Monday, August 10, 2020

Schumacher, Falling Down, and Coronavirus

Was the Novel Coronavirus forecast long before it appeared?




Joel T. Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer who was active from the 1970s to the 2010s, and died June 22, 2020, at age 80, from cancer.

Schumacher: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a shoemaker, from Middle High German schuoch "shoe"; German Schuh + an agent derivative of machen "to make." Similar surnames: Schacher, Schleicher, Schuhmacher, Schirmacher, Schomaker, Schlachter.




Schumacher directs The Lost Boys.

Of the many films with which Schumacher was involved, he got high praise especially for St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), and Falling Down (1993). 


Schumacher is shown on the set of the 2004 musical drama The Phantom of the Opera. Was it his Eyes Wide Shut?


Schumacher's clear and overt dance with "twilight language" came in The Number 23 (2007).


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But it is in Falling Down, filmed in 1992, throughout the Los Angeles area, where we scratch our heads.



"Corona" signs are shown going every which way.


Even the toilet paper is given a prominent cameo.


Cleaning liquids and toilet paper in Falling Down.





Joel Schumacher, here wearing different Hawaiian shirts, is directing Michael Douglas in Falling Down. (See more on Aloha or Hawaiian shirts, here.)

 


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Falling Down was released on February 26, 1993. 

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, carried out on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to send the North Tower (Tower 1) crashing into the South Tower (Tower 2), bringing both towers down and killing thousands of people. It failed to do so, but killed six people and injured over one thousand.

The goal of the WTC attack, once again, was to have both the towers "fall down."

The date is also the second anniversary of the Americans defeating the Iraqi forces and driving them from Kuwait on February 26, 1991.

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"Predictive Programming from the movie Falling Down. Corona going in every direction, toilet paper, all of it. Movie released on 2/26/93, date of first WTC bombing. Towers literally fell down 3119 days later (444th prime). 222 months from 9/11/01 to Pandemic date of 3/11/20." ~ Credit Prophecy_106 on Twitter, April 7, 2020.

"Coronavirus & Mamba death same year. Kobe buried in Corona Del Mar." ~ The Tale of Onora, May 14, 2020.


See the Hamm's bear in the right side of this photo from Falling Down? Robert DesJarlait, an artist and writer, is from the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation in northern Minnesota. He created the Hamm’s Beer bear. He also drew the Land O'Lakes Native American maiden, "Mia."




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The director was interviewed about Falling Down for MIT's The Tech. Arts Editor Chris Roberge wrote, in part, on February 9, 1993:

Schumacher has very strong feelings about the mood of America today and how this mood attracted him to the project. "I felt that there was a critical mass building in culture of anger and rage. In the last 12 years it was swept under the carpet while all of the problems kept getting worse and worse. Unlike in the 60s when most creative people were expressing their feelings, outside of African-American filmmakers and rappers and street art, I didn't see much going on. I wanted to be in people's faces about what was going on. In some ways I think that it's worse now than when we started making the film," he said.

"Local news seems to be filled with these types of crimes. This sort of crime is on the rise in the country. Just last week there were two in D.C. and one in Memphis. I tried to put a face and a soul to these six o'clock news stories. This is the guy whose neighbors you see saying, `I don't understand. He was very nice.' " However, the two people who knew Michael Douglas' character the best -- his mother and his ex-wife -- say something quite different. Both of them thought that he was a somewhat frightening man with a propensity towards violence even before he begins his tragic trek across Los Angeles. Still, Schumacher insists, "I thought that he has an Everyman quality. I didn't want him to be a lunatic."

Talking about his goals for the tone and mood of the film, Schumacher says, "First and foremost, I have to make some sort of entertainment. I don't like movies that are soapboxes. I felt that the movie was a good story with a western type formula." But isn't it dangerous to make the film too entertaining, inviting the audience to strongly identify with an obvious sociopath? "I feel that he acts out a fantasy behavior. I think that audiences will be hard pressed not to identify with him. I think that people are conflicted. That's the purpose of the film. I think that it would be nice to do this, but we can't. We should be more like the Robert Duvall character."

As a final note, I asked Schumacher what criticisms he intended specifically for America, which he singles out often in the movie through shots of U.S. flags and characters who run army surplus stores, are Marine Corp veterans, or are defense workers. At first he replied that this was nothing more than a minor theme he introduced into the background, but then he added, "I think we are a violent culture and there's a thin line between what's considered acceptable violence and what's considered unacceptable violence. The Rodney King incident certainly shows all of that. I suppose that when you put on a uniform it's alright." This is a very interesting point, but one that is never dealt with to any large degree in the film. There is a substantial line between what's considered acceptable violence and what Douglas does in this movie. There is an equally great distinction between Falling Down and what should be considered a truly good movie.

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On February 10, 2015, at 5:15 p.m., Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in their home in Finley Forest Condominiums on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.

