The Golden Ticket

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Art Credit : Graphic Design by Bari Demers and background format by Enchanted

They say when you dream about winning the lottery, it’s essential to go buy some lottery tickets right away. After all – it’s your Golden Ticket to satisfy all your dreams.  If you have the gift of remembering all your dreams (like I do) it’s probably a good idea to write down your experience.

The Golden Ticket

Throughout my latest dream, my world was centred around me as if I was carrying a GoPro. Maybe it’s my inner wish list to get a GoPro this Christmas – who knows?

It was a regular day of the week, neither summer nor winter. Can’t remember purchasing the actual ticket, but I do remember checking the numbers. They say I’m a little OCD ( Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), meaning I’ll check and re-check things, constantly cleaning and wash my hands in fear of contamination and keeping to a strict pattern.

My actions in my dream weren’t any different. Having this ritual of checking the lottery tickets only on Sunday, allowed me to dream as long as possible throughout the week, because we all know it’s extremely lucky to win any lottery. But, this particular time, I noticed the numbers matched. My heart began racing, rechecking it over and over again. This must be triggered from the anxiety of knowing retirement is around the corner, with very little funds to support it. Whatever the reason, the drawn out actions meant I was indeed sceptical.

Knowingly it was impossible to verify on Sunday, I patiently waited for Monday morning. The routine of getting ready in the morning seemed to take forever. As a matter of fact, I can’t stand routines. Finally! Heading out the door, it was a mad race to Sobeys, where I bought it. It never occurred to me to just head straight to the regional lottery centre.

Oh no, the ritual is vitally clear – remember, this is a dream, after all.

First, check the ticket to see what the scanner would say. Then head to the nearest lottery centre, after verification. With that clear mission at hand, my mind quickly zeroed in, onto the lottery scanner. It was like ‘Mission Impossible’, calculating a clear path to the series of problems I must complete. There it was, the little black lottery box, looking at me. Nervously reaching for my wallet ( as if everyone in the store was watching) I slowly pulled out the lottery ticket. Placing it exactly on the red light, it seemed like hours had passed as I patiently wait for the results. Suddenly I noticed a girl across the desk appear, looking at me with an interesting curiosity.

“Oh my!” she said,” I’ve never seen anyone here win so big before.”

The red numbers flashed across the screen. It reads “5 MILLION”. Well, in real life, the scanners don’t work that way. They give out a series of zeros. However, in my dream the 5 MILLION flashed on and off, sounding off “ WOOH, WOOH!” Here, in Canada it actually does make that sound.

Within seconds, shoppers came running up to the desk, wondering what all the excitement was. Everyone started clapping as if I was some kind of celebrity.

It’s then my dream took on another side. POOF! Suddenly I’m in a mall looking for the lottery centre – Go figure ! Heading to the mall’s directional guide I couldn’t pinpoint where the lottery centre was. Evidentially, I had no choice but to ask someone – It’s a man thing. Approaching a single mother of two kids, with the baby in the stroller, and the other child around two years old, holding her mom’s hand. It must of been winter because they wore winter jackets, mitts and toques ( that’s a warm cotton hat, here in Canada 🇨🇦). She looks at me confused, as if I asked her the most secret of all secrets.

She said,” Don’t you know? Well…it’s not on the second floor. You must exit the mall on the first floor, hang a left and head past the Wayne Gretzky statue.

My mind took in this information, calculating the path in my head. It dawned on me how strange that the lottery centre was beside the Wayne Gretzky statue. The only Wayne Gretzky statue I knew of was at the new Rogers Place arena, downtown Edmonton. The confusion is…I’m in Kelowna. I know the lottery centre in BC is in Kamloops – Go figure! Shrugging my shoulders I set out to follow her instructions exactly. Running down the escalator of WEM ( West Edmonton Mall), passing by the Santa Maria ship ( Yup! WEM has the exact replica of Christopher’s Columbus flag ship nestled in a manmade ocean, west end of the gigantic mall), I raced out the side doors, took an immediate left.

Suddenly – POOF! I’m front and centre looking at this massive architectural structure with a series of gradual steps leading to the top. There it was, another Wayne Gretzky statue, plated in gold – Go figure! I’m thinking to myself, Canadians sure do take their hockey legends seriously, like some sort of religious cult.

But wait a minute? I’m Canadian! Why don’t I think like that?

ANYWAY – It must of been a summer morning, because I noticed a bunch of people were spread out, sitting on the steps, waiting for the doors to open. Paying no attention to the crowd, my feet couldn’t carry me fast enough, as I pulled earnestly on the huge glass doors. Pulling on them again, harder this time, my body embraced the whole door, feet and all.

Someone in the crowd shouted,” It’s closed moron! It opens up at 9:00 am.”

