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As promised we are entering the next stage of evolution for The Unspoken Ethic. When I started this blog I had one goal in mind, to tell my story of one of the hardest trials I have ever faced. To give people some insight into who I am and to throw some ideas out there from a perspective that we don’t normally consider them from. As time went on, I took a different approach taking on a philosophical tone towards things that I liked and related to. Time has moved on, like the world itself and I started noticing myself changing tones again. It is time for that change here, but as we all know what has left a mark on us, becomes something we stick with as we are creatures of habit. Over time, I kept seeing increasing signs, or maybe just opened my eyes to those signs a little more, and so even as I officially start down this path, I am forced to recall an unfinished battle from the place where I began this journey.

The above picture was of the Facebook post that started it all for me. It was written days after I went to stay with a friend and work on their farm, after leaving my wife. This was part of the 16 pages she printed out and gave to authorities as she filed a restraining order against me in the face of me being 30 miles away and refusing to talk to her when she called. I would also add that this was the only post printed that was missing it’s comments……miraculously. Here for the newbies to my site is where, once these printed comments came to the Roane County sheriffs station, one among them decided to circle half a sentence and took it to a circuit judge who signed off on an arrest warrant. Days later while I was in the process of cleaning and rehanging a storm door that had been blown off in a big storm a couple years before I had the county sheriffs, the state police, the FBI, Homeland Security and a K-9 unit roll up on the farm and take me into custody. Three days later I found out through a phone call that my arrest had made national news. WOWK TV handled it locally, FOX NEWS blasted it everywhere.

Now I have kept a decent eye on this over the years and the furthest it ever moved on Google search was 8 positions down on the first page when I would search my name. Earlier today I checked and the link shown in the above picture now goes to a blank page. As of late last year even, my mugshot came up among the first of my pictures and today it was nowhere to be seen accept on a Facebook page for West Virginia mugshots dated from August 29th 2013. As far as any reports surrounding it, I could find nothing, but I assure you as this picture shows, it happened.

I had spent 8 days in jail, and upon my release, made possible only by the prosecutor dropping my bail from the highest it could be for charge, which was 150,000 to the lowest 500. No press was present that day at my pretrial. I was released the following day. Now aside from my public defender who was not much more help to me than the following 2 that my case would be shunted off to over the course of the year it was in the system, I had family who had asked their attorneys what I should do. The consensus was to sit on my hands and say nothing. I kept an eye to see if anything had developed in the news. I was not contacted, no one was. The more I thought about my situation, the more I realized, that if I had to wait for my trial to have my side told in a small town court system where I was an outsider, it would be AFTER the only thing anyone who could be selected as a jury was exposed to the very INCOMPLETE version of the story ran by the press. The above was my response. I did not care about the risks. I believed that the rather careless reporting with it’s lack of any details beyond what would make the sheriffs department look like heroes, flew in the face of due process, considering it was the only version of the story put out to millions of Americans, not to mention any from the town where a jury of my peers would be selected. You always hear about the freedom of the press, but you never hear about how they use that freedom to interfere with the constitutional rights of the American people. Because they could not be OBJECTIVE, I was at greater RISK of being found guilty over a statement that was misrepresented in it’s context. If they had done their job, they might have looked at that post, because it was in FACT a PUBLIC POST. That half sentence would not be the only thing.

At the time of my arrest I had been doing volunteer work for a local community theater for the better part of 5 years. In that time I had served on the theater’s board of directors, which in turn saw me be invited to be part of the East End Alliance Halloweast committee which was formed by Charleston city officials to develop the East end of the city into an art center. The Halloweast committee planned and organized the yearly Halloween fundraising event made to help raise money for the task of turning the East End into an art center. While volunteering for this theater, we had made a deal with a locally started sci-fi/horror convention, which at the time was in it’s second year. Our theater’s building would house part of the conventions events. We and the convention people did a fair amount of cross promotion for one another. The picture that was referred to in the police report was actually part of that cross promotion and was in fact part of the volunteer work I had been doing. Now it seems to me, that the judgement of that picture came from yet another high profile media buzzed shooting, a judgement that did not include anyone bothering to look for the facts behind. You can go to my Wikipedia page and see that I have a history with this particular Local Theater Kanawha Players, and their minutes by the laws of a 501c3 are PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. This ends MY PERSONAL experience with the bane that Partisan, non objective press and mass media has become to our society. Below is the link to my Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shayne_Workman

Below is a link to an interesting article on writing headlines, the psychology of headlines and what makes for a successful headline. It states that in their study 8 out of 10 people only read the headline, 2 out of 10 read the article’s content. This is important when considering the immense growth of the internet and social media sites in the last decade. The growth of social media has added a rather dangerous element when combined with mass media outlets that are biased in their content. You see there is a rather important factor to consider when 8 out of 10 people only read the headlines and 2 out of 10 people read the content and that is when that content is biased in any way 10 out of 10 people come away from the article ill informed and that number grows exponentially when the biased or misinformation hits the internet in the social media circuit. This headline study also hits us with the success of negative superlatives and how online those headlines using words like: “Never” “Worst” had an average CTR (Click Through Rating) that was 63% higher than headlines with positive superlatives. They go to say that another study of 100 posts on tech site showed that headlines utilizing violent sounding words like: “kill” “fear” “dark” “bleeding” and “War” also had a higher number of social shares. Now where it comes to the media it is no secret that your local news will run a story of a bad wreck on the interstate that killed 3 people, sometimes hours later when clean up is no longer causing traffic delays and the wreck itself does nothing to change any kind of traffic laws in the area it happened in. Why this is considered news when it has no bearings on most of the viewership remains an unanswered question. Another unanswered question would be if they are intent on giving us “News” that essentially is not news so much as “life” and the sometimes unfortunate occurrences that befall people why not run stories on the estimated number of people who pass by that same spot on any given day, including the day of the wreck, that nothing happens to? This type of reporting turns the 3 people killed in an unfortunate accident from being people that are remembered fondly by a handful of family and friends into the people that are remembered by 10,000 viewers as the unfortunate people that were killed in an accident. This in turn leads us to another question. How much of how people view things like headlines utilizing negative or violent sounding words has been influenced in the course of time by the media? To be fair you also have to consider that when nothing happens, there is no news to tell and so through informing us when something occurs, the media automatically perpetuates attention to the negative by default. Are people negative by nature, or have we been conditioned to only pay attention to the negative instead of the whole picture? When we ask this question, we begin to see where opportunists, pushing agenda, take advantage of the system designed to inform people as a means to manipulate them instead. This too, is a very dangerous element. I will get more into this, but first I want to leave you this link to the article I have been writing about and yes, as you can tell by the title of this entry, made use of. It’s not so fun when the tables turn is it?

