No Money or Time for College? Train for IT Careers Online for $39 a Month!

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Learning a good skill is the best way to have job satisfaction and financial stability. College and student loans are incredibly expensive as so many of us know. We are lucky that there are alternatives that most can afford!

I’m learning Data Science and Python online right now and building a portfolio of my own. So far I have completed 7 Coursera IT courses and I know that they empower me to do better work writing and researching my own projects. I’ve taken courses from UM, UCDavis and IBM.

The more you know the more you can do. Unlock your own creative future. You’ll find lot’s of information at  Coursera | Build Skills with Online Courses from Top Institutions. You can take these classes at your own pace. Also, scholarships are available.

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How To Bully A Bully: Blogger Linda Kaidan v. Gang Thug Chandler Seelbach

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Stephen Ames Berry

An earlier version misidentified Chandler Seelbach and omitted reference to his violent criminal history. 

Chandler Zachardy trespasing as he menaces Linda Kaida in her driveway.
Chandler Seelbach trespassing as he menaces Linda Kaidan in her driveway.

How to treat a bully? Stand fast and bully back.

Herkimer Post Editor Linda Kaidan, my wife of 43 years, is an early riser. She puts out food for her beloved birds’ breakfast in front of our lovely 100-year-old house at Herkimer’s 330 Pleasant Avenue.

Last Thursday 11/29, at about 4 am, she was taking out the trash when she was harassed and menaced by the local gang’s latest sacrificial drug thug, young Herkimer dad Chandler Z. Seelbach. Seelbach emerged from his friend fellow drug thug Kyle Stone’s house at 332 Pleasant Avenue and immediately started in on Linda. Seelbach is a violent criminal well-known to local police, yet still walking the streets through the miracle of New York law.

His face inches from hers, Seelbach verbally assaulted her for about 8 minutes, heaping her with obscenities, threatening several times to “beat the shit” out of her as he trespassed on our property. She stood her ground and only came inside when she was good and ready. (He doesn’t seem to know who his mother is.)

Here’s the audio and a porch video of the attack. Though Linda was on four cameras, the only one with audio is the porch cam. The police have a full video of the incident; the audio is enough to convict. Several still shots from one of our videos are in this post. (The woman cheering Seelbach on is our neighbor, drug thug Kim Vargas.)  Turn on the volume.

Our local drug and child trafficking gang doesn’t like our very legal gentle street light it lessens their use of the two gang houses on the other side of our property for nighttime drug trafficking. Including Seelbach’s. 

For his finale, Seelbach threw a dramatic haymaker at our doughty little light. As with all else in his pathetic young life, Seelbach failed, and went off to where he lays his head, landlord Jay Smith’s 326 Pleasant Avenue, two houses down. form ours. 

The woman loudly supporting the elder-abusing thug is another elder-abusing thug, neighboring petty drug dealer Kim Vargas, skulking off-camera in her driveway. 

Zacchary Chandler throws at haymaker punch at our light.
“Seelbach then threw a dramatic haymaker punch at our light.”
“As with all else in his pathetic young life, Chandler failed…”

This latest ugly incident, with videos, was reported to Officer Burns of the Herkimer Police, who took and registered Linda’s complaint. Burns was one of the many officers who were very supportive when Linda was attacked and punched out by the Joyce Barton gang’s Shianne Hill a few years ago. (Shianne was sentenced to a year’s probation and restitution. The Bartons have been stripped of the illusion that they enjoy immunity from arrest within the village of Herkimer.) 

Chandler Seelbach – Poster Boy for  Herkimer Gang’s Eroding Empire of Dirt

Herkimer gang thug Chandler Z. Seelbach
Young Herkimer dad Chandler Z. Seelbach in daylight, March 2018. Seelbach lives two doors down from us at Jay Smith’s 326 Pleasant  Avenue.

Chandler Seelbach’s vile street skit is the latest of the Herkimer gang’s desperate final gasps. Gone are Zachary’s predecessors, Kyle Stone and Xavier Rowe. And Smith tenant Earl Thompson, who was always vowing to put anthrax in our mailbox. MIA from our patch of paradise for years now is gang chieftain Stanley Sykes. Present but mute is street harasser and child trafficker Cary Ann Bass, Sykes alleged daughter-in-law. Still seen about is Shyke’s good right hand Kevin Stone, who has open access to all the houses landlord Jay Smith’s gifted Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers one Christmas.

The rapidly improving demographics of Herkimer and all of Upstate New York is draining the swamp of organized criminal activity. The people now moving here in large numbers are affluent and seeking a climate change haven. Herkimer, to its surprise I’m sure, is one of the nation’s finest climate change survival zones.  

Herkimer doesn’t have much housing stock. Even halfway decent houses sell in a few days. Our nighttime skies are so filled with law enforcement drones that they must be filing flight plans. (We’ve seen some cute little prototype drones being tested  here.) 

When prosperity comes in, gangs move out, usually with the help from beefed-up law enforcement, and folks who no longer yield their streets to scum like Chandler Seelbach. Don’t be bullied. Stand your ground and bully back.

Better Camera Coming Soon to Driveway Hotspot

A much better camera for our front driveway has arrived. That’s where all the action’s been lately. It’s the same 4K UHD camera as the one we have out back, the one that was the heart of the popular post of Carrie Ann Bass’ party in the child trafficking lot. I’ll provision and hang it as soon as I finish my current project for my son-in-law. 

 

Mind Control Exists: What Can You Do About It?

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By Linda Kaidan

Can you be mind-controlled and if so what can you do about it?  Even my SciFi Author husband is skeptical that mind control exists. Yet legitimate publications by MIT Sloan Management Review, Scientific American, and University of West Australia Professor Kristyn Bates indicate that it does.

Mind control is likely to have originated in research laboratories of various defense contractors. It may have initially been justified as a means to provide assistive technology for the hearing impaired, vision impaired, mentally ill, or as part of super-effective defense communication systems. While there may be much ethical justification for use of mind control, it can easily be a deadly weapon used to achieve monetary or political gain. Greed and selfishness are common human motivators and as such the lack of checks and balances in this technology’s use likely indicates that much harm is already being done with this tech!

