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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

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

Discover 1812 | Trip Ideas: War of 1812

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It’s been reported Ontario, Canada has $5 million for the bicentennial events commemorating the War of 1812, New York state, $5,000. This link shows some of the issues on the Canadian side which led to the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the burning of the White House in that war the Canadians claim they won. Discover 1812 | Trip Ideas

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05/07/2010 at 11:58 am

Talking about: Planet Washington: Here’s what the U.S. wanted the British to keep secret

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Comment and perhaps what the British wanted the US to keep secret:

The “cooperation” is not only “ahistorical” it’s also an imitation of bad methods and procedures. In NYC during the American Revolution prisoners, including Ethan Allen were tortured by a Major Cunningham, in a prison what would be today next to City Hall, cited by the NY Times (1909) as “blacker than any black hole of Calcutta” and many thousands perished around the NYC harbor in dis-masted prison ships, a light supposed to be lit in their memory in Fort Greene, Brooklyn where what is left of their human remains are kept. A questionable “first almshouse” cemetery under the walkway in front of the Horace Greeley statue is in City Hall Park near it a statue in front of City Hall of Nathan Hale, who hung as a spy regretted only having one life to lose for his country. In retaliation for blowing up the fort that became Toronto (actually self-inflicted during the American invasion) the White House was burned in the War of 1812 which America lost, conceivably the lesson learned, to stay within its own borders. Not that British intelligence is that good either, recently two secret reports were found far from their offices, left on a train or somewhere else reported in their news. Around the corner from Guantanamo, America’s “last slaver” “Wanderer” sank in a storm on Cape Maysi, which had in 1858 had helped start the Civil War. Are our methods becoming another reason for anarchy? I hope not.

Posted by: George Myers, Jr. | February 16, 2010 at 02:59 PM

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02/18/2010 at 3:26 pm

Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill – mediabistro.com: TVNewser

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Mr. Cronkite is a Sponsor of the US National Maritime Historical Society & it’s "Overseer". The St. Lawrence Seaway story is my favorite of his. It played in the visitors center of the Eisenhower Lock between Massena, NY and Cornwall, Ontario (over the Mohawk lands one must go to get to or from either) where Queen Elizabeth and then President Dwight Eisenhower met to open what became quite an asset for the city of Chicago and elsewhere in the US and Canada.

Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill – mediabistro.com: TVNewser

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06/24/2009 at 12:43 pm

Goose Roundup, Day 3 – NY Times

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41. Back in 1983 I was working for the relocation of the US Army 10th Mountain Division from Camp Hale, CO to Fort Drum, NY in the archaeology tests that by state and federal law precede development. Way off in the distance was a huge almost dark thin cloud of geese. I was astounded, as if some major part of the natural world had been modified. However, I don’t live there in Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association’s area. However I’ve noticed Canadian geese in the tri-state area since. Never heard of an airplane problem with them. Maybe it’s true they were the migrating geese in one of the Eastern Seaboard’ “flyways” where great numbers of birds migrate. The “local” osprey, nests here, returning after DDT control, and flies to Long Island from the northern coast of Brazil. Round the geese up and take them somewhere if they must. How about Fort Drum?

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06/18/2009 at 6:02 pm

io9 – Hallmark’s Captain Pike Figure Perfect As A Cake Topper For Your Three-Way Wedding – Star Trek

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I sometimes wonder if Gene Roddenberry was considering the historical Zebulon Pike, when he created "Captain Pike" who survives. Zebulon Pike was blown up from the exploding "bombproof" when a "special" explosive being prepared, ignited prematurely, for the American invaders of Canada from Sackets Harbor, NY in near what later became Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the War of 1812.

The remains of the explorer of what became the American West ("Pike’s Peak" found by him) placed in a barrel, were returned to Sackets Harbor then the largest military compound in the US and the cited "birthplace" of the American Navy, on the Great Lakes. A fence around the cemetery there, where chloroform was distilled and glucose made from potato starch was refined, both in 1831 by Samuel Guthrie, was originally part of Buckingham Palace provided to demonstrate our friendship since. Our American invasion was countered with the siege of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD and the burning of the White House in Washington, D.C.

…interesting reply or comment and response:

I think people later attributed it to him. It may have had no name or a native name or like Alaska, part of territory descriptions, the "Panhandle" apparently decided to include valleys that went along with "sighted" and described "peaks". Of course he might have had guidance like that commemorated on the current US gold dollar depicting "Sacajawea" who guided Lewis and Clark, who President Jefferson asked to look out for large mammoths, America’s first science expedition, to excavate one west of Newburgh, New York. It was thought mammoths might be roaming in the West.

The previous Susan B. Anthony dollar was to show the woman who once posed as a man to vote in Upstate New York before women could vote, who was defended by judge Henry Selden. They named the town I went to school in after him, Selden, NY which I "found" to be the case much later.

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