Thursday, May 18, 2017

Someone you love could be a sex worker

Jerene Dildine
Former prostitute wins $1.7M verdict against lawyer for privacy invasion

ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted May 16, 2017 10:57 am CDT

Jurors in Denver have awarded a woman $1.7 million in damages in her privacy invasion suit against a Colorado lawyer who exposed her secret life as a prostitute.

Suspended lawyer Sean Saxon was found liable for revealing Jerene Dildine’s work to her family members and classmates, CBS 4 reports.

Dildine told the television station that she began working as a prostitute when a divorce and a cutback in her work hours created financial problems. Saxon became one of her clients in November 2013, and soon they became romantically involved.

But Saxon didn’t like Dildine’s work as a prostitute and he became angry and violent at times, Dildine said. Dildine said she broke off the relationship, but Saxon stalked her and threatened to expose her. Eventually he carried through on the threat.

Saxon says she was depressed and considered suicide. She contacted lawyer Tom Overton, who helped her file an ethics complaint against Saxon and filed the civil suit on her behalf.

Saxon had represented himself in the trial and claimed his revelations were protected by the First Amendment.

Saxon was fired in 2014 from the Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell law firm, where he handled pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, after the firm learned of Dildine’s allegations, according to a report by an ethics hearing board. He pleaded guilty to violation of a protective order in January 2015 for continuing to send texts to Dildine and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

"The evidence is irrefutable," the hearing board concluded. "Dildine suffered considerable injury—emotional, physical, and reputational—at [Saxon’s] hands."

The hearing board imposed a three-year suspension in November 2016, and Saxon appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Saxon provided this statement to CBS 4: "I am deeply sorry I became involved with Jerene Dildine, most of all because I betrayed my family. I profoundly regret much of the language I used in my communications when I exposed Ms. Dildine as a prostitute to people who know her. All the material I sent was true and was taken from Ms. Dildine’s own marketing materials that she placed on the internet and sent to her clients to promote her business. I am appealing the jury’s decision. I do not believe that Ms. Dildine should be allowed to recover damages because of embarrassment over having her illegal conduct exposed."

Headline updated to clarify that it was a verdict. Read online

Jerene Dildine
Jury Awards Former Escort $1.7 Million For Invasion Of Privacy
By Brian Maass
May 12, 2017 10:00 PM

DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver district court jury awarded a former escort $1.7 million in damages last month after concluding that one of her clients, a high end Denver attorney, was guilty of outrageous conduct and invading the woman’s privacy by "outing" her to her family, friends and colleagues.

"I just feel like this was the final battle and I won," said Jerene Dildine, 44, who agreed to tell her story to CBS4 hoping it helps other women in similar situations. "I almost killed myself over being ashamed. I want other people to know you don’t have to die from shame."

The attorney who was found liable in the Dildine case, Sean Saxon, told CBS4 he plans to appeal the jury verdict.

Dildine told her story to CBS4 in a series of interviews. She was a teacher working in area public school systems, primarily teaching Spanish. But in 2013, with fewer teaching hours, rising housing costs and a recent divorce that hurt her financially, she said she began searching Craigslist for part time work and decided to try bikini modeling to supplement her income. On one modeling job, she said the client asked her if she would exchange sex for money.

"I did it," said Dildine. "And it was a very easy transition into that."

Using an alias, she created a profile on a prostitution website offering sex for $300 per hour. Read more

Editorial by Neil J Gillespie
For the Justice Network

Sex workers are human beings not so different than you. It is time to legalize, regulate and tax the escort/sex trade. Let’s make these folks legitimate workers in our society. If you ever watched porn, you hired sex workers. Think about that. Sex workers need a living wage, healthcare, workers comp insurance, and retirement benefits, just like other workers. It is time to end the moral panic. See "Someone you love could be a sex worker", by Valerie Scott, on TEDxToronto. For Florida prostitution laws, see the Florida Statutes, Chapter 796 Prostitution.

UPDATE: After listening more closely to sex worker and advocate Juno Mac, I believe decriminalization and self-determination is a viable alternative to legalization and regulation. It is time to set aside the MORAL PANIC and have a national discussion about the sex industry.

