We'll always have Paris.

La Solidarité

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We will always have strength, we will always have Paris, and we will always have the Tour de France racing to the finish on the Champs Élysée in July.

Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Paris.

Vive la France.

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  1. Or rather, its like someone (Twain? Churchill?) said. Don’t wrestle with a pig. You’ll get covered in shit, and the pig likes it.




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  2. If the TdF was starting in two weeks and you had plans on taking holidays to watch a week of it would you now cancel your plans?




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  3. @brett

    My thoughts are also with the victims of the terrorist attack in Lebanon.

    The VMH and I rent our spare room via airBnb. Our current guest is from Beirut and I talked with him about this. The bombing was 30 km from his home. Wow, no idea how to even make sense of that. He’s a sweet, kind person and just had this horror in his own hometown.

    Is the reason we ride these simple machines a method to get away from the awful machinations of man?

    Sad, very sad today.




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  4. @Chipomarc

    If the TdF was starting in two weeks and you had plans on taking holidays to watch a week of it would you now cancel your plans?

    No. Definitely not.




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  5. @Oli

    @brett

    And Syria and all the places where brutality is being inflicted on innocents for religious and/or political reasons. Stop the violence.

    Like these 300+ other attacks that have happened just this year, but don’t get any attention.

    @The Pressure

    Hopefully some good can come out of G20…

    Don’t hold your breath…




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  6. @brett

    @Oli

    Agreed. Horrendous and it happens everywhere around the world. I remember after 911 here in the States, Tom Morello posted an open letter on the RATM site about how this happens everywhere all the time; it had simply just finally reached our own shores. He caught some shit for it, but that didn’t make him wrong.




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  7. Vive la France. #solidarityavecfrance




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  8. Vive




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  9. Fairly apt to be wearing the Rapha Hell of the North T-Shirt on the weekend.

    Thoughts with all.

    Dont let them win.




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  10. Finding it a bit ironic that Kiwis seem to have forgotten who is the only nation to commit a terrorist attack on our soil. “It was a long time ago” and “it was only a couple of victims” seems to be the line there… I didn’t realise terrorism had a shelf-life and a sliding scale of relevance.

    The world is fucked and there’s nothing we can do. Thanks Rothschilds/Bilderberg/Bohemian Club/NWO.




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  11. @frank

    @brett

    @Oli

    Agreed. Horrendous and it happens everywhere around the world. I remember after 911 here in the States, Tom Morello posted an open letter on the RATM site about how this happens everywhere all the time; it had simply just finally reached our own shores. He caught some shit for it, but that didn’t make him wrong.

    He was wrong. 911 was a once in a generation event. Like Pearl Harbor. And people may today still be losing their lives as a result of their association with the events of that day.

    @Chipomarc I’d be there with no hesitation.




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  12. @bill

    Gay. Your thoughts do nothing. Not sure how grown adults arrived to a place where they believe copy-pasting a digital photo or clicking a button on a little thumb’s up icon is somehow making a difference in the tangible world.

    Except for the ‘gay’ tag, I agree with @bill. Ironic that the things we do to be seeming to be doing something is ‘praying’ and displaying flags, which are two of the main causes of the world’s ills. Who the fuck are you praying to? I don’t think they are listening somehow.




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  13. Unfortunately I think we can expect to see lots more of this…

    So called “Refugees” now flooding into Europe with little to no control or knowledge of who they are and what they represent.

    I am glad that I live in Australia…where its quite difficult to just walk in ! But even our current PM is kowtowing in the interests of creating “Stronger Ties” to the likes of Germany and the other EU nations.

    Open borders !…nope…Fuck that !




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  14. I don’t understand hate on such a level that causes people to commit such atrocities.




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  15. @EBruner

    I don’t understand hate on such a level that causes people to commit such atrocities.

    And nor will we ever understand or hope to change them….

    Unfortunately if you look at the vast majority of the recent atrocities that have occurred in the Western World, have come from “Refugee’s”… Other atrocities occur where people are able to move between countries easily, and where pockets of inhumanity exist.

    I am not a radical by any notion, but the more of this stuff that occurs the harder it becomes to remain un-biased….which is a real shame…because I am just a normal bloke, and if I feel this way, there are a lot of others who do too.




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  16. @DCR12

    there are no ‘borders’ , just lines on a map, we are all ‘in’ this together, we all come from here.