https://www.adpushup.com/blog/5-ways-you-can-use-psychology-to-write-powerful-headlines/

The power of the media to inform and influence has been well documented and in fact is the reason the press was given freedom under our Constitution, but freedom as we have always heard said here in America, is not free, there comes with it both sacrifice and responsibility.With this said it begs the question why there are politically partisan media outlets. Editorials and Magazines excluded, although I feel strongly that any News source that runs editorials should hold these editorials to account where stated “facts” are concerned by requiring reference points for where these numbers and facts come from. Below are 2 examples of this not being the case. Both editorials are focused on the DACA issue, however one is conservative based while the other is liberal. Again this leads to another question: If news is just news, just complete facts, Why then is there even such a thing as (left leaning) or (right leaning) NEWS? How much has this played a factor in the divide of  our people who once considered themselves simply Americans into a SPLIT between conservatives and liberals?

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/25/daca-demographics-show-less-ideal-dreamers-media-i/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-guide-to-read-about-daca-before-you-sound-racist_us_59af6b10e4b0d0c16bb528ab?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

If you are still not convinced by that dear readers, here is another article making use of war time propaganda tactics. At what point do we begin recognizing this type of “reporting” as detrimental to the unity of our people?

https://www.indy100.com/article/right-wing-people-are-better-looking-than-those-on-the-left-study-claims-7521301

It’s not just us here in America either. Lets take a look at a news source for one of allies. Remember 8 out of 10 people are only going to read the headline, what does this headline tell you? What the other 2 who actually read it get is how often young royals get away with things like this and even sometimes the older ones as well and it states an example of that. What it does not state is that this incident caused the royal couple any grief at all from the higher ranking royals……In fact you get left with the question: Who besides the people WRITING this article are even bringing attention to this breaking of protocol like it means something more than how it is even presented in the article itself?

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/918697/Meghan-Markle-Prince-Harry-Edinburgh-news-Scotland-latest-news-updates-live

While it’s nice to know we are not alone in the problem of an inflated press, I’m more concerned about our yard at the moment, but I wanted to show that inflated agenda driven press is a problem for more than just us. Let’s return now with another recent story that broke with 2 sides. In the face of #MeToo and #Timesup movements, strong emotions become a factor, sometimes, so much so that people are compelled to accentuate for the sake of making the movement stronger. This is a double edged sword as you see here in these 2 articles. Here by making a story more than what the person coming forward intended for it to be, giving that the main person involved in the accusation has been old news for awhile now, we get our first real close up of how the media creates situations that will in all likelihood do more to scare real victims away from coming forward with their stories. A lot of these people have remained quiet because they are nervous about coming forward, common sense dictates that when they start seeing media twist victim’s stories to be about something more in order to push an agenda, it will do little to encourage them to stand up. It will also amp up the drama to the point that people will start getting hit for nothing, because, and I can vouch for this due to my case, over the “climate” it creates, or after enough of that happens, what was once a movement will become a trend that no body can put any stock into. Is it worth that?

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Now I come to the part where I return to the subject matter that once got me into trouble, but never the less I feel this needs to be addressed. That would be the topic of recent school shootings. Before I continue just for argument’s sake I want to state that NONE OF WHAT I SAY IN THIS PART IS A THREAT TO COMMIT ANY VIOLENT ACT. Some people had a problem with that concept the last time I just wanted to make that clear. Lets start with a chart that takes us from 1980 to 2012. A chart that shows all 137 incidents of fatal school shootings and the 297 people killed in those. Does it surprise you to see how the numbers start jumping in the latter half of that 32 year span? You always hear about the effects of violent video games and television programming, you hear about bullying and bad parents and I estimate some of these get more credit than they deserve while others don’t get enough, but how much of a change does our advancements in communications play a factor? One thing I noticed was the steady increase that coincides with the rise of the internet.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2012/12/sandy_hook_a_chart_of_all_196_fatal_school_shootings_since_1980_map.html

2014 rolls around and a new non profit organization called Everytown pops up. There are 2 things worth noting about this organization against gun violence. The first is that they created a very broad criteria base for what they consider to be school shootings. You will even find one of the original 18 school shootings that made their list was a suicidal veteran who called the police and told them he was suicidal before shooting himself in his car while in the parking lot of a school that had been closed down already, another was not even a matter of someone going psycho, in fact the person directly at fault was a cop for carelessly not paying attention when a 3rd grader fired his gun in it’s holster while the cop was sitting on a bench. Fortunately no one was hurt or killed in the incident. The second thing worth noting about this group is how much stock a lot of the media puts in the numbers they provide. Below is an article that notes all of the above. You will find that I chose this article from among the 2 that I found that states this group’s blatant scare tactics while pushing an agenda for gun control, because it is everything that earlier editorials were not. The writer gave reference points that could be clicked on to view the source, they even called out their own paper for being one of the ones that briefly used this groups numbers. It’s important to note that there are many good things that remain about the press and the media, I just firmly believe that we can no longer ignore the less favorable and downright dangerous ways that it has also misused it’s freedom at our expense.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/16/parkland-school-shooting-no-there-have-not-been-18-school-shootings-already-year-column/343100002/

Now lets discuss this knack the media has with it’s intense focus on these events to make celebrities out of murderers. Below is an article that again gives many reference points including a link to a study that looks into the copycat factor of many of these mass shootings. If the media is aware of this information you may ask Why are we not as likely to see these findings on the “News” during these moments of crisis as we are a group like Everytown’s? Why the bias?

