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Egypt – A Work In Progress

In Egypt, World Revolution on February 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Since the 25th of November when people took to the streets and occupied Tahir Square in Cairo, there have been a multitude of graphically violent images.

The video below shows a young man in Alexandria being shot and killed by police in black riot uniform. This video shows an event which is morally reprehensible  even to  the most unemotional a response of injustice is felt.

Further demonstrating the extreme violence under which the Egyptian people have lived under since 1981 is the video below which shows demonstrators helping an injured person and then coming under attack themselves.

With a population of over 80 million people the disruption to the economy can be well understood

But nothing justifies killing unarmed civilians in the streets of the capital city.

Egypt – Million People March

In Egypt, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 1, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Egypt, 1 st February 2011.

After seven days of demonstration

One million people will march to Tahir square Cairo.

In Alexandria large crowds continue to defy curfew and demonstrate in the city center.

The  internet become a trickle and then a void of unprocessed URL’s as Mubarak ordered the internet be “switched off” , slowly as a veil of expectancy falls upon Egypt for what may be a turning point in Egypt’s modern history.

Message to the world

Along with the rhetoric that American leader Barak Obama has clumsily moulded on a day by day basis has been the call to Obama to explain his rendering of foreign nationals, one occasions literally kidnapping, then rendering the captive to Egypt for interrogation purposes.

Hillary Clinton also seized upon the fact that Mubarak has appointed a vice president siting that it was one thing the U.S had been telling Mubarak to do. Fox NEWS continued rotating her sound grab throughout the evening with little or no effect.

A successor to Mubarak has become no clearer…..

ElBaradei continues his appearances with the Egyptian people, but as many analyst express, ElBaradei is not really fully supported by the Egyptian people.  His role may be seen here as more transitional.

Traditionally Egypt has been ruled by leaders from the military. Mubarak himself served in the airforce. The show of force in Cairo with the jets and helicopters was orchestrated by Mubarak supporters in the Egyptian airforce.

There may have been a catalytic effect after the revolution in Tunisia, however the following video shows the highlighted section of Wikileaks Cable 09CAIRO1468 outlining how the U.S had discussed Mubarak’s succession as far back as 2009.

AnonOps Arrests

In Anonymous, WikiLeaks on January 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

This is a complete farce.

Arresting teenagers for essentially choking a server , with no real damage done  or “hacking” in the sense of any theft or other hollywood embellishments. Teenagers, arrested for exercising basic freedoms in countries who speak of freedom but do most of the killing and maiming.

The arrests are the result from the “Operation Payback” in early December 2010 when Credit Card giants MasterCard, Visa, Swiss Post and PayPal turned their back on Wikileaks as a means of supporters being able to send donations.

Regardless of this action by the misery machines, Julian Assange still posted a nearly half million dollar bail in cash on charges which five months ago were ostensibly dropped.

Related Link: FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants for Anonymous DDoS Attacks, UK Arrests 5

We Are the New Media

In Egypt, Tunisia, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on January 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Videos appeared at an exponential rate through all manner of web sites. The thread was handed from continent to continent, time zone to time zone over 36 hours the Tunisian revolution unfolded heralding a new methodology of internet revolution.

Tunisia – Internet revolution

Over the last three weeks it has become obvious that “the new media” have become the agents for world political change. Never before has an example of how public internet activity could bring down a government.The Tunisian revolution and the subsequent following revolutions in Algeria, Libya and Egypt are the direct result of information sharing and on-line activism. The Tunisian revolution is one of the  first direct results of the Wikileaks U.S Embassy Cablegate being used as  validation for the people of Tunisia and the subsequent over throw of the Ben Ali government.

The internet has been transformed into a minute by minute source that is refered to for world issues over the traditional media outlets.

Unprecedented change has percolated through the Arab nations and the Red Sea geography as never before seen . For the first time an Arab leader was pressured from office by public opinion.

Mainstream media were slow to take up the thread of the Tunisian revolution, and even today have still not reported on some of the incidents, such as the Kasserine massacre.

Bloggers and vloggers from all over the world filled sites with videos taken from mobile phones. Tweets by the second buzzed through optic fibre fuelling a rage which consumed the portals of popular video sites.

Along with this were the Wikileaks U.S Embassy cables which ultimately validated the protesters claims.

The cables from the Tunisian American Embassy showed how the U.S  and the European countries knew about the Ben Ali regimes appalling human rights violations.



Systemic corruption and  bribery  were outlined in the Tunis cables, unrest and the people’s suffering were also conveyed.

However the cable does not offer a possible solution but belies support for the Ben Ali regime as gate-keeper of the economic status quo in the region.

The U.S  and European countries had 100% knowledge of the conditions that the Tunisian people were suffering under, but valued its own economic status quo in the region over the Tunisian people’s rights of self-determination.

The next video shows how Ben Ali made constitutional changes which are now causing consternation amongst the Tunisian people. Ben Ali actively sought to create a vacuum of political opposition, so any  leadership for the Tunisian people is hardly represented. This is the first test that the Tunisian people will have to overcome.

Tunisians want a complete purge of the Ben Ali legacy from their constitutional proceedings. The military have embraced the protesters as have the police.

Like an inland Tsunami the people’s media revolution  spread to Algeria, Egypt and Libya….

In Egypt the 25th January 2011 will be known as “revolution day”

Your plane is waiting Mubarak……..and Hilary…..STFU!!!

Augmented Reality

In Science & Technology on January 25, 2011 at 2:55 AM

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input, such as sound or graphics. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real-world with a simulated one.

Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world. The term augmented reality is believed to have been coined in 1990 by Thomas Caudell, working at Boeing.

Research explores the application of computer-generated imagery in live-video streams as a way to enhance the perception of the real world. AR technology includes head-mounted displays and virtual retinal displays for visualization purposes, and construction of controlled environments containing sensors and actuators.

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

http://www.layar.com/

http://questvisual.com/

http://www.nvidia.com/

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