A Dark Truth

History

During war, soldiers become something outside of themselves. The case being that the brutality of war crimes morphs into a kind of nihilistic retribution. This long form piece by the BBC tasks about the Battle of Berlin and the actions of the Soviet Army. Many know about the Rape of Nanjing and the Japanese refusal to acknowledge the event; however, the events surrounding the end of the war in Europe still get overlooked because they were our collective families.

The rape of Berlin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32529679

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Smoking Will Kill You!

FYI, Politics

New research from the US, UK, and Australia, proves that smoking will shorten your life and probably become the main reason you died. Before is a quote from the BBC article about the different studies.

American Cancer Society volunteers have put the figure at up to 67%, says Prof Emily Banks, lead author of the Australian study.

“We knew smoking was bad, but we now have direct independent evidence that confirms the disturbing findings that have been emerging internationally.”

BBC: Tobacco ‘kills two in three smokers’