Friday, March 20, 2015

History: The Year is 1540

I've uploaded year 1540 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Oh Henry! The King Doubles Up on His Wives -- King Henry the 8th makes two mistakes in a row. Can he be any more like a little kid waving a gun in a candy store?

Global Warming in the Midst of the Little Ice Age -- The wine industry is suffering under punishing heat as the Little Ice Age continues. I talk about my experiences with the Global Cooling scare of the 1960s and 70s.

Our Father Abraham's Synagogue and the West Bank of the Jordon River -- A new synagogue is built in Hebron. I talk about the recent threat by President Obama to return the so-called West Bank to the Palestinians. Can you say death and dismemberment? I knew you could.

Oh Henry! The King Doubles Up on His Wives

Early in the year King Henry the 8th of England marries Anne of Cleves in order to secure certain political ties with Germany. It hasn't worked out. King Henry finds Anne unappealing, and his political maneuvers have already fallen apart. By mutual consent and through an act of Parliament, it is now treason to suggest that there was a marriage between Anne of Cleves and the King. She will continue to live in England with the King supporting her. She will call herself "The King's beloved sister." The King will marry Catherine Howard on the rebound. It is a quickie marriage and another mistake. By next year, Queen Catherine will be hopping into bed with King Henry's close friend: Thomas Culpeper. The affair will be short-lived... for both of them. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The man who pushed for the Anne of Cleves marriage was the late and unlamented Thomas Cromwell who had arranged the downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn. He lost his head on the same day that the King married the new Queen Catherine. Perhaps it was a bad omen. By all rights a sexual incompatibility is grounds for an annulment. Apparently Anne of Cleves was not inspiring in the buff, but that was the King's report so take it with a grain of salt. Queen Anne did not deny the King's report, but few women would dare contradict the King when faced with an axe in their future. [5] [6] [7]

Global Warming in the Midst of the Little Ice Age

The Rhine has run dry, and the River Seine has gone insane. Record temperatures this summer have scorched the earth, ruining the German and French wine industry. The wine industry reached its peak a few year back but it was cut off at the knees during the German Peasants' Rebellion which took place mainly in the German wine-growing regions. (Parts of modern day France and its wine industry are actually part of Germany at this time.) The lack of labor, the break down of infrastructure in the valleys and the ongoing heat and drought have brought that growth to an end. In modern days the Rhine is the busiest river in the world. During World War II the Nazis tried to blow up a bridge across the Rhine. They failed and as the Allied troops came across, a soldier placed a sign that read, "Cross the Rhine With Dry Feet Courtesy of 9th Armored Division." In 1540 you didn't need a bridge. You could walk across the Rhine dry shod. [8] [9] [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Well... yearly changes in weather do not indicate general trends in Climate Change. Yet, that is exactly what the shills of Global Warming and Global Cooling want us to believe: that this hurricane or that snow storm validates their hypothesis. When I was a kid, the very people who are warning about Global Warming were warning us of the coming Ice Age. In the 6th grade I wrote a short story about people escaping glaciers. Newsweek magazine was shouting Global Cooling from the rooftops! It is instructive to hear the voice of 1975. I was a college student at the time. What should I have believed when scientists told me this? [12] [13]
The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth's climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. [14]

Our Father Abraham's Synagogue and the West Bank of the Jordon River

The Jewish community of Hebron [heh-BRAWN] has built a synagogue but struggle to select a name for it. As the legend goes, nine Jewish men are reciting the Yom Kippur prayers with sadness. Yon Kippur is always a tough holiday but Jewish law says that certain very important prayers may only be recited in the presence of a quorum. They are short one man until an anonymous Jew shows up to complete the quorum. When the prayers are completed the man disappears. The congregation believes that it was Father Abraham so they name the synagogue: Avraham Avinu [ahv-rah-HAHM ah-VEE-noo] meaning Our Father Abraham. [15] [16]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The city of Hebron has been the city of death for Jews over the centuries but in 1540 it was no better or worse than any other place. In 1929 the city Arabs were incited to riot and many Jews were massacred. 435 Jews were saved by Arabs. Those Arabs were saints. What the other Arabs were I will not say. The Our Father Abraham's synagogue was destroyed. The site was used as a human toilet and a goat barn. It has since been rebuilt and is now a center of Jewish learning and kabbalah which is Jewish mysticism. In 2015 President Obama has threatened to no longer block UN resolutions that will take away the so-called "West Bank" from Israel. If that happens I fear that Arabs (saintly or not) will feel pressured to defend their homes as any man has a right to do and Jews will feel pressured to defend their homes as any man has a right to do. It will be a slaughter. And it will be the fault of those who have no stake in the outcome... distant fools who will be as surprised at the result as they were when they pushed the Shah of Iran out and got a mass murderer in return. [17] [18] [19]

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