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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 10:26

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs

A deal between Swedish defence giant Saab and Sweden's military for two submarines worth 8.6 billion kronor ($1.04 billion) is set to boost jobs in the Nordic country, chief executive Håkan Buskhe said on Tuesday.

Jun 30 09:51

Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

“The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.”

The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35?—?which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history’s most expensive weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians and Chinese are building weapons, while the US military industrial complex builds profit-centers (that just happen to have wings, hulls, or treads!

Jun 30 09:49

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Jun 30 09:24

WWII did not get the US out of the Great Depression. And WW 3 Won’t “Help” the Current Global Financial Meltdown…

Jun 30 09:22

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

What the Greek people can turn to is a realistic and altogether more democratic and humane option – of demanding their country slash its monstrous military spend.

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jun 30 08:35

Cameron threatens RAF bombing raids against Islamic State in Syria: PM says response in wake of Tunisian beach massacre must involve 'military solutions'

RAF raids on Islamic State could be extended to its Syrian strongholds, David Cameron suggested yesterday.

The Prime Minister said ‘military solutions’ must form part of the response to IS in the wake of the Tunisian beach massacre. ‘We do need to crush IS in Iraq and Syria,’ he told MPs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the purpose of the Tunisia false-flag was to escalate the conquest of Syria and the breakup of Iraq!

Jun 30 00:40

Massive train full of military equipment seen heading into “hostile” Salt Lake City, Utah ahead of Jade Helm 2015

In the last three months we have seen dozens upon dozens of suspicious military equipment movements throughout the country coupled with numerous urban military training drills with a strong domestic focus.

Jun 29 16:11

‘Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic’

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration’s top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them. As White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, who oversaw the selling of the invasion, put it at the time, "From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August."

Jun 29 14:53

Army Reserve recruiting targets ‘unachievable’ – watchdog

Army reservist recruiting targets, which had been upped to account for cuts to the regular military, are ‘unachievable’ despite an expensive recruiting drive by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to the Major Projects Authority (MPA).

Jun 29 12:48

Predictable: DHS and FBI Warn Against Possible 4th of July Terror Attacks

Apparently “they” still hate us for our freedom.

According to USA Today, despite any specific, credible threat (as usual), local law enforcement agencies across the country have been warned about the potential for possible terror attacks this Independence Day.

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Jun 29 12:36

The Children of Gaza’s Harrowing Cry for Help

A year after Israel’s attack on Gaza, children there are still trying to recover from the consequences of the brutal assault on the Strip. The Israeli attack, which started on 8 July 2014, resulted in between 2,142 and 2,310 Gazans deaths. According to the Gaza Health Ministry and to the UN and human rights groups, 69-75 percent of the Palestinian casualties were civilians, many of them children.

Jun 29 09:57

US Needs War Every Four Years to Maintain Economic Growth – Belgian Analyst

During 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has not forgotten even for a moment about the idea of an attack on Russia, Belgian political scientist and director of geopolitical research center Euro-Rus Kris Roman said in an exclusive interview with Regnum.
"But they had no pretext. Now, due to the chaos in Ukraine, this opportunity appeared and it is actively developed. The older generation, which had been brought up on the propaganda against the Soviet Union, has already accepted the idea of ??an inevitable conflict with Russia," Roman said.

The Belgian expert believes that with the collapse of the USSR, NATO should have stopped existing, but somehow the alliance "has grown to the size of the Universe because the motto 'The Russians are coming!' is relevant again."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Kris Roman; there are more Americans (even some of us "older coots") who have "stopped drinking the Koolaid" on US government narrative on foreign policy, and do not believe a word the government says to them, or the world, for that matter.

There were things Karl Marx said that are, to be honest, cringeworthy, but his statement that "all wars are economic" was deeply insightful.

Jun 29 09:21

'Cash Strapped' VA Forgot It Had $43.1 Million Stashed Away

When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.The latest example: In 2011, the VA set $43.1 million aside to produce brochures informing veterans about their benefits, then forgot about it. The money went unspent for three years and now might be lost for good.
An internal audit released earlier this month said, "A breakdown of VA fiscal controls and a lack of oversight led to the parking of funds . .. and the failure to detect and properly use and manage these funds."
That breakdown in fiscal controls seems to be endemic at the VA.
This week, in fact, the VA is telling Congress that it needs $2.6 billion in funds to cover its "unexpectedly" high health costs, and if it doesn't get the money, it might have to start furloughing medical personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely UNBELIEVABLE!!

The people who did this should be found out, charged, convicted by a jury of their peers, and spend a LOT OF TIME in prison, and not at a Club Fed.

No matter how much I may hate these pre-emptive wars in which the US government seems to be so directly complicit, our Vets should get the best quality of care possible, period, end of discussion.

Jun 28 13:16

The Man in the High Castle - Trailer

I question the timing of the release of this Philip K. Dick adaptation. Seriously; people are easily swayed by mere entertainment. (Reefer Madness and the drug war? Top Gun and U.S. Navy recruitment surge?)

Just replace the Nazis with the Russia and the Japan with China. Are Americans being prepared for a possible scenario where the United States loses the next world war?

Jun 28 09:04

Officials warn of possible terror attacks this July 4th in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a bulletin to U.S. law enforcement agencies and educational institutions Friday warning of a potential terror attack or series of attacks inside the U.S. on Independence Day.

