As the eyes of the entire world hold you under close scrutiny, the eyes of the internet have taken a similar notice of your recent actions. While the governments of the world condemn you for your suppression of human rights, Anonymous has taken a particular interest in your recent attempts to censor the internet, not only for your own people, but for the citizens of the entire world.
Such suppression of dissent cannot go unpunished. By cutting off communication of the Iranian citizens to the rest of the world, you have made it clear to us that the most revered of human rights - the right to free speech - is no longer important to you. By seeking to silence the voice of the people in an election and subsequently seeking to silence criticism of such a gross cover-up, you have perpetuated the anger and rage of your people. Anonymous has therefore made it our mission to see to it that the voice of the Iranian people can be heard around the world.
Just like another authoritarian religious extremist group, Anonymous will tear down the walls of silence using only the truth - the truth that you are trying so hard to suppress by use of violence, intimidation, and fascist laws.
As your people continue to riot and to speak out against you; as you continue to beat and shoot your own citizens in the street; as you continue to lie to the face of the entire world; know that the internet is watching - and we do not like what we see.
Record Club, an informal meeting of various people to record an album in a day. An album will be chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track will be uploaded once a week on beck.com as well as through the web sites of those involved with the project.
Beck chose to start it off with VU’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. Not a bad choice. I would like to put up my vote for Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
To balance the budget, the governor has proposed closing more than 200 state parks, releasing prisoners early, selling state property, laying off state workers and cutting health care.
Under the governor’s plan, K-12 schools and community colleges would lose $5.3 billion over the coming year - on top of billions of dollars in recent reductions and payment delays.
The state would spend $7,806 per K-12 student in 2009-10, almost 10 percent less than two years ago, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Federal stimulus funds have prevented deeper cuts to a public school system that educates 6.3 million children, of which about a quarter do not speak English well, and nearly half are considered poor under federal guidelines.
School districts have already issued layoff notices to more than 30,000 teachers and other employees, and they could issue more pink slips this summer, according to the state Department of Education.
"All of the things that make schools vibrant and help students learn are on the chopping block, if they haven’t been cut already," Robin Swanson, a spokeswoman for the Education Coalition, which advocates funding increases. "When school doors open in the fall, it’s going to be a very different public school system."
TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - Authorities said a woman obsessed with rabbits is in trouble again: In violation of probation terms, she was found holed up in a hotel room with more than a dozen rabbits. Officers said they had to break into the room Tuesday and found eight adults and half a dozen baby rabbits, one dead. The police say some were caged, some roaming.
Wait, what? Yeah, I get it, you are crazy and like rabbits. That’s cool. But the dead one? Get rid of that shit. That is when you went from cute-crazy and obsessive to crazy-crazy and public health level dangerous.
I just went into the bathroom to wash my hands. I let out an annoyed sigh for no particular reason, other than being at work annoys me. Then I heard a voice: “Is that you Mike?”
Some dude sitting on the toilet was talking to me. That is a major faux pax to begin with, but more than that, I was confused as to how he knew it was me; the sink is right by the bathroom door, and is behind a half-wall that hides it from view of the toilet stalls. “Yeah…How did you know it was me?”
“I recognized your sigh. You seem annoyed. You do that a lot. You must be busy today.”
“Uh…yeah.” I was creeped out, and left immediately. But I just realized, my George Costanza plan of acting annoyed all the time is working. People think I have a lot to do. This is perfect.
The events in Iran are taking many of us by surprise. As I noted earlier, the detentions, riots and attacks are all happening during the weekend - traditionally a dead stretch for the news cycle. Some traditional sources are rising to the challenge admirably (New York Times, the Atlantic, AFP) and others aren’t delivering much original news worth noting (CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera). In any case, I’m finding the content delivered by blogs, Twitter, Flickr and general websites to be invaluable. For better or worse, this is one of the larger news stories of the decade - with all that entails. I’m listing primarily foreign-based blogs as Iranian authorities have largely shut down the internet in most of the country. Here is a short list of links to follow the Iranian election on:
NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES/WEB NEWS SITES New York Times - The Lede: The paper of record’s breaking news blog is doing a good job of compiling content from NYT & International Herald Tribune reporters in Iran and mixing/matching with linkage to blogs and Twitterers in Iran. Only downside is that they are blogging from New York and updating on EST - which means news often arrives too late for non-western hemisphere readers. The Atlantic - Andrew Sullivan: Although he usually focuses on domestic political issues, Sullivan has been doing a fine job this weekend of posting links to Iran news from the greater internet. The usual caveats about posting on a US schedule apply. Huffington Post: Arianna’s site is doing some of the best filtered linkdumping for Iran. Minimal commentary + very helpful linkage. Talking Points Memo: As in Andrew Sullivan, an American political site is doing a top job aggregating links.
IRANIAN BLOGS AND NEWS SITES Tehran Bureau - Well designed site in English presumably located in the Iranian diaspora. Constantly updated news stories from Iran, links to Flickr + Twitter. Whoever is doing it, it is well done. Revolutionary Road - Iranian English speaking student updating constantly throughout the day with pictures of police attacks, riots and of Tehran. Good commentary as well, written in fluent English. Tehran Live - Constantly updated photoblog showing situation on the ground in Tehran. Must see; multiple contributors and plenty of content.
TWITTER USERS AND AGGREGATORS Note: Am keeping this short due to hashtags listed above. Just plug into Twitterdeck or another app and enjoy. Twazzup Iran! Live feed of Twitters on Iran from inside/outside the country. Twitters Within 500 Miles of Tehran: Constantly updated feeds of ALL English and Farsi Twitter messages from within 500 miles of Tehran. Allegations from multiple users that Iranian intelligence is using this feed to entrap protestors via fake messages. @keyvan - Tehrani offering constant updates on situation inside city. Must read. @mohadmreza - Iranian Twitter updates. @iranriggedelect - Iranian blogger is offering constant updates of news from within the country and latest rumors circulating. @steve_schippert - Conservative American security consultant liveblogging on Iran. Despite obvious caveats, is doing a top job of keeping on top of latest news/info. Recommended.
OTHER Juan Cole/Informed Comment - The famous “blogging professor” is doing a top job of analyzing the ongoing events in Tehran. I don’t agree with everything he says, but Cole is doing a very good job as well.
If any suggestions of sites to add to this list, please e-mail me.