Thursday, August 27, 2015

History: The Year is 1634

I've uploaded year 1634 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Jobs Created by ELIMINATING Wind Power -- A wind-powered sawmill is shutdown because it eliminated too many jobs. I talk about solar and wind power and how fuel-based generators make more sense.

Buggery is now Illegal in Ireland! -- Thank goodness!

On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! Forward! -- French explorer, Jean Nicolet, comes ashore at Green Bay and the Winnebagoes think he is a god.

Jobs Created by ELIMINATING Wind Power

Last year a wind-powered sawmill was built near the Strand, London. (The Strand is a major road following the Thames River.) Apparently it has been such a successful business that a lot of sawyers are out of work. (A sawyer is man who saws wood by hand.) King Charles the 1st of England is fighting an economic slump so he demolishes the sawmill in order to quell a possible riot and puts the sawyers back to work. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The first wind-powered saw mill was introduced in Holland in 1592, but England was slow to adopt these labor-saving machines. There were no laws against powered sawmills but the workers would riot so that they were soon shut down. England would not use powered sawmills in substantial numbers until the mid-1800s. They were steam-powered and so efficient compared to hand saws that they were irresistible. In the modern day we are told how our economy will soar using wind-power and solar-power. In certain applications, wind and solar are reasonable, but in the general case, they depend on the whim of weather. Because one needs power at the very time that wind and solar are unavailable, one must use a fuel-powered generator as backup, but shouldn't it be the other way around with the solar and wind-powered generators as the backup and a fuel-powered generator as primary? [5]

Buggery is now Illegal in Ireland!

Animals across the land sigh with relief as the Irish Parliament makes buggery illegal. Oddly enough, "buggery" is not defined in the law. It is assumed that the word means "sex with an animal." The law probably includes various types of coupling with a man or woman in ways too strange and at times too hilarious to describe here. Whatever the word means, apparently a judge will recognize it when he sees it. [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
As a general rule... no one creates a law against something (NO MATTER WHAT IT IS) unless someone wants to do it or is actually doing it right now. For example: there is no law against stuffing beans up your nose. It's not even prohibited in the Bible. The reason it is NOT prohibited is because no one WANTS to stuff beans up their nose! So... when you see some silly law like this, is there any doubt what was happening in Ireland at the time? Buggery was made illegal in England in 1533, so they had a head start. Hey. Stop laughing. [7]

On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! Forward!

Jean Nicolet is a French trader/explorer following the Great Lakes and comes upon present day Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Go Packers!) This is dangerous work and most explorers have gone missing. Jean is the first to come back. This is not a journey of discovery. Most of his canoe is filled with goods to trade with the Indians. Otherwise he lives off of the land. Years later a painting of Jean Nicolet will show him as he enters Wisconsin. He is firing two pistols in the air as Indians scatter. [8]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Jean meets the Winnebago tribe in Wisconsin. The name Winnebago means "the people who live near bad-smelling water." Apparently, the tribe lived near a spring with too much sulfur in it. Of course, Winnebago is the name of a county in Wisconsin but the Winnebago motorhome company is based in Iowa. Iowa is still within the range of the original tribe. [9] [10]

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Year 1634, Wikipedia.

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