Wanted: Tree stump to live in.

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…declared in a top secret document it had regained access to BlackBerry data and celebrated with the word, “champagne!”

via Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

 

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Here is another thing to blame the Nazis for.

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This 22-year-old, who wrote numerous letters home begging for more Pervitin, was not just any soldier — he was Heinrich Böll, who would go on to become one of Germanys leading postwar writers and win a Nobel Prize for literature in 1972. And the drug he asked for is now illegal, notoriously so. We now know it as crystal meth.

via Crystal Meth Origins Link Back to Nazi Germany and World War II – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

 

Portrait of an Artist

I did enjoy painting my own subjects, and they sold well, but it was much more fascinating to paint the unpainted pictures of other artists.

via SPIEGEL Interview with Wolfgang Beltracchi: Confessions of a Genius Art Forger – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.