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Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL, has reportedly interviewed for Sean Spicer’s job

  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer might want to start updating his resume.
  • According to an exclusive report from the Washingtonian, former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie has gone through multiple rounds of interviews for Spicer’s position, the most recent of which was Thursday. Read more. (2/10/17, 11:38 PM)
Robert Harward 'turns down' Trump's national security adviser offer - BBC News
Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward wanted to bring in his own team, US media report.

BBC News:

Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday.

A White House official said Mr Harward cited family and financial commitments, but US media said the sticking point was he wanted to bring in his own team.

Mr Flynn had misled US Vice-President Mike Pence over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

Mr Harward, a 60-year-old former Navy Seal, is currently based in Abu Dhabi where he is chief executive of US defence contractor Lockheed Martin’s United Arab Emirates operations.

Two other contenders - retired General David Petraeus and acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg - have also been tipped to take on the job.


Donald Trump supporter cites Japanese internment camps as precedent for a Muslim registry

A former Navy SEAL and supporter of President-elect Donald Trump cited America’s internment of Japanese people during World War II as precedent for implementing a Muslim registry. A potential cabinet appointee also discussed a Muslim registry.

2014 Upcoming Fiction Reads Written By Authors of Color

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Jan 31st, 2013) - In Tokyo, 16-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. 

Soy Sauce For Beginners by Kristin Che(Jan 7th, 2014):  Gretchen Lin, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves behind a floundering marriage in San Francisco to return to her Singapore home, where she confronts the challenges of her mother’s alcoholism and her father’s artisanal soy sauce business before being pulled into a family controversy.  In the midst of increasing pressure from her father to remain permanently in Singapore—and pressure from her mother to do just the opposite—Gretchen must decide whether she will return to her marriage and her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, or sacrifice everything and join her family’s crusade to spread artisanal soy sauce to the world.

 On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee (Jan 7th, 2014): In a dystopian American future where declining urban neighborhoods have been transformed into highwalled, self-contained labor colonies whose Chinese immigrant residents work catching fish for the surrounding elites. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind.

 The Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah (Jan 7th, 2014): Beah’s debut novel tells the story of two friends Benjamin and Bockarie, who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

 The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani (Jan 7th, 2014):  Salazar, a detective, is determined to solve a string of recent murders before he retires. He enlists the help of an expert in psychopathy, Dr. Sunil Singh, who is haunted by a betrayal of his loved ones in apartheid South Africa. But Sunil’s own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

 A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri (Jan 7th, 2014) - Growing up in a small rice-farming village in 1980s Iran, 12-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are captivated by America. They keep lists of English words and collect illegal Life magazines, television shows, and rock music. So when her mother and sister disappear, leaving Saba and her father alone in Iran, Saba is certain that they have moved to America without her. As she grows up in the warmth and community of her local village, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold. And where Saba’s world has all the grit and brutality of real life under the new Islamic regime, her sister’s experience gives her a freedom and control that Saba can only dream of.

 Foreign Gods, Inc by Okey Ndibe (Jan 11th, 2014) - Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. As Ike travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, he must deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity. 

 The Death Class by Erika Hayashi (Jan 14th, 2014) - Why does a college course on death have a three-year waiting list?  When nurse Norma Bowe decided to teach a course on death at a college in New Jersey, she never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into her classroom, and the reason is clear: Norma’s “death class” is really about how to make the most of what poet Mary Oliver famously called our “one wild and precious life.” By following her over four years, award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki shows how Norma steers four extraordinary students from their tormented families and neighborhoods toward happiness: she rescues one young woman from her suicidal mother, helps a young man manage his schizophrenic brother, and inspires another to leave his gang life behind. Through this unorthodox class on death, Norma helps kids who are barely hanging on to understand not only the value of their own lives, but also the secret of fulfillment: to throw yourself into helping others.

 Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of American Maroons by Sylviane A. Diouf (Jan 17th, 2014) - Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered. To survive, the American maroons reinvented themselves, defied slave society, enforced their own definition of freedom and dared create their own alternative to what the country had delineated as being black men and women’s proper place. Audacious, self-confident, autonomous, sometimes self-sufficient, always self-governing; their very existence was a repudiation of the basic tenets of slavery. (Nonfiction)

Boy in the Twilight: Hidden Stories of China by Yu Hua (Jan 21st, 2014) -  From the acclaimed author of Brothers and To Live: thirteen audacious stories that resonate with the beauty, grittiness, and exquisite irony of everyday life in China.

 The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson (Jan 21st, 2014) - In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country. As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest. Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past.

