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Poll Death rate for middle-aged white Americans increases: study

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by PlonkerX, 9 Nov 2015.


are you dead yet?

  1. yes

  2. no

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  4. ask me again tomorrow

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  1. PlonkerX

    PlonkerX Thread Starter New Member

    9 Nov 2015
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    Death rate for middle-aged white Americans increases: study

    English.news.cn 2015-11-09 09:27:59

    BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The mortality rate for white men and women living in the United States between the ages of 45 and 54 saw a "marked increase" between 1999 and 2013.

    According to a surprising new analysis released lately, suicides and drug overdoses contributed to the increase.

    "No other rich country saw a similar turnaround," said Angus Deaton, a professor of economics at Princeton University who conducted the research with his wife, Anne Case, another Princeton economist.

    Deaton and Case warn that today's middle-aged Americans could age into Medicare in worse health than the nation's current elderly, putting an increased strain on the American health care system.

    (Agencies) Editor: An

  2. PlonkerX

    PlonkerX Thread Starter New Member

    9 Nov 2015
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    Death row the last stop for many US veterans
    Sibastien BLANC
    Agence France-Presse
    WASHINGTON November 11, 2015 1:00 am
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    Executed this year in the state of Georgia, Andrew Brannan is one of thousands of US soldiers who serve, come home from battle with mental scars, commit murder and are put to death.
    At least 10 per cent of those executed in the United States are military veterans, according to a report out yesterday.

    Courts hardly take into account the psychiatric conditions of the military veterans, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre (DPIC).

    A video of Brannan's behaviour when he was stopped for speeding on January 12, 1998 gives some insight into his state of mind.

    In the video, taken by the dashboard camera of police officer Kyle Dinkheller, Brannan emerges from his pickup truck and starts dancing crazily, trying to provoke the officer and refusing to follow orders.

    Leaving a vehicle when stopped by a police officer is forbidden in most US jurisdictions.

    "F**k you!" Brannan shouts, "I am a f**king Vietnam Veteran!"

    Once back in his car, Brannan grabs a weapon. Gunfire breaks out.

    Dinkheller is hit nine times and dies on the spot. Brannan, with a wound in the abdomen, gets back in his pickup.

    The video is shown at police training academies.

    At the trial, Brannan's lawyers tried unsuccessfully to get lenient treatment based on extenuating circumstances. Decorated for his bravery, Brannan had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    "Given that less than seven per cent of the US population are veterans, very often judges, juries, prosecutors and even defence attorneys are essentially unfamiliar with the military experience," says Art Cody, legal director of the Veterans Defence Programme at the New York State Defenders Association.

    "There may be a perfunctory acknowledgement of veteran status, but very often judicial decision makers lacks sufficient understanding of how the military background and experience has affected the veteran-defendant and the crime with which he or she is charged," he adds.

    From glory to infamy

    Some 300 veterans are on death row across the United States, and many were decorated soldiers before their downward spiral.

    Such was the case of Robert Fisher, a Vietnam War veteran. President Lyndon Johnson awarded Fisher a Purple Heart for combat wounds he received in 1967. Thirteen years later, deeply affected by mental illness, Fisher killed his partner.

    According to the DPIC report, more than 800,000 Vietnam veterans have signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Another 300,000 Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans are also suffering from PTSD. Traumatic brain injuries are also common among the second group.

    From one sniper to the next

    The difficulties that many US combat veterans face as they rejoin civilian life was covered in Clint Eastwood's hit movie "American Sniper", which told the real-life story of Iraq War veteran Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in US history.

    Kyle was killed himself by Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine with mental problems. Routh was sentenced in February to life in prison.

    His case, according to the DPIC, shows that there can be a different approach, as the prosecutor did not seek to have Routh executed.

    It was a chance that John Allen Muhammad, a Gulf War veteran, never got. He was sentenced to death for 10 sniper killings, mostly in the Washington area, that stunned the country.

    Muhammad had outfitted the trunk of an old Chevrolet to let him lie down inside and shoot at people apparently picked by chance. Nicknamed the Washington "Beltway Sniper" for the October 2002 shootings, Muhammad was executed in 2009.

    Several experts consulted by AFP however said that traumatic experiences soldiers have had on battlefields and violent acts they commit years later are not necessarily connected.

    Indeed "the data on violence among veterans with PTSD suggests that alcohol, drug misuse, or other psychological problems are more likely contributors to violence", says Lauren Jenkins, a veterans advocate with ScoutComms, a public relations firm that supports veterans.
  3. ramses

    ramses Well-Known Member

    31 Jan 2012
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    Oh, so it is neither news nor fact
    hmm time to pull out a calculator
    Currently 3000 death row inmates, so 300ish - a far cry from 'thousands'
    forbidden how? legally? I have never heard of this. most officers request you get out of the vehicle and come to the rear of the vehicle. That way he can see you in plain site while standing behind his open car door.

    This tripe is worse than listening to a sexpat's political views from a barstool mid-afternoon.

    Not sure the veracity of the claim that 10% of deathrow inmates are veterans as well. In WW2 about 12% of US men had joined the service at some point. That number spiked during Vietnam and has declined since. Currently there are about 1/5% of men join the military (even smaller number of women). It is highly dubious to suggest that 1 or 2% (at most) of the US population is responsible for 10% of all capital criminal cases. If one were to work on the assumption that these vets are war scarred - meaning from Desert Storm to Present, it would be 1/2% responsible for 10% of capital murders. Somehow that doesn't sound right.

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