Chapter 5 of New Book: A 95 Year-old Man’s Path to Living Longer and Better

Chapter 5 of New Book: A 95 Year-old Man’s Path to Living Longer and Better

Chapter 5
The Supreme Pleasure

Sex has become
one of the most discussed subjects
of modern times.
The Victorians pretended
it did not exist;
the moderns pretend
that nothing else exists.
Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Were we designed and created primarily to experience pleasure? Pleasure is the feeling of being pleased or
gratified. It’s a source of enjoyment, of delight and sensual gratification. It is a subjective experience
that can vary with different people depending upon their individual tastes, that is summed up in this ancient
Latin phrase:
De gustibus non est disputandum.
Tastes cannot be disputed.
A good example that is is repugnant to me is sadomasochism (sey-doh-mas uh-kiz-uhm), which is a sexual activity
where one person enjoys inflicting physical suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing
the pain. Definitely not me thing!
It seems that the Sense of Pleasure was hard-wired into our genes just as our Sense of Beauty was, and that they
go together “like a horse and carriage.” Longevity is not enough. Intuitively, we all want to be happy, to have a
keen sense of Well-Being, to be as contented as a well-fed cat, to have Peace of Mind, to experience joy, to be
successful, to achieve Self-Fulfillment and to occasionally arrive at a state of bliss.
Unfortunately, relatively few people worldwide are lucky enough to experience these pleasures. We can view their
plight every night on the evening news on TV. I often think about how fortunate I am, and with compassion in my
heart for the innocent victims of crazed world leaders, like North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un who ordered
and watched his country’s latest ballistic launch, simulating nuclear strikes on U.S. backed bases in South Korea,
I say, “There but for the Grace of God go I.”
All five of our physical senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, were originally designed and used to help
our cavemen forebears survive in a hostile environment for obvious reasons. Then, gradually, over thousands of years,
ll five survival senses mysteriously and thankfully became sources of Pleasure.
To my mind, the inclusion of Pleasure and our Sense of Beauty into our survival senses, are Miracles. Think about
how boring and dull life would be if there were no music, dancing, sports or art, and if Sex were solely a matter of
producing offspring with no pleasure involved, as is the case with many other species of animals.
Our Sense of Pleasure, which is in the Supernatural Realm of Feelings, enables us to enjoy gourmet foods that our taste
buds react to and send their messages electrically to our brains where our Minds delight in them. Our gourmet appetites
even include expensive, vintage wines that some people are willing to pay much as $1,000 (£690) for a bottle. How is
it that the cells in our taste buds became sources of pleasure? Some other ways we have benefitted from the ability
of our five survival senses to experience pleasure, allowing us to enjoy:
1. Sweets, like ice cream, cakes and candy.
2. Expensive perfumes and lotions, and the pleasure we get from smelling fragrant flowers, like roses and carnations.
3. Touching the smooth skin of those we love and smooth objects, like Prayer Stones. (Google them)
4. Art masterpieces that please the eye like Michelangelo’s Pieta and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
5. The many forms of music that please the ear, such as symphonies (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), operas (Carmen) and
songs (Dolly Parton’s romantic I Will Always Love You.)
6. Somewhere along the line a keen Sense of Beauty emerged that enabled us to find pleasure in movies (musicals like
Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain), in Literature (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), in People (Beauty Pageants), in Nature
(Rainbows, Sunrises and Sunsets, the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal in India, Niagara Falls and views from the Tops of Mountains.)
I once teasingly told a preacher that God made a big mistake. He said sternly, “God never makes a mistake!” I said, “He sure
did when he made Sex so darn pleasurable! Think of all the serious problems that has caused: Prostitution, rapes, pedophilia,
adultery, divorces, you name it.” Then I added: “But it’s worth it, isn’t it!?”
Sex is one of a very few activities where we humans can experience the acme of all pleasures, Ecstasy. I have no idea how our
cavemen felt about it, but all I want to say about it is WOW! and I am still saying it.
During the British Victorian Era (1837-1901) masturbation was referred to as that solitary vice. I wonder if our attitudes
during all those years were handed down via prudish religions?
Freelance writer and editor had this to say about the benefits of regular sex in an article titled: Is Sex Good for Your Skin?
(February 13, 2015):
“… If you’re planning to get close with someone you love, you might get more benefits than you think. It turns out that sex
also has benefits for your skin….But there’s more…It’s enjoyable, and you release a lot of endorphins from the feeling of touch.
…Having sex 1-2 times a week can help increase antibodies that can boost your immune system and help fight colds and reduce
toxins…and act as a natural painkiller.”
She also says it improves overall health, there is less depression and can boost self-esteem. And, lastly, regarding
“solitary vice,” she says, “Masturbation also receives these benefits. Orgasms, no matter how they come, reduces your
stress level.”
In living up to my name, I will now be perfectly frank. When my first wife, Babs, died suddenly after being a loving companion
for 57 years, I, at 82, had a very difficult time going “cold turkey” re sex. Being alone was like being in solitary confinement.
One of my concerns was that if I didn’t use it, I’d lose it. For a year or so, to allay the fear of becoming impotent, I regularly
engaged in the solitary vice. I believe, in view of my current ability to have an orgasm, that it was a smart thing to do, and
during a visit to my urologist, I found out he thought so too.
Another interesting observation about the possibility that pleasure was destined to become one of our most treasured sensory
improvements is the evolution of a woman’s clitoris. It’s the only organ in a human body specifically designed to generate
pleasure. From an evolution perspective, it doesn’t play an important role in survival of the fittest, or even in reproduction.
But, it does, fortunately, provide women with a considerable amount of pleasure long after their child-bearing years are over.
Talking about a woman’s Clitoris is another sex-related taboo. Here too, a needed change is taking place. This is what I found
when I Googled clitoris:
HUFFPOST
Weird News
by David Moye
May 2, 2015
The first ever “International Clitoris Awareness Week” takes place May 6-12. Mention the word “clitoris” and some people
get touchy — and not in a good way.
But that could change quickly because May 6–12 is the first ever “International Clitoris Awareness Week,” a seven-day
period designed to celebrate the female body part….
“… We’ve noticed that the clitoris has not gotten its spot in the limelight. It makes people feel uncomfortable,” she told
The Huffington Post. “For this week, we want people to feel free to talk about one of the most important sources of pleasure
for women without any inhibitions.”
It was once verboten to talk about oral sex, but not anymore. It’s not uncommon to hear actors use the word blowjob and see
a woman make the motions of doing it. I say this to justify what I am about to say. You can find out a lot more by just Googling
Oral sex, which I have done out of sheer curiosity. My-o-my how things have changed since I was a naïve teenager! Here’s an
example of what I found to be enlightening:
A News Item:
The Guardian
A British National Daily Newspaper
June 5, 2013
Michael Douglas has struck a blow for oral sex
by Holly Baxter
In the past couple of days, cunnilingus has made a comeback (pun intended). Ever since Michael Douglas claimed that his marathon
sessions had given him oral cancer, rather than the slightly more obvious culprits of drinking and smoking, everyone’s had
something to say about muff-diving.
There seems to be an implication that Douglas’s cancer was caused not by the good kind of oral sex with your loving and devoted
wife, but promiscuity.
The good kind of oral sex with your loving and devoted wife is the kind I engage in. But, as with the topic of masturbation, which
most everybody engages at one time or another, it’s been taboo to talk about it, Apparently, it’s not a verboten topic anymore,
as the above article in The Guardian indicates.
I prowled the internet Googling Oral Sex and Women’s orgasms, and found lots of stuff including this:
Sex Positions & Techniques
The best sexual positions and the finest love-making techniques
Advice for men and women – making oral sex better with your lover!
Cunnilingus – oral sex by him for her – making it great!
A lot of women would agree that oral sex – cunnilingus – is more important than intercourse. Why? Not because this is something to
diminish the male ego, but because oral sex produces orgasms. While an average or slightly larger than average penis may be nice to
look at and play with, oral sex really rocks most women’s boats.
In some ways these are the worst of times, with our wars, our deteriorating infrastructure and the danger of being attacked by
terrorist. In other ways, these are the best of times, with the availability of computers, iPads and medical advancements. It wasn’t
until my 50th year of the 57 years I was married to Babs that we engaged in oral sex, and to my surprise and delight, she suddenly and
quite unexpectedly, initiated it. Of course, I reciprocated, and it became a standard way for us to demonstrate our continuing love
for each other. I mention this simply to illustrate how times have changed, and for the better. The current openness about sex between
couples committed to each other is a real plus. In fact I learned a lot from reading the articles about oral sex via the internet, which
has made our sex life far more pleasurable.
The original function of women’s breasts was to feed their babies. As with the five senses, breasts became important sources of Pleasure
Why? God only knows, for sure. Regardless, most men, including yours truly, would find this image quite attractive, and I’m also sure
women are well aware of this.

The implied message? “Come and get it!”
Psychology Today
by
Dr. Nigel Barber
May 7, 2013
Sexual Wiring of Women’s Breasts
Neuroscientists establish breasts as sexual organs
If men have sex on the brain, they are not alone. Recent research found that women’s sensory cortex has three distinct areas
corresponding to stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix. To their surprise, researchers found that self stimulation
of the nipples lights up the same areas. This sheds further light on the sexual importance of breasts. From a functional perspective,
this means that the breast doubles as a truly sexual organ. It is not just an exciting visual stimulus for (most) men but also a
key source of sexual pleasure for most women.
I live in Daytona Beach, Florida, where, once a year there is a festival called Bike Week when thousands of motorcycle riders invade
the city to have a rousing good time. One of the things male bikers do is to yell at busty women, “Show me your tits!” When they do,
the bikers tosses a necklace with plastic beads at them, which the women grab and add to the others around their necks. Like most males,
I say unabashedly, “Viva la tits!”
Why am I, an old man, exposing myself to possible criticism for being so frank about such a seemingly personal matter? First, I no longer
consider the kind of “Sex Talk” I have engaged in above to be “Dirty.” If fact, to my mind, there is nothing dirty about Sex, and I
certainly don’t consider what I said above to be Gutter-Talk. My intent is simply to help those millions of Baby Boomers, Millennials
and others “see the light” re sex, because a healthy sex life is one of the most important elements in having along-term, happy relationship
with a compatible partner. And, the icing on the cake is that I am convinced that it plays a significant role in extending our lives as I
think it has mine.
Natural News
by
Sheryl Walters
January 22, 2009
Regular Sex Improves Health and Doubles Life Expectancy
You probably already know that broccoli, carrots, and oranges are good for you. Yet it’s rarely mentioned that having regular sex is not
only fantastically fun, but brilliant for your health! A study at Queens University in Belfast published in the British Medical Journal
tracked the sexuality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study compared men of a similar age and health and
showed that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm lived twice as long as those who did not enjoy sex. (Italics mine.)
I think you may be interested in knowing what could be in store for you, assuming you are middle-aged or so, when you become a senior
citizen. Yesterday, July 24, 2016, my wife and I spent about an hour in bed doing the honeymoon thing, and my self-esteem remains intact
because I am still able to experience a spine-chilling orgasm. Contributing to our compatibility is a pledge we made to each other that we
would do all we can to make each other happy. We decided one way to achieve that goal, is talk openly about what gives each of us the most
pleasure.
I asked my primary doctor about my sexual capability at my age, and he said that performance was mainly due to “psychology,” meaning it was
a case of “mind over matter.” I find my wife to be very “desirable,” and nothing turns me on more than to see her lying in bed with her legs
spread wide and to hear her say, “Come and get it!”
It’s rather common knowledge that men are from Mars and women are romanticists from Venus.
So, I set the stage for romance. We have a TV in our bedroom I tune in to the easy-listening music channel that is pure music without
lyrics. I prepare a couple of wine coolers we drink while we nibble on chips. I take it slow and easy, and she appreciates my thoughtfulness.
I am extremely lucky to able to perform satisfactorily, without taking any pills, at age 95+ years of age. We have a routine we follow that
is very satisfactory for both of us, which includes oral sex. I refer to it jokingly as taking her to Australia. Before I do, I swish a mouthful
of vodka in my mouth to kill the bacteria our mouths are normally full of, then spit it out since I don’t need its calories. It pleases me when
she responds vocally as she climaxes. After allowing her time to savor the experience, then it’s my turn. One of the things I found out by trial
and error about my libido is that it takes at least a week for my batteries to recharge. I dread the day when they poop out for good!
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian,
and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. The most quoted stanza:
~
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
The Persian poem motivated me to write this:
The Rubáiyát of Francis T. Sganga
My Princess lies beside me;
Her head cradled,
In the crook of my arm.
Our legs are entwined,
As her breasts press against mine.
Our passionate kisses,
Are sweeter than wine
Can Heaven be better?
Inconceivable!
We are one,
Kissing mouth to mouth,
Tongue to tongue,
Soul to Soul.
We are lost to oblivion.
Oblivion is timeless,
As is the moment,
When two lovers savor
That final moment of Ecstasy.
Thank you, God,
For the eternal Gift of Love,
Would that it could last forever!

