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Courtesy of Jared Diamond's1 new book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fall or Succeed, i now have a new favorite "Your Mama" taunt:

"The flesh of your mother sticks between my teeth."

Apparently, that's the worst insult of indigenous Easter Islanders, who, after years of relative prosperity, suffered a self-inflicted ecological collapse and were compelled to resort to cannibalism. Learning is fun.

On Saturday, i finished Albert Speer's memoirs, Inside the Third Reich, which was quite fascinating. Speer was Hitler's primary architect from 1934 on...architecture being a field in which Hitler was quite the dilettante. From 1942-5, Speer was the Reich's Minister of Armaments and Munitions and, more than any other, was responsible for Germany's ability to fight as long as he did.

What makes the memoir most interesting to me, however, is that Speer was mostly a decent guy. He wasn't anti-Semitic and was generally compassionate. However, his non-political, technical ambition, combined with falling victim to Hitler's spell, prompted Speer's willful ignorance in aiding and abetting the most heinous evil.

In other news, eyes are slightly better but still for the most part suck, i'm pissed that i lost my papal election bid, i really need to learn how to dive properly in beach volleyball...blah, blah, blah...

1 Diamond is the author of the fantastic, Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs, and Steel, which explains why, due to geographic and fortuitous ecological distributions, Europeans came to dominate the New World, rather than vice versa.

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