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From the NYTimes:

Experts who work with veterans say it often takes several years after leaving military service for veterans’ accumulating problems to push them into the streets. But some aid workers say the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans appear to be turning up sooner than the Vietnam veterans did.

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With more women serving in combat zones, the current wars are already resulting in a higher share of homeless women as well. They have an added risk factor: roughly 40 percent of the hundreds of homeless female veterans of recent wars have said they were sexually assaulted by American soldiers while in the military, officials said.

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Veterans have long accounted for a high share of the nation’s homeless. Although they make up 11 percent of the adult population, they make up 26 percent of the homeless on any given day, the National Alliance report calculated.

Read the rest of the article here.  Twenty-six percent!  Next time you see someone panhandling, remind yourself that statistically speaking there's a one in four chance that you're looking at a veteran.  It's so easy sometimes to forget that our troops are also victims of this stupid fucking war.

There's a fantastic bill in Congress right now, the "Homes for Heroes Act" (H. 3329), which would substantitally expand low-income housing for veterans, expand homeless outreach and create a VA Special Assistant at the Bureau of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I'm very disappointed that only one NY congresswoman has sponsored it thus far.....
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I think I was suposed to read the piece on farm subsidies

One of my professors gave me a practice exercise for the GRE (because...so many seniors are taking them this semester) and they recommend you read the opinion section of the New York Times to know supporting details to bring into the essays (which kind of speaks to the Northeastern bias of the tests). I don't usually read this section of the paper. Lucked out today- Stephen Colbert was guest columnist. This gem of a line will not help me on the GRE unless farce is one of the essay topics:

"Frankly, I prefer emoticons to the written word, and if you disagree :( "
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If this was how Americans played their football, I'd SO watch....

Witness the New Zealand "All Blacks" opening "Haka" dance against France. So intense! And so awesome!



And, do you notice the big angry/smug bearded French guy in the middle looking for all the world like he could kick every kiwi's ass? His name is Sebastien Chabal, aka Seabass aka Attila aka Someone Who is Big and Very Scary and if you see him running towards you, for God's sake, drop the ball and run.

Exhibit A:



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Dwarf hamsters...

...are ridiculously cute. It's not even funny. They're a butt and a head and softness all over. I have a slight urge to put them in my mouth when holding them. . . If you're standing on a nice smooth floor and holding a dwarf hamster, make sure not to pass up the opportunity to slide the hamster across the floor. They go surprisingly far. . . It sounds cruel, but could something that brings so much joy really be cruel? I would be such a terrible vegetarian...
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there's always money in the banana stand! always!

Boy, I don't know.

This could be either really good, or really just...bad. I love Michael Cera, but I don't know if that compels me to spend nearly $10 to watch Superbad.  I was reading an interview of him once (with regards to the promotion of this film) and the interviewer tried telling Michael Cera that people quote "Arrested Development" a lot and he responds "Uh, I guess. I don't really get that that much." Whaaaaaat? Am I crazy here? If you saw this kid you would tell him there's always money in the banana stand, right?
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During the YouTube debate, some weirdo showed everyone his huge-ass assault rifle and asked what the candidates would do to keep his "baby" safe. Biden said immediately:

"If that's his baby, he needs help."

Word. And also, he wants to keep his assault rifle safe? My mind is blown.

In summation, Hillary totally owned the debate tonight, much to my regret.
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An honest appraisal

I am tired, angry, elated, a little disappointed, sad, weary and jubilant.

More coherence when my stomach stops clenching and re-clenching in significantly fast bursts...How can I possibly go back to MCAT prep when I can barely think?
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    ?...and also very hungry...
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An Open Letter to the World

PLEASE STOP TRYING TO RUIN HARRY POTTER FOR ME. Seriously, even having the New York Times as my homepage has gotten to be dangerous. I don't remember it ever being so difficult to avoid people telling me the plots of these books.

I promise I will eventually write a post about something other than Harry Potter, maybe about my current job at a law firm, or my delightful weekend a few days ago or even more about my MCAT prep, which is totally taking over my life. But right now-- Harry Potter! Harry Potter! Let the race to finish it before I go to work on Monday morning begin!