Please go watch or read Monster. It is so so good. I mean, it’s a gritty psychological thriller/murder mystery with a side of medical thriller featuring a neurosurgeon in West Germany in the years right before and following the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s super dark and suspenseful and full of conspiracies and really messed up stuff, and yet manages to be incredibly optimistic about humanity.
The plot is so damn involved that it’s hard to sum up, but basically previously mentioned neurosurgeon becomes disillusioned with the corrupt practice at his hospital and chooses to save the life of a nameless young boy over the mayor to stay true to his belief that all lives are equal. This altruistic act gets him sucked into a complicated murder mystery that goes far deeper than anyone could have imagined into the dark secrets behind the Iron Curtain, and plants him as the prime suspect of it all. Tormented with guilt that his actions, however well-intended, lead to a massive number of deaths, the surgeon goes on a hunt to find and stop the real killer. Cue lots of moral dilemma and suffering and occasional crying with sandwiches.
Seriously, its so good. It’s thrilling and heartbreaking and terrifying and yet leaves me with faith in humanity. Which may sound odd for a story with such a huge body count and some legit disturbing content, but that makes it all the more powerful. For all the horrors the character endure, there is good in the world. That bottom line got me through some hard times, let me tell you.
So go check it out. Right now. Go watch the first episode or read the first chapter. You’ll get the exact same story as the anime is the most faithful to the source manga that I’ve ever seen, literally panel for panel. But I’d have to say I recommend the anime over the manga, if only for the lovely soundtrack. OKAY GO CHECK IT OUT.
Hotel Jahreszeit in Frankfurt is based on Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich.
Vier Jahrszeiten in Munich was built in 1858. This hotel was during the First World War as a center of nationalist agitation of the Pan-German Association (Alldeutscher Verband). In the years 1919-1924 it was a secret meeting place of the Thule Society (Thule Gesellschaft). This organization was a racist and occult group (maybe even satanic) and was modeled on the Masonic Lodge. Nazi occultists believed in a historical Thule as the ancient origin of the Aryan race. The name comes from the mythical island of Thule, which the for ancient Greeks was the northernmost land. In the Middle Ages, meaning the mythical land situated to the north and defining the edge of the known world, it has become synonymous with the end of the world.
Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Dream-Land” (1844) begins with the following stanza:
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named Night,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule –
From a wild weird clime, that lieth, sublime,
Out of Space – out of Time.
In 1919, a one of members of the Thule - Karl Harrer together with Anton Drexler founded the DAP and in this same year Adolf Hitler joined to this party. In 1921 under pressure from Hitler the name was converted to the NSDAP.
And Karl Harrer look like this:
So, maybe he is little similar to Christof Sievernich?
In 1970, the most exclusive hotel chain Kempinski buys Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Two years later the number of rooms from 180 shall be increased almost doubled to 303.
Christof Sievernich stayed in room 606 on the 6th floor. It turns out that the hotel in manga has twice more rooms than the prototype is located in Munich. Bearing in mind that the dimensions of these buildings are the same it is physically impossible. But the symbolism was more important. Three sixes - the symbol of the beast.
post-match interview w/ Neuer, Kroos, Podolski and Götze (Germany against Ireland)
What is happening in Mexico?
- How it began
On September 26, students our age (~19-22) were attacked by the local police and gangs in Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. They were studying to become teachers at Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa. I have read many articles about how the students were in the town to ask for money to help pay tuition, to protest discrimination of rural school teachers, to travel to commemorate another student massacre of 1986, etc., so I am unsure of what is what here. But the students were on the buses and police blocked their way to get the students out. When they did, they opened fire on the students at once. Some students threw rocks back in self-defense, but the students were unarmed. Six people died and 17 were injured. Three students died, a taxi driver, a woman in a taxi, and a football player that was just 15 years old (x). The injured were taken away by an ambulance, local journalists came, etc but it was not over as more men came in plain clothes and rifles (x). These men are apart of Guerreros Unidos and work for the Beltran Leyva cartel. The students were forced into police vans and have since disappeared. 43 students are missing.
Some of the students escaped by hiding in nearby houses. One terrified student tried running away, but he was found later yet with his eyes gouged out and his face completely sliced away to the bone. A YOUNG MAN only 19 years old suffered through this. (As a warning, be aware that there are photos online and that while searching deep through articles and tags, they are present.) A survivor of the attack says this is “symbol of the cartel assassins” (x).
- The Mass Graves
~ More than a week later, on Saturday, authorities found mass graves nearby that has 28 burned remains with the tips (x). We fear that this may be some of the students. We won’t have DNA analysis to confirm anything for another two weeks, if not longer.
MORE mass graves were found yesterday, but it is still unknown about how many remains these graves have (x).
Keep in mind that the CITY MAYOR AND HIS WIFE are on the RUN. No one knows where they are.
We still don’t understand the reason behind this violence. Why kidnap and kill these young men? There are several explanations online, but how do you explain something like this? One story is that the mayer’s wife was giving a speech that day and did not want to be disrupted by the students. Keep in mind that the wife is the head of the city’s family welfare department and also has family connections to cartels (x). There are other alternatives online, but I don’t know. I just don’t.
- You cannot be silent about what is happening in Mexico
You can’t. You just can’t. Social media has a big impact and this story has to spread. In the last 24 hours I have seen an incredible boost in coverage about Ayotzinapa.
On Wednesday, thousands protested the disappearance of the students in Mexico.
Amounting pressure is being put on the Mexican government to find the missing students. There is also added outrage and demand ‘to punish politicians linked to organized crime’. It is no shock when considering the police corruption and brutality in Mexico. As Mexico bleeds, we all bleed.
Americans cannot ignore the violence of drug cartels and place it as just a problem in Mexico. There is too much innocent bloodshed. And because BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars are collected in the United States by Mexican drug cartels, it is a shared responsibility (x). CHILDREN ARE DYING. Do not skim over these articles, do not just read them and do nothing, you have to act and spread the information. Do not be silent. Please, please, please help and pay attention.
- Mexico missing students: Nationwide protests held | BBC
- Mexico relatives search for students in Guerrero | BBC
- Mexico missing students: New mass graves found in Iguala | BBC
- There’s little mystery to this mass grave: Mexico’s drug war is killing children | The Guardian
- Are missing students in mass graves found near Iguala, Mexico? | CNN
- Mexico Drug War Fast Facts | CNN
- Iguala, Guerrero, tiene un viernes violento con ataques y muertes | CNN (Español)
- Survivor of Mexico Student Massacre: ‘It Was Terrifying’ | NBC
- Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre | The Daily Beast
- The Apparent Massacre of Dozens of Students Exposes the Corruption at the Heart of Mexico | TIME
- 43 Missing Students, 1 Missing Mayor: Of Crime And Collusion In Mexico | NPR
TUMBLR TEXT POSTS (these have better information than I can explain)
- free-clementine | Nobody even cares what’s happening in Mexico.
- thinkmexican | Mexico Takes to the Streets for Students of Ayotzinapa
- animalsandtrees | In Mexico
- riseandshinecourage | Please, stop to read this.
- there are more and more if you just search
If there any corrections that need to be included, please just add them in.