Archive for March 2008
After the attacks, I was at recently badly flooded Bridgewater, NJ, West Point M.A., and Picatinney Arsenal those days, stretched out as they were, working in the archaeological testing required by law that precedes construction, part of a crew, at West Point, for new roads after Hurricane Floyd to clean up the tree-falls and new road to Bull Hill radio towers. I read the Washington Post book (apparently not the Judith Miller one from the NY Times) which reviewed all the available facts about anthrax research in general. Recently “Conscientious Objectors” who were volunteered for anthrax exposure by the government as their “alternative service” to the Selective Service draft were given medals for their participation in the exposure studies, which as far as was reported, no one died in the experiments. However, perhaps international human rights “flags” might be thrown on that play one might say.
It was sort of tense at West Point after 9/11, and many were at the checkpoints in and out. However, they never looked under the vehicles that I saw so like in the remake of “Cape Fear” the Robert De Niro character might have been there. Apparently the “chain of command” did not see it as that a serious a threat at first. However, at Fort Hamilton, where I also worked shortly thereafter, the vehicle was taken into a tent and looked at by armed uniformed soldier(s) and daily passes with a daily photo i.d. was required even for a few days we were there testing the “Parade Grounds” near the Robert E. Lee house behind the Northeast center of the Army Corps of Engineers for previous construction episodes with our hand dug shovel units, the S.O.P. even when materials are known found down 1 meter.
Maybe you’ve read some of the British royalty, Princess Anne I think went down to Antarctica (which Sir Edmund Hillary wanted them to protect and which they then still hadn’t agreed) and showed that the early 20th century hay for the Himalayan ponies used in the expedition contained anthrax spores that could still pose a danger. As more and more contact occurs (pallets, etc.) with Asia there is more of a chance of natural anthrax appearing in the Western hemisphere where it has not been very prevalent before.
Still unsolved was the victim from the Bronx, Kathy Nguyen a medical nurse who died in Manhattan. A former Vietnamese national, no trace of anthrax was ever found in the vicinity where she died nor in the area of the Bronx where she lived. Many soldiers were also objecting to experimental anthrax vaccines given before they served in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf region and some even refused, some even allegedly died in another Washington Post reporter’s research published.
#7.1 – Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:30 PM EDT Newsvine – September 11 Was a Third-Rate Operation
The first excavation in nearly 50 years began today. I wonder what an “ace find” is? Apparently that was found today. Perhaps something from Wales? The original circle construction of “blue stones” recently found to have been from 200 miles away from there in Wales is where the excavations will go on here reported. Wiltshire is nearby and where the secret underground homeland security base (of acres and acres) was during the Cold War and Ian Anderson of “Jethro Tull” lives out of the salmon farming in Scotland into the oak tree farming business I thought I read. Some of the original research took less than a number of seconds on a computer to analyze the alignments of the stones to the heavens. Interesting work was also done similar in intent at Stony Brook University on the possible and potential orientations of larger abandoned prehistoric public architecture in the New World in the early 1970s, also using “state-of-the-art” computers at the time. BBC – History – Stonehenge Dig 2008
When the NY State Law School opened in Buffalo, NY (the only one) I recall reading a few Supreme Court decisions as part of my anthropology background (a number of us do continue on in law) and I want to thank you for posting this. The Supreme Court over-ruled the State of Washington in previous appeals and stated that a gentleman was within his rights of free speech to have had a so-called "peace sign" on his American Flag placed with tape and not in the alteration or destruction of the flag. It had been in a window of his apartment on the sixth floor or something and a small demonstration below it ensued and a police officer ticketed him for $75, which he fought, along with the help of a native American group, all the way to the Supreme Court. Public vs. private speech helps clear that up for me, beats secular vs. profane in these cases. Newsvine – Court Agrees to Take Free Speech Case
I heard him on the radio driving back from Mansfield, Pennsylvania, near where Babe Ruth used to hunt, fish, play ball after the season ended, and he was working on stage still. Why can’t they just let him have a copy of the contract he once had with them?! His agent died it disappeared, it seems the least they could do for the guy who first put the idea of an entertaining forensic "law and order" show on the boob tube. What are they gonna do, put it in the TV museum? Boohoo NBC!
Yeah Lucille Ball’s grand-father sent in $30 once to see who they were and she had to live to regret it, from western NY State. Out there you can dump a cup of water in the Allegheny River and it’ll flow out up over the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, some of them below the levee. What a drainage! God-forbid us to be allowed to look at hydraulic despotism in the past and where it might have arose, with its first tested civil service class in the world, in Mandarin, in China and compare other despotism (or lack there-of in Katrina?). I would like to take this public opportunity to thank the Ball family. The head of the American Communist Party lived in very upscale Greenwich, Connecticut my grandfather told us, he from some of the highest tides in the world, Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, a bit higher than the English Channel. The tide is turning somewhere all the time thanks to the Moon. It should be an interesting Democratic convention a mile above the tide in Denver, Colorado. My cousin George Murray, who once directed “Huntley and Brinkley” (NBC) produced both parties’ coverages for CBS in 1976. This will certainly be different from then in this new medium and communications era of the 21st century. So what did the FBI do with the “Operation Megiddo” $6 billion for the millennium? Start WWIII?
