Monthly Archives: January 2011

Speak To Tweet

This may have something to do with this,

… It’s already live and anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to

via which is worth a look.

I’ll See CNN’s Porno Viewing FBI Supervisor Masturbating

and raise them the abuse of National Security Letters,

In response to EFF FOIA requests issued in 2008 and 2009, the FBI released reports of violations made to the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) — an independent, civilian intelligence-monitoring board that reports to the President on the legality of foreign and domestic intelligence operations. The nearly 2,500 pages of documents EFF received include FBI reports to the IOB from 2001 to 2008. The reports catalog 768 specific violations arising from FBI monitoring of U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and non-residents.

Giving the media a run for their money.


Oil Isn’t The Only Thing In Egypt’s Pipeline

Not to be overlooked,

As we’ve noted before, the majority of Internet connectivity between Europe and Asia actually passes through Egypt. The Gulf states, in particular, depend critically on the Egyptian fiberoptic corridor for their connectivity to world markets. Commodity traders are already nervous about the potential impacts on oil prices of any closure of the Suez Canal, but the potential risks to global Internet connectivity through Egypt are equally significant, and far less widely understood.

Are the folks at Davos thinking about this? They should be.

This is the same post everyone went to when they wanted the rub on Egypt shutting down the intertube. Obviously there is more there than meets the eye.

TV Informs Me

I am a publisher. Now if I would only join the mob and tweet.

I don’t know, I just point things out.

It’s Boris’ Fault

Spare change?

Separately, officials in the US are probing a separate attack on an unidentified American exchange, the paper reported. The perpetrators who are believed to have ties to Russia, may have used the attack in an attempt to “destabilise Western Financial markets.”

What do think Wall Street is for?

Third World Nations Deserve Democracy Too

Oh Vey

Last week, I wrote that I had a bad flu and likely wouldn’t be writing for at least a few days. As it turns out, I don’t have the flu, but rather dengue fever, combined with some still-unknown secondary problem. I’d strongly prefer not to write about this but I had to cancel the series of speeches I was to give this week at various California colleges and, after notifying them of the reason, at least one of the event sponsors disclosed my condition to those inquiring about the event, so it’s already been posted by well-intentioned people in various places. Moreover, as Andrew Sullivan pointed out when writing about the illness that prevented him from blogging all last week, it’s basically impossible to write everyday for years and then suddenly disappear without providing your readers with an explanation, as much as one might loathe writing about personal matters (as I do).

America just ain’t what it used to be. Not that I’m blaming anyone, ( cast sideways glance towards the right,) that would be vitriolic.

The Whole World Is Watching

France 24, also too.Apparently Tony Blair and other world leaders want the right kind of change, which is, one presumes, in line with their political views.

Interestingly, everyone that was wrong about Iraq seem to be having very profound thoughts about Egypt.

I can see why they would want to marginalize the left.


Well said,

This letter to today’s Times nailed it, IMHO. Mr Samuel Reifler of Rhinebeck, N.Y. (one of my favorite town names, for some reason) writes:

The bizarre behavior of Gil Meche, who gave up $12 million because he “felt bad” about taking money he had not earned, is a slap in the face to those toilers in the finance industry who courageously set aside their moral scruples and accept multimillion-dollar bonuses in the face of an economic crisis of their own making. It is to be hoped that Meche, in light of the example of those whose Ivy League degrees attest to a deeper understanding of this sort of moral and ethical quandary, will change his mind.


Exploring the hordes,

Hordes of citizens stand up to their nation’s hated leader. But observers worry that when the revolution finally comes, religious fundamentalists hostile to democracy will seize power.

We’re not talking about the Tea Party this time — we’re talking about the ongoing, massive demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Rightbloggers were torn about this one. While many at first enjoyed the people-power street scenes as a celebration of freedom, their enthusiasm waned as they realized that Muslims were involved.

Heh heh,

Reliapundit also observes that “Iranians invented chess and are patient chess-players – patiently moving pieces in position over years,” which probably occurred to him as he was trying to get one of the marbles from his Chinese Checkers out of his left nostril.


IPv6 Routing Tables


IPv6 routing tables can contain four different types of routing table entries (that is, routes):

* Directly attached network routes These typically have 64-bit prefixes and identify adjacent links (network segments connected to the local segment via one router).
* Remote network routes These have varying prefixes and identify remote links (network segments connected to the local segment via several routers).
* Host routes These have 128-bit prefixes and identify a specific IPv6 node.
* Default route This uses the network prefix ::/0 and is used to forward packets when a network or host route cannot be determined.

Stuff we’ll need to get used to.

Meanwhile Back On The Nile

The Al Jazeera reporters have been released, as you probably know. Their equipment is still under arrest.

An interesting blog.

Cranes and concrete are being brought into Tahrir square.

In America it would be easy,

AMMAN – From crowded cafés to towering office buildings, Egyptians in Jordan have been unable to tear themselves away from televisions, watching with anticipation and concern as developments unfold in their country.

Anemic is too kind.

Juan Cole still has an interesting blog.

Meanwhile, further statements from Hosni Mubarak and his regime give a sense of his current strategy. He implicitly blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the sabotage and arson that has been committed against government institutions, including police stations. He contrasted the hooliganism of the Brotherhood with the peaceful aspirations of most Egyptians, and pledged to work for economic and social reform (while giving the pledge no content). Mubarak is attempting to split the movement against him by sowing seeds of doubt among its constituents. These include Coptic Christians, educated middle and upper middle class Muslims, and non-ideological youth, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. By suggesting that the MB is taking advantage of the protests to conduct a campaign of sabotage behind the scenes, with the goal of establishing a theocratic dictatorship, Mubarak hopes to terrify the other groups into breaking with the Muslim fundamentalists. Since middle class movements such as Kefaya (Enough!) are small and not very well organized, Mubarak may believe that he can easily later crush them if he can detach them from the more formidable Brotherhood.

By many standards being advanced on the inability of the Egyptian movement to succeed, America had no chance in 1776 either.

Larry’s bias contains the good observation,

Unfortunately Robert Naiman is not alone. And this disease is not only on the left. Hell, I heard neo-con Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday spouting similar trash. The naive belief that there are western-style democrats just waiting for the chance to crawl out of the pyramids and launch a Constitutional convention is utter nonsense.

My above remark is made even more apropos, I don’t think we should expect an American, or western, democracy in Egypt. Self determination of the Egyptians unfortunately, doesn’t include what is in the best interests of the United States, per se. PL has apparently lifted his ban on FOX I point these opinions out because they are valid, even if I disagree, with them, because you should be aware of them as well as mine if you aren’t already. (That is a distinguishing characteristic of the “left” as I understand it.)