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

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”.

United States to cut $285 billion on UN spending in 2018 (Video)

128 United Nation states vote against the United States in its recent decision to move its Embassy to Jerusalem and making it Israels capital. Since the US decision there have been clashes in the streets in around the Gaza Strip & across Jerusalem.

US United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley attacked the UN threatening the United States financial support. The United States was joined by 9 other small 3rd world countries to support its decision. Either they don’t care or don’t want the United States to come drop Democracy bombs in their countries.

The US envoy (Nikki Haley) to the UN has announced they’re implementing cuts on the “bloated” UN budget by $285 million next year, which is a “big step in right direction.”

Haley said the cuts will end benefits that the international community has gained from “American generosity,” but didn’t give any specifics. According to Haley, “the inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known.”

The US can no longer “let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction,” Haley asserted.

The US has contributed the largest share to UN out of all members, which (2017) amounted to 22% of the UN’s $5.4 billion 2-year budget.

US State Department confirms that the US will supply Ukraine with weapons

The US State Department has confirmed that the US will be supplying lethal arms to Ukraine in the near future.

“The United States has decided to provide Ukraine enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, adding that military assistance to the Ukrainian army is “entirely defensive in nature.”

Ukraine will apparently acquire at least $47 million in weapons, including FGM-148 Javelin launchers and Model M107A1 sniper rifles. The US has authorized a total of $350 million in military aid to Ukraine under the National Defense Authorization Act; which President Trump signed into law.

Trump approves $4 billion for beefing up Americas missile defense

A new government funding bill signed by US President Trump allocates over $4 billion for beefing up America’s missile defense “against North Korea and Iran,” and will also cover repairs for two destroyers that were damaged in collisions with merchant ships.

Approved by Congress on Thursday, the bill provides: $2.4 billion for missile defense procurement, $1.3 billion for research and development, and $43 million for operations and maintenance. Improving missile defense is one of the key features of President Trump’s new National Security Strategy, which was announced earlier this week.

This “layered missile defense system” is intended to defend the US against “threats from North Korea and Iran, and is not intended to undermine strategic stability or disrupt longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China.”

Vladimir Putin announces that Russia won’t be competing in an arms race with the west

According to Russian President Putin, Russia won’t be engaging in an arms race with the west, and the military spending will be decreased as Russia “does not seek a role as the world gendarme.” Instead, they’ll stick to “smart decisions” in order to strengthen their defensive capabilities.

“Intelligence, brains, discipline and organization must be the cornerstones of the (Russian) military doctrine,” Putin said. He added that the last thing his country needs is an arms race which would “drain the economy,” which Moscow doesn’t want “in any scenario.”

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