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Do unto yourselves more of what you would do unto others?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — IRA kills more Catholics, IS kills more Muslims ]

Tablet DQ victims catholic muslim


Is there anything we can learn from either one of these situations that would shed light on the other? Are there other instances of this pattern? How quickly can we take note of this effect in future, to benefit from that recognition?


  • The Guardian, Catholics main victims of Northern Ireland republican terror groups
  • The Independent, Paris attacks: Isis responsible for more Muslim deaths than western victims
  • Hat-tip: John Horgan

    Carambolages, huzzah!

    Monday, March 14th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — a brilliant new exhibition breaks the usual museum rules to provoke prodigious & repeated leaps of imagination ]

    Carambolages Dominos


    Cath Styles, whose Sembl games are closely related to my own HipBone variants on Hermann Hesse‘s Glass Bead Game, recently pointed me to an exhibition called Carambolages that opened recently at the Grand Palais, Galleries Nationales, 3, avenue du General Eisenhower, Paris.

    Strolling their website, I was struck by this double image, which in HipBone terms would be called a DoubleQuote, or a Sembl in Cath’s Sembl game:

    (left) Sword, Kiribati, Micronesia Islands, Oceania, sd, Paris, Musée du Quai Branly
    (right) Bertrand Lavier, Black & Decker, 1998 collection Giuliana and Tommaso Setari

    It appears, indeed, that the exhibit in question features a Domino game of Sembls or DoubleQuotes —

    Fascinating — and definitely a notable step in the expanding history of bead game variants — which I view, among other things, as an art movement that has yet to be written up as such.

    Congratulations, Jean-Hubert Martin! The catalogue will no doubt be as close as I can get physically, but I’m all the way with you in spirit…

    Bonne idée, bon chance!

    DoubleQuoting Jacques Louis David

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

    [ by Charles CameronNapoleon at the St Bernard Pass goes to Turkey ]

    Jacques Louis David, Bonaparte, the first Versailles version:

    Jacques Louis David, Napoleon 600

    Introducing Erdoganist art, tweeted by Mustafa Akyol and RT’d by Hayder al-Khoei:



    Oh, but it gets better. How’s this for a wild DoubleQuote? I found it while rummaging around for a “best version” of the Erdogan pic:

    Poetry is dead vs the death penalty for poetry?

    Monday, November 30th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — current affairs, target practice, and incarnation ]


    Palestinian poet and painter Ahraf Fayadh is currently under a death sentence in Saudi Arabia.

    It appears important to recognize the full human significance of one’s target


    Flaubert apparently pronounced poetry dead in his posthumous opus, Bouvard et Pécuchet, 1881, and even Newsweek had noted the fact — “filed under: News” — by 2003. Neither Flaubert nor Newsweek, however, was reckoning on the long-standing Arab enthusiasm for poetry, nicely illustrated to this day by the seriousness with which the authorities treat their poets.



    and while we’re on the subject of targeting..

    it may also be wise to recognize the full divine significance of one’s target.

    Islamic State, Etat Chrétien

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — breaking news, and I hope it stays broken ]

    Here’s the breaking news in French, followed by my comments, then back to the document in question:


    There’s a symmetry to the names, Etat Chrétien and Islamic State — and a considerable asymmetry as to the size of the two groups — but here we have my (poor) translation of the Etat Chrétien’s message to a mosque in Molenbeek, Belgium — a Brussels municipality much in the news recently:

    In the name of Christ our Lord!
    Tremble, Muslim that you are!
    The Christian State will avenge our brothers fallen in various attacks!
    No mosque and no business of yours will be sheltered!
    Your brothers will be slaughtered like pigs and crucified as our Lord was in order to convert their souls!

    I’m not clear on whether the import of that last line is that the EC will slaughter and crucify Muslims to convert their souls, or that Christ was crucified to convert their souls. Either way, for those who claim to be Christians to crucify anyone under any circumstances seems a seriously aberrational act in light of what was done to Christ himself.

    Crucifying others is not the Imitatio Christi.

    It’s as if these people want to prove that the propaganda narrative of IS, AQ and the rest is right, and Christianity truly is at war with Islam — which in itself is a gift to IS propaganda and recruitment.

    The asymmetry I mentioned, BTW, is pretty much evened out by the old saw phrased by the RAND corporation thus: Terrorists Have to Be Lucky Once; Targets, Every Time. In the present case, both sides are terrorists, and each only has to be lucky once.


    I’m ashamed of my rusty French skills — in case yours are better, here’s the missive:


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