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19 Apr
I realize 4X as a genre is deeply flawed in a lot of ways but also: what if the whole thing was mostly guiding a small band on a long journey out of Africa and the odds of dying from disease or stampede was about 100x more likely than fighting another group of hominids
Ötzi: Finite War
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19 Apr
So the Minnesota National Guard has an image of the bullet hole in the humvee window, one they've shared with outlets like CBS minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/04/18/min… Image
It doesn't show up on the official "Operation Safety Net" page minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/04/18/min… nor is it archived yet on DVIDSHub, though it might be later dvidshub.net/search/?q=oper…
A reverse Google Image Search was, uh, less than helpful Image
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16 Apr
This is, I think, the first, comprehensive theory outlined for "why do military sensors keep picking up weird objects" that grounds it in a plausible human agent. Which is to say: it might be other nation's drones spying on US sensors thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4…
UFOs, as a category, mostly emerged when the United States started flying its own secret planes on missions over the US, and then, when the public reported weird sky objects, the military publicly answered "huh, unexplainable" while it had flight records slate.com/technology/202…
no reason to rule out the possibility that what is happening, often caught in weird news cycle of a Harry Reid buddy and a Blink-182 member, is another nation doing a secret sky thing, and the US choosing to keep quiet about it so at to not be embarrassed by a failure to detect
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14 Apr
Me yesterday: the ready availability of a vast array of public domain images of the US military makes it easy for those pictures to crowd out any other imagery of war

Senator Hyde-Smith: fuck it, the Air Force Reserve flies Sukhoi Su-35s, right? Image
well, they're Sukhoi's at least. Follow the mentions for an exact discussion of which Sukhoi jets are pictured here.
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14 Apr
The flipside of the All Volunteer Force facilitating indefinite wars abroad is that it also greatly reduces the public salience of choosing to end those wars. If where and when the US fights is entirely optional, then it's elite consensus, not public opinion, that prolongs wars.
That presidents can mobilize support for further deployments is clear; entire lead-up to the Iraq War was a public relations campaign for a fight the Bush administration had already picked. 2003-2007 carried that further, converting US deaths abroad into retroactive justification
But without that concerted effort to nationalize the dying of a few as symbolic of the whole, the impacts of the war are felt narrowly across society, while felt deeply in military communities. (To say nothing of the impact on the people subjected to continuing US wars of choice)
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1 Apr
"New Mexico is slated to be the 18th state to legalize recreational-use cannabis and the fifth state to do so legislatively." nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/03/31/new…
Most remarkable, I think, is that legalization passed without anyone in New Mexico using it as a way to distract from the multiple scandals of personal and policy failures they're currently embroiled in.
Wild that "majoritarian government delivering on its promises" is somehow "the government doesn't exist" and not "the government is working as voters asked it to," a criticism I'm sure the author would make if the parties were reversed.
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