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.