New York Times Best Seller Roger Stone, a veteran of nine national presidential campaigns, most recently Donald Trump, joins OUR WORLD with Gary Franchi on http://TalkNetwork.com blast CNBC for their epic debate failure.
At 25, a friend introduced me to “Surfing Finnegans Wake,” in which a nasally man lectures for three hours, ostensibly off-the-cuff, on the psychedelic, boundary-dissolving experience of reading James Joyce. I remember thinking his voice sounded extra-terrestrial. It was Terence McKenna. Here’s a quote from the lecture, which will hopefully be blurbed on the next jacket cover of Finnegans Wake: “This [Finnegans Wake] comes about as close as anybody came to pushing the entire contents of the universe down into approximately 14 cubic inches.” Continue reading
(mediaite.com) And… this happened.
A former Tennessee politician was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after he allegedly masturbated out his car window while driving 90 mph on Interstate 26 earlier this year. Apparently this is not a new multi-tasking endeavor for the former Mount Carmel vice mayor — the charges mirror complaints made him against him several years ago that were never fully investigated. And now he’s facing up to all of them.
William Lee Blakely was charged with one count of indecent exposure after a female motorist alleged that he “fondled himself” and made obscene gestures while they drove next to one another on the highway.
Now that he’s been arrested for the charges, several women have come out to testify about similar stories in the past. “It seems that every victim would tell the same story. But I knew all the victims did not know each other,” Kingsport Police Detective Terry Christian told WJHL.
According to each of the women testifying, Blakely’s high-speed masturbation super fun time started out the same: he’d wave to get the drivers’ attention, escalating to a honk, and then partially crossing over into their lanes.
“After the waving, it turned into a lot of beeping, him grabbing his chest area, and asking me going ‘please, please’ with his hands, may I… show me yours,” witness Kelly Street said.
“He was taking his hand, wetting his mouth, and masturbating,” another witness said.
“At over 90 miles per hour, he had his penis out … he was masturbating… and that’s when it got really, really bad. I wouldn’t look over any more,” Street added.
Detective Christian lamented how Blakely’s indecent acts “went on for so long and nobody’s addressed it.” Apparently the department received dozens of phone calls reporting similar behavior over the last three to four years, all from victims ranging between ages 16-65.
Watch the report via WJHL
(CAV News) - Do as I say but not as I do! These words hold very true when you put them in sentences that involve either a politician or judges.
First, you have a Lt. Gov. making late night affair calls on state issued phones in Nebraska, a closeted homosexual politician going to rest stops but condemning gays, House Reps viewing free movies on their office computers, and now an Illinois judge, who just couldn’t wait to keep it at home.
Judge Joseph Polito, 69, will have to serve a 60 day suspension for what has been called “highly inappropriate behavior,” by the Courts commission.
Apparently the judge has an addiction to porn that can’t wait. He told the commission he routinely watches porn before and after his court call. Jesus man, can’t you make it a whole case without downloading “portofdebauchery.com,” and “teenagesextape.com?”
Apparently not, and the commission understood (check their computers and their drawers), as they said a person can be addicted to porn such as a person can to alcohol or drugs.
Polito’s suspension will begin on the 16th of this month.
By Derek Wood
Source: Chicago Sun Times
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AFP - The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday.
Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores — such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping — reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the study in the American Sociological Review.
“Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage,” said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.
“Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently. Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks — such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance — report higher sexual frequency.”
His study, “Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage,” looks at straight married couples in the United States, and was based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households.
The study was co-authored by University of Washington sociologist Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Katrina Leupp.
Men in the study reported having had sex an average of 5.2 times in the month prior to the survey, while women reported 5.6.
But both men and women in couples with more traditional household labor divisions said they had more sex.
(DailyBail) -Washington, D.C. residents watch twice as much porn as anyone else.
And yet, they still have no vote in Congress.
