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Afghanistan, Quacks like Vietnam Duck

In the San Francisco Chronicle, July 17th, 2018, page A-3, article, “Militants accelerate attacks against state,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Militants-accelerate-attacks-against-Afghan-forces-13079396.php) examines how the Taliban stormed a police check point in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, killing 7 police officers. Earlier, a suicide bomber on foot attacked a Rural Development Ministry, killing 7, wounding 15. Last month, a suicide bomber [...]

By | July 18th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Losing Afghanistan’s Civil War

In the New York Times, Sunday International section, page 13, article: “Video Shows Abuse by Afghan Forces,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/world/asia/afghanistan-video-abuse.html) examines how Afghan forces were videotaped abusing bound and wounded bodyguards of a powerful northern milita-commander arrested by U.S. supported government. The video, filmed by members of the security forces, shows soldiers kicking bloodied detainees and stepping [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Immigrant Veterans Denied Promised Citizenship

In the San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2018, article: “Army quietly discharges recruits who had hoped to win citizenship,” (https://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Army-quietly-discharges-recruits-who-had-hoped-to-13058309.php) examines immigrant U.S. Army Reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to U.S. citizenship who are being discharged leaving their status questionable. The Army has failed to explain why some [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

July 4th, 20 Veterans a Day Movement

A 2016 Veterans Administration found that 20 veterans a day commit suicide. That is 600 people a month and 7,200 people a year, or a small town. This tragedy needs to be addressed and skills learned in the military applied to civilian uses. Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training cost the taxpayer $73,000. This is [...]

By | July 3rd, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

March for Peace in Afghanistan

In the Sunday New York Times article, “War Robbed him of His Family, Then his eyes, Then his love,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/world/asia/afghanistan-peace-march.html) examines Zaheer Zindani, an Afghan who at 17 years of age (Five years ago) whose eyes were reduced to cinders by a Taliban bomb. The reality of blindness, made him howl with grief, but another [...]

By | July 2nd, 2018|PTSD|0 Comments

Post Traumatic Distress Disorder and Community

In Judith Herman’s, Trauma and Recovery, page 70, examines the role of community in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery. The principle of sharing the traumatic experience with others is a pre-condition for the restitution of a sense of a meaningful world. In this process, the survivor seeks assistance not only from those closest, but also [...]

By | June 26th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Moral Injury vs. PTSD

This is a past blog that needs understanding about the many psychological damages of Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, (PTSD). In the New York Times, Sunday Review, page 10, article: “For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury.’ (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/opinion/for-veterans-a-path-to-healing-moral-injury.html) examines a different type of injury from Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, Moral Injury. Moral injury occurs when [...]

By | June 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Cease Fire, Re-run Vietnam’s Tet Offensive

In the San Francisco Chronicle, June 18th, 2018, World section, #2 article,” Afghanistan bombing,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/News-of-the-Day-From-Around-the-World-13002275.php) examines how during the three-day religious holiday cease fire, between the U.S. backed Afghan forces and the Taliban (I blogged about last week), ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan’s city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19,wounding 60 people [...]

By | June 19th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Assisted-dying Law Reinstated, Freedom Rings!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2018, page one article, “Assisted-dying Law Reinstated,” examines how a group of doctors called the, “Life Legal Defense,” on a procedural objection dripping with self-interest (https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-assisted-dying-law-blocked-by-judge-12917314.php) persuaded a judge to issue a stay of enforcement, which the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed. A freedom of choice win [...]

By | June 17th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Only19 Shopping Days Until July 4th Summer Read.

Only 19 shopping days until July 4th. What better way to celebrate this national holiday by a great summer read. Yep, still pandering my novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book. Be sure and use the term, “novel,” in your search or you will have your choice of: adult cursing coloring books. Here is a review [...]

By | June 15th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments