Joe Bodolai's last day alive
Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 19:01
The 63-year-old Joe Bodolai, a former writer for Saturday Night Live, was found dead the day after Christmas in a Hollywood hotel room. According to police officials quoted in various reports, it was a planned suicide. Nobody heard his final words, but you can read them. Before his death he typed his suicide note as his final blog post, complete with 11 predictions for 2012. Are his predictions true? He might be on to something.
Some of the 11 predictions seem to be no-brainers, including those about sales of Mayan calendars dropping in 2013 and Snooki publishing another book. The more serious ones are not only relevant, but factual. The biggest ones he predicted include martial law and fascism in America, a greater depression, and war between Iran and Israel, triggering a World War III conflict with Russia.
Until December 31, 2011, martial law in America was considered hypothetical, but at the start of year 2012, it became a reality. To celebrate the new year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. This will lead to imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively. So now both cops and soldiers can take you in on suspicion of terrorism.
The Great Depression in the ‘30s was caused by five main things: the stock market crash of 1929, bank failures, reduction of purchasing, American economic policy in Europe, and drought conditions, according to an article on About.com. Sound familiar? On August 04, 2011, New York Magazine reported the Dow Jones had dropped more than 500 points. At least 92 banks failed last year alone, according to TheStreet. Some banks like Bank of America have proposed charging customers additional fees in order to survive. If these are not signs, what is?
Fascism is not only alive in America, but it has been flourishing. Fascism is a very controversial nationalist political ideology. Its definition may vary, but its signs are clear. Multiple websites, including the site for the Council for Secular Humanism, describe the many characteristics and signs of fascism. Its strongest effect is nationalism.
Fascism is achieved by putting fear into the masses or diverting their attention. It brings a suppression of human rights and an obsession on national security. The government supports the corporations and disdains the intellectuals and the arts. Sound familiar? If researched, all of these characteristics can be found in our society today.
Lastly, Israel has already declared that it would attack Iran once a majority of cabinet members approve, according to The World Reporter. If it does, which seems inevitable, the U.S. will likely have no choice but to support Israel. Iran's recent capture of a U.S. drone adds fuel to fire for Americans. Both Russia and China have expressed their dedication to protecting Iran, even if it means World War III.
Despite the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia arguably has the second most powerful military in the world and is number two in the production of both oil and gas. It is a force not to be taken lightly.
Joe Bodolai was not a lunatic. He was an eccentric guy with a creative mind and personality but definitely not a crazy person. The material in his final blog post may seem a little off and unusual, but when you're writing your last words, you tend to not skimp on the details. He was a fantastic writer and a logical thinker.