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subnormal magazine: August 2019

Greetings from subnormal.

Another child rapist sex trafficker is dead. Such a pity the guards looked away for 3 hours. They should have handed him a rope much sooner. Scum Epstein’s minions need to be next in line.

Those that harm children and nature should be put on trial for crimes against humanity.

Our prayers go out to Peter Murphy to get well soon.

Shooting spree lunatics need to join Epstein in hell.

Tyrants–your days are numbered.

The best thing about the news is shutting it off.

Sleater-Kinney released their 10th album this month, The Center Won’t Hold, on Mom + Pop Music.  Produced by the Grammy Award-winning St. Vincent, the record is their first since 2015’s No Cities to Love.

Reportedly marked by dualities and contradictions, it is both a political and personal record from founding members Carrie Brownstein (guitars/vocals) and Corin Tucker (guitars/vocals).

Corin explains the album process, “I think that, just to be super pragmatic about it, we usually have written together in the same room, writing songs on guitar. But that wasn’t practical because Carrie was working in LA and I was in Portland and my family is here. So we decided to start writing songs, each of us coming up with a demo on our computers, which we’d never done before.” She adds, “It was almost like being high and working on these songs, it was exactly the antidote to the feeling. It was like this manic energy of empowerment and being held in the world. Being able to bring love as this kind of antidote to everything we were going through was really clarifying.”

Carrie comments, “we’re always aware of the sense, as women who are not in our 30’s anymore, that there’s this idea that sonically you’re supposed to contract after a while, and make things that are more appeasing or quieter. I think we’ve always fought against that. It’s also just not in our nature. The alchemy of this band is just not something that coheres around subtlety or quietness. I think on this record, it’s our tenth record, and we are conscious of the fact that there’s not a lot of precedent for continuing to make music as you age. Particularly for an all-female band. There are not a lot of contemporaries who have made this many records. We don’t want to go quietly into the night. You want to lay down tracks for the people behind you, so it could feel like this journey does not end at a certain age.”

The band is now on an extensive fall North American tour, with European dates to follow in the new year.

Hollywood Hot Spot: 


15, Full Moon

22, Rolling Stone; Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

30, Super New Moon at 3:37AM Pacific

31, The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Throwing Muses, Chelsea Wolfe, Kaelan Mikla, Emma Ruth; Rose Bowl, Pasadena


7, TSOL, Narcoleptic Youth, Glass House, Pamona

13, Full Moon; 9:32pm Pacific

Jay Som, echoplex

21, Hatchie, echoplex

28, Super New Moon: 11:26am Pacific


13, Full Moon; 2:07pm Pacific

20, 45 Grave, echoplex

24, Subhumans, Crisis Point West, Glass House; Pamona

26, Ra Ra Riot; Glass House, Pamona

27, New Moon; 8:38pm Pacific

Marc Almond; The Palace, Downtown LA

Theatre of Hate, Jay Aston (acoustic Gene Loves Jezebel); echoplex, Hollywood


5, Election Day–blah!

6-13; AFM, Santa Monica, AFI Fest; Hollywood

26, New Moon; 7:05am


11, Full Moon; 9:12pm

22, Winter Solstice

25, Christmas, Solar New Moon Eclipse in Capricorn; 9:13pm Pacific

31, New Year’s Eve

January 2020

5, Golden Globes

26, Grammy Awards


9, Oscars

A message from the Center for Biological Diversity :

Trump Administration Denies Protection to Six More Imperiled Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protection today to six species from around the country, including an imperiled bee and the Siskiyou Mountains salamander. The agency was responding to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.

The Trump administration has now declined protection for more than 60 species and protected only 18 — the lowest of any president at this point in his administration.

These denials come on the heels of sweeping Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act. Finalized on Aug. 12, the changes make it harder for species to gain protection, weaken habitat protections for listed species, and disregard climate change entirely.

The species denied protection are all at risk from corporate activities. They include two trees threatened primarily by climate change; a freshwater mussel threatened by fossil fuel development; a salamander threatened by logging of old-growth forests; and a bird and bumblebee threatened by industrial agriculture, pesticide use and climate change.

The brook floater is a freshwater mussel from the eastern United States that has lost more than half its range to dams, water pollution, oil and gas development, logging and mining. It is particularly threatened by fracking and climate change.