I turned around, seeing I was the centre of attention. Some were smirking, while others rolled their eyes. But most seemed bored out-of-their-mind, impatiently waiting for this massive building to open. It’s then I noticed, everyone slowly got up. Turning to face the doors ( as if in slow motion) there was a business women opening the doors.

“Finally!” I thought.

Racing the crowd to be first in line, I hugged the counter in front of me. A girl in her twenties smiled and said,”Welcome to the Western Lottery Centre, how may I help you?”

My heart must of been pounding in my chest, as I could barely hear her. Looking around me, I whispered,”I think I won big on the lottery.”

The girl said,” Oh! Well…congratulations! Follow me to our private room, as we verify your winnings.”

Eagerly following her, it was then I noticed these two android guards on each side of me. Nervous, I asked,” Am I in trouble?”

The girl stopped and faced me, she said in a delightful voice,”Oh no! They’re here for your protection.”

Nodding in agreement, we all headed to an interrogation room. Two chairs and one table with handcuffs. OK – now I’m really nervous! We sit down facing each other, with both androids towering beside me. I jokingly say,” What’s the handcuffs for? Is this some kind of foreplay ?”

As the words left my mouth, it was clear no one was laughing. The girl cleared her throat disgusted, saying,” Shall we get down to it then? Show me your ticket please.”

Once again, my fumbling fingers pulled out the prize ticket. The now, big golden ticket… Yes! Exactly like the Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Go figure! The girl took the ticket. From within the bottom of the desk, a special elite Red scanner moved up in place. It started to flash a red laser into my eyes, as she began her interrogation. She asked me a series of questions, such as,”Exactly where did you buy this ticket and most importantly WHEN?!” My squeaky little voice told her everything she wanted to know. She sits back, looking at me coldly, as if I gave the wrong information. No emotion whatsoever. Out of the blue she smiles and says,” Well now! Congratulations…,” Looking at her notes,” Bari is it ? You have just won 5 MILLION DOLLARS! How does that make you feel?”

Rubbing the sweat off my hands onto my jeans, I eagerly shook her hand saying,” It makes me feel like a million bucks!”

Apparently , she wasn’t impressed with my humour, rolling her eyes 👀 shaking her head. She said,” OK then. Follow me as we announce your winnings to the world.”

I said,” Excuse me for asking…but I don’t know your name?”

If her eyes could of killed, she rudely barked at me,”That SIR! Is none of your business!”

“Alrighty then..,” I thought,” It doesn’t really matter… ( grinning ear-to ear) I just won 5 MILLION DOLLARS! “

Walking through this narrow corridor, I had to pass, what seem like a thousand balloons. The passage reminded me of a corn maze. Finally, finding the right path, popping balloons along the way, I was overwhelmed by the huge room filled with tons of reporters, at least 200 TV cameras, glaring lights and other cameras flashing, blinding me as if I was a huge celebrity. Sitting quietly in front of the massive crowd, it was then I was grilled with a million questions.

It’s then I woke up, thinking I better go and buy a lottery ticket today!

By Bari Demers – screenwriter

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Our Living Hell

PRIDE had cast him above all others.

Darkness slowly absorbed his soul.

Lambs of his Cult are blinded by all the GLORY.

In their EYES, he could do no harm.

As if a KING, he becomes narcissistic, filling his ego with worldly pleasures, ignoring the poor, the sick and vulnerable.

Cloaked as an Angel of Light, the shadow of EVIL spreads across the EARTH.

He is but a MAN, absorbed in his own glory.

Little does he know, he is just one of many.

He is nothing more then a pawn of life, covered in his own waste of greed.

O to the HORRORS of mankind – DARKNESS has filled every corner, every seed of life.

What was right, is now wrong.

What was wrong, is now right.

The living are now the DEAD.

AS I pass through the ‘Valley of Life’, something stirs inside of me.

Something is wrong, but I can’t see it, I can’t taste it, I can’t touch it.

I can’t say what it is, but I know something is seriously wrong.

Is it a DREAM or is it a NIGHTMARE ?

Suddenly, I open my EYES…and there it is, as plain as day.

My heart is filled with tears of sorrow.

OH my dear GOD, I AM awake.

WE are in the VALLEY OF DEATH.

I AM a witness to the HORRORS on Earth.

I AM a witness to the PRIDE of MANKIND.

I AM a witness to the EVIL of DARKNESS.

OH MY DEAR GOD, I AM witness to HELL on EARTH !

By Bari Demers

MEANING OF HELL ON EARTH :

We are born on earth, believing this life of ours is a privilege. We govern ourselves believing we are doing right, but inside we know it’s all wrong. We humans may do as we please, without consequences. We like to think our laws of justice have real consequences, but really, it’s the living who prevail in the end, no matter how evil YOU are.

Our lives are filled with materialistic things which have no meaning. Our thirst for more hunts us to the day we die. We are never satisfied with what we have.

