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This Happened—December 2: The Princess Of Pop Is Born In The Deep South

On this day, proud parents in a small town in Mississippi would welcome a baby girl destined to become the Princess of Pop.

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Where is Britney Spears from? 

Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 2 1981. She began singing and dancing at age 2, and her parents soon began entering her in talent shows.

At the age of 8, she auditioned for Disney’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club but was deemed too young. She got her first agent and spent her summers attending New York’s Professional Performing Arts School. She made her first TV appearances and joined the Mickey Mouse Club two years later, at only eleven years old.

What was Britney’s first album? 

Britney’s first album Baby One More Time was released in 1999 at the age of 17. The eponymous hit song sparked a controversy because of its lyrics and provocative music video, but Britney’s career was well on its way and she released her second album Oops! I Did It Again in 2000.

What happened between Britney Spears and her parents?

In 2008, Spears was involuntarily placed under the conservatorship of her father. After years of abuse and thanks to support from her fan with the #FreeBritney movement and other celebrities, she ended the conservatorship in November 2021, and has since been back on social media and gotten married again.

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"Collateral Benefit": Could Putin's Launching A Failed War Make The World Better?

Consider the inverse of "collateral damage." Envision Russia's defeat and the triumph of a democratic coalition offers reflection on the most weighty sense of costs and benefits.

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Demonstrators holding a doll with a picture of Russian President Putin

Dominique Moïsi

-Analysis-

PARIS — The concept of collateral damage has developed in the course of so-called "asymmetrical” wars, fought between opponents considered unequal.

The U.S. drone which targeted rebel fighters in Afghanistan, and annihilated an entire family gathered for a wedding, appears to be the perfect example of collateral damage: a doubtful military gain, and a certain political cost. One might also consider the American bombing of Normandy towns around June 6, 1944 as collateral damage.

But is it possible to reverse the expression, and speak of "collateral benefits"? When applied to an armed conflict, the expression may seem shocking.

No one benefits from a war, which leaves in its trace a trail of dead, wounded and displaced people, destroyed cities or children brutally torn from their parents.

And yet the notion of "collateral benefits" is particularly applicable to the war that has been raging in Ukraine for almost a year.

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