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  17. @piwakawaka

    I understand the intent, and appreciate that what you are saying should be the way of things. If only…!..

    And I know its easy saying that when we sit in our safe little worlds….

    Wasn’t it John Lennon who asked the world to give peace a chance ?…Look where that got him…a bullet to the head from a crazy son of a bitch with a personal agenda and a gun….

    There ARE borders, we have the greatest cycle spectacle’s on earth that move’s in and out of borders and get’s enjoyed (or annoys) millions of people….if only we could all put down our weapons and pick up a bike !




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  18. @DCR12

    @piwakawaka

    I understand the intent, and appreciate that what you are saying should be the way of things. If only…!..….if only we could all put down our weapons and pick up a bike !

    I’m gonna continue with the cartoons, the absurdity of what we are fighting in the name of.

    and what we are fighting for, the arms industry, the infrastructure industry, financial industry, the oil industry and the motherfuckers that own those companies…




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  19. @piwakawaka

    @DCR12

    @piwakawaka

    I understand the intent, and appreciate that what you are saying should be the way of things. If only…!..….if only we could all put down our weapons and pick up a bike !

    I’m gonna continue with the cartoons, the absurdity of what we are fighting in the name of.

    and what we are fighting for, the arms industry, the infrastructure industry, financial industry, the oil industry and the motherfuckers that own those companies…

    Thats the way ! The world could do with more people like you that’s for sure….

    Love the cartoon…hits the nail on the head…Of the three, Mr Tickle would get my vote for something making the most sense.




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  20. @DCR12

    @EBruner

    I don’t understand hate on such a level that causes people to commit such atrocities.

    And nor will we ever understand or hope to change them….

    Unfortunately if you look at the vast majority of the recent atrocities that have occurred in the Western World, have come from “Refugee’s”… Other atrocities occur where people are able to move between countries easily, and where pockets of inhumanity exist.

    I am not a radical by any notion, but the more of this stuff that occurs the harder it becomes to remain un-biased….which is a real shame…because I am just a normal bloke, and if I feel this way, there are a lot of others who do too.

    What a load of crap. Lumping in millions of genuine people fleeing terror with a minority of radicals (funded and trained by the USA and UK) is what causes this misdirected fear. And that is what the radicals, and in the bigger picture the NWO, want. Division, fear, so more of our freedom can be taken away and we all just stay on the couch watching their propaganda like good little citizens.

    Unfortunately, a lot of others do share your view, and that’s more of a danger to Australian society than any refugees. Stop listening to Pauline Hanson and Tony Abbott and the Reclaim/UPF extremists, open your mind and your heart will follow.




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  21. @piwakawaka

    I’m gonna continue with the cartoons, the absurdity of what we are fighting in the name of.

    and what we are fighting for, the arms industry, the infrastructure industry, financial industry, the oil industry and the motherfuckers that own those companies…

    Exactly. Unfortunately these fuckers have the majority of the population brainwashed and firmly in the palm of their grubby, blood-covered hands.




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  22. Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.




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  23. @brett

    Dammat, you cut my lunch wtf.




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  24. It must have been all the editing of my abuse towards the Australian government I was doing…




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  25. @brett

    a minority of radicals (funded and trained by the USA and UK)

    Grassy Knoll College won’t release its records. So back up your claim here Brett.




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  26. @brett

    @DCR12

    @EBruner

    I don’t understand hate on such a level that causes people to commit such atrocities.

    And nor will we ever understand or hope to change them….

    Unfortunately if you look at the vast majority of the recent atrocities that have occurred in the Western World, have come from “Refugee’s”… Other atrocities occur where people are able to move between countries easily, and where pockets of inhumanity exist.

    I am not a radical by any notion, but the more of this stuff that occurs the harder it becomes to remain un-biased….which is a real shame…because I am just a normal bloke, and if I feel this way, there are a lot of others who do too.

    What a load of crap.

    I don’t feel it’s a load of crap at all….Its easy to think your opinion is more valid than mine….but it doesn’t make your opinion any more valid than mine.

    Anyway, happy cycling.




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  27. @Apex Nadir

    @brett

    a minority of radicals (funded and trained by the USA and UK)

    Grassy Knoll College won’t release its records. So back up your claim here Brett.

    Its hard to back up an opinion…

    Anyway, wasnt JFK proved to have been accidentally shot by one of the secret service bodyguards in the car behind him ?!




