Fake tube sign read out on BBC and in parliament after attack in Westminster | UK news | The Guardian

Source: Fake tube sign read out on BBC and in parliament after attack in Westminster | UK news | The Guardian

Fake it may be, but sometimes even “fake news” can contain deeper truth. This sign might never have been posted in the London Underground, but it nonetheless captures the spirit of the City of London, and of the British People, extremely well – as reflected by the fact that it went viral, and was read out on both the BBC and in Parliament!

From The Guardian:

“A London tube sign with a defiant message for terrorists that went viral in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on Westminster was created by an online tube sign generator and never existed in a London underground station.

Yet that did not stop the sign being shared and disseminated as though it had been written by London Underground staff.

The sign read: ‘All terrorists are politely reminded that THIS IS LONDON and whatever you do to us we will drink tea and jolly well carry on thank you.

“The sentiment was shared by thousands – including journalists and MPs.”

Message to Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Craig Mackey | The Royal Family

A typically gracious and sensitive message from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, following the tragic and despicable terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday:

“Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons.  I look forward to visiting at a later date.  My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.”

Source: Message to Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Craig Mackey | The Royal Family

On the Cartesian fallacy as “the source of our present cultural malaise”

Source: John Paul II Identified the Source of Our Present Cultural Malaise – Crisis Magazine

Pope John Paul II – now St. John Paul II, in the Roman Catholic Church – was a wise man in many regards. One of them was in his realization that part of the root of our present-day malaise is philosophical: putting “Descarte before the horse,” as it were, by adopting the Cartesian axiom that thought is prior to being (“I think, therefore I am”):

“Before Descartes, philosophy was concerned with being (esse), with what was real and with the reasoning necessary to bring the mind to an adequate knowledge of that reality. Since Descartes, the concern has been primarily (even exclusively) with questioning the instrument of reason — that is, with analyzing thought [cogito] …

“In the early twentieth century, the advocates of neo-Thomism (a renewal of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s method of philosophy and theology) chose this Cartesian ‘break’ as the obstacle to be overcome: we must get back to the reality of being and out of the cobwebbed darkness of thought, where philosophy had in a sense languished, turning and turning upon itself, unable to gain any traction. [In contrast to Descartes, traditional philosophical thought — not to mention a common-sense grasp of reality — has asserted that] extra-mental being [objective existence] was prior to thought and consciousness: real things stir the intellect into activity in the first place, and so there was no reason to begin philosophy in thought. Thought, in a sense, begins in being.”

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Parliament attack: police officer among five dead in ‘sick and depraved’ incident | UK news | The Guardian

Five dead – including the assailant, and a police officer who attempted to stop him – and 40 injured in a terrorist incident on Westminster Bridge and at the gates of the Houses of Parliament. Attacker is believed to have links to Islamic militancy.

Source: Parliament attack: police officer among five dead in ‘sick and depraved’ incident | UK news | The Guardian

“Five people died after a single terrorist attacked [the Houses of Parliament at] Westminster [in London, England], stabbing a police officer to death as he tried to storm parliament, and killing three members of the public as he careered through the heart of the capital in a 4×4 vehicle. The attacker was among those killed and at least 40 other civilians were wounded, in the first mass casualty terrorist attack on Britain in over a decade, with the Commons and Lords locked down for several hours because of fears there could have been further attacks…

“The Met’s head of counter-terrorism, Mark Rowley, said the motivation of the attacker was assumed to be ‘Islamist related’ and he had tried to enter parliament but had been stopped… The use of the vehicle to attack civilians was a direct copy of an Islamic State tactic used previously with murderous effect in Nice and Berlin… The Guardian understands the initial working theories of the police investigation are the attacker was inspired by ISIS and was most likely a ‘lone actor’. The attacker [who has not yet been named] was already known to counter-terrorism officials.”

Special respect to Police Constable Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old officer with 15 years service and a husband and father, who – though unarmed – intercepted and attempted to subdue and detain the knife-wielding perpetrator as the assailant tried to gain entrance to the Houses of Parliament. PC Palmer was stabbed multiple times and, sadly, succumbed to his injuries, but his courageous action may well have saved others from injury or death.

Special respect also to Tobias Ellwood, MP (Member of Parliament), a counter-terrorism minister in the Foreign Office and a former Captain in the Royal Army, who attempted to staunch the wounds of PC Palmer and provide him with CPR – sadly, in vain. Ellwood’s brother, Jon, was killed in the Bali terror attack in 2002. Ellwood continued to work alongside first responders, once arrived, in what proved an unsuccessful attempt to save the officer.

Pray for London.