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Archive for June 2009

Ask About the Statue of Liberty – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

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Hello. My grandmother Margaret Gregory was said to have been a nanny for the caretaker’s children at the Statue of Liberty and they used call her “Bedloe’s Nanny”. She went on to raise eleven kids on Water St., a part replaced by the City’s first projects, the Alfred E. Smith Houses and they moved to the Bronx. Nearby, where Mr. Smith grew up, across the street, was a Mayflower Society’s monument to Isaac Allerton, who had a warehouse in New Amsterdam and a house in New Haven, CT a major street in the Bronx named after him, and the exit between the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.

Oops. My question for the “world’s first electrically lit lighthouse” (Snapple cap) is how do the caretaker’s kids get their education today? Do they take a boat to school everyday?

Ask About the Statue of Liberty – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com

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Written by georgejmyersjr

06/29/2009 at 3:53 pm

Posted in American History

Daily Express | UK News :: Yellow peril beat the English army

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Yellow peril beat the English army

THE Braveheart film image of tartan-clad warriors beating the English at Bannockburn has been dispelled as myth with research suggesting medieval Scottish soldiers wore bright yellow war shirts.

Daily Express | UK News :: Yellow peril beat the English army

Written by georgejmyersjr

06/29/2009 at 1:12 am

Newsvine – Pope: Scientific analysis done on St. Paul’s bones

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In terms of preservation, for even further analysis (DNA to determine who will be "king of the world") it seems odd that the thing that would obviate the evidence for their authenticity (touching them or by introducing "modern" materials in close proximity) would be what caused them to be considered for carbon-dating, since then apparently were, left wondering if by chance they are even older. C14 is often provided with + or – age variance and not entirely absolute and also subject to "readjustments" from further data since Libby was given the Nobel Prize for its discovery.

Newsvine – Pope: Scientific analysis done on St. Paul’s bones

Written by georgejmyersjr

06/28/2009 at 10:18 pm

Willowbank Reserve: other pictures and things in New Zealand

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This is the area where they filmed a good chunk of lord of the rings, it was Edoras the capital of rodin and helms deep. The landscape is a stunning contrast of rolling desert like dry tussock, blue lakes, flat plains and giant snow ice covered mountains

Thanks for the heads-up on HDR photography

My Planet Willowbank Reserve

Written by georgejmyersjr

06/28/2009 at 9:16 pm

Posted in ecology, photography

Newsvine – US announces big shift in Afghanistan drug policy

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The BBC had a story. A former heroin addict was working in Afghanistan convincing farmers there to raise pomegranates instead of poppy. Pakistan once had the sun-blocker as cash crop until it was taken out of skin cream products. Maybe more botanical research should be done there also, like finding an organic source or substitute for or a product like sun-blocker. They could sure use it in Australia.  – Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:13 PM EDT

I’ve read 50% of the opium from poppy growing (for morphine) comes from Tasmania in Australia, according to the report on the wallabies who are stoned on the plant and are creating little "crop circles" reported in the press. H. G. Wells’ "War of the Worlds" was dedicated in the introduction of the book to the natives of Tasmania who perished having no immunity to the diseases carried by the rest of the world, totally wiped out. – Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:03 PM EDT

Newsvine – US announces big shift in Afghanistan drug policy

Written by georgejmyersjr

06/28/2009 at 8:56 pm

Loyalists start weapons decommissioning – Home News, UK – The Independent

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Loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland today confirmed they have started to decommission their weapons.

Loyalists start weapons decommissioning – Home News, UK – The Independent

Written by georgejmyersjr

06/28/2009 at 3:42 am

Posted in news, peace, politics

Newsvine – Vietnam War Memorial Wall On Display

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The Vietnam War Memorial Wall replica is on display in Orlando, Florida. The designer, Maya Lin also designed a newspaper recycling plant for the South Bronx in NYC. Unfortunately politics and the events of 9/11/01 stopped the discussion of what would have been a great "green" project in the currently returning Bronx ecology, i.e., herring are swimming again and a beaver built a lodge in the Bronx River, cleaned every year, and other signs of the what some might consider once the "curse" of the "Official Borough Flower" once the Sumatra corpse flower, has been changed to the "day lily" in 2000. Probably a result of it’s popularity at the Bronx Botanical Gardens back at the end of the 19th century?

Newsvine – Vietnam War Memorial Wall On Display

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06/28/2009 at 12:29 am

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