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How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets of Navy SEALs and Olympians

by Eric Barker

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations. Know what else is really interesting? Learning how Olympic athletes deal with the pressure of competition when the entire world is watching. Know what’s the most interesting of all? When you find out they do a lot of the same things.

“Mental Links To Excellence” is a research study of what Olympians do to prepare for their big day. And so much of it lines up with what I learned researching SEAL training and talking to former Navy Seal Platoon Commander James Waters.

The best part is you and I can use these methods to perform better at work and in our personal lives.

Let’s find out how…

1) Talk Positively To Yourself

Your brain is always going. It’s estimated you say 300 to 1000 words to yourself per minute. Olympic athletes and SEALs agree: those words need to be positive.

One of the Olympians said:

Immediately before the race I was thinking about trying to stay on that edge, just letting myself relax, and doing a lot of positive self-talk about what I was going to do. I just felt like we couldn’t do anything wrong. It was just up to us. I said, “There’s nothing that’s affecting us in a negative way, the only thing now is to do it, and we can do it … I just have to do my best.”
SEALs use the same method — and they do it in a far more terrifying scenario. How terrifying?

(excerpt - click the link for the complete article)

Long Nights

Pairing : Sam Hanna x Reader

Summary : Imagine being Sam’s girlfriend and when he decides to stay late at NCIS you take him and the team dinner.

You had met the former Navy SEAL through Kensi and once you laid eyes on each other that was it. Although his work caused him to leave dates early and you to get a taxi home, you admired him for how strong he was after everything he’d endured.

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Navy SEAL who claims he killed bin Laden calls reporter in GOP 'body slam' incident a 'snowflake'

(Greg Gianforte campaigning with Donald Trump Jr.Bobby Caina Calvan/AP)
Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who has said he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, called the reporter who said he was “body-slammed” by the Republican House candidate in Montana a “snowflake.”

Speaking during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Specialists,” O'Neill, who is from Montana, also said the incident seemed “kind of funny based on my history.”

The incident in question happened Wednesday night before a campaign event for Republican candidate Greg Gianforte. Approached by Ben Jacobs of The Guardian and pressed about the Congressional Budget Office score for the American Health Care Act, Gianforte is accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and slamming him to the ground, breaking his glasses. Fox News reporters on the scene said Gianforte also punched Jacobs, who later tweeted that he was “body slammed” by Gianforte.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.

“All of a sudden, what happened there in Montana, apparently this snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte’s safe space,” O'Neill said. “And we have a saying up there you know if you mess around, you mess around and you might not be around.”

O'Neill went into his own history dealing with the news media, which he said was intense after he first claimed to have fired the shots that killed bin Laden.

“These guys kind of bum-rushed my father — they got him to say some stuff,” he said. “He didn’t know the difference between on the record and off the record.”

He criticized “ambush tactics” he said were deployed by those reporters and Jacobs.

“Granted, I’m not condoning the body slam,” he said. “I think it’s kind of funny based on my history. But you know, you try to mess with it sometimes, you’ll get the bull’s horns in Montana.”

The special election for Montana’s lone House seat is Thursday. Before the violent incident, the race between Gianforte and Democratic candidate Rob Quist appeared to be tightening. The candidates are vying to replace Ryan Zinke, whom President Donald Trump selected to be interior secretary.

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Rest in Peace to Richard “Mack” Machowicz former US Navy Seal and host of Future Weapons and Deadliest Warrior on the Discovery Channel. He passed away today due to brain cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2015. I have fond memories of hanging out after school and watching his shows back in the day. 

Fair Winds Warrior. 

Few months ago I made list of my favorite older and newer Olicity fics(and I’m so sorry for all the typos in it and for the inevitable ones in this yikes) but since then I’ve discovered so many new great works that should be read by everyone in this fandom so I decided to make Fanfic Rec Part 2, which mostly consists of quite new and unfinished works. (There are couple older ones that I forgot to add to Part 1 though)

Many of these are WIP’s and they are off to great start so you should definitely begin reading them. There are also more one shots this time. You can find Fic Rec Part 1 here. Once again, this list is to appreciate the talent of these incredible writers, and the hard work and effort. Note that if you haven’t watched s3 or s4 premiere, many of these can be spoilery!