Our wonderful brains transmit signals with electricity which in itself is a blurry form of precise signals that can be more effective. Mind control technology uses light to precisely target the brains’ neuroreceptors. An implant on the skull receives signals and converts them to neurological instructions which can directly control physical bodily functions including our sense of touch, taste, hearing, vision, and even our emotion! The horrible result can be enslavement, coercion, terrorism, and death.

Essentially those affected by this tech cannot be certain whether their motives are their own or someone else’s. Perhaps too, their memories can be erased and replaced with another’s. In a general sense, this tech positions our brains as part of a network connected to other people, software, and data sources. Just as we have security measures on our own devices, we should implement security measures on our brains. We should always assume that illegitimate use is likely.

In a brute force approach, we can disable wireless communication using signal blockers currently available online for under $150.

Convince yourself that this is a real threat by reading some of these publications:

Business Scents: The Rise of Digital Olfaction Two emerging branches of digital olfaction technology have the potential to revolutionize a range of industries. April 29, 2021 | Mark Purdy, Max Klymenko and Mia Purdy | DATA, AI, & MACHINE LEARNING MIT Sloan Management Review

Mind Reading and Mind Control Technologies Are Coming We need to figure out the ethical implications before they arrive By R. Douglas Fields on March 10, 2020 Scientific American

Brain-to-brain interfaces: the science of telepathy By Kristyn Bates Updated March 9, 2015 The Sydney Morning Herald

Mind Control exists but it will be years if ever for laws regulating its use to be enacted.  You can protect yourself from being mind-controlled today with simple, effective, and inexpensive (though somewhat annoying) means 🙂

Somangshu Mukherji–18 Years Of Knavery And Cruelty In Two Columns

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Stephen Ames Berry

11/30/21 Update In a recent court filing, the unemployed Mukherji complains that his defamation suit against me has cost him $20,000 to date. Pity he couldn’t afford to cloth our grandson and buy him some toys.

Where Somangshu Mukherji kept his beloved son and wife.
1/2018 What Alex’s mom’s found: photo of the barren room where Somangshu Mukherji kept her and her son, Avram, “the little bastard,” in his spacious Ann Arbor condo. This was the first time either of us had seen our grandson. Mukherji forbade us to visit or call our daughter. Grandma and Alex arranged the clandestine visit for when Mukherji was away. They planned it using WhatsApp to avoid his pervasive call monitoring. Alex lived in fear of discovery—punishment always followed disobedience. (See her affidavit.)

Now in its third year and weighing over 14 lbs, the defamation suit of Somangshu Mukerji v. Stephen Ames Berry moves toward trial at its magisterial pace. The suit evolved out of the 2019 illegal taking of our grandson Avram from our home in Herkimer New York by Herkimer County deputies at the behest of Mukherji, an Indian national, who we sponsored after he was expelled from Harvard.  I’ve written about the kidnapping and the wildly abusive Mukherji’s later outrages against his American family in A Herkimer Kidnapping and subsequent postings.

The Fearsome Might of the Rustic Septuganairn Blogger!

Mukherji’s attorneys now allege that the University of Michigan denied him tenure because of my blogging about his despicable conduct.  (I shared that with the U.Mich Provost.) Mukherji was fired in May and didn’t take it well.

Somangshu Mukherji- Loving Dad and Husband

Somangshu Mukherji glaring as he lies to the police.
Somangshu Mukherji glares at me as he trespasses and lies to the police.

An unexpected gift from the unemployed Mukherji’s legal maneuvers was this marvelous document (below), a neat two-column indictment laying bare his 18 yeas of heinousness.  

“[Mukherji] further endangered his wife’s physical and mental health by compelling her to abort their child.” See affdavits (below)

As part of his Putinesque campaign to put the shut up on my exposure of the true Somangshu Mukherji, Mukherji filed yet another wordy grandiose affidavit attesting to his goodness. Unsurprisingly, it’s uncorroborated. His assertions are in column one; my responses are in column two. (One column on cellphones) They’re easily read if not easily stomached. Our affidavits–the affidavits of the American family he betrayed, the wife he abused–follow, along with an exhibit of his Ivy-educated writing skills. (References are to our affidavits.) You can read elsewhere his obscene and abusive email to his wife and the order of protection granted her. 

