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  • 'Haw! Get yersel' away’: Dancing tourist is scared off by a VERY Scots Guard after [tr]

    03/26/2017 4:37:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 25, 2017 | Scott Campbell
    This is the dramatic moment one of the Queen's Guards scared off a dancing tourist outside St James's Palace by shouting at him: 'Haw! Get yersel' away.' The soldier, who is thought to be part of the Scots Guard regiment, yelled the command in broad Scottish slang leaving viewers baffled.
  • Why do White House Roof Security Dress in Black?

    03/25/2017 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 66 replies
    Vanity...Just saw shot of White House, there are 8 S. S. guards on roof. Why are they in Black? They stand out as targets. Don't they have white (Winter) camo??? Sorry for Vanity..
  • VIDEO: U.S. Navy Tests ‘Star Wars’ Electromagnetic Rail Gun That Can Destroy Targets up [tr]

    03/24/2017 8:23:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Breitnart ^ | March 23, 2017 | Katherine Rogriguez
    The U.S. Navy is testing its new electromagnetic rail gun that military officials and researchers have described the as “Star Wars” technology. The weapon can destroy targets up to 125 miles away without stockpiling ammunition and fire projectiles that go 4,500 miles per hour, Newsweek reported.
  • US military tests new 'game-changer' electromagnetic railgun that can fire projectiles from (tr)

    03/23/2017 4:42:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 44 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 3/22/2017 | Kara O'Neill
    (full article title: US military tests new 'game-changer' electromagnetic railgun that can fire projectiles from ships at 4,500mph) The US military are in the process of testing a new electromagnetic gun that can fire ammo at 4,500mph. The Navy have developed a weapon that will use a ship's self-generated power to fire at long-range targets. This means that the electromagnetic railgun launcher uses electricity instead of chemical propellants. Magnetic fields created by high electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor, or armature, between two rails to launch projectiles at 4,500mph. The railgun is powered by electricity that has been generated...
  • vVeterans Must Comply or Else on Swampcare!

    03/22/2017 7:19:34 AM PDT · by momincombatboots · 51 replies
    Self | 3/22/17 | Self
    VETERANS! Start calling. Yesterday Trump and his Swampcare RINOS screwed your service. As of yesterday, if you are a Veteran who doesn't use the VA.. guess what, you lose your subsidy! Are illegals getting a better deal than Veterans.. Yes, as of yesterday. Share if you know a veteran.
  • Out of time in North Korea

    03/20/2017 5:46:33 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    There is a growing consensus that the first genuine crisis of Donald Trump’s presidency could involve North Korea and, more specifically, its ability to place a nuclear warhead on one or more ballistic missiles possessing sufficient range and accuracy to reach the continental United States. ..... One option would be simply to accept as inevitable continued increases in the quantity and quality of North Korea’s nuclear and missile inventories. The US, South Korea, and Japan would fall back on a combination of missile defence and deterrence. The problem is that missile defence is imperfect, and deterrence is uncertain. The only...
  • The Biggest Tank Battle in History Wasn’t at Kursk: The Battle of Brody in 1941 was bigger [tr]

    03/20/2017 6:14:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 20, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    A thousand coffee table books and countless hours of popular history programs have described the Battle of Prokhorovka, part of the Third Reich’s 1943 Operation Citadel, as the largest tank battle in history. Near the city of Kursk on the Eastern Front, hundreds of Soviet tanks slammed into the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in an enormous conflagration of flesh and metal.
  • N. Korean Rocket Engine Test (Photos) [Conducted on Mar. 18, 2017]

    03/19/2017 12:22:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Mar. 19, 2017
    Left: Mar. 18, 2017; Right: Sept. 20, 2016
  • A Country Just Used a Patriot Missile to Take Down a $200 Drone

    03/18/2017 7:24:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    Futurism ^ | Mar. 18, 2017 | Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser
    A Country Just Used a Patriot Missile to Take Down a $200 Drone by Dom Galeon and Kristin Houser Serious Overkill In a rather unusual show of force, a U.S. ally shot down a small quadcopter drone using a Patriot missile, according to Gen. David Perkins, speaking at the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force symposium. And it wasn’t a drill. “We have a very close ally of ours that was dealing with an adversary using small quadcopter [unmanned aircraft systems],” Perkins said. “They shot it down with a Patriot missile.” A Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM)...
  • Why Did These People Drive 1,000 Miles With A Body Stuffed In A Suitcase?

