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My stepson came from Russia when he was 7 (25 now), with his mother. He's maintained a strong connection with his father, and gives us a glimpse of what it is to look at the western world through Russian eyes. There's a lot of themes you've mentioned… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by languagehat, internet fraud detective squad, station number 9, Michele in California, bluefly
Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

Greg Nog: "I'm having a hell of a time finding it, but someone on twitter tweeted something like "tattoos are our younger selves' way of blackmailing our older selves into philosophical continuity"; I think about that theory a lot… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by kgasmart, echocollate, numaner
MeFi comment - 11 days ago

To further delve into the aesthetic of CH, with elements showing how it evolved under the influence of Philippe Val (who was directing the newspaper when the caricatures were issued), Choron dernière (with subs 1 2 3 4, a movie about le Professeur… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Golden Eternity, nangar
MeFi comment - 13 days ago

NoxAeternum: Ah, the classic argument - "you don't have the right to not be offended, but neither do you have the right to show any offense you have."" Nox, could you please stop starting your comments with a condescending… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by riruro
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Maybe it's worth repeating that the drawings always refer to the news, to what happened in a week span. Charlie, Le Canard Enchaïné are the "wednesday satirical newspapers" and they deal with what just happened. It's pointless to discuss… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by I-baLL
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Nobody wants you to change your opinion. Some French people are on the same page as you are (Emmanuel Todd, for instance). That's perfectly fair, and no one has to embrace the I am Charlie motto without thinking twice. Nevertheless, since it's a… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by I-baLL, George_Spiggott, Termite
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

nicolas.bray : Unless you're planning on printing out copies of susuman's comment to hand out to black seven-year-olds at French newsstands, it seems just completely orthogonal to the kind of concerns they're raising. Do you really think… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by I-baLL
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

backseatpilot: "I always enjoy these threads because I can be the one to come in and show you It Can Always Be Worse." So do I. Everytime we have to deal with substandard public toilets, my wife, who was in the USSR a long time… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by wenestvedt
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

latkes: "Arrrggg!! Just a reminder: The writers who are expressing a critique of the PEN recognition of CH are also horrified by the murders there, also understand the chilling effect on all speech that these murders caused,… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by one more dead town's last parade, nangar, George_Spiggott
MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

So many perfectly objective comments castigating the French for their racism. There must be something paradoxical here. [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by perhapsolutely, tel3path, susuman, George_Spiggott
MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Ted's version of My Lovely Horse is the performance that convinced me I could play the guitar and sing at the same time. Btw, it is mandatory for all my pupils to learn that song (that's the one they always remember and sing when we meet in… [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by Davenhill, amorphatist, threetwentytwo, Lemmy Caution, retronic, Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels, palomar, ovvl, Wolof, drezdn, joseph conrad is fully awesome, Orange Dinosaur Slide
MeFi comment - Last month

Fantastique ! Merci beaucoup ! [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by joseph conrad is fully awesome
MeFi comment - Last month

Lots of cool links, The Scala is beautiful in a creepy way (or the other way around) and Ariana Savalas is a fine singer ! Thanks ! [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by atomo
MeFi comment - Last month

I haven't said to my daughter that unicorns don't exist. I might pretend, once in a while, that the meat we're about to eat is unicorn meat. That's an easy way to keep the world a marvellous place. [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by wotsac, TheWhiteSkull, Kattullus
MeFi comment - Last month

Well, at least, if Jesus was actually born in 1053, it makes it pretty unlikely that he was friends with a dinosaur. [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by zookeeper, Kattullus, boilermonster, philip-random
MeFi comment - Last month

Oh, and using some of Weird Al's lyrics could be funny. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by nicodine, Flood
Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Great pictures, great project. Thanks a lot ! [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by k8t, bonobothegreat
MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Poor Rachel... er, I meant, this is ridiculous ! (thanks). [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by mazola
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Rustic Etruscan: "So far, it's been used in a rather tactful way. Tactful: 60-70% of the French prison population is Muslim, compared to 12% of the French population as a whole, which has happened by coincidence, or because the… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by ThatFuzzyBastard
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

fredludd: "Hijab - not OK, because laïcité Yarmulke - OK, because antisemitism is illegal (although the hero gets to whine about provoked negativity)" The Hijab is ok, as much as a Yarmulke. What isn't ok are veils covering the… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by ThatFuzzyBastard
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I wasn't born yesterday, I guess you weren't either. These laws are super awkward, but you can't deny that there's a problem when a religious group tries to dictate rules within public services like schools, hospitals or tries to influence the way… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by mandolin conspiracy
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

NoxAeternum: "Isn't it the other way round sometimes ? I think that journalists at Charlie Hebdo were very much part of the culture. Apparently, religion wasn't an issue anymore for them. You're right, it wasn't an issue for them… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by seyirci, daq, ThatFuzzyBastard
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Give us a break with the "wonderful" France. We do know we're not wonderful. The fact is that we're not used to deal with religion anymore because we thought that all that bullshit was over. Isis is using Islam as a Trojan Horse while its… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by bgal81
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

