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The Infamous Ghetto Indoor Pool

So I'm trying to be a good little blogger and update this puppy every day. I've got two hours left before it's tomorrow and I don't have the picture I need to do the update I want, so we're going into the vault.

A couple years ago I put the biggest above ground pool I could find in my living room. The pictures were posted to a bunch of those link collecting sites and almost 7000 people saw the pictures the first day. Every year or so they are rediscovered and they get a ton of hits. However, I've never publicly told the story of the pool and why I did it. Avast!

One day my friend Crystal sends me an IM. Here's a dramatic rendition of the event :


On Shut Up and Take My Hand

In history today we were looking at the torture conducted upon members of the Left Bolshevik Party under Stalin's ''Terror'. The method used was called the 'conveyor belt' and was simply the detainee being deprived of water, food and sleep while the interrogators kept switching between themselves so they were always at the top of their game. Fresh, awake, energetic.

Torture was widely practiced by the Soviet secret police during the Stalinism era to extract confessions from suspects often called enemies of the people. One of the most prevalent types of torture was sleep deprivation, nicknamed "conveyor" due to interrogators replacing one another to keep the inmate from sleeping.[103] The use of torture was authorized by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and personally by Joseph Stalin. During the Doctor's Plot, Stalin ordered falsely accused physicians to be tortured "to death".

The above is from Wikipedia so no credit taken~

My actual interest is (surprisingly) not directed towards the methods of torture, but more so, the inhumanity of the 'hostages' used to get the final confession.

Especially in this particular case, the prisoners (as I shall refer to them despite their old authority) gave in and confessed mostly for the sake of their families. Out of fear that they should be subject to the same (or any) torture, that they should be exiled or sent to a labor camp.

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