Friday, March 18, 2016

History: The Year is 1747

I've uploaded year 1747 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Barmaids, Fishwives and WhatsApp (What's App) -- Women are running the taverns and fish markets so they connect with everyone. I talk about organizing for protests and how Brazil forced WhatsApp to shut down simply because its connection is encrypted.

The Discovery of Sugar in Beets -- A German chemist compares the crystals of beets and sugarcane and he proves that they are the same sugar. Sugar beet sugar won't go into production until 1802.

'I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!' -- John Paul Jones is born and he is crazy!

Barmaids, Fishwives and WhatsApp (What's App)

Knowledge is power, and women are in a position to gather that power... otherwise known as intelligence in the spy business. The women of Virginia gather intelligence information while working as bar maids and tavern managers. In fact, mid-level wives and widows have a stranglehold on the tavern business in the British colonies. In Holland, women are running the fish markets. Officially, men join the guilds, buy the fishmonger licenses and run the auctions, but their wives run the shops, conduct the sales and listen carefully. Women have a wider view of what is happening in business and in politics than their husbands do. Women have no official power, yet they know everyone, hear everything and when they get upset, they know how to make their feelings known. Political demonstrations and tax riots are plaguing Amsterdam this year and they will continue into next year... all organized by women. These women complain like fishwives... oh yeah. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Today we have a smartphones to coordinate our riots... uh... I mean, peaceful protests. When governments fear a popular revolt, the first thing they do is shutdown phone and Internet access. Recently (in December 2015) a Brazilian judge shut down WhatsApp Messenger to protect the civil rights of Brazilian citizens. (What a guy!) WhatsApp is a smartphone application that allows texting between users while circumventing the phone company's texting charges. (This is legal but it still torques off the phone company.) The connection is encrypted, so the judge demanded the user information. When the company refused, the judge ordered a shutdown. The phone company gleefully cut the WhatsApp connection! 100,000 users had done nothing wrong, but they lost their texting anyway. They could still make a phone call, though, so they called, and called and called. The judge ordered an immediate resumption of service. I've implied that WhatsApp is secure, but it's simply secure from knuckleheads... like Brazilian judges and Iranian government busy-bodies. Skype was once secure, but after Microsoft bought the company they started monitoring Skype connections for the protection of its users. Die, Microsoft. Die. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
"Three can keep a secret if two are dead." -- Benjamin Franklin.

The Discovery of Sugar in Beets

Currently, sugar comes from sugarcane. While people realize that other plants are sweet, they haven't been successful in extracting that sweetness and they are not even sure if that sweetness comes from sugar... until now. A.S. Marggraf is a chemist who is more of a experimentalist than a theorist. He chops up some beet root and boils it in alcohol. He stores the liquid in test tubes and allows the substance to crystallize. He uses a microscope to compare the crystal structure to sugarcane crystals. They are the same. He notes that beets can be substituted for sugarcane at a substantially lower cost, but beyond making some reasonably detailed observations (which is standard operating procedure for him) he does nothing else with the idea. Years after Marggraf's death, one of his students will experiment with beets and propose a commercial process for extracting sugar from beets. By 1802, beets will be processed for its sugar in commercial quantities. [10] [11] [12] [13]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
When I was in my 20s, I went on a cleansing juice diet that included lots of beet juice. I bought bags and bags of beets and used a Champion commercial juicer to pulverize them. After a month on this diet, I was pretty well burnt out. The diet worked out fine. I felt a lot better, but not about beets.

'I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!'

The reason John Paul "Jones" is not fighting yet is because he is born in Scotland this year to John Paul, the estate gardener and his wife, Jean. At the age of 13 he will go to sea as an apprentice. At 17 he will sign on as 3rd mate to a slaver ship and two years later he will be 1st mate transporting "77 Negroes from Africa." He will finally quit in disgust and take passage home on another ship. Along the voyage the captain and 1st mate will die of fever, leaving John Paul as the only one qualified to captain the ship. The owners will be so delighted they will make him master of the ship on the next voyage to America. (Now comes the bad part.) John Paul Jones is not his name. That is a name he will take after running a man through with his sword, and after some frivolous murder charge and all of that excellent commercial business in the West Indies he so loved. John Paul Jones will be known a pirate... in some circles. He will be famous for his volatile temper. He is often called the Father of the American Navy and Americans will still admire him into the modern day. [14]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
John Paul "Jones" was freakishly crazy. Just the kind of man you need to win a Revolution at sea against one of the greatest naval forces in the world. For example: in 1779, John Paul Jones took command of the USS Bon Homme Richard, a merchant vessel with 42 mounted guns. 42 guns can pack a punch, but they were smaller than a war ship carried. The ship itself was a merchant vessel and couldn't take much of a beating in battle. It's like mounting a Gatling gun on the back of a Toyota pick-up truck and expecting it to take on a Bradly Fighting Vehicle. As he led a five ship squadron, John Paul Jones engaged the HMS Serapis and her escorts. It was a bloody battle as Jones's ship was ripped apart. His ship was so battered that the captain of the Serapis thought that Jones had struck his colors in surrender. Jones shouted, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Jones lashed his ship to the Serapis and fired across the deck. (I assume with grapeshot. Nothing else makes sense.) With Jone's ship on fire and sinking, and half the crew of both ships dead or wounded, the captain of HMS Serapis surrendered. Jones couldn't save the Richard. They cut it loose and it finally slipped beneath the waves. Did it really happen? I doubt that Jones really spoke all those cool lines. His biographer was a scandalous liar. What is true is that the battle was fought. Jones stood no chance and he won, anyway. And he was crazy. That part is definitely true. [15] [16] [17]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1747, Wikipedia.

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