Those of us who lived through the AIDS epidemic retain one singular memory: The plague that ravaged our lives was largely invisible to others. The epidemic was so concentrated for a while in a gay male subculture — often itself veiled by various closet doors — that straight people without gay family members or friends couldn’t see it. There was blanket media coverage, of course. But in your everyday life, if you were straight, you could live quite easily in the 1990s without coming across someone with AIDS. While gay men were living in a medieval landscape of constant disease
Sullivan manages to take an essay about opioids and turn it into an essay about how miserable homosexuals are. This is worth reading. He fails to draw the obvious conclusion that obliterating yourself with heroin or obliterating yourself on poppers in an orgy of mass sodomy at the Stonewall bar are pretty similar.
Sullivan´s comparison is correct in respect that both "epidemics" are the result of individual choices and lifestyle, that both are 100% preventable by making different choices (not saying that is necessarily easy), and that both cause untold damage to family friends and society in general forced to deal with the consequences of other people´s bad choices.
The only addicts I sympathize with are those who battle chronic pain. That´s includes thousands of veterans of the recent wars. For those that choose to medicate themselves, well that´s on them. I have no sympathy. This is from first hand experience.
No, it wasn´t largely invisible. Gay activists made so much noise about it that they completely politicized AIDS. The CDC refused to treat it as any other communicable disease. There were special rules and lots of funding for something that was spread by gay sex. Of course, they spread the lie that it was a problem of the general population.
It´s the same with opioids. Don´t do heroin, which is cut with you don´t know what, and you won´t have a problem.
#6 is correct. It was important for the homosexual community to push the argument that AIDS was going to kill us all. Dirty Donna Shalala, during her 1993 senate confirmation hearings for HHS secretary, said exactly that. She lied. And as #6 noted, the ´opiod´ crisis is centered on heroin addiction, not pills for pain control. But it is important for some reason, to conflate heroin and pain pills, and call it an opiod crisis. Therefore, Andrew Sullivan, himself an AIDS sufferer, is tring to tie together two big lies.
When the White House backed off its efforts to dump Sebastian Gorka on another federal agency, the controversial counterterrorism advisor had the president himself to thank, The Daily Beast has learned.After news emerged last week that the Trump administration was setting the stage to move the British-born national security aide out of the White House, President Donald Trump and his chief strategist Stephen Bannon “personally intervened” to put a halt to Gorka’s White House eviction, two senior administration sources said.
Jim DeMint´s ouster from The Heritage Foundation came as a shock to the hundreds of scholars and staffers who´ve seen the organization´s political influence grow thanks to DeMint’s controversial decision to align the leading conservative think tank closely with Donald Trump. But interviews with over a dozen sources at the center of the drama suggest Heritage´s stewards — particularly DeMint´s predecessor, Ed Feulner, and Feulner´s sharp-elbowed protégé, Mike Needham — became convinced that DeMint was incapable of renewing the foundation´s place as an intellectual wellspring of the conservative movement. Days of speculation, tension, and internal bickering came to a close on Tuesday:
Thousands of labor and immigrant right activists took to the streets Monday for a wave of protests in conjunction with May Day, a day that sparks protests annually among progressives but which took on a sharper edge this year over concerns about President Donald Trump´s agenda. Across the country, groups urged immigrant workers to skip work, school and shopping to demonstrate their impact on the economy. In Austin, activists staged a sit-in at the governor´s office at the capitol complex to protest a bill increasing immigration enforcement in Texas.
The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.The "Let Girls Learn" program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN. While aspects of the initiative´s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the "Let Girls Learn" name and were told that, as a program unto itself, "Let Girls Learn" was ending.
WASHINGTON — When President Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Saturday, White House officials saw it as part of a routine diplomatic outreach to Southeast Asian leaders. Mr. Trump, characteristically, had his own ideas.During their “very friendly conversation,” the administration said in a late-night statement, Mr. Trump invited Mr. Duterte, an authoritarian leader accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, to visit him at the White House. Now, the administration is bracing for an avalanche of criticism from human rights groups. Two senior officials said they expected the State Department and the National Security
In December 2014, Hillary Clinton made up her mind to run for president. But even as her team geared up in early 2015 for the formal announcement in April, the campaign was beset by problems: press leaks, the burgeoning e-mail-server scandal, competing speechwriters, divided staffers, leaderless advisers and a meddling Bill Clinton. Yet the most alarming issue of all, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes reveal in this exclusive excerpt from their new book, “Shattered,” was the candidate’s inability to convey a clear vision or message.
Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office, and to celebrate the occasion he got a bit too candid in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. Obviously certain elements of being president are pretty fun, but President Trump has discovered that it isn’t all playing with trucks and pressing a button that makes Cokes appear. Sometimes there’s work to be done, and as it turns out being leader of the free world is a lot harder than running a fake university and playing a caricature of a rich person on TV.“I loved my previous life. I had so many things
PARIS -- French voters shut out the political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted for the runoff election between populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron.French politicians on the moderate left and right, including the Socialist and Republicans party losers in Sunday´s vote, immediately urged voters to block Le Pen´s path to power in the May 7 contest.Voters narrowed the presidential field from 11 to two. Both that vote and the May 7 runoff are widely seen as a litmus test for the populist wave that
WASHINGTON — The day before he upended the 2016 election, James B. Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, summoned agents and lawyers to his conference room. They had been debating all day, and it was time for a decision. Mr. Comey’s plan was to tell Congress that the F.B.I. had received new evidence and was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton, the presidential front-runner. The move would violate the policies of an agency that does not reveal its investigations or do anything that may influence an election. But Mr. Comey had declared the case closed, and he believed
Before there was Trump, there was O’Reilly’s populism infused with a New York sensibility. Dear Reader (I said “reader.” This will not be the venue for Caitlyn Jenner’s nude debut.), Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox, and I can’t say I’ll miss him. I don’t mean that to sound too harsh (not that he much cared about sounding too harsh). The truth is I almost never watched his show, unless it was on someplace where I didn’t have control of the remote. That’s not quite the slight it may seem to be either. My job often makes me feel like Lucy
Aaron Hernandez may have murdered a former pal to protect his most guarded secret — that he was bisexual, a new report says.The muscle-bound former New England Patriots tight end allegedly had a longtime male lover, a friend from high school, and left behind a suicide note this week addressed to a gay jailhouse lover, Newsweek said.The suicide note was one of three found in Hernandez’s cell after he hanged himself Wednesday — the other two were to his fiancée and to his 4-year-old daughter.Hernandez, 27, had been serving life without parole in a Massachusetts prison for the 2013 shooting
Taliban fighters dressed in military uniforms attacked an army base in northern Afghanistan, killing or wounding more than 100 soldiers, authorities said Saturday.The updated number of specific soldiers killed or wounded in the attack Friday was not immediately clear. The Afghan ministry of defense said it will provide a breakdown later Saturday. Earlier Friday, Qahar Araam, an army spokesman, said at least eight soldiers died. At the time of attack, security forces were observing Friday prayers. The militants engaged in a six-hour battle with soldiers that left five fighters dead, he said. The base attacked is the headquarters of the
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, shortly after he provided misleading testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner´s computer. White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to reporters that ´the president has accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.´ (Photo) A written statement from Spicer, sent minutes later, confirmed that Trump ´acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.´ Trump said: ´The FBI
In the name of progress, Harvard University will segregate graduation ceremonies based on race. For real. "Aside from studying and taking grueling tests, if you’re a minority, the outer pressures of society make the already challenging coursework even more difficult. Knowing this, Black members of the class of 2017 decided to form an individual ceremony. It’s the first of its kind at the school in recent memory and took nearly a year to plan," reports BET. "The separate graduation is an effort to highlight the aforementioned struggles and resilience it takes to get through those."