    03/17/2017 8:38:24 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 58 replies
    Investigation Discovery ^ | March 10, 2017 | Catherine Townsend
    PRAIRIE COUNTY, AK — Police in two states are trying to determine why two caregivers of an elderly man allegedly stuffed his body in a suitcase and then loaded him into a car and drove more than 1,000 miles from Syracuse, in upstate New York, to dump the corpse in an Arkansas rice field.
  • How the “Little Groups of Paratroopers” became airborne legends

    03/17/2017 6:27:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | Apr 8, 2016 | Logan Nye
    When paratroopers assaulted Sicily during the night of Jul. 9-10, 1943, they suffered some of the worst weather that could affect that kind of a mission. The men were supposed to conduct two airborne assaults and form a buffer zone ahead of the 7th Army’s amphibious assault on the island, but winds of up to 40 knots blew them far off course. The 3,400 paratrooper assault took heavy losses before a single pair of boots even touched the ground. But what happened next would become airborne legend, the story of the “Little Groups Of Paratroopers” or “LGOPs.” The LGOPs didn’t...
  • The PT-76 Was the Little Soviet Amphibious Tank That Could

    03/17/2017 6:09:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 17, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The PT-76 seems like a minor oddity of the Cold War — a Soviet amphibious light tank with thin armor and an unimpressive gun. Certainly it seemed bound for rough treatment on modern battlefields full of heavy weapons and heavier tanks. But the floating PT-76 chalked up a remarkable record, carrying knife-wielding Himalayan soldiers into battle, sinking gunboats on the Ganges Delta, dueling powerful U.S. Patton tanks in Vietnam, and launching amphibious surprise attacks on both sides of the same Middle Eastern war.
  • US soldiers train for jungle warfare in Hawaii rainforest

    03/16/2017 8:23:46 PM PDT · by fidelis · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | March 16, 2017 | Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army soldiers finished wading across a stream in a rainforest in Hawaii, and they were soaked. Their boots and socks were water-logged and their clothes, hair and ears were caked with mud. The soldiers were going through training at the first jungle school the Army has established in decades. The course is part of a program to train soldiers for exercises and potential combat on terrain that looks more like islands and nations in the Pacific than arid Afghanistan and the deserts of the Middle East. Brig. Gen. Stephen Michael, deputy commander of the 25th...
  • Iran's New Tank Is a Whole Lot of Meh: The Karrar main battle tank is a lot less [tr]

    03/16/2017 9:55:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 14, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    ran has announced a new indigenous main battle tank for its ground forces. The new Karrar tank is descended from an older Russian design and incorporates design elements from even older Western, including American, tanks. Despite the hype, Karrar is decades behind modern tanks and may not even enter production. In fact, it may not even exist as more than a hoax designed to get Iran a cheaper price for Russian armor.
  • Russia’s Most Formidable Nuclear Attack Submarine Is Almost Ready

    03/16/2017 7:36:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2017 | Dave Majumdar
    Russia is set to launch its second Yasen-class nuclear-powered attack submarine on March 30. Called Kazan, the new vessel is an upgraded Project 885M design that is in many ways much more capable than the lead ship of the class, K-560 Severodvinsk. “Kazan is expected to be rolled out and put afloat on March 30,” a Russian defense source told the Moscow-based TASS news agency.
  • The race to save footage of America's nuclear tests: Declassified clips of blasts [tr]

    03/16/2017 6:36:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Between 1945 and 1962, the United States conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests over remote sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. With several cameras to capture each detonation, the tests yielded roughly 10,000 recordings which have since been left to be slowly decay in high-security vaults. Now, researchers are working to scan the decomposing films so the footage can be reanalysed and declassified before it’s too late. So far, they’ve scanned about 4,200 recordings – and the effort has revealed that much of the original published data on the tests are wrong.
  • Bill Belichick is the narrator for a D-Day documentary