The Italian Stallion

Diary of a Dying Man – excerpt

July 23, 2017 Sunday 10 am
Well, with the understanding, skillful assistance of my faithful, loving wife May, I was able to rise to the occasion
last night and experience an orgasm. I have been lying fallow for more than a week, and it was a welcome reprieve from
the boredom I was experiencing. The Mayo clinic wouldn’t give me an appointment and I suspect it was mainly due to my
age and the fact that I was already under the care of a competent cardiologist. Unfortunately, he failed to solve the
problem of my acute shortness of breath, which still persists. I believe my racquetball days are over. I had hoped
Dr. Wilson would be able to fix my problem, but c’est la vie!
I need to quit complaining mentally about my situation and remember to count my blessings, the greatest of which is to
have a loving, compassionate 66 year-old wife. In on of our pillow talks she said adamantly, “I’ll never put you in a
nursing home. Whatever they can do, I will be able to do.” That is very reassuring. From my current vantage point, I think
I’d rather be dead than be interned in a living-dead facility.
Ironically, I feel mentally and physically great despite the shortness of breath problem. I can do heavy-duty yard work,
but in short spurts. After five minutes of so, I sit in a lawn chair and suck on an ice cube. After it completely melts,
I go at it again, and when finished, I shower and spend 10 minutes in the hot tub where the water remains at 102o.
My body loves it! So much so, I hot-tub it at least three times a day.
My mind is restless, having no project to satisfy its penchant to be worked. Since my novel is not due to be published for
about a year, all I can do to keep my mind tuned up and satisfied is to prod myself to work on this book hoping what I have
to say will not bore your mind..
In mulling over my options, I recalled trying to write a book titled An Ageless Mind in an Old Body, but was stymied by
the lack of enough to say to warrant making a book out of it. The topic involves an intriguing paradoxical notion: Our
bodies age and deteriorate but our minds, if nourished and kept active, improve with age. At least, that has been the
case with mine.
I shake my head and sigh when I think about how naïve I was even at age 21 in 1942. Back then, we Brooklyn, New York street
kids didn’t read newspapers, nor were there TVs or the internet to keep us apprised of what was going on in the world.
When it was announced over the radio that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, I asked the guy I was playing pool with,
“Where the hell is Pearl Harbor?” The full impact of the tragic even didn’t hit me until I was drafted in the army a year
later. Of course, I, as were millions of other Americans, was incensed and anxious to kill me some Japs. How chagrined,
(and naïve) I was to be denied a rifle and assigned to the medical corps!
Now, some 75 years later, I realize how ignorant I was. Mainly, via the internet, the greatest source of information next
to books, I learned that all of the wars, from Viet Nam onward, were unnecessary and that our youths were and are merely
expendable pawns doing the dirty work mainly for corporations and millionaire top-level politicians in the U.S. and abroad
(i.e. Israel) who couldn’t care less about them and their families. And the game, the lies and the propaganda still goes on,
nurtured and spread by the corrupt Main Media that is mostly owned by only six corporations. The true story of how the U.S.
is self-destructing can only be found on the internet. It’s too long a story to tell in this book. For more, visit these websites:
Oped News
Paul Craig Roberts
Chris Hedges
The Drudge Report
Ralph Nader
Robert Reich
John Kiriakou
Edward Snowden
Chelsea Manning

My body is at the end of its tether, but my mind continues its quest to learn as much as possible before it bids adieu to the
wondrous body that has served it well, so far, for almost a 100 years!
Lastly, wife May and I went to the beach yesterday. There were bikini-clad women everywhere. It’s not only minds that are ageless.
Eyes are too. I couldn’t control my eyes and the effect they produced on my mind. They stared as hungrily at the scantily clad
bodies as they did when I was a teenager, and afterwards, even until now! Is that being naughty? Am I a dirty old man? Frankly,
guys, I don’t give a damn! To my mind, life is a constant search for pleasure, and I agree with Shakespeare who said that
“A woman is a dish for the gods…!” (Antony and Cleopatra: Act 5, Scene 2.)

What It’s Like to Be Dying

Our “Health Care” system has some serious flaws. I have an appointment to see a new cardiologist
on May 28, which is too far from today, but it’s the best I could do. I appealed to the lady
who arranged appointments, telling her I was in distress, but she said they must get my medical
records before a doctor will see me. She advised me to go to the E. R. at a hospital, and I told
her I had already been to two, and after you read what I say below, you will understand why I see
no point in going to all that trouble once more. I then told her, the delay in seeing me would
give me ample time to make “funeral arrangements.”

I prepared the info below to give to my new cardiologist on May 28th:

Basic symptoms: Periodic “attacks” of shortness of breath accompanied by erratic pulse beats.

Insurance Provider: UNITED HEALTH CARE
1. I underwent two angioplasties in 1992 @ 71 years of age.
2. An abdominal aortic aneurysm was repaired in in 2003 @ age 82.
3. Dr. Chee Lee (Humana) said I had Stage 3 chronic kidney disease. (Switched to United Health Care)
4. On March 8, 1017 I was experiencing back pain (@7) just below my left scapula.
Concerned that it may be related to my kidney disease, I went to the Halifax Hospital E. R.
5. Was admitted. Had a chest x-ray, C/T scan and an EKG, plus some 5 or 6 blood drawings.
6. “Elevated heart enzymes” detected. Was given 3 prescriptions for: nitroglycerin, muscle spasm
and hypertension medications. My cardiologist, Dr. David Henderson, was contacted. He came,
told me to make an appointment, and had me discharged.
7. Went to his office and was examined solely by David W. Bamberger, P.A. He checked my computerized
hospital records and chest, then told me to take an aspirin a day and “Just keep doing what you are doing.”
Since my sub-scapular back pain persisted. I asked the P. A. if there were muscles connecting ribs, and he
said, “Intercostal muscles.” At home an internet search listed the symptoms for intercostal muscle sprain
that matched mine. At my wife’s advice, I used a heating pad, which did the job.
COMMENT
My being check by a Physician’s Assistant instead of Dr. David Henderson, who did an angioplasty procedure
re my heart (a balloon job), was very disapointing and a waste of time. Henderson didn’t even bother to
consult with me after the useless visit ended.
~*~

8. Since breathing/pulse variations symptoms worsened, I went to Centra Care (Florida Hospital Urgent Care)
for advice. After studying my EKG, Dr. Scott W. VanLue advised me to go to an E. R. immediately since his
facility lacked the equipment to deal with my problem.
9. I went to the E. R. at the Florida Memorial Medical Center, got a chest z-ray, an EKG and a blood
analysis. Dr. Dusty Moses’ advice: just one cup of coffee per day, no alcohol, no racquetball (I played
twice a week), get plenty of rest and see Dr. David Henderson within a week for a follow up. I see little
point in being treated by his P.A. again.
~*~
When I have an intermittent shortness of breath “attack”, I immediately check my pulse and it predictably
is erratic. Sometimes just 2 beats, a pause, the 2 beats, a pause and 5 beats, a pause. It’s quite worrisome.

Monday, May 1:
Morning: A cup of raisin bran w. 2% milk. Lunch: a banana and an ear of corn. At 3 p.m. a glass of chocolate
milk in crushed ice. 10 minutes in hot tub at 102o.
Evening, 1 slice of pizza; glass of cranberry juice. BREATHING “ATTACK” (Rapid, breathless). Pulse weak and
intermittent. Very weak. Laid down; slept for an hour. Now, at my computer, on a scale of 1-10; breathing at
about a 5. No chest pain or discomfort. Just short of breath and breathing rapidly

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW
1. What’s wrong with my heart?
2. Can it be fixed?
3. What “behaviors” may I engage in and what should I avoid?
4. What is the prognosis?

Francis T. Sganga 2506 Sunset Dr., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 386-957-3558 sicari1921@gmail.com

~*~
Of course, now that I am officially 96 (April 29) and am aware of how few people make it to my age,
I am keenly aware of the possiblilty of my dying before my May 28th birthday. Complicating matters is the
fact that wife May will be leaving to visit her ailing mother and new granddaughter this Monday. Well, I
intend to give her a grand Honeymoon send-off no matter what!!!

Let’s Hear it for Our intelligent Designer!

The Miracle of Eyes

The eye appears to have been designed;
no designer of telescopes
could have done better.
How could this marvelous instrument
have evolved by chance, through a succession
of random evolutionary events?
Many people in Darwin’s day agreed
with theologian William Paley,
who commented:
“…there cannot be a design
without a designer.”
Robert Jastrow (1925-2008)
American Physicist and Astronomer

The saying “ignorance is bliss” is attributed to poet Thomas Gray (1716-1771). Not so with me.
I want to know all I can about life and the world we live in – the good and the bad. Kindred Spirit
Dr. Henry F. Shaefer, Quantum Chemist and five times Noble Prize nominee put it this way:

“The significance and joy in my science
comes in those moments of discovering
something new and saying to myself,
“So, that’s how God did it.” My goal
is to understand a little corner of God’s plan.”

The design, construction and functions of our eyes is a case in point. One of the thousands of doors
opened by science, that seem to reveal the existence of an Intelligent Designer, is the discovery of
how we see. We depend on our eyes more than any other sense. It’s one of our primary sources for
gaining knowledge. However, it’s another instance where most people take this precious gift for granted .
Try this: Cover your eyes and move about for half an hour or so to fully realize how important they are.
Much of what I am about to say, can be found on the internet or in books. But they all leave out what
may be considered to be the SUPERNATURAL aspects of this precious gift. Okay, hang in there with me to
find out what I consider to be a flash of insight on my part.

