01 February 2011

take note — Mubarak speech — egypt uprising — UPDATING

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They are getting it done. In their millions.

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The people in their millions have been in the streets all day and all night. Mubarak is due to speak in a few minutes. Click the image for the stream from al Jazeera.

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They say a statement is to be released. It might not be Mubarak, but it's supposed to be an important statement....

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The huge throngs in the square, 1110pm in Tahrir Square, are very, very loudly chanting, "Freedom, freedom, God make it tonight." They're interspersing this with "Illegitimate, illegitimate, get out."

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Still no word, 1110:30pm, their time. Earlier, before I finally went to bed, there were easily a million people in the square, with their camping gear, and people were bringing them food. They are NOT going to stop for anything short of regime change. They want an interim government, and the constitution rewritten.

Barackhenaten urges Mubarak not to stand for reëlection. Fucking pathetic. So al Jazeera says they think Mubarak will be announcing he won't stand for another term in this year's "election".

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While we're waiting, let's have a little musical interlude... I mean, really, Bippy thinks we should do it over healthcare, and I think we should do it for the entire world. The one thing about this whole situation is that the Egyptian people are showing everyone HOW IT'S DONE. No matter what filthy machinations have been and are running in the background, THE PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL! I feel myself filling with some sort of loving incarnation of envy right next to my boundless solidarity here. I'd give ANYTHING to have neighbors like that, countrymen like that....

Quarter to midnight eleven there. Hope the statement, whatever it is, comes out by midnight.

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The crowd is ROARING the chant, "coming... coming... coming..." [freedom that is]....

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11pm, Cairo.... Mubarak is blathering... working toward saying something.

He's blaming everything on his obtuse government, doing a Genghis Ponzi Yoo.... Griping about an Egyptian filibuster, so to speak. Now swearing not to stand for reëlection.

THE FUCKER IS NOT RESIGNING.

He's invoking the "constitution". Fucking hell. Just as sociopathic as ours.

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OMG! OMG! OMG!

The crowd is ROARING even louder! They're as unimpressed by that shit as I am.

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AND NOW ROARING "LEAVE, LEAVE" MUCH MORE LOUDLY STILL!!!

They're tell him to fuck off, but the hairdos can't say that on the air.

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Short break, here, to point out the difference between reality and what we only call it. Everyone calls Mubarak "president". He IS NOT the president and has not been for a very long time. Think about it. Neither is the Egyptian constitution their constitution. We maybe do not know the precise form and aspect of their REAL one, but it IS NOT this one, and hasn't been for a very long time.

Reality is: the whole paradigm under which they have been and are operating does not exist.

It only remains for this truth to manifest. The PEOPLE are in the streets for THAT.

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Word from the street is: "Mubarak has just galvanized the street to protest even harder."

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Al Jazeera just spoke with Rep. David Wu in Washington. He said the internet shutdowns are emblematic of governments that are afraid of their people, as though that were not precisely how they should be... he capped it, of course, by saying the governments should instead be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

WE have not had that in at LEAST the last ten years—the ones wherein it was becoming obvious enough even for the average beer-guzzling sports fan on the street—but actually much longer than that.

WE SHOULD BE WALKING LIKE AN EGYPTIAN.

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Right after Mubarak's address, about forty or fifty pro-Mubarak protesters tried to enter the protest in the square in Alexandria. The military moved a tank in to try to keep the protesters separate. Not happening. They're throwing rocks at each other and shots just rang out.

Again, we're talking ALEXANDRIA, not Cairo, where the main action is, but the protests have been strong across all the cities of Egypt. There were a few hundred thousand protesting against Mubarak in Alexandria earlier, but had been going back home for their neighborhood watches, and sleep, so the anti-Mubarak crowd has thinned and the pro-Mubarak faction, still vastly smaller....

More shots.

... has pretty clearly come in to try to pull another psyop. It horrifies me just how dirty they are playing with this whole...

More shots. Correspondent says military is firing in the air.

