Military spending super creepy style. The Navy’s new drone swarms (VIDEO)

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I guess this is federal money that at least produced something. I guess that is …. good? Imagine these guys coming up over a ridge. Yikes. Even crazier, imagine this technology at 1/10th the scale. Double yikes.

Yet another way algorithms are impacting our lives.

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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The House of Representatives Just Fashioned A Heavily Overspending, Pork-Filled Defense Bill

No one in Washington really seems to care about reining in the size of government. (There is a tiny minority.) The Dems want welfare and corporate welfare. The Republicans want corporate welfare and “defense” spending. There is no real effort to save money for the taxpayers. And the thing is many supposed small government “conservatives” give “defense” a pass on spending. Much of the military is chock full of boondoggles. Anyone who has been around the military (and I am a Navy brat) knows this.

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Fiscal Responsibility is a National Security MUST

(From The Conservative Review)

Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.

And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.

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Both Sanders and Clinton have received more money from defense contractors than any GOP candidate

Surprise!

We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.

(From Politico)

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,

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Ralph Nader: Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

Best guess, I guess.

It so big it’s hard to comprehend. Which is by design of course.

In many ways these days Ralph Nader, yes that Ralph Nader, seems more concerned with curtailing runaway spending than many avowed “conservatives.”

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A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

As we have often noted, one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

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Pentagon unable to explain how $800 million program in Afghanistan failed

Nobody knows where all the money went. The guy running the program said he just approved projects without having any idea how much they were going to cost.

Nothing like having a pile of taxpayer money to play with I say. No need to be exact. Hell, no need to even be remotely competent apparently. Just write those checks and dump them into that giant hole in the Kandahar Desert.

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Republicans aren’t even pretending they care about cutting spending anymore

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) is supposed to be about smaller government, not social issues.

It is a refrain we will continue to repeat. Government, though necessary in a very limited sense, should be much much smaller than it is today for any number of reasons. But particularly because government is the catalyst for crony capitalism. If there weren’t agencies to hijack  (And they aren’t always hijacked; some agencies were created specifically for the industries they “regulate,”

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GOP finally finds something it will fight Obama for, Too bad it’s more government spending

We have a massive military. We have bases around the world. We have by far and away the largest military in the world. And the main reason this is is not because of threats to “American interests” but because defense spending is how Republicans (and Democrats too) distribute tax money to their constituents. It’s an ugly truth, but it is the truth.

Yes the “defense” of the country is expressly enumerated in the Constitution. DEFENSE. Not empire. Empires are costly for the citizenry of a country,

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How the military and Hollywood partner up to forward narratives

Look, I’m a sucker for many of these films. Top Gun for instance is still one of my favorite movies ever. I grew up with F-14s screaming over my head and the whine of a Tomcat banking before landing is a memory which sits (pleasantly) deep in my grey matter. The Hunt for Red October? Another classic. Red Dawn? Just great. But even as a kid I kind of wondered about how it was that the military and the Hollywood studios worked together.

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No, Bernanke … Defense Spending Does NOT Help the Economy!

There was a time when good “liberals” in the United States railed against military spending. Granted it wasn’t because they wanted to reduce the size of government or to cut taxes, but because they wanted more money for social programs.

But that general disposition seems to have disappeared. Now, many big welfare state people are also big warfare state people. Military spending you see is a form of “stimulus.” Bombs, guns,whatever. Just get that money into the system.

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