To be able to see requires light, which is reflected by an object. The source of natural light is our Sun.
After sunlight strikes an image, let’s say a face we are looking at, the image is
reflected and passes through the CORNEA, the clear dome-shaped surface covering the front of the eye.
The cornea bends the incoming image. The IRIS, the colored part of the eye, regulates the size of the
PUPIL, the opening that controls the amount of light that enters the eye. Behind the pupil is the transparent
LENS, similar in shape to a magnifying glass. After the image passes through the lens, it travels through a
perfectly clear liquid called the VITREOUS HUMOR that enables the eye to maintain its oval shape. The first
stop for the image is the RETINA at the back of the eyeball, which is thin, delicate, photosensitive tissue
containing the special “photoreceptor” cells that, unbelievably convert the image into ELECTRICAL signals.
These electrical signals then travel from the retina of the eye via the OPTIC NERVE, a bundle of about one
million nerve fibers, to our brains. It is said in textbooks that we “SEE” with the VISUAL CORTEX in the back
part of our mushy brains.
The visual cortex part of our brains is made up of NEURONS, which are unique cells that carry MESSAGES.
STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE. The message I sent to your neurons using words was picked up by your eyes, traveled
“electrically” via the optic nerve connecting your eyes to your brain, and was received and “understood,”
supposedly by your neurons.
Some questions I could not find answers to:
1. Neurons, like all of the other cells in our bodies, are made up a jelly-like substance called CYTOPLASM.
How does cytoplasm “SEE” and “UNDERSTAND” what I said?
2. When we “see” an image in our brains, like the image of a horse, WHAT ACTUALLY DOES THE “SEEING?”
For example, close your eyes and think of your mother’s face. There it is somewhere in your brain, but what
actually “SEES” the image? When I asked my doctor the question, he was perplexed saying that it was something
that was not covered in medical school. The best WE both could come up with is that the “SEEING” is actually
done by that mysterious non-thing called CONSCIOUSNESS, which is apparently AWARE of everything going on in
our universe that can be sensed either via our five senses or intuitively. Is not CONSCIOUSNESS like Minds
and Thoughts, in the SUPERNATURAL WORLD. Would it not be appropriate to consider our ability to “see” to be
a miracle-like ability?
We are totally unaware of it, but an image, passing through the convex lens of an eye, impinges on the retina
UPSIDE DOWN* as it does in cameras, and it’s our BRAINS that automatically turn them RIGHT-SIDE UP! Did
“Mother Nature” provide it with that skill? Or, did our Intelligent Designer plan it that way so we could
see things as they really are?
*To get the upside-down image with a magnifying (reading) glass, hold the lens between a sheet of paper and a
well-lighted object, or an outside scene. You then move the lens until a sharp image is focused on the paper.
If it’s an image of an outside scene with moving cars and people, they will appear in reverse and upside down.

To my mind, how we actually SEE is a SUPERNATURAL PHENOMENON that cannot be described as such in public schools,
and that it is not RELIGIOUS matter to do so but an ACADEMIC one. I feel strongly it’s just as valid to infer
the existence of an invisible SUPERNATURAL CREATOR as it is to infer the existence of invisible electrons, protons,
neutrons and quarks. There is sufficient evidence in both instances to grant each equal time in the classroom.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Francis (Frank) T. Sganga

The first key to wisdom
is constant and frequent questioning,
for by doubting
we are led to questions
and by questioning
we arrive at the truth.
Peter Abelard

We are the only creatures on earth that ask questions of ourselves and others. Even at age 96,
there are some that still challenge my mysterious mind that yearns for definitive answers that
have eluded it for most of those years and still do. For example:

How did life begin? Was a Supernatural Force involved or was it a “mechanical” process? Did an
opportune mixture of the nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and other elemental molecules necessary
for life to exist “accidentally and mechanically” become a miniscule globule of moist matter that
mysteriously became enclosed in a membranous cell wall, similar to the skin of a grape surrounding
a grape’s innards, after which, it was spontaneously imbued with the Spark of Life?

Is not this scenario analogous to saying that it is possible for a candle to light itself? Then too,
how does something create itself?
To be alive all cells must contain functioning “systems,” like a digestive system (eating) and execratory
system (waste removal). How did the cell create such systems on its own?
Once created, how did that first cell imbedded with that mysterious Spark of Life, manage to find a way
to replicate itself, which is a required precursor to eventually evolving into all of the zillions of
plants and animals containing zillions of different cells, such as heart cells, skin cells, brain cells
and multiple kinds of plant cells that exist today?
The bottom line: Where did that Spark of Life come from? The molecular chemical elements the cell was
made of? From thin air?
on planet Earth some 4 billion years ago. How does something make itself? If it can’t, could it be,
therefore, that it was an Outside Source (God) that must have done it?

Why were we created?
I wonder: Why do I exist?
Does space go on unbelievably forever? If not, how does it end?
What was there before the Birth of the Universe (the “Big Bang”)?
Where did the energy come from that produced the Big Bang and the billions of stars in the billions
of galaxies in our Universe? Why is there something instead of nothing?
How can something come from nothing?
Where did the information in the blueprints that cells use to make the thousands of body parts we’re
made of come from? Is it not credible that the intricate design of an eye presupposes the existence

If Minds came from somewhere, does it not follow that they will return to whence they came after death?
Does a fetus have a Mind?
When is a Mind “born” in a brain? After a fetus becomes an embryo? After the embryo becomes a baby?
Where do thoughts come from?
Where did the ability to think come from?
It makes sense that only minds can generate information. Can the source of the information in our genes
be the Mind of God?
When we see ourselves in a mirror, what actually does the seeing? Is it the neuron cells our brains are
made of that do the seeing, or is it our consciousness that does the seeing?
Why are we blessed with the ability to see colors rather than just black and white and shades of gray?
Who or what do we thank for that incredible ability?
Where did our sense of consciousness come from that enables us to be aware of ourselves and everything
else in the world we temporarily live in.?
When I close my eyes and image my mother’s face, what does the seeing? Can it be that we have the uncanny
ability to see images with what is sometimes referred to as the mind’s eye?
Mozart composed music when he was a child. Where did the music come from? The molecules he was made of?
Was Beethoven correct when he said music is the Language of God?
Where did our Sense of Beauty come from? Cows don’t marvel at the beauty of flowers, rainbows and sunsets,
why do we?
Our five senses were originally designed and used for survival. Why did all five of them become sources
of pleasure?
Who taught spiders how to build their intricate webs?
Why do babies smile, laugh and giggle soon after birth?
Why is sex so pleasurable?
Where do our creative instincts for art and music come from? Why do we have them?
Where did our unique feeling of love come from as occurs when we experience love at first sight?
Electricity, along with heat light and sound, is a form of energy. In a sense, since it has no weight,
and takes up no space, it’s in the supernatural world of non-things, where feelings exist. Even so,
we all know the zillions of things electricity can do. Can it be similar to “God” as indicated in
this quotation?

For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.
Ever since the creation of the world
His invisible nature, namely
His eternal power, has clearly been perceived
in the things that have been made.
Romans 1

Much of Geometry is based upon three undefined words: point, line and plane Can God be viewed as an undefined
term upon which all of creation is based?
Why did a woman’s clitoris, which is not necessary for reproduction, and is the only organ designed for pleasure,
evolve?
Why did warm-blooded mammals, like humans, birds and dogs, evolve from cold-blooded animals like turtles, snakes
and alligators?
Why did warm-blooded birds evolve from cold-blooded reptilian dinosaurs? (Google: Birds are dinosaurs.)
Isn’t it interesting that Gravity, the mysterious force that keeps our feet attached to the ground, cannot be
definitively explained by our most intelligent scientists?
Similarly, what causes magnetism? Why is there a magnetic north pole and an opposite south pole? What exactly
is electricity? Why does electricity running through a copper wire produce magnetism? Why do magnets spinning
inside coils of wire in an electric motor produce electricity?
The million dollar question: Is God the Architect and Evolution the Contractor?
There are occasions when I stare at beautiful sunset or listen to stirring music like Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
that I am suddenly struck by the fact that I am alive.
Why do people, who are supposedly civilized, kill fellow human beings without just cause?

Albert Einstein
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion
that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds
cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness.

© Francis (Frank) T. Sganga civale1921@gmail.com www.sganga.net

Letter to TIME magazine 9-27-16

A Letter to TIME magazine:

Re your article in the 9-27-16 issue titled: The Perilous Fight – The natonal protests led by Colin Kaepernick
are fueling a debate about privilege, pride and patriotism.

The Dark Side of Patriotism
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism –
how passionately I hate them! How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked in pieces
than take part in such an abominable business.
Albert Einstein

It appears that corporations and warmongers deliberately foster feelings of patriotism to accomplish their
goals of acquiring power and money as they prey upon the sympathies of gullible people. One way is to start
all major sports events with the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and the brandishing of a giant American
flag. Another is to promote and support Fourth of July parades, Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day.
Since corporations own 90% of the media, they use movies and TV shows glorifying war.
(Google: The 50 Best Word War II Movies that include Patton, They Were Expendable, Saving Private Ryan and
The Story of G.I. Joe.)

Other ways to foster patriotism is to build memorials like the Viet Nam Veterans Wall that “honored” the
58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties that were wasted in an admittedly unnecessary war (Google Robert McNamara:
Architect of the Futile War) , and the World War II memorial that honors the 16 million who served in the
armed forces of the U.S. wherein more than 400,000 died. There are other honors for those killed and wounded
in action, such as the Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor the president hangs around the necks
of “heroes” with a considerable amount of fanfare and the ostentatious laying of a wreath by the president at
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Who dares protest the well-orchestrated display of patriotism and risk being called a traitor? Colin Kaepernick
did, and I’m proud of him!

I am a World War II veteran who wanted to kill “Japs” after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and ruefully wound up
as a medic. My avid patriotism has waned considerably since then due to the warmongering that got us involved
in the unnecessary wars in Vietnam and the Middle East.
This letter is a test to determine if you too are controlled by corporate and political warmongers.

Francis T. Sganga
2506 Sunset Drive
New Smyrna beach, FL 32168
386-957-3558

Eat, Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow You May Die!

