A porn-watching employee at the U.S. Geological Survey got government networks infected with Russian malware, according to an Inspector General report, which begs the question of whether this unnamed individual was hard at work or hardly working, among others.
Now that you have that terrible image in your head, let's look at a memo written of the taxpayer-funded porn fan, which details an investigation conducted at USGS' Earth Resources Observation and Science Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
According to the Oct. 17 memo, the employee — who we'll just call Bob — used his work computer to access unauthorized web pages that hosted malware, and had "an extensive history of visiting adult pornographic websites."
How many, you ask?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe something like 9,000.
"Many of the 9,000 web pages [Bob] visited routed through websites that originated in Russia and contained malware," the memo said. Of course, Bob wasn't happy just sitting at his desktop and viewing porn in the privacy of his own government office: He saved a bunch of it to a USB thumb drive and his personal Android smart phone, for viewing on the go.
"We found that [Bob's] personal cell phone was also infected with malware," the memo said, not surprisingly.
The memo went on to recommend blacklisting a bunch of web sites and the implementation of technical measures to prevent employees from using USB ports. But Bob isn't alone in his thirst for porn in the workplace.
As an investigation by a Washington-based NBC affiliate showed, almost 100 federal employees "have admitted to or been caught" watching porn on the job over the past five years, including some who spent "six hours a day" on the practice.
That is certainly not in the description they put on USA Jobs.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
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A B-2 Spirit bomber deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and F-22 Raptors from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Wing fly near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a interoperability training mission Jan. 15, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)
The U.S. Air Force has two of its most elite aircraft — the B-2 Spirit bomber and the F-22 Raptor — training together in the Pacific, reassuring America's allies and sending a warning to strategic competitors and adversaries about the sheer power the U.S. brings to the table.
These stunning photos show the powerful aircraft tearing across the Pacific, where the U.S. has increasingly found itself facing challenges from a rising China.