Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us

Check out this article at cracked.com: Third Reich to Fortune 500: Five Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us. Including what they did for the Nazis and how evil they were. Don't worry, kittens are used to balance the material.

From the page: IBM
You're probably thinking, "Wait a minute. IBM was American! The closest America ever got to the Nazis was when Indiana Jones wore that uniform as a disguise in Raiders of the Lost Ark!"

Actually, prior to the war, American business took what can be generously described as a morally ambivalent stance on the whole Hitler thing. American groups, such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Institute, directly funded Nazi eugenics projects in the early '30s (where the goal was to find ways to breed a master race). Of course, once the war started, most American businesses cut ties with Hitler. IBM, on the other hand, decided to stick around and see where he was going with this whole final solution thing.

DNC Protests: Police slam CodePink protester to the ground


DNC Protests: Police slam CodePink protester to the ground

Excellent opportunity to shamelessly link the US with China, through this article of the timesonline uk: China's apologists are wide-eyed and clueless, and the comments of that article link back to Russia, the third of the big boys: "Brilliant economic progess, burgeoning capitalism, a huge country, an out-of-date, oppressive political system, rebellious provinces, a new middle class, growing importance on the international stage... this was Russia in 1914 and is China today."

The Dark Knight, the War on Terror, and Science Fiction’s Moral Authority

The Dark Knight, the War on Terror, and Science Fiction’s Moral Authority at A Candid World.

The Engines of Symbols

Check out this magickal post at Chris M. Ferguson's The Engines of Symbols

MGMT - Electric Feel


all along the western front
people line up to receive
she got the power in her hand
to shock you like you won't believe
saw her in the amazon
with the voltage running through her skin (raised chi/kundalini?)
standing there with nothing on
she's gonna teach me how to swim (in the sea of consciousness?)

said ooh girl - shock me like an electric eel
baby girl - turn me on with your electric feel
i said ooh girl - shock me like an electric eel
baby girl - turn me on with your electric feel

all along the eastern shore
put your circuits in the sea (explore the 8 circuits in the sea of consciousness)
this is what the world is for
making electricity (raising chi & the kundalini)
you can feel it in your mind
oh you can do it all the time
plug it in and change the world
you are my electric girl

said ooh girl - shock me like an electric eel
baby girl - turn me on with your electric feel
said ooh girl - shock me like an electric eel
baby girl - turn me on with your electric feel

do what you feel now - electric feel now

They have a track on the album Oracular Spectacular called '4th Dimensional Transition' too.

Daily Conspiracy: Vlad 'The Impaler' III Dracula

Vlad 'The Impaler' III Dracula

The (possible) 'inspiration' for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Vlad Tepes, the Prince of Wallachia was born in 1431 in Transylvania. He is a popular folk hero in Romania and Moldova even today.

His reign is best known for its cruelty. True to his name, most of the victims were impaled, often thousands at a single time.

The pamphlets also claim that to massacre more victims at once, he would herd captured enemies over cliffsides onto beds of spikes below.

From these victims he was able to create an infamous "forest of the impaled" surrounding his capital to dissuade any attacking army from invading.

He was brought up at the court of King Sigismund of Hungary. Sigismund, who later became Holy Roman Emperor, founded a secret order of knights called the Order of the Dragon to defend Christianity from Ottoman expansion. Vlad was inducted into this order and was then known in Wallachia as "Vlad Dracul" - Vlad the Dragon. In Romanian Drac- means both "dragon" and "evil" while -ul is a suffix, Dracula means son of the Dragon, but he signed his name as Draculea or Draculya, the Devil's son. With royals inbreeding for centuries Vlad has a very interesting family tree.

"I am the monster that breathing men would kill. I am Dracula."


Related posts: Batman is Dracula (is Everybody else) and Vlad the Impaler: MiddleMan and Puppet for The Order (at PseudOccult Media)