  • Of Monsters and Mai Tais by JSevick (Jurassic World AU, established post s3 Oliver and Felicity visiting the park with Diggle. Amazing writing, both with angst & fluff!)
  • Once and Forever Queen by jbuffyangel (s4 AU, Oliver and Felicity deal with proposals, kidnappings, H.I.V.E and hell of a lot other things. There are so many moments and lines in this fic I would sell my soul to see in the show)
  • Pembroke by freyjaschariot (Boarding school AU, Felicity gets an scholarship to Pembroke Academy, where she meets and befriends Oliver. So great with the slowburn and all the mysteries!)
  • The Bodyguard Series by Kayleegee (Mckenna Hall is back in Starling and she’s hired to be Ceo!Felicity’s bodyguard. This yet to be finished series of one shots are such a great take on how other people see Oliver and Felicity’s relationship)
  • Layers by somethingelseornothingatall (Bratva AU that’s everything you could ever dream of. Felicity is smart, sassy, strong, vulnerable & fierce and everything!! Oliver’s characterization is definitely also one of the best ones I’ve ever seen in Bratva fics. Slowburn & sexual tension. I seriously can’t praise this work enough.)
  • Fool Me Twice by darlinginmyway (Felicity’s first love football player Oliver suddenly comes back to her life after 15 years of separation when she’s hired to be his doctor. Miscommunications, pent up anger and holy crap so much sexual tension! Incredibly great.)
  • loose lips sink ships by mallory (College student-TA relationship AU, in which Felicity is Oliver’s student and he has a hard time remembering that. Soo much sexual tension)
  • The Smoaking Gun by Veli (Felicity is hired to be the assistant of Oliver Queen, a former Navy Seal. Both of them have plenty of secrets in their past and working together will get interesting. Really curious where this one will go!)
  • On the Outside Looking In by MachaSWicket (Collection of incredibly adorable and beautiful one shots I forgot to add in my Part1. Set during the summer after s3. Tells how the people O&F encounter on their getaway see them. I can’t choose my favorite out of these, I adore every single one so much!)
  • Four Walls (Of Law Firms and Honey) by Bre (AU where Felicity is a tech expert on the law firm of Oliver’s family and they both seem to hate and want each other with burning passion. A collection of smutty ficlets with time jumps showing the development of their feelings for each other. Love this slightly darker, enemies to lovers fic so much!)
  • Sex High by gnimaerd (Set during the summer of love, slightly introperspective. Felicity contemplates their sex life and the wanting that never seems to cease.)
  • Better Than Anything by gnimaerd (Slightly similar to previous one, only this time it’s Oliver’s view. This is undoubtedly one of the most realistic and well written smut in this fandom. Oliver’s mindset is incredibly sweet and imo 100% in character.)
  • You Make It Real by Carly_101 (Witness Protection and Undercover Marriage AU. Felicity and John are A.R.G.U.S agents hired to protect Oliver Queen, who is in danger after witnessing a murder. They have to pose as a married couple, which might get difficult considering that both F&O are in danger of developing feelings for each other. Such a great start, can’t wait for more!)
  • Across The Highs, The Lows, And The In-Betweens by bri617 (Pining after your friend AU. After Felicity meets Oliver Queen on a plane, he convinces her to come work in his company instead of somewhere else. A year later, they are best friends & in love with each other. Love the pining, living together platonically-trope and all the confusing feelings!!)
  • So Neighborly by quiveringbunny (When Felicity and Oliver move to a new neighborhood together, she starts to notice some interesting things about their female neighbors. Set after s3. Such a cute one shot, would love to see a following role reversal version too!)
  • One Small Hitch by sprstarinfrance (Fake engaged AU. When Oliver decides to introduce his best friend’s little sister to his family as his fake fiancée, he has no idea what he’s in for. I love fake relationship AU’S so much, and this is so great!)
  • In this last of meeting places by anddirtyrain (S4 speculative fic. Felicity makes an hard decision that breaks both her and Oliver’s heart. Amazingly angsty, so basically everything I want and need)
  • The Alias Complex series by JSevick (Collection of stories based on Alias episodes, post s3. Undercover missions as prostitutes and married couple, roleplaying smut, angst and fluff! I can’t choose which fic in this collection is my favorite, they’re all so gooood.)
  • We’ve Come to Burn Your Kingdom Down by miss_alli (Bratva AU. Both Felicity and Diggle are on the run from bad people, and they decide to reach out John’s old friend, Bratva captain Oliver Queen for help. Another amazing AU I forgot to add in my previous rec. Go start reading it now!)
  • Til The Winter Can’t Hold On by effie214 and sweetoctopodes (“They say all is fair in love and war, and this may just be the latter. When a ghost from Oliver’s past suddenly shows up, there are more questions than answers. Who is this woman, and why is she in Starling? What is her vendetta, and will she let anything – including Team Arrow – stand in her way?” I’m just gonna leave the official description, bc I am unable to explain the greatness myself. This fic has both intriguing original characters and dynamics, I’m so in love already!)
  • To rage (against the dying of the light…) by yellowflicker (Oh man. This one is for those who are not afraid of some serious level angst. Deals with losing the person you love the most, gaining that person back but not really? Written in a incredibly beautiful way, and is completely soul shattering. Both Oliver and Felicity destroyed me. Need more!!!)
  • Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? by oyhumbug (Pre Gambit!AU. Oliver, who is one seriously screwed up poor bastard, meets Felicity and is instantly intrigued. They strike up a friendship that is unconventional in so many ways. This is such an fascinating AU, both Oliver and Felicity are written amazingly)
Former US Navy Seal Robert O'Neill describes the moment he 'shot dead Osama bin Laden'

