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Egypt Shuts Down Internet And Text Messaging Ahead Of Million-Man Protests

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Per assorted tweets from the country that is only second (but certainly not last) in experiencing first hand the Genocidal one's monetary policies, the Egyptian government has now effectively shut down the internet, text messaging and possibly land lines -link. This includes Facebook and Twitter. Ironically this act of desperation in Egypt which seeks to prevent the ongoing televising of the revolution, would be precisely the match that would set off America on a certain path to revolution: not ongoing banker rape, not Primary Dealers stealing from babies, not Greek president G-Pap robbing your wallet... merely a shutdown of Facebook and Twitter (and possibly cable) and 300 million well-armed American will promptly go apeshit.

More from the HuffPo:

Reports are emerging that Internet has gone down in Cairo and perhaps throughout Egypt, only hours before the largest planned protests yet.

According to a report from The Arabist, "Egypt has shut off the internet."

Multiple Internet Service Providers are affected according to the report, which states:

I just received a call from a friend in Cairo (I won't say
who it is now because he's a prominent activist) telling me neither his
DSL nor his USB internet service is working. I've just checked with two
other friends in different parts of Cairo and their internet is not
working either.

The news of the Internet outage came minutes after the Associated Press published a video of an Egyptian protestor being shot.

CNN reporter Ben Wedeman confirmed Internet is down in Cairo and writes, "No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability. #Jan25 #Egypt"

The Los Angeles Times is also reporting that BlackBerry Internet has been taken offline in Egypt.

Follow the latest developments here.


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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:57 | 911326 Cognitive Dissonance
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...the Egyptian government has now effectively shut down the internet, text messaging and possibly land lines...

Yup, poking a stick into the hornets nest a few times always seems to calm those little bastards down. Never fails. Some tear gas and live ammo is usually the next step after what never fails always fails to stop the tsunami.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:06 | 911380 Max Hunter
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If they were smart, they would calculate how much it would cost to give every house in Egypt a new 42" TV and free cable w/Internet...  A bag of Doritos and walla... problem solved.   The elite in Egypt are so stupid..

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:11 | 911393 Aristarchan
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They thought about it, but the rights to broadcast the Skank wives of Madison County cost too much.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:17 | 911415 Careless Whisper
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Our government bureaucrats need to be able to shut down the internet like they can do in egypt and china.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:22 | 911430 Malcolm Tucker
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Egypt Boiling Over-Day 3 videos. It appears the government has lost control of the city of Suez which is the gateway to the Suez canal. I wonder if this will move commodity futures...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:26 | 911442 hugovanderbubble
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and Yemen Aden´s Harbor is the key in the Red Sea.

Suez and Aden


Commodoties will be a casino game next days...

Shippers down

CDS up

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:48 | 911484 hedgeless_horseman
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If Egypt's central bank would only have stopped publishing M3, then they wouldn't have this problem.  Too late now, as the cat is out of the bag.  Too bad not every country can have Time Magazine's Man of the Year running the show.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:20 | 911604 Malcolm Tucker
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So Egypt has shutdown the internet in advance of tomorrow's mega protest and now:

US Senate to reintroduce Internet "Kill Switch" bill...Somebody's taking notes....

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:36 | 911638 Careless Whisper
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the "kill switch" is good. too many people are criticizing the elected bureaucrats. that needs to stop. people should just stfu and take orders.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:50 | 911666 Malcolm Tucker
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Now hacker group Anonymous joins the fray and launches "Operation Egypt"

Here's the video of their announcement:

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:33 | 911713 Haywood Jablowme
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Where are the "real" printing presses when you need them?  Pretty soon we'll be left with drawing pictures on cave walls of bankers, politicians, and CEO's hanging from lamp posts in order to communicate and depict the "revolution."

Typesetting and paint brushes biznitches!


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:44 | 912185 tellsometruth
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and top of drudge in red now...

guy is shot and killed in the street...hope they are not taking notes on that part

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:13 | 911722 financeguru500
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You know Hitler was man of the year once too. How'd that work out for him?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:21 | 912240 CH1
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Who cares? How did it it work out for the Russians, the Jews, the gays, the Gypsies and everyone else who happened to be in the way?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:56 | 911840 jackplata
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Oil is in a free fall.  You would think it would be rallying with all the turmoil in the mideast

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:08 | 911879 Cognitive Dissonance
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So what does that tell you, that commodities are falling when it seems international turmoil might disrupt supply lines etc etc? To me it says that people intuitively understand that the game is a Ponzi and any sign of serious instability means exit stage right? People are getting while the getting is good.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:20 | 911906 Calmyourself
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Exactly, too busy tightening the laces on the running shoes to trade commodities.  Saudi's have to be shitting their thobe's about now..

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:27 | 911919 Oh regional Indian
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There Jack lies the rub and the nub of this Alice in Wonderland existence we are currently experiencing. 

In the twisted linguists of this time, what should go up must actually come down.

Or something like that. Hope you weren't long oil or short the market.

And look at this ElBaradei guy. Head of the Atomic Energy wing of the UN. Probably knows who's stocking what, the truth of the iranian program, what israel has, the works. An insider's insider. Suddenly he is ready to take Interim power? From fringe to centerstage on who's call? Sure looks like the fix is in for Egyptians. They are going to get a "leader", "Dear Leader" maybe, unknown devil and all. 

Caveat Emptor.


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:00 | 912151 Bringin It
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Excactly ORI.  ElBardei, the Sara Palin of his place and time.  Imposed from above by those who know better.  Given Egypts stratgic location [Suez, Israel], you can bet the PTB are pulling out all they can to stop the Egyptian people from throwing off the yoke.

