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Suicide, Inadequate Tools for a Complex Social Problem

In last Sunday’s New York Times, page 7, article: “The Empty Promises of Suicide Prevention,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/opinion/sunday/suicide-prevention.html) via howardlhibbard.com. examines the conundrum of suicide. The range of emotions triggering a suicide span from those planning the event for years to those who act impulsively. My brother, who was sexually molested by my stepfather, planned his suicide [...]

By | May 6th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Looking for a Differant Summer Read

Check out this review from Amazon if you are looking for a different summer novel: Howard L. Hibbard, a Viet Nam combat veteran has chosen to relive his experiences through the eyes of his fictional protagonist, Herald Lloyd, in “Curse of the Coloring Book – A Novel Inspired by a True Story.” Hibbard masterfully incorporates [...]

By | April 26th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

ISIS/al Qaeda to Rise Again Until Sunnis legal Rights Protected

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, April 22, 2019, World section, page A-4, article: "Dozens killed in militant attacks," (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Militant-attacks-on-Syrian-forces-kill-dozens-13782867.php) examines how ISIS/al Qaeda has mounted attacks on Syrian Government forces killing nearly 50 soldiers. To put this in perspective, Iraq's Saddam Hussein was a Moslem Sunni and exploited the Iraq Shiite Moslem's for many [...]

By | April 23rd, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Is Anyone Watching Vietnam History Repeat Itself?

In the Sunday, April 14th, New York Times (and San Francisco Chronicle International,section one paragraph) page 13, International section article: "Taliban Begin Offensive Despite Talks," (https://www.voanews.com/a/us-taliban-signal-afghan-peace-talks-intact-despite-offensive-/4876183.html) examines how the Taliban are beginning their spring offensive, while still participating in peace talks, only with the U.S. The Taliban are refusing to participate with the U.S. backed [...]

By | April 16th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, 44 Years Later, the Same Losing Vietnam Mess

In the Sunday, New York Times article, International section, page 10, “Afghanistan’s National Security Chief is Left on the Sidelines in His Own War.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/world/asia/afghanistan-hamdullah-mohib-zalmay-khalilzad.) examines how the United States and Taliban are continuing to negotiate peace, without including the U.S. backed government, which the Taliban considers a puppet state, which it is. So, after [...]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

My Wolfhound Combat Platoon Interview

Every two years, my Vietnam combat platoon from the 2nd of the 27th Infantry Wolfhounds, 25th Infantry Division, has a reunion. This past year, Big John, a sergeant in my platoon, and organizer of the reunions, has been interviewing surviving members of the platoon from Vietnam 1969-1970 era. The web site is: (http://wolfhounds2nd27th.org/wolfhounds-forever-interviews). Check out [...]

By | March 28th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Best New Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Movies

I was a combat platoon leader in Vietnam with two Bronze Stars, one for valor in ground combat, and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2011. How Hollywood depicts returning combat veterans is helpful for a civilian to understand the psychological effects of combat on the human mind. My movie choices are: 1. [...]

By | February 7th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Vietnam 1970 equals Afghansitan 2019

In the New York Times, Sunday Review section, page 9, article: “Is This the Right Way to End a War?, ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/sunday-review/war-vietnam-afghanistan-withdrawal.html) examines the similarities between 1970’s Vietnam and Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban going on today. Many experts also see lessons from Vietnam for the American experience in Afghanistan expressed in terms: you’ve [...]

By | February 5th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Something Novel for Valentines Day

Try something novel for Valentines Day for your sweetheart. How about, "Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel, in addition to the usual flowers and candy. Be sure, if you using Amazon, to plug in "Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel or you will be directed to adult cursing coloring books! Check out the [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Farewell, Good Heroin Riddance

  In the Sunday, New York Times, January 27th 2019, front page, article: “Truce after 17 Years of Afghan War,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/world/asia/taliban-peace-deal-afghanistan.html?act) examines how after 17 years, the negotiation with the Taliban is bearing fruit. Happy to hear that my suggestion of years ago: cut a deal with the Taliban to not harbor religious fanatics who [...]

By | January 28th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments