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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 8:10pm



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If this exposure proves accurate it is not an insignificant shift nor is the mindset even remotely sane. They're talking about tactical weapons. Those have been around since the cold war. I was thinking that they were to have been phased out. Obviously not.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2019 - 4:25pm

Nukular insanity...
US nuclear weapons: first low-yield warheads roll off the production line
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Posted: Jan 10, 2019 - 5:12pm

Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report
The U.S. military is finally withdrawing (or not) from its base at al-Tanf. You know, the place that the Syrian government long claimed was a training ground for Islamic State (ISIS) fighters; the land corridor just inside Syria, near both the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, that Russia has called a terrorist hotbed (while floating the idea of jointly administering it with the United States); the location of a camp where hundreds of U.S. Marines joined Special Operations forces last year; an outpost that U.S. officials claimed was the key not only to defeating ISIS, but also, according to General Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, to countering “the malign activities that Iran and their various proxies and surrogates would like to pursue.” You know, that al-Tanf.

Within hours of President Trump’s announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, equipment at that base was already being inventoried for removal. And just like that, arguably the most important American garrison in Syria was (maybe) being struck from the Pentagon’s books — except, as it happens, al-Tanf was never actually on the Pentagon’s books. Opened in 2015 and, until recently, home to hundreds of U.S. troops, it was one of the many military bases that exist somewhere between light and shadow, an acknowledged foreign outpost that somehow never actually made it onto the Pentagon’s official inventory of bases. (...)

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019 - 10:08am

Mattis: One More General for the ‘Self Licking Ice Cream Cone’
Big brass and government executives play both sides of the military revolving door, including "the only adult in the room."
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Posted: Jan 4, 2019 - 1:45pm

On Banana Republics
Bluntly stated, the politicization of the American military had already advanced a good deal before Trump became president. Today, the politicization process is on steroids.
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Posted: Dec 20, 2018 - 11:20am

Our Poor, Defenseless Military Industrial Complex
Media decry ‘inadequate’ US military budget that rivals rest of world combined
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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:56am



 kurtster wrote:

That is what I thought, too.


Yeah a sub would be worse, clausta, can we say claustrophobia while tripping ?  
{#Eek}


I used to have a Merchant Marine card, never went out though.  A close friend did sail on the ore boats up here on the GL's.  One winter, he had the ship watcher job for his boat as it was tied up for the winter here in Cleveland sometime in the mid 70's.  I spent lot's of time onboard that winter.  From stem to stern.  Flipping dangerous just being there, straight and sober.  Spooky, too, but that's another story ...  And then to be on something ginormous, operational, fully manned and underway, tripping ?  No way in hell.  Rather trip at Disneyland and that is not all it's cracked up to be, either.  Been there, did that ...

and that clip of Dragnet, yikes !
 
  Yeah, Reagan on acid would've been something:  "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this magic, glowing wall before the multicolored sounds pouring out of it come and take away the pretzels."
  I have a cousin who spent most of his Navy career on submarines, mostly under the Arctic ice, playing hide-and-seek with Russian (then-Soviet) subs.  He said there were very prolonged periods of time (days?) where no one was allowed to speak or make any kind of sounds.  They used all kinds of hand signals and many of them learned American Sign Language.  I imagine using LSD would not have been a good idea.
  I'd forgotten how much out-and-out nonsense was spouted out by Joe Friday.  It's funny these days to see it, but a lot of people believed him back then.

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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:51am

 kurtster wrote:

Geez, not as bored as you.  Your news feeds or whatever it is that you indulge yourself in must be overwhelming.

But tripping on an ACC ?  You've got to be kidding.  I couldn't think of a worse place just because of what it is.  Last place I would even think of tripping.

 
Actually this is a problem, we do NOT need active duty military tripping.  It was a bad idea when it was administered to the soliders by the military and it is a bad idea for them to take it on their own. {#Eek}
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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:50am



 R_P wrote: :
"Hey dude, what does this shiny red button do?"
  
 
 It turns green. NO WAIT! Purple. Yeah.




 


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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:24am

 Proclivities wrote:


 kurtster wrote:

Geez, not as bored as you.  Your news feeds or whatever it is that you indulge yourself in must be overwhelming.

But tripping on an ACC ?  You've got to be kidding.  I couldn't think of a worse place just because of what it is.  Last place I would even think of tripping.
 
A submarine is probably worse, but still...  When I first read that headline I had forgotten what the thread topic was and briefly thought it was about some new information which surfaced about Ronald Reagan having used LSD while he was President.


 
That is what I thought, too.

Yeah a sub would be worse, clausta, can we say claustrophobia while tripping ?  {#Eek}

I used to have a Merchant Marine card, never went out though.  A close friend did sail on the ore boats up here on the GL's.  One winter, he had the ship watcher job for his boat as it was tied up for the winter here in Cleveland sometime in the mid 70's.  I spent lot's of time onboard that winter.  From stem to stern.  Flipping dangerous just being there, straight and sober.  Spooky, too, but that's another story ...  And then to be on something ginormous, operational, fully manned and underway, tripping ?  No way in hell.  Rather trip at Disneyland and that is not all it's cracked up to be, either.  Been there, did that ...

and that clip of Dragnet, yikes !
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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:14am

 kurtster wrote:
Geez, not as bored as you.  Your news feeds or whatever it is that you indulge yourself in must be overwhelming.

