A German citizen was arrested by the CIA, taken in secret to Afghanistan, tortured, sodomized, and held captive for 5 months. His lawsuit against the U.S./CIA was dismissed to “preserve state secrets”.
US taxpayers paid more to Israeli defense budget than Israelis.
The town of Tikrit in Iraq erected a monument of the shoe thrown at Geroge W Bush.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California—nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.
One proposal to get rid of Castro was to spread rumors that he was the Antichrist, then fake the second coming; a US submarine would project an image of Jesus on some clouds near Havana while firing star-shells. A loudspeaker would be the voice of Jesus, urging them to renounce communism.
Because they had banned nuclear power, New Zealand refused to let US warships dock in their waters. This led to a ban on NZ ships at U.S. defense and coast guard bases around the world, and being considered “a friend, but not an ally” for 26 years.
Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to NASA asking how she could become an astronaut. They responded by telling her girls could not become astronauts. She then decided to pursue politics to help break gender barriers.
Republicans are nearly three times as likely to suffer from nightmares as their left-wing counterparts.
Space travel gives astronauts a feeling of being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Edgar Mitchell described what it’s like to stand on the moon and look at the Earth: “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’ ”