Thought for the day

"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." -- Edward R. Murrow, broadcast journalist

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday renewed its attacks on Iranian-Kurdish targets inside Iraq's Kurdistan region with missiles and drones, killing two Kurdish fighters in the town of Koya, a local official told Middle East Eye.

Iranian forces attacked the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) near Koya and launched a drone attack on the headquarters of the Komala Toilers Party of Kurdistan in Zargwez, near Sulaymaniyah, the PDK-I said in a statement.

'The regime is trying to divert attention from its failure to oppress the people, and hence it is taking revenge on Iran’s opposition Kurdish parties'

Mohammed Saleh Qadri, KPD-I

“According to the information that we have received from the medical centre, two of our comrades have been martyred, and five or six others were wounded," PDK-I representative in Erbil, Mohammed Saleh Qadri, told MEE.

Tags: IRAN, IRAQ
Posted on: Nov 15 10:01

A new BestColleges survey suggests Gen Z students are planning to vote their values this November, though their trust in politics remains low.

Tags: EDUCATION
Posted on: Nov 15 10:00
A new study revealed the rise in children going to the hospital for suicidal thoughts, which began to go up before the COVID pandemic and lockdowns.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:58
U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) responded to questions from reporters Monday about whether she would endorse former President Donald Trump (R) for president again by saying that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is the current leader of the Republican Party.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:58
Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he fired an employee at the company after the employee called him out publicly.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:57
Filmmaker Michael Moore Michael Moore weighed in on the 2022 midterm elections — and his prediction of a “blue tsunami” — during an interview that was published Monday by The Guardian.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:56

The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a deal worth $521 million to replenish U.S. stocks of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, which were supplied to Ukraine to beat back Russia’s invasion.

The service on Oct. 21 and Nov. 2 issued contracts funded by Congress’ supplemental appropriation to support Ukraine.

“These awards demonstrate the significant impact GMLRS are having on the battlefield as a vital combat capability for our international partners,” William LaPlante, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said in a Nov. 14 statement. “They are great examples of contracting approaches we are using to more rapidly accelerate award timelines and ultimately deliver capability.”

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 15 09:56
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tangled with the National Education Association on Twitter, arguing that parents were better equipped than anyone else to say what was best for their children.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:55
Members of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday called upon Russia to pay Ukraine war reparations due to violations of international law.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:55

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday that she believes some sanctions will remain on Russia even if Moscow reaches a peace deal with Kyiv, demonstrating that the US wants to keep pressure on Russia’s economy for the long term.

In the wake of Russia announcing it was withdrawing from Kherson, there has been more talk about opening up negotiations to end the fighting in Ukraine. Yellen said that while some sanctions "adjustment" was possible, the US would want to maintain pressure on Russia.

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"I suppose in the context of some peace agreement, adjustment of sanctions is possible and could be appropriate," Yellen said in Indonesia, where she is attending the G20 summit. "We would probably feel, given what’s happened, that probably some sanctions should stay in place."

The US-led sanctions campaign against Russia has largely backfired on the West, with Europe facing soaring energy prices while Moscow’s oil profits exceeded to levels higher than before the war. In an effort to curb Russia’s profits, Yellen has led a G7 push to implement a price cap on Russian oil, which is supposed to take effect in December.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 15 09:54

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has listed his Bahamas penthouse for sale at $39,500,000 following the collapse of his net worth when his crypto exchange imploded.

The 12,000 square-ft, five bedroom residence is located in the luxury Albany resort was listed last week, according to Semafor, however the realtor declined to name the owner. That said, people close to current and former FTX employees who have been at the residence confirmed that it was SBF's pad.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 15 09:53

We reported earlier on Monday that Turkey has made an arrest for the terror bombing of a busy tourist hub in central Istanbul which left six people dead and dozens more injured. 

But soon after the rare deadly attack which Turkey quickly blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) - and despite no official initial claims of responsibility - Ankara officials used the incident to air broader geopolitical grievances

Tags: TURKEY
Posted on: Nov 15 09:52

Russia has called for lifting discriminatory obstacles on global energy markets and establishing a fair dialogue between energy suppliers and consumers at the G20 summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

"We have called against politicization of these issues, first and foremost, the use of energy issues in settling political scores, as the EU has been demonstrating over years in regard to the Nord Stream pipelines," Lavrov said.