As it was written, it’s been said the meek shall inherit the Earth.

But in reality, the meek are nothing more then the ignorant. Our world is twisted with evil throughout our very existence. We like to believe we are doing right, but we know we are doing more harm, then good. Mankind leaves a trail of blood shed and destruction in its path, destroying everything we touch.

We begin to question all around us, why are things so wrong ?

Why are the weak, the poor, the vulnerable tortured ?

Why do we experience the worse in life, trying to make the best of life?

There is no justice. There is only pain.

It’s then we realize, we are the LIVING DEAD, already tortured throughout our lives until the day we are buried into the ground, into the dust of the forgotten.

WE are the living dead on earth – WE are on earth, living within the HELL of reality.

WE will grow old and die. This is indeed HELL, simply because, after this LIFE, there isn’t any life after death. This is the end of everything we know, soon to be forgotten in time.

WE must have been brought here from the Cosmos of Life in search of ourselves, only to realize there isn’t anything else.

WE are in a twisted fate of anguish – WE ARE ALL the living dead tortured on a hellish earth, spreading our seed of misery across the universe.

GOD has already given JUDGEMENT to us ALL.

Have a wonderful day – Welcome to Hell.

By Bari Demers – screenwriter/ storyteller

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BLACK ANGELS

Our Nagging Brain

[ Poster Credit : Bari Demers – self taught graphic designer ]

WE humans are indeed a diverse species with millions of years of evolution, developing in who we are today. It may be our evolutionary timeline was drastically altered by our ancient ancestors, but overall WE have survived.

Interesting, our biological brain, still clouded with its mysterious beginnings, dictates our consciousness to do what we do. It’s the master of our biological body, controlling us everyday living on EARTH.

Only our brain knows our darkest secrets.

It feeds us with intel and safe guards, keeping our ‘Spiritual Being’ free from harm. That IS, only if, we listen to our inner thoughts. Somehow we have the option to reject our basic animalistic warnings, injecting ourselves to bodily harm. Complex our brain is, it too can be subject to all kinds of circuitry malfunction, from a birth defect to severe accidents. If our brain is healthy, firing up all its circuits, its amazing what WE humans can achieve.

Believing who we are can be complicated.

It’s clear our brain and consciousness are constantly fighting, trying to prove our very existence. The creation of man-made religion is clear of that, giving evidence to the battle inside of us all. Each tribe of human beings demanding our ‘religion’ is the right one. It has plagued us throughout our history, resorting mankind to its darkest moments of shame and incogitable terror.

Our consciousness (controlled by our brain) believe we have a soul. The brain tries to calculate why we exist. Who are we? Where do we come from ? Those two basic questions have divided mankind from the very beginning of existence.

To add insult to injury, our brain may think it’s all so powerful, becoming the savage dictators in our historical past and present, tormenting fellow human beings ; subjects to their rule.

On an individual basis, we are constantly fighting ourselves.

For example, I’ll give two different comical dialogues – my BRAIN talking to my ME.

FIRST DIALOGUE OF INNER THOUGHTS:

BRAIN : How do you feel ?

ME ( Consciousness) : Who me?

BRAIN : Yes you ! Who else am I talking to?

ME : Why does it matter ?

BRAIN : I need to know you are OK. Are you happy?

ME : Am I happy. No…I don’t think so. Most writers aren’t…

BRAIN : Why aren’t you happy ? What could make you a happy person?

ME : Finding my soul mate would help. Being financially secure would be another one. It would be nice if someone bought my screenplay BLACK ANGELS for $200,000. Then I could be financially secure.

BRAIN : You’re a dreamer!

ME : I know.

BRAIN : What do you believe would make that prefect soul mate ?

ME : Another female human being who has the same interests as me. Who backs me up, sharing identical views.

BRAIN : You realize I’m laughing inside…right? There’s no such thing as that prefect soul mate. It doesn’t exist. It doesn’t exist because human beings are constantly changing, growing from what they were in the beginning. Stop dreaming and be realistic !

ME : Wait a minute ! That’s what I do. I’m a dreamer and a lover of life. That IS why I write. My interest in ‘Space Exploration’ and defining WHO we are, explores my inner thoughts into words. That IS ME.

BRAIN : Me…me…me. It’s NOT all about YOU. You must of heard these words before,” A King has his reign, and then he dies. It’s inevitable.”

ME : I’m not a King !

BRAIN : No. But you ARE just another human being, trying to make his mark in life before you die, It’s inevitable. “ In this world, nothing is certain, except death and taxes.” Time is always against you.

ME : OK then! Thank you Brain for making my life seem so promising.

BRAIN : No problem!

ME : You realize I’m being sarcastic…right?

BRAIN : Of course I do ! After all I control your inner thoughts.

