Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Revolution Was Televised

The Revolution Is Being Televised

I have to admit that when I read the tag line "Egypt shuts down the internet" yesterday, I had a good chuckle. But sure enough, that's what they did. They banned the entire internet from what I understand. So if you wanted to put down your pictures of Chairman Mao (as if they would have helped anyhow).. You can tune into see a revolution... oooh yeah on Al Jazeera.

In case you're just joining us, here's what has happened so far. The people have had enough and dictator Mubarak was steadily being destroyed for 24 hours. The people were happy to have soldiers enter the cities to take control away from the police. Mainly because the police were shooting people left and right for whatever reason they wanted. Oh yeah.. and they were reportedly looting.

You would think that an Army coming into town would be something to be worried about but not in this case, apparently. It seems that the attitude towards the army here is that they're just chilling with them. Again, sort of similar to Tunisia.

Basically now the middle east is full of Marxists. But none of this really matters to your average American who thinks the leader of the Egyptian government is Dwayne Johnson from The Scorpion King.

I'm sure you're probably wondering if the mummies are on fire.. To that I must say that only the bourgeoisie would think of the antiquities at a time of this. Besides that, we stole allt he mummies from Egypt a long time ago anyway.

Though I have to admit, I'm a bit jaded. At first I figured this was just some CIA backed coup, but then I got to thinking.. Man, this is one seriously fucked up shit for our foreign standing given Egypt is our biggest ally in our stupidity we call foreign affairs. Then Obama opened his mouth and sure enough, I lost any concept that this could have been some CIA coup.

But much like Tunisia, where the Tunisian workers basically seized the means of production and started running the country by workers councils, it looks like Egypt can be in store for a complete regimen change. And for those of you who don't know what's the proper things to do in a people's uprising, here's a manual...

I do wonder what the chances are that within the next few years that buying a spray can and safety glasses will automatically put you on homeland securities watch-list....

Oh wait, that's already happening.

Though, that's a bit silly. I mean.. why would you just spray them in the face with regular spray can when you could light that mother fucker on fire. For all of you who want to go the extra mile, here you go. Enjoy it while it's still up.

At this point I would like to welcome the federal government intern who is now a subscriber of this blog post because of the above link. I hope you enjoy reading this otherwise pointless blog. And before you pass judgment on me and label me a terrorist, I have to tell you what I told the police riot squad when I met them.. That I understand and I disagree with their position But I respect them as a human bein... Oh my fucking god, get that riot shield out of my eyes!

The U.S. is currently reviewing its $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt based on the events unfolding in the country, according to Reuters coming in the way of one of Obama's administration officials. That just makes me laugh. Has Obama been right about anything foreign policy related?

It has really gotten pretty pathetic how he tries to make it out as if he supported these protests all along.

But I guess it's better than what Joe Biden said:
JOE BIDEN: Look, Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things and he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interests in the region: Middle East peace efforts, the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing the relationship with Israel.

And I think that it would be -- I would not refer to him as a dictator.
It's pretty clear that Obama, Clinton and Biden are all looking awful defending Egypt right now. Obviously domestically among voters this isn't important though, because again, all they know of Egypt is how to walk like one.

I like to dream of a perfect world where they would be fucked now because they have to defend their Middle East policy but also somehow try to look pro-democracy in some shape or form. It's really quite amusing to go off into that little dream world.

As it stands, Hillary Clinton made some announcement on CNN saying a takeover wouldn't result in democracy. Al Jazeera was saying that Reuters reported that the U.S. "wants an orderly transition". Yeah, fuck every part of this administration that ran on a campaign of hope and change. Here's hoping Egypt's new government promptly drives Israel into the sea.

While here in the U.S. we're having the FBI raid internet nerds who did a DDoS attack on those who turned their backs on Wikileaks.

The FBI yesterday executed 40 search warrants around the US to gather evidence on the Anonymous distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in defense of WikiLeaks last year—attacks which targeted Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Amazon. And when the FBI comes a-knockin', the whole house starts a rockin'.

Ars has seen posts from a private forum in which several targets of the FBI raids offer brief descriptions of the experience, along with the occasional photo of a beaten-in front door. We cannot guarantee the authenticity of these accounts, though we believe them to be genuine.

A note of context: "LOIC" here refers to the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, a software tool used in the Anonymous DDoS attacks that can flood a network connection with data.

I used LOIC during that whole Wikileaks fiasco. The FBI showed up at my door with a search warrant for any electronic devices that may have been used in the attack. That means any and all computers, unless I pointed out to them which one was used in the attack. I'm not retarded, I invoked my 5th amendment rights and didn't say anything so now they are taking everything. Yes, I'm f**king dumb. No, I didn't have time to thermite the hard drive. I'm worried that the FBI might stumble upon this site due to all the :filez: on my computer.

A second account showed a similar level of, err, enthusiasm on the part of the FBI.


me in 1 cop car, gf in other car.

took 3.5 hrs, all electronic devices taken including 3 computers. said nearly nothing. finally left.

In short, the shit is hitting the fan all over the place, but at least we still have a pretty sweet internet connection going on in America and aren't getting shot by police... as often.

To be honest though, I sort of hate anonymous. Not because of what they do. I actually agree with them, but because of how they act normally. Is this how it feels to see a successful revolution by an ideologically incorrect vanguard?

But then again, I'm comparing a group that hates Sceintology enough to walk around in silly Guy Fox mask to a country in civil unrest. Back to them, since that revolution is being televised.

Currently there's cars with loudspeakers driving around saying that foreign media is inciting violence. I have to say, that's a bold move America. You must desperately want Mubarak to stay in power.

I mean, it really was only a matter of time since Mubarak seems to have the military backing on his side currently. They're kicking out AJE and such. The US is already basically behind them. All he needs to do is hold on long enough to ensure a handover to someone America and Israel can "do business with"
The Egyptian authorities are revoking the Al Jazeera Network's license to broadcast from the country, and will be shutting down its bureau office in Cairo, state television has said.

"The information minister [Anas al-Fikki] ordered ... suspension of operations of Al Jazeera, canceling of its licenses and withdrawing accreditation to all its staff as of today," a statement on the official Mena news agency said on Sunday.

In a statement, Al Jazeera said it strongly denounces and condemns the closure of its bureau in Cairo by the Egyptian government. The network received notification from the Egyptian authorities on Sunday morning.

"Al Jazeera has received widespread global acclaim for their coverage on the ground across the length and breadth of Egypt," the statement said.

An Al Jazeera spokesman said that the company would continue its strong coverage regardless.

'Designed to stifle'

"Al Jazeera sees this as an act designed to stifle and repress the freedom of reporting by the network and its journalists," the statement said.

"In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard; the closing of our bureau by the Egyptian government is aimed at censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.

"Al Jazeera assures its audiences in Egypt and across the world that it will continue its in-depth and comprehensive reporting on the events unfolding in Egypt.

"Al Jazeera journalists have brought unparallelled reporting from the ground from across Egypt in the face of great danger and extraordinary circumstances. Al Jazeera Network is appalled at this latest attack by the Egyptian regime to strike at its freedom to report independently on the unprecedented events in Egypt."
I'm guessing that this means that the crackdown will start soon. Now that they have a really solid excuse and method to systematically prevent reporting on what happens when it does.

Though I give Al Jazeera a lot of respect for not giving a fuck about any of this and going on with the reporting. You know, while our news outlets show the poll on what's tracking with their viewers..

Yup.. that's right. Fucking two and a half men is getting more coverage than Egypt. Fuck America...

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