Thought for the day

"The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" -- George Orwell, 1984

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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.”

By: orraz
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

An Incompetent Federal Reserve Board Caused the Great Depression and the New Deal that Gave Congress’ Power to New Executive Branch Regulatory Agencies. The 1930s saw the Great Depression used to vitiate legislative power and put it into the hands of executive branch agencies. It was a major step in destroying the accountability of government.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:01

 Former Philadelphia Eagles player Corey Simon won a Florida State Senate seat on Tuesday in the 2022 midterm elections, turning a once blue district to red.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 10 10:00

I have never known the Federal Reserve make a good decision.  Indeed, disastrous decisions are the Fed’s hallmark.  There are many such disasters.  Among them the Great Depression, the decade long consequence of the Federal Reserve Board’s failure to prevent the shrinkage of the US money supply. See this.

Image: Brooksley Born (Photo by the US Government, licensed under the Public Domain)

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In more recent times we had Brooksley Born, head of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), blocked from regulating over the counter derivatives and credit default swaps that resulted in financial panic and economic collapse.  Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt conspired to have Congress block Brooksley Born from doing her job.  The four dumbshit officials told Congress that “markets are self-regulating.”  Greenspan when later questioned by Congress admitted that his ideology “had a flaw.” See this

The Fed has abandoned effective financial regulation and helped to kill the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act that had kept commercial and investment banking separate.  It is ironic that it was the formerly progressive Democrat Party in the clutches of the Clintons that repealed the progressive Glass-Stegall Act in 1999, thus setting up the line of financial troubles that caused the Fed to pump out money for 12 years in an effort to stabilize the financial system.  Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner’s 2011 book, Reckless Endangerment documents the failure of financial regulation.  Michael Lewis’s books, such as Flash Boys (2014), among others, demonstrate that the financial sector no longer serves any public purpose.  All the years while the Fed was printing money hand over fist to keep the financial system intact, Wall Street was making its money by front-running stock purchases.

Posted on: Nov 10 10:00

 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized New York State Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday after results revealed that New York was moving toward the Republican Party.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:59

The U.S. Navy is aiming to expand a system that will let submarines launch and recover uncrewed underwater vehicles (or UUVs). The idea, Navy leaders say, is to turn the nuclear attack submarine fleet into UUV “motherships” that can launch uncrewed objects both for offensive and reconnaissance purposes and for explosive ordnance disposal.

Right now the 600-pound Razorback UUV that the Navy has requires a dry-dock storage system and needs to be recovered by divers by hand, a cumbersome and time consuming task. Submarine Force commander Vice Adm. Bill Houston called the launching part “easy,” but said the rest is tough, according to the U.S. Naval Institute’s news outlet. Houston was speaking at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium. 

The Navy has tested and proved that it can recover medium-sized UUVs, per Rear. Adm. Doug Perry, director of submarine warfare for the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. The service has yet to implement them fleetwide, he said. That is coming in the “near future.”

“While the submarine is moving, the UUV has to find that torpedo tube and drive in,” Perry said to reporters. 

Posted on: Nov 10 09:59

 Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not say that her ex-boss, former President Donald Trump, should campaign for Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R-GA) ahead of his December run-off election.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:58

 Limitless abortion measures were overwhelmingly approved Tuesday in California and Vermont, paving the way to enshrine so-called reproductive rights for women into both state constitutions next year.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:58

Western media fixates on coup supporters waving Russian flags in Burkina Faso’s capital while overlooking the long history of US and French control over the country – and its destabilizing consequences.

The landlocked country of Burkina Faso has proven itself to be a valuable diplomatic and intelligence asset in the US domination of the African continent. Over the last ten years, the US-run Africa Command (AFRICOM) has built up the nation’s military capacity to assist US regional operations.

On September 30, 2022, yet another military coup toppled the government of Burkina Faso, with protesters surrounding and vandalizing the French embassy in the capital of Ouagadougou. The demonstrators’ anger centered on the French, and behind them, their American allies, for their failure to stop a ceaseless wave of Islamist militant attacks around the country.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:58

 The Los Angeles mayoral election was still too close to call on Wednesday, with the majority of votes still uncounted.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:57

Nicole made landfall in Florida as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning and later weakened to a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center said it weakened to a tropical storm after its landfall just south of Vero Beach.

As of 7 a.m., Nicole was 30 miles southwest of Orlando and 55 miles east of Tampa. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

Nicole dumped about four inches of rain and wasn't done.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:57