Archive for June 2008
In the little church in Penalt, Wales on the Wye River valley, between England and Wales, where Robert Plant once lived and a friend of mine, a FitzHerbert is from, there is an old painting and on it in the church is the Latin motto: Semper Eadum ”always the same” a motto of the monarchy of Great Britain a place mistakenly thought of as having everywhere the same language, English. I hope the coming campaign stays civil, and we don’t all end asking “Why vote?”
I hope she’s not too sad having played “God” in “Dogma” (Kevin Smith film) with George Carlin who played the cleric in the church she appears out of. Listening to Mr. Smith’s writing (Silent Bob) it was a role George Carlin always wanted to play and he played it finally. I will miss Joji Carlin.
One unsolved death was that of hospital worker Kathy Nguyen, a resident of the Bronx, NY and I think former Vietnamese citizen. There was no associated evidence near her, either in the workplace or at her home. The Washington Post published an excellent book on anthrax research, which in it they state that recently Conscientious Objectors to their drafted service (Selective Service lottery system was sponsored by a NY legislator) were awarded medals for their participation in anthrax exposure experiments conducted by the US Government. Another Washington Post reporter published articles on the use of an unapproved anthrax vaccine that was in some cases killing US military personnel, and arguably should never been used and in one or two cases, refused, leading to legal action against the objecting soldier. After the mailbox exposure, and I thought I heard while working in archaeology in the flood effects of the Raritan River in Bridgewater, NJ, where a Johnson & Johnson wound research facility was closed in an “envelope” scare while I was there, the radio media describe that something to the effect that the letter that arrived in Florida had the “seal of Solomon” on it and a reference to the Castle Hill, Bronx, NY Hispanic entertainer, referred to as J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez). It may have been overlooked also that the former NY Mayor, Rudolf Giuliani’s company was put in charge of the cleanup of the post offices I read. It’s also more recently been disavowed that it was ever “weapons grade”.
Which leaves me wondering how many people were killed or maimed today in Vietnam from unexploded cluster bombs? Banning them is not enough, we need ordnance clearing. Anthrax … the ultimate whodunit
I think we should look at the context of the Bill of Rights as New York, which became the first capital of the new republic. New York would not ratify the Constitution without the 10 Amendments. The National Guard, was originally just that, and other states in the union wanted guarantees that they would not be taken over by a strong central military at the command of the Executive, which at the time, the President and the Vice President could and were from different parties, until amended, showing perhaps the concern and therefore the language of “militia”.
When the Civil War “Draft Riots” occurred, and a subsequent National Guard courts martial of its leading officer for a reason I’ve not been able to determine, the regiment from the Bowery, of the original “capital” guard then composed of mostly very northern New Yorkers, were called out in defense of Washington, D.C. where they went to protect the ‘final’ capital of Washington, DC, and where a new dome, forged in the Bronx, NY was being erected on the Capitol for a little over $1 million. That National Guard unit was later mustered out on Big Brother Island in the Bronx.
In the Draft Riots there was a report that the NY Times offices were protected from the rampaging mob, who had read the published report that printed that draftees could escape service for $300, with a primitive form of repeating “machine gun”. I’m not sure where director Martin Scorsese got the cannon fire in “The Gangs of New York” probably part of his dramatic artistic license.
This is the longest running television program on record. ©
In the US it might be: “The Open Mind is a half-hour public affairs interview show. First broadcast in May 1956 over WRCA television (now WNBC) in New York City, it currently originates from the studios of the CUNY Graduate Center and airs on public broadcasting stations nationwide.” (Wikipedia)
I was thinking the other day how two actors, who also once played father and son archaeologists in an “Indiana Jones” film (“the name of the dog junior”) had both been in other films, Soviet submarine commanders (“K-19: The Widowmaker” (Harrison Ford) and “The Hunt For Red October” (Sean Connery). People on this list might be interested to know that:
“On June 2, 2008, divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two in Norfolk, Virginia arrived and began preparations to raise the sub.”
The Wikipedia entry for Soviet submarine K-77 has an interesting history of the retired Julliett class submarine now on the river bottom in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
A “Silent Service” monument is now in New Suffolk, NY out on the North Fork of Long Island, NY where until about 1903 the Holland Torpedo Co. was on Broadway there. It had been started by a New Jersey math teacher, Mr. Holland whose small one man effort, where he started to work out the hydraulics was on exhibit in NJ. A replica of the “Turtle” used by Americans against the British Navy in the Revolutionary War, was on exhibit in Fort Clinton in lower Manhattan, built by the “History Channel” just prior to the events of 9/11/01 and they had promised a much more realistic one to follow. More recently an artist decided to float a “Turtle” replica with himself aboard and created a stir among the harbor patrols.
Yippie! Thirty years after “Viking” which had some problems with its experiment compartments leading to inclusive and non-results, there is progress in the field of planetary atmospheres! Today another three studies, non related, stated the northern top of Mars one time was hit with an asteroid the size of Earth’s Moon. Booo! Mass extinction perhaps…