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My Debt to The College of Staten Island Is Fraudulent

This is a response over LinkedIn to my screenplay of William Shakespeare’s The Life of Timon of Athens. Geno Scala’s LinkedIn page calls him “‘Ghostwriter To The Stars’; The Script Mentor; Produced Screenwriter; Exec. Director of Academy Awards.” I guess that’s what happens when your screenwriting professor, Ying Zhu, tells you that you’re very talented and advises you to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin, but you don’t do it, so she hangs up on you when you ask her to write you a letter of recommendation for a Ph.D. program and blocks you on Twitter when you publicly reveal that she did that.




Geno Scala 
 8:00 AMI believe, initially, your issue with my newsletter was that it was an ad disguised as helpful information- to which I took exception. I offered to look over your screenplay- at no charge- because you felt that you were being unfairly treated in the screenwriting world. First, thank you for trusting me with your screenplay. While I am not familiar with Shakespeare’s work- never been my thing- his work has become the basis of almost every important movie or story since. As for this particular screenplay, there is so much more wrong with it than right. If this is what you would send to a producer, if requested to do so, they wouldn’t go beyond page three, in all honesty. Even the title page is all wrong. I know you have many personal challenges; being homeless, I understand, is among them; so perfecting one’s screenwriting is far down the list of necessities at this time, but in the future, you really need to learn the actual craft before blaming your shortcomings on others. While the basic “structure” is correct (meaning you DO have a master scene heading and the dialogue is positioned in the right location) beyond that, there is nothing that I see that would be confused with an actual screenplay. It’s like you saw one once, and tried to copy what it looked like from memory. Unfortunately, it didn’t come close. If you got rid of the “character list”, reduced each scene to a maximum three pages or less, and keep the number of scenes to 40-60; then reduced the word count per page to an average of 180 per, you’d be a thousand percent closer to an actual screenplay going forward. If you’re willing to start with making those changes, I will continue to assist you for free, going forward. If not, then I wish you good luck.

Scott Andrew Hutchins sent the following messages at 8:14 AMView Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:14 AMYou’ve got to be kidding.  The fact that you’re totally unfamiliar with Shakespeare adaptations speaks volumes.

View Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:23 AMI guess it also shows that The College of Staten Island stole my money and that my student loan debt is a fraud.

View Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:24 AMI guess Screenwriter doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, either…

The formatting, is, after all, automatic, although it’s true it was written in Word and pasted into it later.

But attacking a Shakespeare adaptation for word count and scene length is something else…

Geno Scala sent the following message at 8:33 AMView Geno’s profileGeno Scala  8:33 AMWhat “volumes” does not liking Shakespeare speak, exactly? I never said I was “totally unfamiliar” with Shakespeare’s work- I did go to high school on Staten Island, and do have a college degree (on scholarship, so no loans necessary; white privilege and all). If you’re equating my review of your screenplay to my opinion of your college education then, yes- without a doubt, your College of Staten Island education is fraudulent- based simply on the idiots that I know personally who got into that school. As for your formatting- the fact that you HAVE a master scene heading is one thing; what you include in it or leave out of it is something entirely different. This is where your mistakes are. This is ALSO considered formatting; descriptive text, action text, parentheticals, TITLE page- all of it. Formatting software places these things in the right location on the page, but it doesn’t write it out for you.

Scott Andrew Hutchins sent the following message at 8:36 AMView Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:36 AMThanks

Geno Scala sent the following message at 8:39 AMView Geno’s profileGeno Scala  8:39 AMYou claim this to be an adaptation of Shakespeare’s work, but you have virtually no idea of what an adaptation is. You seem to believe it is a word-by-word transfer of Shakespeare’s work placed in a modern-day screenwriting format, which is very wrong. More importantly, however, you’re just a complete asshole who thinks the world owes you something. Maybe the world does- but I don’t. There are two types of people in this world; those that are really stupid, but know it and want to learn- and then there’s people like you. I’ve wasted enough of my time, good manners and good intentions on you, but I will be making you and this (and previous) exchanges with you famous next week. Be sure to look for my newsletter article!