    03/15/2017 1:11:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | March 15, 2017 | Brett Smiley
    In late February the World War II Foundation announced that legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would narrate the group’s latest documentary “D-Day: Over Normandy,” and the trailer is in (watch above). Belichick is not known for his enthusiasm at news conferences and with media in general, but this project is different. The coach’s father, Steve, served in World War II, and Bill grew up at the United States Naval Academy, where Steve coached and scouted for the football program.
  • Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment

    03/14/2017 4:18:22 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 31 replies ^ | March 14, 2017 | Craig Whitlock
    During a port visit by the Blue Ridge to Manila in May 2008, for example, five of the Navy officers attended a “raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes,” at the Shangri-La Hotel, according to the indictment. The group allegedly drank the hotel’s entire supply of Dom Perignon champagne and rang up expenses exceeding $50,000, which Francis covered in full. On another port visit by the Blue Ridge to Manila in February 2007, Francis allegedly hosted another sex party for officers in the MacArthur Suite of the Manila hotel. During the party, “historical memorabilia related to General Douglas...
  • Nazi myth that the lightning flashes of the SS were 'ancient runes' is debunked [tr]

    03/14/2017 8:56:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 14, 2017 | Allan Hall
    he Nazis claimed the double lightning flashes of the SS were 'ancient runes' that extolled the supremacy of the German race. But a new TV documentary has debunked the myth, revealing that Heinrich Himmler paid Ł1 to an out-of-work illustrator to create them. Walter Heck designed the SS symbol in 1929 and is believed to have copied it from the signs on electricity pylons in the country at the time.

    03/13/2017 3:54:21 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 6 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | 13 March 2017 | National Day Calendar
    March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day. A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Oil, leather and rubber were rationed. Men were drafted. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies. And dogs were called to duty. During the first world war, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers and several other functions. Dogs for Defense was a program initiated by a private citizen by the name of Mrs. Alene Erlanger. Along with the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders, the group...
  • The SKS Is the Cockroach of Weapons

    03/13/2017 6:14:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 12, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The most iconic rifle of the 20th century is the AK-47. One of the most iconic rifles of World War II — granted, this is more debatable — is the Mosin-Nagant. Both were developed in Russia. The SKS, short for Self-Loading Carbine of the Simonov System, is the odd one out. Developed in the interim between the Mosin-Nagant and the AK-47, Sergei Simonov’s semi-automatic carbine had a mere 10-round internal box magazine, an improvement from the fundamentally 19th-century design of the five-round, bolt-action Mosin.
  • Moving Phantoms [USAF Capt. Lance Sijan’s F4 Phantom]

    03/11/2017 10:26:49 AM PST · by ken in texas · 11 replies
    Hemmings Daily ^ | 3/8/17 | William Hall
    Back in July, we reported on a car show fundraiser to help relocate Medal of Honor recipient USAF Capt. Lance Sijan’s F4 Phantom fighter jet memorial from its location at an abandoned Air Force base to a new site in Sijan’s hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the original story posted here, we included the extraordinary tale of Capt. Sijan’s bravery as a POW in Vietnam, but also as a red-blooded American boy with a love for Corvettes. The story struck a nerve with Hemmings readers who identified with the sacrifice Capt. Sijan and so many other young men made in...
  • Islamic State’s Strategy Involving Jordan and Israel

    03/10/2017 7:39:37 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Geopolitical Futures ^ | 9 Mar, 2017 | Kamran Bokhari
    IS may try to draw in Israel by threatening Amman. Given that the Islamic State is increasingly losing territory, the world’s focus is on the efforts to dislodge the jihadist regime from its capital in Raqqa. Most observers tend to view the anti-IS campaign as a linear process that over time will lead to the destruction of the jihadist entity. But it is dangerous to assume that IS will simply go quietly into the night. Jordan is one place where IS could strike in order to draw in the Israelis and thus complicate and widen the conflict. Israeli daily Haaretz...
  • How intelligence Works (When it Does)

    03/10/2017 4:58:39 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 6 replies
    Imprimis ^ | February 2017 | Herbert E. Meyer
    The performance of our country;\'s intelligence service is the latest example of an issue exploding into the headlines and becoming a shouting match, while failing to clarify anything about the issue. The explosion was ignited last fall by allegations that the Russians hacked into Hillary Clinton's campaign to help Donald Trump win the election.
  • Farewell, old friend: Touching moment Air Force dog handler hugs his dead....

