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Quick Picks: Wrested Off Welfare in Georgia and Suicides at Fort Carson

Quick Picks focuses on a select few of the day's stories from "Breaking on the Web."

  • Mother Jones examines the sorry state of Georgia welfare in its most recent issue and finds that the state has made "an aggressive push" to save money by decimating welfare rolls: The number of adults receiving benefits is down 90 percent from 2004. But the state has often used "duplicitous means," to do this, including lies, threats and probing questions about sexual history, reports Mother Jones. (Thanks to Delicious user Wingo Smith for sending in this story.)
  • Salon continues its series on suicide at the Army's Fort Carson, finding that the Army tends to overmedicate soldiers instead of providing adequate mental-health care and often reinforces the stigma of mental illness in the military. When Pfc. Timothy Ryan Alderman sought help last year, he was allegedly told by a superior, "I wish you would just go ahead and kill yourself. It would save us a lot of paperwork." Alderman committed suicide in October.

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