The Genesis Engine

The Genesis Engine is the 2nd volume of “The Other World” a YA trilogy that unfolds on two worlds, present day Earth and a planet known as M, as seventeen-year-old Jack Paige from Los Angeles California learns that he’s really Samdan, born on M, and destined to save both world from the grips of a sinister corporation.

While the first and third volume take place almost entirely on Earth in the very near future, “The Genesis Engine” is set on the planet M.

 

 

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A wish from a genie .

“If I grant you one wish what would it be?” asked the genie.

The first participant  replied, “A magic wand.”

“Oh that’s wonderful. Clever. And what would your first magic wand wish be?”

“To make me financially wealthy.”

“Wonderful. And the second?”

“Excellent health. The best health ever.”

“Wonderful, wonderful. Do you you have a third?”

“Ummm. Not really, once I’m rich and healthy, If i need something I’ll just buy it.”

“Yes…I see… let me ask you this: do you really believe in magic wands?”

“Really really, of course not but if I could have one—”

“—then why not wish for something you really could have.” The genie turned to a female participant, not yet twenty-five, he estimated.  “And your wish?”

“You’re a genie, you can make anything happen, right?”

The genie smiled. “And your wish is?”

“Fame.”

“Fame?”

“Yes, no… I mean, I want an Academy Award as best actress, which means I’ll be famous anyway.”

“Wonderful…and you’re okay with that even if the next day you’re diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the movie is a flop?”

“That’s not fair. You’re a genie. Why are you making this so difficult for us?”

“I could alter it: you’ll be famous for a few years,  then forgotten, and you’ll die alone and miserable after three decades of solitude.”

The poor girl’s tortured grimace was answer enough.  Another participant raised a hand.  “What difference does the wand make. I just want to be super rich and super healthy.”

The genie nodded. “Mental or bodily…never mind, overall great heath. Wonderful; and you’re okay if the rest of your family and all of your good friends die within a year?”

“No! What kind of cockamamie wish is that?”

“I thought it was yours.”

“I get it…no I really do. You want us to say something, like, I wish to live love.”

“I do?” replied the genie, confused. “If I ask five of you or ten or a hundred I’ll get five or ten or a hundred different answers, so how can I grant a wish that’s so ambiguous and subject to interpretation?” The genie turned to a smiling face. “And why are you smiling so brightly today?” He asked the youngest participant.  “You think you have the prefect wish request, don’t you?”

“Well,” the young one began, “I’m already trying this, and I think it’s working. I smile.  I mean I smile a lot. That’s it, being happy. If I could have one wish, it’s that I’d always be happy. As you say, I’d like a life sized helping of wonderful.”

“Oh wonderful. Wonderful. Truly wonderful. Happy wish granted.”

Takeaway: When you’re always happy, your life is perfect. What more could you wish for.

The trick: find the gift in the moment, every moment.  ‘Nuff said ….

Deals, lies, and Russian ties.

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Donald Trump built his candidacy on the promise of superior leadership, citing his business empire as proof.   His followers are excited to have a businessman with a fantastic track record of winning deals as their leader. “He’ll do for America what he’s done for his business—make it great…again,” they hail.

But let’s discuss that track record. How about his 6 bankruptcies, his failed Trump University, and the thousands of lawsuits against him? Okay, to be fair, some might argue that bankruptcies make you stronger and wiser, and Trump is all the better for them.  But some would say that Donald Trump has a habit of wrecking companies due to lousy not great leadership. What’s the truth? Trump says he’s really, really rich, that he’s a winner. His supporters love that about him. He’s a ruthless winner who’s made billions from nothing. So how rich is Trump? One gauge would be to take a peek at his tax returns.

Trump says he’ll release his tax returns sometimes after the election, claiming he cannot until after the IRS has completed their audit. Note: this is not an IRS rule.

We see Trump’s name on planes, buildings, golf courses. We only have to Google him to know that his net worth is a very respectable 4.5 billion, but is it really?

