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From the Streets of L.A.

By Moira Cue

Moira Cue is an award winning fine artist, singer / songwriter, and actress. Her artwork is in collections world wide, and she has appeared on stages including The Mint, The Viper Room, Heaven Gallery, and The Key Club among more. 

Yesterday, after months in isolation, I drove to downtown LA for the first time. It was not the same place I lived for nine years. The first sign was a military Humvee full of national guardsmen parked on the side of the 110 freeway, something I had never seen before. I drove to a parking lot, hoping to charge my electrical vehicle and validate at Target. There was a big sign in front, saying Target was closed until further notice. I remember Target when it was Macy’s and I remember the B.R. period; Before Ralph’s (much less Whole Foods). When downtown was a ghost town after five pm, before most of the luxury lofts sprang up. Before it was cool to live there.

Maybe there is nothing whiter than quoting REM. But “Everybody hurts, sometimes.” And lately, it seems to me, that “sometimes” happens to be now for a whole lot more people than what we are used to in America. The “shining city on a hill” has given way to “American carnage.”

Speaking of 1992, it was not just the year of REM. It was the year the Rodney King beating was caught on video tape, followed by riots in Los Angeles County that left 63 dead and more than 2000 people injured. After receiving a more than three-million-dollar civil judgment against the LAPD, Rodney King died in 2012, at the age of 47, in an accidental drowning in his swimming pool, fueled by a combination of drugs and alcohol in his system.

He is most widely known for saying, “Can’t we just get along?” but what he actually said was slightly more verbose: “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?”

It has been eighteen years since the Rodney King beating, eight years after King’s death (the same year George Zimmerman murdered Treyvon Martin), and five years after the unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death in police custody. And now the death of George Floyd, which we all know about, seems to have been a spark in the tinderbox. It is not just Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, and Santa Monica on fire. For me, it feels like my brain is burning.

“…Can we get along?”

 We are in the middle of a pandemic, many more millions of people are unemployed than have been since the Great Depression, and racial inequality is suddenly front and center in the news in a dramatic way. So why not, I thought, see for myself what I have only seen in the papers?

I drove down 7th, seeing exponentially more boarded up stores than had been present prior to the area’s revitalization. I started driving circles around blocks, surveying the collateral damage. Spray paint. Smashed windows. Dozens of clusters of men in camo with automatic rifles, like some occupied third world country.

In the middle of Grand, not the curb, a group of affluent African-Americans sat inside a parked Mercedes that looked like it cost at least six figures. They were completely decked out in sporty designer everything, notably the richest-looking people I saw all day. Because the normal lunch work crowd of well-heeled corporate types was missing. They had not come back from the pandemic; they have been laid off or are working from home. And loft-dwelling women with young children, who might normally be running errands during the day, were nowhere to be seen.

The homeless, the agitated, the police and military, a few young, intrepid trendy types, and the working poor made up the majority of those walking around on foot. Driving around a corner, I saw a volunteer crew with gloves, rags, and cleaning supplies, working to repair the damage that had been done after several nights of looting and rioting. I decided it would make me happy to join in and continued to look for a place to park nearby. I wound up near 7th and Main, an edgier side of the city. A barefoot man in jeans and a T-shirt lounged, sitting on the dirty sidewalk outside a fried chicken shack, arguing to the air about the many wrongs he had endured. Some of the Mexican restaurants with juice bars and pizza places were open, some knock-off sneakers were being sold, and many stores simply had boarded windows.

I had to walk a few blocks back to the work crew, passing a group of LAPD without protective face masks on the corner. I greeted them with a smile, asked how they were doing, and thanked them for their service. They seemed genuinely happy for my appreciation. I also passed a young, rocker type young man with a cell phone who was taping the National Guard and taunting them. They ignored him.

By the time I got to the volunteers, half had stopped working and half were removing graffiti from a Komatsu crawler crane. I asked if I could lend a hand and was immediately greeted with a friendly welcome chorus. (The group was organized by LA Works.) Several women introduced themselves and then I decided to ask questions. A young lady named Amy answered most of them. Amy, though white, was a dedicated Black Lives Matter activist. Not only had she been out protesting night after night, but she and other protesters had been working since 7:00 in the morning to clean up after people she described as “anarchists” had used the protests as an opportunity to create mayhem. “That’s not what Black Lives Matter is about,” she said.

