No Direction Home.

"Here’s a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands."

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof • In an opinion piece on the death of soldiers after they return home. A few other key stats — more former soldiers have committed suicide after returning home than died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, being a veteran doubles the risk of suicide, and being a veteran between ages 17 and 24 quadruples the risk. Yikes. Read up on this disturbing trend. (via shortformblog)

People who deflect criticism with SUPPORT THE TROOPS, I’m looking at you. These people need help, badly.

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Assassins and American History.

"Does political speech lead to acts of political violence?

Since Jared Loughner shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others at a Safeway in Tucson on Saturday, there has been a vigorous debate over whether partisan vitriol played a role in encouraging a mentally unbalanced young man to act.

What does American history tell us about the relationship between violent acts and the political acrimony of the day?”

A collection of a few short opinions on the role of political rhetoric in violence of the day, and whether it’s even right to point fingers at our public figures, rather than mental health systems or, obviously, our gun control measures.


“There are plenty of progressive champions lobbying, rallying, exposing, suing and organizing at the national, state and local level."

In a letter To The New York Times, Ralph Nader takes issue with the paper’s editorial asserting that Tea Party victories show there is “no progressive champion” for the poor and powerless.

The problem, he says, is that the mainstream media, including The New York Times, fails to cover their efforts.

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Blizzard cleanup is subject of federal investigation

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that disgruntled sanitation workers sabotaged the cleanup after the blizzard last week that left some neighborhoods snowbound for days, people who have been briefed on the inquiry said Tuesday.

The investigation is focusing on whether there was a work slowdown and, if so, whether it was an effort to pad overtime. If the actions took place, two of those people said, they could constitute wire fraud or wire fraud conspiracy, both federal crimes. Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing

I have just the one emoticon for this situation, and that emoticon is:


Particularly given we’re supposed to get more snow tonight/tomorrow. :OOO!

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