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Today's installment in WTF

Uncle Fester

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Kind of an odd choice, being a commie - as discredited theories of government go, that’s up there with the Divine Right of Kings - but it’s not illegal to be one. They don’t kick people out for having unpopular (or naïve) politics. And it has to get way more egregious than this before you get anything worse than an official counseling about expressing your political opinion in uniform.

The young 2Lt can probably expect counseling to knock off this bullshit ‘look at me!’ social media behavior but I’m not sure what he did that y’all think will result in separation or jail time. Of course, if he belongs to any groups advocating the overthrow of the government, that might make his SF-86 interesting reading...

The non-politicization of the military is very important, but it has to cut both ways and not stray anywhere close to punishing people for their politics. Even a dumbass 20-something lieutenant who reads too much and isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. That’s somewhere we really don’t want to go.
 

Flash

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...The young 2Lt can probably expect counseling to knock off this bullshit ‘look at me!’ social media behavior but I’m not sure what he did that y’all think will result in separation or jail time...
If you’ve read any of the stuff he allegedly posted, it goes way beyond unpopular political statements.
Like Brett says he has posted some stuff that steps beyond the boundaries of 'polite' political discourse and into Article 88 territory, I don't think he'll get court martialed but I would not be surprised if he got Article 15'd with something permanent in his record.
 

sevenhelmet

Did I miss a step?
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This is changing the subject, but has anyone else noticed how horribly news articles are edited these days? Wrong words, missing words, and even egregious spelling errors all seem to abound...

Is this a literacy problem, or a content generation problem from a standpoint of pure volume? What I see on the forums is generally better thought-out and edited than a lot of what news agencies let slip by their editors (assuming online content even goes through an editor... it's hard to tell sometimes.)
 

Jim123

molding (warping) the future of naval aviation
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This is changing the subject, but has anyone else noticed how horribly news articles are edited these days? Wrong words, missing words, and even egregious spelling errors all seem to abound...

Is this a literacy problem, or a content generation problem from a standpoint of pure volume? What I see on the forums is generally better thought-out and edited than a lot of what news agencies let slip by their editors (assuming online content even goes through an editor... it's hard to tell sometimes.)
Probably both- a rush to get your werd out there first and some barely literate writers.

Reader comments are just as bad: mistakes like, "you should of done a better job editing," "for all intensive purposes," and similar stuff that show that little Johnny/little Janie didn't read a lot of books while growing up.


(Spot the surprise, win a prize.)
 

scoolbubba

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Probably both- a rush to get your werd out there first and some barely literate writers.

Reader comments are just as bad: mistakes like, "you should of done a better job editing," "for all intensive purposes," and similar stuff that show that little Johnny/little Janie didn't read a lot of books while growing up.


(Spot the surprise, win a prize.)
You'll need to be more pacific in the new physical year.
 

Uncle Fester

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This is changing the subject, but has anyone else noticed how horribly news articles are edited these days? Wrong words, missing words, and even egregious spelling errors all seem to abound...

Is this a literacy problem, or a content generation problem from a standpoint of pure volume? What I see on the forums is generally better thought-out and edited than a lot of what news agencies let slip by their editors (assuming online content even goes through an editor... it's hard to tell sometimes.)
I don’t think most web-based reporting - even the reputable sites - has any sort of professional editor looking at the content for grammar, style, etc. Good editors are expensive and the site managers can be forgiven for assuming most readers don’t give a damn about the Chicago Manual of Style. Or even spelling.
 

Pags

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Or accurate reporting, or...
I'm just in it for the hot clickbait babes in the links at the bottom.

These sites are all just following in the tradition of tabloid journalism. Next you'll be telling me there were factual inaccuracies regarding BatBoy or the Elvis sighting.