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More than half of homo-bisexual men with HIV go untreated

Due to the never-ceasing drumbeat for a cure for HIV/AIDS — a drumbeat begun, championed, and continued by the homosexual “community” — untold hundreds of millions of dollars, including taxpayer money (via the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC), have led to medical science developing a dizzying array of, by my count, 51 drugs to manage HIV.

The treatment is called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). HAART extends lives and slows the spread of the AIDS virus by maintaining the function of the immune system and preventing opportunistic infections that often lead to death.

And yet, MORE THAN HALF of homosexual and bisexual men with HIV in the United States don’t take these life-saving drugs.

How perverse is that.

Kim Painter reports for USA Today, Sept. 25, 2014, that a new CDC report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. found that fewer than half of infected gay and bisexual men in the United States took those medications in recent years. Treatment was especially scant among young men and black men,

David Purcell, deputy director for behavioral and social science in the CDC’s HIV prevention division, says men may stay away from treatment out of denial, because they don’t understand the need, don’t have insurance or for many other reasons, including perceived stigma. “People may not want to go to a clinic that is called ‘the HIV clinic’,” he says. Some may perceive health care providers in their communities as homophobic. Young men may not know how to manage health care basics, such as making appointments.

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The report shows that 77% of gay and bisexual men newly diagnosed in 2010 got some initial care, as evidenced by lab reports from 19 areas around the country. But just 51% of all infected gay and bisexual men in those areas got continuing care. An additional nationwide analysis found 49.5% were prescribed drugs that can suppress the virus, preventing it from destroying the immune system. Those medications can allow patients to live for decades and greatly reduce their risk of spreading the virus.

Drug treatment rates were just 30% in infected men under age 25 and rose with age, reaching 68% in men 55 and older. Rates also varied by race; black men got treatment less often than Hispanic and white men.

Federal health officials started recommending treatment for everyone with the virus, including those at the earliest stage of infection, in 2012.

Noël Gordon, a project manager at the Human Rights Campaign, a “gay rights” advocacy group, says the age differences in care also may reflect differences in how younger and older men perceive the HIV threat. “Older gay and bisexual men lived through the crux of the crisis and have lost friends and partners,” he says. Younger men are less likely to know others with HIV experiences or to talk about HIV among friends.

CDC says nearly 600,000 of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are men who have sex with men, and two-thirds of new infections still occur in that group. Infection rates among “gay” and bisexual men, especially young men, have been rising in recent years, despite targeted prevention efforts. About one-third of infected “gay” and bisexual men don’t know they are infected.

In a separate Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Thursday, about one-third of “gay” and bisexual men said they had never been tested. More than half said a doctor had never suggested it, most likely because nearly half of “gay” and bisexual men had never even discussed their sexual orientation with a doctor.

It is now 33 years since AIDS was first discovered and diagnosed among homosexual men in the United States. There is simply no excuse for this willful ignorance and refusal to engage in safe sex and get treatment.

And yet, despite all this, the homosexual “community” and their enablers will continue to goad the American people that we must do more! and pour more money! into “Research For A Cure!”.

Money for medical research is a zero-sum game: More money for AIDS research means less money for other diseases, especially those like Lyme Disease that are not self- and behavior-induced like HIV/AIDS.

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~Eowyn

The enemy within: Somali refugees in Minnesota drawn to welfare and Jihad

Dr. Eowyn:

Through the Refugee Act of 1980, sponsored by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) and former Sen. Joe Biden (D), the federal government has been aggressively “resettling” refugees from the east African country of Somalia into especially Minnesota, among other states, making Minnesota the state with the largest population of Somalis in the U.S.

But the Muslim Somalis are not assimilating into American society and culture but instead remain dependent on welfare, with their young males becoming jihadists.

Also noteworthy is how certain “faith-based” Christian churches and organizations are working hand-in-glove with the government to promote the “resettlement” of “refugees” in America, amnesty for illegals, and welfare socialism.

