La Rochelle is a very interesting city on many point. Although known in Gaelic times than later under Roman control, she did not become important until it became a “commune”, a franchised town with its own mayor, city council and other city notables (read bourgeois) to run the city. The name of the first mayor is still known today: Guillaume de Montmirail. The reason this port became important is not really because it was on the open sea to travel to America, American continent was not known then. Or was it?
A while ago I mentioned how the Forest d’Orient was flooded to become the Lake d’Orient and how no research are possible in the area. All the underground infrastructure ordered by the Knights is no longer available for historical and archaeological. I also noticed the legal action ordered by the French government immediately occured after the Gisord story that can still be found in Gerard de Sede‘s book “Les Templiers sont parmi nous” “Templars are among us” apparently never translated.
For the longest time, each person who would oppose a “official version” of an event was considered as a nutcase. It is still true now. Ask anyone where they get their news from and they will give you a list of “orthodox” sources mostly owned by media moguls (names withheld to avoid law suits)(yeah I need my own tinfoil hat). I always presented my students with a small test: a British and French perspective on Joan of Arc and I would ask them which one was the true one. None could really present a real image of the “Pucelle d’Orleans”, most likely because no one really knows even today who she really was. The story is still not clear and perhaps someday I will write about it.
OK I lied, I can not return to Walden as I never went to it in the first place. What I know of Thoreau comes from reading his books, mainly “Civil Disobedience” and of course “Walden” but of course the two are linked. Moving to Walden was for Thoreau the beginning of civil disobedience. Also, I did not build my home, and she is not 150 square feet but closer to 3250. She is not made of wood but of limestone. So what does this article have to do with Walden you may ask.
Imagine Hollandus Ineptum instead of … wait an minutes those two have another thing in common, they are both called “village idiot”.
OK It is not really new, been going on for a while now and no I’m not I am not Stephen Clarke. I received a mail earlier about France being in the “merde” sorry manure. Close enough. Indeed apparently French farmers a dumping their manure at the doorsteps of local officials then setting it on fire. If usually I am not really concern about the demands of farmers, because of the very large subsidies they receive yearly, this time I believe their demand was legitimate.
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Yesterday was November 11th, day of remembrance. 96 years ago, on that date ended the war to end all wars. Utopia! To commemorate, some idiots dressed like a Sunday who never fought a day in their miserable lives went to various place to place flowers on the graves of people they do not know, and do not care to learn about. Why would they. Hollandus Ineptum called them the toothless in private. The toothless of today were the fighter of WW1. So his majesty (it’s good to be the king although Mel Brooks is intelligent whereas this dude is, … well… not) first went to l’Arc de Triomphe to drop off some flowers, aloof from his citizen.
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I amazed you actually preparing to move to France. It really is incredible. I understand the stress you have to endure everyday in the US. All this freedom you have to face, this Constitution that allow to think for yourself, taking responsibilities for your actions, it has to be horrible. Although I must say, this dude Obama is trying real hard the suppress it. He is doing even better than his predecessor, the Bush guy. Luckily for you there is no freedom in France. It disappeared over 2000 years ago when Cesar invaded the country land it no one has heard of it since. Of course the land was not called France at the time, it was called Gaul by the Romans but in fact each region had its own name. When I wrote no one ever mentioned freedom it wasn’t entirely true. This fellow Etienne de la Beotie tried to bring freedom back in 1552 with his book : Discours de la servitude volontaire ou le Contr’un (Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, or the Anti-Dictator). He died in 1563 and thank goodness no one ever heard of his book again. In France no one even know this Etienne de la Boetie.
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Few years ago a French dude wrote an essay called France Orange Mecanique (France Clockwork Orange) in which he describes the state of insecurtity in the country. Laurent Obertone is free of his opinions and many French folks tend to believe him, mainly (and unfortunately) the far right movements. So I figure if one dude can compare this country to a movie (and a book) I could do the same. But I don’t want to talk about violence, heck other medias are doing a fine job of it. No I choose to compare it to Idiocracy. The subject is quit different.