~13~

The World-Wide Threat of Corporatism

The only thing necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke (1729-17970

There are currently several things that are disturbing my Peace of Mind. One of them is the terrible plight
of the have-nots, like the Syrian refugees and the millions of other destitute people in our country and
around the world. Another is the apparent, serious decline of the U.S., which to my mind, is self-destructing,
and the impact it will have on my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and millions of other Americans
whose futures are in jeopardy. The endless, unnecessary, undeclared, illegal “wars” we are currently engaged
in are contributing to a doomsday scenario.
Another concern is a devious, virulent plague spreading worldwide that few people seem to be aware of. It’s
called Corporatism and is defined as an an organization of a society into industrial and professional corporations
serving as organs of political representation and exercising control over persons and activities within their
jurisdiction. As you read on, keep this in mind:

What doth it profit a man
if he is moral, stays physically and mentally fit
but winds up becoming
a corporate slave
on the job or the battlefield?
fts

A Google search for corporations ruling the world produced this result:
A Swiss study shows 147 corporations rule the world
October 12, 2012
The Swiss Federal Institute (SFI) in Zurich released a study entitled The Network of Global Control that
proves small consortiums of corporations–mainly banks– run the world. Within the report is a list of the
147 corporations. Related to this information are excerpts from this article:
Waking Times
The Illusion of Choice
90% of American Media Controlled by 6 Corporations
Vic Bishop, Staff Writer
August 28, 2015
It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled
by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these
mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into
your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering
propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public….
….One of these companies is also the 12th largest US military defense contractor, so it’s no surprise that
so much of our entertainment centers around the glorification of war and violence….
…. The promotion of shallow, materialistic, ego-centric values, and the obvious dumbing down of the American
population is coming from these 6 corporations. Think about that. These are the companies that glorify
consumption, obedience, ignorance, the hyper-sexualization of youth, the glorification of war and government
surveillance, and so on.
….With its tremendous global reach in all forms of media communication, these corporations help to shape our
world by providing coverage of our lives, analyses of our world, entertainment to pass our time and inspire
our minds, and even distraction and occupation for our children.
~*~
The ruling corporations are listed as:
General Electric; News Corp; Disney; Viacom; Time Warner; and CBS.
Interestingly, if a group of terrorists or an invading army or rebels like those in Syria attempting a coup, were to seize power, the first thing they would do is take control of the media. Note well: (Bold, italics mine.)
VOX World
Why Turkey’s coup failed, according to an expert
Zack Beauchamp
July 16, 2016

That raises two big questions this morning: Why did Turkey’s coup fail, and what happens in the country next?
Naunihal Singh has some helpful answers. He is an academic and the author of Seizing Power, a groundbreaking
book on coups.
He said: for a coup to succeed, the plotters must …”take control of the broadcast media. Once you’ve got the
radio and television stations, you then use them to tell everyone the government has already been overthrown.
That convinces people in the military that the coup has succeeded, leading them to take your side.
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.
Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. Opponents of the ruling argue, as Supreme Court Justice
Stephens did that corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires.
If corporations are people, then they are psychopaths who have, like robots, no feelings for others. Their sole
purpose is to make money to pay their CEOs lavish salaries and give stockholders an ample return for their
investments. An egregious case in point using information available via Google:
The Mylan Corporation produces a life-saving drug called EpiPen used by millions who suffer from sudden and acute
allergic reactions or have heart problems that can make the difference between life and death. The CEO, Heather
Bresch, engineered raising the price from $100 in 2007 to $609 in 2016, causing a nation-wide furor. Adding insult
to injury, the CEO’s salary increased from @2,453,456 to $18,931,068 along with increases in the salaries of other
company executives.
In a Google article, dated July 3, 2016 titled Mankind: Death by Corporation Brian Moench says:
Needless to say, in the 21st century, corporations as creations of civilization make no pretense of embodying
the Christian God. In fact, today, corporations come much closer to embodying Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein than
Jesus Christ. Ironically, created by and managed by humans, corporations have become almost robotic monsters,
perpetrating, even feeding off human misery, threatening every aspect of human life – the air we breathe, the
water we drink and the food we eat – and even the future of mankind itself. What have these corporate Frankenstein
monsters done for us lately?

The corporate cancer is rapidly metastasizing across the U. S. For starters:
OpedNews
April 6, 2015
Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations
That Feed on Prisons
By Chris Hedges*
(Bold Italics mine)
The corporate state seeks to reduce all workers at home and abroad to the status of prison labor. Workers
are to be so heavily controlled that organizing unions or resistance will become impossible. Benefits, pensions,
overtime are to be abolished. Workers who are not slavishly submissive to the will of corporate power will be
dismissed. There will be no sick days or paid vacations. No one will be able to challenge unsafe and physically
difficult working conditions. And wages will be suppressed to keep workers in poverty. This is the goal of corporate
power.
The 1 million prisoners employed at substandard wages by corporations owning prisons are, in the eyes of our corporate
masters, the ideal workers. And those Americans who ignore the plight of prison labor and refuse to organize against
it will increasingly find prison working conditions replicated outside prison walls.
*Chris Hedges has spent nearly 20 years as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle east, Africa and the
Balkans. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey.

The corporate cancer is metastasizing worldwide! Via Google:

Common Dreams
Education: The Next Corporate frontier
Kristen Steele
July 14, 2015
I’d like school reform to be a part of rebuilding vibrant local economies and sustainable communities. This is
what I thought was at the heart of the struggle for better education. But there’s a battle being waged on a
different front. One that will overwhelm and undo any improvements we’ve made if social and environmental activists
don’t join in the fight.
Over the last thirty years or so, private corporations have been steadily taking over school systems all around
the world. (Bold, Italics mine.) Going hand in hand with “free” trade and development, the privatization of education
is simply another step towards corporate control of the entire economy. If you’re tuned in to education news in the
US, you may be familiar with the public school closures in Chicago, the so-called Recovery School District in New Orleans,
and the proposed budget cuts in Milwaukee that have brought parents, students and teachers into the streets. But few of
us hear about how students in Chile have been protesting for nearly a decade against rampant privatization that has
increased economic inequality. Or how the UK government recently passed an education act allowing the conversion of a
ll state schools into privately run “academies”. Or how Structural Adjustment Programs and development aid have paved
the way for privatization of schools across Africa, which has resulted in reduced enrollment of girls and exclusion of
the poorest children. Or how similar takeovers are happening in Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, India, and many other
countries.
Corporate farming is a term used to describe companies that own or influence farms and agricultural practices on a large
scale.
The Corporate Takeover of Our Food System
Corporate stranglehold of farmland a risk to world food security
John Vidal
May 28, 2014
Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega farms and plantations gobble up their land. The world’s food supplies are
at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations. a study found.
Food & Water Watch
Five things Monsanto Doesn’t Want You to Know
about GMOs
The facts about GMOs are nothing like what the biotec industry would like you to think. You’ve heard the controversy about
genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and whether they’re safe to eat (and the question of safety is nowhere near settled,
despite what the companies that create GMOs would like you to think). …the real purpose of GMOs is power and control over
the food supply, and ultimately it’s about profits. The undeniable fact is that GMOs are bad for our environment, our food
system, and the people in it.
Infowars.com
How Dangerous Is Monsanto to Our health?
Alex Jones
The Monsanto Company, the makers of the earth-poisoning weed-killer ROUNDUP used world-wide, is a publicly traded American
multinational, agrochemical and agricultural Corporation in Creve Coeur, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto has knowingly

been poisoning people for (at least) 35 years! But, we’re not allowed to know about it.
The corporate cancer has spread into the medical realm.
The Huffington Post
The Personal Toll of Corporate Medicine
Dr. Rose Kumar
October 19, 2015
(Bold, italics, mine)
I am a board certified internist. I am Stanford trained and have been in practice for nearly 25 years. I have a very busy
practice. I love my patients. To help, heal and to love them every day is daily gift. I want to help them be healthy. I want
to help them make sense of their suffering, to help awaken and empower the parts in them that have been covered over by pain
and stress. I have also been a lifelong seeker. I seek to gain consciousness every day, with every life experience. I also
seek to stay current with medical and scientific progress. I love science. I love Medicine. This is what I was born to do.
I have been in private practice for nearly 17 years. I worked in corporate health care straight out of residency, nearly 25 years
ago. It didn’t fare well for me. I found myself constantly struggling inside, conflicted by the dissonance between the mission of
the vocation of medicine and that of corporate medicine. I found that the corporate mission saw patients as commodities for money
and physicians as work horses to extract money from patients for quarterly gains. The boards of these systems merely used profit
as the measure of the physician’s success. Nearly two decades ago, patriarchal corporate mission had begun to grow in opposition
to the mission of Medicine. After trying to work within 3 corporate health care systems all of which were attracted to my vision
for facilitating health and wellness, I finally realized that I was a marketing pawn for them. I fit an image they were using to
capture the market. They wanted me to run diagnostic tests, manage symptoms, admit patients and contribute to their quarterly
profits. I reached a point where I could no longer live with the inner conflict, tossed between two missions. I saw my colleagues
being swallowed up by the corporate machine and losing their connection to what was real for them. Many who needed to be
hospital-based had no choice by to capitulate and serve the corporate beast at the cost of their souls.

~14~
Corporatism Hits Home
If corporations are “people,”
as the Supreme court dictated,
then they are the Humanoids among us!
fts

The corporate plague has spread to the dental industry where their main reason for existence is to make as much money as possible via
their slave-dentists who have sold their souls for their salaries. My personal experience with a corporate dental clinic exemplifies
the danger of the spread of Corporatism:
I am a member of a corporate health insurance company named Humana, that is associated with corporate Coast Dental Clinics, who, along
with others, operate worldwide, as do other corporate dental clinics The clinics cleverly advertise their services with an offer of a
free examination and x-rays. I went to the local clinic in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, to have a decayed tooth extracted.
After the examination, I was told I had gum disease even though I had none of the symptoms described on the internet. Trusting her, I
accepted her diagnosis, and about 15 minutes later I was given a three-page, single-spaced proposal in dental jargon for treatments
that totaled a shocking $11,717.75.
Part of the first page:

My wife and I scanned it and whittled it down to about $2,200, that included the treatment for gum disease called “deep cleaning.”
A bit later while still sitting in the chair, I was handed a contract to sign. Of course I signed it, as is the case just prior
to being operated on in a hospital; we automatically sign waivers thrust into our hands. What was done:
1. x-rays – Free
2. Deep Cleaning
3. Two teeth extracted – hole filled with bone implants.
As my wife and I were leaving the clinic, after my being examined and x-rayed, a package containing an electric-driven brush was
thrust into my hands. Thinking it was a gift or promotion item I took it home, only to find out I was charged $100 for it. Since
I wasn’t asked if I had one or wanted one, I took it back and got credit for it. (Pushing stuff on patients is a corporate policy,
I found out in Googling Corporate Dental Clinics.) The experience was a red flag indicating greed that kindled distrust.
After completing the treatments and making my first bank payment, I received a bill for $57 that was sent twice after I ignored the
first one. I confronted them, and, of course, they said they made a “mistake” and made a “credit adjustment.”
A pertinent portion of the 3-page list of procedures and charges:

To my mind, this was attempted theft. If I were caught shoplifting a $57 watch at Walmart’s, I’d be arrested, cuffed and hauled off
o jail. They, on the other hand, apparently had “a license to steal.”
While confronting them re the $57 charge, I asked the clerk to explain some of the items listed on THREE pages, single-spaced sheets
of paper comprising the contract I signed that were unintelligible to a lay person like myself. Complying, she wrote on the top of
the first page: Deep Cleaning $1149.40! I couldn’t believe it.

