The Micronation of Sealand

And His Holiness the Dalai Lama dropped an album.

On This Day

1456: Pope Callixtus III initiated an examination of the trial of Joan of Arc, and acquitted her 25 years after she was burned at the stake. Joan of Arc was tried in 1431 for charges of heresy and cross-dressing.

1753: British Parliament granted citizenship to Jews through the Jewish Naturalisation Act. Jews showed great loyalty to the Crown during the Jacobite rising of 1745 (where my Outlander fans at?). It’s speculated the Jew Bill of 1753 was proposed — and passed by the Lords with little opposition — as a reward for their loyalty. Unfortunately, the bill was repealed during the next sitting of parliament due to public outrage.

1937: The Republic of China and the Empire of Japan clashed once again, and kicked off the Second Sino-Japanese War, which lasted until September 1945. Historians generally agree the war started because of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident.

Morning Jam

I kind of totally adore Pokey these days, and while I haven’t heard a song of his I don’t love, this one really resonates lately.

Not So Trending

Photo by Ryan Lackey.

Let me introduce you to the Micronation of Sealand. This sounds like something out of a terrible movie, but yet…it’s real.

Sealand is a small (and I mean small) sovereign principality in international waters off the coast of Suffolk. Converted to Sealand in 1967, Sealand was originally a World War II anti-aircraft platform built in 1942. Occupied by 300 Royal Navy personnel until 1956, the platform quickly fell into disrepair until 1966 when a British Army officer decided to take up residence.

What I absolutely love is that Sealand still exists 53 years after this micronation was created.

According to George Dunford, co-author of Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations, “bureaucrats probably thought it more trouble than it was worth to tackle the problem.”

Read more in this article from the BBC.

Dalai Lama Jams

Apparently the Dalai Lama is a multifaceted individual. His Holiness is now a record producer as of yesterday, July 6th 2020. Titled Inner World this album fuses Buddhist chants with music.

According to Tricycle, when asked why he decided to create an album he said that music has “the ability to transcend our differences. It can return us to our true nature of good-heartedness.” You can checkout his album on Amazon.

Surprise, surprise.

While the daily cases for COVID-19 increase, the daily death rates and the case fatality rate continue to fall. This of course comes as no surprise whatsoever to anybody who has been paying attention.

Vegan pizza burgers?

Say what? These are chickpea plant-based burgers that take just 30 minutes, and I gotta say…it sounds pretty awesome. Recipe here, or just watch the video.

Quick Bites

  1. A really big black hole appears to be eating roughly one star per day.

  2. This is my kind of refund.

  3. Still not sure if I can eat tempeh, but turns out it’s super easy to make.

  4. Quick 10 minute yoga practice to start your day.

  5. A really interesting exercise to demonstrate why time feels so fucked up lately.

Cover photo by Mark Plotz.