Use-it or lose-it:DoD dropped $4.6 million on crab & lobster, & $9,000 in last-minute spend spree

Zachary Peterson
Zachary Peterson

The federal government found a way to spend $97 billion in a single month last year, of which more than $61 billion can be attributed to the Pentagon.

It’s not a new phenomenon. In the last month of every fiscal year, federal agencies work to spend all that’s left in their annual budgets. If they don’t, the agencies worry they’ll be appropriated a smaller share by Congress next year, hence the “use-it or lose-it” spending sprees.

Rather than spend money on frivolous items, federal agencies like the Defense Department should admit their offices can be run on less, according to Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.

OpenTheBooks is a nonprofit aimed at bringing transparency and efficiency to the federal budget. They released a report this March detailing fiscal 2018 use-it-or-lose-it spending habits.

The military spent the most, by far, which isn’t surprising, Andrzejewski told Military Times.

“Let me clear: Congress is the problem here, not DoD or other agencies,” he said. “Historically, both parties tend to look the other way at Pentagon waste. This is a shame because the troops and taxpayers suffer. Lower priority items get funded while mission critical needs are short-changed.”

Andrzejewski calls the spending spree “Christmas in September” for the federal government. And last fiscal year was the worst his group has tracked so far.

One of the stand-out purchases by the Pentagon included a $9,341 Wexford leather club chair purchased from the Interior Resource Group, according to the report.

Federal agencies also like to splurge on luxury food items before the end of the fiscal year, according to the report. The Pentagon spent $2.3 million on crab, including snow crab, Alaskan king crab, and crab legs and claws, as well as another $2.3 million on lobster tail.

Andrzejewski said that in some cases, like the surf-and-turf, the spending rarely trickles down to the grunts.

“Some observers have raised concerns that this year’s annual spending binge could be the biggest yet.”

. The $97 billion spent on contracts in September 2018 marks a 16 percent increase from fiscal 2017, and a 39-percent increase from fiscal 2015, according to OpenTheBooks.

In the final week of the year, federal agencies spent $53 billion, more than they spent in the entire month of August, according to the OpenTheBooks report.

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Camden Perez
Camden Perez

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Carson Harris
Carson Harris

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Jayden Jones
Jayden Jones

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Connor Carter
Connor Carter

Congress is being remote controlled. What do you expect?

Nicholas Cox
Nicholas Cox

You can't get a job unless you're allowed to by socialists. How tos are completely useless. You'll get tortured into uselessness by a cell phone tower.

Dylan Cooper
Dylan Cooper

Those were probably business lunches. Most adults wiorth a shit don't eat at taco Bell.

Jack Howard
Jack Howard

That all depends where you go to work and where you live. If you live in a major leftist city I'd expect that would be the case.

Alexander Jackson
Alexander Jackson

Most of the people there don't have free will anymore. They have a little voice in their head ran by some wonton part of the state telling then what to think.

Chase Howard
Chase Howard

Like in my case, the state broke it's contract with me by spying on me and violating my rights. So instead of allowing me to work out and go to work and admit they were wrong, they linguistic program me with voices only I can hear so that exactly the opposite happens.

They work at matherfield after they executed everyone that worked there and kept the peace and culture in the area of Sacramento. Now that the "gate keepers" are dead, every single secret agent is being tortured and abused by what is probably sand niggers as they over develop the area.

Ryan Ortiz
Ryan Ortiz

No one does a thing because it's illegal! It's been endless torture and sand niggers trying to make a point by violating every single wish and will I have.

The only thing that's going to happen is they're going to end up dead

Luis Cox
Luis Cox

You see, people have to have their brains spied on because otherwise another nation will develop a virus, release it, and then take over your brain. So, there's a secret agency that was taken over at matherfield and everyone murdered while I get tortured for years on end trying to explain it to you dead brained motherfuckers.

Parker James
Parker James

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Jose Roberts
Jose Roberts

So these biological weapons that were released, like at the New England Compounding disaster, are designed to infiltrate monarchs and locate the secret base underground and spot them. Since none of you faggots did anything I'm assuming 10000 people from the 1980s now have schizophrenia and have had the economy stolen from them in important locations across USA.

Good job you dumb idiots

Easton Parker
Easton Parker

Also fuck Facebook.

Easton Jenkins
Easton Jenkins

Bankrupt US Gets Its Ass Kicked In WW3 Simulation

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In simulated World War III scenarios, the U.S. continues to lose against Russia and China, two top war planners warned last week. “In our games, when we fight Russia and China, blue gets its ass handed to it" RAND analyst David Ochmanek said Thursday.

RAND's wargames show how US Armed Forces - colored blue on wargame maps - experience the most substantial losses in one scenario after another and still can't thwart Russia or China - which predictably is red - from accomplishing their objectives: annihilating Western forces.

"We lose a lot of people. We lose a lot of equipment. We usually fail to achieve our objective of preventing aggression by the adversary," he warned.

In the next military conflict, which some believe may come as soon as the mid-2020s, all five battlefield domains: land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, will be heavily contested, suggesting the U.S. could have a difficult time in achieving superiority as it has in prior conflicts.

