Which SEAL Can Inspire Your Team to Victory?

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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.

If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?

Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading

Review: OGIO Throttle Backpack

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The Ogio Throttle Pack ($79.99) is a more economical alternative to their $125 All Elements backpack that we reviewed a few months back. If you aren’t using a backpack in the most extreme conditions, I actually found the Throttle to be more useful.

The padded computer sleeve is located in panel behind the straps. That makes for easy access to a few essential work items. While the main compartment does have a zip-up pocket near the top and a couple of mesh pockets just below, it’s mostly just a big space where you can cram your clothes or supplies. Maximum storage and minimal fuss. There’s a front access compartment and two side compartments that can handle a water bottle or keys and glasses. And there’s a fleece-lined compartment on the top for phones and other electronics, at least ones that you’ve got in a protective case. +Continue Reading

First-Person POV Comes to the Movies


Hardcore is an upcoming feature film starring Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and directed by Ilya Naishuller, the guy who made that amazing POV music video “Bad Motherf***er” for the band Bad Elbows last year. +Continue Reading

Ex-CIA Officers Make a TV Drama With ‘State of Affairs’

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After a career in national service, most everyone still has to get out there and make a living. Former CIA counterterrorism head Henry Crumpton has found a new vocation in show business and he’s created a new NBC drama series called State of Affairs in association with Rodney Faraon, his partner at the Crumpton Group and a former CIA officer who was a member of the Daily Briefing Team for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. +Continue Reading

10 Weak Excuses for Not Joining the Military

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Whether you’re a veteran or still actively serving, you know that conversations with civilians can sometimes lead to the phrase, “I would have joined, but…” The prestige of service with the U.S. military can have strange, albeit predictable, effects on civilians including a need to explain why they never joined. Whether they feel like they needed to prove something to themselves or are simply intimidated by veterans and service members, excuses from those who offer them unprovoked can range from weak to hilarious. Here are the top ten collected from soldiers online. +Continue Reading

Revisiting the Vietnam Era in ‘I Am Ali’

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Depending on your perspective Muhammad Ali is either America’s most famous conscientious objector or its most notorious draft dodger. The boxer still calls up a lot of fevered reaction from folks who lived through the Vietnam era. The new documentary I Am Ali (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) aims to present the boxer in a more intimate and personal light than previous films about the champ. +Continue Reading

Remotely Control Your Dook Lock With Okidokeys

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Whole-house, Internet-connected smart homes are coming at some point relatively soon. Unfortunately, “relatively soon” is hard to pinpoint: the killer system could come online next summer or we could be ten years away from something that works well. In the meantime, there’s the Okidokeys remote lock system, a device that aims to do one thing really well: replace your deadbolt with a remote control system that can both make your doors easier to lock and unlock, with the bonus that you can also remotely grant access to friends or service people via the Internet. +Continue Reading

Former SEAL Kristin Beck Describes Her Journey


Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.

The movie is aimed at everyone who’s not predisposed to understand or accept Kristin Beck’s transformation and highlights the role the United States Military has historically played in changing mainstream America’s attitudes about race, religion, national origin and sexuality. Beck thinks transgendered Americans can and will serve their country as well as anyone else. +Continue Reading

Review: verykool RX 2 Rock Phone

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The verykool RX2 Rock is an Android smartphone designed to stand up to a lot of abuse and delivers on that front. It’s got an IP68 rating and a tempered glass screen and claims that it can be submerged in up to 5 meters of water for an hour. It feels great in your hand and it’s survived a lot of (mostly unintentional) abuse as I’ve used it over the last month.

It’s a great choice for some people. Pros and cons are listed below. +Continue Reading

The Truth About ‘Fortunate Son’

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It’s pretty simple: “Fortunate Son” is a protest song written by a Vietnam-era veteran in support of the men who served and against the children of privilege who evaded the draft. +Continue Reading