Toxic Tuesday

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America’s military adventures — and, just as often, its misadventures — have inspired thousands upon thousands of books. But the military isn’t just in the business of inspiring books: Sometimes it bans them, too.

The Pentagon recently announced that it was refusing to carry a new book by journalist (and veteran) Joseph Hickman in the stores on U.S. military bases. It’s called The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers.

Burn pits, NPR reports, are “acres-wide mounds of waste near bases” containing “everything from batteries to vehicle scraps to amputated body parts.” These refuse piles, once set aflame with jet fuel, can burn for 24 hours a day. They expose our troops and other personnel to deadly toxic fumes.

Banning books is bad enough. But there’s a bigger issue here: Why does the Pentagon expose our soldiers to deadly poisons and then pretend it hasn’t happened?

John Kirakow @ OTHERWORDS

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8 Responses to Toxic Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Typical DOD BS, throwing troops into a meat grinder then poisoning them.

    Volunteers beware! The DOD does not have your best interest in mind just their corporate masters.

    • David B. Benson says:

      Need to make plenty of work for the VA.

      • Den says:

        The VA is jam-packed with needy GI’s.

        Reno VA needs a gastroenterologist desperately, could use 2!
        Not accepting new patients @ this time, it is getting ugly thanks to endless wars!

  2. David B. Benson says:

    Along the trail I saw the Mallard duck pair dabbling in the still fast moving river. Went to the Tokyo Seoul and then the shortest way up to Sloan; a daily total of 50 minutes.

    Day 3: 69+50=119 minutes.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Is the U.S. Now at War With the Shabab? Not Exactly
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/us/politics/is-the-us-now-at-war-with-the-shabab-not-exactly.html
    War is Peace

  4. º¿carol says:

    Ran the roads with Pete & Sara this morning. Various stores, getting ready for Nick’s 6th birthday party Saturday. We got to eat out, HOORAY!

    Went to the video store in town for dollar day, we watched a movie and then I went out to pick up sticks. Had to bend over so many times I’m a wreck tonight. Body failing me, dammit.

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