The Monuments Men and the Recovery of the Art in the Merkers Salt Mine April 1945

So neat!

The Text Message

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher.

In the forthcoming movie The Monuments Men there will be a scene of Monuments Men entering the salt mine at Merkers, Thuringia, Germany in April 1945, and beholding German and looted gold, concentration camp victims’ gold teeth, and fabulous artwork.  The scene looks something like this:

Capture of Germany’s Gold

 Merker's Mine

ReichsBank wealth, SS loot, and Berlin Museum paintings that were removed from Berlin to a salt mine vault located in Merkers, Germany. The 3rd U.S. Army discovered the gold and other treasure in April 1945.

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Of course the movie version takes liberties with what actually happened, as documented in the record holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.  What follows is a brief overview of what actually happened as documented in those records, focusing on the artworks. For a more detailed account see “Nazi Gold: The Merkers Mine…

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Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Could easily be one of the best, most powerful, sets of perspectives, I’ve ever read :)

The Mathematical Yawp

Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes?  How can the deeply human themes that drive us to do mathematics be channeled to build a more beautiful and just world in which all can truly flourish?  I gave this Retiring Presidential Address at the AMS-MAA Joint Winter Meetings on January 6, 2017 at the end of my term as President of the Mathematical Association of America.  An audio recording of this talk is available.

Every being cries out silently to be read differently.
 ― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

Christopher is an inmate in a high-security federal prison not far from Atlanta.  He’s been in trouble with the law since he was 14.  He didn’t finish high school, had an addiction to hard drugs, and age 21, his involvement in a string of armed robberies landed him in prison with a 32-year…

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Does Donald Trump First Class “Groping Accuser” Have a History of Conflict With Trump Property?….

Developing story…  The New York Times dropped their explosive accusation story about a first-class airline passenger named Jessica Leeds who claimed Donald Trump groped her 30 years ago.   Th…

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ShadowBrokers Bitcoin Transactions: Now There’s Some Taint For You!

Interesting…!!

Krypt3ia

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So I was looking at the bitcoin status of the #ShadowBrokers account and something interesting began to take shape. What I noticed, with the help of my trusty Maltego (@paterva) was that some transactions with “tainted” bitcoins was happening. Of course I am using the word taint in it’s original form here in that there be some funky shit going on. It seems that not only that ShadowBrokers are WAY short of the eleventy billion bitcoins they want (at about $990.00 last night) but that if I am reading this right, some of the bitcoin payments are coming from the seized Silk Road bitcoins and account.

Screenshot from 2016-08-19 08-11-55Silk Road SEIZED bitcoins SENDING DIRECT TO SHADOW

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Well now isn’t that an iteresting development eh? So, is this to say that these coins are still in the coffers of the feds and they are being sent to ShadowBrokers to chum the water…

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EquationGroup, ShadowBrokers, and Loving The Cyber Pathogen Bomb

Krypt3ia

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We all knew that this shit was going on but now it’s reaching epic cyber douchery levels kids…

Monday:

Hey someone posted some shit on the Github and the everywhere! LOOK!

DOWNLOAD

DOWNLOAD

DOWNLOAD

Tuesday:

Shiiiit this stuff looks kinda real!

FUCK THEY TOOK DOWN ALL THE LINKS!

…EXCEPT MEGA OF COURSE…

LOOK! RC5 and RC6 Implementations match EQUATION GROUP!

ERMEGERD!

LOOK ODAYS!

SNOWMAN SAYS LAY OFF RUSSIA BECAUSE YOU WAKE DA BEAR! (Uhh hey, can I have my dacha now? I have been a good comrade)

ASS-ANGE FROM HIS EVITA BALCONY: WE HAVE ALL THE SHIT AND WE WILL BE POSTING IT BECAUSE FUCK YOU ALL!

Wednesday:

SECRET SQUIRRELS FORMERLY AT NSA SAY HOLY SHIT!

SECRET SQUIRRELS AT TAO SAY OOPS!

SECRET SQUIRRELS AT TAO SAY THIS IS RUSSIA BY GOD!

Fuckery. It’s all fuckery kids. The world is at war already and the populace never got…

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