Thought for the day

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.<br>The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.<br>There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson

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Travel website "The Points Guy" reported that thousands of cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea this week because Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc across southwestern and central Florida, forcing some ports across the state to close temporarily. 

Cruise ships that departed from Florida before Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday had to extend their schedules because some ports remain closed. 

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  Unemployment in the U.S. will rise to 5.6 percent by the end of 2023, warned Bank of America (BofA). Its prediction followed Federal Reserve officials who expressed belief that the central bank’s interest rate target will approach five percent next year.

 Major leaks in two important Russian gas pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, are most likely sabotage, according to Western nations, but the question of who is responsible remains unanswered – and some experts suggest that the U.S. could have been behind it.

 Democrats' 2024 presidential prospects have been characterized as being "increasingly bleak." Among the many problems now facing the nation, the White House must contend with responsibility over a looming recession, an unprecedented border crisis, and a devastating opioid epidemic.

 House Democrats on Thursday unanimously voted to block legislation that would have required informed parental consent before a school provides mental health services related to sexual orientation or gender identity to students.

 Student groups at UC Berkeley School of Law have recently amended their bylaws to "sanction" and prohibit speakers supportive of Israel or Zionism. The Jewish Journal reports that this would amount to a ban on 90% of Jewish students speaking, as well as Berkeley Law's progressive Zionist dean, Erwin Chemerinsky.