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Sunrise and moonset

Started walking early and got some pictures of sunrise and sort of a picture of moon set.




Posted by Midnightwalk | Sun Nov 1, 2020, 05:01 PM (3 replies)

Postal Love (picture heavy)

I was walking around yesterday and walked past a post office I hadn't seen before. The sidewalk in back was filled with various quotes written in chalk by different people. This was such a cool thing to find in an unexpected place in my opinion. I love walking around and coming across odd things like this.

I really like "This is my voice and I want you to hear it"

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[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZsP88][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZsP88]52F11F3D-8507-4191-9A1D-998ADCCDC779[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

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[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwyk7][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwyk7]398E9A2D-6C16-4E79-AC92-D4C61DE545B5[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

"It is the pasts Supreme italic makes the Present mean" Emily Dickinson

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwygV][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwygV]FD79D5C0-3CF8-4E39-938F-905C5B93087A[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZsP88][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZsP88]52F11F3D-8507-4191-9A1D-998ADCCDC779[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjZ3][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjZ3]F4ECC27F-A008-494B-A2D1-85EAEA50DE48[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwyaH][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwyaH]F1A6AAB7-06CB-419E-A7D0-D53A6557EF8F[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjSE][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjSE]C55CDE71-CA9C-490B-8DA0-EE8587CFAA8C[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwxZN][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZwxZN]363EC46C-ED29-4EFF-AB37-1E268C101AF1[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjGE][img][/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2jZxjGE]42D04CDC-C5A3-4803-AED9-700E77C440A7[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/190815354@N06/]Midnight Walk[/url], on Flickr

I wish I knew who to give credit to. I suspect it must have been a class project, but I'm just guessing.

Uploading + viewing pictures

I uploaded some pictures to flickr. I made them public and seem to be able to get to them while not logged in, but linking from DU doesn't work. They don't preview and clicking the linke gets a 404 error. Pasing the link into a new tab does work.


Any ideas? Thanks.

Moon and Mars


Did you see that? We walked around just stunned at the beauty.
Posted by Midnightwalk | Sat Oct 3, 2020, 10:18 AM (1 replies)

Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

‘Like an Experimental Concentration Camp’: Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

Multiple women came forward to tell Project South about what they perceived to be the inordinate rate at which women in ICDC were subjected to hysterectomies – a surgical operation in which all or part of the uterus is removed. Additionally, many of the immigrant women who underwent the procedure were reportedly “confused” when asked to explain why they had the surgery, with one detainee likening their treatment to prisoners in concentration camps.

“Recently, a detained immigrant told Project South that she talked to five different women detained at ICDC between October and December 2019 who had a hysterectomy done,” the complaint stated. “When she talked to them about the surgery, the women ‘reacted confused when explaining why they had one done.’ The woman told Project South that it was as though the women were ‘trying to tell themselves it’s going to be OK.’”

“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies,” the detainee said.

According to Wooten, ICDC consistently used a particular gynecologist – outside the facility – who almost always opted to remove all or part of the uterus of his female detainee patients.

“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” Wooten said, adding that, “everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.”


I was arrested, jailed and assaulted by a guard. My 'crime'? Being a journalist in Trump's America


Seattle’s protest in support of Black Lives Matter was established just days after the killing of George Floyd. To the participants and their supporters, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) was a living experiment in how a community might exist without police. To their detractors, most vocally Donald Trump, who denounced them as anarchists and terrorists, the protesters and the six city blocks they had been ceded were proof of liberals gone mad. It was quirky and it was controversial.

The author is a journalist who was arrested for being next to, not on the wrong side of a "Police line – Do not cross" line. He identified himself as a journalist and presented State Department credentials, but was arrested anyway.

The article describes how people are held and mistreated on misdemeanor charges in crowded, filthy conditions rather than being issued "desk appearance tickets" (not sure what they are called in Seattle). Covid-19 in communities has been linked to people being held in jail.

At the precinct, I again informed people I was a journalist, and asked to call my lawyer, my editor and the British embassy. I asked them to contact my local congresswoman. They took my photograph and told me I was being charged with “failure to disperse”, under a Washington state law that requires the accused to have been part of a group of four or more. I had been standing by myself. The maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000.

To be clear, this is standard practice. Over charge, delay the case, and then ultimately charges are often dropped. Being treated badly in over crowded cells during a pandemic and having to wait to hear what is happening to your case is the extra judicial punishment. The intent is not to prove you are guilty. It is to punish you for being at the protest.

The only option to wash my hands during the six or seven hours I spent in the jail was to use the drinking fountain, situated above the toilet, itself located behind a low brick wall that offered no privacy. The toilet was filthy, the room stank, one protester became ill and vomited in it. I requested some soap, and asked one of the officers what was the capacity for the cell.

I am also expecting a letter from the court, with a time and date to attend; while the mayor said last week she hoped prosecutors would drop the charges against the protesters, I have received no such message.

There is much more in the article and it is worth reading. I struggled to stay within the 4 paragraph limit.