Sent to Lou Young at CBS-TV in response to “The Fearful Among Us“
Years ago as a PhD candidate in the graduate school of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, which I graduated from also as a BA, after taking a Spanish language course, I had the opportunity to study with professors who had done their fieldwork in Hispanic countries or were from one. In fact the chairman of the department Pedro Carrasco, PhD, an economic anthropologist, I think he had to escape out of Tibet, studying the local markets there, on horseback, in one of the invasions by the Chinese into that region. Incidentally I also studied social anthropology with Rex Jones who studied the Limbu in Nepal and recently alumni of the university had been traveling in Bhutan which just had its first democratic election. Nepal also has decided after years of fighting by “maoists” as reported in the press, to become more a constitutional monarchy, the rulers Hindu and the people more Buddhists and many, the sherpas have linguistic roots in Tibet. Sir Edmund Hillary who just recently passed away, a New Zealander who worked in building schools in Nepal, and tragically lost a daughter to the ice-up of a small plane wing back in the late 1970s, once visited Wood Road School in 1960 or to our third grade class, taught by Miss Loman, and made quite an impression I think on me, just moving out of the “poorest parish” in NYC in the Bronx, St. Rita’s, where many recent immigrants seek help in establishing their lives in NYC.
Well I screwed up. I was the only student in the Chairperson’s class in economic anthropology and I took an incomplete. The department has gotten more physically oriented, with the medical school there and Richard Leakey, from the world renowned family of paleontologists from East Africa, is a faculty member. Many of the “cultural anthropologists” retired though the social anthropologist who studied in East Timor, David Hicks, PhD of Oxford University, was made a provost of the university. Another of my faculty advisors, originally from Illinois, who works and has written on the prehistory of the state of Zacatecas in Mexico, returned there where his wife is from, whom I worked for selling her crafts and others in the Student Union for awhile. She had a Masters finally on Huichol weaving (also Quichol) once written up in science as part of a special case of vibrant colors and art that was thought to mimic psychedelia.
I thought it odd when they started confiscating everything on air flights one of the first was a Nepalese man who had a number of knives he was going to give as gifts back in Nepal among the circle of dance that courtship there has changed from. The Himalayan woman today is now part of an economy and not as traditionally bound by ritual and belief.
Well what I think is that if say there is an appropriate level of supervision by a community of interested parties, i.e., Hispanic citizens (civilian review board, after all they took the biggest hit in casualties in Vietnam I was reading. All the US helicopters were gone by 1972. The famous news photographer who took the famous girl napalmed whom he saved and never given credit for is in the press again, taking the picture of the manikin and the poor woman who had to take her breast earring out with a pliers in order to fly domestically. (AP Photo/Nick Ut and further on that day in Vietnam from SteveHouse comment #5.1: Whoa, buddy. You should probably calm down.) are in place then maybe it might be good to catch fugitives who may come to the attention of those who at the very least speak the same language. Better than trapped in an oil tank and thinking there’s no way out and some act of violence happens to those “innocent” intruders.
George Myers, BA
NED MYERS or, A Life Before the Mast
By James Fenimore Cooper.
Thou unrelenting Past!
Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain,
And fetters sure and fast
Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign.
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1843, by J. Fenimore Cooper
Comment: The events around the War of 1812 as seen from one perspective.
Release Date: January, 2006 [EBook #9788]
“Shiloh” As Seen By A Private Soldier.
War Paper No. 5. Commandery of the State of California Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.A paper read before California Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, May 31, 1889.By Companion Warren Olney, Late Captain 65th U. S. C. Inf.(Insignia No. 4862.)
The Battle of Shiloh.
With Some Personal Reminiscences.
“The complete absence of the ordinary precautions, always taken by military commanders since the beginning of history, is inexplicable. The only reason I can conjecture for it grows out of the character of General Grant and his distinguished subordinate, and their inexperience. They had had then little practical knowledge of actual warfare. General Sherman, except on one occasion, had never heard a hostile gun fired. They had to learn their art, and the country and their army had to pay the cost of their teaching. Happily, they were able to profit by every lesson, and soon had no equals among our commanders. But because they have since deserved so well of their country, is no reason why history should be silent as to their mistakes. The Confederates would have made a great mistake in attacking us at all in such a position, if we had been prepared to receive them. But this want of a preparation prevented us from taking advantage of the opportunity, and inflicting a crushing defeat upon the South. By it the war was prolonged, and every village and hamlet in the West had its house of mourning.”
Comment: A strange, sad place like the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland I’ve also visited. Antietam, fought later in 1862, was enough of a victory to give President Abraham Lincoln the confidence to announce his Emancipation Proclamation. (Wikipedia) At Shiloh, three R.P. Parrott rifled cannons, cast in the West Point Foundry in New York, are pointed in a tripod, their muzzles pointed in the sky, as a symbol of peace, next to the small formal cemetery where one of the fiercest battles of the American Civil War was fought, in Tennessee near the Mississippi border. Aaron Burr was found to be in the area earlier, after the duel with Alexander Hamilton in New Jersey, near Tishomingo, Mississippi they found out in the US Bicentennial research of 1976. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal starts in this general vicinity. Archaeologists worked nearby in the summer of 1979. My grandfather worked on the S.S. Beauregard on the North Atlantic convoys to Russia in WWII before serving on the U.S.S. Buckner. His brother when they both worked for Savannah, Georgia shipping lines, a harbor pilot, captained the S.S. City of Atlanta, which my grandfather was almost on, which was torpedoed by U-123 in “Operation Drumbeat” in early January of 1942 having left the dock in New York City. The ship and 43 of 45 were lost in what has sometimes been called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, a badly magnetic anomalous region for navigation besides, and was to be a hazard to further shipping.
Release Date: February 8, 2008 [EBook #24548]