Saturday, June 20, 2009


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Keith Olbermann's WTF!?! - "DON'T CALL ME LIZ!!"


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'The Fear Is Gone' -

Don't Accept This Coup

By Kaveh from Tabriz

Ahmadinejad has taken revenge on the students of Iran during these violent days. The regime's aim is to damage universities, since they are the first base of change, movement and protest.

I live in the dorms at Tehran University. I was asleep when Basij militiamen entered my room early Monday morning, demolished everything and started beating us. A man with a long beard broke my notebook and said: "It is destroyed, this book that you were using against Islam and Ahmadinejad."

They beat students more when they saw posters of Mousavi in their rooms. And they carried big knives and guns.

They also attacked the women's dormitory next door. The Supreme Leader calls us rioters, but I want to ask him: How can sleeping women in their beds be rioters? Is this the Islamic justice he believes in?

President Obama's speech was good; he says that he will support us. He also said that nations must decide the fate of their countries by themselves. I agree with him, but now we don't have any power to change the situation, so we need help and attention.

We ask the president not to accept this coup d'etat.

Marching to Freedom Square

By Alireza in Tehran

There is something in the air in Tehran these days. We remain afraid, but we also dare to speak.

I left my home in Tajrish along with my family at 3 p.m. to head to the protest on Monday. We knew that people were supposed to gather in Enghelab [Revolution] Square at 4 p.m. and march toward Azadi [Freedom] Square. From Gisha Bridge onwards, we saw people walking. Cars were blowing their horns and people were flashing the victory sign. I also saw a group of about 20 militiamen with long beards and batons on motorbikes.

My hand was hanging out of the taxi window with a little green ribbon -- the color of the reformists -- tied around my finger. One of the militiamen told me to "throw that ribbon away!" When I refused, 15 people attacked me inside the car. They beat me with their batons and tried to pull me out.

My wife and my daughter who were sitting in the back seat cried and held me tight. I also held myself tight to the chair. As they tried to shatter the car windows the driver went out and explained that he is just a taxi driver, we are just his passengers, and he hadn't done anything wrong. After about five minutes they left us alone.

Soon we joined the crowd at Enghelab Street. What I saw there was the most magnificent scene I have ever witnessed in my life. The huge numbers of people were marching hand-in-hand peacefully. There were no slogans being shouted. Hands were held up in victory signs with green ribbons. People carried placards which read: silence. Young and old, men and women, rich and poor were marching cheerfully. It was an amazing show of solidarity. I was so proud.

Enghelab Street, the widest avenue in Tehran, was full of people. Some estimated that there were one to two million people there. As we marched, we passed a police department and a Basij base. In both places, we could see fully-armed riot police and militiamen watching us from behind fences. Near Sharif University of Technology, where the students had chased away Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a few days before, Mir Hossein Mousavi (the reformist president-elect) and Mehdi Karrubi, the other reformist candidate, spoke to the people and were received with cries of praise and applause.

My family and I had put stickers on our mouths to represent the suppression of the regime. Other people carried signs. One quoted the national poet Ahmad Shamlu: "To slaughter us/why did you need to invite us/to such an elegant party." Another made fun of the government's claim that Ahmadinejad won 24 million votes: "The Miracle of the Third Millennium: 2 x 2 = 24 million." Others just read: "Where is my vote?"

When we finally arrived at Azadi Square, which can accommodate around 500,000 people, it was full. We saw smoke coming from Jenah Freeway and heard the gunshots. People were scared but continued walking forward.

Later, my sister told me that she saw four militiamen come out from a house and shoot a girl. Then they shot a young boy in his eye and the bullet came out of his ear. She said that four people were shot.

On my way home at around 2 a.m. I saw about 10 buses full of armed riot police parked on the side of the road. There were scattered militiamen in civilian clothes carrying clubs patrolling the empty streets. And in Tajrish Square I saw a boy around 16 holding a club, looking for something to attack.

At Ahmadinejad's "victory" ceremony, government buses transported all his supporters from nearby cities. There was full TV coverage of that ceremony, where fruit juice and cake were plentiful. At most, 100,000 gathered to hear his speech, including all the militiamen and soldiers.