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From Mukherji’s Affidavit
Berry’s Response- 4 Affidavits of 3 People & Exihbits
Alexandra had a difficult relationship with her parents.
Alexandra visited with her parents in Florida almost every summer while living with Plaintiff. Plaintiff could not know the quality of her relationship with her parents, as he shunned them after visiting them once in Florida. It was then that he asked them to post a $40,000 bond as surety for his good behavior so that he could remain in the United States following his dismissal from Harvard.  Which they did. Affidavits LK para 4,5,6 SB 4,5,6
Decided to explore a new course of study…
Plaintiff was dismissed from Harvard University for cause. As he was also required to maintain student status in the US during the one-year term of the Berry’s’ sponsorship of him, at the suggestion of Alexandra’s mother, he enrolled in Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College.Affidavits  LK para 4,5,6, 7 SB para 4,5,6,7
Alexandra’s …struggles…with mental illness [continue] through the present date.
Plaintiff has had little or no contact with Alexandra for the last two years. Although still quite psychologically fragile, she is slowly recovering from Plaintiff’s long-term abuse, living with her parents since fleeing him to their home with her son in 2019. Her only relapse was after she again fled Plaintiff’s abuse when he lured her to Ann Arbor in September of 2020 on the cruel pretext that her son was there. AKB para 22 – 24 LK para 15, 17-20
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[Alexandra is diagnosed with] bipolar disorder with a schizoaffective component.
  Alexandra’s diagnosis is bipolar only. AKB para 3
“…her illness went untreated due to lack of health insurance.” “issue of insurance was insurmountable and prevented ongoing care.”
Plaintiff exacerbated his wife’s mental illness by refusing to include her in his Princeton University family health insurance plan after they were married. Plaintiff enrolled only himself in the plan. AKB para 4 Plaintiff further endangered his wife’s physical and mental health by compelling her to abort their child. AKB para 5 LK para 7 SB para 9
…married to secure health insurance that Alexandra need.
Plaintiff only got himself health insurance. Marriage got him the F1 Green Card plaintiff needed for an academic appointment. AKB para 4
[her] condition worsened exponentially.
Exponential is not a medical term. The plaintiff’s doctorate is in Music Theory.
disappeared for months…months after her disappearance.
She was homeless for six weeks. AKB para 6 LK para 12.
Homeless…Plaintiff flew to Syracuse to pick her up.
He sent her a bus ticket. AKB para 6 LK para 12
”Mrs. Berry…”
As Plaintiff knows, Alexandra’s mother’s name is Linda Kaidan.
the search was unsuccessful
Plaintiff did not join in the search; he found his wife’s homelessness entertaining. LK para 12
after many months…she resurfaced…
Plaintiff counts the time Alexandra spent with her parents in Herkimer as homelessness. After six weeks of truly being homeless in Ann Arbor, an Ann Arbor police officer helped Alex be admitted to a shelter for women victims of domestic violence. Her mother sent her a train ticket and she came to our home Herkimer, where she stayed until returning to Ann Arbor in March of 2015. LK para 12 AKB para 8
Plaintiff made arrangements [for her to come home.
He bought her a bus ticket with 2 changes. She was pregnant. AKB para 9
Defendant’s wife visited Ann Arbor for the birth
Denied. Plaintiff never allowed Alexandra’s parents to visit her or to see their grandson Avram. Alexandra’s mother surreptitiously visited Alex and Avram when she could. Whenever Plaintiff caught her talking with her mother via WhatsApp, he would hit her atop the head with a closed fist and confiscate her phone for months. LK para 8,9 AKB para 11, 12
Plaintiff signing Avram’s birth certificate: “He and Alexandra agreed this was the right course of action.”
Alexandra never agreed to it.
…employed as a professor
Assistant professor.
…providing for all of [Avram’s] needs
Plaintiff bought diapers and formula. No toys, no shoes, no clothes. Sometimes referred to Avram as “the little bastard.” Avram’s grandparents bought him his first new clothes and his toys, ever, after his mother fled with him from Rhode Island to their home in Herkimer. AKB para 16 LK para 12
Alexandra was served with the proper filing papers…
Herkimer Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve Alexandra with a Michigan custody order. When interrupted and challenged by Plaintiff, citing requirement for a corresponding New York custody order, they said they had verbal authorization from the Herkimer County Family Court Judge to take the child. Which they did. See video of the illegal taking.
CPS workers found significant issues…
Official New York State CPS reports stated that Plaintiff’s complaint, including his charge that Plaintiff was a pedophile was “unfounded”. Herkimer CPS workers later malfeasantly provided correspondence supporting Plaintiff in his Michigan custody court case.
“[Defendant was]…aware of her diagnosis of bipolar and schizoaffective disorder.”
Alexandra has never been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. AKB para 3
[her] condition could cause her to believe that family members were out to … get her.
Plaintiff has long concealed his abuse by dismissing his wife’s reports of his abuse as delusional. LK para 14
Becoming homeless for … periods of time
She was homeless once, for 6 weeks. LK para 8
Defendant’s disdain for Plaintiff became clear
Plaintiff has long refused to speak with Defendant.
“Plaintiff has never abused or neglected Alexandra…”  “Such charges stem from her delusions.”
Plaintiff’s abuse and neglect and studied cruelty of Alexandra spans decades: See Plaintiff’s abusive and obscene email to Alexandra, cruelly celebrating his custody case victory, and the resulting Order of Protection served on Plaintiff. See further, abuse by Plaintiff in Affidavit AKB2 and Affidavit AKB para 4, 5, 11- 13
Plaintiff exonerated at a hearing by Washtenaw Family] Court of allegations of abuse of his wife”
There was no such hearing. The only post-custody award hearing that took place had no allegations of abuse brought. And Alexandra was not present, not having been notified
…retrieve Avram at previously agreed upon time and place
There was no agreement. Deputies appeared without prior warning and gained entry to Defendant’s home through subterfuge. See video of the illegal taking.
CPS and police lawfully intervened and retrieved Avram. Defendant knew that [they] had lawfully authority [to do so].
If after viewing the video of our grandson being taken from our home, you believe he was legally taken, I have a bridge to sell you.
“The [blog] articles contain false, defamatory statements…”
None of the material in the posts is defamatory, and accurately report Plaintiff’s years-long heinous abuse and neglect of his wife and her child.
[Plaintiff’s] continuous course of studies and employment at prestigious universities…
Plaintiff is currently an unemployed former assistant professor. Affidavit AKB2 Plaintiff has been dismissed from two prestigious universities and studied at a community college to maintain his immigration status following his expulsion from Harvard. LK para 5 SB para 4
Defendant’s Defamatory Statements to Plaintiff’s Employer and Colleagues
Plaintiff used his University of Michigan email account to defame Defendant to Plaintiff’s estranged wife, to further her emotional distress and to encouraged her to suborn perjury. Defendant complained to Plaintiff’s Dean and the President of Plaintiff’s university. They told Defendant to call the police. (See below, Berry’s Emails to U.Mich)
Damage to Plaintiff…
Plaintiff casts himself in the role of victim. He is upset at the widespread exposure of his heinous treatment of his wife and her son, and the publication of the details of how he repaid the American family that stood by him.
Defendant’s blog postings caused the University of Michigan to deny Plaintiff tenure.
Fear the awecome power of the rustic septuagenarian blogger! Mjukerhji was warned as early as 2018 that unless he produced some credible work,he would be denied tenure. AKB1

Where Is Somagshu Mukherji? Where Is Our Grandson?

Avram Mukherji goes into the storm
Avram – Into the storm

According to his affidavit, Somangshu Mukerji no longer lives in Ann Arbor, but in the same small Ohio town as the offices of his attorneys, Minc Law. If that’s not his real residence, then he can’t be properly served with legal documents. It also makes it harder for the Feds and the State of Michigan to investigate complaints against him by his wife for identity theft and tax fraud. 

