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EXIT OF THE DAY
The Molly Pitcher Service Area I-95s Toward: EXIT 8; Hightstown, Freehold, East Windsor NJ
“Even for summer in central New Jersey, the weather was hot — over 100 degrees. Still the British kept coming. On the American side, General George Washington, rode back and forth ordering the men to hold the line. Those who manned the canon fired non-stop. While the men fired and loaded, wives and sisters ran back and forth from a local spring providing life-saving water.
Sometime during the battle, William Hays collapsed. Heat exhaustion overcame him. It has often been reported that Hays was killed in the battle, but it is now known that he survived.
As her husband was carried off the field, Mary Hays put down her water and stepped up. She took his place at the cannon.
For the rest of the day, in the heat of battle, Mary continued to "swab and load”. She used her husband's ramrod. At one point, a British cannonball flew between her legs. It tore away the bottom of her skirt. Mary supposedly said, "Well, that could have been worse.”
Molly Pitcher was a mythic name given to a woman said to have fought in the Battle of Monmouth It is generally believed to have been Mary Ludwig Hays. Since various Molly Pitcher tales grew in the telling, many historians regard Molly Pitcher as folklore rather than history, or suggest that Molly Pitcher may be a persona inspired by the actions of a number of women.
The name itself originated as a nickname given to women who carried water to men on the battlefield during the war. Molly was a common nickname for women named Mary in the Revolutionary time period. Through history Molly Pitcher became synonymous with women who kick butt!
What we DO know is this: at the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778, Mary Hays found a spring just before the battle. Two places on the battlefield are currently marked as the "Molly Pitcher Spring." Mary then spent much of the morning carrying water to soldiers - under heavy fire from British troops.
After the battle when the British withdrew, General Washington asked about the woman whom he had seen loading cannon under fire. In commemoration of her courage, he issued Mary Hays a warrant as a non-commissioned officer.
Afterwards, she was known as "Sergeant Molly.” It was a nickname that she used for the rest of her life… and it made her husband William, intensely proud.”
#MollyPitcher #MaryLudwigHays #WilliamHays #BattleofMonmouth #GeorgeWashington #MonthofWomen #NewJersey
EXIT of the DAY:
Exit 31b I-95s to Silver Spring, Maryland and I-495, Capital Beltway
Silver Spring, Maryland is a nice place to grow up. It is most notable as the hometown for trail blazing environmentalist, Rachel Carson, who wrote SILENT SPRING about the town’s namesake DDT polluted water source. Rachel also wrote a book called THE SEA AROUND US in which she became the first scientist to question the concept that science only brings good things. Plastics and chemical pollution did not easily melt away in the seas that were getting unsustainably polluted even in the early 1960's. Rachel discussed how -- as a rare lady scientist in the US Navy during World War Two --along with the benefits of science we have an obligation to be responsible with the fruits of science. The potential and threat of Nuclear Physics proved her thesis exactly and Rachel would go on to be one of the founders of the environmental movement.
Sadly, the first University of Virginia student to die in combat since the Vietnam war was also from this DC suburb.
Before going to UVA, he attended and graduated in 1996 from nearby John F. Kennedy High School. There he taught swimming to disabled children. This was not surprising because his father was both a lawyer and a humanitarian. As a young child, this student read extensively about Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. ” His Dad, the lawyer, even kept a mini version of that document in his pocket at all times.
Perhaps this was not surprising either. His family were immigrants from repressive regimes in the Middle East. Civil Rights? Forget about it. In America, his Dad carried a pocket copy of the Constitution everywhere he went. Also not surprising was that the immigrant child would enroll at UVA — the college created by Jefferson himself.
Muslims have served in every American war since the Revolution. An African American Muslim named Peter Salem was at the Battle of Bunker Hill near Boston. He is credited with shooting a British Major sending the redcoats into retreat.
Muslims have fought in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.
At UVA, the Muslim student from Silver Springs signed up to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduating in 2000, that UVA grad, Humayun Saqib Muazzam Khan, was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq.
Only 6 years previous, the US military had commissioned its first ever Muslim Chaplain. Military Chaplains are empowered to support all faiths. Still, it took roughly 200 years before a Muslim got ordained to perform the same duties as countless Protestants, Catholics and Jews had before them.
In military modesty the occasion was discreet. And meaningful. The Frocking Ceremony for the Navy's first Muslim chaplain, was conducted by his colleague Navy Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff. Chaplain Resnicoff attached shoulder boards with a Muslim crescent insignia to the uniform of Imam Monje Malak Abd al-Muta Noel Jr.
It was 1996, the same year that Monaj Khan graduated from John F Kennedy High. While new Chaplain Monje Noel was a Muslim, Chaplain Arnold Resnicoff was himself a Rabbi.
At that time Imam Noel was just one of 2 Muslims to serve the military's growing Muslim community which numbers around 10,000. Noel, a native of Salem, New Jersey, said the unique epaulets on his uniform are a positive sign for Muslims. ``I think it's good for the Muslim community to be able to see them in the service. It lends an air of legitimacy and credibility. We are represented. We are here.’'
Later, at a reception including military brass and Muslim leaders, Noel tried to shy away from the Limelight. Said he: ``This is the Navy's night. This is God's night.'' Now new Muslim Soldiers or Chaplains are hardly newsworthy.
Fast forward to 2004. Captain Khan was inspecting a guard post in Iraq when a suspicious vehicle approached. Ordering his troops to stay back, he stepped forward. The car stopped. Then detonated. Later it was determined to have been carrying more than 200 pounds of explosives.
Captain Khan’s father, Khizr Kahn, still carries a miniature of the Constitution in his pocket. He also has a wall dedicated to his son’s service. It’s hung with medals, flags, and photographs.
Despite or perhaps because he is an immigrant and a Muslim, he knows intimately the sacrifices so many other military families have suffered through our history — and other of his countrymen still take for granted.
