Bowing to intense pressure from elves and the people who believe in them, the government of Iceland will unearth a purportedly magical “Elfin Lady Stone” buried by highway workers by mistake. The inadvertent burial of their sacred site seriously pissed off the mythical creatures, according to reports.
Have you ever made a frittata with potatoes before?
I love to cut small fingerling potatoes into slices, and then sauté them with onions, red peppers, spinach and scallions. Pour in some eggs and you have an easy, tasty meal.
Naval Supply Systems Command hosted a Women’s Equality Day program Aug. 25 to commemorate the certification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. …read more
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2 concluded participation in Exercise Bold Alligator 2016 (BA16) upon exercise completion Aug. 25. …read more
This summer, I spent a month aboard a research vessel in the Indian Ocean. At one point, we crossed the equator, which meant that those of us who had never done that before were treated to a special ceremony. In fact, it was a straight-up hazing, as I describe in a new article at Collectors Weekly.
The minute Pascal tied my hands together, I knew was in trouble. Pascal is a big man with an even bigger laugh, one of two hardworking, and hard-drinking, bosuns aboard a French research vessel called the Marion Dufresne. For his birthday a few days earlier, the crew had given Pascal a ball gag. Pascal thought this was hilarious, and immediately strapped the sex toy over his mouth, contorting his face in exaggerated expressions of mock distress, to the delight of the deckhands and officers assembled in the ship’s bar. Somehow, I couldn’t get that image out of my head, as Pascal, a mischievous grin now creasing his broad face, secured the knots around my wrists and gave me a wink. No doubt about it, whatever was about to happen next was totally going to suck.
Here’s a great picnic salad for the end of summer—with pasta and corn. We don’t usually think of pairing the two, both being starches, but the combo works great, especially when you toss in bacon, bell pepper, green onions, and basil, and tie everything together with buttermilk ranch dressing.
The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) team completed operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO) and entered the U.S. 3rd Fleet AOO, Aug. 25. …read more
Japan’s defense minister, the Japan Maritime Staff Office chief of staff, the Self-Defense Fleet commander in chief, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Yokosuka District commander visited aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Aug. 23. …read more
Navy and industry leaders gathered at the 28th Annual Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event at the San Diego Convention Center Aug. 23-24. …read more
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced a new update for its award-winning digital publication, Seabee Online, Aug. 25. …read more
When I’m looking for a few oohs and ahs at the dinner table, but don’t want to fuss or wash a bunch of dishes, I turn to this simple roasted salmon.
The bright sunset orange of wild salmon is striking against the roasted green beans and red peppers. The whole dish is topped with a bright cherry tomato salad. It’s like an explosion of color, flavor, and aroma.
Oh, and I did I mention, the whole thing is cooked on one baking sheet? Beautiful, tasty, and easy to clean up? My kind of dinner.
People are the most valuable asset at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) because they are the heart and soul of patient care, and the conduit for providing healthy options through preventive medical care and education. …read more
The Airlander 10 hybrid airplane-airship, the world’s longest aircraft that resembles a massive ass, crashed on landing at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England. Video below. Fortunately, the crew was uninjured. It was the aircraft’s second test flight.
“The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed,” said a spokesperson for Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company that developed the aircraft over the last decade, originally supported by a US Army contract.
