Library: A Round-up of Reading

April 28, 2008 at 10:24 am | Posted in Library | 2 Comments

Anthony Cordato, Now Sit Back, Relax And Enjoy the Flight!, International Travel Law Journal, p. 24 (2008).

Nuraisyah Chua Abdullah, ‘Delay Terms’ In Airline Contracts: Aspects of UK and Malaysian Law and Practice, International Travel Law Journal, p. 41 (2008).

Gerard Morales and Matthew Goldstein, “Deemed Exports” Of Technology: How Safe Is Your Client’s Company?, 54 Practical Lawyer 29 (2008).

Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto and Steven Freeland, Space Weaponization and the United Nations Charter Regime on Force: A Thick Legal Fog or a Receding Mist?, 41 International Lawyer 1091 (2007)

Harper, Jacob M. Development. Technology, politics, and the new space race: the legality and desirability of Bush’s national space policy under the public and customary international laws of space. 8 Chi. J. Int’l L. 681-699 (2008). [L][W]

Maogoto, Jackson and Steven Freeland. The final frontier: the laws of armed conflict and space warfare. 23 Conn. J. Int’l L. 165-195 (2007).

Wayne Eleazer, The satellite shootdown: the rest of the story – The Space Review

Dennis Wingo – Establishing the Vision for Space Exploration – SpaceRef

State Department’s Frank Ruggiero Interviewed on Defense Exports – Export Law Blog

The Next Steps for Spaceport America – Personal Spaceflight

Soyuz and Congress
– Space Politics

Virginia Provides Spaceport Bonds
– Spaceports

Space cops will use VTHL spacecraft – Dick’s Rocket Dungeon

Clinton introduces a familiar-looking Arecibo bill – Space Politics

Press Releases
Improved governance needed to realize nanotech’s benefits -SpaceRef

NASA JPL HSPD-12 Media Advisory: Court Denies Government Petition for Injunction Review -SpaceRef

National Transportation Safety Board: Progress Made in Management Practices, Investigation Priorities, Training Center Use, and Information Security, But These Areas Continue to Need Improvement. GAO-08-652T, April 23

Nanotechnology: Better Guidance Is Needed to Ensure Accurate Reporting of Federal Research Focused on Environmental, Health, and Safety Risks. GAO-08-402, March 31

Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Making Progress to Rapidly Deliver Low Cost Space Capabilities, but Challenges Remain. GAO-08-516, April 25

National Science Foundation – NSF 08-42, Arctic Observing Network (AON): Toward a U.S. Contribution to Pan-Arctic Observing

Statement of Robert A. Sturgell, Acting Administrator Before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on Field Hearing on Airspace Redesign and Flight Scheduling Practices at Philadelphia International Airport

For Fun
NASA Intern Hoping To Go On Space Walk Before He Leaves In June – The Onion


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  1. Quiet Rockland
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    April 26, 2008

    Honorable United States Senator Arlen Specter (PA) The United States Senate, The United States Capitol
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    Re: Yesterday’s FAA Airspace Redesign Field Hearing In Philadelphia, PA

    Quiet Rockland Requests You Withdraw All Support For “Bobby” Sturgell’s Confirmation

    Dear Honorable Senator Specter:

    I very much enjoyed speaking with you yesterday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Thank you for chairing that field hearing (“Hearing”) of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Thank you also for your hospitality, and that of your staff and the good people of Philadelphia.

    Would-be FAA Head “Bobby” Sturgell’s evasive non-answers to you yesterday, were an outrage.

    You performed a heroic tenacious job of cross-examining possibly the most evasive and squirmy witness I have ever seen or heard – that non-witness being one Robert Allan “Bobby” Sturgell himself. You had the courage to chastise a fellow Republican, Sturgell, for the salient fact also obvious to everyone in the room. You asked Mr. Sturgell essentially the same question seven (7) consecutive times calling for a simple “Yes” or “No” answer. This FAA Acting Administrator just flat-out refused to give you, or any of us American people, a clear answer on each of those consecutive seven (7) occasions. Moreover, Sturgell smirked and laughed nervously as he (thought he) evaded you time-after-time – like a DelMarVa teenager thinking he was getting over on a law enforcement officer on a Spring Break traffic stop. I saw it, Senator. Up close. In person. I watched the whole spectacle in disgust.

    “Bobby” Sturgell’s contemptuous behavior in your chaired off-site Senate proceeding, aside from being deceitful and unlawful, was an insult to you, an insult to those of us present, an insult to all your constituent Philadelphians and Pennsylvanians, an insult to the Constitution, and an insult to this country. As you too saw, on the hallowed walls of the National Constitution Center was a clear inscribed writing on which Sturgell’s gaze must have been fixed as he lamely shuffled out of the building with his poster-boards and enablers in tow, reading: “The PEOPLE THEMSELVES [emphasis added] must be the ultimate means of their own Constitution. Theodore Roosevelt, 1912”.

    Senator Specter, the people themselves have spoken, once again, now almost 100 years after President Roosevelt uttered those words. The people say that “Bobby” Sturgell must be lawfully removed from office now and immediately.

    Please do not stand for, and do not tolerate, “Bobby” Sturgell’s insult to you, to your party, to your Pennsylvania constituents, and to this country.

    Please make an on-record public statement withdrawing any previously-stated support you may have indicated for “Bobby” Sturgell’s confirmation as FAA Administrator. Sturgell lied to Senators Boxer, Lautenberg, McCaskill and the full Commerce Committee on February 8, 2008. He also lied to you in the writing that you called him on during his yesterday testimony. Sturgell’s dishonesty knows no party, and no bounds – he will lie to members of either political party and to anyone else, in an endeavor to cover-up the defects of his FAA regime and to try to save his ever-shedding political skin. Yet under Sturgell’s failed FAA, the cracks in the Southwest Airlines airplanes in which his “leadership” let innocent unsuspecting passengers fly, and the fissures in his failed administration generally, are now as notable to all of us Americans as the very crack in the Liberty Bell itself, located just steps from the National Constitution Center. Our country’s resolve shall never break, and shall most certainly not crack simply from the malfeasance of a dishonest rogue federal agency and ersatz appointee official within. We the people would simply select somebody else. We need you to make that happen for us.

    Headed home yesterday shaking my head in disbelief after the Hearing, I walked by the site at which Thomas Jefferson is said to have penned the Declaration of Independence. Another day in beautiful, historic, and inspiring Philadelphia. Senator Specter, if Thomas Jefferson were still alive he would have found a way to fire “Bobby” Sturgell already. Jefferson too knew that a little revolution once in a while can be a good thing. We ask you to do everything in your power to send Sturgell out the revolution of that revolving door at 800 Independence Avenue, SW.

    Quiet Rockland again calls for the removal of “Bobby” Sturgell even as Acting Administrator of the FAA. Sturgell is disingenuous, unfit to lead, and must be replaced immediately by a competent federal official who can handle the delicate balance of aviation safety, candor, and the Constitutional rights of American citizens.

    Respectfully submitted, to your health and your good offices, with prayer,

    John J. Tormey III, Esq.
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  2. QR Anguilliforme Newswire/Rockland County, New York – Tuesday October 7, 2008

    Sources tell Quiet Rockland that U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Mary Peters is now making preparations to brief the “new Administrator” of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

    In a related story, FAA promotes Ruth Leverenz to “Acting Deputy Administrator” as Internet-listed second-in-command Key Official, in anticipation of Acting Administrator Robert Allan “Bobby” Sturgell’s departure from FAA office:

    For the full story, please see:

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