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  28. @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    You are right. I don’t blame the people fleeing the violence..Its just that a lot of the refugees aren’t fleeing violence at all, and are not from countries where the violence (in terms of Terrorism) is occurring.

    Also, I am certainly not xenophobic…I have Muslim family members, and grew up in a Muslim country before coming to the great land of Australia…. Its the best country on earth, with well defined borders, and it deserves to remain so.




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  29. @DCR12

    Good on you, but on the last point I’m afraid we’re going to have to agree to disagree.




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  30. @Apex Nadir

    @brett

    a minority of radicals (funded and trained by the USA and UK)

    Grassy Knoll College won’t release its records. So back up your claim here Brett.

    Don’t know how to use google? Geez…

    Declassified US Government report, 2012. I’ll point you towards section 7 and 8.

    Media muzzled on said report.

    There’s plenty of other articles and videos if you care to look.

    @DCR12

    @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    This.

    You are right. I don’t blame the people fleeing the violence..Its just that a lot of the refugees aren’t fleeing violence at all, and are not from countries where the violence (in terms of Terrorism) is occurring.

    Also, I am certainly not xenophobic…I have Muslim family members, and grew up in a Muslim country before coming to the great land of Australia…. Its the best country on earth, with well defined borders, and it deserves to remain so.

    Australia is an embarrassment. Our human rights record and current actions are deplorable, and would be condemned en masse if they were being committed by a non-western country. The latent and blatant anti-Islam hysteria whipped up by Abbott has allowed the “typical Aussie” to vent their inherent xenophobia and racism with little consequence and dripping with rhetoric that is just hate speech cloaked in “patriotism”.




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  32. @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    +1, actually make that + a million




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  34. @DCR12

    @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    You are right. I don’t blame the people fleeing the violence..Its just that a lot of the refugees aren’t fleeing violence at all, and are not from countries where the violence (in terms of Terrorism) is occurring.

    Also, I am certainly not xenophobic…I have Muslim family members, and grew up in a Muslim country before coming to the great land of Australia…. Its the best country on earth, with well defined borders, and it deserves to remain so.

    So you’re an immigrant? Australia was a lot better before all the immigrants.

    I agree with @Brett. Australia is a fucking embarrassment. Pretends to be a bastion of goodness. Meantime in trouble with the UN Human Rights Council.




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  35. The U.S. turned away Jewish refugees during World War II, not only out of anti-semitism, but because of fears that German spies would sneak in with them. History doesn’t look back kindly on that decision and it damn well shouldn’t. When fear trumps our humanity, we become less than we are.

    [ insert sweet analogy about stowing your fear away and nailing a fast descent here ]

    From where I sit, you can’t meet inhumanity with inhumanity. Families are fleeing their homes, trying to cross the sea in craft ill-suited to the trip, walking hundreds of miles with no real hope of finding welcome on the other side, because those gambles have better odds than staying where they are. It’s an act of pure desperation. You don’t turn your back on that.




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  36. @LawnCzar

    The U.S. turned away Jewish refugees during World War II, not only out of anti-semitism, but because of fears that German spies would sneak in with them. History doesn’t look back kindly on that decision and it damn well shouldn’t. When fear trumps our humanity, we become less than we are.

    [ insert sweet analogy about stowing your fear away and nailing a fast descent here ]

    From where I sit, you can’t meet inhumanity with inhumanity. Families are fleeing their homes, trying to cross the sea in craft ill-suited to the trip, walking hundreds of miles with no real hope of finding welcome on the other side, because those gambles have better odds than staying where they are. It’s an act of pure desperation. You don’t turn your back on that.

    Spot on




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  37. Fucking A. Well said.




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  38. @Oli

    +1




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  39. History repeating itself ad nauseum, perpetrated by the USA/CIA and continued to be supported by a clueless populace fed lies, hate and division by the NWO-controlled mass mainstream media.

    Obama is a war criminal in the same vein as Nixon, Clinton, Bush 1 and 2, and the biggest criminal of all, Kissinger. True evil still getting away with mass genocide in the name of money, oil and power, cloaked under the guise of Christianity and peace. It makes me sick.




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  40. @LawnCzar

    Well said.




