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In 1816, the ship Medusa set said to the Senegalese port of Saint-Louis, which had been given to the French by the British as a show of good faith to the reinstated French king, Louis XVIII.
The ship held nearly 400 people, including the new governor of Senegal and his soldiers and 160 crew members. The captain, De Chaumereys was a 53 year-old man who had not been to sea in twenty-five years and had never commanded a ship before. Wanting to make good time, the Medusa stuck close to the African shoreline and inevitably hit a sandbar. Attempts were made to throw overboard extra weight in the hope of raising the ship out of the muck and floating out with the tide, but de Chaumereys wouldn’t allow the crew to get rid of the cannons for fear of angering his constituents ("corporate backers") back in France. Eventually, everyone was forced to abandon ship.
The wealthy and well connected were given space on the lifeboats while the rest, 149 people, were forced onto a makeshift raft which was tied by a rope to one of the lifeboats. At some point, the raft was either intentionally or accidentally cut loose.
What followed was a two week nightmare of stormy seas, brutal murders, insanity and cannibalism. The strong ate the weak. Just fifteen men survived the ordeal, and five of them died shortly after their rescue. The tragedy became a major news event and scandal of its day. De Chaumereys was court-martialed, then acquitted because the French feared ridicule from the British for putting de Chaumereys in charge in the first place.
Originally posted by Darkmask
I must respectfully disagree. It`s not the corporations, the right or left running the show. It`s acctually a parnership of sorts between the very richest of international Bankers and the Military Cult. There has not been a real election in the US for a very long time. Believe it or not, the elections ARE fixed and the President is just a PR guy. It doesn`t sound right, but that is the way it is.Those who control the money and tech/weapons rule the world. It`s simple, I don`t get, why people can`t wrap their heads arround that?
Originally posted by gator1177
Obamacare? Romneycare? What!!
Thought this article was relevant to the thread. It definitely backs up the claim that there is no difference between red and blue, it's all purple! Like a bruise.....
To the insurance industry group Wednesday, he stressed the opportunities of health overhaul for new customers. The law is expected to expand coverage to 32 million Americans who now are uninsured.
"Thirty-two million new customers. Everybody has to buy the product and many of them come with subsidies," Ario said. "I really just don't know what's not to like in that for you guys. It's a pretty big opportunity."