Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Six-The Consequences of Poverty and Debt (Part Two)

In Part One, the previous post, I explained why I turned the prodigal band’s drummer, Tom, from being born into an impoverished family into being the son of an indentured servant and explained what an indenture is. Now I will post snippets beginning in Chapter One of Battle of the Band, the first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, to set up the scenario of consequences of this indebtedness on not only the one whose father was indebted but also the owner of the debt, who would pay a huge price should the debt be paid off.

The first of several snippets begins with someone among a group of very powerful overlords within the secretive Novordo Club discussing using the prodigal band, Sound Unltd, for their nefarious purposes of debauching youth culture. After ‘Mr. Y’ states why singer Erik, guitarists Jack and Mick, and keyboard synthist Bry would do anything to achieve fame and fortune for their own purposes, drummer Tom is mentioned.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Six-The Consequences of Poverty and Debt (Part One)

As with Episode Five about the controversial topic of Evolution vs. Creation and Intelligent Design, this episode, Six, will be in two parts. This post will discuss how indentured servitude, stemming from poverty and debt, plays into the trilogy. Part Two will feature snippets about the consequences of indentured servitude from the trilogy.

Throughout history, neither poverty nor debt has been controversial, and poverty and debt can happen by being born into it with virtually no way out, or through bad fortune, or through theft. Billions of people on Earth are poor and even more are in debt of some kind.

What makes poverty and debt controversial within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, however, is the legally binding document called an indenture, which by definition binds one party into the service of another party for a stipulated period of time. The document is called an indenture based on a legal meaning of an ‘indent’ which is a legal contract drawn up in duplicate or triplicate. Thus, the notion of ‘indentured servitude’ means that person doing the service does so for a stipulated period of time; mostly in history it has been used to pay back a debt. Historically, that period of time tended to be seven years.

Along with slavery, indentured servitude was abolished in the US by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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Busy Week and Very Slow WiFi…I Will Post My Next Controversial Snippet By the Middle of Next Week

Early this week the wifi internet was going at normal speed…and then by Wednesday it was nearly at dial-up speed! Wind maybe? In trying to download email or Facebook posts or messages or whatever, half the time the router went out and so I had to shut off the router for five minutes then wait another five minutes for the internet to work…. but that’s what I get for living in rural remote far west Texas! Get satellite, you say? Right! Like I just loooovvvve being metered! After all, these ViaSat or whatever satellites are roughly 22,000 miles from Earth…and then what if the Gateway goes down?

And then other issues have come up, sooo….

I’ll have the next post up by next Wednesday, the latest. If the internet “allows” me to post, and WordPress is actually working properly….that constant waiting for the “write post” page to download on slow internet is also pain. Oh, and I’m NOT moving to a big city with 5G….I’d rather live in a cave in the middle of nowhere! Cheers!

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design (Part 2)

Last week in Part One of Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design, I explained that the founder of the Theory of Evolution, Charles Darwin, was indeed a controversial topic in that his original ‘Origin of the Species’ book, which concluded with the admission that God, the Creator, began the process of evolution. This later morphed into what we know today as evolution when the Creator was removed from his book after his death, likely by an atheist group of what were called Social Darwinists, a group including Thomas Huxley and Richard Dawkins. This was likely done to back their notion that God did not and does not exist. Yet neither Huxley nor, in the present day, Dawkins, can explain how something came out of nothing, or what particle or particles out of nothing caused the so-called ‘Big Bang.’

As I had stated in earlier posts, I never believed in the Theory of Evolution. If evolution was truth, it would be called the LAW of Evolution, not just a ‘theory.’ Theories need proof, right? So that, since no evolutionist has figured out what single particle or particles suddenly came out of nothing…I mean, what was the so-called ‘First Cause’? (Note: Saint Thomas Aquinas came up with that one, ‘First Cause,’ in medieval times; the ‘First Cause,’ of course, being God). Since the evolutionists cannot come up with their original particle, I simply cannot believe in the atheist-humanist-rationalist ‘Theory’ of Evolution. Do the math, folks—you cannot divide by ZERO or NOTHING!

So the best I can explain why Darwin or anyone would come up with this theory deals with the notion of a ‘construct.’ Darwin, a former Christian-turned-agnostic, did in fact believe in God, but what about those who came after Darwin such as Huxley and Gould and others? Since they didn’t believe in God the Creator, they had to find a way to explain how creatures and plants, etc., came to be, so they used Darwin’s ‘Origin’ book while taking God out of their narrative or equation. Thus, they came up with their own ‘construct,’ which I ‘define’ in Chapter Twelve of The Prodigal Band in a conversation between future band member Bry and a Christian biker-preacher.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Five-Evolution vs. Creation-Intelligent Design (Part 1)

The previous episode on “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know” ended thusly:

The next controversial topic will be played in two parts, dealing with the feud between Creation, or its more scientific calling card, ‘Intelligent Design,’ and Evolution. Featured will be a ‘would-you-believe’ fact about evolution founder Charles Darwin that shocked the heck out of me, in Darwin’s own words straight out of ‘Origin of the Species.’ Spoiler alert—Darwin isn’t who you might think he is! And that was the shock! The topic will heavily feature band keyboard-synthist Bry, whose parents were staunch atheists, humanists and evolutionists.

