SENTINEL 6-28-2012
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The Michael Jackson Effect

"Remember the Time"

The Firpo Files

(Sentinel, June 28, 2012)

This past Monday, June 25, 2012, marked three years of tears for grieving fans of Michael Jackson. Millions ‘remembered the time' when the incomparable King of Pop sat humbly perched on the throne of all things music.

They also recall that lawyers and doctors played an increasing role in the Moonwalker's life as the final curtain descended on this phase of the Gloved One's illustrious career. Throughout it all Michael's spiritual life sustained him; until the very day he transitioned.

Anti-Defamation Law: Though inspired by the aftermath of media outlets that castigated the King of Pop after his passing, the proposed anti-defamation law for the deceased--crafted by enduring fans who've dubbed it California Anti-Defamation Legacy Law (Cadeflaw)--goes way beyond Michael.

This law would be applicable to any and every one victimized by a character assassination after his or her death. (See my article "Michael, Whitney, Tupac, Biggie," April 26, 2012.) Last month, a milestone was reached in getting the bill passed in California.

I was copied on the following email on Friday, May 18, 2012: "Dear Dr. Carr, The CA Legislative Counsel has responded to Cadeflaw via snail mail and telephone. They are in receipt of our intent for the ‘Anti-Defamation Legacy Law' and [are in] the process of writing the language for the proposed bill. The counsel has actually appointed a special legislative counsel to write the bill for us.  

"After the draft is completed by the legislative counsel assigned to our case three other counsels will have to sign off on it. Afterwards we will receive the draft, present it to the CA Attorney General and [she] has to give us permission to collect signatures in the state of CA. Of course, we don't foresee that as being a problem." 

Cadeflaw's Significance: Cadeflaw's architects embrace stellar reasoning and devastating logic as they write in part:

"It is paramount that one's reputation be protected. When one's reputation is compromised so are their estate, commerce and family. Defaming one's reputation has a myriad of consequences.

"The passage of this groundbreaking and much needed law is necessary in order to protect the reputation of the decedent, just as we do diligently for the living."

"For the most part everyone has an estate. An estate is everything that you own."

"Defamation, libel, and slander are the main tools for blackballing an individual. This can be done to the living and it influences their marketability and opportunity to earn income.

"The same tools wreak havoc on the estate of a decedent. A person's earning life does not end in death.

"For example, there are people long deceased who are still generating income from the grave. This makes the preservation of their reputations that much more important."

"Other than being alive vs. being deceased, what is the real difference when both have the same thing?

"For example the law protects the likeness and image of a person dead or alive, and the same should hold true for their reputation.

"Since their former lives reflect and have everything to do with their reputations, then why not protect it as we would for a living human being?"

African Surgery: Michael reflected his knowledge of Egyptian culture in Remember the Time. (1992) When he was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he may have been puzzled by statements made in the article, "Medieval Masters of Medicine" in the September 2012 issue of Awake!

It concluded: "Clearly, the discoveries and inventions of medieval masters ... and their contemporaries can rightly be described as the foundation of what we today call modern medicine."

Actually, Africans in Egypt appear to claim this distinction.

As per scholars at Princeton and elsewhere, in 800 BC Homer wrote: "In Egypt, the men are more skilled in medicine than any of human kind" and "the Egyptians were skilled in medicine more than any other art."

And "Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt around 440 BC and wrote extensively of his observations of their medicinal practices."

Pliny the Elder acknowledge African advances in medicine, and Hippocrates and other Greek notables "studied at the temple of Amenhotep, and acknowledged the contribution of ancient Egyptian medicine to Greek medicine."

Written around 1600 BC, "the Edwin Smith Papyrus is a textbook on surgery."

Religious Influence?: Warwick, New York, will soon be the new world headquarters for Jehovah's Witnesses.

Interestingly, "a piece of Michael Jackson's music video Earth Song was filmed in a corn field in Warwick, NY, as stated at the end of the music video," as per Wikipedia.

The Michael Jackson Effect?