Blogging History: Great empires, animated; Wannabe amputees; Child-rape at Abu Ghraib

One year ago today

Animated maps of great empires: Vince Miklos collects GIFs of Empires, from the Roman to Soviet.

Five years ago today

Video about wannabee amputee: ABC Catalyst posted a fascinating short documentary about an man who purposefully destroyed his leg with dry ice so that a physician would have no choice but to cut it off.

Ten years ago today
Hersh: children raped at Abu Ghraib, Pentagon has videos: This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened' and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling.