Archive for March 2006
Discussion which includes a former professor of mine at Stony Brook University, Elizabeth C. Stone, Ph.D. With her guidance I had studied the “Middle East” “Levant” and “Southwest Asia” archaeology. One site in particular, Nuzi, excavated in Iraq by Starr of Harvard in the 1930’s was very interesting, near Kirkuk and Mosul, Iraq (in “Southwest Asia”) where it’s reported Catholic Christians have lived since about 300 CE (AD) (Britannica). There is a fragment of tablet that describes a wedding (failed?) between Egypt and Iraq allegedly found elsewhere, linking the kingdom of Mitanni with Egypt around 1300 BCE, its capital still yet to be found. Many tablets were found in Nuzi and were translated giving an insight into the ancient “fertile crescent” between the Tigris and the Euphrates said to be the origin of Western Civilization. The Nuzi city site was armed to the teeth when abandoned, projectile points (“arrowheads”) found in many of its rooms, perhaps over-run for being cosmopolitan, at a crossroads of Hittite, Hurrian, Mesopotamian, Indus and other peoples, I thought and wrote.
New C.S.S. Alabama Exhibit on the MUA:
“The online Museum of Underwater Archaeology is proud to announce the opening of our latest exhibit on the investigation of the CSS Alabama (http://www.uri.edu/mua). Based on the field work conducted from 2000 to 2002, it features three galleries covering the vessel’s historical background, the methodology employed in the field, and the team’s findings. In addition the exhibit hosts PDF copies of two reports, and an annotated bibliography.”
I worked in the West Point Foundry Cove in Cold Spring, NY with Gordon Watts who has been on and off of this project for a long time, back then he was working on his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and we did a number of remote-sensing tests and operations with Grossman & Associates, along with others from Texas A&M. The “C.S.S. Alabama” was sunk by a Parrott rifled cannon (patented) made in the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY on the “U.S.S. Kearsarge”. The EPA Region 2 archaeologist, John Vetter, was in the background, as we did the required archaeology for the then in design stages, National Priority Superfund Cleanup of the Marathon Battery Site, where batteries for NIKE missile defense rockets were made. It was a primarily cadmium and nickel contamination in the Foundry Cove, a part of Constitution Island which is on the east shore across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy, where one of the large iron chains were once stretched across the Hudson River, to stop a “divide and conquer” the British forces had planned for the Hudson River in the American Revolution.
The foundry came after, methinks, the fortifications designed during the Revolution by Bernard Romans a Dutch-American patriot on Constitution Island, currently held by the Academy. Michigan Technological University is starting its fifth field season in the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring (named by George Washington, two of the early foundations appear to be “Virginian” as seen in Henry Glassie’s work) of industrial archaeology, in the Foundry proper which was off limits to us. However, we did recover R.P. Parrott’s gun platform, I think the prototype of the one used (over 600 spent friction primers, 2 EOD empty shells), field-named “Swamp Angel” used in an incendiary bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina in 1863, which was written about in a poem by Herman Melville “Swamp Angel”. The wooden platform and pintle, on wooden grillage, was found under the large industrial remains of the Chicago Bridge and Steel Company’s “Bridge Shop” which burned in 1913, ceasing operations of that large company’s (one of more than a couple) use of the access to railroad and ocean about 50 miles north of New York City, where the circa Civil War operations had their offices.
There was quite a fine levied against Great Britain in Switzerland for the C.S.S. Alabama construction, adjudged in violation of treaty.
Sean Penn Admits To Having An Ann Coulter Voodoo Doll…
There is a company that sells all kinds of “voodoo” dolls all sorts of images of well known people. There are dolls called “kubrick” in Japan, the Onion listings had. I remember scanning tha company that made the “voodoo” dolls.
The F-101 Voodoo fighter/bomber jet was built by McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri. It had nuclear capability, small a-bombs. Two were stationed at Calverton, NY out on Long Island where Grumman later built the F-14 Tomcat (used in “Top Gun” Tom Cruise movie, also the Lunar Excursion Module used by Tom Hanks in “Apollo 13”).
Yesterday I read about the fiscal problems of the “Cradle of Aviation Museum” out there (whose Vice-President Tom Gwynne, and former F-14 test pilot, I met years ago during the Iranian hostage crisis, when we sold 80 F-14’s to the deposed Shah of Iran it was reported in the paper “Newsday” yesterday (I thought 100, perhaps the original contract). When I met him, on his birthday, I was attending Graduate School in Anthropology where his wife also attended. There were once about 4000 Grumman employees over there in a compound training Iranians in “Top Gun”. When I was over to their house the media announced the US would blow all the F-14’s up if the USSR came near their border, because of the air-to-air missile technology.
