Hitler Took Strychnine Pills for Chronic Farts

Well this explains everything doesn’t it?   Spasmodic stomach cramps, constipation and diarrhea, possibly the result of nervous tension, had been Hitler’s curse since childhood and only grew more severe as he aged. As a stressed-out dictator, the agonizing digestive attacks would occur after most meals: Albert Speer recalled that the F├╝hrer, ashen-faced, would leap […]

How Fear of Death Turns Us Into Imperialist, Xenophobic Assholes

From The New Republic: Over the next decade, the three performed similar experiments to illustrate how awareness of death could provoke worldview defense. They showed that what they now called “mortality salience” affected people’s view of other races, religions, and nations. … When they would ask sub- jects to make judgments immediately following the mortality […]

White House proposes retroactive war crimes protection

White House proposes retroactive war crimes protection The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policy makers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.

Glenn Greenwald Parses The Weekly Standard’s Craving for a Dictator

Glenn Greenwald in Salon: Until the Bill Kristols and John Yoos and other authoritarians of that strain entered the political mainstream, I never heard of prominent Americans who describe the power that they want to vest in our political leaders as “near dictatorial.” Anyone with an even passing belief in American political values would consider […]