric medical gender transition in the state. 

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:47

 The Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to release Consumer Price Index data Thursday morning that will indicate whether rate hikes from the Federal Reserve have had a meaningful impact on inflation.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:47

 A former student at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, who set a fire in a residence hall and claimed it was a hate crime against her, has had her single misdemeanor charge dismissed.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:46

 Investors watching the midterm election results from Wall Street were uneasy as many races still have not been called and control of Congress remains uncertain.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:45

 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, displaying his wokeness in a manner to which many critics took umbrage, will appear on a television show devoted to contestants competing to be the “next global drag superstar.”

Posted on: Nov 10 10:45

Forty-two percent of America’s young-but-cynical Generation Z are dealing with a mental health condition, a new survey finds. A range of these issues were largely identified during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The analysis by Harmony Healthcare IT suggests tens of millions of Gen Z young adults started dealing with a mental health problem in the months immediately following the start of the global pandemic in March 2020. The Indiana-based data management company’s survey highlights a staggering percentage of young adults diagnosed with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the pandemic.

Three-quarters of these Americans, all under the age of 25, say the pandemic negatively impacted their mental health, with many citing loneliness and uncertainty about the future.

Eighty-five percent of Gen Z respondents say they’re worried about the future in general. The vast majority cite their personal finances, the economy, the environment, and the country’s increasingly polarized political landscape as top concerns.

Nearly 90 percent of Gen Z respondents believe their generation is not set up for success and 75 percent feel they are at a disadvantage in comparison to previous generations (like baby boomers or Gen X) who are at least 42 years-old in 2022. This latest poll portrays Gen Z as overwhelmingly cynical about the post-pandemic world and what role they may one day play in it.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:37

Russia announced on Wednesday that it is pulling out of areas in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson on the west bank of the Dnieper River, which includes the city of Kherson.

Russia Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced the move in a meeting with Gen. Sergey Suroviki, who was recently appointed as the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine.

Surovki reported to Shoigu that keeping troops on the west bank of the Dnieper River wasn’t worth the risk over claims that Ukraine could blow up the Kakhovka dam, which would cause major flooding in the region, leaving troops isolated. Russia recently accused Ukraine of shelling the dam using US-provided HIMARS rocket systems.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:36

The European Union’s European Commission on Wednesday proposed a massive aid package for Ukraine worth 18 billion euros ($18.06 billion) meant to help cover the country’s budget deficit for 2023.

The €18 billion would be disbursed through loans throughout 2023 and would average about €1.5 billion each month. The US is expected to put up a similar amount as Ukraine has passed a budget with a $38 billion deficit, and the IMF estimates the Ukrainian government will need between $3 billion and $4 billion each month to get by.

But the EU’s proposed aid is facing resistance from Hungary. “I have made it clear that Hungary is ready to support Ukraine, but we do not wish to contribute to any new loan to be taken up by the EU,” Hungarian Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:35

Truck convoys heading into Syria from Iraq are not uncommon: Iran sends fuel convoys to Lebanon and Syria a couple of times per month. On Tuesday night, one such convoy was hammered by Israeli airstrikes.

Details are emerging slowly, hindered by Israel’s policy of not talking about its attacks. Several vehicles were destroyed during the attack and at least 10 killed, with some reports putting the figure as high as 14.

Reports have some Iranian nationals among the slain in the convoy, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. Some are speculating that the convoy was smuggling weapons, since this is often the excuse, at least retroactively, for Israeli attacks.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:34

The Department of Homeland Security is helping to coordinate tech company censorship efforts according to recent reporting. The line between tech firms and the national security state is only getting blurrier.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:33

Washington’s Fraudulent, Rules-Based International Order: Among the many deceptive arguments that Joe Biden’s administration has made about the Ukraine war is that Russia’s invasion is an attack of unprecedented severity on the liberal, “rules-based international order” established at the end of World War II. That allegation has been a constant theme of administration officials and their allies in the news media and the foreign policy blob.  Proponents argue that the war is a global existential struggle between order and chaos, free societies and unprincipled aggressors.  Biden has stated the thesis succinctly that the Ukraine war is nothing less than “a battle between democracy and autocracy, between liberty and repression, between a rules‐​based order and one governed by brute force.”

The argument is shockingly disingenuous. Russia’s aggression, ugly as it might be, is hardly unprecedented in the post-World War II period. Indeed, there have been numerous violations just during the 3 decades since the end of the Cold War, and the lion’s share of them have come from the United States and its allies. 

Posted on: Nov 10 10:32

Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Wednesday that he expects Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the presumed incoming prime minister, to take a “levelheaded” approach to the prospect of attacking Iran.

Gantz’s comments came after Tzachi Hanegbi, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, said that Netanyahu would strike Iran when he took over Israel’s government if the US doesn’t lock in a new nuclear deal. The Israelis are still claiming that Iran is working to build a nuclear weapon even though the US’s new Nuclear Posture Review says that isn’t the case.