We reformists have no radio, no newspaper, and no television. All our Internet sites are filtered, as well as social networks such as Facebook. Text messaging and mobile communication were also cut off during the demonstrations. And yet we had hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

The state-run TV station has announced that riot police will severely punish anybody that demonstrates. Ahmadinejad called the opposition a bunch of insignificant dirt who try to make the taste of victory bitter to the nation. But his remark was answered by the largest demonstrations ever.

Older people compared Monday's gathering to the demonstrations of 1979 which marked the downfall of the Shah's regime. They even said that this event was larger.

Democracy is a long way ahead. I may not be alive to see that day. With eyes full of tears in these early hours of June 16, I glorify the courage of those who have already been killed. I hope that the blood of these martyrs will make every one of us more committed to freedom, to democracy and to human rights.

Women on the Front Lines

By Negin in Tehran

Friends from all over the world call my cellphone nonstop to make sure we're safe. The connection is either cut or so bad that we have to guess what the other person is saying. But the other day one call was very clear: My mother was wondering if I could help her with her computer. She recently joined Facebook and can't stand the fact that her favorite site is filtered.

She's stopped complaining that my father follows the news day and night. If they're not outside in the middle of the city, my parents are both glued to the television.

Until a few days ago most people believed that this protest was just the voice of suppressed students and youngsters. But now we know this isn't true. "No fear, no fear: We are together." This is what we heard today from millions of people from different generations in Tehran.

The number of people that participated in the demonstration surprised everyone, but what has fascinated me is their variety. At the beginning I thought this was going to be a fight between the lower class and the middle class. What I saw on Monday changed my mind completely. I saw many women, young and old, covered head-to-toe in black chadors shouting and chanting among the demonstrators and joining the young girls who were sitting on the ground in the middle of the street to stop the Basij militia from walking inside the crowd.

That image will never be wiped away from my mind. The women on the front line with their loose colorful scarves had opened their arms, ready to be killed, while others were beaten by the Basij on the side of the road.

People want to be heard and supported by the rest of the world. They were sending messages to the West with their cameras. They were calling on Obama and Sarkozy to demand that the Free World not recognize this government. I saw a few women shouting: "Now it's your turn to support democracy and human rights."

"The fear is gone. Nothing seems to be an obstacle anymore. They can filter all the Web sites and shut down the Internet, SMS service, and mobile phones, but they cannot shut our mouths." This is what I hear all the time.

Late at night everyone wants to share their experience with others. Telephones don't stop ringing. Sara, my girlfriend, called me half an hour ago. She had heard gunfire near her house and had seen bloodied people. Although she was panicked and needed to talk to someone, she hung up the phone to go onto her roof and shout. Within a few minutes I heard my neighbors shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) from their balconies as well.

I remember how sometimes I used to be irritated by the loud prayer call which starts with the same phrase, Allahu Akbar. Now this phrase has turned out to be the most beautiful one.

After a while I called back my mother to help her with her computer problem. She didn't answer. Perhaps she is on the roof too.

This Government Is a Lie

By Soudeh in Tehran

I have never seen such a huge number of diverse people protesting in Iran. People are really angry and refuse to be patient. Ahmadinejad's government challenged our honor. How can we trust anything when the government perpetrates such a big lie?

They don't have pity on anyone. Some of the police cannot speak Farsi. I saw one of them beating a man as he cursed in Arabic. People say they are from Hezbollah.

These men barge into homes and threaten people by calling their families. And they are savage against peaceful demonstrators.

Hospitals are full of people injured by the Military Guard, yet the Supreme Leader of Iran called us seditious. We just want the right to a real vote.

This is the first time an American president did not interfere with Iran's situation -- and it's a good thing. In the past, U.S. support for the protestors led the Iranian government to punish the people more, accusing them of being spies for or taking money from the U.S.

But I think Obama must hear the message of the protests: Ahmadinejad's government is a lie.

