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(Note: I was not paid for this, or for the links. I just like Black Sails.)
Black sails is my current binge worthy series. I've been watching it because I've always loved pirates. There is something about piracy that makes me want to try it! Well, not really. But only the good parts, like finding treasure. Other than that they can keep the days at sea without water or food, venereal diseases, violence you know most of it.
In Season 3 the pirates are left to their own devices, with a horde of gold seated up in Fort Nassau. They have to repair the fort and hide the gold from the eminent british who are coming back to the forgotten, and uncivilized island. There is much more to the season. I have to say that while Captain Flint is an entirely fictitious character he is one of my favorite. Yeah he is insane, and he is zealously attacking British governors who hang pirates-with a haunting about him from his lost lover who was shot dead with him during a peacekeeping treaty.
Black Sails is definitely not a romantic show, its rowdy, dirty, and you can imagine the stink of the people from your couch. It's bloody and harsh, there is barely any time for love most of it is living by base pleasures and living by the seat of your pants.
The series is based on the idea that it is a prequel to Treasure Island. The story has no basis in reality but there are some traits that are realistic.
The Republic of Nassau was a real place that for 11 years served as a pirate haven. In fact from 1706 to 1718 it was a place that the pirates ruled and lived in by a code of conduct in order to bring a little order. What little order they had was greatly misconstrued.
I imagine that the island Flint is stuck on is similar to the island that he buries his treasure on in order to have treasure island become a story. Now, there are a lot of stupid people more stupid than smart in the show. I can see where that might be accurate. Considering most of the pirates act more with their nether regions than their brains.
Charles Vane, a pirate Captain who is badass has consistently fought to the death in the past three seasons. His old father figure Blackbeard returned in this season to offer him work. Then of course the two fighting together is a formidable force. Anyone who thinks this show is boring, has not watched anything but sitcoms for the past decade.
Black Sails ended with a fourth season that I am chomping to watch. I love to see some of the people I have studied in my undergraduate years brought to life. Anne Bonney and Mary Reed were two that I researched. At the time there were poor pieces available for research. But the basics of their stories are far from normal. Anne Bonny in Black Sails is a dependent, psychotically unstable killer who hangs on to Jack Rackham as her only friend.
So, I have not seen Mary Reed as of yet, and I don't think that they will have her in the story. I'm confident that the rest of my binge worthy watch will be awesomely worth it. Of course as always I'm obsessed with Outlander. You should be too.
Watch it here:
I'm a descendant of the Rollo VIkings and their Frankish wives. They call my french, Norman French. No surprise that since they were conquerors they were a war-like people and they loves horse culture. The armies they commanded were experienced, disciplined, and above all dangerous.
They shaved their faces and kept their hair short. Their hair was cut short, shorn almost at the back of their head. DOing so allowed them to wear chainmail easily, without the hindrance of hair.
A few adjectives that I have stumbled upon to describe these conquerors include: adventurous, resourcefulness, cunning. They were skilled in war, weapons and oratory. But, today they have become the peoples that inhabit Normandy. They particularly married into the peoples that they conquered in order to inhabit a place permanently. But to many of us, transplanted across the oceans to Canada and then to New England there is an abjective loss of the culture of hte past. In French culture there is no culture-to speak of the places we reside in in the New World.
In general much of the culture is an adaptive version of French/gaul culture and viking culture. I'll be exploring these myths and histories in further articles as we go.
Interestingly enough I found this snarky video depicting the ways we would talk had the English won the Norman Invasion.
Bet you didn't even know it...
The realization that you have not met any of your expectations is daunting. But you have joined the other 13.5% of the nation's undeserving poor.
One day you will realize this-after the influx of pure adrenaline subsides, after the pure feeling of joy just because you are existing subsides-that is when life actually comes through bright and clear and you are living in a car.
You might be thinking, what the hell is she talking about?
Well, I"m not sure so if you stick around you might find out too.
In your 20s you search, go to college and have one or two adventures. You think you are unique, and see your 30s as something wonderful. College fills your head with all that ivory tower living. Then in between these times you marry, barely afford the first apartment and get a job.
