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Huffington Post Launches Investigative Journalism Venture

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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.


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03/30/2009 at 2:22 am

Reid: Justice Roberts Lied To Us

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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.

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03/28/2009 at 6:22 pm

Ice jams still threaten flooding in Bismarck area

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Waddington, NY: February 24, 1924 Thermit used to break ice jams. – from “Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happening, Discoveries and Inventions in the U.S.” © 1973 Joseph Nathan Kane, 3rd Edition, The H.W. Wilson Company, NY 1964.

– Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:33 AM EDT

Sorry the year is wrong, it was 1925. Waddington has an interesting history. I did some archaeology survey there to return properties to the tax roles that had been seized in the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway overseen by the Feds (head appointed by the President) and the NY Power Authority. We share a half of a hydroelectric dam with Canada that was built with the locks, water control features and seaway. Before it was a very dangerous river and is where Abbie Hoffman was “found out” as an activist against year-round use of the system by icebreakers which uprooted the locals docks and properties. Personally I find it strange that a port was never built for New York along it, mostly dairy and farms, Canada more densely settled on the other side, though Remington’s wonderful museum is in Ogdensburg, who collaborated with Theodore Roosevelt to chronicle the disappearing American West, and all seems to benefit Chicago, Illinois and other Great Lakes ports.

– Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:03 PM EDT

Newsvine – ‘Mandatory’ National Service Corps Bill Clears Senate

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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

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03/26/2009 at 12:33 pm

Newsvine – FBI investigating Exxon Valdez oil spill – March 31, 1989

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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.

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03/24/2009 at 11:25 pm

Re: Cologne, Germany State Archives building collapse: Histarch

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Thanks for the information. I have been trying to follow it. I had just been reading “Vikings in Ireland and Scotland in the Ninth Century” by Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Cork (ISBN 2-503-50624-0) and there is references from the Cologne archive that place the Vikings from the “kingdom of Lothlend, Laithlind or Lochlainn” there sometime between 825-859 CE. An important archive that will be missed for some time, and in part forever.

I found the animation of the disaster informative as it showed how it could have led to a greater loss of life if not for the quick thinking of the workers in the subway tunnel who perceived the impending disaster, stopping traffic and alerting those working in the archives on the surface.

It seems hydrostatic pressure has caused the slip and fall of what we here sometimes call a “slurry wall” which I’ve worked alongside the construction of by a French firm back in 1984 while in urban archaeology in New York City. A water displacing bentonite “slurry” is pumped through a channel dug to whatever base, in bedrock, chiseled into, rebar cages lowered and concrete pumped displacing the slurry monitored for content, filtered and recharged a section at a time. It apparently was used in the World Trade Center so-called “bath-tub” design and the former US Federal Assay Site, recently sold as the most expensive property in Manhattan, per square foot, two blocks from the East River, NYC where a large crew recovered over 1 million artifacts in 1984.

Personally terms such as “bath-tub” and “ground zero” do nothing for our field often a part of tourism to the original significant sites these terms come from, in my opinion, once working in the now demolished, could have saved it’s facade building on Trinity Place nearby and for the firm which conducted the original archaeology survey of the US Army’s Fort Drum, NY in 1983 once located in the 90s of floors of the WTC, tragically struck on Sept. 11, 2001.

By the way a ca. 18th c. horse harness was recovered in the orginal construction of Building 7 there and is conserved at the Long Island Science Museum, NY. The towers construction had seen a ship hulk in landfill and later when I accompanied archaeologist Edward Johanneman, MA to Building 7 to look further, we were denied access.

Another ‘Johanneman’ singled out by the press as a ‘hero’ on that day, helping burning victims out, late for his janitor job stopping for coffee, recently committed suicide over the notoriety it brought and the ‘fate’ his tardiness brought.

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03/23/2009 at 4:46 pm

Craigmonie Centre | 2009 Event Preview

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National Theatre of Scotland:

‘Our Teacher is a Troll’

‘Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off’

‘Once upon a time, there were twa queens on the wan
green island, and the wan green island was split inty twa kingdoms.’

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03/22/2009 at 5:05 pm

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