From YouTube: "Everyone has an opinion about sex work, but what does sex worker Juno Mac think? Juno takes us through four different legal models addressing the sex industry and explains why they -- and sex workers around the world -- believe decriminalization and self-determination are the only way to keep sex workers safe. An activist with the Sex Worker Open University, Juno campaigns for better working conditions by fighting criminalization and is involved with public education projects around issues relating to sex worker rights."

Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) is a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. This was a Texas sodomy law and privacy case. The Court held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the 14th Amendment. In my opinion escorting is protected under Lawrence as intimate consensual sexual conduct as part of the liberty interest protected by substantive due process under the 14th Amendment. Wikipedia

 Note: While this information deals with legal issues, it does not constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions related to the information available here, you are encouraged to consult an attorney who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. I am not a lawyer, not licensed to practice law, did not go to law school. Read my disclaimer.

From YouTube: "Valerie Scott is a Sex Worker & Advocate. Valerie Scott always wanted to be a sex worker and has extensive experience in her chosen profession. She is a founding member and legal co-ordinator of Sex Professionals of Canada, a sex worker rights organization. She has been a passionate advocate for her colleague's human, civil, and legal rights for the past 30 years. She has testified at Canada's Senate and at several Parliamentary committees. She has spoken at numerous community meetings,  colleges, universities, and conferences about the humanity of sex workers and the need for full decriminalization of adult sex work."

Mann Act, Wikipedia

The White-Slave Traffic Act, or the Mann Act, is a United States federal law, passed June 25, 1910 (ch. 395, 36 Stat. 825; codified as amended at 18 U.S.C. §§ 24212424)... It was amended by Congress in 1978 and again in 1986 to apply to transport for the purpose of prostitution or illegal sexual acts.[2] Read more 

Florida is a Zero-Tolerance State for Human Trafficking - Fla. AG Bondi
What is Human Trafficking?

Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear?
Psychology Today
By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D.

Wicked Deeds
Posted Jul 20, 2015

Moral panic is a situation in which public fears and state interventions exceed the objective threat posed by an individual or group who is/are claimed to be responsible for creating it. Central to the concept is an argument that public concern or fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials, politicians, law enforcement and news media. Read more

From Eve the Temptress to Mary Magdalene the Prostitute: The Strange Truth About Biblical Women

By Katie Edwards / The Conversation
April 5, 2016

The women of the Bible are far more than just characters of ancient stories. They help to reflect and construct our ideas and attitudes about femininity and female sexuality.

The much-maligned Magdalene

Like Eve, the New Testament character Mary Magdalene has been the subject of centuries of bad press. Magdalene is often believed to be a prostitute although there’s no suggestion of it in the biblical text. Academics have argued that the early Church developed Mary Magdalene’s repentant prostitute persona as a bid to deny women a proper position in the church hierarchy.

Since then, a number of attempts have been made to "rehabiliate" the character from her reputation as a fallen woman. Melvyn Bragg, for example, has certainly put some time into discovering the "real Magdalene", presenting a controversial Good Friday documentary in 2013 and a radio programme on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. But despite the reams of research and hours of media coverage, including the heightened interest in the Gospel of Mary following the success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, our fascination with the "penitent sinner" remains.

The discussion around Mary Magdalene, however, says more about cultural attitudes to female sexuality than anything about the biblical character. The persistent idea that sex workers are "fallen" women who should be rehabilitated or repentant has only relatively recently been challenged and the controversy surrounding Mary Magdalene speaks to centuries of the dominant ideology that shapes values around female sexuality and stigmatises sex workers on a moralistic premise.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

"On the other hand, Mary, Mother of Jesus, is considered by many Christians as the "ideal woman". As a virgin mother, Mary has the ultimate appeal to female respectability, combining the most culturally valuable female roles. But discussions surrounding the "ideal femininity" of Mary, Mother of Jesus, are inextricably linked with the control of female sexuality evidenced in attitudes to Mary Magdalene. The construction of "female virtue" is a cultural dividing practice to reinforce the social boundaries between respectable and unrespectable groups and classes." Read more

Swedish singer songwriter Lykke Li
Get Some (Lykke Li song)

