April 2, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Fiscal Reality


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2--SnyderTalk Editorial


Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Fiscal Reality

A few days ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a fact sheet that should have shocked this nation, but it didn’t.  Among other things, the report revealed that there were more than 110,000,000 sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in America in 2008.  It’s difficult to say what percent of our population is infected because many people have more than one STD.

The fact sheet also said that there were 20,000,000 new cases of STDs reported in 2008.  That statistic dwarfs the number of new jobs being created by our economy annually even now — five years later.  The medical cost associated with STDs was a staggering $16 billion in 2010 dollars.

According to the fact sheet,

CDC’s new estimates were developed using the best available data. The estimates are based on national surveys, nationally notifiable disease case reports, and data from special projects. The primary data source used to estimate the number of most prevalent infections was the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative sample of the civilian, non-institutionalized population in the United States that includes testing for STIs. CDC used conservative assumptions in generating its estimates, so the true numbers of STIs in the United States may be even higher than estimated.

When calculating the number of prevalent and incident infections, only those infections that were sexually transmitted were counted. In general, CDC estimated the total number of infections in the calendar year, rather than the number of individuals with infection, since one person can have more than one STI at a given time (e.g., HPV and chlamydia) or more than one episode of a single STI (e.g., repeat chlamydia infection). Because 20 percent of people with HPV are infected with more than one type, HPV infections were calculated per person so that individuals infected with multiple HPV types would not be double counted. If each HPV infection was considered, the totals would show an even higher burden of infection.

CDC’s cost estimates reflect the lifetime direct medical cost per case of eight common STIs in the United States and do not include either indirect costs (e.g., loss of productivity) or intangible costs (e.g., pain and suffering) associated with many STIs. Including such costs would have resulted in a substantially higher estimated economic burden.

Last week, cnsnews.com ran a piece about the problem, but the mainstream media for the most part ignored it completely.  Why media titans chose to pay no heed to such an important report is anyone’s guess.  I suspect that it had something to do with the fact that drawing attention to the negative consequences associated with promiscuous sex undermines their beliefs about a number of politically charged issues including gay marriage, the right to choose, and sex education for young children, to name just a few.  Whatever the case may be, their silence was deafening.

Judging by the rapidly escalating moral decay in our society and the willingness of Americans to accept perversions as alternate lifestyles, I have a strong hunch that the STD problem is more serious now than it was in 2008.  If things continue as they are, I suspect that it will be even worse in the years ahead.  This is an important matter that all of us need to consider because it means that the health risks for our children and our grandchildren are growing quickly as are the costs that we must bear to treat people with diseases that could have been avoided.

Our STD problem is just one more indicator that something is wrong with the soul of America.  Societal depravity and self-indulgence have both moral and fiscal consequences that we can’t ignore no matter how hard we try.  We get daily reminders as we watch our nation’s debt climb to stratospheric levels due in large part to health care costs that are spiraling out of control.

A vote for moral sanity is a vote for fiscal common sense.  Keep that in mind as we approach the 2014 election.

This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.



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Daniel 4: 28-33

“All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king. Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.”


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  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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Hosea 4: 6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.


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9--Jerusalem Post


Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

Lapid: I won’t let Israel become Cyprus or Greece

UC Hebrew lecturer ties student groups to Hamas

‘Mashaal re-elected head of Hamas Political Bureau’

Health warnings in Israel due to hazy weather

Saudi’s illegal immigrants live in limbo

Syria accuses rebels of setting 3 eastern oil wells alight

‘Israel spies on Russian fleet off Syrian coast’

Abbas, Abdullah sign agreement on J’lem holy sites



10--Arutz Sheva


PA, Jordan Ink Deal to ‘Defend’ Jerusalem Against ‘Judaization’

Cologne Archeological Dig Revives Ancient Jewish Heritage

Russia Tightens Noose on Foreign NGOs

Blast Kills 10 Near US Consulate in Pakistan

Serbian Posters Blame Jews for NATO Bombing



12--Other News


Whose Holy Sites are Under Attack in Jerusalem?

Anti-Israel Protest Breaks Down into Pro-Assad and Anti-Assad Brawl

Rich Muslims More Likely to Support Terrorism than Poor Muslims

Geert Wilders Party Now Polling at No. 1

ADL, Wiesenthal Center Slam MIFTAH for Defending Publication of Passover Blood Libel Article

Video: The U.N.’s Jew-Hatred

Report: Syrian Army, Rebel Forces Trade Accusations After Synagogue Burns Down (VIDEO)

Iraq: A US-Midwived Iranian Client State

Tanker bomb attack at Iraq police HQ

Iran at the UN: So Much to Exploit, So Little Time

Zawahiri: Coming To Egypt

Map Purports to Show Kim Jong-un’s Wish List of Missile Targets in the U.S.

