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.
Speaking of amateur superheroes, The New York Times describes the man in this video, referred to as “Snackman,” as such: "He was cool incarnate. No weapons. No visible bloodshed. Not even a loud word. A newcomer to the city, munching on chips, and a poker face for the ages." Real name? Charles Sonder. Real snacks? Pringles and Gummi-Bears.
Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize. If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth.Bill Maher’s opinion-editorial piece in the New York Times entitled “Please Stop Apologizing.” [New York Times] (via producermatthew)
We disagree with the views expressed, which we don’t think reflect the way we run our business. In our view, we will only be successful if our clients are successful. This fundamental truth lies at the heart of how we conduct ourselves.A spokeswoman for Goldman Sachs • Discussing the claims made in a New York Times op-ed by now-departing exec Greg Smith. An exec speaking off the record in the response story says that Smith’s job was a “relatively junior position held by thousands of Goldman employees around the world,” despite the fact that he’s listed as a vice president. I’m sorry, what sort of effed-up corporate culture must you have to have thousands of vice presidents? On a side note, Smith’s letter is already a meme. Check out these quips, thought up by HyperVocal.
It turned out the real danger was not the weapons but possibly the horses. Anthony was allergic. He did not know how badly. He had a terrible allergic attack that first night after we crossed over the barbed wire. He had another attack a week later, as horses led us out of Syria, just 45 minutes from safety. He died during that attack, at only 43, his wife and nearly 2-year-old son waiting for him in Turkey.New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks • Describing the events that led to the death of well-regarded journalist Anthony Shadid in Syria a few weeks ago. Hicks, acting as witness to Shadid’s fateful final week in Syria, wrote a piece describing what it was like in the country. “His Arabic allowed him to speak directly to people without the buffer of an interpreter,” Hicks writes of Shadid. “As always, he conveyed a genuine interest that made people open up to him; everyone was equal, no story insignificant.”