Egyptian uprising

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  1. Warped

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    i think its more than just an internet outage now. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware people have died and things have swung into motion that now cannot be forgotten
     
  2. Wanted Bob

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    Seems that this thread is becoming more about the revolt in general now. Change of title is in order perhaps?
     
  3. Warped

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    anyone hear of Muslims taking over the joint? I heard its very possible that it could happen if the timing is right
     
  4. sixteenth

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    This article is certainly humoring. Creative by the Egyptians, nonetheless.

    In short, all ISP's are down (except for one that is connecting the Egyptian Stock Exchange to the rest of the world, I think). So, citizens are relying on dial-up, ham radio, and fax machines as workarounds. ISP's, from other parts of the world, of course, are providing "modem pools" that waive fees for international calls. Pretty cool.
     
  5. Remus

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    I've been watching this thing develop on CNN, and the protesters say they are aware of the bull shit that happened in Iran, and that they wont let themselves be suckered into leting Egipt become a sharia law hell hole.
     
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    I sure hope so. This is my biggest concern (other than the deaths) about this uprising or whatever you want to call it.
     
  8. Shakermaker

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    Actually, I am an agent for Shin Beth. :)

    Crossed over the border into Israel today. After just a couple of hours I am already showing signs of Al Jazeera withdrawal. Everyone watches CNN here.
     
  9. The Monkey

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  11. Tyguy

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    As destructive and dangerous as things can get, I can't help but be fascinated by what's going on. I want to be there, tipping cars over, lighting shit on fire...anything that gets me out of my boring, mundane daily schedule of working, fapping, eating, shitting, and sleeping.

    I saw some dude run over to a tear gas canister, pick it up and HURL it at a group of riot police. It was hysterical and I have nothing but respect for that guy. It's our nature to break shit so instead of pretending we're smart enough to opt out of such violence, I say embrace your inner demon. If a car is driving through a crowd it's your duty to throw something at it. Is there an abandoned building not on fire? Take care of that shit. That's not evil, it's progress.
     
  12. Ennui

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    I agree with everything in that post Tyguy. It would be nice to have a real cause like they do, something righteous and moral and meaningful that you can actively strive for instead of just sitting around in America watching the slow process of social and economic entropy all around you while you idly dick around on the internet.
    Yeah, I've been treating this as the general Egypt thread so I'll change the title to something more appropriate.
    Actually, even Noor is down now (the single ISP that wasn't shut down with the rest several days ago) as of yesterday. For all intents and purposes the conventional internet is about 99% down in Egypt.

    As of now Al Jazeera is reporting that over 1,000,000 people are in the streets of Cairo gathered around Tahrir Square. This whole thing feels eerily similar to the Tiananmen Square protests, except here the military has pledged not to hurt the people (as opposed to the Chinese military's massacre of civilians at Tiananmen).
     
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  14. Tyguy

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    There's something to be said about a man who puts his pride before the lives of those being lost in the streets. There isn't any confusion surrounding the matter, they want him the **** out and his retort is to appoint empty suits to feign a major change in government policy. The blood from every dead Egyptian is on the hands of this prick in my opinion.
     
  15. Stigmata

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    My gut tells me to be suspicious of rebellion/uprising leaders as potential CIA plants.

    ANYWHO

    It's extremely interesting, like you mention Ennui, that a significant set of the military seems to be on the side of the civilians. I heard some soldiers were hugging them and giving them the thumbs-up before the curfew was supposed to begin. Most other situations like this end with the people beaten back by a ruthless, faceless object. I have a feeling the internet plays quite a large part in the nature of this military response - I can't remember the last time political events like these were so visible, and I'm sure it has a sizable influence on how individual soldiers are going to interpret their own propaganda.
     
  16. The Monkey

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    Two million people are now gathered in central Cairo according to Swedish media. I don't think Mubarak promise of leaving in September will satisfy them, they are gonna demand swift change.
     
  17. Tyguy

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    I'm torn, I don't want people to get hurt but I also want Egypt to ****ing implode just to make the news more interesting. I'd be satisfied with something along the lines of blowing up a pyramid or publicly having sex with a sarcophagus.
     
  18. tomemozok

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    This is only a minor setback.We're used to it.
    After all,Valve does it all the time:D:D:D
    But to be realistic,noone in Egypt has a private satellite channel link?
     
  19. Remus

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    Yeah, I don't get that either. Wouldn't it be as easy as having a satellite dish to bipass all the censorship?

    Also speaking of cesorship, they showed on CNN some of the propaganda on their local "news" stations, it's ****ing hilarious. Stuff like: The protesters are poor misinformed, confused people. You are being manipulated by foraign forces. Don't pay attention to outside media, they are manipulating you!

    Yeah, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, ROFL.
     
  20. VirusType2

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    Hahaa.

    I think the moral of this story is that you just don't **** with a person's internet. I would be out in the streets ****ing shit up too.
     
