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It’s Time To Clear the Air at Ground Zero

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About 10 years before, I was taught 3D photo recording from a Canadian firm, from Rollei. They were interested in being prepared, the next time, for an air-crash, in Gander, Newfoundland, when a blizzard covered a US military one. The new system and a helicopter flyover would allow data recreated back in an office on digitizer tablets and PCs. It was used in vehicle accidents in Great Britain, to build a “Crazy Horse Monument” also tested underwater by NOAA. Nearby, an Avianca jet, Flight 52, crashed on Cove Neck, Long Island, that January 1990 after a miscalled fuel emergency. We were testing it in archaeological recording, for an EPA Superfund Hudson River site in Cold Spring, NY, the West Point Foundry where the cannon that “won the civil war”, on the periphery of it and a nickel-cadmium contamination from batteries, for NIKE missiles, once found around major cities.

Why wasn’t on 9/12/01 it declared a HAZMAT Superfund site? I went through a number of training classes to work in archaeology on them, providing numerous blood and urine samples, before-and-after, first to Mt. Sinai’s Occupational Medicine dept., then to another private doctor in NJ. Why wasn’t “martial law” declared in such a large tragedy? Am I “over-managed” in thinking what was good for me would have been good for the responders, some of the first from the Bronx where I live?
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Historic plaque – Midland Man : The Portal to Texas History

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Historic plaque – Midland Man : The Portal to Texas History …actually a woman.

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07/30/2010 at 2:01 pm

Tornado In New York? Some Think Massive Storm Was Twister (VIDEOS)

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I can’t see the damage here in Holland Ave., around the corner from Cruger, Bronxdale (former Bear Swamp Rd) and Sagamore Aves., where Regis Philbin, but the wind was different blew through the street from north to south, unusual, west to east, more drifting the snow, and then followed by quite a serious of flashes and heavy wind-whipped rain. My friend was watching the YES Yankee game on cable, and before they brought out the tarps, interference patterns began forming on the TV and the sky grew very dark to the north. I think all cable comes from satellite and perhaps atmospherics the cause. There was a Whole Earth Catalog report of a UHF channel to tune to, if it turns white, there’s a tornado within 2 minutes, though unreliable and the government disavows any such warning, it depends on “supercells” of electrical energy forming high in the atmposphere, not allways in storms, its though before tornados. Someone years ago studied traffic patterns in and out of cities in Texas to see if “weekenders” and other patterns might give them a “seed” which is another story about Kurt Vonnegut’s brother a cloud seeder scientist at SUNY Albany.
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07/26/2010 at 4:05 pm

Society for preservation Of Historic cements

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Conference coming to New York City in 2011!

The American Historic Cement Conference
March 31 – April 2, 2011
New York City

Society for preservation Of Historic cements

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07/25/2010 at 10:41 pm

Preserving Historic Preservation in New York City

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One interesting problem in preservation in NYC, where buildings as young as 40 years old can be considered, is in the sub-surface remains, or archaeology beneath the streets and properties. With the new off-the-shelf recording devices, i.e., digital infra-red transits and laser imaging devices, cameras for close-range photogrammetry, etc., that aspect of the past can be recorded quickly and often has gone almost hand-in-hand, by necessity, with the new development, with many of the Landmarks Preservation Commission overseen projects. I went to Stony Brook University with its first archaeologist. From the now US landmarked National Monument African Burial Ground, first landmarked by the LPC, to the “First Almshouse” cemetery inside City Hall Park and many others, they have consistently been involved in the transition between the past and the future, as is required by Federal and State law. Sure, it may seem to cost a bit more, “holding up” development, but when the early history of the city is further understood, we find more explanations of where we were and where we’re going. I find that important and their role in it part of “preservation” even if the archeology and development often destroys what it studies, we’ve investigated the record.
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07/25/2010 at 8:17 pm

Letters: Meet the Ground Zero rogues – Salon

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Ground Zero and the Sphere

I have worked in the archaeology of New York City for a number of years. I also live in the Bronx around the corner from the Muslim Center there. A few years ago I was at Battery Park, where the “Sphere” the outdoor sculpture damaged in the WTC attack has an eternal flame. I think I witnessed a number of Muslims in black being arrested for praying in the park by the NYPD, just before my “swing shift” (3:30 pm to midnight) archaeologically monitoring the new “cut and fill” subway tunnel through the park, connecting to the new Whitehall station and South Ferry to Staten Island, which 9/11 funds had redesigned due to the lack of full train accessibility to a platform, which on that day must have caused many to panic. The tunnel in part goes under the “Sphere”. The NY Transit Museum in Grand Central Terminal, documents the changes. I also work for a company in the World Financial Center next door to “ground zero” and think that some of the “groundless” stories there sold by hawkers a shame, and suspect why those Muslims chose to pray there that day, a right to assemble and protest guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. One might argue, though Columbus “discovered” it, the Muslim influenced Spanish settled the “New World” first and if you believe it the evidence, a Chinese Muslim explorer was “here” before them, Zheng He, “buried at sea” or in India. We should remember it is not anyone’s sphere but belongs to all.

See BBC “Chinese search for Ming shipwreck off Kenyan coast”  26 July 2010

In 2005, as part of an event in the run-up to the 600th anniversary of Zheng’s first voyage, the Chinese paid a visit to Lamu to undertake DNA tests on a Swahili family, who were found to have had traces of Chinese ancestry.

Letters: Meet the Ground Zero rogues – Salon

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07/25/2010 at 5:30 pm

Second, and Third, Thoughts Over Killing of Prospect Park Geese

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Prospect Park started after the Quaker burial ground was moved from near the corner of Houston and Bowery, Methodists from nearby moved elsewhere. I’ve read that there may be different types of Canada geese, some fly in the Great Atlantic Flyway, impossible to remove and those that live here in NYC. Kill every bird in North and South America and you may eliminate the threat of ospreys, for example, returning to the NY/CT/MA from northern Brazil, they almost were by DDT, not geese. John James Audubon, a NYC resident, was the first to tag birds and show they returned, why hasn’t some better science prevailed over this outright misdirected culling in our behalf? From my observation, they come from A2A (Algonquin to Adirondack area) and would testify as seen from the Fort Drum, NY. Perhaps they were sent here by development policy. From there Audubon was helped by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. No culling without science. NY Times City Room

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07/18/2010 at 8:29 pm

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