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Retired police sergeant on school shootings, NRA, police body cams and unclaimed property


This week Beyond 90 Seconds interviewed retried Albuquerque police sergeant Dan Klein. 

These days, Klein writes opinion pieces for a New Mexico news blog.

Klein has been interviewed by Rolling Stone for a story about police body cameras.

He is also an expert concerning unclaimed property, and owns a business that specializes in putting unclaimed property back in the hands of its rightful owners.

Host Mark Horner has known Klein for about 20 years. They first met when Horner worked as television journalist in Albuquerque in the 1990’s.

This interview was streamed live on YouTube on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

 

NOTE: Interview begins at 5:13

Related links:

ABQreport

USA Locators LLC

 

Time Codes for topics in interview:

5:13  Introductory remarks

7:36   Klein talks about writing for Albuquerque Free Press and Albuquerque Reports

8:39   Klein talks about his latest column about gun violence & fear

9:14   Parkland, Florida shooting

10:23 Klein:  “fear response” and “overreaction”

10:55 Virginia Tech

12:42 International terrorism

13:32 Klein on TSA & Homeland Security “overreaction”

14:12 Michigan policeman & wife shot by son

14:40 Klein on MSM analysts who speculate

15:42 Horner uses University of Arizona’s Sean Miller as example

16:22 Klein on media & politician mentions of mental illness in shootings

19:33 Klein on the NRA & gun laws

20:53 Klein on school shootings

22:32 Police body cameras

23:29  Klein on ACLU

23:55 Can you ask police to turn off body cam in your home?

24:38 Body cam video is a public record & anyone can request it

25:03 Klein: But Feds won’t wear body cameras

25:59 James Boyd shooting caught on body cam

26:24 Klein on his interview with Rolling Stone re Boyd shooting

29:40 When the public attempts to video police

32:07 Horner on the vulnerable & wrongly accused

 33:29  Klein: Prosecutors focused on “wins & losses,” not justice

36:21 Klein: Rarely hear DA say, “That was a bad arrest…”

36:59 Klein: “Places like Ferguson, Missouri” where PD budget is funded by fines

38:57 Illegal to film farms?

40:03 Unclaimed property segment begins

41:53 Klein explains unclaimed property & his connection to it

43:10 Klein: NY, TX and CA each sits on $10 billion in unclaimed property

44:24 CA changed law to “drill out” safe deposit boxes earlier

45:37 Klein on insurance companies & unclaimed property

46:25 Klein says Colorado is “ignoring its own statute” re unclaimed property

47:18 Horner “paints a picture” of Klein’s job re unclaimed property

48:25 Klein explains extent of work done by his company, USA Locators LLC

49:53 Klein on finding about large sum that belonged to homeless man

50:28 Klein on difference between probate law in New York & New Mexico

52:53 Klein on connecting Gerber life insurance policy with man whose wife & daughter were killed

56:31 The “Andy Griffith” unclaimed property case

58:26 Klein says he’s a different person now than when a police sergeant

58:45 Klein on what it was like working for police union after retiring

59:58 Klein on if you get a letter from USA Locators LLC or USA Finders Services LLC

1:02:59 Klein on how much due diligence he feels states apply to finding owners of unclaimed property

1:04:15 Klein on the need for “baby steps” with gun legislation

1:05:18 Klein on Florida legislature & Parkland students

1:06:30 Klein quotes Winston Churchill re Americans

1:08:24 Klein says he’s not disparaging the Parkland students

1:10:32 Klein on Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary shooting

1:13:09 Klein on why Parkland remains on the “front burner” in news coverage

1:14:18 Klein on President Trump and NRA

1:15:38 Klein:  “Why aren’t we talking about Michigan?”

1:15:58 Klein cites numbers re violent deaths and suicides by guns

1:17:07 Horner on context, mentions Kent State shooting

1:18:00 Klein quizzes Horner, asking, How many school shootings have occurred this year?

1:18:39 Klein cites Everytown for Gun Safety’s definition of school shooting

1:20:18 Klein asks, What makes school shootings more important than thousands of other gun deaths?

1:20:47 Klein brings up Western Europe’s low homicide rate

1:22:14 Klein shares what he feels the first “baby step” should be re gun legislation

1:24:15 Klein on why the DUI / DWI issue will “solve itself”

1:24:58 Horner wonders where states will draw funding when there’s no longer much fuel tax revenue

1:26:09 Conversation now on technology & alternative transportation such as ride share, Uber

1:27:45 Horner recommends the book, The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

1:28:10 Klein on number 1 reason APD officers are disciplined (says it concerns body cameras)

1:29:20 Klein on “the problem with Taser” (now Axon)

1:32:23 Klein on the “big money” with body cameras: cloud storage

1:32:43 Klein expresses concerns about evidence being stored on cloud via third party companies such as evidence.com (Klein says it’s owned by Taser)

1:37:20 Amazon Web Services cloud storage

1:38:16 Microsoft or Google in fight with federal government re servers in Ireland

1:38:50 On third party cloud, is there a chain of custody issue challenge?

