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May 13, 2002
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I know of this but had no idea of some of the torture methods!

The CIA sanctioned Phoenix Program in the Vietnam War.

"By 1972, Phoenix operatives had neutralized 81,740 suspected NLF operatives, informants and supporters, of whom between 26,000 and 41,000 were killed."


Methods of alleged torture said to have been used at the interrogation centers include: Rape, gang rape, rape using eels, snakes, or hard objects, and rape followed by murder; electric shock ('the Bell Telephone Hour') rendered by attaching wires to the genitals or other sensitive parts of the body, like the tongue.

Military intelligence officer K. Milton Osborne reports that he witnessed the following use of torture: The use of electronic gear such as sealed telephones attached to ... both the women's vaginas and men's testicles [to] shock them into submission.​
 
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You have to be a sick puppy to think about raping someone with an eel, to actually rape someone with an eel, or to sign off on some shit like that.

But war brings out the sickest and most depraved muthafuckas known to man.
Yeah, but it's not even war these same methods are being used. The shit we will learn 50 years from now will be the same kind of shit.
 

Coach E. No

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I learned today that:


The Inca introduced potato's to the world. WTF? So a crop from South America brought back by the Spanish helped sustain Europe for Centuries and later made North Americans obese.

Potato History | The History of Potatoes | Potato Fun Facts
I was making mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving for the first time in forever instead of instant mashed potatoes and read about potatoes for a little bit. I was surprised that man can live on 90 days with no other food and can essentially live indefinitely on a diet of potatoes with milk.