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‘Proud Boys’ Sounds Like a Book about Toilet Training

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...


Liz Cheney Hates Peace (It’s Genetic)

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: ...


When Your Defiant Teens Defy You by Enlisting

NOTE: When we recorded this episode, news reports hadn't yet disclosed that the Dayton shooter's murdered sibling was a trans man. We wanted to update the show notes to reflect that disclosure. It’s hard to write pithy show notes when a horrible weekend has just rained more indiscriminate death and destruction on America. Nate and Francis discovered this week that the Dayton, Ohio shooter followed them both on Twitter, which is not good. In this episode, they discuss whether or not online...


Climate Change Presents: Heat Cat 40,000

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. The US military has bases primarily in the South, and primarily in parts of the world in which climate change poses a huge risk. So, what is the US military doing about it? If you guessed ‘killing more soldiers in training via heatstroke,’ you’re right on the money. Thanks to a fan of the show, we had a chance to read this in-depth piece from Inside Climate News on the topic of heat deaths, the military’s obligation to both assess risks and...


A Comprehensive Guide to Pulling Rank

The military is an authoritarian hellworld, sure, but there are ways to navigate it. In this week’s episode, Nate and Francis discuss a recent op-ed arguing on behalf of the junior enlisted community -- basically, arguing that perhaps the military (in this case, the Marine Corps) should treat privates as more than window lickers. You can read that article here: ...


Recruiting 16-Year-Olds: Patriotic Child Grooming

Yes, we’ve read the terrible article. A genius decided that it would be a wise idea to propose allowing 16-year-olds to enlist in the military (as a means of solving our current recruiting issues). We think this would be a bad idea -- read the original piece here: https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2019/07/10/why-we-should-lower-the-age-for-recruitment-to-16/?fbclid=IwAR2JcuTfe7Na6hsgoLhnQewUeen-GkgS5U2P7_3KBj515QYOMpQGDk6yZf8 We also discuss whether or not the ‘Storm Area...


TTPs for Making Your Soldiers Eat Their Vegetables

It’s a season of good ideas, and by good ideas we mean people wanting to change things in the Army because they heard that keto was good for you or that you need to do deadlifts to have Warrior Strength. In this week’s episode, Nate and Francis discuss a few hot topics in the military: a proposal to recruit combat arms soldiers to the tune of $250k bonuses; a (pie-in-the-sky) proposal to enforce dietary ketosis for soldiers; and a discussion of how informal memorials crop up as a result of...


Bergdahlpalooza 10 Years Later feat. Jon Thurman

10 years ago, an American soldier walked off an outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. It didn’t make the news in the US to a great degree, but 5 years after that, it precipitated a right-wing freakout and an entire season of the podcast Serial. In this episode, Nate speaks with Jon Thurman, a veteran of 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, who was there on the search for Bergdahl. They of course know each other because Nate was there, too. They cover their memories of the search itself, the media...


Why Did Putin Tie My Shoes Together feat. Milo Edwards

That dastardly Vladimir Putin, the bane of our existence, is constantly deploying active measures to make Eric Garland tweet too much. Or is he? As Trashfuture cohost and longtime resident of Russia, Milo Edwards (@milo_edwards), has experienced, sometimes Russia is too insane for even Putin himself. In this episode, Milo and Nate discuss everything from terrible Russian supermarkets to the slightly risky concept of Georgia joining NATO. Hope you enjoy! This week’s Patreon bonus features...


Expert Field Kitchen Badge

We’ve all seen chest candy. Whether it’s a private rocking an airborne badge or some terrifying spec-ops E-8 with every spaceship-commander skill badge in existence, at some point we’ve all encountered the Army (and it’s basically just the Army) penchant for giving people skill badges for just about everything. Well, there’s chest candy to come: apparently we’ll soon get to experience the Expert Soldier Badge, which you get for Doing Soldier Skills Well. But, what is this badge? And why is...


You Will Address Me as Sir or Ensign Priebus

Okay, seriously, what the hell--apparently Reince Priebus (former Trump Chief of Staff) has joined the Navy as an O-1… at age 47. We’re confused, but hey, there’s time enough to give him a red belly. Read that story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-trump-chief-of-staff-reince-priebus-joins-the-navy/2019/06/10/20174f2a-8bbf-11e9-8f69-a2795fca3343_story.html?utm_term=.0d8e5712f012 We also discuss the story of the Naval War College’s Commandant, a Navy Rear Admiral with a...


