Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Good bye 2008 and hello 2009.

Not the greatest year in my life, since it included losing Jakob E to cancer and a fire in the building I live in, which in effect put me out on the street...(fortunately I had insurance which set me up in temporary accommodations)

But, these are of course just trifle personal matters, because the world now has OBAMA! and OBAMA! will solve every problem known to man and bring about a golden age of enlightenment and prosperity (and if he doesn't it's not his fault but due to all those evil people who secretly control the world)

A Happy New Year to all who celebrate it!

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Retro babe"...nice spot!.."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf G
Panzers and panzergrenadiere during the invasion of Soviet Russia, 1941. Note the surrendering Russian troops in the middleground with their arms raised.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Get yer artsy stuff straight from the center of world art - NEW YORK!

Art lovers New York

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Retro babe"...hi there art lovers!..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
A close up of the group of panzers also shown yesterday. Looks like a British Vickers 6-ton Tank in German markings on the far right.
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Monday, December 29, 2008

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Guernica by Pablo Picasso

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Retro babe "...nice view..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV
A company of Panzer IV's (ausf A's and B's) assembled. Judging from the large white national crosses painted on the turrets this photo was taken during or after the invasion of Poland.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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A merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!

I personally always liked Christmas, but after turning forty I can sense that feeling dwindling a bit every year.

Well, at least there's always some nice old movies on the telly - and fatty foods!

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Retro babe"...a fine time you picked to play the Theremin!!!.."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf C
Moving through a town somewhere in Russia.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Dig the cool art of PEEKASSO

(And a tip of the hat to NSOP for the link)
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Retro babe"...nice disturbance..."
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Panzer Pzkpw III
Panzers and panzergrenadiers moving through a village during the early part of the invasion of Soviet Russia.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

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Three of the most popular Danes

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Retro babe"...nice pillow..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf J (5 cm KwK L/60)
Text on the photo reads "Iron Gustav is in the air", this probably refers to a German nickname for a type of enemy plane since the tropers in the photo are looking up in the sky.
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Found at www.OD43.com

No, Hitler DID NOT invent the German Autobahn (the first autobahn was built before the Nazis took control of Germany) and you can find more debunked myths at List of common misconceptions

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Retro babe "...nice gloves..."
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Panzer Tiger I, late production
Taking the Tiger out for a spin. Turret number looks like it starts with a "B" meaning this could be a Tiger from the elite Grossdeutschland division.
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

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So now what?..

Global Capitalism Meltdown...

I COULD spend the next many months making fun of the neo-liberals who shoved capitalism down your throat and laughed at you if you dared mentioning that maybe not everything could be solved by greed, exploitation and what your Bank manager told you?

But no! - instead I'll wait until they have elegantly transformed themselves into neo-marxists so I can blame them for:

The Gulags
Russian and Ukrainian famines of the 1930's
Badly retouched official photographs
Marxist school teachers of the 1970's


but hey, who cares? life's not really about ideologies... it's about winners and losers!


And the winners always know what team to be picked by.

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Retro babe"...nice bed..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf F
Seen with a row of supply trucks (probably acting as their protection against local partisans) Note the snow cleats on the truck next to the Stug.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Anti tank barricades on Potsdamer Platz, Berlin in April 1945

Attention photo-scouts! 100,000 images from the German Bundesarchiv have now been made available to the general public through wikimedia:

Images from the German Federal Archive

(Tip: With no search function, It's easyer to browse the images if you go to the "by year" section here )
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Retro babe"...stop it, will ya! you're hired for posing, NOT singing!..."
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Panzer Sturmgeschutz III, Ausf B
A row of Stug III's waiting for an engagement. Note the Sdkfz 253 observation half track (for target spotting) right behind the foremost Stug.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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My newspaper informs me that Danish girls are doing very well in Danish schools and more and more of them are moving on to higher educations, while the boys are increasingly sacking behind...

The explanation is that the girls are better at adjusting to the rules, regulations and discipline required for learning, while the boys have problems concentrating for longer periods, confronts authority, and often become either rebellious or indifferent.

This is however not a problem for them in the long run, because our society values the independence, drive and initiative of "the bad boy".

It is also predicted that when more women receive higher educations, these will drop in prestige followed by an equal drop in salaries.

Many boys are likely to completely skip education and instead become independent entrepreneurs, relying on their personal network and savvy for creating their own businesses.


Kingdom of Denmark, the year 2058:

Universities: 2

Auto part retailers (and snack bars...): 1,098,305

Computer Gaming Cafes (and snack bars): 1,096,305

Jails and holding facilities (w. snack bar): 16,922

Top secret underground ballet schools and snack bars : 10-15,000 (rough estimate)


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Retro babe"...nice sofa..."
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Panzer Beutepanzer
Some men of the panzerwaffe with a couple of captured British Universal carriers now in German service. The carriers and the fact that the troopers are wearing a mix of panzer berets and German Army field grey service caps would most likely place this photo in a post Battle of France 1940 time frame.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

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R.I.P Betty Page, 1923-2008

The pop culture icon and queen of pin-ups passed away at age 85.