The simulated war games showed, the "red" aggressor force often destroys U.S. F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters on the runway, sends several Naval fleets to the depths, destroys US military bases, and through electronic warfare, takes control of critical military communication systems. In short, a gruesome, if simulated, annihilation of some of the most modern of US forces.

“In every case I know of,” said Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense with years of wargaming experience, “the F-35 rules the sky when it’s in the sky, but it gets killed on the ground in large numbers.”

So, as Russia and China develop fifth-generation fighters and hypersonic missiles, “things that rely on sophisticated base infrastructures like runways and fuel tanks are going to have a hard time,” Ochmanek said. “Things that sail on the surface of the sea are going to have a hard time.”

Meanwhile, speaking purely hypothetically of course, "if we went to war in Europe, there would be one Patriot battery moving, and it would go to Ramstein. And that’s it,” Work complained. The US has 58 Brigade Combat Teams across the continent but doesn't have anti-air and missile-defense capabilities required to handle a barrage of missiles from Russia.

"Whenever we have an exercise and the red force really destroys our command and control, we stop the exercise," Work said without a trace of humor. Beijing calls this “system destruction warfare,” Work said. They aim to “attack the American battle network at all levels, relentlessly, and they practice it all the time.”

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Hunter Lewis
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Venezuela Collapse, A Vision of America's Future: Mass Blackouts, Cyberattacks, Looting and Death

In the midst of a second nationwide power outage in Venezuela, the vast majority of the country is engulfed in a massive internet outage. The first electrical blackout, which swept across the nation on Thursday, left Venezuela with only two percent connectivity amid the ongoing presidential crisis. Most of the country has been offline since Thursday with limited or no connectivity being reported across large swaths of the South American nation. The NetBlocks Group, a private internet watchdog organization based in the UK, reported on Saturday that 96 percent of the country was offline:

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“Venezuela experiences frequent power cuts, and Venezuela started power rationing and reduced its electricity consumption to about 14,000 megawatts at peak hours because of the economic crisis in 2018,” NetBlocks said. “However the nationwide outages are unprecedented in magnitude, extent and duration. NetBlocks historic data suggest that incidents of this scale are vanishingly rare.”

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Much of Venezuela is still in the dark — now four days running — after the worst blackout on modern record in Latin America enveloped the country last Thursday evening. And as of Saturday, Reuters reported at least 17 deaths at hospitals across the country attributable to the power outage, given many hospitals are now for days completely reliant on back-up generators to keep life saving ventilators and other medical devices going. Other reports have claimed multiple dozens of deaths across the country, especially in hospital neonatal units.

Embattled socialist president Nicolas Maduro has continued to blame the crisis on an act of "sabotage" by the United States at the Guri hydroelectric dam, for which he's mobilized troops to protect the national electricity system for the duration of the power outage. However, many analysts claim the electrical grid mass failure is the result of generally failing infrastructure after years of underinvestment and neglect.

Following claims made through state TV social media of an "electricity war" being waged by the US and the Venezuelan foreign-backed opposition, Maduro stated on Twitter Sunday: “The national electrical system has been subject to multiple cyberattacks,” and he added, “However, we are making huge efforts to restore stable and definitive supply in the coming hours.”

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Some Venezuelans have taken to looting supermarkets in Caracas during the fourth day of blackouts, which have paralysed the country.

Pictures reveal that some supermarkets in the capital have been left ransacked by desperate residents as they struggle to find food.

Security forces detained a number of people who were caught looting on Sunday, with some pictures showing looters being piled onto waiting trucks.

Armed men were seen forcefully escorting young men and women to the trucks.

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The blackout, which began Thursday afternoon, increased frustration among Venezuelans already suffering widespread food and medicine shortages, as the once-prosperous OPEC nation's economy suffers a hyperinflationary collapse. Food rotted in refrigerators, people walked for miles to work with the Caracas subway down, and relatives abroad anxiously waited for updates from family members with telephone and internet signals intermittent.

"What can you do without electricity?" said Leonel Gutierrez, a 47-year-old systems technician, as he carried his six-month-old daughter on his way to buy groceries. "The food we have has gone bad."

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Noah Cooper
Noah Cooper

"Whenever we have an exercise and the red force really destroys our command and control, we stop the exercise," Work said without a trace of humor. Beijing calls this “system destruction warfare,” Work said. They aim to “attack the American battle network at all levels, relentlessly, and they practice it all the time.”

Hey, you know what structure is REALLY resistant to that kind of warfare? Decentralized power. You know, the kind of system where the people are empowered to possess the military hardware needed to defend their own territory… I guess you could call it something like a militia?

Jeremiah Adams
Jeremiah Adams

You don't understand the war. It's not dropping bombs anymore. It's infiltrating secret bases underground that remote control the economy.

You're all fucking up really badly and about to lose your lives.

Christopher Barnes
Christopher Barnes

I'm trying to make you aware so you can fight it but all of you are so fucking stupid it can't be communicated to you even if I'm explicitly giving every fucking detail.

You killed all my friends. You killed Chico. You probably killed all of California.

Go fucking suck a bag of dicks you fucking morons

Brandon Russell
Brandon Russell

Andrzejewski
mission critical needs are short-changed
gotta fund those wars attacking israel's enemies

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