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What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.
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This week’s episode features an impromptu guest spot with @trashfuturepod co-host and stand-up comedian @milo_edwards, who you should follow. Donald Trump has decided that the US is going to pull out of Rojava, the autonomous enclave in northeastern Syria. Since we recorded this episode, the Turkish have invaded and the Kurdish have struck a pact with Assad’s government and the Russian military. We discuss this betrayal, how poorly-received it’s been, and how Republicans might condemn it but will still roll over for Trump as always (source: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/10/congress-prepares-sanctions-syria-trump-kurds-turkey-erdogan-lindsay-graham-normandy/?fbclid=IwAR2oVxgzUi-L4pW4l-yPFpNuxqBUO-yxpJUT_P2qcyksccf4O8C2IOl6Bnw) However, some Russian shock jocks have pranked U.S. Senator (and USAF Colonel) Lindsey Graham and have gotten him to say some moronic things about Turkey, because he’s just as wet and dumb as the President he loves. We also discuss this (source: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991?fbclid=IwAR1kgDx84KJD51ilfSqFg4vXU5iRv-oyEUZjCHX4EOeO3-QQbd3F0U6iK74) This week’s Patreon bonus features Francis and special guest Sativa Steve, a Marine Corps and Navy vet who now works in plant biology with a specific focus on cannabis genomics. You’ll get military nerd chat, weed nerd chat, and plant nerd chat -- get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/30686092 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop You may have noticed that the next issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang
Donald Trump recently tweeted that an impeachment proceeding would instigate a second Civil War. This has been a topic of discussion on the right for a long time now, but it hasn’t warranted much attention because it’s such an absurd proposition. However, this week we discuss it and a Daily Beast feature about where the military’s loyalties lie--and why: (source https://www.thedailybeast.com/if-trumps-rage-brings-civil-war-where-will-the-military-stand) We also discuss Jacob Wohl’s recent caper and the fact that his extreme himbo Marine veteran’s sordid Elizabeth Warren tale fell apart instantly. Why? According to Nate, it’s because the O’Keefe-style grifter ecosystem has changed and become a bit trickier. (source: https://www.newsweek.com/ex-marine-who-claimed-sexual-involvement-elizabeth-warren-lied-about-military-service-corps-says-1463271) This week’s Patreon bonus features yet another visit from Marine Todd, in which he reads a famously insane veteran outrage clickbait piece. We also have a discussion about how the veteran outrage business cycle works, plus a special visit from emotionally-evolved PhD student Marine Theodore. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/30499584 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop You may have noticed that the next issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang
This week, we discuss big news that’s specific to the Army: the weird, broken-TV looking camouflage pattern has now been formally phased out. It’s the only uniform that Nate wore on active duty, it’s a legacy of terrible defense appropriations and the waste of our militarized budget, and it’s a reminder that just because something is ‘military grade’ doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. This week’s bonus features Francis and Cynthia Bethea discussing the 1988 Eddie Murphy film COMING TO AMERICA. Why is it basically a family reunion for Black actors in the ’80s? Find out by listening here:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/30165323 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop You may have noticed that the next issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
Where to even begin? Well, for starters, the Storm Area 51 thing happened and — while it was definitely dumb — it wasn’t a catastrophe. However, for some reason a defense audio/video portal tweeted a threat that seemed to imply that they’d use a B1 bomber to murder ‘#millennials’. Which is weird! So, Francis and Nate discuss the Naruto runners, the fixation on using Millennial as a code word for lazy, and much more. However, the crucial news this week stems from Donald Trump’s corruption high-score challenge, in which he apparently asked the Ukrainan President for help in nailing U.S. Navy vet and cocaine aficionado Hunter Biden. Why did Trump do this? Why is Hunter Biden on a board of a power company in Ukraine? Why is everything so dumb? This week’s bonus features an interview with John, a Navy aviator who has been up close and personal with UFOs. You wanted to slap them alien cheeks, so take a listen to this episode on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/30165323 You may have noticed that the next issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
We stan a team of Houthi gamers who were able to knock out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil supply with some drones. And probably not even military-style UAVs -- chances are good these were like hobby store drones with mini bombs attached. Amazing. Amazing! And now of course the President plans on starting a war with Iran and also reassuring us that there’s ‘PLENTY OF OIL!” (source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/09/16/trump-says-us-locked-and-loaded-response-drone-attack.html) We also discuss a recent Military.com piece that describes the difficulties the military faces in combating its white nationalism problem. The burden of proof is high, and there appears to be zero desire to treat it as equivalent to other forms of domestic terror -- wonder why? (source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/09/14/congress-wants-military-report-extremism-ranks-heres-why-will-be-tough.html) Did you hear the one about the Twitch streamer who said mean things about Rep. Dan Crenshaw? Well, it turns out that the story's a bit more complicated than that, and we decided to get to the bottom of it by bringing TYT host and general internet superstar Hasan Piker (@hasanthehun) on to the show.  You can access the full episode on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29963598 You may have noticed that the next issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