Check the bio at New York Times, revealing a life of child abuse, mental illness and her final years as a Born Again Christian.

Fun fact: Despite her status as "the grandmother of Fetish" posing in photographs created by Irving and Paula Klaw, wearing leather, corsets, and nine inch heels in spooky apartments where the curtains are always drawn... she herself believed that the naked human body should be seen as a natural and positive thing.
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Retro babe"...merry xmas..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 10/4
Early mobile anti aircraft ability for the German Wehrmacht. Note that the crew are wearing Luftwaffe uniforms since anti-aircraft duties were the reponsibility of the German airforce.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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photo from Curiousidades na net

Find your daily dose of interesting, cool, phunny, or thought provoking stuff at Dark Roasted Blend

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Retro babe"...nice strings..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf B
A row of mainly panzer I B's, (one single Ausf A, second in the row) probably photographed during maneuvres before WWII.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008



Legend has it that when internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson designed three large sphere-shaped lamps for the Copenhagen Opera House, he deliberately made his contribution resemble the flag of the nearby Freetown of Christiania.

In order to see it you have to position yourself outside the main entrance where the lamps can be seen against the red wooden interior walls of the concert hall.

The double irony is of course, that if Christiania was to be torn down, (as some of the more right-wing oriented Danes hope for...), the richest man in Denmark, shipping tycoon Maersk Mckinney-Møller (who funded the opera) would have paid for this "secret" memorial which is also placed almost opposite his own corporate headquarters, and directly in front of the Danish Royal Palace.

(thanx to Morten of Notes of a Second rate poet for originally telling me the story)
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Panzer Sturmgeschütz III, Ausf G
Judging from the cheerful attitude of the troopers and officers in this photo it was probably taken at a training facility to commemorate the completion of a Stug crew's basic training.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

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Another day of (partially) dysfunctional Internet - Call my lawyers!

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Retro babe"...nice lamp..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf E
Note the extra piece of armour placed over the MG mount on the left side of the frontal armour plate. Pretty odd, as it seems to obstruct the left to right movement of the machine gun.
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Monday, December 08, 2008

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sorry, nuttin' today - no internet at my abode...

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Retro babe"...nice niceness..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
Some blown up German panzers and half tracks.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

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Some American WAC's frolicking on top of a Flak tower in the Berlin Tiergarten, 1945.

To those not yet in the know: the huge photographic library of LIFE magazine is now available online through Google

thanx to Acebone for the tip
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Retro babe A fashionable French woman posing in front of a German Schwimmwagen after the liberation of Paris, 1944. Note the all-in-one plateau soles, a WWII specialty which was to some extent related to leather shortages, since it forced shoe manufacturers to use alternative materials (with less strength) for the soles and heels.
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Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
Looks like some pre-WWII manoeuvres. Note the turret number "II-08" placing this panzer with the staff of its regiment's second battalion.
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Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Retro babe"...I told you smoking had side effects!.."
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Panzer Beutepanzer
A row of French Somua S 35 tanks marked with the German Balkenkreuz national marking. Captured armoured vehicles were used by Wehrmacht occupation forces and Police units for suppressing the lightly armed French resistance.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

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Two weeks ago, Danish business man, and "it-comet" Stein Bagger and his company IT-Factory was elected "Company of the year"
This week, Bagger is suspected of fraud for $170 mill. and is reported missing in Dubai.

- hired members of The Hells Angels as bodyguards
- A former business partner was assaulted and beaten
- described as having "psychopatic personality traits"
- operated a secret private office which he used to milk money out of the main company
- left his wife and 8-year old daughter without notice
- the Danish Police have previously investigated Bagger on charges of VAT fraud from sales of luxury cars

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Retro babe"...sensational..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
The same panzer IV as posted yesterday, and apparently it was not in very good shape. Note the two penetrations in the turret armour on the right hand side. The missing wheels and drive doesn't look like damage from fighting but the work of the maintenance unit, salvaging spare parts for the other panzers.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

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- Back on the net!
- Ready for action!
- Precious little to write about!
- See you tomorrow!

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Retro babe"...nice chair..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf B
Note the Edelweiss badge on the side of the cap worn by the trooper, identifying him as a member of the German Army mountain troops.
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Monday, December 01, 2008

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Oesterblue...

No internet connection yet at my new abode...so blogging is a challenge.

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Retro babe Janet Blackmar
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Panzer Pzkpfw 35(t)
A group of Pzkpfw 35(t)'s during the early part of WWII.
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