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/2/22/17041382/school-shooting-media-coverage-perpetrator-parkland

So lets do the list shall we? In this entry I have covered  and given examples for comparison how the media has misused it’s freedom to:

1.Interfere with due process.

2. Design how the facts are presented to shape a story.

3. Use war time propaganda against our own people other AMERICANS.

4. Escalate the effect of emotion over reason on social issues to make a bigger story at even the expense of victims.

5. Use sensationalized numbers for the sake of pushing the agenda of gun control on the people.

6. Make celebrities out of murderers and in turn, YES, make themselves accomplices, however unwittingly to the further killing of our people.

…….And I did it ALL without screaming “FAKE NEWS” even once, I might add.

This entry is about breaking down the disease that is effecting our society. Now I’m not saying the media is solely to blame, because it isn’t, but it does play a factor. Social media plays another as does groups like Everytown that can’t grasp that reality is all the truth you need to scare people with and the instant gratification of readers thinking they are actually informed experts over reading a headline. There are many factors that combine into the perfect storm. They all have to be considered if we are to find any real solution.

One small way that media can help solve this issue from their end, would be to STOP RUNNING COMMERCIALS DURING NEWS BROADCASTS. I say this because with talk shows, game shows, sporting events, syndicated series, prime time award winning shows, any network has plenty of programming to make money running ads. Our NEWS BROADCASTS, should be to inform and educate us, that is, as our forefathers believed, highly important to our people and our nation and it should not be used as a tool for profiteering. When it is, of course the network will go out of it’s way to make sure it has enough viewers to that news broadcast to get a number of ads in. It becomes a controlling factor by which it operates and we have seen the effects. Anything to keep the buzz going, even over a tragic event makes it profitable while it deeply effects the foundation of this nation which is it’s people.  I don’t have a problem with big business, I would even be all for finding a reasonable way to supplement whatever they would lose running news programming without commercials, but the media needs to step back and look at it’s place in the mess we have to deal with moving forward.

 

In my last post in The Book of The Redeemed Jedi: The Resolving of The Gray Through Refined Jedi Sight, I ran an online social experiment on You Tube in which I left a Negative comment on a video and sat back to see what kind of reactions I would get from it. It went far better than I had ever hoped for, the sheer diversity of mindsets that responded was a testament to the variety of people the music in the video reached. I had: The Fan with their own opinion, The Cookie Cutter response that assumed meaning without thought, The Care Bear who believed that nothing negative should be said, The Angry Response, The innocent question of reasoning, and The Developed Argument Response. The link is above, I think many of you may be surprised by the plot twists and the outcome of that little experiment. It was done to show the VALUE of questioning people’s comfort zones as a way of getting them to think about actions and beliefs they show that even they may not be aware of to EXCHANGE IDEAS. As such, I used what many these days who are so easily OFFENDED would consider a DARK SIDE TACTIC.

The first part was to show how an EXCHANGE of IDEAS to promote growth as a person and as a people, no matter how ugly, frustrating and painful OPEN DIALOGUE can be, in it’s early going. This second part is designed to show you the importance of MEDIATION for a Civilization that is growing more and more divided, and not just in the realm of Politics and Social Justice as you will see when we get into this. So YES, this time I am using a LIGHT SIDE TACTIC to direct attention outward to a more common place issue and what I have come to feel in this case is THE REAL PROBLEM, when seen in context to how our “World Works” I think we’ll find it is something of a root problem with civilization in general. And with that I will begin.

It was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, by both fans and box offices alike as they have taken a hit and would still go on to end 2017 at a loss. You might say that “The Last Jedi” was looked upon as a New Hope……I’m terrible, I know. Heh heh The teaser dropped in April during the Annual Star Wars Celebration convention, and it got everyone in a frenzy. The visuals were as stunning as you would have expected, being both Star Wars and a Rian Johnson film. Anyone familiar with his work on the series Breaking Bad could attest to the fact that beyond the compelling story and characters, literally almost every shot in that show, looked like an art piece you would find in a gallery. The teaser also gave us a rather attention grabbing cryptic line by one of the Legendary characters of the original trilogy. It was HOT! Geeks set about the rather fun task of trying to put the puzzle pieces together creating theories, People hoped that some of the issues with “The Force Awakens would get fixed or at least explained.. (Cough, cough Mary Sue) Some people had the problem that it was the start of REPEATING the same movies, though honestly, beyond the first in each trilogy spending roughly 45 minutes on a desert planet at some point, Dialogue has been the biggest recurring theme. I saw one critic bash the fact that The First Order was a repeat of The Empire….I always viewed it as an extension, after all The Sith had built quite a network over the course of 1000 years and given their knack for secrecy, it was not a stretch to believe that the emperor had a place where all the wealth and know how of that network would be funneled to in case of fire. 😀 For all we knew at that point Palpatine himself may have just been the apprentice and face man of the Sith. Aside from such things like that, the idea that this one would predictably be the darker film, simply because Empire was the darker film of the original trilogy, never really set with me, because it was like people FORGOT there was ANOTHER trilogy and in that one, it was the THIRD film that was the darkest. Like somehow bringing back the original characters automatically meant it would repeat THAT process. Yet unlike A New Hope it ended with a cliffhanger. Suffice to say, I liked “The Force Awakens”  What annoyed me really was not that big of an issue, save for Rey, but I liked her, and there was much we did not get to know, so I forgave a lot, but reserved the right to readdress her as an issue, if she was not explained and STILL was TOO POLLY PERFECT……..Because that WOULD BE PISS POOR STORYTELLING given that everyone else in the series had been grounded and solid. This leads me to the next rant people had over what they saw as the bastardization of Han and Leia…..The bad parents….Okay the bad parents element was a little bit of a slap to who those characters were when we last saw them, but if we are being honest, given the TYPE of people they were prior to meeting, that was NOT a relationship that would have lasted outside of war time….I’m sorry. The fact that getting involved and taking a strong leadership position in the rebellion like Leia, was really the ONLY THING that put Han on par with her as an equal. Okay, war is over, now you have to rebuild a political structure, Leia was the adopted daughter of a politician and herself had served in the Imperial Senate before it was disbanded. Given the type of person she was OF COURSE she would have moved on from the war to REBUILD that political structure, which is one Hell of a time consuming task. War is over…….What does the former smuggler/survivor do? You could not see Han being a politician, he was NEVER able to negotiate his way through ANYTHING. What does he do with out the war? Sit at home eating Cheetos and watching holovid porn? We know in the real world that when these types of people get together, without the personality of one consuming the other and in this case would have clearly been Han throwing his hands up at everything and automatically ALWAYS saying She’s the boss, he would have reached that point of being tired of always being second to the woman he loved and he would have been going out and screwing around. THAT’S REALITY! Having them still be together WOULD have made it more of a Disney film to me personally.

