Egypt, because I'm an insomniac tonight, and people sometimes like news recaps

So, for those of you who might not know, Egypt has been ruled for the last 30 years under an emergency rule clause in its constitution, resulting in functional one-party rule over this time. It's also been a key ally of the west, being, along with Jordan, one of two Arab states to have diplomatic relations with Israel*, and to be generally friendly about the Suez canal.

Well, with a general spike in food prices, this autocratic rule, increased persecution of Coptic Christians, and the ouster of the Tunisan government, there's apparently been a tipping point. Egyptians have taken to the streets, and the government has responded by shutting down all internet in the 26th largest economy in the world, along with a huge swath of SMS and cell-phone service. The major dissident pro-democracy leader in the country has returned, with the opposition Muslim Brotherhood party reporting that its leaders have been jailed. There are reports that the regular police have been cleared out of Cairo, meaning that perhaps the government may be calling in the uniformed military.

US response to this has been half-assed, at best. But at least they're not alone in that. And at least the current government didn't say shit like this, but that's really no consolation to me.

Anyway, Check out how fed up the street protestors are. The only thing it reminds me of is the Tienamen Square guy.

*In exchange for this recognition, Carter gave the Egyptians a matching contribution of military aid to what was given to Israel--Egypt is currently the #2 recipient of US military aid after Israel. It should also be pointed out that Mubarak's government has supported the Israeli blockade of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza strip

I just got the most awesome phishing email ever:

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Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
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Office Hours Monday To Saturday.
Attn: Beneficiary,

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Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens. All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $110.00 only and note that your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction.

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Telephone: +234-80-81714019

Do contact Mr Kelvin of the ATM PAYMENT CENTER with your details:


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Thanks and hope to read from you soon.


Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Mr. Kelvin Williams of the ATM CARD CENTER who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from your email box.


this list:

1) a stupid list written by a person who can't do any textual analysis whatsoever

2) a stupid list written by a vile person intentionally misrepresenting songs to grind an axe

3) (and this is generous) a silly lark written by someone to amuse themselves, knowing that half of it is stupid

But seriously, check out the entries for "Janie's got a Gun" and "My City Was Gone". Jackass, by any measure.

So, a funny thing happened on the way to the office..

Apparently, for the first time since 1985, I am no longer a student.

Well, at least pending finishing this last bit of stuff. Text messages welcome, other contact is pending me actually finishing my last bit of revisions. But I passed my final defense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now to get these motherfucking snakes* off this motherfucking plane**.

*meaning, typographical errors

**by which, I mean my dissertation.

New Meme for July.

Really, it's more a pledge that I'm making with myself. Every day in July, I'm pledging to do something, anything, that makes the world a better place. And then I'm going to blog about it.


1) No repeats. it has to be something different every day.

2) It doesn't have to necessarily be big--a $5 contribution to a charity counts. But it DOES need to be done with the intent of actually improving the world. Something self-gratifying that has ancillary benefits to others does NOT count.

3) I'm actually going to keep up with it, goddamn it. No skipped days. The goal is to make goodness and consideration a habit.

Who's with me?