City Desk

Hey, Congress: Get Over the Million Man March and Let the Park Service Start Estimating Again!

For City Paper's current issue I wrote about Butch Street, the National Park Service analyst who used to provide the media with an official crowd estimate at inaugurations and other large events on the Mall.

Congress kicked Street and his agency out of the estimating business for DC events after the controversy over the size of the Million Man March in 1995. Street said 400,000 showed up; organizer Louis Farrakhan wanted the government to declare a crowd in the seven-figures, to match the title of his gathering.

So, there's no official arbiter anymore.

And news accounts of yesterday's concert on the mall show how mussed up historical records will be until the Park Service gets back at it.

CBS says "a crowd of tens of thousands" showed up to see Springsteen.

Radio Free Europe told its audience "some 75,000" were there for Aretha Franklin.

The Irish Times wrote that "a crowd of hundreds of thousands" showed up to see Bono.

Richard Nixon's hometown paper, the Whitter Daily News went with "more than 300,000."

The Sudbury Star of Canada divulged that the president-elect "enthralled a crowd of 500,000."

Britain's Daily Mail was less conservative, reporting that when Obama spoke at the concert, he was "facing more than half a million people."

Far as I can tell, as diverse as these numbers are, nobody guesstimated that a million folks showed up.

Farrakhan must be pleased.

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  • Jack Carter

    The hypocrisy of the media in reporting about large
    gatherings on the Mall like the Million Man March, various concerts and the recent Obama Nation inaugural
    event knows no limits. In all of the reporting I heard about Obama's inaugural, various comparisons between the crowds for it and the turnouts for the Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" speech (1963), the American Bicentennial Celebration (1976), the Million Man March (1995) and even LBJ's inauguration were made, but I never heard a single reference to the PromiseKeepers Stand in the Gap Solemn Assembly of Men of October 4, 1997 when the Mall was absolutely jammed with 2,000,000+ Christian men between Independence and Constitution Avenues on the north and south all the way from the Capitol reflecting pool in the east to well beyond the Washington Monument in the west. I'm no crowd size expert by any means, but an aerial photograph of the Obama inauguration I have in my possession shows crowds that don't come anywhere near to filling the Mall like the PK event that I attended. And your article above is correct, the Park Service was so hung up about being sued by Farrakhan when its estimate of the crowd size for the Million Man March came in at only 485,000 in 1995 that it refused to issue an official estimate of the crowd size for the PK event in 1997. And then more recently, in typical God-hating, anti-Christian fashion, the media consistently refused to give the PK event any credit for its record turnout or to make any comparison between it and the more ethnically and politically correct Million Man, King speech and Obama inauguration events. I don't think the media can even be trusted any longer to tell us the plain truth about anything, their reporting is so brazenly agenda-driven. The media only report favorably about the personalities, causes and events they agree with and then shamelessly support them while slamming or ignoring the personalities, causes and events they disagree with. Most contemporary media reporting is a crock of warmed-over dog crap as far as I can see (or smell), and the bulk of the mainstream media no longer have any journalistic integrity at all. None.

  • Dave

    I went to a quiz night at a local bar once, and one of the team names was "I Lost My Promise Ring In Your Ass."

  • http://betrayalofscience jw

    looked at your artical about so and so it reminded me shes a victim of this and knows it. Shame what she do hard working wealth nice lady their motive perhaps jealousy thats all it takes in that town their sick with this go there on vacation leave hearing voices. Been exposed to this and more for over the past 20 years been around the block never have I been any wear that comes close to the abuce on people (this is america usa its in your towns and citys) with this technology its like a hot bed. So and so for example can't even run her own busness they needed me I needed them called me a fish master (I'm not all that. they jobs didn't matter) it made me so sick couldent work. You mite think your safe it can get peole directly as well as indirectly.. He's one of the many victims writes books author james roderick one the best at exposing this resided in that town he dident write about this for sh_ts and giggles he was trying to save his life and yours he was a Good man.. So and so gave me his phone number to talk to him. Theirs simple just no future in this technology for anyone..

    Why no one can do that its easy or we got some meds for him. Don't even go there with us.
    These so called voices and more people are suffering from to day (the gigs so up with me) they talk telepathically or what ever you call it their not really suppose to form sentences just babble crap drive people crazy but they do with me. Call me old fashion I hate it. Told me where the beam on me at the time was comeing from. Some of them like me/us didn't like doing this and would open (they just don't do that told me their getting played to some buddys punk or bitch) up. I know what its like to be driven to drink before they put this on me years with out a drop never really broke a law in my life. I read alot what peole write or liston to victimsn no one really knows the things they went way out of their way to show me front row seat with a backstage pass.......... I see their strategys its ok easy to figure out and you better fight. nuf this is not about me.

    Please don't get me wrong theirs good people in govenment.

    Congress (they made their bed now they have to lie in it) allow military in this country to experiment (people take that word experiment to lightly) on men,women and children using (it's used for evil if stopped crime/violence would drop dramatically) electromagnetics/microwaves. They try to hide the fact however you can find on internet or I was told hiden in librarys. I recognized,spoke and listen to various people unarmed civilians being targeted its not the criminal minded like you mite think its good people. I wrote to the best author on this subject and more Nick Begich from alaska (Modern day freedom fighter the best) tells me the most reports of this abuse united states,Canada and Uk freer counties seems? Simple Calling their victims crazy not the ansure crazy is to cover this up or the ones using it on us. Give us all this education then expected see no evil speak no evil hear no evil.

    Think about serinder of firearms be very carefully connect the dots. Its a know fact armed civilians are one of the best defence against foreign invasion. Don't you think every thing is all roses and are government has are back they can get played just like you. I would like to get rid of some kinds of guns but now is not the time you know as well as I do things are heating up. I would be more willing to arm your selfs at this stage of the game. Your reasonable people I'm just telling you the facts you tell me yours...

    Hear Voices Inside Your Head?

    The U.S. military has been funding the deployment of a non-lethal (non-lethal oh really) microwave weapon (they use this for alot of evil turn it off people crimes and violence would drop dramaticly ) that creates sound inside your head. The project, known as MEDUSA (Mod Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) creates “microwave auditory effects” which works by a beam of microwaves that are turned into sound by the interaction with it in your head. No one else can hear it unless they are of the beam as well...

    There are health risks stemming from the WEAPON, namely RADIOATION. Due to the high-intensity shockwaves created by the microwave pulse, there is BRAIN DAMAGE associated with the beams.
    So the next time you hear voices in your head, you might think twice if it’s a mental illness or a secret (unclassified expose) military weapon meant to CONTROL YOUR MIND…

    How can human “hear” (microwaves) voice with brain with out using ears? Besides being center of mental functions, the human brain is also a receiver for electrical impulse from rest of the human body.. The brain translates theses impulse into actual sound or sensations. For example, human ears collect sound waves and convert it into electrical impulses. Then, these electrical impulse are send to the brain and is translated by the brain into actual sound (that you “hear”). You can directly send these electrical signals (which represent sound) into the target’s brain, then the targeted person will “hear voices” without using his/her ears. The ears are completely bypassed in this “hearing process”.
    Sounds are input directly into the human mind via microwave. The sound comes from just behind the head. When people are illuminated with properly modulated low power microwaves the sensation is reported as ringing, buzzing, clicking, or hissing. This is not alwas the case.

    It is possible to create high fidelity speech in the human body, a very small temperature perturbation. This is associated with a sudden expansion of the slightly (deadly) heated tissue. Thus it is possible to “talk’ (like their standing right next to you) to selected adversaries in a fashion that would be most disturbing to them...”

    Biological effect with antipersonnel uses is ‘ MICROWAVE hearing ‘ they can cause disorientation and possibly heart attacks in human.

    Reported Symptoms. Just some of the symptoms...

    1) Microwave hearing.
    2) Transmission of specific
    commands into the subconscious.
    3) Visual disturbances, visual
    4) Inject words, numbers into brain
    via electromagnetic radiation
    5) Manipulation of emotions.
    6) Reading thoughts (its a 100% not 9.99.. just say a word ops there it is) remotely. (works both ways when this is exposed for what it really is their minds can be scanned find out who all they victimized. The good people will send them all to prison or (I hate to say this I think nobody has to die but) execute the ones that had little to much fun right on the (you'd be so disgusted) spot thats what you do to traders..
    7) Causing pain to any nerve of
    the body.

    8Seeing as in a camera, through
    your eyes, i.e to see what
    you see exactly. (its true and thay hate what they see)
    9) Control of sleep patterns wake in a
    paralyzed state can't open eyes or
    10) Complex control of the brain
    such as retrieving memories,
    implanting personalities.

    “Such a device has obvious application in covert operations designed to drive an unaware target crazy with ‘voices’ or deliver undetectable instructions to a programmed assassin.”

    According to the study Communist work in the area. (Its their baby) I spoke to a historian says communism looks good on paper never works.
    (they havent use this one in a while)
    Watch your selfs ARE! goverment mite mind contral you to go postal using elctromagnetics/microwave they refer it as "target with ‘voices’ or deliver undetectable instructions to a programmed (tweak turn to robot/puppet) assassin.” The saddest is they do this to get kids to go in schools massacre other kids with guns drawing alot of negative media attention its ARE! governments attempt to get middle class to surrender there gun's (by the way i don't own a gun just not in to it mite join NRA) on there own. Think never works couldent tell them that people just go out buy more guns from the effects. Theirs people in this country like that total disregard for human life man,women and children. To them there simply drafted or pawns in a game with very high stakes. Sad as it is but very ture. I've been exposed this and much more for over 20 years. No expert don't take one but like to see it stoped easy to prove toxicology-(EMF) Meter. Always wanted to tell you all about this felt bad the way postal workers were getting beat up with a bad rap. Your friend and confidant. Have fun peace out. (P.S if you do have kids you mite think about in role them in private schools if you'll notice they don't seem to do this to those kids only public schools. There so blaintant at times they pull this stunt when theirs a bill/law on gun control up or after people push for one.

    I know less is more but if you don't put these crazy scientists in check your kids kids will be mutants even theirs. You don't wan't us to really go their cryonetics using children you couldn't handle truth you'd brake down/cry. Theirs good scince to.

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