SDCC came around mid-summer as always and the official Trailer dropped…..Here began the first real rumblings of descension among fans……Porgs. The certainty that Disney was twisting Star Wars to be like every other Disney movie. I had this problem with the Ewok haters too. You DO REALIZE this series was designed with a family element in mind and so there were SUPPOSED to be things in it for the little ones as well as the older lot? Say that and then they bitched that it was only for merchandising purposes…… Of ALL the corporate tactics to make big bucks, that actually FUCK PEOPLE OVER, doing a merchandise plug to sell toys from a high merchandise friendly movie being released around Christmas…..Is NOT one you will ever hear me bitch about. I actually do view that as SMART BUSINESS as long as what they do does not fall outside of the realm of can exist within Star Wars, therefore does not screw with the storytelling. There are too many other business practices that DESERVE CRITICISM, and Yes, we will be getting into that as Disney DID actually start pulling stunts with “The Last Jedi” that was GRATUITOUS and represented NOTHING but GREED. We will also be covering The REAL LIES beneath film fantasy, namely this idea of presenting “DIVERSITY” as though it were ever anything NEW to Star Wars. Let’s face it for starters NOTHING THAT multi generational, on an INTERNATIONAL LEVEL for 40+ years, does not REPRESENT DIVERSITY in NUMBERS of the people who have been drawn to it ALONE…But I am getting a little ahead of myself.

Did Mark Hamill make the fans a little nervous, especially those who had an off opinion of “The Force Awakens”…….Yeah, he did a little bit, but honestly his questioning how his character was going to be portrayed could not cast as bad a shadow over the film prior to release as the manner in which Disney decided to increase intake from ticket sells by an additional 5% over what most films take for the studio, they added to this with a list of stipulations for all theaters that ran the film. These included forcing the theaters to run the film for a full 4 weeks in their largest auditorium, and any violation of the stipulations in this contract would result in Disney taking 70% of the ticket sells. I will leave the link to the article from  Business Insider that explained the contract in detail for those who were unaware of it.

http://www.businessinsider.com/disney-requirements-to-show-star-wars-the-last-jedi-in-theaters-2017-11 

Here is another article on the topic run by Mashable, this is just to show you, I do look at more than one thing when researching.

http://mashable.com/2017/11/01/star-wars-last-jedi-theaters-disney/#J76ipQ6ZnOqO

The general consensus was that theaters did not take it very well and some SMALLER THEATERS refused to show the film out right, because it stood to cost them more than help them. This move seemed a little heavy handed and GREED based, a little too much so for the ideology of behind the creator of Disney’s intent, especially for a film that was going to make them A LOT……and HAS, regardless of what anyone actually thinks of it……Not ALL CHANGE is for the best.

Disney would follow this up with a ban against LA Times reporters from advance screenings of their movies, based on a two part expose run by the paper on the tax breaks Disneyland gets from the city of Anaheim, California. This ban caused a lot of backlash and was withdrawn after papers and critics groups alike stood in boycott of reviewing ALL Disney films in a show of solidarity to the LA Times. This incident took place just mere days following the news of the before mentioned theater contract. So right there we had Disney themselves in the span of a week casting their own SHADOWS over their future films. This was 6 weeks, give or take, from ‘The Last Jedi” opening, The DAY BEFORE that opening Disney made it’s move to buy up most of 20th Century Fox. On the heels of such bad coverage, Disney announces a deal that would give reign over many other popular properties. Predator, Aliens, X-Men, Deadpool…… I am NOT sure if X Files is counted in that. So now we have a DIFFERENT look at the NEGATIVE Backlash. Let’s face it kids “Subsidiary” and “Holding company” are legal terms that make up THE LOOPHOLE that essentially ALLOWS MONOPOLY, which is ILLEGAL. Has No one thought that this sort of thing acts as an undertone to SUCH EXPLOSIVE BACKLASH?

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/11/disney-abandons-la-times-blacklist-after-backlash-from-film-critics/

I’m not going to to link the article on Disney buying Fox, because It’s a DONE DEAL at this point and EVERYONE knows I wasn’t making that up.

Midnight showing time………The internet LIT UP, and I mean LIT UP. Immediately the war between the people who loved the film and the people who hated it was declared. I have listened to both sides, have heard and seen some hefty accusations, some PURE HATRED from both sides and of course A LOT of PISS POOR EXCUSES, and POLITICAL SPIN from Disney, Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson and other Disney, Lucasfilm supporters for ALL OF IT…..That goes back to that whole, the REAL LIE that has been what has gotten on my nerves, even more than the bickering.