Jun 28 07:25

On This Day in History - Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

In an event that is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is shot to death along with his wife by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on this day in 1914.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the war started between Austria-Hungary and Serbia , it quickly shifted to focus on Germany, whose industrial capacity was seen as an economic threat to Great Britain, who saw the decline of the British Pound as a result of too much emphasis on financial activity to the neglect of agriculture, industrial development, and infrastructure (not unlike the present day United States). Although pre-war Germany had a private central bank, it was heavily restricted and inflation kept to reasonable levels. Under government control, investment was guaranteed to internal economic development, and Germany was seen as a major power. So, in the media of the day, Germany was portrayed as the prime opponent of World War One, and not just defeated, but its industrial base flattened. Following the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was ordered to pay the war costs of all the participating nations, even though Germany had not actually started the war. This amounted to three times the value of all of Germany itself. Germany's private central bank, to whom Germany had gone deeply into debt to pay the costs of the war, broke free of government control, and massive inflation followed (mostly triggered by currency speculators) , permanently trapping the German people in endless debt.

When the Weimar Republic collapsed economically, it opened the door for the National Socialists to take power. Their first financial move was to issue their own state currency which was not borrowed from private central bankers. Freed from having to pay interest on the money in circulation, Germany blossomed and quickly began to rebuild its industry. The media called it "The German Miracle". TIME magazine lionized Hitler for the amazing improvement in life for the German people and the explosion of German industry, and even named him TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1938.

Jun 27 17:18

The Delphi Declaration – Paul Craig Roberts

The Delphi Declaration asks the European peoples, especially the Germans, to do the right thing and object to the plunder of Greece by the One Percent.

This appeal to goodwill is likely to fall on deaf ears even though the pillage of Greece will create a precedent that can then be applied to Italy, Spain, France, and even Germany.

European governments, European institutions and the IMF, acting in close alliance, if not under direct control of big international banks and other financial institutions, are now exercising a maximum of pressure, including open threats, blackmailing and a slander and terror communication campaign against the recently elected Greek government and against the Greek people.

Jun 27 17:13

Greece – The Delphi Declaration

The world must realize that the so-called troika – IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission, is literally blackmailing Greece and subjecting her to outright economic torture.

During the weekend of 20 and 21 June 2015 a forum of international scholars, scientists, economists, sociologists, political analysts – met in Delphi Greece to discuss Greece and Europe.

The organizers were the so-called “Delphi Initiative”, sponsored by the Lyssarides Foundation in Cyprus, the Greek Institute for Research on Political Strategies, the Russian Institute for Globalization and Social Movements, and the Forum Mondial des Alternatives, France.

The world must realize that the so-called troika – IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission, is literally blackmailing Greece and subjecting her to outright economic torture.

Jun 27 14:38

Latin American Revolutions Under Attack

The World is Turning, Don't Let it Turn Away

Do not take the Latin American revolutions for granted.

They inspired the entire Planet. They brought hope to every corner of our scarred Earth. But now they are themselves in need of our support.

All of revolutionary Latin America is “screaming”.

As I described in two of my recent books, “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”, the Empire is using similar destabilization strategy against all countries that are resisting its deadly embrace.

Jun 27 14:25

Lower US Flag on 4th of July

We need to do a lot more searching, a lot deeper digging, if we're going to root out and destroy the virus that has been killing us for centuries!

For over half a century, I’ve written articles against racism and war. I was shocked and I grieved to see what happened at the Charleston Emanuel Church. Quickly, the call went out: We need to have a “conversation” about race in America! And, almost as quickly: Take down the Confederate flag! But, let’s be very clear: the Confederate flag is NOT a central issue here.

On the 4th of July, when Americans raise their flags as a proud symbol of their “freedom,” will anyone dare to lower their flags to half-mast to commemorate the 60,000 Americans who died in a now-acknowledged “unnecessary” war in Vietnam– let alone the millions of Asians?

Would it be disrespectful even to suggest such a gesture?

Jun 27 12:47

US driving war policy towards Russia and China: Analyst

The United States and its allies are making unprecedented efforts to wage war against Russia and China in order to prevent them from creating a new political and economic order in the world, an activist and journalist in Washington says.

Jun 27 09:41

The Pentagon Slush Fund

Back in 1959, President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Khrushchev took a break
from their summit and walked in the woods around Camp David. Khrushchev, in
his memoirs, relates a conversation in which the president complains of how
hard it is to resist the military’s demands for more money.

Jun 26 14:56

America Is A Dangerous Flailing Beast

"When I think of America’s place in the world today, the image that comes to mind is of a very large animal, perhaps a huge bull elephant or even prehistoric mammoth, which long roamed as the unchallenged king of its domain but has become trapped by its own missteps, as caught in a tar pit or some quicksand, and it is violently flailing about, making a terrifying noises in its effort to free itself and re-establish its authority. Any observer immediately knows the animal ultimately cannot succeed but certainly is frightened by the noise and crashing that it can sustain for a considerable time."

Jun 26 13:32

Greece – the Way Out

The Greek people are being penalized for having had the audacity to elect a socialist government – How dare they! – That’s the verdict.

What the troika is doing to Greece these days is the pinnacle of financial terrorism.It is economic waterboarding. It is blackmailing of the first degree. These people are neoliberal fascists, putting the Greek government before a dilemma – ‘either you present us with an acceptable list of austerities, or we will prepare one for you’ – literally. An austerity plan you better accept, lest you may default and being expulsed from the European monetary union and maybe even the EU. That is their threat. That is what Brussels does to a brother; to one of theirs. There is not a shred of solidarity left in this miss-called ‘Union’. This ‘Union’ doesn’t deserve existing.

Jun 26 13:25

New 'Kill List' Documents Point Finger at UK and Australia in US Drone War

The UK and Australian governments may be complicit in the U.S.'s covert drone campaign in countries outside of recognized war zones, a new analysis of British intelligence documents published Wednesday reveals.

