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A Brief History Today, as the United States and the rest of the world continues to be ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, we look back to a previous pandemic of enormously greater proportions, the infamous Black Death of Bubonic Plague that ravaged much of the world in the 14th Century.  Panicked populations, desperate for answers and solutions to the deadly plague, took to blaming Europe’s Jewish population as the cause of the calamity, a scapegoating of Jews common throughout history.  The pervasive theme of blaming various catastrophes on Jews made the scapegoating of the Black Death an almost foregone conclusion! …

A Brief History On October 12, 2020, we had the opportunity to watch a “movie” composite of the web streaming series, When the Streetlights Go On, a Quibi production consisting of 10 episodes, each running several minutes.  Our screening was a continuous playing of the series in the form of a movie.  As with previous Quibi productions, Streetlights is a top quality video with excellent actors, directing and cinematography. Breaking News: On October 21, 2020, news of an imminent shut down of Quibi was broken, and confirmed the next day.  Despite raising a considerable amount of capital for investment (nearly…

A Brief History On September 25, 2018, comedian, actor and television maven Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” was sentenced to prison for the crime of aggravated sexual assault.  He joins a long list of celebrities who have let their sexual urges either get them in trouble or stain their reputations.  We have previously discussed such celebrities in prior articles and today we look at more such tainted personalities.  Who would you add to this list? (Actor Bob Crane, perhaps?) Digging Deeper 1. Bill Cosby, comedian, actor. Not just alleged but convicted.  By his own admission he administered drugs to women in…

A Brief History On September 18, 1838, English businessman and politician Richard Cobden along with free trade advocate John Bright established the Anti-Corn Law League, an action taken in opposition to the “Corn Laws” that had been enacted in Britain since 1815, a series of tariffs on goods imported from outside of Britain, especially grain products, hence the name “Corn Laws.”  Today we take a look at even more of the laws people love to hate, as we have previously done in our articles on this subject. Digging Deeper Corn Laws, Britain, 19th Century. Tariffs are a double edged sword,…

A Brief History On September 11, 1826, Captain William Morgan was arrested in Batavia, New York, supposedly on a charge of failing to pay a debt.  The real reason for his arrest was that the ex-Freemason had threatened to publish an expose type book, The Mysteries of Free Masonry, a less than flattering description of the secret society.  His subsequent disappearance and presumed murder led to a groundswell of opinion against Freemasons in the United States. Digging Deeper In fact, the increase in anti-Masonic feeling in the US continued to rise to the point where on September 11, 1830, the…

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