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How Not to Cover a Tragedy Like the Fort Hood Shooting

The shooting last week at Fort Hood dealt a heavy blow to  the military community. Soldiers were murdered in their garrison workplace. Families, friends, and colleagues feared the worst, then mourned the losses. … Continue reading

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22-a-Day Too Many

I’ve noted before that an average of 22 military veterans commit suicide each day in the U.S., two of those 22 being veterans of either Iraq or Afghanistan. This is … Continue reading

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Which Afghan Presidential Candidate Are You?

Election Day in Afghanistan is this Saturday, April 5th. How well do you know the eight candidates who are vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai in the first democratic transition … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ask Godzilla: How About That Upcoming Closure of the G Train?

Godzilla, renowned expert on public transit, disasters, big cities, marine life, romance, and other topics, took a few minutes to answer my questions about tonight’s Town Hall meeting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

“Vision Zero” in Brooklyn

I spend a lot of my life in NYC as a pedestrian, and I am highly invested in any measure that makes walking on City streets less perilous. Even with … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

25 Years After Soviet Withdrawal, Weighing a “Zero Option” in Afghanistan

I spent 31 months of my life deployed with the Army in Afghanistan, and I can’t say that I’m in any hurry to deploy again. A lot of American men … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s a Loggie?

Inevitably, whenever I tell people I’m a loggie, they ask: what’s that? If  you’re one of those people, here’s the answer: The term loggie is, essentially, short for logistics professional. … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ask Godzilla: Should NYC Schools Have Closed for Snowmageddon?

Godzilla, renowned expert on disasters, big cities, marine life, romance, and other topics, took a few minutes to answer my questions about yesterday’s Snowmageddon in New York City: Q: Godzilla, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mixed Feelings on Budweiser’s “Hero’s Welcome”

If nothing else, Budweiser’s new ad called “Hero’s Welcome” that airs during today’s Super Bowl is a powerful emotional experience. But for some of us, those emotions are pretty mixed. … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

At the Embassy of the Philippines

It continues to be such an honor to have been part of Team Rubicon’s “Operation Seabird” in the Philippines last November. Not only did I get to play a role … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 4 Comments
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