Jun 26 13:18

US Tanks rolling through Austria:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austria is neutral and not part of NATO. What the Austrian government is doing here is illegal.

Jun 26 11:37

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you

As of this week, leaders who know nothing about leading, thinkers who do not think and opinion-shaping poseurs such as Tom Friedman are confident enough in their case to sally forth with it: The Cold War returns, the Russians have restarted it and we must do the right thing—the right thing being to bring NATO troops and materiel up to Russia’s borders, pandering to the paranoia of the former Soviet satellites as if they alone have access to some truth not available to the rest of us.

James Stavridis, the former admiral and NATO commander, quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times: “I don’t think we’re in the Cold War again—yet. I can kind of see it from here.”

I can kind of see it, too, Admiral, and cannot be surprised: NATO has missed the Cold War since the Wall came down and the Pentagon’s creature in Europe commenced a quarter-century of wandering in search of useful enemies. At last, the very best of them is back.

Jun 26 09:11

Obama blatantly protecting Israel from justice for war crimes

The Obama administration is “hamstrung” by the Israel lobby into opposing a Palestinian bid to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Gaza, says an investigative journalist.

Jun 26 08:46

Pentagon Anti-Russia Propaganda Intensifies

A senior Pentagon official says Russia is "playing with fire" by threatening to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal in response to a rising military presence by the United States and its NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

Jun 26 05:32

ISIL: Made in Langley and propped up by Tel Aviv and Riyadh

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or “Daesh” as it is known in Arabic, or ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — preferred by Israel supporters because of the uncomforting similarity between “Israel” and “ISIL” – is part of another Central Intelligence Agency operation to artificially create a new “strategy of tensions” for the Eurasian and African land masses.

Jun 25 12:06

Jewish Groups Lead Push To Crack Open Doors to Syria

Of the four million Syrians who have fled their war-torn country in recent years, at least 135,000 of them require immediate resettlement.

But America has absorbed fewer than 1,000.

For Jewish activists pushing the government to shift gears, that feeble number and the accompanying bottleneck in resettlement of Syrian refugees are troubling reminders of their community’s own experience during World War II.
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Here it is again. Zionists push for war in Syria, destabilize the country, Jewish (and non-Jewish) war profiteers make money, Israel uses the situation to demand more "aid" money and weapons from the US, and Zionists push to undermine the homogeneity of Western nations by flooding them withe the "refugees" created by Zionist war mongering and covert ops. And the more "diverse" a country becomes, the harder it is to unite the people to resist Zionism and the death of the nation!

Jun 25 11:41

US Drone Program to Remain in Shadows as Obama Abandons Key Reform Promise

U.S. President Barack Obama has made a sharp U-turn on his two-year-old promise to move the CIA’s controversial drone program out of the “legal shadows,” according to new reporting by the Huffington Post.

Jun 25 11:27

Israel lobby pushing US to thwart nuclear deal with Iran: Analyst

The powerful Israel lobby in the United States is seeking to forestall a nuclear agreement with Iran and ignite another war in the Middle East, a political commentator in Los Angeles says.

“The problem that we have right now in America with people like John Kerry, the secretary of state, of course, is that you have a lot of Zionist influence, said James Morris, editor of America-hijacked.com, a blog charting the influence of the Jewish lobby.

“The Israel lobby is working overtime to try to get a war going with Iran,” Morris told Press TV on Thursday. “It seems that we are on a path to another war for Israel in the Middle East.”

Jun 25 11:27

American Abrams Battle Tanks Fire in Bulgaria for First Time

American battle tanks will be deployed to Bulgaria this weekend and conduct live-fire exercises across the Black Sea from Russia for the first time.

As part of a maneuver dubbed "Power Shock," the pair of M1A2 Abrams battle tanks are scheduled to be flown from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria. They'll be joined by 15 U.S. Army soldiers from the "Speed and Power" battalion out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The training exercise is part of a series of NATO war games taking place at Europe's eastern borders in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Earlier this week, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year.

Jun 25 09:50

Pentagon Plans Space-War Center to Defend Against Adversaries Russia, China

In its latest saber-rattling move, The Pentagon is ramping up efforts to build an space war headquarters, in order to protect US satellites from hypothetical attacks by Russia and China.

Jun 25 07:46

Journos listed as potential combatants in Pentagon’s updated ‘Law of War’

The Pentagon has released a book of instructions on the ‘law of war’, detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy.

Jun 25 07:07

FRENCH SPIES SECRETLY ORGANIZED AND FUNDED THE LIBYAN REBELS, ACCORDING TO CONFIDENTIAL EMAILS TO HILLARY CLINTON

French spies secretly organized and funded the Libyan rebels who defeated Moammar Gadhafi, according to confidential emails to Hillary Clinton that were made public on June 22. According to one entry from March 22, 2011, “officers” with the General Directorate for External Security — the French intelligence service — “began a series of secret meetings” with Jalil and Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis in Benghazi in late February and gave them “money and guidance” to set up the council, whose formation was announced Feb. 27. The officers, “speaking under orders from [Sarkozy] promised that as soon as the [council] was organized France would recognize [it] as the new government of Libya.”

Jun 25 06:44

U.S. Marines practice for mass casualty event in California as Jade Helm buildup continues

Over the last three months we have seen an unprecedented number of military movements and urban military training exercises throughout the country.

From local law enforcement training with the military for house to houses raids on the American people, to over two dozen reports of military equipment being moved into place throughout the country we are seeing what many believe to be an indisputable buildup towards a martial law scenario in the United States.