Pornhub.com partnered with Buzzfeed to create an infographic ranking concentration of porn watchers by state, and the number of videos watched per person (per capita) throughout the year. Here are the nine states at the top:
- Maryland – 6.67 videos per person
- Connecticut – 7.03 videos per person
- New Hampshire – 7.06 videos per person
- New Jersey – 7.21 videos per person
- Rhode Island – 7.28 videos per person
- New York – 7.50 videos per person
- Massachusetts – 7.52 videos per person
- Hawaii – 7.57 videos per person
- D.C. – 14.18 videos per person
Washington, D.C. crushed the competition, proving the rest of America is no match for Congress and staff, overpaid lobbyists and dedicated fraud stewards of the S.E.C.
(BusinessWeek) -A major adult filmmaker sued to block a new Los Angeles County law requiring porn actors to wear condoms, calling it a threat to free expression.
Vivid Entertainment contends that Measure B, passed by county voters last fall, violates the First Amendment right to free speech and expression and is unnecessary because the adult industry already has safeguards, such as regular blood testing of actors, to prevent the spread of AIDS and other venereal diseases.
The suit, filed Thursday in federal court, also contends that the law is vague, burdensome and ineffective and is pre-empted by California laws and regulations. It asks the court to block the measure’s enforcement and to rule it unconstitutional.
County counsel declined comment Friday, saying they had just begun a review of the case.
The measure requires adult film producers to apply for a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. Permit fees will finance periodic inspections of film sets to enforce compliance.
However, public health authorities have not announced specific enforcement measures for the law.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored the initiative, said the measure will help safeguard the public, as well as porn workers, from sexually transmitted infections.
Adult film actors rallied to oppose the law before its November passage.
“The idea of allowing a government employee to come and examine our genitalia while we’re on set is atrocious,” sex film star Amber Lynn told the Los Angeles Daily News at the time.
Industry critics also said that fans don’t want to see actors using condoms. They contend that if the law is enforced, the 200 or so companies that now produce adult films in Los Angeles, primarily in the San Fernando Valley, will simply move elsewhere, taking with them as many as 10,000 jobs.
“Overturning this law is something I feel very passionate about. I believe the industry’s current testing system works well,” Steven Hirsch, Vivid’s founder and co-chairman, said in a statement. “Since 2004 over 300,000 explicit scenes have been filmed with zero HIV transmission. The new law makes no sense and it imposes a government licensing regime on making films that are protected by the Constitution.”
The law also will have “have vast unintended consequences which may undermine industry efforts to protect the health of our actors and actresses,” Hirsch said.
Califa Productions, which produces adult films for Vivid, and actors who uses the stage names Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, joined the suit, which names the county, its district attorney and public health director.
(ArsTechnica)Prenda Law, the ethically challenged law firm whose antics have faced growing scrutiny in recent months, just keeps digging its hole deeper. The firm is facing charges that it named a Minnesota man as the CEO of two litigious shell companies without the man’s knowledge or permission. A California judge, Otis Wright, demanded more information about these allegations, and Prenda responded by seeking to boot him from the courtroom. Prenda claims Wright is too biased against copyright trolls to give the firm a fair hearing.
The identity theft allegations were brought to the judge’s attention by Morgan Pietz, who represents one of the “John Doe” defendants Prenda is currently suing. Or at least Pietz allegedly represents a John Doe. In a Monday court filing first spotted by the “Fight Copyright Trolls” blog, Prenda suggested Pietz shouldn’t be allowed to file a brief opposing the dismissal of Judge Wright because Pietz hasn’t proved that he actually represents a John Doe in the case.
“Mr. Pietz could very well be intervening in all of these cases for his own ends, with no real client that he is defending,” writes Prenda’s Brett Gibbs. “Mr. Pietz should have to submit evidence that he is, in fact, representing the actual individual he claims to represent, and not merely inserting himself into cases on the pretense of representing that individual.”
