Monday, July 6, 2015

History: The Year is 1605

I've uploaded year 1605 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November -- Guy Fawkes tries to blow up Parliament and the King. His mask becomes the symbol for Occupy Wall Street and "Anonymous" cyber-hackers.

The Man of La Mancha: An Impossible Dream -- The first modern European novel is a best seller. It is a book about past ideals and impossible dreams.

An African Army is Moved to Brazil -- How dumb can one be when one buys slaves that were once trained to fight and kill?

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November

Guy Fawkes wants to kill the King of England. He was born a Protestant Englishman but he joined the 80 Years War on the side of Catholic Spain. Guy is looking for support for his plan from the King of Spain but after signing the Treaty of London, Spain refuses to get involved. Guy joins up with a number of English Catholics who want to blow up Westminster Palace. They want to tunnel under the building, fill it with gunpowder and set it off during the opening ceremonies of Parliament when King James is sure to be there. However, a large room under Parliament House is made available for rent, so they take it. It beats digging. They are discovered when one of the conspirators sends out letters warning favored members of Parliament to stay away on that day. The King orders a search of the basement. Guy is caught and the conspiracy is undone. Guy is sent to the gallows to be hanged but he jumps from the platform and breaks his neck instead. Thereafter, the country will observe Guy Fawkes Day with bonfires, fireworks and burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes... otherwise known as "the Guy". In 1982, DC Comics will turn Guy into a superhero in the comic book, "V for Vendetta" which will produce the mask so familiar to people in the modern day. A movie of the same name will follow in 2005. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
So what about the mask that we see protestors wear? The hacker group 'Anonymous' used the mask as a symbol and so did the Occupy Wall Street protesters. In the movie trailers for "V for Vendetta," Guy Fawkes paraphrases Thomas Jefferson saying, "People should not be afraid of their government. Government should be afraid of their people." It would seem like the perfect movie for an idealistic Libertarian, but Occupy Wall Street used the symbol of the mask to represent trust in big government. The overall goal of 'Occupy Wall Street,' seemed to be getting government to force private industry to do the bidding of government. That is fascism, plain and simple. I have the movie on order from Netflix. It should be interesting. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

The Man of La Mancha: An Impossible Dream

Miguel de Cervantes has published the 1st of 2 volumes of his adventure novel, "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha." It is the 1st modern European novel. It is the story a 50-year-old Spanish hidalgo who takes the name of Don Quixote and sets out as a knight errant: righting wrongs and earning his honor through facing danger with bravery. In other words... he is insane. This book will become an instant best seller, but there is not much competition. The author will set out a fantasy within the bounds of reality. In other words... as improbable as it might seem, it could have happened and thus he captures the imagination. [14] [15] [16]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Cervantes was in his 50s when he published his novel. His generation of idealists struggling for or against the Reformation had been "dreaming an impossible dream." We recognize that idealism. That is how this novel could be made into a stage musical in 1965 and major film in 1972. In the 1960s, the World War 2 generation was wondering "What's the Matter With These Kids Today" as their children marched off to Vietnam. They wondered if we could ever defeat a Hitler again? If the people of 1605 were lamenting the same loss of ideals, perhaps those ideals return in cycles because I've noticed their loss and the beginning of their return. Movies are becoming more heroic lately. I think a hero generation is coming and they are dreaming impossible dreams. Get ready. It's going to be a heck of a ride. [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]

An African Army is Moved to Brazil

Princess Aqualtune of the Kingdom of Kongo (now northern Angola) is a military strategist, and she doesn't take crap from anybody. Unfortunately, she is captured in battle along with 10,000 of her fellow soldiers. They are sold into Portuguese slavery and that means a boat ride straight to Brazil to cut sugarcane. Did I mention that Princess Aqualtune doesn't take crap from anybody? Portugal has just imported a military leader and her army into the middle of a jungle where Portugal does not have complete control. She will organize an escape with her soldiers and head for the hills. She is going to give them hell for decades and then her children will until 1686 when they are finally subdued. [23] [24] [25] [26] [27]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It's a beautiful story... a little too beautiful but try proving anything in the Amazon jungles. People don't write down a lot of stuff when they are living in a jungle. Nevertheless, a plaque was placed on the hill where the Princess took her army and established their base of operations as resistance fighters. One other thing... can you think of anything dumber than taking in slaves that are essentially trained to fight and kill? FYI, when slaves were dumped into a foreign land like that and then they escaped with no way to get home, they were called "maroons" and it is where we get the word "marooned." [28]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1605, Wikipedia.

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