Gail (11 Apr 2012)
"Austerity and Escapism, a Mouse-Trap of a different sort"

Brother, Can You Spare an iPod? Entertainment provides escapism, catharsis in hard times
September 30, 2009
During the Depression in the ’30s, there were stories about the plight of the nation’s unemployed, like John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” alongside the extravagant musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
A year after the Great Recession 2009 began, it’s clear that the same historical enigma is laced throughout today’s movies, TV shows, pop songs, books and plays.
“In hard times, people identify very intensely with people who do extraordinary exploits.”  Number one film in 2009- The plainly escapist “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg, the man who brought you ET, the Extraterrestrial.
In books, the same dynamic is apparent. Dan Brown (”The Lost Symbol”, with it's Freemasonry theme) and Stephenie Meyer (the “Twilight” series, with it's Vampire themes) ruled the charts in 2009.  
Just like I posted-


But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.   

Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

The strange god that the Prophet Daniel sees that increases with Glory (from the Latin gloria, "fame, renown") in Daniel Ch:11, verse 39 is none other than Harry Potter.  

Pottermore, the interactive Website, promises to immerse users in a world of wizards and witches, while combining elements of computer games, social networking and an online store.  The problem with books and movies is that they always have to have an ending. However, through the Pottermore website and the game, the magic of Harry Potter can finally live forever.  

increases with Glory (from the Latin gloria, "fame, renown") -

ArcadeWeb Survey: Online Casual Gaming Powerfully Impacted by Economy April 9, 2012 

-ArcadeWeb, a highly-trafficked site where casual gamers play for free and can compete to win daily cash prizes, released key findings from a national survey of its online gamers. 

The Bad Economy is Increasing Time Spent Gaming.  Not only do they report playing more – which is great news for the industry – it seems to be fueling the momentum behind the hottest, fastest-growing gaming category, 'freemium' or free-to-play models.   

How does God declare, to make known or state clearly, the end-times?

Isaiah 46:10

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. 

He uses the beginning.

Mid-Point - March 21st, 2013

God Bless,