Former President Barack Obama warned the world that more people on the planet were eating meat, causing a dramatic rise in climate emissions. “As people want to increase meat consumption, that in turn is spiking the growth of greenhouse emissions coming out of the agricultural sector,” Obama said, pointing to countries that were consuming more meat. The former president shared his views about the growing threat during a conversation about food with his former chef Sam Kass at a food innovation summit in Milan. “People aren’t as familiar with the impact of cows and methane,” Obama said, adding that “as
Fox News contributor and former Obama administration official Marie Harf suggested Monday that President Donald Trump cannot speak in complete sentences. "I miss having a president who can speak complete sentences," Harf said in an apparent comparison between Trump and former President Barack Obama. Harf was commenting on a speech Obama gave Sunday night while accepting the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. Meghan McCain, Harf´s co-host on Fox News´ show "Outnumbered" and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), rebuked Harf´s suggestion. "Good Lord, Marie," McCain said. "Oh, come on! That is so low. That is beneath you, girl." Harf served as
BOSTON — Former President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight Sunday to accept an award for political courage from the John F. Kennedy family, days after House Republicans won passage of a bill dismantling much of his signature health care law. The Democrat has made few public appearances since leaving office in January, and has avoided mention of his Republican successor in the White House, even as President Donald Trump has criticized the previous administration numerous times while moving to undo many of Obama’s initiatives. Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama arrived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Conservative columnist George Will has now become the latest prominent figure to join MSNBC and NBC News as a network contributor. Fox News cut ties with Will earlier this year, which came after months of feuding between him and the network’s former ratings colossus, Bill O’Reilly. Will has been making frequent appearances on MSNBC recently, and in one of his latest segments, he elaborated on his column about how President Trump‘s “disorderly mind” is a “dangerous disability” that could result in dire consequences.. During the 2016 election, Will walked away from the Republican Party out of disgust over Trump’s political
BARACK Obama will reportedly pocket a staggering £2.5million (€3million) today for delivering a speech to a sold-out audience in Milan as part of his lucrative post-presidential speaking tour. The former President, who has already earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for private speeches since leaving the White House, will make his highest-paying appearance yet at the Global Food Innovation Summit today. President Obama flew into Italy’s business capital yesterday, and according to local media headed straight for the extravagant Park Hyatt hotel, which can cost up to £7,100 (€8,400) a night. After bringing the city to a standstill with a convoy
Former president Bill Clinton is collaborating with the best-selling novelist James Patterson on a new thriller. Titled The President is Missing, the book is slated for an unusual joint release from rival publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co in June 2018. In a statement Monday, the publishers said the book, is ´a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know.´ Knopf has long been Clinton´s publisher, and Patterson has been with Little, Brown for decades. ´The President is Missing´ is the
The people who have met with Donald Trump since he became president tend to have a lot in common, according to a database POLITICO compiled from public documents, media accounts and its own reporting: They’re mostly male, largely Republican and often rich. Of the more than 1,200 people who have had direct access to the president as of Monday night, the majority — about 80 percent — are white. And almost 63 percent are white men. Trump has huddled with at least 270 business executives and nearly 350 politicians — mainly Republicans but also dozens of Democrats. And he’s met
Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) dropped a big "F-Bomb" at a recent public event. Harris was discussing health care in San Francisco at a taping of the podcast "Pod Save America" when she started to swear, CBS San Francisco reports. The event was sold out. "Pod Save America" is hosted by four former Obama administration officials who discuss liberal politics and resisting initiatives by Republicans and President Donald Trump. "Like this guy, this congressman, you might as well say, ‘People don´t starve because they don´t have food.´ What the f**k is that?" Harris said. At another point, Harris was about
Bill Clinton is expanding his resume to include fiction writer. The former president is teaming up with best-selling novelist James Patterson to co-write a thriller, "The President is Missing." The book will be released in June 2018, the Associated Press reported. Publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. said the book is "a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know." "Working on a book about a sitting president — drawing on what I know about the job, life
President Trump announced ten federal judicial nominees today. All of them will sail through the Senate. All of them will fill seats stolen from President Obama. There are over 120 vacancies in the federal judiciary, and Obama had nominated people to fill 81 of them. But by the end of his two terms, 59 of those nominees were still in limbo, because Mitch McConnell’s Senate confirmed only 22. This week, ten new nominees were announced to take their seats—as promised, mostly conservative firebrands picked by the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society—with many more sure to come. The Republicans’ strategy of unprecedented obstructionism