Friday, January 31, 2014

Air Force officer who was considered a deserter last month was apprehended in Alabama


Air Force Times reports --U.S. Marshals have arrested a captain from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., whom the Air Force Office of Special Investigations considers a deserter.

Capt. Robby Williams, who works in U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s communications directorate, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Dothan, Ala., said Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Williams did not report for work at Shaw on Dec. 23. On Jan. 9, OSI announced that Williams had deserted and was “eluding authorities involved in his search.” Williams had been staying in hotels in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia and was seen purchasing large amounts of alcohol, OSI said at the time.

The U.S. Marshals were asked to help find Williams out of concern about “the sensitive nature of his position, what he might have access to,” Joyner said Thursday. The investigation led to Troy, Ala., where Williams had spent a couple of nights in a hotel and made purchases at a local liquor store.

Later, a U.S. Marshal with Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force spotted his vehicle at a hotel in Dothan, Joyner said. Williams was trailed to a local gas station where he was arrested without incident.

Williams is currently in the local jail in Dothan awaiting transfer of custody to the Air Force, Joyner said.

Security managers at AFCENT will review “all details associated with his clearance,” said command spokesman Maj David Faggard.

In a news release on Thursday, AFCENT announced Williams had been apprehended but didn’t mention that he had been on the run from authorities.


“We’re all glad Robby is safe and back,” Brig. Gen. John Dolan, AFCENT’s assistant commanding deputy, said in the news release. “We’ll continue the investigation and figure out what happened. We’ll also continue to work with the family and friends of Robby during this time.”

Full article: 
http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140130/NEWS06/301300007/Shaw-captain-considered-deserter-apprehended-Alabama 

Food for thought:  Never in the 20 years I served in the Navy did I witness the military "hunt down" an officer in this manner.  Let's pray they don't treat him like Bradley Manning or worse.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

You're In The 'DADT' Army, Now...


Advocate.com reoprts -- At the age of 17, Rob Smith enlisted in the military, just as he was figuring out his own sexual identity. What he encountered the moment he got to boot camp shocked him.
Editor's Note: An excerpt from 'Closets, Combat, and Coming Out':
The first two minutes of my military experience were a blur. No sooner had I gotten off the bus and retrieved my luggage, as directed, and stood in front of it, I made the mistake of glancing at the drill sergeants out of the side of my eye. They entered the area with their chest- jutting, tough-guy swagger. They seemed somehow larger than life: tall, angry, and terrifying. These big, angry-looking white men were the opposite of the warm and caring Corporal Garvin. They meant business, and first up on the agenda was to scare the living hell out of all of us.
"Don't fucking look at me, privates!" The first screamed.
"Look straight the fuck ahead!"
My frightened gaze inadvertently met the first drill sergeant's hardened and steely one. I'd never seen an overweight, yet muscular, middle-aged man move as lithely as he did. He leaped over the other recruits' bags and between their shoulders to move between the four rows of recruits and somehow place his face millimeters in front of mine in the blink of an eye.
I felt every eyeball in the room on me, the lone pepper spot in a sea of baldheads and clean- shaven white faces. I felt weak and exposed. The other recruits were doing their best to focus their attention directly forward and pretend not to notice the scene that was being performed by our new superior for their benefit.
Why couldn't it have been somebody else? I thought to myself. Why can't I ever just blend in?
The drill sergeant looked at me, studying me. Although I was trying to maintain my forward gaze. I realized it was bordering on the impossible, and decided on a split-second act of defiance. I looked him directly in the eyes, trying desperately to swallow the fear that enveloped me. Maybe this old bastard would respect me for it. Maybe he would think I'm not someone to be fucked with. Maybe I could get his old white ass to think I was some thug from the projects of Detroit instead of a solidly lower-middle class geek from Ohio with a two-parent family background that was like The Cosby Show. Well, maybe The Cosby Show if neither of the kids were Cliff's and he was a control freak who beat the shit out of Claire every once in a while.
I studied the drill sergeant while trying to maintain my gaze. His face was wide and heavy, as age had obviously crept in and started the inevitable decline in his looks. His face was heavily lined, his chin was weak and his cheeks sagged. The ridiculous drill sergeant cap, which most closely resembled an upside down bowl on top of a plate, placed an ominous shadow over his hollow eyes. As I looked into them, using every bit of my resolve to keep his gaze, I sensed a white-hot hatred that simmered below the surface. I engaged him there for what seemed like hours, giving him my brand new 'don't fuck with me' look. In my mind I thought of every rap video, every "hood" movie I'd ever seen with a young black guy killing someone, selling drugs or robbing someone, men who I was told by my thuggish cousins that I could never be like because I liked books instead of rap music, writing instead of sports.
The drill sergeant's eyes twinkled and a smile spread widely across his lips. Suddenly, I was afraid, and I felt a wave of fear unleash within me. I knew what was coming, which was possibly the worst thing that could come out right now. This had followed me since the sixth grade in Ohio, and it appears that it just hopped the flight down to the South. He looked directly at me with that'you're fucked'grin for a few moments more, then stepped back to make his pronouncement to the roomful of recruits that I would be spending the next six months with.
"What are you, a fucking faggot?" he said.
It was less of a question and more of a pronouncement, made loud enough so that everyone in the staging area could hear it. "This motherfucker was eyeballin' me because he's a fucking, faggot! Yeah, that's what you are, right?"
I flinched, taking two steps back and nearly falling backwards over the luggage that was stacked neatly behind me. I quickly regained my footing. That would not be a good way to start this process. I had to think quickly, to do something that would end this now.
"No, Drill Sergeant!"
The words came out of my mouth as unexpectedly as the vomit a few hours after I'd had my first shots of whiskey on my seventeenth birthday the past summer. His head whipped back around toward me. The other recruits and the officers staged in front of us were barely pretending not to pay attention any longer. This was quickly becoming quite the scene.
"What the fuck did you say?"
"No, Drill Sergeant, I'm not a faggot, Drill Sergeant!" I yelled.
"Then stop eyeballing me like you want to fuck me!" he said, pausing for a moment to look at the nametag stitched to my fatigues mid-sentence.
I looked up, and noticed that he had moved back into position close to my face. This time, he didn't yell, and his words sliced through my fun and games attitude like a scalpel through flesh. They were quiet, almost a whisper. These words were intended for me and nobody else.
"You ever eyeball me like that again and I will fucking end you, you motherfucking faggot," he spat.
I waited for a smile, for some sign of the showy badass he had put on for the company for the last five minutes, but there was none there. It was the real him, and he wasn't a fan of my fake bravado or the little stare down I had given him earlier. I was confused and looked down, but instinctively looked back up and straight ahead. Through my peripheral vision I could've sworn I saw the faintest smile on his face, but there was nothing happy about it. It was grim and fearsome, somehow devious. For the first time since I had come to Fort Benning, and the Army on a whim, I was afraid. Whatever he and his cohorts had in store for me and the other 124 recruits over the next six months wasn't going to be fun. Playtime was over.
Article:  http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2014/01/29/youre-dadt-army-now
ROB SMITH is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, lecturer, and LGBT activist. He served for 5 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman, earning the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. His memoir, Closets, Combat and Coming Out (Blue Beacon Books) is available on Amazon.com and wherever LGBT books are sold. For more information on Smith, visit RobSmithOnline.com, or follow him on Twitter @RobSmithOnline.

A dedication to all the "survived" victims of military sexual discrimination, sexual assault and rape. You don't have to suffer in silence, pray to God for Justice!





Condemnation

Tried
Here on the stand
With the book in my hand
And truth on my side

Accusations
Lies
Hand me my sentence
I'll show no repentance
I'll suffer with pride

If for honesty
You want apologies
I don't sympathize
If for kindness
You substitute blindness
Please open your eyes

Condemnation
Why
Because my duty
Was always to beauty
And that was my crime

Feel elation
High
To know I can trust this
Fix of injustice
Time after time

If you see purity
As immaturity
Well it's no surprise
If for kindness
You substitute blindness
Please open your eyes

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thought for the day...



Pride and War
©  Syneeda Penland 2014

Have we not yet arrived
To see the bloody tears in their eyes,
The bloody scars on their hands,
The stench of blood
Soiled in pilfered land.

Raided by savages dressed in red coats,
Now wearing camouflaged uniforms
Carrying AKAs, not bayonets;
Arriving in steel boats.

They come to harm  
Innocent women and children,
To be taken as slaves,
To work in factories,
Or sold as prostitutes
Until they are no longer useful,
Then tossed in shallow graves.

The men are forced to surrender,
Dare they not bow to the King,
Forced to their knees, to render
A proper salute to their new master…
‘Let the songs of Freedom Ring.’

Forced to worship someone
other than their high God,
Forced to worship the man
Who has come to rob them of their land;
To be treated as “terrorists”,
A word invented by the oppressor
Who lies to the world,
Disguising the fact
that he’s the aggressor.

 Dare he look at his own reflection
To measure the wrath of his self-destruction,
His diversion from our high God,
A demoralizing obstruction.

This path of evil, invented by man-
Designed to wage war-
Wreak havoc across the globe;
Gathering dead bodies as trophies,
Or to be sold—
As commodities for profits,
Yet another lie will be told.
As history is rewritten
To bury the truth of the massacres,
Like the days of old.

Did man not get the message
That one day it will all end,
That he’ll be cleansed
Of his self-destructive behavior,
The source of his sin.

For Mother Earth is a natural healer
Who will rescue man from pain,
Cleansing him of hate and misery
So he can learn to love again.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Army General Scolded For Email Joking About Masturbating To 'Smoking Hot' Congresswoman


Business Insider reports -- Army Brigadier General Martin P. Schweitzer received a "memoranda of concern" following a lurid set of emails between him and another general, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post

Schweitzer was briefing Brigadier Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair on a recent meeting he had with tea party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in 2011. 

“First — she is smoking hot,” Schweit­zer wrote. “Second — briefing went well ... she was engaging ... had done her homework. She wants us to know she stands with us and will work/push to get the Fort Bragg family resourced.

That, and what came next, led prosecutors to turn over the e-mail chain to the Army inspector general for a full investigation.

He sucks :-) still needs to confirm hotness,” Sinclair teased in a reply.

More than an hour later, Schweitzer responded with an apology for the delay, saying he had masturbated “3 times over the past 2 hours” after the meeting with the congresswoman.

Schweitzer, then a colonel and the deputy commander for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division, was nabbed in part because of Sinclair.

Sinclair's alleged misdeeds are nothing short of prolific, and investigators were rightfully combing through his email when they found the less-than-professional exchange with Schweitzer.

Adam Weinstein of Gawker notes that as the current deputy director for regional operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., Schweitzer "serves in the Pentagon's inner circle of decision-makers."

He also notes accurately that the memorandum was essentially a wrist slap.
Of the wristslap, Ellmers took the high road, telling the Post, “I am pleased with the corrective actions that are taking place and how they handled this very difficult situation."

“My comments were a terrible attempt at humor. I didn’t mean them literally or figuratively, I simply meant them to try and be funny during a very tense period within the command to a limited audience. I know they were not appropriate. It was stupid.”


Food for thought:  Hopefully the Senate will begin to take our complaints more seriously, when it comes to sexual discrimination, abuse and assault in the military!

Beyonce & Jay Z promotes sexual violence against women!


2014 Grammy performance

When I saw the video "Drunk in Love" for the first time last week, my heart immediately went out to Blue Ivy and other young girls in America who are subjected to potential sexual violence against women.  To have a mother who chooses to publicly advertise her sexuality in such a provocative manner, and call it entertainment, is appalling!
  
2014 Grammy performance

Furthermore, the fact that the Obamas would entertain such a performance "Drunk in Love"  at Michelle’s 50th birthday celebration questions America’s value system as a whole. 

Beyonce at Michelle Obama's 50th Birthday celebration


Just days following the celebration, President Obama makes a "shallow" attempt to address our country's violence against women in his weekly address “Take Action against Sexual Assault”.   



Sexual violence (or promoting it) is a cancer that needs to be cured.  The President cannot pacify this epidemic in a 3-minute youtube video.  America is in dire need of better legislation and protection of our human rights and the music industry is setting our efforts back several decades!  

Don't condone it, STOP IT!   

The subliminal message of the song, "Eat the Cake Anna Mae, Eat the  cake", hits too close to home to remind us of the emotional and physical abuse Tina Turner suffered during her marriage to Ike Turner.    

Lyrics to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS10YazBltA

"Tina Turner Recalls The First Time Ike Abused Her"

Last year in an interview with Oprah’s Next Chapter, Tine recalls when things started to get physical with Ike.  

Watch the interview here:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/tina-turner-ike-turner-abuse_n_3819333.html




With success comes sacrifice.  

Thank God Tina found the courage to fight back before it was too late.  

                         
   

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ex-Navy midshipman pleads not guilty to sexual exploitation of children


Daily Camera reports -- A former Navy midshipman charged with posing as a girl online to get other underage females to send him sexually explicit photos entered a plea of not guilty in Boulder District Court today and will stand trial this summer. 