Wherever Somangnshu Mujkherji is hiding, we assume he’s stashed our five-year-old grandson with my wife’s estranged sister in Providence, RI,  yet again violating his custody order. The woman spontaneously emailed our daughter recently to assure us Avfram’s not there, which makes us think that he is.

Mukherji finds kids annoying–compelled his wife to abort their child when he was at Princeton, later took our newborn grandson from his mother, deporting him to Rhode Island for 6 months, not letting our daughter see her son. The first time we both met Avram was when our daughter fled to us with him, Mukherji in pursuit, shortly after she filed for child support.

Avram Mukherji Exploring
Herkimer 2/19 Avram Exploring His First-Ever Toys

Berry’s Supporting Affidavits and NonObscene Exhibit 

AKB1 – Affidavit of Alexandra Kaidan-Berry
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We CAN Save Our Planet!

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We CAN Save Our Planet by Linda Kaidan

Youth everywhere are feeling tremendous anger at previous generations for destroying our planet. Just this morning I heard a kid complaining that going to school is a waste of time because the world is going to end anyway. Joining the chorus of defeatist chants are some scientists who say we cannot fix the weather.

Fight destructive actions. Solve problems. While climate change disasters and destruction caused by reprehensible humans are daily occurrences all over the planet, amazing discoveries and technological advancements are happing all the time.

Right now there is a race to colonize Mars and the Moon. Neither have an atmosphere we can breathe or gravity that humans can tolerate long-term. On the moon, temperatures range from -280 F to 260 F. On Mars, they range from -220 F to + 70 F. Very thin atmosphere enables space debris to hit the surface with high impact because there’s no resistance.

Is it really easier to survive in space than on Earth? Despite major obstacles, NASA’s 2021 space budget is 23.3 billion.  This year NASA awarded $2.9 Billion to SpaceX to build a Moon Lander. The Space  Foundation reported that the nearly half a trillion-dollar global space economy grew by 4.4% in 2020. This kind of investment shows strong confidence that humans can live elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. We should have equal faith in life on Earth!

Can we fix our climate? You bet we can! On Earth, we have all the basics that we need for survival. These include oxygen, water, and the mineral base life on our planet evolved with. There is limitless energy potential. We can stop our planet from burning by reducing the amount of sun that reaches our atmosphere. We can protect our communities from wind and flood with intelligent building technologies.

Saying and doing are not the same things. Hope and plans must be accompanied by action! No matter what your age, find a way to contribute. Learn as much as you can and create your own team of activists to help your community whether global or local.

Be the inventors, investors, and contributors you need to be to save your future and the future of all life on our planet!

Climate Change Projected To Improve Herkimer NY Economy

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by Linda Kaidan

 We’re republishing this prophetic article, first posted in June 2017, to help those researching places to move to in upstate New York following the devastation of Hurricane Ida.

Yesterday’s New York Times discussed damage to our economy likely to be caused by climate change. Herkimer County NY (see above map) is likely to have GDP growth of at least 5% per year rather than GDP decline. This is indicated by the dark green color on the map. Similar advantages of climate are shared by west Alaska, adjacent Hamilton County and Maine.

Climate Change DEMOGRAPHICS will transform herkimer

The Herkimer Post’s recent review of Herkimer’s soaring home sales strongly hints that retirees who might once have moved South are relocating to Central New York, and especially to conveniently-located Herkimer. Given increasingly refined and alarming climate change figures, this migration trend’s likely to accelerate. 

There’s little residential construction in Herkimer and the supply of available housing is small. Competition for existing homes will become brisk. Buyers of vacation homes may also be turning their eyes from the sandy but imperiled Atlantic and Gulf beach communities north to the Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondacks.

A critical mass of middle and upper-middle-class home buyers inevitably transform a community. Landlords either sell out or renovate properties to appeal to affluent newcomers. Empty storefronts become shops again. The police become responsive and the streets safe as criminals move on, no longer tolerated and unable to make a living. We saw this transformation happen in Boston’s Roxbury and Charlestown, and we’re seeing it begin here in Herkimer.

Promising new technologies can reduce greenhouse gas

Climate change becomes more erratic and costly every year. Yet there are many technologies that will help combat this devastating process. As our president continues to deny climate change, some technology innovators are filling the gap left by ineffectual governance.

Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund supporting development of clean energy technology, Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Co-founders include Jeff Bezos and Richard Brandon. The goal of the fund is to build companies that will provide affordable emissions-free energy. Gates is personally investing $1 billion in startups and companies starting this year.

Climeworks, a new Swiss company hopes to extract 1% of worldwide CO2 from the atmosphere by 2025. Company founders Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher invented a Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology while students at ETH Zurich. They have lowered the cost of CO2 extraction from the air to less than $600 per ton. Climeworks envisions that they can create 250,000 plants by 2025.

Reducing greenhouse gases is essential to the planet’s survival, but blocking the sun may buy some time. Today there are over 375 operational nanosatellites in space, which may help us to find and improve climate change solutions.

As the earth grows ever hotter, it makes sense to consider moving to those green places on the map which are the most sustainable to live in, places like Herkimer, NY.

From September 16, 2017:

Herkimer County Ideal for Hurricane Refugees

A Death In Herkimer

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My wife Linda Kaidan delights in Herkimer’s abundant wildlife. Birds of all feathers and bold bushy squirrels have especially grown plump from her devotion. She feeds them daily from our driveway, our backyard sometimes being unsafe from nighttime poison gas attacks. The squirrels are very fond of black oiled sunflower seeds, the birds go for the good quality white bread.

Linda’s morning feeding time is well known–the unfriendly eyes of neighbors we’ve called out for drug and child trafficking surround us. The body dumped in our driveway from a passing car the other morning shouldn’t have surprised us:

The victim was a handsome gray squirrel with just a hint of red to his fur, his body still warm. He’d been killed by a perfect shot to the head at close range from a pellet gun.  Knowing Herkimer’s warped gang scum, he may have been lured close by his killer with treat for ease of execution and enjoyment of betrayal.

A sad small death in Herkimer: a handsome young squirrel killed by local gang filth and dumped in our driveway.
A sad small death in Herkimer: a handsome young squirrel killed by local gang filth and dumped in our driveway.

As intended, Linda was upset and buried Rocky, as we named him, in the backyard, which is covered by surveillance cameras.

Grave of Rocky the Squirrel, murdered by Herkimer drug scum, his body tossed in our driveway.
Grave of Rocky the Squirrel, murdered by Herkimer drug scum, his body tossed in our driveway.

Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers have a rich history of animal cruelty. It’s a pastime they’ve cultivated both for sadistic pleasure and as a means to intimidate those who call them out. When we moved to Herkimer eight years ago, someone shot several birds in our backyard, also with a pellet gun. After we buried them, someone dug up the bodies at night and left them on our back stairs. (And people wonder why we have all those cameras, lights and mics. )

Our dog Bear, an ancient Chow, was poisoned the day she arrived home from the animal shelter. She recovered, only to be constantly pelted with debris by weaponized gang kids from next door at Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub (Jay Smith, landlord), seemingly a permanent gang sanctuary.

A Herkimer Howdy -Titanium Golf Club Hurled at Dog
Titanium golf club head hurled at old dog by neighboring gang family kids.

At night, Bear was blasted in her porous basement den by waves of volatilized pesticide from hand foggers, a standard regional gang weapon. (“Ya can’t prove nothin’!” Yeah, but the drones can. )

Bear is gone, casualty to years of our war to knife with Herkimer’s entrenched criminals. We were of an age, Bear and I. We used to hang out, share Subway Melts (extra extra bacon) and good Dutch beer. I miss Bear.

Bear
Bear

Who Killed Rocky Squirrel? Boris and Natasha?

I suspect Boris and Natasha may have had a hand in Rocky’s murder. The pair are legendary squirrel haters to whom we’ve given unwelcomed publicity.

339 Eureka Ave Pickaxe Gang Strikes Again–Did Boris And Natasha Send Them?

 

 

Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job, Beats His Wife, Steals Her Money, Dumps Her In A Brothel

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My son-in-law doesn’t handle rejection well.

Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job is the latest in the ongoing series A Herkimer Kidnapping, which chronicles the illegal taking of our five-year-old grandson Avram from his mother by her Green Card husband, former University of  Michigan assistant professor Somangshu Mukherji, and Mukherji’s continuing outrages against our family. (Mukherji isn’t Avram’s birth father.) The series is a cautionary tale of how an unscrupulous foreign national can exploit a mentally ill American to obtain a Green Card and through it, a fine job at a prestigious institution. 

As of May of this year, our daughter Alexandra hadn’t seen her son for over two years and only spoken with him twice. Mukherji, in violation of multiple family court orders, had quietly stashed Avram out of state, returning to Ann Arbor to await his anticipated tenure appointment. Last August, Mukherji invited Avram’s mother to visit with her son in Michigan, only to laughingly announcing when she arrived that the kid wasn’t there. I wrote of his despicable actions and those that followed in Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There. 

Suddenly in May, to our surprise and suspicion, Mukherji invited Alex to visit with her son in Ann Arbor. Although he wouldn’t let her speak with Avram on the phone, she heard him in the background. Astoundingly, Mukherji even offered to pay for her train ticket. He was aware that she’d reported him for tax fraud and identity theft to the IRS and the State of Michigan and yet sounded cordial and welcoming. Alex was gravely concerned for the welfare of the child Mukherji sometimes called “the little bastard,” and seized the possibility of seeing him. Given our son-in-law’s long history of deceit and cruelty and with his American family, we weren’t optimistic but agreed with her that she should go. Understandably, she went with great trepidation. 

She was walking into a carefully laid trap.

On May 15th, after an exhausting 12-hour journey, Alex reached Mukherji’s professorial townhouse condo. Little Avram was overjoyed to see her. Mukherji at first kept it together. Over takeout–which Avram wasn’t allowed to share, subsisting on his usual fare of reheated chicken nuggets–Mukherji suggested that he and Alex could get back together. Not wanting to set him off, she was noncommittal. Then began his familiar micromanagement, Mukherji telling Alex she couldn’t call her family or take pictures of her son. Wanting to be with Avram for as long as possible, she reluctantly agreed.

Somangshu Mukherji Gives His Orders To His Wife

Mukherji then ordered her to sign an online document in the virtual presence of a notary in Texas, which he’d carefully prearranged. He wouldn’t allow her to read the document but said it granted him permission to work with the Ann Arbor Family Court on her behalf to set up psychiatric services for her in Michigan, so she could have visitation rights with her son.

Alex indignantly refused to sign Mukherji’s secret document. After a New York court slapped Mukherji with a restraining order, the Ann Arbor Family Court had restored her visitation rights–rights Mukherji was impeding. She added that she was never returning to him.

Faithful to his rich history of spousal abuse as attested to by Alex in the child custody proceedings, Mukerji became enraged. Threatening and menacing her, he again demanded she sign the document sight unseen. Knowing that whatever it was, it would be worthless as coerced under duress, and fearing for her safety and that of her young son, asleep in another room, Alex signed the document unread.

Only later, when she’d safely returned to us in New York, did she get to read the wildly unbelievable affidavit she’d signed for Mukherji’s use in his defamation suit against me, now in its third year.

Obviously written by Mukherji and given legal form by his lawyers, the affidavit attests to the infinite selfless kindness and goodness of Somangshu Mukherji, the hapless victim of the evil machinations of Alex’s dad, who tirelessly strives for the innocent Mukherji’s destruction. And of course, as would any affidant, Alex attests to being a violent, psychotic basket case, a danger to herself and others, incapable of independent judgment, her life blessed solely by the ongoing sacrifices of her husband Somangshu. “No one sane would sign that,” she said disbelievingly, safely back home, as she sat reading Mukherji’s rambling delusional fabrication. Worrisomely, this large man, who has sole custody of our small grandson, may actually believe it to be true because he wrote it.