"Get Some" is a song by Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li from her second studio album, Wounded Rhymes (2011). Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, it was released on 22 October 2010 as the album's lead single. During an interview for The Guardian on 13 December 2010, Li said of the song:

"A lot of people think it's about sex. [...] But it's about power. I was reading the Murakami book The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, where she goes into this guy's mind by making him fantasize about her, so it's kind of like powerplay. As soon as a woman does anything, they seem to hit a nerve and it's back to sex. At least men seem to think that."[4] Read more

 Lyrics - Metrolyrics Get Some Lykke Li
Don't pull your pants, before I go down
Don't turn away, this is my time
Don't make demands, I don't take none
Just say a prayer that it gon' get done
Don't pull your pants before I go down
Don't turn away, this is my time
Like a shotgun needs an outcome
I'm your prostitute, you gon' get some
Like a shotgun needs an outcome
I'm your prostitute, you gon' get some
Read more: Lykke Li - Get Some Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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The repurposed ambulance dubbed "Sexelance"
Danish 'sex ambulance' seeks to protect sex workers but migrant women at risk

Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Lin Taylor
Thursday, 18 May 2017

"People think less of girls who are prostitutes. But when you're a street prostitute, they think even less of you"

COPENHAGEN, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a dark tunnel in Copenhagen's red light district on a freezing night, Annika gasped for air as the stranger who agreed to pay her for sex started suffocating her with his bare hands.

A friend nearby heard her muffled cries and helped the 25-year-old Dane break free from the man's grasp. Annika, who declined to reveal her full name, said it was the fourth time in a year that she nearly died at the hands of her clients.

"If you don't give them what they want, even though it is not what you agreed in the beginning, some just snap," said Annika, who sold sex for nearly a year to pay for her drug addiction but quit the industry eight months ago.

"People think less of girls who are prostitutes. But when you're a street prostitute, they think even less of you," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on a street corner in Vesterbro, Copenhagen's red light district.

Studies show that sex workers in Denmark are violated or threatened by customers about 31 percent of the time while working the streets compared to only three percent in brothels, according to the Danish National Centre for Social Research.

For while prostitution is legal in Denmark, it is illegal to profit from other people selling sex, such as pimping, or to rent rooms to sex workers, which means prostitutes can end up having sex in places like parks, alleyways, behind parked cars and telephone booths.

This can put sex workers in danger from some clients and passers-by, according to rights groups, who are concerned that migrant or trafficked women are especially vulnerable as they are often afraid to report violence or assaults to the police.

A 2009 study by TAMPEP, the European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers, estimated migrant workers make up about 65 percent of sex workers in a list of European countries, including Denmark, where there are high numbers from Nigeria and Thailand.

Annika said she reported her attack to the police but they dropped the case because she had no visible marks on her body.

"It made me feel like I didn't matter to anyone," she said. Read more

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For Florida Public Health laws, see the Florida Statutes, Title XXIX, Public Health
 Florida Department of Health - Florida Board of Medicine

Genital herpes is a common STD. Tens of millions of ordinary people in the United States have genital herpes. Most people with genital herpes do not know they are infected. (CDC).
Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. (Wikipedia).
Sexually transmitted infection. (Wikipedia)
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) WHO - World Health Organization
Sexually Transmissible Diseases Chapter 384, Florida Statutes

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). ASHA was founded in 1914 in New York City, formed out of early 20th century social reform movements focused on fighting sexually transmitted infections (known then as venereal disease, or VD) and prostitution. Now, more than 100 years after its creation, ASHA remains America’s nonprofit authority for sexual health information. Read more.    ASHA on Wikipedia

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs/STIs) ASHA
The Herpes Resource Center (HRC) ASHA
How Does Herpes Testing Work? (PDF) ASHA
Managing Herpes: Living & Loving with HSV (PDF) ASHA

Managing Herpes: Living & Loving with HSV, by Charles Ebel and Anna Wald, M.D., M.P.H., is an essential resource for anyone looking for more information on herpes. An estimated one million people in the U.S. are infected each year with genital herpes. Though most are initially unaware of the infection, those diagnosed may face difficult questions about how they acquired herpes and how to manage it. Managing Herpes provides a balanced perspective on medical and emotional issues. Read more

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

US DOJ Civil Rights Division Voting Section Complaint

United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Voting Section Complaint                   

Florida Rigged Judicial Elections
Defendants’ Notice of Filing Contest of Election

Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Rm 7254 NWB
Washington, DC 20530

Monday, April 3, 2017

The power of video messages to transform politics

The power of music and images to convey a video message in less than 5 minutes; some with over a billion views; the future of politics? The end of political parties as we know them today?