SECOND DIALOGUE OF INNER THOUGHTS:

BRAIN : Hello ?

ME: NOTHING. ZZZZZZZZ….

BRAIN : Hello?! Good Morning! Up and Atom.

ME : What ? What do you want?

BRAIN: It’s time to exercise that brain of yours. Come on …

ME : Yeah …yeah…do I have to ?

BRAIN : You must! I need me in top shape. So…let’s move those muscles. Get-up and begin your workout program. Up Up Up ! Besides, the rest of us had a talk.

ME: What ?! Who? What do you mean? Your such a crazy Brain.

BRAIN : I’ve just had a meeting with your heart, lungs and liver. They want me to be the spokesman. Actually, I’m the Leader of the Pack. Well…just between you and me, I’m much smarter than they will ever be.

ME: It sounds like a conspiracy to me. What did you all talk about?

BRAIN: The heart, lungs and liver say,” You’re doing a great job, but you must keep going. It’s essential to your health.”

ME: OK. But I don’t feel like it.

BRAIN: Too bad. Cry me a River! Let’s get out of bed and out that door.

ME : Ok ! Ok …fine! You’re such a nag sometimes.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion our brain dictates who we are. But is it our consciousness ? Do we have a soul ? Is there more then our physical existence? I choose to believe there is more…a lot more. And I’m NOT talking about man-made religion or the singular GOD in the sky.

No. I’m talking about SPIRITUALITY – OUR DESTINY.

Thank you nagging brain.

Bari Demers – screenwriter

JAMES MONTANA SCRIPTS

Alien Covenant Review

Warning : SPOILERS ALERT

Finally had the opportunity to watch ALIEN COVENANT this past month and I must say it was a little disappointing. Following Alien franchise since the beginning, the storyline is important to me. My first outburst of the movie was on Twitter :

“Saw @AlienAnthology #VFX astounding but #storyline upsetting. Astronauts have strict protocols. What happened, shouldn’t #AlienCovenant”

Let me explain :

NUMBER ONE

Any one hand-picked for a mission responsible for 2000 colonist, heading for distant planet Origae-6, would (in my mind) be highly trained Astronauts with strict protocols. Their responsibility is the welfare of colonist and not some rogue beacon on an unknown planet. Life-form or not, the DAVID android would make note-of-it, sending a electronic message back to earth through MUTHUR (MUTHUR is the Starship’s on-board main A.I. pronounced M-O-T-H-E-R).

If we were on Star Trek, Mr. Spock would definitely say,” It’s NOT logical. To make critical errors in judgment, threatening 2000 colonist is indeed unlikely.”

BUT – it’s a movie, meant to add precarious irrational decisions, causing complete havoc with no return. That’s what makes a movie exciting.

Screenwriters are trained to follow a specific Screenplay Outline, as are Directors. But Directors have the freedom to change whatever they want, as long as it makes a substantial profit at the box office. Here’s a quick layout :

1. ACT ONE – Establishment | Setup | Inciting Incident | Contemplation | Turning Point

2. ACT TWO – Acceleration | Enter Obstacles | Dead Centre | Crossing the Rubicon | Raising the Stakes | Crisis

3. ACT THREE – Prepare for Confrontation | Climatic Conflict | Aftermath and Resolution | Dissolution and Farewell

See HERE for in-depth detail.

The point is, there must be some kind of conflict and a series of mistakes to add tension to the movie, or else it would be pretty boring. For example, the real events and mishaps of Apollo 13 turned into a good movie, because the astronauts and NASA had to solve real problems in a dangerous environment. The iconic words, spoke the urgency…

“Houston, we’ve had a problem…”

It was indeed a life or death defining situation, where the whole world followed in their survival and safety back to earth from the moon.

That said, it’s vital the storyline makes sense or it becomes a jumbling mismatch puzzle with incoherent timelines, making us viewers grasp for reality. Knowing all to well Ridley Scott is a master Director, it seems ludicrous he wouldn’t tell a good storyline. After a little research, it wasn’t long before I realized the editing process of cutting scenes from Alien Covenant, proved to be the culprit. Ridley Scott’s creativity was hacked by removing crucial scenes by the editors involved. As a director I would be biting my upper lip, as scenes were eliminated.

Curiously, Ridley Scott still has full control of his movie.

So why did he approve of the Covenant crew making so many mistakes? Is it just a Hollywood ploy, to make fans see AWAKENING in order to get all the answers?

To me, this is how I would change the scene to make it work :

It would make more sense if android DAVID caused the INCIDENT, where he sent a deadly beam of energy disrupting the starships point-of-origin. It would be better then a random wave of CME ( Corona Mass Eruption) from a nearby star, as it happens in the movie. The scenes from that point would still hold true ; waking up the crew and killing their captain, due to a malfunction of his pod. In my mind, the burst of energy could have crippled the Starship to no return, causing it to crash on the planet where David is patiently waiting to carry out his deranged assault on the crew still alive. Crash landing on this planet would have made for a gripping terrifying scene.

