Category Archives: Military

What If We Funded Science The Way We Funded The Pentagon?

Or maybe we shouldn’t. Anyway, Dave Lindorff describes just how screwed up the Pentagon budgeting ‘process’ is (process is scare quotes because process implies some sort of nominally rational and comprehensible process; boldface mine): On November 15, Ernst & Young … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Military | 1 Comment

“He Knew What He Signed Up For”

Yes, Il Trumpe actually said that to a grieving war widow. First, it just shows that Trump isn’t just a narcissist, but that he, due to his wealth and privilege, has not had to hide his narcissism for a very … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Resistance Rebellion And Death | 1 Comment

Military Lernerism

I’m calling this military Lernerism and not military Keynesianism, because there’s a difference. Many people understand what military Keynesianism is–or for that matter, Keynesianism in general. When times are bad, deficit spend to put people back to work and stimulate … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Military | 6 Comments

Sunday Sermon: The Guarantor Of Freedom

David Zirin commenting on Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem (boldface mine): This country—despite its awful treatment of soldiers when they return home—worships the cult of the military. And professional sports—especially the NFL—have played a central role. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Military, Propaganda, Sportsball! | 5 Comments

Putting Defense Accounting Problems Into Scientific Context

What’s $62.4 billion among friends (boldface mine)? The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced…. The report affirms a 2013 … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, Funding, Military

On Sacrifice

From a long, must-read essay by Ben Fountain (boldface mine): Is this the politics we deserve? “Stupidity is the American disease,” said Norman Mailer, though maybe it’s not so much stupidity as fantasy, a determinedly infantile notion of what it … Continue reading

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These Men Of The Library of Congress

Observed at the Library of Congress, D.C.: At the time, World War I was the World War. Then:

Posted in DC, Libraries, Military