Miley Cyrus Subtly Fights Back Against Recent Tabloid Drama

She’s constantly a tabloid target, and now Miley Cyrus is fighting back against one of her media bullies.

The “We Can’t Stop” songstress enjoyed mocking In Touch magazine’s recent cover, which featured her photo with the phrase “Miley Finally Admits: I Need Help” by making the cover page her Twitter profile pic over the weekend.

Not only does the tabloid state that Cyrus’ mental state isn’t stable, but also reads “Out of Control: 4 Men in 4 Weeks” with another photo of her and her BFF/assistant Cheyne Thomas.

An “insider” who spoke to In Touch stated, “She was so in love with [Liam] and really took [the breakup] hard. She’s been going out a lot, trying to not think about Liam.”

While not thinking about Mr. Hemsworth, the 20-year-old singer apparently had “meaningless hookups” with four gentleman in the past few weeks, including rumored boyfriend Theo Wenner and her producer pal Mike Will Made It.

Meanwhile, Miley doesn’t seem phased with the rumors and continues to enjoy her new singlehood. In addition to her “attack” on In Touch, she shared a pic of her relaxing at home.

“Sundays consists of sitting by the fire by myself bored AF,” she tweeted, without even mentioning In Touch.

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Three new champions crowned at Bellator 106

Bellator 106 featured three title fights on Saturday night, with all three going the distance but still providing drama and a fast pace. In the main event, Eddie Alvarez was awarded a controversial split decision win over the man who took the Bellator lightweight title from him two years ago, Michael Chandler.

Evidently, a last-round submission surge from Alvarez was enough to convince the judges that he deserved the win. Over four rounds, Chandler looked to have gotten the better of Alvarez in a competitive war through excellent head movement and sharp striking on the feet combined with take downs, slams and positional advantages on the ground.

The 4th round was the most dominant for Chandler as he grounded Alvarez and pounded him with punches and elbows. Alvarez came back strong in the 5th, however, and nearly finished Chandler twice with a rear naked choke before the final horn sounded.

Scores were 48-47, all around, with two judges giving it to Alvarez.

“It takes two people to put a fight on like that…another fight of the year,” Alvarez said in his post fight interview.

A clearly surprised and frustrated Chandler downplayed his disappointment saying that the loss was, “just another fight. I’ve got to get back to the drawing board and see what happens next.

Newton beats Lawal again

Emanuel Newton proved that his first win over Muhammed Lawal last Feb. was no fluke as he won a clear-cut unanimous decision over “King Mo” to claim the interim 205 pound Bellator title Saturday night. Scores from all three judges were 49-46 for Newton as the fighter out of Long Beach used excellent take down defense and unorthodox striking to win.

Despite their earlier war of words, “The Hardcore Kid” was eager to heap some self-serving praise on Lawal.

“Mo put up a good fight. I’m not going to face another wrestler like that in MMA and that makes me very excited,” Newton said.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced that Newton would face full light heavyweight champion Atitila Vegh next in a title unification bout. Newton seemed to believe that he’d already beaten his toughest challenge in the division in Lawal.

“After fighting Mo, Attila Vegh ain’t got nothin’ for me,” he said.

Straus wins featherweight belt

Daniel Straus withstood a low blow and a knee to the head while he was grounded from Pat Curran to win a dominating decision and the Bellator featherweight title Saturday night. Straus came out and won the first round on the strength of a good 1-2 combination and a take down but Curran came back in the second round and used effective stand up striking to even the score.

In the third round, Straus tossed Curran on his back, Curran got back to his feet immediately and threw a knee to the head of Straus that connected. The only problem was that Straus was still on a knee and the knee was illegal.

A point was deducted from Curran but Straus continued the fight after being checked out by the ringside doctor and immediately took Curran down and passed his guard. That pattern would continue throughout the fight as Straus clinched, grinded out and rode Curran to his unanimous decision win.

“It’s a good feeling. I worked really hard with my team at ATT…Pat Curran is a tough dude. I will see him again,” Straus said.