    03/10/2017 1:02:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 10, 2017 | Abigail Miller For
    FULL TITLE: Farewell, old friend: Touching moment Air Force dog handler hugs his dead K-9 draped in an American flag moments before he was laid to rest A heartbreaking photo shows the moment an Air Force sergeant had to say goodbye to his K9 partner. Air Force sergeant Kyle Smith, from Gastonia, North Carolina, said that having to put Bodza down was one of the hardest things that he has ever done. He was euthanized on Thursday, and a military canine trainer draped a flag over his body. A photo shows Smith giving Bodza one final hug as he was...
  • Hampton Roads: Monitor vs. Merrimack March 9, 1862

    03/10/2017 1:28:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies ^ | Civil War Trust
    Seeking to interdict Federal naval operations in Hampton Roads, the ironclad CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimack) left its berth at Norfolk and steamed out to attack the nearby Union ships. Under the command of Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan, the CSS Virginia headed straight for the USS Cumberland off Newport News. Around 2pm on March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia struck the Cumberland with its 1,500lb iron ram, smashing a huge hole in its wooden hull. Despite the mortal blow delivered to the Cumberland, the CSS Virginia, which had become entangled within the shredded hull of its opponent, was also at risk of...
  • Operation ‘Platinfuchs’ Was an Early Nazi Defeat on the Eastern Front

    03/09/2017 7:46:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 9, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The Soviet navy during World War II is perhaps best remembered for its vigorous role in the doomed defense of the ports of Odessa and Sevastopol in the Crimean Sea. However, in the Arctic north, the Soviet warships would have a major impact in the opening months of the war with Nazi Germany. A ragtag fleet of destroyers and patrol boats, backed up by two stout-hearted rifle divisions, brought Hitler’s elite mountain troops skidding to a halt, preserving a vital supply line to Britain and the United States.
  • Paul Ryan's proposed Budget cuts

    03/08/2017 12:47:28 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 38 replies
    linked in and an email recd. ^ | June 16 2016 | ev gregg
    partial list _____________________________________________________ Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. It is worth reading to the end. * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings. * Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings. * International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings. * Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings. * Hope VI Program...
  • ‘Stormtroopers’ banned from ‘Star Wars’-themed college reunion over alleged Nazi inspiration

    03/08/2017 10:00:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Graduates from Princeton’s 2012 class will not be able to attend a “Star Wars”-themed party in Stormtrooper gear due to fears that it will convey a racist message. A rules committee organizing a five-year class reunion party in early June around the fictional “Star Wars” universe was contacted about characters allegedly inspired by World War II-era events. Subsequently, Stormtroopers will not be allowed.
  • Sacrifice at Saint-Nazaire

    03/07/2017 11:07:52 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 9 replies
    Naval History Magazine ^ | April 2017 | Michael D. Hull
    In one of World War II’s most spectacular raids, the Royal Navy and British Commandos virtually ensured that the battleship Tirpitz would never venture into the Atlantic. As the spring of 1942 approached, the British Admiralty had its hands full with the Battle of the Atlantic, which had been raging for two and a half years. U-boat wolf packs, surface raiders, and warplanes had sent about eight million tons of Allied shipping to the bottom, and the situation was getting worse. Slipping out from their havens in the western French ports of Brest, Lorient, La Pallice, Bordeaux, and Saint-Nazaire, the...
  • U.S. Navy Surveillance Ship Harassed by Iranian Attack Boat

    03/07/2017 10:25:38 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 32 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 6, 2017 | :Sam LaGrone
    A U.S. Navy surveillance ship was harassed by an Iranian fast attack craft while entering the Persian Gulf on Saturday, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24) was transiting the Strait of Hormuz in the early morning on March 4 with three other coalition ships when the ships were approached by several Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast attack craft, the official told USNI News. One of the IRGCN craft maneuvered 600 yards in front of the 2,300-ton Invincible and “went dead in the water,” the official said.
  • Last seen punching with one hand & his trench knife in the other.