1:41:11 Parting thoughts

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Dutch Harbor travel makes for wondrous bald eagle photography adventure

Photographer Jack Molan, aka “Captain Jack,” moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Moments after arriving in Dutch Harbor, photographer Christian Sasse captured this dramatic moment featuring two bald eagles beneath the moon and a mostly blue sky. (still frame taken from video)
Photographer Christian Sasse speaking live to Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube.

 

Armed with several cameras, lenses and a myriad of other accessories, photographers Christian Sasse and Jack Molan arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Saturday to embark on a unique bald eagle photography adventure.

Sasse’s pack includes a camera that shoots a thousand frames per second, allowing for a super slow-motion look at bald eagles, including the intricate  movements of feathers during takeoffs and landings.

Molan, a longtime fishing boat captain who’s spent three decades fishing out of “Dutch,” developed his passion for bald eagle photography while out at sea. The raptors would gather on his ship’s railings as the catch was collected, making for a unique outdoor photography studio floating upon the open ocean.

On Sunday, Sasse and Molan were interviewed live by Beyond 90 Seconds on YouTube

Speaking from Dutch Harbor, the men shared their excitement about their trip, as well as specific details about Dutch Harbor travel, photography, and exactly what makes Dutch Harbor a unique and challenging destination for bald eagle photography.

 

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Christian Sasse is also physicist with a PhD in optics. This is why this dynamic duo is sometimes referred to as, “The Fisherman & the Physicist.”

This trip to “Dutch” is a follow-up adventure to the duo’s first joint-photo trip to the same location in March 2014.

Listen to a fantastic interview featuring guest Jack Molan on the Galley Stories podcast, hosted by Mark Caylor.  I learned a lot from this interview, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Christian Sasse photography: https://goo.gl/BzEzmL
Christian Sasse YouTube: https://goo.gl/QjRMJg
Christian Sasse Facebook: https://goo.gl/Gtyscu
Jack Molan book: https://goo.gl/RuuVEs
Jack Molan YouTube: https://goo.gl/AXGMiW
Jack Molan Facebook: https://goo.gl/uUXS1g

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Podcast: Photographer Christian Sasse discusses hawk chick raised by bald eagles

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An adult bald eagle with eaglet and hawklet in a nest located on Vancouver Island, Canada.

[box]NOTE: Photographer Christian Sasse hopes to broadcast live from the nest location on Vancouver Island today. His live streams are on YouTube and Periscope (links at the end of this post). [/box]

On Vancouver Island, a familiar bald eagle nest is suddenly home to a most unfamiliar scene.  

The eagle parents are not only busy feeding three eaglets in that nest.  They’re also feeding a baby red tailed hawk!

How it all came to be remains a mystery.

But there’s no doubt about who’s been capturing some spectacular, intimate moments on video.

In today’s podcast, Photographer Christian Sasse of Surrey, British Columbia shares some insights into this compelling story.

He shoots with an 800mm lens, allowing him to get extreme close-ups of the nest, while standing a great distance away.

The interview featured in today’s podcast took place the night before another ferry ride to Vancouver Island, where Sasse will return to the nest location with longtime bald eagle researcher David Hancock at his side.

VIDEO PLAYLIST: Christian Sasse videos featuring hawk chick being raised by bald eagles

 

RELATED LINKS:

Christian Sasse on YouTube

Christian Sasse on Periscope

Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Professor David Bird

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Photos: Rural sunset

(Snohomish, WA)  Simple settings can make for some wonderful sunsets.

A single tree. 

Freshly turned earth.

Recently planted corn.

That’s all I need when photographing within the tranquility along Springhetti Road.

Tuesday evening’s sunset did not disappoint.  

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Photos: Memorial Day 2017

Photos of Memorial Day 2017 taken at the General Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery in Snohomish, Washington. 

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Northern Lights dazzle in Snohomish, Washington

(Snohomish, WA) We’re fortunate to view of lot of nature’s wonder in the Pacific Northwest.

But two prized moments have long eluded me in my 53 years: the site of orcas in Puget Sound, and witnessing the Northern Lights. 

Well, I can finally cross one of those long-held dreams off the ol’ bucket list. 

And it almost didn’t happen.