A Grenade Exploded At Our Door

By Shahin in Tehran

It was about 1:30 a.m. when I heard windows and doors on our street being smashed one after another. My parents had gone to sleep an hour earlier and I was surfing the Internet to see the latest reactions to Monday's demonstration of Mousavi supporters.

The people from our neighborhood who protested in the streets had already gone back home, so I was scared for them.

The smashing sound came closer and I could hear that my family's apartment door was being attacked. I was really frightened because I had heard that the people who were breaking into houses at night were the plainclothes police who support Ahmadinejad.

I was pacing around my apartment when I heard a massive explosion that woke up everybody in our apartment complex.

I rushed downstairs in the dark with my neighbors as our complex was being attacked. One of them said "Man! They exploded a grenade just few feet from me. Can you see the blood dropping from my fingers? I can barely hear anything." An old woman on the first floor said the plainclothes forces broke the front porch, knocked on some doors and left.

We learned that the sounds of windows being broken were coming from three neighboring apartment complexes and garages. My injured neighbor had gone to check the source of the sound just when the grenade exploded.

In the morning, I checked out the damage myself and took pictures of smashed cars, windows and doors. I also found some bullet casings left in front of our house. I quickly posted them on Facebook where I received lots of comments from others who had the same experience. One of them commented "Yours was just 23 cars. How about our four-story parking garage that now looks like a junkyard?!"

Mousavi's supporters wanted the crowd to stay calm and stage a peaceful demonstration, so as not to give Ahmadinejad's supporters a reason to resort to violence.

State-run TV asked everybody to gather in Vali-asr Square to protest against Mousavi's supporters who the government accused of rioting late into the night. Mousavi's supporters planned on having their second peaceful demonstration in Vali-asr square on Tuesday but cancelled it right after this TV announcement. But despite the announcement, I saw a huge crowd protesting either on foot or in their cars all the way up Vali-asr Street, Tehran's longest street. People are enraged by the lies.

As an optimistic young Iranian who voted in all the presidential elections since 1997, I feel strongly that all those who voted for anyone but Ahmadinejad were insulted badly. I believe some in the ruling elite have come to realize that supporting Ahmadinejad was not worth an uprising in every city.

I hope that the Guardian Council can fix this through a recount or void the whole rigged election.

It's Like an Invasion

By Setareh in Tehran

In the past few days, I've participated in several rallies. During all of the protests, plainclothes militiamen would enter the crowds and manipulate people into dispersing by telling them that if they stayed the security forces would shoot them.

All satellite signals have been jammed, SMS texting has been cut off since election day, and land lines have been disrupted. Though it takes about 20 minutes to download Yahoo's Web site in Tehran, in other cities the Internet has been completely shut down.

The regime is also using psychological warfare to keep people in their homes, calling protestors "hooligans" and constantly warning parents to keep their sons and daughters inside so they don't get killed.

But we are nonviolent. It is the Basij who attack protestors and set cars on fire. They do this so that the security forces have a pretext for using harsher tactics on the demonstrators. The security forces have knives, body armor, tasers and mace. It's as though Iran is under invasion by a foreign government. They have killed many university students in the past few days.

Friday, June 19, 2009


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Ayatollah Khamenei addresses Iran for first time since disputed election | Breaking Tweets

  1. RT from Iran: nothing. supreme leader said nothing. we will be in the streets tomorrow agian #iranelection 
  2. RT from Iran: Khamanei "world wanted us to change our system, but YOU (ppl) voted to keep this regime" #iranelection (WTF?!?!?) 
  3. RT from Iran: OMG, he's lying big time, saying ppl (trouble makers) terrorizing Basijis and police #iranelection 
  4. RT from Iran: Khamenei blaming violence/unrest during rallies on foreign spies & terrorists & urging people not to rally #gr88 #iranelection
  5. RT FROM IRAN - JUST GOT BACK FROM OUTSIDE, TEHRAN is FULL of buses which brought ppl to friday prayers from small cities! #iranelection

During a speech at Tehran University on Friday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei rejected reports of corruption and rigging in last week's presidential election, stating that Western media and governments have brought about such doubt. He called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the definite winner and said it was an "absolute victory" for the religious establishment of Iran.

