Todays News 8/31/16

  • Department of Defence employees spend over $1,000,000 on slots and porn using government issued credit cards. The DoD did not do anything to prevent further misspending abuses. Two employees who spent over $1,000 on porn were not fired, and were able to continues to use their credit cards. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Social Security pays out $1.7 million to only 35 dead people. Social Security paid people for a average of 7 years before the miss payments were noticed. In one case the family member attempted to inform Social Security the relative was deceased. The agency brags that $1.7 million is an, “extremely small number.” [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Iraq’s Kurds look to expand the borders of Kurdish territory through the liberation of towns from ISIS. This creates conflict with Sunnis and Shiites who once lived in the new Kurdish territories. This may create problems for the upcoming battle for Mosul. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Gareth Porter reports it maybe impossible for the Syrian Civil War to end without attempted cleansing of the losing faction. It is likely that the loser, Sunni or Shiite/Alawite, will suffer mass casualties at the hands of the winner. Obama and the US government are largely responsible for the situation in Syria by giving the green light for US allies, Turkey/Saudi Arabia/Qatar, to arm Al-Qaeda linked rebel groups. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • 64 members of congress stand up to Obama and Saudi Arabia. They request that Obama review Saudi war crimes, including bombing a hospital and school, before going through with the weapons sale. Obama approved the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia earlier this month. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Hillary Clinton is supported by the military arms industry by a 5-1 margin over Trump. Part of the support results from Clinton already having established connections to the military industrial manufacturing industry. Hillary also more predictably favors military intervention. Hillary was the main advocate for the Libyan war that has lead to ISIS and Al-Qaeda establishing territory  in the country. [Link] 2016 Fyle

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