The U.S. military has begun war games in the nation of Georgia, an exercise reportedly planned for months, but which comes just days after Russia announced it will spend half a billion dollars refurbishing its own military bases and strengthening its hold on Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.
While some whales' hearts are as big as cars, the hearts on the Supreme Court that ruled Wednesday against a ban on high-powered sonar in Navy training exercises must be shrinking by the minute. The decision was a defeat to environmentalists, who argue that sonar panics whales, makes their ears bleed and pushes them to beach themselves.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is likely to extend the tours of duty of some 100,000 soldiers currently deployed in Iraq by three months. The new policy would enable the surge to last for a year.
The creators and star of the hilarious BBC series "The Office" made two humorous training videos for Microsoft in 2003, under the condition they would never be made public. But they have been leaked to the Internet, and already Microsoft got YouTube.com to take them down. Lucky for us, GoogleVideo still has them up. (watch them)
How do you begin to unravel the conspiracy theories and mysteries surrounding the U.S. Air Force's response on 9/11? Get your hands on over 30 hours of never-before-released NORAD tapes. Vanity Fair's Michael Bronner did just that, and pieces together a picture of the "chaotic military history of that day -- and the Pentagon's apparent attempt to cover it up." Complete with audio clips. (h/t bb.net)
Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one's children to "train them up." The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req'd.)