But tripping on an ACC ?  You've got to be kidding.  I couldn't think of a worse place just because of what it is.  Last place I would even think of tripping.
 
Overwhelming with stupidity...

"Hey dude, what does this shiny red button do?"
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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:11am



 kurtster wrote:

Geez, not as bored as you.  Your news feeds or whatever it is that you indulge yourself in must be overwhelming.

But tripping on an ACC ?  You've got to be kidding.  I couldn't think of a worse place just because of what it is.  Last place I would even think of tripping.
 
A submarine is probably worse, but still...  When I first read that headline I had forgotten what the thread topic was and briefly thought it was about some new information which surfaced about Ronald Reagan having used LSD while he was President.

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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 11:01am

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Bored?
Officials: Ronald Reagan LSD probe bigger than you think, 14 nuke sailors snagged
Fourteen sailors from the nuclear reactor department of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan face disciplinary action in connection to LSD abuse, Navy officials confirmed this week.


 
Geez, not as bored as you.  Your news feeds or whatever it is that you indulge yourself in must be overwhelming.

But tripping on an ACC ?  You've got to be kidding.  I couldn't think of a worse place just because of what it is.  Last place I would even think of tripping.
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Posted: Nov 7, 2018 - 10:41am

Bored?
Officials: Ronald Reagan LSD probe bigger than you think, 14 nuke sailors snagged
Fourteen sailors from the nuclear reactor department of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan face disciplinary action in connection to LSD abuse, Navy officials confirmed this week.

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Posted: Nov 1, 2018 - 1:31pm

Pentagon Socialism
Militarizing the Economy in the Name of Defense

Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he's (gasp!) a socialist in the making.

His plan is now visibly taking shape — one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of  Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who happens to also be the key architect of the president’s trade wars.

Navarro, however, can hardly take sole credit for the administration’s latest economic plan, since the lead agency for developing it was also the most interested of all in the project, the Pentagon itself, in particular its Office of Defense Industrial Policy. In addition, those producing the report did so in coordination with an alphabet soup of other agencies from the Department of Commerce to the Director of National Intelligence.  And even that’s not all.  It’s also the product of an “interagency task force” made up of 16 working groups and 300 “subject matter” experts, supplemented by over a dozen industry “listening sessions” with outfits like the National Defense Industrial Association, an advocacy organization that represents 1,600 companies in the defense sector.

Before jumping into its substance and implications for the American economy and national defense, let me pause a moment to mention two other small matters.

First, were you aware that the Pentagon even had an Office of Defense Industrial Policy? It sounds suspiciously like the kind of government organization that  engages in economic planning, a practice anathema not just to Republicans but to many Democrats as well.  The only reason it’s not a  national scandal — complete with Fox News banner headlines about the  end of the American way of life as we know it and the coming of creeping socialism — is because it’s part of the one institution that has always been exempt from the dictates of the “free market”: the Department of Defense.

Second, how about those 300 subject matter experts? Since when does Donald Trump consult subject matter experts?  Certainly not on climate change, the most urgent issue facing humanity and one where expert opinion is remarkably unified. The Pentagon and its contractors should,  however, be thought of as the ultimate special interest group and with  that status comes special treatment. And if that means consulting 300  such experts to make sure their “needs” are met, so be it. (...)

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Posted: Oct 19, 2018 - 7:37pm

A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers To Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be The Future Of War.
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Posted: Jun 13, 2018 - 6:10pm

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So, one sick fucker.
 
Nah, it's never just one (there are multiple people on that vehicle). Also, the fact being that "it is understood that further images of the flag in Afghanistan have also been circulated among Australian soldiers."
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Posted: Jun 13, 2018 - 6:05pm

 R_P wrote:

The photograph shows the large swastika emblem hoisted over an Australian military vehicle.

Two separate Defence sources have identified a particular soldier as the individual who took the flag to Afghanistan.

The ABC has seen a second photograph of the flag, and it is understood that further images of the flag in Afghanistan have also been circulated among Australian soldiers.

One Defence source who was aware of the flag being flown in Afghanistan in 2007 said it was a "twisted joke", rather than evidence or an expression of genuine neo-Nazism.

The source claimed the flag was up for a "prolonged period".

In response to questions from the ABC, a Defence spokesperson said: "Defence and the ADF reject as abhorrent everything this flag represents. Neither the flag nor its use are in line with Defence values.

"The flag was briefly raised above an Australian Army vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007.

"The commander took immediate action to have the offensive flag taken down. (...)



 
So, one sick fucker.
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Posted: Jun 13, 2018 - 5:06pm

The photograph shows the large swastika emblem hoisted over an Australian military vehicle.

Two separate Defence sources have identified a particular soldier as the individual who took the flag to Afghanistan.

The ABC has seen a second photograph of the flag, and it is understood that further images of the flag in Afghanistan have also been circulated among Australian soldiers.

One Defence source who was aware of the flag being flown in Afghanistan in 2007 said it was a "twisted joke", rather than evidence or an expression of genuine neo-Nazism.

The source claimed the flag was up for a "prolonged period".

In response to questions from the ABC, a Defence spokesperson said: "Defence and the ADF reject as abhorrent everything this flag represents. Neither the flag nor its use are in line with Defence values.

"The flag was briefly raised above an Australian Army vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007.

"The commander took immediate action to have the offensive flag taken down. (...)


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