Jun 24 19:11

US Pushes Russia Towards War

This columnist recently said that “Russia Wins” in its handling of America’s attempt to eviscerate its influence and its economy. At the time those words were written Secretary of State John Kerry met with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. The meeting appeared to be an admission that the imperial power grab was not working out as Washington hoped. Among other things, Kerry was concerned that the Ukrainian tail was starting to wag the American dog.

Jun 24 18:13

Must Read: The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire

The diaries are a minute by minute collation of Israeli primeval war crimes and crimes against humanity in, what Hearst rightly labels Operation Stone Age – “The casualty rate grows steadily every day. More people are killed by single strikes in groups; in fives, sevens, nines. Individuals aren’t the targets, but residences, family houses. They’re bombed until there’s nothing left.”

Jun 24 14:39

WWII Vet Says He Had 36-Hour Ordeal During Travels

Look what American Airlines did to 91 yr old Battle of the Bulge veteran Neil French. On his way to the reactivation ceremony of his tank battalion, AA left him stranded and refused to help him get to this once in a lifetime event where he was to be the guest of honor.

feel free to share and call AA's representative and express your dissatisfaction:
Capt. Jim Palmersheim
Sr Mgr of Vets at Amarican Airlines
817-797-9538
Email shady27@aol.com

Jun 24 13:46

“No Boots on the Ground” and Other Fairy Tales

Last August the president began his air war against the Islamic State which controls two Iraqi provincial capitals and the city of Falluja. Obama declared that his purpose was to “dismantle” the I.S. By April of this year, the Pentagon’s 4,050 missile and bombing strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria had cost over $2.1 billion, over $8 million a day, but without any success.

Jun 24 11:51

US data hack is an excuse for new regulations on internet: Analyst

The US is trying to make an excuse to impose new regulations upon the internet in the wake of new revelations that the personal data of millions of government employees were affected by a cyber breach, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jun 24 11:38

Propaganda Reigns In The West

It is extraordinary that the cooperation between Russia and the US created over the decades by successive administrations, beginning with John F. Kennedy and culminating in the end of the Cold War with the Reagan-Gorbachev agreements, has been destroyed by a handful of American neoconservative warmongers in the past year and one-half. The achievement of a 40-year struggle wiped out overnight by a handful of insane warmongers who believe that Washington has a right to world hegemony.

Jun 24 10:25

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

The report into Israel’s war on Gaza last summer by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during Israel’s war on Gaza last summer.

Jun 24 10:22

COLOMBIAN ARMY KILLED HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS TO FAKE SUCCESSFUL BATTLES AND "BOOST BODY COUNT" IN WAR AGAINST REBELS

In a twisted attempt to show battlefield success against FARC rebels, the Colombian military killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians between 2002 and 2008, falsely depicting them as slain combatants, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Jun 24 09:10

US has been exposed as ‘murderous bully’: Anti-war activist

China is the only world power that can challenge American imperialism, an anti-war activist in Chicago says, adding that the US has been exposed as a “murderous bully.”

Jun 24 07:36

7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September“.

Not since the financial crash of 2008 have so many prominent people issued such urgent warnings about a specific time period. Almost daily now, really big names are coming out with chilling predictions about what they believe is going to happen during the second half of 2015. But it isn’t just that these people have a “bad feeling” about things.

Jun 24 07:31

More Dangerous than ISIS?

During the Cold War, American soldiers learned to fear the Soviet Union's advanced weaponry and fanatical communist foot soldiers. Where did we get this fear? Our leaders instilled it in us.

As it turned out, the fears were misplaced. We learned in the 1990s that most Soviet-era weapons threatened their hapless users far more than they would have hurt us. Some of our own equipment was not much better, frankly, despite costing exponentially more.

Jun 24 06:07

VIDEO: TERRIFYING COCKROACH BOT CAN SQUEEZE THROUGH TINIEST OF GAPS

Researchers have created a robot that can use its body shape to move through a densely cluttered environment.

Jun 23 15:20

Has Washington Gone Looney Tunes?First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/06/22/has-washington-gone-looney-tunes/

Given a series of recent speeches by leading US officials and actions, the question must be frankly posed: Has Washington gone collectively looney tunes? Even as the governments of the EU are moving to buck US pressures and ease the sanctions, the Obama Administration seems intent on marching in the direction of a nuclear confrontation with Russia. As the ancient Greek expression puts it, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad…” The following recent developments fit that pattern quite nicely, thank you.

Jun 23 13:17

US ‘created ISIL for sake of Israel’: Ex-CIA contractor

The United States is seeking to have a “never-ending war” in the Middle East which would make the countries there unable to stand up to Israel, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jun 23 11:00

For Obama, Any War Is Better Than No War

The White House recently announced that Obama has approved a plan to send 450 new troops into Iraq to fight ISIS. These “troops” aren’t ground troops, but instead are going in an adviser role to assist the Iraqi military.

Jun 23 09:53

Topless barbers trimming US sailors around the clock

TOPLESS female barbers have been working around the clock to cope with the numbers of American sailors suddenly in need of a hair cut.

Jasmine Robson runs topless hairdressing salon Barber Babes out of her adult entertainment venue The Grosvenor on George.

She said she must have been one of the first people to discover the sailors were coming to town over a week ago.

Jun 23 08:23

US ‘created ISIL for sake of Israel’: Ex-CIA contractor

The United States is seeking to have a “never-ending war” in the Middle East which would make the countries there unable to stand up to Israel, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jun 23 08:22

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe

NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000 troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will be stationed near Russian borders.

“NATO defense ministers ... [will] make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the 13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

The decision is to be officially announced during NATO’s defense ministers meeting on June 24-25 in Brussels.