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Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Somalia is a war-torn country in east Africa.

Over the course of two decades, the federal government’s Refugee Resettlement Program has left Minnesota, especially the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, with 30 mosques and the largest population of Somalis in the United States. Many of the Somali refugees remain dependent on welfare, while the young men become radicalized by unscrupulous imams.

Leo Hohmann reports for WND, Sept. 5, 2014, that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said that while many of the Somali transplants in Minnesota have been hard-working citizens, the experiment has been costly for her state. Too many Somalis remain dependent on public assistance. Somali youth are also being radicalized into jihad.

She described Somalia as “a failed state . . . based on piracy for ransom and fraud,” with an economy that more closely resembles the stone-age than the information age. “And so tens of thousands of Somalis have been…

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Rocky Mountain High: Homeless flock to Colorado for pot

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The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Jace Larson reports for Click2Houston, Sept. 22, 2014, that Colorado is seeing a significant increase in the number of homeless people arriving from Texas and the head of two homeless shelters said a big reason for the increase is homeless people wanting to smoke pot.

“It wasn’t the only reason but it was one of the main factors,” Runa Renee Townsend, a homeless woman from Fort Worth, said of her reason for moving to Colorado.

At the Salvation Army’s overnight shelter, they have seen their numbers nearly double. The shelter had to use an old storage room to house the extra people. “We were averaging 190 people a night. Now we are averaging 345 people a night,” said Murray Flagg, the Salvation Army Intermountain Divisional secretary for social services. “We find about one in four people have come for some marijuana related issue.

Colorado made recreational marijuana legal under state law at the beginning of the year. Medical marijuana, which requires a doctor’s prescription, has been legal for years. Both types of marijuana are still illegal under federal law, but the federal government has taken a mostly hands-off approach to prosecuting people who possess only a small amount of marijuana and who do not traffic it while committing other crimes.

Craig Howard, who used to live in Lubbock, went to Denver. He said he meets homeless Texans every day who went to Colorado to smoke marijuana, “There are a lot of people here from Texas.”

Tom Luehrs, executive director of the St. Francis Center day shelter in Denver, said he was surprised by the increase in homeless from Texas coming to Colorado, “At least 10 percent of our new out-of-state population is coming from Texas. People tell us is that they think they can get a job because marijuana is legal here.”

Homeless people often have jobs that pay minimum wage. Some of them work as day laborers making about $38 a day. They earn enough for spending money but not enough to pay rent.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s sales tax revenue has mushroomed from the sale of recreational marijuana which is taxed at more than 20%. The state received more than $3 million in sales tax in just one month this year.

See also Steve’s “The Homeless. Do We Even Look? Are You Sure?

~Eowyn

The long, grim struggle for the long-term unemployed

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SFGate.com: As of August 2014  three million Americans had been unemployed for more than six months. Over two million have been unemployed for more than a year.

The only incremental improvement: the percentage of those out of work and looking for the past six months or more has declined, from 46% of the total unemployed in 2010, to 33 percent now.  In California (excepting the Bay Area’s bubble economy) the percentage is closer to 40 percent.

The plight of the long term unemployed —  highest in the 45-59 age group  – remains “among the most persistent, negative effects of the Great Recession.” In percentage terms, it’s still the highest since the Great Depression, says the John J Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in a report published today.

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The long-lasting trend indicates ”that the ranks of the long-term unemployed may remain high for months or years even if the economy continues to improve,” says the report based on a survey of 852 employed and unemployed workers between July 21 and August 3.

Close to half of those who have found jobs are being paid less, working part-time, or otherwise experiencing “a step down” from their job 5 years ago.

Their living standards, and feelings about the present and the future, are very much in line with earlier findings on the mood of American workers.

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Tragedy: Curtain comes down on taxpayer-funded climate change musical

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FoxNews: The curtain has come down on Climate Change: The Musical and reviews of the taxpayer-funded play about global warming are downright icy.