Germany is spending $110 billion to delay global warming by 37 hours

80% of Turkish Muslim Settlers in Germany Live off Welfare

Those Who ‘Insult’ Egypt’s Morsi or PA’s Abbas Risk Imprisonment

Sweeping changes to UK benefits system

India rejects drug firm’s patent plea

ObamaCare Bites Unionized Educators

Obama plays an early April Fool’s trick by proposing more ‘stimulus’

Stockman: The End Is Near and There’s Nothing We Can Do About It

Obama Attends Easter Service Where Pastor Criticized the ‘Religious Right’

Rahm Shuts Down the Schools

Lynching Ben Carson as a ‘homophobe’

Leno Fights Back





Jonathan S. Tobin: Easter in Palestine Means Blaming Israel, Not Muslims, for Christian Woes—Easter is an apt moment for the West to ponder the fate of Christians in the Arab and Muslim worlds but, as is usually the case on Christmas, the media tends to focus its attention on anything but the real problem. A typical example was this feature broadcast on CNN about the difficulties being faced by Palestinian Christians. The focus of the piece was how Israeli policies were negatively impacting Christians living in the West Bank.

Charles Jacobs: Islamic Apartheid: Slavery—Where is Arab Apartheid Week on American campuses?

Barry Brill: The science is settled: no warming— The planet is no longer warming. The brief warming episode of the late 20th century completed its course in the mid 1990s, and is now extinct. These are now uncontroversial statements. They are based on hard data which has been available for many years on the websites of many official agencies. But somehow those agencies found ways to interpret the data differently, and to continually sidestep the elephant in the room.

Jonathon Moseley: Global Warming? Oops! Never Mind!—The only way you can get global warming hysteria is if you ask ridiculous questions and then try to answer them.

Roger L Simon: The Economist Breaks with the Climate Orthodoxy—Have a nice refreshing glass of deja vu on the rocks, as global cooling begins to come back into vogue.

Edward Alexander: Israel Apartheid Week: The Dirty Product of a Grotesque Alliance— The enemies of Israel neither slumber nor sleep. Right now they are engaged in “Israel Apartheid Week,” spewing fire and vitriol at the Jewish state and calling for its elimination from the family of nations; as the Nazis sought to make Europe Judenrein (purified of Jews) the Israel-haters aspire to make the world “Judenstaatrein” (purified of a Jewish state).

Reza Kahlili: Experts Concerned Iran Nuclear Progress Is Accelerating—Negotiations and sanctions have failed — it’s time for harsher measures to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat.

Michael Rubin: Turkey on Flag Burning: Do As We Say, Not As We Do—In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus and to this day occupies one-third of the island nation. Northern Cyprus remains the only occupied territory in Europe. Nor is Northern Cyprus simply disputed. Unlike the West Bank and Gaza—which were not a recognized part of an independent country when controlled by Egypt, Jordan, or Israel—northern Cyprus was and remains as much occupied by Turkey as Kuwait was by Iraq.

David P. Goldman: Egypt’s Bankruptcy and America’s Foreign Policy Failure—Civilizational failure can’t be fixed. It can only be contained, to limit the risk to America.

David Walsh: Losing the Next War—The frightening cost of Obama’s war on our military.

Bruce Thornton: Gay Marriage and the Dysfunctions of Modernity—The redefinition of marriage currently before the Supreme Court reflects modern disdain for tradition and modernity’s arrogance about our superior “scientific” knowledge.

Lawrence W. Schonbrun: The Class Action Racket—The class action vehicle is broken in a way that the people who run it — lawyers — and the people who are in a position to fix it — judges and legislators — are benefitting from the status quo.

Daren Jonescu: Korea: A Case Study in Normalcy Bias—They still have a better excuse than we do.

John Steele Gordon: What Obamacare Isn’t—If you would like to know what insurance really is, and why Obamacare (and much private “medical insurance”) is not insurance at all, but an economic and humanitarian disaster waiting to happen, you cannot do better than Megan McArdle’s delightfully jargon-free article in The Daily Beast.

Mark Hendrickson: The Marxist Roots of Obama’s War on the Middle Class—Guess how Marx and Lenin sought to destroy the “bourgeoisie”?

Michael Rubin: Twitter Crackdown Exposes Saudi Fear—Various news outlets are reporting that Saudi Arabia is seeking to end anonymity for twitter users. At first glance, the Saudi move appears to be just one more example of American information companies knuckling under to pressure from wealthy, autocratic countries. That Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal holds a substantial stake in Twitter underlines how taking Saudi money (as both companies and many universities such as Harvard and Georgetown do) always comes with strings attached.

Joseph Klein: Anti-Gun U.N. Arms Treaty Ready for Vote—How Obama could try to force the will of the “international community” on the American people.



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Other Books by Neil Snyder

  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life?  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide.  It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


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