Chaos at the top!

Chaos at the top!

Thursday March 12, 2015 sicari1921@gmail.com

The arrogant, corporate-controlled Republicans are doing a good job in their determination to
bring down our country. Giving standing ovations to that war-monger Israeli Prime Minister,
Netanyahu, a reincarnated Hitler, and sending a seditious letter, signed by 47 ignorant senators,
to Iran, attempting to undermine on-going negotiations re their making a nuclear weapon, brands
them as TRAITORS.

When ignorant voters gave control of the House and Senate to Republican, it will be a prime
example of the Biblical saying: “We reap what we sow.” How true it is that “ignorance is bliss,”
and that makes us the most blissful nation in the world!

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Did you know?

Thursday March 12, 2015 sicari1921@gmail.com

OpEdNews Op Eds 3/10/2015 at 21:10:36
Obama Names Malley New Middle East Chief
By James Wall

Reprinted from Wallwritings
Three days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress, President Barack Obama delivered
a stinging response to the latest in a series of Netanyahu diplomatic insults.
The President chose Robert Malley (above) as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the
Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region.
Special Assistant Malley will begin his new assignment April 6.
The news of the Malley promotion raised hardly a ripple in U.S. mainstream and cable news media, currently obsessing
over Hillary Clinton’s email servers.
Pro-Israel media outlets, however, rushed to sound the alarm. The word went out to Israel’s staunch U.S. backers,
“Obama has struck back with the dangerous Malley.”

National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice made the announcement on March 6:
“Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and
the Gulf Region will be stepping down, and will be succeeded by Rob Malley, currently NSC Senior Director for Iran,
Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States. Dr. Malley will assume his new position on April 6, 2015.”
And no, newly-minted Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, who feels qualified to lecture the world on U.S. governmental procedures,
Malley is not subject to Senate approval.
Rice was lavish in her praise of Malley:
“There could be no better successor to Phil than Rob Malley, who is already one of my most trusted advisers and ideally
placed to provide a seamless transition.
“One of our country’s most respected experts on the Middle East, since February 2014 Rob has played a critical role in
forming our policy on Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
She might have added that Rob Malley has long been a “bete noir” to defenders of Israel’s tightly controlled view of reality.
From 1996 to 1998, Malley served as Executive Assistant to National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. In October 1998, he was
appointed Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs, a post he held until the end of the administration
in 2001.
After directing the Middle East Program at the International Crisis Group from 2001 and 2014, Malley joined the Obama staff
in 2014.
His promotion played big in Israel, of course, where The Times of Israel reminded its readers of Malley’s background in
ominous headline language:

“White House names Israel critic to top Mideast post”; “Robert Malley, to become NSC point person on Middle East, has drawn
fire for saying the Palestinians weren’t at fault for the failed peace talks in 2000.”
“Has drawn fire” is Zionist-speak for not being on Israel’s side.
The Jerusalem Post pointed to Malley’s assertion that the Palestinians had been falsely accused of causing the Camp David
talks to “collapse”:
“Malley [US negotiator at Camp David] drew some pro-Israel criticism for his published assessment in 2001 of the 2000 Camp
David talks, in which he said that the prevailing narrative, that the Palestinians were at fault for their collapse, was a
misapprehension and ignored Palestinian concessions and Israeli failures at the talks.”
The Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) added specifics, pointing to Malley’s breakthrough 2001 article, co-authored with Hussein
Agha, for the New York Review of Books, starting with another Zionist speak term, “some pro-Israel groups”:
“Some pro-Israel groups criticized Malley for his 2001 published assessment of the talks [that] was a misapprehension and
ignored Palestinian concessions and Israeli failures.
“As the director of the Middle East Program at the International Crisis Group, a think tank, he also met multiple times with
Hamas officials and said parties to the peace process must at some stage engage with the terrorist group, which controls the Gaza Strip.”

“Some pro-Israel groups” is Zionist-speak that points to two cardinal sins in Lobby ideology — one, not sticking to the pro-Israel
narrative on the 2001 Oslo talks and, two, advocating talks with Hamas.
The Tablet received Malley’s 2014 arrival at the Obama White House with the “reassuring” word that Malley would not be dealing
with Israel-Palestine issues. Sorry, Tablet, that was then, this is now.
The Israel Lobby, which works diligently to promote the policies of every government Israeli voters put in place, has what my
Urban Dictionary calls a “tude,” short for “attitude,” as in, “a bad attitude.”
“Tude” is illustrated further in the saying, “Hey, you really got a tude, dude.” The Israel Lobby embeds and enforces that “tude”
(attitude) by infiltrating the thought processes, and/or buying off U.S. institutions with “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “propaganda.”
It was this pro-Israel “hasbara” that paved the way for the ugly display of anti-Americanism on March 3 when Benjamin Netanyahu
brought the U.S. Congress and visitors to their collective feet, on cue, with a campaign speech that delighted most of the crowd,
and pleased one particular visitor.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship described that visitor:
“Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the
visitor’s gallery of one man — Sheldon Adelson (above left). The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right.
“The party’s presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his assets, scraping and bowing for his blessing, which when granted is bestowed
with his signed checks. Data from both the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politicsand the Center for Public Integrity show that
in the 2012 election cycle, Adelson and his wife Miriam …contributed $150 million to the GOP and its friends…
“But Sheldon Adelson was not only sitting in the House gallery on Tuesday because of the strings he pulls here in the United States.
He is also the Daddy Warbucks of Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu is yet another of his beneficiaries — not to mention an ideological
soulmate.
“Although campaign finance reform laws are much more strict in Israel than here in the United States, Adelson’s wealth has bought
him what the historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg calls ‘uniquely pernicious’ influence.
“Adelson owns the daily Israel Hayom, a leading newspaper, as well as Makor Roshon, the daily newspaper of Israel’s Zionist religious
right and NRG, a news website. He gives Israel Hayom away for free in order to promote his hardline views — the headline in the paper
the day after Obama’s re-election was ‘The US Voted [for] Socialism.’
“More important, he uses the paper to bang the drum incessantly for Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party, under the reign of which
Israel has edged closer and closer to theocracy.”
It is money of this sort that on October 3, 2014, paid for an ad for Candidate Tom Cotton through a $700,000 contribution to his
successful race for the Arkansas U.S. senate seat.
The Washington Free Beacon reported at the time:
“William Kristol and his Emergency Committee for Israel is boosting Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R., Ark.) bid for U.S. Senate with a $700,000
ad buy in Arkansas. Kristol purchased the ad spots for television, radio, and digital markets in efforts to push support for Cotton,
who is running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.).
“Politico’s Maggie Haberman reported: ‘We’re for a strong Israel and a strong America,’ said Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and
head of the group. ‘So is Tom Cotton. He’ll be a great senator.’”
Barely two months into his Senate career, Cotton was the author of the letter to Iranian leaders, signed by 47 Republican senators.
In the letter, the senators told Iran that any deal with President Obama is subject to change by a new president and and the U.S. Senate.
Responding to that ill-conceived letter from the 47 Republican senators, Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, said, “in our view,
this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy.”
An additional statement from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs took Senator Cotton and his Republican colleagues to school for
further study in Government 101:
“Foreign Minister Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country
against their own President and administration.
He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully
cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.”
James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was
editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim’s writings over the years, including politics, cinema,
media, American culture, and the political struggles in the Middle East. He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during
which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and
written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region.

Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. He can be reached at: jameswall8@gmail.com

Are we like sheep being led to the slaughter?

Sunday March 8, 2015 sicari1921@gmail.com

I am posting this entry for the record. I intend to send it to www.opednews
after I have thoroughly fine-tuned it.

To Fellow Human Beings, with Love
by
Francis T. Sganga
March 1, 2015

Introduction
First off, I am 94, and what is happening now or happens later in our country and worldwide will have no
effect upon the remaining years of my life whatsoever, and I suspect, that what I say below will not have
any effect either. I was and still am a teacher who has compassion and empathy for you, my current
“students,” who are listening to me now. My goal then, and now, is to help fellow human beings experience
self-fulfillment during their brief existence as part of an awesome, majestic Universe, as I have experienced
it. And, the beat goes on. I’ve never been happier or more content with my life as I am now. However, one of
my main regrets is that there are billions of others who are suffering unnecessarily because of the
indifference and rapaciousness of the sub-human, compassionless Humanoids* in our midst who are “wolves
in sheep’s clothing.”

