La Solidarité

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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68 Replies to “La Solidarité”

  1. @brett

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

  2. 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.

  3. @bill

    It’s empathy, it’s fellow feeling, it’s taking an interest in your fellow human beings. It’s not meant to be about ‘doing something’ in the “tangible world”.

    Put it this way, if a loved one died and you seen members of your family upset would you say the same sort of thing? “Crying isn’t going to bring them back, come on!”.

    Or maybe you would…

  4. @bill

    Interesting notion that “your thoughts do nothing”. Someone should have informed the likes of Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Spinoza, Desiderius Erasmus, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther of that, while they had the chance. On second thought: good thing they didn’t. Thoughts can do and mean anything and everything.

    Fundamentalism of any sort is precisely a total lack of (critical) thought, if you ask me. But hey… Just a thought.

    My heart weeps for France. Yours doesn’t have to. Free world.

  5. I’ve begun to feel sympathy for folks like @bill…  The narrow-mindedness of his post is more an homage to the character of the people that created, contribute to, and visit Velominati than he is able to realize, I’m afraid.

    You see, people the likes of @bill live lives devoid of any kind of power, intelligence, attention, satisfaction, beauty, or fulfillment.  As a result, a rather simple and easy way to “move the needle” on his behalf is to seek out communities like the Velominati that attract an informed, insightful, and clever audience.  By posting bush-league statements that take little time or thought to create, he knows he can simply sit back and watch the backlash – and, as a result, get the attention he craves.  A pretty sad state of affairs, really…

    Vive la Velominati.

  6. @Oli

    @bill

    I’m not sure grown adults should be disagreeing with something by calling it “gay”.

    Hmmm… truedat. But we cannot know for certain whether @bill is a grown adult, of course.

  7. Expressions of grief and strength have very tangible effects.

    The best example of the latter was written in the Ardennes: “Nuts.”

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. @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.

  11. @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.

  12. 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.

  13. @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.

  14. @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.

  15. 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 !

  16. @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.

  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 !

  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…

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  23. @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.

  24. @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 ?!

  25. @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.

  26. @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”.

  27. @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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