Saturday, April 01, 2017

Today -100: April 1, 1917: History is now marching with seven-league boots

Some Socialist deputies in the German Reichstag are openly calling for a republic. SPD deputies just voted against the budget (with its new taxes), which is something they used to do before the war. They’re also not happy that the military is ordering newspapers not to print anything favorable about the Russian Revolution. Georg Ledebour tells the Reichstag, “We regard a republic as a coming inevitable development in Germany. History is now marching with seven-league boots.”

Sheboygan, Wisconsin will hold a referendum tomorrow on whether the US should go to war. Women will have the vote. (Results:  4,177 to 17 against; non-German-Americans boycotted the vote.)

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: The Providence Journal, a key cog in the British disinformation wars, claims that German u-boats have been dropping off mail in the US, thousands of letters which a New York banker with “Austrian affiliations” has re-mailed all over the country. With sabotage/espionage instructions, is the implication.

Headline of the Day -100: 

Well, Chicagoans are famously a full-size people.

The US purchase of the Danish West Indies is complete, 50 years and one day after the purchase of Alaska for 1/3 the price. So how does that work? Denmark is getting a piece of paper it can exchange for $25 million in gold, which it will keep in New York banks for the time being, the trans-Atlantic crossing being a trifle risky lately. The three islands will now be called the Virgin Islands of the United States of America. I must have missed when that decision was made.

The New York Legislature will make another attempt to require driving licenses for operators of motor vehicles in New York City. There won’t be a driving test or anything like that, but those convicted of reckless driving can have their license revoked.

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