Khamenei also compared the youth enthusiasm for the 2009 election to that of 1979 revolution, but said today's youth are confused and must seek God for answers. The crowd chanted back "Death to America" during his speech.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


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Help Iran - information is gnawing at the firewall to be free!

Don't identify Iranians by name, screenname, nickname, any name. You might risk their LIVES.

Don't, don't, don't publish your proxies publicly. Not only is Iran monitoring for them, but anyone can use them to do Bad Things

Action for today: Peacefully, creatively, kindly flash mob the embassies of Iran's trading partners: China 15%, Japan 14.3%, Turkey 7.4%, South Korea 7.3%, Italy 6.4%. We want them to put pressure on Iran to hold a monitored recount / revote.

Also, start adding organizations that have influence in Iran to this list.
Once we have a verified list, it'll be time for millions of you to ask these organizations to tell Iran to end the crackdown on Iranians.



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I left my home in Tajrish along with my family at 3 p.m. We went down Valiast Street which is the main northern-southern avenue in Tehran and entered the Evin Exp'way which leads to Enghelab Street. We knew that people are supposed to gather in Enghelab Sq. (Revolution Sq.) at 4 and march toward Azadi Sq. (Freedom Sq.). From Gisha Bridge onwards, we saw people walking down. Cars were blowing their horns and people were showing victory sign. We went to Navvab Street and parked our car at the end of the street. Then we took a taxi to bring us back to the Enghelab Street. On our way, near Jomhouri Sq. (Republic Sq.), I saw a group of about 20 militia with long beards and batons on motorbikes. My hand was out of the car window with a little green ribbon (the sign of reformists) around my finger. One of the militia told me to throw that ribbon away. I showed him a finger. All of a sudden, about 15 people attacked me inside the car. They beat me with their batons and wanted to pull me out. My wife and my daughter who were sitting in the back seat cried and hold me tight. I also hold myself tight on the chair. They wanted to shatter the car windows. The driver went out and explained that he is a taxi and we are his passengers and he has no fault. After about 5 minutes,they left. My elbow hurts severely. Then, a young man from their group came and kissed my elbow! I told him: You know, I don't hate you. I am like you with the only difference that I know more and you are ignorant. He apologized and left. We joined the crowd in Enghelab Street.

Read carefully: What I saw today was the most elegant scene I had ever witnessed in my life. The huge number of people were marching hand in hand in full peace. Silence. Silence was everywhere. There was no slogan. No violence. Hands were up in victory sign with green ribbons. People carried placards which read: Silence. Old and young, man and woman of all social groups were marching cheerfully. This was a magnificent show of solidarity. Enghelab Street which is the widest avenue in Tehran was full of people. I was told that the march has begun in Ferdowsi Sq. and the end of the march was now in Imam Hossein Sq. to the further east of Tehran while on the other end people had already gathered in Azadi Sq. The length of this street is about 6 kilometers. The estimate is about 2 million people. On the way, we passed a police department and a militia (Baseej) base. In both places, the doors were closed and we could see fully-armed riot police and militia watching the people from behind the fences. Near Sharif University of Technology where the students had chased away Ahmadinejad a few days ago, Mirhossein Mousavi (the reformist elect president) and Karrubi (the other reformist candidate spoke to people for a few minutes which was received by cries of praise and applause. I felt proud to find myself among such a huge number of passionate people who were showing the most reasonable act of protest. Frankly, I didn't expect such a political maturity from emotional Iranians who easily get excited. My family and I had put stickers on our mouths to represent the suppression. Placards that people carried were different; from poems by the national poet Ahmad Shamlu to light-hearted slogans against Ahmadinejad. Examples include: " To slaughter us/ why did you need to invite us / to such an elegant party" (Poem by Shamlu). " Hello! Hello! 999? / Our votes were stolen" or " The Miracle of the Third Millenium: 2 x 2 = 24 millions" (alluding to the claim by Government that Ahmadinejad obtained 24 million votes) , "Where is my vote?" , " Give me back my vote" and many other. We arrived in Azadi Square where the entire square was full of population. It is said that around 500,000 people can be accommodated in this huge square and it was full. Suddenly we saw smoke from Jenah Freeway and heard the gunshot. People were scared at first but then went forward. I just heard the gunshots but my sister who had been on the scene at that part told me later that she saw 4 militia came out from a house and shot a girl. Then they shot a young boy in his eye and the bullet came out of his ear. She said that 4 people were shot. At least one person dead has been confirmed. People arrested one of the Baseeji militia but the three others ran away when they ran out of bullet. At around 8 we went back on foot. On the way back people were still in the street and were chanting Allah Akbar (God is Great). I was coming home at around 2 a.m. In parkway, I saw about ten buses full of armed riot police parked on the side of the street. Then I saw scattered militia in civil clothes with clubs in hand patroling the empty streets. In Tajrish Square, I saw a very young boy (around 16) with a club who was looking at the cars to see if he can find something to attack. I don't know how and under what teachings can young boys change into militia. I came home. Tomorrow, people will gather again in Valiasr Square for another peaceful march toward the IRIB building which controls all the media and which spreads filthy lies. The day before Yesterday, Ahmadinejad had hold his victory ceremony. Government buses had transported all his supporters from nearby cities. There was full coverage of that ceremony where fruit juice and cake was plenty. A maximum of 100,000 had gathered to hear his speech. These included all the militia and the soldiers and all supporters he could gather by the use of free TV publicity. Today, at least 2 million came only relying on word of mouth while reformists have no newspaper, no radio, no TV. All their internet sites are filtered as well as social networks such as facebook. Text messaging and mobile communication was also cut off during the demonstration. Since yesterday, the Iranian TV was announcing that there is no license for any gathering and riot police will severely punish anybody who may demonstrates. Ahmadinejad called the opposition as a bunch of insignificant dirt who try to make the taste of victory bitter to the nation. He also called the western leaders as a bunch of "filthy homosexuals". All these disgusting remarks was today answered by that largest demonstration ever. Older people compared the demonstration of today with the Ashura Demonstration of 1979 which marks the downfall of the Shah regime and even said that it outnumbered that event. The militia burnt a house themselves to find the excuse to commit violence. People neutralized their tactic to a large degree by their solidarity, their wisdom and their denial to enage in any violent act. I feel sad for the loss of those young girls and boys. It is said that they also killed 3 students last night in their attack at Tehran University residence halls. I heard that a number of professors of Sharif University and AmirKabir University (Tehran Polytechnic) have resigned. Democracy is a long way ahead. I may not be alive to see that day. With eyes full of tear in these early hours of Tuesday 16th June 2009, I glorify the courage and bravery of those martyrs and I hope that their blood will make every one of us more committed to freedom, to democracy and to human rights. Viva Freedom, Viva Democracy, Viva Iran



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Iran Updates (VIDEO): Live-Blogging The Uprising - Nico Pitney, Huffington Post




Iran is one of the biggest news stories. But it is being covered by the mainstream media in sound bites or by information disseminated by Web sites connected to interest groups, political parties and bloggers with no experience in journalism.The trend in journalism is toward specialization. But even as America's central geopolitical position becomes ever more tied to the social, cultural and political conditions in the rest of the world, U.S. news organizations continue their contraction, closing or scaling back foreign bureaus, choosing to invest fewer and fewer resources to cultivate editorial and reporting staffs who can become, in effect, area experts.

The gap that has widened between the mainstream media coverage and the goings on in the region has contributed to increasing tensions between the West and East, dehumanizing the perception of Middle Easterners — Iranians in particular.

Tehran Bureau is a virtual bureau connecting journalists, Iran experts and readers all over the world. Our stories are written by Iranians in Iran and the Middle East, foreigners viewing or interacting with our culture for the first time, and hyphenated Iranians best suited to bridge the cultures. | Nothing is Sacred

Wednesday, June 17, 2009




You're the Boss Blog -

Welcome to a new blog from The New York Times about small business and entrepreneurship.

One of the guiding thoughts behind this blog is that unlike doctors and lawyers and a lot of other professionals, business owners rarely get any training. Nor do they have a lot of places to turn to compare notes, get advice, learn from one another's mistakes, and keep up with the important changes coming out of Washington. We're hoping this will be that kind of place.

Here's an example: In one of his first posts, Jay Goltz, our Thinking Entrepreneur, notes that there are some aspects to the stimulus package that actually will have the perverse affect of discouraging business owners from hiring employees. It's the kind of observation that could come only from someone who's there in the trenches, and that's what this blog will be about.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009



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Austin Heap - How to setup a proxy for Iran citizens

It all started at 10:40 p.m. on an otherwise quiet Sunday night. After talking about the Iranian election on and off for several hours (if not days, if not weeks), I saw a tweet that, with a depth of irony that is hard to fully grasp, pointed out the ridiculousness of CNN. As an obviously rigged election in one of the world's most important countries was being perpetrated, America's oldest 24-hour news network was reporting primarily about how confusing the new fangled digital TVs were.

"Dear CNN: please report about Iran, not Twitter. #cnnfail #iranelection," nympholepsy wrote. The dual hashtags (the pound symbol before a topic) opened the door for me, a 25-year old who had never even traveled to the Middle East, to become an activist in Iran.

It was probably #cnnfail that appealed to me at first. I had seen in 2000, the first presidential election for which I was truly cognizant, how legitimate claims of voter suppression were ignored by the mainstream media as conspiracy theory. As a native of Ohio, I saw similar legitimate claims from my home state brushed under the rug.

If the media failed, the populace was complicit. There were no protests that rocked the stability of our government. No mass movements against the subversion of our democracy.

#iranelection did not have the luxury of our delusion. In advance of the ridiculously lopsided results, opposition headquarters were sacked, dissidents arrested. The Khamenei-Ahmadinejad government wanted to minimize any leaders who could lead a revolution against it. Unfortunately for them, this revolution did not need figure heads to lead them. The Ayatollah had not read the lessons of Moldova.

Through the power of social networking, individual Iranians were able to mobilize each other. Twitter hashtags created an instantaneous collectivity that could never be created by any mainstream media. When the government realized what was happening, they tried to shut it down. Members of the tech community across the globe did what they could to support it. We started posting functioning relays through which Iranians could subvert government firewalls. The spontaneity of the tech movement was also one of its weaknesses.

With so many updates at #iranelection, what relays (or proxies) were working and what were not became almost indiscernible. I started monitoring all the proxies and created a webpage that warehoused which were functioning and which were not. I asked people I had never met and never spoken to before to post @ me on Twitter any they knew of. And they did.

But that information was public. Anyone on Twitter could find it. Anyone could access the page I created. When the Guardian Council began monitoring tweets, other members of the community reported it and reported it to me. We had to adapt instantly to maintain the ability of the Iranian opposition to mobilize. Quickly, I set up a secure page. Instead of sending relays @ me publicly, I now asked for them to be sent via Direct Message (DM) or e-mail. They came in a flood.

My website has been attacked by Iran. My servers are melting. But individuals in the opposition are still able to use technology to mobilize each other. And the tech community around the world is still able to support them.

Now less than twenty-four hours later I am receiving over 2,000 simultaneous connections per second from Iran. When I wake up, I will have received over 300 e-mails from volunteers trying to contribute and lighting the path forward for a movement — both new and old.

Americans ignored the subversion of their democracy. When a people, better than us, stand up to secure theirs, I could not, I would not, let them down. The revolution may not be televised, but it will be tweeted


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Latest Updates on Iran’s Disputed Election - The Lede Blog -

Latest Updates on Iran's Disputed Election

To supplement reporting from New York Times correspondents inside Iran, The Lede will continue to track the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential election online, as we have for the last several days. Please refresh this page throughout the day to get the latest updates at the top of your screen.

To put these updates in context, please read the main news article on our Web site, written by Nazila Fathi and Michael Slackman, which will also be updated continuously throughout the day.

Readers inside Iran or in touch with people there are encouraged to use the comments box below to share what you are hearing or seeing with us.

Monday, June 15, 2009


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Third Wave Is Coming

Union Square Ventures #hackedu meeting: The transcript from the meeting. I've found it interesting that education can now be disaggregated, broken into pieces giving each piece to a different group, person. Right now educational institutions give the education and a degree (credentialing) at the same time; however credentialing could be given to someone else perhaps, and teaching could be peer-to-peer. Rob Kalin's story was great too. In art school he makes himself a fake ID and goes to MIT classes next door. If you think about it that way, education is really free. He just didn't get credentials for it. His credentials are his companies he built after he got that free education. So, who cares?! Great stuff.

Why Don't Students Like School?: Great article on the psychology of learning. The theory that we do not actually prefer "thinking" if we do not have to, was an interesting theory. Most people prefer "remembering" an earlier solution for a new problem. Here my 3rd Wave brain was screaming in my head "and/but almost all problems are new problems now due to arrival of new technology". The changes in this day and age are just too great to rely on old solutions. So we have to think more. Education needs to reflect this.

Some Reading related to #hackedu

Will Higher Education Be the Next Bubble to Burst? Damn. That really is possible. Why shouldn't wee see education just like any other part of the economy? If so then, yes, here is a "way" of doing things that is clearly overfunded, highly subsidized, hence forming a bubble, and it can burst! I hope it does (soon).

Old Education, Old Research: This is not related to education per se, but it's sister subject: Research. Does old way of research encourage unethical behaviour? Good question to ask.

US Public Ed Like GM in the 80s: No kidding. Similar to the "bubble" analogy above, this great article questions why education isn't more personalized. If iTunes can suggest you new songs, why can't your education offering be more personalized according to your style, habits, and skills? Great slam on the existing educational system, and I thought the GM analogy which was an industrial era giant itself, was very apt.

Hacking Education by A VC: Just a great article. I am going to be re-reading it soon.

What Would Google Do? Google University? Why not? The sentence cracked me up too; like "what would Jesus do?" :) It shows the status attained by Google in the tech-world I guess.. The article was full of great ideas.


Relax. No, really.: Hacking Education

Time magazine recently ran a piece referencing the Union Square conference re: Hacking Education earlier this year, and the way in which that conversation was enhanced via  Twitter

For those folks trying to catch up, here are some relevant posts:


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Sunday, June 14, 2009



Alerts from Tehran ­ tehranbureau

Telephone report from my wife – They are open firing on the crowd. The police are refusing entry into the hospitals unless it is the basij. refusing wounded protesters saying; “You Deserve To Die”


Kiva - Loans that change lives

Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of
alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering
individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding -
not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site,
choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real
person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for
themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the
loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track
repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to
someone else in need.


Police invasion on people tehran vanak Sq 13 June 2009


Iranians protesting against election results 2009 Vanak Square 4pm (13/Jun/09)


Jalopnik: Obsessed With The Cult Of Cars


Top Ranked Cars - Best Cars & Trucks - U.S. News Rankings and Reviews


TVPredictions - HDTV News, Views & Reviews is a one-stop source on 'The New Television' -- new TV technologies that are changing our culture and our lives.


The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA)

The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.


'les cravates par Hermes' - necktie design competition

The French luxury brand, Hermès, in collaboration with designboom organize
a graphic international design competition.

Hermès, house of quality, is world renowned for its fine silk, and particularly for ties.
They embody fine craftsmanship, masterful design and timeless style.
We expect to receive innovative and original pattern designs for ties that brighten up
men's wardrobe. We want to be surprised by refined 'all-over' designs -
repeating or non repeating patterns in which the motifs recur in a design covering the entire cloth.

You are asked to develop a new pattern that could be either a re-interpretation of the
Hermes classic patterns (equestrian -, sport -, marine theme, whimsical animal motifs,
geometric variations including stripes, plant and flower designs and the H delicately
imprinted across the surface of the tie) or something completely different,
that could be used for the silk-screen printing - or weaving technique.

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