Archive for the ‘Nazis’ Category

About Nazis, Hitler and the Third Reich.

Kick them when they’re down: Facebook edition.

May 10th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala

If you have a passion for Space Nazis, sign up and we’ll let you know when we’re ready for your help. -Facebook

Am I the only one who thinks the above is slightly scary?

We really like Facebook, we’ve been using it for ages and it’s a great place to connect. But we’re not fans of their problems with privacy and security. Or their bullish ways of doing, well, pretty much everything. Not to mention the time they removed our page for alleged hate speech, even though we did get it back.

Couple of weeks ago Timo tried to leave Facebook, only to discover the existence of a “community page for Timo Vuorensola”. These community pages are the result of their new feature – creating pages for almost everything that has a Wikipedia page so they can be listed in the “interests and likes” section of people’s profiles.

Turns out this automation creates some problems for a company that tries to keep their nose clean of anything remotely offensive and Facebook now has fan pages for some rather unpleasant things.

So how about letting the world know you “have a passion for Nazism and Fascism” or that’ you’re into all forms of totalitarianism with Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Or maybe you want to let the world know you like Child Sexual Abuse?

This is a good example of what’s wrong with Facebook’s plans for world domination. They want to be the one place for all things – but then there’s all the nasty stuff no-one likes. If they want to get rid of it it means they need to up the censorship, creating lists of banned words, or getting even more trigger happy with acting on complaints. And the more they try to clean up the world site, the bigger target they become for ridicule & litigation when something slips past their net.

If they want to be the one place for everything they need to give up control and re-think their strategy of reducing all relationships into “friends” and “likes”. The world just doesn’t work like that.

p.s. There’s little doubt these pages will be removed once the first complaints are made, so don’t be too surprised if the links don’t work.

Airplane Wreck Diving – Junkers Ju 52

May 5th, 2010 by Janos Honkonen

And now for something completely different. Some 40 km out of the town of Narvik in Norway there is a lake called Hartvigvattnet which the Nazis used as a landing strip in the wintertime. One of their planes, a Junkers Ju 52, now lies in the bottom of the lake. The history of the plane is a bit unclear, but here’s a nice article about it in DYK magazine.

When I and my fiance went for a diving trip to Narvik, there was no way in hell we would miss this – especially when it turned out that the most fun way to reach the wreck is by jumping into a crystal clear river leading to the lake, and drifting down.

Philip K. Dick and the Neo-Nazi plot to start World War III.

February 19th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala
Philip K. Dick - Oraakkelin Kirja (Man in the High Castle)

Finnish cover for Man in the High Castle

In October 1972 sci-fi author Philip K. Dick contacted the FBI. You’d be forgiven thinking that maybe he was worried about photocopiers that now (since 1968) could infringe on copyrights in full color! Or maybe a case of plagarism. After all, in ten years time his novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” would go on to be adapted as Blade Runner, one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

But, let’s not forget this is Philip K. Dick we’re talking about, so it turned out to be something far more bizarre.

“I am a well-known author of science fiction novels, one of which dealt with Nazi Germany (called MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, it described an ‘alternate world’ in which the Germans and Japanese won World War Two and jointly occupied the United States).

I bring this to your attention because several months ago I was approached by an individual who I have reason to believe belonged to a covert organization involved in politics, illegal weapons, etc., who put great pressure on me to place coded information in future novels ‘to be read by the right people here and there’, as he phrased it. I refused to do this.”

His house had been burglarized a year earlier and Philip K. Dick had become convinced the crime was politically motivated. More specifically, be believed it was the work of Neo-Nazis, possibly due to the anti-nazi tone of Man in the High Castle. So, naturally, he concluded that Nazis were also behind this sinister worldwide organization that was blackmailing science fiction writers into including secret messages in their works.

Apparently, the plan was to “decode” this information in the future and release the startling findings to the public. It was to concinve people, that a virulent and deadly new form of Syphilis (that did not really exist) was being spread in the US by foreign agents. This was to be seen as the first strike of World War III and compel the US to respond, starting the full-scale nuclear war.

How the Nazis would have benefited from this was not clear, but hey, even the best writers love Nazis as villains because everyone knows they are so evil they don’t really need a motivation for perpetrating unspeakable acts of destruction..

In the end the FBI decided this strange case of “Solarcon-6″ did not warrant further study. Possibly wisely, considering that it’s now safe to say WWIII did not start over Syphilis and that two years later, in 1974, while recovering from dental surgery Philip K. Dick started to receive messages from God.

You can read the whole story of Solarcon-6 in the latest issue of the Fortean Times. Registration required, but it’s free.

Iron Sky page removed by Facebook.

February 2nd, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala

Facebook's only warning

So, it seems that Facebook is afraid of Moon Nazis. This morning we got a rude surprise: Facebook has removed the Iron Sky fan page, citing terms of use on hateful content.

Now, if you’re one of the over 6,000 fans you’d know that there was absolutely no hateful content on the page. Certainly no racism or advocation of any hateful politics. Instead we reported about the making of the film and talked everyday things with our fans, like asking recommendations of great music to listen at the office.

We don’t know what exactly happened, but it is quite clear to us that removing the Iron Sky page is a mistake, and one that we hope Facebook will fix soon. We have contacted them trough the only means possible – that is trough the help center email – but have yet to receive any kind of answer.

Now, if Facebook really claims that the sole mention of nazis as a part of a film’s plot is “hateful”, they are essentially banning any mentions of films such as Indiana Jones, Blues Brother or The Sound of Music – they have nazis too!

This thought is worrying on many levels. For example, what kind of a message does this kind of summary execution of profiles send to businesses considering if they should take the leap to social media?

This is a big thing for us since Facebook is a big part of our social media presence. If you want the officially official statement, read our press release.

Our fans have already set up a group “We want Iron Sky back!” that’s had almost 300 people join in just a couple of hours. We appreciate your support a lot, thank you!

edit: We got the page back, but not much in the way of an explanation.