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Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste


The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power.

But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified "a clear path" for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel.

Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.

So there's enough DoD waste to that, if eliminated, could increase military combat power AND to simply save money for reinvestment in other areas of the US Government.

And then there's wasteful weapon systems ...

The 10 Most Blatantly Wasteful Defense Items In The Recent $1.8 Trillion Spending Bill


No one can legitimately say that there's no where in the DoD budget where savings can be had.

Race With The Devil

... on a Spanish Highway


(been a very long time since listening to Al Di Meola!)

The federal government was every bit as big a player when it came to the criminality that lead to the 2008 meltdown, arguably moreso. That's the primary reason why nobody was indicted over it.


Because of our unique American-style corruption.

Iceland has the right idea ...

Iceland Sentences 29th Banker To Prison, US Bankers Still Collecting Bonuses


REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- While the world economy struggles to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, most of the bankers who caused the collapse are still collecting massive salaries and have faced few, if any, consequences.

Except in Iceland.

In one of the countries hit hardest by the collapse, 29 bankers have now been sentenced to prison for their roles in the crash.

According to, Stefan Simanowitz, writing for The Huffington Post on Jan. 5, "Just before Christmas, the former CEO of Iceland's Glitnir bank and two other senior bankers were sentenced to jail terms of up to five years for market manipulation and breach of fiduciary duties."

We spend all our time arguing over stupidity like the national anthem and kneeling NFL players, that we forget that the crooks on Wall Street got away with their stealing and wrecking the economy.

You gotta be kidding. Working with police would require considerably more staffing and time than clicking a Ban Nazi button.

As someone who has run discussion sites for 22 years, I can tell you that the "celebrate free speech" world you're fighting for isn't what you think it would be. It isn't a glorious marketplace of ideas. It's a cesspool of the worst people doing the worst things for the lulz.

There isn't a user here who would want to run a site like that. It would scar your soul.


It can be done if it's a priority ...

Hate Crime Training for Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

Only a fraction of bias crimes ever get reported. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted. Perhaps the widespread lack of training for frontline officers has something to do with that.

Hate crimes in America have made no shortage of headlines over the last year as the country has once more confronted its raw and often violent racial, religious and political divisions. Just how few hate crimes get formally reported and analyzed has shocked many. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted, a fact that has provoked frustration among some elected officials and law enforcement agencies.

But the widespread lack of training for frontline officers in how to handle potential hate crimes, if no great surprise, might actually be the criminal justice system's most basic failing. There is, after all, little way to either accurately tabulate or aggressively prosecute hate crimes if the officers in the street don't know how to identify and investigate them.

Hate crimes are not, by and large, simple to deal with. Different states identify different categories of people to be protected under their laws. And the authorities must prove not only guilt, but intent. It isn't enough to find fingerprints on a weapon. The authorities must explore a suspect's state of mind, and then find ways of corroborating it.

"Hate crimes are so nuanced and the laws can be so complex. You're trying to deal with the motivation of a crime," said Liebe Geft, director of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, which has for years provided training to officers as expert consultants.

"Thirty minutes in the academy is not enough," Geft said.

Law enforcement leaders point to several factors to explain, if not justify, the lack of emphasis on training for hate crimes.

While the offenses can be dramatic and highly disturbing -- like the incident earlier this year in which a white supremacist impaled an African-American man with an 18-inch sword in New York's Times Square -- they represent a very small percentage of the nation's overall crime.

Working with often limited budgets, police officials have to make difficult decisions about what to prioritize during training, and hate crimes can lose out.

That said, the events of the last 18 months, driven in great part by the racially charged presidential campaign of 2016, seem to suggest an adjustment of priorities might be in order.

I don't think it's unrealistic to say that law enforcement -- in cooperation with twitter, google, and facebook -- that something can be done law enforcement wise about hate groups who hide in plain site on social media.

The pro-publica link also points out how state police and national guardsmen stood by passively at Charlottesville -- that's a training issue.

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