A Plot That Would Have Worked.

A Plot That Would Have Worked.

On this day in 1606 (411 years ago, to save your fingers), Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were executed for plotting to blow up the House of Lords. Condemned to be hung, drawn and quartered, Fawkes managed to throw himself from the platform and break his own neck,...
Who Got There Before Gagarin?

Who Got There Before Gagarin?

From  “The Haunting Mystery Of The USSR’s Lost Cosmonauts”: In 1961, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. However, some conspiracy theorists speculate that the Soviets reached the cosmos on an earlier mission but covered it up because they...
A Middle-of-the-Road look at the Cambridge Five

A Middle-of-the-Road look at the Cambridge Five

From The Guardian, in review of The Enemies Within, by Trevor Louden: In Davenport-Hines’s conclusion, the security services were neither “silly asses nor obtuse reactionaries” but decent public servants: “generally subtle, patient, responsive and astute, though never...
Never Was A Death So Deserved

Never Was A Death So Deserved

On this day in 47AD, the Roman Emperor Caligula, a despotic sadist of unmeasured proportions, was assassinated by his own guards. He reigned for three years and 10 months and in that time, the fear and paranoia he engendered was fueled, in part, by a system of...
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