The deep cleaning lasted just ½ an hour. It was torture. Something, presumably an antiseptic, was directly and painfully injected
into each tooth. That was it. At the end of the treatment, female dental assistant abruptly left me siting in the chair saying she
was late in having to pick up her daughter at school.
After Googling deep cleaning on the internet, I found out that:
Deep teeth cleaning, which can also be referred to as scaling or root planing, is a procedure normally reserved for patients with
frequent gum infections or periodontal problems. If you don’t have either, don’t let your dentist pressure you into this expensive
treatment, which usually is not covered by dental insurance. Deep teeth cleaning, which can cost upwards of $800, is a commonly
cited red flag.
“The most frequent dental scams are inflating claims, delivering worthless treatment that patients don’t need and billing insurers
for phantom treatment that the dentist never delivered,” he says. “Dentists also may have a staffer do procedures that only a dentist
is licensed to perform, yet bill as if the dentist had done the work.
The deep cleaning procedure caused an infection after the third week in a molar tooth on the side of my mouth opposite to where the
extractions were done. Not trusting the dentist at Coast Dental, I went to my wife’s independent dentist, showed him the three pages
of procedures given me, and after shaking his head in disbelief, he x-rayed the affected area, spotted the infection and gave me a
prescription to cure it. Feeling sorry for me, he said there would be no charge. A second visit, and more x-rays revealed the infection
was cured, and I was only charged $16.
it.
Over a year’s time, I filed many complaints with state and federal agencies, and finally got Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi,
who’s responsibility is to investigate cases involving price gouging, to consider the validity of my complaint. Instead of doing so,
she bumped my complaint to the Florida Health Department who requested that I send them documentation and x-rays, which I did.
Fully self-assured of the legitimacy of my complaint, how chagrined I was to receive this letter rejecting my it!

The letter angered me. In requesting via the freedom of Information Act who the dentists were that rejected my complaint, I was sent
three names. I sent each of them a letter labeling them compassionless immoral Mafia-type Humanoids who put their loyalty to each
other above all other considerations. My anger extended to my totally ignoring their warning in the letter saying it was Personal and
Confidential, defying them to “come and get me!” I would welcome the opportunity to tell my story to a judge and jury!
The case is closed. I am now among the millions of other Americans who are abused and frustrated by a system that considers, primarily
the poor, the elderly to be worthless, expendable non-entities like the kids it sends to fight unnecessary, endless wars for the benefit
of the rich and famous.
~*~
What I experienced was a minor example of what is going on internationally. I think I know the modus operandi of mega corporations
that seem to be on the verge of controlling the world. As I see it, they:
1. Gain control of the media, 90% of which has been accomplished in the U.S.
2. Gain control of politicians via campaign contributions, and use their lobbyists to get laws passed that they write for their own
benefit.
~*~
The New York Times
Editorial
Which Companies Are Buying the Elections?
March 27, 2015
In 2012, a record $6.3 billion was spent on presidential and congressional elections; estimates for spending in the 2016 contest run
between $7.5 billion and $8 billion. Much of the spending is disclosed, but the portion that is dark is certain to expand. For example,
the network run by the Koch brothers — which is constructed chiefly of groups that are not required to reveal their donors — has set a
spending goal of nearly $900 million for the 2016 races, compared with $400 million in 2012.
~*~
3. Instigate and support endless wars that benefit defense contractors that are corporations providing products or services to a
military or intelligence departments of a government. Products include military or civilian aircraft, ships, vehicles, weapons and
electronic systems. Google “defense contactors” for a list of the hundreds of them. Here are the top 5 and how much taxpayers, paid
them in 2015 in billions of dollars:
Lockheed Martin…………… …$7,796,000,000
Northrop Grumman ……………..5,756,000,000
Raytheon…………..…………….4,417,000,000
Boeing……………………………3,825,000,000
General Dynamics………………..2,410,000,000
and
Private military (“security”) corporations that are independent companies from a variety of countries that provide armed or
unarmed support or advisory services to the military at the total cost to taxpayers of billions of dollars. Some of the support
is in the form of armed mercenary soldiers who are paid, according to CNN, between $15,000 – $22,500 per month to help the
military fight its wars.
4. Destroy workers’ unions and keep people poor via wages that are so low, the workers are not only too occupied struggling to
make ends meet and support their families but are also powerless to do anything about their sorry condition.
Unfortunately, the body politic, people worldwide, are mostly unaware of the fact that corporatism is slowly but surely destroying
one of their most precious possessions – their freedom.
~*~
COMMENT
I wonder what the relationship between what was just said and the epidemic use of illegal drugs may be that increases daily and
makes billionaires out of drug lords? (Google: Drug Lords in Mexico.)
The Sydney Morning Herald
Andrew Purcell
May 6, 2016
America is in the grip of an unprecedented epidemic of drug addiction
New York: The United States of America is in the grip of an unprecedented epidemic of drug addiction. In 2014, more than
47,000 people were killed by an overdose – more than were killed by guns, or died in traffic accidents. Each day, 125 people
take their last hit, and millions more are leading diminished lives governed by the need to “get well” before all else.
“This is the worst drug addiction epidemic in United States history,” says Andrew Kolodny, the chief medical officer of Phoenix
House in New York. Phoenix House was founded in 1967 by six heroin addicts who resolved to kick the habit together and has grown
to become the nation’s leading provider of drug abuse treatment.
It has seen heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and PCP plagues come and go, but nothing compared to the current wave of
opiate addiction.
For the first time since the Vietnam War, life expectancy is falling for whites. Drug use is among the primary factors. Five
times as many whites aged 25 to 34 were killed by an overdose in 2014 as in 1999. A quiet epidemic, spreading behind suburban
curtains and in struggling rural towns, has become impossible to ignore.
Addiction was seen as a moral failing.
A question not asked at any level:
WHY is there such a huge demand for drugs in the U. S.?
Our governmental leaders are looking at the wrong end of the horse when they initiate “a war on drugs,” establish drug treatment
centers and jail dealers and users. They are not, as far as I know, looking for or doing anything about the causes. Should there
not be a concerted national effort, as was the case in sending men to to moon and returning them safely, to find out why there is
such a huge demand for drugs and what to do to about the problem? We have brilliant engineers in science and technology. Why
don’t we have Social Engineers working on our drug problem and the next one?
Another big WHY to challenge Social Engineers:
From the internet: About 2,320,300 adults were incarcerated in US prisons and jails. (The U.S. population is @323 million.) That
is 3.4 times as many as those in Russia (Population: @143.5 million) and 1.3 times more than those in China (Population: @1.3 billion.).
We, in the U. S. have the honor of having the world’s highest rate of prisoners. WHY?
We are the richest, most militarily-powerful country in the world. We are the only country able to send men to the moon and bring them
back safely to earth We have thousands of public and private universities and colleges and we have many brilliant scientists who have
won Nobel prizes. So, why is it that we can’t solve our social problems like this next one that distinguishes us as being the Murder
Capital of the World?
USA TODAY
Aamer Madhani
April 1, 2016
Chicago’s murder rate soars 72% in 2016; shootings up more than 88%
CHICAGO — Murders in the nation’s third-largest city are up about 72%, while shootings have surged more than 88% in the first three
months of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to data released Friday by the Chicago Police Department.
Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and
West sides.
Add to all of that the millions who are unemployed, the millions who are homeless and the millions who drop out of school each year and
what you have is a country that wastes trillions on wars that could spent more wisely in correcting the ills embedded in its rapidly
deteriorating system of governance.
How much is 1 trillion dollars?
1,000 = one thousand
1,000,000 = one million
1,000,000,000 = one billion
1,000,000,000,000 = one trillion
End-to-end, 1 trillion dollars would stretch @93,000,000 miles to the sun
Stacked one-atop-the-other, they would be @68,000 miles high.
End-to-end they circle earth, @25,000 miles around, 3,892 times.
The pity of it all is that one trillion dollars can buy 10,000,000 homes costing 100,000 each for poor and homeless people!
~*~
5. Keep people ignorant. Distract them using the media to mollify them via inane TV shows like The Bachelor, Keeping Up
with the Kardashians, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, gala awards shows like The Oscars and the Emmy Awards where
self-named “celebrities” promote and glorify themselves with the help of corporate media, and the enormous hype leading up
to sports events, like football’s Super Bowl and baseball’s World Series. Other avenues include using corporate-controlled
media such as print newspapers and magazines.
6. Foster patriotism. Start all major sports events with the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner and the brandishing of a
giant American flag. Promote and support Fourth of July parades, movies and TV shows glorifying war, honoring those killed
in action with the Purple Heart and memorials like the VietNam Veterans Wall, the Congressional Medal of Honor the
president hangs around the necks of “heroes” with a considerable amount of fanfare, the ostentatious laying of a wreath
by the president at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and have school children recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start
of the school day.
Who dares protest the well-orchestrated display of patriotism and risk being called a traitor? I do, and I am of the
unpopular opinion that calling our youngsters killed in combat “heroes” is a whitewash job designed to mollify the
parents of those whose lives have been wasted in wars that have been going on for some 12 years with no end in sight.
Einstein’s feelings re patriotism and war:
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately
I hate them! How vile and despicable war seems to me! I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable
business
Is it not clever of warmongers to call killed and wounded soldiers heroes? And how do you alleviate the grief endured by the
parents of those killed in action? Compensate them with a Gold Star and create a holiday for them:
Gold Star Mother’s Day in the United States
Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to
recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.

Is it possible that despite the good feeling generated by patriotism, it does more harm than good? Does it make war more likely
since, in the minds of people, it places one’s own country above all others worldwide, thereby encouraging violence against them?
Pablo Picasso’s (1881-1973) famous anti-war painting, Guernica, was a reaction to the cruel bombing of the town of Guernica by
the Nazi’s during the Spanish Civil War that shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon people, especially
innocent civilians.
Like all wars, the Viet Nam war was a horrible waste of millions of lives, but this time the graphic images we saw on TV showed
all of us for the first time, the true horror experienced by our youths.

I have often thought of how modern we think we are, but how primitive we really are!
What Picasso did with paint, I tried to do with words. After reading a heart-rending news article about some Gold Star
parents who flung their dead sons’ medals against the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall in Washington, D.C., I wrote
this with my son Paul and his dead peers in mind:
A Medal for a Son

Written by the author in 1968
at the height of the Vietnam War

Your mother watched
her pre-natal diet for your sake
while your father sweated to pay the bills.
Each heart rejoiced with pure delight
Through years of nurturing.
~
Bed-time stories; playing catch,
bumps and bruises; booster shots.
In sickness, health, and major-minor mishaps,
all bound together, till death do us part.
~
“Son, take your vitamins; mind your manners.
Hurry! We’ll be late for church!”
~
Ah, then school at last where freedom reigned,
and the important thing
was to get along with the group.
~
But soon the bauble bursts
and the TV scene shows hate, not love,
as Blacks lash out,
and cold assassinations vie
with a brutalizing undeclared war
for your attention.
~*~
ASSASSINATIONS
Attorney General Robert Kennedy on June 5, 1968
Rev. Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968
~*~
Then, on to the highest school
where instilled dissent ruptured the mind
and freed the will from aimless wandering.
~
Free at last! No restraints!
Barefoot, bearded, flowers in hand,
peace and love at any price.

War Protesting Hippies

Old tarnished world, split!
You who made it so, split too!
Damn the war! Damn the draft!
Damn the track you’ve put me on.
I want out – now!
~
Temporarily lost, the bewildered mind,
free from the bonds of convention,
smell the sweet flowers of oblivion and trips
into the never-never land
of no worries, no frustrations, no reality.

Tripping on Psychedelic LSD

But dreams get busted
and reality crowds in on you;
the old world demands its pound of flesh.
Greetings from the Draft Board
start the immutable forces
that work their ways against you.
~
War, barbarity and primeval violence
soon push aside the youthful values
nurtured from the cradle till now.
~
It’s kill or be killed, though you know
that killing kills the killer and
dealing death becomes a way of life.