Political parties in the United States
History and early political parties, Wikipedia

The United States Constitution has never formally addressed the issue of political parties. The Founding Fathers did not originally intend for American politics to be partisan. In Federalist Papers No. 9 and No. 10, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, respectively, wrote specifically about the dangers of domestic political factions. In addition, the first President of the United States, George Washington, was not a member of any political party at the time of his election or throughout his tenure as president. Furthermore, he hoped that political parties would not be formed, fearing conflict and stagnation, as outlined in his Farewell Address.[6] Nevertheless, the beginnings of the American two-party system emerged from his immediate circle of advisers. Hamilton and Madison, who wrote the aforementioned Federalist Papers against political factions, ended up being the core leaders in this emerging party system. It was the split camps of Federalists, given rise with Hamilton as a leader, and Democratic-Republicans, with Madison and Thomas Jefferson at the helm of this political faction, that created the environment in which partisanship, once distasteful, came to being.[7][8]... read more

The power of 1.73 BILLION VIEWS. Counting Stars, Wikipedia."Counting Stars" is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic from their third studio album, Native (2013). The song was written by lead singer Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. Musically, it is a folk pop song with a disco beat. It was released as the album's third single on June 14, 2013... As of April 2017, the video has received over 1.73 billion views on YouTube and is the 16th most watched video of all time on the site.[3] Read more. MetroLyrics

The power of ONE BILLION VIEWS. Wake Me Up (Avicii song) Wikipedia. "Wake Me Up" (stylised as "WAKE ME UP!") is a song by Swedish DJ and electronic music producer Avicii, released as the lead single from his debut studio album True, released by PRMD Music, Lava Records and Sony Music's Columbia Records on June 17, 2013. It was written by Annie actress/singer Aileen Quinn, along with Marianne Marie Marantz, Jonathan McHugh, David Geffen and Lee Ann Womack and features a Marantz Enhanced Digital Stereo audio mix track. American soul singer Aloe Blacc provides vocals for the track[2][3] and Mike Einziger of Incubus provides acoustic guitar...

Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth [Official Video], over TWO BILLION views!

See You Again, Wikipedia."See You Again" is a song recorded by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, featuring American singer Charlie Puth. The track was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 action film Furious 7 as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013 in Valencia, California. The artists co-wrote the song with its co-producers, DJ Frank E and Andrew Cedar, with additional production from Puth and mixing provided by Manny Marroquin. "See You Again" was released on March 10, 2015, as the soundtrack's lead single in the United States.

President Trump’s Listening Session on Healthcare

Remarks by President Trump in a Listening Session on Healthcare
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2017

Roosevelt Room
11:27 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here today.  It’s a great honor for you to share your personal stories of struggle under the enormous strain imposed on you by the very, very failed and failing Obamacare law.  Secretary Price and I, along with my entire administration, and a lot of people in the Senate and a lot of people in the House are committed to repealing and replacing this disastrous law with a healthcare plan that lowers cost, expands choice, and ensures access for everyone. 

You represent the millions of Americans who have seen their Obamacare premiums increase by double digits and even triple digits.  In Arizona, the rates were over 116 percent last year -- 116 percent increase.  And the deductibles are so high you don’t even get to use it.

Many Americans lost their plans and doctors altogether, and one-third of the counties -- think of it, one-third only have one insurer left.  The insurance companies are fleeing.  They’re gone; so many gone.  The House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will provide you and your fellow citizens with more choices -- far more choices at lower cost.  Americans should pick the plan they want.  Now they’ll be able to pick the plan they want, they’ll be able to pick the doctor they want.  They’ll be able to do a lot of things that the other plan was supposed to give and it never gave.  You don’t pick your doctor, you don’t pick your plan -- you remember that one.

We’re not going to have one-size-fits-all.  Instead, we’re going to be working to unleash the power of the private marketplace to let insurers come in and compete for your business.  And you’ll see rates go down, down, down, and you’ll see plans go up, up, up.  You’ll have a lot of choices. Read more

 Healthcare - Justice Network link

The business case for single payer
Fix It

Business owner Richard Master knows firsthand how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system punishes not only patients, but also employers who are forced to spend more and more to insure their workers. His documentary, "Fix It," makes a strong business case for addressing this festering problem, and includes interviews with many PNHP members. A trailer for the film can be accessed above, or you can view the full version for free by visiting the "Fix It" website. Read more

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Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) is a non-profit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. PNHP reports Analysis of HR 676: Medicare for All would save billions, Physicians for a National Health Program, by Gerald Friedman, Ph.D.

Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act
Introduced in House (01/24/2017)
Sponsor: Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D)

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off Live - Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Wikipedia link. The Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (LCCH) is the major specialist children's hospital for Queensland and New South Wales, Australia families. Official website

On Health Care, We’ll Have What Congress Is Having

The New Yorker
By Jeffrey Frank 
January 17, 2017

In the fall of 1994, the Clinton Administration’s much debated comprehensive, and complicated, health-insurance bill—known derisively as Hillarycare—died quietly on Capitol Hill. It was a moment that, the Princeton sociologist Paul Starr later argued, would "go down as one of the great lost political opportunities in American history." But, before the end, talk of another approach kept bubbling up: to allow those Americans who couldn’t get insurance elsewhere to buy a policy that was just as good, and inexpensive, as what members of Congress got. When Senator Edward M. Kennedy, of Massachusetts, said that Americans should get "exactly what we have," he meant the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

The F.E.H.B.P., as it’s known, was started in 1959, a few years before Medicare, and was meant to cover some nine million government employees—civil-service workers, the courts, the Post Office, members of Congress, and more. It wasn’t a single plan but, rather, as a Times story put it, "a supermarket offering 300 private health plans." (Even the right-learning Heritage Foundation called it "a showcase of consumer choice and free-market competition.") One may get a sense of its scope and inclusiveness—its supermarket-ness—in the way that the Office of Personnel Management, which administers the program, explains it to federal employees. Much of the program—for instance, the idea that no one can be refused, or charged more, for a preëxisting condition, or that dependents under twenty-six are covered—will sound familiar to anyone conversant with the most attractive parts of the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Sunday, April 2, 2017

If I Die Young

The sharp knife of a short life.
"If I Die Young" is a song written by Kimberly Perry, and recorded by American country music group The Band Perry. It was released in June 2010 as the second single from the group's self-titled debut album, which was released on October 12, 2010. Wikipedia

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song,
Uh oh, Uh oh (Metrolyrics)

 The sharp knife of a short life.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

President Trump’s Congressional Speech Feb-28-2017

Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States -- (applause) -- and citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path towards civil rights and the work that still remains to be done.  (Applause.)  Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.  (Applause.)

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.  That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world.  I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.  A new chapter -- (applause) -- of American Greatness is now beginning.  A new national pride is sweeping across our nation.  And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.

What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit.  Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.  (Applause.)  All the nations of the world -- friend or foe -- will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.

In nine years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding -- 250 years since the day we declared our independence.  It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.  But what will America look like as we reach our 250th year?  What kind of country will we leave for our children? Read more

A Brief Parsing of Evil
Sardonicky blog
By Karen Garcia
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In his first address to Congress, Donald Trump vowed to destroy health care for the tens of millions of children, disabled people, low-paid workers and elderly citizens who now depend on Medicaid. He promised to continue viciously demonizing Muslims and Latinos as terrorists and criminals. He blustered that he will gut government health and safety regulations so that billionaires and corporations may prosper and plunder, buzzed on a permanent capitalistic crack high. He committed himself to the destruction of public education, euphemising it as "school choice." He pledged a massive build-up of the already bloated military forces abroad and enhanced militarized police forces at home.

