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Say Goodbye to Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD CLOSED

I give up. Hollywood wins.

Last night I witnessed Hollywood’s death rattle. It’s over. The people who are responsible for this part of Los Angeles have either lost the battle or given it up willingly. 

You can WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEO, but long story short: Last night I watched a guy assault tourists, women, men, locals, push people, knock people over, hit people… and NOBODY CARED. I tried to intervene but the guy had two other friends who wouldn’t allow it. Two Andrews International or Hollywood BID security officers stood by and watched. They said they had ‘already solved the problem’ while this guy is still assaulting people! Then they said it was ‘not their job’ and ‘He is on public property’. Multiple people BEGGED them to do something and in response, they were INSANELY rude and extremely dismissive. They actually gave one of those “shoo!” waves and every comment was met with a loud “Have a good evening sir! Have a good evening sir!” They were JUST about to leave when they finally decided to do the right thing: Go over and PUSH THE GUY DOWN.

…and with that, it was “Mission accomplished”! Job well done, fellas! Now go have a beer!

(They just left, of course). And, Of COURSE, the crazy guy just continues his reign of terror… and as a bonus- all in front of  little kids.

YES. I called the police. Later I called the police AGAIN. I stayed in the area for over an hour and LAPD never showed. To be fair: ONE #lapd car DROVE BY without stopping. (Probably on the way to the mystery meeting at the convenience store at Highland and Yucca where many of them congregate in a back room every single night). FYI- I have supported various police organizations my entire life, setting up funds for families of fallen officers and supporting a memorial for fallen officers. I have awards and accolades from departments ranging from New York City, to Washington DC, Houston, Memphis… in fact I was just talking to a friend of mine from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force this morning.  YES LAPD is short on equipment… and staff …and pay. – But that is NO excuse for someone to be able to assault people without any impedance for over an hour in the most populous part of town!

Hollywood is the FACE of Los Angeles.

People travel from all over the world and bring their families. Tourists are responsible for a GIANT portion of the income of this city and the people in it. It SEEMS like it would be a good idea to take care of it. I guess not. It seems like they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why have a Christmas parade when people may step on hypodermic needles? Why host the Oscars when ALL of Hollywood is overrun with homeless people, gangsters and scam artists? Why focus so much time and effort on one night, when the other 364 nights are like this?

The stars on Hollywood Blvd are cracked and broken and dirty and embarrassing. PROOF?

Here is a RANDOM EXAMPLE of one small part of the internationally famous and highly glamorous HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME!

There are giant holes are in the sidewalk where an adult person could EASILY fit the entire lower part of their leg. I have no idea how the city isn’t sued every single day.

In 1978, it only took ONE famous person to step in and fix the Hollywood sign. The sign was falling apart and covered in graffiti. Hugh Hefner asked famous people to contribute, and they did. The Hollywood sign was fixed and remains in fantastic condition to this day.

I had HOPES that just ONE celebrity would step in and help rejuvenate this town that is the symbol of the film industry, acting, television, music… – Basically all of ENTERTAINMENT for almost everyone in the world. That has not happened.

I tagged celebrities in my posts. I wrote letters and sent emails. 

NOTHING.

I offered to volunteer for The Hollywood Business Improvement District people. I contacted the mayor. 

NOTHING.

I contacted the media. Local news, national news Hollywood papers and magazines. 

NOTHING.

I even came up with a few SOLID ideas of how to solve some major issues with low-cost! Simple/easy common-sense solutions.  

I have tried to bring attention to this and otherwise done what small things any individual citizen can do. 

BUT, to quote a song- You have to know when to hold ’em… and know when to fold ’em”

At this point I am just shouting into the wind.

So- You win, Hollywood!

You have earned your reputation as a place that crushes people!

WHERE did TRUTH go?

Ahhh... Remember the good old days? 

The weather was determined by nature…. Man landed on the moon… and the Earth was ROUND!

Early Greek philosophers alluded to a spherical Earth.. and of course Magellan and/or Enrique were sailing completely around the thing back in the 1500’s… but – In 2018 we find ourselves DEBATING the shape of the Earth!

Can you IMAGINE going back in time and telling your 4th grade self “In the future, lots of people will think the Earth is flat!”

What is the opposite of the Age Of Enlightenment?

Are we now in the AGE OF DECEPTION?

Why are INSANE conspiracy theories being taken seriously now?

One huge contributing factor is pointed out by TV host Chris Hayes in THIS INTERESTING TWITTER POST that talks about how one of the most popular destinations on the internet uses an algorithm that leads people down the path to stupidity. 

Scientifically- You are prone to believe horsecrap if you are a person who is susceptible to what is called teleological thinking …where you think that every RESULT is the cause of the actions leading to that result. (To simplify it: “everything happens for a reason”.) 

But I 100% believe that ALL of us have the ability to discern truth from lies. If you don’t let outside forces enter the equation. If you simply sit somewhere quiet and think “What is the TRUTH of this matter? What is the RIGHT thing to do here?” You will KNOW the answer.

Whether it is learned or instinct- We ALL have the intellectual process and internal knowledge to inherently know ‘murder is wrong’. We KNOW stealing is wrong. We KNOW hurting others is wrong. You CAN use that same force to know what is the RIGHT thing to do in ANY situation. 

And if THAT doesn’t work for you, maybe you should try Occam’s razor. Basically:

THE MOST SIMPLE ANSWER… IS MOST-LIKELY THE TRUTH.

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NOW- Here are some NON-PARTISAN RESOURCES for your research that you WILL be doing:

But the long-time truth-preaching beacon of the internet has ALWAYS been: 

  • SNOPES.com Remember all those stories you heard in fourth grade? That email warning about gangs that your mom forwarded to you? That person at work who knows everything? SNOPES is the resource you need for EVERYTHING.

———- THE BOTTOM LINE ————

HERE is my “TWO-STEP PLAN TO THE TRUTH”.

1- RESEARCH the topic. Look at BOTH sides of an issue. REALLY listen to the other side. Put yourselves in their shoes and understand how they came to that conclusion.

2- Don’t trust me… or a newscaster.. or a politician… or family member/friend. Instead-Trust yourself. Get past all the CRAP and just SEE the truth.

It’s there … if you want it. 

WHY does your LOCAL RADIO STATION SUCK?

When I was bit younger, during Reagan’s deregulation of media ownership/killing of the Fairness Doctrine… I took a fishing trip with a local guy who had taken an interest in politics. His name: Jeff Sessions.

I tried to slip into casual conversation how deregulation would mean lower quality radio and loss of countless jobs.. and REALLY the loss of an artform.

Deaf ears. 

Check out THIS ARTICLE from Dick Taylor to find out why your local radio station sucks. The short story: ENORMOUS corporations bought everything and squeezed every penny out of it until it was dead.

“I’ve always believed that what happened in the halls of my radio stations were transmitted out, over-the-air, to the listener. We transmitted so much more than just the music we played, the news we delivered, and the entertainment we provided. We transmitted an intangible spirit that was contagious and attracted loyal listeners.”

Dick Tayor

via Automation Killed the Radio Star