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APPLE sells more, Cook bullish — Smartphones: Samsung 35%, Apple 13% — HADOOP, cloud king — MOTOROLA’s open-source hardware

October 29, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> APPLEFEST: Apple’s Q4 ’13 beats with $37.5B revenue, $7.5B profit and $8.26 EPS on strong iPhone sales, by TechCrunch: “That marks a year-over-year growth of 4.2 percent in revenue and 4.7 percent decline in EPS, with net profit down 8.6 percent year over year… iPhone sales grew 26 percent to hit another record number. iPad sales were relatively flat. Apple sold a total of 71 million iPads in fiscal 2013… Apple beat analyst expectations across the board for revenue, posting record Q4 numbers… Apple finished the quarter with $146.76 billion cash on hand. Apple’s gross profits fell to 37 percent, the seventh quarter in a row for such a decline.” [Blogosphere echo chamber: At least 90 tech pubs posted similar articles] TechCrunch
>>>> How Apple sold $14B more in 2013 than in 2012, but made $5B less profit VentureBeat
>>>> Future versions of OS X to be free; $900M increase in revenue deferral due to free software TechCrunch
>>>> Apple’s education sales breached $1B for first time ever in Q3, iPad share at 94% Apple Insider
>>>> Apple completed 15 ‘strategic’ acquisitions in Fiscal 2013 MacRumors
>>>> Apple’s Greater China business bounces back, accounts for 15% of Q4 revenue TechCrunch

>> BAD TO WORSE: Adobe breach impacted at least 38 million users, by Brian Krebs: “The recent data breach at Adobe that exposed user account information and prompted a flurry of password reset emails impacted at least 38 million users, the company now says. It also appears that the already massive source code leak at Adobe is broadening to include the company’s Photoshop family of graphical design products… this past weekend, AnonNews.org posted a huge file called ‘users.tar.gz’ that appears to include more than 150 million username and hashed password pairs taken from Adobe… Adobe has offered a year’s worth of credit monitoring to customers whose encrypted credit card data was stolen in the breach… Adobe’s offering comes through Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus and a company that is still reeling from a security breach in which the company was tricked into selling consumer records directly to an online identity theft service.” Krebs on Security

>> WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE: White House OK’d spying on allies, U.S. intelligence officials say, by Ken Dilanian, Janet Stobart: “The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.” LA Times
>>>> Senator Feinstein changes tune, now is ‘totally opposed’ to foreign leader surveillance Ars Technica
>>>> Brazil to insist on local Internet data storage after U.S. spying Reuters

>> OPEN-SOURCE HARDWARE: Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara., by Paul Eremenko: “Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones and high-end 3D printing equipment, across the country for a series of make-a-thons. On that trip we saw the first signs of a new, open hardware ecosystem made possible by advances in additive manufacturing and access to the powerful computational capabilities of modern smartphones. These included new devices and applications that we could never have imagined from inside our own labs. Open fuels innovation.” The Official Motorola Blog

>> PAY TO PLAY: Google has gone ‘dark’: The search giant just ended a bunch of free data, and people are freaking out, by Jim Edwards: “The move came as Google seeks to reassure users following the NSA/PRISM domestic surveillance scandal. Now, all Google search is securely encrypted, and web site owners can no longer look at Google Analytics to see exactly which words people use when searching Google to find their sites. A lot of people who conduct marketing on the web are freaking out about it: Now, they complain they’re basically flying blind. And they’re angry, because the data that has been switched off is the ‘organic’ search data, not the paid search data generated when people click on search ads… the only data Google is now providing about exactly what words generate incoming traffic is for people who pay to advertise on Google.” Business Insider

>> STAT DU JOUR: Samsung’s share grows while Apple’s declines in Q3 smartphone market, by John Ribeiro: “Samsung shipped over 88 million smartphones in the quarter, up 55 percent from the same quarter last year, to get a record 35 percent share, Strategy Analytics said Monday. Apple’s market share, however, dipped to 13.4 percent from 15.6 percent in the same quarter a year ago. The iPhone maker said Monday it shipped 33.8 million iPhones worldwide in the third quarter, up from 26.9 million in the same quarter last year.” InfoWorld
>>>> Samsung kicks off its first developers conference as it seeks an edge in software Forbes
>>>> Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger GigaOM

>> MAY THE BETTER DOOP WIN: Microsoft makes available its Azure-based Hadoop service, by Mary Jo Foley: “Microsoft officials also are acknowledging publicly that Microsoft has dropped plans to deliver a Microsoft-Hortonworks developed implementation of Windows Server, which was known as HDInsight Server for Windows. Instead, Microsoft will be advising customers who want Hadoop on Windows Server to go with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows. Windows Azure HDInsight is ‘100 percent Apache Hadoop’ and builds on top of HDP. HDInsight includes full compatibility with Apache Hadoop, as well as integration with Microsoft’s own business-intelligence tools, such as Excel, SQL Server and PowerBI.” ZDNet
>>>> It’s everywhere! The day Hadoop took over the cloud GigaOM

