Now that the date of the release of The Dark Knight Rises and this visual Bane is upon us, let's look at the fact the film is opening on July 20, 2012. 7.20.2012. 20.7.2012.
What are the significant memorable themes associated with past July 20ths? There are two major motifs that leap forth from history: space and assassinations. [Then I looked at the history of events associated with the date.]
Will any events take place on July 20, 2012, of any import?
Dates of movie releases have had strange links.
The day of neo-Nazi Breivik's massacre in Norway (July 22, 2011) was the day of the release of the film Captain America (July 22, 2011), with the first scene taking place in Norway, to the sound of Nazis' rapid fire machine gunning. A bizarre coincidence, to say the least.
Again, we didn't have to wait long. On March 21, 2005, the so-called Red Lake massacre took place:
The Red Lake massacre was an incident of spree killing that occurred in two places on the Red Lake reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota, United States. The first murders began on the morning of March 21, 2005, when 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend. He later drove his grandfather's police vehicle to Red Lake Senior High School, where he shot and killed seven people on the school campus, comprising five students, one teacher and an unarmed security guard, and wounded five others. The shooting ended when Weise committed suicide....[It is] the second deadliest massacre at a US high school, only behind the Columbine High School massacre.Yes, Red Lake.
Then after seeing the Dawson College shooting of September 13, 2006, as a precursor for renewed mass shooting activity, I predicted the Bailey, Colorado shooting, which was then the immediate blueprint for the Amish school shooting that happened a week later. In 2006, the media began to mention my predictions. Stories in widely diverse outlets, such as Boing Boing and the CTV news, acknowledged my writings.
But there is no magic here. I observe and predict. As CTV put it: "While Coleman's email may now seem eerily prophetic, he told CTV.ca his prediction two weeks ago was simply the result of observing patterns among widely-publicized events."
In the Fall of 2006, I predicted a major school-related shooting would occur, with a "higher body count" during the week of the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in late April 2007. I reinforced this future insight, when in March 2007, I wrote that "deadly outbursts in school settings that are similar but radically more violent than in recent memory" would occur during that "red danger zone" on the calendar. Unfortunately, that prediction came true when the VA Tech massacre occurred at Blackburg, Virginia, on April 16, 2007, leaving 33 dead and 17 injured.
Please do not misread me. I am not delighted that my predictions come true. There is no glee in my tone but sorrow that the helpful and obvious predictive nature of this phenomenon is not used by others. Sometimes people only pay attention if there are results. If something can be validated and used by others, that's what this is all about to me. Ignoring the assistance that people can get from "reading" the indicators is unfortunate. Seeing school shootings, workplace killings or theater massacres occurring is tragic and sad. I'm the first one to feel that way, especially since I've had to deal with the aftermaths of such situation too often in my life and profession.
I also notice that August 3rd is the release date of Total Recall, a dark, futuristic spy thriller. The lead character has the name Hauser. Hauser comes from the Middle High German hus "house," German Haus + the suffix – er, denoting someone who gives shelter or protection. Aurora has its Holmes. What does it mean that Total Recall has a Hauser, a home protecter? Perhaps nothing. But, then again, perhaps something positive?