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Armed Forces

Operation Ranger and Operation Buster-Jangle

What a crazy old world that was. "Mutually Assured Destruction." But we just thought it was normal at the time.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 22, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Science, Technology, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Documentaries, 1950's

Stop That Tank!

Disney creates terrorist training films! I'm sure al-Qaeda is watching this to learn how to stymie our forces in Afghanistan.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 16, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: PSA's, War, Armed Forces, Weapons, Cartoons, 1940's

Nuke-powered Planes


I guess I was too sanguine the other day when I said we'd never have nuclear reactors circling overhead.

Read the article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 05, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Air Travel and Airlines, Armed Forces

Follies of the Mad Men #151


The French Foreign Legion. Enlistment of criminals. Hot, spartan living conditions. Death by savage natives. Cruel officers. Boredom, disease, fistfights.

Nice home furnishings? Not so much.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 07, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Interior Decorating, 1980's, Armed Forces


This TV theme song and imagery has stuck with me since childhood. It's undeniably powerful still, I think.

But who knew that the armed forces today still do the same thing? Read about the Canadian response to the conviction of a twisted soldier.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Nov 20, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Public Humiliation, Rituals and Superstitions, Television, 1960's, Armed Forces
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