Jun 23 07:12

‘Saudi Cables release is just one tenth of what we have’ – WikiLeaks to RT

Journalists have established the authenticity of the first tranche of the top secret Saudi documents published by WikiLeaks, as Saudi Arabia has warned not to distribute them, spokesperson for the WikiLeaks told RT adding that ‘it’s just the beginning.’

“We are seeing how the oil money is being used to increase influence of Saudi Arabia which is substantial of course - this is ally of the US and the UK. And since this spring it has been waging war in neighboring Yemen,” Icelandic investigative journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organization Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT.

Jun 23 05:39

US MILITARY TO DEVELOP STAR WARS-STYLE HOVERBIKES

The future is coming faster than we thought. Just months after a Back to the Future-influenced hoverboard hit Kickstarter(with an eye-watering pricetag of $10,000), the US defence department has announced plans to develop a Star Wars-style hoverbike.

Jun 22 16:10

WINK News Investigates: Unsanitary conditions at Tampa VA hospital

A hospital infested with roaches and rats is the latest in a series of problems for Veterans Affairs.

An email reveals dead rats and roaches turned up at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

The VA is claiming to address the problem, but the father of a local veteran who has a history with the hospital, is not expecting much to change.

Jun 22 15:59

Drone Pilots Are Exhausted and Suffering From PTSD

On Tuesday, The New York Times published the latest look at drone pilots. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operators are suffering such a high rate of exhaustion and stress that the US Air Force has been forced to cut drone missions down from a high of about 65 a week. They also currently have about 500 fewer pilots than they need.

Jun 22 14:09

‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis. What Happens Now?

There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.

Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Jun 22 13:47

WHY ARE WE BUILDING A RESEARCH CENTER FULL OF DEADLY DISEASES IN THE TORNADO CAPITAL OF THE WORLD?

If the foot-and-mouth virus—or any other airborne danger—escaped from the lab, the air currents would likely carry it beyond where it could cause harm. An out-of-the-way location makes sense because no lab is risk free. In 2007, for instance, the foot-and-mouth virus escaped from Great Britain’s Pirbright Institute, one of the world’s leading laboratories studying animal disease, and set off an outbreak at a nearby farm.

Jun 22 12:31

Marines looking to deploy on foreign ships because the U.S. doesn’t have enough

Anyone who thinks Barack Obama never saw a dollar he didn’t want to spend . . . OK, that’s probably true, but there are some reasons for spending a dollar for which he doesn’t have much use. And as we all know, the military is at the top of that list. Every dollar spent on the Armed Forces is a dollar Obama can’t spend regulating industry, having the IRS harass his political opponents or illegally subsidizing health care premiums.

So why build enough ships for the Marines to fulfill their responsibilities. President Leading From Behind doesn’t want the U.S. to be a global leader anyway, and hey, there’s always foreign ships! Maybe they can hitch a ride on them. Now this is the point where you probably think I’m slipping into the absurd to get your attention.

Jun 22 11:28

Invisible No More: US Stealth Subs to Lose Unbeatable Advantage

Almost 60 years ago US stealth submarines had become game-changers in underwater warfare, while the advent of nuclear propulsion allowed this craft to remain beneath the waves for protracted periods of time. No longer could anti-submarine forces rely on radio or radars in order to detect elusive US subs.

However, a new technological leap is about to upset the US Navy's applecart. Big Data, non-acoustic detection, and fire-control technology will allow hostile antisubmarine (ASW) forces to detect the traces of a US stealth sub, converting this information into tracking and targeting data.

Jun 22 11:21

US's Ashton Carter calls Putin 'malign influence' in Eastern Europe

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "malign influence" in Eastern Europe and said the Russian leader's vow to expand Moscow's cache of nuclear missiles was "loose rhetoric."

Jun 22 11:17

US, NATO Bracing for Long-Term Standoff With Russia Under Putin and Beyond

Instead of building bridges and accepting Russia's stance as having merit, the US and the North Atlantic Alliance have chosen to immerse themselves in shaping up for a lasting showdown with Moscow.

The standoff could last years or even decades, according to the Pentagon chief, who defended the US and NATO's intensified war-games, expanded military presence on the borders with Russia and increasingly belligerent rhetoric.

Jun 22 10:58

US stations 1,200 special forces in Asia-Pacific

The United States Pacific Command has stationed more than 1,200 special forces troops in the Asia-Pacific along with the latest advancements in weapons technology to contain China’s rising presence in the region, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

Jun 22 08:00

Trainload of up-armored Humvees with special COMM equipment linked to “Homeland Defense operations”

Up-armored “Humvees” and “Striker units” with a “peculiar satellite” installed on them, a “green dome antennae in the back,” were spotted on rail trains recently in both “Oregon” and “California,” according to a video posted by Dave Action Reporting on YouTube Monday.

Jun 22 07:51

Who Is a ‘Terrorist’?

The recent attack on a predominantly African-American church by a murderous
racist has provoked a passionate debate about who is – and is not – a “terrorist.”

Jun 22 07:03

Pentagon chief lauds US bid to store heavy weapons in Eastern Europe

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has lauded Washington’s decision to station heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe, and vowed the United States will defend its allies against Russia.

"The concept is to have sets of equipment principally to support training so that they are already located there, including heavy equipment," Carter said in an address in Berlin, Germany, on Monday. "There is the possibility also of more equipment being positioned for contingencies."

Jun 22 04:51

Jade Helm goes GLOBAL: Official start date coincides with Bohemian Grove Cremation of Care ritual

It now appears that Jade Helm has unofficially gone live a month early and has spread across the globe with numerous massive training exercises happening throughout the world.