Scott Andrew Hutchins sent the following message at 8:40 AMView Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:40 AMHonestly, this sounds more like creative differences than anything else.

Geno Scala sent the following message at 8:45 AMView Geno’s profileGeno Scala  8:45 AM Not even close. You’re not creatively knowledgeable enough to have differences. I’m right, and you’re wrong. Very, very wrong. If you want to kid yourself and say it’s “creative difference”, keep fooling yourself. There are many different levels of ignorance in life; being uneducated; not being aware; not knowing it all. The worst kind is knowing you’re ignorant and refusing to learn. That’s why your college loan is a joke and a waste. You’d rather be RIGHT than learn anything, and no one- least of all, me- wants to bother trying to help someone who is an arrogant little pissant know-it-all, but can’t look around and see where he is at this very moment in his life and have the basic intelligence to say “I was wrong, and I’m willing to learn”.

Scott Andrew Hutchins  8:51 AM Reread what you wrote and look in the mirror.

Geno Scala sent the following messages at 8:52 AMView Geno’s profileGeno Scala  8:52 AM I’m currently helping writers in Nigeria who, not only have exceptional writing skills, but are starving to be taught how to write better. They write screenplays ON THEIR PHONES with no software. They work full time and make $15/MO. They live in shacks with no running water or electricity (but have a cell tower close enough to get a signal occasionally). They are sixty miles from the closest mail center- it’s not delivered. These are people who we love to help, because they’re appreciative and do not complain about their situation. They are kind, polite, and extremely grateful. You would do well for yourself working with people like that. As tough as times might be for you, you need to realize how many have it so much worse and do so much more to try to improve themselves. You can’t even be polite or grateful enough in a simple conversation in order to keep getting FREE help.

Yes, I’ll do that- but first, I have to finish this screenplay for which I was paid $41,000 to write.

Scott Andrew Hutchins sent the following message at 8:53 AMView Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins  8:53 AM I’m not the one who resorted to name-calling.  That’s why I said to look in the mirror

Geno Scala  8:54 AMClick or press enter to display IMG_6121.jpeg in the image previewIMG_6121.jpeg

Now, go away…

I knew I should have waited until I could send him the screen version of What Killed Bartók.

But then, here’s what producer Steve Bannon (yes, Trump’s Steve Bannon) wanted Julie Taymor to do with Titus (which was one of my major influences):
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/11/29/titus-in-space/

Dem Bots Lie Like the Real Thing

This is what’s known as a false binary, and it makes their responses more and more non sequitur.

Anyone Who Says “Plenty of Jobs” Is a Liar and Gaslighter

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of Mid-February 2021, there were 6.9 million open positions.

When honest numbers are used, there were 102 million job seekers a year before the pandemic shutdowns

Just based on that number alone, it means that there are 0.00676470588 jobs available for every job seeker.

Here is the definition of “plenty” from dictionary.com (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/plenty):

plenty

plen-tee ]SHOW IPASee synonyms for: plenty / plentier / plentiest on Thesaurus.com


noun, plural plen·ties.

a full or abundant supply or amount:There is plenty of time.the state or quality of being plentiful; abundance:resources in plenty.an abundance, as of goods or luxuries, or a time of such abundance:the plenty of a rich harvest; the plenty that comes with peace.

adjective

existing in ample quantity or number; plentiful; abundant:Food is never too plenty in the area.more than sufficient; ample:That helping is plenty for me.

adverb

Informal. fully; quite:plenty good enough.

I challenge anyone to explain how 0.00676470588 of much of anything, apart from perhaps dietary minerals, is “plenty” or of use to much of anyone.

Next time you think about attacking someone for being unemployed, check your privilege.

LinkedIn Loves Censorship, Too

The only possible justification I can think of for this censorship is that the linked video has curse words in it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t also have quality information in it, too.

Oppose H.R. 1

The bill is hugely dangerous without some serious amending.

When You Refuse to Vote Green, You Support Evil

Facebook Is Obsessed with Censoring Left Voices

I got another 30-day suspension for the stupidest of reasons:

Facebook is now morally obligated to suspend anyone who uses a term like “libtard,” but I guarantee you that they won’t do it. This is yet another reason to nationalize Facebook or force it to play by the rules of a public utility. They are hellbent of robbing the left of their voice just as Twitter is suspending anyone who criticizes NATO.

