BY WARD CARROLL - WEARETHEMIGHTY.COM
In 1888 John P. Jones and Arcadia B. de Baker signed a deed donating 300 Acres of West Los Angeles land to be used by the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (the precursor to the Department of Veterans Affairs) as their Pacific branch home. Over the next 127 years, the property lost it’s original focus and suffered at the hands of ineffectual government authorities who let the facility fall into disrepair and conniving interlopers from a host of organizations including a major university, an elite parochial school, and even other government agencies who wrangled large parcels for their own use (and nothing to do with veterans healthcare or well-being). +Continue Reading
Good Kill is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Ethan Hawke stars as an Air Force pilot transferred to the drone program. At night, he’s dealing with his family in Vegas while conducting bombing raids in a desert trailer during the day. Set in 2010, the movie explores the psychological fallout for the men and women fighting war from a distance. +Continue Reading
BY BLAKE STILWELL — WEARETHEMIGHTY.COM
Morale patches are patches troops wear on their uniforms designed to be a funny inside joke, applicable only to their specific unit or military career field. They are usually worn during deployments, but the wear of morale patches is at the discretion of the unit’s commander. The patches often (not always) make fun of a depressing, boring, or otherwise specific part of the job. +Continue Reading
Japanese company Zoom is know for its outstanding audio recorders. I’ve known dozens of journalists and documentary filmmakers who won’t use anything else. Zoom just released the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder (retail $399), which aims to combine its world-class audio expertise with a video camera. +Continue Reading
Who would’ve guessed that a British Army officer was perhaps the greatest creative force behind rock legends The Who? That’s the premise of Lambert & Stamp, a compelling new documentary that focuses on the band’s original management team and somehow finds a way to retell their story in a fascinating new way. +Continue Reading
BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY.COM
Memesday! Thirteen of our favorites are below. Feel free to plaster your favorites all over We Are the Mighty’s Facebook page.
1. That’s the sergeant major’s grass and you’re just lucky you don’t have to guard it.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – home of the 101st Airborne Division and a military history so glorious that you will personally never be able live up to it, so maybe you should just stop trying. If you’ve been stationed there, you know this stuff is true. And if you are there now, you better get used to it – everyone knows that the 101st sucks you in and never lets you leave. +Continue Reading
There are several reasons you should watch Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor whose 2013 leak of classified documents to journalists set off a massive debate about privacy and government surveillance. The film is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD with an array of fascinating special features. It doesn’t matter if you decide that Snowden is a traitor, a patriot or some hard-to-define combination of both, this is a compelling and important film about the business of protecting the United States and the debate over security vs. privacy we all face. +Continue Reading
A sure-to-be-controversial new book from American University anthropology professor David Vine claims that the 800 bases the United States operates outside its borders hurt our national security more than they help it. In Base Nation: How the U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, Vine talks about how most of these bases were established after World War II as the Cold War escalated and suggests that we should pay more attention to the local opposition that many of these bases inspire. +Continue Reading
Soundfreaq’s original $99 Sound Kick was the first great-sounding affordable Bluetooth speaker and the first realistic alternative to the overpriced Jambox. Over the last three years, hundreds of speakers at every imaginable price point have flooded the market and now Soundfreaq has released a redesigned Sound Kick 2. Still priced at $99, the new speaker improves on the original and holds its own with the competition. +Continue Reading