Jun 21 13:54

Military chiefs secretly lobby Osborne to protest defense cuts

At a secret meeting Friday, defense chiefs are said to have lobbied Chancellor George Osborne to leave their offensive capacity intact rather than implementing deep spending cuts to military budgets, according to reports.

Jun 21 13:00

Trapping Russia to Prove a Negative

The prove-a-negative trap is the Big Lie technique of Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels: there is no substance to the allegations and there is no obligation to present evidence to verify, thanks to the dutiful and unquestioning nature of Western corporate “journalism”.

The United States and its Western allies are trying to ensnare Russia in an audacious disinformation trap over the Ukraine conflict. That trap involves imposing an insoluble conundrum on Vladimir Putin’s government, which we might call “prove a negative”. It is a familiar conceptual device that Washington has used elsewhere, against Iraq and Iran for example, in order to pursue what are otherwise illegitimate geopolitical aims.Russia is being held up as the guilty party that is undermining the shaky Minsk ceasefire; and Western economic sanctions are being extended “until Russia implements the ceasefire”.

Jun 21 12:03

US, Israel are world’s two leading terrorist organizations: Analyst

An American political commentator believes that the United States and Israel are undoubtedly the world’s “two leading terrorist organizations.”

Jun 21 10:44

War veterans oppose recruitment of minors

British war veterans launch a campaign against enlisting 16-year-olds into the military.

Jun 21 10:00

Farewell to Arms: Over 10,000 Soldiers Desert Ukrainian Army

Desertion galore: Ukrainian men understand the absurdity of the war their government is waging

More than 10,000 cases of desertion have been registered in the Ukrainian Army since the outbreak of the Donbass war in April 2014, Ukrainian Vesti reported.

Jun 21 09:56

The Myth of Global ‘Free’ Trade

The key to TTIP is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism that essentially gives corporations free reign to sue governments using a “failure to implement” provision, if state policies or legislation interfere with profits. But is this all about trade?

There was a direct, crucial “secret” agenda linking the G7 meeting in Germany and the Bilderberg meeting in Austria last week; the advancement of the virtually secret negotiations towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the massive free trade agreement between the US and the EU.

Even though the corporate powers behind TTIP are itching for a deal to be reached before the end of 2015, serious (negotiation) trouble remains.

Jun 21 09:50

Trump for President? — Paul Craig Roberts

This is not my endorsement of Trump for President. It is merely my speculations on how we might think of how large egos might be brought into our service.

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important country with the largest economy and military, the world’s only Superpower, the Uni-power,” you see a collection of nobodies. America is like the last days of Rome when contenting factions fought to put their puppet on the throne.

In actual fact, Trump might be our best candidate to date. By all accounts, he is very rich. Thus, he doesn’t need the office in order to become rich by selling out America to interest groups.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 21 07:10

Alex Jones warns ‘JADE HELM 15 not a drill’ but rather a “cover for military occupation”

On Saturday, June 20, radio talk show host and alternative news figurehead Alex Jones released an “emergency alert” videocast on YouTube stating that the “elite are now evacuating” the United States ahead of Jade Helm 15, which Jones now says is not a drill.

Jun 20 14:38

The Pentagon’s War Reluctance

Despite Republican pressure and State Department hawkishness, the Pentagon and the White House remain reluctant to dive deeper into the fight against the Islamic State, wishing to avoid U.S. combat casualties, writes Gareth Porter for Middle East Eye.

Jun 20 12:48

In the USA – “I Cannot Write!”

The West is finished, its culture dead. What is left is unattractive, even horrifying. There is no heart, no compassion, and no creativity.

It was the first time in many years that I had missed my column, my essays, for several weeks.

I was shocked by the state in which I found the United States.

I couldn’t breath. I lost the ability to write. I felt anger building inside me. The anger was suffocating, strangling me. It was unhealthy anger, mixed with frustration! It was not that sacred anger one feels when going to a battle against great evil. It was also somehow petty, indescribable, and pathetic. It was breaking me, humiliating me.

I hated the fights I had to fight here.

I tried to see the reality that was surrounding me with different eyes but wherever I looked I saw only a dysfunctional, sad, collapsing country and culture.

This visit broke me. It exhausted me. It thoroughly depressed me.

Jun 20 12:11

Divine Time Import – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

So let’s show some appreciation of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. When they separated religion and government, they had a strong and accurate sense of history. It was a good move, even if not a divinely inspired one.

Jun 20 12:02

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy

S Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as “threats” who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.

Jun 19 16:34

Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s Mr Zig-Zag

So, who is rattling sabres here?

Obviously, the NATO alliance is on a dangerous, threatening roll toward Russia’s borders. American-led war games, thousands of troops and tanks, missiles, warplanes and warships have proliferated at dizzying speed over the past year, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Currently, NATO is conducting its biggest-ever war manoeuvres in the Baltic region, and yet when Russia takes reasonable defensive measures, Stoltenberg accuses Moscow of sabre-rattling. Just this week, prior to the Russian ICBM announcement, the Pentagon told the Paris Air Show that it was considering the stationing of its new generation of stealth F-22 and F-35 fighter jets in Europe – another contravention in a whole series of audacious contraventions of the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act which forbids such NATO military expansion.

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 13:23

Icebergs ahead for expensive US, UK aircraft carrier projects

For $US 17 billion a pop ($US 13 billion if somebody else is paying for the research and development costs) you’d expect some big bangs for your buck.
In the case of the US Navy’s latest and most advanced supercarrier, the glossy brochure certainly makes the promises.

