The famed Olympic torch relay was actually created by the Nazis for propaganda

On August 1, 1936, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler opened the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. In doing so, he inaugurated what is now a famed ritual of a lone runner bearing a torch carried from the site of the ancient games in Olympia, Greece into the stadium.

“The sportive, knightly battle awakens the best human characteristics. It doesn’t separate but unites the combatants in understanding and respect. It also helps to connect the countries in the spirit of peace. That’s why the Olympic Flame should never die,” he reportedly said.

If that sounds like PR for the Nazi Party, that’s because it was. The relay “was planned with immense care by the Nazi leadership to project the image of the Third Reich as a modern, economically dynamic state with growing international influence,” according to the BBC. Or, in other words, Hitler wanted the games to impress foreigners visiting Germany.

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Carrie Brownstein Music Corner Ep. 5: VICE News Tonight (HBO)

For her last week on High Standards Music Corner, Carrie Brownstein, founding member of the legendary punk band Sleater-Kinney, imagines Jane Fonda as Conor Oberst’s “perfect 10.”

In addition to “A Little Uncanny, ” by Oberst, Brownstein comments on:
“Halfway Off the Balcony,” by Big Sean.
“Windy City,” by Alison Krauss.
“Moving on and Getting Over,” by John Mayer.

Sleater-Kinney is an all-woman punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in the mid-’90s. After going on an eight-year hiatus in 2006, the band made a much-celebrated comeback in 2014 and have since released one studio album, “No Cities to Love.”

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LIVE COVERAGE: Shooting rampage in Munich, multiple deaths reported, gunmen at large

Multiple deaths are reported in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Police confirmed that shots have been fired in the mall but gave no information on casualties.

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Munich shooting: Evacuation, dead bodies, heavy police presence (Raw footage)

At least six people have been killed and unidentified number of people injured in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, according to police. Police are still hunting for the shooters and suspects that the incident is a terrorist attack.

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