The victims.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, a former car parts salesman, allegedly shot dead the three Muslim university students at point blank range, in their heads, before turning himself into police. Hicks had moved to Chapel Hill in 2005 from Bethalto, Illinois. His motive, allegedly, was not because he is anti-Muslim, but because he was angry because of an ongoing parking space dispute. However, additional information from his first wife notes that Hicks was obsessed with watching "incessantly" the 1993 film Falling Down starring Michael Douglas, about a divorced engineer ("I helped build missiles. I helped protect this country. You should be rewarded for that. But instead they give it to the plastic surgeons.") who loses his job and embarks on a shooting rampage across Los Angeles.







Tuesday, July 14, 2020

MUFON, Pedophile Charges, and Racism



The executive director of the Mutual UFO Network, one of the oldest UFO research organizations in the United States, has been arrested on charges of soliciting a minor “for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity,” according to police. Jan Harzan, who has headed MUFON since 2013, is accused of soliciting “sexual activity from a detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl,” according to a release from the Huntington Beach, CA police department. VICE



Jan C. Harzan is listed as the Executive Director of the Mutual UFO Network.

"MUFON is currently headquartered in Irvine, California, under the direction of Jan Harzan, with chapters in every U.S. state. The organization claims to have more than 4,000 members worldwide, with a majority of its membership base situated in the continental United States." Wikipedia



The photograph of Jan C. Harzan on IMDb.









2018 M.U.F.O.N. International Symposium Speakers
Jan Harzan - MUFON International Director with John Brandenberg, Ph.D, Nick Pope, Bob Wood, Ph.D, Luiz Elidondo, Ted Peters, Dave Paulides, Don C. Donderi, Ph.D, Salma Siddich, Kathleen Marden, Randall Nickerson & Travis Walton. 




MUFON’s role in the UFO world is massive. The organization was founded in 1969 in Quincy, Illinois to track citizen sightings of UFOs; they claim to still hold the world’s “largest and most detailed database of UFO sightings.” The organization has worked closely with government contractors, including Bigelow Aerospace, which received money from the federal government to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena. According to documents reviewed by Motherboard, Bigelow Aerospace paid MUFON to make technical reports on characteristics often described in UFO incidents. Bigelow Aerospace also offered MUFON funding to put together the STAR Team, a UFO investigation team that could be on site within 24 to 48 hours of a UFO incident.

According to the organization's website, Harzan is a former IBM engineer who, when he was a kid, was "visited by a real UFO, no more than thirty feet from [his brother and him], with no visible means of propulsion other than making a humming noise, before shooting off over the horizon. This event profoundly changed their lives." 

In 2018 a former MUFON state director, John Ventre, made racist comments about African Americans on his personal Facebook page. Stating that white Americans were experiencing a “white genocide.” Jan Harzan did not condemn Ventre but instead expressed his concern for "the new social media world we now live in" and stated everyone should engage in open dialogue by writing, "There is no justice in hate, no matter what side of the fence you are on. On that we can all agree." MUFON eventually withdrew Harzan’s comments from its website and Ventre was removed from his position when public pressure mounted. 
Last month, Ken Pfeifer, head of MUFON Rhode Island, posted racist memes and comments on Facebook last month during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests. “HOLY SHIT….I WOULD OF PICKED THEIR COTTON FOR THEM….IF I THOUGHT IT WOULD END THIS BLM RACIST MADNESS.”

Chris Cogswell, MUFON’s former Director of Research, who left because of what he said was a racist culture at the organization, said “the main leadership levels of MUFON have been problematic for a number of years, and provides essentially nothing to the individual chapters which are for the most part run by decent, intelligent, and caring members of their communities. Although everyone is entitled to the assumption of innocence until proven guilty, this is a heinous charge. I cannot foresee any possibility of MUFON continuing, but hope the individual chapters can put their time and energy into an organization that will benefit them as much as they benefit it." Source.




Monday, July 13, 2020

Deaths Aplenty in SoCal 2020

Due to other breaking death news, this posting has been updated overnight July 13-14, 2020.


Elvis' Grandson, Club 27, and Calabasas again



Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his torso. He was 27.

Lisa Marie is the only child of Priscilla and Elvis.




Keough died Sunday, July 12, 2020, Calabasas Park Estates, in Calabasas, California.



"Kobe [Bryant] died very near to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. 5.7 miles or 11 minutes from where Benjamin [Keough] died. Or less, as the crow flies." ~ diamondmind311



Calabasas again? This is near where Kobe Bean Bryant's helicopter crashed on January 26, 2020, killing him, his daughter, his pilot, and friends on board.