The first of this ultra-advanced class of ships, the USS Gerald R. Ford, has been delivered to the US Navy for testing.

he never-before seen electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) appears to be a bit dodgy.
It’s still experimental, you see. At some point it was decided to incorporate this cutting-edge technology into the ship even before testing and development work was completed.
Each of the planned four catapults is supposed to use electrically-controlled and generated magnets to sling 36 tonnes of heavily laden aircraft into the air.
Ten years later the ship’s ready. The electromagnetic catapult isn’t.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a snapshot of what is wrong with American defense technology.

But the defense industry lines the pockets of (alleged) congressional who tout their products to the Pentagon, and so we have this endless cycle of product failure, when the American military needs products to work the most.

When the Russians and Chinese build their weapons, they build them for far less money, but get a lot more bang to their buck, because there is an
expectation that the product will work as advertised.

Jun 19 12:34

Agent Orange victims in Air Force Reserves now eligible for compensation

One of the primary reasons why the cannabis plant is still vilified by many of the corporate fascists occupying D.C. is this: jailing people for pot is a highly profitable endeavor that makes for-profit prisons and the corporations that run them very rich. And on the dole of this corrupt gravy train is none other than Republican presidential hopeful (wishful thinker?)

Jun 19 11:02

Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia

The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles.

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The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own.

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I look around, both locally and at the mainland, and realize, painfully clearly, that We the People are getting looted to make more bombs, weapons, and planes which will not really make this country more secure in any tangible way.

The only things which will create safety for Americans are hard, good faith negotiations with countries this government doesn't really like, to create win-win situations, and the US not mucking about in other people's countries to attain resources to which the US government has no moral claim whatsoever.

Unfortunately, these are two courses of action this government is pathologically unable to navigate, and that reality will lead to either a complete financial breakdown in this country, or a world war.

I sincerely wish I could see the outcome differently, but right now, there appears to be no middle ground here.

Jun 19 08:27

Is Canada Preparing for War?

Canada has made it drastically harder to apply for citizenship. The curious issue is the bottom-line concerning the military. There never was a fast track in Canada if you served in their military. All of a sudden, they are now creating a fast track if you serve in the military after increasing the time requirement by 50%. Canada never beefed up its military. This is clearly a total change in direction.

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Canada is making the same mistake with their immigrants as the US is. No matter how much training you give these inductees, they lack the motivation to be effective fighters. Soldiers making war thousands of miles from home for a paycheck or a greencard are going to have a rough time against soldiers fighting for their homes and families within eyesight.

Jun 19 08:13

BEX ALERT - Global cost of war reaches $14 trillion, says report

More than $14 trillion (£8.9 trillion) was spent on international conflicts in the past year, according to a report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which found that Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were responsible for a surge in war deaths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Correction: The US interventions in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan etc. etc. etc. are responsible for a surge in war deaths. And I doubt the financial cost is that low.

Jun 19 07:53

Israel threatens military intervention in Syria's civil war

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has issued a veiled threat to intervene directly in Syria's civil war for the first time, after Syrian rebels surrounded a village occupied by the Druze minority close to the border.

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Oh yeah; we believe Israel is concerned about the Druze ... after we see how they treat the Palestinians! This is just Netanyahu grabbing more of other peoples' lands for Eratz Israel

Jun 19 07:24

Putin: Unilateral US withdrawal from ABM treaty pushing Russia toward new arms race

Global decisions like the US pulling out of a treaty banning strategic anti-ballistic missile defenses are pushing the world towards a new Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Military conflicts have a far lesser impact, he added.

“Not military conflicts but global decisions like the US unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty lead to a Cold War,” Putin said. “This more in fact pushes us to a new round of the arms race, because it changes the global security system.”

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Funny how the government insists that we all have to comply with the provisions of trade treaties negotiated in secret while at the same time they simply ignore treaties that get in the way of the war machine!

Jun 18 18:26

Decades On, US Will Pay Millions to Vietnam Vets Exposed to Agent Orange

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, American veterans are still feeling the effects. But on Thursday, the US government agreed to increase spending on a long-standing health concern, authorizing benefits to American veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Of the many atrocities inflicted by all parties involved in the conflict, one that has long gone under-addressed is the health effects suffered by active-duty soldiers due to their exposure to Agent Orange residue. A study released by the Institute of Medicine in January found that a number of airmen serving onboard Fairchild C-123 aircraft experience increased health problems due to the chemical agent, which was essentially poured across the jungle as a weaponized herbicide.

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After 40 years?!? Compensation and treatment should have been handled in less than 40 days, not years!!

Whatever I think of past or present wars, I want our Vets to always have the best possible medical care in the most timely manner possible.

Jun 18 16:35

“U.S. Dept. of Relocation” shipping containers found hidden away at State Fairgrounds, claims witness

Shockingly according to an eyewitness, who also captured his encounter at on film, a number of large blue shipping containers have recently shown up at “Expo Idaho” from the “United States Department of Relocation.”

Jun 18 15:34

Kids Are Paying the Price for Yemen’s War

Hisham Yahya, 13, is an eager student. As we sat in the large, empty yard of his school in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, with weapons debris scattered about, he said he missed going to class. “I just sit at home, it is so boring, and we have no electricity, nothing,” he said. “I want to go back to school so I can start learning again.”

Jun 18 15:19

Elite Financier George Soros Warns Of World War III: “Not An Exaggeration”

Until then, we may expect a continuation of hybrid warfare and the proliferation of proxy wars. As the world economy imploded in 2008 global financier George Soros worked feverishly on a book about the crash in which he detailed the specific actions that needed to be taken by governments and banking institutions to prevent a complete global meltdown. From bailouts to energy price hikes, his recommendations came to pass, almost exactly as he described them in The Crash of 2008 and What It Means.