Facebook declared this hate speech, but allowed me to appeal, which they do selectively as well. Last time I was suspended, an appeal was not presented to me as an option. Here is what I wrote:

At best, this is selective enforcement. Considering how often I see it, “libtard” doesn’t normally get people suspended, although you may be able to point to some isolated cases where you have done it. This is a pure and simple case of censorship of political speech in calling right-wing hypocrisy stupid. So much discourse appears on Facebook with people insulting each other in this manner that goes uncensored that picking and choosing based on politics is the only reason this post was selected for enforcement. Even as it is, the way the hate speech rules are written, such insults would apply only as hate speech if one were directly targeting someone who was actually intellectually or developmentally disabled. You’re effectively putting limitations on common discourse by suspending anyone who uses an insult on their opponent in an argument. This is overreach and censorship, not enforcement of community standards.

When they asked why I posted the content, I gave the following explanation:

Sharing a political cartoon with personal commentary, an appropriate use of Facebook. I actually know someone else who got a suspension, not for 30 days, for saying “Americans are stupid.” We are both Americans, so that damn sure does not count as hate speech.

The next question asked was “Does the content involve important social issues?

Yes it does. It honestly depicts right-wingers opposing socialism while demanding socialist programs that benefit themselves. It’s an anti-racist post.

In response to “Is there anything else you think the board should know?”

I think my numerous posts criticizing Israel today and criticizing NBC’s decision to apologize for its Saturday Night Live joke with evidence for its truthfulness attached got my account flagged for political censorship.

I gave them permission to share information about me with their public explanation. I am not ashamed of this post or I wouldn’t be complaining about it being censored here.

I tried to get people suspended for using the term “libtard” and failed, proving that my suspension was politically motivated:

If “Dumb Americans [who] vote GOP” is “hate speech,” then “libtard” MUST rationally be considered hate speech as well. To not do so is political bias.

Relationships with U.S. Presidents

According to Floyd Bliss Hanson, who married Ethel Louisa Hutchins, to whom I am 7th cousin 1x removed, the Hutchins family is related every U.S. president. He did not, however, give me all the genealogical information showing me that. In honor of Presidents Day, here is the latest research on my relationships with Presidents of the United States. In no way is this an endorsement of any president’s policies.

George Washington, 8th cousin 7x removed
John Adams, 5th cousin 6x removed
Thomas Jefferson, none found
James Madison, none found
James Monroe, none found
John Quincy Adams, 6th cousin 5x removed
Andrew Jackson, none found
Martin van Buren, none found
William Henry Harrison, 7th cousin 6x removed
John Tyler, none found
James Knox Polk, none found
Zachary Taylor, none found
Millard Fillmore, 5th cousin 6x removed
Franklin Pierce, 5th cousin 6x removed
James Buchanan, Jr., none found
Abraham Lincoln, 9th cousin 5x removed
Andrew Johnson, none found
Hiram Ulysses Simpson Grant, 6th cousin 5x removed
Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 7th cousin 3x removed
James Abram Garfield, 5th cousin 5x removed
Chester Alan Arthur, none found
Stephen Grover Cleveland, 5th cousin 4x removed
Benjamin Harrison, 9th cousin 4x removed
William McKinley, none found
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., 10th cousin 4x removed
William Howard Taft, 5th cousin 5x removed (my 3rd great-grandmother was a Taft)
Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 11 cousin 3x removed
Warren Gamaliel Harding, 7th cousin 3x removed
John Calvin Coolidge, Jr., 6th cousin 3x removed
Herbert Clark Hoover, none found
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 7th cousin 3x removed
Harry S Truman, husband of 8th cousin 2x removed
Dwight David Eisenhower, paternal grandfather of husband of 10th cousin
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, husband of sister-in-law of 4th great-grandnephew of wife of 5th great-granduncle
Lyndon Baines Johnson, none found
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9th cousin 1x removed
Leslie Lynch King, Jr./Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 9th cousin 1x removed
James Earl Carter, Jr., none found
Ronald Wilson Reagan, husband of 3rd great-grandniece of wife of husband of 6th great-grandaunt (by adoption)
George Herbert Walker Bush, 9th cousin
William Jefferson Blythe IV/Clinton, none found
George Walker Bush, 8th cousin 1x removed
Barack Hussein Obama II, 3rd cousin 5x removed of wife of 7th cousin 3x removed
Donald John Trump, none found
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., none found

