Archive for the ‘Germany’ Category

Two Freaky News Items

April 10, 2008

Nazi-era singer returns to stage
A 104-year-old Dutch cabaret singer who once performed in Nazi Germany has given a concert in the Netherlands for the first time in four decades.
There were protests and tight security around the theatre in Amersfoort where Johannes Heesters appeared.

Although Heesters insists he never espoused Nazi politics, he performed for Adolf Hitler and visited the Dachau concentration camp.

Correspondents say many Dutch people have never forgiven him.

Much, much scarier:

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Kosovo MPs proclaim independence
Albanian and American flags have been on prominent displayKosovo’s parliament has unanimously endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia, in an historic session.

The declaration, read by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, said Kosovo would be a democratic country that respected the rights of all ethnic communities.

But Serbia’s PM denounced the US for helping create a “false state” and protesters in Belgrade later pelted the US embassy with stones.

The US and a number of EU countries are expected to recognise Kosovo on Monday.

Before that, the UN Security Council is expected to convene on Sunday evening in an emergency meeting demanded by Serbia’s ally, Russia.

Know how Russia has been threatening to target Ukraine with nukes if it joins NATO? Remember the reports of Russian FSB connection to the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko? Remember Alexander Litvinenko, whom the Russians didn’t poison — nah, they would just never ever do that?

Know that war between Russia and NATO that’s been brewing? You know that imminent global thermonuclear apocalypse?

Oh, sorry, that was just a nightmare I fell asleep while reading European history. Thanks, Balkans.

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Nora Ness (Interview)

January 11, 2008

Nora Ness is a German photographer and model who seeks to show “pure emotions and true erotic feelings” through her work. In her collaboration with Dutch artist Sander Steins, digital background manipulation melds with erotic images of Ness to create a dreamlike texture of erotic exhibitionism. The surrealism of their work together reflects a new style of erotic art.

With a Master’s degree in Life Science, Ness worked as a scientist for many years before seeking out her mode of erotic expression through modeling and self portraiture.

We recently communicated with Nora Ness about her background, philosophies, and work.

Read more at Eros Zine.

German Politician Withdraws Charges Against Wikipedia

December 9, 2007

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According to an article on Reuters and elsewhere, a left-wing German politician filed charges with the Berlin Police against Wikipedia yesterday for promoting the use of Nazi symbols, then withdrew the charges today.

The deputy leader of the Left (Die Linke) party, Katina Schubert, objected to the use of Nazi symbols in a Wikipedia article on the Hitler Youth movement. Nazi symbols, most famously the swastika, are banned in Germany.

Read my commentary at Techyum.

Image: Neo-Nazi protesters in Munich, August 2006. The sign reads: “The 8th of May: Defeated and occupied, we do not celebrate.” The 8th of May is V-E Day — the day the Allies declared victory over Germany in 1945. Via Wikipedia Deutschland. 

Berlin Porn Film Festival (Event Review)

November 29, 2007

Now in its second year, the Berlin Porn Film Festival screened 150 dirty movies over five days in late October. Think about that for a minute: that’s a lot of porn. As something of a professional porn watcher myself, I saved up my energy and refrained from watching (much) porn before I crossed an ocean to sit in the dark and watch dirty movies with European strangers. Not satisfied with merely screening 25 films a day at three different movie theaters around Berlin, the Festival’s organizers also organized a nightly afterparty at the L.U.X. Nachtbar with a variety of performers — plus, there were workshops, panels, and art shows at venues all over the city. Suffice to say: this was not a wee event taking place in a remote, run-down porn theater with sticky floors.

My boyfriend and I arrived in Berlin on a delightfully overcast Wednesday, and after a nap and shower in an attempt to shake our jetlaggy grogginess, we were introduced to an interesting cast of characters. Joe Gallant, my favorite New York smutmeister, was a familiar face — but Mouse, a performance artist and all around dirty girl from London, and Jimmy Picker, an animator from New York, were strangers. Joe’s films Atomic Skullfuck Orgy and Ave. X, were screening during the festival, Mouse would be performing during the opening night party, and Jimmy Picker’s animated film “The Age of Ignorance” was featured during the short film program.

Read more at Eros Zine.

Photos by Audacia Ray.

The First Turbojet Flight: Aug. 27, 1939

September 9, 2007

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Happy anniversary, jet power. On August 27, 1939, the Heinkel He 178 became the first aircraft to fly under turbojet power, and for all practical purposes the first jet airplane. It flew just a few days before the German invasion of Poland, which began World War II in Europe.

Photo & info from Wikipedia.

Kinky Berlin (latest Midori column)

September 6, 2007

  Midori’s latest column, on her recent experiences with the BDSM community in Berlin.

A petite, elegant German woman in flowing wrap-around Thai pants rises to her feet from the edge of the circle where the students are gathered. The warm sun rays, rare during this unusually cold Berlin summer, plays on her fine features. The students are poised, focused and freshly alert after a brief meditation. She spills the contents of a small bag onto the floor. Dozens of old fashioned wooden clothes pegs scatter about. The class on Pain Processing is about to begin.

 Read more at Eros Zine.

The First Turbojet Flight: Aug. 27, 1939

August 26, 2007

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Happy anniversary, jet power. On August 27, 1939, the Heinkel He 178 became the first aircraft to fly under turbojet power, and for all practical purposes the first jet airplane. It flew just a few days before the German invasion of Poland, which began World War II in Europe.

Photo & info from Wikipedia.