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Friday, 15 July 2011

15 July 2011. VOR Presents… France Marks «la Fête Nationale Française/le Quatorze Juillet» (Bastille Day)

On 14 July, France celebrates its most important national holiday… Bastille Day. {Only Anglophone sources employ the usage “Bastille Day”… in Francophone circles, it’s simply “the French National Holiday”, or, “the 14th of July”: Editor}

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On 14 July 1789, Parisian sans-culottes stormed, and later burned to the ground, the hated Bastille fortress, which the royal government had long used as a prison… ironically, it only held seven prisoners at the time.

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The resolution formalising the actual day of celebration of the beginning of the French Revolution was made almost 140 years ago, on 6 July 1880.

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In the presence of President Nicolas Sarkozy, cabinet ministers, and numerous official guests, a military parade rumbled past on the Avenue des Champs Élysées, some 7,000 soldiers, along with 300 AFVs and artillery pieces, passed in review. {The 14th of July Parade is the largest military parade in Western Europe, the equal of the Russian Victory Day extravaganza… yet, the Western press condemns the Russian affair and praises the French march-past… go figure…: Editor}

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For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, some of the units in the parade on the Champs Élysées sang their marching songs. Previously, only la Légion étrangère (Foreign Legion) units did so.

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In the skies over Paris, aircraft and helicopters of military aviation flew past. As in years past, French units returning from ”hot spots”, particularly Afghanistan and Côte d’Ivoire, marched past for presidential review.

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Planners expect that 700,000 people will gather for a large concert on the Champ de Mars, in front of the Eiffel Tower.

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In recent years, the parades have become a centrepiece of the national holiday. The current parade, on the 222nd anniversary of the fall of the Bastille, on the orders of the President of France, was devoted to units stationed in French overseas territories, which are, according to President Sarkozy, “the most important component in protecting the sovereignty of France”.

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However, losses suffered by French forces in Afghanistan overshadowed this year’s holiday, where a bomb explosion killed five soldiers and wounded four others. Before the parade, French President Sarkozy visited seriously wounded soldiers in a hospital near Paris.

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As in past years, the Parisian parade used a “red” level plan to combat potential terrorist threats. To ensure order and security, some 15,000 police, gendarmerie, and soldiers patrolled the city. On the other hand, the French Defence Ministry had to abandon plans to use unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles to monitor the situation in the area of ​​the parade as they were was rushed to military units engaged in military operations in Libya.

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During the 14th of July Holiday, the Office of National Landmarks will provide free access for 24 hours to all sites under its control to all comers, so that people will be able to hold “republican picnics”. As per tradition, the Paris City government Paris intends broadcasting the fireworks display live over the Internet. Last year, so many people tried to log onto the site at once in order to see this spectacle that it crashed for the first few minutes.

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14 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

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Friday, 1 July 2011

1 July 2011. The More That Things Change… The Third Estate is STILL Paying for the Fecklessness of the Oligarchs and the Clerisy

A Criticism of the Orders of Society

Anonymous

second half of the 18th century

In this engraving, the Third Estate (the commoners) is crushed under by the weight of supporting the nobility and the clergy. In modern terms, the ordinary people are crushed under with lowered wages and a regressive tax system to support the wastrel ways of the oligarchs and their clerisy (politicians/media sorts) enablers. How many of you make 150 Gs a year? That’s how much Rush Limboob makes in a DAY…

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The Third Estate Carries the Nobility and the Clergy on its Back

Anonymous

1789

This cartoon illustrates the ordinary people carrying the drones of the nobility and clergy on its back. Today, the ordinary people carry the oligarchs and the political/media establishment on its back… as they do so, the oligarchs, politicians, and the media excoriate them for greediness and taking too much from society, as the people’s share of the pie grows ever smaller. Doesn’t the clergyman bear an uncanny resemblance to Rush Limboob?

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The Third Estate Carries the Nobility and the Clergy on its Back

“killingthemadman”

undated (2010?)

This is a modern take on the above cartoon. The cleric is the oligarch class, and the painted whore is the political/media class… note the dollar sign by the whore. Any questions?

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The National Debt

Anonymous

1789

THIS is the only way that we’ll be able to tackle the national debt… all classes will have to shoulder some of the burden. However, the oligarchs (and their shills in the Republican Party and media) have made it clear that they REFUSE to bear any of the burden of the debt. That is, the only class to benefit from the disordered economy resulting from Reaganomics refuses to pay ANY of the costs of repairing the situation. That is, they partied hearty, they reaped all the profits, and you have to suffer the hangover whilst they scamper off scot-free to their country club for another round of golf…

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The Awakening of the Third Estate

Anonymous

1789

When the people do rise up… watch out! God knows what’ll happen… and all bets’ll be off. It’ll happen in a relative trice, just as in the August Events in 1991. No doubt, the oligarchs will order out troops to fire on the people… and they’ll refuse… just like in Moscow… just like in Cairo… just like in Tunis.

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Here’s what gonna happen in the end. Push people hard enough… they bite back! The oligarchs are depriving millions of their homes and vital social services. It’ll come to a head… I’m not advocating anything… I’m not calling for revolution, but the signs are there. August 1788 redux… just as the Ancien Régime refused to face reality until it was too late to stem the tide, the current oligarchs and their lackeys party on, oblivious to the ferment beneath them. One can almost pity them… until one realises and understands their heartlessness. Then, one closes their heart to pity, as the full import of their greed and cruelty sinks in. It won’t be pretty… God do help us…

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