There’s growing evidence leaning to a far different number, a number that spells mortgaged to the tune of billions, and that the mortgage holders are Russian banks, according to the New York Times.  Given Trump’s statements on NATO, his support for Russian hackers, and his praise of Vladimir Putin, it would be foolish not to consider the reality of a Trump-Putin arrangement—at least to investigate, to demand to see Trump’s tax returns before the election.

There’s little that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth that is honest. He called Ted Cruz lying Ted, Hillary by an equally descriptive moniker. But the fact is—and this is absolute fact—there has never been a politician in American politics with a higher degree of lies and falsehoods in his/ her rhetoric. In a recent Washington Post examination of claims made by Donald Trump during rallies and speeches, 63% of what he claimed was completely false. Compare this to Hillary Clinton’s 14% of complete falsehoods. So is Donald Trump really, really rich? Is Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin’s payroll? Does Trump care for America and the people of America? Is Donald Trump a traitor?

Is the release of DNC e-mails a major step to war?

160427RussianTankVenezuela-1000x665Because of or in spite of the DNC, Hillary wins the nomination—by a healthy enough margins that she likely would have won without poisonous e-mails about Bernie.

The idea of Hillary becoming president is not only bad news for hardcore Bernie supporters, it’s bad news for Russia’s Putin, who has massive expansion on his mind.

So Putin decides to help Trump get an upper-hand in the American election.  Putin knows that when he invades the Ukraine, a President Trump would do nothing.

Putin gets his tech thugs to steal DNC e-mails, and Wikileaks, acting as Putin’s pawn, releases those stolen e-mails right before the DNC convention.

The question that now lingers on everyone’s mind is will the wound heal or will it fester?  Healing would indicate a President Hillary Clinton, a real world leader that Putin will not test.  The other road leads to Trump.

Today, I watched an ignorant protestor outside the DNC convention telling a reporter, “Well, I hope the super delegates come to their senses and vote for Bernie, but if they don’t I will vote independent.”  Why is he ignorant? Because he’s clueless to the danger of his vote and his rhetoric.

Growing up, I often heard the phrase,  “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.” This now comes to mind.

If Democrats are divided, if they vote independent or are no-shows, Trump will win the election, Trump an ignoramus, who’s already admitted that he admires Putin.

Vladimir Putin will launch his expansion campaign, Ukraine first, the Baltic States, then northern Europe.

Trump will do nothing until it’s too late.

Hello world war lll.

It’s a prediction. Yes. But it’s also a real concern.

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ADDENDUM

Day 1 of the DNC convention has concluded. While the lectern speakers were entirely supportive of Hillary Clinton, many Bernie Sanders supporters voiced strong anti Hillary sentiment, including suggestion that they would vote the Green Party in November, indifferent to the fact that every Green Party vote is a vote for Donald Trump, a potential  vote for World War lll.

 

 

 

Cleveland RNC Witch-hunt

Bigots, racists, and witch-hunters have gathered at Cleveland’s RNC to conduct a medieval-like witch-hunt. Distortion of fact runs wild and unchecked in the arena. The mob is riled into a hysterical frenzy fueled by hate—all directed at Hillary Clinton. No one talks issues, the stuff that might elevate America and help the world. There’s not one bantered positive word. The leaders of this farce don’t care.  Their agenda is monotone: trash Clinton.  Their opinions, steeped in evangelical  Christianity—NOT worldwide mainstream Christianity, which promotes love, equality, compassion,  tolerance, etc—are a firebrand of venomous rhetoric, daggers of hate to incite the crowd.

This is dangerous. Really dangerous for America! Perhaps, if their nominee was a level-headed man, the antics could be passed off as hot steam, spare of the moment childishness, or silly rhetoric to an inebriated crowd.  But their nominee is not level-headed. He’s a man whose vowed to prosecute judges, called undocumented Mexicans rapists and drug dealers. He’s willing to go after anyone he deems an enemy, which is everyone who doesn’t pander to him. If you give this man an endorsement, he’ll take is as a license. He’s even said it, “I could shoot someone and not lose voters.”  Imagine this man as our president!