#KhazirKhan #CaptainKhan #ImanMonjeNoel #FirstMuslimChaplain #KhizrKan #Muslims #JohnFKennedyHighschool #HumayunKhan
It's suddenly summer and thoughts tend to turn to the open road...
Taking off.... going out “on the road” is an American rite of passage. It insinuates discovering your homeland — and even yourself. Going on the road answers questions about who we are individually and collectively. "Who am I?" And "What is an American?" In some ways “on the road” is a metaphor for “America”.
RoadSpoke’s app seeks to discover America. It turns drives into explorations by uncovering — at almost every exit and looming landmark — what happened… right....HERE!
But hey, let's face it: as romantic as the concept appears, the drive is often dull as molasses. So that is where we come in! On a bleak 4, 6, or 8 lane "tabla rasa", we add context to everything you see. See that cornfield on your left? That was where African-American Union Soldiers beat back a superior force of Rebel Cavalry. See the empty blighted factory on your left? That was where Remington Rifles, the so-called "gun that won the west" were manufactured. And just behind it was where rapper LL Cool J grew up and dropped his first album in his grand-parent's basement. That's just the sort of thing we do.
Our roadside reveal illuminates our common heritage and unravels our collective DNA. It’s absolutely fascinating how much occurred in our own backyards — to hear where T Rex trod or where Washington rode and which Hollywood actress dumped her useless philandering playboy!
But does RoadSpoke succeed?
Annually lots of folks go out to search for America — to find her secrets and OUR essence. In fact, every year 212 million Americans take a road trip for pleasure.
All of them follow asphalt trails to uncover America’s promise. “On the Road” promises boundless horizons and fruitful plains. Famous Beat writer Jack Kerouac did it.
His joyful stream-of-consciousness novel “On the Road” is credited with being the 1950’s opus that “turned on” an entire generation. It propelled rebellious ’60's kids to forfeit post-war Middle American Values and search for more significance. Hundreds of Thousand hit the road with nothing but a dream and a thumb to hitch-hike by.
Before Kerouac, during the Depression, Nobel Literati John Steinbeck sent his Okies rolling west along Route 66, the Mother Road. Like Americans every day, Steinbeck's protagonists, the hopeful Joad family manifestly searched for a brighter future.
In 1967, CBS Reporter Charles Kuralt started a series called "On the Road”. It became a regular Friday night feature on "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite". Kuralt wandered “America The Beautiful” in a motor home in search of her people and their stories. The show lasted almost 40 years. He wore out 6 RV’s before he was through.
When discussing the show’s popularity, Kuralt said, “The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.”
Kuralt famously avoided the interstates in favor of the nation's side streets. He also said: “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything...”
Thanks to the RoadSpoke app you will see everything along the highway.
Ok…Maybe you still won’t SEE much on RoadSpoke’s Interstates. But like Kuralt’s series, there will be stories by and about local folks…but also about the high and mighty. So you will witness America where it happened.
Rest assured: RoadSpoke’s app empowers Road Trippers to hear all you should love about what happened out there… out on the Open Road — from sea to shining sea!
So Welcome to the Spoken Road!
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I-4, EXIT 108s onramp I-4S: To Valdez, Deltona FL
“Ok Road Trippers, as we approach Deltona, it is time for a Road Test. So you, the one with the hair, get off Tik Tok and listen up! You might learn something just as worthless.
This Road Test is brought to you by Joe’s Gas and Convenience Store 1 minute off upcoming Exit 108. If you get the answer correct, you can get a Buy 1 Get 1 free deal of any Pepsi or Dorito Product with a fill up of fuel above $15. So get right to exit. Now listen to the Fast Facts!
There are some ridiculous laws on the books in the state of Florida. We did some research and found some of the silliest. Many of these laws are only in effect in certain cities. So for example, selling fruit in one city is all right but you could spend hard time if you cross the county line. Up in Destin, Florida please don't set off any torpedoes. It's illegal there. Not sure about the rest of the state, but they have a problem with torpedoes in Destin. Must be a lot of large alligators or something.
Also Good to know: in all of Florida, men are not allowed in public wearing a strapless dress. As long as you've got straps of some sort, you're cool.
Also, in Destin, it is illegal for an ice-cream man to sell ice cream in a cemetery. But what’s really weird, in Hialeah, strolling or ambling is a misdemeanor.
Still all that’s nothing compared to selling certain fruits in Miami. In Miami, you could face up to 30 days in jail for selling oranges on the sidewalk. And don't even think about showering naked! It's an actionable offense.
Maybe the cops perp walk you with your handcuffs in front.... Raincoats must be popular round here. And as if people do not have enough outdoor activities to entertain them, in Daytona Beach, you're banned from molesting trash cans. In Key West, don't molest the chickens. They're a protected species. But they need to hear that in Key West…
Finally, here is one that does make sense. In the state of Florida, it's illegal to have physical relations with a porcupine. Ouch! But maybe you can have relations with a chicken outside of Key West. The State Law is not clear on that issue
And finally, in case you are riding down the interstate on Jumbo, know this: When you tie it to a parking meter, your elephant gets charged just the same as your car would.
Now for the Road Test. How many days do you get in jail for selling Grapefruits in Miami? You have three seconds. 3…2…and 1. The answer is no time. You get no time in jail. That’s because it is only illegal to sell Oranges. Now go park your elephant and feed the meter. And when you visit upcoming Deltona, no romancing porcupines. Pervert!
Oh and go get your Buy 1 Get 1 Free Deal of Pepsi or Doritos at Joe’s. Just tell em RoadSpoke’s Silly Laws sent you!”
