Serbia..., Poland..., Kitsch..., Scalping..., Vagabond..., Swiss Banking...
Re:City vs Country in Serbia (April 97 issue)
a simple note to say that your article is correct and well done. I seems as though doublecross is the destiny for the serbs now and in the past, with mihilovich, its to bad they did'nt have oil.
Re: Poland Again (December 97 issue)
Yeah I enjoyed reading it... brought back good memories. :)
Tim Richards and Narrelle Harris
"There's nowt so queer as folk"- Yorkshire saying
Dear Mr. Markiewicz,
I enjoyed your 'vagabond' site. Just one question. The photograph of the 'roofs of old Cracow', aren't those in fact the roofs of the royal chappel on Wawel?
I guess it would be nice if inhabitants of the city of Krakow would have such roofs, but unfortunately they have not... ;-)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
You're right, I was careless in picking the roofs of the royal chapel. It was unfortunate because in old Krakow you don't have to go to Wawel hill to see beautiful roofs. The correction has been made. WM
Re: Kitsch and the Sublime (November 97 issue)
Astonishing. I just might have to add a link. I'll put it to the committee in charge.
Interesting site, by the way.
Robert Belton, PhD
Chair, Fine Arts OUC
Re: Scalping ("I ACCUSE (Emil Zola)" March 96 issue)
Your web site incorrectly identified whites as having introduced scalping. I've been researching colonial america now for over six years and one subject I found interesting was this particular question. I did not doubt it was true, but I had hoped it was. I found an old document in the family history library that was writen by Captain Jon Endicott of Massachusetts. He led a group of men and indians against the vicious and hated (even by other indians) Pequots of Ct. This was during the 1637 Pequot war. They captured a pequot warrior and were about to question the man when one of the indians accompaning the whites, lept upon the pequot and killed him. This angered the whites as they wanted to gain information from him, but what happened next disgusted them. The indian scalped the pequot. The way Captain Endicott described the horror and shock he and his men felt at such a site, made it very clear to me that as early as 1637, the whites in Massachusetts and Connecticut were unaw! are of such practices. The crowd at Jamestown were abit more on the wild side than these puritans were, but the Pequots and the other indians with Endicott were northern indians. They most likely never got down to Virginia at all. There is no record of scalping ever taking place in any English wars in Europe of anywhere else, and there is archialogical evidence that scalping has been a practice amongst the anoriginal people of the Americas long before the Europeans ever arrived. They've found cut marks on scalps of skulls unearthed, that prove scalping had been done long before the whites arrived. The whites simply made use of this tool, by offering bounties for scalps of their enemies such as the French in Canada.
There is nothing to gain by spreading such misinformation. Any blame that is due to one side or the other is too late now anyway.
Let's look at this as an unfortunate bit of history and move on.
email@example.com (Bill Myers)
If you did write all of these essays (or whatever) by yourself then I consider you to be a genius. I only have one question about the eternity and fatalism essay. How can you be sure that this universe is a perfect system? There is no proof to my knowledge of anything outside of it, yet there is nothing to disprove it yet. Just wondering. If you find the time to reply dont worry about elaboration or anything. Thanks.
P.S. what is your occupation?
You're right, I also consider myself a genius : - ) : - ) : - )
I've no difficulty with seeing the universe as a perfect system if we call the cause-effect-cause-effect chain a perfection. My occupation? To the Internet I am Vagabond. WM
Re: Swiss Banking (November 97 issue)
Given the high service charges, no one needs a secret bank account except a crook.
In the US banks are obliged to return funds in dormant accounts or to turn those funds over to the state government. You have surely seen the periodic lists of dormant accounts in US newspapers. Swiss law has no such requirement. It is in the interest of Swiss bankers *not* to look for the owners of dormant accounts - they get to keep the money.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Donn)
CHARM (Curmudgeons Have A Real Mission)