"We have urged the G20 to address specific issues, such as the lifting any discriminatory and artificial obstacles on global energy markets and proposed that a free and fair dialogue be finally established between energy suppliers and consumers," he said.

It has also "demonstrated Russia's capacity for the provision of stability on global grain markets, above all wheat, in addition to global fertilizer markets," Lavrov said.

"We have pointed to the obstacles that remain on this path despite the agreement reached within the framework of the secretary-general's package initiative, according to which the UN will be lifting impediments to the exports of our fertilizers and grain," he said.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 15 09:51

To get to where they are, imperial powers will deceive, dissimulate and distort. The US imperium, that most awesome of devilish powers, has tentacled itself across the globe, often unbeknownst to its own citizens.

In a report released by the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center of Justice titled Secret War: How the US Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces to Wage War Under the Radar, there is little to shock, though much to be concerned about.  The author of the report contends that the list of countries supplied by the Pentagon on US military partnerships is a savagely clipped one.  The list is so wrong that 17 countries have been omitted.

Tags: HIDDEN HISTORY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:51

NBC News national correspondent Miguel Almaguer hasn't appeared on the network in 11 days since his explosive report on the Paul Pelosi attack was retracted, but he and NBC News have remained silent since the scrubbing of his report suggesting the House Speaker’s husband may not have been in danger when police arrived. 

The ordeal has puzzled NBC News insiders, with some believing the report was squashed because it went against the mainstream narrative. A former senior NBC News executive who worked with Almaguer believes the network needs to explain what’s going on. 

"NBC News must be more transparent with its viewers about this error. Who wrote Miguel’s script? Who approved the script? Are he and his producers suspended during an internal investigation? NBC’s silence on this matter speaks volumes. NBC owes it to its audience to be truthful and not cover this up," the former executive said. 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 15 09:49

Now you know why the uni-party @GOP  @DNC didn’t want a audit of Ukraine money & had to get rid of Trump.

 

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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 15 09:48

The Jan 6 Committee tweeted out a statement tonight threatening President Trump for not complying with their subpoena.  

This unconstitutional gang of criminals in the House wants to punish President Trump for uncovering their corruption and criminal actions going back years.  They hate him for shining a light on their crimes.

America needs to stand up and call out these criminals on the Jan 6 Committee.  They were accomplices to the deaths of four innocent Americans on Jan 6 and the stolen 2020 Election.  This is why they never covered these crimes during their hearings.

Now they want to indict the President of the United States on more made-up crimes.  They are sick.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 15 09:46

While Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has publicly voiced support for diplomacy between Ukraine and Russia, other Biden administration officials are against the idea, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagree with Milley and don’t think it’s time to make a serious push for peace talks.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York last week, Milley said that he saw an opportunity for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. “When there’s an opportunity to negotiate when peace can be achieved, seize it,” he said. “Seize the moment.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:45

According to a report from POLITICO, the Biden administration has been reassuring Ukraine that peace talks with Russia don’t need to happen anytime soon after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said this winter will provide an opportunity for diplomacy.

Milley said last week that Russia and Ukraine might recognize that victory “is maybe not achievable through military means, and therefore you need to turn to other means.” He expects fighting will slow down this winter, and the moment for peace talks could be “seized.”

Citing unnamed US and Ukrainian officials, the POLITICO report said that US officials have conveyed to Ukraine that Washington was not trying to undercut Kyiv’s stated war goals of driving Russia out of all the territory it has captured. The US also said that just because there may be a pause in fighting this winter, that doesn’t mean peace talks need to happen.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:45

Atop priority for the Biden administration when the Russia‐​Ukraine War erupted was to secure maximum international support for a strategy to penalize and isolate Moscow. It is clear that the strategy has failed outside of NATO and Washington’s string‐​of‐​pearls military alliances in East Asia. The “Global South” has been spectacularly unreceptive to taking sides in the Russia‐​Ukraine conflict, much to the administration’s frustration.

