Tag Archives: Tyrany

Lost and Found – May 20th Edition

What to remember about May 20th…

  • 1506  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies of heart attack in Valladolid, Spain (b. 1451)
  • 1778  Patriot and Oneida Indian allies led by Marquis de Lafayette evade entrapment by British troops at Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1861  North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union
  • 1873  Levi Strause and Jaco Davis get their patent for blue jeans
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island, New York on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1932  Amelia Earhart begins the world’s first successful solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman
  • 1940  German forces reach the English Channel near Abbeville, France
  • 1940  1st prisoners arrive at Death Camp at Auschwitz n Poland
  • 1969  U.S. and South Vietnamese troops win Battle for Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill” after 10 days and 10 assaults
  • 1989  Chinese authorities declare martial law as pro-democracy demonstrations gather momentum

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Lost and Found – May 20th Edition

What to remember about May 20th…

  • 1506  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies of heart attack in Valladolid, Spain (b. 1451)
  • 1778  Patriot and Oneida Indian allies led by Marquis de Lafayette evade entrapment by British troops at Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1861  North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union
  • 1873  Levi Strause and Jaco Davis get their patent for blue jeans
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island, New York on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1932  Amelia Earhart begins the world’s first successful solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman
  • 1940  German forces reach the English Channel near Abbeville, France
  • 1940  1st prisoners arrive at Death Camp at Auschwitz n Poland
  • 1969  U.S. and South Vietnamese troops win Battle for Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill” after 10 days and 10 assaults
  • 1989  Chinese authorities declare martial law as pro-democracy demonstrations gather momentum

Claws for the weak.

Claws for the weak. – Posted on Facebook February 13, 2011 at 12:07am

I discovered this great quote today.

“It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found generally true: that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon–so long as there is no answer to it–gives claws to the weak.” – George Orwell