Bret Michael Butler, 22, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child with intent to sell or publish, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child with possession of more than 20 items.

Butler is scheduled to stand trial beginning June 9 in connection with a Boulder police investigation that began almost a year ago.

According to court documents, Boulder police received a tip in February from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Butler was in possession of child pornography.

Boulder police said they recovered more than 20 sexually graphic images of children on Butler's cellphone and computers, including a desktop computer that Butler told police was "Navy-issued," according to court records.

Investigators say Butler posed as a girl to communicate with other underage girls. Once he established communication, police allege, he would ask for sexually explicit photos and then share them online with other users.

Butler was arrested at his home in Boulder County in August. Local investigators were told by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent that Butler was AWOL from the academy, according to an affidavit, but Navy officials said Butler was not AWOL and had been separated from the school since December 2012.

While out on $50,000 bond in the sexual exploitation case, Butler was arrested for a second time on Jan. 7 by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se and speeding 10 mph to 19 mph over the speed limit, according to Boulder County Jail booking records.

Butler is scheduled for a first appearance on the DUI charges on Feb. 10.

Read more:  http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_24985423/ex-navy-midshipman-pleads-not-guilty-sexual-exploitation

President Obama's Weekly Address: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault

Friday, January 24, 2014

Why Don't More Women Want to Work With Other Women?

Government Executive.com  reports --A recurring issue in glass-ceiling debates revolves around whether women are, either directly or indirectly, excluded from high-level jobs. Many offices tend to promote people according to a concept called "homosocial reproduction"—essentially, the spoils go to the workers who move in the right social circles. If your workplace is a boy's club where the high-performers smoke cigars and play golf together, this theory would dictate that the next big promotion is likely not going to the quiet female analyst who knits during lunchtime.
Pew

That's why this one fact, from a Pew survey released last month, is so devastating.

Pew asked 2,002 people if they would prefer to work with men or women. Most—78 percent of men and 76 percent of women—said they didn't care. But for the 22 percent who did have a preference, "it’s men who get the nod from both sexes by about a 2-1 margin,"Pew's Rich Morin writes. In fact, more women said they'd rather work with men than men did.

When the results are broken down by generation, workers who were born between 1925 and 1942 were most likely to say they prefer working with men (21 percent), and Millennials (born in the 1980s and 1990s) were least likely to (11 percent). But from there, the percentage doesn't track with age. In fact, more workers from Generation X, who are closer in age to Millennials, said they'd prefer to work with men (19 percent) than did the middle-aged Boomers (16 percent).
Credit


Millennials may seem gender-neutral by comparison, but in other parts of the same survey, their responses were equally bleak. Far more Millennial women than men (59 percent versus 19 percent) said being a working parent makes it hard to advance in a job, and fewer Millennial women said they aspired to become managers.

The results are similar in other surveys on who Americans would prefer to work for, rather than with. As Derek Thompson wrote in November, Gallup reported that all of 23 percent of U.S. employees now say they'd prefer a female boss—and that's a record high.

And once again, more men than women said they either preferred a female boss or had no preference. We've apparently come a long way, though: That number was only about 5 percent until the 1970s, which helps explain some of Peggy Olson's endless suffering.

There's no easy answer for why both sexes lean slightly toward a male-dominated workplace. Among women, some studies make it seem as though this preference is the professional extension of "all my best friends are guys." As in, "I'm a woman, but I have an overall negative perception of female personalities and thus prefer to surround myself with men." For example, female respondents told one British pollster that male bosses are "more straight-talking" and "less prone to moods."

Social scientists who have been poking at this can of worms for decades have found that women sometimes exclude other women from opportunities in order to gain a competitive edge. Women tend to mainly only bully other women in the workplace, while men are equal-opportunity harassers. 

Much of this can be chalked up to decades of workplace and societal gender discrimination. Women tend to face the so-called "backlash effect," the theory that women can only advance at work if they act more like men, but they then face social penalties for behaving in unfeminine ways.

But perhaps the statistic to focus on isn't the quarter of workers who care about the gender of their colleagues. It's the 77 percent of workers who say they don't care. More of that, and we won't have to worry about boy's clubs or glass ceilings.

Article:  http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/why-dont-more-women-want-work-other-women/77291/#.UuFKlAivntU.email

Food for thought:  As much as I try to suppress the events which lead to my courts martial conviction, I cannot ignore the fact that it was a fellow female officer, a JAG officer, who obstructed justice by helping to orchestrate a scheme to cover-up military fraud.  Her unethical actions not only perpetuated ongoing racism in the Navy but sexual discrimination as well.

