from The New York Times
By JIMMY CARTER
Published: June 24, 2012
THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.
Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public. As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.
While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile. . . . Read Complete Report
Photo: Iliffe has discovered several types of Remipedia. Remipedia are also hermaphrodites — they contain both male and female reproductive organs in the same individual. SOURCE
from Texas A & M
Ford had his auto, Winchester his rifle, Boeing loved his jets. Tom Iliffe will gladly settle for his cave crustaceans.
For a scientific researcher, discovering any type of new species is a big thrill, and an even bigger one if the new creature is named after you. Texas A&M University, one of a few select schools that carries the rare designation of being a land grant, sea grant and space grant institution, has several researchers who have identified new marine species and thus contributed greatly to advancing our knowledge of the biodiversity of ocean life.
Iliffe, a marine biology professor at Texas A&M-Galveston, is known internationally as one of the world’s foremost cave divers, and he is an expert on “blue holes,” caves so named because from an aerial view, they appear as a blue circle dotting the ocean. The Bahamas are ground zero for blue holes, and there are believed to be more than 1,000 of them in the area . . . Read Complete Report
from Top Secret Writers
posted by Ryan Dube on July 6th, 2012
During my trip to Philadelphia in May, one of the first places that I had to check out was the First Bank of the United States.
Certainly, part of the reason that I wanted to see it was because of the beautiful architectural detail that makes up the front of the building, but another important reason is that I wanted to see the location that symbolized one of the most significant initial Constitutional battles that the young nation of the United States had to face.
The facade – much like the idea of the centralized private banking system – is grandiose, elaborate and stunningly beautiful in its own way.
The building, though beautiful, marks a moment in the nation’s history that pitted pro-democratic, Constitutionalist Thomas Jefferson against the more imperialist-leaning, big-government-minded Alexander Hamilton. . . .Read complete Report
Photo: Detail of the codice. In a 1917 letter to the AGS, the seller, California mining engineer A. E. Place, wrote: “Were it not for the fact that I am forging into business here, after having lost nearly all my property in Mexico, I would not sell the map at any price.” [Credit: Alan Magayne-Roshak] SOURCE
from Archaeology News Network
July 7, 2012
Posted by TANN
A rare 17th-century Latin American document that was “lost” for nearly a century resurfaced earlier this year. The kicker: It was right where it should have been all along — in the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
But it’s a wonder that the document — a pictorial history-map of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, a village in Mexico — was rediscovered at all.
The 7-foot-long painted scroll is one of the few known pictorial documents that contain text in the indigenous Zapotec language. It had been in the hands of private collectors early in the 20th century, including California mining engineer A.E. Place, who sold it to the AGS in 1917 for $350.. . . Read Complete Report