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TANK MAN

Posted on: June 5, 2009

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, when university students demonstrated against China’s political corruption and authoritarianism. The Chinese military cracked down with force. Photographs of the “Tank Man,” a lone guy with shopping bags who stood in the way of an advancing line of tanks, became the symbol of the protests for the rest of the world (it’s largely unfamiliar to Chinese, because it’s been censored).

The video is in Chinese, so turn down the volume and just feel it…

via: Good

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A look at how many have served, how many have died, and how much we’ve spent on every major American war.

American Revolution, 1775-1783
290,000 service members, 4,435 Americans dead*, $1.8 million spent

War of 1812, 1812-1815
287,000 service members, 2,260 Americans dead, $1.2 million spent

Mexican War, 1846-1848
79,000 service members,13,238 Americans dead, $1.8 million spent

Civil War, 1861-1865
2,213,000 service members, 625,000 Americans dead**, $45.2 million spent

Spanish-American War, 1898-1902
307,000 service members, 2,446 Americans dead, $6.8 million spent

World War I, 1917-1921
4,734,000 service members, 116,516 Americans dead, $253 billion spent

World War II, 1940-1947
16,113,000 service members, 405,399 Americans dead, $4.1 trillion spent

Korean War, 1950-1955
5,720,000 service members, 61,085 Americans dead, $320 billion spent

Vietnam War, 1964-1975
8,744,000 service members, 58,220 Americans dead, $686 billion spent

Gulf War, 1990-1991
2,225,000 service members, 467 Americans dead, more than $96 billion spent

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), 2001-present
53,000 service members, 686 Americans dead, $188 billion

Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), 2003-present
160,000 service members, 4,299 Americans dead, $671 billion

HUMAN CASUALTIES ON MAJOR WARS SO FAR:
 1,294,039
TOTAL SPENT ON MAJOR WARS SO FAR: $6.51406 trillion
*This number is widely disputed and current estimates are closer to 8,000.

** Includes Confederate soldiers

(All totals were adjusted for 2008 dollars and do not account for veteran benefits, foreign aid, or interest. Most death tolls are official government totals and do not account for controversial deaths. All service members totals are U.S. armed forces and auxiliary forces, and do not account for private contractors.)

Sources: Oxford Companion to American Military History; United States Department of Defence; The New York Times; The Brookings Institute; CRS Report for Congress

via: GOOD magazine

We are all witness!! As much as people compare LJ to MJ, it’s about time he made an MJ type play. 

Moments before the shot, Turkoglu seemed to secure a 2-0 series lead when he hit a jumpshot, to go up by two, over three defenders with only 1.0 second left on the clock. Surely, that would’ve meant a crushing loss for the Cavaliers and most-likely a conference championship for Orlando. But, in true Jordan fashion, Lebron takes an inbound pass, at the top of the arch, from Mo Williams and wets a buzzer-beating three to win the game by 1 point! A shot that is sure to live on in NBA history. Coach Mike Brown said it best, “An amazing shot by an amazing player.” He’s made the remarkable shots, now all he needs is some championship rings…

An international manhunt was under way Thursday for a New Zealand couple who fled after a bank mistakenly paid them NZ$10 million
(US$6 million) when they applied for a loan of just NZ$10,000. Westpac bank’s motto? “Making the most of life.” 

WWJD? Shoot, what would ju do?!!

via: CNN

Five officers were fired Tuesday on charges of using excessive force (beating) a man after he rolled and was thrown out of his minivan and lay unconscious.

Frickin’ coppers! Drunk off power

Read full article here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/20/alabama.police.beating/#cnnSTCText

 

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