The actual snippets will be posted in Part 2; this episode will feature facts about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution that are not taught in any public school or Christian School because that would go against the narrative that Charles Darwin was an atheist and humanist and rationalist that supposedly came up with this theory to try to prove that Creator God did not and does not exist by stating that various forms of life began from two living particles which somehow turned into the so-called “Big Bang Theory.” Two particles collided creating more particles and more particles, and the rest of the story. Then various life forms evolved from there.

But what the narrative does not say is who or what created those two particles. After all, just as one cannot divide by zero or nothing, something cannot come from nothing. So something had to create those first particles.

And, to my shock—since I’ve never read “Origin of the Species” by Darwin—I had no idea that Darwin actually knew that whatever came to be and then evolved had to come out of something.

According to this post here called “Demonizing Darwin,” the final paragraph in “Origin of the Species”—the original versions that is—states the following:

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed BY THE CREATOR into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

In other words, Darwin was NOT an atheist and had to have believed in THE CREATOR (that is, God) in order to state such an ending statement. It is almost as if he’s quoting the Book of Genesis Chapter One, when God breathed life into Adam (and of course into all creation)!

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Four-“It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know.”

Several snippet posts seemingly back the idea that in order to succeed in the popular music industry and the entertainment business in general, one must “sell” his or her soul “to the devil.” That mind-set has been around many, many years but became a dominant theme during the period when rock music reigned supreme and continues even harder in these days of rap/hip-hop supremacy as rock seems to have faded into a background within the mainstream. For instance, it is getting harder and harder to find classic rock radio stations in places like El Paso, yet rap and hip-hop stations there are much easier to find. I have my suspicions as to why, but I won’t go into that here. Simply, it is the way industry moguls want it to be.

Interestingly enough, some of the more popular rock bands these days hail from Asia, especially Japan and Korea with J-Pop/Rock and K-Pop/Rock (the GazettE, a Japanese rock band, for example, is my daughter’s fave rock band, and they have toured the US twice on world tours…their record label is SONY as far as I know). Europe still has some of the more popular grunge and death metal bands, as well. So while rock is not “dead,” it isn’t what it used to be in the US.

These snippet posts don’t cover this notion, but do deal with how rock or any recording artists come to be targeted for fame and fortune in the first place. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” was a saying I remember as a kid in the 50s and applied to many career threads or business success. In the 60s and 70s rock and roll era, it was obvious, as several friends (and including a band I was in for a short time) could verify that they wouldn’t become “rock stars” because they didn’t “know” the “right people.” They might know local bar or night club owners, but not any of the “big boys.” I did have a college friend that played in a band that performed in a large NYC pub venue, but that was as far as they got in the early 80s.

While the first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Battle of the Band, starts off with a “prayer” for success as the band Sound Unltd began its contest-winning national pub and small venue tour, it doesn’t really cover the “who” they “knew” aspect of the beginnings of their success. The third novel, The Prodigal Band, however, does begin with introducing the “who” they “know” people that helped create the group, including influencer parents and adoptive parents as well as ancestors. And these ‘parents,’ having been in the business themselves twenty years earlier, “knew” others, higher-ups so-to-speak, with more clout who would assure early success, and who “knew” others even higher up who would make sure they’d make it big.

All of the following snippets come from The Prodigal Band.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Three-Sexual Orientation

There are a couple of reasons ‘sexual orientation’ is controversial, especially these days when some folks are changing their genders for whatever reason or changing their children’s genders for whatever reason. I could have just posted about sexuality or desire for sex, or not (believe it or not but some folks have no sexual desire at all!), but that isn’t really controversial anymore. Sexual orientation implies either heterosexual or what is now called LGBTQ—lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual…and does ‘Q’ stand for ‘queer’?

If the reader has read the various ‘Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy’ posts here then the reader knows that guitarist-producer Mick is bisexual. He revealed why in Chapter Eleven of The Prodigal Band: his own mother sexually abused him while a teen because his own father was gay and thus would not have sex with his wife! But Mick had already given up the bisexual lifestyle by the time he revealed this.

So then, why is this topic controversial in the trilogy books? Because if one looks closely at what is secretly admitted within the three novels by the other band characters, one might come up with the notion that Mick wasn’t the only band member to have ‘relationships’ with those of the same sex. In the snippets posted in this post, clues abound without getting heavily into this possibility.