WordPress Broke My Music Inventory

I made a mistake with my music inventory page last night as I was working on inventorying and shelving my complete CD collection now that I’m out of the homeless shelter and storage when I did the unthinkable–I made a fatfinger in Jerry Goldsmith’s surname as I was typing a link to his name as I so often do for music on which he contributed only a few tracks, or in this case one. Now those HREF tags go on for quite a few pages. I’m not sure how many because I’m having extreme difficulty navigating the document. No matter what I do, it wants to jump to nearly the top or nearly the bottom. I can’t get it to go all the way to the bottom to delete the “>” that currently appears at the end. In fact, I can no longer do anything with the document. I tried highlighting the unwanted letter to remove it, but when I hit backspace, it jumped almost to the end of the document. I went back (not an easy task–it kept finding excuses to jump all the way to tne top) to see if it did whar I told it to do. It had not.

Today, I found Sony Classical’s 2019 issue of Elmer Bernstein’s Ghostbusters, which was previously available only in a limited edition that was selling for over $300 on Amazon. It contained the complete orchestra credits, and I typed them all out in another document for pasting, as I’ve had to do for quite a while because of speed issues. When I was done, I put the cursor in the appropriate spot, waited for the cursor to appear.

After the cursor appeared, I hit enter, then Ctrl-V. What do you think happened? If you think it pasted on the next line, you would be absolutely wrong! It pasted it at the bottom, to the right of the “<” that I haven’t been able to eliminate. I backed up without saving after repeated refusals to undo either with Ctrl-Z of the back button. The second time, it jumped to the bottom, but refused to paste at all. I think it’s broken and can take no more additions or corrections, other than adding at the bottom to ensure perpetual disorganization..

I have not been able to highlight enough of the mess of “Gioldsmith” tags to determine if any of them were ever deleted on my various attempts because WordPress insists on an autosave every few seconds, which immediately stops all highlighting to necessitate a do-over..

The tags seem to me metastisizing like a cancer. I was not scrolling at all when I took these screenshots. With every autosave, the Chausson section was pushed farther and farther down.

I tried to scroll back to the autosave prior to it making this one, but I was unable. There were just so many. It seems like more often than not it’s autosaving, and it can’t do anything else while it’s autosaving, and when it’s not autosaving, it’s still very much in a state of “hurry up and wait.”

The slowness is why a number of CDs I bought (or acquired, such as when I worked at Motéma and got a number of free copies) prior to the move into storage were never previously inventoried, but I’ve never had the problem be this bad. There was a lot of waiting, buit no outright disobedience of basic commands, and the constant autosaving didn’t happen until they changed the editing format a year or two ago.

My music inventory is a reference document that I use primarily in conjunction with Ctrl-F, so the last thing I want is to split it into multiple documents. The problems occur only when I am editing the document, not when I am reading the document. WordPress doesn’t really do customer service, either, so one hhas to rely on a forum of other users for help, which often leads to not getting any help because no one else who sees your post has encountered the same problem. Or worse, it’s a problem that can be addressed only with a premium membership. In the decade I’ve had my blog, I’ve gotten only 200 followers, so a premium membership is not a good use of my money at the present time.

Facebook Just Added 30 Days to My Suspension for a Post Made Last June

On June 19, 2020, I forwarded a meme that was subsequently debunked claiming that there was a patent on COVID-19. On February 11, 2021, Facebook slapped another 30-day suspension onto my account, citing this long-forgotten post as the reason, even though the debunk provided was dated after the post was made. This is out of control censorship and further reason for Facebook to be seized and nationalized as a public utility.