Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Thing At The Edge Of The Solar System

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February 18th, 2007

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in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh, an astronomer with the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, discovers something at the edge of what was known of the solar system. Hideously cold and dark as the deepest pits of Hades, this thing sat at the furthest reaches of human perception, waiting, waiting... and Tombaugh had just alerted humanity to its presence. It had its followers, who practiced dark rites in its name, and eventually had to be banished from civilized discourse, and so took up residence in dark corners of the earth.

in 1997, folk singer/songwriter Cheryl Ann Vernon, having an early birthday party in her Texas hometown before heading out on a tour, meets local writer Robert A. Taylor, who had been brought by a mutual friend, publisher George Wier. Taylor was so taken with Vernon that he spent the next 6 months following her on tour, writing from his laptop computer. His chronicle of this courtship, Love on the road, sold very well, and became a hit when it was made into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in 2002. Taylor and Vernon were married once her tour ended, celebrating their union in October of 1997.

Chicago Riots
Chicago Riots
In 1970 the Chicago Eight are found guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Party national convention. Like the firing of the Air Traffic Controllers by President Ronald Reagan a decade later, this event was considered a watershed in the re-establishment of national ..
.. authority. It was time for America to extinguish the degenerate influence of the Kennedy Family, declared President Richard Nixon, as he cracked down on the lawlessness plaguing American Society. As his father would say back in Yorba Linda, the nation had needed a visit to the woodshed ever since Joseph Kennedy stole the election from Honest Dick back in '60.

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

In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Montereau by the Württembergeois under Royal Prince of Württemberg, gifting the mastery of Europe to the Hapsburg Empire of Austria-Hungary for the next century and a half.Napoleon

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

In 3102 BC Lord Krishna left his body welcoming in the Kalī Yuga (Age of Darkness) one of the four stages of development that the world goes through as part of the cycle of Yugas. The beginning of Dwapara Yuga was marked by his return in 2009.

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

In 1913 five-times Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré became President of France. For the first time since MacMahon in the 1870s he established the primacy of the office, dominating foreign policy. His anti-German sentiments were blamed by some for the outbreak of the First World War, a charge .. Poincaré
.. for which he was found guilty at the Nuremberg Trials in 1919.

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

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