The Fight for Italian Reunification Inspired the International Left

On November 27, 1871, Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele II gave an impassioned speech at the Italian parliament, finally ushering in the complete unification of his country. For centuries, the peninsula had been divided into a patchwork of regions, mostly dominated by the monarchies of Austria, France, and Spain. Napoleon had worked to change this arrangement after the French Revolution, but, after Habsburg diplomat Count Klemens von Metternich’s reversal of his reforms at the Council of Vienna in 1815, the three foreign dynasties largely regained their strongholds.

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QAnon Hero Michael Flynn Secretly Said QAnon Is ‘Total Nonsense’

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has embraced his position as a hero to QAnon conspiracy theorists. He took the QAnon oath, sold QAnon T-shirts, and even auctioned off a QAnon quilt. He appeared at a QAnon convention and signed books with a QAnon slogan. Some QAnon followers even believe that Flynn is “Q,” the mysterious figure behind QAnon.
But a recording released late Saturday night by a one-time Flynn ally suggests that the retired three-star general privately believes QAnon to be “total nonsense.

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A US-Russia war over Ukraine would be catastrophic

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As a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer and specialist in Russian doctrine and strategy who participated in dozens of war games that simulated a U.S.-Russia conflict, I am gravely concerned about the high risk of Washington going to war over Ukraine.  
If you thought $2 trillion and 6,000 American lives were a steep price to pay for a no-victory outcome of a 20-year engagement in Afghanistan, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  
U.S. costs and losses in a war with nuclear Russia would be catastrophic.

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He Leaked U.S. Missile Secrets. It Turned Into ‘a Dark Comedy of Errors.’

A former Raytheon missile defense engineer who recently pleaded guilty to leaking U.S. military secrets claims he did so only because his desperate attempts to correct a potentially deadly software error he accidentally made went completely unheeded by authorities.
“My approach and code were not adequately reviewed,” James Robert Schweitzer told The Daily Beast in his first public comments since his arrest. “I was told to ignore the anomaly that I introduced.”
The federal government, however, saw things quite differently.

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Those Whiny Nazis Are Now Broke Nazis, Too

Josh Smith, attorney for Matthew Heimbach, Matthew Parrott, and the Traditionalist Working Party, walks away after speaking with media after a jury gave a partial verdict in Sines v Kessler case on November 23, 2021, at the Federal Courthouse in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff / The Daily Progress via AP)

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SARAH VINE: My anxiety was like a house crumbling around me. Pills could never fix the root cause 

SARAH VINE: My anxiety was like a house crumbling around me. Pills patched me up but they could never fix the root cause
By Sarah Vine for the Daily Mail
Published: 18:21 EST, 23 November 2021 | Updated: 06:50 EST, 24 November 2021

Rifling through some old papers the other day, I came across a letter from a psychiatrist to whom my doctor referred me back in 2012.

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This Is Not René Magritte

When René Magritte was a little boy growing up in Belgium in the early 1900s, he had a friend called Raymond who lived a few doors down. Raymond recalls going over to play at the Magrittes’ house, where René’s father Léopold kept a room full of “white metal containers of Cocoline”—a new, coconut oil-based form of margarine which he sold for work—“and advertising posters, too.

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Crew of Far-Right Militia Honchos Slapped with Jan. 6 Subpoenas

Right-wing militias and their leaders are the latest target of the special congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, which issued subpoenas on Tuesday to ex-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.
In addition to issuing subpoenas to Tarrio and Rhodes and their associated groups, the Jan. 6 House committee also requested to hear from the 1st Amendment Praetorian. The leader of the lower-level, far-right faction, Robert Patrick Lewis, has ties to disgraced ex-Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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Is Russia Really About to Invade Ukraine?

Last spring, a U.S. Navy admiral mused that China could invade Taiwan in the next six years. Now officials and analysts are warning that Russia might invade Ukraine in the next two or three months.
A recent report by the Pentagon’s intelligence agency, which is otherwise quite hawkish on China, downplayed the plausibility of a near-term war over Taiwan. But senior officials seem urgently worried about the fate of Ukraine. Earlier this month, CIA Director William Burns flew to Moscow to express concerns to President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s troop buildup in the area.

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