NUMBER TWO

I love the fact Alien Covenant continues 10 years after my beloved movie Prometheus, so well executed by Ridley Scott. Personally watch Prometheus a dozen times to pick up eastereggs* I may have missed.

ON THAT NOTE :

To me I really don’t understand the backlash of Prometheus from fans. I realize the original ALIEN was basically a B-movie horror-slasher, but with its strong storyline and well executed ( pun intended ) actors, Alien did well at the box office. It was like this secret little gem waiting to be opened. That said, it’s my belief the fans of Alien, Aliens and so on, expect a horror slasher unconcerned about the science-fiction, the actual science and the clever plots Ridley Scott placed into Prometheus. It’s clear Ridley Scott caved to the wishes of its ALIEN fans, giving them the blood thirsty slasher ALIEN COVENANT.

[SPOILER ALERT FOR PROMETHEUS]

NUMBER THREE

If you followed Prometheus, you would be familiar with our lovely character Elizabeth Shaw, the last human surviver, along with David. We know Elizabeth doesn’t trust David, but she needs him to fly the Engineers Starship in order to answering the burning question she asked the Juggernaut,” Why did YOU (The Engineers) change your mind? What did we do wrong? Why do you want us dead?”

If I were Elizabeth, my trust in David would be nil. After fixing David and his ability to set course for Engineer’s HOMEWORLD using one of many alien Derelict spacecraft 🚀, I would immediately place David in stasis before doing the same myself. Any kind of tampering of my hyperbaric sleep chamber, would immediately set off an emergency alarm with instant release from stasis. So, in effect, Elizabeth would still be alive when Alien Covenant crew arrives, meaning a whole chain of events could take place.

I love the FINAL LOG of Dr. Shaw :

Elizabeth’s Final LOG, last survivor of Prometheus :

“The ship and her entire crew are gone. If you’re receiving this transmission, make no attempt to come to its point of origin. There is only death here now, and I’m leaving it behind. It is New Year’s Day, the year of our Lord, 2094. My name is Elizabeth Shaw, the last survivor of the Prometheus. And I am still searching.”

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AIN JAMES MONTANA’S FINAL LOG :

In conclusion, overall Alien Covenant seems to have gain support by the majority of fans, and in the end, that's what really counts. 21st Century Fox covered the production budget cost of $97 million (reasonable, considering other scifi movies) making $238 million in sales.

Not bad, not bad at all.

I'm sure Ridley Scott was relieved he hit the mark for fans and certainly Fox must be pleased too. As a long time fan of the Alien Trilogy, can't wait to see the release of Alien: Covenant sequel AWAKENING, apparently starts production in 14 months. If I had a choice of Directors for my Scifi BLACK ANGELS, dear Ridley Scott would be first pick.

Bari Demersscreenwriter Read more of my stories and articles HERE< a href=”http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/alien/feature/a828070/alien-covenant-easter-eggs/”>BONUS – EASTEREGGS*

Here are some neat little eastereggs you’ll find throughout the ALIEN TRILOGY.

Atlantis Discovered

Everyone of us are intrigued by the legend of Atlantis in some way or another.

To me it truly is fascinating !

And what’s more captivating, is the fact Atlantis wasn’t a fable after all, but turns out to be a true lost city. Here’s my detective work with researched accounts of “Atlantis Discovered.”

THE ATLANTIS STORY

If you’re an avid historian buff or love following the secrets of our ancient ancestors, you would of heard or read the dialogue passages of Plato himself, mentioning Atlantis.

If not, here’s a quick glimpse of PLATO words translated by Benjamin Jowett. [1]

TIMAEUS by Plato – Written 360 B.C.E

– “ Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state in our histories. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valour. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end.

– This power came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles; the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean; for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbour, having a narrow entrance, but that other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent.

– Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent, and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia.

– This vast power, gathered into one, endeavoured to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits; and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind. She was pre-eminent in courage and military skill, and was the leader of the Hellenes. And when the rest fell off from her, being compelled to stand alone, after having undergone the very extremity of danger, she defeated and triumphed over the invaders, and preserved from slavery those who were not yet subjugated, and generously liberated all the rest of us who dwell within the pillars.

– But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea. For which reason the sea in those parts is impassable and impenetrable, because there is a shoal of mud in the way; and this was caused by the subsidence of the island…”

Read more of the story HERE

ATLANTIS is indeed a story handed down from generation to generation, searching for the lost continent of Atlantis. After much speculation and storytelling, the Atlantis story has been stretched from the truth. The grand story was once believed by many, “The People of Atlantis” were a highly advanced civilization, hinted as “The Gods from the Heavens”, aka Aliens.

