Posts tagged with 'History'
Mar 7, 2008
Among the founders of the Ghadar Party—founded in San Francisco in 1913 to liberate India from British Rule—was Prof. Har Dayal of Stanford University.
Wikipedia on the long history of Indians in Berkeley and Stanford. via

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Jan 24, 2008
The name “Australia” is derived from the Latin Australis, meaning “Southern”. Legends of an “unknown land of the south” (terra australis incognita) dating back to Roman times were commonplace in mediæval geography..

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Jan 1, 2008
When the germ theory finally came in and people learned how to arrange it so that women could have babies in reasonable safety, the world discovered to their surprise that women had a longer life expectancy than men. This had never been understood before, because throughout history women had, on the average, lived years and years less than men had. With all the dangers men faced, the hard work in the fields, the hunting accidents, the killings in war, everything else, women died faster for one reason and one reason only: childbirth. Every woman had one baby after another until one of them killed her. Usually, it didn’t take long.

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Dec 21, 2007
The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

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Dec 4, 2007
The iron law of oligarchy: all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop into oligarchies. Causes: the technical indispensability of leadership; the tendency of the leaders to organize themselves and to consolidate their interests; the gratitude of the led towards the leaders; and the general immobility and passivity of the masses.

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Dec 3, 2007
Only nascent civilizations will transmit messages without compression, since compressionless transmission is such a bad use of bandwidth. Compressed transmissions, though, have the problem that they approach randomness. That means that the only thing SETI can recognize will be either intentional communications or else the communication of very early civilizations, pre-compression. The situation featured in Contact, where a civilization notices the ‘momentary’ event of our world broadcasting uncompressed must be extremely rare.

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Nov 16, 2007
A hydraulic empire is a social or government structure which maintains power and control through exclusive control over access to water. It arises through the need for flood control and irrigation, which requires central coordination and a specialized bureaucracy. The term can be generalized to cover any power structure maintained by exclusive control of a basic resource needed to live. Though tribal societies had structures that were usually personal in nature, exercised by a patriarch over a tribal group related by various degrees of kinship, hydraulic hierarchies gave rise to the established permanent institution of impersonal government. Most of the first civilizations in history, such as Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China and pre-Columbian Mexico and Peru, are believed to have been hydraulic empires. The typical hydraulic empire government is extremely centralized, with no trace of an independent aristocracy—in contrast to the decentralized feudalism of medieval Europe.

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Oct 29, 2007
Do not learn anything about this subject of mine - the French Revolution. Learn instead what I think that Enicharmon thought Urizen thought Gutch thought Ho-Yung thought Chi-Bo-Sing thought Lafcadio Hearn thought Carlyle thought Mirabeau said about the French Revolution. Through the medium of these ten great minds, the blood that was shed at Paris and the windows that were broken at Versailles will be clarified to an idea which you may employ most profitably in your daily lives. But be sure that the intermediates are many and varied, for in history one authority exists to counteract another.
E M Forster, 39 years before Nineteen Eighty Four

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Oct 24, 2007
Construction of the first pyramid on the Giza plateau in 2530 BC—1500 years into the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Drawing c. 1985 by Mark Lehner (larger version) while unbuilding the pyramids, showing that the pyramids were not built by slave labor, but instead a feudal organization of privileged workers.

Construction of the first pyramid on the Giza plateau in 2530 BC—1500 years into the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Drawing c. 1985 by Mark Lehner (larger version) while unbuilding the pyramids, showing that the pyramids were not built by slave labor, but instead a feudal organization of privileged workers.

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Oct 10, 2007
The golden years of offshoring (1995-2005) suppressed inflation around the world; goods were getting cheaper because they got made in cheaper places. That is over. Inflation is back.

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