U.S. officials have not reacted well to the wary, quasi‐​neutral stance adopted by key powers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Instead, administration leaders (as well as key members of Congress) have become ever more insistent, angry, and even vengeful, thereby further alienating those countries. Washington’s handling of relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Saudi Arabia, and Turkey highlights the policy clumsiness.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:44

CIA Director William Burns met with the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday, marking the highest-level face-to-face meeting between US and Russian officials since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

The unannounced meeting was first revealed by media reports and later confirmed by the Kremlin, which said the talks between Burns and SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin were requested by Washington.

The White House said that the meeting was not an attempt to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, but was focused on reducing the risk of nuclear escalation and the detention of US citizens in Russia.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:44

Russian Military Reportedly Destroyed Large Energy Infrastructure Facility In Kherson Region

During the Russian withdrawal from from the right bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed a large energy infrastructure facility that supplied part of the right bank and the Mykolaiv region with electricity.

According to the head of Ukrenergo, the facility was heavily damaged.

“The power facility, which provided power supply to the entire right bank of the Kherson region and a significant part of the Mykolaiv region, was practically destroyed. It doesn’t exist anymore. Two transformers, each weighing 250 tons, are blown up. Relay protection hall, compressor, battery were shot and crushed,” – he claimed.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 15 09:43

Kiev Continues Attacks On Civilians On Russian Territories

The Ukrainian war is ongoing on the front lines as well as in the regions where are no battles but the lives of civilians are threatened. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue shelling the regions that went out of control of the Kiev regime and Russian border regions, targeting civilian facilities.

Over the past day, Ukrainian artillery shelled houses and civilian facilities in the villages of Borki, Kozinka, Shchigorevka and Leninsky in the Belgorod region. The attacks resulted in no civilian casualties but damage to several houses. On the same day, Russian air defense forces intercepted several shells over the city of Belgorod and its outskirts.

On the morning of November 15, the Leninsky village in the Shebekinsky district again came under fire.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 15 09:42
TikTok allegedly has child sex abuse material hiding in plain sight all over the social media platform, according to a Forbes investigative report.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:41

Big pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have both begun clinical tests to investigate whether or not the use of their experimental COVID vaccines may have any long-term adverse effects on a person’s health.

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Posted on: Nov 15 09:41
Nancy Pelosi told her buddy George Stephanopolous on ABC’s This Week on Sunday that the path to control of Congress goes through Arizona, Colorado, and California — where Democrats control the fraudulent elections.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:40
Reporters and hosts on television have collapsed suddenly during the past few years, often in the middle of live broadcasts.
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:39

Here is from the opening of the 10 November 2022 U.S. General Accounting Office study, “Weapon System Sustainment: Aircraft Mission Capable Goals Were Generally Not Met and Sustainment Costs Varied by Aircraft”, report # GAO-23-106217:

We looked at 49 types of military aircraft and found that only 4 types met their annual mission readiness goals from FY 2011 through FY 2021 — an overall decline over time. Program officials gave us various reasons for these results, including aging aircraft, maintenance challenges, and issues with getting parts and supplies. …

As shown below, 26 aircraft did not meet their annual mission capable goal in any fiscal year [it scored 0 in each and every goal in each and every year]. The mission capable rate — the percentage of total time when the aircraft can fly and perform at least one mission — is used to assess the health and readiness of an aircraft fleet.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 15 09:39

U.S. strategy against Russia must succeed in order to make success of U.S. strategy against China possible; Ukraine is the U.S. proxy against Russia, and Taiwan is the U.S. proxy against China. Ukraine became a U.S. ‘ally’ or vassal-nation in 2014, but Taiwan isn’t yet officially a U.S. ‘ally’ or vassal-nation.

The plan by the U.S. Government to add Taiwan to its empire has already been made public by U.S. military officials (who will be quoted extensively below here); and, as announced, it builds upon these two models:

Tags: CHINA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 15 09:38
In a weekend tweet, the National Educators Association (NEA) wants everyone to know that they know what is best for our children. The Saturday tweet said, “Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive.”
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Posted on: Nov 15 09:38