Thought for the day

"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway

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The national political and military leaders who committed America to wars of choice in Vietnam, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq, did so as a rule because they were convinced the fighting would be short and decisive. American presidents, presidential advisors, and senior military leaders never stopped to consider that national strategy, if it exists at all, consists of avoiding conflict unless the nation is attacked and compelled to fight.

The latest victim of this mentality is Ukraine. In the absence of a critical root-and-branch analysis of Russia’s national power and strategic interests, American senior military leaders and their political bosses viewed Russia through a narrowly focused lens that magnified U.S. and Ukrainian strengths but ignored Russia’s strategic advantages—geographic depth, almost limitless natural resources, high social cohesion, and the military-industrial capacity to rapidly scale up its military power. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Dec 01 07:36

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Biden administration to reinstate its debt relief program.

The three-judge panel consisted of an appointee from each of the last three presidents, according to Politico. The Biden administration was appealing to overturn the Nov. 10 decision by Fort Worth, Texas-based U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman to strike down its student debt relief program, one of two legal rulings that crippled the $400 billion relief program, according to Reuters.

Tags: ECONOMY, EDUCATION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Dec 01 07:33

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday the company does not have plans to stop selling the antisemitic film that gained notoriety recently after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted out an Amazon link to it.

Pressure has been mounting on Amazon to discontinue sale of the film, called “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” since Irving shared the link to the documentary with his millions of Twitter followers in October. The synopsis on Amazon says the film “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.”

At The New York Times’ DealBook Summit in New York City, Jassy said it is difficult for the company to determine what content crosses the line to where Amazon doesn’t make it available to customers.

“As a retailer of content to hundreds of millions of customers with a lot of different viewpoints, we have to allow access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable — objectionable and they differ from our particular viewpoints,” the Times quoted Jassy as saying.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Dec 01 07:32

President Biden is giving three native tribes $75 million to relocate their communities from Alaska and Washington shorelines to higher ground due to rising sea levels as part of a $135 million commitment for tribal relocation. 

'As all of you know, there are tribal communities at risk of being washed away, washed away by Superstorm, rising sea levels, and wildfires raging,' Biden said during remarks at the Interior Department's Tribal Nations Summit.

'That's why today I'm announcing the $135 million commitment to help 11 tribal communities from MaineLouisianaArizona, Washington State and Alaska to move.'  

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