#sillyFloridalaws #Roadtrippers #FastFacts #Jumbo #ParkingElephants #Florida #Snowbirds
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Exit 76 in GA I-95n To: SR 84, Midway, Sunbury
At the last Exit, EXIT 67, we told you how the wilderness of Georgia spawned the biggest religion in Modern America. That religion would be Evangelical Christianity. Before upcoming EXIT 76, we will discuss how Georgia created the biggest soda pop in the world. That soda pop is Coca-Cola. And while Evangelical Christianity may have been spawned from a colonial-era love triangle, Coca Cola’s Civil War era origins are seeped in even greater scandal.
Obviously, we need to investigate such salacious history right here at an exit that would bring you to Coke's World Headquarters. May we even suggest you get right to exit. After all, the origin story of Coca-Cola goes down even better when you are sipping a Coke!
"If you get off briefly at EXIT 76, you will get 2 free cans of Coca Cola or Diet Coca Cola with any order of a meal at the nearby "Cindy's Diner". "Cindy's Diner" is rated as a "4 star Diner" by Yelp. The Diner is less than 2 minutes off the upcoming EXIT. Just tell them RoadSpoke sent you and tap DEAL RADAR now! So get right to Exit and get a meal with 2 free beverages right here in the middle of Coke Country! "
Coke always had a formidable advertising presence. “Coke is it.” “Coca Cola is Coke.” “It’s the Real Thing.” But for jingles like these and an intriguing startup story, it may just as well have been another cola runner up. But when Asa Candler bought Coke’s Founders Stock from Inventor John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was just another patent medicine instilled with the now illegal narcotic, cocaine.
The true inventor, Pemberton would become almost irrelevant. And Asa would become a visionary. At least that was how the Atlanta based company likes to tell the story today. But in the beginning, in the 1880’s, Asa Candler may have just been a real devious operator.
So how did a concoction of cola nut syrup and sugar get so big? Well some could say, it all started with addiction and the Civil War.
Confederate Colonel John Pemberton was wounded in the Civil War. Like many others, he became addicted to the pain killer morphine. But unlike many others, John Pemberton set out to find a cure for his addiction and ultimately found it in substituting cocaine for morphine.
Borrowing from a cocaine tinctured Spanish beverage called “Cola Coca”, Pemberton made a significant contribution by carbonating his elixir — and of course, swapping the names. Then he marketed it to soda fountains in drug stores. Pemberton claimed “Coca-Cola” cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, indigestion, headaches, and even impotence.
By 1887, fellow Georgian Asa Candler had invested and yet he owned Coke Business stock, a percentage of the name Coca Cola, but none of the valuable Coke formula which was still owned by the Pemberton family. On his own, Asa had tried to launch a few other soda fountain drinks but they all failed. The only concoction selling was the original Coca-Cola.
Then old man Pemberton died...
Colonel Pemberton’s forty year old son was Charley. Charley Pemberton was an alcoholic. For Asa Candler, Charley was the one obstacle in his quest to own the entire company.
Candler quickly approached Charley to purchase the exclusive rights to the name "Coca-Cola" right after Colonel Pemberton's death. But the prodigal son was not selling. One story was that Asa Candler then turned to the widow Pemberton. In fact he turned to her in the funeral home. Approaching the recently bereaved wife at Colonel Pemberton’s funeral, Asa bought the title to the name from Charley's mother for $300. But he still had to get the rights to the formula. And Charley was still NOT selling!
Then something auspicious happened. Charley Pemberton was found on June 23, 1894, unconscious — with a stick of opium by his side. Ten days later, Charley was dead. Shortly afterwards, a mysterious fire allegedly wiped out any other evidence of any other Pemberton heir’s claim to Coke stock. That coupled with a few forged stock transfer documents, and shazam! Asa Candler wound up as the majority stock owner of Coca Cola.
All told the Candlers bought out the Pemberton family for about $2,500 dollars.
Today, Coke products are sold in over 200 countries worldwide, with consumers drinking around two billion company beverage servings each day. If Asa Griggs Candler was to buy Coke on the open market today, he would need to pay nearly $200 billion dollars.
No wonder Coke is It! Coca Cola after all is just that. It’s the real thing. And apparently Asa Candler knew it ALL along….
#CocaCola #Coke #AsaCandler #JohnPemberton #TheRealThing #Atlanta #CokeisIt #CivilWar #Cocaine #marketing
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Exit 67 in GA I-95n To: US 17, Coastal Hwy, to S Newport, near Riceboro, GA
“In the woods to the right is a church that claims to be the smallest in America. It’s just beyond the El Cheapo Diner there.
Speaking of the size of churches, the surrounding wilderness bore witness to the creation of the largest of all American Church movements. In the 1730’s, the father of Evangelical Christianity found inspiration here in the wilds of Georgia. The Founder of the Methodist Faith, John Wesley’s life is the subject of hundreds biographies…
…But you will be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Reverend Dave Hanson about Wesley’s short time in Georgia especially his stint doing missionary work in the Sea Islands. Like John Wesley, Reverend Hanson himself served as a pastor in the Sea Islands. But, separated by almost three hundred years, the two had very different experiences.
Says Reverend Hanson, “John Wesley had a miserable time here.”
When John Wesley set sail from England to the Debtor’s Colony of Georgia, the future Evangelical was a man of quiet faith. Prior to Georgia, Wesley’s sermons were weary affairs, eliciting little more than yawns.
But then he got here and he fell in love. And that passion — un-sated it turns out -- may have impassioned him for inspiring speeches later in life.
Turns out, much of his New World troubles occurred on Saint Simons Island. There the Anglican minister wound up in the wrong corner of a love triangle.
Ironically, one of Wesley’s stated intentions in coming to the wilderness was to avoid temptations of the flesh. But Wesley soon found himself bewitched by one Sophie Hopkey, a fetching young Georgia Peach of just 18. But the 32-year-old Wesley was slow to move. A local smooth talker moved in and stole Sophie’s heart.
The lovelorn Wesley sought revenge by refusing communion to Sophie. In response, an arrest warrant was taken out charging Wesley with public embarrassment by banning Sophie from communion.
Wesley hightailed it back to Savannah where he jumped ship back to England. On the voyage, the ship sailed through storm after storm.
He prayed and prayed and seemed to find solace in the chaos of the malestrom which dramatic effects he began to seize upon to heighten the engagement of his bored parishners.
He returned to England a wanted man, heartbroken, but grateful to be alive. (Quick aside…Maybe 2 years in Georgia can do that to you!)
As in Georgia, a key aspect of Wesley's ministry was to preach outdoors.
He recognized the open-air services were successful in reaching poor folks. They were uncomfortable entering the middle class tidiness of most Anglican churches. Wesley travelled ceaselessly throughout the British Isles. His message resonated with the lower rungs of society.
Soon the poor gathered in the thousands at large outdoor venues to hear the rejuvenated preacher spread his passionate message.
“He was the Billy Graham of his day,” Hanson says.
All in all, despite his movement’s huge success in today’s United States, the man who would lay the foundation for Evangelicals was all too happy to leave America far behind.
So why not get off the next exit and check out the nation’s smallest church? It may not be Evangelical, but it is non-denominational. So like John Wesley, it welcomes everyone!
#JohnWesley #Methodist #Evangelicals #BillyGraham #Easter #OutdoorMass
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EXIT 31b to Oakland Park Blvd. To Wilton Manors, Florida
"The upcoming EXIT is to Oakland Park Boulevard. The city of Oakland in California is known for its diversity. Oakland is across the San Francisco Bay from the number one gay city in America, that being, of course, San Francisco itself.
Alright I know this analogy is a stretch, but bear with me. I'm getting to the point.
Perhaps then it should be no surprise that the city here in Florida abutting Oakland Park Boulevard is Wilton Manors. Wilton Manors is home to a majority LGBT population.
Like in many resort towns around Florida, while many are year round residents, most are in fact winter snowbirds. If you cruise down Wilton Drive, the so-called main drag, you will see these residents frequenting its many restaurants, bars and other gay-owned businesses. The scene is very colorful and frankly inclusive. Between cruising, drag and birds, my commentary is rife with bad puns. But do not hold it against Wilton Manors; this winter nest is a hot-bed of creativity and culture.
Interestingly, like the majority of snow birds elsewhere in Florida, most of the LGBT community here live in family households. The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Wilton Manors is second only to Provincetown, Massachusetts in the proportion of couples relative to the total population.
The city is very progressive and boasts a lot of well, pride. The art scene spills out onto streets that are well manicured and spotlessly clean.
It should be no surprise of course that this brazenly flamboyant community contains a large Pride Center, the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center, and a branch of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. The Stonewall Museum commemorates a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village which was the birthplace of the Gay Pride movement.
No wilting flowers, the community wants the world to know they have created a welcoming, successful, and diverse community. In fact, the mayor, Gary Resnick, refers in the Town’s official biography that he has a male partner. The city’s web page highlights LGBT life stating that "the City of Wilton Manors Police Department conducts police training that is geared toward working with the City’s LGBT population and has gay and lesbian officers amongst its ranks.”
You would not be surprised about any of this, once you see a Wilton Manors Police Car. The vehicles are themselves open statements about the proclivities of the city's residents. That’s because no black and whites are these vehicles. Here smokey drives a police car draped in rainbows!
Happy Pride Week!
#WiltonManors #PrideCenter #StonewallNationalMuseum #WorldAIDSMuseum #Florida #Provincetown
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EXIT 18 I-95s to Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, MA
“If you take the next Exit, you may meet a doctor who has the secret to killing the Coronavirus...
On TV during the Coronavirus Pandemic in May 2020, MSNBC News anchor Ali Velshi spoke with Dr Jim Yong Kim. Having served in numerous illustrious positions Dr Kim had a well balanced perspective on the Pandemic. He recommended various best ways to stop the Pandemic. But are the politicians listening?
Dr Kim perceives the crisis from a medical, social, financial, as well as political perspective. Said he on MSNBC, “We are doing well from the point of view of the Fed pouring money into the economy. The United States is using a bazooka for the economy. But socially as well as medically, we are using a squirt gun. We need contact tracing. We will not stop this pandemic if our responses are not led by data. So long as we do not know who has the virus and where they spread the disease, then COVID will continue to grow regardless of how many people go back to work. So the economy will fail. We need a balanced multi-prong attack that is coordinated.”
Who is this talking head?
Well, Dr Kim’s credentials are as impressive as they are broad. To that we may also add that he thinks outside the box, and as the The New York Times once noted, his ambitious choices are not without controversy.
By training, the good doctor is an anthropologist as well as a medical doctor. Born in South Korea in 1959, at the age of 5, his family immigrated to Heartland America. His Dad taught dentistry at the University of Iowa and his Mom pursued her Ph D in philosophy. Meanwhile young Jimmy not just excelled in class but starred as quarterback on the Muscatine Iowa High School Football team. He also must have been popular. He got elected class president as well.
Having attended the University of Iowa, Brown University, and Harvard, at the age of 27, Dr Kim started a non-profit called Partners in Health. Headquartered in Boston, Partners in Health launched in Haiti to fight infectious diseases. There the organization started community-focused health care programs, which provided treatments based on local data, needs, and limited resources. The net result was to succeed at minimal cost, spending between $150 to $200 per patient. The same treatment in a U.S. Hospital would have cost $15,000 to $20,000 per patient.
Wow! How did Dr Kim do this?
Dr Kim’s Partners in Health trained local citizens to conduct contact tracing. They tracked who may pass a virus by finding out which patient was in contact with another person.
The organization also achieved economies of scale by ordering bulk nationwide quantities for cheaper drugs.
