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Third World USA redux

25 10 10 - 15:42

This place keeps getting more and more comical. I don't think we can blame this on any particular group, just on our decline as a whole -- we've gotten lazy and unwilling to strive for anything:

Nearly one-tenth of sexually active New York City high school students say they have had at least one same-sex partner, and teens who say they've had sexual contact with both sexes report higher-than-average rates of dating violence, forced sex and risky sexual behavior, a new study says.


Students also were asked whether they considered themselves straight, gay or lesbian, bisexual, or "not sure." Of the teens with at least one same-sex partner, 38.9 percent answered "heterosexual or straight."


The study found that teens who reported partners of both sexes also reported higher-than-average rates of risky sexual practices, such as not using a condom during intercourse, as well as higher rates of partner violence and forced sex.


"Young people who are exhibiting characteristics of depression and lower self-worth can indeed place themselves in more risky situations including risky sexual practices," he said. - AP

What an ode to disintegration!

People are miserable, casting about for meaning, and they can find it by rutting like monkeys -- indiscriminately. If sheep were widely available in NYC, the rates of ewe molestation would be off the charts (by both sexes, to stay open-minded).

And this isn't some blown-out failed city like San Bernardino (sorry) or Detroit (sorry), but probably our most impressive city, New York. Wouldn't it be odd if our most prosperous places were more corrupt than our out-of-the-way places? Bet it's true, with a reducing curve when you approach the really forgotten wastelands like abandoned company towns.

More from the "here we go into the toilet" file:

New York City's bedbugs have climbed out of bed and marched into landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale's and Lincoln Center, causing fresh anxiety among tourists who are canceling Big Apple vacations planned for the height of the holiday season.


Sightings of the rust-colored bugs, about the size of an apple seed, have surged in New York and around the nation in recent years. Experts have theorized that an increase in global travel and the banning of certain pesticides may be partly responsible for their spread.


"It's gone up incredibly. We were completely blindsided by this," said Jody L. Gangloff-Kaufmann, urban entomologist in the integrated pest management program at Cornell University. "And for years, nobody knew about it, so reservoir populations were formed here and there." - AP

Guess this is the future. Your sandwich comes in sanitary plastic wrap, so does your needle and your computer, but the rest of the world is gradually being invaded by nature as disorganization, filth and parasitism divide the human population and make them less attentive.

America was once a shining example of how to do things the right way, and we had a national mania about cleanliness. But now? Well, we're starting to look a lot like Brazil, Mexico, Iraq, Russia and other countries where social order has dissolved. The cities are filthy and public services impotent, while our politicians count tourist cash.

My bet is that tourists increasingly are going to visit more vital places, in regimes that aren't dying of their own excess.

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