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  •  You are so right. (3+ / 0-)

    But this article just makes me want to crawl back under the covers. Some good news would be welcome.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:42:04 PM PDT

    •  marriage equality (3+ / 0-)
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      is sweeping the nation, from the ground up. there's good news on social issues.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:55:33 PM PDT

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      •  I have a theory about that... (1+ / 0-)
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        It (or at least, some, of the emergence of greater tolerance,  and even normalization) is driven by the young who see it as a most excellent vehicle for teen rebellion (it gets a reaction!) plus, as an extra added attraction, kids can't get pregnant from gay sex and there's an outlet for the hormone storms that doesn't have the pregnancy consequence.

        What's not to like about the idea?

        There is a generation of Americans, Teens of the Crash, who,  when they actually look around seriously at their prospects for employment, are gonna be like, "WTF? My freaking parents can't get jobs and I'm supposed to "plan" a "future"?"  What else have they got to do but hang out and have sex. Sex is the best fun you can have when you don't have no money. What is the Democratic Party going to say to them?

        If marriage equality is normalized, as seems to be happening,  then gay sexual expression itself (in its myriad of manifestations) becomes normal between people who want to do it.  Just another way to have sex, which humans do  tend to enjoy if given the chance, and no longer "deviant" or shameful.

        In a truly liberated world, one could have gay sex without considering one's self to be "gay" per se,  with all that follows from that.  I predict trending promiscuity.  

        Egads! This comment has rambled long enough...

        don't always believe what you think

        by claude on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:24:50 PM PDT

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      •  Anything that doesn't obstruct (4+ / 0-)

        the looters in their looting has a shot. And then our "liberal" villagers can get their progressive cards stamped without offending the people who really count.

        The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

        by chuckvw on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:48:58 PM PDT

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      •  Could that really be an element of (0+ / 0-)

        "bread and circuses"? Of course there are still powerful enemies of this kind of social progress, but I can imagine that governmental agents are "allowing" us these social victories to make it seem as though we aren't doing as badly as we are.

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:22:27 AM PDT

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