Jun 18 14:39

Stumbling into a New Cold War

U.S. expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and last year’s U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine have drawn reactions from Moscow and now counter-reactions from Washington, including a plan to preposition U.S. military hardware in the Baltic States. But is that the best option, asks ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Jun 18 12:13

Elite Financier George Soros Warns Of World War III: “Not An Exaggeration”

Until then, we may expect a continuation of hybrid warfare and the proliferation of proxy wars.

Jun 18 11:05

BEX Alert!!! - "War declared on African Americans: US historian"

The massacre of 9 black people by a white gunman in South Carolina illustrates that Anglo-Americans are waging a "war” on African Americans, a researcher and historian in Washington says.

“There’s an existential hatred of African American people by tens of millions of people who are armed and dangerous in this country,” said Dr. Randy Short, a member of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization. “We have no help from nowhere except from God almighty.”

“You will see more African Americans slaughtered and killed,” Short said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday. “This was organized, this was a systematic attack.”

“War has been declared on African Americans by the Anglo-American, Nazi terrorist groups and our government is in denial,” he added.

Jun 18 08:46

USS George Washington: Brisbane braced for 6000 sailors to storm our pubs

PUBS in Brisbane are already turning red, white and blue in anticipation of a storm of sailors blowing through town looking for beers and a quick “pash and dash”.

It has already been dubbed “fleet week” by some publicans hoping to cash in on the 6000 US sailors stepping on to the city’s shores today looking to blow off steam after being cramped on board the USS George Washington.

Lusty locals looking for a little love with a man or woman in uniform are also being targeted in what is set to be a mini boom for the hospitality industry.

Jun 18 08:26

Canada's military chief apologizes for saying men are 'biologically wired' for sexual harassment

Canada's military chief has apologized for saying the prevalence of sexual harassment in the Canadian Forces is due to “biological wiring.” His comment drew outrage from politicians and those on social media.

Jun 18 08:23

U.S. military being forced to scale back drone bombing missions in Syria as pilots are facing burnout from video-game style warfare they are waging 7,000 miles away

Pilots of unmanned drone aircraft leading the assault on ISIS in Syria and Iraq are facing 'burnout' from flying so many missions.

Many are struggling to cope with the demands of sitting for up to 12 hours behind video game style console while waging war over 7,000 miles away.

The burnout and a shortage of trained drone pilots has meant the Pentagon has been forced to scale back the number of missions when they are needed most.

Jun 18 07:50

Almost 60-million people worldwide displaced by conflict in 2014: UN report

UNHCR estimated that a total of 59.5 million people worldwide had been displaced by conflict by the end of last year – including 38.2 million displaced within their own countries. That was up from 51.2 million in 2013 – the previous highest since the U.N. began collecting numbers in the early 1950s. Syria alone accounted for 11.6 million of those people, the biggest single figure.

Jun 18 07:42

U.S. Navy: Up to No Good?

Six months after abandoning its humanitarian but underperforming slogan, "America's Navy. A global force for good," the U.S. Navy is making an $84 million bet on a new, presumably more muscular advertising agency.

The Pentagon recently announced that Young and Rubicam, a slick Manhattan marketing firm, has won the Navy's advertising contract for its recruitment effort for one year. Y&R rival Lowe Campbell Ewald had been exclusively retained by the Navy for 15 years until it was ousted.

Dan Flint, a marketing professor at the University of Tennessee told The Intercept that the feel-good message "did not motivate young men and women to act — and worse it demotivated those who served."

Jun 17 15:41

Military Veteran Taken To Court By City Over ‘Off-Grid’ Lifestyle

“They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is, they said, it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt told WAFF48.

Jun 17 14:30

The Pentagon Doesn’t Know What it Spent 8.5 Trillion Dollars on

When government is completely dysfunctional and seems not to serve the people’s interests, we have to wonder where our tax dollars are going. Thanks to a Reuters investigation by Scot Paltrow, we have an answer—or, rather, a non-answer. Apparently, the Pentagon has made use of $8.5 trillion of our tax money handed over by Congress since 1996—but don’t ask what was done with the money. The Department of Defense doesn’t have a clue.

Jun 17 14:01

Tanks away: US company to sell handcrafted ‘luxury’ tanks

Off-road enthusiasts with money to burn will soon be able to buy luxury vehicles based on an actual military tank. Lacking armor or weapons, the civilian vehicle will offer speed, luxury and ability to go just about anywhere.

Jun 17 13:31

NO REALLY!? Global Peace Index report: ‘World is less peaceful today than in 2008?

Although worldwide peace levels were stable this year, the division between countries enjoying peace and those afflicted by conflict has increased, according to a report.

Jun 17 12:38

U.S. May Position for a War Against Russia

On Saturday, June 13th, The New York Times bannered, “U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe,” and Russia’s response to the announcement wasn’t long in coming.

The Russian equivalent of America’s Wall Street Journal and Britain’s Financial Times, which is Kommersant (or Businessperson), headlined on June 15th, “US may redeploy heavy weapons to the borders of the Russian Federation,” and reported that, “According to sources in the Russian Government, the implementation of this plan will force Moscow to post on the border with the Baltic countries Russia’s own offensive military capability that can destroy US facilities in the event of a hypothetical conflict.”

Jun 17 11:52

US Defense Increases Workforce by 20% at Submarine Nuclear Missile Tests

The US Navy's Trident II D5 Fleet Balistic Missile program in Florida will see 130 jobs provided by Lockheed Martin, the US defence contractor, over the next two years.

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