The news out of Paris is horrific. Religious fanatics with guns and bombs have killed at least 120 people. It’s an attack by Islamic State psychopaths.
The best television news coverage has been on France 24.
President Francois Holland gave this speech soon after the attack on the Stade de France, where he was one of the fans at a football match between France and Germany:
And President Obama had this to say from the White House:
But the French are in solidarity. Football fans sang the national anthem as they left the Stade de France after the attacks:
And, of course, someone stupid has something disgusting to say about it all.
Here’s all you need to know, via John Oliver:
De Lijn is Belgian mass transit, which I’ve been on a few times.
A tale from the London Underground:
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I really like the imagery of the PARTY CITY ALL INVITED sign. The old lady had been conceptualizing this forever. And it was nice to have a reminder of what it’s like riding on the subway in London.
The numbers show, contrary to television hype, that in historic terms, peace prevails. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any wars. It just means the number of deaths related to national or international conflicts have dramatically dropped.
So let’s do more to stop the killing.
When I lived in Europe, one of my favorite TV shows was called Trains, Trains, Trains. It featured video of German trains. No narration. No music. Just being in a train while it moved along its route. The perspective was from the motorman’s seat and you’re just watching the track ahead as the train moved on. Sometimes it was a streetcar.
It was very soothing.
I couldn’t find anything like it when I got back to the states. Then I got the Pluto TV app and saw that one of the feeds on it was for something called Slow TV. That’s from Norway. Here’s how it works:
So, let’s take a ride. See you in about 7 hours:
It’s effects will be with us forever.