Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 27

On July 27, 1940, North American Governor-General Bruce Hogg proclaimed a unity government including leading members of the opposition Liberal Party that would remain in power for the duration of the Global War "or until the voters decide otherwise."

Hogg's remarks were reported in the next day's issue of the New York Herald.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 26

On July 26, 1899, three days after defeating the Russian Far East Fleet at the Battle of the Okhotsk Sea, the Mexican Pacific Fleet landed at the Siberian port city of Nikolaevsk-on-Amur.

Under foot

Yesterday I went back yet again to the vacant office space to help strip it down for the use of a hypothetical future tenant. The last step in the process has been pulling up the rest of the floor tiles and throwing them away.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 25

On July 25, 1901, the People's Coalition caucus in C.N.A. Grand Council met to choose a replacement for Governor-General Ezra Gallivan, who had resigned the day before. The two leading contenders were Councilman Thomas Kronmiller of Indiana, and Minister for Home Affairs Leonidas Rubey. Kronmiller had become too closely identified with Starkism over the previous two years, and his abrasive personality had earned him too many enemies. Rubey was a moderate who had remained in the background during the Starkist terror, and was considered a unity candidate, but was not considered a viable candidate for the upcoming 1903 Grand Council elections. Rubey himself suggested Councilman Harry Burroughs of Manitoba as an interim candidate who would step down in 1903. The caucus accepted the idea of an interim governor-general, but chose Councilman Clifton Burgen of Northern Vandalia rather than Burroughs. After the caucus voted for Burgen, Kronmiller remarked, "Burgen had everything in his favor. No one knew who he was, and neither did he."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scrappy do

Today I returned again to the renovated office space, this time to throw various pieces of scrap metal into a big blue dumpster, and to rip up floor tiles. Eventually, assuming the owner of the office space is able to find another tenant, they'll hire a contractor to replace all the aluminum girders, drywall, floor tiles, and ceiling tiles I've been throwing away. It's not quite paying people to dig holes and then fill them in again, but it's close.

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 24

On July 24, 1901, North American Govenor-General Ezra Gallivan announced his resignation, due to the ongoing civil disorders which had been troubling the C.N.A. for just over two years. In his resignation speech, Gallivan said, "For many years I have cherished the grace with which John McDowell left office, and had hoped I could match it. This was not meant to be. Therefore, let me be blunt and direct. Events of the past two years have shown I have become an embarrassment to many in the nation, a source of serious contention. North America as a whole would be better served by my resignation than if I stayed in office."

Gallivan's remarks appeared in the next day's edition of the Burgoyne Record.

On July 24, 1934, Grand Council Majority Leader Herbert Lee, a supporter of Governor-General Douglas Watson's armaments program, was deposed by the Liberal Caucus and replaced by Councilman Charles Dorsey, an opponent of the program.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shaka, when the walls fell

Today I was back renovating an empty office, which mostly involved ripping down drywall and throwing it into a dumpster. You get a real sense of the transience of modern life when you spend a few days tearing apart the interior of a building and get to see just how flimsy it is.

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 23

On July 23, 1899, the major naval battle of the Great Northern War took place when the Russian Far East Fleet and the Mexican Pacific Fleet fought the Battle of the Okhotsk Sea. The Russians lost sixteen ships, including two battleships, and suffered 20,000 men killed. The Mexicans lost no ships, and the only casualties suffered during the battle were nine men killed and fourteen wounded when a boiler exploded on the battleship Andrew Jackson.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The machine that goes "ping"

Today I helped to unload a heavy piece of medical equipment off of a truck and deliver it to a hospital. I think I'll add "medical technician" to my résumé.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 21

On July 21, 1839, a two-week siege of Michigan City, Indiana ended when the city was taken by an Indian army led by Chief John Miller, a Christianized leader of the Osage who claimed to be both the Messiah and a reincarnation of the earlier Shawnee leader Tecumseh. After taking the city, Miller's men killed some 5,000 of its half million inhabitants.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 20

On July 20, 1899, the Rules Committee of the North American Grand Council formed the Special Subcommittee of the Rules Committee to Investigate Charges of Treason, also known as the Nelson Subcommittee after its chairman, Councilman Henderson Nelson of the Northern Confederation. The Nelson Subcommittee was formed to investigate charges made ten days earlier by Councilman Fritz Stark that Governor-General Ezra Gallivan was in the pay of the Mexican corporation Kramer Associates. Ordinarily, the subcommittee would have been chaired by a member of the majority People's Coalition, but Gallivan requested that a member of the opposition Liberal Party be appointed "to remove any doubts as to its impartiality." Sobel states that Gallivan also requested a Liberal committee chairman because the Rules Committee's Coalitionists were all supporters of his rival Thomas Kronmiller.