Here is why this possibility that other band members might have bisexual leanings makes sense: it is a well-known fact that many rock stars were openly gay or bisexual, or secretly so. I am not going to mention any names here—do the research yourself. But many of these rockers did admit they had sexual relationships with same sex rockers and others, including fellow band members. For one thing, check out Rolling Stone Magazine for this. The same applies to rappers, hip-hoppers, etc. I’ve known about this for many years, thanks to Rolling Stone and other publications. There are many reasons for this, but one that stood out (including admissions in YouTube videos) was the fact that rocker handlers—managers, agents, producers, A&R men for various record labels and others—veered the rockers into accepting this lifestyle for the sake of fame and fortune. Again, do the research yourself. This is why, in an early chapter of Battle of the Band, Mick admits to having sex with record company officials, and would later have a relationship with another rocker named Adam Bloodlove.

The following snippets are short but to the point. All are from Battle of the Band.

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Updates to My Omega Books Blog Have Been Posted, Links to This Site, More

I finally updated my Omega Books Blog with links to the Biblical References Snippet Posts, Truth and Reality-Based Snippet Posts, and Deleted Scenes Snippet Posts. Plus I re-posted a piece on actual spiritual experiences I witnessed that inspired this trilogy. Cheers!

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Two-Religion

Nothing—according to many pundits and persons—is as controversial as these two topics—politics and religion; politics was covered in Episode One of this Controversial Topics Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy. Ipso Facto, Episode Two deals with religion.

While the trilogy books do mention Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the Druids of Wales (in the context of their practices against their fictional enemies, Crynnwagg and the Crag-Dwellers who were cannibals, whom the Druids ‘tied to oak trees’ as revenge for their rituals against the Druid priesthood youth), only the fictitious New Age cult led by Swami Negran and Cole Blessing, the Church of the Circle of Unity—and its red crystal of Corion, and Christianity are prominent. I made up the Unity Church cult based off the real cults of Hare Krishna (I had a friend years ago victimized by this cult) and Transcendentalism (led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who influenced the Beatles and others).

I look at Christianity in a different way than most Christians and non-Christians do—a true Christian follows the Way, Truth and Life of Jesus Christ and accepts the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God the Father, and puts these ahead of doing what most folks think Christians do—go to church, tithe, hand out religious tracts, go to ‘mission conferences,’ and engage in conservative politics, among other things… and partake in Communion, baptism, marriages in churches, and other rituals that attach to various denominations (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and other groups not affiliated with these). Yes, I was baptized (three times—as a baby, in a church where I was teaching in the 80s during Bible study sessions, and in a local baptistry). Yes, I do Communion at the local non-denominational church. Yes, I was married in a Catholic church (because my parents wanted it that way…I really wasn’t a practicing Catholic then). Yes, I read the Bible (without which I never could have completed this trilogy!). Yes, I pray. But that is not what makes me a committed believer on Christ. And that is not why God gave me the trilogy-writing mission to tell the world why they should consider accepting Christ as Savior. It is commitment to Christ by one’s own free will and then doing as such, not religious doctrines, dogmas, and rituals, that makes one a true Christian.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode One-Politics

Welcome to the latest Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, Controversial Topics! In the previous post I mentioned two of the most controversial topics within the trilogy, evolution and indentured servitude, both topics relating to two of the prodigal band members. But I will begin the series with a topic that does not get a lot of play within the trilogy, politics.

Here is one definition of politics: the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. (Source: Bing search engine)

I chose politics as the first in the series not only because of the mess regarding the recent presidential election in the US—and I did not vote for either Trump or Biden as I do not support either one, nor am I Republican or Democrat, nor am I left-wing or right-wing…and in my opinion what was defined as left- or right-wing back in the 60s and 70s has changed greatly over the last twenty or so years. In other words, I am apolitical. As for who will actually wind up in the White House next month, I have to hand it to George Wallace (his awful racism aside), who said this truth—“There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat.” (Note: Wallace was Democrat, which today would seem extremely contradictory since he really was racist and today’s Democrats act like “social justice warrior” types (but I still think they are closet racists…what exactly have they done for blacks other than keep them in poverty? The nation’s poorest blacks all live in Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and Detroit!).

Well, enough of “politics”! BTW, I hate politics! It’s all about power, after all.

No matter what definition I use for politics, it is the ‘ruler’ over the politics that remains hidden to most voters or otherwise. In some nations this ruler is the one with the most money, or rules over some dictator, or rules over some general, or is seemingly an oligarch or bankster or criminal even. Some nations are monarchies like the UK that have governing bodies like Parliaments and some are ruled by religious types or are backed by religious leaders (think Iran and Israel here). In my novels, the seeming ‘rulers’ are extremely wealthy bankers and oligarchs and aristocrats, within Britain (do I even mention the Royal Family? Hardly…but these books are fictional, after all).

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