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  1. BlackentheBorg

    Venus and Mars (reprise)

    1966: Paul, feeling his mood in a slump, decides to follow up on a requested meeting with a Japanese conceptual artist, who had wanted some original sheet lyrics for a John Cage art book. At said meeting, McCartney remains steadfast that he doesn’t give out his handwritten stuff, but the artist...
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    WI: Evidence is found that the Royal Family was Jack the Ripper?

    So there's a commonplace rumour that Prince Albert Victor, son of Queen Victoria, or at the very least members of the English Royal family (specifically the Marquess of Salisbury), were responsible for the murders that happened at the hands of Jack the Ripper. There isn't really much to back it...
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    Videos and Media from Alternate Worlds

    Seeing as how this wouldn't really fit in any other thread, thought I'd start up an entire new one.
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    AHC: Anchor Me

    In 1985 covert members of the French DGSE snuck on to the vessel used by Greenpeace, the Rainbow Warrior, in protest against their nuclear testing and forcible relocation of 300 Marshall Islanders in French Polynesia, and planted limpet mines on its hull. The boat, which was docked in the...
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    AHC: Save Sun Yat-Sen's dream of a true Chinese Democracy

    It really sucks what became of the Kuomintang, ruined by Yuan Shikai declaring himself emperor, then a bunch of Warlords, then Chiang Kai-Shek. He also had to skew his original vision to something more militaristic. But let's assume that doesn't happen. By hook or by crook, have that adverted...
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    Like the Moon, and the Stars, and the Sun

    Saville Row, 8th September 1969 “And thus, I bring this meeting of the Justice Society to order!” intoned John Lennon, waving his arms around in a childish manner, clearly thrilled with yet another round of playing businessmen. Ringo definitely needed a bit more medicinal help if he was going...
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    Years and Years - interviews with a Beatle, 1998

    Everyone seems to have something to say about John Lennon. From his days as a neerdowell Teddy Boy to his rancorous days as a rocker child in Berlin to multi-million selling rock n' roll icon, his life seems to be rich in stories, a biographers daydream. And he hasn't been especially guarded...
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    Turning left at Greenland - the American Beatles

    Their names are given headspace with the likes of Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Elston Gunn as the forces that helped launch the ‘Allied Invasion’ of American rock n’ roll in the United Kingdom of England, and thus the rest of the world. They dominated the charts...
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    Venus & Mars

    Yoko Ono was in London in late 1965 compiling original musical scores for a book John Cage was working on called 'Notations'. She asked Paul McCartney for any of his own manuscripts. While initially hesitant, McCartney agreed to meet with the artist in order to discuss an agreement. It was...
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    Scruffs: the life and times of Apple Records

    May 14, 1968 New York City * Joe Garagiola: "How about this new organization, 'Apple'?" John Lennon: "Oh yeah. Well you see, our accountant came up and said, 'We got this amount of money. Do you want to give it to the government or do something with it?' So we thought..." Garagiola: "Which...
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    TLIAW: Living in the Plastic Age - America Post-Legion 1980-2016

    47. Rick Nixon (Independent) 1980-1986 Incumbent President fmr. Director of the Bureau of Investigation under Everett Dirksen, Malcolm Little & Ron Reagan, Orange County District Attorney, worker at the Office of Price Administration VP: Paul Boutelle of New York Incumbent Vice President, fmr...
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    TLIAW: Tear Out A Man's Tongue

    "...When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government..." - extract from the Declaration of Independence As the new decade dawns, America is...
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    Apple Carts - TL

    March 30, 1981 Agent 1: “Shots fired! Rawhide is down!” Agent 2: “Get us to George Washington, now!” - Secret Service radio chatter, 2:27pm “We have just received an emergency bulletin that shots have were fired at President Reagan as he was leaving the Hilton hotel in Washington. While we...
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    Grow Old With Me - the death & life of John W. Lennon

    G R O W O L D W I T H M E Nobody thought they'd actually get away with it. I mean, there were plenty, bloody plenty, who wanted to boot him out personally (Stormy Thormy, the Eff Be I, squares of all shapes and sizes) but nobody thought Tricky Dicky would actually go ahead and do...
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    AHC: A Democratic Reagan-esque landslide

    Lyndon Johnson won all but six states in '64, but that was post-Kennedy-assassination. Your challenge is to have a Democratic ticket get elected sometime in the eighties and win said election/re-election by 49-state landslides. You can choose the divergence -- Reagan might never get elected, or...
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    Grow Old With Me - a TLIAW
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    Nobody thought they'd actually get away with it. I mean, there were plenty, bloody plenty, who wanted to boot him out personally (Stormy Thormy, the Eff Be I, squares of all shapes and sizes) but nobody thought Tricky Dicky would actually go ahead and do it. There’d been a death in the night...
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    TLFSAG: Doctor Who, exactly?

    1st Doctor - William Hartnell The British TV series ‘Doctor Who’ had cemented itself as a favorite of British viewers. Due to a combination of his failing health and strained relations with a new production team, it was time for actor William Hartnell to move on from the titular role...but who...
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    WI: The Black Death kills more than half/almost all of England's population?

    The Black Death was bad. Really bad. It killed over a third of the population of Western Europe. But things could have been worse for Europe (Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson is a perfect example of this). But what if the pandemic hit England especially hard? Here's what I was...
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    WI - Stan Lee packs it in?

    Legend has it that The Fantastic Four, Marvel's benchmark in it's revolutionary comics line, spawned from a golf game between publisher Martin Goodman and DC's Jack Liebowitz (or Irwin Donenfeld, history wears out as time progresses..). After listening to Liebowitz/Donenfeld brag about the...
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    Challenge: Get The Simpsons cancelled in it's Fifth season

    Give me a scenario in which The Simpsons never gets a season 6. ASB's and otherwise welcome. Bonus points if you can detail the ramifications this has on other television series...
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