The Siskiyou Mountains salamander lives in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California, primarily in old-growth forests. It is threatened by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management plans to increase logging.

California’s tricolored blackbirds have declined by nearly 90 percent since the 1930s because of destruction of wetlands and grasslands, pesticide use that wipes out their insect prey base and loss of nest sites during agricultural operations.

The seaside alder lives in riparian and marshy areas in Delaware and Maryland, where it’s threatened by salt-water intrusion via sea-level rise due to climate change. A separate population in Oklahoma is threatened by cattle grazing.

Wild Earth Guardians petitioned for protection of Joshua trees due to threats from climate change. Climate models predict up to a 90 percent range contraction by 2100.

Defenders of Wildlife petitioned for protection of yellow-banded bumblebees in 2015 due to habitat loss to development and harm from pesticides.

During the Obama administration, 360 species were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under Clinton 523 species were protected, while 232 species were protected under Bush, Sr., 62 species under Bush, Jr., and 254 under Reagan.

Three species were (foolishly) determined to no longer be genetically valid entities, including the golden orb, smooth pimpleback and Arapahoe snowfly.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Peace to all of you (who deserve it).

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David Rubin Elected President of The Academy®

Congratulations to David Rubin, who  was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 6) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
Sid Ganis, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Mark Johnson, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
Bonnie Arnold, Secretary (chair, Membership and Governance Committee)

Mr. Rubin is beginning his first term as president and his seventh year as a governor representing the Casting Directors Branch. Mr. Burwell, Mr. Ganis, Mr. Karaszewski and Ms. Utley were re-elected to their posts. This will be the first officer stint for Ms. Arnold and Mr. Johnson.

Mr. Rubin is the first casting director to hold the position of Academy President.  With more than 100 film and television credits, he has cast such features as “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “Hairspray,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Get Shorty,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” and “Fried Green Tomatoes” among more.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is now under construction in Los Angeles.

The Academy Museum, Wilshire & Fairfax, used with kind courtesy of The Academy, (c) 2019, AMPAS, all rights reserved.

Kerry Brougher will be leaving his position as Director of the Academy Museum to return to his roots in the art world.  Kerry is a friend and a highly respected colleague. He has been at the helm of this project for the last five years, and has put in place strong teams that well position us to move ahead together. In recognition of his leadership, vision, and committed service, the Museum Board has named him Founding Director.

The Museum Board will work closely with the Museum’s senior team to ensure a smooth transition as the search for a new director gets under way. Our primary goal remains to create the best possible motion picture museum for you.

A Note from Kerry:

“It has been a privilege for me to work with the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the great Renzo Piano, my colleagues, and of course you – our good friends and supporters, with whom we are creating this unprecedented Museum. We are just weeks away from completing construction of the buildings, ending the first phase of this project, and our collection has grown substantially. Many of the exhibitions, including Miyazaki and Regeneration, will be the first of their kind. I’m very proud of the work done by our amazing team. Now is the right time for me to pass the baton.”

We will be keeping you informed of the Museum’s ongoing momentum.

All the best,

Katharine DeShaw
Deputy Director, Advancement and External Relations

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Success is the Best Revenge

I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration (c) 2019 CBS Home Entertainment and Fathom Events, used with kind courtesy of CBS and Fathom Events, all rights reserved.

What does success mean to you? And when you feel someone does you wrong, how do you deal with that? Many people out there–especially in our industry of Hollywood, scoff at that line above of “Success is the best revenge.”  To many, “Revenge is the best Revenge.”  But is it?

Imagine you are walking down the sidewalk, and accidently bump into someone, and they drop their phone. Would you grip your phone tightly, expecting them to jump up to their feet, and bump in to you, purposefully knocking your phone out of your hand? Or would you pick it up and hand it to them, and quickly apologize?  Obviously, you would apologize and be courteous, because you know it’s the right thing to do, and it’s how you would want treated.

The line of “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,” otherwise known as “The Golden Rule,” has some serious truth to it. The law of reciprocity says that when you treat another person kindly, they are inclined to act back in a kind way. Not that good sense is necessarily common, but if it were, this would be it. Likewise, the reverse is true. If you speak to someone with rudeness or anger, they will most likely respond back in a similar manner.