And the mainstream media swooned, because Donald Trump uttered all his depraved fantasies in such a normal, reasonable tone of voice. Trump is finally acting "presidential." He abandoned the dark rhetoric of his inauguration, and magically morphed into the heir of that sunny sadist himself, Ronald Reagan. He even managed an echo of Barack Obama's own "adult in the room" glib, bipartisan doubletalk.

Among the group-think headlines: Read more

Saturday, February 18, 2017

President Trump Press Conference Feb-16-2017

First Trump News Conference Feb. 16, 2017
The New York Times
Full Transcript and Video

TRUMP: Thank you very much.

I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor will be Mr. Alex Acosta. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School, was a great student; former clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. And he has had a tremendous career. He’s a member and has been a member of the National Labor Relations Board, and has been through Senate confirmation three times, confirmed; did very, very well.

And so Alex, I’ve wished him the best. We just spoke. And he’s going to be — I think he’ll be a tremendous secretary of labor.

And also as you probably heard just a little while ago, Mick Mulvaney, former congressman, has just been approved weeks late, I have to say that, weeks, weeks late, Office of Management and Budget. And he will be I think a fantastic addition.

Paul Singer just left. As you know, Paul was very much involved with the anti-Trump or as they say, "never Trump." And Paul just left and he’s given us his total support. And it’s all about unification. We’re unifying the party and hopefully we’re going to be able to unify the country. It’s very important to me. I’ve been talking about that for a long time. It’s very, very important to me.

So I want to thank Paul Singer for being here and for coming up to the office. He was a very strong opponent, and now he’s a very strong ally. And I appreciate that.

I think I’ll say a few words, and then we’ll take some questions. And I had this time. We’ve been negotiating a lot of different transactions to save money on contracts that were terrible, including airplane contracts that were out of control and late and terrible; just absolutely catastrophic in terms of what was happening. And we’ve done some really good work. We’re very proud of that. Read more

The Deep State Speaketh
Sardoniky blog
By Karen Garcia
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
*2/16 Update Below.

The first Deep State leg of the punishing journey that Senator Chuck Schumer called "six ways from Sunday" is now complete. The Intelligence Community has officially begun its vendetta against Donald J. Trump.

Not that we should mourn the newly deposed General Mike Flynn, of course. The man was not just a loose cannon in a whole cabinet full of them, he was a human cluster bomb. A ground war with Iran on his watch was never a question of if, but of when. Flynn was practically salivating blood in his hateful haste to kill as many Muslims as possible. So good riddance to him.

 I have just a few thoughts on what could possibly be going on with the Consensuals of the Washington establishment.

1. They just really, viscerally hate Donald Trump's guts, as well as his unfiltered Queens-accented voice speaking uncomfortable truths about the Military Industrial Complex and American imperialism. Above all, they just hate that he is ruining their long-held plans for at least a warming of the cold war with Russia. They don't want all those troops in Norway and Estonia and Poland just going to waste. If there is a true peace with Putin, the American-based oil cartels might have to negotiate nicely with Russia over all that oil lurking in the Bering Sea. And they don't want to share. Read more...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rockin in the Free World

Pearl Jam with Neil Young - Rockin in the free world Toronto 2011 COMPLETE lyrics

Neil Young: I'm OK With Donald Trump Using 'Rockin' in the Free World'

Rolling Stone
By Daniel Kreps
May 24, 2016

"Once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything," rocker says

Donald Trump's presidential campaign got off to a rocky start last June when – after playing Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" after the rally announcing his presidential bid – the rocker immediately asked the mogul to stop using the Freedom track on the campaign trail. The issue sparked a public argument between Young and Trump, as Young stated that Trump was "not authorized" to use the track, while a spokesperson for the GOP candidate insisted they had acquired the necessary publishing rights.

However, in a new interview with Reuters, Young said he doesn't harbor any resentment towards Trump for using the Freedom track; in fact, he might have okayed the mogul's usage if Trump had just asked permission first.

"The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then [Trump] didn't ask me to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' doesn't mean that he can't use it," Young said. "He actually got a license to use it. I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything. But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped."

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Rolling Stone in June 2015 after Young protested the song's usage on the campaign trail, "We won't be using it again. There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will respect his wish and not use it because it's the right thing to do."

After the "Rockin' in the Free World" incident, Young's rep issued a statement saying, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America." Eleven months later, Young is still supporting the Vermont senator.