Gantz claimed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) now has the capability to attack Iranian nuclear sites but said he believes Netanyahu “will be levelheaded in this regard.”

The IDF has said in recent years that it’s “accelerating” its plans to attack Iran and simulated bombing the country in military exercises it held over the Mediterranean Sea back in May.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:30

Yemen’s national oil company announced on 8 November that the Saudi-led coalition seized the “Daytona” diesel ship, despite an already forced search at the port in Djibouti.

On his Twitter page, the spokesperson for the oil company, Issam al-Mutawakil, wrote: “The US-Saudi aggression coalition continues to practice piracy and distillation of fuel shipments with a humanitarian purpose, today it detained the diesel ship Daytona, despite it being subjected to a forced inspection in Djibouti.”

He added: “All these actions are aimed at increasing the suffering of the Yemeni people.”

Posted on: Nov 10 10:29

With Veterans Day in mind, I was asked as a retired U.S. military officer for a comment on the 2022 election results, which produced this:

When both political parties pose as pro-military, when both are pro-war, when both are enablers of record-high Pentagon spending, when both act as if a new cold war with China and Russia is inevitable, do election results even matter?  No matter which party claims victory, the true victor remains the military-industrial-Congressional complex.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:29

report released last week by the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice details how the US Department of Defense (DoD) has been allowed to covertly deploy troops and wage secret wars over the past two decades in dozens of countries across the globe.

Among the nations in West Asia affected by these so-called ‘security cooperation authorities’ are LebanonIraqSyria, and Yemen; however, they also include many African and Latin American nations.

Known as ‘security cooperation authorities,’ they were passed by the US Congress in the years following the 11 September attacks, and are a continuation of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), a piece of legislation that has been stretched by four successive governments.

According to the report, the AUMF covers “a broad assortment of terrorist groups, the full list of which the executive branch long withheld from Congress and still withholds from the public.”

Following in this tradition, the ‘security cooperation authorities’ being abused by the Pentagon are Section 333 and Section 127e of Title 10 of the United States Code (USC).

Posted on: Nov 10 10:27

Iran's intelligence minister told its regional rival Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that there is no guarantee of Tehran continuing its "strategic patience," according to semi-official Fars news agency.

"Until now, Iran has adopted strategic patience with firm rationality, but it cannot guarantee that it will not run out if hostilities continue," Fars quoted Esmail Khatib as saying.

"If Iran decides to retaliate and punish, glass palaces will crumble and these countries will not experience stability anymore."

Iran has accused foreign enemies of fomenting unrest raging since the death in police custody of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September after her arrest for allegedly flouting the Islamic Republic's strict dress code imposed on women.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:26

The Lebanese army has conducted training preparing itself to stop bank robberies and hostage situations, seemingly in response to the series of depositors freeing their own savings by force.

The video, posted on Tuesday on the army's official social media, shows Lebanese soldiers simulating a bank robbery and detaining the supposed perpetrator.

More than a dozen depositors have held up banks to free their own deposits since summer. In 2019, Lebanese banks froze most accounts and instituted strict withdrawal limits which are still in place – in effect confiscating the savings of millions of Lebanese.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:23

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed that political communication with the Syrian government needs an “appropriate environment.” He also spoke about his country’s four goals in Syria.

Turkish media reports quoted Cavusoglu during his speech at the meeting of the Plan and Budget Committee on 8 November, saying, “if there is an appropriate environment to raise contacts between the intelligence services to the diplomatic level, we will evaluate that.”

Posted on: Nov 10 10:22

Israeli forces "aim at emptying the Jordan Valley of Palestinians", the coordinator for the Palestinian Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley told The New Arab on Tuesday.

"The demolitions policy practised by the Israeli occupation targets the Jordan Valley at the same level as Jerusalem," said Abdul Rahim Bisharat, a representative of a dozen of Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley.

"The number of Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley was more than 300,000 in 1967," said Bisharat. "The number decreased to some 55,000 today, after the occupation forces turned most of the grazing lands into military zones, in addition to demolitions which have escalated in this year."

Posted on: Nov 10 10:20

The US State Department has greenlighted the foreign military sale of AIM-120C-8 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) to Belgium.

Belgium requested the $380 million deal to arm its F-16 Fighting Falcons and future F-35 Lightning II fleet.

According to the US Defense Security Agency (DCSA), the approval allows Belgium to buy up to 120 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAMs and 10 C-8 Guidance Sections.

Raytheon Missile Systems was selected as the principal contractor for the agreement.

The country can also procure spare AIM-120 control sections, containers, AIM-120C captive air training missiles, consumables, AMRAAM accessories, software, technical documentation, training, logistical support, and related equipment.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:19