A new report issued by a group of retired generals warns that high obesity rates and levels of unfitness among Minnesota’s younger residents has become an issue of national security, and needs to be urgently addressed by the state’s community.
The title of the report says it all – “Too Fat, Frail and Out of Breath to Fight.” According to the findings, about one in three Americans is too overweight to serve in the military. In Minnesota alone, the same applies to about 69% of the state’s young adults. An additional one in ten of the state’s youth suffer from asthma, which automatically disqualifies them from joining military service.
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“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell
Thus with the above sentiment in mind, observe the recent actions of Russophobic nations across Europe. From Ukraine to Berlin the calls to remove Soviet war and historical memorials are growing louder every day. In Ukraine the calls have turned to misguided action as statues of Lenin and those honoring the dead of WWII are being shot at, pulled down and defaced.
What purpose does it serve to remove these monuments from the public consciousness? The answer lies in the question itself, to remove them from the public consciousness. Ukraine has been overtaken by nationalistic and fascist fervor in the major seats of power, and is being pushed forward by those who proudly uphold a history of Nazi collaboration. For those Ukrainians who are being held down by repression in the face of…
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Foreword to the Translation
With the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, I realized that I often looked forward to the work of certain journalists, who were both eloquent and informative. Oles Buzina was one of them. In addition to reading his columns, I, like millions of other Russians, watched his frequent appearances on political talk shows. I often found myself in disagreement, but had to admit that his points were well-argued and factually justified—a true sign of a charismatic erudite.
Thus, the news of his brazen murder on April 16 of this year, in broad daylight and outside his home, was particularly distressing. Later, I found out that Oles—a well-known author and historian, in addition to his journalistic career—had been receiving threats for quite some time. Yet he consistently turned down offers to relocate to Russia. Like a true patriot of a country in peril, he continued to love Ukraine. But Ukraine—today’s Ukraine—did not…
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