Allowing for the fact that we are not perfect–we all make mistakes, and sometimes accidentally hurt people that we didn’t mean to; especially the ones we deal with the most and love the most, doesn’t it make sense that if we want to be forgiven, and not have every accidental slight we cause another held against us with retaliatory action, that we should forgive others first?

While the philosophy of “Might is Right” and “An Eye for an Eye” may  appear “tough” and “cool” to some, it is– we are seeing more and more in this new age–this is NOT how the world works. Karma is REAL. The liars, cheats, crooks, cons, and murderers generally always go down, and down hard.

No one respects the “screw me over and I will screw you ten times harder” politician or punk on the street. The only one that perhaps likes them, are other similar jerks,  and–they are the first one’s to be surprised when their devilish friend or hero screws THEM over. What?! A person who embraces evil did ME wrong?! I thought it was only  for THEM! Duh.

Befriend a snake, and don’t be surprised when your slithery friend acts like one.

If I had a list of every person who did me wrong; looked at me the wrong way, spoke rudely to me, didn’t bag my groceries correctly, hurt my feelings, lied to me, wasted my time, flaked, cheated, gossiped, libeled, attacked, or more, it would make up quite a large notebook full of many pages. And sure, I could try go after each and every one–attacking back, and getting even. But who would it serve?  For one, it would take up years of my time, and by the time I was finally done getting even, I’d have yet another new notebook full of enemies to try get back or destroy.

Mean people want you to think, obsess, and worry about them. The more you focus on the jerks of the world, the less you are focused on your goal.

Hate, plotting revenge, and getting angry will literally make you sick. Stress causes disease; a slow death that still yet surely kills. The perfect weapon your enemy would love is; knowing you are talking about them, thinking about them, worrying about them, and stressing about them all night, without sleep.

When you feel hurt or angry, repeat these mantras:

Revenge is not worth my time.

Revenge is not worth my health.

I deserve to be at peace. 

I deserve to feel good and be happy. 

While the path of revenge promises you power, in actuality, it weakens you, distracts you from your goals, and pulls you into an endless battle of fighting the enemy more, and yet more endless rows of new enemies.

Even the most crazy and wicked of politicians generally try to avoid war. They generally know and care about the reality, that what we reap, we sow.

By no means am I sitting here professing to be an angel, and saying that I always immediately forgive everyone. I don’t. But I eventually try.  And the times I lived my life  with forgiveness, grace, and a positive outlook, were vastly more happy, lucrative, and successful than those earlier years that I focused on anger, hatred, and pessimism.

Now, the more you try to live a life of peace, grace, and forgiveness of yourself and others, oftentimes, the more you may be attacked. Attacked not only by others who see you as a soft, easy target who will not fight back, but also attacked by certain spiritual forces that prey on those seeking to create a heaven on Earth–rather than a hell.

The solution on the physical plane is to resist the urge to fight, focus on the good, and keep moving forward. With that said, don’t allow yourself to be a victim. By all means, defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, and your business when you have to.

The solution on the spiritual plane, is to remember that words–which effect our unconscious mind, have power. For this reason alone, the art of prayer is a real, and a workable tool, as you speak out loud that which you want to change and manifest, through the help of the creator. If you don’t believe this and all worlds were created by anything other than a random accident, then you can at least speak your intentions out loud. Focus on the good, cleanse your energy with a nice bath or shower, or walk outside in nature, and write down the WAY you want your life to be, in the present tense.

If the devil ‘is’ real, he’s probably a politician, but you DON’T have to vote for him.

Vote for Peace, and peace of mind instead.  Love, Laugh, and Follow the Light, Your Happiness and Success will surely follow.

We hope you enjoy the new issue.  As always, contact us through this site or at 310-226-7176 if you have any questions or comments.  We might even publish your words in our next issue, for the world to see. 

About the image: One of the most famous television sitcom’s in American history,  on August 6, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment paid tribute to “I Love Lucy” and its legendary star Lucille Ball with “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration” that screened in movie theaters nationwide for one night only on the comedienne’s birthday.

–Bruce Edwin

This content is (c) 2019, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved.