From National Geographic: Witnessing the Capitol Attack


Thursday, January 6, 2022A Nat Geo photojournalist re-lives his frightening hours last Jan. 6 at the Capitol with the mob that injured police to try to stop America’s peaceful transfer of power.


By Whitney Johnson, Director of Visual and Immersive Experiences

National Geographic photographer Louie Palu was in the Capitol a year ago today when a mob supporting President Donald Trump turned violent, storming the building, overwhelming police, and breaking into offices and the Senate chambers. 

“I felt like it was such an important moment, to make sure there was a record of this,” Louie told Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg at the time. 

Caught in the middle of the crowd and chaos, putting aside his personal safety, he turned on his GoPro video camera to record the clashes with police and the protesters, many armed, who Louie said “were like shock troops” (pictured above). The resulting video thrusts you into a scene that some Americans thought would never—and could never—happen in the country.

A longtime veteran of covering conflict, Louie, a Nat Geo Explorer, thought he was getting out of that line of work. But fascinated by Trump’s impeachment and trial, he took on a two-year project, turning his eye on Washington. “It was an extraordinary, historic moment, only the third impeachment in U.S. history, and I wanted to witness it,” he recalls. (Below, a Capitol aide adjusts U.S. flags after the December 2019 impeachment vote.)

Over the next two years, Louie photographed two impeachments, a pandemic, civil unrest, lockdowns, and an attack on democracy. The result is an extraordinary project that documents Trump’s presidency and its aftermath—and provides critical, unparalleled context. 

Louie’s decision to use black-and-white film is indicative of his approach: careful, thoughtful, slow journalism. This choice, together with his use of flash, gives the pictures a feeling of courtroom evidence. He makes surprising compositions of key players and events, capturing many important figures, on both sides of the aisle, in between the “podium moments.” 

A series of video clips puts viewers on the ground, as Louie weaves through the barricaded, ghost-like streets of Washington, or in the moment—at times quite heated moments. But it is the GoPro footage from the insurrection that captures this raw reality best. 

Louie’s extraordinary project captures the strains on the American political system that threaten the country’s cohesion and its democracy—and will reverberate for years to come. Here are several images below from Louie’s project on the road to violence:

Around the podium: After the 2019 vote to impeach Trump, Ashley Etienne, then communications director for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, consults with her at a news conference. Among those who spoke were Representatives Adam Schiff, chairman of the Judiciary Committee (center), and Carolyn B. Maloney, chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee (at right).

The pressure of COVID-19: In September 2020, a security detail escorts Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (carrying a cell phone and folder) through the Capitol after he met Pelosi to negotiate a plan to boost the coronavirus-hobbled economy.

Early trouble: Members of the far-right, neo-fascist Proud Boys parade on November 14 during the “Million MAGA March,” challenging Biden’s victory in the election. The president had notably raised the fringe group’s profile when he declined to condemn its actions in a presidential debate. Instead, he said, “Stand back and stand by.” The group embraced his words as a slogan.

Building misinformation: A little more than two weeks after Trump lost the election, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, leaves the Republican National Committee. With no evidence, the former New York mayor accused Democrats of “a massive attack on the integrity of the voting system.” Despite bipartisan affirmation of the elections, some Americans believed the misinformation spread by Giuliani and others.

Crime and punishment: Ejected from the Capitol on Jan. 6, an elated Trump supporter pumps his first. At an earlier rally on the Ellipse, Trump told the crowd that he’d won the election by a landslide and encouraged his supporters to take bold action. “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” he said. “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.” More than 725 people have been arrested in the attack, 75 of them charged with using dangerous weapons or causing serious bodily harm to police officers. At least 140 police officers were injured. (Below, a National Guard officer stands guard behind a fence that had been erected around the Capitol after the attack.)

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Have compassion for those who are not so fortunate, feel them. Pray.

A violinist boy with tears

The image of the child musician crying was classified as one of the most emotional photographs of modern history.

This photo was taken of a 12-year-old Brazilian boy (Diego Frazzo Turkato), playing the violin at the funeral of his teacher who rescued him from the environment of poverty and crime in which he lived.

In this image, humanity speaks with the strongest voice in the world:
“Cultivate love and kindness in a child to sow the seeds of compassion. And only then you will build a great civilization, a great nation “…
📷 Marcos Tristao

The giant statue UN put up in NYC

The following is from @CBN News

The United Nations has placed a giant statue in New York that resembles an end-times “beast” from the New Testament’s book of Revelation.

The U.N. recently tweeted a photo of the statue.

“A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitor’s Plaza outside #UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico.”

Countless critics on social media are saying the statue appears to be the likeness of the “beast” the Prophet Daniel wrote about in the Old Testament and the Apostle John wrote about in the Book of Revelation.

Daniel chapter 7:2-4 describes the beast with the body of a lion and wings of an eagle:

Daniel spake and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings.”

The Apostle John described a beast with similar features in the New Testament passage in Revelation 13:2.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Another Bible verse that’s evoked by this U.N. statue to “peace and security” comes straight out of an End Times warning from 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3:

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”

“Did they really think that they could put this up without anyone noticing?” Snyder asked. “And just by coincidence, it has been painted in LGBT colors.”

Caudill also mentioned the verses above and included this warning to her followers.

“Was this the beast John saw in Revelation in his vision of the end times…given power by the dragon (serpent/satan) over all peoples, languages, & nations…the U.N.)?!!”

“The absolute most important thing in your life is to know the Lord Jesus! not know of Him but know him!” she concluded.

A sculpture to honor the American Choctaw Indian tribe in Ireland

This beautiful sculpture was built by the Irish people in their own country to honor the American Choctaw Indian tribe. They were grateful because in 1847 the Choctaw people sent money to Ireland when they learned that Irish people were starving due to the potato famine. The Choctaw themselves were living in hardship and poverty, having recently endured the Trail of Tears.
And that is a lesson in how to be a person in this world.

Kindred Spirits is a large stainless steel outdoor sculpture in Bailick Park in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. The shape of the feathers is intended to represent a bowl of food. 💚

Praying together with Joni Eareckson Tada

This morning when I checked the news, I was stunned to read about the horrific devastation caused by tornadoes in Kentucky and other parts of the South and Midwest… it’s estimated that more than 100 people lost their lives. In one county in western Kentucky, an entire candle factory collapsed in on about 110 people. The governor of Kentucky said this is the worst tornado-related destruction to ever hit their state. Immediately, my friend and I stopped to pray for the families who are being impacted – especially those awaiting news of their loved ones trapped inside buildings. And I ask you to join me even now in praying the following…

“Oh, Lord, you are exalted over all the earth and you are supreme and preeminent over every weather system on the planet. You tell us in Isaiah 45, ‘I am the Lord and there is no other… I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do these things.’ Although we cannot fully understand your ways, we know that when there are disasters you release reservoirs of compassion and mercy. And so, pour out your consolation, healing, help, and hope to the injured and those who have lost loved ones, and protect first responders and emergency workers. Most of all, draw people to your side – may they turn to you, seek your face, and find you to be their greatest source of comfort and hope. Show yourself to be Savior and Deliver, and ‘a very present help in this trouble!’ We ask in Jesus’s name, Amen!” @Joni Eareckson Tada