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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

Frickin’ laser beams may have located the lost city of gold

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What other lost treasures would you like to find with lasers? MSN now

Safe ports…dawn and dusk vision…”gated” lasers just might in development. Dark NEO’s full of minerals (Near Earth Orbit). Moon distance already being measured with them. “Laser propulsion” near the speed of light. We measure it to record properties, build roads, etc., infrared (visible lasers for tunnels) “tacheometers” or “total stations” are now under $4000. Very accurate.

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06/09/2012 at 5:56 pm

Thank you President Obama via NPCA

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Thank you for using the Antiquities Act to proclaim a new national monument at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia! As you know, the Antiquities Act has been used to create monuments at Muir Woods, the Grand Canyon, and the Statute of Liberty. The rich history and natural beauty of Fort Monroe make it a worthy addition to the National Park System.

As an archaeology technician, I’ve traveled to work in a number of our National Historic Parks, i.e., Allegheny Portage Railroad, Hopewell Village Foundry, Fort McHenry National Shrine, Klondike Historic Park, Skagway, Alaska and the William Floyd Manor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence on Long Island where I grew up. I am glad that we have these resources and would encourage further funding for archeology and interpretation. I also work on other sites, and realize the broken laws outlawing slavery up to and during the US Civil War another part of our history that needs further research.

Because of you, Fort Monroe will be preserved for everyone. Citizens will learn how Fort Monroe initiated the decline of the institution of slavery. They will read about the imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, the nursing of the sick by Harriet Tubman, and the lives of other historical figures who spent time at Fort Monroe. Families will walk along its beautiful beaches and bird watchers will enjoy the view.

The Antiquities Act is a critical tool that can be used to ensure that special places like Fort Monroe are honored and protected for all time. I thank you for this wonderful new monument and ask that you look for other opportunities to use the Antiquities Act to protect other special parts of America.

May you and family have a wonderful holiday and as they say, good luck in the new year.

– National Parks Conservation Association Thank you letter

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12/22/2011 at 6:42 pm

Indefinite Detention Bill No Longer Faces Veto Threat From White House (UPDATE)

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Makes it legal for the former Commandant of West Point Military Academy, Robert E. Lee, to capture and hold John Brown and his outfit for trial I guess. Maybe it wasn’t then. After all Harper’s Ferry was where the Federally authorized arsenal, by President George Washington­, was making hundreds of those fancy new percussion cap Harper’s Ferry rifles and he was there, which was reason enough for some to start shooting. Later the arsenal burned and today is covered in the numerous flood sediments of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, Harper’s Ferry is where they join. On this day, 220 years ago, in 1791, the US passed the "Bill of Rights" and as long as militias are guaranteed the right to bear arms, we might actually need such an Executive law someday again?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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12/15/2011 at 3:54 pm

Quest Helicopters AVQ: the shape of safety to come?

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The whole compartment separates and parachutes as low as 300’. Designed in Ukraine, to be made in Dubai.

Corporate Jet Investor Nov 13, 2011

First US Navy helicopter, the Piasecki HUP-2 “Retriever”. At “The Wings of Freedom Museum” adjacent to the former NAS-JRB (Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base), Willow Grove, Pennsylvania partly “closed” September, 2011, when US Navy and US Marine Corps squadrons moved to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Renamed Horsham Air Guard Station, it keeps the 111th Fighter Wing of the Pennsylvania Air Guard, US Army Reserve and Pennsylvania Air National Guard.  Archaeology fieldwork was done there while closing and at part of the former closed Brewster Navy Airfield / Johnsville Naval Air Station /Warminster Naval Air Warfare Center (NJP), Warminster, PA (today in part Warminster Community Park) and former naval housing at “Shenandoah Woods” by my current part-time employer AECOM.

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11/22/2011 at 6:06 pm

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Like Former Mayors, a Statue Fades From View

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City Room – New York Times – “The statue of a former New York City mayor who played a role in George Washington’s presidential inauguration sits largely forgotten on a city island, a casualty, in some ways, of 9/11.”

Comment: I’m reminded of a statue found neglected on a rooftop of Antonin Dvorak, moved to Stuyvesant Square, where another former mayor’s statue is, Peter Stuyvesant. Nearby, Dvorak wrote the “New World Symphony” in a building slated for demolition for an “AIDS Hospice”. The statue was a compromise. No one knows what Nathan Hale looked like, yet his statue was moved out front of City Hall. Why not De Peyster’s in its old place, in the northwest, near Broadway and Chambers? (Like Former Mayors, a Statue Fades From View Peter Stuyvesant was not a mayor but the Director-GeneralN.Y. Times)

Addenda!?: I recall seeing some pictures of Abraham De Peyster statue elsewhere, other than shown at Hanover Square in the NY Times. It was formally located in Bowling Green as shown in this photo (and others):

Source: Citynoise.org blog: Old New York in Colour – Part 1 – Downtown

In blog DAG Tech “The history of Bowling Green, New York City”:

Monuments installed in the park in the 19th century include two fountains (now gone) and a statue of New York’ first mayor, Abraham De Peyster by George Bissell, which was moved to nearby Hanover Square in 1976.

Today It’s described at the Green Apple Tour: A History Tour of Lower Manhattan and to Governor’s Island

Bowling Green was originally established in 1733 and rented to serve for such purposes as a cattle market. In front of the park is the famous Charging Bull sculpture. The park has a water fountain and plenty of benches and chairs to sit down. This park also able to users who want to connect wirelessly to the Internet for free. www.nycgovparks.org

GREAT MISCHIEF Locations Today: Downtown New York City

The old Customs House—in 1759 the site of Fort George—is seen from the north through the trees of Bowling Green. Broadway is on the left. The Charging Bull was added in 1989.

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09/16/2011 at 10:27 am

Photographers revisit 9/11; ‘It was that horrific’ – msnbc

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"Chuck" Scarborough of WNBC in NYC said a day or two before the 9/11 ceremony, that instead of a day of remembrance perhaps it should remain a day of "infamy". It makes sense to apply it so, though I think it also requires we remember that there may be other information we need to know. In regards to the attack on Pearl Harbor the honorable Senator from Arkansas, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, thought too "gut reaction", decided not to vote for the declaration of war after the attack, so stating in her speech, which required some research and "archaeology" to retrieve in the late 1980s. I looked at a researcher’s work at The Mainichi Daily News, the Japanese press, him or her, not Japanese, who was surprised how little research was done by both countries in regards to the time immediately preceding that WWII "infamy". In that research a translation of a "declaration of war" was never transcribed as the Japanese transcribers were at a funeral "outside the beltway" on an unusually warm December day and the pastor’s eulogy went on for over two hours, the research asserts. I imagine therefore some other history might have occurred, long story short. In any case, we need better language translations, I’m given to understand we still have less than the digits on our hands for Arabic in the FBI.

– Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:57 AM EDT

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09/13/2011 at 3:57 pm

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