SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012 • THE BULLETIN
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GVADALAJARA P ALO A LT O , Cali f . rr N ovA EI E E I c o ' JrLA R — Something was unusual about the 1663 map of the n v Western Hemisphere. Yes, much of the North and E, South American coasts folV I 0 lowed contours geographers Ir Ir would recognize today. And in California, Santa Cata' IL '"' Or r lina, Santa Barbara and Point I' Reyes were clearly marked. But wait! What was that body of water marked Mare Vermi+ glio, or Red Sea, separating V p' C «L Californiafromthemainland'? A O '.IP A . C L S 'I C V M . And why was California a big carrot-shaped island'? *rr That geographic oddity caught the attention of Glen Glen McLaughhn Map Collection, Stanford University Libranes/ Los Angeles Times M cLaughlin, a n A me r i - Glen McLaughlin has turned over his collection of 800 maps, all can businessman who was showing California as an island, to Stanford University's Branner browsing through a ntique earth sciences library. This map dates to1657. maps at a shop in London in 1971. He bought it — and began pursuing a quirky and an island supposedly popu- in love with Northern Califorexpensive passion that would lated by cannibalistic Ama- nia when stationed there in the lead him to devote an entire zons with plentiful jewels and late 1950s and returned as a room in his San Jose-area gold. It took two more centu- civilian to its high-tech and fihome to what is believed to be ries to refute that and other nance industries. Among other the largest private collection island theories. positions, he was a co-founder of such maps. T he c o l lection s h o w s of Greater Bay Bancorp, a "It was not a very pretty "layer upon layer of history," large bank that was acquired map, but it had the concept said Julie Sweetkind-Singer, by Wells Fargo. that California was a very dif- a Stanford map librarian. "It Not a golfer or one for the ferent place, a special place," shows theperceptions of the party circuit, he fell into his McLaughlin recalled about times and the idea of explora- map habit as quiet relief from that first purchase. tion and finding new worlds." the financial minutiae of his Four decades later, his col- In their day, the maps excited work. lection of 800 maps, all show- people the way images from It also gave him entree to the ing California as an island, is the Hubble Space Telescope rarefiedworld of scholars and making a splash in academia. do today, she added. collectors, where the mistaken And to both California lovAmong the first to study island images, like misprinted ers and haters, it promotes the maps intensively will be postage stamps, "always draw the sentiment that the state, author and geography expert more attention than the run of even if not a physical island, Rebecca Solnit, whose 2010 the mill," said McLaughlin, an remains a cultural and politi- book, "Infinite City: A San unexcitable man who recounts cal one. Francisco Atlas," m apped his map acquisitions like a reM cLaughlin r ece n t l y that city for suchthings as Na- tired professor recalling good turned his collection over to tive American place names, students of the past. Stanford University's Brancontemporary murders and McLaughlin's maps, carener earth sciences library coffeehouses. She soon will fully stored in Mylar sleeves or in an arrangement that was start a six-month fellowship framed behind glass, display part sale, part donation. It at Stanford with the goal of beautiful curiosities. His first, is thought to be worth $2.1 writing a book based on the in English and Latin, shows million. McLaughlin collection. sea monsters and galleons in An Oklahoman who found Although the maps are the oceans. A 1656 French one a new home and success as a technically wrong, their sym- gives "Californie Isle" a footSilicon Valley venture capi- bolism remains powerful, she like northern coast with five talist, McLaughlin became said. peninsula toes. A 1670 Dutch "California is not an island version shows angels on top intrigued with 17th and 18th century depictions of Califor- and doesn't have an east and below a ba r e-chested nia as a mysterious island of coast and no Vermilion Sea. Native American chief with riches and, he said, "hope for But it is so separate from oth- snakes and bars of gold. the future." er parts of the United States, Whatever the g eographic From early exploration to economically, culturally and facts or d i scredited myths, Gold Rush days to the current even spatially," Solnit said. McLaughlin said people rehigh-tech era, California has With mountains and deserts main fascinated by the maps been a kind of island of free- isolating California, and its because in their hearts they dom and innovation, he said. agriculture, high-tech and en- still perceive California "as a "There is enormous tolerance tertainment industries so well big island floating in the Pacific for different points of view. developed, "who's to say we off the West Coast of North So inventors, who might be are not this magical, amazing America." called kooks or nuts some- place?" place else were embraced The maps, sh e a d ded, here and encouraged," said " show this weird k in d o f McLaughlin, a hearty 77. It is, dance between imagination he added, "the grandest place and desire on the one hand on Earth." and exploration and fact on The maps and an online the other." repository are expected to McLaughlin said he has enrich scholars' knowledge cartography in his DNA. His of the first California experi- great-grandfather was a surences by European explorers. veyor, his father once won Spurred in part by imaginary a school contest in drawing descriptions in an early 16th maps, and McLaughlin himSisters century novel, Spanish trav- self was an Air Force pilot elers originally searched for trained in navigation. He fell 541-549-9388 A
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Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock Friday that is believed to have floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and washed ashore Tuesday on a Washington beach near Forks.
