Monday, April 09, 2007

Botany Bay

The state of TIAH

April 9th, 2007

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Alternate Historian's Note: Dropping out of the Alternate Historian persona here for a minute. Today, I start my first new job in 11 years. I need to be rested and ready to make a good impression and let them know they did well by hiring me, so naturally, my lovely daughter decides that last night is the worst night ever in the history of any world. She let me sleep for maybe 2 ½ hours – maybe – and since about 12:30 has been up and down every 30 minutes. I think she's finally given up and succumbed to the Sandman's magic dust, but I am utterly exhausted, and very grateful to Guest Historian Stephen that he has content for me today. I should just go ahead and call him the Co-Historian, since he provides so much of our work here these days.

Anyway, I will get back to the regular stuff tomorrow, after I've had some sleep. Till then, here's Stephen's excellent material...

Captain Cook
Captain Cook
In 1770 Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay in the Dream time (Australia) but the Mesh prevented him from approaching land. First world explorers and navigators had by now accepted that the melancholy of exclusion emanating from the group consciousness of First Nations rendered armed incursion impossible. Some other ..
.. tactic was required to gain access to the abundant resources outside the Eurasian continent.

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

In 1983 lacking agreement from fellow historians Lawrence Stone and Christopher Hill, Hugh Trevor-Roper followed his training. He would investigate the primary sources.  Especially  the murders.Martin Bormann
Martin Bormann

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

Washington Locator for Alaska
Washington Loca..
In 1867 blocked by a single vote, the United States Senate failed to ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska. The significance of this fateful decision became apparent in 1945 with the deterioration in US-Soviet relations that led to the outbreak of the Cold War. In particular, Truman's inclination to drop ..
.. the bomb on Hiroshima was driven by an urge to 'fire a shot across Stalin's bows'. However it was pointed out that an escalation could end in such super-weapons being based on the North American continent in Alaska, and consequently he was forced to take a conventional path and proceed with Operation Downfall, the invasion of Japan. With Soviet forces taking Hokkaidō and partitioning Japan, the US and Soviet Union faced each other across numerous potential flashpoints on all continents.

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

In 1992 John Major's Conservative Party narrowly fail in their attempt to win an unprecedented fourth general election victory in the United Kingdom. Six months later, they were no longer worried, the election result was to prove a pyrrhic victory for the Labour Party. Neil Kinnock's government was in desperate trouble over .. John Major
John Major
.. the ejection from the ERM and the economic competence of the labour party was ruined. Honest John won the 2007 election and continued the Conservative Century, blaming the short interregnum of labour rule on the poll tax and other late 80s mistakes, a sidewise reference to his former boss Lady Thatcher.

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

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