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October 7th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan. As we enter into the war’s tenth year, questions loom: When will it end? How does it end? Does it end?

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June 25th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

An entire military career down in flames in a little under 48 hours. Looks like a little diarrhea of the mouth goes a long way.

The real shame about this whole McChrystal takedown is that the fallout is sad and bad for basically everyone.

Except maybe Rolling Stone.

[Rolling Stone: The Runaway General]
[NPR: Afghan Shift - McChrystal Out, Petraeus In]

Thanks, Micah!

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Number-Crunching On Veterans Day

November 11th, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (Getty Images)

The number of U.S. soldiers who have died in the war in Afghanistan.

The number of veterans under the age of 65 who died in 2008 because they were uninsured.

The number of U.S. soldiers who have died in the Iraq war.

The number of U.S. soldiers wounded in action in the war in Afghanistan.

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Swine Flu, For U And U And Dr. Gupta

September 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


In the irony of all ironies, H1N1 expert and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta recently caught the “swine flu” while covering the war in Afghanistan.

He details the experience on his CNN blog.

And it turns out that, although truly miserable, swine flu ain’t so bad. It’s about as bad as… the flu.

I’ve had the flu. It sucks, but I’ve made it through just fine.

So why the heck have I been so worked up and freaked out about H1N1?? Why did I wear a surgical mask with my fabulous Katy Rodriguez dress to the Emmys? Why did I believe there was a possibility I might turn into a pig and die? WHY???

[CNN: I Went To Afghanistan And All I Got Was H1N1]


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I Don’t Know Cat Shit

April 1st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

This is one of those days I wish I spoke Japanese:

Please… Somebody. Anybody. Tell me what’s going on here. Or here.

Because whatever it is, I am totally into.

Thanks, Ru!

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November 10th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Melissa Fung

Age: 35

Occupation: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist

Melissa Fung was abducted outside of Kabul, Afghanistan on October 12 while conducting interviews with Afghan families displaced by the war. She was held captive in a cave for four weeks, at times blindfolded and chained to the cave wall, and fed only biscuits and juice before she was freed on Saturday. There are rumors that either a ransom was paid or two imprisoned Taliban leaders were released in exchange for Melissa’s freedom, both of which have been denied by the Canadian government. After her release, Melissa, who was physically unharmed, told reporters that she hoped people would not make a “fuss” over her.

But we want to make a itsy-bitsy fuss over Melissa. Because we don’t care why she was released so much (and yes, releasing Taliban leaders = bad, duh), we’re just happy that she’s safe.


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