The Paradox of Disclosure

maxresdefaultGiven the recent headlines related to UFOs, like certain UFO footage being confirmed as real by the US Navy and the Area 51 raid (which turned out to be just a glorified dance party), many people are craving the advent of Disclosure and wondering when it will happen.  I wish to explain my thoughts on the subject, but first I want to define some terms.

Disclosure refers to the idea that one day, world governments and corporations will finally concede their cover-up and disclose everything they know about UFOs and extraterrestrial life visiting Earth.  Theorists point to shows like Ancient Aliens and other pop culture references to claim that mainstream media is prepping the masses to eventually accept the reality of UFOs and life beyond Earth.  Of course, theorists are all we can ever really be (given the lack of information and abundance of misinformation), and the best theorists are their own greatest skeptic.  Though certainly, given the vast nature of the universe, it is mathematically unlikely that Humans are alone in the cosmos.

Global Corporatism refers to the oligarchic powers that have bought control over world governments.  These powers are unelected, they serve no government and no people; multi-national corporations are machines created to make a profit every quarter, regardless of the human cost.  They are not American, they don’t care about America; if our economy collapses, they don’t care because they can move to the next country, hence the word: multi-national.  Key information remaining secret is imperative to their bottom line.

Six people own every newspaper, magazine, journal, television station, and so on; these are giant media conglomerates that are also heavily embedded into the military industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry, and many other corporate interests.  The sole crux of the argument that I will go on to make in this article is based on the fact that Global Corporatists will never publish anything that goes against their own financial interests.  Likewise, what they do decide to publish will inherently have a profit motive.  For example, on the advent of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, every media outlet was pro-war, while at the same time being funded by corporations within the Military Industrial Complex.  They have proven time and time again that their journalistic integrity can be bought.

The idea of Disclosure relies on Global Corporatists to decide to publish this information; something they would only do were there a profit motive.  The paradox being, that even when they do decide to disclose information about UFOs, it will only be to the extent to which they can make a profit.  Therefore, my theory is that there is a financial incentive for Disclosure to not happen.

Many people theorize that Disclosure hasn’t happened because it would cause a panic and frenzy in the streets.  My comedic take to that is: All you have to do is watch the 6PM Nightly News to know that the media isn’t afraid to put you in a panic and frenzy.

The Global Corporatists are only afraid of losing a profit.  Whistleblower Steven Greer claims that UFOs utilize free-energy technology — a revelation that, if revealed, would completely collapse the fossil fuel industry and the world economy as we know it.  It is public knowledge that cigarette companies suppressed information about their product and fossil fuel companies occupy these same information-suppression tactics when it comes to climate change.  The same is true when it comes to Disclosure: It is within their financial interests to deny any truth that could harm their bottom line; and time after time, we have witnessed the mainstream media assist the Global Corporatists in these propaganda efforts.

There are less than three decades of profitability remaining in the fossil fuel industry before green-energy is cheaper to manufacture and investors pull out of financing dirty fuels.  The Global Corporatists intend to make every cent of that profit before allowing new technology to take over.  Therefore, I predict Disclosure will happen no-sooner than the three decades it will take for fossil fuels to stop being profitable.  And at that point, who knows where we will be, who knows what war we will be in, and what the oligarchic powers will do with their propaganda machines.

My second prediction is that Disclosure will only serve the oligarchic powers: an alien “menace” or a “new enemy” will be created that we have to fight in space before they fight us here at home.  This is, of course, not true Disclosure, but another façade to keep the military industrial complex and the Global Corporatists in control (If aliens wanted to kill us, we’d already be dead).

For that is the Paradox of Disclosure: Disclosure in a true sense will never happen, because powerful oligarchs control the flow of information and they will never secede that control.  When “Disclosure” does happen, it will be through the warped view of a corporatist whose sole purpose it is to manufacture weapons of war.  They will inform you just enough to make you scared and never enough to make you enlightened.

The idea of Disclosure is a false paradigm to begin with.  The very request for Disclosure is a request for Global Corporatists to set aside their contractual agreement to make a profit and tell you the truth about aliens.  You can stop that sentence before you even get to the part about aliens; Global Corporatists will never publish anything that goes against their own financial interests (regardless of the subject or its validity).

As previously mentioned, we can only ever be theorists and aspiring to be more is to forget our place in the universe.  Disclosure seeks to place a finite solution on an infinite plane.  The solution is not for oligarchs to expand our consciousness with new information; it is for us to face the world as agnostics, to raise our consciousness for ourselves.

The only way forward is for us to realize that we are all connected.  Peace on a galactic level requires peace among ourselves.  Never stop asking questions.  Never believe what you’re being told.  Listen to a variety of independent journalists for your news.  And turn off your television.

What Happened At the Karaoke Competition?

I remember the feeling I had when I first learned that Russia had interfered in the karaoke competition, which I had so desired to win, like it was yesterday.  Because it was announced just yesterday.  But the more-than-a-week leading up to that moment was filled with trials and tribulations, which I had to come to terms with.

