Monday, April 30, 2007

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I found this dropped into my bicycle basket, it reads:

- devouring
- destructive
- breeding

No thanks to the black-headed gulls!

(apparently a derogatory term for head scarf wearing Muslim women)



and on the back:

Not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorist are Muslims
put a stop to the islamisation of Denmark!



Hmmm...

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Panzer Panther, Ausf G
A good example of the hard edged camouflage pattern applied to Panthers from autumn 1944. This was done at the factories producing the Panthers, and probably by using stencils which provided a unique standardisation of the camouflage patterns. Note that the original owner of the photo is calling it a Tiger, the myth of the Tiger was so strong that in the eyes of the average allied soldier all German tanks were simply "Tigers" (the visual similarities of the Panther and Tiger II did a lot for this too)
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Friday, April 27, 2007

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Over the years The Danish People's Party (not my people) have taken more and more voters from what used to be Denmark's largest political party: The Social Democrats.

This has to some extent made the Social Democrats more a bit more to the right, especially regarding issues of immigration and the Danish Muslims.

Still, Social Democratic leaders scorn the frequent racist statements of The DPP, and say that political cooperation between the two in a Danish government will never happen.

But as the old saying goes, "politics make strange bed fellows" and most Danes would like to hang on to the socialistic concepts that forms the basis of the well fare state (including the high taxes), but are fearful of globalisation and Islam.

At the same time there is this search for "Danish core values" the values that make up the mental and cultural framework of Denmark, the values that we Danes are prepared to stand up and fight for, the principles we will NOT bargain with!

Now, imagine that all of this could cause the two parties to eventually merge into just ONE party and create a super party that would have the majority in the Danish parliament, and the support of most Danish voters.

But what kind of government would we get then?,

-The Danish people's party is strongly nationalistic,
-The Social Democrats have of course based a lot of their politics on Socialism,

Nationalism + socialism, makes....


National socialism.

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Panzer Panzer III and IV's
The Panzer III's are Ausf N's which carried the short 75 mm gun and were used for fire support and not direct assault, sometimes referred to as the Sturmpanzer III.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

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Some personal accounts of serving in Vietnam filmed in 8 mm and posted on YouTube:

Ralph W. Roberts

Phoenixfilmmaker

It's interesting to compare them with the official and more dramatized presentations of the war like "The Fight for LZ X-Ray"

And last but not least is some amazing 8 mm footage of a helicopter assault done exactly as the famous scene in the movie Apocalypse Now, only this is for real...The absurd thing is the poster has added the same music that was used in Coppola's film ("Ride of the valkyries" by Richard Wagner) - talk about reality vs. fiction...
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Panzer Panther, Ausf D
Looks like brand new Panthers being unloaded here.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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Dressed to Kill by Joseph C. Fornelli
From The National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum



I remember an old TV documentary about a group of Vietnam veterans who had isolated themselves from society after they had returned from the war. One of them explained that when he was in 'Nam and things were tough, he imagined what he would do when came home. He would sit in a park and drink a big cold glass of milk.

As he returned from the war he began having serious problems adjusting to normal life and actually never did what he had dreamed of back then: Sitting in a park drinking a cold glass of milk.

A victim of society, or just plain lazy?..

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What's up at YouTube? Miss Vietnam USA Bikini
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
Note the gun is at full recoil, usually the sign of sabotage by the crew to make an abandoned panzer useless to the enemy.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

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Spring tree.

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Panzer Vehicle dump
Somewhere in Northern France at the end of the Battle of Normandy. Some of these dumps existed well into the 1970's and even today you can still pick up the odd track link or similar, especially if you bring a metal detector.
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Friday, April 20, 2007

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My job at the Danish mail services demand intense use of my new ipod so now I'm listening to music again and I've just received my two CD's by L.A punk band X, and then there's my latest ebay purchase, Lydian Lunch's 13.13 - a classic!

Wunderbar!

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Flieger Me 262
No panzer today, instead a fascinating amateur photo of Me 262 jetfighters abandoned in a wood somewhere in Germany, spring 1945. As the allies occupied more and more Luftwaffe airfields, the new jet fighters were hidden in dense pinewoods and flown off the Autobahns.
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

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From the "R.Crumb newsletter"

The History of Cheap Thrills

Crumb illustrated both sides of the Cheap Thrills album in the summer of 1968 as a favor to Janis (who he had recently befriended in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood where both Crumb and the band lived) and also because Crumb needed the $600 dollars Columbia records promised to pay him. Of course, by the time they requested him to do it, it was needed immediately, so Crumb was required to pull an all-nighter to finish the job. However, Columbia decided to scrap the original cartoon/caricatures which Crumb drew for the cover, and use what Crumb originally intended as the back of the album for its front cover. They reduced the "Cheap Thrills" masthead and moved it over to make room for the Columbia record logo. Also, Big Brother recorded a song called "Harry" (as a play on words making fun of the then popular Hare Krishna movement) which was to be included on the album, but at the last moment, a decision was made to cut the song from the album. Crumb had originally drawn the East Indian announcing the song "Harry" and its credits, but that was changed to "Art: R. Crumb" and pasted on unevenly.