That period is romantically awesome-you survive paycheck to paycheck thinking working harder will help you overcome this minor, and temporary money obstacle.
Money is an obstacle. I once had $25.00 to feed myself and my husband for two weeks. That was while we both worked full time jobs, paid rent, paid student loans, and health insurance, taxes, gas, water, electric, and trash.
A full time reporter makes about $11000 a year on average. That is with a degree, and writing experience-that is what I was.
Sure, sounds bad-and it wasn't that one time. Our apartment had rats. The storage apartment connected to ours on the other side was home to a few "pack rats". Which I never knew was a real thing until one night I heard it scratching to come into our apartment. Mice of course became a normal thing too. Sticky traps and squeaks were part of a weekly routine that we could not rid ourselves of because the creatures were coming from next door.
My friend once had a roach infestation that she could not get rid of because of neighbors. She had bombed her house professionally and was clean. But it didn't matter because her neighbors had an infestation that they didn't fix.
I read a stupid article the other day that identified the habits of the rich versus the poor. In this utter nonsense were statistics. They listed things like: 78% of start up wealthy people get that way because they don't gamble, watch television, take breaks, or eat fast food.
Yep, and the sad part is that article might posisbly be what some desperate person might read in utter despair. They might think, "hey, I should just work harder." Yeah, work harder to make more money.
I know people who have almost died working long hours, and made average paychecks.
What makes us so special that we think we can achieve more than our grandparents? Really, is it the idea that we all can "afford" college now?
Plus, that's an entirely debatable topic in the first place.
Are we living in a "modern" age, so you know we just have more benefits!
Nope, no, no..shut up.
Poor people have Master's degrees, and are college educated-with internship experiences, and childrne. They have mountains of debt on their backs because they went to college, had childrne and took a mortgage out. Then, if they are educators they have jumped inot a system that cuts jobs back, imposes teaching curricula and subjects withotu room to develop a student according to waht the teacher wants. Poor people are not sitting around all day long, watching daytime tv and eating ho-hos. No, they are taking out more debt just from living.
They live on a salary developed during the Clinton years, and pay for things that have quadrupled since that time. Sure, if you receive millions of dollars for a social media platform, or creating really awesome football throw, or stepping on the backs of millions of people in indentured servitude, sure you are not worried about paying. You always will have income, because you are base.
An article I read by Linda Tirado really shines a light on it. Her essay on whey poor people make bad decisions was palatable and refreshing.
Take a look:
Rest is a luxury for the rich. I get up at 6AM, go to school (I have a full course load, but I only have to go to two in-person classes) then work, then I get the kids, then I pick up my husband, then I have half an hour to change and go to Job 2. I get home from that at around 12:30AM, then I have the rest of my classes and work to tend to. I’m in bed by 3. This isn’t every day, I have two days off a week from each of my obligations. I use that time to clean the house and soothe Mr. Martini and see the kids for longer than an hour and catch up on schoolwork. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. I never get a day off from work unless I am fairly sick. It doesn’t leave you much room to think about what you are doing, only to attend to the next thing and the next. Planning isn’t in the mix.
What are your thoughts on this touchy subject?
New France needed women
The amount of information on French Canadian women in history books amounts to little more than a few paragraphs. They show that she came over, as one of the Fille du Roi, with a dowry of 250 livres, waiting at a monastery until a suitor chose her for marriage and then she disappears into obscurity. What's more, these women rarely feature by name in most history books. Many didn't write memoirs, because they were too busy trying to survive in the wilderness.
France needed to secure land rights to their area of Canada. There were men, but no women to help truly settle the land, and make it fruitful. Jean Talon, an Intendant charged with bringing a failing colony back to life. New France was neglected by France, and it was subject to indian wars that rent their toll on the trappers, and men. Talon had to bring it back to life and he came up with the plan-bring over women.
Learning more about Jean Talon
In an effort to understand the man, I've located some excellent resources. First on the list is the Youtube full audio book below.
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