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American military bases exist in countries around the world.  A few draw more attention--and more criticism--than others. 

Ramstein Air Base in Germany is one of them, because it is the home base for many drone operations in that part of the world. 

Journalist and war critic Norman Solomon writes about Ramstein and how it is used in a recent edition of The Nation

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Are you ready to turn your back on red meat and bacon, now that the WHO says they cause cancer?  That's one question for this week's VENTSday. 

Here's another: what do you think of private drone owners having to register with the FAA? 

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

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If we know a great deal about our enemies, we can beat them in war. 

Especially if we know exactly where they are. 

Military expert William Arkin says these are common lines of thought among warriors, and he finds big problems with them in Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare

Arkin's book looks at current approaches to military intelligence and hardware--primarily drones--and finds them working against their intentions. 

The prospect of avoiding war with Iran started a cold war OVER a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons.

Here's your chance to weigh in... the Iran nuclear deal is one of the topics on VENTSday this week. 

The other: use of domestic drones, becoming an issue for firefighting aircraft in the region. 

Drones To Fly Over Oregon

Dec 31, 2013
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Unpiloted aircraft will soon be tested over Oregon by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA announced it had selected a joint proposal from Oregon, Alaska, and Hawai'i to be among six newly designated drone testing sites across the U. S.