Finally, Dr Kim also insisted patients self quarantine. He and local doctors would cure super contagious patients in their own homes. By the early 1990s, the program in Haiti was serving more than 100,000 people.
Battling AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti’s most impoverished conditions, the success of Partners in Health catapulted Dr Kim to being a leader in pandemic healthcare. Back in Boston, he accepted the chairmanship of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School before being selected as the President of Dartmouth College from 2009 to 2012. This made him the first Asian American president of any Ivy League institution.
Then President Obama came calling. President Obama nominated Kim to become the President of the World Bank. On April 16, 2012, the World Bank officially elected Kim as its next president. He is the first World Bank leader whose background is not in the political or financial sectors. Most notably, Dr Kim is also the first Bank leader to have previous experience personally and intimately battling infectious viruses on a national scale.
At the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, instituted structural changes. As The New York Times noted in an article by Landon Thomas Jr in 2018, in order to revitalize “a hidebound institution” the good doctor embraced the tactics of Wall Street.
Said the New York Times: “In the fall of 2016, Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, sat down with some of the most powerful figures in the global economy.
Hosted by Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, their discussion focused on financial trouble spots around the globe. There was scant talk about poverty, which the World Bank has committed to eradicate. And as such, there was no cause for Mr. Kim to join the discussion in a meaningful way.
“I sat there and thought, ‘we are completely irrelevant to the majority of these countries,’” Mr Kim recalled. “The I.M.F. is a systemically important financial institution. But we are seen as just a bunch of do-gooders.”
The World Bank, once a powerhouse of global finance, was then searching for relevance. Mr. Kim’s unusual solution: embrace Wall Street.”
Instead of relying solely on contributions from reluctant donor governments, Dr Kim solicited private investors — sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms and insurance companies — to pony up trillions of dollars for projects in Indonesia, Zambia, India and elsewhere. His pitch: They can get rich!
This new mission statement was considered very unorthodox.
Still, Dr Kim has presided over the dispersal of billions of dollars of World Bank funding. Positioned at 41 in Forbes' Power People 2018 list, Dr Kim oversaw financial loans worth $67 billion in that year alone.
Now a virus is threatening entire countries and now Doctor Kim seeks to institute the lessons he learned earlier in life. Starting right here in Massachusetts, Doctor Kim hopes to institute cheap but effective nationwide contact tracking — just as he did in Haiti.
So we ask again, who is this Talking Head?
The answer may well be: this Talking Head may be the best credited authority to lead the battle against Coronavirus. After all, he wants to blast away with bazookas where now we only use squirt guns. And what nation wants to battle a mortal foe with a squirt gun?”
#AliVelshi #WorldBank #JimYongKim #PIH #PartnersinHealth #DartmouthCollege #Harvard #FirstAsianPresidentofIvyLeagueInstitution #UniversityofIowa #MuscatineIowa #GlobalHealth #Haiti #Pandemic #TheNewYorkTimes
Today is the date of the Celebration of Juneteenth.
EXIT OF THE DAY: EXIT 25A I-95s to Washington DC and Route 1, in Berwyn,Maryland
On June 19, 1865 — two months after the assassination of President Lincoln on April 15th -- Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of Union troops into the Texas port town of Galveston. What he encountered at first confused him.
Unpaid, abused, with no rights under the whip, African Americans still labored as slaves. Realizing the gravity of the situation, he commanded his troops to spread the word: he announced that the Civil War had ended. The last Slaves were now set free.
A quarter million Texan Slaves had no idea!
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as Jubilee Day, it really commemorates the date that the last slaves learned that they were free.
In the North, African Americans had learned of their freedom when Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation three years earlier in 1862. The Proclamation was a Presidential Executive Order. Many of the freed slaves immediately signed on to fight as soldiers in the Union Army.
But many slaves in the South never learned of their freedom until they were liberated by Union troops. In south Texas, this would not be for almost 3 more years.
President Lincoln had issued the Executive Order to liberate slaves in September 1862 but it was not passed into law by Congress until January 1, 1863.
Fast forward to recent history. President Obama displayed a keepsake of the date in the West Wing of the White House. President Obama once said:
“Outside the Oval Office, I kept a painting of a small crowd huddled around a pocket watch, waiting for the moment the Emancipation Proclamation took effect…”
“…On Juneteenth, we celebrate the anniversary of that news, freedom, reaching slaves in Texas. And something more:
"On Juneteenth, we celebrate our capacity to make real the promise of our founding...
"...that thing inside each of us that says America is not yet finished, that compels all of us to fight for justice and equality, until this country we love more closely aligns with our highest ideals.”
Happy Juneteenth, America!
#Juneteenth #BarakObama #PresidentBarakObama #June151865 #GalvestonTexas
#EmancipationProclamation #Slavery #Slaves #Freedom #PresidentLincoln
#GeneralGordonGranger #CivilWar #EmancipationProclamation
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Onramp to I-278s; New Jersey, Goethals across I-95 to Elizabeth, NJ & Staten Island NY
"Back in the 1600's, the Dutch were first to settle New York and New Jersey. As opposed to say the British owned colonies of New England which was composed of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, the 2 states of New Jersey and New York were a very separate colony of New Holland. This large swamp-land area was named by the Dutch. The English translation for the huge marsh hereabouts is “fresh-water streams” . In the Dutch language, a stream or a brook is known as a Kill. Today these meadowlands are still known by their Dutch name: the area is known as Fresh Kills.
Mafia boss, Tony Soprano knows something about Fresh Kills. Tony Soprano is in the waste removal business. A lot of Tony Soprano's garbage ended up in these wetlands.
“The Sopranos” television show made much use of the wetlands in and around Staten Island and North Jersey. Utilizing the bleak beauty and the gritty industrial patches of these wetlands, scenes were shot showing recyclables being dumped, hijacked trucks getting offloaded, and dead bodies being disappeared.
In reality, believe it or not, there are many mob bodies buried out there since much of the show's inspiration derived from true life. Just look around. How hard is it to hide a dead guy in all that swamp?
The Sopranos is a crime drama television series created by David Chase.
The story revolves around the fictional character, New Jersey-based mobster Tony Soprano played by the late great James Gandolfini. The series portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflict of his family life with his well, family life.
Drawing heavily from his personal experiences growing up in New Jersey, David Chase says he tried to "apply his own family dynamic to mobsters.”
For instance, the tumultuous relationship between Tony Soprano and his mother, Livia, is partially based on Chase's relationship with his own mother. Chase was also in therapy at the time and modeled the character of Doctor Jennifer Melfi after his own psychiatrist.
The TV show is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. The series also won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. A staple of 2000s American popular culture, the series has been the subject of controversy and parody. It has spawned books, a video game, high-charting soundtrack albums, and a large amount of assorted merchandise.
In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time.
Chase had been fascinated by the mafia from an early age, witnessing such people growing up. The series is partly inspired by the Boiardo family, a prominent New Jersey organized crime family when Chase was growing up, and partly on New Jersey's DeCavalcante family.
What you may ask does a guy named David Chase know about Italian mob guys? Well, David Chase's real name is David Dee Ceasare. And now you know the rest of the story!
#Sopranos #TonySoprano #FreshKills #Meadowlands #NewJersey #StatenIsland #DavidChase #Boiardo #EdieFalco #HBO #StevieVanZandt #Mafia #TheMob
Hear this here> I-87n: Westchester, Nr Bronxville, Yonkers, at EXIT 6A
Look up. You will see Tuckahoe Road. Its name means corn-bread in the Lenapay Indian language. Meanwhile, the story of Yonkers' namesake is the story about a founder of liberal capitalism in America.
Thanksgiving is commemorative of the English Pilgrim settlement of what would become the United States. However, the laws and liberties we now hold dear are more the heritage of the Republican Dutch than the Feudal British. Later English and American settlers co-opted the traditions of the Dutch and laid a narrative which honors England’s contributions to America.
But as we will see, the long forgotten Dutch had a far larger role in laying down rituals that elevated laws over tyrants.
Only a few miles from here, in the 1640’s a young entrepreneur named Adrien Vander Donck received a grant of land from the Dutch East India Company. Adrien built one of the first saw mills in the New World at the junction of the Hudson River and a smaller river. That river and a parkway beside it are now named Saw Mill River.
Adrien Vander Donck was referred to in the Dutch language as a “Jung Herr” or a "young Gentleman”. This name, “Jung Herr” evolved to become the present Yonkers as in: "this is the property of the young gentleman’s."
Adrien Vander Donck's lost story was uncovered recently in forgotten archives in Albany. The story of Adrien essentially tells the story of the Dutch influence on the founding of the United States. Its capitalistic democracy, the book claims, was much different from British feudal intentions. The Best Selling Book, ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, by Russell Shorto tells this story:
“When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, multilingual society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor.
But the story of the Dutch colony was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated. Drawing on this archive, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative; a story of global sweep centered on a wilderness called Manhattan–that transforms our understanding of early America.
The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive young lawyer named Adrian VanderDonck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant the autocratic director of the Dutch colony.
“The struggle between liberalism and autocracy laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own modern American culture.”
No surprise: that struggle between autocracy and liberalism continues very much to this day, many hundreds of Thanksgivings after Britain and Holland first came to America.
Happy Thanksgiving! Or rather we should say, “Vrolijke Thanksgiving”
#Dutch #Thanksgiving #Islandatthecenteroftheworld #RussellShorto #NewAmsterdam #NewYork #AdrienVanderdonck #nationaltreasure #Strugglebetweendemocracyandautocracy
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EXIT 46; I-95n To: Long Wharf Drive, Sargent Ave, in New Haven, CT
"Despite inspiration being everywhere, sometimes we at The SpokenRode need to dig to find material… by that, we mean we need to dig to find material relevant to a landmark, factory, or Exit when it connects to something that is relevant today — not just by place (where we excel) but by that old fashioned arbiter of relevance — time. After all, aside from coming upon a new “place” nothing is "News" unless it is new.
"For example, let’s just say we want to talk about a person, place, or thing that has to do with the current internet phenomena relevant to the Getty Museum Challenge. In the COVID Pandemic, The Getty Museum Challenge has gone viral BIG time!
It challenges families in lockdown to replicate the world’s great art.
The problem of course is that the Getty Museum is in Los Angeles and the art is all around the world. So how do we tie the challenge that suddenly has millions of followers to a location along I-95?
Well, that’s easy actually. We just get on the internet and dig.
The first thing we dug into is who invented this challenge that asks quarantined folks to re-create famous pieces of art using just a few household items that suggest the age of COVID. For example, recreations of Vincent van Gogh self Portrait (he of the missing ear) must replicate his stance exactly in his self portrait. Or how about Frida Kahlo posing with parrots? Here the self portrait replaces colorful parrots with brilliant household cleaning products.
Another portrait replaces a massive Renaissance collar with rolls of much in-demand toilet paper.
Absurd right? But genius!
Speaking of collars, a lot of the replicas were re-created by home-bound art counterfeiters substituting their dogs instead of humans. Stately Vermeers in the 1600’s showed a princess in pearls. The new knock-offs feature pugs — presumably drool and all.
Personally we at Roadspoke think the counterfeits will some day be as valuable as the real Picassos, Michelangelo's, Van Gogh's and Davinci's. The collective imagination is superlative and in this time of collective distress, truly uplifting.
The challenge has become an unmitigated success with many millions of viewers and thousands of submissions. People from all around the world have the time and inclination to choose a favorite famous pieces of art and re-create them just by using cleaning products or medical supplies or even, heaven help us, plundered toilet products. Describing the images from the esoteric art historian plane…todays interpretations are just a hoot!