For what?
For naught is the cry of a youthful mind
that sees no sense in the mutual killing
of pseudo enemies.
~
They too, caught up by the same monstrous forces
that use youths for shields
and expendable pawns,
are loathe to die for similar reasons.
~
But lo you died, despite our loving care,
for causes unknown and for unexplained reasons.
~
So, we went to Washington, where the President
duly solemn and extravagant with praise
Awarded you posthumously
with a hero’s encoffined trinket
symbolizing the ultimate absurdity
A medal for a son!

A Profound, Yet Simple Question
Would you want to be a live coward or a dead hero?
How do you think our President and congressmen
who keep us involved in endless wars would answer
this question?

More on how mega-corporations’ efforts to control of the world:
7. Gain control of schools via the establishment of government-approved Charter Schools and vouchers:
The Huffington Post
The Corporate Takeover of Public Education
Diann Woodard, President, American Federation of School Administrators
August 6, 2013
Independent research in recent months has documented that the nation’s wealthiest philanthropic foundations are steering
funding away from pubic school systems. attended by 90 percent of American students, and toward “challengers” to public
education, especially charter schools.
Essentially, anyone, any non-educator or even a corporation, can open and control a charter school. Here again, the primary
goal for a corporation is to make money.
Corporations, funding Charter Schools, like Amazon and Microsoft, are for-profit technology companies that stand to benefit
rom lucrative contracts in the future if the schools they control focus on science and technology, which will result in the
expanded purchase use of their products down the line.
Buzzflash.com
A Proud member of the Truthout Community
The National Park Service Is Selling Out to Corporations
Mark Karlin, Editor
May 26, 2016
Excerpts
Will the torch welcoming refugees on the Statue of Liberty be replaced by a can of Budweiser beer?…. In a quiet but
far-reaching move, the National Park Service is poised to begin aggressively seeking corporate sponsorship for park projects
and using agency personnel as fundraisers, according to a critical analysis released today by Public Employees for Environmental
Responsibility (PEER). The plan will give corporate donors expanded naming rights, use of National Park symbols in advertising
and much greater influence over park managers and National Park Service (NPS) decisions….
And the fight goes on, and on and on….
America’s heritage is not a very proud one, particularly with regard to its cruel treatment of its indigent people–the
Native Americans dubbed Indians during the mid 19th century when their land was stolen at a cost to the so-called savages
of millions of men, women and children being slaughtered by government troops.
Today, salt is being pored into the descendants of Native Americans’ wounds primarily due to the immoral efforts of U.S. Senator
John McCain, who is currently running for re-election, (July 2016), to pass a law to turning over Apaches Sacred land in Arizona’s
Tonto National Forest to a rapacious mining corporation named Rio Tinto Mining of Australia. I wonder if the mining corporation
has contributed to his campaign?
Nevertheless, Lisa Murkowski, chairwoman on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources had this to say about killing the senate
bill in an Oped News article:
“If we lose, we lose not only the West to more of this kind of depraved degradation, but we lose a looming major battle to the
corporate plutocracy in general. I can’t understand how the Senate, particularly John McCain, could resort to permitting something
as depraved as this, a complete departure from the sanctity of public lands.”

London Mining Network
Holding the mining industry to account

Rio Tinto: A Shameful History of Human and Labour Rights Abuses and Environmental Degredation Around the Globe
Richard
April 20, 2010
….Rio Tinto’s current operations are more in line with their past apparent collusion with fascist and racist regimes
than their stated policies of respect for communities, workers and the environment. Despite the company’s claims, there
are countless examples of alleged human and labour rights violations and environmental devastation perpetrated by Rio
Tinto around the world and over decades. From Papua New Guinea to Namibia, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the
U.S. to Madagascar, and from Cameroon to Indonesia, Rio Tinto has a long and shameful record.

Basically, the agenda of mega corporations is to:
1. Control the media
2. Control governments
3. Control people
4. Control food production
5. Control prisons
6. Control medical services
7. Control schools
8. Buy land and plumage its resources for profit
9. Foster endless wars
Though seemingly remote, yet very real is the threat of a nuclear war.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. His internet columns (Google: Paul Craig Roberts)
have attracted an international following. One article, dated July 8, 2016, titled Are You Planning Your Retirement? Forget about it.
You Won’t Survive to Experience It. The article begins…
Israeli agents who comprise the neoconservatives (in Washington, D.C.), a collection of war criminals that control U.S. foreign
policy, have already handed you your death certificate. The neoconservatives have far more power than they have intelligence or
humanity.
At a recent St. Petersburg International Economic Conference, President Putin (Russia’s leader) excoriated Western Journalists
for endlessly repeating Washington’s lies that are driving the world to nuclear war. He asked Washington’s bought-and-paid-for-whores,
the scum who who comprise the Western news media:
“How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction toward nuclear war.
Dr. Roberts’ many articles, too extensive to include in this book, are a must-read for anyone concerned about their future, especially
young adults, and their desire to live longer and better. Some titles:
America’s Greatest Threat Is Its Crazed Leadership and Its Brainwashed Population
Armageddon Approaches
If You Value Your Life, Wake Up!
Obama Has Brought Us Closer to Nuclear War with Russia
A Vote for Hitlery (Hillary Clinton, 2016) Is a Vote for Nuclear War
I have long since quit worrying about things that are out of my control. Add to that my imminent demise, and you can understand why I
take life as it comes, sucking as much pleasure out off my few remaining years as I can. I hereby pass the baton of life on to
those of you who have far more to lose than I have.
The future security of millions of Americans may be at stake. One ominous possibility of what occurred during the Holocaust in Germany
and now appears to be happening in the U.S., can be discovered by Googling: The Location of Concentration Camps in America. During
World War II, millions of men, women and children were stuffed into concentration camps prior to being murdered in gas chambers. For
a heart-wrenching depiction of some of the effects of the tragic war in Iraq, and the existence of secret concentration camps in
America Google: U.S. Marine Exposes USA FEMA Camps and Martial Law – 2016.
Question: Is our government taking precautions to deal with civil unrest, and perhaps even a revolution? Are the the recent riots in
Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland and Milwaukee, Wisconsin just the beginning of more to come? Are poverty, a decrepit educational
system that (doesn’t prepare students for decent paying jobs), a lack of hope for their future, and concomitant, fermenting anger driving
people, especially the young, to rebel? Shallow, inane TV shows, like the Oscars, the Emmys, the Bachelor, Entertainment Tonight, and
Keeping Up with the Kardashians, plus the revelation of the enormous salaries being paid to thousands professional athletes, pour salt
in the wounds of those condemned to living in perpetual poverty, increasing their anger and frustration.
There is another menacing threat, beside a nuclear war, that is spreading around the world that relatively few people seem to be aware of.
I not only agree with Dr. Albert Einstein who said…
The world is a dangerous place to live,
not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
… but I also believe words without actions are merely puffs of wind, signifying nothing unless something concrete is done to try
to bring about changes for the better. There is a subspecies of humans proliferating worldwide that I refer to as Humanoids.
They are the warmongers and the greedy super-rich who run corporations and view their fellow citizens as expendable, sacrificial
pawns and slaves, one of whose “duties as a true-blooded, patriotic American is to fight in their profit-making, unnecessary,
endless wars.
Money is the root of all evil. To wit:
We elected senators and representatives to represent us. Not so anymore. Most of them represent corporations that pay them for their
prostitute-like services via contributions to their campaigns for election to their cushy jobs. In Googling “Yes, we’re corrupt,”
I found a list of politicians admitting that money controls politics prepared by Jon Schwarz dated July 30, 2015. To my mind it’s
an egregious example of selling your Soul to the Devil, who, in effect, is running our country to the detriment of the people
congressmen have sworn to serve. The list contains some ex-top officials, including these:

Former president Jimmy Carter: “Now (the United States is) just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence
of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and
congress members….So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.”
Donald Trump, 2016 Presidential candidate: “I gave to many people, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody.
When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them,
they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.” (In 2015)
Bernie Sanders, who failed in his campaign to become president in 2016: The millionaire class and the billionaire class increasingly
own the political process, and they own the politicians who go to them for money….we are moving very quickly from a democratic
society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials
of this country are.
Ted Cruz, who failed in his campaign to become president in 2016: “Lobbyists and career politicians today make up what I call the
Washington Cartel. (They) on a daily basis are conspiring against the American people….(C)areer politicians’ ears and wallets are
open to the highest bidder.”
Vice President Joe Biden (2015): You have to go where the money is. Now, where the money is, there’s almost always implicitly some
string attached…..It’s awful hard to to take a whole lot of money from a group you know has a particular position then you conclude
they’re wrong (and) vote no.”
Secretary of State John Kerry (2016): The alliance of money and the interests that it represents, the access that it affords to
those who have it at the expense of those who don’t, the agenda that it changes or sets by virtue of its power is steadily silencing
the vast majority of Americans…..The truth requires that we call the corrosion of money in politics what it is–it is a form of
corruption and it muzzles more Americans than it empowers, and it is an imbalance that the world has taught us can only sow the
seeds of unrest.”
Former Vice President Al Gore: “American democracy has been hacked….The United States Congress…is now incapable of passing
laws without permission from the corporate lobbies and other special interests that control their campaign finances.”
For wicked men are found among my people.
They lurk like fowlers lying in wait.
They set a trap. They catch men.
Like a basket full of birds,
Their houses are full of treachery;
Therefore, they have become great and rich,
They have become fat and sleek.
Jeremiah 5:25-28
The situation in the United States is obviously critical. It’s also obvious that we are self-destructing and, apparently,
nothing can be done about it. Our ship of state is heading relentlessly toward that iceberg and neither what I or anyone
else says, can stop it. A rebellion, such as the one against England that freed our ancestors from the tyranny of being
rules by a foreign oligarchy, is not possible in view of control the well-armed and well-prepared military and police have
in our oppressed society. Add to that the fact that the vast majority of people are
deliberately bogged down in simply trying to survive financially due mainly to the shenanigans of Humanoid corporations,
and you can see why there is no hope for a turnaround to save us from ourselves.
The impending catastrophe will probably not occur during my lifetime. All I can do is sit on the sidelines watching the tragic
show proceed to an unhappy ending, as a dismayed and disappointed God may be doing from out there. You may consider taking this
advice from the Biblical writers who said in Ecclesiastes 8:15 and Isaiah 12:13:
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die.

Chapter 5 from my new book

Greetings:
I just finished and sent my book, A 95 Year-old Man’s Path to Living Longer and Better, to a London
publisher. An excerpt:

Chapter 5
The Supreme Pleasure

Sex has become
one of the most discussed subjects
of modern times.
The Victorians pretended
it did not exist;
the moderns pretend
that nothing else exists.
Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Were we designed and created primarily to experience pleasure? Pleasure is the feeling of being pleased or gratified.
It’s a source of enjoyment, of delight and sensual gratification. It is a subjective experience that can vary with
different people depending upon their individual tastes, that is summed up in this ancient Latin phrase:
De gustibus non est disputandum.
Tastes cannot be disputed.

