Tragically, Fort Hood has also born much of the brunt from its heavy involvement in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Fort Hood soldiers have accounted for more suicides than any other army post since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. This year alone, the base is averaging over 10 suicides each month – at least 75 have been recorded through July of this year alone.
In a strikingly similar incident on May 11, 2009, a US soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a US base in Baghdad.
[ ]…According to an Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center analysis, reported in the Denver Post in August 2008, more than “43,000 service members – two-thirds of them in the army or army reserve – were classified as non-deployable for medical reasons three months before they deployed” to Iraq.
In April 2008, the Rand Corporation released a stunning report revealing that, “Nearly 20% of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan – 300,000 in all — report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half have sought treatment.”
To look at all the factors that lead to a tragedy, even one’s belief in a god and choice of religion is not merely fair game, its akin to ignoring crime scene evidence. Though it is also incumbent on observers to consider which came first the religion or the pathology. Since religion is based on beliefs and those with disturbing pathological disorders have rejected rational thinking and justified beliefs we should not be surprised when one acts as a magnet for the other. Borderline personalities are frequently attracted to religion and it also happens that the psychiatric profession does also. That does not mean that believing in an invisible friend that lives in the heavens is cause for alarm – other then their religion most theists are rational enough to function and live their lives without murdering anyone. Islam and Christianity are not polar opposites. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Timothy McVeigh, Richard Polawski(right-wing Christian cop killer), Osama Bin Laden and James Adkisson (conservative Christian who gunned down two people in a church) all believed/believe in the same god. Christianity and Islam being the world’s largest religions are bound to attract their share of the mentally unstable. Do denominations or sects influence people to the point where they become violent. The Thirty Years War (1618–1648) is generally considered the last war that was fought on purely religious grounds – at least that is what they tell us in the most popular history of western civilization text books. For a couple thousand years wars, whose violence were every bit as gruesome( though not as efficient) as current wars, were motivated by religion. Human history says we’ll kill each if properly motivated by religious leaders. Hasan lived in a very Christian centric culture, he went to an American high school and one of the nation’s best military colleges Virginia Military Institute, yet showed no signs of pathological behavior until a few months ago. Muslims have been and still serve in the U.S, military and with few exceptions serve as ordered. Many have received decorations for their service. The military’s DADT policy becomes all the more bizarre when one considers the military is well aware that it has radical Christians within its ranks (“They painted the war in Iraq not as an occupation but as an apocalyptic battle by Christians against Islam, a religion they regularly branded as “satanic.”) and had clues for months that Hasan had mental problems. So yea one can see where keeping gays out of the military should be a priority.
each is the wind i like the best. text by Amy Lowell
Harvard researchers say 1.46 million working-age vets lacked health coverage last year, increasing their death rate – The watered down to be bipartisan health care reform that might become effective in 4 years will not help these vets at all. Vets ( not including retired career military),
“Like other uninsured Americans, most uninsured vets are working people – too poor to afford private coverage but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or means-tested VA care,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor at Harvard Medical School who testified before Congress about uninsured veterans in 2007 and carried out the analysis released today [Tuesday]. “As a result, veterans go without the care they need every day in the U.S., and thousands die each year. It’s a disgrace.”
Walk and recharge at the same time, Recharging Portable Electronics One Step At A Time
With each step, magnets bounce back and forth off springs inside the PEG, generating electricity. The springs amplify movement, allowing the PEG to make a lot more power than past attempts at capturing kinetic energy.
Sara Bradford, of Texas-based market research firm Frost & Sullivan, is impressed.
In the last paragraph of the article they hint that a miniaturized kinetic energy generator might be built into most small electronic devices eventually.