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Prague Refugee Center Fire-Bombed After Anti-Muslim Protests

Czech police say a group of about 20 unknown attackers set fire to a refugee center in Prague on February 6, just hours after thousands of people staged a protest in the Czech capital against Muslims and immigration.

The attackers stormed the Klinka center, a former medical clinic in Prague’s Zizkov district, and threw Molotov cocktails.

Authorities say at least one person was injured by the attack.

Activists who work at the refugee center said the attackers were neo-Nazis.

The anti-Muslim protest staged in front of Prague castle, the presidential seat, was one of many organized across Europe on February 6 by PEGIDA, a group whose name loosely translates as the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West.

The group has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiments since it was founded in Dresden, Germany in 2014.

About 8,000 PEGIDA supporters who took to the streets in Dresden on February 6 faced off against thousands of counter-demonstrators, but a heavy police presence kept the two groups apart.

PEGIDA member Siegfried Daebritz told the Dresden rally: “We must succeed in guarding and controlling Europe’s external borders as well as its internal borders once again.”

PEGIDA organizers initially said they expected 15,000 people to participate in their Dresden rally.

The counter-demonstration on the opposite side of the Elbe River that divides Dresden gathered about 10,000 people.

In Warsaw, Amsterdam, Birmingham, France, Latvia, and Denmark, PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigration demonstrations failed to bring more than a few hundred people out onto the streets.

About 200 PEGIDA supporters who tried to hold their first protest in a public square near Amsterdam’s city hall on February 6 clashed with police.

That violence broke out when authorities closed off the area just before the rally was due to begin while explosives experts examined what police described as a “suspect package.”

But in the French port city of Calais on February 6, police used tear gas and clashed with a violent crowd of about 150 anti-immigrant protesters who chanted slogans like: “We must not let Calais die.”

Several far-right demonstrators were detained by authorities in Calais.

The protesters had ignored a ruling by local authorities that bans such demonstrations.

Calais has become one of the focal points for Europe’s migrant crisis because thousands of immigrants have gathered there and are living in destitute camps while waiting for a chance to trip to slip into Britain by the Channel Tunnel.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

#Europe, #PEGIDA, #Police

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Aerodactylus scolopaciceps, previously known as Pterodactylus kochi (because Pterodactylus, being the first pterosaur genus discovered, was a waste-basket taxon) was a Late Jurassic pterosaur found in Solnhofen Limestone, Germany—the same formation which gave us Archaeopteryx.

It had a throat pouch from the middle of its beak to the upper part of the neck, and a lappet on the back side of its head.

It was renamed Aerodactylus by Vidovic & Martill in 2014 after, you guessed it right, the Pokémon Aerodactyl, which in my opinion looks like a grayscale shrinkwrapped Charizard wannabe than a proper pterosaur.

P.S.: Look at those damn nerds naming their animals after Pokémon. They’re awesome on multiple levels and I need those kind of nerds in my life.

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Wicked Finale von Willemijns Dernière (06.01.2010)

Lucy sang part of a verse in the finale in Dutch during Willemijn’s last show in Stuttgart. (You can hear a little bit of it before the rest is drowned out by applause.) 

Lack of activity and reasons

Hi guys, you probably (didn’t) notice a lack of activity in this blog

I’m not drawing as much and not talking as much either, mostly, because I have a lot in my head… You know, I got really good news!! I found a job, finally, for the first time, a proper job, the thing is… it’s in germany…

I’ve been preparing through this month all the stuff I’ll need and putting it in packages, clothes, more clothes, the computer, the laptop and all kind of things, so I can take them to my first ever little flat for me <3

I still don’t have the flat confirmed, but I will stay at my sister’s house there (yeah, she works there too haha) and until I find a small cheap flat, I’m gonna be living with her for now.

Besides, when I fidn the flat, I will also need to pay for internet and that stuff, so, between work and search for somewhere to live, I’ll be a bit off….

I’ll fly next monday, and next tuesday I will sign my contract <3

But anyways, take care you guys, I hope to see you soon!

