-- Current goals as a gambit commenter: to say at least one intelligent thing for every five dumb things I say.
@okkate I am really saddened how Gambit is playing into the drug panic of mainstream media. The phony causal relationship is just one problem with this article. But the facts it presents doesn't support the fear they are trumpeting. 68 out of 12,000 students in the RSD are said to have been expelled from school for drugs. That means that 99.5% of students aren't in so deep with drugs that they are losing educational opportunities. Even if you presume routine drug use is ten times higher than the number being caught that would still mean that only about 5% are actually routine drug users, which means that 95% are not routine drug users.
The quote by this Tulane professor is paranoid nonsense with no peer-reviewed research to back it up. He says, "The one rule I learned as a parent is that if they tell you they're not doing something, they probably are." Really? So even innocent children should be presumed to be using drugs. Because an innocent child will say "I'm not doing drugs." This man is irresponsibly telling parents that their children are doing drugs even when, in all likelihood they aren't.
What is this guy's expertise in the matter? He's a professor in tropical medicine? What's his expertise on teen drug use? The article doesn't say. Where does he get his data from? The article doesn't say. Instead, Gambit is simply taking his word that kids who say they aren't doing drugs actually are. That's a hell of a catch 22 for innocent teens to get out of.
I can see the parent-child discussion based on this man's advice:
Parent: Son, are you doing drugs?
Son: No, of course not.
Parent: That's it! You are doing drugs, I know because a professor at Tulane said if you deny doing drugs then you really are doing drugs! I read it in the Gambit!
The child, based on the only statistics in the article, in all likelihood, isn't doing drugs, but this man says they are doing drugs if they say they are not. Really Gambit? You call yourself the "alternative press." Alternative to what? Most certainly not an alternative to the mindless scare-mongering of the mainstream press. Shame on you!
Mjac, there are no gas engines as efficient as an electric motor -- not even close. There are no gas engines that get you instantly available torque. Gas engines are loud and obnoxious. EVs are quiet as they come. There is far less maintenance cost on EVs in comparison to ICE cars. I understand that shifts in paradigms scare people, but there is no need to be afraid. In about ten years from now, not only will you accept EVs, you will expect nothing less.
So, you are saying that math is overrated?
Note to self: Stop feeding this troll.
AhContraire, was this you?
The fact that HIV is prevalent in the gay community doesn't mean any of that crazy stuff you say is correct. Again, most new infections are among the young and minority populations who have the least information. That's why you see high rates. But, relatively speaking, there's also a high rate among minority women. Does that mean that minority men are "knowingly" giving these women HIV? Does it mean that minority women are negligent in some way? Or does it simply mean that these women don't have the information and resources available to know what precautions to take, and to get tested on regular basis?
There are all sorts of sanitary precautions and acts one can take before and after anal sex to reduce or eliminate any potential mess. Just like if you masturbate, that could leave a mess. But, there's such thing as tissue, and same principle applies here.
One could eat a healthy diet -- that could make that track cleaner. One could douche or use an enema. One can wash up after the fact. One could use a condom. Soap and water works. Your argument is nothing more than a girlish squeal of "eeek, ewww, grossssss!"
Also, I am not giving excuses for anal sex. I don't believe one needs to have an excuse for anal sex. I do however think your arguments against anal sex make no sense at all.
Also, why are you so obsessed with anal sex? Did you once take a dip and get chocolate on your stick?
Your obsession with anal sex is hilarious. Your repeated claim that gay people knowingly infect one another is just made up. It's not true. Stop repeating that lie. Gay men do get tested for HIV. Stop lying and saying otherwise.
Anal sex doesn't have to be messy. There are ways of taking care of one's self to assure that it stays clean. Secondly, just as you can wash your hands, you can wash up other body parts too. I don't know why this is inconceivable for you. Nobody is sleeping with waste in the toilet. Further, the use of a condom will also prevent a certain part from getting messy. Further, anal sex is not nearly as common among gay men as you seem to think. 79% of gay men report that their latest sexual encounter did NOT involve anal sex.
The more you write on this topic, the more certain I am that you are a disturbed human being. You are obsessed with the sexual habits of gay men. You clearly can't stop thinking about it. It's like a fetish with you. You need help.
Hey Clancy, while I most certainly agree with your view here could you point us to the survey you mention?The only poll I can find only shows fifty percent in favor of the lawsuit. Now that's still strong because only 36% believe the lawsuit should be dropped, but you apparently are referencing a different poll with different question-wording?
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