The Affidavit Somangshu Mukherji Coerced His Wife Into Signing Sight Unseen

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Mukherji’s defamation legal team at Minc Law used the feloniously obtained affidavit in petitioning the New York Supreme Court to grant him a quick bench trial.  He’s trying to get out of the jury trial he initially demanded. Jury trials are expensive and Mukherji is unemployed.  I then requested a jury trial. The court has not yet ruled on his motion. [11/13/]

Safely home, Alex filed another fraud complaint with IRS, reporting the coerced endorsement of her stimulus check and describing the assault. She also submitted an affidavit to the New York Supreme Court disavowing the coerced affidavit. My trial defamation is still scheduled for November.  [Trial adjourned at the request of Mukherji’s legal team, in order to file an amended complaint. They gave me an opportunity to file documents exposing the real Somagnshu Mukjerki. Which I dod.] 

His Wife Attests To Somangshu Mukherji’s Coercion, Beating Of Her And Theft Of Her Money

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Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job

Serendipitously, while Alex was at Mukherji’s–after he coerced her for the first signature and before he beat her for the second one–she overheard Mukherji being fired. A University of Michigan official called him and told him his academic contract was not being renewed for the next school year. “Serious discrepancies in your work,” was what she overheard. Then came the beating.

Mukherji forged Alex’s signature on his 2019-20 Federal and state tax returns and falsely claimed her as a dependent while she was living with us. He pocketed her 2019 Federal stimulus payments, laundering them through a joint checking account Alex had never been allowed to use and had mostly forgotten.

Somangshu Mukherji Commits Tax Fraud
The Treachery Never Ends: Somangshu Mukherji Steals His Penniless American Wife’s Stimulus Payments

Her husband’s duplicity revealed to her during a meeting with an IRS agent, Alex froze that joint account in time to torpedo the direct deposit payment of both hers and Mukerji’s 2021 Economic Stimulus payments. That money’s in the wind. However, the now-former assistant professor had kept a 2019 $900 paper Stimulus check that arrived for Alex. With the joint account frozen, he couldn’t just mark it for deposit–getting her money required her signature, which he apparently didn’t dare forge with IRS audits looming. (I don’t know if Mukherji desperately needed the money or if stealing from our family has become a vital part of his psyche after so many years of thievery.)

Beats His Wife, Steals Her Money

Shortly after his call with the university official, Mukherji presented Alex with her IRS check and ordered her to sign it over to him. When she refused, he flew into one of his rages, twice slamming her over the head with a baby gate as she defended herself with raised arms and a swift kick. 

Somangshu Mukherji's most recent wife-beating weapon of choice.
Somangshu Mukherji’s most recent wife-beating weapon of choice.

Fearing even more for her safety and that of Avram, she signed the check over to Mukherji and fled into the night. On the street, she, at last, called her mother, who sent the Ann Arbor police to meet with her outside. They were as always unsympathetic, refused to investigate her complaint, and went on their way, to further serve and protect. (Both Alex and her husband are well known to the Ann Arbor police. They were unaware that he was no longer a professor and so no longer a member of a protected class in the city of Ann Arbor.)

Having nowhere else to stay, Alex returned to Mukherji’s, saying she’d been out for a walk. 

Dumps Her In A Brothel

Any premises where prostitution commonly takes place qualifies as a brothel. Wikipedia

Waiting until her son was asleep, Mukherji announced that the child custody order made it unlawful for her to visit with Avram, with whom she was visiting, and that she would have to stay in a motel for the rest of her visit.  He’d reserved a room for her.

Mukherji then checked her into a seedy Ann Arbor motel where she seemed to be the only guest who wasn’t a drug addict or a hooker or a john. The room was devoid of amenities: no toiletries, no fridge, no microwave, a broken heat-cool unit. There was a lot of noise. In unwarranted fairness to Mukherji, he may not have known the motel was one of several Ann Arbor inns notorious for prostitution; his selection was probably driven by price.

He told Alex he’d bring Avram by the next day so they could visit, and he’d also bring her some food. She hasn’t seen him since. Trying later to call him, she found he’d blocked her number as he often does. Fortunately, she had some of the money left that we’d given her. The next day we wired her more, so she was able to eat.

The following morning, on a hunt for toilet tissue, Alex went to the motel’s front desk and blurted–she blurts–“Am I the only one in this motel who’s not a hooker?” They promptly threw her out, backed up by a very large, “scary looking” guy.

Going to the Amtrak station, Alex spent the night on the passenger platform. The next day she began making her way back to us in New York via bus and train.

The Waiting Game

This is now a waiting game. Will Somangshu Mukherji find a job for the next school year? If so, where? Time’s growing short for 2021-22 academic hiring. 

Not finding a job in the US, what will he do? Return to India? His father Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s an eminent retired professor in India, but the two are long estranged.

Perhaps a job in a patriarchal society where wife beating is as acceptable as rug beating? Academic hiring here is an intensely consensual process. (I was only hired at Harvard after five interviews, one of them a seven-person group interview.) My ghastly son-in-law’s highly visible misogynistic social media presence is a stinking albatross around his neck in this era of #MeToo. Tax penalties are going to thin that purse of his we unwittingly helped fatten. The IRS grinds exceedingly slow but fine And it never abandons pursuit.

The Olive Branch Extended

Olive branch
Olive branch

As for our grandson, my pious sister-in-law and her husband, with whom Mukherji has illegally stashed Avram in the past and paid for his care, are not noted for their altruism. Avram’s mother and grandparents will be happy to have him, provided his titular father, Mukherji, agrees to work out joint custody with us through the Ann Arbor Family Court. 

What Now, Somangshu Mukherji? 

“…no employer is going to grant you a sinecure, no matter how prestigious the colleges you graduated.  People expect you to eventually produce work in exchange for your pay.

