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Photographer Lalage Snow takes pictures of soldiers’ faces before, during and after the war in Afghanistan. Source
SHOGUN TV SERIES: ALL 9 HOURS!!!
This is an awesome series from 1980 about a westerner who’s ship washes him up in feudal Japan. Check it out!
Number of years since the U.S. invaded Iraq: 10
Number of Iraqi civilians dead as a consequence: At minimum, between 123,000 and 134,000
Number of Iraqis internally displaced or who fled the country: 2.8 million (that’s one in 12 Iraqis)
Number of U.S. troop casualties: 4,484
Number of coalition troop casualties: 4,803
Number of U.S. troops wounded: 32,223
Number of non-Iraqi contractors killed: at least 463
Number of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnoses in U.S. service members: 103,792
Number of bombs dropped in Shock and Awe Campaign: 4,845
U.S. financial cost so far: $1.7 trillion
Amount owed to U.S. veterans in benefits: $490 billion
Predicted cost to U.S. over next four decades: $6 trillion
Cost of U.S. reconstruction efforts: $60 billion
Amount of reconstruction effort funds wasted: over $8 billion
Halliburton overcharges classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported: $1.4 billion
Number of WMDs discovered: 0
I watched the first two episodes of VIKINGS on Hulu last night. This show is great. It’s shot beautifully, acted well, solid story and has a mix of realism and fantasy blended in.
I really enjoy once they start exploring and discovering new lands we get to see the clash of civilizations. It’s almost like they’re landing on another planet with new languages and new religions.
Originally I was just watching this to tide me over until Game of Thrones came back this month. Now this is another show that I’ll watch every week!
Check it out!
North Korea dropped a bomb underground yesterday, conducting its third successful nuclear test since 2006 and creating a small seismic event. The explosion was about twice as large as the last test, in 2009, though the bomb is thought to have been made with plutonium, and not the much scarier uranium. U.S. officials had been expecting such a test, and the president has already issued a statement condemning it—as has China, North Korea’s only regional ally—though it likely won’t stop North Korea from conducting a fourth test in the coming days. North Korean officials remain unbowed, literally: “The DPRK will never bow to any resolutions,” a top diplomat told the Conference on Disarmament.