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Operation Walküre

Sat, 2009-01-24 13:05 by Hans-Georg
Wie verhält sich Bryan Singers „Operation Walküre“ zu den historischen Tatsachen?

Wie verhält sich Bryan Singers
„Operation Walküre“ zu den
historischen Tatsachen?

Wie authentisch ist „Operation Walküre“?
Wir wollen der Welt vom 20. Juli erzählen
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Wie verhält sich Bryan Singers „Operation Walküre“ zu den historischen Tatsachen?

Am Donnerstag ist in den deutschen Kinos Bryan Singers Stauffenbergfilm „Operation Walküre“ angelaufen. Über die Zulässigkeit dieses Films, seiner Drehorte und seines Hauptdarstellers Tom Cruise hatte es heftige Auseinandersetzungen gegeben. Könnte ein Film wie dieser dem deutschen Widerstand gegen Hitler überhaupt gerecht werden? Ein Film voller Fehler, wie aufgrund von Drehbuchlektüren geurteilt wurde? Würde der Film die Tatsache des Widerstands gegen Hitler weltweit bekannt machen oder nur eine Hollywood-Version liefern?

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Tilted twister

Thu, 2008-12-25 23:46 by Hans-Georg
The Tilted Twister Lego MindStorm robot

a Lego Mindstorms robot that solves Rubik’s cube

Tilted Twister solves Rubik’s cube fully automatically.

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Just place the scrambled cube on Tilted Twister’s turntable. An ultrasonic sensor detects its presence and starts to read the colors of the cube faces using a light sensor. The robot turns and tilts the cube in order to read all the faces. It then calculates a solution and executes the moves by turning, tilting and twisting the cube.

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Korengal Valley, Afghanistan

Tue, 2008-12-23 10:38 by Hans-Georg

I picked this out of a list of best journalism, which may contain more good pieces. Have a look, if you like.


Into the Valley of Death

by Sebastian Junger
January 2008

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A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda,
Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of
terrain in the world for U.S. forces. One platoon is considered

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Greek riots – photos

Sun, 2008-12-21 10:16 by Hans-Georg
A policeman looks toward burning barricades during riots in Athens December 7, 2008. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis) Protesters fight with riot police defending a police station in central Athens, late December 13, 2008. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Big Picture
News Stories in Photographs
December 15, 2008
Greek riots

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Richard Dawkins and Derren Brown talk about psychics

Wed, 2008-12-17 20:50 by Hans-Georg

I found this 6-part interview video on a boingboing page, which has some additional, interesting links, so if you find this interesting, you may want to go there and rummage a bit.

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Over 650 scientists challenge global warming "consensus"

Mon, 2008-12-15 21:05 by Hans-Georg

Twelve times more than those that put their names to the IPCC report

Steve Watson
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008

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Over 650 scientists have put their names to a US Senate Minority report that challenges the contention of the UN's International Panel on Climate Change that there is a scientific "consensus" on the causes of global warming.

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Weihnachtsmarkt in Hohenbrunn

Sun, 2008-12-14 14:28 by Hans-Georg
Christmas market in Hohenbrunn Stand selling cakes

Today there was a small Christmas market in Hohenbrunn, the neighboring village. It was a sunny day, and so many people got the idea of going there, eating a little, and having a Glühwein, literally translated, a glowing wine or one that makes you glow, a mixture of wine, orange or other fruit juice, and sugar, warmed up.

The local clubs, societies, and small traders had stands selling various kinds of food and drinks, sweets, candles and honey. I ate some roasted sweet chestnuts, which were very tasty.

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CNN’s Prisoner of War

Sun, 2008-12-14 09:53 by Hans-Georg

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

He had been hunted, kidnapped, and told he was filming his own execution. But CNN correspondent Michael Ware had no plans to leave Iraq. Now, it won’t leave him.

by Greg Veis

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“I am not the same fucking person,” he tells me. “I am not the same person. I don’t know how to come home.”

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The Soviet collapse—grain and oil

Sun, 2008-12-07 11:46 by Hans-Georg

I read a blog article that drew my attention to the following speech and article by Yegor Gaidar, one of the most interesting articles I have read in a long time:

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Astounding weapons technology—a defensive counter-attack

Tue, 2008-12-02 07:33 by Hans-Georg

A high-speed incoming projectile is intercepted and destroyed by a vertically launched rocket.

Watch the video, which shows the process once in normal speed and once in slow motion.