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Aujourd'hui nous sommes toutes les parisiens

Old Nov 14th, 2015, 08:11 AM
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Fussgaenger, stop it, we don't want your crazy gun laws here.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 09:02 AM
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Fuss: I'm a Swiss and we don't tote around guns. Some have guns at home but they are used for military service only and locked away tightly. The Swiss don't believe that their individual homes are better protected through the ownership of guns. They'd rather vote on laws to ensure protection of their country.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 09:28 AM
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PatrickLondon, thank you for the link.

That is the true spirit of the Parisians, indeed the French people, that we love and admire so much.

Moi aussi, je suis Parisienne.

Fuss, stop talking. As your peaceful Northern neighbour, we don't want your crazy gun laws either.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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Coucou! Coucou, mon amis!

I am in Paris right now staying on Rue Varenne in the 7th.

Terrified to take the Metro.

Thank the Grande Chartreuse the Countess se Billy has her car and driver available to me.

I walked the dog this morning and a Muslim woman w/ headscarf crossed the road when she saw me. She looked like a cleaner. She was obviously concerned I would make some derogatory remark to her.

It is the Thanksgiving holiday season in the US, yet it is Marie Le Pen whose cornucopia runneth over.

She is probably drinking Krug right now.

I am trying to be positive but I am tired of the world right now.

Better to live in the forest with squirrels and deer.

Chin up, sweetie darling!

Thin
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 10:07 AM
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Be safe , Thin.

We here are all concerned for France and its people and the outreach to every other country.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 11:08 AM
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Hi Thin, Of all the places for you to be right now. Swandav is there and heard from friend's this am who are very numb with shock.
Belgium is on the news here now as they have traced one of the cars from there.
Take care
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 11:37 AM
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"Fuss: I'm a Swiss and we don't tote around guns. Some have guns at home but they are used for military service only and locked away tightly."

Yes, I know - military service. Swiss men are conscripted and required to keep weapons at home, and it's routine for them to keep these weapons at home once their conscription period is over. Gun ownership is very common.

"The Swiss don't believe that their individual homes are better protected through the ownership of guns."

Islamist fanatics aren't in the home invasion business anyway. It should be clear by now that they're bringing the battle to Europe's restaurants and other gathering places.

And as Hollande says, attacks like this are an act of war. That's why soldiers are on the streets. As you say, kleeblatt, the guns are for wartime. Will the Swiss not use them when Switzerland comes under attack?
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 11:43 AM
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One can't help but wonder why we all weren't Mumbians when 166 people were machine-gunned to death, and 293 wounded, in hotels and restaurants in Mumbai. Or why we all weren't Nairobians when 67 people were machine-gunned to death inside a shopping mall.

Both these terror attacks have been cited as dreaded models for the attacks that just occurred in Paris.

Even more so, I'm wondering if we're are ever all going to be Syrians, or if we are just going to continue pretending that however many people are being blown to bits there -- currently more than 250,000 in the current conflict, 30,000 of them children -- it doesn't have anything to do with US-UK policy.

By the way, there is a website -- I AM SYRIA -- that tries to keep track of the daily death tool as best as can be done.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 12:27 PM
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That is called proximity.
Something happens far away you barely notice. It happens next door it is horrifying.
Plus France is a country at peace. The same cannot be said of Syria.
Or can it ?
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 04:48 PM
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I think the difference is not only the world prominence of Paris but the fact that most (all?) of us have been there and have wonderful memories of the city which has now come under terrorist attack. It's much closer to home and the next question is: who's next?
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 04:49 PM
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sandralist that very issue has been raised in our press re the recent shootings in Lebanon which has just come off 3 days of mourning. There are many many Australians of Lebanese descent and only a few of French descent . For us it's not a matter of proximity -is it because it's Europe ? It's similar to when we barely hear of disasters eg Bangladesh floods that kill thousands and yet floods in Europe, U.S. Are much bigger news.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 04:59 PM
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Thank you, Patrick, for the reminder.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 06:08 PM
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Isn't it "nous sommes tous les Parisiens"?

Frankly even discussing it the terrorists win.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 06:30 PM
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I think it's about where you've travelled before whether you identify with attacks. I was most a "bombayian" after that attack, I had stayed at the taj and also the oberoi. My cousin often flew through Bombay as a FA with AC and had many friends at the oberoi. It was horrible to think about that night. Equally as with Paris, a city I love. I imagine that if I had been lucky enough to travel to Syria I would think the same. For me that is what trave does...brings people closer together and makes you realize that we all need to respect and understand each others cultures.
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Old Nov 14th, 2015, 07:29 PM
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Agree, kmowatt. Have been to Kenya several times and it is a country near and dear to my heart. Felt such despair when people were attacked at Westgate mall in Nairobi and then heartsick when the students were murdered at their college in Garissa this year. Cried and cried. And I am in shock and deeply saddened by last night's events, in another country I have visited and love.

These things are terrible wherever they occur.
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Old Nov 15th, 2015, 04:48 AM
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Coucou! Coucou!

Of course, darling, that should read Marine Me Pen in my post above, not Marie!

Damn you, Autocorrect!

I had a nice conversation with a gay Iranian couple today. They told me how much they love the United States, especially NYC and Olive Garden!

Mrs. Hohenzollern offered me her helicopter if I could not get out of France! I guess her helicopter has diplomatic status and would not be intercepted by French authorities.

Who knew.

That won't be necessary as I will take my Coach seat back to London on Tuesday.

You never know when
your last day on this earth will be.

So do it now.


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Old Nov 15th, 2015, 07:34 AM
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Yup

o it now. So I just did. Clicked on air caraibes, going 2 weeks with family...
Who knows what tomorrow will be.
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Old Nov 15th, 2015, 07:36 AM
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I only visited Paris once, for 8 nights in October 2008. I didn't want to go, it was my wife's idea. "You'll enjoy it!" she claimed. She had been there as a kid.

Talk about falling in love with a place overnight! I wanted to stay for months. Still would love to.

The last few days have been so sad.
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Old Nov 15th, 2015, 08:15 AM
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Je suis La ! Je suis Paris ! Nous sommes tous parisiens !

Bon Courage !
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Old Nov 15th, 2015, 08:56 AM
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The people blown to bits the day before by ISIS in this beautiful city speak French too.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/16/wo...pan-abc-region


(Good to see that some in NYC spared them a thought)
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