Dangers of Homosexuality, except…

You will often hear conservatives rail against homosexuality, however, when pressed to explain why homosexuality is inherently wrong without invoking religion, you will generally hear a few responses.

STD rates are signifigantly higher among homosexuals.

In short, this is true, but it is far from a justification of stigmatizing homosexuals, as there are reasons this is true, and ways it can be preventable. One way is to remove the notion that anal sex doesn’t require condoms, when in fact you actually have a higher chance of getting an std through anal sex, condoms, and making sure to use them are a great way to stop this from being the case, along with making sure you and your partner get tested before having intercourse, in short, STD rates among homosexuals are an ineffectual argument.

2) Higher Depression rates among homosexuals

An odd argument, as the generally accepted solution to a stigmatized group suffering from higher rates of depression is generally not to stigmatize them more. But regardless, it is worth rebutting. Some may say something along the lines of “Black people are stigmatized but they don’t suffer from higher rates of suicide” however, even if this were true, which it isn’t as black do suffer 20% more than the general population from severe mental illness, generally this misconception comes from the fact that despite this, whites are more prone to suicide than minorities. But regardless this argument falls flat because of the factor of family acceptance, black people will never be rejected from their family for being black, as that’d never come as a surprise to the parents, however, as a pew research survey shows, 39 percent of LGBT Americans have been rejected by a friend or family member because of their homosexuality, while it is important to factor in the fact that friends are lumped together with family in this survey, the point still stands as a study by the Williams Institute found that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT despite the LGBT population being only about 3.8% of the total American population. Anti-gay advocates may then point to a study done in Sweden, a country highly accepting of gays, showing that gays had higher rates of depression and use it to show that suicide ideation rates among gay men are not the result of stigma. However, while this study does show that gay men have about three times the suicide ideation rate of straight men, it says that gay women have a “tentatively elevated risk.” There are a few explanations for this, one is that, while the study adjusts for HIV status, it does not say that it adjusted for other stds. In addition, women are in general more accepting, of homosexuality than men, in addition to a pew survey demonstrating that lesbians are more likely than gay men to be in a commited relationship. Also, female homosexuality is slightly more accepted. It is also interesting in that women in the general population are about twice as depressed as men. In addition to this, while gay acceptance of homosexuality is far more common in Sweden, ‘35% percent of respondents from Sweden felt discriminated against or harassed in the last 12 months on the grounds of sexual orientation” It is hard to find conclusive numbers to compare against other, less accepting countries. And while it is worth looking into, the Sweden survey isn’t something that should be taken as a reason to discriminate against gay people.


By opinion writer: GS

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North Korea calls latest UN sanctions an act of war

According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.

The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.

Former Sanders campaign director running for congress in Iowa

Pete D’alessandro, who is Bernie Sanders former campaign director in Iowa, is now running for congress. Pete is Running for Iowas 3rd congressional district campaigning for; $15 minimum wage, Expand Medicare-for-all, tuition free college, lead on addressing the global climate crisis. He’s been endorsed by his local Our Revolution chapter & also the national group, Nurses United.


Learn more about Pete & how to support his campaign on his website at www.peteforiowa.com


The new GOP tax bill continues to be Socialism for the rich & crony capitalism for the poor

Time after time we hear that giving the top 1% tax cuts will create jobs, yet we never see the result. These same corporations are the same ones paying NOTHING in FEDERAL INCOME TAXES, therefore leaving us the working class the tab to pay.

Why are workers defending the corporations when they’re the ones lobbying for these laws? Back under Eisenhower Income taxes on the top 1% was 90%, only affecting those making $200,000 a year & couples making $400,000 a year thus putting more money into our economy instead of sitting on it.



Today that’s roughly an individual making $1.7 million & a couple making $3.4 million. Todays highest tax rate is a measly 39.6%, and the new GOP tax scam plans to cut the corporate tax rate to 21% which is absolutely absurd.


For example Verizon not only did this telecommunications giant avoid pain federal income taxes on $42.5 billion in United States profits from 2008 through 2013, but it also received a text rebate of $732 million.


How about another example, General Electric. When I comes to dodging Texas, GE brings good things to the table. From 2008 through 2013, while GE made nearly $34 billion in profits, it received tax refunds of nearly $3 billion.

Meanwhile, during the financial crisis of 2008, GE received a $16 billion bail out from the federal reserve while it’s chief executive officer at the time was serving as a director of the New York federal reserve bank.


And then finally how about IBM, no big blue has a long record of outsourcing good paying jobs, slashing pensions, and cutting retiree health benefits. In 2015, IBM made nearly $6 billion in profits in the United States.

So not only did IBM pay nothing in federal income taxes that year, it also received a $321 million tax refund from the IRS, while also receiving $1.35 billion in government contracts. And from 2008 to 2015, IBM avoided $17.8 billion in United States taxes by operating subsidies in 16 offshore tax savings.

