Surveillance can get people in trouble - truth hurts.

"Person of Interest" Season Finale

May 14, 2014

One of the most interesting season finales so far this spring was Person of Interest - "Deus Ex Machina" - both commanding and shattering. It was not just a cliffhanger but a game changer that will leave many of viewers trying to figure out the shows direction next fall. Masterfully done - this episode demonstrated what I always find in real life - misdirection - though by the end of the show I had figured most of it out. Had Greer, the protagonist seated on the left, been defeated, the plot twists would never have resonated to the viewing audience as they did.

Greer reminds me of the members of The Syndicate on the "X-Files" - a "shadow government" also known as The Elders, The Consortium, and The Group. In conspiracy theory lore, the Syndicate is composed of covertly allied influential government officials and businessmen, operating at the highest levels of power, concealed from the world a program by an unidentified extraterrestrial species to colonize and repopulate the planet, as well as their own plans and stake in that future, which they held to be inevitable. Greer heads a cyber-terrorist group Decima Technologies.

Person of Interest's cliffhanger ending demonstrated what government surveillance can do in the hands of the wrong group - an old plot with a new set of characters because as you know everything in reality is constantly being recycled. As Samaritan came online, chaos ensued, not just in the US but across the world. The season ended with Greer asking Samaritan: "What are your commands for us?" Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.

Though I am a firm believer in technology and surveillance - as we know governments with power tend to overstep their bounds and people die. We are programmed, as humans, for duality, drama, destruction, and death, often without realizing the ultimate consequences of our actions. The concept of a machine that wants to take over and run the world has been done before but has gone from science fiction to fiction. Governments that hide things from their citizens I'm doomed to destruction. Then there is another "D" word linked to surveillance - Drones - now part of many serial dramas especially "24: Live Another Day".

You Are Being Monitored

When it comes to surveillance and being personally tracked - we all know this is very easily done today - becoming almost a game with social media, gaming, cloud tech, phones, wearable devices, fitness trackers, apps, and other objects that collect data which is later sold to people who use the information in their businesses as if analytics.

Court Rules We Should Have A Say In What Comes Up When We're Googled   AP - May 13, 2014
In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe's highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.

One of the things I pride myself on is the fact that I have a squeaky clean record - nothing ever hidden. Today, while discussing this with Ron, he made a very interesting point. Think about all the thousands of clients I have read globally over the past 30 years - people in power, people with "colorful" lives, and as if taking to their therapist, have share their secrets with me. How hard would it be for the government to create a fictitious story about me and any of these people making it seem that I was involved in covert affairs. Gulp!

In the News ...

Story 1 - Jay Z, Beyonce, Solange

Jay Z was assaulted by Beyonce's sister Solange ... who was wildly kicking and swinging at him inside an elevator. The attack was captured on surveillance video the night of the Met Gala this month in New York. There are many theories about what caused the fight - but Solange's anger seems to come from a deep psychological place that simply exploded. Perhaps the truth will come out one day when the players in this scenario choose to talk about it, but the energy of it will never go away.

  Employee who leaked Jay Z, Solange video fired, hotel says   CNN - May 15, 2014

Story 2 - Donald Sterling

The Donald Sterling fiasco just never seems to end. It will continue on until he loses the LA Clippers, and like the Solange incident acted like a catalyst to incite people to action both against him, his lifestyle, racism, and more. I'm sure you know the story about V. Stiviano's recorded conversation with Donald that led to his downfall.

Since then, in personal interviews with all of the main characters in this drama, Donald's comments have just made matter worse and worse. The funniest was with CNN's Anderson Cooper when he asked Cooper (openly gay) if he had ever felt that way about a girl. Innocence, stupidity, onset dementia, ego - tis is better than a reality show if you lie this sort of thing - these are the characters in this drama.

The players -- I understand Jewish men in that age group, lusting after power and not wanting to let go of their dreams. One of them lives in my building and stopped by to tell me that he went to Atlantic City a few days ago and lost $45,000 in less than 24 hours. Yes ... he is in therapy but can't stop spending. From Donald Trump to Donald Sterling to the aging Dons in my neighborhood - time for therapy and to realize you are hurting people, as well as yourself, with your actions.