The play, which is actually entitled “The Great Immensity,” and was produced by Brooklyn-based theater company The Civilians, Inc. with a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, ended its run early amid a storm of criticism from reviewers and lawmakers alike. It opened a year late, reached just five percent of its anticipated audience and likely fell short of its ambitious goal of informing a new generation about the perceived dangers of man-caused climate change. Plus, it apparently wasn’t very good.

“Despite fine performances, the musical mystery tour is an uneasy mix of fact and credulity-stretching fiction. It’s neither flora nor fauna,” New York Daily News reviewer Joe Dziemianowicz wrote in a review at the time. “[The] songs — whether about a doomed passenger pigeon or storm-wrecked towns — feel shoehorned in and not, pardon the pun, organic.”

The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons. But it stalled after a single production in Kansas City, falling short of the lofty goals outlined in a grant proposal. It was envisioned as a chance to create “an experience that would be part investigative journalism and part inventive theater,” help the public “better appreciate how science studies the Earth’s biosphere” and increase “public awareness, knowledge and engagement with science-related societal issues.”

According to a plot description on the theater company’s website, “The Great Immensity” focuses on a woman named Phyllis as she tries to track down a friend who disappeared while filming an assignment for a nature show on a tropical island. During her search, she also uncovers a devious plot surrounding an international climate summit in Auckland, New Zealand.

The description touts the play as “a thrilling and timely production” with “a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: How can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us?”

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said the dramatic debacle was a waste of public money.

“There is no doubt that the Great Immensity was a great mistake,” Smith told FoxNews.com. “The NSF used taxpayer dollars to underwrite political advocacy dressed up as a musical. And the project clearly failed to achieve any of its objectives.”

In a statement to FoxNews.com, the NSF said it is too soon to tell if the grant funds were wasted. “This particular project just concluded in August and the final report has not yet been submitted to NSF,” the statement said. “Final reports are due to NSF within 90 days following expiration of the grant. The final report will contain information about project outcomes, impacts and other data.”

But Smith and others in Congress said the foundation owes an explanation to lawmakers – and taxpayers. “The NSF has offered no comment, neither a defense of the project nor an acknowledgement that funding was a waste of money,” Smith said. “The NSF must be held accountable for how they choose to spend taxpayer dollars.”

(Trust me, as painful as this is to watch, you gotta see at least the last 10 seconds of this $700,000 masterpiece!)

Other reviews of the play were similarly dismal. “Even the best adventurers can wander off course, and the Civilians do so on a global scale in The Great Immensity,” read a review from Time Out New York. “The inventive troupe’s latest effort is all over the map… It’s not easy preaching green.”

The Civilians, Inc. did not return requests for comment.

FoxNews.com first reported on the House Committee’s dismay over the grant program back in March. Smith had also questioned the validity of other grants from the NSF including; $200,000 towards a three-year study of the Bronze Age, Another $50,000 towards the survey of archived lawsuits from 17th century Peru and $20,000 for a study on the causes of stress in Bolivia.

“All government employees and their agency heads need to remember they are accountable to the American taxpayer who pays their salary and funds their projects,” Smith said at a March hearing.

ManBearPig hardest hit.

DCG

The Homeless. Do We Even Look? Are You Sure?

This should leave a bit of a lump in your throat. I know it did me.   :(

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If a family member posed as a homeless person, would you recognize him or her?

That’s the question a new campaign — Make Them Visible — is asking. In a video produced by ad agency Silver + Partners and Smuggler for the New York City Rescue Mission, several people come face-to-face with their relatives and significant others dressed as homeless people. However, not a single participant recognizes their mother, brother or wife.

“There’s only one person that didn’t make it into the film — because they couldn’t handle the fact that they walked by their family,” video director Jun Diaz of Smuggler production company told Fast Company. “It happened every time.”

