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The cancer survivor from Texas personally directed a doping program while riding for the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Cycling teams from 1998 to 2005 when he retired with seven Tour victories, and then again during his return to the sport from 2009-2010.
Armstrong built a complex web of secret bank transactions, motorcycle-riding drug couriers, sophisticated scientific regimens and retaliation against teammates who challenged the code of silence, or “omerta,” about doping, according to the case laid out by U.S. anti-doping officials on Wednesday.
He wasn’t just a user of performance-enhancing drugs. He encouraged, solicited and pressured his teammates to follow suit, according to the U.S. Anti-Drug Agency’s “reasoned decision” regarding Armstrong that totaled more than 1,000 pages of testimony and supporting documents.
remember to look at the date before you think typewriter = history
Noted typewriter collector Tom Hanks responds to a Nerdist Podcast “bribe” with a charming letter typed on the 1934 Smith Corona they sent him. The resulting gem of a podcast can be heard here.
Isabella Rossellini’s charming educational video about bees.
This fantastic short film by Isabella Rossellini for Burt’s Bees explains how bees mate, spread pollen, and communicate (“we wag our ass and we talk to one another”).
Sacha Baron Cohen may have created an outlandish spoof of a dictator, but we know that the dark humor is based on sad, scary realities.
We take a look at some dictators, that, despite their often humorous idiosyncrasies, are guilty of committing grave acts of violence and terror against their own people.
Top Image: Kim Jong Il - An entire tome could be dedicated to the pure insanity that was Kim Jong Il. But for the sake of giving other dictators some room to shine, here are just a handful of some of Kim’s crazier concepts:
Bottom Image: Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga ruled over what was once known as Zaire (today called the Democratic Republic of the Congo) for more than 30 years until he was overthrown in a rebellion.
During his decades in office, he ruled with brutality and made himself rich in the process. He was also paranoid about maintaining his status and nurtured a personality cult by placing his portrait anywhere and everywhere.
He gained fame for his so-called “wash and wear” cuts, easy to maintain.
“We learned to put discipline in the haircuts by using actual geometry, actual architectural shapes and bone structure. The cut had to be perfect and layered beautifully, so that when a woman shook it, it just fell back in,” LA Times in a 1999 interview.
Born to Jewish parents in London, Sassoon spent seven years in a Jewish orphanage after his father, Jack Sassoon, abandoned his family for another woman, according to the IMDb movie industry website, AFP said.
He was evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, and fought for Israel in the Arab-Israeli War in 1948.
also, from Guardian Comment: At the age of 17, he was active in anti-fascist work in his local East End of London. Working against the blackshirt thugs who would march through his neighbourhood, the young Sassoon was given a bruise or two. Talking about his activities on Desert Island Discs, he said: “After the Holocaust, no one was going to put up with it. ‘Never again’ was the theme. Never again.” He also went on to fight in the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, prompting a Daily Telegraph writer to call him an “anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser”.