(please, I don’t want to sound too selfish, but I’d love to read some support from you, I’m as happy as I’m scared and anxious, need some positive vibes in my direction haha x3)

Elephantopoides

Elephantopoides was a type of Jurassic sauropod footprint, found in Germany in about 150 million year old rocks. They were probably made along the coast and were also found alongside smaller sauropod tracks and some large theropods. 

Sources (Images and text): 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/danielmennerich/4799340852

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephantopoides

Shout out goes to @teddyambing!

What I hate more than anything is when my family starts talking about all these kids my age who went to Asutria or Germany, found a job there and they’re really happy making a lot of money, €s are falling from the sky and life is perfect. They’re thinking that maybe it will make me pack my bags and be on my way as well. But just stop already, I’m not going anywhere. I have no desire for the far diaspora lands tbh, I’d rather have a decent life here.

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“I used to like to come sit up here, you know. Years and years ago when I had a flat in Berlin and everything was happening so fast, I used to come up here to the top of the Reichstag and just watch the people go by, or the stars and the headlights if it was dark… Just to get a little bit of the peace and quiet that I missed from home.” He fell silent for a moment, tapping the metal railing with his fingernails and looking out at the city.

“Well, it’s not so quiet up here anymore and the view’s changed a lot, but you get the idea.”

Gilbert didn’t interrupt as Volker narrated his connection and experiences with that particular place, with that view - or the memories of such view. He could relate. He had some of that of his own, though, as for now, most of his memories, most of his quiet places, aren’t found in Germany anymore, they had been integrated to countries such as Poland, Lithuania and - of course- Russia.

Brandenburg, however, still had on it many landscapes that could give Gilbert some peace of mind. Either it was Postdam, or the landscapes. Gilbert approached Volker, or more so, approached the railing, leaning a bit on it, his own eyes basking onto that view.

“Yes, I get the idea. We all have our safe places.”

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Ring Brooch, c. 1340–1349.  Midde Rhine, Germany. Maker unknown. Gold, sapphires, and spinels [octahedral crystals].

This ring brooch was found in Germany’s Rhine Valley, along with coins minted between 1347 and 1349 in the nearby town of Speyer. The items are believed to have been buried by a member of the local Jewish community, which had suffered persecution following an outbreak of plague in 1349.

© 2000–2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

after reading this passage about world war 1: 
“A dreadful chain of events took place. In July 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on its neighbour Serbia following the murder of a senior Austrian Archduke in Sarajevo. Because Russia had promised to defend Serbia, it declared war on Austria-Hungary. Because of Germany’s promise to stand by Austria-Hungary, Russia also found itself at war with Germany. France , Russia’s ally, immediately made its troops ready, recognizing that the events in Serbia would lead inevitably to war with Germany. Britain st ill hoped that it would not be dragged into war, but realized only a miracle could prevent it. No miracle occurred.”

i finally realize why hetalia axis powers was such a great idea for a manga. I MEAN IMAGINE COUNTRIES AS PEOPLE AND READ THAT PASSAGE AGAIN. WHAT A TRAINWRECk

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Flawed Holocaust Remembrance
Forgetting that, even today, Jews could just be targeted.

January 28, 2016 | P. David Hornik


International Holocaust Remembrance Day fell this week on Wednesday. If the day is supposed to serve an educational function, it has largely been a failure.

It was also reported this week that “More than 40% of European Union citizens hold anti-Semitic views and agree with the claim that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and behaving like the Nazis….” The data come from Israel’s official anti-Semitism report for 2015.

The 40% figure is consistent with earlier findings. A 2011 study by the University of Beilefeld in Germany found 48% of Germans and 63% of Poles agreeing that Israel was carrying out a war of extermination against the Palestinians; the lowest figures were 38% and 39% for Italy and the Netherlands respectively. Polls of Germans in 2013 and 2014 came up with similar numbers.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been marked for about a decade, along with other commemorations and educational efforts. The upshot is that large numbers of citizens of Europe—the continent where the Holocaust occurred—are unable to tell the difference between the deliberate extermination of six million people and an armed conflict whose death tolls, on both sides, are in the thousands.

Even for many of those who seem able to acknowledge the nature and magnitude of the Holocaust, the notion that, seventy years later, Jews have transformed from victims to victimizers appears irresistible.

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