Saturday, February 24, 2007

Moebians - 300,000 Visitors (And More)

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February 24th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: Today, this morning, we will hit our 300,000th visitor, another milestone that I love seeing us pass. I'll be watching to see which of you does it – nobody answered my shout-out to our 250,000th visitor, but maybe number 300K will be different. Anyway, back to business - our Guest Historian, Stephen Payne, had a great suggestion – we haven't had a good contest in a while, so we're going to have an April Fool's Day Contest! Email us up to 3 entries for an alternate April 1st and we will post the best 10, with your own credit and link to your website (if you have one). We'll also see if we have enough credit for an ultimate winner to get a complimentary TIAH mug, but we can't promise anything on that yet. Get researching those alternate histories now, folks! The deadline will be March 29th.

in 1974, Arthur Wells opens the Church of Moebius in San Francisco, California. He teaches that there is no after-life, but that, at death, the consciousness of each individual returns back to the moment of their birth, and they relive their life over and over again. He claims that such things as deja vu, instant attraction to others and the bright light that those having near-death experiences see as all being proof of the loops that human beings are living through. Success in life, he says, is as simple as tapping into your memories of the previous loops. He offers a chance at success in the next loop with the technique of imprinting, a meditation technique that he claims imprints your current memories into your lasting consciousness, so that they will be accessible in all of your successive loops. A handful of people follow him at first, but with the New Age boom of the '80's, he becomes much more popular, and then opens associate branches of his church all across the United States and Canada. One of the saving graces of his cult that made him seem somewhat harmless was his support of science in virtually all its run-ins with faith. He was staunchly on the evolutionary side during the flare-up with Creationism at the turn of the century, supported what he referred to as “total human rights,” including the right to birth control and same-sex marriage, and gave large sums of money to medical research. “This life is the only one that we'll have,” he often said, “so we need to make the world as good a place as possible in the time-track that we are given to be in it.” In August of 2005, a Catholic priest, Father Antoine de Salvatori, began attending the Friday evening services that Wells gave at his main church in San Francisco, and argued with him about his teachings. Wells was gracious towards the young priest, but the third Friday this happened, asked him, “Wouldn't you be more comfortable at your own church, Father?” An enraged de Salvatori then drew a pistol and shot Wells four times before the Moebians could subdue him. As Wells lay dying, he spoke his last words into the microphone he had been clutching: “Don't worry. I'll see if I can stop him next time.”

Sonny Liston
Sonny Liston
In 1964 in preparation for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship which was to occur the very next day, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. drove to Sonny Liston's home in Denver at one o'clock in the morning, shouted for Sonny to come out and fight him on the spot, and set up a huge bear trap ..
.. on the lawn. Liston took the bait and administered a serious beating to the Olympic Gold Medalist. At the press conference Sonny said some people were all talk.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1917 the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St James (Great Britain) was given a document purporting to originate from the Foreign Secretary of the German Empire, Arthur Zimmermann, in which an offer is made to return New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico in exchange for a declaration .. Zimmermann Telegram
Zimmermann Tele..
.. of war on the United States. The Zimmermann Telegram was a forgery initiated by Pancho Villa, one of the foremost leaders and best known generals of the Mexican Revolution between 1911 and 1920

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
In 2002 the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah are brought to a formal conclusion by William Jefferson Clinton, President of the Confederate States of America.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1981 Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, two of the three people in their forthcoming marriage. Ignoring many dire warnings, Charles refused to end his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, often being smuggled out of Clarence House .. Princess Diana
Princess Diana
.. in the boot of a car to meet clandestinely with her. Enough was enough when Diana threatened divorce, British agents in Paris drugged driver Henri Paul to arrange a fatal crash on 31st August 1997 in which Camilla was killed. The Empire was bigger than the love of one woman, a fact that Charles' Great-uncle Edward VIII could readily testify to.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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