Doschd

“Dozhd,” an “optimistic” independent Russian television channel. Its name means “rain” in Russian. Started as an Internet-only channel in April 2010, Dozhd became known internationally after their in-depth coverage of protests following the 2011 Duma election. German Wikipedia says their content is two-thirds live reporting and discussion, plus concerts, readings, experimental programs, documentaries, video art &c. There is an affiliated radio channel Serebrjanny Doschd (Себебрянный дождь,”Silver Rain”).

Update on 08 Feb 2014: An interview on Australian ABC Radio National’s Media Report mentioned that despite recent Russian legislation recriminalizing defamation, making it possible to blacklist websites for carrying the very vague “unlawful content” and redefining treason so broadly “that it could be now that any information shared with an international journalist is an act of espionage,” as host Richard Aedy said, the critical broadcaster Doschd has been suppressed by applying huge pressure to the cable operators connecting it to viewers to drop the channel. Guest Norman Hermant said Doschd was perhaps Russia’s most independent broadcaster, disseminating primarily by internet but also to consumers’ televisions by cable and satellite networks. “It’s now been left to an internet stream. Now an internet stream in Russia is very good for people who want to see it in Moscow and a few other big cities. But the vast majority of Russians still get their news and information from broadcast media.”

Hildegunst von Mythenmetz

Poet who is supposedly the author of Walter Moers’ City of Dreaming Books, which Moers said he merely translated from the first two chapters of her 25-volume opus, Travel Memories of a Sentimental Dinosaur.

(HEAL deh GOON st   fon   MOO ten METS.)

Fritz-Walter-Wetter

“Fritz Walter weather.” Rainy. Named after 1954 Germany captain Fritz Walter who was apparently a bit of a mudder.

(Fritz VOLL tah VET tah.)

Geldregen

“Money rain.” Pennies from heaven. A bonanza, windfall.

(GELD ray gun.)

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