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  1. Hollywood is driven by what sells and until the male culture is changed so as to make love and sex between men a natural extension of masculinity and not something that is put in a box called "gay", then nothing will change. The audience has to be able to relate in some way to what is on screen and men who have been programmed to attach themselves emotionally to women and only women will not be able to relate to two men falling in love with each other or having sex with each other.....and therefore they will be uninterested in films that revolve around such a story line. So if you want real change on the screen, change the male culture.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 5, 2012 3:28:23 PM


  2. Correct spelling: Cincinnati

    Posted by: Graf Fys | Jan 5, 2012 3:42:49 PM


  3. I liked the Big Bro/Little Bro story...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 5, 2012 3:43:20 PM


  4. Lung cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes are also diseases that are (often) related to people's behavior, such as smoking, over-eating, not exercising. Curious that Ron Paul just singles out HIV/AIDS.

    Posted by: GregSD | Jan 5, 2012 3:43:39 PM


  5. if you want to change the "male culture" you have to Come Out. but cowards won't, and cowards will give excuses not to.

    here's the real reason gay sex is avoided:

    http://littlekiwilovesbauhaus.blogspot.com/2011/11/youre-not-really-anti-gay.html

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 5, 2012 3:50:01 PM


  6. Kyrsten Sinema is frackin' awesome! I hope she wins.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 5, 2012 4:02:30 PM


  7. america has the fattest children in the world. but heaven forbid those evil socialist liberals try to get healthy foods into schools to correct the lousy eating-habits of the children's homes, eh?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 5, 2012 4:15:04 PM


  8. 1. Thanks for reminding me to continue Googling "Santorum".

    2. It went from #3 to #2 as I searched the second time.

    He he he.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 5, 2012 4:22:04 PM


  9. Ron Paul is entirely correct that insurance companies should consider behavior when setting rates. But it should indeed be done fairly, and pre-existing conditions should not be factored-in, since insurance is compulsory for all.

    So...yes, if gay men have statistically-higher healthcare expenses, we should pay more. Fat people should pay more. Smokers should pay more. Women of child-bearing age should pay more. People engaged in high-risk sports should pay more.

    Since fat people will balk at this, maybe the better approach for insurance companies would be to set high rates...but then give discounts/rebates for behaviors which result in statistically-lower healthcare costs.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 5, 2012 4:25:51 PM


  10. So Ramin Setoodeh is now writing articles arguing for greater gay visibility? Looks like somebody's trying to save the little that's left of his reputation.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jan 5, 2012 4:27:57 PM


  11. @Chris The only real long-term solution in healthcare is the same one that every other developed country in the world long ago arrived at: a single-payor, publicly-financed system in which costs can be rigorously controlled by edict. There is simply no way to make a for-profit healthcare system work if the goal is efficiency.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 5, 2012 4:30:49 PM


  12. if healthcare in America is not universal then can we stop havign the US referred to as a "Christian Nation"?

    a "Christian Nation" would GIVE and would actually demand to have its tax dollars go to help those who are less fortunate.

    Ezekiel 16 - the sin of Sodom was not anything sex-related. it was about the hoarding of wealth and provisions. those who had plenty and did not share with those who did not.

    biblically speaking, the Sodomites of America are those with wealth provisions and excess of funds who refuse to share with those who don't.

    if one is to actually care about what the bible says.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 5, 2012 4:31:14 PM


  13. rick

    yepp 100% correct on the only long-term solution on healthcare

    Posted by: say what | Jan 5, 2012 4:39:01 PM


  14. Having worked with Mr. Kinney on several episodes of the now defunct NBC series Trauma, I can attest that A) He's a very nice looking man in person B) He's polite and well mannnered.

    If Lady Gaga is going to hook up with an actor, she could have done much, much worse

    Posted by: JCW | Jan 5, 2012 4:49:51 PM


  15. @ RICK:
    Single-payer is also not ideal. And neither is full-coverage insurance.

