On Monday, 13th August I received a notice that my book, “Grand Deception” got banned on Amazon (a-gain). At the time I was in Monaco. Two days later I made the planned 800 kilometer drive to Croatia to rejoin my children who were spending their summer vacation at their grandparents’ house. At breakfast next morning I had a chat with my parents about this and that and mentioned that my book was again banned. Later that day I saw some drawings my boys had made, among them this one:
It was drawn by my elder son, Ethan (8). When I asked him what that was, he explained it was a big tornado. The stick-man standing next to it was me and I was unhappy because the tornado had ripped a book out of my hands:
Also in the scene was another man, Ethan said, who got all upturned by the tornado:
He was also not happy with some debris flying about him. (Bill Browder?)
Ethan drew this picture the day before, on the 15th August. I was so completely blown away by this that I had to ask my parents if I had mentioned anything about the book banning to them previously (and they to Ethan), but perhaps forgot about the conversation. As I thought, they were quite certain that I had not mentioned it before.
So there you have it: Ethan drew his father standing next to a big tornado with a pouting face because the tornado ripped his book out of his hands while another man got upturned in a cloud of debris. He is barely aware that I wrote some book, had no idea what the book was about and even less that it got “ripped out” of my hands.
Ten or twenty years ago I would have thought this incident a curiosity, perhaps a strange coincidence that my son’s drawing appeared related to events in my life. I used to be a rather typical product of reductionist western education where phenomena we couldn’t explain had to be swept under the rug as quaint but meaningless curiosities.
Several incidents in the last ten years or so removed all doubt for me that there is something more to all this and that at some level we are connected and bonded in ways we are incapable of understanding, let alone adequately articulating. Yet there it is… (I’ve documented a dozen or so of such incidences and it is quite out of the question that they could be swept under the rug as coincidences – at a minimum, one can be agnostic, but to dismiss them as nothing would be quite impossible).
Part of my reason for posting this personal entry is because if anyone out there had similar specific experiences, I’d love to know about them.
Alex Krainer is a hedge fund manager and author. His book, banned by Amazon (now twice in the space of 12 months) is now available in pdf, kindle, and epub formats at the following link “Grand Deception: Truth About Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act and Anti-Russian Sanctions.” Paperback version is available here. Alex also wrote one book on commodities trading.