Welcome to Amerika, the ‘Obedience Factory‘ by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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January 18, 2012

All you baby boomers and 50 somethings out there must remember the ‘air raid drills ‘of our youth. How we were pounded with that alarm gong, and then hurried either beneath our desks or out in the hallways of our schools. They taught us how to ‘assume the position‘  under those desks or against the hallway walls while the alarm rang through our ears. We obeyed, because our very lives could be at stake. Then, a few short years later, I can remember our Catholic church being filled to capacity in late October 1962. We attended an emergency Novena for a peaceful conclusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Many among us were in tears of fear for the possible nuclear war that was brewing. We obeyed the priest and prayed to God for salvation from the coming Apocalypse.

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It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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January 3, 2012

The Friday, December 23rd Money Section of USA Today ran a full page article ‘As crisis drags on, Greeks see bleak future ‘. We learn that around 100,000 businesses will shut down in the coming months as 1 in 4 small and medium size business owners say that they will declare bankruptcy in the New Year. This will translate into a further loss of perhaps 320,000 jobs in a country with a population (11 million) less than that of New York City and its suburbs. The unemployment rate for Greeks, ages 18 to 35, is up to nearly 40%! Was it the 99% of Greeks who caused this economic depression? Or was it, as in the US, the work of greedy investment sharks and corrupt or incompetent public officials? Either way, what has happened in Greece can happen here as well. Remember the words of Gordon Gecko in the first Wall Street film: Greed is good‘… .

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Inside the Beast by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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December 26, 2011

Occupy America - We are the 99%

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To all the young students and 20 somethings who are part of this fine Occupy Daytona movement:

I finally attended one of your meetings on Tuesday night. It was a great feeling to see, finally, after almost 40 years, young people meeting for more than just a round of Buds and Babes! I applaud all of you for the effort and passion you have! I can recall, as if it were yesterday, what transpired in 1970 when I first tasted activism. Continue reading

Immorality Accomplished! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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December 16, 2011

Don’t you just love the word mission?  Organizations of any type, especially political parties, love to have a ‘mission statement ‘. The Christian religion in particular has its ‘missionaries ‘going out to convert the heathens and ‘non believers ‘. We don’t go to war anymore…. No, we are on a ‘mission to spread democracy ‘. Junior Bush even let the cat out of the bag when he uttered that we were on a ‘crusade ‘in Iraq. His handlers quickly nipped that in the bud… the truth hurts.

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Farruggio for President 2012… Why Not? by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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December 1, 2011

End all military occupations & bases worldwide- According to international law and all measures of morality and rationality we illegally invaded and continue to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.  We destroyed much of the basic infrastructure of both nations. We killed hundreds of thousands of their citizens, many being women, children and the elderly. Continue reading

The Futile “Freedom” of American Feudalism by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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November 21, 2011

A reporter once wrote:

“Almost joyfully, almost masochistically, they have turned to an authoritarianism which releases them form the strain of individual decision and choice and thought- this  allows them the luxury of letting someone else make the decisions and take the risks, in return for which they gladly give their own obedience… Continue reading

Enabling This (Evil) Empire by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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November 4, 2011

Let us first define a few things:

Evil: Morally bad or wrong; harmful and injurious; something that causes misfortune, suffering or difficulty.

Empire: Imperial domination, power or authority; larger than a kingdom and often comprising a number of territories or nations, ruled by a SINGLE CENTRAL AUTHORITY (my caps).

Enable: To provide with the means; to give legal power, capacity or sanction to.

Germany, 1941. Any small town, perhaps a suburban one. Young mothers are dropping their kids off at a local gymnasium. They smile and laugh to one another, as do the happy kids. Continue reading

Flags, Circuses… But No Bread! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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October 4, 2011

End the Endless Wars!

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It was a most beautiful Sunday morning that just passed, as Florida’s stifling heat was toned down a bit by Mother Nature. I took my usual fast walk, choosing our town’s city center, with its large pond and lots of shade trees. When I arrived, I realized that it was time once more for another ‘Family Days ‘weekend in Port Orange. The entire city center was transformed into a carnival, replete with rides, food vendors, craft vendors and non profits hawking whatever. It was but 10 AM on a Sunday and the place was packed! Continue reading

Barack, You’re Like Any Other JACKASS! by Philip A. Farruggio

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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Dandelion Salad
September 26, 2011

Interesting, and ironic Barack, how your Democratic Party is symbolized by the donkey… you know, a jackass. Boy of boy, let me tell you that is just how you have behaved from day one in office. Actually, I saw right through you even before you ran for President. Believe you me, that cost me lots of friendships in the activist community.  Many who stood each week on the street corner with me for years during the Bush Jr. debacle seemed to vanish when you won nomination for President. Guess what? Continue reading

Overheard: Two American Wizards at a Wizard’s Conference by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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September 18, 2011

war, what is it good for?

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Before we begin, who just are these wizards?  Well, they are the very wealthy and secretive individuals and families that have controlled the economies, politics, religions and way of life for most of the countries in the world. This has been the status quo for perhaps centuries, not just decades or a few generations. The food we eat, jobs we have, media we read, watch and listen to, almost everything that we come into contact with, has part or all of it affected by these wizards. Continue reading

Sheep Always Seem To Lose Their Wool by Philip A. Farruggio

Tax the Rich.  End the War.  Live Love.

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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September 8, 2011

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

September 11th is around the corner and our nation flounders in an economic and psychological depression. Are you aware that our defense budget, the one we know about (not the extra Black Budget), grew from $316 billion in 2001 to $708 billion in 2011? Both houses of this controlled Congress and our controlled presidents overwhelmingly supported it. Continue reading

With 9/11 No Need for “Seven Days in May” by Philip A. Farruggio

9-11 was an inside job

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by Philip A. Farruggio
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August 28, 2011

This writer, with a BA in Speech & Theater and a minor in Film, regards John Frankenheimer’s 1964 movie Seven Days in May as the greatest! It is a must see for all Americans, especially in this age of extended empire. The screenplay was written by Rod Serling, and it is as powerful an indictment against the abuses of the Military Industrial Complex as one can find. The only reason this film would not fit into the genre of Serling’s Twilight Zone series is that a Coup d’état did actually occur in November 1963. View the film, either for the first time or the hundredth time… it is that important. Continue reading

Buying the Lies… Karma Americana by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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August 18, 2011

End the Wars! Weekly Protest in COMO

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In previous columns this writer has mentioned Karma: the total effect of a person’s actions and conduct during the successive phases of his existence. Boy oh boy, what karma our America has! If one reads Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, we can see how much damage our ancestors inflicted upon the indigenous people. The Indians who settled in North and South America over a thousand years ago were systematically exterminated by the White man. Their lands were taken from them and they were interned or massacred. Continue reading

An Empire Filled With Fools by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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August 12, 2011

9/11 was an inside job!

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In William Wellman’s riveting 1943 drama “The Ox Bow Incident”, we find parallels to many illegal and immoral acts committed by those who are supposed to lead us. In the film, a rancher is ‘supposedly’ murdered by rustlers. A group of townspeople decide to form a posse without the sheriff, who is out of town for a few hours. They are informed that only  the sheriff can legally choose and deputize a posse. Continue reading

YOU & ME: The (Cosmic) Film by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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August 8, 2011

OK, I cannot prove how I feel… I just know it is true! The Hindus teach that our 3rd dimension, this ‘life‘ we are all living, is but a dream that our souls are creating…as we go. Thus, as taught in Autobiography of a Yogi, we are the creators, directors and actors in our own dream, or illusion. I state all this as not really the purpose, rather the preface of my column today.

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