So I really can’t find a good reason to give the same corporations a bigger tax break when they already are avoiding paying taxes as it is.


Daesh loses final strongholds

Within the same day, Daesh (IS) has lost its final strongholds in Syria and Iraq. 

Early on Friday, the Syrian Army said it had recaptured Deir al-Zour and hours later Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said al-Qa’im right across the border had been liberated by government forces.

Iraqi forces said they have retaken the last border post-Daesh held between Iraq and Syria.

Soon after, the United States said it carried out its first airstrikes against so-called Islamic State militants in Somalia.

On Oct 17, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured the de facto capital of Daesh, Raqqa, in an offensive that started in early June.

Daesh was eradicated from the major stronghold of Mosul in Iraq in July after a nearly year-long offensive that started in October of last year by Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi military, and Shia militias.

Many observers have marked Friday as the day Daesh lost its ambitions of being a so-called territorial Islamic State, but the ideology remains prevalent and powerful.

This can be seen by “lone wolf” attacks carried out in western countries such as the recent truck ramming in the city of New York, with the key suspect claiming fealty to Daesh.

Daesh has crafted or inspired 143 terror incidents in 29 countries outside Iraq and Syria, killing over 2,043 individuals.

Daesh is also active in Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Afghanistan and Yemen with aspiring or approved branches in the Philippines, Egypt, Mali, Tunisia, the Caucasus, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

It is not clear yet whether Iraq and Syria-based fighters will be able to escape to one of the other areas in Africa or Asia, but over 50,000 fighters in the two countries have been killed since it took swathes of territory in 2014, according to US Special Operations Command.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Daesh (IS) fighters in Syria from Strategic Culture Foundation. 


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Daesh executed 741 during Mosul battle

Daesh (IS) killed at least 741 civilians while Iraqi and allied forces were fighting to take the militant stronghold of Mosul, according to the United Nations. 

So-called Islamic State murdered the 741 individuals in “execution-style” killings, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

The UN mission in Iraq released a report on the liberation of Mosul that also said: “at least 2,521 civilians were killed during the military operation, mostly as a result of ISIL attacks.”

Some 1,673 civilians were also wounded during the offensive.

“The execution-style killing of civilians, the suffering inflicted on families, and the wanton destruction of property can never be tolerated in any armed conflict, and those responsible must answer for their heinous crimes,” said the UN human rights head, Mr. Al Hussein.

Mr. Al Hussein called for alleged violations carried out by Iraqi forces to be investigated by the UN.

The report says another 461 civilians died in United States-led coalition airstrikes and Iraqi military actions during the most intensive phase of the offensive that started on Feb  19 of this year.


More details to follow. Image 1 of a newly captured but devastated Mosul from the Washington Post. 


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New York Terror attack suspect charged with terrorism

Key suspect Sayfullo Saipov has been charged by United States prosecutors with causing the deaths of eight people in New York by mowing them down in a truck in lower Manhattan. 

Saipov was charged with providing Daesh (IS) with material support and resources.

He was shot during the incident by NYPD officers and received treatment in a hospital.

Saipov spoke freely to the authorities and waved his right hand to prevent incrimination.

The attack on Tuesday saw a rental truck driven down a bicycle lane in Lower Manhattan, hitting multiple people.

According to the Federal Court Papers:

  • Saipov planned the attack two months ago
  • He chose Halloween because the streets would be crowded
  • He was going to display a Daesh (IS) flag on the truck but decided not to because it would’ve drawn attention
  • Law enforcement has recovered 90 graphics and violent Daesh videos from his phones
  • He indicated they inspired him, especially one where the Daesh leader asks Muslims to avenge the deaths in Iraq

NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Miller said, “He appears to have followed almost exactly to a ‘T’ the instructions ISIS provided on social media to carry out such an attack”.

The FBI has requested information on Mukhammadzoir Kadirov but William Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office, told reporters “We are no longer looking for the person the information went out about” then added, “We have found him and I’ll leave it at that.”

Sayfullo Saipov lived in Tampa, Florida, then moved to Paterson, New Jersey.

He came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010 and is a legal resident of the country.

The Saipov attack looks remarkably like the attacks in Barcelona, Spain in August this year and on Bastille Day in Nice, France last year. Both were claimed by Daesh and both used rented vehicles that they drove down areas where only are pedestrians allowed.

US President Donald Trump has called for the termination of the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” in favor of a merit-based immigration system.

Mr. Trump blamed Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democratic Party senator representing New York, for allowing the assailant to gain entry to the U.S. because Schumer had sponsored the Diversity Immigrant Visa program.

Trump vowed to reinstate his travel ban.


More details to follow. Image 1 from court files. 


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