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Emerson College alum. Musician and member of Moon Tower ( Co-creator of Former WERS news director and host. Advanced video editor and media producer.

Response To Koonz’s “The Nazi Conscience”

It’s fascinating to read Claudia Koonz’s analysis of how Hitler rose to power in her book “The Nazi Conscience.” My high school history classes skimmed over the story, implying that a majority of Germans supported Hitler’s insane, bigoted ideology. But as Koonz details, that certainly wasn’t the case.

As she wrote, “…most Germans deplored lawless attacks on Jews,” even after Hitler had become Chancellor.

Yet as Hitler said, even the master Aryan race was “vulnerable to…deceit.”

Hitler came to power by brilliantly deceiving the vulnerable German people. Most of them weren’t anti-Semites.

But Hitler connected with them through his speeches, which had “repellent images of rapacious capitalists, craven diplomats, corrupt politicians…” in other words, targets that were easier to get the Germans rallying against.

Yet he still blamed “Jewry” for all this evil, and that was a concept Germans couldn’t support, at least not at first. Responding to this, Hitler deleted “Jewry” from his oratory for a time.

He instead “excoriated the Versailles Treaty and Bolshevism while castigating liberals as too cowardly to defend the Volk.”

He tapped into the pathetic state of Germany after WWI, rallying the nation to believe that “any nation which voluntarily submits to humiliation is doomed.”

He convinced the nation that he was the “principled man of action” Germany needed to restore morality and glory.

His rhetoric made up for its lack of logos with brilliant ethos and pathos. Eventually a majority of Germans didn’t care that “Mein Kampf” has many lies, or that “Triumph of the Will” never says why Hitler will save Germany. Hitler was an ingenious communicator, convincing all those Germans that, yes, a mad man would restore greatness to their nation.

MasterCard Advertising Budget, Stock Value Fall

Less advertising, less profit. Simple as that.

Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) — MasterCard Inc., the world’s second- biggest payments network, fell in New York trading after cost cuts aided a jump in third-quarter profit, prompting one analyst to question the quality of earnings.Shares of MasterCard dropped as much as 5.9 percent, the most since April 20, after the company said it cut advertising and marketing spending by almost 30 percent in the third quarter. Chief Executive Officer Robert Selander said in July expenses would be “significantly higher” in the second half.

“MasterCard did beat the number, but a lot of that was on much lower than expected advertising expenditures,” said Robert Dodd, an analyst with Morgan Keegan Inc.

Texans Making Playoffs For First Time?

The Houston Texans are my favorite band!

The second half of the season could be historic for the Houston Texans. They have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time, with their best record ever (5-3) at the midway point of the season.

After a 1-2 start, the Texans have momentum. Matt Schaub is playing superbly at quarterback, teaming with Andre Johnson to become one of the NFL’s most prolific quarterback-receiver combinations.

Phillies Myers, Hamel Exchange Harsh Words

Lo-fi indie rock Black Lips punk. Now that I have your attention…

Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Brett Myers and Cole Hamels had words after Game 5 of the World Series on Monday, one witness told Yahoo! Sports.

The incident was related to Hamels’ statement after Game 3 that he was looking forward to his frustrating season being over. As Myers walked past Hamels in the locker room Monday he reportedly said sarcastically, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit?”

Celtics Win Game One Against Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – Oh, sure, it looks simple and obvious now. One team was fully ready for an NBA opener, and one team wasn’t.

Doc Rivers would have junked the final two exhibition games if he could. His guys were ready to go. Mike Brown would like another month of training camp.

And so the newly fortified Celtics are off and running in pursuit of championship No. 18. They got one thing out of the way early: with last night’s 95-89 conquest of the Cavaliers they already have won a big game on the road.

I don’t really care about basketball, but I know enough to be impressed that we beat LeBron and Shaq.

Gunmen Kill 12 In UN House

Sad news in Afghanistan…

Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six U.N. staff. It was the biggest in a series of attacks intended to undermine next month’s presidential runoff election.

One of the six U.N. dead was an American, the U.S. Embassy said. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the early morning assaults, which also included rocket attacks at the presidential palace and the city’s main luxury hotel.

The chief of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, said the attack “will not deter the U.N. from continuing all its work” in the country.

The attack on the guest house sent people running and screaming outside, with some jumping out upper-story windows to escape a fire that broke out. One American man said he held off the assailants with a Kalashnikov rifle until guests were able to escape.

One rocket struck the “outer limit” of the presidential palace but caused no casualties, presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada said. Two more rockets slammed into the grounds of the Serena Hotel, which is favored by many foreigners.

One failed to explode but filled the hotel lobby with smoke, forcing guests and employees to flee to the basement, according to an Afghan witness who asked that his name not be used for security reasons.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as “an inhuman act” and called on the army and police to strengthen security around all international institutions.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks in a telephone call to The Associated Press, saying three militants with suicide vests, grenades and machine guns carried out the guest house assault.