Wednesday, April 1, 2015

History: The Year is 1547

I've uploaded year 1547 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The Best Government that Money Can Buy -- The Queen of Poland and Duchess of Lithuania (same person) takes protection money, and uses it to improve the country.

Treason and the Two Witness Rule -- When you can't change a law... place more restrictions around it so that very few people are convicted of it.

Ivan and Anastasia... a Terrible Love Story -- Ivan the Terrible picks a bride by parading 2,000 girls in front of him. What a guy!

The Best Government that Money Can Buy

Queen Bona Sforza and her minions grant protection to anyone willing to pay and when that transaction is complete, her minions go to the opposing group and shake them down for protection money too. Her husband, King Sigismund the 1st, the King of Poland, is less corruptible, supporting Protestants and Jews when it seems like the right thing to do. This year Queen Bona institutes tax reforms, sets up farming units called voloks (almost 53 acres), introduces "Italian vegetables" (cauliflower, tomatoes and lettuce) and institutes a three-crop rotation. She also improves the roads, demanding that they be as straight as possible. Tax revenues quadruple. Perhaps she won't have to take bribes any more? Not a chance. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Cauliflower, tomatoes and lettuce are NOT Italian vegetables but to the people of Poland and Lithuania, they were (and still are) called "Italian" because Queen/Duchess Bona was Italian. She was considered a beautiful woman which is probably true since she was the daughter of the model who posed for the famous Mona Lisa portrait. In my reading I had the impression that she was either a very bad person or the most brilliant leader in Lithuania. Although I've given the impression that she was running a protection racket, in fact she was doing what most modern politicians do today... accept money from their constituents, listen to their complaints and then pass laws that protect them from other constituents who have not given money to the politician. Oh... wait. Maybe that is a protection racket. Never mind. [5] [6]

Treason and the Two Witness Rule

With the passing of King Henry the 8th of England, and the succession of his son, King Edward the 6th, the Parliament has decided to correct some of the excesses in the previous laws. The Treason Act of 1547 now requires two witnesses to convict a person of treason. [7] This law remains in effect in the United States through its Constitution, Article 3, Section 3:
No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. [8]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Even though King Henry the 8th passed laws stating that the law could not be revoked, the Parliament could circumvent the law by changing the rules of evidence, thus making it more difficult to convict someone of a crime with a particularly onerous penalty. Judaism uses this method to avoid convicting people of certain capital crimes, placing conditions so difficult to meet that one would have to be committing suicide by a jury of one's peers in order to gain a conviction. The President of the United States should never say that he will not enforce a law. That encourages disrespect for the law. The proper way is to pass legislation that changes the circumstances under which the law is applied, or repeals the law, or through jury nullification. [9]

Ivan and Anastasia... a Terrible Love Story

Ivan the 4th is not simply the Prince of Moscow. He declares himself the first Tzar of all the Russian people! He is 17 years old and he's just getting started. A proper beginning needs a proper bride so Ivan the 4th lines up 2,000 of the prettiest girls in Moscow, ages 12 and up. (Yuck!) He inspects them carefully. Out of this crowd he selects Anastasia Romanovna to be his bride. (What a guy!) She is 17 years old but she will be dead before she is 30. Ivan will suspect poison and go mad... becoming Ivan the Terrible. [10] [11] [12]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Apparently Anastasia really was murdered. Test of her remains reveal unusually high levels of mercury. Ivan the Terrible suspected his noblemen. He lost his mind and killed people at random, suspecting them of... who knows what. It didn't matter what he thought. He killed and killed and killed, earning his name in spades. [13] [14]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1547, Wikipedia.

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