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Proposal: keep the nuclear launch codes in an innocent volunteer's chest-cavity / Boing Boing
what if the codes to launch nuclear war were kept inside the chest-cavity of a young volunteer, and the President would have to hack them out of this young man's chest before he could commence armageddon?
war  nukes  nuclear 
december 2015 by deusx
Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War | Americans Against the Tea Party
First, I’m going to need somebody to explain to me exactly what it was that we were fighting for.
gop  iraq  war  politics 
november 2014 by deusx
Ritual Combat at the India-Pakistan Border - TIME
At the Wagah border post that separates northern India from eastern Pakistan, the distance between the throngs of Muslims that gather on the Pakistan side and the mostly Hindus and Sikhs congregated on the Indian side is but a few feet. But it feels like miles for those old enough to remember the days when they could walk from one side to the other without ever leaving India. And although the nightly border guard ceremony here may be grounded in a bloody history of partition conflict, for locals and the occasional tourist it remains a symbol of a peaceful back-and-forth between two neighbors who have fought each other in three wars. And for Pakistan, the changing of the flag ceremony represents a rare refuge of decorum amid the swirling chaos that engulfs their country.
via:textfiles  india  pakistan  war  at:aadl 
may 2012 by deusx
Wagah border ceremony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wagah (Punjabi: ਵਗਾਹ) border closing 'lowering of the flags' ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959.[1] This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations' flags. It is called the beating retreat border ceremony on the international level. One infantryman (Jawan) stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
via:textfiles  india  pakistan  war  odd  at:aadl 
may 2012 by deusx
Reminder: Tis the Season Not to Be an Ass – Whatever
Here’s the thing: If you’re using the holiday season to go out of your way to be an asshole to someone, believer or non-believer, you’re doing it wrong, and I wish you would stop. That’s not a war, it’s a slap fight and it’s embarrassing. As a non-believer, when someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, I say “Merry Christmas” back, because generally speaking I understand that what “Merry Christmas” means in this context is “I am offering you good will in a way I know how,” and I appreciate that sentiment. Left to my own devices, I use “Happy holidays” because I know a lot of people who aren’t Christians (or at least Christmas-centered) and that seems the best way to express my own good will; the vast majority of people get what I’m doing and appreciate that sentiment too.
christmas  holidays  atheism  war  dontbeadick 
december 2011 by deusx
Daily Kos: John Boehner: War drawdown savings can't go to job creation
Item number 3,785 in the Republicans-really-don't-care-about-the-deficit file is this from Speaker John Boehner rejecting yet another offer of concessions from Democrats in the Super Congress negotiations.
politics  boehner  jobs  war  iraq 
november 2011 by deusx
CIA Drones Kill Large Groups Without Knowing Who They Are | Danger Room |
As long as the CIA — now backed by the military and the State Department — has a free hand to wage the secret drone war in tribal Pakistan, it will continue to bottle up al-Qaida and its allies, degrading the threat they pose. They will also kill more Tariqs and Waheeds. And because the drone war remains a classified CIA program, the CIA will not have to account for its actions to anybody, least of all the U.S. or Pakistani publics.

This headline is wussy. Impersonal DRONES don't kill people, assassin pilots at remote consoles kill people. This isn't Terminator, yet.
cia  drones  politics  war 
november 2011 by deusx
Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site
"Athens failed in Syracuse – and doomed their democracy – not because they fought in the wrong place and at the wrong time, but because they weren’t ruthless enough."
