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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:27 AM
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THIS IS WHAT EGYPT'S CUT-OFF FROM THE INTERNET LOOKS LIKE:
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 01:41 AM by Hissyspit


From Twitter:

@danny_at_cpj
Danny O'Brien
This is what Egypt's cutoff from the Net looks like: http://j.mp/egypt_arbor (HT @labovit - it's from a global set of traffic points)

http://www.renesys.com/blog/2011/01/egypt-leaves-the-in...

Egypt Leaves the Internet

By James Cowie on January 27, 2011 7:56 PM

Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.



At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet's global routing table. Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt's service providers. Virtually all of Egypt's Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.

This is a completely different situation from the modest Internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the Internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make Internet connectivity painfully slow. The Egyptian government's actions tonight have essentially wiped their country from the global map.

What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the Internet? What will happen tomorrow, on the streets and in the credit markets? This has never happened before, and the unknowns are piling up. We will continue to dig into the event, and will update this story as we learn more. As Friday dawns in Cairo under this unprecedented communications blackout, keep the Egyptian people in your thoughts.

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http://firedoglake.com/2011/01/27/internet-shut-down-in...

Internet Shut Down in Egypt But Biden Says Mubarak is No Dictator
By: Siun Thursday January 27, 2011 6:30 pm

The internet and all mobile communications from the people of Egypt have been shut down in what is clearly a key part of the Mubarak regimes preparations to crack down on the democracy protesters. Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) has just sent:

RT @Dima_Khatib show this video to ur media & politicians http://apne.ws/hgEg4d Internet in #Egypt cut 10 min after its transmission #jan25

The video referred to is from the AP and can be viewed here it shows an unarmed protester being shot.

CNN just interviewed a protester who described how he was arrested and seriously beaten. Ahmed (not his real name) went on to say:

We cant understand how the leader of the free world is looking the other way as we call for freedom

Perhaps Ahmed was thinking of this comment by VP Joe Biden made on PBS Newshour this evening:

Ahead of a day that could prove decisive, NewsHour host Jim Lehrer asked Biden if the time has come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go? Biden answered: No. I think the time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction that to be more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there.

Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And hes been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator.

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:28 AM
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1. Damn...
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 04:48 PM
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57. Facebook Usage:
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:28 AM
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2. And American presidents now have the same 'Kill Switch'
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:30 AM
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6. I was just thinking the same thing. nt
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:52 AM
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14. And don't think for a second that they won't use it
they will. It's not 'if' it's when.

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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 04:07 AM
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29. On the other hand,
it might wake up people enough to ACT. Yep, that would do it.
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WestSeattle2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:02 AM
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33. When the unrest finally makes it way here, it will be interesting
to see who sides with the masses and who sides with those who will support the Federales pulling the plug on the internet to quell civil unrest.

It will be quite the debate behind closed doors to be sure.

Basically, those in the US government pushing for pulling the plug will be no better morally or ethically than their counterparts in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Egypt or Saudi Arabia.

Nice crowd to hang with guys.
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:06 AM
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39. Karma can be a real batch
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decidedlyso Donating Member (310 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:17 AM
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35. Repeal of posse comitatus. Bush. Internet kill switch. Obama. Don't
take no mental giant to see what's coming. The MIC will start doing it slowly, picking up speed as more and more countries join in the revolution. As another just said, we'd better get started now, or we'll have to do everything by tin cans with wires attached. No public communication will be safe. Try it and the FBI will be at your door.
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:05 AM
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38. Joe Biden will regret his words as he sees the people rise up and the Empire go down.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:29 AM
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3. and this...
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:29 AM
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4. The Shape of Things to Come.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:53 AM
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26. +
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:30 AM
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5. And Mubarak's not a dictator? Imagine how we'd be screaming if Iran did that. Rec'd n/t
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:10 AM
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40. Wasn't the reason that we ok'd the coup in Honduras is their president wanted
wanted to change the constitution? So he could be reelected for another term. Egypt's president has been in office for 30 years? How about Chavez who also wanted more terms by changing their constitution. The right wingers were out in full dress uniform with "dictator"...But not if it's our dictator? Disgusting.
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:40 PM
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71. ...or Cuba, or China, or about anywhere else.
So far, with the State Department leading the mismanagement as per tradition, when put to the test, we have failed to stand for anything recently.

