March for Science in Washington D.C.

I attended the March for Science in Washington DC today, and did the March down Constitution Ave as far as 10th Street.  Note even the first picture above, “Truth” is part of the “eternal feminine” in the Paul Rosenfels polarity system for personal psychological growth.  But this today is about policy.

When I arrived, I found a line, which I had thought was for the March itself.  I hiked around some fences and paths to get to 17th St, on the Monument grounds, and found that the line was really set up to enter the grounds.  There were only two checkpoints, and the line did get moving.  At first I wondered if the low number of checkpoints was a way to keep the size down and reduce the political visibility of the march.

But after about an hour I finally made it to the entry point, and found they were only checking backpacks.  The crowd was huge.

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3  — the speaker says, get over aversion to politics and asking for money

4    Rejection of the idea of alternative facts, and that policy must always be based on real facts; this does not trample on the personal experience of religion.

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I found later that someone made a sign of Jack Andraka’s book (“Breakthough“) quote Science shouldn’t be a luxury, knowledge shouldn’t be a commodty“.

(Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM EDT)

Easter Sunday service at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

For the first time ever, I attended the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service sponsored by Capital Church in McLean VA today at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  In 2014, I had attended a service at Arlington Cemetery and filmed it.  But this service lasting about 70 minutes, was “contemporary” in style.

Here is a list of clips.

1  (birds, while waiting for Uber, which did come right away;  Metro wasn’t open yet)

2  The hymn “He’s Alive” reminded me of a Sunday night service in August 1979 at the old MCC Dallas (long before the Cathedral of Hope got built in Dallas) where a young man sung this with his guitar and a woman, paralyzed, got up and walked.  I actually saw this.

3  “Praise the Lord”

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At the end, there was an evangelical appeal to people to raise their hands as a sign of personal commitment to Christ, in public.  This is more common at evangelical services.

(Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2 PM EDT)

A visit to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

On “Palm Monday” I visited the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on the Maryland Eastern Shore (south of Cambridge), which is also a national monument run by the National Park Service.

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland on 1822. She was injured in a shop when struck by an object thrown by an angry slaveowner weighing goods, aimed at someone else. She managed to escape, and eventually settled in Auburn, NY (near Syracuse), but made return missions and helped rescue over 70 families along an “Underground Railroad” which the motorist today can drive up Md 16 toward Denton on 404 (Reboboth Highway).

The exhibits diagram how slavery worked in southern Maryland. Farms were smaller than in the deeper south, and slaves were traded more often. Undercover “informants” would pretend to help slaves and then turn them in for bounties. Escaping slaves were often kidnapped, and sometimes free men were taken my mistaken identity and returned to slavery (as with the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave” by Steve McQueen. Slaves had a sense of very low station in life. The over all impression left by the museum is one of overwhelming racial bigotry.

The exhibit also raises the question of “resistance” (a term we hear today) in a moral context.  When is it right to disobey existing law?  How do we deal with this in the Bible (like here in Ephesians)?  We see this problem in other contexts, like African American soldiers serving in segregated units through World War II (remember the HBO film “Truman“).

The museum offered a 2 hour presentation of the opening ceremony by video, with Maryland governor Larry Hogan (Republican) speaking.  Later a biographical film will be offered.

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(Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:45 AM EDT)

Palm Sunday in the DC 17h Street corridor

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC had a congregational “Adventuring hike” today after the Palm Sunday service, up 16th St and down 17th Century above Annie’s, below Cobalt.

“The band played on”, providing folksy music.  The march lasted about 20 minutes.

It ended up near the Embassy of Australia.

I did hear from one person that people have recovered relatively well from the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew last October (when only a Category 1) in eastern North Carolina, especially along the Tar and Nuese rivers.  I do want to get down there soon (no later than early May) to see it.  Resilience is a big issue for me to film and report on.  In West Virginia last summer, people were much more handyman-self-sufficient than the outside world thought after the valley floods in late June.  I did visit Lumberton (where, according to David Lynch in “Blue Velvet”, “woodchucks chuck”) in Sept. 2015.

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(Posted: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 9 PM EDT)

Cherry Blossom Parade, Wahington DC, 2017

Here is some footage from the Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Ave in Washington DC, Saturday, April 8, 2017.

The marching bands remind me of the “innocence” of high school.

The Cherry Blossom Queen looked like a monument to the conventions of the heterosexual world.

The Washington Nationals appeared with their bobblehead.

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(Posted: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 4 PM EDT)