Gibbs continues: “Mr. Pietz has demonstrated repeated hostility toward Plaintiff and toward the undersigned, and, as such, would have sufficient motive to interfere with Plaintiff’s cases without the formality of actually having a client involved in the instant litigation.”
Of course, as the defense attorney, it’s Pietz’s job to be “hostile” to the plaintiffs. And it’s pretty rich for Prenda to demand that the defense attorney first prove that he is representing a real defendant. The firm, after all, is facing accusations that it is suing on behalf of imaginary plaintiffs.
Amid the ongoing uproar over the gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi earlier this month, the latest case has again shone the spotlight on the police’s handling of sex crimes.
One police officer has been sacked and another suspended over their conduct after the assault during the festival of Diwali on November 13 in the Patiala region in the Punjab, according to officials.
The teenager was found dead on Wednesday night after swallowing poison.
Inspector General Paramjit Singh Gill said that the teenager had been “running from pillar to post to get her case registered” but officers failed to open a formal inquiry.
“One of the officers tried to convince her to withdraw the case,” Gill, the police chief for the area, told AFP.
Before her death, there had been no arrests over her case although three people were detained on Thursday. Two of them were her alleged male attackers and the third was a suspected woman accomplice.
The victim’s sister told Indian television that the teenager had been urged to either accept a cash settlement or marry one of her attackers.
“The police started pressuring her to either reach a financial settlement with her attackers or marry one of them,” her sister told the NDTV network.
Meanwhile, the Press Trust of India reported that a police officer has been suspended for allegedly refusing to register a rape complaint in the northern state of Chhattisgar.
The woman and her husband later brought the case to the attention of a more senior officer and a hunt has now been launched for her attacker, an auto rickshaw driver.
Official figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year in India were against women.
The real figure is thought to be much higher as so many women are reluctant to report attacks to the police.
During an address to the chief ministers of India’s states on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to bring in new laws to cover attacks on women.
(Explosive Reports) - Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity to hand out so-called “endangered species condoms” to college health centers, nightclub owners, environmental activists across the US, depicting, among other things, polar bears to highlight “the connection between unsustainable human population growth and the ongoing extinction crisis for plants and animals around the world.”
The Center for Biological Diversity, an Arizona based environmental group, is planning to distribute no less than 50,000 condoms across the U.S at countless New Year’s Eve events.
The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the condoms will be distributed “in small boxes that highlight different endangered animals such as polar bears.”
CBD’s Campaign director Jerry Karnas told a reporter: “There are more than 3 billion people on the planet under the age of 25. The choices this generation makes will determine whether our planet and its wildlife and natural resource base are burdened with 8 billion or 15 billion people”
On the Center’s website, the idea behind the campaign is being elaborated upon:
“The condoms are part of the Center’s 7 Billion and Counting campaign focusing on the effects of rapid human population growth on rare plants and animals.”
Karnas, the group’s population campaign director, stated:
“Our Endangered Species Condoms are a great way to get a conversation started about how the growing human population is affecting the wild world around us, especially animals already teetering on the edge of extinction.”
The group’s website boasts that “it is the only environmental group with a full-time campaign highlighting the connection between unsustainable human population growth and the ongoing extinction crisis for plants and animals around the world.”
The website goes on to say that this latest initiative is part of a “full-time population campaign launched in 2009”:
“The Center has given out 450,000 free Endangered Species Condoms, featuring polar bears, panthers and other species threatened by population growth, loss of habitat and consumption of natural resources. This year, the Center is providing condoms to college health centers, nightclub owners, environmental activists, women’s reproductive-health groups and other activists around the United States.”
