Friday, August 02, 2013
I'm sure Charles Reich who served as Justice Hugo Black's clerk, when he wrote "The Greening of America" did not mean that they change the color of money and it become focus of ethics in the Supreme Court. I'm also sure that Chief Justice Roberts' wife who is also quite a legal scholar from the street I live on in the Bronx, in NYC, would also hope that the her husband's tenure is not marked by other justice's "shenanigans" leaving the "Roberts" court open to the criticism of cronyism and nepotism that once split apart the former colony of New Hampshire where the retired justice David Souter lives. The Wentworth government was recalled to testify to the King in London and the plaintiff, Peter Livius made a supreme court justice of Canada. After the American Revolution John Wentworth was a governor of Nova Scotia. As we have now a universal code of military justice, we should have a uniform code of ethics for justices, in my opinion.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Lies, lies and lawyers, I think got Samuel Clemens. He owned for a short while Wave Hill house in Riverdale, the Bronx, where a young JFK also lived until the market crashed and his dad could not invest in the "talkies" as he had planned. Mr. Clemens used to relax in a tree house on the grounds and invited the press up for a cup of tea according to its history today a center of horticulture and arts, lastly the British Embassy compound until the early 1960s. Apparently, there was a play or to be a play, perhaps a musical in which he became involved in, as I recall, it once a required reading in the NYC schools, of the "The Prince and the Pauper" which I once had a copy so stamped. Perhaps a manuscript is somewhere, but forced out of Riverdale, which he could no longer afford, he moved to the "farm" in Connecticut?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Friday, June 14, 2013
Is there anything therefore to the fact that the North American armadillo can be the only known other carrier of leprosy (Hansen’s disease)? There was recent early evidence thought in an early tomb in Israel from 2000 years ago. It’s thought as many as 40 million armadillos were around back then. Could it be the original trans-species disease? Scientific American: The Scicurious Brain
Friday, June 07, 2013
I read a woman in a private company had invented a mixing machine that incorporated small pieces of metal, based on stress and need, in the concrete as it was transported to the forms. The shapes were researched and appeared shaped like carabiners, different size and diameters, allowed concrete in new forms, now stronger than with rebar. Perhaps a stronger "slurry wall" would also be built, and the interface at bedrock, more secure than the flat-ends of a rebar cage.
Law requires rebar to be cleaned, labor intensive, when reused for example in a bridge. There was a multiple machine that uses high pressure water to break, remove old concrete and clean the rebar using water pressure. Faster than by hand, the concrete is poured as part of this "train", which however is very loud.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-roman-seawater-concrete-secret-carbon.html#jCp
NY Times: Disunion: One of the North's worries was the ability of Great Britain to build large dangerous ships. One, in particular, the Scorpion class, with more modern cannon turrets vs. the deck mounted rails for large ordnance, was stopped, though two were built and later used by the British Navy as shown in Wikipedia. One built and completed, the CSS Alabama, created havoc in the Atlantic until finally sunk by the USS Kearsarge, off the coast of Cherbourg, France, where some of the Confederates are buried. The Union compelled the designer/owner of what became known as the submarine "Alligator" to be used and ordered up the James River to Appomattox, though then lower water levels wouldn't allow it to submerge, perhaps a possible fleet of them served as a warning to other nations. Reparations in Switzerland amounted to over $20 million, fined for the construction of the CSS Alabama I've read after the Civil War. The "Alligator" also sunk off of Cape Hatteras, NC, as did the USS Monitor, and is being searched for as part of the inventory of the more recent "Battle of the Atlantic".
NY Times “Bob Fletcher Dies at 101; Saved Farms of Interned Japanese-Americans”
George Takei on Facebook
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
“I recall seeing the smoke from 3rd Ave. and 16th St. We went home from work, my friend was on jury duty and used to work in the upper floors (89-93?) for EBASCO a Texas based power plant design company formerly at 40 Rector St. across the street where we had worked on Trinity, according to a former secretary who remorsefully blogged after 9/11 she had been thankful for her job in the WTC, Mayor Koch had let move, stay rent free for 1.5 years in the threatened move of EBASCO out of town she had lamented after that later tragedy. They had, before 9/11/01 left, and I found moved their Envirosphere division to New Jersey. My friend and I had both worked for that division, on an environmental impact survey to include archeology testing, on the projected move of the US Army 10th Mountain Division from Colorado to Fort Drum, NY back in 1984 or so. I work in the field, only visited, and growing up next to a NY Dormitory Building inspector thought it odd that there appeared to be no emergency lighting in the stairwells back in the 1980s apparently rectified after this attack in 1993. It must have been a nightmare to negotiate those stairs that day.”
Monday, February 25, 2013
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.