Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A glimpse into nature and Ignore Insults and another story about the VW Bug--Hitler stole the Idea

Ignore Insults

We have an obligation to be extremely careful not to do or say anything that will constitute even a minor slight to the honor and respect due another person. However, if someone insults us, we should tolerate what they say and still strive to be kind to that person.

Of course, this is not an easy level to reach. It takes much hard work and effort to train yourself to ignore the insults of others. If a person identifies himself as a body, it is truly difficult to develop these antithetical positions.

By realizing that you are a soul, however, you will be aware of having been created in the image of the Almighty. Why is this important? Because tolerating insults is part of the commandment to emulate the Almighty - Who bestows life upon us even when we do things that are against His will!

Today, if someone insults you, focus on the following thought: Other people's insults do not really cause you harm.

Love Yehuda





this video is really awesome,



This is amazing…can you imagine the camera that they used to get this! The hummingbird going after the bee is amazing!  Have the sound on.


Nature is remarkable and the wonder of slow-motion photography helps us better understand and appreciate the nature we never would see or appreciate otherwise.






Yesterday I wrote about the VW Bug factory in Germany. Here is some history I did not know that my friend Poli sent me after I sent it out:

Adolf Hitler 'stole idea for Volkswagen Beetle from Jewish engineer'

Adolf Hitler, who has always been given the credit for sketching out the early concept of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle in a meeting with car designer Ferdinand Porsche in 1935, stole the idea from a Jewish engineer and had him written out of history, a historian has sensationally claimed.

The Nazi leader's idea for the Volkswagen, or 'people's car', is seen by many as one of the only worthwhile achievements of the genocidal dictator.

However, Paul Schilperoord's book, 'The Extraordinary Life of Josef Ganz - the Jewish engineer behind Hitler's Volkswagen', may change that forever.

Hitler stipulated that the vehicle would have four seats, an air-cooled engine and cost no more than 1,000 Reichsmarks - the exact price that Ganz said the car would cost.

Three years before Hitler described "his idea" to Porsche in a Berlin hotel, Ganz was driving a car he had designed called the Maikaefer, or May Bug.

The lightweight, low-riding vehicle looked very like the Beetle that was later developed by Porsche, who is still considered the foremost car designer in German history.

Jewish inventor Ganz had been exploring the idea for an affordable car since 1928 and made many drawings of a Beetle-like vehicle.

Hitler saw the May Bug at a car show in 1933 and made sketches, and within days of the meeting between them in 1935, Ganz's car magazine was shut down and he was in trouble with the Gestapo.

The journalist and inventor left for Switzerland and died in Australia in 1967.

He is not mentioned in VW's first corporate history or in the Story of Volkswagen exhibition in Wolfsburg.

"So many things were the same in Hitler's sketches," the Daily Mail quoted Schilperoord as saying.

"Hitler definitely saw his prototype and I'm quite sure he must have read Ganz's magazine.

"It's quite clear Ganz had a big influence on how the idea was developed by the Nazis.

"'Ferdinand Porsche drove Ganz's prototype in 1931. I found a lot of evidence that all similar rear engines in the 1930s can be traced by to Ganz.

"Even the price was the same. Porsche said doing this for 1,000 Reichsmarks was not possible but was forced to make it happen by the Nazis," he added.

Meanwhile, Porsche's image is at stake, with some critics claiming he was a war criminal.

However, VW admits to producing military parts and using slave labour, Porsche was never tried for war crimes.

Volkswagen has put the doubt over the car's origins down to the fact that many people at the time were talking about the concept of a small and low-priced car.

It claims that through Hitler, Porsche found the funding that Ganz lacked and was able to make something real out of what was a popular idea.

And here is another story about the bug

I thought you would be interested in the following story from The Wall Street Journal.

What a Long Strange Trip


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