Provocative and Sexy German bike helmet ads get a hard response

Americans will never see an ad campaign like this in this puritanical, and violence loving country. Guns are fine. Advertising Sex for a good reason is verboten.

Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 3.25.2019

German politicians have criticized a Transport Ministry advertising campaign that features scantily clad women and men wearing bike safety helmets. The posters feature the slogan: “Looks like sh*t. But saves my life.”

 The German Transport Ministry’s provocative marketing campaign to boost the use of helmets while riding bikes has been denounced as sexist by several female politicians.

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“It is embarrassing, stupid and sexist for the transport minister to be selling his policies using naked skin,” said Maria Noichl, the chairperson of the Working Group of Social Democratic Women (ASF), in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. She said the posters “must come down.”

The Transport Ministry said that “many young people go without helmets for aesthetic reasons. And the campaign aims to change that!” 

Many social media users, along with Germany’s road safety association DVR, backed the suggestive ads.

“It’s important to reach the target group of young people because the helmet wearing rate in this age group is terribly low. We succeeded in doing that,” said Christian Kellner, the DVR’s chief executive.


Saturday Night Fights. “Ring Girls” and Cage Boxing

Article and photos by Associate Blog Mistress – Liz Heidhues

Liz and Lee attended the Bay Area’s biggest Pro/Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight event at San Francisco’s ancient Kezar Pavilion Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Over 3000 men and women howled, whistled, stomped, booed and cheered at Dragon House 31’s cage fights.

Scantily clad “Ring Girls” added to the allure and excitement of the gladiator style competition for glory in the cage.

“Ring Girls” are reputedly paid $18,000 yearly for walking around the ring displaying a lot of skin and carrying a sign showing the number of the upcoming fight round.

Controversy exists for all-female fights, in that the “Ring Girls” are paid more than female cage fighters. There was only one Professional female bout on the evening’s  fight card, but a full complement of “Ring Girls” entertaining the crowd strutting their stuff throughout a night of nearly 20 fights. 


Liz and Lee attended the Dragon House 31 fights to cheer on Brandon Chew (photo above on left) from Tat Wong Kung Fu Dragon House, San Francisco.

After a fierce three round battle, Brandon won the San Francisco Amateur Championship.

Fighter Brandon Chew is one of Liz’s Sifu’s at Tat Wong, where Liz studies and works for her Blackbelt.

She aims to reach the sought after Blackbelt status by age 73.

Attached is a Wikipedia article on”Ring Girls.”

San Francisco Streets. Murder on a Saturday Night

San Francisco is a tough and mean town.  There is chaos and mayhem.  The Swells at The Symphony and the Techies sipping lattes in trendy cafes is the politically correct version of this town.  It’s not the reality.

“Can’t stand the whole gourmet coffee bullshit anyway, standing in line behind some millenial asshole taking ten minutes to order a perfect latte so he take a selfie with it.” The Force – Don Winslow (2017)

San Francisco Chronicle 3.24.2019

A shooting Saturday night outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in San Francisco killed a man and sent five others to the hospital with injuries, authorities said.

The victim — identified by the Office of the Medical Examiner as 25-year-old Mister Dee Carnell Simmons III of San Leandro — was shot on Fillmore Street near Eddy Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers responded to the shooting about 8:40 p.m.

Four men and one woman were also injured in the shooting, according to Rachael Kagan, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The men are ages 19, 25, 27 and 50, and the woman is 50, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, spokesman for the Police Department.

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Three of them were discharged in good condition, and two men remained hospitalized Sunday, including the 27-year-old, who was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

San Francisco police reported no arrests and said they had no information on possible suspects or what led to the shooting.

Police asked anyone with information to call their 24-hour tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Those providing tips may remain anonymous.


“What people do in their personal lives in their own personal time is private.”

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 3.23.2019

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi died from a mixture of cocaine and alcohol, which caused his already-damaged heart to stop, the city medical examiner has concluded.

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who called for a public hearing after a police report was leaked to the media after Adachi’s death, said Friday, “What people do in their personal lives and in their own personal time is private.”

“As a public official, I know that it is hard to have a private life,” she said. “But the fact that you could not even have privacy after death is also very disturbing.”

Mayor London Breed, a longtime friend of Adachi’s, declined to comment.


The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office released the autopsy report on Adachi’s death late Friday, one month after the 59-year-old public defender collapsed in an apartment on Telegraph Hill and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

“The cause of death is acute mixed drug toxicity with cocaine and ethanol, with hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as a contributing factor,” Assistant Medical Examiner Ellen Moffatt wrote in the report. “Based on the history, autopsy, microscopic and toxicology finding, the manner of death is accident.”

The public defender’s office declined to comment on the report.

“Facts are Stubborn Things.”