Unbelievably,  the media refuses to opine on this subject. Even the liberal media is more focused on Melaniia Trump’s passage lifting, not that I’m condoning plagiarism, but it’s nothing in comparison to the witch-hunt.

God help us.

All Female ticket

I’m amazed that hardly anyone in the media has talked about the potency of an all female presidential ticket.  I keep on hearing about loyalty, the safe pick, the Latino vote, Wall Street’s concerns, et al.  You can mesh those things into a ball and toss it!  Hillary needs just one thing to guarantee victory in November: a whopping energy boost. Let’s face it, Hillary is not the most exciting person on the planet.  With a firecracker like Elizabeth Warren at her side, she’d get a surge of energy and some. The fever pitch of an all-female ticket!

Movie review – “Room”

What do they say, better late than never? In the following case, maybe. I just watched the movie “Room” -2015 – starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, a film that has won numerous awards including an Oscar for Brie Larson. I now see why there are so many average and even negative reviews. But first,  “Room” is an extremely well crafted movie. The subject matter is disturbing and unfolds deliberately, even slowly, as the two lead actors pull you into their bleak world. Larson plays Joy, an abducted woman—taken seven years prior, at seventeen. Now with a five-year old son named Jack, fathered by her abductor who still repeatedly rapes her, Joy and her son are imprisoned in one room, that houses a tub, toilet, stove, an old TV, and rodents on the floor. I’m not going into  elaborate story details here, as there are so many existing reviews that have covered this ad infinitum.  “Room” is structured as most feature films are, in three parts, however they are strangely time-alloted. The first parts deals with Joy and Jack living in squalor, and it’s very detailed. The second part deals with escape; and it provides the only nail-biting tense moments of the entire film.  But the movie then morphs into a drama of trashed lives, focusing heavily on guilt and shame. And oh boy, some of this stuff is really top-heavy. It’s one thing when your father can’t even glance at his grandson because he’s what, un-kosher, fathered by a rapist, a symbol of pain, or whatever, but when the mother/grandmother can’t hold her lip and engages in a vituperative row with her daughter —for God’s sake the poor girl’s only just got home— and then moments later a TV show host (think Diane Sawyer) interviews Joy and asks the most insensitive series of questions: “didn’t you think of giving up Jack when he was born?” the question’s purpose designed to promote Joy’s feelings of guilt, I just about couldn’t take any more. Come on, film makers, get real. The monster rapist would have just flushed the newborn down the lavatory.  These in-your- face contrivances consume the latter part of “Room.”  So on the whole, while there are excellent performances, phenomenal confinement scenes, and the last scene is poignant, what I just watched is a flawed film that was almost a masterpiece.

Sexist journalism mars Clinton

All the print and Internet headlines read Trump wins, Kasich wins, Clinton wins; all of the broadcast captions read: Trump wins, Kasich wins, Clinton wins—in that order.  Imagine for a minute that it was Bill Clinton instead of Hillary running for president: Clinton wins, Trump wins, Kasich wins.  It proves that sexism is alive and well in journalism. It proves the enormity of Clinton’s victories on Tuesday, a woman not only battling sexist digs from the other candidates—Trump calls her a dog, and has a woof synced to her mouth in a new ad; Sanders shushes her like a naughty child—she’s marginalized in every quadrant because she dares to stand up. Enough of the patriarchal club rules already!  Democrats and Republicans get in the now!  She’s not the same as a man, thank God.

 

 

GOP brokered convention is inevitable

The Republican party is broken, and the Republican leadership can only blame themselves. For years Republican senators and congressman have been crying that America is broken, that Obamacare must be repealed because it is a disaster, that our military is in shambles and we’ve become a weaker nation. The public sees the House and Senate constantly in uproar, incapable of performing, their elected representatives failing to do anything about the diabolical state of the country!

It’s no surprise that the people are angry.  Enter the outsider, Donald Trump, man of a billion promises, whose biggest promise is “we’re going to make America great again.”

