Submitted by taoyue on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 16:00
A Plan for a Preemptive Strike on the United States by the British
Dominion of Canada, circa 1921
[...] Yet, until the 1920s, there was a real
risk that the Anglo-Japanese alliance would draw Canada into war with the
United States. The British were quite serious about their alliance with
Japan, inviting Japan into the inner circle of the Allied Powers in the
Paris peace talks ending World War I1.
The alliance bound Britain to neutrality in the event of war between
Japan and one other power, and to military support of Japan in the event
of war between Japan and two other powers.
[...] James Sutherland "Buster" Brown prepared for a war
with the United States. Thus was hatched Canadian Defence Scheme No. 1. [...] To counter the seemingly overwhelming American military advantage,
"Buster" Brown envisioned a preemptive strike against the United States.
Canadian troops would mobilize quickly and attack with little warning,
relying on surprise to penetrate American soil as far south as Oregon.
Submitted by taoyue on Sun, 12/05/2004 - 15:00
The article below appeared in the February 1924 issue of
American Magazine, a mass-circulation magazine that
transmitted the popular culture of the day to the households of
America. The magazine boasted on its cover “More than 2,000,000
Circulation,” — quite impressive for a nation whose
population numbered 106 million, as of the 1920 census. Although it
is attributed to an anonymous author, “Why I Never Hire
Brilliant Men” was the cover story for that issue. In the
practice of the day, however, the cover illustration was completely
unrelated to the cover article. (The New Yorker, one of the
few surviving magazines from that era, still carries on this
The article explains all the faults that the author found endemic among
brilliant men. They start well but never finish, they get excited over
revolutionary developments but grow weary of repetitive small tasks.
This was so exasperating to the author that, after experiencing several
such brilliant men in his business, he decides that he’s better off not
hiring them. Full of pithy quotes and life lessons learned from
individual experiences, the article reads almost like a modern-day issue
of Reader's Digest, with its prescriptions of hard work and