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Jobs Created by ELIMINATING Wind Power *

Last year a wind-powered sawmill was built near the Strand, London. (The Strand is a major road following the Thames River.) Apparently it has been such a successful business that a lot of sawyers are out of work. (A sawyer is man who saws wood by hand.) King Charles the 1st of England is fighting an economic slump so he demolishes the sawmill in order to quell a possible riot and puts the sawyers back to work. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
The first wind-powered saw mill was introduced in Holland in 1592, but England was slow to adopt these labor-saving machines. There were no laws against powered sawmills but the workers would riot so that they were soon shut down. England would not use powered sawmills in substantial numbers until the mid-1800s. They were steam-powered and so efficient compared to hand saws that they were irresistible. In the modern day we are told how our economy will soar using wind-power and solar-power. In certain applications, wind and solar are reasonable, but in the general case, they depend on the whim of weather. Because one needs power at the very time that wind and solar are unavailable, one must use a fuel-powered generator as backup, but shouldn't it be the other way around with the solar and wind-powered generators as the backup and a fuel-powered generator as primary? [5]

Buggery is now Illegal in Ireland!

Animals across the land sigh with relief as the Irish Parliament makes buggery illegal. Oddly enough, "buggery" is not defined in the law. It is assumed that the word means "sex with an animal." The law probably includes various types of coupling with a man or woman in ways too strange and at times too hilarious to describe here. Whatever the word means, apparently a judge will recognize it when he sees it. [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
As a general rule... no one creates a law against something (NO MATTER WHAT IT IS) unless someone wants to do it or is actually doing it right now. For example: there is no law against stuffing beans up your nose. It's not even prohibited in the Bible. The reason it is NOT prohibited is because no one WANTS to stuff beans up their nose! So... when you see some silly law like this, is there any doubt what was happening in Ireland at the time? Buggery was made illegal in England in 1533, so they had a head start. Hey. Stop laughing. [7]

On Wisconsin! On Wisconsin! Forward!

Jean Nicolet is a French trader/explorer following the Great Lakes and comes upon present day Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Go Packers!) This is dangerous work and most explorers have gone missing. Jean is the first to come back. This is not a journey of discovery. Most of his canoe is filled with goods to trade with the Indians. Otherwise he lives off of the land. Years later a painting of Jean Nicolet will show him as he enters Wisconsin. He is firing two pistols in the air as Indians scatter. [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Jean meets the Winnebago tribe in Wisconsin. The name Winnebago means "the people who live near bad-smelling water." Apparently, the tribe lived near a spring with too much sulfur in it. Of course, Winnebago is the name of a county in Wisconsin but the Winnebago motorhome company is based in Iowa. Iowa is still within the range of the original tribe. [9] [10]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1634, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. Sawyer - definition of sawyer (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “One that is employed in sawing wood.”
  2. The Age of Reason Begins: A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558-1648, The Story Of Civilization. Simon and Schuster. “Unemployment was so great in 1634 that Charles compelled the demolition of a newly erected mechanical sawmill because it threw so many sawyers out of work.” 
  3. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events: 1633: Daily Life. Simon and Schuster. “Wind sawmill erected near the Strand, London” 
  4. Strand, London - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015.
  5. Cooney, E. W. (1991). "Eighteenth Century Britain's Missing Sawmills: A Blessing in Disguise?". Construction History (Construction History Society) 7: 29-46. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41613688. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  6. Buggery - definition of buggery (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “anal intercourse between a man and another man, a woman, or an animal.”
  7. Buggery Act 1533 - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “The Act defined buggery as an unnatural sexual act against the will of God and man. This was later defined by the courts to include only anal penetration and bestiality.”
  8. Wisconsin State Song: On, Wisconsin!. 50states.com (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Grand old badger state! We, thy loyal sons and daughters, Hail thee, good and great. On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Champion of the right, 'Forward', our motto God will give thee might!'”
  9. Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “The Ho-Chunk, sometimes called Winnebago, are a Siouan-speaking tribe of Native Americans, native to the present-day states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and parts of Iowa and Illinois.”
  10. Biography – NICOLLET DE BELLEBORNE, JEAN – Volume I (1000-1700). Dictionary of Canadian Biography (2015). Retrieved on 27 August 2015. “Nicollet set out in the summer of 1634, probably in mid-July. He followed the traditional Ottawa River route, branched off at Allumette Island in the direction of Lake Nipissing, then went down the French River (Rivière des Français) to get to Lake Huron. On the way he recruited an escort of seven Hurons. He headed for Michilimackinac, entered Lake Michigan, and reached Green Bay. Attired in his damask robe, he momentarily struck terror into the Winnebagoes, who took him for a god.”

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