I even imagined they were the last of our alien ancestors from over 150,000 years ago.

BUT – closer to the truth, historian Greek Philosopher, PLATO left behind written manuscripts from over 2400 years ago. In the beginning, most historians thought of his work only as a fictional playwright. However, (throughout the millenniums) under closer evaluation by numerous scientists, it’s now believed Plato’s manuscripts are true events in history.

AND – According to geologist, Dr. Martin Pepper of HISTORY CHANNEL – ATLANTIS FOUND who, ”…sets out to prove his theory–that the true Atlantis existed on the Greek island of Santorini, and was destroyed in the biggest volcanic eruption in human history…”

Indeed, Atlantis was an advanced city (considering the timeline of over 11,000 years ago), an island with several ring-shaped land mass protecting the inner island, (the size of Manhattan) housing a grand city of architectural structures with three story buildings, showcasing high tech ( at the time) large glass windows, overlooking the scenery of the spectacular Mediterranean Sea.

Atlantis had all the luxuries of living within that barbaric century, from flushing toilets, roman type baths, oasis gardens with streamlined agriculture flourishing rich crops of wheat, Roman-type aqueducts ( apparently were supposedly invented 200 years AFTER Plato’s death) along with grand temples with massive pillars and arches. Incredibly, the Atlantis People had even mastered ship navigation, way before the Romans, Vikings or Greeks. Not only that, they had complex metals, that required a special set of skills, considered impossible during this era of time.

Plato wrote of Atlantis, handed down from his grandfather. His grandfather heard this great story from Solon who heard it from the Egyptians.

BUT – Who the heck is Solon ?

Solon was a ruler of Athens but also, a friend of Plato’s grandfather. According to Plato’s manuscript, Solon and his entourage travelled to Egypt around 560 BC. He encountered Egyptian Priests of Sais who showed Solon ancient tablets, telling the story of ATLANTIS.

As we all know, the Egyptians were masters of keeping accurate accounts of their historical past. So it’s only logical to believe Plato’s written manuscript of Atlantis, was indeed real, historical data handed down by his grandfather.

THE QUEST FOR THE TRUTH OF ATLANTIS

To further my quest for the truth, I came across the timeline of Atlantis through Chronology of Atlantis by Georgeos Díaz-Montexano, a writer, expert in ancient languages and writing of lost civilizations. In his thesis, he states :

– ” The story of Atlantis begins then: The Island and the sea around it take the name from his first son Atlas, although his real name was not Atlas (most of the original names in the narration had been translated by Solon to Greek, basing these translations on the meanings of the names, as it is explained in the Critias).

– Atlas was the Greek translation of a name meaning “the one supporting, raising, or upholding (the sky)”, the Egyptian god Schu o Shu, (who was the equivalent to the god Atlas).

– At the beginning of time, Poseidon built Cleito’s home on a high hill at the very center of the island, surrounded with five concentric rings of water and land for his wife’s protection, because – as it is spelled out – humankind did not know yet the art of navigation. The dates, as it coincides with the end of Paleolithic Period.” READ more the Chronology of Atlantis by Georgeos Díaz-Montexano.

THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE

It appears Georgeos doesn’t believe Atlantis sunk into the ocean from a volcano, but I would like to agree to disagree.

To understand it further, you have to ask the question,” Is the Greek island of Santorini evidence of the lost Atlantis?

I would have to strongly agree with Dr. Martin Pepper’s compelling research, that Atlantis is indeed the existing Greek island of Santorini. By the Egyptians own accounts, a terrific doomsday event happened during this period of time, where a Super Volcanic Explosion completely destroyed Atlantis and its people. The chaos sent our EARTH into a dark winter, killing crops, covering the lands with volcanic hash and clouding the light from the Sun.

It was indeed a HOLOCAUST of Biblical Proportions.

To make it clear, the Bible recorded it. A massive Flood (caused by 10 – 20 metre high Tsunamis) swept across the earth. The lands rumbled with great earthquakes. This catastrophic event caused havoc and certain doom for the Atlantis People. It’s been said the Atlantis city was swallowed by the sea, never to be seen again!

Furthering details of Atlantis, the island city was referred in the Bible as Tarshish.

Here are passages ( verses) in the Bible related to Atlantis ( Tarshish) :

Ezekiel 26:19 : “But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis (Tarshish) in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea”

Isaiah 23:1 : “The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.”

Isaiah 23:6 : “Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.”

Isaiah 60:9 : “Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Even King Solomon mentions the “Sea People of Tarshish.” In fact, this is where the famous King of Israel received his riches of gold and silver.

2 Chronicles 9:21 : “For the King’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram : every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.”

