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“PTSD was once thought to be something that was peculiar to Vietnam vets,” says Matt Warshauer, a history professor at Central Connecticut State University. ”We then figured out not surprisingly, that no, combat fatigue existed during World War II, shell shock existed during World War I, and Soldier’s Heart existed in the Civil War.”

There are many more books — now under lock and key — that Warshauer is eager to see. They’re about the size of a photo album and their covers, made of burlap and leather, have started to fall apart. Each contains the records of 325 or so patients and perhaps, of some Civil War veterans who walked across the lawns of the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane in the late 1800′s.

“They mean the motherlode,” Warshauer says. “Those are the books that we need.”

This past February, Warshauer thought he might soon have access to what he needed. Connecticut legislators drafted a bill, allowing the release of medical records 50 years after a patient’s death. But then, with backing from mental health advocates as well as the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, lawmakers inserted an amendment: all names would be redacted, or blacked out, making patient files of little use to historians.

Warshauer’s research is now at a standstill. He says one reason he’s not giving up is that he wants to help returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD understand they’re part of a long line of soldiers who have suffered.

“They’re the ones who told me you have no idea how important this work is, how important it is for us to be able to tell this story,” he adds.

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This video is a bit heavy on the far-mongering, but it’s still important for people to know what’s in the agreement and why no one has been allowed to know so far.

What is the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership? Why are corporate paid lobbyists allowed advise and read the details, but Congress is mostly kept in the dark? How will it effect average Americans and why is no one talking about it? No one other than groups like Economy In Crisis, Public Citizen and Infowars that is. Find out what one Congressman had to say after successfully suing to read the document as it has been negotiated thus far and how this massive “trade” agreement will change your life forever.

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First, Tom Perkins pissed everyone when he compared the supposed assault on the wealthy to that of the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Now, he says, if you have more money, you should get more votes.

“The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,” Perkins said.

“But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?”

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Bloomfield, New Jersey’s Councilman Carlos Bernard asked acting police chief James Behre “to fix a parking ticket” and to favor Hispanic officers for promotions in two separate instances — all to “solidify” Behre’s position to become the permanent chief of the 124-member department, Behre said during the public comments section at the meeting.

Behre demanded that the mayor and township administrator call for an investigation by the state Attorney General’s office.

“No one owns the chief’s position. It’s not for sale,” Behre said.

In one instance, Behre recounted, the councilman asked for a Hispanic officer to be made detective “and follows up with this: this will solidify your position as chief and your problems will go away.”

“He’s come into my office and used the word ‘we’ to imply that he’s there on behalf of the whole council,” Behre said.

In the video below, acting Police Chief Behre stands up to the town council and Mayor regarding political interference. This video is an excerpt from the Town Council meeting on February 10, 2014. After the meeting, Behre was placed on is placed on leave pending fitness of duty evaluation.

Behre, 50, said that he received a letter today from Township Administrator Ted Ehrenburg relieving Behre of his duties, effective immediately. Behre said he’s been scheduled for a “fitness of duty evaluation” with a doctor on March 3.

Mayor Michael Venezia confirmed that Behre was placed on paid leave today but said it was due to concerns over Behre’s health and not due to his comments regarding Councilman Carlos Bernard.

“He’s still being paid. We felt that we needed to take precautions,” Venezia said. During Behre’s comments on Monday, the acting chief claimed he had lost 10 pounds due to stress caused by the turmoil within the police department and that his children ask “why daddy is angry every night,” the mayor noted.

Behre, a 27-year veteran of the Bloomfield Police Department, said he’s convinced he was placed on leave as a direct result of speaking out against Bernard’s meddling in police affairs.

“That’s exactly it,” Behre said when reached by phone. “They can do what they want but I find it interesting that when a chief of police tries to protect his department, instead of taking my concerns seriously and forward them up to the Attorney General’s Office, they relieve me of my duties.”

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