Some call this the WORST STAR WARS FILM EVER MADE. Some call this THE BEST STAR WARS FILM EVER MADE. Where do I fall on this…….It took me A LONG TIME to come to this one and it became the reason I am doing this post. As a fan it is THE WORST STAR WARS MOVIE EVER MADE, and I have very different reasons for thinking that than what I have seen from some of the more EXTREME SUPERFANS. To some degree, I DO AGREE with Mark Hamil that Luke was misrepresented. I did NOT feel that way about Han or Leia for the reasons I mentioned, where they ended up still fit a REALISTIC character arc for those two and despite what others say, THEY WERE STILL HEROES. Leia was still fighting the good fight, Han never lost that sense of heroism as he agreed to help Rey and Finn. Yeah Luke got screwed. I know people change in 30 years, but if you are going to have him even entertain the thought of killing his nephew, after risking everything to save his father……Give us A LITTLE MORE BACKSTORY as to what would have led him to do something that was COMPLETELY AGAINST the core of his character. That IS one one of those PISS POOR STORYTELLING moments. I would NOT HAVE HAD A PROBLEM WITH THAT…..if they had given us a BETTER more BELIEVABLE REASON, for him to go THAT FAR AWAY from who he was. I’m not going to go into they should have done this there or that, This is not a post to rewrite a movie that is done. I am simply pointing out areas where STORYTELLING ELEMENTS were ABUSED, MISUSED, or COMPLETELY IGNORED. Another Luke aspect, He claimed that he had come to that island to die. He did not want to be found etc. etc. THE ENTIRE MAIN PLOT OF “THE FORCE AWAKENS” WAS CENTERED AROUND EVERYONE LOOKING FOR THIS MAP THAT HE LEFT BEHIND! Why Leave a MAP behind if you don’t WANT TO BE FOUND? Well maybe that’s why he broke it up………They don’t have DELETE BUTTONS in Star Wars? And storing it in R2 wouldn’t have been the most inconspicuous place to put the biggest part of that map. Right there barring the missing Knights of Ren sub plot, essentially made this a reboot in the middle of a trilogy. The Matrix Reloaded did a fair share of deconstructing it’s predecessor, but it did NOT DISREGARD IT! It’s deconstruction was to CREATE a sense of drama around the FINALE, REVOLUTIONS, by stripping the heroes AND the audience of this certainty of victory they had because of NEO, just hours before they faced impending doom. It WAS STILL A COHESIVE STORY. Even if Episode 9 can fix certain things, “The Force Awakens” has been successfully DETACHED from this STORY. In NO PART of the originals or prequels did any of them DO THIS! That is simply SLOPPY STORYTELLING. That is NOT a NON ACCEPTANCE OF CHANGE, or if ACCEPTING CHANGE means Watching MY ART of STORYTELLING die just to accommodate projected numbers for a property and not a story, then Yeah I’m a fossil. Everything these films do now, is off of the shoulders of a story that STOOD ON IT’S OWN MERIT. If ACCEPTING CHANGE means that MAKING MONEY allows us to not have to hold ourselves to any REAL STANDARD OF PROFICIENCY, breeding WEAKNESS as a norm….Yeah I’m a fossil. Somethings are just worth more than what GREED can give us. That was my view as a fan and a storyteller and there was more I could cover, but those were the most profound……Besides Mary Sue. Oh yeah there was ONE MORE THING and I will give this post some picture flair for this one.

When market research and projected numbers would have you send a message to girls that tells them.

You are a bad ass simply because of WHAT YOU ARE!

 

NOT WHAT YOU DO.

 

Some CHANGE is NOT for THE BEST. Especially when ALL EVIDENCE POINTS to it not being done for the sake of bettering anything, but rather simply for GREED. Did you hear the one about that woman director Lucasfilm hired?……. Because there is nothing to hear, it HASN’T HAPPENED, but that’s okay you’re AWESOME JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE WOMEN.

It’s great that Kathleen Kennedy and Disney CREATED SUCH Diversity in The Star Wars Universe and can show women doing heroic deeds. Like sacrificing themselves as a decoy to protect a senator who was portrayed by Natalie Portman, a native of Isreal ……Wait that was Mexican actress Veronica Segura in Episode 2 Attack of the Clones….AND that was BEFORE George Lucas sold off the property. Here are a few OTHER examples of why the REAL LIE gets on my nerves.

Anybody remember THIS GUY firing the final shot that destroyed the second Death Star?

OR THIS GUY, who was a SENIOR JEDI MASTER on The Jedi Council second ONLY TO YODA?

I all fairness MOST of the opportunity for DIVERSITY did come from the PREQUELS, such as Jedi Master Depa Billaba, played by Dipika O’Neill Joti a Turkish, Australian of Indian descent.

The list goes on, and if you want to include the EU that Disney, for the most part, threw out the window it too had some pretty impressive females that were strong enough to be adopted by a good bit of the fan base, like Mara Jade, Jaina Solo. DIVERSITY has ALWAYS been a factor. True the original trilogy only gave us ONE woman who was in all three films…….But DENY WHAT SHE DID FOR GENERATIONS………

The Point of the story being about failure is the great teacher. Obi-Wan and Anakin carried that message. That the Jedi needed to change. The Prequels showed us why already. I think this whole lumping EVERYONE in to one category of unable to accept CHANGE falls pretty far from the mark, one could say that WITHOUT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM there can be NO CHANGE.