To me, it’s without question Atlantis is indeed discovered, and this isn’t the first time scholars have pinpointed Atlantis as the Greek island of Santorin. This popular Greek vacation spot in the Mediterranean is the remains of a once Super Volcano causing a worldwide catastrophe in the time of the flood, completely destroying everything in its path. To be more specific, according to Wikipedia,” …this major catastrophic volcanic eruption was known as the Minoan Eruption of Thera (now called Santorini). The eruption was classified as one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history.”

NOW – just imagine the immediate impact on Atlantis, if they were sitting on top of the most explosive bomb of their century? Not to mention the global effects causing considerable damage, forcing the survivors to deal with, what we today would call a “Nuclear Fallout”, very similar to a seven-factor Super Volcano. The cataclysmic event would certainly cause complete chaos across the surface of the Mediterranean region, including Egypt, Israel, Africa, Spain, Italy and Greece.

It’s destruction would take years to recover!

I believe Dr Martin Pepper’s research of Atlantis is without question, the existing Greek island of Santorini. Atlantis isn’t a myth or a great story, but true events recorded in history. In my mind, Atlantis has finally been discovered !

By Bari Demersscreenwriter

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1.Timaeus translated by Benjamin Jowett.

2.Atlantis Found – documentary by Dr. Martin Pepper via History Channel.

3.Chronology of Atlantis by Georgeos Diaz-Montexano.

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Nefertiti and Black Angels

The ART piece of Nefertiti and its relationship to Black Angels by Bari Demers.

About Nefertiti:

As you see above, my art piece is the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, Royalty of the Pharaoh Akhenaten dynasty. However, you can see a remarkable change, including her alien eyes, I cleverly crafted.

Queen Nefertiti is indeed a historical wonder, as there isn’t any trace of a tomb where she may lie today. One recent theory was believed her secret grave might have been hidden beneath the Tutankhamun’s tomb. Unfortunately, a radar scan preformed by a National Geographic team, turned up no visible trace.

The other theory is ( according to Wiki ) “…Nefertiti ruled as Neferneferuaten after her husbands death.”

Whatever may be the case, their dynasty, indeed, was in turmoil.

Nefertiti and Akhenaten ruled together from 1353 to 1336 B.C. Their New Kingdom of the 18th Dynasty turned controversial, due to the upheaval of a new religious structure, where only ONE GOD, ATUM was introduced, rejecting the earlier Egyptian beliefs of many GODS. After their deaths, the Egyptian Priests defaced all transcripts and monuments, changing back to the original worshipping of, “The Gods of the Heavens.”

Unfortunately today, archeologists are having a rough time trying to solve the mystery of “Where does the Tomb of Nefertiti lie ?”

It may be as simple as tomb robbers have already taken the riches, fading into history. Optimist I am ( sound like Yoda – lol Read also Obi-Wan) it’s my belief it’s just a matter of time before they solve the puzzle behind our mysterious Queen Nefertiti.

Graphic Art Explained:

The before image ( as you see) is the original artifact, presently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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My transformation of Nefertiti took over 8 hours, into the image you see now. There are several stages of intricate artwork to transform my art of Nefertiti into the goddess for my genre science-fiction horror screenplay Black Angels.

I’m NOT a professional graphic artist but a freelance screenwriter. Even still, I do have two years of Applied Arts from Okanagan College in Kelowna , BC, Canada 🇨🇦(way back in the 70’s). Since then technology and graphic art techniques have changed drastically with the help of computers. If I were to restart my career today I would apply at the Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) in Vancouver. Here they provide excellent courses on Visual Effects Art and Design, Graphic Design, Game Development and Design. Maybe then I would be accepted at MPC Film ( Movie Picture Film Company), also in Vancouver.

As they say,” It is what it is”, meaning I can’t change my history.

However, any ART I do is often an expression of who I am inside. Be it, writing my science-fiction stories or painting, it means so much to me personally. Maybe one day I will be as famous as Picasso, like so many dead artist are. Who knows?

The Relationship of Black Angels :

Lately, my concentration of my art is simply to promote my screenplay Black Angels. I want my audience (scifi fans) to envision my characters within my storyline.

BLACK ANGELS – “Pride had cast him down..O to Sacred Earth…a Black Evil has spread across the Lands…O to the horrors of Earth.” BMD

It’s inevitable.

Black Angels is a science-fiction horror genre based on the arrival of our Ancestors and how it changed mankind forever.

Nefertiti is a descendant of Queen Siri .

Queen Siri is believed to be one of “The Gods of the Heavens” who traveled here from Planet Sirius 5, within the Canis Major Constellation.

Even though ancient Egyptians built remarkable architectural pyramids, they still weren’t the true gods from the heavens. Even though the “Gods of the Heavens” did visit earth, they left due to mysterious reasons. I believe my screenplay has cracked the case on what really happened to our alien ancestors. Queen Siri was a descendant of the true gods, who helped the human Egyptian race to form their ancient culture. After the “Gods of the Heavens” disappeared, they tried to imitate the gods as best as they could, but still were not as effective as the gods were.

