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A full-page ad from Sunday’s NYT:

leafly ad

Jesse Walker comments:

The most striking thing about the ad is that it isn’t striking at all. It would be easy to flip past this quickly without recognizing that it’s about cannabis—and even if you do pause long enough to see what’s being advertised, the idea of an ad for a marijuana review site in The New York Times just doesn’t sound all that bizarre anymore. That’s when you know a social revolution is succeeding: when it starts to feel banal.

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by Patrick Appel

New CDC ads make passing reference to Truvada:

Following the CDC’s announcement last week, Russell Saunders, a gay pediatrician, came around on PrEP:

How can I justify qualms about Truvada when I don’t have them about Ortho Tri-Cyclen?

In truth, I can’t. If I’m going to be honest, I will admit that my misgivings are more about wanting my patients’ experience to conform to my own, and their identities to look like mine. And that’s not medical care, it’s moralism.

My job is to prevent HIV infections when I can. As the nation’s top AIDS doctor is quoted as saying, I cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. My personal feelings about the AIDS crisis are not a valid factor in my medical decision-making, and for patients who would benefit from a preventive prescription for Truvada I will start providing them.

The Dish’s thread on Truvada is here.

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Some hathetic moments, but I loved it:

Some religious fussbudgets, however, were not amused:

A Tea Party candidate challenging House Speaker John Boehner got a few chuckles, and a lot of Internet views, with a recent raunchy campaign ad about “electile dysfunction” — but the spot has cost him one of his day jobs. J.D. Winteregg, one of two candidates running against Boehner in the Republican primary for Ohio’s 8th District, got into trouble with Cedarville University, a Baptist school in Ohio where he taught as an adjunct professor. He confirmed to that his contract was not renewed, on the heels of that ad. He said he was contacted by a supervisor who informed him his contract would lapse because the commercial “did not correspond with university values.”

Winteregg said it crossed his mind that the ad may draw concern from the university, but he and his team attempted to mitigate any concerns. “We actually worked really hard to put something out that I could be comfortable with as a faithful person,” he said. “I knew it might upset some people, but we did the best we could to keep it as a parody.”

Still, Winteregg said he has no regrets about the ad, saying he believes what Boehner has done in Congress is more offensive. “I’m all in with this,” he said. “You got to do this the right way. People lose elections because they are passive, and I’m going to fight for this.”