But is the country really in a diabolical mess? Compared to seven years ago, is unemployment up? Is the housing market worse?  Do fewer people have health insurance? Is our military weaker?  Based upon non-partisan stats for unemployment, housing, the  stock market, and the GNP, the answer is:  in better standing. As for military strength, Republicans insist we’re weaker, Democrats say stronger. Either way, if you compare American military might (ships, aircraft carriers, planes, missiles, tanks)  against the Chinese or Russian or any other country, America looks bigger and badder. But if you say something loud enough, long enough, and say it repetitively and forcefully enough many people will believe it.  From a fact sheet, America is doing better today than it was the year Obama took office. But the Republican leadership has painted such a dire and false image of America’s standing in the world, that it has driven a large segment of the population to fury, rage, and frenzy, the byproduct of which is Donald Trump—Make America great again.Now, for those Republicans who believe that Donald Trump has hijacked their party, there is a solution, a way out of this mess. The chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, could tell Donald Trump, “You are denied the nomination.”  Yes, Trump’s voters would scream holy murder.  “They cannot do this because we the people have voted!”  But they (Republican leadership) can, and without harming democracy.

Here’s the type of language they could use.  “Donald, we are the Republican party. We have an agenda, and a responsibility to follow that agenda, which includes making certain that our nominee follows the agenda. While you have passed yourself off as a Republican, we declare that your views do not meet the requirement for a Republican leader, and therefore we cannot declare you the Republican nominee for president.  While we hope that individuals who have voted for you in the primaries will vote for a real Republican candidate in the general election, we respect the people, and if they the people choose to vote for you as an independent, we will still respect them.”

That will be that. Donald Trump would be forced out of the convention. He would either run as an independent, or not. Naturally, he would sue. That’s what he does.

As a footnote: Do I believe this will happen? No…because it would take courage of conviction.  Knowing what is right and sane and good for the country, the people, the world, and politicians acting  on that knowing are not synchronous.

How many days does Man have left?

How many days?

Heck, one thing’s for sure, if we don’t ask these types of question we’re in trouble.  That’s what I believe.

And some other stuff…

I believe the single most important threat to mankind’s existence on this planet is climate change.

I believe in a women’s right to choose.

I believe we need much stronger gun control laws because guns kill people.

I believe we need to abolish the death penalty, for so many reasons.

I believe the minimum wage must be increased dramatically.

Etc, etc, etc.

In other words, I’m a Democrat, which means, by and large….

I believe in the Democratic agenda.

Yes, I have some objections, some differences. But overall I’m on page.

But what I believe in is at odds with our country’s voters, it seems. Proof of this surfaced on Super Tuesday,  with Republican turnout 60% up compared to four years ago while the Democratic turnout nosedived 30%. Does this mean anything? Dang, yes. Many more Republicans are engaging in the political process than Democrats. I’ve been warning about this for months. From a strong unified party ten months ago, the Democratic party today is sharply divided, with far too many despising Hillary Clinton and a good percentage wary of Bernie Sanders.

It’s bad enough for Republicans to marginalize and defame Hillary Clinton, but it’s a kill-the-party-tragedy when Democrats do it.  My prognostication months ago was that Bernie Sanders (or rather, his supporters) would kill the Democrats. I said he was not electable.

Today, I repeat these words, only with more urgency! Even though I agree with Bernie’s Sanders’  message, even though it is an honest message, and timely, and needed, he is not electable! It’s not rocket science! Look at the clues! Bernie Sanders has been a politician for 35 years,  yet until this year no one outside of Vermont had heard of him.  That’s one  clue. He’s not electable because mainstream America cannot grasp the term “socialist.”  It gives folks the kind of spine shudder I get when I think of the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency or a Ted Cruz presidency!  He’s not electable because too many Democrats don’t believe he’s qualified for the job. He’s not electable because he knows   he’s not electable, but is happy to continue his journey to the convention. Look, I understand it’s important to spread the word. But there comes a time when it’s no longer a word but a germ that contaminates.

I hope for the sake of my core political beliefs, all of which would be in extreme jeopardy under a Republican president, that Bernie Sanders wakes up and supports Hillary Clinton, otherwise I might have to tell you exactly how many days Man has left, after all.

 

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