For nearly 13 years while serving as a Naval officer, I’d learned to play by the rules, how to “get along” with my male dominant co-workers.  I even went as far as pursuing a second Masters degree in Human Resource management to become familiar with Equal Employment laws.  Along with my duties as a budget officer, I took on extra collateral duties to serve as a legal advisor and Inspector general investigator, this was to ensure my civil rights and humans would not be violated, or those of my subordinates. 


But who was I kidding, when it came to working with other female officers in the Navy, it was rare.  But that’s the “golden rule”, to how men maintain their dominance in the workplace and in society.  Divide and conquer, or forcing us into a life or world of submission.


The Danger of Ignoring Eisenhower's Warning about the Military Industrial Complex...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thought for the day...


Love is patient, 
Love is kind. 
It does not envy,
 It does not boast,
 It is not proud.
 It does not dishonor others, 
It is not self-seeking, 
It is not easily angered, 
It keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in evil 
But rejoices with the truth. 
It always protects, 
Always trusts, 
Always hopes,
 Always perseveres.
Love is God.

Learn to LOVE the world  and all living things
through the eyes of God.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case


The Washington Post reports -- Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.

Authorities alleged that for nearly two years, the McDonnells hit up executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. again and again, lodging near constant requests for large loans, clothes, trips, golf accessories and private plane rides.

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his wife received more than $150,000 in cash and gifts to promote the company of a campaign donor. The first family has since repaid the money and returned the gifts, but the governor and Mrs. McDonnell are now the subject of fast-moving federal and state investigations. The Post's Ed O'Keefe, filling in for Nia-Malika Henderson, sits down with the Post reporter who broke this story, Rosalind Helderman.

In exchange, authorities allege, the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williams’ struggling company, a small former cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements.

They said the first couple arranged access for the CEO to top state officials, allowed the historic governor’s mansion to be used for a launch party for his company’s new non-FDA approved pill and attended events designed to boost the company’s prestige with university scientists who might research the company’s product.

The two were charged with 14 felony counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obtaining property under color of their official office and conspiring to the do the same.

They were also charged with making false statements to a federal credit union.
McDonnell was also charged with making a false statement to another financial institution, and Maureen McDonnell was charged with obstructing the investigation.

Charges mean the couple could face a maximum of decades in prison, though would likely serve far less if convicted.

“We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute public corruption,” said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente in a statement.

Full article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/former-va-gov-mcdonnell-and-wife-charged-in-gifts-case/2014/01/21/1ed704d2-82cb-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html

Food for thought:  What has happened to morality in this country?!!  Another classic case of politicians thinking they are above the law. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

6 Drugs Whose Dangerous Risks Were Buried So Big Pharma Could Make Money


Alternet.com reports -- When a prescription drug causes risky side effects, the word often doesn’t get out for years, allowing Big Pharma to make money anyway.

The FDA and Big Pharma contend that dangerous side-effects in a prescription drug only emerge when it is used by millions instead of the relatively small group of people in clinical trials. But there is another reason the public ends up guinea pigs. Prescription drugs are rushed to market in as little as six months so industry can start making money while safety is still being determined. Both Merck's risk-laden bone drug Fosamax and painkiller Vioxx were on the market after a six-month review. In the case of Vioxx, it was because "the drug potentially provided a significant therapeutic advantage over existing approved drugs," the FDA said. 

Thanks for that. And five drugs (Trovan, Rezulin, Posicor, Duract and  Meridia) rushed through in 1997 because of Pharma and congressional pressure on the FDA, says Public Citizen, were subsequently withdrawn. 

Here are some drugs whose risks did not did not keep them from getting their "patent's worth."

1. Singulair
You'd think Merck would have learned from Vioxx and Fosamax that aggressive marketing can only hide emerging risks for so long. It didn't. To sell its asthma and allergy drug Singulair to children, the drug giant partnered with Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Peter Vanderkaay and Scholastic and the American Academy of Pediatrics even as the FDA warned about "neuropsychiatric events" including agitation, aggression, nightmares, depression, insomnia and suicidal thinking.