So how do we link this phenomena back to this upcoming exit? Well it turns out that the Getty has 2 young digital media marketers who created it: Annelisa Stephan and Sarah Waldorf. They created the challenge. Ms Waldorf it turns out is an accomplished digital marketer with tons of illustrative accomplishments — but she is 110% a product of Southern California. She does not even have a record of flying over the I-95 corridor. So no go.
Similarly, Annelisa Stephan is also a child of Southern California. Before she joined the Getty Museum, she was once employed by the Shoah Foundation involved in the recording of thousands of surviving Holocaust Survivors.
This seems like a dead end too until we checked more of her social media. By checking her Linked IN Profile we discovered she attended Yale University. BINGO!
So thanks to Annelisa Stephan, a SoCal girl from Los Angeles, we can give thanks in New Haven, Connecticut to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America. And if you thought the was amazing, the Getty Iris Challenge can be only superseded by one thing: Our challenge.
The RoadSpoke Spoken Road Challenge is to say that ten times fast.
Repeat after me… “Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America… Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America… Give thanks to the amazingly inspired artistry of COVID quarantined Americans replicating great art pieces all across America.”
Now, if only that too would go viral and not like the coronavirus… but in the good way.
#Yale #NewHaven #GettyMuseum #GettyIrisChallenge #Art #AnnelisaStephan #SarahWaldorf
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EXIT 17 I-95n to SR 301 (The Blue Star Highway) near Jarrat, Virginia
On your left to the north, is the Greensville Correctional Center, a Virginia state run prison. Obviously, if you exit onto State Road 301, aka the Blue Star Highway, you would be traveling in the trail of many condemned men. But this trail of tears sometimes is also a road to redemption.
Do you remember John Allen Muhammad - known as the “Beltway Sniper”? In October 2002, Muhammad along with his seventeen year old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, carried out the Beltway sniper attacks. Using a sniper’s rifle and his US Army training, Muhammad arbitrarily shot at cars driving along highways around the nation’s capital city.
The duo even rigged the trunk of a sedan so they could shoot out the rear from inside. In all, Muhammad killed 17 people. He was executed here at Greensville in 2009.
A more redemptive story concerning Greensville is a story related by Maria Glod of the Washington Post. According to the Post:
“On March 21, 2011, a Virginia man who prosecutors say was wrongly convicted walked out of prison after spending 27-years behind bars.
Thomas Haynesworth was an 18-year-old high school dropout when he was locked up for a series of 1984 rapes and other attacks in Richmond.
Shortly after being released he celebrated his 46th birthday. Said Haynesworth, “This is the best birthday. Nothing can compare to this.” Haynesworth left the Greensville Correctional Center surrounded by his mother, sisters and other family. He carried his television and one trashbag full of belongings. “It’s been a long journey,” Haynesworth said. “I missed a lot, reflecting back on what I could have had.”
DNA testing exonerated him. The case was brought to the attention of Virginia’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, a hardline law-enforcement Republican and former state senator. Cuccinelli began examining the case, covering a wall in his office with evidence. Late in the evening a few weeks after their initial meeting, Cuccinelli called one of his staff and declared, "This man is innocent. We need to get him out of prison as soon as possible. When can we do it?" Cuccinelli later said, "It was a complex decision, but it wasn't a hard decision." He also said, "It's hard to describe how painful it is to me that somebody would suffer what he has."
Using technology that was not available in the 1980s, authorities tested the DNA collected from a January 1984 rape for which Haynesworth was convicted. The results cleared him and implicated a convicted rapist named Leon Davis.
In a case, which The Washington Post called "one of the state's most extraordinary legal cases” , it set a precedent that promises a brighter tomorrow for unfairly accused citizens. New state laws now allow convicts to present new evidence in cases to prove innocence. Virginia’s General Assembly passed a bill in 2012 to pay Haynesworth compensation for his lengthy incarceration, amounting to a total of $1 million in a lump sum payment, two types of annuities, and tuition at a community college. The legislators wanted to help him make his way in his life.
Today Thomas Haynesworth is something of a celebrity. His story is now one of many featured in Netflix’s new true crime documentary series, The Innocence Files. The series follows the efforts of the Innocence Project, the famed nonprofit dedicated to exonerating those who’ve been wrongfully convicted of crimes.
Ken Cuccinelli said that the case was a reminder to him and to prosecutors that "the system isn't perfect, and neither are we.”
Good Luck Mr Haynesworth. And thanks Mr Cuccinelli. A truer statement was never heard.
#KenCuccinelli #ThomasHaynesworth #GreensvilleCorrectional #Netflix #TheInnocenceProject
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On Ramp to EXIT 18-8 I-95s: Road 13, To: Switzerland Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Hardeeville, South Carolina
“Believe it or not, America’s first Trade War with China happened almost 400 years ago. It was headquartered in a little obscure river settlement of Purrysburg, South Carolina as well as in world famous Jamestown, Virginia.
In the early 1600's, Jamestown the first settlement in Virginia, was originally financed by London investors to start a silk farm. Here too in southern South Carolina, silk worms were the original reason for starting early settlements. Unlike in Jamestown, the experiment nearby worked — albeit briefly.
Once landed near the upcoming Savannah River, Swiss Immigrants were tasked with meticulously planting and tending to the mulberry bushes that their British overlords imported with them. Mulberry leaves are the sole form of sustenance for silkworms. The silkworms -- which are larva to adult silk moths -- spin fuzzy white cocoons which when painstakingly unravelled, become silk.
Silk was originally cultured in China where the silkworm comes from. But in the 1500’s and 1600’s silk was all the rage in Europe. No self respecting lord, lady or aspirational merchant would be caught naked without their silk skivvies, silk pantaloons and sexy silk jerseys. So obviously breaking the Chinese monopoly was forefront in the colonial era investors’ minds.
