Archive for December 2006
Having studied with archaeologist Edward Lanning (author of “Peru Before the Incas” and co-author of “Prehispanic America”) and worked for another Peruvianist archaeologist, Joel W. Grossman, Ph.D. (authored the “Western Hemisphere” archaeology Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook entries and other reports) in “contract” archaeology (old New Amsterdam, EPA National Priority clean-up sites NY/NJ, and other compliance research using the then state-of-art, off-the-shelf equipment and new desktop computers, assisting one mapping project of Marajo Island, in Brazil, with archaeologist Anna Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s grand-daughter) along with the anthropologists who were posed by US government “social scientists” in “Operation Camelot” in Bolivia, and the “applied anthropologists” who worked on “Los Vicos” and the recording of high altitude living in Peru, who are often at risk in a different environmental adaptation, would cheer this effort as do I. One hand washes the other sort of.
A few years ago, I was in Mayville, NY site of the last public hanging in New York State, around Halloween, for the geoarchaeology survey of part of the “Millennium Pipeline” natural gas by way of Canada to Cleveland, using mostly pre-existing right of ways, to Mount Vernon, just outside New York City. The press was there at the time, because of an arrest of an HIV positive African-American for sleeping around there with minors. The governor was talking about using the death penalty for it, I’m not sure he knew about the venue, the “last hanging” up behind the diner next to the school.
It’s the county seat of Chautauqua County, the origin of the famous circuit of learned talks for free for people in the US in the 19th century over important issues. The defendant was extradited to the Borough of the Bronx, NYC on a prior, where the D.A. had been previously confronted with “death penalty” requests by the now out-going governor and Republican Presidential candidate, George Pataki.
My 6th grade teacher’s father was a newspaper photographer for the Chicago Sun and he once showed me some of the prints (not the negatives, press has them) of the “last hanging in Nevada, where thousands of people would come by train.” It looked like a biblical wasteland with some sort of tripod in the middle of the whole event taken from atop a hill. He also had taken a small camera into the audience for the first woman to be given the electric chair, it taped to his trouser leg and uncovered long enough to get the horror of it and it was probably put on the front page.
Having grown up tying that hangman’s knot, it seems a terrible waste not to get the rest of the story perhaps from the man, who might have been imprisoned instead whom might have written (as he did) a past historical record of the previous Iraqi history from the “top”. Others associated, perhaps innocently with the past Iraqi government, are calumniated or “blackened” further.
A similar species is in the Bay of Fundy which gets caught in seine net weirs (“works”) on Grand Manan Island, NB I was told by a Guelph University researcher. A small harbor porpoise or “skunkwahagen” (a striped dolphin, or after a distant cousin Nolan of whom a Passamaquoddy said swam like one). They were doing DNA studies of North Atlantic “right whales” (right because harpooned they float rather than sink) in their nursery there near Campobello and Grand Manan islands, taking DNA samples with a crossbow and rope attached arrow for taking small skin plugs, before they migrate to Florida. They “dolphins” were often shot in the weirs as they got entangled in the net, and someone was trying to develop a net that would let them free without letting the whole catch go out of the net strung wooden poles of the large weirs.
80 (100) F-14 Tomcats sold to Iran’s Shah declared obsolete, as the U.S. decommissions its own and opens up F-14 flight simulators in Pensacola, Florida. I once sat with a F-14 test pilot on his birthday when we announced (the media) we would destroy them all if the USSR made a move for the Iran border during the student led crisis (over Savak spies here in the US schools they say) as the air-to-air technology was super secret…doh! Grumman Corporation had a compound of about 4000 employees teaching the Iranian Air Guard how to perhaps acquire up to six targets. About 300 (?) support are required for each pilot in the air. Top Gun story Newsvine. Grumman has since joined with Northrop and EDO with astronaut Neil Armstrong’s company since the DOD wants 1/2 billion in business before you bid. Real Texas hold ’em up business. Weren’t the Wright brothers bicycle mechanics? There’s a piece of their flier on the Moon
Search Expands At WTC After Building Debris Found
What I recall “at” Appomattox (a river: see US’s 1st submarine later “Alligator” considered for use on it in Wikipedia) was that the terms were literally written up by a New York Seneca native American for Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and that the Union Secretary of War was uninformed and left out. A former Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, was once the president of the confederacy.
Robert E. Lee, once Commandant of West Point Military Academy, in NY, was asked by Lincoln to lead the Union but declined, had been at the trial and hanging of John Brown at the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. He also lived in Fort Hamilton military facility a house there with his name today and a street, where Enron cost them $20 million in bad orders. His US citizenship has since been restored (Golden Triangle Airport, Freedom Exhibit, Mississippi).
Ulysses S. Grant served first at Sacketts Harbor on Lake Ontario and also on Governors Island in NYC harbor, where also southern prisoners were kept and interrogated, General Lee’s son said to have been kept in the fort demolished (Fort Lafayette) for the building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, (Florentine navigator who explored the eastern coast of North America (circa 1485-1528) connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island. So if I were to restart an American civil war I’d start it in NYC where it seems it did once before, this time over the $1 for Governors Island President Clinton offered.
Elayne Boosler Huffington Post
Sometimes seen in the Bronx, the hawks soaring that is, though not sure if it were the Pale Male I’ve seen, since I once phoned one in dead (before 311) on the Bronx River Parkway by the zoo and botanical gardens. Out in Suffolk County in Smithtown are two bald eagles a male and female that were wounded, one in Alaska that are kept in an outdoor “flyway”. Bowdoin Park, formerly J.P. Morgan’s plain summer place in Dutchess County, was once a wildlife care center, on the Hudson River (“DEC releases the Hudson River Estuary Wildlife and Habitat Conservation framework“) and has since moved to a larger space nearer Kent, NY.
The greatest congregation of raptors (and cougars or mountain lions) I’ve seen are in the New Hampshire Science Center in Holderness, NH near Squam Lake where “On Golden Pond” was filmed. When I was younger, hiking up the “Saddleback” behind Timber Lake Camp, where I washed dishes in Allaben, NY, I stepped out on a rock ledge and my face and a hawk almost shared the same space. At least I didn’t fall hundreds of feet to a certain death or get scratched!
Here’s a report on New York State’s report on the recovering bald eagle population, our Nation’s symbol (wild turkeys are also being reintroduced and they are asking people if they are seen anywhere please call them and report them even if only a few. Years ago I saw them on the Taconic Parkway by Oliver North’s NY place, more recently at the West Point Military Academy and a whole brood of them on the Carroll County Farm in New Hampshire looking for the mattress factory). The Journal News: New York’s bald eagles thriving, but still facing challenges