Juxtapose

This—WaPo reports that “the Air Force’s top leadership sought for three years to spend
counterterrorism funds on “comfort capsules” to be installed on
military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around
the world”

Air Force documents spell out how each of the capsules is to be
“aesthetically pleasing and furnished to reflect the rank of the senior
leaders using the capsule,” with beds, a couch, a table, a 37-inch
flat-screen monitor with stereo speakers, and a full-length mirror.

…With THIS–From NYT:

Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from
fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to
internal Army documents.

SNIP

And while the Pentagon has previously reported that 13 Americans have
been electrocuted in Iraq, many more have been injured, some seriously,
by shocks, according to the documents. A log compiled earlier this year
at one building complex in Baghdad disclosed that soldiers complained
of receiving electrical shocks in their living quarters on an almost
daily basis.

4 thoughts on “Juxtapose

  1. The fucking gall.
    Maybe if all the freepi sent in the money they spend on Support the Troops ribbons and bumper nuts we could pay for a union electrician.

  2. Considering the number of movies which feature the bad effects of touching hot items in the bathroom, and considering that the use of GFCI devices is only a couple of dollars and an established part of the electrical code, this is criminally negligent. An electrician doing this could be seen a criminally liable.
    But let me guess the military system. The soldiers reported shocks. The complaints were logged. The log was securely locked in the General’s desk. Case closed.

  3. The most unsurprising thing about this is that it’s approximately as old as the history of warfare — the senior officers generally live in comfort and stay far away from the real threat on the front lines, and the grunts are overworked, underpaid, and live in the shit.

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