Someone needs to go out on a limb and do the right thing, before we wind up looking like inept assholes and more Egyptian kids are killed with weaponry labeled "Made in the USA", by soldiers trained by the USA.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:32 AM
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7. No servers available on speedtest.net
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:34 AM
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8. ...but he's not a dictator; co-pilot of Hope Airlines said so
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:45 AM
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12. and don't forget, Assange is a terrorist
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:55 AM
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16. Right....ugh.
It is remarkable, but at the same time not terribly surprising, how these establishment goons (whatever the letter in parenthesis beside their name) back the wrong horse over and over...when, if they believed even a scrap of the nonsense about "freedom"/etc they peddle, they would be backing over horses like Pharaoh.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:39 AM
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9. From Michael Moore, join the Tor network, Help Egypt join the cloud.
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True_Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:54 AM
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15. What is the cloud?
How does it work exactly?
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:57 AM
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17. Click on the links.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:59 AM
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18. Tor won't help at the moment... government has shut down most net access
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:16 AM
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19. um, yes. And the Tor network is a device to circumvent that shut down.
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:52 AM
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25. No, it won't help at the moment - there is no access to the internet at all
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 02:54 AM by FreeState
This worked when one could get online and log into the network - however there is no Internet, it's like having a dead phone line, there is no signal.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 03:56 AM
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28. Exactly, the Onion Router has to be able to get to the net...
It was a powerful tool the last couple of days as people were installing the android version on their phones. Now, it is useless.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:57 PM
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53. CAVEATS re- Tor and the Cloud:
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 12:58 PM by snot
1. The Tor site itself says, "Tor won't work in this environment . . . . When Egyptians can get back online, a strong Tor network will play an important role in helping activists organize and inform."

2. Migrating more computing to the Cloud strengthens the control of centralized authorities over the internet, making it easier for them throttle it or alter or delete info on it. The strength of the 'net has lain in the fact that it's distributed. We should be very careful about what data and facilities we entrust to the Cloud.
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laundry_queen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:42 AM
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10. Unreal.
I HOPE those protesters succeed.

And now we know how they will keep us from doing the same thing. We'll have to learn how to go back to hiding notes in loaves of bread.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:44 AM
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11. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" x 3 times/day since crossing
over into another dimension, the Twilight Zone.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:48 AM
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13. I can't believe Biden said that.
He's making Bush like a genius. Mubarak not a dictator??? Does Biden really believe that? Wow!!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:36 AM
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21. SIgh. I've been saying this all day, but do you really expect a VP to say anything
that the administration wouldn't want him to? In that position they rarely get to give their true opinions. Plus, if Mubarak has been an ally, you don't want to alienate a friend in that region. Politics, dontcha know. :shrug: We keep calling the Saudis our "friends", too, which is definitely not the case.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:46 AM
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22. Did it ever occur to you that the comment was addressed TO Mubarak?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 04:36 AM
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30. When it comes to matters foreign policy and American
self-interest, they are all hawks.
Elites control both the internet and social media so it's easy for governments to shut them down.

This is just the warm up.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 11:58 AM
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46. And? If it was? Your point?
And if that's the case, sabrina 1 can tell me that herself, not sure she needs an interpreter.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:04 PM
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61. LOL!
I hope that is sarcasm, otherwise that's the equivalent of grasping at straws when it comes to spin...
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 07:07 PM
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59. Biden has another hidden agenda.
his connections to the boys is beginning to show.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:32 AM
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20. Obama, remember that speech you gave in Cairo about democracy and human rights?
mzaher Mohammad Zaher
RT @maggiesager: Obama, remember that speech you gave in Cairo about democracy and human rights? Neither does Mubarak #jan25
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:50 AM
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24. OUCH!
Good one.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:18 AM
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36. Bam! n/t
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:45 AM
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41. Oh snap! nt
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:05 PM
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62. Zing
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:50 AM
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23. Mubarak shuts down Internet! #Egypt will shut down Mubarak!

