Correction appended: Nov. 5, 2013
The legacy of Nazi war crimes resurfaced on Monday when a German magazine reported that a trove of artworks looted from Jewish collectors had been discovered in a Munich apartment. According to the weekly Focus magazine, the hoard of paintings could be worth more than a billion dollars, as it includes masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Paul Klee. German authorities discovered the works almost by accident in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Munich art collector. As the details of the case have continued to emerge, so have the questions about the German authorities’ decisionmaking. Here are some of the more pressing questions raised so far:
Why are we only learning about this now?
According to Focus, the roughly 1,500 paintings in Gurlitt’s collection were found in the spring of 2011, when authorities searched…
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North Korea has long been shrouded in a haze of seclusion and mystery. But over the past year, the country has eased up on some of its restrictions by allowing visitors to carry phones and even access a 3G network. Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder has been quick to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to disseminate information — and, of course, photos — from within North Korea’s borders.
(PHOTOS: A New Look at North Korea)
Guttenfelder shared more details of his mission with Wired:
In a country known for its censorship, I’m now uploading photos to Instagram from the streets of North Korea like I would anywhere else in the world. Through social media, I’m trying to piece together a picture of this country for the outside world … No one puts their hand in front of my camera, and no one tells me not to shoot things…
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One website has taken the notion of public shaming to the next level, with a dose of double standards to boot.
Using the mantra “if you can’t beat them, EXPOSE them,” shesahomewrecker.com encourages women to post information about the “white picket fence destroying women who just can’t seem to let go of your husbands and boyfriends … Don’t forget to include photos!”
Sticking to (un)ethical guide posts similar to revenge porn, She’s a Homewrecker publishes picture after picture of “other women,” including their full name, city and sometimes other personal information (like phone numbers). Its Facebook page, currently with 244,000 likes, posts Your eCards pictures with phrases like “I’m sorry. I swore it was Slap a Dumb B—- Day” and stories from readers about their helpless husbands’ “home-wrecking whores.”
Meanwhile, the philandering men are treated like sympathy-deserving victims of their own biology, physically incapable of resisting the wiles of these…
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When it comes to beauty treatments, more spas are looking to the animal kingdom for ideas. There are the snails, whose mucus leaves a trail of anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating properties on the skin of spa goers. There are the skin-eating fish pedicures and the bee-venom facials and the python massages. Now eels may be invading a spa near you.
The Guardian reports that some spas in China are offering an immersive full-body exfoliating experience where spa goers can climb into a bathtub filled with tiny eels, each about the size of a pencil. The eels will then proceed to eat the dead skin cells off the beauty seeker’s body. If you can stand the treatment, the result is supposedly smoother, softer skin.
While spas in the U.S. haven’t started offering the eel baths yet, UK health inspectors have been tasked with keeping an eye out for the imported…
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