*Some Characteristics of a Typical Humanoid
From my book: Humanists vs. Humanoids
The eternal struggle between Good and Evil.

1. Like Frankenstein’s monster, they lack Compassion, except,
perhaps, for their families, close friends and relatives.
2. They are ruthless seekers of power who thrive on its use. To gratify
their appetite for power, they connive and scheme constantly to gain control over others.
3. Money is their Holy Grail.
4. They love to wallow in luxury and tend to display it as a mark of their
“success.”
5. They are gross materialists who place greater value upon things than
they do people. Two outstanding Humanoids are good examples: the Enron executive millionaires Kenneth Lay
and Jeff Skilling, who were convicted and sent to prison for lying to investors and ruining the lives of
thousands of employees who lost their jobs and pensions. (Google them.)
6. They are shallow people who are more concerned about outward
appearances (their “images”) than they are about moral or spiritual issues. For most of them, going to church
is a social event rather than a religious one.
~
Hundreds of expose books and articles have been written, and are still being written by whistleblowers a lot
smarter than I am, but to my mind they are merely exercises in futility unless they fail to provoke actions
that can remedy what they are bitching about. We need a Rev. Martin Luther King to rally and inspire the people,
the 99% who are now being ruled by the self-serving multi-billionaire 1% whose primary goal is world-control.
Their Golden Rule? “Them that have the Gold, make the Rules!”

Our founding fathers, under the inspired leadership of people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry, broke the chains that bound them to the rapacious British Empire. Today,
more than ever, we need a new group of Founding Fathers to break the chains with which rapacious Corporate and
Political Humanoids are binding us. We are not only in dire need a charismatic leader, we also need an alternative
to the two corrupt political parties now destroying our precious country.

And so I now bid you Adieu. This is my Swan Song. In what I say below, I followed the dictates of my Soul that
insists that I do all I can, however meagre, to help my fellow human beings enjoy their lives to the fullest
as “my days dwindle down to a precious few.”
~
The Anatomy of the Takeover of our Country by Humanoids
A guy named George Hull, not circus-owner P.T. Barnum, said, “A sucker is born every minute.” (Google the phrase
and the very interesting story.) At one time or another, all of us are snookered by cheating, scheming Sub-Human
Humanoids. They’re everywhere, especially in positions of power where they cleverly prey upon innocent, gullible
people who pay a terrible price for their naiveté. I know wherefore I speak; I’ve been there more than once!

It wasn’t until rather recently that it dawned on me why we are constantly at war and how those who profit from
them use us to achieve their lofty status in a world they are determined to control. The three main areas they
infest and control are in the highest levels of government, in the military and corporations. Much of their power
accrued after the death of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. who assumed the Presidency during the
Great Depression and helped the struggling American people regain a decent way of life. He brought hope as he
promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear
itself.”

He was elected President in November 1932 when there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and most banks were closed. During
his first hundred days,
Congress enacted his proposals that brought relief to the massive number
of poor people and to farmers on the verge of losing their farms.

Despite the opposition he faced from businessmen and bankers, who became alarmed by his New Deal to help people in distress, he succeeded in establishing the Social Security system, placed heavier taxes on the wealthy, set new rules
for banks and an enormous relief program for the unemployed, like my father.
~

We were warned about what is now happening in our country by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his farewell address
to the nation on January 17, 1961 when he said: (Bold, italics mine.)

“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing
for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military
machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Well, the Clever Evil, Depraved, Immoral Humanoids, especially those in charge in giant defense corporations, top Pentagon
officials, the neocon warmongers in Washington, presidential advisors (Think Paul Wolfowitz who orchestrated the lies
about the need for war against Iraq and has reportedly now joined the Jeb Bush for President in 2016 clique) and greedy
billionaires, found ways to gain control of our country.

A NOTE ABOUT DEFENSE CONTRACTORS
A defense contractor is a corporation that provides products or services to a military or intelligence department 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 we, as taxpayers, paid them in 2014:
1. Lockheed $25,064,000,000
2. The Boeing Co. $16,864.000,000
3. General Dynamics Corp. $13,663,000,000
4. Raytheon $11,848,000,000
5. Northrop Grumman Corp. $ 9,208,000,000

It wasn’t till rather recently, thanks mainly to reading the informative articles (especially by Paul Craig Roberts,
Chris Hedges, Dave Lefcourt and David Swanson) in OPED News, that I realized why and how the Humanoid 1% did it. Briefly,
they schemed, whether knowingly or intuitively, to:

Keep the vast majority of people financially poor and ignorant.
This puts people in the category of Slaves, and a major spin-off to this achievement would be to have the children of the
slaves enlist in the military that protects their assets and way of life. The children of the slaves, especially those who
drop out of antiquated schools that mandate precollege, impractical courses like algebra,* geometry, physics and chemistry
for poor and non-academic kids, have the meagre choices, such as working for a minimum wage at a dead-end job, selling drugs,
snatching purses from old ladies, car-jacking or succumbing to the enticements, money and otherwise, to join the military,
which is tantamount to prostituting your Body and Soul.

* Do you remember having to memorize and use the famous Quadratic Formula below in your Algebra I class? I too had to in
1940 and never could understand where it was used and how you can get TWO answers after using it.
x= (-b±√(b^2-4ac))/2a

That was bad enough, but having to “solve” this kind of impractical “problem” was worse: (From: That Stubborn Seed of Hope a
self-published book by Francis T. Sganga)

Keep in mind that, in our regular public schools, ALL kids have been and still are required to learn this stuff to qualify
for a high school diploma, which has been going on for almost 100 years!

From: DoSomething.org
Welcome to DoSomething.org, one of the largest orgs for young people and social change! More than 1.3 million students drop out
of high school every year in the US.
1. A high-school dropout is ineligible for 90% of jobs in America.
2. Kids who don’t read proficiently by 4th grade are 4 times likelier
to drop out of school.
3. 16- to 24-year-old boys made up nearly 60% of dropouts in 2010.
That’s more than 1.8 million students.

Our Paths to Self-destruction
I wonder why there is so great a demand for drugs in our country when the consequences are so well-known, as it is with
smoking? Why is there an obesity problem? Are these not symptoms of people who are not proud of themselves, who have
given up hope for a brighter future, who never have a taste of success, who constantly struggle to make ends meet,
whose children do poorly in our antiquated school system, who have dead-end low-paying jobs and who see, on TV, the
discrepancy between their situation and how “the rich and famous” live?

I believe it’s mostly frustrated people who do drugs and overeat. It’s appalling to me that, so far, there are three
states, Colorado, Washington and now Alaska (February 2015) that have legalized recreational marijuana. Imagine driving a
car at night when a stoned driver is coming toward you in the other lane! Is this not another way to pacify people who are
very apt to become zombies who look or behave like an automaton and don’t give a damn about anything!

My heart-felt feeling is that “there but for the grace of God, go I” and that those in control of the destinies of billions
of people word-wide would one day understand that we are all in the same boat as those were who were aboard the Titanic.

The Corporate ownership and use of Hollywood
and TV organizations to achieve their evil ends
Hollywood with their comic-book mayhem movies (think Batman and Spiderman), and TV with their glamorized Sports programs
(think Super Bowl and the World Series), brain-dead, canned-laughter “comedies” (think Two and a Half Men, How I met Your
Mother and Mike and Molly) , and inane “reality shows” (think The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Big Brother,
The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Duck Dynasty) make major contributions to the dulling of the minds of the average American.
In addition, degenerate writers, producers and actors destroy the Souls of our youth, and adults, who become voyeurs as they
watch abnormal, loveless sex activities as portrayed in 50 Shades of Gray:

International Business Times
February 24, 2015
50 Shades of Grey copycat Mohammad Hossain
slapped with sexual assault charge
By Dominic Gover

A University of Illinois student “re-enacting” scenes from bondage flick 50 Shades of Grey in his dormitory has been charged
with sexual assault.
Mohammad Hossain, 19, allegedly flogged a young woman in his room at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Police say he told them he was copying scenes from the hit film, in which arrogant billionaire Christian Grey takes his submissive
partner Anastasia Steele on an exploratory journey into the world of S&M. (Mine: i.e. The combination of sadism and masochism that
provides sexual satisfaction from inflicting pain or submitting to physical or mental abuse.)
The woman, who is also aged 19, agreed to come to his room and to strip to her underwear. Hossain then allegedly tied up her hands
and feet with belts and stuffed a neck tie into her mouth.
Covering her eyes with a knitted cap, he proceeded to whip her with another belt until she “began shaking her head and crying,”
said police.
But Hossain kept whipping her in spite of her protests, and in ignorance of the use of a so-called “safe word”, the protocol under
which such activities are normally arranged.
The young women managed to wriggle free of the restraints, but even then Hossain continued to sexually assault her, it was claimed.
She eventually fled the scene and reported the incident to campus police, who arrested Hossain.
The Chicago Tribune reported Hossain was inspired by 50 Shades of Grey.
“How can someone involved in all that let a movie persuade him to do something like this?” asked judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. Hossain
has claimed he thought the sex was consensual. He was remanded in custody on bail of $500,000.

masochism New York Daily News
Average American watches 5 hours of TV per day, report shows
David Hinckley
March 5, 2014
Time spent watching live TV increases steadily as we get older, according to a new report from Nielsen. African-Americans,
followed by whites, watch more TV than other ethnic groups.
~

What is morbidly interesting and scary is that our movies and TV programs are being successfully marketed worldwide thereby
drowning billions of people in a tsunami of pacifying trivia.

