History Main / SaltTheEarth

5th Nov '15 12:19:59 PM AyeBraine
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[[TruthInTelevision The action was common in the ancient Middle East and extended to the Middle Ages]]. The thing to note, though, is that salt was costly then. Wars and revolutions started because of it, and the old superstition that spilling salt is unlucky was borne out of how idiotic and expensive such an action was. Heck, even now a bad winter can give us difficulty in getting salt supplies out to spread on the roads. So in these tales, look at salt as not just something bad for the crops but also as something with attributed mystical powers and that you probably aren't going to spread over an entire field, leaving just the corner of some garden being ploughed for the symbology of it. They knew their tropes, even then.
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[[TruthInTelevision The action was common in the ancient Middle East and extended to the Middle Ages]]. The thing to note, though, is that salt was costly then. Wars and revolutions started because of it, and the old superstition that spilling salt is unlucky was borne out of how idiotic and expensive such an action was.it. Heck, even now a bad winter can give us difficulty in getting salt supplies out to spread on the roads. So in these tales, look at salt as not just something bad for the crops but also as something with attributed mystical powers and that you probably aren't going to spread over an entire field, leaving just the corner of some garden being ploughed for the symbology of it. They knew their tropes, even then.
5th Nov '15 12:19:38 PM AyeBraine
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[[TruthInTelevision The action was common in the ancient Middle East and extended to the Middle Ages]]. The thing to note, though, is that salt was costly then. Heck, even a bad winter can give us difficulty in getting salt supplies out to spread on the roads. So in these tales, look at salt as not just something bad for the crops but also as something with attributed mystical powers and that you probably aren't going to spread over an entire field, leaving just the corner of some garden being ploughed for the symbology of it. They knew their tropes, even then.
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[[TruthInTelevision The action was common in the ancient Middle East and extended to the Middle Ages]]. The thing to note, though, is that salt was costly then. Wars and revolutions started because of it, and the old superstition that spilling salt is unlucky was borne out of how idiotic and expensive such an action was. Heck, even now a bad winter can give us difficulty in getting salt supplies out to spread on the roads. So in these tales, look at salt as not just something bad for the crops but also as something with attributed mystical powers and that you probably aren't going to spread over an entire field, leaving just the corner of some garden being ploughed for the symbology of it. They knew their tropes, even then.
26th Oct '15 10:28:18 AM Cepheus
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Another salt the earth tactic in Soa SE
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* Also in ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'', the Vasari Loyalist faction can survive without the need for planets as long as their rulership is intact; to that end, they have the ability to utterly annihilate planets that they colonize, rendering them virtually worthless for others to colonize long after they're gone.
3rd Oct '15 10:06:41 AM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in ''ParksAndRecreation''; the ultra-libertarian Ron Swanson is given an "Employee of the Month" award by the city of Pawnee, to which he responds by sawing it into pieces, burning them, burying the ashes ''in Illinois'', and finally salting the ground he buried them in.
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* Played for laughs in ''ParksAndRecreation''; ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''; the ultra-libertarian Ron Swanson is given an "Employee of the Month" award by the city of Pawnee, to which he responds by sawing it into pieces, burning them, burying the ashes ''in Illinois'', and finally salting the ground he buried them in.
1st Sep '15 11:05:08 AM eedwardgrey3
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* Israel dropped some 4.5 million cluster munitions in Lebanon during the last days of its military offensive on the country in 2006. Eight years after the 2006 war, Lebanon has not yet finished clearing the cluster munitions and landmines in the south, with Israel refusing to provide UN authorities with maps of the locations of the munitions it dropped.
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* Israel dropped some 4.5 million cluster munitions in Lebanon during the last days of its military offensive on the country in 2006. Eight years after the 2006 war, Lebanon has not yet finished clearing the cluster munitions and landmines in the south, with Israel refusing to provide UN authorities with maps of the locations of the munitions it dropped.dropped until three years after the war.
18th Aug '15 5:27:26 PM ultimomant
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-->'''Ned''': Uh, excuse me neighbour, I couldn't help but notice you picked pretty much all of my flowers
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-->'''Ned''': Uh, excuse me neighbour, I couldn't help but notice you picked pretty much all of my flowersflowers.
10th Jul '15 1:58:58 PM Gecko3
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]] * In {{Literature/Gate}}, after the Empire's disastrous and humiliating defeat against the JSDF in episode 2, where they lost over a hundred and twenty thousand men in a matter of days, the Emperor orders the regions surrounding their capital burned down. Youji's recon team witnesses this firsthand when they see a dragon burning up a seemingly random part of the forest, until they realize there was supposed to be a village there. They discover the remains of it the next day. [[/folder]]
2nd Jul '15 10:06:46 PM MAI742
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow was scorched and salted twice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of the barbarous Hunnic-Asiatic hordes (which passed for the bolshevik military) doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow Stalingrad was scorched and salted twice thrice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of the barbarous Hunnic-Asiatic hordes (which passed for the bolshevik military) doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
2nd Jul '15 10:05:57 PM MAI742
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow was scorched and salted twice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of their own military doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow was scorched and salted twice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of their own military the barbarous Hunnic-Asiatic hordes (which passed for the bolshevik military) doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
2nd Jul '15 10:04:45 PM MAI742
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow was scorched and salted twice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians and left them to spare them from the humiliation of their own military doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
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* Nearly all the land between Berlin and Moscow was scorched and salted twice in WorldWarII: nominally by the retreating Soviets (the few things actually destroyed were power-stations, dams, and railway-bridges), actually by the advancing and occupying Germans (to feed their under-supplied troops), and again by the retreating Germans (again to feed their troops, but also to tie up Soviet resources). Amusingly, some German accounts (most famously General Friedrich von Mellenthin's) of their 'scorched earth' strategy go so far as to claim that [[RefugeInAudacity they had only stolen food from Soviet civilians and (and left them to die) to spare them from the humiliation of their own military doing likewise]]! Less amusingly, these accounts were taken seriously prior to the 1990s and a new wave of scholarship focusing on the German military's war crimes.
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