Day: January 25, 2016

“When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain” by Giles Milton

“When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain” by Giles Milton c.2016, Picador $16.00 / higher in Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER What’s done is done. You can’t go back and erase the past, as much as you might try. You can alter its affects, make excuses for it, or pretend it never happened, but what’s done is done. And as you’ll see in the new book “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain” by Giles Milton, more was done than you think. Every good historian knows that history’s filled with dates, battles, and facts that can be mind-numbing for the average person. Those are things your high school history teacher tried to make you memorize – but there’s a lot that textbooks never tell. Did you know, for instance, that Adolph Hitler might’ve had a love child that would “quite possibly still” be alive?  Or that Hitler’s brother joined the U.S. Army in World War II and fought against the Germans? There are things in history that we know, almost. A corpse’s clues suggest how explorer George Mallory died, but nobody knows if he made it to the top of Everest. After the Titanic sank, a kitchen worker survived hours in icy water, perhaps due to the two bottles of whiskey he drank earlier. And that Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days...

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Heroin: A devious liar with a powerful pull

By SAMANTHA NIXON For the Keizertimes Editor’s Note: In a recent Chasing Dark story, Elizabeth Smith talked about her daughter Sam Nixon’s struggles with heroin. This is Sam’s first person tale of what she went through and what she wants others to know about heroin. I’m sure people who have never tried heroin think, “Why would anyone ever want to?” We hear stories about overdoses, arrests and beautiful souls’ transformations into unrecognizable individuals all the time. We’re in the midst of an epidemic, and I want to say first and foremost: heroin does not discriminate. Some of us are more susceptible to becoming enslaved in the throes of addiction due to a complex combination of genetics, circumstances, mental illnesses and social factors. But heroin does not care about the superficial differences that trick us into believing the lie that we or our loved ones are immune to her reach. Heroin is a liar. She lies to families. She tells them, “It won’t happen to my family.” “My child/mother/father/sibling/friend would never do something like that.” “I have to give them money or they’ll die.” “I’m keeping them alive by providing somewhere for them to live.” “If I set boundaries, they will hate me forever.” “It hurts me too much to see them in pain, so I’ll enable them to continue to use.” She also lies to the person using. She...

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