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Internet warfare: All Georgia Government web sites down

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About a month ago the website of Georgia’s President was under a distributed denial of service attack and offline for some time. Based on forensic analysis it became clear that the root of these attacks were to be found in Russia.

Now with a state of war declared as it seems all official Government web sites of Georgia are not responding, not reachable or do not display any content…

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Video: The original Technoviking tape

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While we’re at it. A short add-on to our previous post …

Still inspiring.

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Foodfight: Berlin – Unterfriedrichshein vs. Ostkreuzberg

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After two years of a break the annual water / food fight between the two (former) Berlin “districts of Kreuzberg” and Friedrichshain was taken out again this weekend.

Almost a thousand combatants gathered around the “Oberbaumbruecke” that connects the two neighborhoods. The “battle” goes back to the 1990s when the Senate of Berlin in an administrative reform combined the two neighborhoods into one township/voting district most likely to block the left wing PDS party from getting a broader representation in government.

Within this battle only “weapons” like water, flour and everything that is wet, soft, splashy or slippery are allowed. According to that motto popular weapons included addle eggs, rotten vegetables or…

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Image: Where is Waldo with Obama

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Yesterday Sen. Barack Obama held a speech in Berlin and 200,000 were listening in enthusiastically.

For those who want to get an impression how 200,000 people look like from the viewpoint of the speaker we found an excellent shot at Flickr.

Note that the image only shows the front rows of…

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Video: Putin on the Ritz

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Our brief contribution to the squandering festivities for this year’s French national day (Fete National – 14-July-2008) in Paris.

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Rants’n Raves: Euro 2008 Football (soccer) championship

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Been sitting around this afternoon watching the semifinals of the Euro 2008 football championship via the Internet (there is no post on this site how to use a proxy to watch German TV from the US – go look somewhere else). Have to admit that I normally never watch football or golf or TV in general since they’ve replaced most of the interesting stuff with game shows, but today I made an exception.

So I’m sitting here nibbling on Lieber’s Kosher Winkies (that’s what my Deli had for sweets – not bad anyway, but full of artificial flavors) and watching parts of that game – the Germans win and there’s that big huha going on, everybody’s celebrating – besides the Turks of course – and dancing people anywhere as if they would have contributed to the result.

Then what would you expect German TV to do – interview some players, the coach, your grand uncle who knows everything about soccer – NO WAY!

They go straight ahead for some political schmoozing and…

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