Archive for September 2007
The antenna part of the AWACS, used to go by on a flatbed truck from Bethpage to US Navy Air field at Calverton (I assume it might have gone elsewhere like to then Suffolk County Air Force Military Reservation base at Bridgehampton, Long Island, NY) and appeared laughably like a flying saucer under the tarp. I lived mostly in the vicinity of MacArthur Airport nearby in Centereach on Route 25 (also named the Middle Country Road, [not the south or north both of which came first], also Jericho Turnpike). I once saw one of Gyrodyne’s single pilot coaxial helicopters outside the compound flying over the potato fields that became suburban tract development nearby Stony Brook. The “Cradle of Aviation” its called, and a museum. I was sitting with the Grumman F-14 “Tomcat” test pilot when we announced we’d blow up all 80 of them in Iran, bought by the Shah, if the USSR invaded it. I still wonder if that F-102 Mass. Air Guard flying too low one 4th of July was President Bush…he did get out early to get a Harvard U. MBA.
I read or saw they’re at the top of any operation, the radar and communications apex the “AWACS”. And I don’t know nothing about air crashes on Long Island, though my grandfather was a “tow” (and crash) boat operator at the Flushing Airport I think for Pan-Am “clippers” and once fished some B-24 crew out of it. He actually towed surplus PBY’s the first commercial flights to Brazil, via Miami. Have you seen it on the FAA map? There’s a crane in the runway and water everywhere, some think West Nile came from its abandonment.
As a fan of CBS news (a cousin produced both Democrat and Republican convention coverages for them in 1976, he earlier a director of NBC’s “Huntley and Brinkley” and a high school acquaintance is a “street reporter” for CBS in New York City) I think we should reflect on the lawsuit General Westmoreland filed for millions against the whole NBC network over an NBC news retrospective which alleged “body counts” were manipulated during the Vietnam War. He settled for an undisclosed amount. It is no coincidence, in my estimation that General Colin Powell a great American left the administration and his son, the former chief of the FCC also “left the building”. Now we have a Federal Censorship Commission, with new jacked-up fines and an apparent new imperious “bridge” taking the world admired American independence of news coverages perhaps into the iceberg of intolerance.
McClatchy Washington Bureau | 09/28/2007 | Congressman: State Dept. official threatened investigators
The Second Amendment guaranteed the right to bear arms in a state militia. At the time, stationed in the Bowery, were the National Guard defending the new republic, which again met there after 9/11/01. Why are “National Guards” (one in the Bowery called out in defense of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War, where the Capitol Dome was being assembled and had been made cast in the Bronx for $1 million for President Lincoln) being used in Iraq when so few and so many in it never saw the Vietnam Conflict?
Re: NEW OVERLAY at MTurk [Re: DemianC]
#1013714 – 09/28/07 12:32 PM
I guess I would agree. The case of the Johnson’s would be clear cut for example. They flew rickety airplanes 1000s of square miles over East Africa and Indonesia (where they were the first westerners to see orangutans, one, reported, fought for a backpack the other day, visiting with current Queen of England’s mom I think then on safari), back in the early days of aviation (see “I Married Adventure” by Osa and Martin Johnson) and he perished in a commercial airline crash, which would be the cause. If they had crashed and walked away only to perish from some other danger it would not have been as a result of the crash, but other circumstances. Unless, somebody, knows more than they’re saying (see “Evidence of missile launch on L.I. just several days before TWA 800 explosion” web page by John E. Fiorentino)
In the early 1980s I worked on a US Army Corps of Engineers proposed flood control study in suburban and urban New Jersey. It included 100 miles of the Passaic River and its tributaries which are still today a problem as development creates narrower and narrower channels closer to the previous wider outfalls (also industrial use of the rivers, etc.) Within it the area was divided into pixels of interest which translated into 600 feet by 900 feet (probably on a color monitor of 900×600 resolution) and each areas holding the potential for archaeological impact was translated onto aerial maps that had been traced onto paper 1″=200′.
Some random areas were selected based on research of “high” “medium” and “low” probabilities for archaeological resources (historic and prehistoric) and were ranked based on research (paleo sites in New Jersey have only been found under at least 1 meter of river deposits) and a number were selected to test the method. My friend and I in Edgewater, NJ would take the corner coordinates and locate the to be shovel tested 600′ x 900′ rectangle on the landscape somewhere where we would go out and put at least four shovel tests into. As is was planned (or not) 50% of the selected test areas were underwater in flood when we went to test. Other areas had been developed so quickly the 16 month flyover was too old and areas thought wetland had been filled and built upon.
This is amazing in that the data can be supplied so thoroughly in comparison and recent. I would suggest having worked in Idrisi and AutoCad using USGS data for the EPA and others, that some projective geometry be supplied to make these layers of information correspond thereby expediting evaluation of differences. I know this exists and I currently am assuming the difference in companies as the root problem.
1. Taco Bell took out a dated ad too: they tried to explain to the US it had just bought the Liberty Bell! I recall I was in Neptune, NJ (where Jack Nicholson is from) and well, April Fools! Gee I guess they had to spend a lot more for the ad. By the way they didn’t buy the Liberty Bell…
Actually, my brother Thomas is getting married in Corrimony, Scotland on Wednesday. He’s wearing an Urquhart kilt and will be marrying a longtime friend with a piper and witnesses and a celebrant. I bought this tartan tie once in the "Blink Bonnie Enterprise" in Moultonboro, New Hampshire. I’ve read in some places the Urquhart tartan is one or the oldest in Scotland. Attached to the tie was a wee slip of paper which unfolded reads "The History of Urquhart" by Rodlinoch. (100% Pure New Wool Made in Scotland):
The Urquharts do not take their name, as is often supposed, from Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness but from the District of Urquhart near Cromarty. Of this province of Cromarty they became Hereditary Sheriffs.
In 1449, a Thomas Urquhart was Bishop of Ross. Seven sons of Sir Thomas of Urquhart fell in the slaughter at Pinkie. In 1585, the last Dean of Ross was an Urquhart.
Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty was one of the cavaliers who almost destroyed Inverness Castle. He was a scholar, translated Rabelais and traced the line of the Family back to Adam and Eve. One ancestor, he averred, had been born in The Ark. Getting into financial troubles, he sold the estates, which passed to the MacKenzies.
The Headship of the Family went at one time to Urquhart of Muldrum and Byth in Aberdeenshire.
For a small charge to cover research, information on your Tartan connection and/or Highland dress may be obtained from The Scottish Tartans Society, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland (Registered Charity) July, 1975.
Once outlawed in the 18th century by royal decree, today there is celebrated a "Tartan Day" in New York City to celebrate Scottish heritage and contributions to America.
The Sir Thomas Urquhart, who sided with the crown during the English Civil War was in the Tower of London under Oliver Cromwell and may be where he started writing and translating Francois Rabelais, the French Renaissance writer. Currently there is a debate in London, England as to whether the uncontrolled "skyscraper" building near the Tower will detract from its historical significance and pedestrian view. I submitted his imprisonment and translation as a reason to keep it on the skyline rather than big glass boxes. I’ve read elsewhere that he also wrote in physics and linguistics (an artificial language, like modern Esperanto proposed) and was thought responsible for blowing up the castle at Loch Ness where Christian missionaries first recorded the sighting of the "monster". He apparently traveled in Europe and Italy. He died, consumed with laughter on hearing Charles II was restored to the throne the legend states perhaps in Italy.