Later, the original artwork, which rightfully belongs to Crumb, was never returned to him, and was “removed” from Columbia’s archives and sold on Sotheby’s twice since the late 60’s. It’s no wonder Crumb has mixed feelings about this illustration, a commercial job where he not only lost creative control, but the actual artwork itself. Incidentally, I don’t think it speaks well of Sotheby’s to sell the artwork for a second time after they had been informed it was stolen artwork the first time they sold it, but that’s another story.

The background for the East Indian panel was inspired by a pack of camel cigarettes.

Janis insisted upon placing the Hells Angels logo on the album cover, as she was buddies with a bunch of them at that time.

Alexander Wood, 2007

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What's up at YouTube: Summertime
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Panzer T-4
Pzkpfw IV's served in the post war Romanian army as the T-4, seen here at a parade in 1946.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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© Mette Stærk

Take the Danish Punk test:

Q: Did you attend the Sex Pistols concert in Daddy's Dance Hall, Copenhagen, July 1977?

If the answer is YES - you are a certified Danish Punk®
If the answer is NO - you are NOT, and never have been, a punk - You wanker!

Well, for my part I was actually in London at that time, holidaying with my parents and remember standing behind a man in an elevator in Harrods who had green hair, but I was only eleven years old so the early days of punk somehow passed me by...

But the R.A.F museum, Hendon, now there was something!

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What's up at YouTube: Vertigo The screamers
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Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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Reading, No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, the autobiography of Johnny Rotten, which is an intriguering and very funny account of his life chronicling his Irish roots, a poverty striken childhood in North London, and of course the rise and fall of The Sex Pistols

The title refers to a sign placed outside some pubs when Johhny (John Lydon) was growing up.

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What's up at YouTube: That famous TV interview...
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Panzer Stug III
Blown up during the fighting in the Czech republic, May 1945.
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Monday, April 16, 2007

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This is Kettegårds Allé no. 13 in the Copenhagen suburb of Hvidovre. I lived here with my parents from age 0 to six, when we moved to a small town out in the country.

I remember a few things from this time, pissing my pants on the staircase on my way up to the apartment (and our toilet) always being shy about going down to play football with the other kids, but they were nice about it and always asked me if I wanted to join in.

My best friend Per who was one year older than me, had a deaf and dumb brother and had to start school which meant we couldn't play in the daytime any more, and I really missed him.

Some horrid old woman at the kindergarden who threatened to beat us if we didn't take our naps and eat our cheese sandwiches. I recall being so happy when my mother came to take me out of kindergarden, and I've basically been suspicious of women ever since and didn't touch cheese until my early thirties.

The retarded girl we loved to play catch with (she loved it too) she being a lot older and bigger than us made her really scary, tripling the thrill of having her chasing you.

Throwing chunks of dried dirt after the kids from the next block, and I remember feeling very guilty when I hit a girl on the head and she started to cry.

Some kid who was a few years younger than me and wanted to play all the time, but I didn't want to because I thought he was an irritating little snot (felt guilty about that too, poor little fellow who just wanted a friend)

A couple of twins who lived there got a huge electric racing circuit for x-mas one time and NEVER came out to play, because they "had to play with the racing circuit". Strange kids, they never invited anyone over to play with the circuit, or even to watch!

Well, the place hasn't changed much over the years, and I've sometimes wondered about the fact that we lived in number thirteen, our summer cottage out in the country was also at number thirteen and I was born on the thirteenth...

But then, only old ladies, rock stars, and complete nutters believe in the magic of numbers.


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Panzer Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
With a group of Czech resistance fighters in May 1945.
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

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At Kazunderworld.com you can find these outrageous transcripts from the black box of crashed airplanes.
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What's up at YouTube: Plane Crash
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Panzer Stug III's
Paraded after their surrender in the Czech Republic, May 1945.
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Saturday, April 14, 2007

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Goodbye Fast Video, I handed over my keys, credit card and other paraphenalia to the new caretakers after my finished tenure as chairman, technical advisor and jack-of-all-trades.

Phunn and games and generally nice people.