Posted by Midnightwalk | Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:27 AM (1 replies)

Judge Branick writes letter to citizens explaining mask order


I recognized when I entered the mandatory mask order that there would be people who would not like it. What I didn’t expect was the level of pure hatred and profanity laden messages that would make a sailor blush. That’s okay, it comes with the territory. What has been most disappointing to me has been the level of insistence by many that my orders are a direct affront to their constitutional rights. The U.S. Supreme Court, since 1794, after the Whiskey Rebellion, and times since has repeatedly held that these types of orders are allowed in certain circumstances and are, in fact, constitutional. Those who say otherwise are misinformed or are depending on Natural law, not Constitutional law. I have not asked people to lay down their arms, surrender their right to free speech or to be subject to having soldiers quartered in their homes, I’ve asked them to suffer the inconvenience of placing a 4x6” piece of material over their mouth and nose when in a business to protect their friends and neighbors. Individuals who seem to have no problem with a restaurant requiring shoes and a shirt go ballistic over a business asking them to wear a mask.

Eighty years ago, the greatest generation planted victory gardens, collected tin, rubber and steel, had food ration books and endured black outs, all to support the war effort. Their sacrifices were significantly more weighty than the inconvenience the present order requires. I want to thank a fellow county judge for reminding me of this. Today, a small minority is screaming that this is some kind of communist plot to overthrow the nation. When did it happen that we all became so focused on our rights and not our obligations to our fellow man and woman? Jesus said “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”. I’m not directing anyone to lay down their life. Galatians 6:2 says “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ”. I love you, because that is what Christ teaches us to do.

I wear a mask not because I am afraid but because it is one way of showing that I care about my neighbors. There is a lot we don’t know about COVID-19 but all the evidence suggests that wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of the virus. If wearing a mask prevents one person from dying, then isn’t it worth the minor inconvenience? If wearing a mask helps us get our country and economy back to normal, then isn’t it our patriotic duty to do so?” I received this in an email from an Orange County resident. It is a note he keeps in his pocket which he gives to people who make snide remarks about his wearing a mask in stores.

Based on my conversations with numerous physicians, directives from the president of the Texas Medical Association, the thoughts of the head of the Department of state health services, and many others in the medical field, masks can prevent the spread of the virus. Might we find out next year after peer reviewed studies that such is not the case? Can I find a YouTube video from an OSHA inspector that supports the opposite view? Yes to both questions. But we are in the midst of the largest spread that we have seen thus far, and to prevent another shutdown of “nonessential” businesses and to keep our hospital system from becoming overwhelmed I am acting on the best available information. Those “nonessential” businesses have families to feed and mortgages to pay and I want them to be able to do that without having to worry if they are at some point going to have to depend on unemployment benefits, if they are even available to them. I will lift the order as soon as I possibly can, but in the meantime I pray for your cooperation.

Jeff Branick

County Judge

Jefferson County Courthouse

Great letter. Excellent points. I don't think it will reach the people attacking him and his order.

'State-sanctioned violence': US police fail to meet basic human rights standards

Article at:

Police in America’s biggest cities are failing to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing the use of lethal force, a new study from the University of Chicago has found.

Researchers in the university’s law school put the lethal use-of-force policies of police in the 20 largest US cities under the microscope. They found not a single police department was operating under guidelines that are compliant with the minimum standards laid out under international human rights laws.

Among the failings identified by the law scholars, some police forces violate the requirement that lethal force should only be wielded when facing an immediate threat and as a last resort. Some departments allow deadly responses in cases of “escaping suspects”, “fugitives”, or “prevention of crime” – all scenarios that would be deemed to fall well outside the boundaries set by international law.


Remarkably, the researchers from the law school’s international human rights clinic discovered that none of the 20 police departments were operating under state laws that were in accord with human rights standards.

There is a lot more detail in the study along with recommendations. I'll be reading it for a while longer, but wanted to share before I forget.


I'll paste the first four recommended legislative changes:

1. The federal government should ensure federal, state and local policing complies with international human rights standards and commitments of the United States. U.S. Congress should deploy its legislative and spending powers to ensure police use force in a human rights-compliant manner, including requiring that police use of force policies meet the standards of necessity, proportionality and accountability, and that law enforcement officers protect and enable individual human rights.

2. State legislatures should enact legal limits on police use of force that comply with international human rights and standards of necessity, proportionality and accountability and protect and enable individual human rights.

3. In light of extensive evidence of excessive use of force by federal, state and local law enforcement during lawful demonstrations, government at all levels should re-evaluate the presence of armed police during lawful public gatherings. Alternatives to law enforcement and unarmed and specialized community engagement police units have been shown to be more effective in providing assistance in organized events and public gatherings than armed units in other countries, as documented in Defending Dissent: Towards State Practices that Protect and Promote the Rights to Protest (IHRC/INCLO 2018).

4. U.S. Congress should revise the standard under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 permitting police officers to use force from a “reasonableness” standard to “only as a last resort and when absolutely necessary to prevent death or serious bodily harm.”

TGS Stringing our Community Together - Duo Chinoiserie (05/24/20)

The Guzheng is and incredible instrument. Jing Xia (Guzheng) and Bin Hu (Guitar).


What Happens When You Try to File a Complaint Against a Police Officer

It's a little old (2017?) but pertinent now. About halfway through it and it is infuriating.

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