Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Today -100: August 4, 1915: Of rocks, blockades, godfathers, and eggs

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: the Italian army is said to have killed over 10,000 Austrian soldiers by rolling rocks down hills at them.

The Providence Journal claims that Gen. Huerta’s attempt to sneak into Mexico and try to take back power was actually a German plot, a plot thwarted by... the Providence Journal.

Word reaches Paris that Turks slaughtered all the males in the Bitlis region of Armenia, then drove 9.000 women and children to the banks of the Tigris river, shot them and dumped the bodies in the river. Which is true.

Britain finally responds to Woodrow Wilson’s note complaining about the enforcement of the blockade of Germany. Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey says, yeah, we’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing.

Kaiser Wilhelm loosens his weird rules for when he’ll be a godfather. He does it for seventh sons for some reason, but previously they had to be the 7th son from both parents. Henceforth, they only have to be the 7th son of the mother.

Headline of the Day -100:

French cardinals respond to the pope’s call for peace and his offer of mediation with a call for a day of prayer for French victory.

A month ago, we are just finding out, Woodrow Wilson sent a plan to fix Mexico to 6 Latin American countries. Secretary of State Lansing will now hold a conference with the ambassadors of those countries. The details of the Wilson plan are unknown, except that it will discard Carranza, Villa and Zapata, and in some way pretend to adhere to the constitution, perhaps by naming as president whoever the highest-ranking surviving member of the Madero cabinet is.

How is this story not on the front page?

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