Propaganda On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They presented me with a DVD that recently came into their possession and asked me to translate it. They also asked me to post the completed film on the Internet so that it could reach a worldwide audience. I believed what I was told and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film's extraordinary content. Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. According to Sabine the above is the formal statement she gave to Federal Police on 16 June 2012. Sabine: I have translated this film, laid in the English voice over and subtitles, and on legal advice have blurred the identity of the presenter and/or blacked out certain elements. Watch the full documentary now
Ravens of the Tower of London Historically, wild ravens were common throughout Britain, even in towns, the Tower being within their natural range. When they were exterminated from much of their traditional range, including London, they could only persist at the Tower in captivity, and with official support. Local legend puts the origin of the captive raven population at the time of King Charles II (reigned 1660–1685); however, historians believe that the "Tower's raven mythology is likely to be a Victorian flight of fantasy". History Legends One of the earliest legends that connects the Tower with a raven is the tale of the euhemerised mutually destructive battle against the Irish king Matholwch who had mistreated the British princess Branwen. A view (c. 1900) of Tower Green, where historically a temporary scaffold was sometimes erected for executions, although these were usually carried out on Tower Hill outside the castle. "These ravens must go!" Wild ravens in London Main article: Common raven
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream It won a Hugo Award in 1968. The name was also used for a short story collection of Ellison's work, featuring this story. It was recently reprinted by the Library of America, collected in volume two (Terror and the Uncanny, from the 1940s to Now) of American Fantastic Tales (2009). Background Ellison wrote "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" in a single night in 1966, making virtually no changes from the first draft. Characters AM, the supercomputer which brought about the near-extinction of humanity. Plot The story takes place 109 years after the complete destruction of human civilization. The machines are each referred to as "AM," which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer," and then was later called "Adaptive Manipulator." The survivors live together underground in an endless complex, the only habitable place left. The story's narrative begins when one of the humans, Nimdok, has the idea that there is canned food somewhere in the great complex. References
2012Movies You Need To See This 17-Minute Film Set Entirely On A Teen's Computer Screen These words are probably unfurling inside one of many open tabs on your computer screen. Perhaps one tab is for work, one is for chatting, and another is for Twitter. You probably even have some others open for no particular reason. This is the way we receive information and the way we communicate now: constantly, simultaneously, compulsively, endlessly, and more and more often, solitarily. The 17-minute, mildly NSFW Noah is unlike anything you've seen before in a movie—only because it is exactly like what many of us see on our computers all the time. From the desktop photo of a young couple posing for the camera, we learn that Noah has a girlfriend. Lending the project authenticity is the filmmakers' attention to detail. Lest you think that watching some couple Skype sounds boring, though, this thing moves at the speed of an ADD-afflicted hummingbird, zooming in on key pieces of information as Noah learns them, before zipping off to follow what he does with the new intel.