Tsunamidebristeam reaches dockon Washington coast The Associated Press FORKS, Wash. — Hiking over primitive coastal trails, a team reached adock that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach, and an official said the group found Japanese writing inside the structure. The team of tsunami debris experts is trying to confirm that the dock is from Japan and drifted for more than a
The debris team took live samples of potentially invasive species for lab analysis, inspectedfivedock surfaces and attached a tracking beacon. The crew also took samples to check for any radioactivity, although state Health Department experts consider that highly u n l ikely, Schmanke sa>d. The dock was spotted Tuesday by the Coast Guard on
of seaweed andcreatures that were clinging to the Newport dock. Among them were four species — a seaweed, a sea star, a mussel and a shore crab — that are native to Japan and have established themselves as invasivespecies elsewhere, said Caren Braby, manager of marine resources for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Officials won't know for a Washington's rugged Olympic couple of years whether any year before winding up on one Peninsula. The site is about of them escaped to get a footof themost remote beaches on five miles from the nearest hold in Oregon, she said. The the U.S. West Coast. road. scrapings were buried above The team did not find an On Thursday, a s w ollen the high water line. The dock identifying plaque like the one stream blocked th e d ebris was sterilized with torches, found on a dock that washed team from reaching the dock. then cut up and removed last a shore last J une a t N e w The Washington dock is be- summer. Photos taken Friday will be port, said Kim Schmanke, a lieved to be similar to the 165spokeswoman for th e s tate ton concrete and steel dock used to help develop a plan Ecology D epartment. T h at that washed ashore at New- to remove the l atest dock dock was confirmed as debris port. Looking like a railroad from the Washington beach, from the March 2011 Japanese boxcar, it was 66 feet long, 19 Schmanke said. No schedule tsunami. feet wide and 7 feet high. A has beensetforremoval. The writing and fresh pho- plaque identified it as one of As of Dec. 13, the National tos are being shared with the four owned by Aomori Pre- Oceanic an d A t m o spheric Japanese consulatein an ef- fecturethat broke loose from Administration had received fort to confirm this dock as the port of Misawa during the 1,432debris reports, of which tsunami debris, the spokes- tsunami. 17 havebeen confirmed as tsuwoman said. Volunteersscraped off2tons nami origin.
Court clearswayfor spying lawsuit against WashingtonArmyworkers By Colin Moynihan
ured out Towery's real identity in 2009 after filing a series of Several activists from Wash- public information requests. ington state can continue with Defendants in the lawsuit a lawsuit accusing two civilian also include another civilian employees of the U.S. Army of employee of the Army, Thomspying on organizers of pro- as Rudd, and police officers in tests against the wars in Iraq Olympia and Tacoma. and Afghanistan, a federal apJudge Ronald Leighton, of peals court ruled this week. U.S. District Court in Tacoma, The ruling, from the U.S. dismissed parts of the suit in Court of Appeals for the 9th 2011 but said claims that TowCircuit, in San Francisco, ap- ery had coordinated actions pears to clear the way for a to silence the protesters and trial involving assertions that taken steps that led to some the Army was involved in the being wrongly arrested could surveillance of civilian groups, continue. which several statutes forbid. Towery and Rudd asked the The activists filed the law- appeals panel to dismiss the suit in 2010 saying that John lawsuit, saying that it was not T owery, who w o rked a s a supported by facts and that criminal intelligence analyst they were entitled to qualifor the force protection divi- fied immunity as government sion at Joint Base Lewis-Mc- employees. Chord, near Tacoma, Wash., But the judges on the panel infiltrated protest groups using rejected t h ose a r g uments, the alias John Jacob. Towery writing, "The district court then provided information on c orrectly d e t ermined t h a t the groups to the Army, law these allegations are plausibly enforcement agenciesand pri- supported by sufficient facvate security firms in an effort tual detail," including "specific to thwart protests and target times and places that Towery the protesters, the lawsuit said. sp>ed. "John Towery had an intiL awyers for Towery and mate knowledge of our person- Rudd did not respond to real lives, our relationships, our quests for comment. political beliefs, even actions Lawrence Hildes, the lawyer we were planning," said Bren- for the other plaintiffs, said the dan Maslauskas Dunn, one of decision was the first time an the activists who filed the law- appeals panel had ruled that suit. "People were followed. citizens could sue military emThey were routinely harassed, ployees over spying. "The military decided that detained and arrested." The lawsuit said that Tow- these people were the enemy ery began spying in 2007 on because they were opposed to a group called Port Militari- what the military was doing, zation Resistance, which was so they launched a military formed to d i srupt m i l itary intelligence operation to stop shipments from ports in Olym- them," Hildes said. "Wherever pia, Tacoma and other cities you draw the line, this should in Washington. Protesters fig- be across it." New Yorft Times News Service
In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, dismissed a case challenging the Army's right to conduct surveillance of domestic political groups, saying that citizens who had been spied upon, but not harmed, lacked the standing to stop the surveillance. Those suing Towery and the others contended, however, that the spying had deterred their free speech and led to their arrest, violating First and Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit said that Towery had attended meetings of Port Militarization Resistance and Students for a Democratic Society, then had given information about members of the groups to the Army and police agencies. As a result, the suit said, law enforcement officials compiled lists of license plates belonging to protesters and placed a s urveillance camera on a pole outside a house where activists lived. Documents show that Rudd composed detailed memorandums containing information about activist groups that were circulated to people with military email addresses, police officials and people identified as contractors. In November 2007, several memos by R udd d escribed plans by protesters to block trucks that w er e p l anning to leave the port of Olympia while t ransporting m i litary equipment. The memos also included descriptions of events that appeared to be lawful, including a vigil to "raise awareness of the redeployment" and a "die-in" planned for the campus of Evergreen State College in Olympia.
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