In the very moment that I lost the karaoke competition, I knew there was foul play afoot.  It was as if the entire bar asked at once, “Sam who?”  Even the karaoke DJ reaffirmed my suspicions of prejudice from the judges, though his ramblings about Russian accents in that moment didn’t register with me, because truthfully, I was hurt.

It’s not that I wanted the beer cooler with attached bottle opener.  Hell, I would have just given them the beer cooler if they really wanted it.  I just wanted to be number one at karaoke.  I mean, all the signs pointed to me winning, so you can imagine I was pretty devastated.  You see, this is now my third-consecutive time placing second in a karaoke competition.  These competitions only come around a few times a year, and I’ve been practicing songs almost every Thursday night, when Finny’s Pub hosts karaoke night.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep practicing and trying to earn that “number one at karaoke” title, which I so deserve.

Most of the week after losing the karaoke competition, I spent hiking in the dense woods of Pennsylvania.  I camped and backpacked when I had to, but mostly I just walked.  I felt like I had lost touch with reality and needed to realign myself.  I tried singing the songs I had sung the night of the competition, but I began to feel a sense of loathing toward those songs; I felt so naïve in thinking that song selection could win a karaoke competition.

By the end of the week, I had reintroduced myself into normal society and was ready to return to the karaoke stage.  My unnamed source inside Finny’s Pub continued to claim he had information about interference in the karaoke competition and what I immediately found strange was that the word Russia kept coming up.  Part of me wanted so badly for it to be true that I wasn’t responsible for my own loss, but addressed it with a grain of skepticism.  Within the next few hours, as the evidence began to pile up, I launched a full-throttle investigation into the potential of Russian interference in the karaoke competition.

That investigation continues and more and more revelations pour in everyday.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  You can read all about my personal accounts of Russian meddling in my upcoming tell-all book, What Happened At the Karaoke Competition?

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Hi, Welcome to My Blog

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of my Facebook friends, or in my writing group, or you’re one of my parents, or you’re one of those few people who actually stumbled on my blog (I don’t know, maybe you like reading spec scripts for a cartoon that’s been off the air for 14 years).  Whatever the case, you made it!  You’re here!

It’s called the “Boundary-Bending Blog” because I’m not making any attempt to nail down the nature of posts I will be publishing here.  If you look at my most recent posts, they consist of my honest political opinion, vulgar satire, a book review, and speculative screenplays.  That’s the way things go around here: I write what I want to write.

Right now I’m in the process of writing a science fiction novel and it’s been a long road thus far; but one of the lessons I’ve learned is that when you are writing something that large, while you’re in the process of doing so, a whole bunch of other ideas will surface and permeate your consciousness and you have to get write them down and get them out, so you can move on (Even this very blog post is an idea that popped into my head and took control of the creative reins until it was satiated by release).  I created this blog because I wanted to have a place to publish all the random things that pop into my head as I work on completing my novel.  I’m also thinking of it as a kind of resume to prove to possible employers that I’m capable of writing.

I’m going to do my best to continue churning out more quality posts and hopefully you’re on board for the ride.  Maybe you dig my spec scripts but you aren’t into satire.  Maybe you like my opinion on books but my opinion on politics freaks you out.  Whatever the case, I don’t care.  I’m just going to keep chugging along and maybe you’ll like something you read.  And feel free to indulge me in the comments section along the way.

Venezuela: A Lesson for the United States

Shortage in Venezuela due to economical crisis
CARACAS, VENEZUELA (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

If you talk to a conservative about Socialism, they’re favorite strawman is to bring up the economic crisis in Venezuela and suggest that any amount of Socialism will plummet our economy into the same over-inflated mess.  But there is actually a way that the United States could face the same consequences being felt in Venezuela, and one of those ways is to stay on the same course we are currently on.

The reason Venezuela is having an economic crisis has nothing to do with the “ist” or “ism” attached to their economic model; it has to do with the fact that 96% of Venezuela’s exports and 40% of their GDP is petrol.  For a decades, Venezuela was one of the wealthiest countries in the region due to their massive reserves of petrol.  When the price of petrol drops, Venezuela’s economy will undoubtedly suffer.  Conservatives claim that if we adopt policies in America meant to serve the people, we will end up like Venezuela, but to compare their economy to the United State’s economy is where they will make their first mistake, because America’s economy is not reliant upon the price of petrol.

Their second mistake is to suggest that Venezuela is Socialist or Communist; 500 different U.S. corporations operate within Venezuela, so by definition, they are Capitalist.  Differentiating their petrol companies from American oil companies because they are “state-owned” is metaphorically slicing hairs.  In 2015 alone, the United States subsidized fossil fuels for a total of $600 billion.  Re-read that fact again a couple times and then tell me American fossil fuel companies are not “state-owned.”  America’s government is no less invested in its fossil fuel companies than Venezuela’s government is invested in theirs.

The reason that Venezuela has strong social protections is because they have five branches of government, as opposed to our three, one of which is the Citizen’s Branch; meaning that the people have more of a voice in which legislation is passed.  The consequence being that the state subsidizes products for their poorest citizens and takes a net loss, because they feel it’s worth it to take care of their most vulnerable citizens.  Of course, with that ideology (which comes from an inherently good place), comes more subsequent problems, such a black market for government-sold items, which become increasingly rare for those who need them.  But it should be emphasized, that this net loss suffered by the state has nothing to do with the current economic turmoil, which, again, has everything to do with the price of petrol dropping.

