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[Off-topic] Was: mailing list vs "the futur"

Gene writes:
> macht nichts. Doesn't make any difference IOW, they are all bad.

But the Great War was also "The War To End All Wars".  Seems to have
worked, eventually.  Nobody declares war any more.

> Mans inhumanity to man knows no bounds and leaves the participants in
> the ditches with what we call PTSD today.  Then it was "shell shock",
> same thing they've now given it a "better" name of PTSD

"Shell shock" initially was assumed to result from bombardment. It was
never well-defined and has fallen out of use. "Combat stress reaction"
refers to an acute (that is, prompt) psychiatric reaction to combat
stress and covers most of what used to be called "shell shock". It
becomes PTSD if it persists for long enough.

We're going to get flamed again for being off-topic.
John Hasler 
Elmwood, WI USA

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