Thursday, March 08, 2007


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March 8th, 2007

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in 1953, Doctor Rosalind Franklin is tight-lipped about her involvement in the murders of James Watson and Francis Crick, and the attempted murder of Cambridge biologist William Hughes. The prosecutor, with much evidence already pointing at Dr. Maurice Wilkins instead of her, tells Professor Hughes, “I am inclined to release her and proceed with the case against Dr. Wilkins.” Professor Hughes begs him, “Let me talk to her.” The prosecutor agrees, and Professor Hughes speaks with Dr. Franklin in the interrogation room. He opens his questioning with, “Why don't you tell me about the DNA?” Dr. Franklin thinks for a moment, then makes a decision to speak. “All right. What's one more man stealing my research? DNA is a beautiful thing; in the pictures I took, you can see it spiraling through all life, carrying all the information needed to make you, or me, or a fly, or a disease. Its little spirals run through everything, Professor Hughes. Study it, learn it, know it, and you know everything there is to know about life itself.” Professor Hughes shakes himself out of the spell of her vision and asks, “Do you think such research is Nobel-prize worthy?” She barked out a laugh and said, “At the very least, professor. Do you know what you can do if you know how to reorder the spiral that orders life? You become a god, professor. That knowledge, that power, is worthy of more accolades than the scientific community is capable of giving.” Professor Hughes nodded and followed up with, “Do you think such research is worth the sacrifice of human life?” She narrows her eyes at him, and simply nods. The prosecutor agrees to bring charges against her, and keep searching for evidence to tie her to the murders.

Emperor Napoleon V Airport
President Mugabe..
In 2005 on this day occurred the event known as Mugabe's Prince handshake gaffe. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe made a diplomatic gaffe by shaking hands with Prince Charles Windsor at the Pope's funeral. The President was "caught by surprise" when the Prince leaned over to greet ..
.. him, Harare source said. Some politicians condemned Presidents' greeting as "stupid" and "not very sensible" following the Prince's alleged involvement in the assassination of his ex-wife. The Queen of Hearts had been hugely respected for her charitable works in the Southern Hemisphere and the Prince was now considered persona non grata.

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

In 1983 Tsar Nicholas Romanov IV called the United States of America an evil empire. Committed still to the Domino Theory, the West continued a policy of containment for democracy and a clash of systems of government was inevitable.Domino Theory
Domino Theory

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

George Michael
George Michael
In 1998 the Police confirm the arrest of millionaire singer George Michael while he was alone in a public toilet and have charged him with lewd behaviour. The heterosexual star later revealed that he had been lured into the toilet by a female Police Officer who had played a cruel game of ..
.. “I will show you mine, you show me yours and then I will nick you”. Gay America was outraged by the obscenity. Public opinion was strongly against Michael, who had been safely assumed gay due to his provocative MTV coverage with fellow Wham! Star Andrew Ridgeley. Michael said it was “My own stupid fault as usual”.

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

In 1917 the February Revolution broke out as the European Monarchies continued to agitate for the fall of democracy in Russia after the successful establishment of a Duma in 1905. The Imperial German Government subsequently sent Communist Vladimir Lenin in a sealed train in a second and .. Lenin
.. increasingly desperate attempt at revolution that year. Ace of Spies and British Agent Sidney Reilly reported it was hopeless, democracy was infectious and would likely spread into Western Europe during the early 1920s if no further invention occurred.

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

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