We're still not at the stage we can move the sad story of the burning of Notre Dame from the "You Tell Me" tab to the "Call it Conspiracy" tab, but just so the record is clear, I'm right on the cusp. Thus far, I've had all sorts of weird stories emailed to me, including one that claimed that a famous international theme park operator and movie-maker wanted to donate to the rebuilding fund. As far as I can tell, M. Macron's idea of turning this into an "international effort" was serious, and as far as I am concerned, extremely dubious. Let us be very clear here: yes, Notre Dame is very much a French monument; kings and queens worshipped there, Napoleon was crowned Emperor of the French there. But it is also and equally, if not preeminently, a Christian cathedral, a functioning temple of Roman Catholic worship; it was not a monument but a place of Christian worship. To open any rebuilding process to some sort of "international committee" seems to me to be - up front - a sacrilege, the more so if the call to do so is coming from (dare I say it) a rootless cosmopolitan globaloneyist twit like Macron who by his own admission does not think there's any such thing as French culture, which gives us a solid clue of what he might have to say about the wider Christian culture lying underneath, and that gave rise to, that Macronly non-existent French culture. Do we really want, for hypothetical example, Saudi money paying for a solid bronze plaque on the "rebuild" commemorating the generous donations of the companies with Mickey Mouse ears or Golden Arches? More to the point, should an un- and anti-French twit like Macron be allowed anywhere near a rebuilding project?
My little French paternal grandmother had a word for such ideas, which began with an "m", and was followed by the German word for Earth.
And apparently I'm not the only one expressing some doubts over the Billionaire Busybodies' Rebuild campaign:
However, there is some good news for the rebuild effort in this article, shared by S.D.; it seems Notre Dame, in its entirety, was digitally scanned by lasers:
But back to why I'm on the cusp of moving Notre Dame updates from the "You Tell Me" to the "Call it Conspiracy" tab, for this story was also spotted by S.D., and it raises some disquieting thoughts that, frankly, I and doubtless many others were having as we watched the cathedral burn:
What the cathedral's former chief architect is responding to are stories like these about the ever-useful Glitch-ex-machina:
Between the two explanations, I'm obviously on the side of the architect. But wait, what kind of computer glitch ex machina are we talking about? Apparently, two, the one the started the fire itself, and then the other one, that sent the firefighters to the wrong place in the cathedral while the fire was burning somewhere else:
So, yea, folks. I'm still on the cusp... but what I forgot to tell you is, that my body is leaning dangerously into the "call it conspiracy" territory, and I'm holding on to a rope tied on to a wall, hoping almost against hope that this was not a deliberately set fire, and that I come crashing down into the conspiracy territory.
See tou on the flip side...