Saturday, June 13, 2009


I've spent some time today following the post-election riots in Iran on internet news and on Twitter. If you're at all interested, the links below are worth following in my opinion. I cannot vouch for validity. Also no guarantees that they will still be on line because there have been reports of power and internet outages since this started.

There are reports of the Iranians being traced and arrested by their internet activity. Adding this to replace the links that were here before:
The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter.

1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP's over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.

2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.

3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don't retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.

4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become 'Iranians' it becomes much harder to find them.

5. Don't blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don't publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don't signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind...
One of the more disappointing moments today was when I read tweets from several people who wished disenfranchised American voters had taken to the streets like this after our '04 election. One person considered the events in Iran a training manual for the next time Republicans are winning an election here. She was practically taking notes. Who the hell have we become?

For starters, get over the 2004 election already! If you truly believe that the '04 election here was stolen like this election in Iran, you need to buy extra strong tin foil for your hat because the old one's not working. You cannot spend all your time saying how dumb President Bush was and yet claim he masterminded a rigged election that no one's been able to prove in the four years since. Pick one. If you pick the latter, you have to say that President Bush (43) was not the moron you've been saying he is for the last 8 1/2 years. (Same goes for Truthers.)

Also, there is no comparison between the problems in the US and Iran. We may have issues but to compare the two is like comparing a paper cut to a decapitation. If you think that we've really got it that bad here consider the fact that you obviously have power and internet access to be reading this. Consider that fact that you can sign on to Twitter and spew about your conspiracy theories. (Twitter-rumors have it Twitter's been blocked in Iran) Consider that when you Google "9/11 Truth" you find something, even if it is all crap. (It doesn't work like that in China if you Google "Tienanmen Massacre".) Consider that our religious leaders are not being killed en masse or sent off to gulags like they were in Burma. Consider that reporters from most other countries are still welcome in the US yet two American journalists who tried to report from North Korea are now sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean gulag.

Hell, we don't even have gulags here.

I never want to see it come to the point where we have to protest our government by throwing bricks at policemen or torching tires in the street. We have options every time an election rolls around to change the path of our nation without having to see blood in our streets. Anyone who wishes for a bloody revolution in America should consider how well that turned out for Burma and China, and they had something real to fight back against.

Pray for the people fighting back in Iran. Pray that it never comes to that here.

~~Code Monkey

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