Archive for August 2012
08:31 AM on 08/17/2012
The museum would be in the former Peerless Photo, Inc. site which was contaminated and mitigated of photo-chemicals. I’m not sure the tower site was kept, the base was shown in the press to be bulldozed when so cleaned or was in the past. The building was designed by the famous architect, Stanford White, who lived not very far away, nearby Stony Brook having built there a “world’s tallest”(?) windmill. He was a victim of gun violence and a moment of insanity. You might think given the breadth of White’s influence, White House, Washington Square Arch, Municipal building, to name a few, that the Tesla lab would be preserved for that additional historical significance. And it’s nearby the Brookhaven National Laboratory!
Geopolitical arguments are better than conflicts. I work in archaeology and have seen base expansion, Fort Drum, NY to 7000 US Army 10th Mountain and support, formally from Camp Hale, CO, and have seen others “close” for example the US Navy leave and the US Air Guard is still there, what was in WWII, Warminster, now parkland, and Willow Grove Naval Air Station, now Horsham Air Guard. Next door a great aviation museum. It’s where autogyros and the first US Mail planes were built and many others. In terms of public safety, a good idea, according to my Snapple cap, 40% of the US population lives a 1 hour drive from Philadelphia, PA and those other areas, with jets, as close. When I think of the contrast of 1983 Army and today’s, I would gladly see more “forensic accounting” than forensics as our forces have modernized. That I think is what former US President, Columbia University president, and former US General Eisenhower meant of the then newly formed “military-industrial complex”. Future military base-closures inevitable Panetta warns
Scientists search for the explosive source of a disaster that wiped out almost a third of Londoners in 1258
theguardian | The Observer
A more recent one caused the “18 hundred and froze to death” 1816 in the northeast US and I’ve read Northern Europe. “Mechanics” those then employed in shipbuilding in Setauket, NY (about 100?) had to wear their winter coats in July. Crops didn’t grow in “the year without summer” from the atmospheric dust from the volcano explosion in Indonesia, then too. I think “middlemen” ports like Baltimore, MD profited by shipping needed comestibles north. Not sure if however, there was such a large effect on the population as this dramatic archaeology research shows. US populations were quite lower. On Long Island, where it’s reported 10,000 cords of wood were cut for the War 1812, it might have had effect, a primary source of heat then, coal wouldn’t show up until 1840 or so, though early expeditions were organized as far back as the days of Oliver Cromwell in Huntington, NY to look for coal to fire brick.
The other phenomena are seen after wind storms I think. It was reported by a French observer nearby the British Army’s “Fort Golgotha” in Huntington, NY on Long Island during the American Revolution, that the wind and cold had formed “snowrolls” that went uphill. Ironically “Queen’s Ranger” Benjamin Thompson, in charge, would later be known as Count Rumford and an expert on early thermal physics, among other European successes. The fort was built in a cemetery on a hill and was reported that some of the troops to have baked bread on some of the gravestones. It was plowed over later, and some small archaeology efforts done there, the official one, I assisted.
I’ve seen the “rolls” on-line in some of the candid pictures of Scotland in the winter, in what appear to be fairly flat fields, as shown in this photo.
Science “Of Ice and Men” aaas.org