“Deployment to War Doesn’t Figure in Majority of Military Suicides”: LA Times

reports: ...The most recent Pentagondata show that a slight majority — 52% — of troops who have committed suicide while on active duty were never assigned to Afghanistan or Iraq.The numbers, from the years 2008 to 2011, upend the popular belief that a large increase in suicides over the last decade stems from the psychological toll of combat and repeated deployments to war.To researchers trying to unravel the causes of the rise, the statistics suggest that the mental health and life cir … [Read more...]

“The Agony of a Steadily Trusting Faith”: Wesley Hill

quotes Walter Moberly [O]ne should not so romanticize the process of moral and spiritual struggle that the Lukan depiction of Jesus as one who maintains apparent serenity and trust amidst suffering is downgraded; as though an anguished and in some ways vacillating struggle for faith is intrinsically superior to a steadily trusting faith; or as though a steadily trusting faith did not involve its own kind of moral and spiritual struggle. and expands on his words.  … [Read more...]

Auden shouted from the back of the lecture hall, “ON GOOD FRIDAY THE SPEARS WERE REAL.”

Wesley Hill, "The Anger Room." … [Read more...]

Underground alcoholics in Ulan Bator

Photo #4 is strongly reminiscent of what is probably the worst nightmare I've ever had. The others are also intense. Via The Fix. … [Read more...]

“An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task”: Tim Carney

writes: Daily saving the life of an immobile kid with a fatal disease raises some fundamental questions. What is the point of such a life? Which raises the prior question: What is the purpose of any life? more … [Read more...]

I review “Amour”

at AmCon. Spoilers. … [Read more...]

“Life after near-death: Why surviving is only the beginning”

...Patricia had been more severely injured than her husband, which may explain to some extent the differences in their responses. Because the bear bit into her face, she had repeated operations on her sinuses. Within weeks of each surgery, infection would set in again. More surgery would follow. Her head and face ached all the time. Patricia needed to experience her body healing in order to make progress, and that just wasn't happening.Also, their experiences of the attack had been different … [Read more...]


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