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War Is Hell

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 6:57 AM
I think we should be curious enough to investigate why rates of PTSD overall are much higher for GWOT veterans than it was for veterans of World War II, where the combat was orders of magnitude more intense, and the risk of death or injury exponentially higher for those at the sharp end. I think we also need to ask why PTSD rates in GWOT are higher for CS and CSS troops, many of whom never heard a shot fired in anger, than it is for combat arms troops, and why, paradoxically, it's lowest for those who saw the most combat; i.e., men in special operations units. Among the questions we need to ask are whether PTSD is being over diagnosed (risking it becoming the military equivalent of ADHD in public schools); and whether our training, particularly for support troops, is adequate to insulate our soldiers from the psychological trauma of combat.
Just their way of "Stickin' it to Da Man".
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Why Americans Dislike Soccer

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Jun 19, 2014 3:59 PM
A sport that doesn't require opposable thumbs? How appropriate for Europeans and Third World types.
Moreover, Hobby Lobby does not inquire into the personal lives of its employees. If they did, SFR would be even more outraged than he pretends to be now.
What was the crime? She was not a covert operative, and made no attempt to hide her position within the Agency. I met Plame at a symposium I was running, sponsored by the Counter-Proliferation Office at which she worked. She had a CIA business card, which she gave me. Would that I had kept it, but her presence was underwhelming, and I just dumped it after a while with the thousands of other cards people give me.
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Chris Christie for President?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Nov 11, 2013 10:24 AM
Libertarians ARE fools.
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Chris Christie for President?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Nov 11, 2013 10:12 AM
Why all this emphasis on what Cato Institute thinks? CATO is NOT a conservative organization, it's dogmatically libertarian, and whatever else conservatism is, it isn't dogmatically libertarian.
I'm a big fan of changing the name to "Scalp-Lifting Savages", which avoids pejorative references to skin color but keeps the general meaning.
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Busybody Politics

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Aug 06, 2013 12:42 PM
Every problem began as a solution.
A man who supports the designated hitter rule has no business calling himself conservative. Also, what else should highly paid professional athletes not do? I remember a famous Jim Lonborg quote from the winter of 1967: "I don't ski fast enough to get hurt".
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