We have become an Oligarchic Nation where a small clique of rich people are running our nation and thereby our lives. Since
they also control the media, they can use it to further their ends via propaganda and censorship. These are some chapter headings
in the whistle-blowing book: 20 Years of Censored News by Carl Jensen and Project Censored (1997):
Methods of Media Manipulation
The Continuing Cover-up of the Hazards of Nuclear Power
Media Ignore the Corporate Crime of the Century
Fraudulent Safety Tests Deceive American People
U.S. Spies on Its Own Citizens
Information Monopoly Limits Public Access
Another censored Presidential election
Global Media Lords Control World Media
Truth Is the First Casualty of War
Two Top TV Networks Censor Iraq War Devastation

NOTE
Disney Corporation owns ABC
General Electric owns NBC

Homelessness in the United States
From: National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness
Overview of Homelessness In America
As today’s students face a world filled with global conflict, disappearing jobs, skyrocketing education costs, and increasing
poverty in America, action is more crucial than ever. We know hunger and homelessness are increasing epidemics plaguing the
United States – striking Americans of every age, ethnicity, and religion, hitting urban and rural communities alike.
Just last year, the national poverty rate rose to include 13.2%* of the population. 1 in 7 people were at risk of suffering
from hunger in the United States. In addition, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelter or
cars.
* 2014 Population: 318.9 million x 13.2% = 42 million poor folks
Joblessness in America
CBS NEWS
80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment, survey shows.
July 28, 2013
Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a
sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich
and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.

Food stamp recipients: September 1, 2014
There were 46.2 million Americans on food stamps in May, the
latest data available, down 1.6 million from a record 47.8 million in December 2012. Some 14.8% of the U.S. population is
on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, down from 15.3% last August, U.S. Department of Agriculture data
show.

Destroy jobs and the Unions that protect them this way
Manufacturing and Technology News
July 31, 2013 Volume 20, No. 10
America’s Biggest Companies Continue
To Move Factories Offshore And Eliminate
Thousands of American Jobs
Richard A. McCormack, Editor

Despite a lot of talk and articles written about reshoring — bringing production back to the United States — offshore
outsourcing of manufacturing and service-sector jobs to foreign nations continues to plague the American economy.
Hundreds of major American corporations are shipping thousands of jobs overseas, according to an analysis of Trade Adjustment
Assistance (TAA) filings made to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration on behalf of the
displaced workers.

Youth Incarceration in the United States
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Through the juvenile courts and the adult criminal justice system, the United States incarcerates more of its youth than any
other country in the world, a reflection of the larger trends in incarceration practices in the United States. In 2010, approximately
70,800 juveniles were incarcerated in youth detention facilities alone. Approximately 500,000 youth are brought to detention centers
in a given year. This data does not reflect juveniles tried as adults. Around 40% are incarcerated in privatized, for-profit facilities.
Another bonus for our Humanoid Slave Masters is the poor people struggling to survive will be less apt to be concerned about external
matter such as “politics.” They are vulnerable sheep unattended by a shepherd who could ward off predatory wolves. What the poor people
need is a leader like Jesus or Dr. Martin Luther King who can “unionize” them and explain in simple language what is happening to them
and why. The ideal situation would be for them to have a third alternative to the corrupt political parties now controlling our country
and them. I would name such a third alternative The People’s Party.
From: OpEdNews Op Eds 2/23/2015
Whatever Became of Economists –
and the American economy
By Paul Craig Roberts

Understand the economic destruction that globalism has wreaked on the United States. Millions of middle class factory jobs and
professional skill jobs such as software engineering and Information Technology have been taken away from the American middle
class and given to people in Asia. In the short-run this drops labor costs and benefits the profits of the US corporations
that offshore the jobs, but the consequence is to destroy the domestic consumer market as jobs that permit the formation of
households are replaced with lowly paid part-time jobs that do not.

Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration.
Control politicians and the media.
Two decisions by the Supreme Court helped doom our fate: That Corporations are “people” and that there is no no limit to the
amount of money corporations can donate to politicians. When a politician receives a campaign contribution of say $100,000,
is he not “honor” bound to give the donor something in return? Should not the donation be called what it really is: A Bribe?
Business Insider
Entertainment
InfographicMedia
6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America
June 14, 2012
ASHLEY LUTZ

Six Media giants now control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch or listen to:
General Electric News Corp Disney Viacom Time Warner CBS
~
Have you read any editorials, or heard any anchors on the evening news talk about any of the vital issues I am talking about
above? Why don’t they talk about the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide every day? Why do the corporate-owned movie industries
glorify war and “war heroes, as they did in American Sniper?” It’s pretty obvious that war to them is a major source of their
“bread and butter.”

~
Looked at from the “Emperor is wearing no clothes” point of view, the endless wars we are now waging forces the military to train
our innocent youths to be murderers who are put in an untenable situation where they must kill other innocent youths or be killed.

A Medal for a Son
Written by the author in 1968
at the height of the Vietnam War
while his oldest son was in the navy.

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.

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.

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!

What price honor?
“Better a live coward than a dead hero, I’ve always believed. Sure people will still sing about dead heroes from time to
time, but aside from that they get little attention. Unless they manage to get a holiday named after them. Even then, it’s
not like they get to enjoy the day off.” Bill Allen – American Film & Television actor.
~

Humanoids Punish Whistle-Blowers
Shakespeare warned us in Othello: Act 3-Scene 3 where he had Iago say: “

Oh monstrous world!
Take note, take note, O world,
to be direct and honest is not safe.”

This is more true in our country today than it has ever been. Just two cases to make my point. Case #1:
Truth Out
March 4, 2013
Chris Hedges, News Analysis
After Revealing Atrocities of Asymmetrical Warfare,
Manning Will Face Asymmetrical Trial

I was in a military courtroom at Fort Meade in Maryland on Thursday as Pfc. Bradley Manning admitted giving classified
government documents to WikiLeaks. The hundreds of thousands of leaked documents exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and
Afghanistan as well as government misconduct. A statement that Manning made to the court was a powerful and moving treatise
on the importance of placing conscience above personal safety, the necessity of sacrificing careers and liberty for the
public good, and the moral imperative of carrying out acts of defiance. Manning will surely pay with many years—perhaps his
entire life—in prison. But we too will pay. The war against Bradley Manning is a war against us all.
Salon
December 15, 2010
The inhumane conditions of
Bradley Manning’s detention
The private — accused of leaking to WikiLeaks — endures
conditions many would call cruel, and possibly torture
GLENN GREENWALD
From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he’s barred even
from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive,
he’s being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed
(he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred
from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not “like jail movies where
someone gets thrown into the hole,” but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the
one hour per day he is taken out.
Reporters Without Borders condemned the length of the sentence, saying that it demonstrated how vulnerable whistleblowers are.[13]
Case #2: The Guardian
February 2015
Edward Snowden
Latest on the computer analyst whistleblower who provided the Guardian top-secret National Security Agency documents leading to
revelations about U.S. surveillance on phone and internet communications. Check it out.
New Republic
January 19, 2014
Would you feel differently about Snowden, Greenwald,
and Assange if you knew what they really thought?
Sean Wilentz
We live in the age of the leaker. Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and
Julian Assange are celebrated as heroes on op-ed pages and across glossy
magazine spreads. By exposing the secrets of the government, they claim to have revealed its systematic disregard for individual
freedom and privacy. Theirs are not the politics of left against right, or liberals against conservatives, or Democrats against
Republicans, but of the individual against the state. To oppose them is to side with power against liberty, surveillance against
freedom, tyrannical secrecy against democratic openness.

