January 29, 2014 |
When poor, persecuted Tom Perkins, mega-millionaire financier and member in excellent standing of the nation's Richie Rich club, went off in a letter to the Wall Street Journal about how his enemies were trying to bring him down, he didn't know how right he was. As the satirical “Pogo” comic strip famously observed, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Perkins made himself into the caricature of an arrogant, out-of-touch plutocrat beyond...
January 25, 2014 |
You may have thought that the entitlement culture among the high-tech elite was getting out of hand before, but it will be a long time before anything tops the ghastly outburst from venture capitalist Thomas Perkins appearing in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a letter to the editor, Perkins, the billionaire co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, writes: "I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" He complains about negative coverage about the rich in his hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and continues: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
December 17, 2013 |
The historical drama "The Book Thief," based on Markus Zusak's novel about a young girl who develops a passion for reading against the backdrop of World War II, has been called out by some critics for being too safe and sanitized in its depiction of the horrors of Nazi Germany. In a review for The Times , for example, Robert Abele wrote that the film puts " an odd emphasis on uplift over unease. And, most peculiarly, it's a tale narrated by Death … that wants tears shed for tragedies that befall its big-hearted non-Jewish German characters, but skirts explicitly addressing the fate of that generation's Jews.
December 4, 2013 |
Bob Dylan is under investigation by French authorities over comments he made in a 2012 interview for Rolling Stone in which he appeared to compare Croatia to Nazi Germany. According to the Paris prosecutor's office, Dylan has been placed under formal investigation by the Paris Main Court for "public injury" and "incitement to hatred," CNN reports. The singer was served notice of the investigation last month. That investigation follows a legal complaint lodged by a Croatian group over Dylan's comments, during a long criticism of race relations in the U.S.,in which he said: "It's a distraction.
November 6, 2013 |
As details emerged this week about a discovered cache of art that is believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II, officials in Germany have revealed that the trove includes works by Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Chagall. The cache also includes rarely seen 16th century pieces by German artist Albrecht Dürer and the 18th century Italian painter Canaletto. The Times reported Tuesday that the trove contains 1,406 pieces as revealed by German officials at a news conference in the city of Augsburg. Early last year German authorities seized 121 framed and 1,285 unframed works from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of the well-known Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.
November 1, 2013 |
POTSDAM, Germany - Biting cold and a blue, blue April sky marked the day as perfect for a foot race. On the back lot of Babelsberg Film Studio here outside of the German capital, young actors Sophie Nélisse and Nico Liersch took their marks, got set and dashed off through the cobblestoned snow, laughter bouncing and blond heads glinting in the sun. Their characters - best friends Liesel Meminger and Rudy Steiner - are bright lights in a...