Amy was wearing a face mask, but not every organizer was. When I caught up with a young man named Reeyan, who declined to be interviewed on camera, he was walking with a crowd of just less than a dozen people shoulder-to-shoulder, with his surgical mask under his chin. “Do you mind if I ask you, do you have any health concerns? About spreading COVID?” Reeyan stated that he had a background in emergency management, but his primary health concern was whether the homeless would get access to medical care, not COVID-19. When pressed, he concluded that the increased availability of coronavirus testing made getting sick a non-issue for him personally. (In fact, despite the gradual reopening of LA County, new coronavirus cases have continued to climb upward since March, and as of June 4, 2020, there have been about 2500 deaths—more than half of just under 4500 deaths statewide. The New York Times estimates that at least 57,000 people have had the virus in LA County.) When my conversation with Reeyan was interrupted to let us know we were going back to base camp rather than another cleaning site, I turned in my unused supplies and started walking the other direction, hoping to get to talk to a few more Los Angelenos about the strange times we are living though.

A group of four national guardsmen, all weighed down in heavy tactical gear, looked like they could use a little friendly conversation. But when I introduced myself as a blogger, the biggest and most intimidating of them, wearing reflective glasses, stepped forward in a defensive stance, and they whispered among themselves only to offer to refer me to the office in charge of PR. “Oh, well,” I said, “How about I just ask you one human being to another, how are you doing? What is it like to be down here? Off the record.” At that point, even the tall muscular guy who was a little older and more seasoned than the others smiled and relaxed. The one with the baby face, who had been most eager to talk, opened up and the others chimed in with their comments and impressions. Since it was off the record, I do not want to break their trust or get anybody in trouble. But as I fell asleep later that night listening to a YouTube video on “sense-making,” I reflected on Daniel Schmachtenberger’s distinction between truth and truthfulness. He talked about our social media and cultural information siloes and increasing ability to filter out any information that detracts from what we already believe.

In other words, between Amy and the LA Works group of volunteers, and the young men on active duty called in from other parts of California to keep the peace, there was no difference in truthfulness: each came from a desire to serve, and both expressed their beliefs about why they were there with complete sincerity. I could describe both groups as idealistic, values-driven, and concerned about being misperceived, misportrayed (even in a small independent blog) or misunderstood.

All four active duty service members were without any type of face mask and none made any effort to keep back. So, when I saw another guardsman with an army-issued green cloth face covering (in 90-degree heat) I stopped to ask him why he was wearing one when so many other people were not.  He admitted they “weren’t supposed to express any personal opinions” as if he was feeling out whether or not I was asking anything dangerous when I asked if they had been issued protective gear like N95 masks and what the leadership was doing to protect them from COVID. He said he felt bad wearing the mask because people couldn’t see him smile and didn’t know how friendly he was with it on, and that he and his squadmate, who got out of the Humvee to join in the conversation, were “a little more careful” than some of the other guys, perhaps because his wife was a nurse. At one point he revealed that he just figured he would get it and there was nothing he could do. “People have spit in my face. I have been around so many people. I keep getting tested and I do everything I can but eventually it’s just going to happen,” he said, with a mix of resignation and anxiety. “Oh, you’ll be fine,” I reassured him. “I got sick in March. Most of us will be fine.” As we talked, he seemed to come to a resolution, “I’ll talk to somebody. I’ll tell somebody,” he said.

When you live or work downtown for any period of time you learn there are people you do not talk to. There are people with very obvious schizophrenia and people who are in the active throws of a psychotic episode. You see this every day. There were two women who were lucid enough to know that there is a great deal of race-pain and race-rage active this week but otherwise struggling to “sense make.” One warned me not to get close to her; the other waved a wooden crucifix at another group of guards, practicing some sort of impromptu exorcism while hurling epithets. They remained impassive.

Since the cause of the protests rocking our country is police brutality against African-American men, and aside from one LAPD officer everyone else I’d conversed with was from other races, I wanted to make sure to connect with other Black voices downtown who had witnessed the situation locally. Three different security guards were the friendliest faces to fit that bill. The first, Kevin, asked me how I was doing, and I said I was having some feelings, then I asked him how he was doing. Kevin, it turns out, had applied for unemployment months ago but not gotten anything yet. He was a baker, but no one was taking his pies, and the looting provided him with his first job in weeks—but he really lit up talking about Normandie’s. And asked me to follow him on Instagram. So, if you want to support a small, local, Black business, please follow Kevin at @kevin202014 (security/chef/artist). Maybe you can order some pie.

The other two guys did not look like security guards (Kevin had a uniform, these two were dressed in street clothes) but were just as friendly. I told them I used to live downtown but hadn’t been there in a while, and they hadn’t been there in a while either, until they got called to guard one of the stores that had been hit. We all felt a little shock and sadness. “There’s so much going on right now, and I just feel for … everybody,” I said. “That’s very well put,” one of the men said. “How are you feeling?” I asked. “HOT!” they said. “Yeah, I’m dripping sweat,” I admitted, walking back to the car.

When you have been socially isolated for so long, and you go out to a population dense area, all those people are so much more memorable: The Latin American immigrant woman sweeping up a glass storefront shattered to pieces the size of marbles, who I told I was so sorry she had to clean this up. The thin dark skinned man with blue eyes and dreadlocks at Whole Foods, who was talking to someone else and all I heard was the phrase “Black people…” but the gist of it was something about accomplishing peace through consciousness, and his very presence spoke of both peace and consciousness. The rows and rows of squadrons moving in and moving out in a trail of Humvees outside the LAPD headquarters, the presence of military efficiency—for peace or law and order. The rows of tents filled with mostly men of all races, many tan white and Latino, some with tattoos, some in various states of half-nakedness, all living in dire poverty, and mostly, as Reeyan pointed out, without access to medical care except for emergency technicians who themselves are still at heightened risk. And as I drove through the gates of Chinatown, I glimpsed, in the grass, face-down, sobbing and heaving, a Black man in a white polo shirt and the throws of utter despair. I wondered if he were sick, or if I could help, but I was already on my way to the freeway and knew from experience that stopping rarely improves anything. Sometimes you can offer water or a few kind words. There is not much you can do.

Everybody hurts, sometimes. But some people hurt all the time. And while “we” think about Black people this week, and Black people tell us they think about racism every day of every week and they’re tired, really the only thing you can tell about someone by the color of their skin is the color of their skin. All you can tell by the clothes they wear (including a uniform) is what clothes they are wearing. So even if it is something small, like a smile, or asking if someone is ok, let us try do that. Let us try a little extra kindness. Please. Sometimes pain is obvious, the man sobbing in the grass; but sometimes it is not. You cannot tell. You don’t know. Just assume that everybody needs a little extra love. And be safe, and pray for peace, because your life is worth it.

(subnormal magazine states:  The person interviewed in this story provided no proof that anarchists were causing chaos, which has in many cases, found to be caused by members of certain “political” groups. Not all anarchists  support violence, chaos, or the destruction of property).  

 

 

Shut Down Tyrants! –Not America!

A wheatpaste of a raccoon painting a “circle-A” anarchy sign on the side of a building near the UC Berkeley campus. Eekiv – Own work (source: WikiCommons / fair use)

The true face of fascism and tyranny by certain federal, state, county, city, and local “leaders” has now been exposed. Instead of wisely calling for the consensual quarantine of the sick and weak elderly around us that we can all care for and love, the nazi-tyrants have insanely convinced the WORLD to quarantine the healthy, and literally shut down and DESTROY society, for a virus that has killed not even a small fraction of one percent of any micro or macro population.  This is madness, insanity, and counter to survival and LIFE when a human being is denied work. The shutdown was a FARCE, based on LIES, whose excuses are now changing and extending by the tyrants who are enemies of life itself.

It is bad enough when a person cannot find work, and goes hungry. When countless throughout the world HAVE work and can and want to feed and care of themselves, but the governments have all been manipulated or willingly and knowingly commit evil and agree to be led by evil nazi’s to have ALL governments NOT LET PEOPLE WORK, this one of the sickest, most vile acts a government can do.

Factually, these global “leaders” have engaged in a coordinated PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE of PANIC and FEAR, an ECONOMIC WARFARE of prohibiting work, and a WAR ON FREEDOM of individual liberty and movement, trickling down through to State, County, City, and local nazi’s and Petty Tyrants.

The LA County Department of  so-called Public Health has allegedly identified 36,259 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,755 deaths out of over 10 million people in LA County.  A whopping 92% of people who died had underlying health conditions.  1% of 10 million is 100,000. This means, not even one tenth of one percent of the population has died from the Chinese Coronavirus. When factoring in the 92% with underlying health conditions, the death rate by Covid19 only reduces yet further to ridiculously low.

NO death from anything–including crossing the street–is to be taken lightly. However, the tiny number of deaths from Covid19 in LA County alone are NOT worth plunging half of the population into joblessness for, and ending all of our constitutional rights over. The justification for doing this in the name of “PUBLIC HEALTH” is a LIE.

