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What really happened to Ernst Thälmann?

April 20, 2015

Originally posted on Scrapbookpages Blog:

Ernst Thälmann was the leader of the KPD (Communist political party) in Germany before the start of World War II.

In a recent comment on my blog, Herbert Stolpman wrote that Ernst Thälmann was shot on the orders of Hitler at Buchenwald in 1944. The death of Ernst Thälmann is a controversial subject which deserves a blog post of its own.

In October 1999, I visited the Buchenwald Memorial Site where I saw a plaque on the wall of the crematorium, which is shown in the photo below.  The plaque hangs at the spot where Thälmann was allegedly shot on the orders of Hitler.

The day after I visited Buchenwald, I went to the Sachsenhausen Memorial Site where I learned that two of the most prominent political prisoners who were imprisoned there were the Chairman of the German Communist party, Ernst Thälmann, and the Chairman of the Social Democrat party…

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Projection of the Nazi Complex – the Gunter Grass Case.

April 14, 2015

Originally posted on stOttilien :

Guenther Grass 84-year-old social democratic activist and literature nobel prize winner published a poem last Wednesday entitled “What must be said” in the left-liberal Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung.  He accused Israel of planning a first nuclear strike against Iran to “extinguish the Iranian people” and noted that Israel is the principal impediment to world peace. Some German left intellectuals have voiced support for Grass’s poem. Klaus Staeck, the president of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, defended Grass, saying on German radio that it is Grass’s “duty as a citizen” to intervene. Johano Strasser, the head of the German section of Pen, praised Grass’s criticism of Israel’s threats against Iran. Gunter Grass was over decades the  “Good German” (but not the quiet one), the perfect political correct anti-nazi role model of the sixties and the social democratic party of Germany. After he made a few years ago public, that he applied…

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GUEST BLOG: Rex Widerstrom – Thirteen things you (probably) didn’t know about Mark Weldon (CEO of Mediaworks) « The Daily Blog

April 10, 2015

GUEST BLOG: Rex Widerstrom – Thirteen things you (probably) didn’t know about Mark Weldon (CEO of Mediaworks) « The Daily Blog.

Geni.com Now Supports Adoption

April 9, 2015

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Geni.com is a very popular genealogy web site with many features. However, it is best known for showing how people are connected to one another. The term “connected” is not restricted to blood relatives. In Geni.com’s definition, people are connected via marriage and by in-law relationships as well as by bloodlines. Now the company has added adoptees to show people as part of “the family.” I suspect most adoptees will agree with that definition.

Here is the announcement from Geni.com:

Today we are delighted to announce a long awaited new feature on Geni – adoption! We are releasing a great enhancement to the family tree that will allow you to show adoptive, foster and biological parent relationships when viewing your family on Geni.

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The Neo Crimean War

March 14, 2015

Originally posted on narwhal8915's Blog:

 The Neo Crimean War
Over the centuries Russia has defended Crimea from occupation schemes. Wars that spanned from the Golden Hordes, Ottaman Empire to the third Reich of the 1940s have been fought over Crimea.
Konstantin Simonov, and Leo Tolstoy are two of the greatest literary figures in Russian history.
Both were deeply influenced by their experiences while covering on the scene of the epic battles, constant struggles and human misery to defend the strategically important peninsula known as Crimea .

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Today once again Russia is tasked with defending Crimea. Having passed legislation in Washington that allows for lethal weapons to be furnished to the puppet government in Kiev, the EU balked and Obama trotted out new sanctions aimed specifically at Crimea. The EU readily went along in a face saving display of “cosmetic unity.”
(Obama is loathe to impose new measures without backing from Brussels, where there is…

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Diablo Cody Has Been Hired By Sony To Re-Write The Live Action ‘Barbie’ Movie

March 5, 2015

Originally posted on UPROXX:

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When it comes to hot names in the world of Hollywood screenwriting, one of the most wide-spread is Diablo Cody. Known for her complex but not always likable characters, one does have to wonder how she managed to land her new gig as the writer of Sony’s Barbie.

Sony Pictures has set Diablo Cody to write the next draft of Barbie, the live-action film based on Mattel’s top-selling fashion doll that the studio believes will anchor a global film franchise.

“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” [said producer Walter Parkes]. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.

Barbie is one of the many top priorities at the studio, along with a new iteration of Spider-Man with Marvel and a reboot of Men in Black — which is currently…

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The World’s Obsession With Amal Isn’t About Her Accomplishments

February 1, 2015

Originally posted on TIME:

Amal Clooney is at it again— doing something celebrities don’t usually do, and looking like a movie star while doing it.

This time, she’s arguing in the European Court of Human Rights against a Turkish politician who denied the existence of an Armenian genocide 100 years ago in which more than 1.5 million people were brutally murdered. That’s, like, sooo impressive… but who is she wearing?

When a reporter from The Telegraphasked her, she cheekily replied “Ede and Ravenscroft,” the legal robes maker that has been selling drab back judge costumes since 1689, the year Benjamin Franklin’s parents met.

Once she did that, the focus shifted from the history of the Armenian genocide to Amal’s sense of humor and fashion choices. The global reaction to her comments was proof that jig is up: it’s stop pretending you care about what Amal Clooney is doing, when you really just…

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Kim Dotcom puts MegaChat secure Skype rival into beta

January 23, 2015

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Kim Dotcom’s Mega has launched a public beta of its MegaChat end-to-end encrypted audio and video chat service, which it claims will offer a more secure alternative to Skype.

The in-browser service forms part of the wider Mega web app (now on a new .nz domain), which also offers encrypted file storage and sharing. The technical details are currently hard to come by – I can only guess that it’s WebRTC-based, as it doesn’t require a plugin.

According to scoundrelpreneur/wannabe-politician Dotcom, vanilla audio and video chat is just the start:

Mega has previously had poor ratings from security experts for its cloud storage encryption, but the New Zealand–based operation is offering a security bounty for anyone who finds…

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Why Must We Approve of Kink?

January 23, 2015

Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:

I have a low opinion of hardcore BD/SM types as I think there is no way to do this in a healthy way. I have been to many Tumblr porn sites that were oriented this way, and it’s sick as Hell. These men are sexual sadists. That means they get hard by hurting women. These are men who love to hurt women, live to hurt women. There is no way you can be like that and be a good person, much less a good man.

I have no respect for a woman who likes to be beaten up or treated like shit. Sorry. Anybody like that is simply not healthy.

If those porn sites are anything like what the BD/SM scene is really like then the whole thing is fucked up and sick. The impression I got from those sites and the comments is that BD/SM looks exactly like how…

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ATTENTION: Last Chance to Download Music

January 23, 2015

Originally posted on Audio SeXXX:

On February 15th, I’m clearing my bandcamp page of ALL music except Farewell and Yesterday’s Tomorrow Original Soundtrack. It’s not that I think the music is horrible, but I feel like the music from the past doesn’t reflect the focus and unity of vision I have now. Not to mention with 11 projects from 3 years of work featured on the homepage it’s starting to look cluttered and if it annoys me to look at I know it probably annoys you too. So, download your favorites now before I take them down on the day after valentine’s day. 90% of the music is “Name Your Price” with no minimum meaning zero (aka free) is a valid option or you can donate a spare change, either is greatly appreciated :).  Here’s a medley of a couple classics that have gotten well stats over the years.

Crown Chakra, the most popular song…

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