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  41. @Harminator

    @DCR12

    @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    You are right. I don’t blame the people fleeing the violence..Its just that a lot of the refugees aren’t fleeing violence at all, and are not from countries where the violence (in terms of Terrorism) is occurring.

    Also, I am certainly not xenophobic…I have Muslim family members, and grew up in a Muslim country before coming to the great land of Australia…. Its the best country on earth, with well defined borders, and it deserves to remain so.

    So you’re an immigrant? Australia was a lot better before all the immigrants.

    I agree with @Brett. Australia is a fucking embarrassment. Pretends to be a bastion of goodness. Meantime in trouble with the UN Human Rights Council.

    I assume you’re also including those who had no choice in coming out here a couple of hundred years ago?




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  42. @Mikael Liddy

    Why not? If we’re making sweeping generalisations about diverse bodies of people.




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  43. I know not everyone will agree, but my thoughts about this:

    http://www.livefreeblog.com/je_suis_paris_solidarityavecfrance

    And before you pile on, at least know that this kind of stuff is “in my lane”:

    https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/defense-and-foreign-policy.html

    Vive la France! Je suis Paris #solidarityavecfrance




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  44. @chuckp

    Well said.




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  45. @Oli

    Banning refugees/closing borders is exactly the sort of knee-jerk xenophobic reaction that ISIS want to foment. Don’t fall into their trap by blaming the people fleeing massive violence because one or two of terrorists used them as cover.

    We won’t sort out terrorism by treating people worse, that’s for damn sure.

    Agreed, and runs the risk of using Arnaud Amalric’s supposed logic of (paraphrasing here) “kill them all, let God sort them out.”




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  46. @Oli

    @chuckp

    Well said.

    Thank you. Appreciate the kind words. Please feel free to share. Cheers!




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  47. @piwakawaka

    @DCR12

    @piwakawaka

    I understand the intent, and appreciate that what you are saying should be the way of things. If only…!..….if only we could all put down our weapons and pick up a bike !

    I’m gonna continue with the cartoons, the absurdity of what we are fighting in the name of.

    and what we are fighting for, the arms industry, the infrastructure industry, financial industry, the oil industry and the motherfuckers that own those companies…

    My religion is the Bike, no go out and ride!

    France was tragic, and it can happen anywhere, even here in the good old USA.




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  48. For the conspiratists, here’s why the war on ISIS will be a long one…http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/16/investing/paris-attacks-defense-stocks-isis/index.html




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  49. @chuckp

    I know not everyone will agree, but my thoughts about this:

    http://www.livefreeblog.com/je_suis_paris_solidarityavecfrance

    And before you pile on, at least know that this kind of stuff is “in my lane”:

    https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/defense-and-foreign-policy.html

    Vive la France! Je suis Paris #solidarityavecfrance

    I respect your opinion. And I wish I could agree. After all, why should we care about Syria and what happens there? And to be pragmatic about it, I read that $ expense was to tune of $11 million per day for current US military activity. Regret this perspective might be oversimplifying the matter however. Woven in to the fabric of western civilization is the idea that life is precious. And some empathy for those less fortunate. And just something about Yazidis, an ancient society most of us would others never have heard of, being enslaved and massacred strikes a chord with free people. Maybe not communists or Sunni’s. But yes, free people in western civilization. Then we get to the grisly circumstances surrounding unfortunate aid workers being publicly executed. I guess people feel compelled to act. Especially free people fortunate to be enjoying the blessings of life. Rightly so. And reality is, it was a taliban controlled Afghanistan that provided safe haven for Al Quaida to hatch their plans and any idea that might not happened in a caliphate of sociopaths? Speaking of sociopaths, the sociopaths that targeted Parisians and claimed was for Syria… any chance they’d just have hijacked any other cause, if not Syria, for them to go about their murderous tendencies? In other words, their wires in their heads are so crossed they’d hijack any old cause to murder random people because that’s what sociopaths do? It’s all around bad stuff that needs to be addressed. Just saying f*** it and leaving it alone… well, I suppose the Chinese can do that. But not free people in western civilization.




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  50. But the point is why we get involved and how – unilateral bombings on poorly defined targets for political reasons is a lot different from multi-lateral action targeted at actually putting a stop to all the violence. Too often we’ve seen inactivity where action should follow and action where letting none should occur.

    If you think the Syrian situation is as simple as “free people” helping out of the goodness of our charitable hearts then you’re sorely deluded…




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