On the flipside of that STOP SCREAMING SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR! Social issues HAVE always been part of storytelling, in movies, in books, in music. It adds to that element of realism and allows a story to MEAN SOMETHING. This is just SLOPPY USE of these elements and like I have already pointed out is more likely due to projection numbers than ACTUAL BELIEF in any of these SJW views as is CLEAR by the sloppiness. It’s good old fashioned CORPORATE GREED. The spin I have heard to cover for Disney has pit CULTURE against SOCIAL JUSTICE and the more both sides fight, the more BOTH SIDES DIMINISH IN MEANING. I said that as a fan I agreed that it was the WORST Star Wars film ever made. I also made it a point in my last post to say that there are MANY REASONS for someone to like something, even if you don’t. As a person I have to say, This was THE MOST UNIQUE STAR WARS movie, BECAUSE this DIVIDE would go unnoticed in most anything else BUT A STAR WARS MOVIE. I mean if people went ape shit over X-Men…….I don’t think anyone would care, not to this degree. I have pointed out several things that have illustrated my point of VIEW of what I think THE REAL PROBLEM here actually is…… It comes down to GREED. I THINK We FANS are finally seeing the toll it is taking on our CULTURAL ICONS Like Star Wars. I mean OBJECTIVELY SPEAKING if you can sink 200 million in to a budget and accept a movie that has this many plot holes and detaches it’s predecessor from the story as your finished product, you LACK STANDARDS. That is a FAILURE of GREED.

When you can blame FANS and HAVE TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR SLOPPY WORK.

That is a FAILURE of GREED.

When you “CARE” SO MUCH ABOUT DIVERSITY, that you SACRIFICE the ART of STORYTELLING and not only make your leading character NOTHING anyone can relate to and create plot devices that nullify the heroics of your female leaders for a big eye candy scene, that could have happened earlier and would not have required any sacrifices if auto pilot was used and would have saved ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE GETTING PICKED OFF ALL ALONG. You made your Admiral look like an idiot who cost more lives than Poe. Thumbs Up for WOMEN!

That is a FAILURE of GREED.

You know, other side, If I can’t agree that it’s the best, I can damn sure say that it may just be THE MOST IMPORTANT STAR WARS MOVIE EVER MADE…..For how it’s MESSAGE of FAILURE Mirrors REALITY. I think we ALL have a common enemy. What is your take on REAL CHANGE?

 

 

Hey It’s been, I don’t know, a week or two since I last posted? Want to look at that post that includes petitions regarding Children’s Healthcare click here BURN IT DOWN! An All Out Assault Against Society Weakening Ideology. Before I get into today’s topic I’m going to need you to do something. I need you to believe in something that more and more these days seems IMPOSSIBLE. Can you do that? 😀 Good. You ever have those moments when you feel the need to ask yourself what would John Quinones do? For those who don’t know who this is, he is a journalist who did a show called “What Would You Do?” It was the perfect mixture of prank show and genuine social experimentation. Actors were hired to go out in public and create scenes, depicting acts ranging from race bashing, to abuse scenarios. They even had someone go out twice both as how they really are and in a fat suit with kick ass make up to see how people reacted differently between the model and the fat person. I mean you name it they were running a scenario for it and sometimes doing the same one in different places. Noting from hidden cameras, both the people who ignored what was happening and those who stepped up to act against it. They would always interview the ones who reacted to find out why they did. As far as reality television goes, this to me was one that had real educational value to it.

Well I think we have seen just about every real world scenario there is to be seen, whatever “What Would You Do?” hasn’t covered Tom Green certainly did back in his early days and while that was comedy it did push the limits of seeing how everyday people react to just ridiculous circumstances. That said Debate is a Lost Art, and I know there are going to be people out there who will read that and scream Debate Teams, Election Debates, The one’s you have seen between scientists and Christians and the thing is all of these are essentially COMPETITIONS and the Winners are determined by others viewing it’s very STRUCTURED RULE SET. I’m talking REAL DEBATE what we want to call debate today when compared to it is like the difference between Kendo and Genuine Sword fighting. First off in REAL DEBATE it is NOT about winning. When both sides are RECEPTIVE ENOUGH it is about each expanding their ideology through the EXCHANGE OF IDEAS. There is such a resistance in this age to the notion of exchanging idea’s. It’s like everybody wants to believe THEY ARE RIGHT. Let’s look at some of the reasons. First: It’s a matter of having a fixed and set belief system, this is something people cling to even during the times it does not make sense or even apply to the situation. It’s just easier to stick to your guns than adopt an idea from another person….especially if you disagree with most everything they say. Second: FEAR of anything that goes against your grain. FEAR is one of those things that exists to trigger Survival mode in our minds to make it easier to overcome obstacles, but it can also be it’s own obstacle when left unchecked.When we fear the result of being “WRONG” we become resistant to ACCEPTING the idea’s of others. Third: I have basically already covered in saying that we have twisted the idea of what debate is into being a COMPETITION, when you think DEBATE you automatically go into defense/offense mode in the belief that it is something that you can or have to WIN. When we do this we forsake accepting the ideas of others in the belief that as opponents their ideas are something to be BEATEN, not adopted.

One more thing before I go into the particulars of my little social experiment. In light of it being the holiday season and a time of gifting I will leave a few links to where you can find the albums of the band whose music played a key role in it. As you will see I give them Hell, but everyone is has the right to FORM their opinion and honestly my Biggest reason lies in the fact that you can’t run a social experiment without openly stirring the shit pot to get the ball rolling on it. If my results are any indication of the type of people this bands music inspire, believe me when I tell you I would see it all go triple platinum.


https://www.amazon.com/Could-Do-Whatever-Wanted-If/dp/B00BQ1DC16

https://www.amazon.com/Fuck-Your-Emotional-Bullshit-Snowing/dp/B00GMVGEHY

https://www.amazon.com/That-Time-Sat-Pile-Chocolate/dp/B01E84E2PC

It started with just the right search of words on Youtube about a week ago. I happened across the EP Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit by an emo band called Snowing.  2 minutes in and I’m shaking my head trying to discern the lyrics over the cacophony of sounds that just bombard you when you are listening to this. SO I Google the lyrics and what I found was some fairly smart points regarding the sort of things that both cause strong emotion, but also beat people down into a state of emotional numbness. Okay, so for me it was sort of like Nirvana. Some of their songs you could follow what was being said some of it I had to wonder if there was even real words in there when I listened, but if you look at the songs as they are written it is exactly what everyone says it is…Genius. So naturally this is what I commented. (Click Images to see in full size)

 

With the open challenge issued all I had to do was sit back and wait for the responses, if there would be any, to come in. The first did almost immediately and I was impressed by what was actually just a fan who stated his own opinion and that was it. No fight, nothing more than a trade of opinions. So I’m thinking, Alright there are people who get it. People who don’t take such things too personally. I’m cool with that.

