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English Russia » The War in Afghanistan

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As I recall it, someone ran off with the national treasury, be that what it was, destabilizing the whole country. I could imagine it happening elsewhere, again? Probably not, if the UN can stop it or intervene. I wonder did they catch the guy and find the money? At first the 9/11 was thought a money exchange grab, $110 million missing in hard currency run by a Russian businessman. But hey, look there was all the money, the press reported. Many Australians were worried, it supplied real currency to the financial world when needed, mostly not needed there, everything is done in electrons and photons these days. Damn the photon torpedoes…full speed ahead. English Russia » The War in Afghanistan

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02/27/2008 at 5:11 am

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…and there’s fences to mend.

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I work in public archaeology, as required by local, state and federal law in the US. That sounds like steady work, but its not. Anyway, every so often a large giant request-for-proposal comes out of the government for say the history and archaeology of the Hudson River (King George’s “divide and conquer” gambit) or for a cultural resources inventory of the entire US-Mexico border which came out a few years or so after the Hudson River (400th anniversary next year of Henry Hudson’s travail, later put off in a mutiny in a small boat to perish somewhere in Hudson’s Bay. He and Champlain had once been within 100 miles of each other, unbeknownst its thought) so I am not surprized that they want to put up a fence or something. But won’t somebody just get a taller ladder? Nightvision, which William Shatner on horseback rode along there with doesn’t work I read at dawn and dusk so what’s the solution? I think cleanup those border roads on the Mexico side and deal with the pollution the Maquiladoras have made and keep up the good work. McClatchy Washington Bureau | 02/25/2008 | Border fence opponents find hope in Texas campaign

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02/27/2008 at 12:02 am

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International Association for Caribbean Archaeology Congress, 2009, Cuba

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"The issue of USA citizens attending is out there. I hope they can resolve it."

A number of years ago the Association of Black Anthropologists, a part of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), met in Cuba for their meeting. I imagine the same stipulations might be required and if needed a prospective participant could contact them about the procedure. That was before, however, before the "war powers" act invocation which ironically, disallows the US Coast Guard from the right to slow down ships in commerce or to set speed limits, particularly cited around a right whale nursery between Campobello and Grand Manan Island and migration route between Florida and the Bay of Fundy in Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Nearby in Eastport, Maine a refinery was once proposed and fought off in the 1970s, now a liquefied gas terminal has been proposed in the area.

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02/24/2008 at 11:46 pm

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Editorial: Supreme Court chips away right to sue – Topix

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I think the Supreme Court, the CJ’s wife, from the Bronx neighborhood I write from, whose brother-in-law crashed and died off the Tappan Zee Bridge in a late model Land Rover (why not a case there?) should watch out for the question of Americans rights and politicians they elect. In Myers vs. the USA, the court decided that the postmaster the President had appointed could be fired after appointed because it was purely political and could fire Myers whether he was competent or not. The incompetency actually was in the mistaken appointment if that’s the political appointment the President had promised someone else, and upheld the firing of Myers. Maybe it set a precedent for the Court to do whatever a President wants. My faith has been restored in the hearing perhaps to be held over the firing of attorneys over politics, to me similar in nature to the old Myers vs. USA case they heard.

Editorial: Supreme Court chips away right to sue – Topix

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02/24/2008 at 9:55 pm

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Happy Wales in New York Week!

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The highlight of the visit will be on Friday 22 February, when the Librarian will give a multimedia presentation at The Arsenal in Central Park, New York on the ‘Treasures of Wales’. The presentation will be the opening event in the first ever ‘Wales in New York’ week. Over 180 persons have already booked their place for the lecture at which the Commissioner of Parks will also present a special commemorative scroll to the Librarian. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru – National Library of Wales : Library …

My friend anthro/archaeology classmate and travel companion, Mary FitzHerbert, from Penallt, Wales and Uruguay would be interested in this. I was looking on-line and in Wikipedia, Penallt is where singer/musician Robert Plant owned a place in the 1970s. I didn’t know that! I saw him and Led Zeppelin perform in Carnegie Hall with a couple of friends, at the later show, around 1970 I think it was. Jimi Hendrix had just died from an accidental overdose of a sleeping medication, and was to play about two weeks after Led Zeppelin put on their excellent mostly acoustic sort of concert the drummer never hit the big huge gong behind him. I was a fan of “Audience” and for some hypgnostic reason after, later finding out they opened for Led Zeppelin in England before the Carnegie Hall gig.

Mary FitzHerbert was involved with the archaeology of the huge dam built between Brazil and Uruguay back in the late 1970s by I think mostly Citibank. We had the pleasure of meeting the Fulbright Scholar who conducted further work there in Uruguay, which was also assisted by the Museum of Man in Paris, France while we worked with William H. Adams and others in the wettest summer on record in Mississippi, on the archaeology of a few parts of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal which connects the waters of the Tennessee with the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile Alabama, in a series of canals built in the late 1970s early 1980s by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As I recall it was the choice between two projects, the other, which the Congress decided needed more technological development, was a proposed “energy island” for New York City, where electricity would be generated far away from the city out in the New York Bight or bay. Once the sites of disposal dumping, the area was gold isotope-trace (immutable) studied after the mystery beach “wash-ups” in the US Bicentennial year of 1976. The mystery “tar balls” were actually from a recent large pier fire over in New Jersey.

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02/23/2008 at 3:22 am

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The Maltese Fougasse

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I worked in archaeology with a guy who joined Navy Intelligence who crashed onto Hainan Island after the collision with the Chinese fighter jet, killing their pilot, in the early days of the Bush admin’s first term. I read this intellsat was the size of a school-bus and this whole failed mission cost $1 billion. Perhaps, though 100 paper airplanes tossed from the ISS would be needed to land on Earth, 70% water on this pale blue planet, the DOD maybe was afraid of a chance of discovery? If it fell in the wrong place? Comment at CBS.com on "U.S. Keeps Close Eye On Satellite Debris: Pentagon: Debris From Destroyed Satellite Being Monitored, Unlikely To Cause Harm On Earth"

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02/22/2008 at 12:33 am

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Duck Project Symposium at SUNY Southampton

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RE: http://www.danshamptons.com/content/danspapers/issue30_2007/10.html

I once accompanied archaeologist Edward Johanneman and Laurie Schroeder as an assistant to look at the Black Duck Lodge site. They had a contract to write and research the archaeological significance of a number of properties to then have been considered or in the future to become public parks in Suffolk County. Their office and lab was in the Graduate Chemistry Building at Stony Brook University, as was the Anthropology Department before it moved to the newly opened Social Sciences Building. They worked also for the State Museums of New York on downstate DOT projects that required archaeological research and testing.

What I recall about our one day reconnaissance of the now Hubbard Park in Flanders, NY (which might get a post office) was that the Black Duck Lodge, now known to have been an E. F. Hutton holding, also has a very old “cellar hole” of the Hubbard’s a descendant of whom taught in the Wood Road elementary school, where I attended his fourth and fifth grade classes, a Mr. Hubbard, a Notre Dame graduate from the Hubbard duck farms family of Riverhead. Peking ducks they were, I once had a pair as pets, and later six mallards from Brooklyn, who never learned to fly.

The records of the Black Duck Lodge were interesting. They contained a weather description and temperature recording, for everyday I think in the 19th century, for the location for a stretch of time, something not found generally. The lodge I was told, as shown in the records, replaced the ducks hunted there, to keep a balance of wildlife. I recall two dogs headstones near the marsh, trusty canine retrievers who swam out to retrieve the ducks no doubt. I suppose these were once “sea ducks” hence the name “black duck” which to my knowledge were hunted also on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, a decoy of which I have. I also eventually worked on the archaeology survey of the property that once held the Big White Duck store, the proposed development of which caused it to be moved, which I hear recently, it might be moved back from the county park it was moved to.

You might be interested in knowing that Mr. Johanneman, since departed, of Baiting Hollow, who earned a Masters degree at Stony Brook, once related that he had those jobs of working in Suffolk County Parks after addressing the county legislature, which he said allows, the citizenry a time to speak at the end of its meetings, to enter into the public record, what might otherwise not be brought up in procedure and politics. He had asked that they consider the archaeology of Suffolk County. Later he would find a grave robber of the Montaukett, it seems. My cousin and husband are members of the Montauk Club in Brooklyn, which in Venetian architecture commemorates the meetings between Europeans and the Montaukett in its frieze.

Thanks for the interesting article, and I hope others will read it.

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02/18/2008 at 4:16 pm

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