“Condom Desert”

20 10 2016



St. Louis is still the sexually transmitted disease capital of the U.S.

Okay, that’s just the headline.  I bet that at some point in this article, we’ll read the same argument we read when St. Louis is at or near the top of violent crime rankings:  ZOMG WE CAN’T ANNEX IT’S AN UNFAIR COMPARISON LOL~!!!!1, or some variant thereof.

St. Louis again takes the title for the country’s highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, in a year of record high numbers nationwide.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reached about 2 million reported cases nationwide in 2015, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I thought Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis were the names of DOR clerks.

St. Louis city topped the list for chlamydia and gonorrhea cases per capita. The rankings are skewed partly because the city is mostly compared with counties in the data. If the entire metropolitan area is included, the St. Louis region ranks eighth for gonorrhea and 17th for chlamydia.

There it goes.  It only took to the third paragraph.

“While it is disheartening that we are still number one, I’m encouraged by efforts to pull together a regional response group,” said Dr. Bradley Stoner, infectious disease specialist at Washington University. “We need greater access to widespread STD testing.”

Why bother with that? We were just told that the stats are illusory and deceptive because zomg 1876.

“Unfortunately our state doesn’t fund comprehensive sex education in a way that we should,” he said. “We have to ensure people have the education and primary preventative health care followed by access to testing and treatment.”

And because of that, people don’t understand the correlation between sex, especially promiscuous sex, and STDs, they have no way of finding out otherwise, as they’re not walking around with almost 100% of all information humanity has ever curated at the ready at their demand in their pockets.

A few new campaigns were offered in the last year, including 4,000 safe-sex kits from Planned Parenthood that were passed out in bars the night before Thanksgiving, a popular social occasion for young adults.

The night before Thanksgiving is a big jiggy night?  I was a young adult, once, a long time ago, and I don’t remember that.  And now that I’m no longer that young, the night before Thanksgiving is now for Puggg and I our Backstoppers night, (and look at the calendar, we’re barely more than a month away), and then off to Joanie’s in Soulard afterward, because that’s where Knockout Martin Luther King victim Matt Quain works.

In September, the St. Louis city and county health departments held a free STD testing event that included raffles for free tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

This so wants a punchline that it’s too early in the morning for me to come up with.  Damn it, man.

St. Louis qualifies as a “condom desert” according to a recent study from St. Louis University. There are fewer stores that sell condoms in the city compared with other areas, and more barriers that make them difficult to get.

Condoms are more likely to be behind the counter or locked up, and they are often sold individually, making them more expensive at about $1.25 each.

Condoms should be made more accessible by selling them in larger packages and placing them on shelves to reduce embarrassment, wrote author Enbal Shacham, associate professor of behavioral science and health education.

Condom desert.  There’s a new one on me.  Which means we’ll probably hear it over and over again.  The irony is that a research study done at a Jesuit/Catholic university informs us that the city it’s in is a “desert” for a type of contraceptive.  As far as this bit about behind the counter and locked up, isn’t that what we are told to do with adult items?  Firearms, pseudoephederine cold pills, porn magazines, cigarettes.

It’s a factually challenged argument anyway — The racial demographic in this town almost entirely responsible for the city’s high STD rate is the same one that seems to be allergic to contraceptives, prophylactics and birth control.

Surgeons Are From Mars, Psychiatrists Are From Venus

12 10 2016

New Haven, Connecticut

Not really hard.

All we need is Steve Sailer’s axiom that people who battle nature are markedly different than people who battle other people.

While both surgeons and psychiatrists deal with people, surgeons deal with people in the most dispassionate way possible and the most scientifically pure and objective way possible.  (Remember, many times, surgery patients are unconscious.)  Psychiatrists, OTOH, deal with people in the most people-y way possible, they deal with the most uniquely human feature of the human species, and the medical science of psychiatry is one of the most subjective gray area ridden disciplines of medicine.

Gimme That Ol Time Triangulation

4 10 2016

Flint, Michigan

Bill Clinton taking a verbal lob at ObamaDontCare…

…is Bill trying to dog whistle triangulatory anti-ObamaDontCare political messages to the electorate on behalf of his wife.  He’s trying to leave enough people with the impression that his wife as President would undo the most undesirable parts of the Unaffordable Uncaring Act.

As much as the Clintons and Obamas have had to pretend to be buddy buddy chum chum over the last eight years, they really don’t like each other.

Remember Michelle Obama’s famous rant in 2008 about how she was proud of her country for the first time?  She was saying that she wasn’t proud of her country while Bill Clinton was President.  That was I think nothing more than a slick diss at the Clintons, because at the time, her husband still had not locked up the nomination and was still campaigning against Hillary.

All a Blur

26 06 2016


I dunno, something about segregation and guns, or something like that.  I guess Tony Messenger has some sort of point, though I’m beside myself trying to figure why he didn’t work an anti-Semitic whisper campaign into this and blame that as well.

And then there’s this:

This is often the sentiment shared by North Side African-American aldermen whenever there is high-profile violence in other areas of the city, like downtown or on the South Side. They see immediate pledges to do something, anything. Patrols are stepped up. Attention is paid.

Anybody who spends much time downtown has seen an increased police presence at various times, for instance, since the May shooting of 21-year-old Brandi Hill on Washington Avenue.

Meanwhile, violence continues unabated in many neighborhoods on the North Side.

So what do they want?  More cops in Bell Curve City, at which time Messenger will write a new op-ed accusing the cops of racial profiling?  Their solutions are such that their implementation will always give them an open lane to complain about problems.

Magic and Tragic Dirt

20 06 2016


I found this gem while searching the Cleveland media for news about riots overexuberant bouncyball fans.

It’s a thing, but it’s not a brand new thing to me, because this kind of thing is discussed in St. Louis a lot, the zip code health gap.

But now I think it’s just another excuse for AFFH.  Notsam perhaps can help me, but I get the feeling that the Cleveland area zip codes 44103 and 44108 have a lot of gentrification potential and are close to Cleveland’s central business district.

I Remember That

15 04 2016


Michael Brown died because he wasn’t able to get a call center job with a firm that is heavily dependent on Federal contracts.

Essence of Diversity

13 02 2016


Campus Reform:

Harvard med students demand diversity, but no more Asians please


They similarly lament the insufficient diversity of the student body, complaining that “while … 21.7 percent of HMS students are underrepresented in medicine,” just two of the 165 current first-year students are black females, and contending that “these numbers are not reflective of a nation in which African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians comprise 32 percent of the population.”

According to The Boston Globe, Asians and Pacific Islanders are not mentioned in the petition because they are not considered “underrepresented” by the Association of American Medical Colleges. As of 2012, the two groups together constituted 18.9 percent of the HMS student body.

Two themes I’ve been noticing for quite some time are present in just those two paragraphs:

(1) The very definition of “diversity” is a moving goalpost which moves back and forth over the heads of Asians most often, in that they go from being diverse to not diverse most often, depending on the micropolitics of the question at hand.

(2) “Diversity” also means black women trying to ride on the backs of all “diverse” people for the benefit of black women.