Abstinence Only=More STD’s

cross posted at dKos

May this be the final nail in the coffin of abstinence only programs:

Teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are more likely to take chances with other kinds of sex that increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, a study of 12,000 adolescents suggests.

The report by Yale and Columbia University researchers could help explain their earlier findings that teens who pledged abstinence are just as likely to have STDs as their peers.

Some of the findings of the study are quite shocking….

The Site

It’s time for a little retrospective. The site has been live since approximately 10:30PM EST Sunday night.

We just passed 340 registered users. The site has had 112,021 hits in less than 6 days.

We have added a RSS feed, moved the regional threads so that the West is on the left, added links at the bottom of diaries so you can pop back up to the top of the thread or the top of the diary.

Plus a few other things. There is a suggestion box diary. Please use your brains to come up with ideas to make the site even better.

It’s been almost two years

Since November 2002 I’ve participated in over 200 protests and vigils for peace and against dubya’s war. 231 to be exact – and the number of participants has ranged from 1 to over 2000.

I last held a vigil on our campus in April almost a year ago. I last participated in one of the regular Kansas City protests this past June. We stopped doing so in the period after that because we all had work to do toward November 2, 2004.

It’s been almost two years since the start of the war. Tomorrow is the anniversary of “Shock and Awe”. Not a very auspicious occasion. Not with 1521 American dead and more than 11285 American wounded (as of today). This anniversary weighs heavily on those of us who spoke out against this war. I wonder if it weighs as heavily on those who implemented it.

As the anniversary approached my good colleague asked me if I would participate in a vigil at our old spot in front of the First Amendment plaque next to the flag pole on the Quad.  This, for both of us, for the first time in almost a year.  I replied that I would not organize it (we have to notify our campus police of “public speech activities” 24 hours in advance), but I would attend – the thought of starting in again conjured up the memories of the last two years.

I had received word from another colleague that a student organized peace group was going to stage a peace rally in front of the Student Union on campus from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today. I decided to attend. My colleague later called me to say that instead of standing vigil on the Quad he would attend this student run event.

It was breezy and cool today, though the sun was out. I arrived a few minutes before the start of the event and met one of the organizers – a student who also happened to be an Orthodox priest. The students distributed flyers and black ribbons with pins to passersby and participants. I affixed one to my sweater.

It was a quiet event, fitting for the anniversary it marked. The war crowd didn’t seem to be around or aware. Several speakers addressed a small crowd of the interested, the curious, and passersby that didn’t exceed twenty in number at any one time. This is a triumph of sorts on our campus. And, it is a good sign that students organized this event.

On Sunday we will attend the commemoration at the J.C. Nichols fountain in the park at 47th and Main in Kansas City. It’s the least we can do.

[UPDATED] Businessman charged with genocide for selling US chemicals

Cross-posted at Daily Kos. Also: I have excised the section on Goss and Latin America, and will cover that in a separate diary.

Update [2005-3-18 13:43:51 by susanhbu]: At the end of the diary, learn about the victims’ actions as well as additional suspicions about this case.

Today’s BBC reports:

Prosecutors in the Netherlands have formally charged a Dutch businessman with complicity in genocide for selling chemicals to Iraq’s former regime.

Frans van Anraat, 62, is accused of selling US and Japanese chemicals which were used to produce poison gas … said to have been used to kill more than 5,000 in a 1988 attack on the Kurdish Iraqi town of Halabja.

It’s ironic, isn’t it, that the Dutch find it possible to charge one of their own with a war crime for selling chemicals made in the U.S. while U.S. politicians and executives get promoted for their war crimes.