Why did Henry Luce, titan of 20th-century journalism, bury the legacy of his boyhood friend and rival, Time magazine co-founder Briton Hadden? That's the provocative and never-before-told story at the heart of the new book "The Man Time Forgot." Truthdig interviews its author, Isaiah Wilner. (Above: Hadden, left, and Luce, center, in 1925.)
I (TD managing editor Blair Golson) have studiously avoided blogging about "The U.S. government planned 9/11" conspiracy theories because, frankly,
they're crap they strain credulity; no government it seems unlikely to the extreme that the government could keep a secret like that from leaking* (see editor's note on the jump). But Time magazine has a good explanation of why 36% of people polled lend credence to these claims: We need grand theories to make sense of grand events, or the world just seems too random.
The Army shot down a developer's proposal for a military theme park, saying it preferred something "tasteful and appropriate." (Above photo a satire.) Of course, this is the same military whose recruitment efforts have included inserting story lines into episodes of "The Mickey Mouse Club," according to the book "Operation Hollywood."
With a July 21 poll revealing that half the country still thinks Iraq had WMD, the Associated Press asks several experts why this myth persists. One answer: people tend to become "independent of reality." This is not without historical precendent. Pictured above is Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese army officer who was stationed on a Phillipines island at the end of World War II and who kept on fighting until 1974 because no one told him the war had ended.
I got an e-mail this afternoon from a specialist in the public affairs office of the US Central Command He wanted to invite Truthdig readers to check out CENTCOM's activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere Considering Truthdig's independent sensibility, I considered it a fairly gutsy request, and decided: Hell, why not? It is our government, after all (more).