cloverdew: (i know why)


i realize now i do not fear death... i fear my daughter will not be free when i die


- From the Twitter of an Iranian medical student


"If it bothers you so much, then why don't you stop watching?" seems to be the question of the last few days from my friends and family who know how invested I have become in the cause of the Iranian people (as I have explained in great detail here) The answer is simple: one day of caring is not enough. We must be the voice for the people of Iran who would otherwise be silenced. They are without reliable news sources, they are without mobile phone calls, text messaging, facebook, twitter, youtube, AIM, Yahoo, Google, and pretty much every other useful outlet for information you can think of. Yet they persist on the streets and on the internet in any way they can. The least we can do, whether we are across continents, oceans, or time zones, is spread their words safely.



My death is irrelevant.Wht is important is that u do not forget my words.We want freedom.i will die 4that


- From the Twitter of a protester in Tehran


Right now, brave men and women in Iran, both young and old, are sacrificing their lives for their voices to be heard. They must fear not only the police, but also the Basij -a force of men loyal to the government who plant themselves among crowds in plain clothes in order to discretely attack protesters and incite chaos.The protesters are peaceful. They mass together in crowds that are reported to grow in size every day. At night they have very few, if any, safe places to stay. Houses with satelite dishes were attacked by the Basij tonight, and during the 50 minutes of Twitter's maintenance, another university was attacked.



140 characters is a novel when you're being shot at.


- From another Iranian Twitter


WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?



  1. The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.

  2. If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.

  3. Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.

  4. Discretely change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30. Don't post to brag about how you did it, otherwise it was useless.

  5. DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.

  6. If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publically, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.

  7. DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to "confuse the government". This does not help at all.


USEFUL SITES TO FURTHER HELP


Cyber War Guide for Iran Elections


Green Revolution - How to Help


Anonymous - Why We Protest - Iran



STAY INFORMED!


Follow on Twitter: @ProtesterHelp and @StopAhmadi


(REMINDER: DO NOT REPOST PERSONAL TWITTERS OF THOSE INSIDE THE COUNTRY, EVEN IF THEY ARE RELIABLE!)


Chronology of events


Live-blogging by Andrew Sullivan


General information from a poser on Fark.com


Live-blogging on HuffingtonPost



دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election


- original article by one_hoopy_frood on LJ

cloverdew: (i know why)


i realize now i do not fear death... i fear my daughter will not be free when i die


- From the Twitter of an Iranian medical student


"If it bothers you so much, then why don't you stop watching?" seems to be the question of the last few days from my friends and family who know how invested I have become in the cause of the Iranian people (as I have explained in great detail here) The answer is simple: one day of caring is not enough. We must be the voice for the people of Iran who would otherwise be silenced. They are without reliable news sources, they are without mobile phone calls, text messaging, facebook, twitter, youtube, AIM, Yahoo, Google, and pretty much every other useful outlet for information you can think of. Yet they persist on the streets and on the internet in any way they can. The least we can do, whether we are across continents, oceans, or time zones, is spread their words safely.



My death is irrelevant.Wht is important is that u do not forget my words.We want freedom.i will die 4that


- From the Twitter of a protester in Tehran


Right now, brave men and women in Iran, both young and old, are sacrificing their lives for their voices to be heard. They must fear not only the police, but also the Basij -a force of men loyal to the government who plant themselves among crowds in plain clothes in order to discretely attack protesters and incite chaos.The protesters are peaceful. They mass together in crowds that are reported to grow in size every day. At night they have very few, if any, safe places to stay. Houses with satelite dishes were attacked by the Basij tonight, and during the 50 minutes of Twitter's maintenance, another university was attacked.



140 characters is a novel when you're being shot at.


- From another Iranian Twitter


WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?



  1. The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.

  2. If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.

  3. Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.

  4. Discretely change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30. Don't post to brag about how you did it, otherwise it was useless.

  5. DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.

  6. If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publically, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.

  7. DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to "confuse the government". This does not help at all.


USEFUL SITES TO FURTHER HELP


Cyber War Guide for Iran Elections


Green Revolution - How to Help


Anonymous - Why We Protest - Iran



STAY INFORMED!


Follow on Twitter: @ProtesterHelp and @StopAhmadi


(REMINDER: DO NOT REPOST PERSONAL TWITTERS OF THOSE INSIDE THE COUNTRY, EVEN IF THEY ARE RELIABLE!)


Chronology of events


Live-blogging by Andrew Sullivan


General information from a poser on Fark.com


Live-blogging on HuffingtonPost



دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election


- original article by one_hoopy_frood on LJ

cloverdew: (obama: oh hai.)
1. PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!



45 Years Ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famed "I Have A Dream" Speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (August 28, 1963). This was his dream:



I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. )



Last night, the first Person of Colour to run for the nation's highest office won the honour of serving his country as the President of the United States of America. Here was his acceptance speech:



If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. )




His speech literally brought me to tears and I can't even express what joy it brings me to see that people went out and voted in such HUUUUGE numbers, regardless of who or what they voted for. My faith in the democratic process was pretty nonexistent, at least at the national/federal level, but the results of this election may very well change that. There are two reasons for that:
1. LARGE VOTER TURNOUT.
2. PEOPLE ENGAGING IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN OTHER WAYS: pledging money, time, and effort to campaigns; people vowing to engage in local politics; people willing to express their political opinions; people willing to compromise and work across party lines... the list goes on in many directions.



