1923

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Crafting a Eugenics Law that Works

"Race riot" is not an adequate description for the recent activities of the Ku Klux Klan. The outright destruction of the town of Rosewood, Florida has taken place this year. Parts of Oklahoma are under martial law. 30 New York policemen are revealed to be KKK members. Bad as the old KKK was, the new KKK is much worse, and the eugenics movement has helped their membership numbers soar to an all time high of 2.5 million. Scientists seem to support the idea of killing off non-whites to eliminate the "germplasm" infecting the white race. (I am sick of these bigots, but I am doing my best to represent them fairly. Germplasm is what we would call "defective genes", but they know F-all about that.) Despite the best efforts of scientists, they cannot convince lawmakers to kill off the defectives. Instead, so-called imbeciles, morons and epileptics are segregated from the population until they are beyond child-bearing age. It is not exactly prison. It's more like a crummy hospital that you can't leave without permission. Will they give you permission? Yeah... usually to see a movie, but come right back. This system has become expensive, so Virginia is carefully crafting their first sterilization law that will stand the test of the Supreme Court. Virginia's Racial Integrity Act will need a proper test case to make it stick. They will find her next year. Her name is Carrie Buck. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I look at these times and I think, "No wonder so many people think that our Founding Fathers were horrible people. They look at these boneheads of the 1920s and think that the people who came before them must have been much, much worse." This is the philosophy of optimism which says that each generation builds on the previous one and gets better and better. That also means that each generation going back, was worse and worse. This is not true. It is more like cycles of up and down, back and forth. There are improvements as we go along, but there are times when we get worse... much worse. I want to believe that my children have learned from my mistakes, so that they need not repeat them... and they never do. They find ingenious ways to make new mistakes all their own. And I can't stop them. They give me that tolerant look that youth gives to people over 40. I once knew as much as they know now. Now I am older, and wiser, and not as smart as I thought I was.

The Nazi Coup Fails. Hitler's "Struggle" Begins

Germany lost the Great War and is now paying reparations mostly to France. Hyperinflation has pegged the German mark at over 4 million to the dollar. Food riots ensue. The German company, Krupp, issues its own money called Kruppmarks to its workers. It is the only stable currency in Germany and Krupp's workers are grateful. France invades the Ruhr in West Germany in order to pressure Germany to resume reparation payments. Krupp organizes a work stoppage. French troops fire into unarmed workers and Krupp, himself, is arrested for holding a funeral for his dead workers. He is sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Germany needs some serious help, but France won't budge. So in the midst of this mess, Adolf Hitler stages a coup. Why not? It's Thursday. The Nazis attack a beer hall in Munich where a member of the General Staff is giving a speech. Shots are fired. Hitler is injured and the coup fails. Hitler is arrested and charged with High Treason. His very public trial will begin next year and turn him into a national figure. [4] [5] [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
With Germany in such chaos, very few could blame Adolf Hitler for trying to overthrow the government. After all, most of them would have done it themselves if they could. That is probably why the jury almost acquitted him. He was sentenced to 5 years, but spent only a few months in prison. He used that time to begin writing Mein Kampf (My Struggle). It starts off as an autobiography, and turns into a fundraising and propaganda operation. It was published in German in 1925, and was sold as an abridged English translation in the United States, but two Americans realized that the worst of Hitler's evil agenda was hidden in the parts left out, so they violated copyright, and translated Mein Kampf in full. They sold half a million copies for almost nothing before a judge could stop them. They shoved Hitler's own words down his throat, and other bodily orifices. One of the translators was a reporter for United Press International and the future U.S. Senator from California... Alan Cranston! So, despite my past disagreements with Senator Cranston, and for this one good deed, all is forgiven. [7]

Notable Births

  • Chuck Yeager (Living): First to break the sound barrier. [8]
  • Alan Shepard: Mercury Astronaut and first American in space... straight up and straight down. [9] [10]
  • Stephanie Kwolek: The inventor of Kevlar! [11]


  • And in entertainment...
-- Charlton Heston: actor and NRA president. [12]
-- Don Adams: Get Smart. [13]
-- Ed McMahon: The Tonight Show. [14]
-- Bob Barker (Living): The Price is Right. [15]

**Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked on 2017-Jan-3.

In Other News

  • Television is patented and sound comes to film. The sound for films stinks, but its a start. [16] [17]
  • Disney Cartoon, Time magazine and Warner Brothers are founded. Disney and Time-Warner? 'Nuf said. [18] [19] [20]
  • Nobel Prize awarded for insulin therapy. The Toronto team's technique will save millions of lives... mostly children. [21]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1923, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Cohen, Adam. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Penguin Press. “or Davenport, it all came down to regulating "germplasm," the eugenicists' term for the genetic inheritance individuals carried. Nations also had germplasm--the sum total of the germplasm of all of their citizens--and this national store varied considerably based on the racial, ethnic, and other characteristics of the population. It was this national stock of germplasm--its quality, and its likelihood of preserving and enhancing America's greatness--that was at stake, Davenport believed, in the eugenics movement.” 
  2. Rosewood massacre - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 23 August 2016. “The Rosewood massacre was a violent, racially motivated massacre of blacks and destruction of a black town that took place during the first week of January 1923 in rural Levy County, Florida. At least six blacks and two whites were killed, and the town of Rosewood was abandoned and destroyed in what contemporary news reports characterized as a race riot. Racial disturbances were common during the early 20th century in the United States, reflecting the nation's rapid social changes. Florida had an especially high number of lynchings of black males in the years before the massacre, including a well-publicized incident in December 1922.”
  3. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster. “Martial law established in Oklahoma to protect people and property from attacks by Ku Klux Klan” 
  4. Krupp - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “In the hyperinflation of 1923, the firm printed Kruppmarks for use in Essen, which was the only stable currency there. France and Belgium occupied the Ruhr and established martial law. French soldiers inspecting Krupp’s factory in Essen were cornered by workers in a garage, opened fire with a machine gun, and killed thirteen. This incident spurred reprisal killings and sabotage across the Rhineland, and when Krupp held a large, public funeral for the workers, he was fined and jailed by the French. This made him a national hero, and he was granted an amnesty by the French after seven months.”
  5. Beer Hall Putsch - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “Though Hitler failed to achieve his immediate stated goal, the putsch did give the Nazis their first exposure to national attention and a propaganda victory. While serving their 'fortress confinement' sentences at Landsberg am Lech, Hitler and Rudolf Hess wrote Mein Kampf. Also, the putsch changed Hitler's outlook on violent revolution to effect change. From then on he thought that, in order to win the German heart, he must do everything by the book, strictly legal. Later on, the German people would call him Hitler Legalité or 'Hitler the Lawful.'”
  6. Larson, Erik. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. Crown. ISBN 9780307408846. 
  7. Mein Kampf - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “Houghton Mifflin's abridged English translation left out some of Hitler's more anti-Semitic and militaristic statements. This motivated Alan Cranston, an American reporter for United Press International in Germany (and later a U.S. Senator from California), to publish his own abridged and annotated translation. Cranston believed this version more accurately reflected the contents of the book and Hitler's intentions. In 1939, Cranston was sued by Hitler's publisher for copyright infringement, and a Connecticut judge ruled in Hitler's favour. By the time the publication of Cranston's version was stopped, 500,000 copies had already been sold.[citation needed] Today, the profits and proceeds are given to various charities.”
  8. Chuck Yeager - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.”
  9. Alan Shepard - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “in May 1961 made the first manned Mercury flight. Shepard's craft entered space, but did not achieve orbit. He became the second person, and the first American, to travel into space, and the first person to manually control the orientation of his spacecraft.”
  10. Yuri Gagarin - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.”
  11. Stephanie Kwolek - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “She is best known for inventing the first of a family of synthetic fibers of exceptional strength and stiffness: poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide—better known as Kevlar.[1][2] For her discovery, Kwolek was awarded the DuPont company's Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement.”
  12. Charlton Heston - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “As a Hollywood star, he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film, The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination.[2] He also starred in Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles, Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, El Cid (1961), and Planet of the Apes (1968).”
  13. Don Adams - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “In his five decades on television, he was best known as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the television situation comedy Get Smart (1965–70, 1995), which he also sometimes directed and wrote.”
  14. Ed McMahon - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “He is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's sidekick, announcer, and second banana on The Tonight Show from 1962 through 1992. He also hosted the original version of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995. He co-hosted TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes with Dick Clark from 1982 to 1998.”
  15. Bob Barker - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “Barker began his game show career in 1956, hosting Truth or Consequences. From there, he hosted various game shows as well as the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants from 1967 to 1987 giving him the distinction of being the longest serving host of these pageants. Eventually, he began hosting The Price Is Right in 1972.”
  16. Vladimir K. Zworykin - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “Once in the U.S., Zworykin found work at the Westinghouse laboratories in Pittsburgh, where he eventually had an opportunity to engage in television experiments. He summarized the resulting invention in two patent applications. The first, entitled 'Television Systems', was filed on December 29, 1923, and was followed by a second application in 1925 of essentially the same content, but with minor changes and the addition of a Paget-type screen for color transmission and reception.”
  17. Phonofilm - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “On 15 April 1923, DeForest premiered 18 short films made in Phonofilm — including vaudeville acts, musical performers, opera, and ballet — at the Rivoli Theater at 1620 Broadway in New York City. The Rivoli's music director Hugo Riesenfeld co-hosted the presentation.”
  18. Warner Bros. - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “On April 4, 1923, with help from money loaned to Harry by his banker Motley Flint,[12] they formally incorporated as Warner Brothers Pictures, Incorporated. (As late as the 1960s, Warner Bros. claimed 1905 as its founding date.)”
  19. Time (magazine) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines.”
  20. The Walt Disney Company - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “... is the world's second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after Comcast. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks.”
  21. Insulin - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 3 January 2017. “The Nobel Prize committee in 1923 credited the practical extraction of insulin to a team at the University of Toronto and awarded the Nobel Prize to two men: Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for the discovery of insulin. Banting, insulted that Best was not mentioned, shared his prize with him, and Macleod immediately shared his with James Collip. The patent for insulin was sold to the University of Toronto for one half-dollar.”

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