Burka ban protest with a twist

This video is a protest against the upcoming Burka ban in France. Sarkozy’s known for attacking immigrants whenever his polls are low and they’ve been a big target lately. These students wanted to do something that would get more attention than just wearing burkas around the city.

Calling themselves the “Niqabitches,” the veiled ladies can be seen strutting past prime ministerial offices and various government ministries with a black veil leaving only their eyes visible, but with their long legs naked bar black high heels.
French women cause a stir in niqab and hot pants in anti-burka ban protestTelegraph

The music is also intended to be inflammatory. My friend Daniel explains it well

…it’s very funny, all in French slang, in the style of the early fifties, all about ways she likes to play with herself at night, it ends by her saying now you may ask me what I do during the day? ….. well I just get fucked it’s that simple..
D. Travert

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FedFlix: redistributing the government videos to the public

Carl Malamud at www2010I just watched Carl Malamud discuss his work to open government data and resources to the public domain. One of his projects, FedFlix, takes government tapes from archives, digitizes, adds , and finally releases the content to the public domain.

Carl also discussed his work with releasing legal documents to the public domain to allow all citizens access to law resources. Open Government data has been an ongoing talk at this conference. I’m looking forward to seeing more mashups and effects of this transparency.

Here’s a sample video that is relevant for the recent incidents. It’s a mine safety video.

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“Arbeit Macht Frei” sign stolen from Auschwitz

Small Fortress in Terezin, Czech Republic
Nazi concentration camps featured a hopeful sign for the incoming prisoners. “Arbeit Macht Frei” means Work Sets You Free and helped keep up the guise of these “work camps”.

Someone just stole the sign from Auschwitz.

I took this photo of the Small Fortress in Terezin, Czech Republic. It’s hard to understand how horrible these camps were until you’ve actually visited one.
Terezin bunkbeds in the Small Fortress
At one point the guide showed us one of the prisoner cells where people were so cramped they had to sleep side by side on wooden bunk beds. She then took us to the cell for Jewish prisoners. It was 1/4 the size, had no furniture, and the only source of light/air was a tiny window (4 inches by 4 inches) about 6 feet up in the air.

Here’s some information about Terezin from wikipedia

The Small Fortress in Terezin was also used as a punishment prison for Allied POWs who persisted in escape attempts. POWs from Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland were imprisoned and witnessed the horrendous inhuman mistreatment of the largely Jewish population. Keeping POWs in such a camp was against the Geneva Convention, and the camp was under the direct control of the Gestapo who refused to acknowledge the POWs’ special status. They saw that elderly Jewish inmates were given food every second day and forced to do hard labour constructing a 1 km long tank trap,mainly using their hands. Prisoners who stopped jogging, with handfuls of dirt, were beaten unmercifully. Prisoners were forced to sit on the head and legs of a victim while the guard repeatedly struck the victim with a nailed post, reducing their buttocks to pulp. Jews were also whipped with strips of thin wire that tore their bodies apart. Prisoners were forced to collect the bloody parts and load them on a cart.

Block A in Terezin

I wish work could have set these people free. Unfortunately life wasn’t that easy for the people tortured in the death camps.

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Keywords of a deranged politician

The keywords for a politician’s campaign web site can tell you a lot. It shows you who they expect to be supported by and what they hope to accomplish. You’d expect them to be either focused or scatter shot.

This is the keyword string for George Hutchins, a candidate for Virginia’s 4th district. I’m not adding a link, but the address is GeorgeHutchins.com.

<meta name=”key words” content=”FOX NEWS, Glenn Beck, Udo Voigt, NPD, william b.j.lawson, gay rights, david price, gangs of new york, new york draft riots, gay right, gay marriage, fags, faggots, webster university, university of texas at el paso, second armored division, 1991 gulf war, u.s. marines, u.s. regular army, hell on wheels, general patton, ronald reagan, vfw, veterans of foriegn wars, liberation of kuwait medal, john wayne, the alamo, elizabeth dole, george hutchins, u.s. congress, north carolina, 2010, 4th republican North Carolina district, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Morrisville, Apex, North Carolina 4th Fourth U.S. Congrressional District, Berlin Wall, Spanish American War, 2010 Elections, David Price, Gangs of New York, Draft Riots, U.S. Civil War, Berlin Wall, Cold War, Impeach Obama, Nobama, brandenburg gate, Germany, Berlin, NIM, N.I.M. International Political Lobby, National Independents Movement, Hutchins for U.S. Congress 2010″>

Good luck Virginia. You’re gonna need it.