Archive for June 2009

I put in links to blogs, tweets, video and news about democracy awakening in Iran- not a single hit days later on searches as far as I can see.
Not one hit from searches.
Not a single one.
But I’m still getting people looking for Jasmine MacDonald pics here, and an old post of mine about Angelina Jolie breastfeeding is still getting hits from searches. I still get search hits on Sara Palin on stuff I wrote back when McCain first picked her to run.
No wonder Perez Hilton gets hits in the bazillions while 100-year old newspapers are dying.
If you’re under 18, or looking for the latest fart joke while you move your beer aside on your budget coffee table so you can type, move on. Go search for the latest celebrity, look who kisses who, look at what so-and-so is wearing, move on to look up the unfashion files, look up Letterman’s top ten trivialities, or home-made videos displaying bathroom humour.


woman in iran

Skynews keeps track of Iranian tweets on what’s happening in that country.

Here is a link to The Truth Laid Bear and its list of Iranian bloggers. Some of the blogs have been taken down, but there are links within some blogs to take you to other helpful sites to find out what is going on.

From Ireport, photos taken by Iranians of the protests .

From Cryptome, photos of the continuing Iranian protests.

The last post I see from ‘Revolutionary Road‘ is June 13.

Pictures of Iranian protests from Life.

More photos of the Iranian protests- from Matadorpulse.

Andrew Sullivan’s blog has a page on the best tweets from Iran.

A link to ‘Free Republic’ has links within it in comments.

On Huffington Post, it’s national editor, Nico Pitney, has updates and video.

Another, from Huffington Post again, this piece, posted June 15, Inside Iran: A student mourns for her country.

John Barry’s blog has links.

The awful video of an Iranian student killed. That link here to YouTube.

Follow up story to the above from Daily News.

And American network Fox News has links as well.

CNN reports 19 Iranians have been killed in political protests and that, “Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150.” That link has links within it to Facebook and others.

This from Yahoo news on the mass peaceful protests.

From Telegraph.co.uk, a “daily diary,” of a Tehran woman.

How can Iran block the internet? How is the country doing that?
Read this from
The Wall Street Journal.

If you have others, please include the links in comments. Thanks.


Now everywhere is a meet market.
Mathew Honan from Wired.

Here is a well-written blog so current even its archives are worth a spin.

Reading newspaper

Years from now there will be more news museums like this one in Washington.
City newspapers and community newspapers are dying, but their legacy is journalistic integrity, worth far more than the yellowing paper on the shelves of newspaper morgues and museum shelves.
The legacy is an honourable, but thin one. New news consumers don’t give a rat’s ass about it, nor would most recognize it.
Today’s news consumers are a TMZ generation, a coruncopia of clickers.
Years ago I sat down with Cleo Mowers, for two decades the publisher of the Lethbridge Herald. Impressed and fascinated by the man, I looked up the newspaper from his era. It was unrecognizable.
Our newspaper could be read in five minutes. His was a morning’s read.
He had a reporter in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, for provincial politics, he had reporters writing sending in material from far off places, he had agriculture, opinion, local news, news from nearby places, a newspaper so full of news it was like a plucked ripe fruit, one wanted to consume it to be sated.
He started out a columnist after she wrote a letter expressing a horrified concern about a tune a visiting German high school marching band played. He liked her letter to the editor, he saw something in it, and he started her off as a columnist.
I had no idea of her history as I read the old Herald, but after I read a few columns I knew I had to meet her. She wrote with passion and insight and had a view of the world that was from some mysterious source I had no idea about.
I discovered she lived in a nearby town. I called her. She invited me to lunch.
“I’m having fish Saturday,” she said.
She lived in Coutts. I told a fellow journalism student I was going to her area that weekend to interview a woman named Eva Brewster.
“Oh, I know her,” she said. “Have you read her book?”
I had no idea she’d written one.
She brought it to school the next day and I couldn’t put it down. Vanished in Darkness described the horrors of her Aushwitz experience- here was the reason for that deep insight- here was that source of that world view I had seen in her columns kept in the Lethbridge library.
That weekend my first in-depth interview as a journalism student was of Eva Brewster, Aushwitz survivor, in her kitchen in Coutts, Alberta. I learned the tune that visiting high school band played, she’d heard before, as a prisoner in Aushwitz. She remembered it as a band tune used to welcome and reassure new arrivals.
I remember my questions. Such basic questions. I really wanted to know.
“What’s a Jew?” I remember asking.
I remember coming away thinking a voice is all anyone has. Whether it is writing, music, broadcasting, a shout, a scream- a voice is all we have. I knew choosing journalism had been important to me. I drove away from that interview knowing why.
Newspapers do that. Good newspapers don’t just contain news. They contain magic.
Writing good news- even opinion- requires anticipation and digging and a recognition of our humanness, and of not just justice, but of basic fairness. The world of a good newspaper is a world of subtleties.

American television broadcaster and political commentator Bill Maher, an unabashed Obama supporter, takes a swing at the new president, saying (gasp) he wishes he was more like Bush. Here’s the link to Huffpo to view that.
I’d recently written on the president as movie star syndrome wondering if Obama had found the Oval Office yet.
If I was brave enough I’d headline a caustic article, `Is Obama a nigger?’ on the apparent jetsetting- well at least one night, the Broadway thing- while America tanks, but I’m not that brave. It was damned stupid of him to say the least, and perhaps revealing a blind spot in what he sees being president is all about, especially during these times.
His wife’s public image, in spite of her taking the same quickie Broadway flight, fares better for appropriateness-notice her garden in the back of the White House.
However, if Bill Maher wants more Bush in Obama- wow, incredible he actually said that-then many people by now are noticing Obama, who is definitely style with a smile, seems to be less hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeves presidential than was hoped.
To sum up Maher: More audacity, less hope, please. Kick some ass.

Good writing is soothing. Some of the writing within this blog I’ve just discovered, Shoreacres, is so soothing you’ll feel like you’ve slipped into a hot tub with a good drink.
I’ll link to one story on the blog, The Day Godot Arrived.


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  • wordbeeps: No, he doesn't deserve an apology. Who tweets during a funeral? If you do, expect feedback. I didn't say the mourners were faking it. I think they we
  • Holly Stick: Look you fuckwit, are you too stupid to realise that Ghomeshi was an actual friend of Layton's, when you tweeted to him that the mourners were faking
  • aardvarkcola: Thank you. I see the rest of your message now. i'm honoured to to have your words on my blog. That alone is a delight. Lawrence