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What's up at YouTube: Fast Video goes summercamping
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Panzer Pzkpfw 35(t)
Another tank snatched in large numbers from the Czech by the German army and used to good effect in the early part of WWII.
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Friday, April 13, 2007

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The cartoonist, artiste and more, Gary Panter is a zesty crossover figure linking the LA punk scene of the eighties with the second generation underground comics scene of the nineties, and today he's on the contemporary art gallery circuit.
He also operates a very nice blog

(ah, zhose Americains - so energetic!)

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What's up at YouTube: Genie Junkie
(Gary Panter is credited here but I don't know for sure about that, good fun)
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Panzer 15 cm sIG 33 auf Pzkpfw Ib
One of the early attempts by the Panzerwaffe at creating some mobile armoured artillery by mounting the entire SiG 33 artillery piece (complete with carriage and wheels) behind a lightly armoured shield on a Pzkpfw I chassis.
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Miss Joeri is a dutch woman who live a Retro lifestyle, residing in a 1930´s house furnisned entirely with items from the 1940's and dressing every day in authentic period clothes.

Check out her site, with links to more on the retro lifestyle, and check her great photos on Flickr

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Panzer Tiger I
A turretless Tiger on a testing range.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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Religion is coming back in a big way, and besides taking care of difficult questions like "what is the meaning of it all?" and "what happens to me after I die?" a religion like Christianity also delivers a seamless integration with the current world order of market capitalism, since it has one big thing in common with economic liberalism: People aren't (and shouldn't be) equal...

Because Christianity divide all we mortals into believers and non-believers, meaning that if you accept (and submit to) God, you will go to Heaven and enjoy a life of eternal bliss, but if you DON'T, you are stopped at the pearly gates and sent downstream to an eternity of torture and pain in the company of bubba Satan.
And you deserve it, you Godless infidel!

Basically we are all born as worthless, scum sucking sinners and have to earn our way to that penthouse in the sky. Sweating our brows from hard work is one of the best ways to get there, submitting humbly to a superior authority is also recommended, just as accepting certain rules and regulations as basic truths right from the mouth of Big Daddy, laws that cannot be tampered with.

And if you step out of line? KAZAM! a lightning bolt up you posterior...he's WATCHING...

With this frame of mind installed, you almost don't need old fashioned institutions like governments to push people around any more - They'll do it themselves and with a smile on their faces, because every day they are not just working to survive, they're saving up for that seat in Heaven, sitting right behind Jesus and Saint Peter, and with all expenses paid.

What a deal!

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Panzer Marder III
Industries producing some of the finest binoculars in the world was not of little importance to the German war effort on the endless plains in Russia or in the deserts of North Africa.
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Friday, April 06, 2007

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Vacationing on the island of Samsø, see you again in a few days...
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Panzer Tiger 1
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

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Lennard Swindlehurst

My character in Second Life
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Panzer Jagdpanther
This unfortunate JP ended it's days at a firing range in Germany.
Sixty years later it looked like this... but after being bought by a restorer in England it now looks like this!
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

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Let's not forget about the power-pop naturelle of: The Tourists

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What's up at YouTube: The Tourists on Spanish TV, 1981
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Panzer 88 mm Panzer IV
A rare conversion mounting the dreaded "88" on a Pzkpfw IV chassis.
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Monday, April 02, 2007

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Went a saw the movie 300, based on the comic book by Frank Miller and directed by Zack Snyder.

An awesome and fantastic depiction of the horrors of war in the ancient world, but also with the usual taste of the semi-fascist rhetoric's about honour, manhood, glory, etc, common to Sword and Sandal flicks.

In my opinion Ridley Scott's Gladiator is still the standard these films have to live up to, but 300 is a more fantastic film with memorable scenes of attacking warrior elephants, the special monster warriors the Persians bring to war and the scenes with the Persian King Xerxes who presents himself as a God (you could believe him)

This is contrasted by the Spartans who are living in a world of citizens rights, justice and the law, duty and service, and their king Leonidas who is in many ways equal to his fellow Spartans, since he relies on them standing next to him with their shields to form an unbreakable front in battle.

Worth seeing for sure, and if it's "toga and loincloth night" at your abode, why not throw in Kubrick's Spartacus, and Fellini's Satyricon as well before you finish off with every single episode of I, Claudius

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What's up at YouTube: 300 movie trailer
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H
A group of SS tankers and panzergrenadiers loading ammunition.
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

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Finished my video I've been making for Zentropa WorkZ, documenting Workcamp 06, with some music by Spoke and DJ Wunderbaum

Phat!

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What's up at YouTube: Workcamp 06
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Panzer Panther, Ausf A
Note the fuel drum behind the turret, and the immense bleakness of winter on the eastern front...
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