Monday, January 17, 2011

Tyrants tyrannized by tyranesses

We keep on hearing lately girlfriends' perspectives on various criminals. The laughing loner Loughner's former girlfriends spoke up and he emerges from their memories as a normal person.

Whenever some dude does something crazy, we always try to find a reason, somebody we can pin the blame on. No wonder that it’s not enough when CBS found Kelsey Hawkes to interview – according to her, everything was peachy. So other reporters find another ex-girlfriend who confirms that “he did marijuana and ALSO hallucinogenic mushrooms”. People made even a video out of his idiosyncratic ramblings..

The sad truth is that we will never be fully secure from such random demented individuals’ attacks because “securing” everything to prevent them would exact too high a cost on our freedoms, just like TSA idiocy cannot prevent a new 9/11. We should have realized by now that the security theatre we subject ourselves with is completely useless: it failed to prevent any attack (we were lucky the attackers were dumb), it has added hundreds of dollars to the cost of each ticket and it encourages abuses of passengers reminiscent of the Zimbardo experiment.

Dagsa killer photoKillers and violent morons are everywhere and they tend to rise to the top. Some, as in the photo above are stupid enough to allow themselves to get photographed. They seem to either not care or simply to crave notoriety more so than freedom. Others, smarter, penetrate dictator’s close circles then manipulate them. When dictators rise to the top it should not come as a surprise that their women are also a bit off the grid. In an essay featured by Le Figaro, Femmes de dictateurs by Diane Ducret, several “excesses” of dictators’ wives and mistresses are collected and exposed.

Hitler und Eva

Eva BraunWe thus learn that Hitler’s paramour Eva Braun persecuted his dog Blondie jailing it in a small room and defied Goebbels’ censorship by listening to American records: day, Eva was in her room listening to an American disc. Hitler entered and said: “That music is nice.” Eve responded with great certainty in her voice: “Yes, it is. Especially now that your good friend Goebbels has just banned this disc throughout the entire Reich.”

Hitler’s dog was the one that had most suffered from Eva. After she moved in with Hitler, and took her little Scottish terriers, Blondie, the Nazi leader’s pet, was jailed in his room for an indefinite amount of time. “Your dog Blondie is as big as a bull,” was the explanation offered by Eva for her decision to shut the dog. In response, Hitler refused to be photographed with Eva and her two puppies and prohibited his girlfriend from doing such photographs.

In the weeks that followed, however, Hitler had to do with Eva’s iron will. But he managed to reconcile with her with a very expensive jewelry. Only after a few days, did Hitler dare to ask his mistress in a timid voice: “Honey, will you let poor little Blondie to come out and walk with us for half an hour?”.

Apparently, Hitler also suffered from an addiction to tranquilizers and sexual stimulants, taking a total of about 82 daily pills, prescribed by his doctor, Theodor Morell.

At least in 1944, before each meeting with Eva Braun, Hitler used to make injections with high doses of testosterone or hormones originating from the prostate or young bull’s sperm, a sort of Viagra of those times. In addition, the Fuhrer was suffering from hypochondria, fearing he could become sick with cancer. According to the book “War Hitler Krank?” ( “Was Hitler sick?)”, when the Fuhrer felt depressed, Dr. Morell gave him Methamphetamine (aka Crystal Meth), a drug that induces dependence, along with 81 other substances, from concentrated sugar to vitamins.

Mussolini and Leda

Mussolini and Leda RafanelliThe one thing that both Hitler and Loughner seem to share is a cult for Nietzsche (detailed and explained by Slate in “Angry Nerds” – link below) and purported addictions to drugs that are illegal. Mussolini shared the same cult for Nietzsche with his Islam-converted mistress, Leda Rafanelli whom he met after she wrote a flattering article about him:

“I spent three delicious hours. We like the solitude. While you’re looking for it in Africa, I search for it in the crowd, in a tumultuous life. But our goal is the same. When I will take a break, I will come back to see you. We will read Nietzsche and the Koran,” Mussolini wrote in a note addressed to his muse, cited by Diane Ducret in her essay. The two meet again several times. In order to convince her to give in to him, the Italian politician wore a full bedouin costume with beard, turban and an amber necklace and even lied to her concerning his civil status, saying he was not married.

Mao and He Tigress

He Zizhen Tigres MaoMao’s mistress, for whom he had left his wife, was prone to jealous rage. She used to taunt him with sweet insults:

“Son of a pig, turtle egg, reprobate who thinks only bitch. I will teach you not to come here and sleep with that bourgeois slut.” These words were shouted by angry He Zizhen, in 1937, to a stupefied Mao. It wasn’t the first jealousy scene of the woman for whom Mao left his wife, Yang Kaihui. When Mao spent a few moments in the company of actress Lily Wu in a meeting organized by journalist Agnes Smadley, all hell broke loose. The two women escaped only with their faces scarred.

Ceausescu and Elena

Ceausescu Elena and NicolaeWhile the previous dictators had their follies with mistresses, Nicolae Ceausescu, the Romanian dictator, was more homely, indulging his wife’s ambitions. The French author writes that in 1975, after the Romanian couple set foot on King Hussein of Jordan’s yacht, Elena Ceausescu decided she wanted the very vessel the Jordan royal family owned. After the king tells her the Yacht in question was a gift for his daughter Alya, princess of Jordan, Elena eventually found a solution, promising to order an identical boat from the United States. It wasn’t just yachts, however, it was also cars:

The Mercedes 600 limousine for Nicolae, a Mercedes 450 coupe for Zoe and two Audi cars for Nicu”, Diane Ducret writes in her essay.


Bokassa and CatherineCompared to the above, Jean-Bédel Bokassa’s “future empress”, Catherine, seems formidably well behaved: she only forbade him from drinking alcohol, because “A future king shouldn’t get drunk”.

For more on the lifestyles of the rich and famous, be sure to read the ForeignPolicy article, linked below, as well as more news of American decline and an attempt to find out where bad ideas come from.

Sources / More info: le-figaro-tyrannisés, inrumor-tyrannized, inrumor-hitler, inquirer-caloocan, cbs-erica-hill, wiki-zimbardo, slate-loughner-nietzsche, wiki-hitler, wiki-meth, wiki-mao, wiki-ceausescu, wiki-bokassa, fp-lifestyles, fp-decline, fp-bad-ideas, fp-wisdom

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