>> ALL YOUR BASE: PCs left unprotected as ZoneAlarm, Comcast’s Norton struggle with Windows 8.1, by Mark Hachman: “When I visited the Check Point website, I discovered that ‘Check Point was working hard’ to develop a Windows 8.1 version of its ZoneAlarm app… Both Intel’s McAfee division and the Symantec Norton security utilities also appear to have negotiated the Windows 8.1 transition without problems. That’s not the case for those users who downloaded the software via Comcast. A thread on the Norton forums details some of the problems: after upgrading, users are informed that Norton Internet Security isn’ty available in compatibility mode. The problem, however, appears to be tied to Comcast.” PCWorld

>> SERVER DEATH MATCH: Dell and HP are in a race to hurt Intel, by Julie Bort: “Both Dell and HP made announcements about ARM servers as part of the ARM TechCon show happening this week in Santa Clara, Calif. The idea isn’t new. Dell has been working on ARM-based servers for years…. Dell demonstrated a 64-bit ARM server running a version of the Linux operating system…. HP today also (finally) released a new version of its low-power Moonshot servers using ARM chips from Calexda.” Business Insider

>> GENUINELY ARTIFICIAL: CAPTCHA busted? AI company claims break of Internet’s favorite protection system, by John Bohannon: “A software company called Vicarious claims to have created a computer algorithm that can solve CAPTCHA with greater than 90% accuracy…. Vicarious has credibility, given the scientists working there, but its current offer of proof is little more than a press release sent out to journalists and a video.” Wired

>> Meet lesson.ly, a TaaS (Training-as-a-Service) startup that is clocking quick revenue growth: “Corporate training is a pain in the ass for the poor schmuck on the receiving end, as well as for those who have to get new recruits up to speed. Lesson.ly wants to change that by providing a flexible, online software solution to help businesses train new employees.” TechCrunch

>> Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce: What to expect InfoWorld

>> Cheapest 150Mbps broadband in big US cities costs 100% more than overseas Ars Technica

>> Coinfloor is a new UK-based Bitcoin exchange, backed by Passion Capital and Transferwise founder Taavet Hinrikus TechCrunch

>> Mirantis brings enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution to the cloud InfoWorld

>> For the Mac, like the PC, it’s all downhill from here InfoWorld

>> Power loss: Reactions to the new iWork for OS X Macworld

>> Microsoft’s Surface numbers don’t add up InfoWorld

>> Google Glass Explorer program expands with invites and new hardware GigaOM

>> Shipshape or dead weight? Google’s secret project sets sail InfoWorld

>> Motorola reveals ambitious plan to build modular smartphones The Verge

>> Jill Abramson: Politico piece was ‘shoddy,’ ‘nutty’ Poynter

>> Telegraph contributor says coding is for exceptionally dull weirdos I Programmer

>> Silicon Valley dreams of secession Salon

>> TWEET O’ THE DAY: “If the people you work with have never talked to you about your coworker with the loud annoying laugh-you are that coworker.” @mollymcnearney

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Skype explains why third-party apps and accessories will die in December

The latest message that pops up when you open Skype on your desktop could have dire consequences if you’re using third-party apps and accessories with the VoIP service. Come December, Microsoft is scrapping the current programming language in favor of something a little more mobile device-friendly. …

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Russia breaks ‘Zero Waste’ Olympic pledge

A truck unloads construction waste material in a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A truck unloads construction waste material in a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Excavators move earth at a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. As a centerpiece of its Olympic bid, Russia trumpeted a “Zero Waste” program that promised the cleanest games ever, saying it would refrain from dumping construction waste and rely on reusable materials. But on a visit last week to Akhshtyr, just north of Sochi, The Associated Press found that Russia’s state-owned rail monopoly is dumping tons of construction waste into an illegal landfill, raising concerns of possible contamination in the water that directly supplies Sochi. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, exit a commuter train at the newly built Adler railway station at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC last month, Bach met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inspect the host city. Bach told Putin he was deeply impressed with the amount of work Russia has done for the Feb. 7-23 games. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Village leader Alexander Koropov waves near a quarry containing construction waste near the village of Akhshtyr in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A truck carrying construction waste drives through a quarry near Akhshtyr village in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(AP) — Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.

