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Terrorism, a ‘Pataphysical “definition”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — Escher, Mallarmé, Jarry, Macdonald, and Alex Schmid ]

SPEC DQ terrorism the 'pataphysical proof


  • Stuart Macdonald, entry in “Defining terrorism: an impossible puzzle” contest
  • Stéphane Mallarmé, Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard

  • The DoubleQuote format is mine own
  • Further refs:

  • Alex Schmid, The Revised Academic Consensus Definition of Terrorism
  • Alfred Jarry, Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll Pataphysician
  • Avaunt garde, vanguard, advance guard..

    Monday, June 22nd, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — a delectable DoubleQuote featuring art movements and troop movements in parallel, wedge-wise ]

    Here’s a terrific DoubleQuote:

    It’s so neat because it lies at the intersection of the military and the artistic, a diagrammatic / graphic use of metaphor.


    The DoubleQuote in question was followed in mmy Twitter stream with this exchange:


    The two images in the DoubleQuote are, to the best of my knowledge, the works respectively of:

  • Marinetti, Sintesi futurista della guerra:
  • Marinetti


  • Lissitzky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge:>/li>


  • From the mouth of Wiki:

    Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge is a 1919 lithographic Soviet propaganda poster by artist Lazar Markovich Lissitzky better known as El Lissitzky, “the man through whose exertions the new Russian ideas became generally understood in Western Europe”. In the poster, the intrusive red wedge symbolises the bolsheviks, who are penetrating and defeating their opponents, the White movement, during the Russian Civil War. It is an example of Constructivism.

  • More recent words from the Forgiveness Chronicles

    Sunday, June 21st, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — a follow-on to my earlier piece about Coptic Christians and their forgiveness of IS butchery ]

    From the courtroom in the Dylann Roof matter in Charleston:

    Lest we forget, from Copts in the wake of the mass martyrdom in Lebanon:

    I am in awe.

    Ramadan Kareem!

    Thursday, June 18th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — wishing our Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan ]

    A great DoubleQuote in tweet form:

    h/t Will McCants.


    Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — where two negatives (OPM and Secret Service) may make an ironic positive — a DoubleTweet ]

    On the one hand…

    — while on the other…

    Taken separatedly, they’re both on the sinister side — but together, almost dextrous?

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