Thought for the day

"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -- James Madison

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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

The number of British citizens neither working nor looking for a job has grown dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic. Much of this can be attributed to mental health issues, which could impede the UK’s economic growth, economists warn.

According to research carried out by a UK media outlet, the number of economically inactive people in Britain rose by 537,500 between June 2019 and June 2022. About 450,000 of these cases were connected to mental health issues. The number of economically inactive people in the UK has skyrocketed to almost nine million. Britons are plagued by depression and anxiety disorders, the research shows.

This trend will have a negative impact on the British economy, the analysts warn. For instance, Deloitte’s research unit states that mental disorders of employees affect the productivity and turnover of companies. According to their report, annual costs associated with poor mental health have increased by 25% since the outbreak of COVID-19.

The epidemic of mental disorders will affect the British economy globally, economists claim.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:19

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Democrats have conditioned Americans to “passively accept” election theft under the threat of a civil war, using their media apparatus to help drive fear into voters who think about asking too many questions.

Tucker Carlson predicted on the eve of the midterms that the Democrats would use ballot box chaos to steal elections and demonstrated how, alongside their associated acts in mockingbird media, they’re conditioning Americans to accept it.

“Democrats absolutely cannot lose the midterm elections,” Carlson tweeted. “And with that in mind, they’re already preparing us for election theft, which if you don’t want a civil war, you must passively accept.”

Included in the tweet was a Tucker Carlson Tonight segment that aired on Fox News just ahead of the midterms. In the segment, Carlson used corporate media’s own reporting to show their dramatic shift on the existence of serious, widespread election integrity issues.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:18

ON WEDNESDAY, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the head of the New York State Democratic Party to resign in the wake of the catastrophic performance by Democrats in the state in the midterms — an underperformance so stark that it may make the difference in control of the House of Representatives, and by extension the party’s ability to enact its legislative agenda.

Following President Joe Biden’s press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez spoke with The Intercept to elaborate on her critique of the state party and discuss the role of abortion and the youth vote in the midterms, Ukraine, and the political distinction between unemployment and inflation. 

An unedited (except for ums and such) transcript of part one of the Q&A is below. Part two, on the evolution of the left and her relationship to it, will follow.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:18

For years Globalists have been trying to use the weather to further their population replacement scheme. But, as the United States and European countries grow tired of welcoming illegal migrants who are often dangerous people with values and ambitions that oppose Western values and laws, Globalists are trying to rebrand them as “Climate Migrants” to gain them entry.

World Economic Forum (WEF)-tied journalist Gaia Vince, who brands herself as an environmental journalist, appeared on Sky News to convince audiences that millions of people must flee “climate change,” rising seas, mega-hurricanes, and so on.

Mass migration is not a negative consequence of the so-called “climate crisis” but a solution that needs to be seized and planned for, argues Vince, author of the recent book “Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval.” Large-scale people movements have the potential to address many societal problems, she falsely claims, and pave the way towards a fairer, safer, and more prosperous world.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:17

 Whoopi Goldberg, liberal host of ABC’s “The View,” conceded on Wednesday that even she saw the humor in the New York Post’s post-election cover declaring Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was “DeFuture.”

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:13

 Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, rolled out a new mechanism to identify “official” accounts but “killed” the idea shortly thereafter.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:12

 The 2022 midterm elections didn’t exactly go as expected for Republicans, but there was some good news in the data collected in exit polls.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:11

 Former President Donald Trump (R) attacked New Hampshire’s Republican U.S. Senate nominee Don Bolduc on Wednesday for losing in Tuesday’s midterm election, which comes after Trump previously endorsed Bolduc.

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Posted on: Nov 10 10:11

 On Wednesday, in the aftermath of an election in which Republicans underperformed, winning the House but wondering if they could still eke out a victory in the Senate, former President Trump boasted on Truth Social, “While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory — 219 WINS and 16 Losses in the General  — Who has ever done better than that?”

Posted on: Nov 10 10:10

9 in 10 households cannot meet their food needs, with those headed by women particularly vulnerable, according to the latest WFP assessment.

The WFP said that due to unprecedented economic hardship and environmental disasters like earthquakes and flooding, the Afghans are less prepared than ever to weather another harsh winter.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:06

 Afghan women were stopped from entering amusement parks in Kabul on Wednesday after the Taliban's morality ministry said there would be restrictions on women being able to access public parks.

A spokesperson for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (MPVPV) confirmed that women would be restricted from accessing parks when asked for comment by Reuters, but did not respond to requests to provide further details.

It was not clear how widely the restrictions applied or how they affected a previous rule from the MPVPV saying parks, including open-air spaces, must be segregated by gender and certain days would be aside for women.

Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesperson for the hardline Islamist Taliban administration, did not respond to a request for comment.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:06

Moldova’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița is planning to ask EU countries for €450 million amid the “very real possibility” that Russia’s Gazprom will cut gas supplies this winter.

Gavrilița's call for emergency cash in the face of Russia detonating its energy weapon will refocus attention on one of Europe's poorest nations where Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to undermine a government that is seeking to set Chișinău on a pro-EU trajectory.

“The worst case scenario is that a full disconnection happens,” Gavrilița told POLITICO in an interview, adding that this would create a “trade-off between disconnections [of consumers] and blackouts, or whether … we can afford to pay this price.”

Posted on: Nov 10 10:05

 U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts will hold their next scheduled summit in Lithuania next July, the military alliance’s top civilian official said Wednesday, as Russia’s war on Ukraine fuels security tensions in Europe and the North Atlantic region.

“We face the most complex and unpredictable security environment since the Cold War,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, as he announced that heads of state and government from the 30 member nations would meet in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on July 11-12, 2023.

Stoltenberg said the leaders would discuss ways to boost the defenses of NATO member countries near Russia and Ukraine, and continue their support to the war-ravaged country.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:04

The Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA) has ordered additional K9 self-propelled howitzers and armored vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Defense.

The acquisition is an option exercised as part of the 1.8-billion-kroner ($180 million) contract they signed in 2017.

The new deal will see the South Korean company produce and deliver four 155-millimeter K9 Thunders and eight K10 ammunition supply vehicles to the Norwegian military.

“The latest option contract for the additional delivery of [K9 and K10] is a key milestone for enhanced defense cooperation between Hanwha and Norway,” Hanwa Vice President Kwak Jong-woo said.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:04

The Navy has relieved the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser Normandy in the middle of the ship’s deployment, the service announced.  

Capt. Simon McKeon was relieved on Tuesday “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” less than eight months after he took control of the Normandy, according to a brief Navy press release

Posted on: Nov 10 10:03