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The 17th Century That Was

* The 30 Year's War caused people to rethink the rules of war.
* Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament... and failed.
* England became a republic but Oliver Cromwell couldn't make it work.
* Political parties were formed.
* Silver prices plummeted.
* Kikkoman Soy Sauce was created.
* Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand were discovered.
* Pocahontas roped a gullible public into believing that she was a princess.
* Checking accounts came to the Netherlands, and Massachusetts printed it's own paper money.
* Witches floated... and so did witch hunters.
* The moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and gravity were discovered. (Yes. It involved an apple.)
* King James published the Bible but the printer forgot the "not" in "Thou shalt NOT commit adultery."
* Virginia tobacco became the drug of choice for England, and the African slave became the laborer of choice for Virginia.
* The Pilgrims came to New Plymouth but there was no rock. They waded in.
* The First Indian War resulted in a lot fewer Indians, so the Indians started suing. They haven't stopped yet.
* Halley created the first weather map. Sun spots disappeared, England froze solid and the sweet potato saved the Chinese as the worst weather in 500 years hit.
* The Dutch bought Manhattan for a song and then handed it to the English.
* Christmas was banned. The Quakers ran wild. The Salem Witch Trials resulted in fewer witches.
* Mining became a BLAST!
* The chimney tax, the window tax, and the tax on beards.
* The first modern police force, the first fire hose and Niagara Falls was discovered... again.
* Yellow Fever hit the New World.
* The Black Death hit London so Issac Newton went home and got to work proving... everything.

Science, liberty, and economic opportunity are getting better, but people rarely look beyond their current situation and it is never enough. In the coming century, science will grow by leaps and bounds. People will seek more liberty, more economic opportunity, and we can't stop now. The whole world is changing... again.

A Mega-Quake Hits the Pacific Northwest

The region is called Cascadia named after a range of volcanoes called the Cascades. In modern days, the area covers the coastlines of Oregon, Washington and most of Vancouver Island. At approximately 9 p.m. on January 26th, the largest known earthquake of the North American continent strikes. Suddenly, 700 miles of the coastline drops and moves westward 60 feet. It's a 9.0 earthquake and the shaking goes on and on and on. It's "The Big One". This sudden move pushes an enormous amount of water aside and creates a fast-moving wall of water called a tsunami. The water pushes inland and drowns helpless Indians living along the coast and the salt water kills the trees. The tsunami also heads toward Japan where, 10 hours later, it flattens houses. When it is all over, 25,000 people are dead. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
One cannot fully appreciate how long 5 minutes can be unless one is riding out an earthquake like this one. Do such people exist? Yes. The tsunami that hit Japan in 2012 and caused a release of radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear power plant was preceded by such a quake. 16,000 people died when a 40 foot wall of water overwhelmed a 30 foot sea wall and carried cars, homes and people out to sea. There is a one-in-three chance that such a quake will hit the Pacific Northwest within the next 50 years. No one knows for sure when it will happen. The only certainty is that it WILL happen. If you are living along that coast, you can expect to see a 30 foot wall of water moving fast and heading inland. Plan accordingly. (That means... be somewhere else and a lot higher.) [5] [6]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1700, Wikipedia.

See Also


* The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
  1. 1700 Cascadia earthquake - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “The 1700 Cascadia earthquake occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone on January 26 with an estimated moment magnitude of 8.7–9.2.[2] The megathrust earthquake involved the Juan de Fuca Plate that underlies the Pacific Ocean, from mid-Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, south along the Pacific Northwest coast as far as northern California. The length of the fault rupture was about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) with an average slip of 20 meters (66 ft).”
  2. How many people were injured in the 1700 Cascadia Earthquake. answers.com (2015). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “25,000”
  3. January 26, 1700: The Great Cascadia Earthquake. Dave Knows Portland (January 26, 2011). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “One thing we know with more certainty is that the earthquake triggered a huge tsunami, which in addition to slamming the coast, also traveled across the ocean and devastated the Pacific coast of Japan.”
  4. The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest. The New Yorker (July 20, 2015). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “On the eighth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of the Genroku era, a six-hundred-mile-long wave struck the coast, levelling homes, breaching a castle moat, and causing an accident at sea. The Japanese understood that tsunamis were the result of earthquakes, yet no one felt the ground shake before the Genroku event. The wave had no discernible origin. When scientists began studying it, they called it an orphan tsunami.”
  5. Odds are 1-in-3 that a huge quake will hit Northwest in next 50 years. Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (2015). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “Based on historical averages, Goldfinger says the southern end of the fault – from about Newport, Ore., to northern California – has a 37 percent chance of producing a major earthquake in the next 50 years. The odds that a mega-quake will hit the northern segment, from Seaside, Ore., to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, are more like 10 to 15 percent.”
  6. Monster earthquake threat looms over B.C. coastal communities. Vancouver Sun (March 9, 2012). Retrieved on 22 December 2015. “More than 16,000 people in Japan died in the aftermath of the magnitude 9 earthquake, most of them from the tsunami that rolled ashore sweeping away cars, trucks and boats. Waves surged into homes, and reduced communities to rubble.”

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