In a 2010 article on the corporate funders of environmentalist organizations across the United States, Michael Barker notes that the Center for Biological Diversity has been on the receiving end of cash-flows from all the major elites in the Anglo-American world. Quoting from a study examining which organizations are supported by which elites, Barker writes:
“One of the primary groups examined in Bevington’s study was the Center for Biological Diversity (formed in 1989),  and which in 2008 received support from elite philanthropic bodies that included the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the Environment Now Foundation, Tides Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, The New York Times Company Foundation, and even the “big green” environmental outfit, The Wilderness Society. Corporate funders of the “grassroots” Center for Biological Diversity included the likes of Goldman Sachs, the Bank of America, and Microsoft.”
Interesting to note here that the Center received all these major fundings in 2008, upon which it launched a major population control campaign the year after. This suggests that the same old foundations headed by the same old elites are continuing to push their vision of a depopulated world.
(DailyTech) -Chris Chaney pleads guilty to hacking over 50 celebrities’ smartphones for fun and profit
Between November 2010 and October 2011, there were a rash of hacking of high-profile celebrities smartphones. Starlets like Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis had sexually explicit or provocative pictures stolen from their devices and released onto the internet.
In Scarlett Johansson’s case fully nude pictures, meant to be seen by then-husband Ryan Reynolds were exposed for the world to see. She recalls, “I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed.”
But intrusions weren’t the work of a team of savvy hackers; they were the twisted hobby-horse of a single man, according to federal prosecutors — Christopher Chaney, a 35-year-old Jacksonville, Fla. resident.
On Monday, justice was served and U.S. District Judge S. James Otero weighed a seemingly remorseful Mr. Chaney versus tearful celebrities like Ms. Johansson, who comments, “I find Christopher Chaney’s actions to be perverted and reprehensible.”
The federal judge gave the hacker a prison sentence of 10 years after pleading guilty of several criminal counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (18 USC § 1030) — unauthorized access to a computer and illegal wiretapping. (In the U.S. only federal agents are allowed to wiretap people.)
Mr. Chaney could have faced a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison, but the sentence he did receive wasn’t exactly lenient either. Prosecutors were only seeking a sentence of 6 years, but Judge Otero was concerned that Mr. Chaney hadn’t truly changed his ways and needed longer away from the world of electronics. According to the Judge, prosecutors presented evidence that Mr. Chaney continued to pursue and harass women online after his arrest in October 2011.
In all, Mr. Chaney’s “Operation Hackerazzi” breached the smartphones of 50 Hollywood and music industry celebrities. But he was also alleged of hacking into some close acquaintances phones, including send a nude picture of a former co-worker to her father.
Mr. Chaney does not deny hacking the celebrity phones, but was apologetic. He, however, refused to admit to hacking his acquaintances phones, insisting he never did that. He comments, “I don’t know what else to say other than I’m sorry. I could be sentenced to never use a computer again and I wouldn’t care.”
The Judge is quoted as telling him, “It’s hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this. These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking.”
Now he will spend a better part of the next decade of his life behind bars (although he could get out early if gets parole).
(Daily Mail) -Moving mistress Rielle Hunter and their love child Quinn closer to his North Carolina home may have made John Edwards happy - but the same cannot be said about his neighbors.
It was reported today the disgraced politician and Hunter get so frisky and loud during their bedtime trysts, they have received complaints about the noise.
The former presidential candidate, 59, is said to spend most nights at the Chapel Hill home he recently bought for Rielle and a source told The National Enquirer: ‘It has pretty much turned into his booze and sex romp hideaway.’
The source added: ‘When they get a little tipsy, they get so frisky that their lovemaking becomes embarrassingly loud.
‘One day an elderly neighbor walked right up to Rielle and said, “Try to keep it down next time”. John was mortified when Rielle told him but she clearly gets a kick out of it.’
Edwards moved the 48-year-old and their four-year-old daughter to Carolina just three months after they announced they had split up.
He was said to have grown tired of making the three-hour drive to Charlotte and wanted his two families to be close to each other.
His oldest daughter Cate, 30, still refuses to acknowledge Rielle’s existence.
