This is every women’s magazine, ever. http://huff.to/1CiDbLc
The Free Market ~gw
This one is good. The British built a giant bridge. See the British Empire is a wonderful historical entity in part because they weren’t your typical empire of imperialistic racists, they were very skilled at finding creative and batshit crazy ways of oppressing non white people. This is what happens when you have this hyper organized, disciplined, focused, uncreative, professional military, alongside a bunch of batshit insane English schoolboys who are just put in charge.
See the British wanted to divide the subcontinent of India in half, the division being roughly herehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Inland_Customs_Line_India.png
So why did Britain want to divide India in half? Well you see the British rule over the Colonies was in part to create a customer base. Parts of India produce salt, and some parts don’t, and before the British involvement the India those regions simply traded when they wanted trade. But see, the British Empire also produces salt, and they wanted to sell the salt directly to the parts of India that didn’t have salt, and their control of the country allowed them to prevent the Indians from trading with eachother.
Obviously the Indians themselves weren’t very happy about this, why buy expensive salt from across the world when you can just by cheaper local salt? So the British needed to divide the country in order to prevent smugglers from selling the salt.
So how would you divide the realm? Well building a wall is too expensive and a river would cause too much economic damage. So the only logical solution is obvious….build a giant hedge across the country. Like, a garden hedge. A 14 foot wide, 12 foot tall garden hedge.
See this part of the map that is green? http://www.roymoxham.com/userimages/Hedgemapweb.jpg
That was all hedge. A giant fucking hedge built by a bunch of crazy english school boys who were totally fucking insane.
Allan Octavian Hume, the commissioner of India and an avid gardener, wanted to use the hedges he used in his garden to keep trust passers out. So he combined a local Indian Hedge with a nasty scottish hedge that was about 50% thorns. They employed 38,000 gardeners to build this thing, and 14,000 per year to maintain the damn thing. And you know what the fucking worse thing s? It fucking worked.
See crossing over this thing was impossible, and it was resistant to fire, and even if a fire started local guards would quickly notice and attack the smugglers. The Hedge was also home to a wide variety of nasty animals who would make life hell for smugglers and the camels and horses of the smugglers refused to move through the Hedge. To make things worse, the irrigation canals running underneath the Hedge would often serve as a ditch where smugglers would fall and drown in. There were many battles in this fucking hedge between bandits/smugglers and British soldiers. 11,288 troops, 2,499 petty officers, and 136 officers guarded this giant fucking Hedge it was goddamn absurd.
The Hedge was eventually taken down by the BRitih themselves because it impeded with Free Trade. So when you have a problem, imagine if you can solve it with a giant hedge.
"slight Cthulhu" is something everybody should say.
"The universe has exactly the properties we should expect if it is governed by blind, pitiless indifference.”
So last time we talked about the infamous Herod the Great, and his….special reign over Judea, After his death, the Kingdom of Judeah fell into a state of disarray for awhile, Herod Antipater took power and rueld for awhile, and brought the kingdom closer to the Augustin. Or…
"Speaking as an Englishmen, South America is the only continent where it was not our fault"
- My Friend talking to me (an american)
So I have mentioned this psycho before, but lets do it again, Caligula, the craziest Emperor in Roman History. Like seriously, this guy was nuts. Among his many many crazy antics, he made his Horse a Consul. Now this is generally seen as a political move, essentially saying “My…
please don’t hurt me
So…..World War I sucked right? We are celebrating the 100th year anniversary, and so for the first time since WWII we are finally focusing upon WWI at last. But seriously, WWI really sucked, like a lot, charging machine guns and mortars through barbed wire and land mines, living in a ditch filled with mud, excrement, and the rotting entrails of your buddies,is not my idea of a good time. Particularly when after you lose, you have to do it all over again. So people didn’t really feel like enlisting then.
The British Empire was fairly unique in regards of European natures during the time of WWI in that they didn’t have conscription, they had a small volunteer professional army/navy and that was it. They felt that part of the greatness of their empire was that they didn’t do conscription. At the start of the war, things were great, a massive amount of people joined up, and they were easily able to get millions of pledges. However as the war went on and the losses just kept rising, the British were running out of ways to convince people to go out and die for the glorious cause of….dying in a ditch.
That is when British Admiral Charles Fitzgerald founded the Order of the White Feather with local British author Mrs Humphrey Wards (ugg I hate her), where patriotic young women would wander the streets of Britain looking for young men and trying to get them to join up for the war. If they saw a young man, they would flock to him and give him a white feather, a symbol of cowardliness in England (Ironically in the US its a symbol of bravery) and try to shame them into joining up. They would then mock and belittle people until they joined the glorious cause of lying in several different places.
This was so successful that it actually started to hurt the British war effort, as troops on leave, men who served vital military duties (public servants, administrators, doctors, people who built munitions ect), people who were not allowed to join up due to sickness and returning veterans who had already served. The movement did manage to get troops unto the Western Front, it lead to MASSIVE amounts of resentment from all young men in Britain. After the War, when the sheer pointlessness of it became apparent, the White feather was widely seen as a symbol of a lying manipulative government and was a major part of the rise of pacifism in Europe….sadly the second world war was fought over something as stupid as overblown alliances and actually was a fight to save civilization…..kinda backfired.
Eckhart Tolle (via observando)
Israel vs. Palestine-
My counter argument
its name is the University of al-Qarawiyyin
the woman’s name was Fatima al-Fihri
failing to mention the names contributes to the erasure of the accomplishments of people, and especially women, of colour throughout history
once again: her name was FATIMA AL-FIHRI
"…and is sometimes referred to as the oldest university, although some scholars dispute whether the term can be properly applied historically to institutions outside the European model” - wikipedia
sounds like white tears
FATIMA AL-FIHRI: [presents interesting factoid combatting Western-centric preconceptions] SJWs: ‘your factoid wasn’t in-depth enough so you’re a bad person’ the circular firing squad strikes again