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A tune for Egypt

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 21:45


We posted this for the first time the day Hosni Mubarak resigned, in light of the news coming out of Egypt today, it seemed appropriate to post it again.


There is only one tune for a day like today.

Young Egypt celebrates as Hosni Mubarak cedes power back to the Military (from whence it came) and rides off into the sunset.

I'm sitting here thinkin' ..... Pete Townshend.

Here he is on an acoustic with John Williams at Amnesty Internationals "The Secret Policemans's Ball" in 1979.

Won't Get Fooled Again.



A little different without the band.


States of Emergency

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 19:39


We were thoroughly impressed with Algeria's 19 year "State of Emergency".

Until we read the following article at Slate.

Algeria are newbies when it comes to this kind of thing.

Egypt has had it goin' on since 1981.

Syria since 1963.

Isreal doesn't have a 'State of Emergency" per se', but rather "emergency regulations" since 1945.

And the good ol' USA?

We have not one, but two "States of Emergency"

The first from the Carter Administration was put into place during the Iran hostage crisis, and subsequently renewed by every President since.

The second ... as though one weren't quite enough ... was declared by the second George Bush after September 11, 2001, and subsequently renewed by Barack Obama.

As always, click on the photo for the entire piece ... it's short.


Can't We All Just Calm Down?

Egypt has been in a continuous "state of emergency" since 1981. Are any other countries under perpetual emergency law?

On Wednesday White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called on the Egyptian government to lift the state of emergency that it's had in place continuously since the 1981 assassination of president Anwar Sadat. Are any other countries in an ongoing state of emergency?


OK, here's my question, "So,where the hell was Robert Gibbs on this thing before the shit hit the fan?

Just axin'.


How to foil a Nationwide Internet Shutdown

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:30


Thanks to Jeff N. who posted a link to this piece at his Facebook page and Kirby A. who emailed us the same link.

Lifehacker posts a not too complicated discussion of what the Egyptian government has done to internet connections within Egypt, and a guide for getting around it.

As usual, click on the photo to link up to the entire post.


How to Foil a Nationwide Internet Shutdown



The Egyptian government cut internet connections across their country to silence protests, leaving nearly all of its citizens without online access. But they weren't entirely successful. When governments shut down broadband and mobile connections, here's what to do.

What's Going on Now?

If you haven't been keeping up with the story, here's the gist. Citizens across Egypt are protesting their government in unprecedented numbers, and its believed that the internet played a major role in the protests. So what did the Egyptian government do? First, they started blocking domain name servers (DNS)—the phone book of the internet—but citizens circumvented this limitation by using proxy servers. In reaction, the government cut broadband connections to the web and forced mobile providers to do the same. For more details, read Gizmodo's take on how Egypt turned off the internet. The result: a nationwide internet blackout that's preventing Egyptian citizens from communicating online. To put it bluntly, this sucks. But it's still not good enough. We're going to look at how Egyptian citizens can (and are) circumventing the problem. 

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