While Merck marketed Singulair, which comes in a cherry-flavored chewable formulation, to parents with slogans like "Singulair is made with kids in mind," Fox TV and over 200 parents on the  website askapatient reported that children on Singulair exhibited altered moods, depression and ADHD, hyperkinesis and suicidal symptoms. Fifteen-year-old Cody Miller of Queensbury, NY reportedly took his own life days after taking the drug in 2008Still, Singulair made $5 billion for the company in 2010. After its patent expired in 2012, Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration, the FDA’s counterpart, reported 58 cases of adverse psychiatric events in children and teenagers, primarily suicidal thinking. Who knew?

2. Zyprexa
How do you sell a drug that causes 30 percent of users to gain 22 pounds and some to gain as much as  100 pounds? By burying the risks. The antipsychotic Zyprexa was supposed to be Eli Lilly’s followup to its blockbuster antidepressant Prozac even though  Lilly knew as early as 1995, according to the  New York Times, that Zyprexa was linked to unmanageable weight gain or diabetes. Zyprexa’s side effects of "weight gain and possible hyperglycemia is a major threat to the long-term success of this critically important molecule,” wrote Lilly’s Alan Breier, who later became chief medical officer, in documents obtained by the  Times.

Even as Lilly  settled charges that it withheld the drug's link to high blood sugar levels and diabetes and illegally marketed the drug for dementia, Zyprexa made $5 billion in 2010 and out-earned Prozac. Who says crime doesn’t pay? Zyprexa was especially marketed to the poor and became one of the nation's top Medicaid drugs extracting at least $1.3 billion of our tax dollars in 2005 alone. In 2008, Lilly settled an Alaskan suit to cover the cost of Medicaid patients who developed diabetes on Zyprexa. Unbelievably, Lilly offered a "free service" to "help" states buy mental illness drugs like Zyprexa as a fox guards the henhouse and 20 states took the bait. Zyprexa's patent ran out in 2012.

3. Seroquel
Like Zyprexa, the antipsychotic Seroquel, made by the UK firm AstraZeneca, became a best-selling medication in the US, earning over $5 billion in 2010,  despite frequently reported risks. It was so heavily marketed to poor children that in 2007, Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice's bought twice as much Seroquel as Advil. Seroquel's high use in the military for the unapproved uses of sleep and PTSD was also disturbing: reports of veterans’ sudden deaths on the drug, thought to be cardiac-related, surfaced even as use of Seroquel soared 700 percent in the Department of Defense. In 2009, it was the number-two drug at the VA, accounting for $125.4 million in tax dollars.

Months after Seroquel's 1997 approval, an article in the  South Dakota Journal of Medicine raised questions about the drug's unsafe interaction with 11 other drugs. Within three years, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic were questioning Seroquel's effect on the heart's electrical activity. But even as the families of deceased veterans testified at FDA hearings in 2009 and demanded answers from officials and lawmakers, the FDA maintained Seroquel's safety. Then in 2011, with little fanfare, the FDA issued new warnings that corroborated the swirling suspicions: both Seroquel and its extended release version “should be avoided” in combination with at least 12 other medicines, said the FDA. The drug should also be avoided in the elderly and people with heart disease because of clear cardiac risks. Oops. Seroquel's patent ran out the following year.



Full article:  http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/6-drugs-whose-dangerous-risks-were-buried-so-big-pharma-could-make-money?page=0%2C2

Food for thought:  Midway through his first term, President Obama identified what he considers America’s “3 Axis of Evil”: "Wall Street, the Pharmaceutical industry and the military.  After reading this article I realized that he was head on with his statement.  

As citizens of America, we may not have much control over the evil-doers who manipulate the stock market for their own personal gains, or feed the American public ongoing propaganda as an excuse to invade “defenseless” 3-world countries to pilfer its natural resources; again for personal gains. But we do have control over our own lives when it comes to managing our personal health.

I encourage each and every one of you to research “alternative” methods of healing before you decide to “pop a pill” for whatever ails you, or your children.  One such method is through meditation or various forms of “holistic healing” techniques, the QI-Gong practice is a good alternative.  For you non-religious conformist, such as myself, it is not associated with religion in any fashion.   

Change your diet, your children’s diet and your lifestyle.  This includes learning how to deflect negative energy, or learning to balance your “Yin-Yang” dualistic nature.   Several culprits of negative energy is music, media, TV and other people.  I for one find it repulsive to listen to certain genres of music, especially music lyrics written by egotistical artists who promote such things as the “illuminati” which is nothing but a “fad” and a method of altering your mind, similar to mind altering drugs.  It’s all linked to major corporations who seek to earn higher profits at the expense of your health, or maybe even your life!