Archive for March 2009
Bravo! Just what the current events of today need, forensic analyses reported by journalists, held to standards one will hope. A branch of anthropology, economic anthropology, studies markets in different cultures, one I met, once escaped Tibet on horseback, studying their market, cut short by a Chinese invasion. This endeavor has much to do, so it seems from various websites I’ve seen.
Considering that the former President George W. Bush fired the head of the US Army, he was on the board of Enron, and that it wasn’t until 2/3/1949 on Governors Island, NY that enlisted soldiers were allowed to sit as members of the court in court martial trials in the U.S., there is much to decipher in the current economic climate that will take alot of savvy to get to, so I hope they don’t forget our troops, who have been there and seen that who might be able to provide information.
If he did, I hope it wasn’t about his brother-in-law who perished when he crashed off the Tappan Zee Bridge in a Land Rover into the Hudson River. His wife grew up right nearby here in the Bronx, NY, a friend of a friend. I was alarmed to hear that the Chief Justice has had a few seizures and perhaps for his own medical safety, he might be considering resigning as Justice Ginsberg has opened the rumor “door” to someone leaving. She must be a little lonely the only woman on the bench, we did once have two.
Not to many people, though more these days get out to Governors Island in NYC’s harbor, where I once worked in geoarchaeology for a short week, but it has always given me a chuckle to think that Fort Jay there named after the First Chief Justice John Jay, whose farm in Westchester is a delightful visit, was built, the sign it says, by appreciative Columbia University students, formerly of Kings College.
The US government already has a secondary-school program, JROTC, it was called back in the tail-end of the Selective Service Draft lottery (co-sponsored by a NY legislator) and was in my high school in Selden, NY named after the “character witness” judge at Susan B. Anthony’s trial for dressing as a man to vote in Upstate NY. The “Junior Reserve Officer Training” program whereby a single branch of the armed services, my school the US Marine Corps, at Newfield on Marshall Drive, is part of the curriculum for volunteers. Last I heard there were 20,000 of them in mostly poor school districts costing $1 billion a year, reported by the “Defense Monitor” back in the 1990s, though touted as the alternative to the draft back in the then ending lottery I was part of. The “Defense Monitor” asked “Are they worth it?” before they went off PBS television. It seems a contradiction to ask this new proposed corps to be “mandatory” and the military one “volunteer” when one looks at a majority of countries with mandatory military service.
As a once NYPIRG employee I would rather see the organizations attract the “right stuff” rather than force compliance or in a much shorter time we might be asking “Are they worth it?” – also NY Times comment
I found it ironic that it was the Bligh Reef on the nautical charts, and not heard about. I also found it almost a total lack of ethical news coverage to not report “larger” how “fortunate” we were to have a Russian oil skimmer nearby which assisted, and question why nothing like it was readily available. I also would like to know why the “Fourth mate” was at the helm and how much recent cutbacks to crew size affected the operation of the oil tanker, single hulled.
The captain had been previously honored at an “Op-Sail” event in his town of Huntington, NY on Long Island where all the captains had been invited to a dinner MC-ed by Rufus Langhans the Huntington Town Historian I once had the pleasure to meet and work with on archaeology for a “gifted and talented” school children program in archaeology.
In my opinion the “criminal” part of this investigation was in the lack of foresight and proper regard for maritime law by the operators. It’s like in NYC finding out “Yeah! the Staten Island Ferry is free!” but that means it’s no longer inspected for life-saving equipment, no longer under commercial operation supervised by the US Coast Guard.
My two cents working in Skagway, Alaska summer of 1980, busing through the falling ash of Mt. St. Helens.