What’s astonishing about their ascent to heroism is the breadth of their support. The embrace of the antiwar left and the libertarian
right was to be expected. But effusions of praise for the leakers can also be found throughout the liberal establishment. The New York
Times, which has come to rely on the leakers as prize sources, is now crusading on Snowden’s behalf. Its editorial page has celebrated
him for having “done his country a great service” and supports clemency for the crimes he has committed. A stellar array of liberal
intellectuals and pundits, from David Bromwich and Robert Kuttner to Richard Cohen and Ezra Klein, have hailed Snowden, as have
elected officials, including Senators Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden. To criticize the leakers, as the legal journalist Jeffrey Toobin
and a few other writers have done, is to invite moral condemnation. Even mild objections to their methods are dismissed as damning
proof of either corruption—“principle-free, hackish, and opportunistic,” in Greenwald’s words—or outright complicity with Big Brother
Huffpost Entertainment
via OPED NEWS
February 23, 2015
Edward Snowden Releases Statement
Following ‘Citizenfour’ Oscars Win
By Lauren Duca

The Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” won Best Documentary at the Oscars on Sunday night. Director Laura Poitras accepted
the award with Glenn Greenwald and Lindsay Mills, Snowden’s girlfriend, by her side.

“The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,” Poitras
said in her acceptance speech. “When the most important decisions being made, affecting all of us, are made in secret, we lose
our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden, for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers.
I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth.”
The film tells the story of Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency leaks. Poitras traveled to Hong Kong to meet with Snowden.

Citizenfour” analyzed the impact of the surveillance documents he revealed, as well as his role as a public figure threatening
to eclipse the story he unmasked.
“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade
me,” Snowden said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. “The result is a brave and brilliant film that
deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be
inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”
“Citizenfour” beat out “The Salt of the Earth,” “Last Days in Vietnam,” “Virunga” and “Finding Vivian Maier” for the honor.
Aljazeera
America
Government whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden: Don’t come home!
by
Jamie Tarabay
December 5, 2013
What happens to whistle-blowers after the whistle is blown.
Every day at 5:45 a.m., John Kiriakou wakes up. He pulls on green pants and a green button-down shirt with his name and number
on the front. Breakfast is at 6. He watches the news from 6:30 to 7:30, then goes back to sleep. He wakes up again at 11 a.m.
for lunch, after which he exercises until around 2:30 in the afternoon. Mail call is at 3:30. Dinner is at 5 p.m.
Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, is serving 30 months in prison. He emailed a freelance reporter the name of a covert CIA officer,
violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. The name was never published, but Kiriakou became one of eight people
charged by the Department of Justice since 2008 for leaking classified information under the Espionage Act.
“Boredom is the toughest thing about prison,” Kiriakou wrote Al Jazeera America in letters sent from the federal low-security
penitentiary in western Pennsylvania where he is incarcerated. “I have never read so many books in my life.”
The Obama administration has charged twice as many people as all the previous administrations combined under the almost 100-year-old
Espionage Act. The latest among them is Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the existence of
U.S. government surveillance programs.
Snowden is in Russia, having sought asylum there as the U.S. attempts to extradite him to face a possible sentence of 30 years in
jail — more if other charges are brought.
In interviews with others prosecuted under the Espionage Act, the message to Snowden is clear: Don’t come home. Once the media
attention has faded, those who have been investigated for leaking classified information speak of lives irreparably altered,
finances depleted and lifelong career ambitions permanently scorched.
* Recall this:
From: Space.com

Roger Boisjoly, Engineer Who Warned of
Challenger Shuttle Disaster, Dies at 73
SPACE.com Staff | February 09, 2012
Roger Boisjoly, an aerospace engineer who warned that tragedy could result if NASA’s space shuttle Challenger launched in cold
weather, has died at the age of 73.
Boisjoly’s warnings went unheeded, and Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986, killing all seven
astronauts onboard. An investigation later attributed the disaster to a failed seal on one of the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters.
Cold weather prevented a rubber O-ring from maintaining its seal, allowing hot gas to leak and damage the shuttle’s external
fuel tank.
About six months before the disaster, Boisjoly — an engineer at Morton Thiokol, the firm that built the boosters — wrote a memo
warning that freezing temperatures could lead to this nightmare scenario.
“The result would be a catastrophe of the highest order — loss of human life,” Boisjoly wrote, according to the Associated Press.
Boisjoly and several colleagues reiterated their concerns the night before Challenger’s launch, which was scheduled for an
uncharacteristically frigid day at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, Morton Thiokol higher-ups overruled the
whistleblowers and gave NASA the go-ahead, the AP reported.
Boisjoly testified before the presidential commission that investigated the Challenger tragedy. Later, he said his whistleblower
status profoundly affected his personal and professional life, with both neighbors and workmates giving him the cold shoulder.
“When I realized what was happening, it absolutely destroyed me,” Boisjoly told the AP in 1988. “It destroyed my career, my life,
everything else. I’m just now getting back to the point where I think I’ll be able to work as an engineer again.”
Boisjoly died of cancer Jan. 6 in Nephi, Utah, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Provo. He was born in Lowell, Mass., on
April 25, 1938. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Roberta, along with two daughters and eight grandchildren, according to
the AP.

Veterans Administration Clients (Burdens on the U.S. economy caused by Wars, most of them unnecessary but very profitable
many corporations.)
The Veterans Administration serves 26 million veterans and their spouses, survivors and dependents. About 1.7 million are women.
Vietnam veterans form the largest group; World War II veterans make up the next largest group. That includes me. I was a medic
in a M*A*S*H type situation and in charge of an x-ray clinic. Total military time 3 1/1 years. I’m 94. In addition to medical
care, I get free eyeglasses and hearing aids, including batteries.

Something Scary to Think About
How and why local police departments get military surplus equipment
By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
Published: August 24, 2014
Pentagon: Military arms transfers to police not ‘program run amok’
The Defense Department is pushing back against criticism that it’s helping militarize local police forces by supplying them
with surplus gear.
Do police need grenade launchers, other military weapons? Officers say yes
Pentagon says little of the equipment seen in Ferguson is military surplus
Roundup of reporting on the militarization of local police
Militarized Target: A suburban war of a different sort in Ferguson, complete with National Guard
A look into federal documents shows a Texas county got $400K in military equipment
Ohio law-enforcers gaining a military feel
(Bold type, Italics, mine.)
WASHINGTON — After seeing TV footage of the police in Ferguson, Mo., deploying Humvees and brandishing assault rifles in the
face of protesters, some Americans are questioning whether local law enforcement agencies should be allowed to acquire military
equipment from the Pentagon. A congressional review has been scheduled, with the president’s backing.
But few understand how the Defense Department’s 1033 Program actually works. Even Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had to ask his
staffers this week to explain it to him.
The ongoing controversy raises important questions: Why does the program exist? Why do many police officers believe they need
military-grade equipment? And what safeguards are in place to ensure that weapons and vehicles designed for combat zones are
used responsibly in towns like Ferguson?
How it came to be
The 1033 Program was an invention of Congress, not the Pentagon. It came into being through the 1990-1991 National Defense
Authorization Act, and the program’s original scope was much narrower than it is today. As the federal government’s “war on
drugs” escalated, the 1990-1991 NDAA authorized the transfer of excess DOD property to federal and state agencies for use in
counterdrug activities. A few years later, the program was broadened considerably to include materiel that could be used for
“the execution of law enforcement activities,” to include counterdrug and counterterrorism missions, according to DOD.
The theory behind the initiative was that the military’s unneeded equipment might as well be put to good use, rather than be
destroyed or warehoused.
Pentagon officials chafing at recent criticism of the program are quick to point out that DOD is simply following orders from
lawmakers.
“Congress is telling us to do this … Congress has to be the one to change it,” a defense official told Stars and Stripes on
condition of anonymity to more freely discuss the transfer program.
A Disturbing Thought
I, and many others, view Members of Congress as Corporate Puppets.
Currently, dissent, as evidenced by the treatment of Manning and Snowden, is slowly but surely being squelched. By providing
the Police with Military Armament which can readily be used to confront and put fear into the minds and hearts of a gathering of
protestors, it seems that the ruling 1% is gearing up to eventually turn our country into a Giant Concentration Camp.

