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This week, we read a Task and Purpose article about how 2nd Division Marines are apparently really into doing LSD. Which, quite frankly, we support: for one because we think that by and large drugs are fine, and for another because this is the logical consequence of the military’s actual drug policy, which makes it almost impossible to use cannabis…
 
This week, we’re discussing the recent fall from grace that Black Rifle Coffee Company has experienced in the opinions of insane MAGA freaks--its core audience--because it refused to endorse or sponsor a 17-year-old accused of murdering BLM protesters. That’s right! The Big Racist Coffee Company wasn’t right-wing enough. The story we read from is a…
 
Why did the Marines make a video that basically says you should join in order to be less online? Why did the Army arrest a chaplain in Kuwait for wearing headphones? Why do we think it’s unlikely that anyone will ever fully withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan? This week, we dive into all of these, and more. Here is the article about the Kuwai…
 
Well, it seems Biden won and we’re settling back into the usual run of being outraged at the Dems being bad (while never forgetting that the Republicans are basically comic book villains). However, since we recorded this episode on the most troop-respecting of days, we decided to discuss Veterans Day and its British counterpart, Armistice Day. We b…
 
No one knows what happened! We recorded this the morning after the election and we give our thoughts on what’s next given the tentative results of the election. This will either be a preview of things to come or a snapshot of a more innocent era. Hope you enjoy! The video from the Intercept that we mentioned about Black organizers in Philadelphia i…
 
It’s hard riding a tiger. It’s even harder if you’re McHooyah the ‘I Shot Bin Laden’ guy and the Trump/QAnon people decide that actually Bin Laden is still alive because of a conspiracy theory. However, this does in fact dovetail into Francis’ theory that--due to the preponderance of cop-worship in the Trump era--troops are playing second fiddle to…
 
Well, a lot of things are going away: the NYT’s ‘At War’ section, the Bombshell podcast from War on the Rocks, and the previous editorial direction of Task and Purpose (where Nate and Francis both got their starts, in different ways). Is America simply tired of respecting the troops? Well, apparently Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are. To which we can on…
 
Francis wrote a radio play about the Kandahar Giant. It's deeply stupid, but that's what you signed up for. We brought on Joe Kassabian and Carey Shockey to read some of the parts, but before we get to the play, we just do a lot of war stories TroopChat. So, we hope you enjoy. If you want the whole thing, get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon…
 
Maybe you’ve encountered GruntStyle. Maybe you’ve been vicariously embarrassed by it. This week we do a deep dive (courtesy of a great article from the San Antonio Express News) about GruntStyle’s founder being an idiot. There is a big reveal that you will enjoy a lot! (source: https://www.expressnews.com/sa-inc/article/A-Reckoning-Grunt-Style-An-i…
 
What does the future hold? What can we say about this final month of the US Presidential election? Why does it feel weirdly appropriate that Trump got covid after basically pretending it isn’t real and getting people to cough in his mouth to prove it? Well, we’re assessing it. We’re talking about him having the virus. We can’t get enough of it. We …
 
The internet is a wonderful thing. It lets us podcast, lets us make friends, and lets us share the 100 percent true and verified story about how, in 2002, the US Army did battle with a biblical giant. Who was the Giant of Kandahar? Why do people seem to think this is real? Should we rebrand as a military crypto-zoology podcast? All this and more, i…
 
This week, Nate and Francis are joined by sci-fi author and technologist Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) to discuss his new book ATTACK SURFACE. Are you getting spied on by your smart washing machine? Is your out-of-date WiFi printer going to hack the Gibson? Learn more about it on this episode. You can pre-order ATTACK SURFACE from your local bookstore …
 
This week, Francis is on vacation and Nate is joined by the What a Hell of a Way to Die official zoomer correspondent Kevin Frint (@kevin_frint) to discuss the Call of Duty franchise. Didn’t we just discuss this on a bonus episode with Brock? Yes, but we’re not good at scheduling things. Anyway, in anticipation of the new COD installment, Kevin tak…
 
It's a combo episode of What a Hell of a Way to Die and Well There's Your Problem, in which we discuss the history of the technical and have a debate about what actually counts as one. You will love it hopefully as much as Uday and Qusay Hussain loved technicals. If you want to hear the whole thing, get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/p…
 
Donald Trump is at war with the generals. Well, not really, but he’s a big idiot and is lashing out at anyone he thinks is criticizing him -- which has led him to make the statement that the military rank-and-file love him, but the top brass don’t because they just want to go to war in order to make money for defense contractors. Now, we’re not say…
 
You know what’s bad? The general concept of ‘military TikTok.’ You know what’s even worse? An active duty Army lieutenant posting a Holocaust joke on his TikTok with 3 million followers. But, as we point out in our discussion, he’s only telling the kind of jokes that anyone who grew up in a majority white and Christian part of America grew up heari…
 
Why is it that there’s one particularly online SEAL, the guy who shot Bin Laden, and he won’t stop talking about it? Have you ever read his book? Well, Nate and Francis dug through the McHooyah story and have brought out some choice quotes for you to examine. We explore the deeply unwell psychology of the Navy SEALs and why this particular guy is j…
 
We did a joint episode with the cast of the Well There's Your Problem podcast (@wtyppod), covering the checkered history of the V-22 Osprey. We're going to do another bonus episode with WTYP soon, so check out the Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and …
 
The DNC platform didn’t exactly make a strong impression on us, so we decided to discuss it in detail -- with specific emphasis on the stuff that pertains to America’s wars. We’re both really excited about ‘right-sizing’ our presence in combat zones! For this week’s bonus, Francis speaks with journalist Jasper Craven (@Jasper_Craven) about the righ…
 
This week features a story that very few people outside of Oregon have seen fit to cover. The story of what appears to be an ex-Navy SEAL chucking pipe bombs at protestors in Portland and then bragging about it on LinkedIn. A tale as old as time: what is wrong with the Navy. (Source: https://www.opb.org/article/2020/08/10/man-seen-in-area-of-homema…
 
This week, Nate and Francis are joined by special guest and friend of the show Ken Klippenstein (@KenKlippenstein), a reporter for the Nation who has become the master of leaks. We discuss his recent reporting about DHS’s “Fusion Cells” in Portland, their presence as masked goons disappearing people into rental vans, and how the entire structure of…
 
This week, Nate and Francis discuss the amendment put forth by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to defund the military’s recruiting on Twitch and similar platforms. We talk about how recruiting worked when we were in school, how people get assigned to be recruiters, and why (once again) the correct position is Do Not Join. (source: https://thehill.com/policy/def…
 
This week, Francis speaks with an Air Force reservist paralegal named Pat who takes us through the way that the military approaches sexual assault cases. As you might expect, it leaves an inordinate amount of leeway for commanders’ discretion. But we hope that this episode gives you a better idea of why things don’t seem to be getting better. Our b…
 
No, we’re not Grover Norquist. Far from it -- we want to raise taxes on the rich and to eliminate all the absurd loopholes, never mind the ridiculous levels of pain that everyday taxpayers go through in the US. But, what do we get for our taxes? If this recent meltdown has taught us anything, it can be boiled down to one thing: cops (for this argum…
 
This week, Francis and Nate discuss the recent DOD actions to ban the Confederate flag (a good thing to do) and rename bases named for Confederate generals (why we have these is a mystery). We also discuss the recent, horrific case of the murder of Specialist Vanessa Guillen, killed by a soldier in her own unit and buried in the desert near Fort Ho…
 
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