Fight to get your FREEDOM BACK NOW while you still can!
Steps to do:
1, Contact Constitutional Lawyers to bring individual and class action suits against tyrants violating your constitutional rights, which has already worked in Wisconsin among more.
2, Continue peaceful civil disobedience which is working.
3, Contact and ask heads of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police forces to NOT enforce anti-constitutional mandates by politicians, as this is also working.
4, Publicly acknowledge and thank those police and politicians who are defending your constitutional rights so that they know you appreciate them doing the right thing, which will also help encourage others to step up and do the right thing too.
5, Publicly condemn and protest those who are violating rights and acting on fascism.  Peacefully and lawfully protest in front of their homes.
6, Sign petitions to have Fauci, Gates, and others brought to justice. This is also working, getting attention in the media, and making millions of people more aware of their rights being violated by politicians , and that they can actually do something to fix this.
7, Call Attorney General Barr, and organize massive call drives to him, notifying that constitutional laws are being broken rampantly by politicians, and name them and name what they are doing in your area and ask him to take swift legal action against them.
Call the US Justice Dept right now at 202-514-2000 to leave a message on their voice mail system, saying something like this:


“I would like to leave a message for attorney General William Barr. I am (your first and last name), and I live in the State of (your State). I believe Governor ( first and last name of your Governor) has been and still is violating our Constitutional Rights. I am requesting an immediate investigation of (his/her) executive orders and actions, in response to the Covid-19 situation.”

If it is a Mayor, City Council Member, or other official violating rights, name them.

Contact the Justice Department by email via their website below and report the same if you do not call.

https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

8. Spread the truth by sharing factual writers, speakers, and defenders of freedom online and with those you talk to.

9. Visualize your freedoms BACK and focus on positive change.  Stay educated, but do not let the enemies of freedom rob you of your happiness and joy.

10. Condemn and boycott fascist big-tech companies and social media companies that are against freedom of speech and censor anything they disagree with.

11. Organize with like minded lovers of freedom and get their names and phone numbers.

12. Begin to function and be prepared to mobilize your forces OFF the grid.

13. Copy all your data on big tech clouds to hard copy back up.

14, Do not let people shame you or humiliate you for defending freedom. Know that the actions you take are nothing to be ashamed of. There are also countless people in America and around the world, as well as top leaders in governments who agree with you and support your defense of liberty, freedom, and constitutional rights.  Be proud to stand up against tyranny.

15. Settle for NOTHING less than ALL freedoms had before March 2020!

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.” –-Benjamin Franklin

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–Freedom NOW! 

Dare to Feel Happy & Safe

English: US Postage stamp, Credo issue of 1961, 4c, famous quote by Patrick Henry, Date: 11 January 1961. Source: US Post Office Smithsonian National Postal Museum Photo image obtained/rendered by Gwillhickers. Author: US Post Office. Courtesy of WikiCommons, Fair Use.

Greetings,

And welcome to the new issue of The Hollywood Sentinel. And my, what a time it is. As we are in the process of re-designing our pages for increased  functionality with smart phone usage, we invite you to explore our pages on your laptop as well now, through our table of contents tab on the left of this site. Check back often, as many pages will be updated throughout the week.

Music video by U2 performing Beautiful Day (C) 2000 Universal-Island Records Limited.

If you are reading these words, you should be aware that there are reportedly over 4 billion people on the planet that do not have internet access as you do right now. That’s a very large segment of the global population. 13 countries, including China, Iran, and North Korea either have no internet or very limited freedom of speech or of what they can read online.

Reportedly 1.8 billion people, or around 25% of the global population, do not have access to clean water.

Around 1.6 billion people on the planet do not have adequate housing.

And not only do approximately 1.1 billion people not own a cell phone, they don’t even have electricity.

We are not telling you this information to depress you, but rather—to remind you of how fortunate you really are.

The fact that you have a warm place to live, with electricity, own a cell phone, have access to clean water, have the internet, and have a fairly large degree of freedom of speech, makes you far more fortunate than billions of other people on planet Earth. You can be thankful for all of these things right now.

I dare you to think of this. And just close your eyes for a few minutes, and let yourself feel the gratitude of all that you have right now. You have a lot.

The Hollywood Sentinel, since it’s beginning over 11 years ago, has been dedicated to reporting ONLY the good news, and dedicated to bringing the world our celebration of all areas of the arts.

