Life in the City of Angels: Wake Up America!!!!!

Life in the City of Angels: Let My Photographs Bear Witness

Standing RockThere has been a paradigm shift in my work as a freelance  photojournalist. The curtain of time has slowly been closing in on my life’s work. I am to believe that my prime has passed and my glory days are over. I’ve even been told that I am not millennial enough.  But, as fellow photographer David Carol put it best: ‘No, I can’t think about my own death. It will happen, and I’m sure it will interrupt something I’m doing. At least, I hope it does.’ So heeding David’s words,  I have no desire in retiring and until the day that I exit for the cosmos, I will create my own assignments on my own dime. How important is this you may ask ? For sometime I have witnessed the insidious disease of Oligarchy transmute our Democracy. I worry for my son and daughter, my grandchildren and future generations as the prospect of this social cancer kills the light of democracy. My skillset as a photographer is what I can contribute to stop this affliction to our society.

Inspired by James Natchtwey words, I heard the call and started using my skillset and give back to society. His words so resonated with me that I keep of copy of his speech on my iPhone, which I would like to share with you now.  

Let My Photographs Bear Witness: “The war in Vietnam was raging; the Civil Rights Movement was under way; and pictures had a powerful influence on me. Our political and military leaders were telling us one thing, and photographers were telling us another. I believed the photographers, and so did millions of other Americans. Their images fueled resistance to the war and to racism. They not only recorded history; they helped change the course of history. Their pictures became part of our collective consciousness and, as consciousness evolved into a shared sense of conscience, change became not only possible, but inevitable. Visual journalism, can bring into focus both the benefits and the cost of political policies. It can give credit to sound decision-making, adding momentum to success. In the face of poor political judgment or political inaction, it becomes a kind of intervention, assessing the damage and asking us to reassess our behavior. It puts a human face on issues which from afar can appear abstract or ideological or monumental in their global impact. What happens at ground level, far from the halls of power, happens to ordinary citizens one by one.”

James Natchtwey, Ted Talk 2007

Life in America: Taking A Knee

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Life in the City of Angels: Holy Jeans

Old Trust Friend .jpgUnaplolgetic, I publicly announce my love to my wearer. We are hard-wearing and tightly weaved in this life. Pay no attention to the transcending of receding cotton threads, or the lack of blue contours that have lost their constitutional condition. So don’t abandon me now, for I too have toiled with you my friend. We have been down many roads and have collected many rips, brusies, soil and stains. Our souls are made of denim, I am your faithful indigo friend. 

Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.

ToiletNow that I got your attention, in the August 1st, 2018 publication of  Science Advances, researchers at the University of California, Irvine report that temperatures during droughts have been rising faster than in average climates in recent decades, and they point to concurrent changes in atmospheric water vapor as a driver of the surge. What is atomspheric water vapor ? It is when water vapor condenses onto a surface, a net warming occurs on that surface. The water molecule brings heat energy with it. In turn, the temperature of the atmosphere drops slightly. In the atmosphere, condensation produces clouds, fog and precipitation. 
So, with warmer temperatures over the past 30 years and more frequent regional dry spells since 1998 are changing the water cycle, posing challenges for urban and agricultural areas throughout the country. These changes point to a greater number of droughts and heat waves co-occurring. This can lead to such calamities as wildfires and loss of crop yields which we are witnessing now as California, Scandinavia and Greece burn.
The majority of scientists have started to link more intense droughts to climate change. That’s because as more greenhouse gas emissions are released into the air, causing air temperatures to increase, more moisture evaporates from land and lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. Warmer temperatures also increase evaporation in plant soils, which affects plant life and can reduce rainfall even more. And when rainfall does come to drought-stricken areas, the drier soils it hits are less able to absorb the water, increasing the likelihood of flooding. So with all that said, if we human beings are so smart why is it that we crap in clean water ?  

NASA Sees Intense Fires around the World in the last 24 hours.
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Link: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#z:2;c:55.0,9.6;l:firms_viirs=N-frp,firms_modis_a,firms_modis_t,24hrs

Crossing Borders: A Silence So Great You Can Hear The Earth Breathe

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The White Desert covers more than 2.8 million square kilometers, this vast desert starts at the western banks of the Nile and continues into Libya and contains five isolated, but thriving, oases: Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, Bahariyya and Siwa.
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Life in the City of Angels: AMERICAN INFIDELS is anAMERICANVETERANS’ MOTORCYCLE CLUB

AIVMC is a 501(c)(19) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the promotion of the “American Way”.

We passionately support our Military Members and Veterans. We believe as American Infidels that the freedoms that have been bestowed upon us are not to be taken for granted; and to never forget that the ideals and freedoms we live by and enjoy are a direct result of the bloodshed on the battlefields by the warriors that have come before us. These brothers in arms un-selfishly sacrificed the enjoyment of their freedoms so that we could live the “American Way!”

American Infidels reject and oppose anti-American views that are being propelled by Islamic Terrorists and Fundamentalist groups.

We shall forever honor those that have sacrificed for us!

Life in the City of Angels: Sikh’s of L. A. Women’s March 2018

Women March 2018Sikhism preaches that people of different races, religions, or sex are all equal in the eyes of God. It teaches the full equality of men and women. Women can participate in any religious function or perform any Sikh ceremony or lead the congregation in prayer.

Serving Kindness, honors Sikh teachings of selfless service and equality through langar, which is a free community kitchen. In Sikh tradition divisions based on differences and status of religions, caste, color, age, gender and social status are removed to make way for sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness.

Sikhs have lived in America for more than 150 years, helped build the Transcontinental Railroad, served valiantly in every major world war, stood at the forefront of civil rights struggles, and were first responders on 9/11. Even though Sikhism is a distinct religion from Islam, many Americans either confuse Sikhs and Muslims.

 

Life in the City of Angels: Women’s March 2018

Although there’s been no official crowd count, Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that 600,000 people attended the Women’s March 2018 in Los Angeles.

 

Have Camera Will Travel: Been There, Done That, Bought A T-Shirt.

JCIn the heart of the belt buckle of the Bible belt stands a 19-story steel cross surrounded by the 14 stations of Christ with a display of the crucifixion of Chris. Located between Interstate 40 and old Route 66 in Groom, Texas. Souvenir gift shop open 9am to 5pm, closed on Sundays.

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