Tuesday, January 3, 2017

History: The Year is 1923

I've uploaded year 1923 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

Crafting a Eugenics Law that Works -- The KKK is on the loose and Virginia is crafting a forced sterilization law that will stand a Supreme Court challenge.

The Nazi Coup Fails. Hitler's "Struggle" Begins -- Germany is falling apart at the seams, so Hitler takes a chance and fails. In prison he begins writing Mein Kampf, My Struggle.

Notable Births -- Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard, Stephanie Kwolek, Charlton Heston, Don Adams, Ed McMahon and Bob Barker.

In Other News -- TV is patented, sound comes to film, Disney Cartoon, Time magazine and Warner Brothers are founded, and insulin therapy will save the lives of millions.

Crafting a Eugenics Law that Works

"Race riot" is not an adequate description for the recent activities of the Ku Klux Klan. The outright destruction of the town of Rosewood, Florida has taken place this year. Parts of Oklahoma are under martial law. 30 New York policemen are revealed to be KKK members. Bad as the old KKK was, the new KKK is much worse, and the eugenics movement has helped their membership numbers soar to an all time high of 2.5 million. Scientists seem to support the idea of killing off non-whites to eliminate the "germplasm" infecting the white race. (I am sick of these bigots, but I am doing my best to represent them fairly. Germplasm is what we would call "defective genes", but they know F-all about that.) Despite the best efforts of scientists, they cannot convince lawmakers to kill off the defectives. Instead, so-called imbeciles, morons and epileptics are segregated from the population until they are beyond child-bearing age. It is not exactly prison. It's more like a crummy hospital that you can't leave without permission. Will they give you permission? Yeah... usually to see a movie, but come right back. This system has become expensive, so Virginia is carefully crafting their first sterilization law that will stand the test of the Supreme Court. Virginia's Racial Integrity Act will need a proper test case to make it stick. They will find her next year. Her name is Carrie Buck. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
I look at these times and I think, "No wonder so many people think that our Founding Fathers were horrible people. They look at these boneheads of the 1920s and think that the people who came before them must have been much, much worse." This is the philosophy of optimism which says that each generation builds on the previous one and gets better and better. That also means that each generation going back, was worse and worse. This is not true. It is more like cycles of up and down, back and forth. There are improvements as we go along, but there are times when we get worse... much worse. I want to believe that my children have learned from my mistakes, so that they need not repeat them... and they never do. They find ingenious ways to make new mistakes all their own. And I can't stop them. They give me that tolerant look that youth gives to people over 40. I once knew as much as they know now. Now I am older, and wiser, and not as smart as I thought I was.

The Nazi Coup Fails. Hitler's "Struggle" Begins

Germany lost the Great War and is now paying reparations mostly to France. Hyperinflation has pegged the German mark at over 4 million to the dollar. Food riots ensue. The German company, Krupp, issues its own money called Kruppmarks to its workers. It is the only stable currency in Germany and Krupp's workers are grateful. France invades the Ruhr in West Germany in order to pressure Germany to resume reparation payments. Krupp organizes a work stoppage. French troops fire into unarmed workers and Krupp, himself, is arrested for holding a funeral for his dead workers. He is sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Germany needs some serious help, but France won't budge. So in the midst of this mess, Adolf Hitler stages a coup. Why not? It's Thursday. The Nazis attack a beer hall in Munich where a member of the General Staff is giving a speech. Shots are fired. Hitler is injured and the coup fails. Hitler is arrested and charged with High Treason. His very public trial will begin next year and turn him into a national figure. [4] [5] [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
With Germany in such chaos, very few could blame Adolf Hitler for trying to overthrow the government. After all, most of them would have done it themselves if they could. That is probably why the jury almost acquitted him. He was sentenced to 5 years, but spent only a few months in prison. He used that time to begin writing Mein Kampf (My Struggle). It starts off as an autobiography, and turns into a fundraising and propaganda operation. It was published in German in 1925, and was sold as an abridged English translation in the United States, but two Americans realized that the worst of Hitler's evil agenda was hidden in the parts left out, so they violated copyright, and translated Mein Kampf in full. They sold half a million copies for almost nothing before a judge could stop them. They shoved Hitler's own words down his throat, and other bodily orifices. One of the translators was a reporter for United Press International and the future U.S. Senator from California... Alan Cranston! So, despite my past disagreements with Senator Cranston, and for this one good deed, all is forgiven. [7]

Notable Births

  • Chuck Yeager (Living): First to break the sound barrier. [8]
  • Alan Shepard: Mercury Astronaut and first American in space... straight up and straight down. [9] [10]
  • Stephanie Kwolek: The inventor of Kevlar! [11]

  • And in entertainment...
-- Charlton Heston: actor and NRA president. [12]
-- Don Adams: Get Smart. [13]
-- Ed McMahon: The Tonight Show. [14]
-- Bob Barker (Living): The Price is Right. [15]
**Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked on 2017-Jan-3.

In Other News

  • Television is patented and sound comes to film. The sound for films stinks, but its a start. [16] [17]
  • Disney Cartoon, Time magazine and Warner Brothers are founded. Disney and Time-Warner? 'Nuf said. [18] [19] [20]
  • Nobel Prize awarded for insulin therapy. The Toronto team's technique will save millions of lives... mostly children. [21]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1923, Wikipedia.

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