http://twitpic.com/3u3o4c

(Cartoon) Mubarak shuts down Internet! #Egypt will shut down Mubarak! #Jan25
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 03:09 AM
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27. The Pirate Bay stats on #Egypt: Yesterday ~80k active connections at any given point.
telecomix Telecomix
by MiNimaliteter
RT @dekaminski: The Pirate Bay stats on #Egypt: Yesterday ~80k active connections at any given point. Today ~100. (100!) #Jan25
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 04:41 AM
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31. Many New (and Disturbing) Egypt Cables Just Released from WikiLeaks:
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 04:42 AM by Hissyspit
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 05:54 AM
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32. kick nt
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:03 AM
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34. Looks like North Korea at night!
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:42 AM
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37. K&R ! //nt
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:51 AM
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42. Kicked.
This is going to change the way PNAC is viewed now.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:52 AM
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43. Biden is wrong, Mubarak has been in power for thirty years and he wants his son to take over, they
torture in Egypt, they just killed their own people's freedom of speech via the Internet, that's a dictator, he just happens to be our dictator and if Biden wants to keep owning him, we will lose any influence in Egypt, just as we did in Iran.

Thanks for the thread, Hissyspit.
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:57 AM
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44. K & R for more information. Thanks, HIssyspit. :) n/t
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 11:42 AM
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45. Very disappointed in Biden.
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Old Time Pagan Donating Member (157 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:03 PM
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47. Don't waste your dissapointment
Not one politician with a chance of being elected POTUS would say anything different regardless of the letter after their name.

Just the way things are right now.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:08 PM
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64. Disappointment, like human stupidity, are both infinite
There is no danger of running out of it...

It is however interesting to see where certain people really stand when push come to shove....
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:06 PM
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48.  RT @GhadeerM Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login 'toto' password 'toto') - t
Tweet from Jeremy Scahill:

RT @GhadeerM Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login 'toto' password 'toto') - thanks to a French ISP (FDN)" #jan25 #fb
web 1/28/11 12:55 PM
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:06 PM
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49. I heard they're keeping one line active--for stock trades
typical, eh? (if true)
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:09 PM
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65. The spice must flow...
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-11 01:07 AM
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73. Sounds like a job for ... ANONYMOUS!
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:08 PM
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50. But has anyone asked Imhotep what HE thinks of all this?
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:08 PM
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51. And killing the internet did not work did it - the people are still in the streets. nt
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 12:11 PM
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52. IT guys, request to give Egyptians access by global proxy from other countries
pass it on!
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:51 PM
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54. An update on that 1st graphc
This is the only size I could find...

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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:20 PM
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56. Thanks!
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Disintermedia8 Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:00 PM
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55. This will prove to be Biden's last gaffe. May his political life RIP
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 06:44 PM
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58. K&R n/t
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:44 PM
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60. Mubarak, the 'frienly dictator'
they could call him shah
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:12 PM
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67. Persians and Arabs don't really get along that well...
Maybe "Pharaoh" instead? Egypt had its own empire at some point...
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Shining Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:06 PM
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63. K&R
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BOG PERSON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:10 PM
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66. you do know 40% of the country survives on less than $2 a day right?
internet access really is the least of their problems.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:13 PM
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68. You do know they were using the internet to organize, mobilize and inform...
... checking porn was the last of their priorities these past couple of days.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:13 PM
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69. You do realize the access (and cell phones) was cut to squash protests, right?
They were organizing with these communications. So, it is actually a really big deal.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:43 PM
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72. WTF?
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Buddha2B Donating Member (81 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 09:23 PM
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70. So to Biden...
A dictator is defined as anyone who doesn't cooperate with the US Empire?

Wow! That's messed up!

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micraphone Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-11 01:58 AM
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74. OK IT guys please...
How the hell can you just SHUT OFF ALL internet services to a whole COUNTRY?????

This is Orwellian to the nth...

Bonus for 64: Could this happen in the USA?
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