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George Takei “Heroes come in many forms…”

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As Norman Yoshio Mineta, the former Democrat Cabinet member under both George W. Bush and William J. Clinton explained, it was, I think he meant, as if Japanese-Americans were then not allowed to own property in California, unless there really was a law like that. Some have suggested Anglo farmers wanted Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to work on their farms, not Japanese-Americans and FDR conceded, an "over-the-barrel" bind of strategic resources in time of war. The few people I’ve met associated with the internments were often pro-American democracy, Morris Opler, PhD, anthropologist, helped write three of the four suits brought before the US Supreme Court on behalf of internees, i.e., Americans have rights as did his study people, the Apache, misunderstood. His brother Marvin Opler, PhD was also a noted anthropologist I once had the time to study with in Buffalo, NY. My father in WWII in Italy had quite a respect for the so-called "nisei" (second generation) who fought bravely there, earning more decorations than any other unit, and elsewhere, at great loss in some circumstances, i.e. Battle of the Bulge, rescuing US Army Texans.

NY Times “Bob Fletcher Dies at 101; Saved Farms of Interned Japanese-Americans”

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06/07/2013 at 1:40 pm

WNYC News Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy

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I worked in October 2003 on an archeology survey for the Army Corps of Engineers, by Panamerican Consultants, Inc., (their Buffalo, NY office) done by law, to precede the building of storm wall placements and flood buffer areas along the shore. We shovel-tested from "South Beach" south to "Oakwood Beach" and the sewerage treatment plant there next to "Great Kills Park". Other areas, around Floyd Bennett Field and Gateway National Park were called off. I was surprised by the flooding tragedies that took place where I had once worked thinking, perhaps, the rest of the process had been accomplished. The Army Corps’ NE headquarters are nearby at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, the "Parade Field" there I’ve also shovel-tested. Who or what stopped it, I wonder? Perhaps WNYC could inquire. Link to WNYC article.

Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy – WNYC

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02/25/2013 at 7:34 pm

New York State Museum Archaeology Programs Targeted

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I have recently learned that the New York State Education Department and the New York State Museum are effectively gutting their century plus old archaeology program. State Archaeologist; curator of archaeology; and the curator of historic archaeology, were all served layoff notices effective in three weeks unless their union negotiates a contract settlement. I have heard that NY State Museum administration was not consulted on the layoff plan nor were they informed until the layoff notices were served.

I am sort of a lurking archaeologist, my BA degree in anthropology as well as doctoral prep, though archaeology providing the wherewithal mostly to pursue higher education and thought to elaborate on some “connections” in the NY State Archaeology program I’ve happened across on which someone else might expand.

In “The NY Times” article “Edmund Carpenter, Restless Scholar, Dies at 88” (July 8, 2011 http://nyti.ms/nC6jW5) he an “…archaeologist and anthropologist who, impatient with traditional boundaries between disciplines, did groundbreaking work in anthropological filmmaking and ethnomusicology and, with his friend Marshall McLuhan, laid the foundations of modern media studies, died on July 1 in Southampton, N.Y. He was 88.”

It also refers: “At 13 he met Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca anthropologist and director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, who invited him to take part in excavations of prehistoric Iroquoian sites.” Arthur C. Parker (Seneca “snow snake” a North Woods winter game) would become one of New York’s important State Archaeologists, whose records we still use to decide the likelihood of prehistoric and historic resources that require additional protection.

I was quite surprised to learn that Mr. Parker’s sister, “Birdie” Parker also a noted anthropologist of native materials and ethnology was married to “Iron Eyes Cody” the actor who played many native roles in the Hollywood films, and left a lasting impression on keeping America clean by shedding a tear on camera as a public service announcement. In many films (i.e. Crazy Horse in the film “Sitting Bull”) I happened to meet him at a Choctaw Pow-wow in 1979 when he was grieving for his wife, who had just passed on.

It seems a shame that New York’s heritage, which is more often than not connected to the world outside New York, would be jeopardized by what many with many millions today, would see as a small sum of funds used for the greater good, its people.

Not necessarily the views of my employers. – posted to histarch

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07/09/2011 at 8:15 pm

Archaeology reports: errors and omissions‏

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To info@lpc.nyc.gov

I am very glad to see the information presented online. It was one of the purposes I thought of the archaeology as stated in the aims of the first archaeology Sherene Baugher, PhD, i.e., to put the reports in all the public libraries in New York City. Unfortunately the reasons many gave against it I find some similarity with:

In ”ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONITORING AT THE OLD WEST FARMS SOLDIER CEMETERY, THE BRONX, NEW YORK” (LPC online as 1038.pdf)

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It erroneously states my surname “Myers” as “Meyers” and that I have an M.A. I have a B.A. It also erroneously states therefore I was a “Project Archaeologist”. It also erroneously reports Nancy A. Stehling as having an “M.A.” She has a “M.S.” in Public Archaeology from RPI and is on the RPA. I’ve seen trouble before from people having M.A. added to their names, and though I was a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University years ago, now with a campus also in Manhattan, I gave that up to find more practical experience in NYC, not completing my essays for an M.A. though passing comprehensive exams.

