Archive for February 9th, 2012

CIA’s “Facebook” Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

Thursday, February 9th, 2012
from Onion News Network Season 1 Episode 9
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Hitler’s secret photos reveal Nazi leader’s vanity

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A collection of private photographs showing Adolf Hitler in a series of bizarre poses to rehearse his public speeches has been published.

Hitler's secret photos reveal Nazi leader's vanity

The album features black and white images of the Nazi leader using expressive hand gestures and unusual poses taken by his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann.

In one, he is seen raising his fist in the air while in another, he appears to be pointing to an imaginary audience. He is also seen leaning against a tree wearing lederhosen.

The photographs, taken in the late 1920s to show the dictator how he appeared to the German public, were later banned from being published by Hitler for being “beneath one’s dignity”.

But they were published in Hoffmann’s memoirs entitled Hitler was my Friend in the 1950s, which have now been re-issued in English.

Hoffmann, who introduced Hitler to his then-studio assistant Eva Braun, survived the war and spent four years in prison for Nazi profiteering. He died in 1957, aged 72.

Historian Roger Moorhouse, who wrote the introduction to the new book, said: “It makes perfect sense that he would be doing this.

“We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon, but he had a lot of charisma and his speeches made people sincerely believe he would lead them back to greatness.

“He was an absolutely spellbinding public speaker and these pictures show that it was something he worked very hard on.”

The nine photographs were vetted by Hitler, who used them to decide how to address crowds. After seeing one in which he wore an SA cap, he ditched the hat and never wore it again.

“When you listen to his speeches now, he sounds like a ranting, raving maniac, but we know that it came across in a very persuasive way,” Mr Moorhouse added.

“These pictures give an important insight into how he practised. He was a showman and rehearsed his gestures to get a particular reaction from his audiences.

“He experimented with his own image and asked Hoffmann to take photographs for him to review. Then he’d look at them and say ‘no, that looks silly’ or ‘I’m never doing that again’.

“He used Hoffmann as a sounding board, but never intended the images to be published.

“He was a very modern politician in that way. He was concerned about how he looked and his public persona.”

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Kelowna cyclist dies after plunge through ice

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Emergency responders search for a cyclist who fell through the ice on Woods Lake north of Kelowna, B.C., on Wednesday.

An RCMP dive team has recovered the body of a man who fell through the ice while cycling on a lake north of Kelowna, B.C.

Two ice fishermen told police that they saw the man riding along the ice at the edge of Wood Lake near Highway 97 halfway between Kelowna and Vernon around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“We just heard a noise and looked over and could see something sort of in the water there and some muffled screams. Came up to the hole and pair of gloves sitting there. Nothing too much we could do, throw a rope in, but it couldn’t even touch bottom. Called 911,” said Don Skipper.

Emergency responders had searched for the cyclist for about an hour, but didn’t find the man or his bicycle. A dive team that arrived later in the afternoon eventually recovered the body.

RCMP said the identity of the man was not yet known.

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‘Iron Sky’ Trailer & Poster: Nazi Space Invaders vs. President Palin

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

trailer for iron sky

Finnish director Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky has been trying to get off the ground for years now, and that long road through development is almost at an end. Today we have a newIron Sky official trailer and poster to share, and all things considered, the film still looks like a ton of fun.

If you haven’t heard of it before, Iron Sky is a sci-fi comedy that takes an alternate take on history, in which the Nazi’s launched spaceships from a secret Antarctic base towards the end of WWII, in order to hide out on the dark side of the Moon. While on their lunar retreat, the Nazi faction builds a fleet of ships for their eventual invasion of Earth – an invasion that comes to fruition in the futuristic setting of 2018.

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. The Fourth Reich must act! Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. When the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.

Iron Sky has been in development since 2006, with many contributors lending their time and talent to help craft Vuorensola’s vision.  An Iron Sky teaser trailer released in 2009 convinced some financiers attending the Cannes Film Festival that year to invest a couple of million in the low-budgeted project. That investment (as evidenced by the trailer above) has resulted in a blend of pulpy classical Hollywood movie tropes and some satirical comedy with obvious targets in mind (such as the Nazi regime or Stephanie Paul’s Sarah Palin-esque President).

Truth be told, the film looks like it is destined to be a sci-fi cult-hit; but despite a few impressive visual effects and sci-fi concepts at work, it doesn’t look like Iron Sky will be a massive blockbuster hit – not that the filmmakers are particularly interested in creating that sort of movie.

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