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July 5, 2014
We are not against headbanging. The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (our patient) had (gone) to a classical concert, this would not have happened.
Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian • Discussing one of his patients, a German metal fan who suffered a brain injury which doctors believed was brought on by a headbanging habit that led to negative effects after a Motorhead concert. While such incidences of headbanging-related brain damage are rare, they are possible, experts say.
16:46 // 3 months ago
February 24, 2014

Germany has better supermarket commercials than we do. (ht Gawker)

17:33 // 7 months ago
February 20, 2014
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February 11, 2014

German officials discover more paintings stolen by Nazi-era art dealer

  • 1,406 pieces of art from some of the world’s greatest painters were recovered from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, after a raid by German police back in 2012. Since recovering the works, authorities have confirmed that 380 of the paintings were confiscated by the Nazis, and that number could increase as investigations of each piece continue.. 
  • 60 more paintings were recovered from Gurlitt’s second home, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, leading to calls for more transparency from the German government as it continues cataloging the hundreds of paintings discovered in the last two years. Officials say a preliminary investigation of the new collection has not revealed any works confirmed stolen by the Nazis, but Gurlitt’s lawyer says his client is willing to discuss returns and/or compensation with those who believe they have a claim to one or more of the paintings. source
15:18 // 8 months ago
January 3, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 3, 2014

As the situation in South Sudan continues to worsen—leading the U.S. State Department to draw down its presence in the country—the department says it remains committed to offer humanitarian aid to the war-torn region.

Best way to win the lottery: Forget you bought the ticket, and don’t check it until a couple weeks after the fact. That’s what happened to Mega Millions winner Steve Tran.

Blackberry has nothing left—not even Alicia Keys—but its keyboard, so now they’re stuck suing Ryan Seacrest over his wannabe iPhone version.

A World War II-era bomb was discovered during an excavation project in Germany. It exploded, killing one.

General Mills is dropping all GMOs from Cheerios, but is it just an empty gesture?

21:06 // 9 months ago
November 3, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 3, 2013

Germany will now allow parents of children showing traits of both sexes to refrain from picking a gender at birth, a move which public health advocates say will reduce pressure on parents regarding getting sex-assignment surgery for their children immediately after birth. Intersex advocates suggest the move is a starting point towards acceptance.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is sorry he got “hammered” on the job.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he’ll keep blocking Obama’s executive branch nominees until he gets his way on Benghazi.

Signs it’s never too early to start shopping: Wal-Mart already has holiday deals on its website.

Because there’s a study on everything, here’s a study on how texting affects love lives. Hooray.

19:40 // 11 months ago
August 21, 2013

Half-naked man high on ecstasy danced on German chancellor’s jetThe German Air Force has reviewed its security measures after a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet and party on his own for 4 hours.



Half-naked man high on ecstasy danced on German chancellor’s jet

The German Air Force has reviewed its security measures after a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet and party on his own for 4 hours.


18:57 // 1 year ago
July 10, 2013

NSA scandal spreads with new allegations of Central, South American intelligence gathering

  • June The Guardian claimed to have information, provided by accused NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which confirmed the agency had bugged European Union buildings in several countries. Germany also admitted to swapping some of its own intelligence on fellow EU nations with the United States on occassion. 
  • July Brazil’s O Globo newspaper claims to have obtained new documents from Snowden which prove the United States has also been spying on several Latin American countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Like the monitored EU members, many of the nations allegedly being watched are considered public allies of the United States. source

(Source: Washington Post)

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