A good example that is is repugnant to me is sadomasochism (sey-doh-mas uh-kiz-uhm), which is a sexual activity
where one person enjoys inflicting physical suffering on another person, who derives pleasure from experiencing
the pain. Definitely not me thing!
It seems that the Sense of Pleasure was hard-wired into our genes just as our Sense of Beauty was, and that they
go together “like a horse and carriage.” Longevity is not enough. Intuitively, we all want to be happy, to have a
keen sense of Well-Being, to be as contented as a well-fed cat, to have Peace of Mind, to experience joy, to be
successful, to achieve Self-Fulfillment and to occasionally arrive at a state of bliss.

Unfortunately, relatively few people worldwide are lucky enough to experience these pleasures. We can view their
plight every night on the evening news on TV. I often think about how fortunate I am, and with compassion in my
heart for the innocent victims of crazed world leaders, like North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un who ordered
and watched his country’s latest ballistic launch, simulating nuclear strikes on U.S. backed bases in South Korea,
I say, “There but for the Grace of God go I.”
All five of our physical senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, were originally designed and used to help
our cavemen forebears survive in a hostile environment for obvious reasons. Then, gradually, over thousands of years,
all five survival senses mysteriously and thankfully became sources of Pleasure.
To my mind, the inclusion of Pleasure and our Sense of Beauty into our survival senses, are Miracles. Think about how
boring and dull life would be if there were no music, dancing, sports or art, and if Sex were solely a matter of
producing offspring with no pleasure involved, as is the case with many other species of animals.
Our Sense of Pleasure, which is in the Supernatural Realm of Feelings, enables us to enjoy gourmet foods that our taste
buds react to and send their messages electrically to our brains where our Minds delight in them. Our gourmet appetites
even include expensive, vintage wines that some people are willing to pay much as $1,000 (£690) for a bottle. How is it
that the cells in our taste buds became sources of pleasure? Some other ways we have benefitted from the ability of our
five survival senses to experience pleasure, allowing us to enjoy:
1. Sweets, like ice cream, cakes and candy.
2. Expensive perfumes and lotions, and the pleasure we get from smelling fragrant flowers, like roses and carnations.
3. Touching the smooth skin of those we love and smooth objects, like Prayer Stones. (Google them)
4. Art masterpieces that please the eye like Michelangelo’s Pieta and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
5. The many forms of music that please the ear, such as symphonies (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), operas (Carmen) and songs
(Dolly Parton’s romantic I Will Always Love You.)
6. Somewhere along the line a keen Sense of Beauty emerged that enabled us to find pleasure in movies (musicals like
Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain), in Literature (Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet), in People (Beauty Pageants), in Nature
(Rainbows, Sunrises and Sunsets, the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal in India, Niagara Falls and views from the Tops of Mountains.)
I once teasingly told a preacher that God made a big mistake. He said sternly, “God never makes a mistake!” I said, “He sure
did when he made Sex so darn pleasurable! Think of all the serious problems that has caused: Prostitution, rapes, pedophilia,
adultery, divorces, you name it.” Then I added: “But it’s worth it, isn’t it!?”
Sex is one of a very few activities where we humans can experience the acme of all pleasures, Ecstasy. I have no idea how our
cavemen felt about it, but all I want to say about it is WOW! and I am still saying it.
During the British Victorian Era (1837-1901) masturbation was referred to as that solitary vice. I wonder if our attitudes
during all those years were handed down via prudish religions?
Freelance writer and editor had this to say about the benefits of regular sex in an article titled: Is Sex Good for Your Skin?
(February 13, 2015):
“… If you’re planning to get close with someone you love, you might get more benefits than you think. It turns out that sex also
has benefits for your skin….But there’s more…It’s enjoyable, and you release a lot of endorphins from the feeling of touch.
…Having sex 1-2 times a week can help increase antibodies that can boost your immune system and help fight colds and reduce
toxins…and act as a natural painkiller.”
She also says it improves overall health, there is less depression and can boost self-esteem. And, lastly, regarding
“solitary vice,” she says, “Masturbation also receives these benefits. Orgasms, no matter how they come, reduces your stress level.”
In living up to my name, I will now be perfectly frank. When my first wife, Babs, died suddenly after being a loving companion for
57 years, I, at 82, had a very difficult time going “cold turkey” re sex. Being alone was like being in solitary confinement. One
of my concerns was that if I didn’t use it, I’d lose it. For a year or so, to allay the fear of becoming impotent, I regularly
engaged in the solitary vice. I believe, in view of my current ability to have an orgasm, that it was a smart thing to do, and
during a visit to my urologist, I found out he thought so too.
Another interesting observation about the possibility that pleasure was destined to become one of our most treasured sensory
improvements is the evolution of a woman’s clitoris. It’s the only organ in a human body specifically designed to generate pleasure.
From an evolution perspective, it doesn’t play an important role in survival of the fittest, or even in reproduction. But, it does,
fortunately, provide women with a considerable amount of pleasure long after their child-bearing years are over.
Talking about a woman’s Clitoris is another sex-related taboo. Here too, a needed change is taking place. This is what I found when
I Googled clitoris:
HUFFPOST
Weird News
by David Moye
May 2, 2015
The first ever “International Clitoris Awareness Week” takes place May 6-12. Mention the word “clitoris” and some people get touchy —
and not in a good way.
But that could change quickly because May 6–12 is the first ever “International Clitoris Awareness Week,” a seven-day period designed
to celebrate the female body part….
“… We’ve noticed that the clitoris has not gotten its spot in the limelight. It makes people feel uncomfortable,” she told The Huffington
Post. “For this week, we want people to feel free to talk about one of the most important sources of pleasure for women without any
inhibitions.”
It was once verboten to talk about oral sex, but not anymore. It’s not uncommon to hear actors use the word blowjob and see a woman make
the motions of doing it. I say this to justify what I am about to say. You can find out a lot more by just Googling Oral sex, which I have
done out of sheer curiosity. My-o-my how things have changed since I was a naïve teenager! Here’s an example of what I found to be enlightening:
A News Item:
The Guardian
A British National Daily Newspaper
June 5, 2013
Michael Douglas has struck a blow for oral sex
by Holly Baxter
In the past couple of days, cunnilingus has made a comeback (pun intended). Ever since Michael Douglas claimed that his marathon sessions
had given him oral cancer, rather than the slightly more obvious culprits of drinking and smoking, everyone’s had something to say about
muff-diving.
There seems to be an implication that Douglas’s cancer was caused not by the good kind of oral sex with your loving and devoted wife, but
promiscuity.
The good kind of oral sex with your loving and devoted wife is the kind I engage in. But, as with the topic of masturbation, which most
everybody engages at one time or another, it’s been taboo to talk about it, Apparently, it’s not a verboten topic anymore, as the above
article in The Guardian indicates.
I prowled the internet Googling Oral Sex and Women’s orgasms, and found lots of stuff including this:
Sex Positions & Techniques
The best sexual positions and the finest love-making techniques
Advice for men and women – making oral sex better with your lover!
Cunnilingus – oral sex by him for her – making it great!
A lot of women would agree that oral sex – cunnilingus – is more important than intercourse. Why? Not because this is something to
diminish the male ego, but because oral sex produces orgasms. While an average or slightly larger than average penis may be nice to
look at and play with, oral sex really rocks most women’s boats.
In some ways these are the worst of times, with our wars, our deteriorating infrastructure and the danger of being attacked by terrorist.
In other ways, these are the best of times, with the availability of computers, iPads and medical advancements. It wasn’t until my 50th
year of the 57 years I was married to Babs that we engaged in oral sex, and to my surprise and delight, she suddenly and quite unexpectedly,
initiated it. Of course, I reciprocated, and it became a standard way for us to demonstrate our continuing love for each other. I mention
this simply to illustrate how times have changed, and for the better. The current openness about sex between couples committed to each other
is a real plus. In fact I learned a lot from reading the articles about oral sex via the internet, which has made our sex life far more
pleasurable.
The original function of women’s breasts was to feed their babies. As with the five senses, breasts became important sources of Pleasure Why?
God only knows, for sure. Regardless, most men, including yours truly, would find this image quite attractive, and I’m also sure women are
well aware of this.

The implied message? “Come and get it!”
Psychology Today
by
Dr. Nigel Barber
May 7, 2013
Sexual Wiring of Women’s Breasts
Neuroscientists establish breasts as sexual organs
If men have sex on the brain, they are not alone. Recent research found that women’s sensory cortex has three distinct areas
corresponding to stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, and cervix. To their surprise, researchers found that self stimulation
of the nipples lights up the same areas. This sheds further light on the sexual importance of breasts. From a functional perspective,
this means that the breast doubles as a truly sexual organ. It is not just an exciting visual stimulus for (most) men but also a key
source of sexual pleasure for most women.
I live in Daytona Beach, Florida, where, once a year there is a festival called Bike Week when thousands of motorcycle riders invade
the city to have a rousing good time. One of the things male bikers do is to yell at busty women, “Show me your tits!” When they do,
the bikers tosses a necklace with plastic beads at them, which the women grab and add to the others around their necks. Like most males,
I say unabashedly, “Viva la tits!”
Why am I, an old man, exposing myself to possible criticism for being so frank about such a seemingly personal matter? First, I no longer
consider the kind of “Sex Talk” I have engaged in above to be “Dirty.” If fact, to my mind, there is nothing dirty about Sex, and I certainly
don’t consider what I said above to be Gutter-Talk. My intent is simply to help those millions of Baby Boomers, Millennials and others
“see the light” re sex, because a healthy sex life is one of the most important elements in having along-term, happy relationship with a
compatible partner. And, the icing on the cake is that I am convinced that it plays a significant role in extending our lives as I think
it has mine.
Natural News
by
Sheryl Walters
January 22, 2009
Regular Sex Improves Health and Doubles Life Expectancy
You probably already know that broccoli, carrots, and oranges are good for you. Yet it’s rarely mentioned that having regular sex is not only
fantastically fun, but brilliant for your health! A study at Queens University in Belfast published in the British Medical Journal tracked the
sexuality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study compared men of a similar age and health and showed that men
who reported the highest frequency of orgasm lived twice as long as those who did not enjoy sex. (Italics mine.)
I think you may be interested in knowing what could be in store for you, assuming you are middle-aged or so, when you become a senior citizen.
Yesterday, July 24, 2016, my wife and I spent about an hour in bed doing the honeymoon thing, and my self-esteem remains intact because I am
still able to experience a spine-chilling orgasm. Contributing to our compatibility is a pledge we made to each other that we would do all we
can to make each other happy. We decided one way to achieve that goal, is talk openly about what gives each of us the most pleasure.
I asked my primary doctor about my sexual capability at my age, and he said that performance was mainly due to “psychology,” meaning it was a
case of “mind over matter.” I find my wife to be very “desirable,” and nothing turns me on more than to see her lying in bed with her legs spread
wide and to hear her say, “Come and get it!”
It’s rather common knowledge that men are from Mars and women are romanticists from Venus.
So, I set the stage for romance. We have a TV in our bedroom I tune in to the easy-listening music channel that is pure music without lyrics.
I prepare a couple of wine coolers we drink while we nibble on chips. I take it slow and easy, and she appreciates my thoughtfulness.
I am extremely lucky to able to perform satisfactorily, without taking any pills, at age 95+ years of age. We have a routine we follow that
is very satisfactory for both of us, which includes oral sex. I refer to it jokingly as taking her to Australia. Before I do, I swish a mouthful
of vodka in my mouth to kill the bacteria our mouths are normally full of, then spit it out since I don’t need its calories. It pleases me when
she responds vocally as she climaxes. After allowing her time to savor the experience, then it’s my turn. One of the things I found out by trial
and error about my libido is that it takes at least a week for my batteries to recharge. I dread the day when they poop out for good!
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian,
and of which there are about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám (1048–1131), a Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer. The most quoted stanza:
~
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
The Persian poem motivated me to write this:
The Rubáiyát of Francis T. Sganga
My Princess lies beside me;
Her head cradled,
In the crook of my arm.
Our legs are entwined,
As her breasts press against mine.
Our passionate kisses,
Are sweeter than wine
Can Heaven be better?
Inconceivable!
We are one,
Kissing mouth to mouth,
Tongue to tongue,
Soul to Soul.
We are lost to oblivion.
Oblivion is timeless,
As is the moment,
When two lovers savor
That final moment of Ecstasy.
Thank you, God,
For the eternal Gift of Love,
Would that it could last forever!