Mukherji’s a cashiered assistant professor with no credible body of work and an unsavory social media presence. According to his wife, he was frequently warned over the years at U.Mich of the need to indeed publish or perish. No employer is going to grant you a sinecure, no matter how prestigious the colleges from which you graduated. People expect you to eventually produce work in exchange for your pay. Somangshu didn’t, so he was fired, despite years of warnings and feigning ignorance to colleagues as to why he was on the skids. It’s been my sad experience of many years that along with all his other debilitating issues, my son-in-law is one of the laziest creatures on God’s green earth. And that’s what got him fired.

Doing What We Can For Our Neglected Grandson From Afar

Avram Mukherji Exploring
Herkimer February 2019. Avram exploring hisfFirst-ever toys, after chowing down on roast beef, mashed potatoes and chocolate ice cream.
Avram Mohan Mukherji after two years with Somangshu Mukherjii. ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. Changes his own pullups.i:
May 2021. Avram after two years with Somangshu Mukherji. We’re appalled by the condition in which his mother found him in May (2021): ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. Changes his own pullups. (Background.)

Despite Mukerhji’s orders, Alex snapped a hurried picture of her son while Mukerhji was in the bathroom. The contrast between Avram now and when he was last with us, his blood relatives, in 2019, is appalling. Here he was happy, well-fed, and not underweight. He was especially delighted to explore the out-of-doors for the first time.

We’ve been sending clothes, toys and small treats to our grandson. We’re appalled by the condition in which Alex found him in May (2021): ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. 

Avram will be 5 years old in August. The only clothes or toys of his that Alex could find during her visit were a few that we’d recently sent him. Most of the nice outfits we’d sent were missing. (Historically, Mukerji is an active online seller.) Avram dresses and changes his own pullups. And didn’t think it odd that “Daddy” ordered takeout while feeding him reheated chicken nuggets. (“Don’t give him any,” Mukherji ordered Alex, before polishing off the order himself. “Bones.” Must have been a  limited TakeOutTaxi selection.)

Michigan Child Protective Services haven’t reported back on any of our requests for a welfare check. 

7/2/21 Somangshu Mukerjhi Breaks His Silence

Until the other day, Mukherji had ignored all attempts at communication. He responded to Avram’s mother’s latest query of concern with his usual sneering cruelty. (Mohan is Avram Mohan; egrace is Alex.)

Mukherji’s University of Michigan email account is still active.  Seems the university is graciously letting him use it while looking for work, and to continue harassing his American family, despite my many complaints. Go Wolverines.

Our House
Our Herkimer trailer, upon which I’ve seen Somangshu Mukherji cast covetous eyes.

The olive branch has been extended. We await.

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Herkimer Hydraulic Canal No Longer Exists Yet Lowers Property Values

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Final phase of Herkimer's Hydraulic Canal project is finished. (View from East Smith Street toward the Mohawk River.)
A section of the now completed Hydraulic Canal project, looking toward the Mohawk River from East Steele Street. Despite the out-of-date FEMA Flood maps, the area is no longer a flood risk

by Linda Kaidan
The map is not the territory. Alfred Korzybski

What is Herkimer’s Hydraulic Canal? How does it impact FEMA flood designations which influence both property values and the cost of flood insurance?

In the 1830’s Herkimer, NY was home to several major industries including furniture manufacturing and a paper mill. Local companies made use of hydraulic energy to power their production enabled by the construction of the Herkimer Hydraulic Canal. The canal’s water originated in West Canada Creek.

Ancient map of Herkimer's Hydraulic Canal, published by New Department of Environmental Conservation.
Ancient map of Herkimer’s Hydraulic Canal, published by New Department of Environmental Conservation.

Eventually, the canal was no longer used and became a dumping site and a flood hazard. By 2021, a remediation project succeeded in making the hydraulic canal area much safer. The former Herkimer Hydraulic Canal is now cleaned, filled in, and flood safe. It is now a lovely green space. Newer parts are fenced off and hopefully will become a village park that leads to the banks of the Mohawk River.

Herkimer Hydraulic Canal(left). View from East Steele St.
Hydraulic Canal (left) where it crosses beneath East Steele Street and continues on to the Mohawk River to the right.

If you think your property has incorrect FEMA flood zoning you can submit a zoning change to FEMA!

It appears that remediation has not yet become part of the FEMA flood risk map commonly used by realtor.com. FEMA still shows this area as a dangerous flood zone (FEMA flood map-featured image-top). It continues to adversely impact local property values and gives potential home buyers concern.
If you are selling a home along the former hydraulic canal please contact FEMA to change your flood zone rating using this link.  If you are planning on getting flood insurance, you should also consider examining your FEMA designation and make an effort to correct it where applicable. It can save you from higher premiums!

The current FEMA Flood Map shows flooding in zones where Herkimer Hydraulic Canal has been filled in.
The current FEMA Flood Map shows flooding in zones where Herkimer Hydraulic Canal has been filled in.

339 Eureka Ave Pickaxe Gang Strikes Again–Did Boris And Natasha Send Them?

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Herkimer’s 339 Eureka Ave Pickaxe Gang struck again on D-Day, invading vacant vandalized 337 Eureka, their leader wielding his signature pickaxe as he further ravaged a portion of the rear border fence we share with 337. We’re wondering if Boris and Natasha sent them.

The shaggy-haired blond middle schooler first attacked the old wooden fence on 5/12, kicking out a few panels, then watched from next door at 339 Eureka as Linda Kaidan mended the damage with materials on hand, sharing a few fence repair tips with him as she worked. He said nothing, but judging from his method of attack on 6/6, he listened well, carefully deconstructing her repair by first removing the key vertical iron fence posts before ripping and bashing the weakened horizontal sticks. 

Job well done, he gave our surveillance camera a defiant two-handed finger salute and turned away with a scowl. He and his three cohorts, one his younger clone, hung out in 337’s thoroughly vandalized backyard for a while. Here’s the video:

Video Timeline

0:01       5/11/21 Both boys at home at 339 Eureka. Younger one retrieves ball from our yard.
1:05        5/12/21 Both boys in yard of 337 Eureka.
1:52                        Older boy kicks out fence slats.
2:42                        Neighbor mends fence as older boy watches from 339 Eureka.
3:22        6/6/21   Both boys in yard of 339 with two others. Older boy knocks out more slats.
4:12                        Older boy begins demolishing mend to fence made on 5/12 by L. Kaidan.
6:49                        Older boy finishes job with pickaxe. Salutes our camera with two fingers.