Vaping Your Way to War Crimes with Duncan Hunter

This week, Nate and Francis discuss two recent news stories that are painfully dumb but also, surprisingly, relevant to the military. First, we examine the story of Trump’s lackeys trying to forcibly relocate the USS John S. McCain because of Trump’s strong dislike of the guy the boat was named after. We also discuss Duncan Hunter’s recent conversation in which he admitted to shelling civilians in Fallujah during his tenure as a Marine artillery officer. This was supposed to be a defense of...


Joining ISIS in the Multiverse feat. Hussein Kesvani

This week, Nate is in-studio with Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani), the author of the recently-published book “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims.” Hussein is also a cohost of the Trashfuture podcast and a man who can enrage everyone’s Facebook uncles with a simple tweet. They discuss how Hussein met his Islamophobic troll in person, how he managed the pressures of growing up as an other in suburban Britain, and how they’ve both watched the same weird jihadi dancehall video from...


War Crimes Pardons: The Ultimate Troop Respecting

Donald Trump, America’s big, wet President, recently pardoned a war criminal named Mike Behenna. Recently, he indicated that he wants to pardon even more war criminals -- all of them white dudes who murdered people in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this episode, Nate and Francis break down why this is pathetic and why your Once An Eagle ass cosplay about being The Leader Who Will Stop Bad Things means nothing when your chain of command actively encourages war crimes. It’s bad, folks! This week’s...


Training: No. Laser Tanks: Yes feat. Joe Kassabian

Our friend Joe Kassabian (@jkass99), THE HOOLIGANS OF KANDAHAR and host of the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast, has a new book coming out called CITIZEN OF EARTH. You can buy it here, and you should: https://kyanitepublishing.com/product/citizen-of-earth/ In this episode, Joe and Francis discuss the new book, bad Army training, laser tanks, insane future weapons, and why the higher your rank the in the military, the less a grip on reality you have re: what soldiers can do. It’s a fun...


Demon Guitar Solo Trumpism feat. Riley Quinn

Francis is out doing dad things, and Nate is covering down with a weird one out of left field. This week, Nate and special guest Riley Quinn (@raaleh) of Trashfuture Podcast discuss a looming horror in the distance: Donald Trump fans’ weird crossover with the Warhammer 40k universe. Riley explains what ‘grimdark’ is, why the fash seem to love slapping Trump’s head on the Emperor of All Mankind, and why gatekeeping fan subcultures can get weaponized very easily. The article from The Mary Sue...


Crying: A Winning Public Affairs Strategy feat. Fred Wellman and Amber Mathwig

In this episode, Francis speaks with Army public affairs veteran Fred Wellman (@fpwellman) about a recent article by an Army PAO that basically blames the media for not being patriotic enough. As fellow flacks, they discuss why this is a garbage take and why everyone should demand more truth from the military. Here is the dumb article that sucks: https://mwi.usma.edu/takes-two-tango-journalists-role-healthy-military-media-relationship/ In addition, we have an interview with all-round...


*Preview* Triple Frontier: Divorced Dad Energy feat. Bryan Quinby

In a preview of this week's bonus episode, Francis speaks with Bryan Quinby (@murderbryan) of Street Fight Radio on the topic of the recent Netflix film 'Triple Frontier.' Why is it so long? Why is Ben Affleck basically playing himself? And why do a bunch of Delta Force guys apparently really suck at planning? They answer all these and many more of your questions. If you want to listen to the whole thing, sign up on Patreon and access it here:...


I Hate It When Fascists Police My Militarized Borders Somehow

This week, we react to the recent happening at the US-Mexico border, in which a group of paramilitaries (among them ex-cops and veterans) held unarmed asylum seekers at gunpoint until the Border Patrol could arrest them. As Francis and Nate discuss, this sure sounds like some fascism. We also talk about a Marine general’s fixation on yard care, which brings us to the larger point: why is the military so obsessed with demonstrations of obedience as opposed to anything approaching actual...


Imperial Aftershocks feat. Joe Glenton

We figured it was time to dig in a little deeper on British military stories. This week, Nate speaks with British Army veteran and journalist Joe Glenton (@joejglenton) about his recent piece in the Independent, on the topic of paratroopers shooting at a picture of Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The conversation also touches on reactionary sentiments in the British Army, the UK’s history of veteran activism, and the strange ways in which people convince themselves to forget the truth...