As a centerpiece of its Olympic bid, Russia trumpeted a “Zero Waste” program that promised the cleanest games ever, saying it would refrain from dumping construction waste and rely on reusable materials. But on a visit last week to Akhshtyr, just north of Sochi, The Associated Press found that Russia’s state-owned rail monopoly is dumping tons of construction waste into what authorities call an illegal landfill, raising concerns of possible contamination in the water that directly supplies Sochi.

The finding shows how little Russia has done to fulfill its ambitious green pledges. Its $51 billion budget for the Olympics contains no provisions for treating construction waste.

In a letter obtained by the AP, the Environmental Protection Agency in the area where Sochi is located told the Black Sea resort’s environment council in late August that it had inspected the Akhshtyr landfill and found “unauthorized dumping of construction waste as well as soil from excavation works.” The agency said it fined Russian Railways, whose Sochi project costs billions of dollars, $3,000 for the dumping. It didn’t order the dump closed.

The EPA’s Sochi representative visited the site earlier this month and insisted it was being cleaned up, villagers and activists who were present at that meeting said. The agency was unavailable for comment this week.

The main health concern surrounding the landfill is to the water supply.

Authorities confirm that Russian Railways operates the Akhshtyr dump without a license — but it wouldn’t be able to obtain one even if it tried. That’s because the village lies in an area where dumping construction waste and soil is forbidden under the Russian Water Code. Moisture from the landfill seeps through porous karst rocks into underground springs that feed the nearby Mzymta River, which provides up to half the water supply in Sochi.

“Water from here will be contaminating Sochi’s fresh water springs for the next 10 to 15 years,” said Vladimir Kimaev, a member of the Environmental Watch on North Caucasus.

Boris Golubov, a geologist with the Russian Academy of Sciences, said it is impossible to accurately judge the impact of the Akhshtyr dump without a chemical breakdown of the waste and a full geological survey of the rocks. He said, however, that the landfill’s location on karst is potentially hazardous.

“Whenever you start dumping something or dig, you’ve got to think twice,” Golubov said.

Russian Railways is building the most expensive piece of Sochi infrastructure, a 48-kilometer (30-mile) highway and railroad link between the airport and the Alpine venues that has already cost the government 270 billion rubles ($8.5 billion). President Vladimir Putin was in Sochi this week to inaugurate a train station that serves as a hub for the link ahead of celebrations Tuesday marking exactly 100 days before the opening ceremony.

The press office of Russian Railways’ construction unit, which is responsible for the road and manages the limestone quarry-turned-waste dump in Akhshtyr, told AP that it paid the $3,000 fine in August. The company blamed the dumping on a subcontractor, insisting that the waste management firm had “rectified the violations” — even after being told that AP had seen trucks dumping concrete and that the pit was still filled with construction waste.

Outside the crater the size of three football fields, villagers complain that trucks continue to bring in construction waste by night and soil by day — as they have been doing for at least three months. Russian Railways isn’t only dumping in the pit: Just outside the quarry’s fence, a plot of land it leases is strewn with broken helmets, plastic tubes, foam sheets and tires. Residents say they have been complaining to authorities about the dumping for months.

“Authorities are telling us that this quarry is illegal and that it has been closed, but you can see that it’s still here,” said village chief Alexander Koropov. “We don’t know what to do. We would like to petition God, but we haven’t got his address. He’s the only person we haven’t petitioned yet.”

To compound Akhshtyr’s problems, the village’s wells dried up as the road project got underway, depriving it of its own water source and forcing it to rely on weekly deliveries in large cisterns. Local officials concede that wells began to go dry as soon as construction started, but won’t place blame.

Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister in charge of the preparations for the games, has persistently dismissed claims that Sochi is failing on its green commitments. Speaking to reporters this year, he admitted “certain violations,” but denied claims that trash still gets dumped in illegal landfills. The only thing being dumped in Sochi, he said, is soil, a by-product of tunnel works. Kozak said the soil “only improves the landscape of the Sochi National Park and does not harm it in any way.”

Kozak spokesman Ilya Dzhus told AP — after being confronted with evidence of last Friday’s dumping and the tons of waste that sit in the village pit — that “the situation in Akhshtyr is under control.” Environmental officials inspected the site this month and briefed the government on the results. “There are no significant violations of the law on storing hazardous waste to speak of,” Dzhus said.

