Danube Revisited: Starting in 1958, Inge Morath dedicated years of her career to photographing daily life along the Danube River, which flows from Southern Germany to the edge of the Black Sea in Eastern Romania.... In early July, eight female photographers set out to follow Morath’s path along the Danube for five weeks.
"The criminal's daughters"
Mementos of childhood, meticulously documented by the secret police of Romania.
Growing up in a Romanian orphanage, Izidor Ruckel just wanted to get out. Now, he makes it his mission to raise awareness
of the suffering of other orphans who remain institutionalized. [more inside]
From a small town in Romania, Guccifer skewered and glorified the power elite.
If Snowden perfectly fit the profile of geek crusader, Lehel, a stone-faced, disheveled man in a tight leather jacket, seemed an odd candidate for one of the world’s most notorious hackers. But Guccifer is to hacking what the Beatles are to rock and roll. He had predecessors, 4Chan cowboys like Anonymous and Sabu of LulzSec, but he’s changed the nature of hacking fame. Guccifer rose by exploiting the connections people make online to infiltrate the private lives of some of the most powerful people on Earth. He served up the results to the media, irresistible high-low raw material for an online news cycle driven by leaks and voyeurism and racked by anxiety over privacy.
What Is A Guccifer? [more inside]
You or someone you know, at one time or another, might have taken a blade of grass, positioned it between thumbs or fingers, and made some sound, a note or two, by blowing over it. You can actually do the same with certain other things, like, say, fish scales. But chances are that neither you nor anyone you know can make music like the music Marin Toma of Romania, back in the 1930s, made with a fish scale. I mean, hey, just listen to this
Salina Turda: salt mines turned subterranean history museum.
"What was once an enormous salt mine in Turda, Romania, has now been carefully renovated by the regional Cluj county council into the world’s first salt mining history museum. The Salina Turda salt mines were excavated in the 17th century, proving a crucial source for salt that brought the Romans much wealth. Today, the Durgau lakes at the mine’s surface – responsible for much of the salt deposits in the area – are popular tourist attractions that guarantee a steady flow of visitors all year around. A trip down the vertical shafts that once transported thousands of tons of salt will slowly reveal the immense scale of the excavated earth, made blatantly clear upon reaching the very bottom of the mine which is covered in a sand-like layer of salt."
You may remember
the 7.5 hour documentary released in 2009 which allowed you to travel the journey between Bergen to Oslo from the comfort of your home.
If your wanderlust was fired up watching that video, then you may enjoy some of the other trips you can take.
Dr. Gisella Perl was a gynecologist living in what is now Sighet, Rumania, when in 1944 she and her family were transported by the Nazis to the death camp at Auschwitz. There, she was forced to work under Joseph Mengele
in the camp hospital. After seeing the horrors and abuse
leading up to the murder of pregant women, she "decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz."
Gisella Perl: Angel and Abortionist in the Auschwitz Death Camp [more inside]
- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
Cioran's literary elitism is unparalleled in modern literature, and for that reason he often appears as a nuisance for modern and sentimental ears poised for the lullaby words of eternal earthly or spiritual bliss. Cioran's hatred of the present and the future, his disrespect for life, will certainly continue to antagonize the apostles of modernity who never tire of chanting vague promises about the "better here-and-now." ... If one could reduce the portrayal of Cioran to one short paragraph, then one must depict him as an author who sees in the modern veneration of the intellect a blueprint for spiritual gulags and the uglification of the world. Indeed, for Cioran, man's task is to wash himself in the school of existential futility, for futility is not hopelessness; futility is a reward for those wishing to rid themselves of the epidemic of life and the virus of hope. Probably, this picture best befits the man who describes himself as a fanatic without any convictions--a stranded accident in the cosmos who casts nostalgic looks towards his quick disappearance.
- Tomislav Sunic [more inside]
The Romanian government has changed its labour laws, and in doing so has added a number of professions which weren't previously recognised but which are now subject to tax. Car valets, embalmers and driving instructors are unhappy to be added, but their protests aren't likely to be as scary as those of the...witches
. [more inside]
Bored of Ke$ha
, and their various American contemporaries performing "hip-hop"-"tinged" "pop"? Say "alo" to apple-cheeked Romanian-German star Miss Platnum
. Maybe start with Mercedes-Benz
and She Moved In
, before moving on to her earliest and biggest hit, Give Me the Food
. [more inside]
Romania's Tirgsor Prison (for women),
as photographed by six inmates. (mild nsfw content)
"Au Soleil" is based on my memories of a cycling trip I undertook across Eastern Europe from Berlin to Istanbul.
Vimeo video. A (surprisingly relaxing) short multimedia documentary, created using open source 3D animation software and a keen artistic eye. [more inside]
The fiddle is usually associated with the hillbilly mania of people like Michael Cleveland
(the nerdiest master ever to wield a bow), or the can't-get-it-out-of-your-head knees up party sound of celtic music
. The violin, on the other hand, is associated with the elegance of orchestral music
. They're actually one and the same instrument, applied to different sounds. And nobody wrote for this instrument more movingly than the Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu
(1853-1883). Listen to his Ballad for Violin and Orchestra
with your eyes closed, and weep for the suffering of the world.