Overall, this is how I feel about the election this year:




2. Obviously over-caffeinated and running on little sleep because I posted this with the number 1 and nothing else. Sorry, I'm hyped up and excited and... whatever, you get it. :P

3. It's a good day for the Democrats in other ways, as well. In addition to a new Democratic president, we are also in the majority in the House and the Senate (WooT!!) - In addition to general gains, Kay Hagan won over Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina and JEAN SHAHEEN won over SUNUNU in New Hampshire to become the FIRST WOMAN SENATOR FROM THAT STATE (after being their first female governor!!). YAY!

4. Am disappointed, but not surprised that Rep. Tom Allen lost to Sen. Susan Collins in Maine. However, my mom says she thinks he's going to run for governor, so there's a silver lining.

5. Emily Deschanel lets men in on some secrets:

1. When you have a perfect body, we wonder how much time you spend on yourself.

2. Even if we've only been dating a few weeks, don't introduce us as your "lady friend"--or that's exactly what we'll become.

3. When we use your bathroom (really use it), we consider you to be "the one."

4. Things we do not want to find in your medicine cabinet: self-tanning lotion, your ex-girlfriend's tampons, live ammunition.

5. The only acceptable men's wrist accessory is one that tells time.

6. When a guy sends us a text, we analyze everything, down to the punctuation. "Did he really use an umlaut? He must be smart!"

7. If you think we like the word panties, you've been watching too much porn.

8. Ditto titty and moist.

9. The only reason we accept for your following a rock band on tour is that you are actually a member of that band.

10. Don't wink. Never wink.


6. Keane makes me so effing happy. I've been listening to their album, Perfect Symmetry, almost non-stop the last couple of weeks and 'Spiralling' has to be one of my favourite songs ever.

Did you wanna be a winner? Did you wanna be an icon? Did you wanna be famous? Did you wanna be the president? )

7. I'm happy all this election stuff is over and, hopefully, we can all move on with as much grace, eloquence, and diplomacy as McCain showed in his Concession Speech last night. He did a WONDERFUL job with the speech and I was disappointed in his supporters. Their booing and negativity was completely uncalled for. McCain did a GREAT thing last night in conceding with grace and dignity and I think this may possibly be the beginning of the return of the pre-presidential-candidate McCain, whom I liked significantly better than the presidential candidate McCain.

8. Now that election stuff is over, I think I might actually be able to focus on writing again. Once I get some actual work done, it's time to get my muse on! :)
cloverdew: (obama: oh hai.)
1. PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!



45 Years Ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famed "I Have A Dream" Speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (August 28, 1963). This was his dream:



I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. )



Last night, the first Person of Colour to run for the nation's highest office won the honour of serving his country as the President of the United States of America. Here was his acceptance speech:



If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. )




His speech literally brought me to tears and I can't even express what joy it brings me to see that people went out and voted in such HUUUUGE numbers, regardless of who or what they voted for. My faith in the democratic process was pretty nonexistent, at least at the national/federal level, but the results of this election may very well change that. There are two reasons for that:
1. LARGE VOTER TURNOUT.
2. PEOPLE ENGAGING IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN OTHER WAYS: pledging money, time, and effort to campaigns; people vowing to engage in local politics; people willing to express their political opinions; people willing to compromise and work across party lines... the list goes on in many directions.



Overall, this is how I feel about the election this year:




2. Obviously over-caffeinated and running on little sleep because I posted this with the number 1 and nothing else. Sorry, I'm hyped up and excited and... whatever, you get it. :P

3. It's a good day for the Democrats in other ways, as well. In addition to a new Democratic president, we are also in the majority in the House and the Senate (WooT!!) - In addition to general gains, Kay Hagan won over Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina and JEAN SHAHEEN won over SUNUNU in New Hampshire to become the FIRST WOMAN SENATOR FROM THAT STATE (after being their first female governor!!). YAY!

4. Am disappointed, but not surprised that Rep. Tom Allen lost to Sen. Susan Collins in Maine. However, my mom says she thinks he's going to run for governor, so there's a silver lining.

5. Emily Deschanel lets men in on some secrets:

1. When you have a perfect body, we wonder how much time you spend on yourself.

2. Even if we've only been dating a few weeks, don't introduce us as your "lady friend"--or that's exactly what we'll become.

3. When we use your bathroom (really use it), we consider you to be "the one."

4. Things we do not want to find in your medicine cabinet: self-tanning lotion, your ex-girlfriend's tampons, live ammunition.

5. The only acceptable men's wrist accessory is one that tells time.

6. When a guy sends us a text, we analyze everything, down to the punctuation. "Did he really use an umlaut? He must be smart!"

7. If you think we like the word panties, you've been watching too much porn.

8. Ditto titty and moist.

9. The only reason we accept for your following a rock band on tour is that you are actually a member of that band.

10. Don't wink. Never wink.


6. Keane makes me so effing happy. I've been listening to their album, Perfect Symmetry, almost non-stop the last couple of weeks and 'Spiralling' has to be one of my favourite songs ever.

Did you wanna be a winner? Did you wanna be an icon? Did you wanna be famous? Did you wanna be the president? )

7. I'm happy all this election stuff is over and, hopefully, we can all move on with as much grace, eloquence, and diplomacy as McCain showed in his Concession Speech last night. He did a WONDERFUL job with the speech and I was disappointed in his supporters. Their booing and negativity was completely uncalled for. McCain did a GREAT thing last night in conceding with grace and dignity and I think this may possibly be the beginning of the return of the pre-presidential-candidate McCain, whom I liked significantly better than the presidential candidate McCain.

8. Now that election stuff is over, I think I might actually be able to focus on writing again. Once I get some actual work done, it's time to get my muse on! :)

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