Friday, January 09, 2015

Charlie Hebdo: an almost happy end

A black hole brainstorming; a meeting of a political party

Around 5:15 pm, units of French police used explosives and guns to storm both the printing press in Dammartin-en-Goële and the kosher shop in Paris. All the terrorists (and no theorists) were killed, all the hostages were freed. The synchronization was a wise idea I wanted to recommend them – but these professionals didn't need it!

I can't read this book but I wrote it. ;-)

Condolences to Shannon who is equally sad that her Algerian French countrymates had to wrap up their lives. But I feel sort of a relief. The assassination in Charlie Hebdo has slightly thrown me out of balance, emotionally speaking, but maybe it's time for everyone to be happier now.

This is a Lumo idea about a French music playlist. The ultimate love song, the ultimate revolutionary anthem, Lumo Hit 2006, Jean Michel Marre's magnetic fields, Michel Magne's Angelique theme song, Ballade pour Adeline, how to learn fake French (try fake English and other fake languages), ABBA's Waterloo (in the language of the loser), and so on. At the end, in total, Germans may have composed better music makers but I think that some of French music is much more able to make me cry, not to mention other emotions.

I haven't posted anything on the blog for days because of some events. On Tuesday, I went to Prague where a secret society I won't mention hired me as the primary speaker in a brainstorming dedicated to black holes, consciousness, and lots of other things. About a dozen of scientists were kidnapped, transferred by expensive cars to the film studios at Barrandov, and we had a fun 7-hour wine-enhanced spiritual exchange. I won't describe too many details because I think that it was potentially confidential.

Last night, I decided to see a meeting of the Pilsner regional branch of the (libertarian) Party of the Free Citizens. The party is used to collect about 2-3 percent or so in typical elections. I voted for it once in my life – and we managed to get its leader, Petr Mach whom I know in person but not "extremely well", to the European Parliament. That meeting was arguably not so secret.

There are 35 members in the Pilsner Region, each of them pays $50 annual membership fees, and about 30 people attended. Five of them are co-chairmen of some sort, they have no salary. One of them was very authoritative, I would say. ;-) The meeting had a strict program. It started by the approval of the minutes from the last meeting, discussions about an item from the party's program – in this case, proposals to improve traffic rules, transportation, mandatory car insurance, construction of new highways, and so on.

And a lot of time was spent by the blame game. Who is responsible for the failure of the party in recent elections? Does everyone work? Is it OK for others who only pay fees to criticize the leadership of the party? Should one self-confident woman have posted her photograph on a trolley bus, or a streetcar? ;-) And so on, and so on. Beer was being drunk. I picked a place next to the most beautiful member over there, also a non-member, a student from the University of Agriculture in Prague.

A member has paid $5,000 for his candidacy that didn't have much chance, and so on. The enthusiasm of these people seems both admirable and surprising to me. At the end, I think that whether they (or someone else) will be able to influence politics will be determined by very different things than the things they are spending so much time with.


  1. Re.potential US response, letter to editor in Columbia Daily Herald dated to June 2013:

    On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave a speech at the University of Cairo in Egypt, which clearly stated his direction, policies and agenda to the Islamic world.

    He stated unequivocally, “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they may appear.” (Emphasis mine.) Thus began Obama’s “fight” for Islam.- See more at:

  2. "The future must not belong to those who would slander the prophet of Islam." - President Obama.

  3. These particular perpetrators were known to the police, and have even been on the US no-fly list for a number of years.

    Simply reviewing policies towards known radicalized individuals may help prevent a number of future attacks.

  4. And the Holy Roman Empire had its breadbasket in North Africa?

  5. I wish Obama hadn't said that. I'm for telling the truth about all religions (even if they think it is slander :-) ), and he is clearly conflating historical fact with religious superstition, but to be fair, this is the whole quote:

    "The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the men and women that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.

    The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support."

  6. (8

  7. "...workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people"... even if they don't want it ! Or they already have it but they need more unuseful superficial things !...
    According to Obama muslims have Allah, christians have Jesus Christ, Jewish have the Holocaust.
    To finish Obama reminds us that Gandhi was an old crumpled gay hippie who spoke like a blond princess.

  8. That's a dead end :)

  9. "Her Algerian French countrymates" had about as much of a chance as Butch and Sundance.

  10. ;)

  11. Vangel - Total non-intervention is not a principle but an article of faith. Even when Paul does argue from principles he applies them to facts which have been twisted beyond recognition or simply made up in order to justify that article of faith, much as you did with your imaginary history of Islam (
    Yes, Paul has made predictions which came true; so have astrologers. I am, and have been, objecting to this mode of arguing, not to any particular 'conclusion' taken alone.
    That the CIA uses the same shoddy analysis of 'blowback is hardly surprising. 'When you kill a bunch of innocent people and invade foreign countries you will create many enemies.' - a Deep Thought, worthy of Jack Handy. Who knew?
    Surely someone who, at the drop of a hat, can find find four links showing that Boko Haram had weapons from Libya is capable of finding four links substantiating the fact that these two killers were fanatic muslims. And you still haven't made a case for their actions as 'blowback' for Libya.
    Pape's work is highly problematic and applies only to suicide bombers in occupied (as he defines it) regions. It has no relevance to Nigeria or Paris (unless you view France as a muslim country occupied by a western democracy), or to any other forms of terrorism. It is misleading to generalize it as you do.
    'blowback' explains nothing. It is a truism that you selectively apply to justify a policy of non-intervention. You have yet to justify this belief in a sensible way. Neither, for that matter, has Paul or Rothbard.
    If you cannot refrain from making gratuitous (and all false by the way) remarks about me, my beliefs, or what happens thanks to people like me then I shall not reply.

  12. Obama is a trojan horse. He is not concerned with the betterment of the US. He is here to help the rich take this country for everything he can. All the rest is just random distraction and lip service. There is no narrative, just silly disjointed buzzword babble and pretense from time to time.

  13. C'mon, Butch and Sundance never took any hostages and were basically nice guys who merely didn't feel like working.

  14. The context of Obama's statement was to deflect blame on the Benghazi attack from AlQaeda, which he had declared dead, to a obscure minivideo that no one had ever heard of. He even put the video maker in jail.

  15. "Charlie Hebdo" chief police detective commits suicide:

  16. Cynthia, in this video (in French), a journalist of BFM TV contacted the terrorists by phone during their hostages taking ! No other media is talking about these two conversations (one with Kouachi the other with Coulibaly)... strange... The female journalist (a Cohen of course ;-) presents a little piece of the conversation, revealing the unbelievable truth that they are sent by AlQaida and the Isis (wow!)... a few things don't make sense especially the amount of information the terrorists have given the journalist and the duration of the calls which Cohen said was "2 minutes".
    We'd like to hear the whole conversation... but maybe the comedians didn't read their text properly ?...

  17. This interview is so far out of the ordinary, Shannon, that I don't know where to begin to make sense of it.

    Speaking of interviews, though, we saw a sort of similar situation with ”The Interview.” President Obama took to the airwaves to defend a film which made a joke out of portraying the assassination of a fellow head of state. If that head of state had been Netanyahu, would any cinema in the US have dared show it? Would it even have been made? One thing is absolutely certain -- Obama would never, ever have defended it as an example of "free speech."

  18. Right!
    Another thing: in the Vincennes Super Casher shop, Coulibaly didn't hang up the phone properly and the journalist of a French radio (RTL) could hear everything he was saying to the hostages. There is no audio of it but Le Figaro describes it as a muddled diatribe. Apart from saying muslims are not terrorists :) and that he doesn't pay his taxes, he was criticising all the foreign French interventions in Libya, Mali, Syria but nothing, absolutely nothing against the jews or Israel !...

  19. Agreed, but, of course, so are the Republicans except that they are less "Trojan". The two party system in the US now is simply a play for the public scripted by the Cheneys of the world.
    Have you noticed the air time Cheney is getting on US MSM these days?

    BTW, there is an excellent BBC
    series called "The Honorable Woman" (on US netflix) starring an amazing Maggie Gyllenhaal,
    about the Israel/Palestine mess that seems to get the balance about right.

  20. "...but nothing, absolutely nothing against the jews or Israel !..."
    Right. We leave that to you, Shannon.

  21. Conclusion Gordon: it wasn't an antisemit attack, was it?

  22. I dont now about that...the editorial pages of US papers were full of depiction sharon as a vampire with blood dripping from his fangs, so there is a factual rebuttal to your assertion, of course, if you dont want to see it you won' took less than 24 hours for you to get back to jew hate. good for you.

  23. yet he killed them...go figure, maybe they didn't anything ton him, he just wanted to kill jews.

  24. really? just like youre not a jew hating papist?

  25. Jews are good material for caricatures too.