The jarring social experiment, staged in Tribeca and Soho near the mission’s shelter, shows just how invisible homeless people are to pedestrians on the street.

“We don’t look at them. We don’t take a second look,” Michelle Tolson, director of public relations for the New York City Rescue Mission, told The Huffington Post.

Tolson explained that the ad agency and production company hired actors for a documentary video and quietly contacted each person’s family to see if they would be interested in being apart of the social experiment. While the family members were in on the ruse, the participants had no idea they were being set up, and only learned after the fact when they watched themselves walk past their “homeless” family member.

“The experiment is a powerful reminder that the homeless are people, just like us, with one exception,” Craig Mayes, executive director of New York City Rescue Mission, said in a statement provided to HuffPost. “They are in trouble and in pain. And they are someone’s uncle or cousin or wife.”

Watch how each person reacts after the big reveal in Make Them Visible’s video above.

~Steve~

PS, The NYC Rescue Mission is a personal Charity I’ve supported for over 25 yrs. Just happened upon this vid and thought you may like it. Here is a brief bio of the joint and link for more info.   Thanks. Steve

The New York City Rescue Mission, America’s First Rescue Mission, has had the same goal since 1872: to provide hope, food, clothing and shelter to people in crisis in New York City.

Founded by Jerry and Maria McAuley, New York City Rescue Mission has been serving the city since 1872.

 http://nycrescue.org/

h/t Digg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/make-them-visible-homeless-video_n_5200574.html

Gaystapo corporate intimidation at JP Morgan Chase

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Remember my post of 2½ months ago, on Chase Bank, in a company survey, asking its employees to declare their loyalty to LGBT? (LGBT = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

Each year, JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. The survey this year included, for the first time, a question asking if the employee is “An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.”

That question is understood by some employees to be a veiled threat because the survey is not anonymous.

Here’s a follow-up that chillingly fleshes out what that survey means. Although the account below does not specifically name JP Morgan Chase, the similarities are too striking to be otherwise.

Rod Dreher writes for The American Conservative, Sept. 9, 2014, that he received a long e-mail from a reader “who works in management at a major corporation.” The email detailed “how the bureaucracy in his company is collecting more and more data on its employees at the same time it’s tightening the screws on the internal culture of diversity,” and that “traditional Christians are going deep into the closet there.”

Dreher then quotes from the reader’s email:

If you don’t sign up to be a member of the LGBT “ally” group, they notice—especially if you are (or are potentially going to be) a manager. LGBT employees need to be supported by their manager. The manager is the front line with such questions as “I need to have off next Friday because my partner is having surgery” or “do my partner and I qualify for corporate adoption benefits?” If you’re in a same-sex relationship and you don’t know if your manager is an ally, this is a very scary conversation to have. People want to know it’s safe to confide in their manager without fear of being judged.

The company needs to know which managers can be trusted to this end and which can’t. No matter how openly supportive you may be of LGBT employees, the company wants to track who identifies as an “ally” openly, and who doesn’t. If they don’t count allies and non-allies, they won’t be able to prove things are “improving” nor will they be able to target managers for further inclusion coaching. So, by making it “safer” for some employee demographics to be open about their personal lives, they’re inadvertently closeting others.

[...] The end game is as Big Brotherish [...] People need to be made aware of what’s coming. 

Dreher comments that “It doesn’t take a paranoid to see where this is going. It just takes someone who has worked for a corporation, and who has seen how powerful the phrase ‘hostile work environment’ can be.”

Dreher concludes that he doesn’t think what the “major corporation” (cough, cough, Chase Bank) is doing is “persecution” of Christians, but that “it is something. And it is real.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines “persecution” as:

  1. Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs
  2. Persistent annoyance or harassment

I’m not as decorous as Dreher, and I call “PERSECUTION” what this “major corporation” (JP Morgan Chase) is doing to its employees who decline to openly declare their “loyalty” to LGBT.

H/t California Catholic Daily

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~Eowyn