First Sighting

5/11/21 First sighting of Pickaxe Gang member, here seen trespassing in your battle-scarred yard
5/11/21 First sighting of Pickaxe Gang member, here seen trespassing in your battle-scarred yard, ostensibly chasing a stray ball. The desperados operate out of 339 Eureka Ave.

We first sighted a Pickaxe Gang boy on 5/11, when their youngest member came chasing a ball into our yard. Slipping through our gang-ravaged fence from the  child trafficking lot side, the kid reclaimed the ball and skillfully kicked it over both fences and back into the yard of 339 Eureka, giving our closest camera a glance. 

339 Eureka Avenue Long A Suspect Property

We’ve long marked 339 Eureka as associated with local gang chief Stanley Sykes and associate Carrie Ann Bass, the most recent gang to have trafficked kids and drugs out of adjacent 341 Eureka. Sykes, Bass’ putative father-in-law, had access to 339 during his years at 341 Eureka. Bass still may—she has but to walk next down Eureka Avenue to be off of our cameras. (I suspect Bass serves as the gang Airbnb host for 339 Eureka.)

The only times 339 Eureka has shown any signs of life is when kids, fleetingly seen, quickly come and go from there.

We’re in the midst of a national housing shortage–Herkimer properties are becoming gold, yet 339 Eureka is still vacant most of the time.

Amir and Selma Covic – Owners of 339 Eureka Avenue

339 Eureka has been owned by Amir and Selma Covic since 2014. They also own 330 Eureka Avenue. We overlook the backyard and deck of 339 and have for almost eight years, but we’ve never seen the Covics, either in the flesh or on our surveillance cameras. We’ve taken to keeping their photo, marked “Boris and Natasha,” on the wall beside our surveillance cameras’ monitor. Smart money says we’ll see Boris and Natasha at 339 long before we see Amir and Selma.

339 Eureka Avenue owners Amir and Selma Covic aka Boris and Natasha
339 Eureka Avenue owners Amir and Selma Covic, aka Boris and Natasha

339 Eureka Avenue – A Child Trafficking Hold House?

We’ve been including 339 Eureka Ave on our Child Trafficking Hub maps for years –we call it a  Hold House: a house kept empty and held for use at need by traffickers, but not occupied by them. We’ve also been suspicious of equally vacant 337 Eureka, its owners concealed through ownership by a New York corporation.

Herkimer child trafficking hub as of 4/18/18
Herkimer Child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4/1/18. 339 Eureka, to the left of 341 (white lettering) is noted “Sykes Controls.” Sykes has since been replaced by daughter-in-law Carrie Ann Bass.

Adults Seen at 339 Eureka

We’ve only ever seen three adults at 339 Eureka. Most recently, there was a brief glimpse of a blonde-haired woman on the deck with the two young vandals. In 2017, we saw Little Mama come and go from 339. She had open access to the house. Little Mama was Jay Smith’s child trafficking tenant at 341 Eureka before Stanley Sykes and his local gang moved in. We alleged elsewhere that Little Mama was a child trafficking conductor, working the regional territory of a transnational child trafficking cartel. Unlike the local gang, her management was organized, disciplined and perceptive, and pulled out once we mounted our first camera. 

The third adult seen at 339 was in 2017, a brief clip captured on an old ip camera of a tall blonde woman partying with Sykes and cavorting with kids in the backyard of 339. 

7/20/2017 Mystery Woman with Sykes Gang and at 339 Eureka

7/20/2017 Mystery Woman with Sykes Gang and at 339 Eureka

…nighttime backyard poisonings grew to a frenzy the closer our trimming came to 337 and 339 Eureka.

Poison gas has been blasted into our front and backyards over the years. The backyard gassing, we now believe, was to keep us from looking too hard at 339 and equally empty 337 Eureka. It’s had the opposite effect–it attracted our attention. So, this year we finally had the time to do something about it. We blasted back with lights, trimmed the vegetation and plastered the yard with cameras. 

augmented backyard security lighting 328 Pleasant Ave Herkimer
Augmented backyard security lighting 330 Pleasant Ave Herkimer.

The nighttime backyard poisonings grew to a frenzy the closer our trimming came to 337 and 339 Eureka. We awoke some mornings to a yard saturated with a gaseous, flesh-searing caustic redolent of a meth bake. (It’s Herkimer–we know the smell.) Our backyard was a World War I battlefield. We broke out the gas masks again.

poison gas attack apparel
2017 – The author trimming a tree in front his house on Pleasant Avenue, wearing what every Herkimer activist blogger needs: Hazmat suit and P-100 gas mask.

Only when we cleared the last of the undergrowth and overhanging limbs obscuring the 337-339 border fence did the attacks slacken. Then came Pickaxe Boy.

Herkimer poison gas attack injuries
4.15.21 Contact rashes and blisters from toxic surfaces in our backyard

Did Boris and Natasha send him? Or did he and his co-vandals just slip off the reservation? The afternoon of 6/15/21 Carrie Ann Bass unwittingly told us.

Carrie Ann Bass – Herkimer Child Trafficking’s Airbnb Host?

Carrie Ann Bass, Herkimer NY child trafficker
Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker

Early that afternoon, Carrie Ann was overheard on her cellphone being reamed out by someone for her failure to prevent the Pickaxe Gang from vandalizing 337 Eureka. And just as I was finishing this article.

Phone Call Proves Suppositions

      • Carrie Ann Bass is the gang’s short stays hostess for 339 Eureka. 
      • She let the lads of the Pickaxe Gang slip off the reservation.
      • Her client is very displeased.
  • Vandalism reported to the Herkimer Police, with videos. (Officer Carbone.)
  • We’re still watching for Boris and Natasha.