Category Archives: Military

Massachusetts Is Doing Defense Spending Wrong

I’ve never liked massive defense spending. In the best case scenario, the stuff we purchase ends up never being used, and, in the worst case, Little Lord Pontchartrain decides to invade the wrong fucking country. As macroeconomic policy, it creates … Continue reading

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The Other Problem With the State of the Union

While noting the contributions of injured servicemen has become a staple of State of the Union addresses, the way Cory Remsburg was treated struck a bad chord with me. I couldn’t quite find the appropriate words to describe why it … Continue reading

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60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

I’ve shot this flag on Acorn Street (Beacon Hill, Boston), but I never realized that it is the a flag of the 60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which only existed from 1864 – 1865 (no, that’s not a typo): The … Continue reading

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Old School Sex Ed

Thankfully, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore–for a lot of reasons: Stay away ladies….

Posted in Military, Public Health

Why the Pentagon Doesn’t Understand Rape (It’s the Predation, Stupid)

After reading about the hearings on military rape, it’s pretty clear that the U.S. military leadership, like too many men, is very confused about rape. Even among men who aren’t flat-out misogynist assholes (the assholes are self-explanatory), the motivations of … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

One flag for each resident of Massachusetts who died in war from the Civil War on (Boston Common): On Commonwealth Ave., a smaller memorial:

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Mental Trauma and a Different Kind of War

B. Christopher Frueh and Jeffrey Allen Smith ask this about mental trauma and the Civil War: One would assume that the physical price paid by the men who fought in the war would have a rough equivalent in the mental … Continue reading

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