The former US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has described the moment he claims he shot the al-Qaeda leader dead.

Robert O’Neill, who claims to have fired the fatal bullets, has for the first time published a detailed account of the mission that lead to the 9/11 mastermind being gunned down in a secure compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

In a dramatic extract from his new book, The Operator, published in the Mirror, the former Seal described the moment he fired two shots at Bin Laden and “split open” his head.

“I turned to the right and looked into an adjoining room,” he said. “Osama bin Laden stood near the entrance at the foot of the bed, taller and thinner than I’d expected, his beard shorter and hair whiter.

“He had a woman in front of him, his hands on her shoulders. In less than a second, I aimed above the woman’s right shoulder and pulled the trigger twice. Bin Laden’s head split open and he dropped. I put another bullet in his head. Insurance.”

Mr O’Neill also recounted the tense moments as the elite Seal team landed outside the compound under the cover of darkness. One of the helicopters carrying the unit was forced to make a crash landing, and the team initially failed to break into the compound.

“Within seconds of jumping from the chopper, the breacher attached a seven-foot charge of C-6 to the gate in front of us and blew it,” he said. “The metal gate peeled open like a tin can. Behind it was a solid brick wall. The breacher said: ‘Failed breach. This is bad.’ ‘No, this is good,’ I said. ‘That’s a fake door. That means he’s in there.’

“As we entered, it was all dawning on me: ‘Holy s***, we’re here, that’s Bin Laden’s house. This is so cool. We’re probably not going to live, but this is historic and I’m going to savour this.”

The Seal team advanced through the three-floor compound, tying up any women and children they encountered. It later emerged that Bin Laden’s four wives and 17 of his children were living there.

At one stage, while making their way through the house, the team encountered Bin Laden’s youngest son, 23-year-old Khalid, on a landing, before he ran behind a banister.

He did not know that the intruders were American, so, O’Neill said, the Seal team leader whispered to him in Arabic, saying: “Khalid, come here.”

As he poked his head round the corner and said “What?”, he was shot in the head – a moment Mr O’Neill recounted in graphic detail.

“That was his final word”, he said. “The point man shot him in the face. The bullet entered above the chin and exited out the back of his head. Khalid dropped.”

Mr O’Neill also described the anxieties of the soldiers carrying out the raid. At one point, a Seal shot a woman who he said had jumped in front of a man he was firing at. “Am I going to be in trouble?”, the soldier asked his friend.

Mr O’Neill said that, after firing the shots that killed Bin Laden, his mind went blank until one of his colleagues, arriving in the room, turned to him and said: “You just killed Osama bin Laden.”
Transgender former Navy SEAL says TSA humiliated her
Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, a transgender woman, says TSA agents humiliated her at the airport by calling her a man.
By Emanuella Grinberg and Dani Stewart, CNN

When flagged for secondary screening, she took it in stride. She said she waited for one of two Transportation Security Administration agents – a man and a woman – to step forward and pat her down. Instead, they turned their backs to her and started whispering.

But to Beck, it was clear what was happening. Despite her makeup, long hair and low-cut blouse, the agents thought she was a man. It wouldn’t be the first time since she began publicly living as a woman.

But it still was humiliating, Beck said. It never gets easier.

“I’m a female,” she said she told them. “It’s no big deal.”

Apparently, it was enough to prompt the the agents to call their supervisor, she said. When he arrived, the supervisor directed the male agent to pat “him” down in front of the security line, as everyone waited.

“These are my real boobs, he’s not going to pat me down,” she recalls telling agents.

“This is wrong. I’m a female, it says female on my Maryland driver’s license. This is the real me.”

According to Beck, the supervisor responded, “Then somebody pat him down.” Ultimately, female agent did the pat-down, Beck says. After that, Beck went on her way, holding back tears. She pulled out her phone and recounted the experience in a Facebook post.