Calabasas =
It is generally accepted that the name of Calabasas is derived from the Spanish calabaza meaning "pumpkin," "squash," or "gourd." Some historians hold the theory that Calabasas is derived from the Chumash word calahoosa, which is said to mean "where the wild geese fly." Owing to vast presence of wild squash plants in the area, the squash theory is more prevalent among local residents. At the top of the Calabasas grade, which is east of Las Virgenes Road, legend has it that in 1824, a Basque rancher from Oxnard spilled a wagonload of pumpkins on the road en route to Los Angeles. The following spring, hundreds of pumpkin seeds sprouted alongside the road. The area was named Las Calabasas—the place where the pumpkins fell.
In honor of its namesake, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hold an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The festival has evolved from a small-town fair to a significant annual event. Though the current Pumpkin Festival is held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas, the original festival was believed to have taken place where the traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area's first pumpkin patch.
The city's official logo, depicting a red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains. Source.

Keough also was the brother of actress Riley Keough and son of musician Danny Keough. (Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough divorced in 1994.) His maternal grandmother is Priscilla Presley. Keough also has twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, 11, whose father is Lisa Marie Presley's ex-husband Michael Lockwood.


Besides marriages to Danny Keough and Michael Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley was married, in between those two husbands, to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.



Keough was said to be an Elvis look-a-like.





Scientology Syncs 


Lisa Marie Presley was brought into the Church of Scientology in 1977 by her mother, Priscilla. 


By coincidence, on July 12, 2020, Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, who was known by her stage name, Kelly Preston, died. She was married to John Travolta, with whom she collaborated on the science fiction film Battlefield Earth (2000). Both Preston and Travolta were Scientologists, and married on September 5, 1991, in Paris by a French Scientology minister.

When reporting on Benjamin Keough’s birth in Tampa, Florida, the Associated Press quoted a spokesperson who said the 24-year-old Presley delivered the 7-pound, 8-ounce boy “naturally and in complete silence in a calm and supportive environment” under guidelines set out by Scientology’s founder, Lafayette Ron Hubbard, in his book Dianetics.

Lisa Marie Presley grew discontented with Scientology and finally left the church in 2016. She released a song, “So Long,” in 2012 that decried churches that “don’t have a soul” and “corrupt” religions that run people’s lives.



In another temporal coincidence, on June 17, 2020, Los Angeles prosecutors confirmed that actor Danny Masterson had been charged with the rapes of three women in the early 2000s following a lengthy investigation. The That '70s Show alum, a noted member of the church of Scientology, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Mythbusters and Glee

Also...
Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage has been accused of sexual abuse by his sister.
In a lawsuit filed June 30, 2020, in Westchester Supreme Court, Miranda Pacchiana says she was "sexually abused as a child by her brother."
Documents state that from 1976 to 1979, when they lived together in Sleepy Hollow, New York, Savage, now 52, "would repeatedly rape Miranda Pacchiana and force oral sex upon her, and forced Miranda to perform oral sex on him, along with other forms of sexual abuse."
At the time of the alleged abuse, Pacchiana was 7 to 10 years old and Savage was 9 to 12, according to the documents.
In a statement to USA Today provided by attorney Andrew Brettler, Savage denied the allegations.
"While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end. For many years, she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone that will listen," the statement says.
"By spreading numerous untrue stories about us in pursuit of a financial bonanza, she has tortured our entire family and estranged herself from all of us. I will fight this groundless and offensive lawsuit and work to put this to rest once and for all."
Brettler also provided a statement from Savage and Pacchiana's mother, Karen Savage.
"It makes me very sad to say this, but my daughter suffers from severe mental health challenges, and it’s devastating that she’s putting Adam and our entire family through this," she said.



Meanwhile, the discovery of the body of missing and presumed drowned (on July 8, 2020) Glee star Maya Rivera was recovered on Monday, July 13, 2020, at Lake Piru, Ventura County, California. This comes seven years to the day after Glee star Cory Monteith died in Vancouver, British Columbia. Monteith died from "a mixed drug toxicity" consisting of heroin and alcohol.

Intriguingly, behind Glee (2009–2015), as well as Nip/Tuck (2003–2010) and American Horror Story (2011–present), is Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965), an American screenwriter, director, and producer. In Nip/Tuck, he decided to do a series of story lines on Scientology, and according to one site, has finished 15 Scientology completions.

Grant Imahara, 49, former MythBusters (208 eps) & White Rabbit Project host, dies July 13, 2020. Cause brain aneurysm. 

Jessi Combs, 39, MythBusters guest host (7 eps), dies in horrific land speed attempt accident, August 27, 2019.











MythBusters guest host Jessi Combs, 39, who died Aug 27, 2019, had appeared in a cryptofiction film, Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot (2019). The movie also starred folks with familiar names: Tom Green, Les Stroud, Stacy Brown, Jr., and Rick Dyer.






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Is there a thread, sync, dots to be connected here? Nay, just crazy coincidences, right?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

June 24, 2020 Death

‪Wan Gengyu (Chinese: 万庚育) born January 29, 1922, died June 24, 2020, in Gansu, at 98. She was a Chinese painter, librarian & dunhuangologist [i.e. prominent scholar student of the Mogao Grottoes or Caves (also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves) built in the 4th-14th century. Caves appear to clearly show UFOs over the Buddhas, and Giants.]