  21. Tyguy

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    I once lost power and forgot to charge my laptop. I sat in silence as the thunderous storms passed overhead, shaking from withdrawal. The closest I could get to a computer with streaming porn was a gameboy with tetris. I proceeded to construct what I thought to be a penis and vagina out of the small assortment of shapes. They never give you enough straight line pieces so I had to resort to using blocks and those annoying z shape things. After 20 minutes and with only minutes left on the battery I did it. I hummed the tetris theme and fapped to my brick creation until the light dimmed and the song faded. As I lay on the cold wooden floor devoid of clothes, I wept. Suddenly the power came back on and like a deer caught in the headlights I was paralyzed. I stood there staring at my router, watching the lights blink, blink, blink...until the blinking stopped and a solid light remained.

    Like an oasis in the midst of an unforgiving desert I began to laugh hysterically. Tears streamed down my face while I ran towards my saving grace. I was in such a state of shock that I accidentally started in safe mode. I cursed my luck but kept at it until google chrome welcomed me back, displaying my most visited websites as if it were trying to apologize for out brief hiatus. Click...loading site, it appeared slowed and I had a mild anxiety attack until I realized I disabled cookies.

    What happened next can only be described in the most eloquent of prose. I hesitated as I stared at the redtube homepage and began to recite quotes in honor of this moment. "I think therefore I fap"...the mouse hovered over categories...CLICK...I quickly found the lesbian section...CLICK...the videos were so beautiful that I coudn't decide what to watch so I closed my eyes and left it to fate.

    What happened next is anyones guess as I blacked out and awoke minutes later covered in a glaze of victory. This is the closest to a re-enactment as I can fathom:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVlWqjVHgjc

    The internet is not something to take for granted. Be thankful for every packet you receive my friends.
     
  22. Maestro

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    Same here. The only riots in the West are over sports games outcomes.
     
  23. Dead Phil

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    That video is disturbing and funny at the same time..........................

    Egyptions have the right to rebel........ their government is now more of an dictatorship than a democracy, see their president is taking away their natural rights.
    I sound like some kind of hippy the government is a consiracy guy don't i??

    I am not i laugh at those people

    the president is a power hungery inhuman dumbass, and should be gone
     
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    there's plenty of demonstrations all over north america and europe over government policies. except the mainstream media paints the protestors as hippies and anarchists instead of concerned citizens like those in egypt
     
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    Sounds like in the square there's a lot of people getting hurt. These street reporters are terrified... Kinda reminds me of Cloverfield.
     
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    We get involved, they get pissed... We stay out of it, they get pissed...
     
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    I thought this panel was exceptional:

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    To be fair: Al Jazeera is about as objective as FOX News. It is a good channel to watch if you want some local perspective, but they certainly have their own agenda.

    Israelis are shitting themselves at the moment. I won't be surprised if the army will be partly mobilized. I am currently in the south of Israel and 'coincedentally' there was a military excercise here yesterday.
     
  32. Krynn72

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    The US is just sticking its head up its ass until it can figure out who will come out on top, then we'll support whoever that is. That's why people are getting pissed, because we aren't supporting the justified side, but rather the side we won't look stupid for supporting.
     
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    yes because we get iranian tv channels in canada. who knew?



    you dont say!
     
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    When I was leaving this morning for work CNN was showing pictures of clashes between pro and anti government protestors. The pro government ones had practically trapped the anti government protestors in a small square and were throwing molotov cocktails towards them. And the army was nowhere to be found.

    Crazy shit, I didn't think it would get this bad.
     
  36. tomemozok

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    Haha.it's not about the man.It's about the tricks he can preform:D
     
  37. McGooTheWise

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    Apparantly they drove a truck into the blockade, and now they're fighting face to face. It's getting crazy in the motherland!
     
  38. Mr. Djees

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    Apparently, some Mubarak supporters came riding in on camels today, something I have been waiting for since this started.

    Very excited to see how the protests planned on friday will play out.
     
  39. Ennui

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    Yeah, today has been extremely violent. I bet we will hear that a lot of people died and a lot of people were seriously injured. Once the internet comes back in Egypt I predict there will be a massive inundation of video and images from these days like there were before the internet went down - right now we are only getting footage from major news organizations for the most part, but people are still filming all of this stuff on the street in Egypt, they just don't have any way to get it out to the rest of the world right now.

    The anti-government demonstrations have been mostly peaceful up to this point, but today pro-government demonstrators (I would be willing to bet that a significant amount of which are either plainclothes police/security forces or paid by the government to agitate) have been attacking the protesters with fists, clubs, horses, rocks, and firebombs and chaos has reigned. As of a few minutes ago Al Jazeera's live blog reported automatic gunfire near Tahrir Square.

    It's a very volatile situation right now. I really hope that this is resolved mostly peacefully, but things don't look promising. Mubarak seems firmly intent on staying in office until the end of his term (which is more than six months from now) despite the millions of angry protesters in the streets demanding his ouster. It looks likely that he's fomenting agitation and violent conflict directly by encouraging pro-government protesters to use violence (some reports of Egyptians being offered $17 by the government to participate in pro-Mubarak rallies), and the protesters don't seem eager to back down either. The military is still mostly a wild card, but it's hard to see which side they will eventually fall on.

    I really just hope this doesn't end up like Tiananmen or anything similar.
     
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    The uprising needs to revive Imohtep to lead the revolt and rightfully return to the throne.
     

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