The investors felt that South Carolina would be the proper climate for cultivating mulberry bushes. But what they did not anticipate here were the snake infested swamps and malaria mosquitos.
While this experiment -- as opposed to Jamestown -- did manage to export about a 150 pounds of silk in 1772, the indentured Swiss laborers died by the score.
After many stressful seasons, the Swiss abandoned the river farms near Purrysburg and created their new village on high dry ground. A bastion of health and clean living high now on a hill, obviously, it would come to be called Switzerland! Upcoming is the Exit.
What became of the low country the Swiss left behind? Well sadly that became the nexus of a far more successful slave based agrarian commodity. Also no surprise it may have echoes of Chinese culture as well. The Low Country of South Carolina was riven with creeks, black water rivers, and swamps. The semi-tropical environment with seasonal flood plains was ideal for the wholesale cultivation of rice.
To wring out a profit, rice requires Big investment. Vast industrial plantations sprung up. And of course, slaves could not complain about the heat, humidity, disease, and death. Slaves were, after all, expendable. We discuss the hard short life of a slave in the rice plantations at upcoming exits.
Incidentally, if you want to take a back road tour of South Carolina’s Low Country, in addition to Switzerland you can visit communities named Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Linked by roads draped over by ancient Spanish Moss covered Cypress trees, these European-named locales are very easy to visit with a short drive from the upcoming Exit. The Exit leads visitors through the swamps and forests and past the ghosts of the storied Low Country.
Meanwhile, Purrysburg too survives... hard along the swamp of the fast approaching Savannah River. But at least today the residents enjoy air-conditioning not to mention mosquito spray… lots and lots of Mosquito spray.”
#Jamestown #SwitzerlandSouthCarolina #Silk #Silkroad #ChinaTradeWar
EXIT of the DAY: Exit 99b in GA I-95s To: I-16w to Macon, Georgia
If you drove toward this EXIT and had RoadSpoke, you would hear this:
Music up... Country Music... Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States" plays...
"Alright Road crew, time for a Road Test. Is the upcoming Exit 99b the road to fame and fortune? Well for someone in the car it may well be. The winner of this quiz gets paid $20 by the driver. Driver, eyes on the road!
"Now time for the fast facts…
"You are on the trail of greatness. Up the next Exit many music superstars have driven. This unassuming EXIT to Interstate 16 and Macon Georgia was an onramp for success. Think rock stars like Little Richard, Bill Berry of R.E.M. and maybe the most iconic Macon musical act , the Allman Brothers Band.
Also think the late great soul singers, Otis Redding and James Brown.
Being in Georgia it is no surprise maybe that a contemporary great is a country star. Think Country and Western Star, Jason Aldean.
Macon, Georgia is Jason Aldean’s home town.
No surprise the Macon Sound is a mix of influences and the musicians have no problem mixing with others in the broader industry.
In July 2018, like many Country Stars, Jason Aldean returned to his home town, Macon. He had just played a benefit concert for a children's hospital to a sold out crowd in Atlanta. But Jason is a new breed of country star.
Jason’s songs liberally include rocker licks. On top of that, he rubs shoulders with hip hop stars. In fact, his pal Georgia born rapper Ludacris joined him on stage for a set.
So while Jason sells out stadiums with country and western audiences, he is not afraid to think different. And he draws in a more mixed bag of fans. It’s a mix that allows for diversity and inclusion.
Jason loves to use his celebrity to do performances that are about something bigger than himself. For the man whose hits “Any Old Barstool”, “Tonight Looks Good on You,” and “Fly Over States”, this was the third year he has done a concert benefiting sick kids cared for at Atlanta's @Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital.
Says Jason: “There are a lot of reasons I love doing what I do, but being able to give back to kids and their families is definitely really important to me.” This of course includes his own family which includes 4 kids and wife Britney.
Jason’s roots run deep in Macon. He was raised by his Mom in Macon. He first performed on stage at the Macon VFW Hall when he was 15. But before that, during summer break, he would spend time with his Dad in @Homestead,Florida.
Before his father went to work he would instruct Jason where to place his fingers to play chords. Then while his dad was at work, young Jason practiced all day. When his dad got home, they got out their guitars and played together.
Moving home to Mom was no bad thing for Jason though. Jason loves Georgia deeply. In fact, except for watching University of Georgia @Bulldogs Football every Saturday you could find Jason in the Georgia woods since he is an avid outdoorsman. He even owns a Hunting Company called Buck Commander.
But guns and concerts created a grand tragedy in Las Vegas Nevada when a mad man began shooting in October 2017. Jason had just begun performing when the shooter began firing into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. 58 people were killed and 851 people were injured.
Until recently, Jason stayed out of the debate that's going on over gun control. Then in a new interview with BILLBOARD Magazine, he reveals there should at least be a more thorough vetting process. After the shooting Jason visited survivors in the hospital. He admits to serious guilt over the fans who got shot. They were present to see him.
He also feels a connection to the survivors from the high school mass murder in @Parkland,Florida. Many of those students have become gun control activists. Says Jason, "Unless anybody has witnessed anything like that, it’s really hard for people to really understand where you’re coming from on that stuff," he reflects. "It’s like the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, man. I understand how they are feeling.”
But no doubt, Jason Aldean wishes he did not need to address the raging gun law debate. In fact, he would have been far more comfortable raising donations with rapper friends at that benefit concert to build a kids’ wing at a hospital."
Now for the Road Test: what is Jason Aldean’s first name? What? “Jason” you say. Correct!
Ok Driver, cough up. Pay the genius twenty bucks. And be quick about it.
#JasonAldean #Flyovercountry #Georgia #Macon #Parkland #HarvestFestival
#Massshootings #GeorgiaBulldogs #BuckCommander