Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today -100: September 11, 1918: Of retaliations, ears, indirection & insinuation, new blows, executions, and hangmen

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda, Fake News, and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: Trotsky is said to have threatened, in a cable to White Gen. Mikhail Alekseyev, to shoot one officer for every Bolshevik killed by the White Guard or Czech Legion, to which Alekseyev allegedly responded that if they did that, he would retaliate against Jews. The Jews respond, “Hey, what?”

German soldiers are said to be afraid of US black soldiers because they’ve heard that they cut the ears off prisoners.

The Eugene Debs trial continues. Evidently his crime is not that he directly said bad things, but that he imparted an anti-war message “by indirection and insinuation.”

Headline That Sounds Dirty But Isn’t of the Day -100:

Some of the most recently announced executions in Russia include tsarist ministers of interior and of justice.

Luxembourg is pissed that Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde’s sister Antonia is engaged to Bavarian Crown Prince Rupprecht, who commands the German Sixth Army and is evidently known as “Luxembourg’s Hangman.”

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