Tip of the Spear

17 11 2015

St. Louis City

And that is a double entendre.



In the local focus, I wonder how far down I have to read before I encounter the typical bitching that we usually get when the topic is violent crime or crime in general — You know, “St. Louis is an independent city,” “We can’t expand,” “It’s apples and oranges to compare us to cities that can annex,” blah blah.  Because we got it last year at this time.  Just as St. Louis City and County will start jointly reporting their crime stats as if they’re a single entity, for the purposes of statistical concealment, I fully expect the same to start happening with STD rates.

Being Black for a Living

11 10 2015



He’s a doctor, but you get the sense that he’d rather be black for a living.  Perhaps he’s on his way of being the Ta Coates of physicians.  In which case it would make sense for him to speak and write of black bodies often, unlike Ta.

And also, he’ll never let us forget that someone microaggrieved him by mistaking him for the maintenance man.


Penis Propaganda

26 09 2015

Arlington, Virginia

The Pentagon’s WWII anti-STI posters, though back in those days, those maladies were called VD, Venereal Diseases.

Back in 2010, I asked:

Need help from an amateur or professional historian:  Was there a particularly bad outbreak of gonorrhea about 1920?  If so, I could imagine that it happened for the same reason that the 1918 Spanish Flu happened, that being World War I.  For the first time, young American men were mass involved in military conflict outside the United States.  They probably picked up a lot of diseases from European prostitutes, and spread it back and forth between themselves and other soldiers and other prostitutes, and even other European women who weren’t morally loose but were destitute because of war damage, so they had no choice but to trade sex to soldiers for money.

This article has the answer:

According to a history published in the journal Military Medicine, “In World War I, the Army lost nearly 7 million person-days and discharged more than 10,000 men because of STDs. Only the great influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 accounted for more loss of duty during that war.”

Of course, WWI also fueled the flu pandemic of the two immediate postwar years.

Also something else interesting:

Of course the big question is, did all of this “penis propaganda” keep the troops from getting STDs? Here’s the U.S. Army Medical Department’s Office of Medical History: “It can be stated very simply that the lowest venereal disease rates in the U.S. Army occurred during 1943 and that the rates began to rise in 1944, further increased in 1945, and showed marked increases after the cessation of hostilities.”

That’s not a big mystery.  We were focused on bellicosity in ’43, but as we started turning the tide with win after win and after win in both theaters in ’44, and actually won in ’45, the men who helped bring about those wins and the ultimate victories turned their excitement and exuberance toward carnal pleasures, many times, to the point of criminality.



Relax, Max.

8 09 2015


They’re not going to tear down Desloge.

How do I know this?

Well, most of my providers are at SLU, and a certain other group of people are taken there as well.  In the last few years, the area between Grand, Chouteau, Spring and Rutger has been slowly cleared out, all that remain are a few houses, a historic part of Pevely that will be renovated for something, and a few buildings already part of the SLU campus, and a pretty new charter high school not affiliated with SLU.  There’s enough room for whatever SSM is going to want to build now that it now controls SLU once again.

Incidentally, and I always had this suspicion, but this confirms, that Firmin Desloge and Desloge, Missouri are related.

Stock Image

3 08 2015

St. Louis City



HIV Happens

7 06 2015

New York City


HIV risk among young gay, bi men tied to societal issues

For young gay and bisexual men, the risk of HIV infection is linked with societal issues, a new study says.

“What we’re starting to say here, if you’re black and Hispanic you’re more likely to become HIV positive, but really this is driven by you’re low income, you live in a poor neighborhood or you live in a neighborhood with higher HIV prevalence,” said lead author Perry Halkitis of New York University.


In previous research, behaviors didn’t explain disparities in HIV among young men who have sex with men, Halkitis and his colleagues say.

Young black and Hispanic men who have sex with men “do not appear to engage in more or riskier sexual behaviors compared with their white peers,” they write in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes

For the new study, the researchers analyzed patterns of new HIV infections among 594 young men who have sex with men.

Participants were recruited from the New York City area between 2009 and 2011 and were 18 or 19 when they entered the study. At that point they were all HIV-negative.

Over the next three years, 43 participants became infected with HIV.

About a third of black, Hispanic and mixed or other race participants became HIV-positive during the study, compared to about 7 percent of white participants.

People who described themselves as being in low to average social and economic groups were more likely to become HIV-positive than those in higher socioeconomic groups.

Also, the authors found, young age at first sexual experience with another male was tied to an increased risk of becoming HIV-positive, compared to a first encounter at an older age.

“The bigger point here is that it’s just too simplistic to (blame) everything on race,” Halkitis said. “We’re trying to get at the reason that’s happening. This paper starts to point to it.”

This means just being black or Hispanic, or not having enough money, or being around people who don’t have enough money, or being around people who have HIV, causes you to contract HIV.  Remember when the gay lobby (as they were called back then) told us not to be this paranoid and irrational about the ease of catching HIV?  I know, it has been a very long time, (hence, why I called them the “gay lobby” and not what they’re called now, their ridiculous alphabet soup acronym), and some of you may not even have been born when we were being told that.  That’s one of the good things about being middle aged now, that I can remember how they change up the party lines slowly and on the sly.  Though I can add that while they were trying to get us not to be so paranoid over how we can contract HIV, they were simultaneously and hypocritically spreading paranoia and anti-science irrationality about how easy it supposedly was to catch it via normal heterosexual sex, the good ole insert tab A into slot B.  That was to spread the notion that everyone was at risk, to distract from the truth that anal sex is by far the easiest transmission vector.

Now, it’s back to full paranoia ahead.

And also, this has absolutely nothing do with the fact that this “science” relies on people honestly reporting facts about themselves, and that certain kinds of people have a lot of trouble doing that.

Additionally, young people may not have sexual autonomy in sexual decisions – especially with older partners, said Coleman, who was not involved with the new research.

“…May not have sexual autonomy in sexual decisions…older partners…” — In my day, we called this “rape.”

They also point out that young gay and bisexual men may not be properly educated about STIs, and their heterosexual parents may not be equipped to educate on those topics.

“I think that one way we can begin to address this issue is through comprehensive sexual health education,” said Jason Coleman, an expert on HIV and STI prevention at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This study was done in New York City.  What kind of anti-science religious fanatic knuckledragging retrogrades control the schools in New York City?




Both Sides of Vista

1 06 2015


SSM (Sisters of St. Mary) acquiring SLU Med.  Since SSM already owns Cardinal Glennon, it will mean that both medical centers on both sides of Vista Avenue will once again be under the same management roof, like they were when the St. Louis Archdiocese managed both.

Otherwise, don’t expect for anything to change at SLU.  It will still be the preferred emergency room for Chocolate City St. Louis war casualties and sundry black pimps doing time in Federal prison.


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