Man who named himself Kristin upset that a group of TSA agents can see the reality right in front of their faces and didn’t have time to humor a single passenger while trying to do their stressful jobs of moving hundreds of people to their destinations. He then made a scene until a female officer was coerced into touching him.

I think this epitomizes the delusion of the transgender movement. I mean he had on make up and a low-cut blouse and has long hair! That equals woman! And look! His driver’s licence says “F”! The government says he is so he must morph into a female to their eyes!

This is what I mean when I say it isn’t very hard to tell what sex someone is and most people are just being polite, knowing what a man in make up, a dress and long hair typically wants them to do (and some likely fearing retaliation if they don’t comply.) TSA agents don’t have time to be polite and humor your idiosyncrasies. 

So were all these TSA agents “terfs”? Were they just confused and thought they saw a man because they read something by Germaine Greer that morning? Or could they just see what was right in front of them? 

And I already know someone out there is gonna say “but puberty blockers! This is why we get the children early now!” 

Yes this is why the transgender movement encourages parents to chemically castrate their young boys to keep their bodies in a permanently pre-pubescent state so they can remain sexually appealing. So grown men can vicariously have that fantasy, and lament if only someone caught them early enough they too could be a delicate young castrati. 

A Navy SEAL explains how to escape if you've been tied up

Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, author of “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation”, explains how to escape if you’ve been tied up. Following is a transcript of the video. 

If you take your hand and you go open and close, you can feel the muscles in your forearm contract. When you have a fist, your forearm is small. When you have your hand open, your forearm is big. So, you want to create slack by open hands. And then you’re going to pull those hands, your elbows, and you’re going to shoot them past your rib cage as hard and violently as you can, and it turns your body into a wedge, and the tape will sheer. It’ll look like it’s been cut with scissors. That will work for duct tape and zip ties, but anything beyond that, you have to get more creative.

Wiggle or use tools around you. Friction — you can use the corner of a wall and cut your way out. If you find yourself being bound, a good idea is to get big. Take a big breath if they’re trying to wrap around your chest. Flex your muscles, make everything as big as possible. That way, when it’s time to escape, you get small and all of a sudden all that slack appears and now you can wiggle out or get out of the restraints however you can.

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Lone Survivor’s Takeaway: Every War Movie is a Pro-War Movie

Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor opens with documentary footage of a boot camp for the United States Navy SEALs, where hardbodied trainees strain their way through feats of endurance and strength. The point of this sequence, it seems, is to show how exceptional the real-life SEALs are before introducing SEALs as characters. With soldiers’ conviction and might thus demonstrated, the film can then whisk a few of them off on a mission that, as the title suggests, does not end particularly well.

But this montage serves another, more insidious function. Assembled like a high-gloss music video and slathered in Explosions in the Sky’s soaring post-rock, it plays out like an advertisement for the Marine Corps—an affectionate endorsement from Hollywood of the SEALs’ peerless brawn.

Adapted from the memoirs of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (played in the film by Mark Wahlberg, who also co-produced), Lone Survivor is the sort of film you expect to seem at least a little propagandistic. It’s rooted in a tradition of patriotism as old as the motion picture itself, stretching from the John Wayne vehicle The Green Berets to the recent Act of Valor. Many of its more aggressively nationalistic elements are just a matter of following genre protocol.

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So after watching the exclusive interview of a former Navy SEAL who transitioned from male to female on Anderson Cooper 360, I decided to look at the comments on Facebook underneath the post he posted about his interview and I saw a mixture of comments, some even being offensive to me on how they said her story wasn’t important.

Being transgender myself and a survivor of bullying, I decided to post my own comment with my vast level of knowledge on the subject along with my personal experience. This was the result.
Ferguson: 'High Threat Team' of Former US Navy SEALs to be Deployed to St Louis Area

With clashes between police and protesters increasing in Ferguson, reports indicate that a high threat team, comprising of Special Ops contractors and former Navy SEALs, will be deployed to contain the situation.

Racial tensions in the Missouri city escalated further on Tuesday, after another African American man was shot down by the police, within a week of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The decision to deploy Special Ops contractors and former Navy SEALs was announced by a private military security service provider - Asymmetric Solutions - on its Twitter account.


Hostage Rescue

Former Navy SEAL, Dave Maynard, utilize tried-and-true low-light tactics with cutting edge gear to safely resolve a hostage situation. He leads a small team and uses the 2211 WristLight and the X400 Ultra light and laser combo with great precision. He also discusses the tactics involved in greater depth. Maynard, who’s had over 20 deployments, was also one of the co-founding members of The SureFire Institute.