    03/07/2017 8:20:29 AM PST · by ZULU · 12 replies
    War History on line ^ | October 22, 2015 | Jeff Edwards
    The first couple of years of the Korean War can easily be described as a seesaw strategic battle for control of the peninsula. However, the same was very much true at the tactical level where control for every field, hill, and ridge would often see a back and forth game of attack and counter-attack. Often changing hands multiple times in one evening, these strategic points became the center of intense fighting. For Herbert K. Pililaau, this would result in him being the last man standing on hill 931 of Heartbreak Ridge as he covered the retreat for the rest of...
  • Army eyes laser-guided mortar system

    03/07/2017 7:59:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Tomkins
    The U.S. Army plans to issue contracts this year for development of a next-generation laser-guided 120mm mortar system. The new precision high explosive guided mortar, which will replace the current system, eliminates the need to typically fire several rounds to adjust fire for accurate strikes and also incorporate threat counter-measures and enhanced mobility.
  • Happy Casimir Pulaski Day, Chicago!

    03/06/2017 8:26:40 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 6, 2017
    Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Chicago, Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779), a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland as Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski. He is praised for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution and known as "the father of the American cavalry".
  • EU to approve new military training headquarters

    03/06/2017 12:29:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2017 2:48 AM EST
    The European Union is set to approve the creation of a headquarters for its military training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she would urge foreign and defense ministers Monday to “take immediate decisions on the establishment of a military planning and conduct capability.” She said it would provide a “more efficient approach to the existing military training missions we have.” …
  • Happy Birthday Seabees!

    03/05/2017 7:00:31 PM PST · by Terry Mross · 12 replies
    We build! We Fight!
  • Restored B-29 takes flight

    Nice short video of a restored B29
  • Trump Livid Obama Tapped Trump Tower Phones Prior to Election

    03/04/2017 4:00:03 AM PST · by xzins · 90 replies
    Twitter ^ | Donald Trump
    Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
  • Ready for battle! Northumberland is INVADED as British troops are joined by French and Danish [tr]

    03/03/2017 11:19:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 2, 2017 | Rod Ardehail
    Fighter jets and the sound of artillery were heard across Northumberland National Park as the Army engaged in an intensive training exercise. Using live firing and simulated training, UK forces were joined by French and Danish troops as they prepared for their role as part of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force. Pictures taken from the exercise show troops in full combat readiness displaying the full power of NATO forces.
  • No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

    03/03/2017 9:16:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    The Angry Staff Officer ^ | February 27, 2017 | PPTSAPPER
    Disclaimer: this should not be read as not wanting more Rogue One-type movies; we need more Star Wars films like this. Also: SPOILERS. There’s a common phrase that you’re apt to hear in discussions on Army readiness: “No more Task Force Smiths.” For reference, Task Force Smith was a rapidly cobbled together unit of infantry and artillery that was shipped to Korea in the opening phase of the Korean War. Intended to show the North Koreans that America wasn’t messing around, TF Smith instead demonstrated that the U.S. Army had completely misread the resolve of the North Koreans. TF Smith...
  • MC-130J refuel two F-22 Raptor jets, on the ground, at a Forward Air Refueling Point (shortened)

    03/03/2017 7:22:13 AM PST · by Freeport · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Mar 02 2017 | David Cenciotti
    Did you know F-22 Raptor stealth jets can be refueled by a Special Operations MC-130J tanker on the ground?
  • President Donald Trump Speech at USS Gerald Ford in Newport 3/2/2017

    03/02/2017 4:19:26 PM PST · by mountn man · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 03/02/2017 | Youtube
    30 minute speech Trump gave today on the USS Gerald Ford
  • Dem Who Called SEAL Widow an 'Idiot' Fired After Letter From Retired SEAL

    03/02/2017 12:19:01 PM PST · by wbill · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 2, 2017 | Fox News Insider
    <p>Many liberals, including Bill Maher and Michael Moore, have blasted President Donald Trump for what they argued was his use of a Navy SEAL's widow as a political "prop."</p> <p>In his address to Congress, Trump saluted Carryn Owens, whose husband, Ryan, was killed in a raid in Yemen last month.</p>
  • 'I've been raped': Jane Fonda, 79, reveals for the first time that she was a....

