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Reflections on the Future

Seeing the future as a project: The Long Now Foundation aims at developping a new way of thinking about our time and future. Opposing the current cultural mainstream that depicts our future’s environment as devastated and non-livable and the people as lonely and ruled by technology, the Foundation offers a more optimistic suggestions for seeing the time that will come. Basically it is the suggestion to start thinking about it at all – not in terms of short periods as modern democracies’ elections are structured but in really long runs.

Nothing New in “New Turkey’s” architecture

mimarsinan2Construction is the key factor in Turkey’s booming economy: currently the government has more than half a trillion dollars’ worth of planned, ongoing or recently completed building projects across the country. Oppulent projects that strive back to the glory and splendour of the Ottoman Empire. Erdoğan’s immense “White Palace” with more than 1000 rooms, İstanbul’s third airport that aims at becoming world’s largest, the digging of a whole “new Bosporus” making an island out of İstanbul and the construction of the biggest mosque in the history of the republic. All of these projects are highly contested regarding environmental and social impacts.

Art in Ausschwitz

 

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  • "The Sketchbook from Auschwitz" contains 22 pictures drawn in 1943 by an unknown prisoner at the camp.
  • Jan Komski, Birkenau (Auschwitz II). Komski lived in one of these barracks
  • Women are tattooed soon after arrival. This was a shocking greeting for new arrivals. This number was more important than a family name.
  • After the execution in the gravel pit, some SS of the firing squad, pose proudly for snapshot.
  • Executions had to be witnessed by the entire population of the camp. Everyone stood at attention and in complete silence.
  • Corpses, stacked high in the Crematorium I storage chamber. The burial was simple - in the fire and smoke of the furnaces.
  • Dissident artist Franciszek Jaźwiecki was producing hiddenly drawings in Auschwitz.
  • The majority of the drawings include the subject's prisoner number.
  • The Nazis prohibited drawing, and artists risked severe punishment, including death, for documenting their surroundings.

 

“The Sketchbook from Auschwitz” contains 22 pictures drawn in 1943 by an unknown prisoner at the camp.

Abandoned Berlin – Blubbering Mess

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Blub, short for Berliner Luft- und Badeparadies (Berlin Air and Bathing Paradise), first opened in Britz beside the Teltow Canal at a cost of 44 million Deutschmark in February 1985. The “bathing paradise” quickly became one of West Berlin’s most popular swimming pool centers. They were humans initially.

Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo shootings

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Anonymous, the online hacktivist collective, has vowed to shut down terrorist websites and social media accounts promoting terrorism to avenge the brutal murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists. The group intends to render the jihadist websites inaccessible through the denial of service (DDoS) attack.

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