Your body and your life itself is a miracle; a masterwork of art made by a genius creator. Your body automatically seeks—like a flower reaching for the sun—to heal itself, and to live.

Do not let the world and media tell you that you are sick and weak, and that you need to give up your freedoms and wait for the pharmaceutical industry to give you drugs to save you, before you can have your freedom back or a chance of living.

Do not Panic, Avoid Fear

Even if a meteor were going to strike the earth in 30 days that we knew about, wiping out all of humanity, it would not serve us to be fearful and panic and be miserable. The thing to do in that situation would be to spend out our last days living for each moment with happiness, thanks, and gratitude, love for ourselves, treating ourselves well, love for our loved ones and every other person on planet earth, love for the earth, and love for our creator (if you believe in that), and making peace with our mortality and preparing for death. If one believed in an afterlife, they should do things spiritually that make them feel most successful in handling that transition.

How to Help Prevent Getting the Virus? 

1, Be happy. Any enemy you will ever have in your life wants you to be miserable. They want you miserable, and in fear. Fear weakens the immune system.

You may be angry over the situation and what is going on. That’s normal. Set aside a few short minutes a day where you allow yourself to get angry if you must–and then let it go. Bring yourself back to gratitude, love, and happiness, as much as you can. Don’t let anyone else pull you into emotions you are not ready to deal with. Do what’s right for you. Take care of yourself first–and others later, when you can.

ASSUME great health. Focus on great health–not sickness, and not symptoms. What we put our attention on is what we get. 

2, Do not stress. Stress, a form of fear, weakens the body. When stress gets too bad, it causes the body to literally attack itself. This triggers the virus or makes it worse.  Avoid stressful things including most media, negative people, and toxic situations.

3, Exercise. Exercise boosts the immune system. Work out daily, even if it’s just a mile or two walk in the neighborhood. But more is better.

4, Get plenty of sunshine, a natural source of Vitamin D, which boosts immunity. In addition, take vitamin D supplements as needed.

5, Take vitamin C and Zinc, which even some doctors have now had to admit help fight infection.  Take a multi-vitamin as needed.

6, Eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid greasy, fried foods. Avoid chemical laden, processed foods. Avoid GMO’s. Avoid too much  meat, or avoid it all together. Eat healthy, balanced, nutritious meals.

Drink a lot of water. At least 1 glass of fresh clean water per hour.

7, Get plenty of good sleep, at least 8 hours a night.

8, Set goals daily and achieve them each day. Stay clean, keep goal oriented, and stay busy.

9, Focus on making money and work smarter. Don’t assume you can’t make money. Don’t let the world and media convince you that you should give up and hide in a corner. Life is not over. You will make it.

10, If you can get a N95 or K95 mask, get one and wear it if you feel safer doing so when you are near people.  If it makes you feel better wearing something else, go for it.

11, If you feel safer doing what we call “anti” social-distancing, than do that. You should always be clean and wash your hands regularly as needed during any time–including now.

12, Be kind to those who disagree with you, and be a source of patience and kindness.

If you feel you have contracted Covid19, What to Do?

(This following information is the opinion of the editor, and is not to  interpreted as medical advice or the substitute of a medical professional).

1, Call a doctor immediately that you can trust if you feel you need to. If you take any, read about any drugs before you take them, and their side effects. It is always best to avoid man-made chemicals, whenever possible.

2, Breathe in steam which can even be a hot shower as needed.

3, Get pure mint oil or similar, to put in your nose and breathe in as needed. Test on your hand first to make sure it is safe to do so.  The following link has the one that we use, called Sunbreeze. https://ibo.sunrider.com/site/bruceedwin/testimonial

4, Gargle with salt water regularly, and rinse your nose regularly with salt water, breathing in as needed to clear your head, Blow it out.

5, Repeat the list above in steps 1 through 10 and do more of each of 1 through 7.

6. If you believe in a higher power than you–pray.

7, Trust and simply have faith in yourself, your body, and the universe which is a benevolent place and is looking out for you.

8, Music has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system. Listen to great music that makes you feel good.

9, Smile and laugh, and watch happy, funny things that make you feel hope.

10, Do Qigong! An incredible, healing practice that combines slow martial arts like movements with moving meditation. Here is one of our favorites:

Visit here for more great Qigong:  https://www.yoqi.com/

We wish you much peace, love, and happiness during these terribly trying times.  Read these lists often, as needed, and do them. Trust and know that we WILL get through this, and if you are reading this, I trust that YOU will come out bigger and stronger and better than ever before.

–Bruce Edwin

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