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Mar 27, 2020 at 01:27.

Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

The U.S. Space Force is scheduled to launch its first mission to space in a two-hour window beginning at 2:57 p.m. ET on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, sending a communications satellite into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite onboard (AEHF-6) is the last in a $15 billion program and will be used to...

Mar 19, 2020. 11 comments

Navy Hospital Ships Promised by White House May Take Days to Weeks to Launch

Navy Hospital Ships Promised by White House May Take Days to Weeks to Launch

Two U.S. Navy hospital ships Donald Trump said are in “tip top shape” and would be deployed “in the next week or so” to assist the response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are actually undergoing maintenance and are not currently staffed with medical crews, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

According to Bloomberg, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that the USNS Mercy and Comfort...

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Mar 13, 2020. 19 comments

Leak Exposes U.S. Navy Sailor as Once-Prolific Recruiter for Neo-Nazi Group

Leak Exposes U.S. Navy Sailor as Once-Prolific Recruiter for Neo-Nazi Group

Hate forums and social media platforms have likely made it easier for atomized white supremacists and neo-Nazis to find like-minded individuals, laying the base for a resurgence in far-right organizing and violence. But that’s come with a price: a lengthy online trail that makes it difficult to stay anonymous. Leaks and loose tongues can let slip information that can be paired with...

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Feb 25, 2020. 7 comments

Julian Assange Lawyers to Argue Trump's New Intel Chief Sought Shady Extradition Deal

Julian Assange Lawyers to Argue Trump's New Intel Chief Sought Shady Extradition Deal

Defense lawyers for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder facing possible extradition to the U.S. from the UK on 18 charges related to his leaks of U.S. military and security secrets, plan to argue they have evidence new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell abused his power to interfere in the case on behalf of Donald Trump, Politico reported on Monday.

In 2010, Assange...

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Feb 14, 2020. 12 comments

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

Amazon Wins Court Injunction, Halting Work on $10 Billion JEDI Contract It Lost to Microsoft

A federal judge just put the brakes on a major military contract after Amazon argued it only lost out to rival Microsoft because the president wanted to “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos .

This injunction marks the latest development in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project’s ongoing saga. The contract—an up to $10 billion purchase order to set up cloud computing services for the...

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Jill Pantozzi Jill Pantozzi Jan 25, 2020. 13 comments

Leave Star Trek Alone, You Piece of Shit

Leave Star Trek Alone, You Piece of Shit

The similarities between Donald Trump’s newly revealed United States Space Force logo and the logo for Star Trek’s Starfleet are uncanny.

He’s made pop culture references plenty of times before but whoever “designed” this logo may be hearing from CBS or Paramount pretty soon.

Yes, while the Air Force Space Command has utilized a delta symbol previously, the image Trump posted is a lot...

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Jan 23, 2020. 15 comments

What the Bloodshot Movie Needs in Order to Stand Out and Succeed

What the Bloodshot Movie Needs in Order to Stand Out and Succeed

It isn’t hard to understand the calculus behind multiple studios’ years-long attempts at turning characters from Valiant’s comics universe  into the next big-screen draw. Comic book movies can and often do make outrageous amounts of money because people like watching them. But with each new super solo movie and big crossover event, the core ask—“Hey, come see this movie”—becomes a little bit...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 14, 2020. 17 comments

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

Report: 51 Members of Congress and Their Spouses Collectively Own Millions in Defense Stocks

51 members of Congress or their spouses own between $2.8 million to $5.3 million worth of stock in the top 30 defense contractors worldwide, Sludge reported on Monday, thus placing them in a position to potentially profit from the U.S. military contracting process or wars waged with the firms’ equipment.

According to Sludge, the data was compiled by having a bot sift through financial...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

U.S. Confirms Iranian Missile Strikes on Iraqi Bases Housing U.S. Troops

The Department of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the Iranian military retaliated against the Trump administration’s assassination of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani last week, launching “more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.”

According to the Pentagon, at least two bases where U.S. military personnel are...

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Jan 07, 2020. 23 comments

It's Time to Stop Using Police Dogs

It's Time to Stop Using Police Dogs

One overcast day in February 2016, a massive police motorcade coursed through Pittsburgh. Hundreds of officers mourned one of their own—Officer Aren, a five-year-old German Shepherd, a four-year veteran of the city’s Port Authority force.

The dog had died from stab wounds. Days earlier, 37-year-old Bruce Kelly, Jr., a Black Baltimore resident, was reportedly drinking in a park gazebo with his...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 03, 2020. 24 comments

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

Everything That Happened in Iran While You Were Sleeping

The U.S. assassinated a high-ranking Iranian official in a targeted airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq early Friday, local time. The strike killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as at least seven other people. And now there’s concern that the killing could spark a significant military response from Iran.

President...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 03, 2020. 12 comments

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

Former Google Exec Says He Was Forced Out for Opposing Company's Pivot to Evil

A onetime top Google executive, former head of international relations Ross LaJeunesse, is now publicly alleging that the company abandoned its “Don’t be evil” ethos because it was more interested in chasing “bigger profits and an even higher stock price.”

LaJeunesse, who is now running for Senate as a Democrat in Maine, is one of the most senior current or former Googlers to have spoken out...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Dec 26, 2019. 21 comments

Pentagon Warns Military Members Against At-Home DNA Tests

Pentagon Warns Military Members Against At-Home DNA Tests

There’s a lot of reasons why you should probably chuck that DNA kit you got for Christmas in the trash. That’s doubly true for military personnel, the Pentagon warned in an internal memo.

The memo, which was initially obtained by Yahoo News, notes that mail-in consumer DNA kits, like 23andme or Ancestry, could pose a security risk. “Exposing sensitive genetic information to outside parties...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 21, 2019. 12 comments

'Anonymized' Location Data Leak Allows Reporters to Quickly Track Trump's Secret Service Detail

'Anonymized' Location Data Leak Allows Reporters to Quickly Track Trump's Secret Service Detail

New York Times reporters working on an investigation into the sprawling location data business—in which the paper obtained a three-year-old file containing 50 billion location pings for over 12 million Americans—were able to track the movements of a member of Donald Trump’s Secret Service security detail. And thus, the Times reporters were able to track the movements of the President of the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 17, 2019. 20 comments

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Defense Department, Army Units Post Glossy Photo of Nazi War Criminal to Facebook

Today in extremely bad decisions: The Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and XVIII Airborne Corps uploaded the same glossy, artificially colorized headshot of reviled war criminal and Waffen-SS officer Joachim Peiper to Facebook on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported.

The posts were ostensibly part of a series commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon Says It Lost $10 Billion Military Contract Because Trump Wanted to 'Screw' Jeff Bezos

Amazon thinks it lost a military cloud computing contract worth $10 billion to rival Microsoft because our vendetta-addled president wanted to personally “screw” CEO Jeff Bezos, court documents show.

Per the New York Times, Amazon wrote in a federal court complaint unsealed on Monday that Pentagon officials reviewed outdated Amazon submissions for the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 21, 2019. 13 comments

Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

A glaring lack of right-to-repair protections touches just about everyone, from consumers to farmers and independent repair shops. But a new op-ed explains how this form of corporate greed even impacts the United States military.

Captain Elle Ekman, a logistics officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, penned an opinion column on the right-to-repair issue within the military for the New York Times....

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Oct 26, 2019. 14 comments

Microsoft Beats out Amazon for Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract

Microsoft Beats out Amazon for Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Computing Contract

The Pentagon’s $10 billion deal to provide cloud computing services to the Department of Defense officially went to Microsoft Friday. The news came as an upset to Amazon, whose competing bid appeared to be the frontrunner for most of the contract’s deliberations. Throughout the yearlong process, President Donald Trump has repeatedly rebuked Amazon’s prospects, which seems in part an...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Oct 23, 2019. 13 comments

Raytheon Delivers First Anti-Drone Laser Weapon to U.S. Air Force

Raytheon Delivers First Anti-Drone Laser Weapon to U.S. Air Force

Raytheon has announced that it delivered the first publicly acknowledged anti-drone laser weapon to the U.S. Air Force earlier this month. The military contractor said the Air Force will deploy the weapon in a year-long experiment overseas in order to train people how to use it and test its effectiveness out in the real world.

Drones, also known within the military community as unmanned aerial...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Oct 11, 2019. 19 comments

Dallas Cop Seen Wearing Punisher Logo During Altercation at Community Oversight Meeting

Dallas Cop Seen Wearing Punisher Logo During Altercation at Community Oversight Meeting

At the first public meeting of Dallas’s newly formed Community Police Oversight Board earlier this week, dozens of residents who came to share their concerns about law enforcement were surprised to learn the board had no intention of letting anyone from the community actually make a comment. And at least one officer wearing the symbol of a murderous comic book vigilante was there to help...

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