Sure, I’d read the news reports on Saturday, stating that the Northern Lights might be visible during the approaching night. 

But over the years, I’d chased the Northern Lights on several occasions…without success.

So, around the time Saturday was surrendering to Sunday, I was feeling the pull of my couch a tad more than the tug of my camera. 

But that’s when Andrew Kim set my night on fire with the following tweet: 

Surely, my eyes were wide open now. 

A few minutes later, and I was out the door.

Upon arriving at Glacier Peak High School, it was not obvious to me that the Northern Lights were in plain view. 

But as I walked up to the area that overlooks the football field and the distant valley below, the lone interruption in a starlit sky appeared as a very long, arc-shaped cloud.

Are those the Northern Lights?, I thought.

As I turned on my camera and adjusted its manual settings, my adrenaline intensified.

I opted for a 20 second shutter speed, knowing I’d likely get small star trails with the 28-135mm lens affixed to my Canon 7D.

My mind quickly raced through my immediate to-do list. 

Quick, set up the tripod.

2-second delayed shutter release.

In a moment, I’d have an image, press the playback button, and see the result on the camera’s LCD screen.

Would the Northern Lights be revealed to me in all their glory?

Or would it be a simple—albeit, tremendously large and somewhat rainbow shaped—cloud?

BAM!

The site of so much green in the long exposure image now on the LCD screen left no doubt. 

The Aurora Borealis dominated the night sky before me, and appeared to stretch from the west to the northeast.

I considered that its green hue was largely obscured from the naked eye due to the area’s light pollution.

Over the next half hour or so, the Northern Lights seemed to bend, zig, zag, and intensify. 

It wasn’t long before a friendly young man and woman approached this same patch of ground above the football field. 

They explained that they’d been out on the town just prior to visiting the school.

“You know, ‘Hey, let’s go visit my old high school and see the changes,'” Victor Gaspar explained. 

Gaspar, 23, shared that he’d graduated from Glacier Peak High School in 2012.

“Yeah, we’re spur-of-the-moment people,” Gaspar’s fiancé, Noelle Fernandez, quickly added. 

And they had no idea that this moment would have them witnessing something neither had ever seen.

Given this set of circumstances, I couldn’t help wondering, What did they think when they saw this dude with a camera alone in the night?

So, I asked that question.

Fernandez immediately let out a laugh, as if to say, You don’t want to know!

I politely prodded her to let me in on that first impression.

Fernandez obliged.

“Okay, so when we first walked up,” she began, “and he (Victor) pointed at someone (me)…I was like, ‘What if he’s a murderer?”

“That’s fair enough,” I replied with a chuckle.

Next, Gaspar offered his first impression.

“I thought the school probably hired someone to take pictures of the night and all that’s here,” he said.

With the ice now broken, I explained that the Northern Lights were right in front of us. 

Gaspar would later reveal his first thought in response to my claim.

Those can’t be the Northern Lights, can they?

I asked the couple if they’d like to see some of the photos I’d just taken.

They said they would, so I directed their attention to the images displayed on the back of my camera.

“And sure enough, they were (the Northern Lights)!” Gaspar said. 

“It’s so pretty,” Fernandez offered.

“Super cool,” Gaspar added.

The light show persisted.  And I soon returned to taking pictures.

It wasn’t long before Gaspar asked if I’d take a picture of him with his bride-to-be…framed beneath the Northern Lights.

I was happy to do so.

A moment later, I asked Gaspar and Fernandez if I could take more than one photo of them.

They obliged.

Gaspar later explained that he thought it would be cool to have such a photo to add to a “small video” that would be played “for the wedding, to show-off to everybody all of the times we’ve gone out on adventures.”

Before parting ways with the young Everett couple, I showed them all 24 images I’d taken on this very early Sunday morning. 

One image puzzled me; one I was likely to quickly conclude suffered from “operator error” and dismiss.

It’s an image I’d normally never consider sharing.

The photo includes a transparent pattern resembling a human hand in the night sky.

I don’t recall placing my hand in front of the camera. Not something I’d normally do, but it certainly appears I did so here.

You might also see something that appears to resemble a smudge.

But it’s this same image that seemed to immediately resonate with Fernandez.  

In a near whisper, she said something that included the word, “mom.”

She politely asked if she could have this photo, too. 

“Has your mom passed,” I asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

“I’m sorry.”

While that hand-like pattern is almost certainly the result of this photographer’s inefficiency, I don’t think it matters to the young woman who stood beneath the stars on this early Sunday morning. 

My encounter with Fernandez and Gaspar concluded with the friendly exchange of contact information and mutual gratitude.

It was a night to remember.