Tuesday, March 06, 2007


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March 6th, 2007

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in 1953, Cambridge biologist William Hughes pays a call to Rosalind Franklin. He wanted to be sure that she was all right after the disturbing events of the past few days. Their conversation turns, naturally enough, to the murders of Francis Crick and James Watson, and Professor Hughes says, “Wonder if we'll ever know what they were murdered for.” He notices an unusual look in Miss Franklin's eyes as he says that, and she replies, “Perhaps we'll know sooner than you think.” She looks away from his puzzled gaze and adds, “From Dr. Wilkins' trial, I mean.” Hughes decides to push a little further while he has the opportunity. “You worked in their department – do you have any idea what they might have been working on? What did they mean when they said they had discovered the 'secret of life'?” Miss Franklin seemed to calculate her response for a few seconds before saying, “I can't be certain, of course, but I believe that we were all working on the same thing – the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid.” Professor Hughes, in spite of himself, was taken aback. “You were?” Franklin was offended by his implication, and told him, “Yes, I was. In spite of what all of you old-guard types here may think, women have brains, too, Professor Hughes.” She asked him to leave shortly after this exchange, and Hughes was less certain that he had helped catch the culprit behind the killings. He resolved to see Dr. Wilkins the next day.

Wilhelm III
Wilhelm III
In 1901 an assassin killed Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in the City of Bremen. His son Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preußen Wilhelm III pursued a more determined but less megalomaniac version of foreign policy. With a stream of Chancellors starting with the Younger Bismarck and ending ..
.. with Adolf Hitler he pursued a vision of Mittleuropa, which ended in 1945 with his heart attack in the German Chancellory with Russian troops at the gates of Berlin.

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

In 1992 Māori chiefs eradicate a deep-mind virus developed by European visitors on the North Island to infect the Mesh on the birthday of Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Agreement is reached to take proactive measures to protect Mesh Security from this new threat, thus preserving the .. Michelangelo
.. up-time of the irresistible group consciousness between First Nations linking the Turtle Island to the Dreamtime.

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

Neil Kinnock
Neil Kinnock
In 1984 a twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry began ending in the fall of the Thatcher Government. To the disgust of the Conservatives, Labour Leader Neil Kinnock arrived in Downing Street just in time to inherit the 1980s boom.

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

In 1964 Prophet Elijah Muhammad officially gave Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali meaning 'beloved of Allah'. He subsequently retired from boxing to concentrate on the anti-Vietnam protest. Ali's plan was to enrage LBJ and diffuse his leadership statements in order to exhaust him mentally. .. Mohammed Ali
Muhammed Ali
.. This was later termed 'The Rope-A-Dope'.

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

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My theory is looking good.

Booyah. :D

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