The second response came the next day and truthfully it was of a type that I expected, because it is  a very common type of response when someone says something that someone else does not like.

The Third response came the day after. this was one that I had expected sooner in the chain, more like first or second, because it is becoming more and more common a response in this day and age. It is the response I call The Care Bear response and I know if you have read much of anything I have written in the last four years then you know my take on The Care Bear response. And not to my surprise this one actually became an exchange. Because I am a Debater and as such I push the envelop, this makes me like oil to this type of person’s water. They tend to be the ones I ultimately rub the wrong way the most. This is also one of the best type of responses to start switching gears on to show a different side to the argument that you present.

Things went eerily quiet after that for a few days and for a moment I allowed myself to think that my little experiment had run it’s course with little real success. I was wrong. The fourth response was exactly what I had been most expecting and I was glad that it was actually the fourth in line because I had already sewed the seeds for changing up the argument altogether. As you will find what came AFTER this response was EXACTLY the thing that had made this a success. What you see here is the ANGRY RESPONSE. You will note that mine comes back even more harsh. The reason for this was so that if he looked back over how I responded to the others he would see a distinct difference in my demeanor versus how I mirrored his own. Keep an eye on this guy because he will show up later as well.

Remember when I said that I have a way of rubbing those with The Care Bear response the wrong way? Well guess who popped back up. and with that a new exchange was begun until it was suddenly stopped cold……Not by me and not by the guy with The Care Bear response, but by the one who initially had The ANGRY RESPONSE. Check it out.

There, RIGHT THERE was the moment my whole reason for stirring the shit pot. Suffice to say from this point forward My responses to others took on a different tone altogether. It makes no sense to continue being the person who stirs the shit pot once you found someone with a sense of reason who is capable of listening and learning from what others have to say. Doing so would then become COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. So it was when the fifth type of response came around The Innocent of any real insult, but questioning of how someone can stir that shit pot so willingly I honestly found how the girl put it hilarious and so I decided to take the path of adding to the comic relief.

Last came the type of response that I actually had hoped for but had not expected at all. This one came out swinging with an actual argument against my original statement, and a fairly well thought out argument at that. It all comes down to what a person takes personal, and in my own response I point out a lighter side to taking criticism and an appreciation for the thought put into coming back at my arguments.

Now for the point where I ACCEPT a few things of my own. Admittedly it I still find this music a bit of an acquired taste, but if we are being honest there are MANY reasons to come to really like something. For me I have to say this music offered an experience for me that I was not expecting through just the pure diversity of the people and their mind sets who listen to it. They are cool people. And this band are some real bad asses for bringing that together, I haven’t yet listened to the rest of what they have done, but knowing myself…I have Taylor Swift songs that I like…….I can’t STAND Taylor Swift, no offense to her. LOL It is very unlikely that I will not find something of theirs that I listen to repeatedly. With that I became the 873rd person to like their video…You know, the one I bitched about.

….. Why did I do all of this? It’s simple. Get online, any social media outlet, watch the news…..All 15 versions of it, listen to the people around you. What have we heard lately? A mess of LABEL THROWING, Left wingers, Right wingers, We protest this, we’re boycotting you because you protested it. It seems like we are living in a society that is dead set on being divisive, with a lack of OPENNESS that can’t help but make you wonder if there is truly ANY HOPE of repairing the rift. and you can say, at least Americans can, that it’s our current President’s fault and while he has been a huge factor, we were getting that way for a long time already, even before he decided to run for office. Partisan politics, are only a symptom of the REAL PROBLEM. Hell I have a page on here thanking Eminem for his music and what it did to keep me motivated and moving forward, but I don’t really listen to that much now and the reason is because he recently chimed in with a freestyle rap against the president. I agree with most everything he said in that freestyle, I laughed about a lot of it and then he did one of the dumbest things. He laid out an ultimatum to the people who listened to his music……. You can’t side with one and the other, you can’t walk the fence. In that moment the DUMB SON OF A BITCH BECAME THE SAME PROBLEM AS THE OTHER GUY. He essentially fed into the DIVISION of our people and THAT I am SO NOT COOL WITH. If your idea of fixing the problem is just setting people up like chess pieces for a battle you refuse to find, Hell to even bother to LOOK for an alternative path to, it’s on you too. I did this because with as IRREPARABLY DIVIDED as people seem intent on staying in this day and age it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to show, even in such a small form, that  as UGLY as OPEN DIALOGUE can be in it’s beginning stages, when people are OPEN ENOUGH the EXCHANGE of IDEAS is integral to our GROWTH, both as a person and as a people. Happy Holiday Season to All.

