Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey may not have seen much success in the ring lately, having suffered a stunning loss to Holly Holm in 2015 and gone down to an ignominious 48-second defeat at the hands of Amanda Nunes last month.
But let it not be said that “Rowdy” is one to duck a tough fight. Yesterday, she turned up in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where supporters of the local Sioux tribe have been protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Their demonstrations drew widespread attention, and thousands of veterans arrived at the site in early December to demand a halt to construction. Although the Army Corps of Engineers subsequently denied the permit required to complete the project, opting to “explore alternate routes,” they did so under a previous administration.
President Donald Trump is a longstanding supporter of the pipeline and has owned stock in the company constructing it, Energy Transfer Partners. (Although a spokesman said he sold the stock in June, he has not provided documentation to support the claim.) Yesterday, the president signed an executive memorandum ordering the secretary of the Army to expedite the approval process. He also moved to restart construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, fiercely opposed by environmentalists, who are pressing to reduce the use of fossil fuels that have been shown to cause climate change.
Last year, a group of former senior military officers and defense experts released a study pointing out the significant risk climate change poses for the U.S. military. Of the 1,774 installations around the world, many are located in coastal areas that are already experiencing increased flooding. The report also noted that environmental changes are expected to increase the incidence of global conflicts and mass migration, placing further strain on the nation’s armed forces.
Globally, 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, setting a new high for the third year running.
Though the president has said climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, he later claimed he was joking. Nonetheless, despite the entreaties of his daughter Ivanka, he appears eager to roll back environmental protections. “I am to a large extent an environmentalist,” he declared in a recent meeting with automotive executives. “I believe in it, but it’s out of control.” Meanwhile, the administration has reportedly ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the page explaining climate change from its website.
Somehow, we doubt Rousey is going to change his mind.
Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.