 On July 20, 1962, Kramer Associates President Carl Salazar gave the first and only press conference of his presidency at K.A. headquarters in Taiwan. Salazar announced the successful test of the world's first atomic bomb, which had been developed by K.A., in the north Pacific three weeks earlier. "We shall never use this device in the cause of aggrandizement," he said. "But we will not hesitate to destroy any nation that has the foolishness to re-open the Global War." Salazar also said that the Kramer Bomb was "not a weapon of war, but one of peace."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 19

On July 19, 1899, nine days after Councilman Fritz Stark gave a speech accusing North American Governor-General Ezra Gallivan of being in the pay of Kramer Associates, and thereby setting off a wave of political violence known as the Starkist Terror, Gallivan met with Stark and members of the Rules Committee to examine Stark's evidence. Gallivan denied all of Stark's alleged evidence, stating that his documents were forgeries. He then asked the Councilmen for "a full investigation of these slanders, at the earliest possible moment," and they agreed.

Cuttin' the rug

I was back at renovating the office space yesterday, this time pulling up carpet. Given the near-certainty that someone would eventually be pulling the carpet up, you'd think the guys who laid it down in the first place wouldn't use quite so much glue. Apparently someone was a little too fond of his electric glue gun.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 18

On July 18, 1821, the enfranchised minority of Anglos and Hispanos in the United States of Mexico participated in the first set of elections under the Mexico City Constitution of 1820, electing governments for the six Mexican states established by the Constitution.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 17

On July 17, 1899, Kramer Associates President Diego Cortez y Catalán was disturbed by Mexican Chief of State Benito Hermión's invasion of Siberia, writing in his diary, "The man is mad. Benito will destroy the nation, Kramer Associates, and perhaps the world if he continues this way."

On July 17, 1900, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael.

On July 17, 1936, Charles Martin of the Burgoyne Herald wrote of Mexican President Alvin Silva's inaugural address four years earlier, "The voice was Silva's, but the words sounded suspiciously like those of El Jefe."

On July 17, 1967, North American Governor-General Carter Monaghan responded to James Volk's bestselling analysis of atomic-era diplomacy, The Bomb Myth, by saying, "It may be true that no sane and reasonable man will use the bomb. But who is to say sane and reasonable men do today, or will in the future, control the destinies of countries? We must have every safeguard at our command, and one is a strong deterrent force."

Monaghan's comments were reported in the next day's issue of the New York Journal.

Office space

Today I cleaned up after some unused office space underwent renovation. It turns out that disposing of fluorescent lamps is pretty easy if you don't care about mercury contamination.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 15

On July 15, 1881, the Massacre of the Innocents occurred when the Workers' Coalition, the political arm of the Moralista guerrilla movement, held its national convention in Palenque, the capital city of the Mexican state of Chiapas. The convention was raided by the Constabulary, and a riot broke out among the delegates. The riot turned into a panic-stricken flight by the delegates when the Constabulary agents opened fire on them. By the time the hall had been cleared, twenty-three Coalitionists were dead, including Coalition leader José Godoy. An additional seventy-give people were badly injured, including ten Constabulary agents.

On July 15, 1899, the Great Northern War between Mexico and the Russian Empire continued, as the Mexican Pacific Fleet occupied the Siberian port city of Okhotsk. Although Sobel does not specifically say so, the news presumably worsened the Starkist Terror in the Confederation of North America.

On July 15, 1914, the Hundred Day War between Mexico and France continued as the French force occupying the Mexican port city of Tampico received reinforcements.

The last dangerous pods

I spent Monday at the moving company again, finishing the last of their wooden storage pods. Perhaps other branches of the company will have their own pods to build in the future. Who can say?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

More pods

My facile use of electric screwdrivers and glue guns was apparently so impressive that the moving company asked me back on Friday to continue putting their wooden storage pods together. Sadly, there were no Martian heat guns in evidence.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 11

On July 11, 1962, North American Governor-General Richard Mason appeared before the Grand Council to deliver a report on the films received the previous day of Kramer Associates' atomic bomb test. Mason's upbeat assessment of the situation surprised the Councilmen. Mason stated that the supercorporation's possession of the weapon assured "world peace in our lifetime," and prevent the nations of the world from resuming the Global War. "Now they realize war will be an impossibility. I see the flowering of this mushroom cloud as a harbinger of a generation and more of peace in the world, and in time, goodwill toward all men." Mason seemed puzzled by the lack of applause following his speech. That evening, Councilman Perry Jay, leader of the opposition People's Coalition, met with Mason to urge him to proclaim a "scientific emergency," and create a crash program to develop an atomic bomb for the C.N.A. Jay pledged that if Mason did so, he would ensure that the year's budget for the Mason Doctrine foreign aid program would pass the Council without debate. Mason rejected Jay's proposal, insisting that the two matters were not related. "We shall aid the starving, and remain a peaceful nation." Jay then went to the home of Mason's Minister for Home Affairs, Grover Speigal. Speigal was also disturbed by Mason's speech, but was convinced that he was rational. Sobel suggests that Jay raised the possibility of a no confidence motion in the Council, but Speigal rejected the idea, pointing out that Mason's term would end in seven months, and arguing that it would be better to allow the electoral process to take its course.