However, the National Enquirer reported in October the pair were back together again with a source saying that Rielle hoped to eventually move into the palatial home he once shared with Elizabeth.
The pair broke up this summer upon the release of Rielle’s book, What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me, in which she shockingly referred to Edwards’ late wife Elizabeth as a ‘witch on wheels’.
Elizabeth lost her fight against cancer on December 7, 2010, aged 61, leaving behind her three children with Edwards, Cate, 30, Emma Claire, 14, and Jack,12.
Despite announcing their split, Rielle and Edwards were later seen frolicking on the beach with their little girl.
For her part, Rielle continues to back Edwards, insisting she would have fallen for him even if he had not been a powerful senator.
She said: ‘If John Edwards were working in a gas station and I met him, that would be my guy.’
(TheIntelHub) -Slave trading always has been and always will be a business of the elite, aside from some of the hired goons at the bottom, there are no average working people involved in trading human beings.
Many people don’t even realize that mass slavery still does take place in many different forms, with sex slavery being one of the most vile and degrading forms of human ownership.
Since this issue is not often brought up in the media and it is always well connected wealthy people involved in this trade, no one involved ever seems to face any consequences when these horrors come to light. Just recently in an unprecedented case with hundreds of witnesses, a group of judges allowed 13 accused sex slave traders to walk, and believed their testimony that their victims were “Liars”
“The thirteen suspects in the case investigating the disappearance of Marita Verón were cleared of all charges by a Tucumán court. Verón was kidnapped ten years ago by a prostitution ring. The reading of the sentence began after 9 pm, four hours later than originally expected. After alleged discussions between the judges Alberto Piedrabuena, Emilio Herrera Molina and Eduardo Romero Lascano, the court decided to clear the suspects of all charges.
The decision caused an outrage among family members, human rights organizations and victims of human trafficking, who began insulting the judges as soon as the reading of the ruling was finished. Attorneys who worked alongside Verón’s mother, Susana Trimarco, called the ruling “an act of corruption”.
The trial began 11 months ago and more than a decade after Marita’s disappearance. The case was seen as “emblematic”, since the prosecutor had requested a 25 years sentence for the main suspects Víctor Romero, María Jesús Rivero, Irma Lidia Medina, Gonzalo and José “Chenga” Gómez. According to the accusations made by the prosecutor, Verón was kidnapped by a prostitution ring located in the Tucumán capital on April 3, 2002, when she was only 23 years old. Her whereabouts remain unknown.”
“It’s absolutely clear that this is an act of corruption,” said one of Trimarco’s lawyers, Jose D’Antona.
Maria Jesus Rivero, owner of the car service allegedly used in the kidnappings, told the judges that the hundreds of people who testified including a dozen former sex slaves who described brutal conditions in brothels were all lying.
“There isn’t a single piece of evidence that links me to the people accused here, just the declarations of liars. Marita isn’t here, and we don’t have anything to do with this,” Rivero said.
Last month at The Intel Hub we covered the deep history of child trafficking that exists in elite organizations like Dyncorp, Halliburton and the UN.
(Occupy Corporatism) -Joining the ranks of private sector corporations assisting in the expansion of Big Brother surveillance in the US, Verizon has patented technology that turns a DVR into a personal spying tool to watch Americans in their own homes.
Verizon is calling this endeavor FierceCable that is able to display “acute sensitivity in customers’ living rooms: argument sounds prompt ads for marriage counseling, and sounds of cuddling.”
Verizon explains: “If the detection system determines that a couple is arguing, a service provider would be able to send an ad for marriage counseling to a TV or mobile device in the room. If the couple utters words that indicate they are cuddling, they would receive ads for a romantic getaway vacation, a commercial for a contraceptive, a commercial for flowers, or commercials for romantic movies.”