war  america  timetravel  scifi  islam  future  iraq  terrorism  fiction 
october 2008 by deusx
Mythic's Awful Mac Gaming Mistake - Opinions by ExtremeTech
Oh for crying out loud, put on your big girl panties on and use Boot Camp to play your Windows games. It's like a 20 second reboot these days, plus another 2-3 minutes before I'm connecting to a server in Team Fortress 2 (for example). "There's just one problem with Warhammer Online though...there's no Mac version! Yep, that's right. Somewhere along the way in its development Mythic Entertainment—the company who makes WAR—decided that they simply couldn't be bothered doing a Mac version. Unlike Blizzard or Maxis who both released Mac versions of World of Warcraft and Spore—Mythic stupidly did not. "
gaming  wow  mythic  war  warhammer  online 
september 2008 by deusx
President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war - Times Online
"President Bush has admitted to The Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq. He said that his aim now was to leave his successor a legacy of international diplomacy for tackling Ir
youlose  bush  politics  iraq  war  terror  assholes 
june 2008 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: Alternative boondoggles
"Either way, the direct costs of the Iraq war exceed the maximum cost estimate for a manned Mars expedition, infrastructure and all, by 20%"
mars  iraq  money  space  war 
june 2008 by deusx
Elizabeth Bear - Fiction - Tideline
"Chalcedony wasn't built for crying. She didn't have it in her, not unless her tears were cold tapered glass droplets annealed by the inferno heat that had crippled her."
scifi  war  machines  ai  stories  memorial 
february 2008 by deusx
Conscientious Objector
"This is a way that may protect you from fighting war if you do not believe that war is a good solution to our problems."
conscientiousobjection  war  draft 
january 2008 by deusx
"A conscientious objector is one who is opposed to serving in the armed forces and/or bearing arms on the grounds of moral or religious principles."
war  draft  conscientiousobjection  us 
january 2008 by deusx
The Raw Story | CNN's Cafferty: Bush putting the poor out in the cold to fund war
"No money for kids' health insurance, no money to help poor families pay their heating bills but President Bush wants $190 billion additional for 2008 for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"
poverty  bush  war  iraq 
october 2007 by deusx
A troubling turn in American history - The Boston Globe
"These developments would be disturbing enough, but what they point to is an interruption in this nation's most important public tradition - the movement from recognition of a problem to its attempted resolution."
america  politics  war  torture  bush  iraq 
october 2007 by deusx
I survived Blackwater - Los Angeles Times
"As we do the work of bridge building and improving our host citizens' lives, if the people providing our transportation and security are antagonizing, angering and even killing the people we are putatively trying to help, our entire mission is undermined
iraq  war  blackwater  mercenaries  bush 
october 2007 by deusx
9/11 is Over
"We can’t afford to keep being this stupid! We have got to get our groove back. We need a president who will unite us around a common purpose, not a common enemy."
911  terror  fear  war  bush  america 
october 2007 by deusx
Just How Far Did They Go, Those Words Against Israel? - New York Times
"Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map because no such idiom exists in Persian"
iran  war  israel  ahmadinejad 
september 2007 by deusx
The Dilbert Blog: Sorry I Confused You
"In reading the comments to my post yesterday, I see that many of you were confused about my positions. Evidently all of you are brilliant, so I assume the problem is on my end. With your indulgence, allow me to clarify."
iraq  iran  war  dilbert 
september 2007 by deusx
Hacker's project sends media-filled hard drives to troops - Engadget
"A network engineer going by the hacker handle 'Deviant Ollam' has taken it upon himself to send care packages of a different sort to troops serving overseas, with him ditching the usual goods in favor of hard drives filled with movies, music and other co
iraq  war  media  hardware  hacks  entertainment 
september 2007 by deusx
It is the death of history - Independent Online Edition > Robert Fisk
"Humankind is losing its history for the pleasure of private collectors living safely in their luxurious houses and ordering specific objects for their collection."
history  archaeology  iraq  war 
september 2007 by deusx
Let's stop channeling angry Muslims. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine
"It's impossible to satisfy "Rage Boy" and his ilk. It's stupid to try."
war  iraq  middleeast  politics  anger 
june 2007 by deusx
The Daily Dish: "Verschärfte Vernehmung"
"As you can see from the Gestapo memo, moreover, the Nazis were adamant that their "enhanced interrogation techniques" would be carefully restricted and controlled, monitored by an elite professional staff, of the kind recommended by Charles Krauthammer,
bush  torture  nazis  war  terror 
may 2007 by deusx
The Blog | Ben Schwartz: Rudy, America's Victim | The Huffington Post
"We've already got one that doesn't feel he needs to understand the region, whose response is fear-based politics and vengeance-based foreign policy, and we don't need another. "
politics  war  iraq  giuliani 
may 2007 by deusx
Bush gets ready for Iraq U-turn by Brown | International News | News | Telegraph
"Gordon Brown is prepared to risk the future of the "special relationship" with the United States by reversing Tony Blair's support for the Iraq war, President George W Bush has been warned."