"He's the only one talking about the issues, about issues that matter to me, the issues on my mind," Young told Reuters. "Problems of corporate control of democracy and everything slipping away and not being able to have six major companies owning all the media in the United States."

Although Young supports Sanders, come November, he won't be able to vote for the Vermont senator, or any other candidate for that matter: The rocker maintains his Canadian citizenship, making him ineligible to vote in the presidential election. When asked if he'd consider U.S. citizenship, Young quipped, "Oh, that would be a big ruse. I'm a Canadian. There's nothing I can do about that."

"I vote in my own way, by making a lot of noise. If you don't want to listen to me, fine. If you don't want to vote like I would, don't," Young said. "But I still have a voice." Read more

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Combat veterans with genital injuries find little help overcoming intimacy, pregnancy challenges

Combat veterans with genital injuries find little help overcoming intimacy, pregnancy challenges

Seema Yasmin, Staff writer
Dallas News
December 15, 2016

Five months after his 32nd birthday, Aaron Causey stepped on a bomb. The newlywed from Alabama was on his second overseas Army deployment, working as an explosives technician in Afghanistan. That morning in 2011, Aaron was on the hunt, peering inside tunnels for improvised explosive devices.

Before he saw the small bundle of plastic and copper wires, he had stepped on it. The blast ripped off his legs and traveled through his groin. One testicle was destroyed, only two-thirds of the other remained.

Four days later in a German hospital, Kat Causey walked into her husband’s hospital room. "Don’t throw up. Don’t throw up," she told herself. The words repeated in her head as she stared at Aaron. How can he still be alive, she wondered. Her husband was in pieces. Surely their plans for having a baby were shattered.

The blast from an IED hits from below. It can hollow out a soldier’s pelvis, shredding the shaft of the penis, obliterating testicles and destroying the bladder and the tubes that carry urine and sperm.

Fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan means hopping out of trucks to walk on foot in terrain too rugged for military vehicles. Experts say service members are more vulnerable to IED blasts than ever before.

That could explain why more than 1,400 U.S. troops suffered injuries to the penis, testicles or bladder from 2001 to 2013 while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their average age was 24. Experts describe the rise of genital injuries from combat as "unprecedented."

Blasts powerful enough to amputate legs and genitalia used to mean almost certain death. These days, advanced medical care in the field and quick evacuation to specialist trauma centers means soldiers who suffer severe blast injuries have a better chance of surviving.

Surviving means repeat surgeries, re-imagining relationships and wondering if you’ll ever enjoy sex or have children. And while there are more conversations about brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder in troops, experts and families say there’s not enough discussion about the men who return home with the most taboo of injuries.

Counting the injured

At his office in the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Army Maj. Steven Hudak tracks the number of wounded military service members. When he’s not treating the injured — Dr. Hudak is a reconstructive urologist — he studies the Department of Defense Trauma Registry to learn what kinds of injuries are afflicting military members across the services.

In a recent paper (PDF) published in the Journal of Urology, Hudak and colleagues wrote that there are more U.S. service members surviving with genitourinary injuries than ever before in the history of war. They described the different types of genital trauma suffered by young military men and said the range of trauma to the penis and testicles is varied. (Press release)

"There’s no characteristic pattern among the men who have penile injuries," Hudak says. "Really every service member that I’ve treated for a penile injury had a different kind of injury."

Of the more than 1,400 men who suffered injuries to the genitals while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan over a 12-year period, 75 men died from their wounds and were excluded from the analysis.

Hudak found that of the 1,367 wounded service members who survived, 3 out of 4 had injuries to the penis, scrotum or testicles. A third had injuries that were classified as severe and 84 suffered severe injuries to the penis.

In a separate study of soldiers injured in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom between 2001 and 2011, Hudak's team found 501 men suffered genital and urinary system injuries and that 1 in 5 of them had an injury to the penis.

Overall, the greatest number of severe injuries were among those who had testicular damage, says Hudak. "That obviously has a different set of ramifications with regards to long-term fertility potential." Read more

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Aaron Causey (retired), wife Kat Causey, and daughter Alexandra Jayne Causey