Category Archives: my film clips

Visit to Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: Right after noon, I got in with no line

I rode in on the Orange Line, dealing with the mid-day single tracking, and got to the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture at 12:30 PM.  They gave me a pass and let me right in, just with the usual airport-style security.  This was a Tuesday, mid-week day.

I went to the top floors (emphasizing media) and then did the three lower levels (doing history from 1400 to present day), before a lunch. which is one of the most expensive cafeterias around, Manhattan prices ($33 for a meal).   Crowds were moderate.  Maybe 2/3 was African-American, and the white people tended to be college age young adults (one I recognized).

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There was a mural with video clippings, called “Question Bridge: Black Men”. The men discussed why there is social pressure on young black men not to do well in school, and that being smart is “gay”. I think that’s a compliment.

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(Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 PM EST)

Outdoor view:

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looks like Spindletop, but this is near Tulsa OK, site of the 1921 riots

(Updated: 2017/2/9)

Cato free speech forum followup; “Putin-ville MD”

Here are some videos from a Cato Institute forum Feb. 3, “Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?”  There are more details on a legacy blog here.

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Here are some videos from Centreville MD, “Putin-ville” (maybe “Doodyville 1955”), where Obama kicked the Russians out after the election. A lot of homes in the area are for sale.  Did Russians own them?  Also, there is surveying activity in the area near the Bay.  I’m not sure if the government is going to take over the estate by eminent domain and sell it to private developers. Trump-style (even though Trump has cozied up to Vladimir Putin).

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(Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:15 PM EST)

Small transformer fire near local businesses in northern VA might highlight power grid vulnerabilities

When I tried to go to dinner at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City in Arlington VA early this evening, I found a power outage and fire trucks on Fern St and in the alley behind the businesses.

I was told there had been a small transformer fire.

It is conceivable that these can be caused by hackers, according to Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out”.

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(Posted: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 10 PM EST)

Cato forum today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”

The Cato Institute held a two-part panel today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”, link here gives the names of the speakers.

There was a presentation of a report “Stranger in my own Country: Populism and Nativism in America”.  The report had surveyed people near Pittsburgh and in Wilmington NC.  There is a general impression that Trump voters did feel left out in today’s world, and were inhibited from speaking their minds about old-fashioned values, which they see as local and related to faith and not as intrinsically hateful or discriminatory.  The subject of political correctness, identity politics, and campus speech codes came up. 

There was criticism of the extreme vetting and immigration suspensions being discussed now, as not likely to improve real security. 

Some survey respondents felt that Muslim immigrants did work hard but did not seem as interested in assimilating culturally as maybe was the case the past.

There was also mention of the danger of neglecting any working population too long;  history has shown that this can invite fascism and dictatorship.

In the reception afterward, I heard an account that refugee assimilation in Germany had generally gone well with few problems for hosts or volunteers, which contradicts other reports I had heard in September.

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(Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST)

Video of Women’s March on Ballston, Arlington VA

You cannot get to the Women’s March on Washington right now as of 10 AM Saturday AM.

I like that first sign. “O, Go way Butterfly!” (like at Fort Eustis in the Army).  Bring on Tiny Tim.  Tiptoe through the tulips with me.

Ballston Common Metro – can’t get past first escalator.  But the mood is certainly festive!

Route 38 Bus line

(Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM EST)

Refugee Ball in Washington DC

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, I attended the Refugee Ball, or “An Alternative Inaugural Ball”, between 5 PM and 9 PM.  I arrived around 6. The event was held at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in downtown Washington DC near the Verizon Center and near Calvary Baptist Church.  There was a process of going through security, which was to be expected.

I have twelve clips:

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I heard musical performances by Karna Gyaltsen (Tibet) and Amal Nourelhuda (Sudan)

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Then Jason Dzubow and Sameen Ahmadnia spoke, looking back to the days of the Soviet Union.

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Loide Jorge led a singing of “We Shall Overcome”.

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Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS  said that his group was open to refugees precisely because it was Jewish.

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Michael Namulan, who arrived from Azerbaijan and successfully received asylum in June 2015, abut the time of Obergefell, spoke of torture of gay men in Muslim countries. (This country is Shiite, like iran.)

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Next there was a musical performance by Kinobe, emphasizing music of the Congo.

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Law professor and immigration judge The Honorable Paul W. Schmidt spoke about the need for due process of law.

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Next there was a musical and dance performance (the “ball”) by Maritu Legesse and Teddy Jijo.

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Finally, there was a brief speech by Dr. Kate Sugarman, and a longer one by Lindsey Wilkes, which mentioned DC Center Global and the need for housing assistance.

(Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 10 AM EST)

Bull Run Mountains, VA (Piedmont)

 

I did a little field trip today to the Bull Run Mountains behind Haymarket, VA, just north of Va-55 and I-66.  There is a road, Antioch, which connects to Hopewell Road and goes through the mountain pass (at about 1000 feet) and goes down to The Plains, VA.

I think I was here in the fall of 1962 (while a patient with NIH) with high school (Science Honor Society) old friends.

I found a horse attraction, then a county park with a lake, and then went up the mountain.

Three videos follow.  I talk a little about the last story in my DADT-III book, “The Ocelot the Way He Is”, as this is the area that “Bill” drives through to meet “Nolan” and then go to the fictitious ashram or intentional community, after which stuff happens.  (See June 25, 2014 for treatment of “Two Road Trips”.)  I also talk about some legal issues that could potentially occur with hosting asylum seekers.

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(Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM EST)