Archive for February, 2011

Kadarshians or Kardashians?

Still nothing in The NY Times about the recent 2011 Dresden marches and counter-protests.  It’s been well over a week.

I learned about Ryan Seacrest yesterday.  And the Kardashians.

Where have I been?  In a secret sticker bubble?


Much happier with stickers than Kadarshians or Kardashians.

Kadarshians or Kardashians has a certain Kurt Vonnegut ring to it, doesn’t it?

Protests everywhere

Research from yesterday:

February 13th and 14th mark the anniversary each year of the Dresden bombings, during which Allied forces killed an estimated 25,000 civilians by dropping incendiary bombs.  Far-right extremists have since used the occasions to gather in remembrance and march through the city with flags, banners, and torches.  In 2011, two funeral marches were scheduled within days of each other.  The first on February 13th drew 1,300 neo-Nazis, but what was remarkable were the 17,000 counter-protesters who also showed up to block the parade by creating a human chain extending two miles around the city.  The second gathering on February 19 drew some 600 neo-Nazis (fewer than the 4,000 expected) and an estimated 21,000 counter-protesters made up of an alliance of political parties, church groups, trade unions, and associations.  Five thousand police were deployed to keep the peace at each event.

I’ve searched online for stories about the Dresden protests.  Nothing in The New York Times as of today, February 19 (though plenty of suggestions for restaurants and hotels).  It’s early, though.  I’ll give them a few more days.

A set of photographs on Flickr, however, depicts violent confrontations between what look to be antifa protesters and riot police (images copyright Noktalia 2011).

Example of anti-Nazi sticker – this one from Berlin:

Ha ha.

The .png shots I take for this SK blog are too small in size and too low-res to be used in any other printed matter.  No surprise.  It’s weird, though.  I can re-save a .png shot as a .jpeg, and the file size remains the same?  I can’t remember.  In any case, I created a .png shot at 72 dpi, re-saved it as a 72 dpi .jpeg, and re-saved it again as 150 dpi and 300 dpi .jpegs.  You’re not supposed to enlarge files like this, but I’m having Shutterfly make 5 x7-inch photographs to see how they compare in printed form.  The Web site I used to make .png shots is the blog called Fighting Fire with Gasoline.

Shutterfly also offers easy POD print-on-demand publishing services for people to create personal scrap books and photo albums.  I guess they took random images from folders I’ve set up to entice me to make an album, b/c what I saw today had the status of my current order juxtaposed with a sample photo album entitled “Fuck Kapitalism.”

“Check it out.”  Ha ha.  Can’t make this stuff up.

Also can’t make up the fact that federal funding for Planned Parenthood got axed today in the House.

Readings on German history

Kitty has been up to her whiskers auditing a course on the Holocaust and reading up on post-WWII German history and post-German reunification in particular.  Books on the coffee table include: The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century; Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany; Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers: The Roots of Prejudice in Modern Germany; The Politics of the New Germany; Fascists; German Culture, Politics, and Literature into the Twenty-First Century; America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11; and United and Divided: Germany since 1990; among others.

For the Holocaust class, our first readings from David M. Crowe’s The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath cover four thousand years of Jewish history from “Abraham receives covenant from Hebrew God YHWH” in the Second Millenium B.C.E. to the days in 1939 before Hitler invades Poland on September 1.  All from the book’s first three chapters in 105 dense pages.  The professor wasn’t kidding when said it would be a reading-intensive course, and with close to 30 students enrolled, he was probably hinting that anyone not up to the task should drop.  The student next to me said it was the largest class he’s been in except for Biology.

No pictures in this post today.  😦



Flickr Photos

February 2011