There was the character of Tristan in Camelot 3000. [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by cuscutis, webmutant, Catblack, Cool Papa Bell, GenjiandProust
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I won't accept the analogy unless you can find a digital wine. [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by graymouser, TDavis, Captain Chesapeake
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Wow ! You made me seriously eager to look into it, Fraula. But - and I like Algeria, as much as you know some French people do - to state that it's been peaceful since it's independent : well, its peace comes with a price to pay, as I guess it's… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Golden Eternity
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Well, I've got a piece of anecdotal evidence here. My mother, who is 70 +, recently experienced a bunch of extremely unpleasant symptoms. After having met a number of specialists (stomach, heart) because she couldn't eat without being sick for hours… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by Monochrome, LucretiusJones, Otto the Magnificent, malibustacey9999, fraula, JHarris
MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Well, since France has lately been under scrutiny : Remi Fraisse, 21, was fatally wounded in clashes with police in the early hours of Sunday, the first such death in France since 1986. His death has been blamed on a concussion grenade fired in… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by ymgve
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists never promoted islamophobia not racial hatred. This is clearly an interpretation. This isn't the case with Mr. Dieudonné. He's explicit about it : Jews everywhere, Israel are the problem, they've always been and will… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by MattWPBS, cendawanita, smoke, Too-Ticky
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Well, we don't kill stand up comedians, in France. He's far from jail, he hasn't given back to the treasury all the taxes he's escaped, he hasn't payed his fines when he's been condemned... he's still able to casually state that a journalist (named… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by MattWPBS, fraula, nangar
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I found that very interesting to be able to visit Hermann Hesse's house in Montagnola. I would have appreciated to see that house that seemed gorgeous. It would have been the perfect place for a Ray Bradbury museum. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by homunculus
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think if you're going to throw people in jail for saying the wrong thing, you learned nothing from these deaths. Are you kidding ? Dieudonné is still free as the wind even after his many "misdemeanors", and now he… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by smoke
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I don't. I'm getting tired of Dieudonné's and Alain Soral's gibberish. Internet has a very unfortunate adverse effect, exposure to your contemporaries worst paranoid bits. Which, unfortunately, in their case, consist in an inexhaustible logorrhea. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by rosswald, fraula
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

There are many things to say, and we (and there, I mean, the French) have our share in this mess (it's so sad to think that the killers were French people who couldn't fit in). But it sure feels good to watch young people from all origins… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by fraula, dejah420, Golden Eternity, nangar
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Scientists predict that Artificial Intelligence will provide us with tools explaining some of Dieudonné's thoughts and paradoxes by the year 2030. Google has just launched a research program. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Golden Eternity
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It's maybe worth noticing that Dieudonné isn't under death threat. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by riruro
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I've just found this. Could be useful (verbs). It looks like these books do have a cd with audio content too, but check it out because most of the books coming up in my search come with a cd-rom with text content. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by coffee_monster
Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I wrote she was : sorry, she is. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by nickyskye
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Hirsi Ali, a racist piece of garbage ? Btw, in his criticism of Charlie Hebdo as a racist newspaper, Olivier Cyran has forgotten to say that some of the articles he mentions have been written by Zineb El Rhazoui, who, as a woman of… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by nickyskye, Golden Eternity
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The link provided upthread was a direct response to Olivier Cyran's article linked by Joakim Ziegler. So, here it is again : Zineb El Rhazoui, "If Charlie Hebdo is racist, then I am racist too". (Sorry, French only). [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by jeffburdges
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Well I live in France and I couldn't give you details about the way members of the Jewish community feel like, but I'm pretty sure that the events linked with the Gang of Barbarians have not contributed to their lightness of heart. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by dejah420
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Oh sure, the only persons who caused trouble seeing me reading Charlie Hebdo weren't muslims, but beaufs who couldn't understand that everyone wasn't a right-wing white supremacist. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by George_Spiggott, mlis
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I've just watched the vid taken during one of their sessions, and the journalist saying "France is paradise" brought tears to my eyes. I've been brought up with those artists (Cabu was featured in a kids program in the 80's, they all have… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by rory, Bwithh, madamjujujive, nangar, Wolof
MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Well, I really like the 20th anniversary sweater that Lopi made freely available on their website. Traditional, yes, but gorgeous. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Lycaste, mimi
Ask MeFi comment - 5 months ago

Sound + image
favorited 3 times, recently by gakiko, goodsearch, wintersweet
Ask MeFi post - 6 months ago

"Sublimation is the process of transforming libido into "socially useful" achievements, including artistic, cultural and intellectual pursuits." : with this guy, we've got both sides simultaneously. [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by forgetful snow, atoxyl
MeFi comment - 6 months ago

Worst / Best : could you give us a break ? Miles is proteus himself. Discovering his back catalog is for everyone a wonderful trip, always a new and original one. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by languagehat
MeFi comment - 6 months ago

I feel the same, and really, to react, no matter in what little way allows me to learn how to react in a more satisfactory way. That's practising. Recently, I've tried to be more assertive at work, in my family, with strangers. The thing is that… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Orange Dinosaur Slide, rainbowbrite
Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Well, it brings back the memory of a younger myself racing after my girlfriend's bus to give her another kiss, from bus stop to bus stop. Reminds me of John Henry too. [more]
favorited 13 times, recently by lokta, jasonsanders, prune, tickingclock, The Card Cheat, Bugbread, angrycat, Ziggy500, milov, flapjax at midnite, low_horrible_immoral, dontjumplarry, Bwithh
MeFi comment - 8 months ago

It's on mind-warp pavilion : http://www.mindwarppavilion.org/ezt/torrents-details.php?id=3259 David Bowie - Star Special BBC Music 6 Lineage:BBC Radio I Player>>>Nero… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by blnkfrnk, filthy light thief
Ask MeFi comment - 8 months ago

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