 

 

 

I have posted in the past about people in positions of power, money, influence, are seldom held accountable for their actions. I have made this point particularly against the workings of Hollywood and the way their politics have bled over into everyday society. Speaking only on things that have been made public record, such as the contractual hijacking of a persons childhood that Disney places on it’s child stars, most of whom are not even deemed old enough to be granted the responsibility of a driver’s license or hold hold a standard job when they are first contracted to become these stars. I have spoken on convicted child rapists who escape they’re penalty being gifted an Academy Award for their work. I have mentioned the ability they have to say and do things openly in the public that the average citizen would get arrested for. All of this is pretty much open and available knowledge, there has always been this rumored underbelly of the beast that has been swept under the rug by their own…..Until now. Now like wildfire people are being outed into the light of day and it is showing no signs of letting up, in fact it is growing. The Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent punishment has sparked the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment by women in droves. And while Rose McGowan may down play the actions of a child rapist, whose victim was A BOY, it seems now that former 80’s child star Corey Feldman has had enough with pedophilia being overlooked as a major issue in Hollywood, now he has always spoke up about it, but until recently with so many victims making cases against powerful people in the industry the climate is now right to make the biggest impact and he is making his move, which hopefully brings out the cavalry. My only issue with all of this is that we are seeing some cases come to light which are early signs of the Witch Hunt Syndrome society tends to get whenever something like this becomes a big deal and every body suddenly wants to push to do something about this issue that has been in our faces this whole time. The same thing happened in the education system post Columbine shooting, when everyone decided that they should fear their own schools getting shot up. What this led to initially was kids who were being bullied at the time, now not only had to deal with their tormentors, but the scrutiny of the faculty as well who automatically put them into the suspected potential for mass violence list. Years and multiple mass media covered shootings later, my own incarceration over a misrepresented line in something I wrote became further proof of what happens when we as a society get on a roll with screaming for justice too loudly to hear reasoning over top of it.

That said, I am glad to finally see people trying to take back a very influential industry from predators who have milked secrecy for far too long, and have gained far more power than they deserve because of it. I just want to stress, be mindful of the possible overextentions that have a tendency to follow such a huge movement. BURN IT DOWN, just keep it within the boundaries.

Now you may be wondering why I bring any of this up and how it is in any way relevant to the topic I am about to go into, well here is my answer. You have to wonder why it is pedophilia can be allowed to go under the radar in Hollywood for so long, why an 80’s child star is now standing up to be the hero for others that no one wanted to be for him and the only thing that I can come up with is money, the people who make it and help others make it are people no one wants to stand against. What I am about to tell you is further proof, that there is something terribly wrong with society’s mentality. You see Hollywood is not the only place that has been quietly making children victims. I am referring to Health care in America, in the forms of both denying a child coverage of insurance, or the out right refusal to treat a child all together. The following are example pulled from petitions from http://Change.org

 

For me it began last year with the signing of this petition to help an infant child get put back on the transplant list after being removed, for reasons that she may be developmentally slow. Now I will not rehash the story of baby Lily, you can find it on my page Loss Column

Baby Lily, never did get back on the list in her home area and she died one of the last losses of 2016 on December 31st. That was a hard one because I shared that petition almost daily sometimes in several places. It was beyond me how Health Care providers could leave a child, who had a chance to live to die like that. It seems it does not stop there.

Before I go further I want to cover what is “Claimed” to be the cornerstone of health care givers when they enter the field. Below are both the original Hypocratic Oath as well as it’s reboot for modern language, What I will show you next will make you further question whether or not some health care providers may have mistaken it as the Hypocritical Oath.

Original Version

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art—if they desire to learn it—without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

Reboot Version

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

 

 

https://www.change.org/p/emory-hospital-approve-life-saving-kidney-transplant-for-2-year-old-boy-before-it-s-too-late?recruiter=481045006&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&sharerUserId=481045006&utm_content=nafta_twitter_shortlink%3Acontrol

 

People have said that the pain that is felt during kidney failure can be compared to woman being in labor. You might also add that rather than a life being produced at the end of it, a life ends instead. In the above petition a situation is laid out where that is exactly the fate health care providers have placed on a 2 year old child on account of his father being a parole violator….You heard that right people. Sins of the father has sentenced an innocent 2 year old to a painful death unless something is done to prevent this from happening. I’m sorry is that not often the type of thing that we use as justification for dropping bombs on other countries? When this child is on his death bed, he may still be too young to ask how much more grateful he is to live in the United States than anywhere else in the world. I ask you how is this not criminal enough for the law to step in and either force them to try to do something, or strip them of their license? Let’s ask the US Government, who are here to make America Great Again shall we?

 

https://www.change.org/p/paul-ryan-restore-children-s-healthcare-insurance-program-chip?recruiter=481045006&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&sharerUserId=481045006&utm_content=nafta_twitter_shortlink%3Acontrol

Well congress seems content to drag it’s feet on the matter, but then not four years ago dragging it’s feet is exactly what caused a government shut down. Yes that was BEFORE our current President took office, old habits seem to die hard. Every body wants that pay and to have their own health coverage for life, but make a choice that may see them jeopardize that re election campaign and their strength and good judgement, disappears.

 

https://www.change.org/p/demand-the-gop-stop-attacking-our-health-care?recruiter=481045006&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=177682&sharerUserId=481045006&utm_content=nafta_twitter_shortlink%3Acontrol

I will say this once. When it comes time to scream how pro life you are in enforcing anti abortion laws everyone steps up. When it comes time to show how “Pro Life” you really are when it comes to ensuring the quality of life for the young folk once they are born, “Pro Life” looks a lot more like “Pro Capitalism”

There is something terribly wrong with the mentality of humanity, a wall that blocks us from the good will of common sense. The thing that disturbs me most about it is the indication of how little we honestly care about the future of our people, particularly that of our young folk. You want to know History, you want to know how it is that every great civilization falls, how can it not when it’s only idea of investment is in profit and not in ensuring the quality of life of it’s future generations, especially the ones whose shoulders the most powerful stand on? All of the above are direct links to these petitions, so if you are reading this, you can also go and sign them yourselves, if you see where I am coming from with this. I have already signed and shared them all on social media. If we want a future for our people, the responsibility is as much ours as any politician’s. There is a wall that is blocking us from the future, a REAL FUTURE, and it’s time, much like what people in Hollywood have decided, to BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN!