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Iran Election Protests

The results were announced mere hours after polls closed.
Millions of votes, hand-counted, in hours.

They announced that AckmadinnerJacket had won decisively, with 63% of the vote.
The next day, millions marched in Tehran.

The protests were not only about Mousavi losing.
They became about Iran’s government ignoring the will of the people, and lying to them.
Some suggested there would have been fewer protests if the results had been closer, or announced at an appropriate time.
But the evidence of cheating kept rolling in.
Many towns voted for the dinner jacket more times that they had in population.
Many ‘votes’ were signed with the same writing/signature.
Some towns, Mousavi received fewer votes than he had campaign workers.
[memedex: pollid#490497]
The song is yare dabestani-e man, translates to “My School Friend”.

The protests continued into the week, with shouts of “down with the dictator” and sometimes even “Death to Khomeini.

Iranian women are beautiful.
Iran women
iran_elections_boston2Mideast Iran Presidential Electionsiranian_protest_election_results_40iranian_protest_election_results_26iran_election0617iran_539injured supporter Mir Hossein Mousavi covers face during riots in Tehran on June 13. Amnesty International says it believes that up to 10 people killed post-election protests Iran

During that weekend, several web sites were integral in getting word out from Iran, as media were kicked out of the country, or confined – they were not allowed to report, on threat of arrest.
Youtube set up a site specifically for a videos being uploaded from Iran.
Google launched a beta version of their persian translator early.
Twitter (and/or their hosting company) delayed maintenance work.
Hackers set up denial of service attacks on Iranian government news sites, which had limits on how much truth they were allowed to show.
Regular joes set up proxies.

Over the next week, many protesters were killed or jailed.
The government’s hired goon’s, the Basiji attacked many in daylight, as well as attacking people in their homes (often by climbing to the roof where residents yelled out “Allaho Ackbar” in protest).

A girl named Neda Soltan was shot and killed by one of the Basiji.
Her death was recorded, and added to the uproar over the bloody crackdown.

Worldwide, symbolic protests were held in the spirit of solidarity with the people of Iran.
Entertainers collaborated.

U2 ended their concerts by going green for Sunday bloody sunday.

Iranian soccer players took a chance and many worse green wristbands in their world cup match.

Many say that Iran will not ever be the same after this stolen election.
The conservative rulers of the country should realize that progress will not be held back forever.

Around that time, Michael Jackson died and it became difficult to get news of Iran from traditional sources.

The thriller dancers

*images are not mine – most belong to and Getty Images

Update – A better (more complete) telling of this story comes from here:

[cnn-news name=”Middle East”]

Jonathan Sanchez of the SF Giants

San Francisco Giants lefty, Jonathan Sanchez
San Francisco Giants lefty, Jonathan Sanchez

Earlier this summer, J. Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants threw the first no-hitter in San Fran since the 70’s.

Before that game, he was having a rough season, and in the offseason was rumored to be a trade subject.
Today, he’s proving to be one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the national league.

Still a bit wild, with more than 80 walks – but the second half of the season his walk rates have gone down while his strikeout rates have gone up.
A rotation of:

1. Lincecum – (.208 ’09 BAA ranks 2nd in the NL)
2. Cain – (.235 ’09 BAA ranks 11th in the NL)
3. Sanchez – (.222 ’09 BAA ranks 5th in the NL)
4. Zito – (.250 ’09 BAA ranks 19th in the NL)
5. Bumgarner (the rookie)

Sounds great to me for next year (making sure to limit Madison’s innings).
4 of the top 20 hardest pitchers to hit in the national league reside in San Francisco.

Sabean should let Bowker have LF – cheap and might be the big bat we need to go with Sandoval. If we can get reasonable production out of the non-Sandoval position (either 3b or 1b) and Renteria has a bounce-back season at the plate, the Giants could have an average offense to go with their outstanding pitching – and that could lead to a title. And with fortune, Buster Posey has a fine rookie season next year.

[cnn-news name=”Sports”]

Movies that suck

Anything with Nicolas Cage.
National Treasure
National Treasure 2
Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man
Lord of War
Con Air (the cheesiest southern accent ever)

And he taints movies that I actually would have enjoyed.
Gone in sixty seconds
Snake Eyes
The Rock*

This is not to say everything he makes is crap.
Just the vast majority.

*I liked the Rock.


Two things led me to invest in stocks for the first time last November.

1. Buy Low
November, 2008
The market was at the lowest point it had been in the last 10 years.
The DOW was in the low 7,000 range.
Almost everything was down drastically.

2. An intelligent, democrat was elected.

At that point, I was convinced we’d see an upswing in the economy – although I had no idea how long before we’d see upward movement.
It turns out, that wasn’t the low point.
March the DOW managed to hit the mid 6,000’s.

Today, the DOW is in the mid 9000’s, and everything I invested in is in the black.
Do I have the midas touch?
No. It was simply a good time to get in.

I’m betting on the US.

Iran Elections Mousavi and Ahmadinejad

The song is Requiem for a Dream.

Allaho Ackbar, Iran.
Down with the dictator.

Iran attempted to shut out all media in the month following the elections.

Can't stop the internet
Can't stop the internet

More about the cartoon’s artist, Marshall Ramsey can be found here:

The election in Iran this year mirrored our own election in many ways.
Iranian youth largely supported the reform candidate, Mir Houssein Mousavi who served in Iran’s government in the 80’s.

More about Mousavi here:

I have heard many in the states say that there would be no difference between Mousavi’s presidency and that of Ackmadinnerjacket’s – as the ‘supreme leader’ (their religious leader also sets social policy, as I understand it) is ayatolla khameini.  But comparing the speech of the two, I would prefer the Mousavi’s new (old) blood over the dinner jacket.  While the jacket denies the holocaust and seems artificial and inflexible, Mousavi talks of people’s rights and equality with women*.

Indeed, Mousavi’s wife, Zahra_Rahnavard had become an important part of her husband’s campaign, taking the stage at his side.

The first presidential debates of Iran are summarized in the video below.
Dinner Jacket managed to attack Mousavi’s wife.

The excitement about Iran’s election reminds me of our own.

A key difference, is that our election ended in relief and small gasps of optimism.

A girl cries
A girl cries

Getty Images.

Theirs ended in despair.

Update – A better (more complete) telling of this story comes from here:

Its much more detailed that what I have thrown together.
And he’s got fewer spelling errors, I’m certain.