Friday, August 02, 2013

Supreme Court Ethics Act Proposed In Response To Controversial Behavior By Justices Scalia, Thomas

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

The Surprising Weekend Habits Of Highly Effective People

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

On “A genetic history of leprosy”

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

All Hands on Deck for the SS United States

All Hands on Deck for the SS United States

New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves

New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves Part of the Portsmouth's new African Burial Ground ceremony.

Roman concrete

Stony Brook University did a fairly long term study of the use of concrete, a catalyst and coal ash which did not affect the soil it was in. Proposed was seawalls and other mediating structures.

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.

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The Great Civil War Lie

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".

George Takei “Heroes come in many forms…”

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 briefs 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”
George Takei on Facebook

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Memories Of The '93 World Trade Center Bombing

“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.”

Memories Of The '93 World Trade Center Bombing: 'Thank God The Elevator Never Arrived'