The Italian Stallion

HUMANA SUCKS!!!!

GREETINGS:
At 9 a.m. I called my doctor’s office to a make an appointment, and the receptionist said their computer was down,
and that she would get back with me when it was fixed. Last year I switched from UNITED HEALTH CARE to HUMANA medical
insurance because there are no premiums to pay and they pay for my membership at the YMCA. BIG MISTAKE!!!
When the receptionist failed to call by 5 p.m., I called her. She said the computer was still down, and that I could
“walk in” tomorrow a.m. to be seen by a “physician’s assistant.” I declined and, being pissed off because I HAD TO CALL HER,
I told her to tell Dr. Morales we will change doctors. I like Morales, but what he treated me for in the past, only got
worse, and that was why I wanted to see him.
Come December, I will switch back to UNITED HEALTH CARE. It’s expensive, but what the hell, my body’s welfare is worth it.
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Read this and weep!!

Thursday, May 12th 2016
In new book: Confessions of Congressman X
‘Screw the next generation’ and ‘Harry Reid’s a pompous a**’: Democratic congressman writes Anonymous tell-all book
slamming ‘nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep’ as he admits he never reads bills he votes on
• ‘My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,’ an anonymous member
of Congress writes in a new book
• ‘Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works,’ he writes
• ‘It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification’
• The author is a Democrat in Congress who laid out his complaints to a long-time friend and former Capitol Hill staffer who edited them into a book
• ‘The Confessions of Congressman X’ will be released May 24 by a small Minnesota-based ‘vanity press’ publisher
By DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
, 12 May 2016
GUESSING GAME: ‘The Confessions of Congressman X’ is due on bookshelves May 24 and Washington is abuzz with speculation about who wrote it
A new book threatens to blow the lid off of Congress as a federal legislator’s tell-all book lays out the worst parts of serving in the
House of Representatives – saying that his main job is to raise money for re-election and that leaves little time for reading the bills
he votes on.
Mill City Press, a small Minnesota-based ‘vanity press’ publisher describes ‘The Confessions of Congressman X’ as ‘a devastating
inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own.’
‘No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing.’
The 84-page exposé is due in bookstores in two weeks, and Washington is abuzz with speculation about who may be behind it.
The book, a copy of which DailyMail.com has seen, discloses that the congressman is a Democrat – but not much else.
The anonymous spleen-venter has had a lot to say about his constituents, however.
Robert Atkinson, a former chief of staff and press secretary for two congressional Democrats, took notes on a series of informal
talks with him – whoever he is – and is now publishing them with his permission.
‘Voters claim they want substance and detailed position papers, but what they really crave are cutesy cat videos, celebrity gossip,
top 10 lists, reality TV shows, tabloid tripe, and the next f***ing Twitter message,’ the congressman gripes in the book.
‘I worry about our country’s future when critical issues take a backseat to the inane utterings of illiterate athletes and celebrity twits.’
Much of what’s in the book will come as little surprise to Americans who are cynical about the political process.
‘Fundraising is so time-consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on,’ the anonymous legislator admits. ‘I don’t even know how they’ll be
implemented or what they’ll cost.’
‘My staff gives me a last-minute briefing before I go to the floor and tells me whether to vote yea or nay. How bad is that?’
And on controversial bills, he says, ‘I sometimes vote “yes” on a motion and “no” on an amendment so I can claim I’m on either side of an issue.’
‘It’s the old shell game: if you can’t convince ‘em, confuse ‘em.’

‘POMPOUS A**’: The anonymous Democratic congressman who spilled his guts in a new book had harsh words for his own party’s Senate Minority Leader

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: The new congressional tell-all is likely to cause controversy – and inspire a whodunnit-style guessing game – on Capitol Hill
POVERTY POSEURS: ‘Congressman X’ says lawmakers don’t want to ‘mingle’ with the poor ‘unless it’s for a soup kitchen photo op.’ House Speaker
Paul Ryan and his wife Janna washed pots at Youngstown, Ohio’s St. Vincent DePaul dining hall in 2012
The congressman laments that politics has become a matter of picking a team by the jerseys they wear rather than looking at the players underneath.
‘Things are so partisan today most folks vote the straight party line, even though they don’t know s*** about who they’re voting for. They just
don’t want the other guys to win,’ he explains.
And he seemingly takes a shot at the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation, noting how family philanthropies can be the beneficiaries of what
amounts to bribes in exchange for legislative favors.
‘Some contributions are subtle,’ he explains. ‘Donations to a member’s nonprofit foundation. Funding a member’s charitable pet project.
Offsetting the costs of a member’s portrait to adorn the committee room he or she has so faithfully served.’
‘It’s all a bunch of bulls*** to get around gift bans and limits on campaign contributions. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’
The mystery man reserves special scorn for Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who serves as Senate Minority Leader.
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE READ THE BILL: The unnamed Democrat behind the new book says his staffers give him ‘a last-minute briefing before
I go to the floor’ and then tell him ‘whether to vote yea or nay’
SHORT ATTENTION SPAN AMERICANS: ‘Voters claim they want substance and detailed position papers, but what they really crave are cutesy cat
videos, celebrity gossip, top 10 lists, reality TV shows, tabloid tripe, and the next f***ing Twitter message,’ the congressman gripes
One chapter is titled ‘Harry Reid’s a Pompous A**’ and says the senator is ‘sometimes a bit too clever for his own good. The same goes for
[Republican Sen. Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and his pathetic lieutenants. Ditto for most of the House leadership bullies on both sides
of the aisle. They wield too much dictatorial power, manipulating legislative procedures and denying members due process.’
The larger picture that emerges is one of disenchantment with the political process and the professional office-holders behind it.
Especially those in the Democratic Party.
‘Our party used to be a strong advocate for the working class,’ he says. ‘We still pretend to be, but we aren’t. Large corporations and public
unions grease the palms of those who have the power to determine legislative winners and losers.’
‘Most of my colleagues want to help the poor and disadvantaged. To a point,’ he adds. ‘We certainly don’t want to live among them. Or mingle
with them, unless it’s for a soup kitchen photo op. … Poverty’s a great concern as long as it’s kept at a safe distance.’
Much of Washington’s problems are created on the fringes of America’s dominant political parties, he says.
ON CAMPAIGN PROMISES: ‘Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver. But what the hell? If it
makes them happy hearing it, and they’re stupid enough to believe it, shame on them.’
ON THE MYTH OF SPENDING RESTRAINT: ‘I contradict myself all the time, but few people notice. One minute I rail against excessive spending and
ballooning debt. The next minute I’m demanding more spending on education, health care, unemployment benefits, conservation projects, yadda
yadda yadda. I’m for having everything, just like my constituents.’
ON WASHINGTON CORRUPTION: ‘How ironic that most of us in Congress run against Congress and the culture of corruption we perpetuate. It’s as if
we’ve all lost our f***ing sanity and become Don Quixote setting our sights on righting all that’s wrong in the political world we’ve created.
Insincerity from the heart. It’s just another component of politics as usual.’
ON LOBBYING CONGRESS: ‘Business organizations and unions fork over more than $3 billion a year to those who lobby the federal government. Does
that tell you something? We’re operating a f***ing casino.’
ON THE AGING CONGRESS: ‘Seniority sucks. Most of the leaders in both parties – House and Senate – are living fossils who don’t exactly convey
an attractive and vigorous image of Congress. We need to weed our geriatric landscape. Replace longtime careerists with new blood. People who
understand the power of collaboration.’
ON MEDIA BIAS: ‘Political columnists, TV commentators, and talk show hosts are inherently biased and aspire to effect election outcomes. Pretending
otherwise is a thing of the past. You’re either red or blue, and there’s no in-between. Little wonder voters flock to TV stations, newspapers, and
websites offering them the partisan news slant they believe in. … Journalists are a lot like the politicians they interview. The more elite ones
are puffed up with self-importance and entitlement.’
ON RUNNING FOR OFFICE: ‘Election campaigns are a pain in the a**. Unless I win. In which case it’s a nice ego boost. Then it’s back to shaking the
money tree and selling access to me and my legislative staff. … I’ve also learned it’s important to cultivate a concocted image of myself. To make
sure the public sees me as I want them to see me. Brand management 101. S***, I’m marketed no differently than a fancy car or athletic shoes.’
‘The GOP have their crazy wingnuts, and we have our loony leftists. Screw them both. What we need are more common-sense lawmakers. Folks who see
both sides of an issue. Who are open to accommodating each other’s priorities. Today, both sides assume their views are the only logical ones.’
‘I’m concerned my party has an activist far-left wing intolerant of center-leftists. Like the Republican Tea Party, these ideologues are much too
rigid and extreme in their beliefs. And they’re equally unappealing to mainstream Americans.’
He cites education policy as an example: ‘I’m a strong advocate of improving our public schools. I also see the near-term value of vouchers and
charter schools committed to lending a helping hand to disadvantaged kids. Especially inner-city kids.’
‘Hell, most of us send our children to private schools and wouldn’t be caught dead sending them to public schools in places like DC. How hypocritical’s
that? It’s time to set aside petty politics. Are both parties so f***ing stubborn they can’t work out a reasonable compromise on this common-sense issue?
Our educational system’s in the toilet, and all we do is snipe at each other.’
The publisher released a few short samples to the public on Amazon.
‘Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them,’ Atkinson recorded
his mystery collaborator saying.
‘My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything.’
‘Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented,
or what it’ll cost.’
The book also takes shots at voters as disconnected idiots who let Congress abuse its power through sheer incompetence.
‘Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works,’ the anonymous writer claims.
‘It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.’
And the take-away message is one of resigned depression about how Congress sacrifices America’s future on the altar of its collective ego.
‘We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation,’ the author writes.
‘Nobody here gives a rat’s a** about the future and who’s going to pay for all this stuff we vote for. That’s the next generation’s problem. It’s all about
immediate publicity, getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election.’
‘The Confessions of Congressman X’ is published on May 24 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Books in Progress

Greetings:
I sent two manuscripts to Austin Macauley book publishers in London:

A Celebration of Life and

Words of Wisdom for Children

I am not revising and fine-tuning Humanists vs. Humanoids and will email it
to them in a couple of weeks

What else has an old man got to do?

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