Category Archives: my film clips

A Day without a Woman: Protest in Washington DC

When I got to the White House, the protest had moved to Freedom Plaza near the Department of Labor.

There was a lot said about federal building contractors working without benefits and at less than $15 an hour.

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5 talk of disability

6 talk of wearing long pants to hide disability in public; at as 73 year old man, I do that.

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(Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 8:30 PM EST)

 

Resuming my DADT video series: Take 1

I started out on my new pass on making videos explaining the point of my writings today.  There will be more to say about this later.

I want to note that the attitude expressed here can be “Milo-dangerous”.  It can be misused my authoritarian politicians, particularly with fascist outlooks.

Nevertheless, I can’t believe myself to believe that everything in political life is about pimping the victimization of people in marginalized groups.

This video was made at the end of the Washington and Old Dominion bike trail in Purcellville, VA, near the Blue Ridge and near route 7.

The still picture comes from the American Classic Bar and Grille off Route 7 near Winchester VA.  “Make America Great Again”?

(Posted: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM EST)

Gusty thunderstorms

Just to get some video work started (as a workup for some personal history videos to back up a movie proposal),  here are three videos, on a better camera (Nikon Coolpix) as a gusty thunderstorm moved through Arlington VA today.

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Also: Video of a shelf cloud in Laurel Mountains in Pennsylvania, Weather channel.

Midwest tornado outbreak February 28, 2017 in Missouri and Illinois;  Tornadic storms popped up out of nothing (Weather channel pictures).

(Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3 PM EST)

 

Arlington VA, where woodpeckers peck

Today, after service at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA, I stopped to take a recording of some bird sounds in the “mountain” of “Chapel Hill” behind the church, which protects the area from damage from the strongest winds in storms.

Say, “Arlington VA, where woodpeckers peck”, a rewrite of the narrative line “Lumberton NC, where woodpeckers peck” in David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece “Blue Velvet”.

Maybe this is like a nature sound in a Mahler symphony.

(Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:45 PM EST)

Cato holds forum on Trump’s energy policy

The Cato Institute held a forum today, “Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril“.

The panel comprised Peter Russo moderating, with Robert L. Bradley. CEO and founder, Institute for Energy Research; Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director at the Brookings Institute, and Catrina Rorke, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, R Street Institute.

1  The first two clips are in response to my question on proposals by Taylor Wilson and others to decentralize power grids to make them more secure from terror attacks and solar storms.  The market mechanisms provide little support for what some homeland security analysts view as necessary.  I did mention his idea for small underground fission reactors, but there was no reaction.

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(Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:15 PM EST)

 

 

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:

Another pic:

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)