    Problem with both is that healthcare consumers have no incentive to make cost-effective care decisions.

    But I have a solution which might make both work:
    Establish a standard/average for healthcare cost per person - adjusted for age and health status.

    Those who, over time, consume less healthcare, receive 33% of the dollar amount their costs were below the average.

    Now there's still an incentive to make cost-effective healthcare decisions.

    With single-payer, there will also be a private healthcare system, which one could opt to use if one is willing to pay the bill.

    Single-payer will restrict care to necessary (probably to a greater extent than most insurance today)...so elective healthcare and even some of what today would not be considered elective, would need to occur in the private healthcare system.

    Single-payer is not a panacea, but it could work. One other challenge would be to pay doctors enough to retain good doctors in the single-payer system.

    One big savings to single-payer would presumably be to eliminate lawsuits. Lawyers (and many patients) might not like this, but it would be necessary to make the system work.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 5, 2012 4:52:33 PM


  16. @Little Kiwi, I live in a country where every school is under community (and very few under state) and free for students, paid by taxes. AND in schools the food is very healthy with salads etc. Around 75% of students eat at school every day. It's free for them and there is no need to bring anything with and no permission to eat outside of the school. Sth US to think about.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 5, 2012 4:56:09 PM


  17. and i was raised in Canada. the country sees a problem with high-fructose corn syrup, so incentives are given to companies to use cane sugar instead.

    try a big-name soda in Canada - no HFCS - cane sugar, baby. healthier. tax incentives to be healthy - not tax incentives to continue to mass-produce and market unhealthy things, because you the FDA was bought by freakin' unhealthy food corporations.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 5, 2012 5:09:19 PM


  18. Actually, bromances are still popular movies, so masculinity is not challenged by gayness. The main problem is that most producers are a generation behind viewers in terms of taste.

    In the US, mandatory price supports for cane sugar and bans on foreign imports results in it being more expensive than HFCS, which is why it's used in soda instead, unlike overseas.

    Most HIV/Aids patients in the US will, if the disease progresses, end up on permanent disability and medicaid. The whole arrangement is very complex. Most European countries have no where near the same infection rates as the US, and have markedly different strategies for dealing with the epidemic. There isn't a well recognized solution.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 5, 2012 5:27:16 PM


  19. ...Canada isn't exactly "overseas" from the US.....

    dont' underestimate the way the US is uttlerly OWNED by , uh, Big Corn.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 5, 2012 5:35:20 PM


  20. TEAM SUGARBAKER!

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 5, 2012 5:45:02 PM


  21. Kyrsten Sinema rocks!! Shes got my vote!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Jan 5, 2012 6:13:34 PM


  22. @ LITTLE KIWI:
    You're right about this...big corn & big sugar have too much influence on policy.

    No problem with corn...but when it's refined into HFCS, it's worse for our bodies than sugar. Of course, white sugar is also refined, and not healthful.

    Much better are natural, unrefined sweeteners...but big corporations even figured out how to screw-up Stevia (with TruVia, which contains a sugar alcohol to help make it granular like sugar).

    Unintended consequences...we try to do good, but hubris causes us to meddle too much, and we end-up screwing things up.

    Get rid of price supports and import quotas for sugar and corn (and similar products). Less Government meddling.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 5, 2012 6:29:01 PM


  23. I wish you'd warned me that the 'Hollywood hates gay sex' article was by Ramin Setoodeh. I really didn't want to give him my click.

    Posted by: Andrew W | Jan 5, 2012 7:27:53 PM


  24. Its 2012, Lady Gaga is so ovah. Enough.

    Posted by: ladycaca | Jan 5, 2012 7:40:26 PM


  25. Speaking of gay cinema- Hardy and Gyllenhaall should play boyfriends- or is that too much sexy beards for one film...

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 5, 2012 9:56:23 PM


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