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Deep in the woods of Brittany and Wales,long after the Middle East was basking in the glow of sane monotheism,Druid priests led early Britons in pagan ceremony.
No we don't.We sing God Save The Queen and Rule Britannia!
Before soccer games fans sing the song Jerusalem.
At this time,while British civilization existed only in caves and fiction,the Aztecs were doing astronomy and calculus and the Chinese were building a wall so big you can see it from the moon
There was 80,000 spearmen and 20,000 riflemen,(armed with nine pound Martini-Henrys which were modern arms at that time) but these were not effective due to lack of training.
armed with nothing more than spears and a few old muskets.
It was the British taskmasters who 1st taught southern planters how to weild the whip,and British captains whose Liverpool and Birmingham ships brought their scandalous cargoes up for auction at Charleston and Richmond.
...devise the notoriously cruel "middle passage"...
As a case study, "Empire" owes much to Grasse's position as CEO of Gyro, an interesting and aggressive Philadelphia agency that counts itself among those trying to massacre old marketing mores and has stuff like its own clothing line, sneakers, rum and full length movies to show for its original approach.
About the Author
Steven A. Grasse is the CEO of Gyro Worldwide, a multimillion-dollar ad agency. He has designed award-winning campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, MTV, and Puma. This is his first book. Penny Rimbaud is a drummer, writer, poet, and cofounder of the anarchist punk band Crass.
In trying to teach American-bashing Brits a lesson, Grasse may well have given them more fodder.
Our nation was fortunate enough to achieve power in an era when power was worth having. We have our national shames and regrets, of course, but the record is overwhelmingly one of success, worthy of pride.
I feel sorry for poor old Steven Grasse, nursing his nation's grievances down there in Philadelphia, muttering away about our preoccupation with queens and lords, and the shocking mess we made of our past.
He, like many of his countrymen, hankers in vain for some fragment of imperial glory. They find this tragically elusive, and it hurts.
There's a very peculiar full-page ad in this week's Philadelphia City Paper for a group called the International Coalition for British Reparations (and its web site, BritishReparations.com), which is demanding 31 trillion pounds in reparations for -- well, for literally billions of people worldwide, and almost everyone in the United States...
...Here is what I found interesting: Under the header of "Who is behind the International Coalition for British Reparations (ICBR)?" it says:
The ICBR was founded by Steve A. Grasse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Grasse is a lay historian and founder of a successful multinational marketing company
Allow me to translate:
"Lay historian": Someone who doesn't know # about History but has read a few books and watched a few TV programs and fancies himself an "historian."
"founder of a successful multinational marketing company" = Con artist.