Month: November 2020

Guess, Who Killed 164 Million People

GENOCIDE claimed the lives of 170 million martyrs during the 20th Century. The Soviet Union, Peoples Republic of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom are confirmed responsible for 164 million victims of genocide.’ ~ Source: R. J. Rummel, Power, Genocide and Mass Murder, Journal of Peace Research 31 (No. 1 1994).

Letters In The Trenches

The post comes to us nightly, we hail the post with glee –
For now we’re not as many as once we used to be:
For some have done their fighting, packed up and gone away,
And many lads are sleeping – no sound will break their sleeping;
Brave lusty comrades sleeping in their little homes of clay. ~ Irish poet Patrick MacGill.

Ghostly Encounters

When five prominent British writers revealed their belief in ghosts they based their stories on personal experience. Did they open themselves to ridicule? Apparently not.
Studies show that 48% of Americans believe in ghosts. Given that Britain is more ghost-friendly I would expect the British percentage of believers to be higher.

The Mechanical Galleon, 1585

Sublime Dreams of Living Machines. Part V. Made by Hans Schlottheim in German, in about 1585, the central figure of the galleon is the Holy Roman Emperor, surrounded by seven noblemen. When the clockwork mechanisms were wound, the ship moved forward over the table and they bowed in front of the Emperor. Miniature figures of the trumpeters and drummers on the deck moved in time to music that was generated by an internal organ and drum. The front canon also fired, lighting a fuse which in turn fired the canons on each side of the ship. The display finished in a cloud of smoke and must have been breathtaking to a 16th-century audience.

Right Reaction To Islamic Outrage

A large body of Austrian nationalists dismissed as ‘a group’ by mainstream media, held an impressive rally in Vienna, condemning recent Islamic terror attacks and urging the government to act against Islamist radicals. They were met by counter-protesters and media journalists, who condemned the activists as ‘Nazis’.