Sir Mix-A-Lot had this to say about the accident: “I like big butts but this one can’t fly…”
A group of 35 chief petty officer (CPO) selectees from Naval Air Station Pensacola visited the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) Aug. 22 as part of their transition training from petty officer first class to CPO. …read more
Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated new fiber optic sensor technology suitable for an in-situ structural health monitoring (SHM) system. …read more
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75 took permanent ownership of two MK VI patrol boats at Naval Base Guam, Aug. 24. …read more
Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) and Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) conducted a astern replenishment-at-sea in waters south of Japan, Aug. 24. …read more
Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) is supporting execution of the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command and U.S. Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM) co-sponsored exercise Bold Alligator 2016 (BA16). …read more
The Naval War College and Naval Postgraduate School partnered with Task Force 73 to host a maritime operations training symposium in Singapore Aug. 15-21. …read more
A near-perfect summer day marked the celebration of a significant milestone regarding the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program during a ceremony held at St. Juliens Creek Annex in Chesapeake, Virginia, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. …read more
Surrounded by Sailors on the State Capitol steps, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch Otter read and signed a proclamation declaring it “Navy Week” in the State of Idaho to kick off the week-long outreach and awareness event, Monday. …read more
The first general surgeon to be commissioned under Navy Recruiting Command’s new Medical Officer Top 5 initiative was officially sworn into the Navy Reserve Aug. 18. …read more
The Navy’s premier small business event, focusing on how such companies can inject agility and innovation into fleet capabilities, will take place at the San Diego Convention Center Aug. 24-25. …read more
This one goes out to all of you who really want to make jam, but just lack the time, energy, counter space, or mental fortitude for a large canning project.
Microwave jam is ready in under 20 minutes and makes one perfect little jar of jammy goodness. Here’s everything you need to know.
Police in Hyannis, Massachusetts were on the lookout for 31 year old Shaun Miller, who was wanted for drug trafficking. Officers went to a house were he was believed to be staying, and when they encountered an “elderly man” there, the “officers determined that the ‘elderly man’ was in fact Miller, and at that point, officers pulled off Miller’s realistic disguise and placed him under arrest,” according to a statement issued by the US Attorney’s Office.
Ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 21, beginning their fall 2016 deployment. …read more
Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed Changi Naval Base in Singapore Aug. 22, beginning a transit across the Pacific Ocean to her San Diego homeport. …read more
The Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) celebrated the Navy’s Dental Corps’ 104th birthday with a cake-cutting event Aug. 22. …read more
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited U.S. and Republic of Korea civilian and military leaders during a visit to Seoul, Aug. 18-20. …read more
Asked by Politico reporter Marc Caputo to be specific, they end up on a call (after some Twitter trash talk), where things go horribly wrong for Bongino. (The action gets most classy about 7m 30s in)
Caputo’s being tricky—Bongino’s “propaganda” remark isn’t aimed at any specific claim in a specific story, even if it was a response to a tweeted Daily News URL. But Caputo knows how to work an angry idiot, and Bongino soon shits himself on a recorded call.
BONGINO: Marc, listen, you go fuck yourself.
CAPUTO: Awwwww, Dan, you’re so angry!
BONGINO: My entire following has been developed by beating on people like you. … My audience is far bigger than yours.
Indiscreet, so say the least. But this is a fellow who talks of himself in the third person.
The Department of the Navy (DON) Board for Corrections of Naval Records (BCNR) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are teaming up Aug. 26 to host a live Facebook question and answer session. …read more
The crew of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed Phase V of the Board of Inspection and Survey Inspection (INSURV), August 17. …read more
If there is one thing you can count on during the summer, it’s zucchini, and plenty of it!
These cheesy little zucchini bites are a great way to put all that zucchini to use. They’re like tater tots, but made with zucchini, in a mini muffin pan. They’re sort of a riff off our broccoli cheddar bites, and like their broccoli cousins, are perfect for breakfast, a quick snack, or a school lunch.
The Brennan Center has rounded up a rogues’ gallery of candid, on-the-record admissions from Republican politicians, officials, and operators about the true nature of the unconstitutional voter restriction laws that were cookie-cuttered across the Tea Party state governments: they don’t fight voter fraud (because that’s not a thing), but they do disenfranchise traditional democratic voters: people of color and students.