war  iraq  bush  politics  brown 
may 2007 by deusx
Occupation: The Inconvenient Truth About Iraq — Rockridge Institute
"In an occupation, not a war, should the president still have war powers?"
politics  war  iraq  bush 
may 2007 by deusx
The Raw Story | Bush chuckles at Iraq success: 'Either we'll succeed, or we won't succeed'
"How do you define an acceptable level of violence? I mean, how can that possibly be defined?"
iraq  war  bush  wtf  fail  politics 
may 2007 by deusx
Richard Cohen - A Case Against Cheney -
"The percussive march of these statements is so forceful, one after another after another, that it suggests Cheney wanted war no matter what."
cheney  kucinich  war  politics  bush  impeachment 
may 2007 by deusx
Quiet Bush Aide Seeks Iraq Czar, Creating a Stir - New York Times
"the idea that the national security adviser is subcontracting responsibility for the nation’s most pressing foreign policy crisis — and must recruit someone of stature to get the attention of the cabinet — is provoking criticism of Mr. Hadley himse
politics  iraq  war  hadley 
april 2007 by deusx
Daily Kos: A Post-Bush Mentality
"Collectively, we need to start thinking about what the post-post-9/11 world looks like, a world where terrorism will certainly still exist. It can either be a world of arm-waving fear, or a world of informed resolve"
war  terrorism  politics  resolve 
april 2007 by deusx
McClatchy Washington Bureau | 04/19/2007 | Training Iraqi troops no longer driving force in U.S. policy
"Military planners have abandoned the idea that standing up Iraqi troops will enable American soldiers to start coming home soon and now believe that U.S. troops will have to defeat the insurgents and secure control of troubled provinces. "
politics  war  iraq  military 
april 2007 by deusx
Daily Kos: The Cost of Escalation
"Bush is sending sick and injured troops back to Iraq, and now he's sending troops that haven't received requisite leave."
politics  war  troops  military  iraq  bush 
april 2007 by deusx
AP Wire | 02/12/2007 | Dixie Chicks to country: nah-nah
""That's interesting," Maines said. "Well, to quote the great `Simpsons': heh-heh.""
country  music  dixiechicks  war  iraq  funny 
february 2007 by deusx
Equipment For Added Troops Is Lacking -
"Boosting U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 21,500 would create major logistical hurdles for the Army and Marine Corps, which are short thousands of vehicles, armor kits and other equipment needed to supply the extra forces, U.S. officials said."
war  bush  iraq 
january 2007 by deusx
Was 9/11 really that bad? - Los Angeles Times
"a messy, difficult, long-term struggle against exceptionally dangerous criminals who actually like nothing better than being put on the same level of historical importance as Hitler — can you imagine a better recruiting tool?"
911  war  politics  iraq 
january 2007 by deusx
YouTube - Humvee Traffic Driving in Baghdad
I understand why they drive this way, but man... wouldn't it piss you off if someone were doing this in your streets? "Watch and see how the American soldiers have to drive through Iraqi streets to limit risks of attacks."
war  iraq  video  driving  humvee 
january 2007 by deusx
YouTube - Biden - Name One Single Time Cheney's Been Correct
Maybe this can be a new contest - name one single time Cheney's been correct! I'm sure there's at least one single time.
politics  cheney  iraq  war 
january 2007 by deusx
Game Boy damaged in Gulf War on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Looks positively Lovecraftian. "This GameBoy was damaged when barracks were bombed during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. It still works!"
gaming  nintendo  gameboy  war  iraq 
january 2007 by deusx
Bush Silences a Dangerous Witness -
"Like a blue-blood version of a Mob family with global reach, the Bushes have eliminated one more key witness to the important historical events that led the U.S. military into a bloody stalemate in Iraq and pushed the Middle East to the brink of calamity
war  iraq  bush  hussein 
january 2007 by deusx
SoldierTech: The DREAD Weapon System
"No heat, no recoil, no sound, no gunpowder, no flash -- just 120,000 rounds per minute of pulverizing power."
