" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

August 26, 2016

Ken Peterson, 2016 and Big Star Synchronicities

Ken Peterson, top centre
At the end of last year and the beginning of this year I became pen pals with Ken Peterson, who was one of the witnesses who saw Travis Walton get taken by a UFO. 
The story was told in the 1993 film 'Fire in the Sky' about "an Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975".
November 5th, 1975?
Travis Walton tells his story in the above You Tube and this is where I got the screen shot of Ken Peterson at the 7:37 minute mark of that You Tube, which I've used at the top of this post.
We became e-mail buddies through my friend Trish MacGregor after Ken had shared some synchronicites of his with her and he had heard of some of my weird synchronicities from Trish. So, Ken asked Trish if she could give Ken my e-mail address, as he had some things to share with me.
I said yes to Trish's request to give Ken my e-mail address and we would write e-mails back and forth to each other with some mind boggling synchronicites that we would keep bouncing off each other and that would also tie into current events.
Ken Peterson's e-mail to me on the 14th January, 2016 
(left click on e-mail to make bigger to read)
I asked Ken a while back if I could use his e-mails to me  for a post I was planning to write and he said, "sure use what you like", but never got round to writing that post because there were so many weird synchronicities happening between us that I had no idea where to begin my post, or where to end it.

I had to write back to Ken and tell him that it was such a deep rabbit hole I was trying to put into a post that I didn't know how to write it up. 
Ken told me he wasn't surprised, because he didn't see how I was going to explain it all in one, or two blog posts.
Ken is a big Eagles fan and would often end his e-mails with the line from a famous Eagles' song, written by Jackson Brown and  
Glenn Frey, 'Take it easy'.
Jackson Brown with his 2016 Bluesfest song set
I saw Jackson Brown sing that song live at the Byron Bay Bluesfest that Easter, oddly enough.

Easter Sunday at Bluesfest 2016
But, Glenn Frey passed away a few days after Ken's e-mail pictured further up above in this post and after I had told Ken how freaky it was Glenn past away. 
A few days after that e-mail he sent me this one (below) on the 20th of January, 2016.
Ken Peterson's e-mail to me on the 20th January, 2016 
(left click on e-mail to make bigger to read)
The "Take It Easy" statue and mural at Second St. & Kinsley Ave. in Winslow, Arizona.

I also now realize, just reading that e-mail above of Ken's where he writes about Muhammad Ali, that Ali would pass away in the middle of this same year, as well, June 3, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
That puts a real eeriness on this post I wrote about black stars back in January, 2016, when we now know that one of the biggest black stars of the century would also pass in  
(great?)Scott-sdale, Arizona-
Black(star) is the New Black?
November 5th, 1975?
"Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, 2016, with a respiratory illness. 

Though his condition was initially described as "fair", it worsened and he died the following day, at the age of 74, from septic shock." 
2016 has been a weird year, as far as star deaths go...and it's not over yet.
 My friends Trish and Rob, who live in Miami, also wrote a book where they interviewed Michael Mann about  
'The Making of Miami Vice'.
Michael Mann coincidentally was the director of the Will Smith movie, 'Ali'.
What can I say?
Take it easy?-)

August 25, 2016

Copyright: Fair Use, Fair For Who?

A magpie gatecrashing the talk,' Copyright: Fair Use, Fair For Who?'
I recently caught a talk at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival called, 'Copyright: Fair Use, Fair For Who?', which I never intended listening to.

'The World of Animals' talk minus Ceridwen Dovey at the BBWF

I had intended listening to a talk called, 'The World of Animals' , because I had bought Ceridwen Dovey's book 'Only the Animals' that morning in the book tent, not knowing anything about the author and she was meant to be on this panel with  
Michael Leunig, Briohny Doyle and Jeni Caffin.
For some reason Ceridwen Dovey couldn't make the talk, so I decided to go for a wander around and check out other talks that were on at that time.
I wanted to hear a talk involving animals, as I'm big on the shamanic guidance of animals as teachers, which is why I had picked up Ceridwen's book earlier, as to me there seemed to be shamanic, although fictitious stories about animals throughout history observing human events of historic significance. 
I already just before this talk had a rather unexpected encounter with a butcher bird, which I wrote about in an earlier post called -
Another Orb at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival?
I see encounters with animals like this as a form of shamanic guidance from beyond everyday life and take note when these encounters set my spidey senses tingling in the web of life experience.
I think weird animal encounters are powerful messages trying to communicate something that I should take note of and be lead by from life's hidden wisdom. 
A Powerful Owl Synchronicity at the BBWF For Me
In around about way this led me to a talk about copyright, even though I was in the mood for animal stories and not something which sounded like it was going to be a waste of my time.
I attended this talk because on the panel were authors I respected as wise people, Tom Keneally and Melissa Lucashenko and struck me as spiritual, so I went to see what they had to say, expecting nothing out of the ordinary.
A magpie gatecrashing the talk,' Copyright: Fair Use, Fair For Who?'
But to my surprise a magpie flew onto the front of the stage and waddled across the front like he owned the stage and this took place in a tent, not out in the open field somewhere.
I was lucky enough to get a shot of the magpie as he got to the end of the stage, as I had my iPod switched off at the time and thought the bird would have flown away before the iPod booted up.
This all led to a discussion about a book called 'Magpie Island', so the magpie had influenced the talk in a direction it was probably never headed in the first place, which made it into a rather shamanic talk I thought and I came away glad I had attended.
Such are the messages of the animal world, it seems. 
Being a blogger who doesn't make any money out of my blog I often ignore copyright law and rely on "fair use" in my posts, which I feel is fair enough, as my posts tend to promote the books, movies or works of art I discuss in those posts, so I usually don't seek permission to use a still from a movie, or a passage from a book, but I do highlight the quoted passage and link it back the the author or artist who's work I'm writing about in those posts.
If an artist by some miracle read my post about their work and told me they were unhappy about it's use in my post, I would happily delete that post at their request, but I don't set out to exploit works I admire and certainly not to make monetary gain on their work.
There has to be middle ground on the issue where fair use means just that and shouldn't be exploited by either party, I feel.  
But if I was an artist, or author I would like to be protected by copyright law to stop a person who I thought was exploiting my work and be able to stop, or sue them if I saw fit to do so.
I signed the petition last night and became the 16888th (auspicious number, or what?-) to do so, and if you would like to do the same, then click on this link -
Save Australian literature: stop parallel importation of books
and sign your life away.
I think it is worth signing, just in case I ever have some great Australian work to protect in the future, which is unlikely, but if I ever did I would like to think I had the right to say how my work is used fairly.
You can learn more at the Books Create Australia website.
Cheers...and don't feel obliged to copy me...
make up your own mind :-)

August 24, 2016

Halfasheep's Blinded by Science - - - and the occult irony

Another thought provoking video by Halfasheep, but whether his theories are right, or wrong I just love looking at ornate buildings and artwork.
My challenge to Halfasheep though is to film inside Melbourne's St.Pauls Cathedral without paying those ridiculous photo fees.
What Would Jesus Do?