The 2016 International Hydrographic Management and Engineering Program (IHMEP) graduated seven students at a ceremony held at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center, Aug. 17. …read more
Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, visited ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) over a two-day period while the ships conducted onload of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Aug. 18-19. …read more
Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Padang, Indonesia, Aug. 18 for the final mission stop of 2016. …read more
A few miles from the bustling runways full of cargo planes at Joint Base Charleston, one airman is acquiring his “sea legs.” Senior Airman Austin Walworth, 628th Security Forces Squadron, recently earned the Navy’s small craft insignia. …read more
Command of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) changed Wednesday when Capt. Todd Wagner relieved Capt. Scott Jonson during a ceremony conducted at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Aug. 19. …read more
With the goal of raising awareness about Navy Medicine’s mission, Navy Medicine ambassadors traveled to the Hawkeye State during Des Moines Navy Week, Aug. 15-17. …read more
Chief petty officers (CPOs) and CPO selectees from throughout Hampton Roads gathered for Heritage Day, part of the Navy’s CPO 365 training, aboard historic battleship Wisconsin (BB 64) Aug. 17. …read more
The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) hosted a lecture on “Social Change in the Modern U.S. Navy,” at the National Museum of the United States Navy Aug. 17 as part of the “Needs and Opportunities in the Modern History of the United States Navy” lecture series. …read more
Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, recently issued updated guidance to the fleet all Pacific Fleet Sailors, uniformed and civilian, should read and understand. …read more
Camp Lemonnier welcomed Japanese Minister of Defense Tomomi Inada to the Horn of Africa, Aug. 15. …read more
After 3 years, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) returned to the Kingdom of Bahrain for a port visit, Aug. 13-17. …read more
Rolling this cookie dough in my hands makes me so happy. I’m immediately thrust back to grade school, making cookies with my mom and my friends.
I love biting into the chewy cookie and having those vanilla notes hit my nose. It’s a little bite of nostalgic satisfaction that you can’t get anywhere else.
My wife, Carla Sinclair, is editor of Wink Books. Yesterday, she used Paypal to pay Ben Marks his fee for reviewing a photo book published by Taschen called “Castro’s Cuba: An American Journalist’s Inside Look at Cuba 1959-1969.”
Carla included a message to Ben in the Paypal transaction, which read, “Hi Ben – Your Castro’s Cuba review is up! Thanks so much! Carla.”
As soon as she pressed the send button, she got a pop-up message on the PayPal site that informed her that the payment was being held for review. This had never happened before and she had no idea why PayPal was holding up the transaction.
Last night, an email arrived from PayPal. It turns out, the problem arose because Carla’s message included the forbidden word “Cuba” (and/or possibly “Castro”).
Here’s the email from PayPal:
As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the
PayPal system. During a recent screening, we noticed an issue regarding
PayPal’s Compliance Department has reviewed your account and identified
activity that may be in violation of United States regulations administered
by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
PayPal is committed to complying with and meeting its global regulatory
obligations. One obligation is to ensure that our customers, merchants, and
partners are also in compliance with applicable laws and regulations,
including those set forth by OFAC, in their use of PayPal.
To ensure that activity and transactions comply with current regulations,
PayPal is requesting that you provide the following information via email
1. Purpose of payment 0B463347YT949791N attempted on August 16, 2016
in the amount of $30.00USD, including a complete and detailed explanation
of the goods or services you intended to purchase. Please also explain the
transaction message: “Hi Ben – Your Castro’s Cuba review is up! Thanks so
Please go to our Resolution Center to provide this information. To find the
Resolution Center, log in to your account and click the Resolution Center
subtab. Click Resolve under the Action column and follow the instructions.
If we don’t hear from you by September 01, 2016, we will limit what you can
do with your account until the issue is resolved.
The lesson: don’t use forbidden words when sending someone money via PayPal. Better yet, use Bitcoin instead.
I wonder what other words will trigger this kind of action?
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 assumed charge of the Seabees’ Europe and Africa Naval Construction Force missions from NMCB 133 during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Mitchell in Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 16. …read more