Cache of art looted by the Nazis discovered in Munich

Reproduction of Picasso’s “Guernica” – homage to civilians killed in 1930’s deliberate air strikes

A collection of 1,500 artworks confiscated by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s has been found in the German city of Munich…

The trove is believed to include works by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall…

Some of the works were declared as degenerate by the Nazis, while others were stolen from or forcibly sold for a pittance by Jewish art collectors.

If confirmed, it would be one of the largest recoveries of looted art…Investigators put the value of the works at about one billion euros, Focus magazine said.

The magazine said the artworks were found by chance in early 2011, when the tax authorities investigated Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive son of an art dealer in Munich.

He was suspected of tax evasion, and investigators obtained a search warrant for his home in Munich…There, they found the cache of some 1,500 artworks which had vanished from sight during the Nazi era.

The younger Mr Gurlitt had kept the works in darkened rooms and sold the occasional painting when he needed money, Focus reports…

There are international warrants out for at least 200 of the works, Focus reports. The collection is being held in a secure warehouse in Munich for the time being.

Nazis considered most modern art as degenerate, especially if the artist was Jewish or anti-fascist. Not that the habit of destroying artwork, books or music has disappeared from the repertoire of the hate-filled and ignorant.

This creep apparently considered the cache of stolen art to be his own private trust fund.

Cache of arms from Red Mosque have been stolen

A large cache of arms seized from Pakistani militants has been stolen from the police.

The weapons were captured when the security forces stormed the Red Mosque in Islamabad last year after a siege lasting several days. They had been stored in a police station, but it has now emerged that they have gone missing.

The Interior Ministry says that an investigation has begun and that 10 police officers have been arrested.

We have taken swift action,” said an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Too bad no one was watching the barn before the horse went missing.

The drama surrounding the Red Mosque unfolded in July last year. At the time, the building was a stronghold of Taleban-style, Islamist militants who refused to surrender to the authorities. Army commandos laid siege to the complex for a week, and eventually launched an assault in which more than 100 people were killed.

The troops seized rocket propelled grenades and dozens of machine guns and assault rifles, and showed them off to the media in the aftermath of the raid.

“Over the passage of time the weapons have been stolen,” said the ministry spokesman. “It did not happen in a day.” He said that among the officers detained was the officer in charge of the station.

Whether he’s a suspect or not. His arrest is a given.

It’s off-topic; but, how do you deal with the fight against corruption and dishonesty – if the agency leading the conflict is as guilty as the criminals?

Ancient Celtic coin cache found in Netherlands

A hobbyist with a metal detector struck both gold and silver when he uncovered an important cache of ancient Celtic coins in a cornfield in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht.

Archaeologists say the trove of 39 gold and 70 silver coins was minted in the middle of the first century B.C. as the future Roman ruler Julius Caesar led a campaign against Celtic tribes in the area.

Curfs said he was walking with his detector this spring and was about to go home when he suddenly got a strong signal on his earphones and uncovered the first coin.

“It was golden and had a little horse on it — I had no idea what I had found,” he said.

After posting a photo of the coin on a Web forum, he was told it was a rare find. The following day he went back and found another coin. “It looked totally different — silver, and saucer-shaped,” he said. Curfs notified the city of his find, and he and several other hobbyists helped in locating the rest of the coins, in cooperation with archaeologists.

Nico Roymans, the archaeologist who led the academic investigation of the find, believes the gold coins in the cache were minted by a tribe called the Eburones that Caesar claimed to have wiped out in 53 B.C. after they conspired with other groups in an attack that killed 6,000 Roman soldiers.

I love this dude. His metal detector habit is a meditative hobby and not an obsession.

That’s why I bring a camera along on my walks. Helps me focus on the intricacy of nature’s beauty.

Major flaw prompts the largest security update in Web history

A major flaw in the way the internet works could lead to millions of people being targeted by criminals and has prompted the “largest security update” in web history.

The bug – described as “cache poisoning” – has led to some of the technology industry’s largest companies scrambling to come up with a solution before hackers discover how to exploit the flaw.

Dan Kaminsky, an American internet security specialist who uncovered the bug, has been working with major technology companies including Microsoft and Cisco to issue software patches to prevent attacks from working.

This is the largest synchronised security update in the history of the internet. The severity of this bug is shown by the number of those who are on board with the patches,” Kaminsky said.

The flaw exploits the internet’s address mechanism, known as the Domain Name System (DNS). The glitch allows hackers to inject themselves into the process, intercepting the name entered by the user and mapping it to a different internet address than the one intended.

This would potentially allow criminals to redirect web users to phishing websites even if they had entered the correct address in the first place.

Phew! I hope the good guys get this sorted out before the nutballs and gangsters do.