war  weapons  future  dread 
december 2006 by deusx
WP: U.S. not winning war in Iraq, Bush says - Highlights -
"President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the "stressed" U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against
war  iraq  bush  politics 
december 2006 by deusx
Star-Telegram | 12/18/2006 | Desperation in the White House
"Cheney understood all of it, and he bears much of the responsibility for what's gone on in Washington and in Iraq for the last six years. Keep a sharp eye on him. Desperate men do desperate things."
war  politics  bush  cheney  iraq 
december 2006 by deusx
AlterNet: War on Iraq: How to Make Hundreds of Thousands of Dead Iraqis Disappear
"The Lancet study that estimated 655,000 Iraqis killed since the US invasion of 2003 was based on some of the most solid research methods possible, but that didn't stop the American press from trying to say it wasn't so."
war  iraq  politics  bush  lancet 
october 2006 by deusx
A Question Bush Can't Answer -
"But if the public doesn't know what torture is or is not, as defined by the Bush Administration, how can the public make a decision on whether your policy is right or wrong?"
torture  bush  politics  war  terror 
october 2006 by deusx
The Unsolved Case Of Anthrax -
"It's been five years since the anthrax attacks shook our country and took the lives of five Americans. We cannot permit another five to pass before we close this chapter and prepare for the next one."
politics  war  anthrax  terror  republicans  failure 
october 2006 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: Playing the Genocide Card
"The Lancet isn't just any medical journal ... It is not noted for publishing random speculation, agitprop, and crank letters — it's the top journal of record in its field."
via:coty  iraq  war  politics  media  science  medicine 
october 2006 by deusx
Bush's 'Axis of Evil' Comes Back to Haunt United States -
"We started with Iraq in the 'axis of evil' side, when we thought they did not yet have nuclear weapons, and that sent the signal to others that they better get them quick"
politics  bush  nukes  war  axisofevil  oops 
october 2006 by deusx
Need to Know - PostGlobal
"the Bush administration sees diplomacy as something to be engaged in with another country as a reward for that country's good behavior. They seem not to see diplomacy as a tool to be used with antagonistic countries or parties"
morons  bush  politics  war  iraq  korea 
october 2006 by deusx
Think Progress ‽ Transcript: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD
"So I would like to ask you to be up front with the American people, why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? why?"
rumsfeld  politics  war  iraq  bush 
october 2006 by deusx
YouTube - Ray McGovern 0wns Donald Rumsfeld
"The audience member then read Rumsfeld's quote back to him, leaving the defense secretary speechless."
rumsfeld  lies  politics  war  iraq  bush 
october 2006 by deusx
Now the Iraq war hinges on a sex scandal - Sunday Times - Times Online
"The war, in other words, is in the balance in this election. And yet the outcome may well be decided on the basis of someone’s online sex life."
politics  iraq  war  bush  foley 
october 2006 by deusx
BBC NEWS | Americas | Iraq war justifications laid bare
"The Senate Intelligence Committee has found no evidence of links between the regime of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda."
politics  bush  cheney  war  iraq  liars 
october 2006 by deusx
Crooks and Liars ‽ Keith Olbermann takes a “look back” at Bush’s first months in office leading up to 9/11
"Our goal in this report is to rise to Mr. Clinton’s challenge, and assess the record of Mr. Bush’s efforts against al Qaeda in his first eight months in office."
terrorism  bush  politics  war  iraq  terror 
september 2006 by deusx
The Raw Story | 2001 memo to Rice contradicts statements about Clinton, Pakistan
"A memo received by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shortly after becoming National Security Advisor in 2001 directly contradicts statements she made to reporters yesterday, RAW STORY has learned."
liars  rice  politics  war  iraq  terror  terrorism  bush  clinton 
september 2006 by deusx
E. J. Dionne Jr. - No Silent Majority for Bush -
"In 2006 it's the administration trying to keep Iraq out of the campaign and to move the public conversation to anything else as an alternative to an accounting for its war decisions that so many middle-of-the-road Americans now regret."
