You see, behind-the-scenes, we were trying to create a few pieces of merchandising to go with the release of A.D. AFTER DISCLOSURE on September 23. One of the things that Zazzle, the on-line company that specializes in do-it-yourself merchandise, offered was an interface to put your own individual designs on postage stamps, offered through the U.S. Postal Service.
Ours was turned down because -- get this -- it fails the "Appropriate Use Guidelines." According to Mike of "Zazzle Content Management" who wrote us:
Thank you for contacting our Content Management Team regarding your cancelled design.
We would love to print everything that our customers submit, however we must abide by all applicable laws and standards as well as our own content guidelines and copyright policies.
One of these restrictions prohibits the printing of any postage with content that advocates or protests any particular religious, social, political, legal, or moral agenda of any person or entity. In this instance, your custom stamp design(s) contained a design which may be controversial.
We certainly apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment that you may have experienced due to this cancellation and we look forward to delighting you with high quality products in the future!
Content Management Team
Now, take a second again, and look at that stamp. It's our graphic design, done beautifully by artist Nancy Tokos of Tokos Design Associates, incorporating an alien head created by Todd Masters of MastersFX.
Apparently, if we put soft clouds or photos of puppies playing on our stamp, it might be approved.
Our dismissal seems odd, because from our point-of-view, almost everything under the sun that you can put on a tee-shirt or a coffee mug must "advocate" or "protest" something that is a "religious, social, political, legal, or moral agenda" of some "person or entity."
Yes, but... Zazzle thinks that our custom stamp design contains a design that "may be controversial." Oh, my. Like controversy has never been allowed in this country before.
Here's what we would like to say to Mike, and all of his fellow "Content Managers" at Zazzle.
We write a lot in our book about how the policy of "denial and ridicule" has been effective in keeping UFO reality under wraps for generations. You have provided another excellent example of it at work.
It is an irony of our times that the people who kept the secret of UFO reality from the public had trillions of black budget funds to do it, and the people who want the truth to come out have to sell coffee mugs, sneakers and tee-shirts and promote books on Amazon, sell songs on iTunes and, yes, put out a stamp with our own graphic on it.
But these are the times we live in. So when it comes to putting a stamp out there so that the people can have a itsy-bitsy chance to make a statement that looks no different than a poster of V or Independence Day, guess whose side Zazzle is on?
We wanted to give our supporters a chance to have something cool, and we want to be able to give a small token of our appreciation to support the artists, musicians, and researchers who contributed to this effort by rewarding them for being on the right side of this issue and helping out. We know that no iTunes download or Zazzle item can match the trillions funneled into black budget items over the years, but it’s something. Also, songs, books and tee-shirts can promote change. That, apparently, is the problem with the stamps. Somebody at Zazzle thinks the secret-keepers will get their feelings hurt if a handful of us send out stamps like this. Insane, really, but it says a lot.
We don't really care about this deeply because we weren't planning on selling many of them, it was just fun and a chance for a few people to enjoy putting them on some letters and postcards. We do, however, think that the way we got turned down explains some of the obstacles to Disclosure.
Zazzle thinks that stamp means we are a political movement. Well, so be it.
We remember John Lennon when he sang, “Just Gimme Some Truth.”
Okay, all you Zazzling People at Zazzle World, we'll give you some truth. The stamps were overpriced anyway.
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