Local officials said they have tried to clean up the dump, removing 300 tons of waste in all. But they would not address the evidence that it was still stuffed with waste on Friday.

Russian Railways is not alone in dumping illegal waste. Just a couple of kilometers down the road from the Akhshtyr quarry, a dirt path leads to a tiny village cemetery on a hill. Ten steps away from the cemetery is an improvised dump the size of a small cottage with builders’ helmets, plastic packaging and slabs of concrete. Other illegal dumps dot the Sochi area.

The International Olympic Committee told AP that “Sochi 2014 has given us every assurance of their commitment to games-time waste management.” The IOC said it receives “updates on Sochi’s work on its landfill remediation” during inspections, but that Olympstroi, the state-owned corporation that oversees all Olympic construction in Sochi, should be responsible for handling the waste situation in the pre-games period.

A spokeswoman for Olympstroi, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to comment, told the AP that it has no legal mechanisms to address complaints. She said law enforcement agencies and federal authorities should deal with them.

Despite the “Zero Waste” pledge, there are no provisions or programs in the budget for treating construction waste. A decree signed last May by then-Prime Minister Putin repealed a set of waste-related measures such as the construction of recycling facilities from the national Olympic preparations plan, leaving responsibility to the city administration. In January, Sochi officials issued an official strategy on waste treatment that cast aside plans for recycling waste and ruled that burning unsorted trash is the “most forward-looking” solution.

There’s only one small recycling plant for household waste in Sochi. It processes about 150 tons of glass a year — and no industrial waste. Waste treatment facilities elsewhere in Russia typically take in hundreds of thousands of tons of waste every year.

Rashid Alimov, coordinator of the toxic waste program at Greenpeace Russia, says “the Zero Waste program is not being implemented in Sochi.” He said Sochi authorities are interpreting “Zero Waste” to mean getting waste out of sight.

In Akhshtyr, the euphoria of clinching the Winter Games has long since turned to anger.

“We had high hopes for the games. We were all very happy, and we believed the president when he said that not a single village would be affected (by construction),” Koropov said. “But you can see for yourself what happened.”

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From Kids’ Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer’s ‘Far Out’ Life

Tomi Ungerer’s 1967 book Moon Man follows its lonely protagonist as he visits Earth for the very first time.

Tomi Ungerer

This interview was originally broadcast on July 1, 2013. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough has just been released on DVD.

Children’s-book writer Maurice Sendak learned a lot from author and artist Tomi Ungerer. In Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, a documentary about Ungerer, Sendak says, “I learned to be braver than I was. I think that’s why [Where The Wild Things Are] was partly Tomi — his energy, his spirit. I’m proud of the fact that we helped change the scene in America so that children were dealt with like the intelligent little animals we know they are.”

With a champion in their shared editor, Ursula Nordstrom, Sendak and Ungerer broke the rules of American children’s literature in the 1950s and ’60s. They created stories and illustrations that many adults found too frightening and rebellious for children — but that kids themselves loved. Ungerer’s series of books about the Mellops, a family of adventurous and resourceful pigs who often found themselves in scary situations, was particularly popular.

Tomi Ungerer has published more than 140 books.

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Tomi Ungerer has published more than 140 books.

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Ungerer didn’t mind scaring kids, because he believed in their ability to cope with and adapt to life’s difficulties. He himself had witnessed terrifying things as a child growing up on the French-German border, in Alsace, during World War II. His work, he says, reflects his experience.

“Most of my children’s books have fear elements,” he tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “But I must say, too, to balance this fact, that the children in my books are never scared. … I think fear is an element which is instilled by the adults a lot of time. I remember even in the bombings and whatever, we were always joking away.”

Many Americans have never heard of Ungerer because, in the early 1970s, his books were virtually banished in the United States after he started doing erotic illustrations for books targeted at adults. Ungerer soon returned to Europe, where he lives today. He says Europeans are much more accepting of the fact that his work can plumb the imaginations of both children and adults.

