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Paris Riots – Then and Now

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May 1968: “Contre la Repression” – 800,000 students, teachers and workers marched through the French capital demanding the fall of the government under Charles de Gaulle and protesting at police brutality during the riots of the past few days. See more images by Serge Hambourg, Protest in Paris, 1968.

April 2009: “Contre La Nouvelle Version de Facebook”protesters gathered at the Arche de la Défense in Paris, holding signs saying that they’re against the new version of Facebook and that they want the old one back.

This speaks volumes. Hat tip to TechCrunch.

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Hitchens call to Wine Drinking Revolt

I don’t often find myself agreeing entirely with the irascrible Christopher Hitchens but I have nothing but full-throated affirmation for his most recent diatribe Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite: You have nothing to lose but inflated bills and interrupted anecdotes

The vile practice of butting in and pouring wine without being asked is the very height of the second kind of bad manners. Not only is it a breathtaking act of rudeness in itself, but it conveys a none-too-subtle and mercenary message: Hurry up and order another bottle. Indeed, so dulled have we become to the shame and disgrace of all this that I have actually seen waiters, having broken into the private conversation and emptied the flagon, ask insolently whether they should now bring another one. Again, imagine this same tactic being applied to the food.

Now perhaps someone can explain to me the reason so many places have started pouring me a glass of wine not from the bottle where (I hope) it just came, but from a mini-carafe which might as well be a glass since that’s certainly all the wine it can hold. Is this some mysterious new way of aerating the wine or is this merely to disguise the fact that you just squirted some in from the box o’ wine dispenser in the back?

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Apple, Stop #$@&#@! harassing me to download Safari

You’ve asked me about a dozen times now on my various computers. I’ve politely told you no each time. I don’t want your stupid browser. I like Firefox just fine thank you. Now I’m starting to wish I didn’t have iTunes so you would stop pestering me to download Safari at every update. I expect that kind of behavior from Microsoft but not from you. Think different my ass.

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