I might also add that another report Ms. Stehling and I were the primary researchers and I a major writer of was the:

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COOPER SQUARE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Historical Overview and Assessment

(LPC online as 501.pdf)

and there is no credit given at all. We were never provided the almost final or final copy and if you look at it it could have at minimum used a better proofing:

“Later it became Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s farm or bouwerie, where the street derived its name. He is buried near his farm in the Street Marks Church-in-the-Bowery at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, the oldest continuing house of worship in the City.” p.6

There are other similar glaring errors we might have corrected though Parsons from Virginia. There is also problems with the bibliography, a book entry in the list of maps. I’m still not convinced the editor had our interest in mind, the primary research as to some of the specifics history of landmark evaluation left out, but seen in the bibliography i.e., General Von Steuben and the first National Guard; Kate Mullaney the first woman, sitting next to Susan B. Anthony in Germania Hall, voted to union management. She organized the detachable “white collar” cleaner workers in Troy, NY. Her house is on the US National Register of Historic Places today. Perhaps one or two signs or plaques would’ve been considered for where feminist Kate Millet also lived before the development.

Anyway those two I’ve had a chance to look over, and congratulate the LPC for putting these reports online.

(http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/forms/archaeology_reports.shtml)

George J. Myers, Jr.

It’s Time for the Peace Corps Administration to Wake Up and Reform

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Every Peace Corps volunteer affects an other American. I applied everywhere but Korea, my uncle went into the Army at 31, and, with an anthropolo­gy degree, offered to inoculate Koreans for TB. Since, a former President was jailed. I find it hard to believe a Korean couldn’t do so. Back to square one, where I work in American archaeolog­y and another story.

The Peace Corps thought it might be good to assist the archaeolog­y of the then declared independent Belize in the Mayan culture area on the Yucatan peninsula. I was told a number of people were accepted and shipped there according to a former Stony Brook University classmate. As it turned out, the person in charge of the antiquitie­s for that country, a trusted archaeolog­ist thought the idea a bad one. At the time a terrible civil war was also being fought in nearby Guatemala which has finally ended.

In both cases, and by the way it’s been found that UV light emitters in heating and cooling ducts of large structures is very effective in killing airborne TB bacteria, i.e. in shopping malls, government buildings, etc., that with the proper planning these ideas are good, but need better planning and review and are still important for the work in peace. Tried again, with somewhat different objectives would work. Once upon a time it was stated the Peace Corps were only accepting beekeepers­. Hope they helped the bees.

My condolence­s to the Shrivers, their kin and friends. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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01/25/2011 at 9:18 pm

The Practice of Urban Archaeology

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Interesting map of demographics:


Race and ethnicity: New York City
Originally uploaded by Eric Fischer

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09/15/2010 at 2:30 pm

In the view of an anthropologist how would Sep 11, 2001 influence a person? – Yahoo! Answers

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In the view of an anthropologist how would Sep 11, 2001 influence a person? – Yahoo! Answers

First we might consider if it was over cows, wars, pigs or witches, topics anthropologists are often concerned with and narrow it down, for “influence”. In the political economy, it resulted from some ideas in order to have been completed. Take for example “Ground Zero” a term that when I asked a journalist for its origin, that is who used it not what it means, he had no source, but it came from people in charge and carried around the world by media, influencing many. The original term over Hiroshima, is a misnomer the a-bomb exploded over the ground. Depending upon one’s circle of distance away from “ground zero” from those events in Japan, a differential compensation is paid for those suffering from the effects of the radiation exposure and collateral damage. No policy as far as I know has been proposed or considered for the events of 9/11/2001, particularly for NYC where it was described, i.e., “ground zero”.

It seems we might consider that it is over wars, conducted overseas that we cannot stop, i.e., the opium crop in Afghanistan, as much as we would like to, without devoting a large part of our political economy to supporting idle Afghans. We once tried that to return wild Atlantic salmon to the rivers of Maine, they have such good fishing in nearby New Brunswick, Canada. We’d dammed the river, spent much on the “fish-ladders” and then paid off the fishermen of Greenland, where it’s thought the little fish grow. Former head of the Dept. of Interior’s idea. Didn’t work. The US Air Force finally bombed the dams and maybe now Americans can fish in their own country! Unfortunately our Illinois Air Guard bombed and killed some Canadian troops in Afghanistan, apparently on some mood-altering drug, many untested (anthrax vaccine, etc.) it’s said tried out in America’s new “Unconventional war”. That leaves out the cows, pigs and witches and puts the “wars” “casus belli” which might be misleading, perhaps the “daisy cutter” and other bombs killing any life that needs oxygen in a certain area perhaps even more the reason, in “peasant” societies the basis for plotting revenge.

Source(s):

Marvin Harris, “The Rise of Anthropological Theory” and “Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches” a compendium of articles.

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06/18/2010 at 5:10 pm

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