Following the 5 April parliamentary election results
in the Republic of Moldova, in which the Partidul Comuniștilor din Republica Moldova
won nearly 50%
of the vote, thousands of young people began a series
largely organized through Twitter
, text messaging, and FaceBook.
The protests quickly reached a boiling point
early today, when Parliament was stormed. Much of the coverage
in the European press
is limited to Romanian-language
reporting. Some of the most
and video clips,
for themselves. [more inside]
They call themselves Visual Journalists
. Prime among them is the Bombay Flying Club
, a group of photo-journalists who are using the latest web and flash technologies to frame their online news gathering and documentary storytelling. [more inside]
Do you, or an older relative of yours, recognize any of these children?
More than 70 children separated from their families during WWII, now all elderly men and women, are using the Internet to try to find some answers about their pasts, their families, and sometimes even their own names. They are soliciting help and suggestions in the comments sections on each story. [more inside]
, Romanian photographer. [nsfw] [more inside]
In the county of Maramures
in Romania is Sapanta
or The Merry Cemetery
. From 1935 Ioan Patras
, carved oak crosses with a scene from a life or death like the death of a young girl
or this questionable bit
Should have worked in a sushi bar.
Newsoftheweirdfilter : before entering an hospital in order to have corrective surgery on your testicles, make sure your surgeon of choice isn't 1. slightly insane 2. short tempered 3.holding a scalpel (probably SFW, but may elicit a perpetual lack of trust in doctors).
is hot. I'd do her. The thing is she holds the world record (according to GWR
) for being the most prolific serial killer in history. Supposedly, she may have tortured and killed
as many as 2000 young girls, which probably makes her bi or lesbian (not that there's anything wrong with that). Some say she is the real inspiration
for Bram Stoker's Dracula
built the Curtea de Arges Monastery
. According to legend,
he couldn't complete the work without sacrificing someone dear to him, and his hubris upon completing the work lead him to a tragic end. It's a touching story, and now you can play the game.
Nun crucified at Romanian exorcism.
A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.
"I don't understand why journalists are making such a fuss about this. Exorcism is a common practice in the heart of the Romanian Orthodox church and my methods are not at all unknown to other priests," Father Daniel added.
UPDATE: She was buried yesterday
and the Principal monk has been charged with false imprisonment leading to death.
time and life management technique developed in Romania and practiced by millions of people worldwide.
Learn to properly rub mint online
the RMRA for free!
Don't forget the testimonials
and ancient wisdom
Urban Haute Couture
"is about street art and street art only. Since a couple of years ago there's a boom in street art. To be clear we're not talking about graffiti. We're talking about street art
that is spraypaint/marker template based, stickers, posters and combinations of those. This new breed of street art, except for using the urban landscape as a medium, has actually nothing to do with graffiti." Cities include Berlin, Amsterdam and the Romanian Stencil Archive
Images of the Rom
: the Rrom of Romania
from an award-winning book by Yves Leresche; The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe
by Raulf Bauerdick; David Dare-Parker's Roma - Gypsies of Romania
(the second image in the set won "Best Feature Photograph" in the Walkley Awards
); the Chergari Gypsies
in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
(by Stacia Spragg - background here
); and Itinerant Gypsies in Romania
by Valeriu Campan. See also the photo-article, Challenging Segregation
of Roma schoolchildren in eastern Hungary by Jason Orton (article continues at far right), and an eviction series by Ph.D. student Cosima Rughinis: the Rom in Pata Rat (dump site), Cluj-Napoca
, Piatra Neamt
, and Targu Mures
, Romania. For some context on the last, view some text snapshots
(under "issues of Roma Rights") of the situation from the European Roma Rights Center
As Romanian factory workers prepare to sell sperm to a fertility clinic to try to reduce their company's debt
one begins to wonder if capitalism is helping to fulfill Ceausescu's dream of increasing Romania's population from 23 million to 30 million by the year 2000
, or if it's simply fueling the countries recent increase in the illegal sale of babies
Video of a AIDS infected Rumanian kid fighting the medical bureacracy for therapy. Rumania has the highest no of pediatric AIDs cases - a legacy of the Ceausescu days when tainted blood and dirty needes were used regularly for blood transfusions (from WP)
How did FoxNews get it before I did?
Somehow I did not get word of this in a dozen e-mail messages: Ode to America
from Romanian news editor Cornel Nistorescu.
It doesn't really say anything that we don't know already, but I guess it's special to hear it from someone on the outside, i.e. the much-loved 1973 essay
from Canadian Gordon Sinclair.
Romania learns capitialism well
Along with a Dracula theme park, it's reported the government wants to help a group of US investors clone Vlad the Imapler (a.k.a. Count Dracula.)