During the cold war, America’s ICBM program was the key to America’s safety. The certainty that if our nation’s enemies decided to unleash nuclear hell within our shores, we possessed the arsenal and willpower to decimate those enemies was a tenuous, but powerful, way to assure a public that grew up with the threat of nuclear war looming over their heads. In a perfect world, … [Read more...] about Nuclear missile silos, converted to residential homes, up for sale
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At this point, most of us know the story of Thanksgiving that we’re taught in grade school isn’t exactly accurate. Pilgrims and Native Americans probably didn’t share a turkey across a picnic table and because European supplies were all but exhausted by the time the festival began (a festival in which few Pilgrims would likely have been caught giving thanks) there wasn’t any … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving has always been whatever America needed it to be
Last Saturday, President Elect Donald Trump met with a number of prominent American officials as he continued to flesh out his cabinet appointments prior to taking office this coming January. Among these meetings was one with retired Marine General James Mattis. Mattis, a favorite among veterans, is being considered for the role of Secretary of Defense. During Trump's … [Read more...] about Mattis, favored for SECDEF, ‘surprises’ Trump with waterboarding stance
Along the campaign trail, Donald Trump said a number of things that concerned prominent Democrats and foreign leaders. Some of these things can be chalked up to campaign rhetoric, but few of these remarks made the heads of foreign governments wiggle uncomfortably in their chairs more than his stance on NATO. In what would become a controversial series of statements made to … [Read more...] about Defense spending and alliances: Is Trump wrong about NATO?
Sometimes, my stories or articles might lead some to believe that I'm cool. This probably isn't one of them. Two years ago, I was a full-time college student just out of the Corps. I was attending school in Framingham, Massachusetts, a few hours south of my hometown in Vermont, affording me the opportunity to take sporadic trips back home to my old stomping ground and … [Read more...] about Military Service Changes You: A Marine and his ego vs. the Polar Plunge
The UK just passed the most elaborate mass surveillance law in the Western world. The Investigatory Powers Bill, commonly referred to in England as “The Snoopers Charter,” gives the government unprecedented access to the online activities of its citizens as well as legally requiring tech companies to cooperate with government investigations. Both the House of Lords and the … [Read more...] about UK passes new ‘draconian’ mass surveillance law
In 2004, Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead” hit theaters. Although there had been innumerable zombie movies before it, Snyder’s take on a zombie outbreak would launch zombies back into the popular lexicon and spark the new golden age of zombie books, movies and TV shows. Though the craze has waned in recent years, "The Walking Dead" keeps the idea of zombies roaming … [Read more...] about What everyone gets wrong about a Zombie Apocalypse (and why it could kill you in real life)
There’s no question that most Americans understand and appreciate the vast importance of the Constitution, but for all the rhetoric, debates, and discussions about the document, few Americans truly appreciate how America’s form of government, as laid out on paper by James Madison, came to be. On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of … [Read more...] about The second American revolution: What our constitution says about today’s America
Donald Trump has been building his cabinet since winning the nation's presidential election early last week and the internet has been astir about each confirmed and potential appointment. Thus far, five appointees have been announced by the Trump camp, but among veterans, one possible candidate for Secretary of Defense is a crowd favorite. Retired Marine General James … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to meet with Retired Marine General James Mattis for SECDEF
If geopolitics could be compared to a grade school playground, the United Kingdom has long been America’s best buddy. Our two militaries have worked side by side in countless conflicts and likely will continue to do so for years to come. So when the Royal Navy loses one of its most important offensive and defensive capabilities in one fell swoop, we should stand up and take … [Read more...] about The Royal Navy may lose its anti-ship arsenal
We’ve all heard the story. Back in the 1960s, as the Americans and Soviets were competing for space (and global) supremacy, the United States supposedly spent millions to develop a pen that their astronauts could use in space. The Soviets, meanwhile, "just used a pencil." It’s a classic tale used to criticize government spending and incompetent bureaucracy, and is even used to … [Read more...] about Did the U.S. really spend millions on a space pen while the Soviets just used pencils?
A diver may have discovered a long lost atomic bomb similar to the one dropped on Hiroshima while searching for sea cucumbers off the coast of Canada. Sean Smyrichinsky was using a diver propulsion vehicle about 25 feet below the surface of the water near Pitt Island, a small land mass not far from Alaska. As he jetted around looking at the sea floor, he noticed something … [Read more...] about Broken Arrow: How a Canadian diver may have just found America’s lost atomic bomb