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  1. Shaun Appleby

    Kudos to our Madame Secretary:

    “I wouldn’t know a Twitter from a tweeter, but apparently, it is very important,” Clinton said during an appearance with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

    Paul Richter  – Hillary Clinton defends Twitter efforts for Iran LA Times 18 Jun 09

    Hillary, it should be noted, appeared in an all green pantsuit.  You go girl!

    Another candidate for ‘understatement of the day’ award:

    “It may take a while for history to sort out what has been happening this week,” [Professor Jonathan L Zittrain co-founder of the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard] told the BBC.

    Maggie Shiels – Twitter responds on Iranian role BBC 17 Jun 09

    I guess.  And while we are enjoying this emotionally uplifting chain of events it is worth noting the omnipresent ‘dark side,’ lest we lose perspective.  ‘Tis a brave new world.

  2. Re: WTF is that? (2.00 / 3)

    I know it’s like “hmm.  Wtf?  W.T.F….” and then you begin to feel afraid.

    I’m worried about subliminal messages, like after watching it someone will flash a red queen at me and I’ll get in my car and drive it into a fuel station at 90 miles an hour.

    When you start out making the “slippery slope” argument, where do you draw the line?

    by Jess81 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 09:24:58 PM EST

  3. nrafter530

    LGBT outrage thing is when you read the reaction on the blogs (and a few of my friends did) it reinforces the stereotype of the overdramatic gay man, the unhinged irrational emotional queen. I hate that stereotype. I tend to get offended whenever my mom tries to pin it on me; “Oh stop being such a queen!”

    I mean the reaction has been more than theatric, hokey and overdramatic IMO, we’re talking Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest with the Wire Hangers dramatic.

    Anyway, one more week before I fly to my first gay wedding in Iowa…America for a month!  

  4. Shaun Appleby

    Interesting thought, from Reza Aslan’s interview with Rachel Maddow:

    What’s really fascinating about what’s happening right now in 2009 is that it looks a lot like what was happening in 1979. And there’s a very simple reason for that. The same people are in charge — I mean, Mousavi, Rafsanjani, Khatami, Medhi Karroubi, the other reformist candidate — these were all the original revolutionaries who brought down the Shah to begin with, so they know how to do this right.

    Reza Aslan – Live-Blogging The Uprising MSNBC (via Huffington Post) 17 Jun 09

    ‘This is just beginning, Rachel, this is just the beginning.’

  5. btchakir

    Mousavi has called for another mass rally today, called a “Mourning” rally for the now over 30 killed by government soldiers in the ongoing protests over the Iranian elections.

    And these rallies are getting bigger every day, despite the Iranian government’s attempts to block International press coverage and even Twitter.

    There will be more leaks, I’m sure… I’m going to check in with Nico Pitney’s updates at HuffPo as the day goes on.

    Another way to stay on top of what’s going on in Iran is through Citizentube which is lining up the YouTube videos coming out of that country (and note that the government has managed to block about 90% of those videos already)… the last video reports available since the broadcast networks were cut off.

    Between Twitter and YouTube we are seeing a tremendous influence of the Internet on this ongoing protest activity… not something governments have had to consider in the past.

    Under The LobsterScope

  6. mostly

    Also, I am currently throwing a tantrum on MyDD after a day of asking the admins to undo the over 100 pages of trs on my profile.

    Eff that place for reals.   If you wanna read some hot tips on WoWGold though there’s some stuff on the rec list.

  7. HappyinVT

    10:21 AM ET — Just what Ahmadinejad wanted. Via Adam Blickstein.

    Rep. Pence and Republican Leaders to Hold Press Conference Supporting Iranian Dissidents

    Thursday, June 18th, 2009

    1:45 p.m.

    House Radio/TV Gallery, H-321, The Capitol

    huffington post

  8. HappyinVT

    this afternoon.  It is from June 14th.  Here is Nico’s description:  

    Video surfaces of apparent attack on students. We’ve heard for several days now of the wave of violence that swept over Tehran University earlier in the week. There has been some video posted of the results of the attacks — dorm rooms and computers destroyed, students sporting large bruises and cuts.

    But now, some footage of the actual moment of an attack — pure thuggery:

    Most of the video is filmed sideways.  I have no idea if there is a way to shift it around.

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