September 12, 2006 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 New York Ground Zero Theological Terrorism An old, old story From vol. 7, pg. 112 of Storia D’Italia by Montanelli On the first crusade, year 1099 There were no more than 12000 crusaders that, in July 1099, after a three-year campaign, got to camp under the walls of Jerusalem. Their emotion in sighting the sacred city changed into surprise when the presiding Muslim garrison declared to be ready for an armistice. That garrison wasn’t Turkish but Arab, because the previous year Jerusalem had been retaken from the Selgiuchi by the Fatimidi, who had never confronted the Franchi. But they didn’t accept the offer, perhaps because they thought a non-violent negotiation would have ruined their triumph. Therefore they demanded unconditional surrender. The defenders, about 1000 men, resisted for 40 days. Then they surrendered. “Then,” a witness present, Raimondo de Agiles, famous for his zeal and his piety said, “one saw marvelous (meravigliose) things. The Muslims were beheaded or killed by harrow or thrown from the towers. Others were tortured for days and days and then torched. The streets were strewn with heads, chopped hands and feet.” Those “marvelous” things lasted until the total consummation of the 70,000 citizens of Jerusalem, including the Jews. They were crowded and burned inside the synagogues. Then the crusaders gathered in the grotto of the Santa Sepolcro that had hosted the remains of Christ, who had come into the world to preach misericordia and there they cried joyfully, finally feeling worthy of him.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: selected by Paolo Soleri] The Secular Cathedral A transnational structure aiming at a (distant) more equitable consumerism. A habitat for remembering, living, working, learning and divertimento. Part of the divertimento is the battery of slides evacuating the cathedral in 20 minutes or so (20,000 people?). The mantle generated by the 40 or so slides defines an umbrella-parasol of about 400 meters diameter covering a multi-story urban life that the citizens of New York would think about and the designer-builder would try to satisfy (the analogy with the Piero della Francesca generous mantle of mother sheltering the flock of her children). The circular pond is the speed breaker for the people evacuating the cathedral from most of its stories. The evacuation is pure gravity effect descent, with no mechanical equipment, no energy use, in fact no need of leg use. It is a very large combination of children’s playground and swimming pool slide, of roller coaster rides and of emergency slides in air passenger planes.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri] Time: for instance from floor 30 one can reach a restaurant or a shop on Barclay St., West St., Liberty St., etc. in less than one minute. This is part of the appeal to visitors and employees offered by the multi-level grounds of the cathedral. Magnetic levitation propulsion is suggested for the power driven ascent conveyances. Besides escalators and elevators, gondolas could be propelled on wider slides Functions: the first 4-5 floors are of the “N.Y., N.Y.” format. The typical busybody going about of the Manhattan people. Those floors ring the area and also serve as entrance to the inner-urban celebratory spaces where business, cultural gatherings, concerts, theater let the visitors commingle, enjoy and learn. This is a multi-story inner space under the cover of the slides umbrella-parasol. A simulacra made of some of the structural segments of the towers might be afloat where the two centers of the towers used to be. The remaining floors, 40 to 50, are for the transnational activities in financial, economic, environmental, social equity fields of endeavor.[Image: Arcosanti Graphics & text: Paolo Soleri]
May 26, 2014Welcome to the May 18. 2014 Workshop participants:from left: Ari Himber [two weeks], Lissa Desbarats [seminar week], Lance Cope [scholarship], Monica Shrager, Melissa Carone, Roxanna Shrager, Zebulon Hornberger [scholarship], and Abeed Lalany from Canada [two weeks].
Categories: Barrett News 25Jul Rep. Barrett speaks on charges resulting from GRHV investigation State Rep. Tom Barrett today issued a statement on the criminal charges coming out of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into alleged mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV).Eleven former caregivers at the GRHV were charged Monday by Schuette for intentional inclusion in patient medical records or charts of misleading or inaccurate information.“I’m thankful that Attorney General Schuette took seriously our request for an investigation into the GRHV,” said Barrett, of Potterville. “The audit findings of 2016 were indefensible, and our veterans deserve our absolute best. I will be watching closely to see that those responsible are held accountable. I am also encouraged by the fact that none of the people charged are currently employed by the state of Michigan or any of the state’s contractors.”In June 2016, the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, chaired at the time by Barrett, sent a letter to the Attorney General’s Office requesting a full investigation of the GRHV. Legislators hoped that an in-depth analysis would improve future conditions for the veteran care facility. Since the audit findings were exposed, $2 million in additional appropriations have been dedicated to staffing increases at the home. In addition, greater accountability protections have been added and a new independent authority has been created and tasked with implementing a long-term strategy for veteran housing in Michigan.“My colleagues and I have worked diligently to make strides toward improving the GRHV,” said Barrett, a current helicopter pilot in the Michigan National Guard. “Progress has been made and care has gotten better, but there is still work to be done for our veterans.”Earlier this year a review by the Federal Veterans Administration showed that the home was meeting 230 of 231 requirements, the highest rating the home has ever received.The felony charge carries a possibility of up to four years in prison and or a $5,000 fine.###