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Dragons AheadSome folks are going to find this post offensive.

I don’t frakking care.

In the days following the attacks on Paris, social media had two major reactions. The first (and fastest) was the predictable xenophobic rants against Islam, Muslims, and refugees. These are the now-standard spoutings of eentsy-minded fear-mongers who don’t like anyone unlike themselves and who use any excuse to close ranks and point their lily-white fingers at “the other.” These racist tirades were met with strong opposition from almost every quarter–in Paris itself, here in America, and online as well–and except for the rabid right-wingnuts, they have for the most part subsided from the social sphere.

The second, slower, and longer-lasting response was a series of “How dare you?” memes directed not at the perpetrators of these unconscionable attacks, but at people expressing their sorrow, sympathy, and solidarity with Paris. “How dare you?” these trolls demanded. “How dare you feel outrage over an attack on Paris when there have been attacks in Beirut and Baghdad, when Burundi officials have killed citizens, when over a hundred people were killed in Kenya?” These social memes are designed for one purpose: to shame us cheeky bastards who dare to express our sadness, grief, anger, or outrage regarding the events in Paris. These holier-than-thou bullies find my outrage offensive simply because I am not outraged enough. My outrage didn’t match their outrage, and I therefore deserved to be put in my place.

My response: Shut the frak up. (more…)

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If I told you I watched a movie about an old man, a young woman, and Paris, entitled Last Love, you might very well think it was a reboot of Last Tango in Paris.

And you would be wrong. This movie is not that. No, not that at all.

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we watch some sport, my wife goes to sleep in one country and awakens in another, and I take very few pictures.

la Arene de Lutece

09:  One Last Night, then A New Day, a New Country

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we see a Big Thing, buy some tea, and find the unchurchiest church in Paris.

le Arc de Triomphe - Close-up

08: This Must be Paris

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which we see the smiling lady, tsk at Huguenots, and buy a book.

Interior Gallery

07:  The Big Cahuna

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which I impart some travel tips, some bells are rung, and we go people-watching amongst the locals.

Ste Clotilde

06:  Lessons Learned and a Quiet Day

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Another installment from my April 2011 travelogue.

In which meet an old schoolchum, sip some coffee, and have a magical experience in a high-security setting.

Pont Alexandre III

05: A Dear Friend and a Jewelry Box

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