Since Betty C’s thread is a few hours old, here’s a front page update on the attacks in Paris. The BBC is reporting that there was an explosion near the Stade de France, though it is unclear if this was a suicide attack or a more conventional bombing. The Beeb is also reporting fifteen killed near the Bataclan Arts Center and up to sixty people being held hostage there. Finally, they’re reporting that France has closed its borders!
I’m sure we’ll all be updating each other as the night and the weekend goes on, but we should all keep two important points in mind: 1) the reporting is going to change several times as new information becomes available, so what seems to be an accurate now may not be in a few hours. And 2) terrorism, no matter how repugnant or terrible, is a very low probability event. Terrorists real targets aren’t the immediate victims, they are the rest of us; their intention is to scare us into taking actions we would never ordinarily do.
Finally, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France.
Update: Anoniminous provided the link to France 24’s live feed. So no one has to go looking for it, the link is here:
Update 2: France 24 just reported that the law enforcement response at the Bataclan is complete and two of the hostage takers are dead.
Update 3: In comments Robert Waldman posted the following, which I thought was important enough to be seen as part of the actual post on the front page:
“Anyone stranded in Paris reading Balloon Juice on a smart phone might be interested in the twitter hastag #PorteOuverte (open door). It is being used by people offering shelter to the stranded and by stranded people seeking shelter. Parisians are hosting stranded strangers who don’t think they can safely return to their homes or hotels.
The standard suggestion is to communicate location only privately with direct messages in case there are terrorists on twitter.”