Saturday, April 18, 2015

Today -100: April 18, 1915: Of bosses, dungeons, and grand dukes


The German military governor in Belgium dissolves the Belgian Red Cross for not being cooperative.

“Boss” Bill Barnes, the “boss” of the NY Republican Party, is suing Theodore Roosevelt for $50,000 in a libel suit for calling him a “boss,” which is totally a “boss” move. It will be quite the media circus. I’ll probably mostly be ignoring it.

Headlines of the Day -100:


The Great War takes a decidedly 50 Shades of Grey turn. Hope everyone remembers their safe word.


At last, European countries are talking about their war aims. Former and future French prime minister Georges Clemenceau says it is France’s mission to be invincible but dominated by humanity. And German censors are allowing the publication of op-eds in favor of annexing Belgium while suppressing op-eds opposed to it.

Black people in Boston protest  “The Birth of a Nation.” They are led by William Monroe Trotter, the activist (whose name the NYT spells wrong) last seen here being thrown out of the White House by Pres. Wilson. They wanted to protest inside the theater, but whenever a black person attempted to purchase a ticket, they were told it was sold out. It wasn’t. The police are called to clear the theater lobby. Arrests are made.

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: Germany claims that Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich is not so much sick, as the royal family claims, as suffering from the effects of having been shot in the stomach by Gen. Baron Sievers after the latter was summoned to explain to Nicky, the commander of Russian forces, why he’d lost a battle. Supposedly, the grand duke hit the baron, who shot him and then himself.


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