Some recent developments in the US military that you should know about: first, the President has decided to defund military spending in order to build his stupid racism wall. While on one hand we would call defunding the military a good thing, we would reject that given the fact the money (which was earmarked for things like building maintenance and fire safety) is going towards a stupid project that sucks. We also talk about a surprise revelation that some (relatively low-ranking) members of the Navy SEALs have been disciplined for their unit’s misbehavior. That said, our argument stands that the SEALs need to be disbanded because they’re out of control. And honestly, why stop there? This episode includes Francis’ argument that the Marines should go away, too. This week’s bonus features an inaugural feature where Francis explains some how-tos on things that are useful to know. You’ve heard about active shooter training (and if you’re a parent, the hellworld of America is making your kids go through it), but did you ever wonder how the military goes about it? Well, here’s your MILSPEC active-shooter training as briefed by SSG Horton, your training NCO. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29832909 You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
The rent is too damn high, but especially nowadays given that hedge funds and private equity are working to squeeze as much lifeblood out of renters as possible. However, god forbid you enact rent control — then you might become like Venezuela! This week, Francis and Nate speak with Nick Babakitis (@sternburgpapi) of the Corner Späti podcast (@cornerspaeti), a Berlin-based leftist program. Berlin recently passed a mild rent control law, which has already gotten denounced as Venezuela. The conversation also covers New York’s rent stabilization laws (you’d better believe that’s a Venezuela) and the military’s housing allowances — which are somehow not socialism? This week’s bonus is our monthly Q&A session. You’ve asked us some questions, and we’ve done our best to answer. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29653263 You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front   You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
Francis is out this week, and this episode features Nate in discussion with Rhett J. Evans (@RhettJEvans), the author of a work of speculative fiction entitled “The Echo Chamber.” It’s a book about social media, corporate malfeasance, a dystopian future, and the possibility of a high-tech smoothie gadget playing a huge role in global affairs. They also discuss Rhett’s political conversion from right to left, the unaccountability of social media companies, and the way online distorts people’s relationships. You can buy “The Echo Chamber” on Books a Million here (or on Amazon if you want): https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Echo-Chamber/Rhett-J-Evans/9781682618615?id=7670120814234 This week’s bonus features Brock Wilbur and Francis discussing the 2012 video game Spec Ops: The Line, a game where you give yourself PTSD and then freak out and kill your fellow troops. A bit on the nose, maybe, but it’s a great conversation. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29367028 You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
This podcast supports antifa -- end of discussion. “A bloo bloo bloo,” you might say in response, “My norm’s and notion’s of respectability!” We don’t care. People who put their bodies and livelihoods on the line to face down fascism are heroes and deserve our support. Francis and Nate discuss the recent protests in Portland, the truth to the refrain that cops and fascists work together, and a little digression about internet atheism’s total interchangeability with xenophobia. This is the link to the story about the New Hampshire MIA/POW display that features religious imagery: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/08/18/new-hampshire-veterans-group-seeks-intervene-pow-bible-display-lawsuit.html?fbclid=IwAR3venPBMsTSiFaucJ1ccqknuzHaB2ZOOB-LR13L5utwN5_V0kXGPU4jUHY A Portland antifa member got arrested by the famously not fascist-adjacent Portland PD. Here’s a link his legal defense GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/jve5am.  We’re also doing a promotion between now and the end of the day on 22 August -- if you buy this shirt we’ll donate all the profits to the defense fund: https://teespring.com/new-sorry-if-my-marxism-offend This week’s bonus features a discussion between Francis and Joe Kassabian of the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast on the topic of being a Soviet conscript, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and Svetlana Alexeivich’s book BOYS IN ZINC: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29262977 You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang
  Word on the street is that the US and the Taliban may have come to a peace agreement. Which is why Republican politicians in America hate it. Why? Well, for one, because they’re horny for war (and war expenditures), but also because they’re really, really dumb. Here’s a Defense News story that gives you the full smorgasbord of terrible quotes: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/08/12/liz-cheney-republicans-voice-skepticism-on-possible-us-taliban-peace-deal/?fbclid=IwAR1p5YRIwb566foKFSXhURrdB5ZsaWBtnxpAOiIz2Q2-n3yxJlwlPdN0VJU As a palate cleanser, we also discuss a story about how a soldier in Germany got drunk and tried to use land-navigation skills to get back to base, except he wound up on the tracks of Germany’s high-speed passenger train (don’t worry! Nothing bad happened): https://www.armytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/08/08/ridin-the-rails-drunk-soldier-arrested-after-using-train-tracks-to-find-his-way-back-to-base/?fbclid=IwAR38FrizJm6HRQjh8pWTWvkBO-K48NBqsd2U06iZ2ZywFWm9kiNRZyqy12I This week’s bonus is the conclusion of Francis reviewing the HBO series GENERATION KILL. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29109895 You may have noticed that the first issue of our zine has debuted, and you can get it in print by signing up at the $10 monthly Patreon tier. We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw We have a new t-shirt out — get some anarchist agriculture in your life! Buy it here: https://teespring.com/new-anarchist-agricultural#pid=387&cid=101810&sid=front You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  
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Modus Pwnens

Excuse me but it is my Murican right to have a throbbing phallus ejaculating and run it up my neck whole serving my country if I want, good day sir 😤

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