If conservatives were at all interested in understanding why the price of petrol is dropping, they might actually come closer to understanding the real reason why Venezuela’s economy is in crisis.  To do that, is to look at our own foreign and economic policies, in tandem to Saudi Arabia’s.  The main goal for Saudi Arabia is to create a global monopoly on oil by first destroying the markets of their main competitor’s, Russia and Iran.  Their strategy for doing so is to over-produce oil, so that the market is saturated and the price drops; their goal being that this price drop will hurt Russia and Iran.  At this point, the only countries that have actually been hurt by this change are those which rely on petrol for economic growth, such as Libya, Angola, Nigeria, and Venezuela.

So what is the real lesson the United States can learn from Venezuela, since we know the lesson is not that policies designed to help the poor will destroy our country.  To do that, we need to understand the other reason why the price of fossil fuels is dropping: The price of oil, as with any other commodity, is regulated through supply and demand. When there is an oil surplus, or a reduction in demand, the price will fall.  Saudi Arabia’s actions demonstrate what happens in an oil surplus, but what happens when there is a reduction of demand are very similar and the brunt impact of that could be faced by the United States.  This is what is called the “Carbon Bubble.”  (Hint: the word “Bubble” should be an indicator that it has potential to pop and cause havoc.)  Currently, China is leading the world in investments into renewable energy.  This trend will only increase around the world, as manufacturing renewable technology becomes cheaper than digging dinosaurs out of the ground.  Maybe now is a good time to revisit that number of $600 billion the United States taxpayers paid in 2015 to subsidize the fossil fuel industry.

We are investing billions of dollars of taxpayer money to subsidize pipelines sprawling across our country; trillions to secure global oil reserves for American corporations – what happens if we never see a return on that investment, because in 20 years the price of oil has halved because of China’s booming renewable industry.  The United States could be on the forefront of that new manufacturing industry, instead we are stuck in the past, digging in the dirt; trying to force everyone to watch VHS instead of leading the switch to DVD, or digital.  Right now there is a profit in ignoring the growing renewable market, but once that profit disappears, so will the investors, and so will a large portion of our economy.  Venezuela’s mistake was assuming petrol prices would remain high and our current mistake is the assumption that the price of fossil fuels will remain high.  With our current course of action, it is inevitable that the global demand of fossil fuels will continue to reduce until the Carbon Bubble pops, at which point, it will be far more accurate to compare the United States to Venezuela.

Wakanda is a Metaphor for the Neoliberal Establishment

Black-Panther-and-the-Magical-neighborhood-of-Wakanda-828x400Within their sheltered bubble of Wakanda, the elites have created a utopia so magnificent, only they can perceive it, while the rest of the world sees only stark poverty.  To those living through these oppressive circumstances, the neoliberals who have, in their minds, created the perfect society, appear no less than out-of-touch to the needs to working people, especially those of color.

The main conflict of the movie, Black Panther, is centered around an ancient electoral process, based on combat to the death.  When this backwards electoral process bears an unfavorable outcome, electing an outsider named Killmonger, at no point in the movie does anyone say, “Hey, maybe we should reform this oligarchy, in which might equals right, and create a more democratic system, where everyone gets an equal vote in who becomes the next leader.”  Instead they decide it’s time to overthrow this new leader, because he is acting recklessly and is a danger to the wellbeing of their nation.  This is undoubtedly a metaphor to Trump, who was able to win his seat of power as a result of a centuries-old electoral process, created by syphilitic slave-owners – and after the election no one decided to blame the backwards electoral process for the outcome, instead it’s Russia, Comey, Jill Stein, Wikileaks, and Susan Sarandon (on top of just about every other excuse under the sun).

Though the Trumpian character is overthrown and the establishment learns that they need to keep in mind the needs of the many, their solutions fit perfectly into the established societal framework.  The last scene, in which the oligarch leader of Wakanda starts buying up buildings to help reform a struggling neighborhood is reminiscent to how billionaires undemocratically spend their wealth on authoritarian humanitarian efforts; the people of those countries don’t get a say in how those funds are spent in their own country.  A billionaire can say, “I’m setting up a nonprofit institution for female lawyers.”  Well that’s great, but maybe the community needs food and healthcare first, but they don’t get a democratic say in how those funds are spent.  The end of the movie might as well have been Jeff Bezos coming down in a helicopter buying up buildings in a philanthropic effort to undo the harmful effects of capitalism – but truthfully, he’s too out-of-touch to actually know how to help people with the money.  Here’s an idea: pay your fair share of taxes so that we as a community can decide how to best spend that money.

At the end, the backwards electoral system, which allowed Killmonger to rise to power, remains unscathed, as does America’s Electoral College, which allowed Trump to win with three million fewer votes than his opponent; leaving an opening for America’s next tyrant and Black Panther’s next sequel.