Prison Population
Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Dante’s The Divine Comedy (1308-1321)

Wonkbook:
August 13, 2013
11 facts about America’s prison population
By Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas

The U.S. prison population is more than 2.4 million.
1. That’s more than quadrupled since 1980.
2. That means more than one out of every 100 American adults is behind
bars.
3. The single largest driver in the increase in the federal prison population
since 1998 is longer sentences for drug offenders.
4. The average inmate in minimum-security federal prison costs $21,000
each year. The average inmate in maximum-security federal prisons costs $33,000 each year.
5. Federal prison costs are expected to rise to 30 percent of the
Department of Justice’s budget by 2020.
6. 200,000 of the inmates are women.
~
American Civil Liberties Union
The Prison Crisis
With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. has 25% of the world’s prison population. That makes us the world’s largest
jailer…Our criminal justice system is not doing a good job. It has failed on every count: Public safety, fairness and
cost-effectiveness.
Private Prisons
The imprisonment of human beings at record levels is both a moral and an economic one-especially at a time when more and more Americans
are struggling to make ends meet….mass incarceration provides a gigantic windfall for one special interest group-the private prison
industry-even as current incarceration levels harm the country as a whole.
~
AlterNet
News and Politics

Imagine living in a country where prisons are private corporations that profit from keeping their beds stocked at, or near, capacity
and the governing officials scramble to meet contractual “lockup quotas.” Imagine that taxpayers would have to pay for any empty beds

should crime rates fall below that quota. Surprise! You already live there.~
Humanoid-controlled Corporations, whose sole interest is making money for themselves and their shareholders, are taking over the world.
Their top managers are very clever schemers. They know that the average person is easily gulled and they take full advantage of their
culpability. The founder of Communism, Karl Marx, referred to religion as the Opium of the people some 150 years ago. Today, the Opium
of the people is mainly the Humanoid-controlled “media,” which is 90% regulated by only these six giant corporations: General Electric;
News-Corp; Disney; Viacom; Time-Warner and CBS. (Google Media Corporations for more.)

The Tobacco Industry Executives: Typical Humanoids

TIME Magazine: July 29, 2011
Big Tobacco
by
Laura Fitzpatrick
Scandal: Big Tobacco’s Big Lie
Best quote from the testimony: “I believe tobacco is not addictive.” – William Campbell, former president and CEO of Phillip Morris USA.
The same statement was subsequently made by the other six executives.
In 1994, seven Big Tobacco executives defended their deadly wares before a congressional subcommittee, most infamously raising their
right hands and swearing that nicotine was not addictive.
The panel, led by Representative Henry Waxman, a democrat from California, was having none of it. For six hours – all televised – members
interrupted the witnesses in midsentence, ridiculed their testimony and all but accused them of lying.
One executive insisted cigarettes were no more addictive than coffee, tea or Twinkies.
“The difference between cigarettes and Twinkies,” Waxman shot back, “is death.”
It’s pretty hard to work up a comeback to that zinger.

COMMENT
This is why it is perfectly okay for Humanists to lie to their bosses or others who are Humanoids. It’s smart to play by their rules;
yours won’t work.

8. They are the guardians of the status quo,
often using fear as a weapon to maintain it. (Such as the fear employees have of losing their jobs.)
9. They have zero sympathy for the plights for poor people, the homeless or
people they “fire.”
10. They lack a genuine sense of humor,
are good story tellers, enjoy ethnic and racist jokes, which make them feel superior, and they never confide in others outside their circle.

11. They are the quislings of the world who would be on whoever’s side is
winning. You won’t find many of them or their family members in the line-of-fire or in the trenches.
COMMENT
A cab driver interviewed for an article in the August 2006 issue of Playboy magazine titled Why Are We in IRAQ? said:
“When I look at the allegations against Haliburton and Beschtel, I wonder if the Iraq war is for democracy in the Middle east or for
corporations that make huge sums of money and use it to bribe politicians. It pisses me off that young men die for some old men, most
likely white. I think about how few members of Congress have children in the military or have served in war themselves and whose children
never have that threat of being killed in action.”
12. They are usually “joiners,” rather than individualists. They find security in
organizations consisting of like-minded people.
13. They tend to be ultra-conservatives with very narrow views. They would
never be part of any protest movements. Check out people where you work, especially your “bosses,” the newspapers you read, and the news
you watch on TV, to see if you can identify any of the characteristics listed above. I may be dead wrong, but just looking at the almost
constant smirk on ex-Vice-President Dick Chaney’s face indicates to me he’s a smart-ass Humanoid. Also, the fact that he admits he is pro
the torture called Water-boarding, clinches it as far as I am concerned. How justifying it would be if he could be subjected to the same
treatment!
~
The “news” we see on TV and read in the newspapers and magazines is essentially censored. You won’t find stories about the number of
suicides in the military (about 22 per day), the names and backgrounds of our guys who are gunned down by Afghans they are trying to
help, the reasons for the huge demand for drugs in the U.S. or the gruesome details of what happens to the thousands of babies that
are aborted every day. For that kind of news you have to go to the internet and read what intelligent, knowledgeable people have to
say on such websites as OpEd News, The Drudge Report or Fox News.

One of the most significantly bad things the media fails to report on, for obvious reasons since corporations are involved, is the
insidious expansion of Corporate Globilizations. For an in-depth source of information, Google it. Basically, it involves such large
corporations as Walmart, General Motors, General Electric and Sony that have revenues greater than many nations across the world and
have offices and factories in many different countries.
So, which country does a Global Corporation have allegiance to or give a Damn about? NONE! All such corporations care about is the
profit line – making money! That is their reason for being.
Breaking News
OpEd News
April 4, 2014
by Thom Hartmann
Should General Motors get the death penalty for a 57 cent pre-meditated murder?
Executives at General Motors have answered the age-old question of How much is a life worth?
Testifying before a congressional committee on Capital Hill, newly installed CEO Mary Barra was asked about GM’s failure to recall
2.6 million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch costing only 57 cents, a problem that caused the deaths of at least 13
people and one they knew about for 10 years. Her reply: “I think we in the past had more of a cost culture.” In other words, GM
cared more about profit than they did people.

From: Yahoo News
Stephen Hawking fears human aggression
could ‘destroy us all.” Calls for more empathy
By Michael Walsh
(Bold, Italics mine.)
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking arrives at the British Academy
of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards …
A theory of everything might be impossible to come by — but a theory of humankind’s potential destruction is not, says Stephen Hawking.
The British theoretical physicist fears that human aggression may be the tragic flaw that could lead to our demise.

“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking said, according to a blog post on the website for London’s
Science Museum. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce,
but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

A major nuclear war could be the end of civilization and possibly the human race, he said.

“The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state,” he added.

These thoughts were offered in response to a two-part question from Adaeze Uyanwah, a 24-year-old from California.
~
Many people think Congress regulates Wall Street,
but in fact it is Wall Street that regulates Congress.
Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, is, to my mind, the kind of person I would vote for as
President should he decide to run in 2016. He is the longest serving Independent in congressional history. Some of his views:
• Supports reducing defense spending
• Supports tax increases on high-income earners
• Supports a constitutional amendment stating that corporations do not have the same rights as individuals (overturning the
Citizens United decision from the U.S. Supreme Court)
• Supports stimulus spending during economic downturns
• Opposes privatization of Social Security
• Supports federal action to combat climate change

Excerpts from an article by John Nichols in The Nation
that was upgraded on March 19, 2014
(Bold, Italics mine.)
“In some senses, Sanders is the unlikeliest of prospects: an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but has
never joined the party, a democratic socialist in a country where many politicians fear the label “liberal,” an outspoken critic
of the economic, environmental and social status quo who rips “the ruling class” and calls out the Koch brothers by name. Yet,
he has served as the mayor of his state’s largest city, beaten a Republican incumbent for the US House, won and held a historically
Republican Senate seat and served longer as an independent member of Congress than anyone else. And he says his political instincts
tell him America is ready for a “political revolution.”

Bernie Sanders: “I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States.”

“If you ask me now what one of the major accomplishments of my political life is, it is that I helped double the voter turnout in
Burlington, Vermont. I did that because people who had given up on the political process understood that I was fighting for
working families, that we were paying attention to low and moderate-income neighborhoods rather than just downtown or the big-money
interests. In fact, I went to war with virtually every part of the ruling class in Burlington during my years as mayor. People
understood that; they said, “You know what? Bernie is standing with us. We’re going to stand with him.” The result is that large
numbers of people who previously had not participated in the political process got involved. And that’s what we have to do for the
whole country.

I think one of the great tragedies that we face today politically, above and beyond the simple economic reality of the collapse of
the middle-class, more people living in poverty, growing gap between the rich and poor, the high cost of education—all those objective,
painful realities in American society—the more significant reality from a political perspective is that most people have given up on
the political process. They understand the political deck is stacked against them. They think there is no particular reason for them
to come out and vote—and they don’t.

Comment
I haven’t bothered to vote since the Supreme Court
elected George Bush over Al Gore in 2000. As a consequence, our country has been fighting futile wars ever since!

JOHN NICHOLS: Are you going to run for president in 2016?
BERNIE SANDERS: I don’t wake up every morning, as some people here in Washington do and say, “You know, I really have to be
president of the United States. I was born to be president of the United States.” What I do wake up every morning feeling is
that this country faces more serious problems than at any time since the Great Depression, and there is a horrendous lack of
serious political discourse or ideas out there that can address these crises, and that somebody has got to represent the
working-class and the middle-class of this country in standing up to the big-money interests who have so much power over the
economic and political life of this country. So I am prepared to run for president of the United States. I don’t believe that
I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race.

That’s an excellent question, and I haven’t reached a conclusion on that yet. Clearly, there are things to be said on both sides
of that important question. Number one: there is today more and more alienation from the Republican and Democratic parties than
we have seen in the modern history of this country. In fact, most people now consider themselves to be “independent,” whatever
that may mean. And the number of people who identify as Democrats or Republicans is at a historically low point. In that sense,
running outside the two-party system can be a positive politically.
On the other hand, given the nature of the political system, given the nature of media in America, it would be much more difficult
to get adequate coverage from the mainstream media running outside of the two-party system. It would certainly be very hard if not
impossible to get into debates. It would require building an entire political infrastructure outside of the two-party system: to
get on the ballot, to do all the things that would be required for a serious campaign.
The question that you asked is extremely important, it requires a whole lot of discussion. It’s one that I have not answered yet.
~
There appears to be a common thread running through organizations, like Corporations, School Systems, the Military, and State and
Federal Bureaucracies. In a sense, they are ALL bureaucracies, and most of them become controlled by Humanoids who, in their pursuit
of money and power, lose sight of the importance of the people they are meant to serve. Corporations are necessarily Humanoid enterprises
because their only reason for existence is to make money for their investors and employees. Two of the things they completely lack are
Compassion and Empathy for the “have-nots” amongst us.
We must get involved!
Words without action are useless.
fts
Arrivederci!
Francis T. Sganga
ftsbull@att.net
www.sganga.net

To my Stupid Brethern:

Saturday March 7, 2015 sicari1921@gmail.com
To the stupid Americans who haven’t a clue about what is going on in our country that is destroying it: Go to:
www.opednews.com.

Einstein said, “Two things are infinite: The stupidity of people and the Universe, and I’m not sure about the latter.”
Reading the trivial comments on Facebook, confirms his belief.
Anyhow, let’s consider something else that is “infinite”, namely the entity given the name “God.” Since the “God” in
the Bible is referred to as “He” I prefer to refer to the Ineffable Entity as the “Creator” simply because “God”
doesn’t have a penis and I can’t see applying a gender to a “Spirit.”
Alternatively, I sometimes refer to the “Ineffable Entity” as the Intelligent Designer who provided the blueprints
for creating all living things including us. Then too, there is the matter of Music, which Beethoven referred to as
The Language of God.” When I listen to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, I believe it, realizing there could only be
two sources for Beethoven’s inspiring work: A Supreme Intelligence or the Molecules he and we are made of. Stay tuned
for more reasons to “believe.”
fts

Listen up, Dumkoffs!

This is an introduction to a powerful well-written article by a very perceptive, journal true to his craft named Chris Hedges
that I read in my favorite website OPED NEWS:
BOSTON — “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the book and the movie, is a celebration of the sadism that dominates nearly every aspect of
American culture and lies at the core of pornography and global capitalism. It glorifies our dehumanization of women. It champions
a world devoid of compassion, empathy and love. It eroticizes hyper-masculine power that carries out the abuse, degradation,
humiliation and torture of women whose personalities have been removed, whose only desire is to debase themselves in the service
of male lust. The film, like “American Sniper,” unquestioningly accepts a predatory world where the weak and the vulnerable are
objects to exploit while the powerful are narcissistic and violent demigods. It blesses this capitalist hell as natural and good.
“Pornography,” Robert Jensen writes, “is what the end of the world looks like.”
We are blinded by self-destructive fantasy. An array of amusements and spectacles, including TV “reality” shows, huge sporting
events, social media, porn (which earns at least twice what Hollywood movies generate), alluring luxury products, drugs, alcohol
and magic Jesus, offers enticing exit doors from reality. We yearn to be rich, powerful and celebrities. And those we must trample
to build our pathetic little empires are seen as deserving their fate. That nearly all of us will never attain these ambitions is
emblematic of our collective self-delusion and the effectiveness of a culture awash in manipulation and lies.
Porn seeks to eroticize this sadism. In porn, women are paid to repeat the mantra, “I am a c-word. I am a b*tch. I am a prostitute.
I am a slut. f*ck me hard with your big co*k.” They plead to be physically abused. Porn caters to degrading racist stereotypes.
Black men are sexually potent beasts stalking white women. Black women have a raw, primitive lust. Latin women are sultry and
hot-blooded. Asian women are meek, sexually submissive geishas.
The article ends this way:
The abuse inherent in pornography goes unquestioned in large part by both men and women. Look at the movie ticket sales for
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” which opened the day before Valentine’s Day and is expected to take in up to $90 million over the
four-day weekend (which includes Presidents Day on Monday).
“Pornography has socialized a generation of men into watching sexual torture,” Dines said. “You are not born with that capacity.
You have to be trained into it. Just like you train soldiers to kill. If you are going to carry out violence against a group you
have to dehumanize them. It is an old method. Jews become kikes. Blacks become niggers. Women become cunts. And no one turns
women into cunts better than porn.”
~
What I don’t understand is Where are the outcries from women rights groups and churches? Where are the editorials condemning
the two movies? Why doesn’t Bill O’Reilly and other talking newscast heads speak out against the path the U.S. is taking toward
certain Self-Destruction?
Two other intelligently written articles, too long to quote here warn us that while our power as a nation is diminishing, China’s
is rapidly accelerating toward becoming the dominant world power by 2020, and that the vicious terrorist group that burns captives
alive and beheads them, ISIS, is trying to provoke us into putting more “boots on the ground” as Osama Bin Laden did successfully
knowing full well that the action would be an exercise in futility, as were the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Don’t we
have enough trouble taking care of current veterans who commit suicide at the rate of 22 per day and thousands of whom are homeless
and suffering from PTSD?
I’m sorry if I interrupted your watching The Simpsons.
fts.

It gives me great PLEASURE to announce……

Wednesday February 11, 2015 11 a.m. sicari1921@gmail.com

Dear Fellow Anthropological Enigmas:
Don’t ask me why, but I think we have been programmed by our Intelligent Designer to eventually experience PLEASUE
as we evolved from our animal state to where we are now. 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 achieve Self-Fulfillment
and arrive at a state of Bliss for these reasons:
1. All five of our Senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, initially
evolved to help our cavemen forebears Survive in a hostile environment for obvious reasons. Then, gradually, over thousands
of years, the five Survival senses mysteriously became the source of Pleasure. That’s why we now have: Gourmet Foods that
thrill our Taste Buds.
Very expensive wines. (Some a thousand bucks a bottle!)
A Taste for sweets, like ice cream, cakes and candy.
Expensive perfumes and lotions, and the Pleasure we get from Smelling fragrant flowers, like roses.
A fondness to Touch the Smooth skin of those we love and Smooth objects, like Prayer Stones. (Google them)
Art Masterpieces that Please the Eye like Michelangelo’s Pieta and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The many forms of Music that Please the Ear, such as Symphonies (Beethoven’s 9th), Operas (Carmen) and Songs (Dolly Parton’s
romantic I will always love you.)
2. Somewhere along the line a God-Given Gift, our keen Sense of Beauty emerged that enabled us to find Pleasure in Movie
Musicals like Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain, in Literature (To Children, with Love), in People (Think Beauty Pageants),
in Nature (Think Rainbows, Sunrises and Sunsets, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and views from the Tops of Mountains.)
3. The Pleasures we derive from being Creative. This could apply to
working with our hands to make and build things, to making great discoveries (think Discovering America, lost cities, fossils),
solving difficult problems (Like how the Universe and life began), curing diseases, scientific achievements, like landing on the
moon and returning to earth, and contemplating such things as how and why we came to exist, where did moons, comets, asteroids,
and the billions of galaxies with their trillions of stars in them came from.

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, homosexuality, 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 a WOW experience and I am still saying it, thanks to our Intelligent Designer who
didn’t have to provide us with a Gift lower animals, even apes, don’t seem to have.

A human being is part of a whole,
called by us the “Universe,”
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings,
as something separated from the rest –
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
The delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection
for the few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circles
of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Why were we created? Why do YOU exist?

February 10, 2015 Tuesday 10 p.m. sicari1921@gmail.com
Greeting Fellow Anthropological Enigmas:
When I log onto Facebook, I am greeted with the question: “What’s on your mind?” Tell me, what is the Mind? Where is it located?
In the Brain you say, EXACTLY where in the Brain? Where did it come from? Will it return from whence it came after we croak?
They say feelings such as PAIN, are in the Mind? When I stub my toe, how come IT hurts so bad?
How is it that my Ghost-like Mind can move muscles like when it orders my hand to make a fist?

I enjoy bugging fellow racquetball players, as I did this morning, by asking them: Why do you exist? Why were you created?
WHY WERE WE HUMANS CREATED. Preachers say: “To love and serve God?” My take is that we were created by an ineffable
Intelligent Designer, who, for inexplicable reasons, wanted us to experience THE JOY OF BEING ALIVE.

Now that is something that is easier said than done. Imagine the genius it took just to create creatures (us) that could
communicate with and understand each other in thousands of different languages! How would YOU design and produce the
complicated body parts that enable us to TALK and HEAR?

Just think about HEARING. Our ears don’t do the hearing, the jelly-like,
“Flesh and Blood” CYTOPLASM in the brain’s NEURON cells is where it happens, along with lots of other happenings within
the cells that keep them alive. (Google hearing, cytoplasm and neurons). But, does the cytoplasm actually do the HEARING
and UNDERSTANDING? Where does our MIND and CONSCIOUSNESS fit into the picture that translates the “ELECTRO-CHEMICAL”
impulses the cytoplasm receives into INTELLIGENCE?

You see, there are zillions of ELECTRO-CHEMICAL impulses coursing through our bodies constantly. It’s the ELECTRICITY
generated in the sinus node in our HEARTS that powers the impulses, which can be detected on ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS and
BRAIN SCANS. The ELECTRICITY also powers us, and is sometimes aided by PACEMAKERS.

One of the things that fascinates me most about the CYTOPLASM IN NEURONS is their ability to store images that can be
100 years old. My Mother has been dead for some 50 years, yet I can “see” her smiling face in my “MIND” any time I want to.

I am considering a reply to the question I raised above (Why were we created?) but I’ve decided I’ve said enough for tonight.
Stay tuned.

Vive la Vie,
Frank

Is this all there is?

January 31, 2015 Saturday 10 p.m. sicari1921@gmail.com
Greetings:
My left leg calf finally healed enough for me to be able to play racquetball Thursday morning.
Played 5 games, won 3. But, the main thing is, after some 3 weeks of no play as I babied my calf,
it was GREAT just getting back on the court! Talked to the guys about my taking the antibiotic
CIPROFLOXICIN and attributing my painful calf to taking the drug, and they heard of others who
had bad reactions to it. Thank God I quit taking the pills after I was only half way through, and
didn’t comply with the usual advice that you need to finish the entire prescription or they don’t work.

My experience in dealing with Humana re getting my story published in their magazine [Humana Active Outlook]
turned out to be a keen disappointment. This is what I said:

HumanaActiveOutlookProgram@Humana.com
Francis T. Sganga
2506 Sunset Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
386-957-3558
ftsbull@att.net www.sganga.net
Humana Primary Doctor: Gary E. Morales Geraldino @ 386-957-3876

Hi:
I will be 94 April 29th, and I have just switched from United Health Care to Humana. Two main reasons prompted the change, despite my reluctance to give
up doctors who are primarily responsible for my longevity.
1. Not having to pay United Health Care some $250/month.
2. Being able to be a member of the YMCA, where I play racquetball and work
out in their Olympic-sized swimming pool, at no cost thanks to the foresight of Humana in focusing on their members’ health.
I’m as physically fit as someone my age can be. I ride an 1100 cc 800 lb. motorcycle and play racquetball twice a week.

My basic life style: Stay fit and active physically, mentally and sexually.
I take no pills, not even vitamins, I strictly control my weight (<160) and diet: no bacon, hamburgers, hot dogs or fried food. Instead I eat lots of chicken and fish, and home-made, bean-based vegetable soups. On 1/16/15 I made my first visit to my excellent primary Humana doctor, Dr. Gary E. Morales-Geraldino, for a complete physical exam who found no significant ailments and my blood pressure was 102/70. I still honeymoon about once a week.
This morning (1/22/15) I sent the 15th ebook I’ve written after turning 80 to be published on Amazon’s Kindle machines titled: The Fascinating World of Chemistry.
One of my major themes in most of the books is based upon a firm conviction that there is an Intelligent Designer (my Creator) out there, that is supported by a plethora of circumstantial evidence. The two books that present my case best are:
Divine Mysteries
Where did the Spark of Life, Minds, Intelligence, Love,
Consciousness and our Sense of Beauty come from?
A Nonagenarian’s Path to Living Longer and Better
It’s all about being fit, moral and sexually active.
I lost my first wife of 57 years in 2003 and am currently married to a wonderful 64 year-old lady named May. Come February 14th we will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, God willing. How we met, via the internet (she’s from New Hampshire) is a story in itself. The full story is told in my ebook To Baby Boomers, with Love.
Should you so desire, I can send you a copy of A Nonagenarian’s Path to Living Longer and Better as an email attachment, or any of the other ebooks I’ve written.

Sincerely,
Frank Sganga

Much to my surprise and delight, they soon responded saying they enjoyed reading my letter and requested that I sign a release they sent, and said they would only use my first name and middle initial in their story. I withheld the release
and wrote them saying I had no qualms about the use of my full name (thinking they were concerned about my privacy) and
that I prefer having it used. No word from them since. Interestingly, in their letter to me, they just signed it The Mumana Team.

I’m sure that’s all there is. They are typical corporate Humanoids who want to use me without my gaining a thing for
helping them publicize their company. Hell, why even use my first name? Just use the word Anonymous! Well, that’s what I am and I’d rather stay that way than be used.

Ran out of firewood for our fireplace, and today was the first day nice enough to use my electric chain-saw to cut down and cut up a dead tree, which will be enough for 3 cold evenings. A couple of the logs are as round as my thigh and tomorrow I will try to split them with my steel wedge and 10 lb. mallet.

Also today I planted a batch of 3 kinds of tomato seeds in a seeding box to get an early start.I thoroughly enjoy watching them sprout and planting the seedlings after they are about 10 inches tall. With tomatoes almost $2 a pound, it will also save us a few bucks in about 2 months. They will me the mainstay of my garden which will also contain butternut squash, lettuce, broccoli and pole beans.

Arrivederci,
fts

Greetings & Salutations from the Survivor

Hi:
Wife May and I traveled to Daytona (15 miles from our home) to visit their great public library
at City Island because they have a better selection of good non-fiction books than our local library.
I checked out five, all related to God, Intelligent Design. DNA and the Mind. I am now engrossed in
one of them titled: THE INVISIBLE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE, which turns out to be about DNA, Genes,
and interestingly, how our DNA contains remnants of our ancestors going back hundreds of thousands
of years. After reading the introduction, it occurred to me that I knew precious little about my
grandparents who emigrated from Italy more than 100 years ago. My parents were born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
and having 7 children, I, the oldest, precluded our having any conversations about even their parents.
Imagine my poor mother, whose husband earned a pittance in salary, who washed clothes by hand and hung
them on a clothes line stretched between two apartments five stories high, who had to cook and take care
of 7 rambunctious kids who contracted just about all of the children’s diseases prevalent at the time
(measles, chicken pox, whooping cough and even a serious nasty one called diphtheria). I recall health
officials putting a notice on our entrance door reading QUARANTINED.

Well, interestingly, my descendants, thanks to our “Digital Age” will know more about me than I want them to
know if they Google: Francis T. Sganga. I was jailed twice as a result of having a bloody fight with my 2nd
wife, Jeanmarie Baker, who I believe with high degree of certainty, tried to kill me twice. The full story is
told in my ebook: TO BABY BOOMERS, WITH LOVE (on Amazon’s Kindle Tablet) and I even wrote a screenplay based upon the experience (TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES) also on Kindle.

I doubt that there is anyone out there reading this, but it’s one way for me to leave a legacy to my descendants
whom I believe will. I have 3 great grandchildren I have never seen, nor do I even know their names, and therein
is another story told in my Kindle ebook I HOPE I OUTLIVE MY KIDS (The diary of a disillusioned widower).

Right now my main concern is whether or not the calf in my left leg will hold up when I return to playing racquetball tomorrow after a week’s layoff. It became painful after taking an antibiotic drug due to a bacterial infection that I quit taking halfway through, and the pain persisted off and on for three weeks. After resting it, it was Okay; after putting it to the test, the pain would return. Right now after resting it again, there is no pain. Tomorrow, I will put it to the test again, but good, since playing racquetball is the Mother of all tests. I realize I’m fast approaching the time when I will no longer be able to play (94 next April) but I’ll only quit when I absolutely have to.

Arrivederci,
fts

A HUMANA Experience

Greetings Fellow Nobodys:

Yesterday, wife May and I sent my 15TH book THE FASCINATING WORLD OF CHEMISTRY TO AMAZON’S kINDLE TABLET
SUBSIDIARY and it’s now available for a whopping $1.99.

Other news: The health care provider medical insurance company Humana I recently joined publishes a magazine
HAO (HUMANA ACTIVE OUTLOOK) and in it they say to their readers: “We want to hear from you.” Great, I thought,
I’ve quit writing for now and intend to spend my time promoting my books, all of which have great Redeeming Value
that will enhance the lives of those who read them, Spiritually and Intellectually.

So, I wrote them this letter:

HumanaActiveOutlookProgram@Humana.com
Francis T. Sganga
2506 Sunset Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
386-957-3558
ftsbull@att.net www.sganga.net
Humana Primary Doctor: Gary E. Morales Geraldino @ 386-957-3876

Suzette Shoop, Editor
HAO Magazine
003/50780
Box 740003
Louisville, KY
40201-7403
February 1, 2015
I will be 94 April 29th, and I have just switched from United Health Care to Humana. Two main reasons prompted the change, despite my reluctance to give up doctors who are primarily responsible for my longevity.
1. Not having to pay United Health Care some $250/month.
2. Being able to be a member of the YMCA, where I play racquetball and work out in their Olympic-sized swimming pool, at no cost thanks to the foresight of Humana in focusing on their members’ health.

I’m as physically fit as someone my age can be. I ride an 1100 cc 800 lb. motorcycle and play racquetball twice a week.
My basic life style: Stay fit and active physically, mentally and sexually.
I take no pills, not even vitamins, I strictly control my weight (<160) and diet: no bacon, hamburgers, hot dogs or fried food. Instead I eat lots of chicken and fish, and home-made, bean-based vegetable soups. On 1/16/15 I made my first visit to my excellent primary Humana doctor, Dr. Gary E. Morales-Geraldino, for a complete physical exam who found no significant ailments and my blood pressure was 102/70. I still honeymoon about once a week.
This morning (1/22/15) I sent the 15th ebook I’ve written after turning 80 to be published on Amazon’s Kindle machines titled: The Fascinating World of Chemistry.
One of my major themes in most of the books is based upon a firm conviction that there is an Intelligent Designer (my Creator) out there, that is supported by a plethora of circumstantial evidence. The two books that present my case best are:
DIVINE MYSTERIES
Where did the Spark of Life, Minds, Intelligence, Love,
Consciousness and our Sense of Beauty come from?
A NONAGENARIAN’S PATH TO LIVING LONGER AND BETTER
It’s all about being fit, moral and sexually active.
I lost my first wife of 57 years in 2003 and am currently married to a wonderful 64 year-old lady named May. Come February 14th we will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary, God willing. How we met, via the internet (she’s from New Hampshire) is a story in itself. The full story is told in my ebook To Baby Boomers, with Love.
Should you so desire, I can send you a copy of A Nonagenarian’s Path to Living Longer and Better as an email attachment, or any of the other ebooks I’ve written.

Sincerely,
Frank Sganga
Other Kindle ebooks I have written

To My Creator, with Love
What the Wise Have to Say about
Life and Living

Our Creator’s Greatest Miracles
Creation of the Universe, Life, Love, the Mind, Consciousness, our
Sense of Beauty, the Arts and Music.

Introducing Young Children to Their Creator
Unraveling the mystery of a Supreme Being

Introducing Young People
to Their Intelligent Designer
And the miracles, wonders and mysteries in life

True Love Never Dies
A Screenplay based on a true inspirational story
containing tragedy, romance and comedy.

To Baby Boomers, with Love
How to live a long, healthy, happy life.

To Children, with Love
Some Words of Wisdom for Children

To Atheists, with Love
Our behavior is more telling than our beliefs.

An Introduction to the Fascinating World of Mathematics
A Help in Mastering Mathematics and
Experiencing the Joy of Understanding!

The Fascinating World of Chemistry
Where we find out what we and the Universe are made of.

Humanists vs. Humanoids
The Eternal Struggle between Good and Evil

Francis T. Sganga
2506 Sunset Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
386-957-3558
ftsbull@att.net www.sganga.net

Lo and behold, I was delighted and surprised to receive an email from them telling me they enjoyed my letter
and telling me to sign a RELEASE AGREEMENT enabling them to use any or all of what I wrote with this caveat:

“If your story is chosen, we will only use your first name, you last initial and your hometown.Rest assured we
won’t use your last name, your full address, your phone number or your email address.”

I responded:
I have no qualms about the use of my full name, my pictures or my writing accomplishments. In fact it’s the way I prefer to go. Please advise if this is possible.

As I thought about their policy, I chaffed at the idea that I would be anonymous. They would use me for their purposes
and I would get nothing in return. No money; no real recognition. Then, I took another look at their magazine, which has a lady on it cover holding two dogs with the title of the story being: A PASSION FOR PAWS. In checking the story,
I was surprised to find they didn’t use her full name, calling her Nitsa T.

Well, before I comment further, I shall wait and see what their response will be to my telling them I would prefer that
my last name be used. I presume they will say it’s their policy that is intended to protect the privacy of their authors. Knowing about how strictly institutions adhere to their rules, I’m sure they won’t budge in their stance.

Stay tuned….
fts

Sex and Longevity

January 12, 2015 Monday 10 p.m. ftsbull@att.net

The ache in the calf of my left leg is still about a 1 on a scale of 1-5. I believe it’s a side effect of that damn anti-biotic drug I took for my bacterial infection. Thank God I had enough sense to quit after taking only half of them when the ache first began.
I will be seeing my new primary doctor Thursday and I hope he can figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. I’ve tried heat and a self-made compression stocking but no luck yet.
We will go to the YMCA tomorrow where I will put my calf to the test.If it hold up for practice, I will try it out in a game. Not having played for two weeks will take its toll, but what the hell, a “little bit is better than none at all.”
We honeymooned just before lunch, and I mention it simply because, at my age, it means the curtain won’t be coming down anytime soon – at least that’s my theory, which is also based on studies indicating a relationship beteen still being able to do it and longevity. They found that the longer you remain sexually active, the longer you will live. What is interesting is that I have no need for pills to achieve an orgasm. How long this will last, I have no idea, but for now, Viva La Sex!!