The patent is entitled “Methods and Systems for Presenting an Advertisement Associated with an Ambient Action of a User” and filed by Brian F. Roberts who invented the technology on behalf of Verizon Patent and Licensing INC. Under the guise of perfecting marketing and advertising, the spying “method includes a media content presentation system presenting a media content program comprising an advertisement break, detecting an ambient action performed by a user during the presentation of the media content program, selecting an advertisement associated with the detected ambient action, and presenting the selected advertisement during the advertisement break.”
In home ambient activities such as “eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, singing, humming, cleaning, and playing a musical instrument; as well as cuddling, fighting, participating in a game or sporting event” can be surveilled using this technology. All cellular phones can interact with this device as a separate mode of surveillance.
Information associated with the user, such as gesture, profile, voice and facial recognition are methods that can identify the user which will produce the most effective advertisement based on the “media content presentation system” (MCPS).
It is as simple as speaking a word, and the MCPS is activated. Embedded “computer-executable instructions” working in tandem with the MCPS will allow specified advertisements through the utilization of “depth sensor[s], image sensor[s], audio sensor[s] and a thermal sensor.”
In 2008, Comcast patented infrared camera technology that will recognize individuals in their living room. The sensors inside a cable box will the person and anticipate their television viewing preferences.
Google, in creating the foundation for GoogleTV, patented an “image capturing device” under the mask of developing interactive television. This technology can “be used to measure how many viewers are watching or listening to a broadcast.”
With the use of audio surveillance and identification technology, a specific person can created “personalized information related to the media broadcast.” In syphoning this information was television watchers, Google can create “complimentary websites” utilizing the data they have collected.
While the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) justifies its use of surveillance software, Trapwire, with the contention that it assisted them in thwarting another manufactured terrorist threat, online spying is continually expanding.
A California Judge seated in Superior Court placed a temporary restraining order against Twitter for attempting to terminate their million-dollar contract with PeopleBrowsr. This legal bullying in the name of preserving surveillance rights will continue the relationship between Big Brother, data mining and social media.
PeopleBrowsr maintains that based upon “Twitter’s promise of openness when we invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours of development time” that this justifies a “long term supply” of user data to their entity which is promised “full unrestricted access to the Firehose [on Twitter] for our Enterprise and Government clients.”
The US government, through private corporations such as PeopleBrowsr to spy on Americans, as well as collecting untold amounts of data they would have to gain warrants to have access to – yet since this information is passed through contractual agreements between federal agencies and private corporations, it is all part of the deal. Private information becomes a sellable commodity.
Law enforcement on the state and local levels have requested that Congress grant them warrantless access to digital information facilitated by customers of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and all other wireless providers that store private text messages for a minimum of 2 years.
The Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, one faction that is pressuring elected representatives on Capitol Hill, represents police departments in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago – just to name a few.
Other law enforcement advocacy groups include the National District Attorneys’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies assert that: “This issue is not addressed in the current proposal before the committee and yet it will become even more important in the future.”
(The Intel Hub) -Verizon has entered a new realm of technology that can almost make your skin crawl.
The powerful communications giant has now invented and intends to market a cable box that knows exactly what is going on in the living room, or any room for that matter. In fact it knows if you are cuddling with your partner, or even aroused as it can tailor advertisements to the consumer in a realtime environment.
For instance, if the consumer or viewer(s) are watching a sexy scene in the latest R rated Hollywood blockbuster movie, a “condom” commercial could pop-up.
The technology incorporates motion sensors, thermal cameras, and microphones to spy on mindless or unaware participants.
Other corporations venture into this realm as well.
Damien Gayle reports, “Microsoft recently registered a patent for technology to allow its Kinect motion sensor to figure out how many people are in front of it then stop playback if it detected more people than the copyright terms allowed. Google TV proposed a similar patent that would use video and audio recording devices to do the same…. And Comcast in 2008 patented a monitoring technology that would recommend content to users based on people it recognised in the room.”
This technology is scary to say the least and offers an extension to internet marketing and ads that target the consumers interests online bringing them directly into your room.
