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September 2014


NTP’s New Work in Progress, and New Series Begun: Ferdinand Pecora.

Who was the famed Senate Counsel who revealed Wall Street wrongdoing in 1933 in a manner not witnessed since, and how did he do it?  Why does such wrongdoing persist? What has not been examined in decades? NTP is currently involved in a collaborative artistic work about Pecora. Here is an excerpt from the new series, published in three installments, “Unbowed and Unquestioned Politically,” Installment I: “’I am fully mindful of the quasi-public position which the National City Bank must hold,’ Charles E. Mitchell announced when he became Bank Chairman in 1921, and proceeded to create the largest bank in America.  His announcement was an insidious yet commanding prevarication that defined the public expectation of reliability and sound ethics until Ferdinand Pecora, the Senate Banking Committee’s counsel during the 1933 hearings into the stock market crash exposed Mitchell’s unmitigated devotion to the acquisition of personal and corporate wealth…. Today the bankers and financiers are only one of the culprits. In 2014, the ‘Wall Street’ law firm extends well beyond the emblematic ‘Wall Street’…

Click here to read “Unbowed and Unquestioned Politically ”

Preparation: NTP Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainer

In May, beginning approximately a mile above sea level at Paradise Inn, NTP joined with experienced mountaineer Steve Marzocco of Seattle for a physically challenging (but thoughtfully paced) snow shoeing trek up Mt. Rainer. It was a vertical climb; stopping on various plateaus well above the tree line, each pathway calculated not to be within the danger of snow slides, ice cliffs, and uncertain drifts.

The challenge was in the depth and wetness of the snow, the ease of sliding awkwardly backward or sideway even with the use of poles, and the need to climb diagonally to maintain traction. The more adventuresome climbers we met had gone close to the summit, candidly respectful of their limits, and how the uncertainty in the weather and snow conditions warned of peril at that altitude. An experience in recognizing and managing seemingly subtle yet hazardous risk.

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NTP's Antarctica Expedition Nears

2014 is the one hundred anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to traverse the Antarctic. Special elements of his expedition were described in the September 2013 and February 2014 Newsletters as well as the character of this expedition. The NTP Route (beginning November 9th, 24 days, 21 nights): Charter flight over Patagonia to Ushuaia, Argentina (visa required), onto the National Geographic Explorer, across the Drake Passage, “ famous for having some of the roughest seas in the world” (and albatross, seen at some peril), to the eastern coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, with periodic disembarkation.

Within this region a portion of the ice shelf has separated due to warm water. See “Climate: Will We lose the Endgame,” Bill McKibben, New York Review, (July 10, 2014). A medical certification of good health is required to board (including for hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions), medicinal time-release patches and Dramamine for seasickness are recommended, and special layering in clothes and boots are essential.  Real time webcams maintained by the US, UK, and Australia provide enticing views. Frank Hurley’s photograph, the ice-locked "Endurance"(below), was seen by NTP in Paris in 2011. Better than a webcam. Neither a substitute for being there.


Preparation: NTP Visits the ‘Welsh Atlantis’

The Guardian, February 21st, described it this way: “An eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has been revealed by the ferocious storms which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay,” only a few miles south from the coastal farmhouse where NTP was visiting friends in mid-August.

Mythology calls it Cantre’r Gwaelod (English: “The Lowland Hundred”), a once seaside community lost to an unknown catastrophic phenomenon. Seeing its grand expansiveness through the gray fog and chilly drizzle, walking through primeval peat, sand, and salt water that hid and now reveal it, and reconciling to the mind the unexpected oddness of its location suggests something is lost in the English translation. To the locals who’ve imbued the Welsh with historic imperatives, audible bells heard in times of danger, recorded findings of dwellings, artifacts, and wattle walkways, uncovered inscriptions in Latin text, and the easily imagined daily tasks of neighbors, it hardly seems mythological.


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