Monday, March 05, 2007

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March 5th, 2007

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in 1770, British soldiers exercise uncommon restraint when faced with a crowd of belligerent colonists in Boston, Massachusetts. In spite of taunts, threats and snowballs hurled at them, they do not move from their position in front of the Customs House, calming a large portion of the colony, which had feared the presence of British troops would quickly escalate into violence.

in 1871, revolutionary heroine Rosa Luxembourg is born in Zamos, Poland. After marrying a German worker in 1898, she began a labor movement in her adopted country, merging with the Social Democratic Party just prior to the Great War. The mass disillusionment with the royalist system that had led Germany into the war gave the SDP a huge boost, and they took control of the country in the elections of 1932, defeating the hard-right National Socialists in a hard-fought, corrupt campaign that was marred by violence and barely recognized by the rest of Europe. Once in office, Chancellor Luxembourg sought to create a true 'Worker's Paradise' to match the slogans that the reality of Russia's revolution had made so laughingly absurd. The SDP proved equal to the task, though, with their revolutionary fervor moderated slightly by their right-wing enemies. Germany pulled out of the world-wide depression and became a model of labor-government-business cooperation. Its model spread to France, then the smaller nations of central Europe and Scandinavia. Frau Luxembourg died in 1948, her dream of a just German society fulfilled.

in 1953, as the police scour the area around Cambridge biologist William Hughes' apartment, they find the pistol that was used to shoot at him the night before. It matches the weapon that was used to kill James Watson and Francis Crick, and has several fingerprints. On Professor Hughes' advice, the police arrest Dr. Maurice Wilkins and compare his fingerprints to the ones on the pistol – and find a perfect match. The press, merely curious about the double murder, now descends on the case and begins speaking with everyone involved. Wilkins protests his innocence loudly as he is led away from Cambridge. Seeing Professor Hughes in the crowd of onlookers, he pleads, “Ask her! She can tell you! Ask her!”

George Bush
George Bush
In 1975 CIA Director George Bush made a fateful decision whilst reviewing the USAAF Project Bluebook investigations into UFO activity. The predictions of the thousand year old Lenape soothsayer held under the World Trade Center were insufficient in themselves to deliver world hegemony for ..
.. the United States. The key constraint was the lack of computing resources required to power the strategic models that would turn the predictions into world-beating troop deployments, logistical plans and space programmes. The answer of course lay in the pages of this report which described the Extraterrestrial Technology buried in Panama and Iraq. Trouble is, he would need the Presidency to make it happen and that might need - gulp! a political alliance with Ronald Reagan, a retired Hollywood showman who had acted alongside a chimp in Bedtime for Bonzo.

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

In 1996 the Hugo-winning author Harry Turtledove teamed up with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss to publish the counter-history novel The Two Jameses: a tale of an Alternate Canada in which he posed the Canada Question – what would have happened if the Stuart monarchy had settled the .. Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledov..
.. dispute with renegade General James Wolfe? In this counter-history Canada is an integral part of the British Empire as a result of an agreement between General James Wolfe and King James Stuart IV. This event is commemorated in a Gainsborough painting titled The Two Jameses which has itself become a symbol of national unity that is stolen at the beginning of the novel. The book which was nominated for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, was a highly regarded piece of escapism.

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

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchi..
In 1946 Winston Churchill uses the phrase 'Iron Curtain' in his speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri: 'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an 'Iron curtain' has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of ..
.. Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Nazi sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Nazi influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Berlin.'

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

In 1904 writing in Electrical World and Engineer magazine Nikola Tesla described the process of ball lightning formation. The military application was of course the Fatman super weapon detonated in 1945 over the City of Tokyo by USAF Enola Gay. Without the Tesla Process America could not .. Nikolia Tesla
Nikolia Tesla
.. have ended the war in the Pacific without the unacceptable casualties predicted by Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan.

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

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1 comment:

Nomad said...

Aliens more or less openly controlled things at the White House during both terms of the Bush administration. It was an open secret among the white house staff and there were many midnight meetings with Cheney acting as a mediator between the aliens and the humans. Here is one recently de-classified photo taken at the second inauguration of George Bush.

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