    03/02/2017 11:52:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 104 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 2, 2017 | Ellie Genower For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: 'I've been raped': Jane Fonda, 79, reveals for the first time that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in a frank new interview Jane Fonda has revealed she was raped in a candid new interview. The 79-year-old actress and activist also said she was sexually abused as a child while speaking to Brie Larson for The EDIT magazine. The two-time Oscar winner went on to say that she was once fired from a job because she wouldn't sleep with her boss. 'To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on...
  • Iranian film hails demise of US Navy in imagined Gulf battle

    03/02/2017 8:04:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    AP ^ | March 2, 2017 | Nasser Karimi
    In a climactic battle at sea, an Iranian commander orders his forces to open fire on a much larger U.S. fleet, obliterating it with a barrage of rockets, some of which tear American flags from their masts. The scenario unfolds in "Battle of the Persian Gulf II," a new Iranian animated film more than four years in the making that imagines a devastating response to an American attack on the country's nuclear program. It might have seemed out of date this time last year, when a nuclear accord reached with world powers had lifted sanctions and raised hopes for a...
  • A-10 Pilots Train to Attack Swarms of Small Boats

    03/02/2017 5:50:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 2, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    It doesn’t necessarily take the resources of a major nation-state to challenge U.S. Navy warships. China for instance is building up a large navy and invests in long-range, ship-killing missiles. Iran can’t build a large navy but it does invest in swarms of small missile boats. Like a swarm of insects, a swarm of boats can pose a threat as a larger, far more expensive warship might not be able to swat them all — and a single missile with enough punch can be devastating. So the U.S. military is practicing with ways to defeat such a potential threat with tank-killing A-10...
  • A Soldier Has Photographed More Than 100 Illegally Parked Cop Cars in Miami

    03/01/2017 6:43:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017 | TIM ELFRINK
    Glen Carr pulls out his cell phone as soon as he rounds the corner outside the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. He knows he'll spot them soon. Then, after he walks just a half-block more, the 40-year-old with a military buzzcut stops and points. "Look, there are two I can see right now that are illegally parked," he says, chuckling softly and gesturing up NW First Avenue. Sure enough, two black-and-white Miami Shores Police cruisers sit on either side of an intersection. Both are in crosshatched areas directly in front of no-parking warnings. Carr crosses the street to snap photos that show...
  • President Trump: The Leader of the Post-Partisan America Party

    03/01/2017 1:25:19 PM PST · by ckinv368 · 8 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3/1/2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    Tonight, President Trump delivered a memorable speech to a joint session of Congress that even reluctant commentators compared to Reagan, and others said was one of the finest ever delivered. Chris Wallace went so far as to say that "tonight, Donald Trump became President of the United States." It was a fantastic speech. One of the best--maybe the best--I've ever seen. But, it wasn't a traditional Republican speech. It was better. It had a higher purpose than partisanship. It came from a more egalitarian and justice-driven place. Far from the "benefits for the rich, at the expense of the poor"...
  • Revealed: China might be developing monstrous new tanks as pictures of fearsome vehicles [tr]

    03/01/2017 6:21:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 1, 2017 | Tracy You
    A leaked picture of two fearsome Chinese tanks has sparked speculation that China is developing new military vehicles. State media reported that the vehicle at the front is thought to be the new heavy infantry tank while the yellow vehicle could be the second-generation paratrooper fighting vehicle. The news came after tension had risen between China and the United States over the issues on the sovereignty of Taiwan and the control of the South China Sea.
  • Couple share horrific photo of an elderly patient collapsed on the floor at...

    02/28/2017 9:02:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | Feb 28, 2017 | Associated Press and Snejana Farberov For
    FULL TITLE: Couple share horrific photo of an elderly patient collapsed on the floor at a VA hospital waiting room in North Carolina Disturbing photos taken inside a Veterans Administration hospital have emerged on social media showing an elderly patient laying on the floor and another apparently doubled over with pain in a wheelchair. The unsettling images were taken by former US Marine Stephen McMenamin and his wife, Hanna, and posted on Facebook. The shocking images sparked fury online and triggered an internal investigation at the hospital in Durham, North Carolina. The head of the medical center says an employee...