17 March 2010

Milgram experiment repeated for a TV documentary: over 80% would shock to death

[via:Maija Haavisto]

9 February 2010

US soldier “waterboarded” 4-year-old-daugher

…for not reciting the alphabet.

[via:Jason Calacanis]

30 October 2009

The Happiness Hat stabs you (“provides pain feedback”) if your smile isn’t big enough. Arduino powered.

[via:Boing Boing]

5 September 2009

Using religion as a justification for torture?

[via:Charris]

19 February 2009

H. H. Holmes’ “Murder Castle”

“Holmes [opened his hotel] for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 […] The ground floor of the Castle contained, aside from Holmes’ own relocated drugstore, various shops […] while the upper two floors contained his personal office as well as a maze of over one hundred windowless rooms with doorways that would open to brick walls, oddly angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors that could only be opened from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions. […] Over a period of three years, Holmes selected female victims from among his employees […], lovers and hotel guests, and would torture and kill them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that permitted him to asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge bank vault near his office; he sat and listened as they screamed, panicked and eventually suffocated. The victims’ bodies went by a secret chute to the basement, where some were meticulously dissected, stripped of flesh, crafted into skeleton models, and then sold to medical schools.”

There’s a book on this.

[via:MacBreak Weekly]

29 January 2009

Trapped In A Mormon Gulag


“This story is about my personal experiences at a place called The Utah Boys Ranch [home page], which models itself as a “tough-love” prep-school, but while I was there, I witnessed some unbelievable atrocities. It is a Mormon-funded and staffed facility, and religious indoctrination is a fundamental aspect of the school. There was sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, suicide, staff corruption, and escape.”

See also: WWASP, Tranquility Bay (documentary on WWASP pigfuckery)

[via:Trent]

16 August 2008

GITMO simulation at Coney Island amusement park

“If you climb up a few cinderblock steps to the small window, you can look through the bars at a scene meant to invoke a Guantánamo Bay interrogation. A lifesize figure in a dark sweatshirt, the hood drawn low over his face, leans over another figure in an orange jumpsuit, his face covered by a towel and his body strapped down on a tilted surface.”

[via:Metafilter]

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