Anyway, the shoulder patch for the pilots was a orange tiger striped cat with boxing gloves in a small boxing square “ring” and it once said “Anytime, baby” and then I read or heard it became “Make my day”.
Whose the “voodoo doll”? It seems the public sometimes when people in high places become the stickers to the stickees. The museum of voodoo is in a small white house in New Orleans. We’ve been stuck!
Is Ann Coulter in trouble? Elections officials to query GOP pundit
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
I am writing asking you to support a two-year moratorium on the taking of female horseshoe crabs in the Delaware Bay, as New York State is a member of of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, your state has the ability to help save the vanishing shorebird, the Red Knot, by supporting the horseshoe crab moratorium. Defenders and other conservation groups have been urging state fisheries officials to halt the harvesting of horseshoe crabs.
It seems a shame, horseshoe crabs, which I grew-up watching on the sand flats of the West Meadow Beach on Long Island, NY, descended from trilobites, one of our oldest “living fossils” are harvested for their clear blood. Their blood is unique in that in the presence of any bacterial contamination it “clouds up”. Used in the medical field to test and detect the efficiency of sterilization procedures in equipment cleaned for operations, it seems a shame, that the bloods use, which in this modern world of organic chemistry, should and can be replaced, will have this consequence and perhaps other consequences in the natural world (i.e., young birds eat mosquito larvae in Alaska, holding insect populations down). The horseshoe crab is relied upon by the Red Knot bird, which increases its weight twofold in the consumption of the fatty eggs of the horseshoe crab while making its way up the flight-way along the East Coast to the Arctic. It will become extinct due to the over-? of the horseshoe crab, by as early as 2010 say experts.
Please join the call for a moratorium of two years on the taking of female horseshoe crabs in the Delaware Bay.
George J. Myers, Jr.
The Red Knot’s Fate is at Stake
This unique shorebird is in grave danger, but your state officials can help save it. You can help by attending an important public hearing.
When: Wednesday, March 29, 2006; 7:00 PM
Where: New York Department of Environmental Control , Bureau of Marine Resources Headquarters, 205 North Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, New York
Inquiries: Kim McKown; (631) 444-0454
Re: POLL — Are You One of the 26% of American Adults Favoring Impeachment? Impeach Yourself!
My concern is also with the past, (April Fools 1973 Grateful Dead concert in the War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY) and there were people on his first day as President saying that there may actually be grounds for impeachment as evidence of bribes had been seen. This is like a blast from the past, Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman and current Senator Hillary Clinton the only two women on the “Watergate” investigation of President Nixon’s committee. Mrs. Clinton is currently my State Senator in New York, and has been doing a fine job in my opinion. I work in public archaeology and once worked for NYPIRG selling “Public Citizen” subscriptions door-to-door on Long Island. They have filed a number of lawsuits recently, Public Citizen, founded but not run by Ralph Nader, one against the budget bill not voted on by the House, approved by the Senate and signed by His Excellency GWB, and another joined with the Teamsters Union, headed by duly elected James P. Hoffa, a lawyer, which wants to return the safe hours and trucking regulations the Bush Administration has deregulated. I’m with Representative Conyers, investigate, investigate, investigate.
I left out a pre-9/11 story under the title “Mrs. Speilberg’s Trees” (1/28/2005). There was a small lot in Riverdale that Mr. Steven Spielberg’s sister built on, near the Hudson River Park I once had to try to survey in, it in NYC coordinates, 0,0 at Columbus Circle, pre-GPS and basemap information unavailable unless one called Iowa or Nebraska, depending on each surveyor, who sort of “hoard” (or once sort of) their survey information building a client database that stretches over years. I had a friend who moved west to get away from it, principle contractors, same jobs. One has to find the right surveyor, ask for his data perhaps and where he left or found any datums. Much of this has changed at the time, I was using an electronic “total station” to sight in archaeological and botanical features with some new software I bought “AutoCad” from someone leaving the country. When the European satellite array gets up, we’ll have much more accuracy, i.e., with Galileo, GPS and GLOSNOS the Russian array of satellites.
What I was trying to say was that the contractors who worked on the property of Spielberg’s sister I was told had cut many trees that they shouldn’t have, and a gentleman from City Planning, who led a hiking tour of the Old Croton Aqueduct system on Saturdays for the Bronx Historical Society I attended, took some of the pictures of the trees. I read later that contributions were paid instead of fines that went into a discretionary “slush fund” run by the former Parks Commissioner. I was joking to no one in particular at the time they were going to put Mr. Spielberg’s mother in jail, what was that going to look like? Not that she paid into the fund.