Every Picture Tells a Story.  Ongoing Series

March 22, 2019

“You can’t just charge people because you’re angry. You can’t bring a case unless you have the law and the facts on your side.”

Preet Bharara (Former US Attorney SDNY)

Response in the Time Magazine 10 Questions Section (4.1.2019)

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

John Adams. (United States President 1797-1801).


Photos by Liz Heidhues – Frankfurt, Germany courthouse  10.15.2018

YouTube rivals mass brawl in “notorious” Berlin Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is a place Liz Heidhues and I  traversed in 2017 and 2018. It is a major Berlin hub and a venue for movie scenes.  Perhaps the most  fascinating being The Bourne Supremacy (2004) in which Matt Damon extracts Julia Stiles from a Tram in the middle of Alexanderplatz. When the scene was filmed there is a real life protest taking place.  Director Paul Greengrass filmed the scene during the protest.  Fantastic.

Deutsche Welle 3.22.2019

A call from two rival Berlin YouTubers saw 400 of their fans meet at the notorious Alexanderplatz square on Thursday. As the situation escalated a mass brawl broke out.

Berlin police were deployed in a major operation at the German capital’s central Alexanderplatz square Thursday night after hundreds of young people responded to a call on Youtube, resulting in a mass brawl.

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“Around 400 people gathered on the square early on Thursday evening,” a police spokesperson said, leading to 50 of them kicking, hitting and attacking each other with pepper spray.

One hundred police officers were deployed to contain the fight, using tear gas after trying to calm the crowd over loudspeakers, according to local media.

Nine people were detained and one officer was injured.

Around 20 of the brawlers then broke off, running to a nearby subway station, jumping on to the tracks and throwing rocks used to keep the rails in place.

Local media reports said two rival YouTube users had called on their followers to face-off at the square.


Photo by Lee Heidhues – Alexanderplatz, Berlin 5.3.2017

The head of Berlin’s police union said influencers in Berlin’s rap scene were sometimes very negligent and it was fashionable to kick off disagreements to get more followers.

The Berliner Morgenpost reported the two YouTubers were “Thatsbekir” from Stuttgart in Germany’s south, who has about 260,000 followers, and “Bahar Al Amood” from Berlin.

The paper said after both of the groups posted videos of the fight, posts from their accounts denied the brawl was their fault.

‘Transit’ powerfully blurs time frame of fear-infused WWII story

“Transit,” the book by Anna Seghers and the film, has been the subject of earlier Blog posts.  The film is, finally, opening in San Francisco at the Clay Theater.

SF Chronicle – Walter Addiego 3.19.2019

Christian Petzold’s “Transit” takes a huge risk and mostly pulls it off. A German, and one of today’s premier European filmmakers, Petzold gambles on a simple but radical alteration of his source material that’s certain to infuriate some viewers.

That source is an acclaimed 1944 modernist novel, “Transit Visa” by Anna Seghers,  a German Jew and communist who in 1940 fled Paris after the Nazi occupation. It’s a story about the crushing imperative to flee from murderous ideologies and the mixture of desperation and tedium suffered by those thwarted in the attempt.

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Like the novel, Petzold’s film takes place in Paris and Marseilles as the Germans are spreading terror through France. But “Transit” doesn’t take place 80 years ago — it’s set in something that looks more like the present, a present where shrieking police sirens are a constant and house-to-house searches take place to find and eradicate enemies of the state.

A young German man, Georg (riveting Franz Rogowski), is focused on getting out of Paris one step ahead of the invading Germans, having already experienced their brutality. He is persuaded to accompany a famous communist writer, carrying his latest manuscript, to Marseilles, where the author will meet up with his wife and flee to Mexico. The writer never even makes it to Marseilles.

Mistaken for the writer, Georg realizes that an impersonation might be his ticket out of France. Of course, complications arise. He encounters the writer’s wife (Paula Beer), who had told her husband she was leaving him. She has taken up with a doctor (Godehard Giese), who is almost wounded by his love for her. Georg falls for her himself, which raises more difficulties.

There are ample opportunities for self-sacrifice, and betrayals as well.  Characters collapse in the face of fear, or collaborate. Our hero needs to flee but can’t or won’t, and time is growing short as the Germans close in.

“Transit” aims to invoke dread and a suffocating atmosphere. It trusts viewers to make connections. Overall, the filmmaking is exceptional. Still, I have qualms about the director’s choice to use occasional voice-over narration, and there’s a digression involving Georg’s relationship with a lonely Arab boy and his deaf mother that seems unnecessary.

But Petzold, whose “Barbara” (2012) won the best director award at the Berlin Film Festival, has no difficulty creating a sense of existential woe. “Transit” has a hint of science fiction, and more than a hint of Kafka. And despite the story’s link to World War II, it’s clear that Petzold wants it to resonate with today’s immigration problems.

It’s a demanding film, but gives a lot in return.