“In Europe,” he says, “I have absolutely no problem. I did an erotic book which is based on the Kama Sutra, but instead of human beings, the positions are taken up by frogs. People come up to me and say, ‘I was brought up with you. I was 13 years old, and I saved money to buy your Kama Sutra.’ “

Interview Highlights

On fear versus anxiety

“To be scared is one thing; anxiety is another one. … If you are in a battle and you have bombs and bullets and shrapnel and everything is going up in the air, that’s why you can be scared. But it doesn’t really compare to the anxiety. You see, the anxiety … is something much deeper in a way, because it sticks to you all the time. Are we going to make another day? Are we going to be arrested? … It’s all the impending menace, you know, all the time, all the time. And that’s anxiety. I find anxiety worse than fear.”

On growing up in Hitler’s Germany

“I remember I had to do a portrait of the Fuhrer, you know, giving a speech, and put a stein of beer on this thing. Well, the Fuhrer didn’t drink, but still, you know, nobody ever objected. The thing is, no matter what tyranny, you can always get away, maybe not with murder, but with a few other things. And your mind is always free. Nobody can take away your mind.

“We were brought up to become soldiers. … [T]hey would say, ‘Don’t think. The Fuhrer thinks for you.’ But then it was reassuring, too, because I was not a good pupil, and then the teachers would say to me … ‘Don’t worry, the Fuhrer needs artists and all that.’ I mean, the whole thing was geared to win over the children away from their parents.”

On his early career in New York

“It was a land of opportunity. It was really incredible how everybody was so nice. In those days you could call any art director or editor just like this, and the secretary would give you an appointment and you could come there and show your work. I remember I arrived with $60 in my pocket, so I didn’t have a portfolio, and I was carrying just my drawings, you know, under my arms.

“And one day it started raining, and I went into a pharmacy — it was on 43rd Street and Broadway, and I think it’s still there. And I asked for a box, you see, for my drawings. So they gave me a box that created quite a sensation. because it was a wholesale box for condoms.

“[I]t was incredible how quickly I was able to settle down and work. And I would say I was enough of [a] success to be able to buy a house in New York three or four years later. … And I’m very grateful for that, really. New York — there’s no city in my life I’ve ever loved as much as New York.”

On his mother’s affection

“My answer for [Maurice Sendak and Else Holmelund Minarik’s] A Kiss for Little Bear was No Kiss for Mother, because … my mother loved me much too much, and she poured her affection in the most sloppy ways — I mean over my cheeks and everywhere. And I couldn’t stand to be kissed or even touched by my mother. She really overdid it.”

On being forced to learn German

“The Nazis arrived, and after three months it was forbidden to speak a word of French. You could be arrested for a bonjour or just a merci. Just any word in French, you could be immediately arrested. I had to learn German in three months — which shows you that with a knife on your neck, you can learn a language in three months.”

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Thousands protest in Greece over planned new tax

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of protesters clogged the Greek capital’s streets Thursday to demonstrate against a new property tax. The anger was registered across society, with retirees, disabled groups, shipyard workers and high school teachers among those taking part in demonstrations.

Parliament is due to vote next week on proposals to replace an emergency property tax included on electricity bills with a permanent levy, breaking a pledge made last year by the conservative-led coalition government to abolish the tax. More than 50 conservative lawmakers are demanding changes to proposals, arguing they unfairly burden their rural constituents.

The government is also planning new cuts to state benefits and the public workforce, triggering another general strike planned by unions for Nov. 6.

Outside the Labor Ministry, more than a thousand disabled demonstrators who traveled from around Greece blocked traffic outside the building, before filing through the city center in wheelchairs, on crutches and using white canes for the blind.

Deaf protesters responded to speeches by shaking both hands in the air, sign language for applause.

Yannis Vardakastanis, a blind Greek who heads the European Disability Forum, said the protest was called after disabled people were denied an exemption from the new property tax.

“We are the poorest of the poor but we must not let them turn us into victims,” he said. “The financial crisis is turning into a humanitarian crisis for us.”

Michalis Kouklos, a 35-year-old blind and unemployed man, took a six-hour bus ride from the northern city of Thessaloniki to attend the demonstration.

“We’re here to defend the obvious things that everyone needs to live in dignity,” he told the AP.

“People with serious illnesses are losing their health insurance and have to go from hospital to hospital to try and get treated. I wish there had been more of us here today because things are getting really bad.”

The government has promised a six-year recession will end in 2014, but unemployment has continued to rise. By the latest measure, it was near 28 percent, with 31 percent of the country living in poverty or at risk of poverty, according to the EU statistics agency, Eurostat.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-protest-greece-over-planned-tax-133322018–finance.html
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