... endeavor... especially in Alexandria. I think there has been much more loss of life in Alexandria than the other cities, but that MOST of the ugliness and violence across the country has been instigated by the police, who have been acting as MUBARAK'S enforcers, NOT peace officers. Big distinction.

Guy on the street says the pro-Mubarak counter-protests that have sprung up today and tonight are the POLICE.

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CONSIDER NOW... the federalization of all our police forces across the nation that has been increasing since 9/11 and the PATRIOT Act, and intensifying with the financial meltdown. Most cities and states no longer have the money to keep their forces strong, and must cede control to get federal funds to keep their forces happening. So. This is precisely the same thing as the Egyptian police being directly under the control of the regime, as opposed to the people, as that idiot Wu was lying about a little while ago.

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17 comments:

  1. Well, THAT was a kind way to put it!

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  2. Ha!

    The reporter at Al Jazeera just pointed out that Obummer has been saying all along that he is staying out of the situation, then when Mubarak announced he wasn't seeking re-election, Obummer suddenly pipes up that he asked Mubarak to leave!

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  3. Well, THAT was a kind way to put it!

    Still looking for the appropriate pronouns...

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  4. Mubarak hasn't said that yet. They're just expecting him to say that. That was a guy postulating what would happen when Mubarak does say that, IF he says that.

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  5. Seems to me we're way beyond finding any appropriate pronouns for this travesty we've made of our "civilization".

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  6. I mean, language is based on the known. We're forging brand new territory here. Maybe Arabic or Chinese has the appropriate pronouns.... Sanskrit, probably does.

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  7. Well, and verbs and nouns and above all ADJECTIVES. Lort, we need LOTS more of those.

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  8. I guess I'm jumping the gun on Mubarak, but all the headlines say he is about to make the announcement.

    Currently the Al Jazeera live stream is down for me.

    Hmm... It is still working with Livestation - Lokks like I missed it!

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  9. It was damn pathetic. I hope you are hearing the crowd. And I'm sure they will rerun the speech.

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  10. Bomb Bolton, not Iran.

    So Mubarek says he won't re-elect himself in the next election. Somebody better keep an eye on the treasury. Evicted despots tend to take everything they can on the way out.

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  11. Yes, bomb Bolton! Capital idea!

    Since I'm positive this overthrow has been plotted by the forces of globalization, I'm sure the Treasury angle has already been nailed down.

    It's weird to have to be so divided about this — the adamantine solidarity and pride in the people, coupled with the certitude that they have been duped into it by sociopathic space lizards turning on one of their own. It was probably the prospect of him installing his son that decided them in favor of putting in a dictatorship along the lines of the American model instead of continuing to antagonize the masses with that crap.

    People, even—or maybe even especially—Egyptians, are programmed to think of us as the pinnacle of democracy, when, in fact, we are the model of a tyranny presiding over a fantastically-deluded populace. It's TERRIFYING.

    Maybe it would get better if more people would just cop to the levels of terror and hysteria they are swallowing to proceed as though our country were somehow retrievable from this apocalyptic mess....

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  12. the levels of terror and hysteria they are swallowing

    Makes me puke!

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  13. At noon hour I had gone off to look at some other things. Al Jazeera was playing in the background. I hadn't noticed it had stopped until I started my comment. It had been playing in my browser on whatever player it had opened up on.
    At that point I was getting a message saying the video was not available and to try again later.
    Upon trying Livestream I got the video back, but the speech was over and the crowd was going crazy.

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  14. I figgered, and, as it turned out, you didn't miss a thing. It was an old sociopath trying to retain his dignity, taking a younger, but too well seasoned, sociopath's advice for his next step. Hairdos blathering about whether people will accept this "face-saving" exit.... He CAN'T save face! OMFG! Neither can Obama! Reality is reality, face is thin air. WTF is wrong with people treating thin air as though it were substantial?

    The buddhas of the ten directions are in COMPLETE disarray!

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  15. WTF is wrong with people treating thin air as though it were substantial?

    I sneeze in their general direction!

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  16. Well, I think we oughta fart in their general direction!

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