In Paris, “We Are the Oracle.” In New Gahania, we are fa-mi-ly.

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Another staff meeting on Eastridge.

Is Warren “Gatekeeper” Nash taking notes?

The jocular saying is that, in England, “everything which is not forbidden is allowed”, while, in Germany, the opposite applies, so “everything which is not allowed is forbidden”. This may be extended to France—”everything is allowed even if it is forbidden” —and Russia where “everything is forbidden, even that which is expressly allowed”. While in North Korea it is said that “everything that is not forbidden is compulsory.”

Everything that isn’t required to be divulged is way down on the down low.

But let’s party.

Partying Underground in Paris’s Secret Corners, by Sara Lieberman (New York Times)

PARIS — Inside an abandoned seven-floor, 70-room house near the Arc de Triomphe, more than 650 revelers in floor-length gowns, curly white wigs and feathered masks gathered on a Friday night in January.

A nearly nude woman with a giant bouffant and flower-adorned underwear performed a sultry dance with pink wings, while a contortionist spouted French obscenities. At the bottom of a sweeping grand staircase, a four-piece band performed while couples waltzed.

For five years, a renegade group known as We Are the Oracle has been hosting such semi-secret parties in elusive sites throughout Paris, including the catacombs, empty railway tracks and abandoned chateaus. And not always legally.

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