Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

Notes

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Chapter 34

1    Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religious Millenarian group based in San Diego, California, founded in the early 1970s and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1927–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of thirty-nine members of the group who had committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an alien space craft following Comet Hale–Bopp.
2    John Joseph Casey (May 26, 1875 – May 5, 1929) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. John J. Casey was born in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania. He was an early union organizer and a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1907 to 1909.
3    Robert Patrick “Bob” Casey, Sr. (January 9, 1932 – May 30, 2000) was an American politician from Pennsylvania. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the forty-second Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995. Casey was best known for leading the pro-life wing of the Democratic Party, taking the lead in fighting Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a major Supreme Court case that upheld almost all the prohibitions on abortion that Casey signed into law. He championed unions, believed in government as a beneficent force, and supported gun rights. He was the father of Bob Casey, Jr., who is currently a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992) was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in which the constitutionality of several Pennsylvania state regulations regarding abortion were challenged. The Court’s plurality opinion upheld the constitutional right to have an abortion and altered the standards for analyzing restrictions of that right, invalidating one regulation but upholding the other four.
4    Hesiod, Works and Days, 618-23
5    The New York State Department of Environmental Correction received more than 13,000 public comments on the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) issued in September 2009. The Draft SGEIS addresses permit conditions required for gas drilling in Marcellus Shale and other areas of the State. In response to issues raised, DEC prepared and released for public review a Revised Draft SGEIS on September 7, 2011. To help those interested in understanding the issues involving horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing, several fact sheets also were released. DEC held four additional public hearings around the state and received another 67,000 comments. Following release of the second draft, DEC also proposed regulations to supplement and reinforce the proposed permit conditions and received 180,000 public comments. In all, DEC received 260,000 public comments on the SGEIS and the regulations. On December 17, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially banned hydraulic fracking in New York State.
6    PMIC: Petrochemical Military Industrial Complex
7    In May 2011, detailed floor plans of the tower at One World Trade Center were posted on the New York City’s Department of Finance website. This resulted in an uproar from the media and citizens of the surrounding area, who warned that the plans could potentially be used for a future terrorist attack.

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