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Martians in New Jersey: Remembering the War of the Worlds

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I worked archaeology testing nearby in Penns Neck, NJ, part of a proposed Route 1 interchange for Princeton, NJ. The road to Grovers Mill was closed then as the bridge was being replaced. The RCA Sarnoff research center, a co-developer of “successful television” and a General in WWII in charge of “ionospheric” transmissions, i.e., large acreage of wires stretched about tree top level in New Jersey nearby, and on Long Island, NY, (Rocky Point, NY ~4500 acres given to NY state for $1 for parkland), to transmit radio and perhaps images to Europe at night were in place nearby or proposed. I remember the “strange shaped water tower” in Grovers Mill, on a tripod that was apparently shot at with a shotgun after the radio show. I purchased a PCjr internal modem slot interface for a faster external modem nearby after the bridge was finished and the job done. We found one Orient Fishtail projectile point in the gas-line pipe trench in the research center’s front yard.

So I think perhaps, the “Martians” chose their landing site carefully that Halloween. Happy landings!

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10/31/2009 at 10:09 pm

Brian Williams From Afghanistan: How Kabul Changed Overnight, What The Troops Think, & Why He Had To Go

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As I recall it, having archaeologically “salvaged” the “Swamp Angel” gun platform, used in the first incendiary bombardment of civilians, the “foreign” citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863, a EPA re-remediation of nickel and cadmium for batteries in NIKE missile defenses once in use around the world, recovered for the US Army Corps of Engineers in a Marathon Battery National Priority Site in part in “Foundry Cove” filled swampland in Cold Spring, NY next to Constitution Island across the Hudson River from the West Point Military Academy, I was shown a device in our exploration of archaeological recording that allowed a TV camera to be raised over the US embassy compound, which were the only pictures often from our operations there in Iraq, narrated however, quite skillfully for children by television journalist, Peter Jennings.

Edwin Newman read a letter at the UN Chapel, back before the invasion of Iraq and the looting of one of Western civilization’s most important museums, at a eulogy for a former NBC and lastly CBS news producer, George Murray, who had directed “Huntley and Brinkley” in the early years and went on to win awards in television news. In it he apologized to the reporters “embedded” in Vietnam who were trying to create a report on the common soldiers view, that they had been canceled by “higher ups” it was reported to me, a cousin. Those 9/11 passports found, create a scenario, where “The whole World is watching” (Medium Cool).

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10/31/2009 at 8:01 pm

Military Reverses Ban On Afghanistan Soldier Death Photos

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Back in 2001, after 9/11, I was working on the archaeology survey of West Point Academy, on parts that had to be cleaned up due to damages to large trees by Hurricane Floyd. I had previously worked on the archaeology of the EPA National Priority site across the river in Cold Spring, NY in the 1990s, where the West Point Foundry was located, and cannon founding, proofing and test firing went on at the west side from the east side of the river. Anthrax I recall had appeared in the mails, later to have been found to be from the US Army, and a jetliner crashed into Queens, NY bound for the Dominican Republic, killing all on-board. Security at the Point was more thorough than usual and entrances blocked by large vehicles. Listening to the TV in the small motel the crew stayed in nearby, after work in the former Raritan River flooded Bridgewater, NJ and some testing at a Picatinney Arsenal former rocket assembly facility, I was interested in the report that we were going into Afghanistan, according to Japanese news reporting, to clean-up the airfields that the Russians had left behind, in what my Dad called “Russia’s Vietnam”. Well eight years later I’ve yet to see a report on airfields other than that the largest one in Asia is being built there according to DW-TV. Some policy huh? Airfields.

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Note: As I recall, a Panamerican employee found one Orient Fishtail type projectile point there, broken, perhaps from the shovel, in a hillock. Many were found with burials and grave goods in 1956 on Long Island at the ‘Sugar Loaf Hill Site” near the native Shinnecock Reservation and the point is found elsewhere, (Fischetti Site I volunteered on West Meadow, and others). They characterize”…the Orient culture of Long Island and seems to constitute a horizon marker for the Late Archaic-Early Woodland transitional zone in eastern and southern New York.” (“The Stony Brook Site And…” NYS Museum Bulletin 372, Jan. 1959, reprint 1965, Albany, NY.)

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10/19/2009 at 7:08 pm

Red Ink and Rewrites? We don’t need no…: ‘Northwest Passage’ (Book I — Rogers’ Rangers)

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10/18/2009 at 10:14 pm

Forget GQ’s top 50, this is CQ! – First Read – msnbc.com

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Forget GQ’s top 50, this is CQ! – First Read – msnbc.com

George B. Cortelyou who held Cabinet posts under Pres. McKinley and after climbing down and a series of buckboard rides through the Adirondacks at night to the North Creek, NY railhead, President Theodore Roosevelt. An article in the National Archives journal states he was the first “White House Press Secretary” when he invited the press in to tell about McKinley’s condition, he was expected to recover from the shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, which maybe was meant for Mr. Cortelyou, he had averted an economic depression by making the price of a loaf of bread from 5 cents to 10 as Sec. of the Treasury. Appointed Postmaster General, under Roosevelt, it would not stop there and well look at the cost of a postage stamp now! Once a shorthand teacher in NYC and early CEO of ConEdison, while Chairman of the Republican Party he must have kept all his own dictation in shorthand because no one seems to have heard or written about him, and as an introducer of conservation measures in the US, I think him one of the important overlooked “50”.

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Note: his mother Rose Seery had a sister Ellen Seery who was married to Peter A. Myers, whose son, my grandfather, was Joseph Myers. My dad, George, was the youngest of eleven of Joseph and Margaret (nee Gregory) Myers. Apparently grandpa Joseph was a Reform Democrat and did not get along with the Chairman!

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10/15/2009 at 5:56 pm

Soviet space shuttle could bail out NASA: comments

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October 10, 2009, 22:35 Seems a bit speculative to restart Buran when both the ESA (Europe) and JAXA (Japan) have already sent unmanned cargo carriers to the ISS recently, both which might carry crew and return from orbit it’s been stated. At one time the Shuttle program or "Orbiter" as it was known on the early personal computer games, which was considered very accurate, was to be a split civilian (NASA, Cape Canaveral) and military (US Air Force, Vandenberg) program, which due to costs and objections to the militarization of space was reduced to the five shuttles for NASA mostly or, as I remember it, the whole program was going to go down in the flames of argument. The "Orbiter" simulation, though not implemented, had laser weapons aboard. Much of the arguments went on as objections to the American participation in the International Space Station were worked out. Still, it would be good to find someway to control and service all that stuff out there in orbit.

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10/14/2009 at 4:46 pm

NY Times blog City Room: Call to Abolish Public Advocate’s Office Stirs Unease

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I think we’d lose respect from other nations who consider the “ombudsman” part of their government a key to getting things done. After all we did not necessarily invent the structure of city government but it has been handed down through generations who have kept it despite changes in politics. The fundamental right to “redress” is provided by it, for example, going back to the so-called “Leisler’s Rebellion”. He was later found “not guilty” of turning over the City to the overwhelming British Navy and outnumbered in the Dutch fort, whose well was dry. Though hung, he was exonerated and they dug up his body from a paupers grave and paraded through the city streets. He had been hanged on the edge of the swamp that became the acres of tanning vats of the Roosevelt family. Fortunes were made there, but public investigation and mapping moved them further and further out of the city, to control disease, and not by official city planning. Call to Abolish Public Advocate’s Office Stirs Unease

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10/13/2009 at 4:34 pm

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