43 thoughts on “De Sunday Papers

  1. Shayna

    “It’s easier to get sex now, in lots of ways”. A rise in STis is being attributed to social media, dating web-sites, Tindr, Grindr, and all the “r’s”. Complacency, in my opinion accounts for the rise in the number, I’m of an age when AIDS scared the bejeezus out of me in the mid 80s. Perhaps re-runs of “Philadelphia” at local cinemas may create re-awareness? (Spoiler alert, for kids who haven’t seen “Philadelphia”, it’s a tad sad).

    1. some old queen

      I don’t this rise is specifically in HIV mind. Most STI’s can be transmitted even with safer sex. But, it’s not uncommon for guys to put their last tested date on their Grindr profile now which covers everything, not just HIV. There’s also a lot more no NSA stated.

      One area which I don’t think there has been much research on, at least in Ireland, is sex addiction, particularly with strangers. It’s just the same as drink or drugs or gambling in that it can completely take over someone’s life and these location based systems are making it much easier to find other like minded.

    2. GiggidyGoo

      Not knowing the ‘ins and outs’ of Tinder and Grinder, but is there a rating facility for ‘members’
      Like ‘has an STI’ or ‘ I’d love to carry his/her STI’ or FreeFrom STI. Etc?

      1. some old queen

        I can only speak of Grindr but no, any information disclosed is voluntary. The gay community are way ahead on this issue. Asking someone when they were last tested is a common conversation now a days and someone being spotted down the Gay Men’s Health Project is to their credit. Queens don’t dooo shame btw.

        1. Shayna

          Never tried any of the “Rs”, I’m simply surprised that STis are on the increase. Millennials, I would have thought would be more aware of sexually transmitted diseases/infections than my generation. I mentioned AIDS, because, that’s the scary one. Education/common sense is a big factor, however, after a few drinky poos/whatever, passion ultimately overcomes wit/wisdom.

          1. some old queen

            Yes when the wine is in, the wit is out.

            One factor with the younger crew is that HIV is not a death sentence anymore so they take higher risks. In a way the treatments have become a victim of their own success. Combine that with the invincibility of youth and you have the current situation.

            I’m sure the health professionals are scratching their head as to how to tackle this one but when the notion for the motion is upon them, those who regularly test are much more likely to stop and think. Real-time cause and effect if you like because waiting on those results can be terrifying.

          2. Frilly Qeane

            But Shayna
            Millennials have grown up knowing that intimacy and sex isn’t a mortal sin
            And one night stands aren’t going to get them named and shamed all over the town

            We grew up scared poop less
            And told AIDS was our own fault

            Or even a daycent clinger was bold durty stuff

          3. Cian

            I haven’t looked at the article or data.
            Is it possible that more people are getting tested these days? So there are more l kown cases. In the 80s more people were unaware of their STDs ?

          4. Shayna

            @ Ram “Rs” – Grind(r), Tind(r). Cian makes a point, perhaps more people are being tested now, than in the 80s? As with most surveys and accompanying statistics, the full story is never revealed.
            Talking about being scared poopless, Frilly, I went to Portugal in ’85 for the Summer, Rock Hudson had just died from AIDS, I developed a routine of lining loo seats with tissues, in case I contracted the virus – such was the newness and lack of understanding at the time.

  2. Frilly Qeane

    Far be it from the likes ov’ me t’ be contradicting The Sunday Times
    But easier
    Not in my experience

    1. Shayna

      Is it something to do with the beholder, beholden? I’ve clearly no idea what I’m talking about. Sorry, I’ve been watching back-to-back “Sex And The City”, it turns out, I’m Samantha.

      1. Lilly

        Samantha is about the only one of them anyone could cheerfully admit to being, isn’t she. I’m probably a Charlotte-Carrie combo.

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      I refuse to entertain such false modest, Frilly. If dudes are not lining up to squire you ’round the town I despair of the younger generation. Us old parties (from Dublin, no less) can but dream of such opportunity.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        the next train for cork leaves heuston at 10, sheik. you’ll be swinging your hurl at frillz by lunchtime.

          1. Frilly Qeane

            An’ d’know wha’ else lads
            I still fit into me ould’ club skirt

            Not the hockey one tho
            That was a bit posher and not stretchy
            With pleats, that just spread out like an accordion at full wind

  3. Otis Blue

    So AIB wants the State to give tax breaks to developers and landlords?

    More corporate welfare for those that sucked hard from the taxpayer tit during boom and bust?

    How’s about they tell us how much they left us on the hook for the last time?

    Ireland is truly the old sow that eats its farrow.

  4. GiggidyGoo

    AIB (at the moment anyway) is The State. Translated = FFGLAB want to give more sops to their buddies.

    1. Otis Blue

      Indeed. And that’s worth remembering.

      But do we need more Tom McFeely’s, Bernard McNamara’s and their fetid ilk? More Priory Hall’s? More ghost estates in Longford? More tax relief for REIT’s and Vulture Funds?

      Because that’s exactly what we’ll get.

      1. Cian

        Or possibly more homes in the cities where they are needed.
        What we need, IMHO, is better enforcement of the current regulations. Before a house can be sold or rented it needs council sign off. And separate signoffs at the key stages: foundations, insulation in walls, services, fireproofing etc. Like they do in the UK.

        1. Otis Blue

          How’s about AIB spinning a different, less obvious tune? One that doesn’t reflexively talk about “tax breaks” and looks instead at innovative ways to provide homes where they’re needed and where people wish to buy?

          Like transit-oriented Development.

          Like increased urban densities.

          Like building up.

          Like releasing unused state lands and assets to the market to facilitate new builds.

          Like public/private partnerships to share both risk and gain.

          Like developing brownfield sites and addressing urban blight.

          Like enhancing the “Living Cities” initiative.

  5. some old queen

    Observer | Farage | Remainers controlling EU debate.

    He’s basically saying Leave has run out of steam which is not surprising given their lack of planning. I doubt if funding is a factor as it has some very wealthy backers. He omits to say that the people doing most harm to the Leave campaign are themselves of course.

    Brexit was championed as a victory for democracy yet all impact analysis has been kept secret and putting a final deal to the people has become something to be avoided at all costs. So much for democracy then.

  6. f_lawless

    What an embarrassment the “Irish Syria Solidarity Movement” are.
    Standing behind the version of the Syrian flag now used by the Islamic extremists; “disgusted at Russia’s involvement in Syria”; urging donations to the White Helmets – but seemingly oblivious to the fact that the narrative promoted by Western corporate media regarding the situation in Syria has been falling apart for some time now.

    There’s no disputing anymore that, rather than being genuinely motivated by humanitarian concerns, the US and its allies have been attempting to effect regime change in yet another Middle Eastern country by covertly arming extremist militants (in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey). The White Helmets have been exposed as the bogus organisation they always were -set up by a British mercenary as a means of funneling foreign money covertly to the Islamic militants.

    In terms of world geopolitical stability, I think we owe a debt to Russia for finally putting a halt to the US running rampage through the Middle East which is a significant step towards the end of American hegemony.

      1. f_lawless

        There’s various sources.
        Eg. award-winning journalist John Pilger who last May stated that the White Helmets are nothing more than a “complete propaganda construct in Syria.”

        Eg. Independent investigative journalists Britiish Vanessa Beeley and Canadian Eva Bartlett who have travelled extensively around Syria in recent years.

        Eg. The “Swedish Doctors for Human Rights” organisation have spoken out about medical malpractice and misuse of children by the White Helmets for propaganda purposes

        Eg Tim Hayward, a leading professor at the University of Edinburgh and founding Director of the Just World Institute and the Ethics Forum has blogged extensively about the situation in Syira including the White Helmets. Here’s one such recent post:

      2. f_lawless

        I’ve a feeling my reply mightn’t get approved until tomorrow because of the multiple links so I’m reposting them as separate comments:-

        There’s various sources.
        Eg. award-winning journalist John Pilger who last May stated that the White Helmets are nothing more than a “complete propaganda construct in Syria.”

        Eg. Independent investigative journalists Britiish Vanessa Beeley and Canadian Eva Bartlett who have travelled extensively around Syria in recent years.

  7. Lilly

    Woman suing HSE over kid’s suicide to ‘expose flaws’. Seems a bit misguided. The HSE’s flaws couldn’t possibly be more apparent.

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