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A Contagious Disease: Children of veterans are often secondary victims of wartime PTSD

There are an estimated 4 million military-connected children in the United States. With the longest war in American history finally over, these kids have been affected by war like no previous generation, especially in families where the veteran has PTSD. The Veterans Administration reported that 21 percent of post-9/11 troops who sought help at the VA from 2004 to 2009 had PTSD, 2 percent had traumatic brain injury and 5 percent had both. Now that these veterans are home, their lives – and the lives of their families – are forever changed as young children face the stress of...

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Justice Department will not pursue charges against White Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake

Federal prosecutors announced on November 8 that they will not file charges against a White Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year, a controversial shooting that sparked protests that led to the deaths of two men. Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake in the back 7 times during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left Blake, who is Black, paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests, some of which turned violent. A youth from Illinois shot three people, killing two of them, during one of the demonstrations. State prosecutors...

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A Ponzi Scheme of Prosperity: The American pattern of development only creates the illusion of wealth

The North American pattern of development is an unprecedented experiment. For thousands of years, humans around the world built their habitat in similar ways, at similar scales, in patterns still familiar. In the wake of the Great Depression and World War II, settlement patterns across the North American continent were completely reimagined. From the top-down, we transformed everything about how we live, discarding centuries of accumulated wisdom in the metaphorical blink of an eye. It is difficult for us to think about the modern American city as a massive experiment because, for most of us, this collection of frontage...

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Apology Fest: Stephen Colbert attends Brewers game to say sorry for mocking Milwaukee on The Late Show

There is something about that Milwaukee hospitality. “That’s now nice Milwaukeeans are. You insult them and they invite you to a baseball game.” Last year, after the Democratic National Convention was moved from the Cream City to a virtual setting, comedian Stephen Colbert and his team at “The Late Show” created a virtual reality experience that highlighted the city’s quirks for those who would miss out. The experience included some perceived Milwaukee pastimes such as drinking craft beer and eating bratwurst at a Miller Park tailgate. Not many took the joke lightly and following the backlash, Colbert broadcast an...

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HIPAA Rights and COVID: It is not a violation of the law if businesses require proof of vaccination

As businesses reevaluate their public health requirements, such as lifting face mask mandates for customers who are vaccinated against COVID-19, questions about medical privacy are back in the spotlight. The question of whether it is legal to ask a maskless people if they have been vaccinated has come into focus. Vaccine opponents, including members of the U.S. Congress, are once again claiming that the HIPAA federal privacy law protects individuals from being asked about their vaccination status. “Business asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a HIPAA violation.” – Marjorie Taylor Greene, May 18, 2021 This claim is absolutely...

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DNC 2024: Milwaukee contemplates another attempt to host the Democratic National Convention

Mayor Tom Barrett said Milwaukee “remains interested in being a national political convention site.” But he added that the process of bidding to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention would require buy-in from a number of parties. The national party has sent letters to more than 20 cities inviting them to apply to host the convention. New Chair Jaime Harrison billed it as “a historic event that can help shape the future of your city for decades to come.” Harrison also touted the potential economic benefits, writing past host cities have seen an impact of $150 million to $200...

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