thank you to everyone who spent their hard-earned brain cells on being funny monday night. brian d. was kind enough to videotape the spectacle, and (surprisingly enough) i even enjoyed watching it sober.
translation (not mine) of the caption for this map on France2 news: « At the end of the report, CNN screens a map showing the main cities hit by the riots. Trouble is, that Toulouse is in the Alps, Strasbourg in the middle of Germany, Cannes in Montpellier and even Paris isn't at the proper place. » (picture and caption borrowed from the lovely sa4turn3)
Yeah. I know it's not that big of a deal, and rarely do I ever post about shit like this, but our lovely CNN and various other "news" networks have really made asses of themselves. As if all the misleading Katrina-coverage wasn't bad enough, the misguided and just.plain.WRONG reporting of the riots in France is almost too much to stomach. Not only are they unable to geographically locate places on a map and figure out which cities are in France and which are not, they're also simplfying the problem so that the "average-American" (who would probably be much more intelligent without their "help") can digest decades of difficulties over their morning coffee. I can't tell you how many times I've seen headlines like "black muslims riot in France." I'm not there right now and I'm certainly not French, but from my limited knowledge of la francophonie I can tell you that the situation as it stands is much MUCH larger than race and/or religion.
Hey, guys. I found this on the linguaphiles community. Apparently, alchemy_gryph put together a list of all the colleges and universities that are accepting displaced students. I know a lot of people could use this info, so pass it around if you can.
I know that a lot of people have been going to campus to volunteer but have been turned away. A friend of mine in the French department just sent me this link, saying that anyone interested in volunteering on/around campus should fill it out and wait to be contacted.
One day long ago lying on diamond sands I opened my eyes and saw a beautiful seagull flying across the horizon Having seen many seagulls in my life I excepted it was but an ordinary seagull It soared through the air caressing the very wind that brought it As I watched this seagull, I noticed that it was in fact not an ordinary seagull For it had a broken wing yet the seagull persisted onward finding light in the emerald sea which guided it along My entire life I yearned for something as wonderful as the sea was to that seagull to light my way in the dark corners of life In you I have found all the faith, hope, light and love I could ever dream of. My love for you is greater than all the waters of the earth And there is nothing more I look forward to in life than hand in hand watching our daughter blossom into a beautiful woman You are the love of my life , the possessor of my heart and will always be the light that brings me home.
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