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Our pals in Scotland are still part of the United Kingdom this morning (good thing? bad thing? who knows?!). In recognition, let’s look at some Scottish insults and slang!

Strap an HD video camera on the back of an eagle flying around the mountains of France, and this is what you get.

Wingnuts unite and carry birth records in a Ziploc bag!

Wow. Sometimes wingnuts really surprise me even more than usual. I guess I haven’t keeping up with the whole Obama birth certificate conspiracy, so the passion it’s bringing out in the “birthers,” as some are calling them, has slid by my radar. The argument goes something like this: Obama does not have his original Hawaii birth certificate, therefore he must not be a citizen of the United States, and instead a citizen of Kenya. I know, WTF.

Apparently one of a couple of things is happening with the birthers: either none of them have a computer with an Internet connection, or none of them know how to read. Because if you do an easy Google search you’ll find the “vital records” law for the state of Hawaii, which plainly states, “In Hawaii, access to vital records is restricted by statute (HRS §338-18)”, that only certified copies are given to the person concerned, family, or other legal requirements. Original documents are never released in the state of Hawaii.

All of this brings us to poor Representative Mike Castle (R-Delaware), just trying to have a simple public question and answer period on health care, when some lady with frizzy hair and her birth records in a Ziploc back, jumps up and incites the audience to say the pledge of allegiance. I know, who needs to worry about health care when we’ve got a birth certificate to track down!

Television Tough Guys — No Friends!

This is pretty funny: nobody is here to make friends!

Would you show your mom 2 girls 1 cup?

In doing research for my post about George Clooney watching the 2 girls 1 cup video (if you really need to know about it, read the Wikipedia article), I found an interesting phenomenon on youTube: sons forcing their mothers to watch this mind altering video. There’s a whole bunch of videos of sons taping their mother’s reaction to watching the video (here’s one, two, three, four), which seems very passive aggressive to me. If you love your mom, why would you show her such a horrible thing? I’m guessing that Freud would have some interesting things to say about sons making their mothers watch 2 girls 1 cup.

I think one of my favorite reactions comes from this French grandmother (!), who appears to be around 90 years old; she acts like “been there, done that . . .”

Savanna Samson, opera lover, vintner, and . . . porn star!

A true renaissance woman, Savanna Samson enjoys life to its fullest: opera, wine, and porn! The perfect woman? You be the judge!

Jewish Museum Berlin

This place was exceptional, confusing, troubling, joyful and thought provoking. It’s all those things because Daniel Libeskind designed it that way, which is a good thing . . . I think. The Jewish Museum Berlin in many ways asks its visitors to reconsider what a museum is, what it means to put things on display, and what do we do when so much of a culture has been destroyed, as the Nazis tried to do.

But in many ways the meaning of the design and the museum’s contents is left open for visitors to create. And that might be my one criticism of the museum as Libeskind conceived it: his design is what draws your attention, not the displays. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing; I’m not sure. I will be putting some photos up, but until then here is a video I took of the “Fallen Leaves” exhibition. This exhibition very much stands on its own, but could not work if it wasn’t for the Libeskind design.

Berlin various notes

Trying to keep up with my blogging duties while traveling around Germany has been tough; I have to rely on Internet cafes because there really is no free access anywhere, even at colleges. Plus, I’ve been on the go since minute one, which is fine, but I’m feeling whipped by the end of the day. The plan is to write a few different posts on Monday, my first real off day in a week and a half.

It’s also the first time Babette and I will be going our own way for an extended time. I will stay in Berlin for another 3 days while Babette heads back to Hamburg. Then I will go to the Black Forest and stay with Babette’s Uncle Roland (you can see his picture in the photos section), and 3 days later Babette will join me in the Black Forest. Oh, you can read Babette’s account of our trip (which sometimes varies from mine) at her blog, Motherland My Ass.

One of my favorite action films, Bourne Supremacy, was filmed in Berlin. In fact, scenes that were supposed to be in other cities like Munich were really filmed in Berlin. One disappointing visit was Alexanderplaz, where the place has been overtaken by construction and is really just a tourist trap with panhandlers everywhere. Here is a video of the real-life locations in Berlin:

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