Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bad News From Tehran

I don't usually send out proper news here, but I've been following an Iranian blogger (through a common second language, although his is a little better than mine) who's somehow still getting a few lines out of Tehran, and the information he posted earlier this afternoon is pretty grim. It's not something I can independently confirm, but maybe this will help somebody. Here's a rough translation/paraphrase:
  • According to his latest information, 37 people were killed nationwide as of Sunday.
  • Since Sunday evening, groups of social activists (students, university professors, journalits, members of the women's rights movement, Iranian human rights activists, members of social organizations, etc.) are being arrested.
  • Some (not many) of the ayatollahs who support or are favorable to the protest movement are being strongly suppressed and threatened through governmentally-supported pressure groups.
  • At various universities the students are participating in anti-government demonstrations over the murder of the peaceful protesters who were shot down over the weekend.
  • At the moment in Tehran, more than 1100 people have been arrested over the past two days. Clear information about elsewhere isn't available.
You'll have to forgive me if I don't yet directly link the blogger I'm cribbing these notes from, but after hearing about protesters and other information sources being tracked down and arrested through Twitter tweets and Facebook posts, you'll have to allow me an extra level of paranoia on behalf of a good stranger who might want to keep his head for awhile longer...at least for now. This is obviously going to get worse before it starts getting better.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ho! Ho! No?!

And yes, this is actually one of mine for a change...

There's always been something a bit weird about the "Santa Claus' Story" film that's been making the rounds of dollar-bin Christmas videos in recent years (and I'm not talking about the random monkey film clips, or the little boy who looks like he got heroin in his stocking). Thanks to high-tech audio forensics (or a/v boredom, take your pick), the truth has been revealed!


Merry Christmas, ya punks.