We Are All French

850 years of history gone!

Too sad and appalled!

Quoting Michelle Obama:

I will never forget the first time I walked into the Notre Dame Cathedral. I was a teenager on a school trip to Paris. It was my very first international trip, and until then, I hadn’t seen much outside of the South Side neighborhood I grew up in. But the majesty of Notre Dame—the history, the artistry, the spirituality—took my breath away. The feeling was almost indescribable—a place that lifts you to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Every time I’ve visited in the years since, including as First Lady, I felt the same thing.

So being here in Paris tonight, my heart aches with the people of France. Yet I know that the Notre Dame I experienced all those years ago, as so many others have over the centuries, will soon awe us again.

Pictures to remenber

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

6 thoughts on “We Are All French

  1. …she held up much better, even the glass and Reni. Unclear if the rest of the world may hold up as well…


      1. …hm. Less the leaders than ease of undoing. In the US Italy and the west generally, populations have begun to express, rather nobly in different ways, what we tend toward as a species. (In the US we voted for an idealistic black man, astonishing, and a party platform of belonging. In Italy and Great Britain, despite likely your and certainly most mainstream media’s depictions, people voted for place and again belonging. Alas in the first case, we actually voted for another Harvard lawyer with in the best case a quite limited intellect, at the worst a largely indifferent, personally ambitious political pawn – the day he announced his staff I could feel my remaining ball tumble and crumble – Larry Summers? Are you kidding? In the later… most actually voted for, well, what quickly turned or returned to an unpresentable, utterly corrupt, misogynist, northern party of… even physically malformed… burps, (io invece per l’ovvio, l’inutile ma con l’unica figura che si presentava informata e cooerente. Poi lui e calvo come me…) But in our mesolithic – the new naming is questionable. The change is more of measure than effect – we’re heading for the norm in terms of distribution, maybe already there in financial terms, and result, ahime. Only this time it’s global.


      2. “privatization, stabilization, and liberalization.” That’s worked well. Let’s see… dismantling in Russia, (‘Paaanini, 5 euro per la fabbrica, con 9 ti pigli’ 2, con 11 ti diamo anche le ferrovie… chiedete ai miei amici…’) regime change in indonesia, rising interest rates and balancing the budget in the midst of recession in Korea, against measures to reduce ‘greenhouse’ emissions, against single payer (state) healthcare system, (obamacare is… rather a disaster), direct collusion in the Enron-California debacle stemming from absurd deregulation, (I Will Be BACK,)and most importantly…. banking: “the parties to these kinds of contract (derivatives, referring directly to OTC mortgage backed sacks of shit, basically, that were the primary causality of the crises we’re all still in except of course the wealthy, sucking in q.e. after q.e. via markets. Have you seen what an Eames chair now goes for? A chalet in Switzerland? The latest Bacon at auction…) to are largely sophisticated financial institutions that would appear to be eminently capable of protecting themselves from fraud and counterparty insolvencies,” oops. Then what else… the removal of separation invest/commercial banking with Clinton, his opposition to remove senior management during the 7-8 crisis, let alone nationalizing (so how many bankers went to jail, or paid any price at all, for fraud? What is that, outside of iceland…oh yeah. 0. Zero. Nessuno. Indeed, he made sure even pay ceilings for those receiving state funded bail-out were removed. Socialism for the wealthy, tough shit for everyone else,) then his lovely stint at Harvard (‘Who, me, a racist fundamental misogynist? Nooo, not me. Hey, I’m a jew, a minority, and I love helping women. Well, maybe not so much Goy women but there are plenty of those poor girls too who try real hard, darnit…’) But mostly, for me… it’s that… mediocrity coupled with lack of argumentative rigor yet buttressed by deep presumption, not arrogance, presumption, all the way into policy – which proved disastrous.


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