"First of all, we almost had no battle at all. For budgetary reasons we came very, very close to having all the action take place off-screen, the way plays have handled battle scenes for a few thousand years."
- How the epic battle at the heart of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Blackwater
, written by George R. R. Martin and directed by Neil Marshall
, came to be. Mentor relationships in Game of Thrones (and Mad Men)
. The National's Lannister song
. And, perhaps sriking closest of all to the central themes of the show, Jezebel plays Game of Thrones: Marry, Fuck, Kill
posted by Artw
on May 31, 2012 -
Who is Reflex Responses Management Consultancy LLC
? Only "the Premier Security Consultant and Training supplier for the United Arab Emirates," of course. Frequently referred to as R2, the company specializes in nuclear facility security, special-forces operations, revolt quelling, cybersecurity, and (somehow) protecting the U.A.E from Iran with one battalion of foreign mercenaries. Oh, and it's led by Erik Prince
, formerly of Blackwater (now Xe). [more inside]
posted by postel's law
on May 14, 2011 -
Blackwater (now known as Xe
) has had a rough few years. The company, and its former CEO Erik Prince
, have been the subject of allegations including murder
, arms smuggling
, child prostitution
and wholesale massacre
Erik Prince has told Vanity Fair
that he was a CIA operative and that someone has turned against him and "thrown him under a bus"
by leaking his CIA associations to the public. He even compared his public outing to that of Valerie Plame
Mr. Prince has also been an outspoken and generous contributor to mostly-Republican political candidates
. Previously on MeFi: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and many more.
posted by workerant
on Dec 3, 2009 -
"Three hundred million Americans head to the restroom multiple times a day. The amount of sludge produced staggers the mind—7 million dry tons per year and counting. And it’s not even just crap—it contains residues from everything else we put down the drain, from the detergent in your dishwasher to the chemicals used at the industrial plant down the street."
posted by burnfirewalls
on Aug 28, 2009 -
: Now in New Orleans.
"As the threat of forced evictions now looms in New Orleans and the city confiscates even legally registered weapons from civilians, the private mercenaries of Blackwater patrol the streets openly wielding M-16s and other assault weapons. This despite Police Commissioner Eddie Compass' claim that "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.""
posted by dash_slot-
on Sep 10, 2005 -
Is Bremer running scared? Chris Neidrich
was one of those who died on Sunday when a carefully planned ambush by seven vehicles attacked a Blackwater security convoy headed to Baghdad Airport, killing four and wounding three. Neidrich also guarded Bremer's motorcade
The day after the attack on Bremer, the following security bulletin was released:
Effective immediately and until further notice, all CPA ground movement to/from Baghdad International Airport is prohibited. Exceptions for mission critical movements may be requested from Force Protection at DSN.
Is the U.S. military incapable of securing 2 1/2 miles of road from the Green Zone to Baghdad Airport, or has a political decision been made to not guard the road, thereby reducing the risk of military casualties. In other words, is Bremer scared, or is Bush?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jun 8, 2004 -