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I have an idea. Operation Techdrop

I was just watching a segment on Rachel Maddow from last night.  She was talking with Reza Aslan about the Iranian government's low tech solution to the high tech problem of ubiquitous cameras and access to global one to one communications networks.  The government is just confiscating every electronic device they see.  Much like Kennedy during the building of the Berlin Wall, we can do a citizen tech drop.  Organize donations of electrionics to be dropped (possibly in small clusters), via contracted Fed Ex planes or something.

Thinking about it, Iran has an Air Force which would make this very dangerous, but I do think it would be something we can do to help the people in Iran continue to communicate with us.

What do y'all think?

Update: Forgot to post the link to the segment on Rachel.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#31534400

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Iran: June 20th

Videos from today (June 20th) in Iran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2qV9_VjXVA   -  Basji shooting people in the streets - GRAPHIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDCsp1atehU - Woman shot by sniper - GRAPHIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysEXSwT1lTc - Police shooting at rock throwing demonstrators - GRAPHIC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbZ6zAV28G8 - Setting fires in the streets of Tehran
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMGt4o3qzyQ - Police brutality at Shiraz University
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHHdJbjiWjE - Protesters running in Tehran streets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH5ahISCTbI - Major street packed with protesters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS_dEQz1G3w - Police tear gas protesters

The Economy: my take

The capitalists have gang banged the economy into a stupor.

Dear Lord Baby Jesus

All I want for Christmas is for the people who claim to believe in you to act like it.

Thanks,
A Human

Yes we can, and here we go...

via mscaution 

Go check out change.gov and communicate with your president.

Awesome Election Map

This awesome election map over at DailyKos is in beta right now.  Should be quite awesome to have on screen at any election party.  All data is fake right now.

These kids...

...They're quick.

Gen We

Book meme

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


"After that, tens of thousands of convicts could be sent to Virginia, Maryland, and other colonies.  It also make understandable why the Virginia Assembly, after Bacon's Rebellion, gave amnesty to white servants who had rebelled, but not to blacks.  Negroes were forbidden to carry any arms, while whites finishing their servitude would get muskets, along with corn and cash.  The distinctions of status between white and black servants became more and more clear."  -  A People's History of the United States

The preceding sentence is "This fear may help explain why Parliament in 1717, made transportation to the New World a legal punishment."  Rebellions were becoming common in the late 1600s and early 1700s in the colonies, and Bacon's Rebellion was significant because whites and blacks joined together to fight against their servitude.  The legal punishment created a security force of conscripts.  While these local laws enshrined racism into the class war to protect the wealthy.



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Tonight! Barebones Orchestra on 6th!

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Come have a pint after the Biden/Palin debate and drink your cares
  away for Friday there be burlesque, a very serious matter ...

BAREBONES ORCHESTRA: LIVE at the TROUBADOUR on Thursday OCT 2nd!
No Cover!

This gig is the largest venue we have played yet and the first one on
Sixth Street. Barebones Orchestra is grateful to our community for such
a strong and fierce turnout for our previous shows, and hope each and
every one of our Followers, (um, I mean Fans) and thier *entire* extended
family will show up for this gig!

PLUS, IF the venue sells out, we (bonobo) promise Doryan will take his pants off
on stage, ala Jim Morrison (or Iggy Pop take yer pick)...

PLUS: Ava will be there, with bells on!

Details: (did we mention No Cover Charge?)

NoCover!! Thursday Oct 2 at around 9:30 PM

WITH:
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Jazz, Polka, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock

AND
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I don't get undecideds

danamongden writes the other day about the election and says this:

I have not yet decided who I am voting for in the general election. I'm not even sure yet who I'm leaning towards as I have reasonably positive feelings towards both candidates.

I do not understand what there is to be undecided about.  If you are undecided, I would appreciate hearing why.  I am thoroughly baffled by your position.

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