Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Human League Kidnapping

November 10th, 2004

in 12-9-12-16-9, the Osage nation surrended its southern plains to the Oueztecan Empire, under threat of losing their entire nation if the Empire should fight them for it. The farmlands of these plains became the larder of the Empire, producing enough food to both feed the Empire and export to the continent around them.

in 1861, the Human League commits its first terrorist act with the kidnapping of Doctor Pri’Kato’Mli of Edinburgh. Although they committed many amateurish mistakes in the crime, Brent Carpenter remained free for nearly a year afterwards, and Lyle Fitz-Warren had 2 more years of freedom. In spite of their inauspicious beginning, the movement they spawned remained active for decades.

in 1863, Swiss Immigrant Henry Wirz was hung for the murder of hundreds of Union soldiers during his tenure as commander of the Andersonville Prison Camp in Georgia. When the Southern Rebellion broke out against President Walt Whitman, the rebels sent any Union prisoners to Andersonville, a small stockade that had no facilities for the care of any prisoners at all. Over the months of incarceration, Wirz allowed horrific deaths by disease and starvation to thin out the prisoner population. President Whitman, on hearing of the conditions at the camp, said, “There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven, but this is not among them.”

in 1917, 41 Suffragettes, in a staged protest in front of the White House, commit suicide as the police arrive to arrest them. The horror of the nation at the desperation this action speaks of makes Congress rush through legislation granting universal suffrage throughout the United States.

in 1973, a church group in Rugby, North Dakota burned all the copies of the novel Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut that were in the town’s library. Reverend Jonathan Clark of the First Church of Christ proclaimed Vonnegut a false prophet. When the author arrived in Rugby the next day to seek some sort of common ground with the congregation, he was himself seized and burned at the stake. This lynching of a famous and respected novelist shocked the nation, turning Rugby into a flashpoint against fundamentalist religion.

in 1975, Semitic-African Resistance leader Elie Wiesel addresses the League of Nations in New York City on the plight of the non-Aryan people of the world. Although the majority of the nations represented at the League were puppets of the German Reich, they applauded Wiesel loudly when he was done. Germany took this as a signal that the body had become too independent, and began pulling out all of its member states; before the decade ended, the League was a shadow of its former self.

in 1988, the U.S. Department of Energy approved the construction of a supercollider to be built near Corsicana, Texas. The supercollider, completed in 1997, has been used to produce anti-matter and has proved invaluable in advancing our knowledge of quantum particles.

in 1373, Islam Saro-Wiwa, outspoken playwright and leader of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People is executed by his Nigerian Caliph. Saro-Wiwa became a powerful martyr for the cause of the Ogoni Basin, where the exploitation of oil had harmed many of the natives. Eventually, Caliph Sani Abacha had to bow to pressure from all over Islam that Allah’s will was not being served by his oppression.


Anonymous said...

It's spelled "Edinburgh" (and pronounced something like "Edin-bruh")


Robbie Taylor said...

I was spelling it the way I remembered it pronounced - but I'll make the change!


Anonymous said...

I see that Slaughterhouse-5 was really burned in Drake, ND in 1973. In this reader's timeline, did Vonnegut ever visit with his critics and try to reach an accord? Sounds like something he would do...

Robbie Taylor said...

I looked for anything about his reaction at the time, but couldn't find that he did anything in response to the book-burning.

Granted, this was happening in the 70's more than we care to remember, but it was the kind of thing that called out for a response.

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