Yes, I know I’ve been AWOL, but I’ve still been tuned in. The goings on in Iran should have everyone’s full attention – well, that attention that you’re not using to try and fight The Obamessiah’s USSA socialist Utopia. Our president can’t be bothered to “meddle” in Iran (this is because he’s likely on the side of the little Hitler and shares his love for general election fraud), but Howie has some suggestions on how to help the Iranian protestors. The original site that carried this guide is down for the count, but more is at Mere Rhetoric.
1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.
2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.
3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.
4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.
5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…
As most of you already know, I’m a very lame Twitter user, but I’ve changed my timezone to Tehran and encourage others to at least do that. It may not have a big impact but muddying the waters for the little Hitler’s henchmen can’t hurt.
Buffet favorite Cara Ellison is all over the Iranian situation, as are many of the blogs on our blogroll, so tune in.
While I realize that Mousavi is not exactly a best friend to the U.S., he does represent a far more moderate islamic wing and has the support of the vast numbers of Iranian young people who are more open to Western ideas and freedom. Our Dear Leader may be on the side of the Mullahs, but we should use the power of information and whatever tools are available to help these protesters, who are literally being slaughtered for standing up against oppression. It’s a far cry from our tea party movement – though I’m sure Buurrrack, Rahm and Janet are taking copious notes.