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DiscoveryNews: Jars Hint at Amelia Earhart as Castaway: Photos

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I read online this creme was confiscated and destroyed (google doc) by the USDA for libelous packaging, in fact containing near 12% mercury. May 15, 1912 and ordered destroyed by the marshal. Perhaps however, the "retro" looking bottle was produced by the Owens Corning glass company for some pharmaceutical business that then produced another mixture, i.e., one that the FDA wouldn’t be concerned with, which ended up in Amelia Earhart’s "kit".  DiscoveryNews

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Jamaica’s Port Royal Seeks World Heritage Status

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I worked with two underwater archaeologists who had worked for a short time in Port Royal while excavating the so-called “Ronson Ship” buried at a former dock or slip in NYC. The ship, from the dead “teredo” or shipworms found in it showed the ship had been in the Caribbean and North Atlantic according to biologists. Maybe there? The point is, Port Royal could be used as a “time capsule” by which we can look at other finds, serendipitous or otherwise. And despite its “reputation” was an important port of call in the early days of nation formation and should be protected by UNESCO. It’s also a very easily accessible dive, for many, unlike others that require more danger, from the sea, equipment and entanglements another reason to keep its exceptional archaeological sites. Besides, where else can you find the “wrath of the maker”? Huffington Post

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05/31/2012 at 3:11 pm

Nicole Kidman’s ‘Paperboy’ Scene: Director Lee Daniels Explains Why She Urinates On Zac Efron

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She had already, been on camera in "Eyes Wide Shut", micturating, as she and Dr. Harford are getting ready for the Christmas party. The paintings on the wall are Mrs. Kubrick’s. In "A.I." the little boy robot walks in while his owner, she’s on the toilet, and seemed like "the last straw" for the little Pinocchio. Huffington Post

Actually, its because of a jellyfish!

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05/31/2012 at 3:08 pm

Comment: Pearl Harbor Memorial by Dan Rather

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As an archaeology tech in the US surprised I am by a few recent events in this regard. Testing a new R.O.V. for underwater survey they discovered one of the mini-subs was sunk by the US with a hole to the base of the conning tower. They state that from the records, it was the first shot fired at the battle. Recent film analysis shows one in the inner harbor, attacking by torpedo. Maybe you’ve seen that film James Caan was in, about Allied mini-subs "Submarine X-1" (1969).

I read Mainichi Shimbun ("Daily News") a non-native researcher lamented the lack of research in the days that led directly to the battle. He or she had uncovered a story of "too late" translated "declaration of war" which one would assume was for diplomats. An unusually warm December day brought the translators to a burial service, outside, D.C. The minister took advantage of fine weather, stretching it to a two hour service. They got back too late on a weekend to translate the communiqué. The researcher suggests we go back to piece back the events. Germany declared war shortly after it, and began "Operation Drumbeat" sending US ships at sea in coastal and international waters to the bottom. My grand-dad’s brother, Leman Urquhart, was captain of the "SS City of Atlanta" and lost with over 40 others, sunk in that January after the December "Day of Infamy".

Huffington Post 5/30/2012

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05/31/2012 at 2:56 pm

Some Gay Rights Advocates Uneasy About Long Jail Time for Dharun Ravi – NYTimes.com

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After the first WTC attack, bomb in a van in a parking garage, cameras went in all over downtown NYC, as an apparent "deterrent". Well, they’re still there and even more today than then. When the camera phone was introduced a large change in the everyday traffic and commerce also changed. People learn new tech and make mistakes with it too. Where were the cameras on the NYC landmark George Washington Bridge? Pointed at the traffic. It’s a long way, it seems to me, from Rutger’s University. Putting Ravi in long-term lockup won’t create legislation guaranteeing "privacy" an expectation we’re told not to have even in the Post Office replacement … e-mail. Terrible it was, but perhaps more to the motive.

Some Gay Rights Advocates Uneasy About Long Jail Time for Dharun Ravi – NYTimes.com

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05/21/2012 at 9:07 pm

Ye old lakebed – Fort Drum, NY

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Date:    Mon, 14 May 2012 07:51:16 -0700
From:    George Myers <georgejmyersjr@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Sub floor deposits – dust & taphonomy

Back in the early 80s an archaeology survey was conducted at Fort Drum, NY, about 110,000 acres many of which are areas where live fire exercises were or are conducted from stationary tanks and other materiel from outside the double-fenced acreage, east of Watertown, NY. Before WWII, it had had about 10,000 people employed, many in the dairy trade, where before bog-iron furnaces, perhaps four (4) had been around the earlier Pine Camp, and a palisaded village of the hypothesized “St. Lawrence Iroquois”. One of the requirements was that we attend an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) which we were told was based on the British UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) units which had more “experience” with those matters. Of the many problems in that underpaid branch of the US Army, the officer related that their most trouble came from barracks finds. People think in the field to bring something home and change their minds and “stash it” somewhere in the barracks, i.e., under floors, in walls, and elsewhere to escape detection. They apparently then did a lot of that screening after NY National Guard units and US Army winter training units, before the construction of facilities and the relocation of the US Army 10th Mountain Division cantonment from Colorado, for about 7,000 people it was stated in the plans as part of an economic plan for a helping that area. I’m glad we had the class, and thought to “pass it forward”.

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05/15/2012 at 7:35 am

Hello ruby in the dust…

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Date:    Sat, 12 May 2012 09:39:10 -0700
From:    George Myers <georgejmyersjr@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Sub floor deposits – dust & taphonomy

I recall a Williamsburg, VA film that started with the occupants of a tavern in the 18th century, one drops a coin, which I think rolls toward the hearth and drops in a crack through the floor into the sub floor dirt and transitions to a modern excavation and revealing the coin with a trowel, which was a wonderful opening for the topic. Well yes but then the onion bottle of rum and cherries was also just as interesting excavated elsewhere.

I was at a sub floor excavation of the William Floyd Manor for the kitchen I think, which was required to make it safe before it was to be opened to the public. In the dirt swales between the wooden beams, a number of pins were recovered. Local legend has the British Army’s horses quartered in the manor house. William Floyd a prominent politician and the Long Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, and later General in the American Revolutionary Army in Upstate, NY, where he’s also interred, shouldn’t be confused with Long Island’s North Shore William LLoyd, a Tory who negotiated a hostage transfer. I found in the last resident’s garden a "William Lloyd" bottle seal, an unlikely "error". Dana Linck of the then Denver Service Center, US National Parks Service did the archeology, and he or they might have something on the sub floor deposits beneath the unlikely "horse-bearing" beams. – histarch comment

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05/14/2012 at 7:17 am

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