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Pouring Salt in the Wound of the World Trade Center

King Philip IV of France imposes a tax on several vital commodities. The most galling (sorry for the pun) is the tax on salt whose rate varies wildly depending on the region and political considerations with a token charge given as a reward to those regions who later allied themselves with France. Smuggling of salt from lower taxed regions to higher taxed regions was rampant until the tax was finally rescinded in 1945.

In the modern day a similar type of smuggling occurred in the United States when MUSLIM terrorists funded their operations by transporting cigarettes from lower taxed Virginia to higher taxed New York and failing to pay the New York taxes. Even when they sold the cigarettes for less, they still made $22 million in profit to fund THE BLIND SHEIK and the 1993 bombing of the WORLD TRADE CENTER. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I wonder sometimes why Preppers pay so little attention to salt in their preps. Salt is not just a condiment. Salt is an important requirement for one's health. When salt levels get too low, the body collapses in extreme pain and in some cases... death. So when a government places a tax on such an important commodity as salt, it is bound to create resentment as it did in France with the salt tax.

Invasion of Japan, Round 3, Mongols Forfeit

Kublai Khan considers invading Japan a third time, but finally loses heart. After his many sea-going failures and the death of his favorite wife, Chabi, and eldest son, Zhenjin, Kublai Khan is drinking and eating more. He is withdrawing from his Empire but not his life. It is unknown if he spent more time in Xanadu [pronounced: ZAHN-ah-doo], his "stately pleasure-dome" as the poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge put it, but it will be several years before death catches up with him. He will be buried in the secret Khan burial grounds in Mongolia. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Kublai Khan definitely picks up a lot of weight from this point forward and suffers from gout causing painful swelling of the joints. Gout often concentrates in the big toe. The pain is often described as a "million tiny white-hot needles." It was often thought that overindulgence in wine and food caused gout but it is actually a form of rheumatoid arthritis.

Scotland Has It Maid Now

King Alexander III of Scotland dies when he takes his horse on a short trip over a tall cliff leaving his three-year-old granddaughter, Margaret, in charge. Margaret is currently living with her father, King Eric II of Norway. Known as "The Maid of Norway," Margaret is queen regnant, having authority to rule Scotland in her own right, but obviously she cannot make decisions for herself or the country. Her young age and her future sudden, unforeseen death will cause chaos leading to the First Scottish War of Independence. [9] [10] [11]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is most unfortunate that Margaret will die on her way to Scotland. No doubt a war of independence could have been delayed if not avoided entirely. Margaret was betrothed to the son of King Edward I and he would have been trusted his own son more than the guy who eventually becomes king of Scotland.

See Also


  1. What Was the Gabelle? by Mary McMahon, Wise Geeks, 13 January 2014
  2. Terrorists may get money from regional, cheap cigarette smuggling ring: Ray Kelly, By Greg B. Smith and Oren Yaniv, New York Daily News, May 16, 2013
  3. Omar Abdel-Rahman/The Blind Sheikh, Wikipedia
  4. Kublai Khan: Ruler of Mongolia and Yuan China by Kallie Szczepanski
  5. The Mongol Invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281: Kublai Khan vs. the "Divine Winds" by Kallie Szczepanski
  6. The Disease Of Kings by Charles Dubow, Forbes, 2003-Apr-1
  7. Mongol Invasions of Japan, Wikipedia
  8. Year 1286, Wikipedia
  9. The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1328, from Education Scotland, Crown, 2012
  10. Scotland 1286-96: The succession problem and the Great Cause, from Education Scotland, Crown, 2012
  11. Margaret, Maid of Norway, Wikipedia

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