politics  war  iraq  bush 
september 2006 by deusx
CNN - President wants Senate to hurry with new laws - July 30, 1996
"But while the president pushed for quick legislation, Republican lawmakers hardened their stance against some of the proposed anti-terrorism measures."
history  politics  clinton  terror  terrorism  war 
september 2006 by deusx
War Room - - Revisiting GOP attacks on President Clinton
"The claim that Clinton paid insufficient attention to terrorism was one that virtually no Republicans made during the Clinton presidency."
terrorism  terror  war  clinton  politics  republicans 
september 2006 by deusx
Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short - Los Angeles Times
"It's kind of like the old rancher saying: 'I'm going to size the herd to the amount of hay that I have"
army  war  rumsfeld  iraq  economy 
september 2006 by deusx
Charles Krauthammer - Tolerance: A Two-Way Street -
"Religious fanatics, regardless of what name they give their jealous god, invariably have one thing in common: no sense of humor."
islam  religion  war  middleeast  muslims 
september 2006 by deusx - Air Force‽chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs - Sep 12, 2006
"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation"
war  weapons  riots  nonlethal  protests 
september 2006 by deusx
Best-Connected Were Sent to Rebuild Iraq -
"O'Beirne's staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror?"
bush  politics  iraq  corruption  failure  war 
september 2006 by deusx
Crooks and Liars - Matt Lauer goes after Bush over secret prisons and torture
"Matt Lauer went after Bush over his secret prisons and the use of torture on the captured terrorists via The Today Show this morning. He was uncommonly strong and didn’t back down when Bush gave his pet answer."
bush  politics  war  iraq  terror  torture 
september 2006 by deusx
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Bush: Saddam not responsible for 9/11
"The admission that Saddam had no connection to the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon was a departure for a president who is famously averse to any expression of regret."
politics  bush  911  iraq  war 
september 2006 by deusx
Crooks and Liars ‽ Ann Coulter gets her freak on
"Whenever Ann is faced with the reality that Osama hasn’t been caught yet by this administration–well–Poor Ann. Kirsten Powers actually responds to Coulter’s ridiculous line that Afghanistan is going swimmingly and brings up the fact that Osama is
terrorism  terror  war  iraq  osama  anncoulter  video  politics  funny 
august 2006 by deusx
Foreign Affairs - Is There Still a Terrorist Threat? - John Mueller
"Despite all the ominous warnings of wily terrorists and imminent attacks, there has been neither a successful strike nor a close call in the United States since 9/11. The reasonable -- but rarely heard -- explanation is that there are no terrorists withi
politics  war  terror  terrorism 
august 2006 by deusx
Bush Must Negotiate to Make America Safer, Say Former Generals - Yahoo! News
"the generals who signed the letter say Bush has been stubborn, and a poor student of history."
politics  bush  irq  iran  war 
august 2006 by deusx
The Guns Of August
"Two full-blown crises, in Lebanon and Iraq, are merging into a single emergency. A chain reaction could spread quickly almost anywhere between Cairo and Bombay."
bush  politics  war 
august 2006 by deusx - Herald Columnists: Psalm 9-11: I will fear no evil
"You must decide for yourself that you will not let them deter you from your path. If they rise against you, you must be prepared to meet them. Prepared to be ruthless in defense of what you love. It may mean that you will die. We all do someday."
terror  war  terrorism 
august 2006 by deusx
Philadelphia Daily News | 08/11/2006 | BUSH AND CHENEY'S REIGN OF ERROR
"To exploit a very real terror threat that could have led to major casualties, and to even indirectly implicate Americans who were exercising their democratic right by going to the polls and making a choice borders on the criminal, to say nothing of the i
politics  terror  cheney  war  terrorism  lieberman 
august 2006 by deusx
Kung Fu Monkey: "Wait, Aren't You Scared?"
"Quick, do whatever we tell you, and believe whatever we tell you, or YOU WILL BE KILLED BY BROWN PEOPLE!! PUT DOWN THAT SIPPY CUP!!"
war  iraq  terrorism  history  fear  terror 
august 2006 by deusx
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