The pyramid structures of today are a good example of this.

Nefertiti was indeed a real Egyptian Queen and a legacy to the Egyptian history. Even though she was descendant of Queen Siri , only Queen Siri and her crew were responsible in transforming us human beings into what we are today. It’s my believe, theses gods were a highly advanced civilization who discovered earth over 150,000 years ago, in the time mankind was still trying to get a foothold on earth. With cross genetic manipulation, man’s evolution was fast forward into the creation of a different kind human race. Different in, if mankind continued on without altering our genetics and followed the evolutionary timeline, it would have taken man another two millions years to develop correctly.

It brings into question, “why we are the way we are today?”

Today, it’s obvious how a destructive race of human beings we can be. Our history and religion surely shows our cruel vindictive selfs. Maybe if the “Gods of the Heavens” were here today, guiding us into a better race of people, (we so far miserably failed) we may have become a more peaceful respectable human species, without war, crime and deceit.

Unfortunately, something terrible happened to our true ancestors and it’s my belief my story of Black Angels explains their fate. It may be, they’re secretly here on Earth – you never know!

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We are Illogical 

The Okanagan- My Home
Today, as I write, ‘We are illogical’, I have arrived in the sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦. Throughout the fall and winter months you’ll find me feverishly writing science-fiction thrillers and assorted screenplays, such as BLACK ANGELS (ready for release) and short stories, like Android Alisha. But during the months of June, July and August, you’ll find me at my summer home, partaking in outdoor activities within our Canadian oasis, well known by celebrities across North American. In fact, as we speak, there’s a couple of filming crews setting up in Kelowna, BC. This may be the summer home for the rich and famous, but to me, it’s simply where I was raised as a kid. It’s indeed my home. For Canada 150 or your next vacation I highly recommend you take a visit to the sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada 🇨🇦.

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WE ARE ILLOGICAL 

My creative art of writing can be referred to as the ‘Vincent Van Gogh art-impressionist-style’, left with secret hidden messages throughout each paragraph. Writing is an expression from my inner soul, hoping to make a difference to my readers, as they begin to explore the plots and twists behind my stories.

Throughout my life I have questioned our reality.  The how and why of our very existence is indeed intriguing, leading me to believe the possibilities of a higher intelligence far surpassing our own. I like to refer them as our ancestral GODS, who have left behind visible landmarks and scriptural clues. It’s even speculated the GODS of the Heavens may have altered our DNA and evolutionary timeline, making us who were are today. 

With the ways of our human race, it frustrates me to no end, “Why do we react in such an illogical behavioural pattern, causing physical harm to others, over our proposed belief in religion and/or power ?” 

As Mr Spock would say,” “May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” 

Writing is my passion and speaks out to our foolish ways, thinking we have complete control over everything. Where, in reality, we are nothing more then a small dot in the evolutionary timeline, waiting to be exterminated by the forces of nature, much more powerful then we could ever comprehend.  

Our historical past is extremely violent, as is our present day. From dictatorship to religious fanatics, its remarkable our human species hasn’t yet been terminated. We are indeed an illogical species, forgetting about the needs of the many and too many of us are self absorbed in the needs of the one. 

We are illogical. 

It’s my hope my grandchildren will one day explore the fruits of our universe while building the foundation of their generation into a more stable civilized society expressing the love for others. If not, it’s just a matter of time our species will become extinct, like our predecessors, the dinosaurs. 

Maybe one day, millions of years in the future, another carbon-based species will find and decipher today’s article, taking heed to the warning signs of our demise. THEM, being an advanced civilization who were nurtured by millions of years of unaltered evolution, they may wonder how these savage human beings ever survived at all. 

OR 

Maybe today, the younger generation will read this article, realizing the fate of mankind, taking steps to eradicate the diseased virus of being self absorbed and begin a brighter future for all of mankind, where freedom is for all, wars no longer exist and the meaning of peace and love is for everyone. It will also mean we must explore other worlds, in order to remove the hardships of Mother Earth, as our footprints continuously places havoc on our planet’s fragile environment. We can be the loving caretakers of earth 🌏 and other M-based planets we visit, realizing our world is a living breathing entity of life, essential to our own well being. We still have a chance to grow into responsibility human beings with the potential to become caring individuals who takes our ‘footprint’ on earth seriously. If not, we may never repair the harm we’ve placed upon on our own beloved planet, we call HOME. And, if so, we don’t have an right to eject our human-virus onto other planets

Kelowna BC by Bari Demers
We are illogical but we can learn to be so much more. Sadly, we have the potential, but never seem to use it for the betterment of mankind. 

By Bari Demersscreenwriter and storyteller 

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