Some would say this is a major invasion of privacy, while others view the technology as a convenience.
These systems will eventually work in conjunction with a massive DHS control grid, along with TSA scanners at airports and checkpoints throughout the country in what looks to be a massive incremental plan to institute a police state in America.
(TampaBayTimes) A woman who was featured in a Tampa Bay Times story that dealt with a rare sexual disorder was found dead of suicide late Saturday at her home in Spring Hill, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s officials did not provide details about how or when Gretchen Molannen died, but she was last seen alive Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Records show deputies responded to a suicide call about midnight Saturday night. TheTimes received emails from two of her friends confirming her death and lamenting that she wasn’t able to get the help she needed.
Molannen, 39, suffered from persistent genital arousal disorder, a debilitating condition marked by continuous sexual arousal. Women who have the disorder are physically but not psychologically aroused. Many must masturbate for hours for just a few minutes of relief. Some doctors believe the condition is caused by a nerve malfunction.
Molannen struggled with the disorder for 16 years. For the first 10 years, she had no idea what she had and suffered in silence. She tried to work, but the condition affected her job performance and she was unable to keep steady employment after 1999. She lived in Spring Hill with her parents — both now dead — and never told them what she was going through. In 2007, she saw a woman talk about the condition on the TV program 20/20 and finally realized what she had.
Molannen sought help from numerous medical professionals, but many had never heard of the condition. She couldn’t afford the tests or treatments that have worked for some sufferers.
She said the condition was so debilitating that she attempted suicide at least three times during the past year.
“I know that God wants more out of my life than having me testing out suicide methods, constantly crying and abusing myself,” she said in the story that was published on Tampabay.com on Friday and in the Times’ Floridian magazine on Sunday.
The Times found Molannen on Craigslist in early 2012; she was seeking help from medical professionals. She had no income and had filed for Social Security disability benefits. Her request had been rejected. She wanted someone to give her a free MRI so she could prove her condition to a judge.
Molannen agreed to tell her story last July. The Times interviewed her for a total of 10 hours, about half in person and half on the phone. In August, she went before a disability judge for a second time. He later rejected Molannen’s disability claim and she gave that rejection letter to the Times.
Last week, after the story had been written and edited but before it was published, it was read to Molannen word for word. Several small details were removed at her request.
Before publication, the Times thanked her over the phone and in an email for her help. She replied by email on Nov. 28:
“Thank YOU for taking an interest in doing a story for me! I am flattered that you cared so much to want to help. I just hope this will educate people that this is serious and really exists, and that other women who are suffering in silence will now have the courage to talk to a doctor about it. If men have suffered with the shame of impotence or even priapism, now it’s time for women to get help as well. Thank you for your patience with me and for devoting so much time to this. I’m sure your editor is very proud of your work and I’m excited to see my own story online.”
The Times tried to reach Molannen over the weekend by text, phone and email to see how she was doing. She did not respond.
On Monday, her boyfriend sent the Times an email, saying she had committed suicide and the story “won’t help her now.”
After publication, the Times received several offers to help Molannen, from both legal and medical professionals. Two women called, saying they had a similar problem and hoped to talk to Molannen about it. The story was also shared on a support group for women with persistent genital arousal disorder and many of the women responded. (For more information on the support group go to http://www.psas-support.com.)
“Wow, you are awesome, Gretchen,” a woman named Jill wrote. “You have suffered so, may God bless you for sharing your story that was difficult to read let alone live.”
(CBS SF) — Kink.com, a San Francisco-based pornography production house, is offering a new kind of sex-education class – with live demonstrations by porn stars.
The classes, being offered in San Francisco’s Armory building, feature live demonstrations following a lecture,according to an article on SFist.com.
Porn star Rain DeGrey told SFist, “They have to sit through a lecture before we get to the good stuff. We do techniques, physical response and have a question and answer period before moving on to the demonstrations.”