Massacre in Tehran? – UPDATES

Is today Tehran's Tiananmen Square?People being thrown off of bridges, being slain in the streets. Beating old men in the streets. "Would you help us, could you help us?"None of this is easy to watch, but we mustn't not look.CNN - a chilling, heartbreaking phone call from a woman in Tehran. "they are killing students with axes, put axes through the hearts...this is horrific, this is genocide, this is...a massacre, this is Hitler, and you people should stop it...nobody takes action; it's … [Read more...]

Our freezing summer makes me gripe

It's freezing here; we can't swim, can't have the windows open. Every day is cold. It just convinces me more than ever that solar flares (or the lack of them) have more to do with the ever-changing climate of planet earth.And more resentful of policies, programs and restrictions put in our way, in service to the hoo-hah of Mr. Gore. And why this ticks me off, too. And this. And why not, anymore?I am most seriously unhappy today.The prescient satirical genius of Paddy ChayefskyIn … [Read more...]

Condi Rice appointee kept Twitter going…

Very interesting story out of media bistro.When BayNewser heard that someone from the State Department had called Twitter to ask them to delay maintenance to allow Iranians to continue tweeting, we pictured some fusty old guy at Foggy Bottom in a rumpled Brooks Brothers suit and wayward spectacles.Imagine our surprise, then, when we learned that, instead, it was a 27-year-old whiz kid whose job is to advise the State Department on how to use social media to promote U.S. interests the Middle … [Read more...]

Twittering Liberty…and Hope – UPDATED

Emily Dickinson wrote: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--without the words And never stops at all...How appropriate then, that the communications tool most responsible for keeping hope alive in shattered Iran is "a thing" called "Twitter," and that the 140-character dispatches being sent and received by people in desperate straits are called "tweets."People are "tweeting" for their lives, and their messages are bold, frightened, determined and … [Read more...]