Godspeed to the Egyptian people.

God·speed  (gdspd)

Success or good fortune. [From Middle English God spede (you), may God prosper (you) : God, god; see god + spede, third person sing. present subjunctive of speden, to prosper (from Old English spdan, from spd, success; see speed).]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:21 | 912308 tonyw
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Mohamed ElBaradei has given an exclusive interview to the Guardian in which he says Mubarak's regime is on its last legs:

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:28 | 911922 SpeakerFTD
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Correction:  WTI is in free fall.  Most of other oil/products are holding up.   Brent and HO made rebound highs today.   I think a game is being played with WTI to keep consumer confidence up, but the fact is energy prices are higher.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:04 | 912154 Bringin It
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I think a game is being played with WTI to keep consumer confidence up,

Most likely true, but I also think Brent/Europe has more difficult access to fewer alternative sources.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:43 | 912184 bruinjoe93
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It tells me that the market is rigged.  Oil should be going up to the sky.  The bankers and government can only keep the lid down for so long.  Once oil supply is disrupted every thing will explode in price.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 05:59 | 912295 Dave
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Is that a real show? I haven't had a TV for 35 years so I'm a little behind on the programming. But from what I've seen at other people's houses it wouldn't suprise me.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:42 | 911809 Hook Line and S...
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"If they were smart, they would calculate how much it would cost to give every house in Egypt a new 42" TV and free cable w/Internet...  A bag of Doritos and walla... problem solved.   The elite in Egypt are so stupid.."

Interesting, do you know that's what Castro has been doing for a very long time? He's a sharp witted dictator I say. He literally will drive into a city with trucks and distribute beer and food to quell the masses. I've got a load of Cuban friends...from Cuba, and they all have these stories.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:46 | 912073 johnnynaps
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I'd be quiet if I received a daily dose of alcohol in a Carribean paradise!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:09 | 912161 Bringin It
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How's the new 42" widescreen working out?

At least the effects of the booze dissipate over time.


No offence intended.  I just sometimes need to take a shot at widescreens.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:24 | 912241 CH1
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You might think so, but after the first week or three, that DOES get old. Trust me on this.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 07:31 | 912359 ColonelCooper
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That's when you find a reliable supplier of weed, blow and female companionship.  How long does that take to get old?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:04 | 912297 Dave
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I was working in Venezuela pre Chavez. The cheapest things you could buy there were booze and cigaretts. Keep 'em drunk and kill 'em off young. Works every time. For awhile anyway.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:21 | 911423 knukles
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Oh come on...
The land of the free and the home of the brave encouraged "reform" yesterday.
Hadn't said squat for 30 years, but getting around to it. 
What's the problem?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:45 | 911495 Dolar in a vortex
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Hillary implored them not to shut down Facebook and other social sites, all while Obama wants a law giving him the right to shut down the internet here.

Filthy hypocrite pigs.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:10 | 912164 Bringin It
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+100 social sites

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:25 | 912243 CH1
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Amen. Filthy hypocrite pigs.

Why, again, do we obey them?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:15 | 912303 sushi
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Obama wants a law giving him the right to shut down the internet here.

Filthy hypocrite pigs.

Not true.

Obummer knows that the kill switch is the only way to get a decent days work out of the SEC and the rest of the government.

You may object that you are a private citizen. Remember that in WTF America we will all go to work for the state feeling each other's junk.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:17 | 911733 financeguru500
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If your talking about "Winning the future", that is about as vague as the promises of savings offered by Hulk Hogan and Troy Aikman if you shop at Rent-a-Center. Lol, if people are that f-tarded to shop at rent a center no wonder they will buy the slogan "winning the future".

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 05:36 | 912279 OldPhart
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Someday soon we'll see that slogan all over America, in Walmart and other gathering places.  Of course, it will be bureaucratized from "Winning the Future" to "WTF, America"


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 10:38 | 912668 In Fed We Trust
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I kind of fell for "Yes we can!."

In retospect it has some double meanings,

like "Yes we can, walk out the back door with whats left in vault."

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 05:36 | 912280 OldPhart
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Someday soon we'll see that slogan all over America, in Walmart and other gathering places.  Of course, it will be bureaucratized from "Winning the Future" to "WTF, America"


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 07:27 | 912355 Dick Buttkiss
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"Winning the Future" = What the Fuck."

Oooooooo, that's good, OP, very good.  

Let's everyone pass the word.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:21 | 911424 SilverRhino
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2011 is getting REALLY interesting.  Good time to be alive :-)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:29 | 911450 Mad Max
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Sure beats being dead.

So far.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:38 | 911639 Bastiat
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Sure beats being dead

As my mother-in-law said the other day:  maybe not.   LOL!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:06 | 911573 Id fight Gandhi
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I hope that we some real changes.

Cutting off communications is a big sign of fear on the government. I heard they are cutting power and water too. The more they take away the more it will encourage them to go to the streets.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:19 | 912114 minus dog
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You know the White House is taking notes here, but I don't think they'll learn anything useful.  Shut down communications or utilities, and it's quite obviously time to hit the streets and loot.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:06 | 911574 Id fight Gandhi
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I hope that we some real changes.

Cutting off communications is a big sign of fear on the government. I heard they are cutting power and water too. The more they take away the more it will encourage them to go to the streets.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:32 | 911625 Bob
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CNN has had better coverage than Fox, an activist on the phone from Egypt said he's gotten reports that police are setting things afire now (pre-protest), perhaps to justify martial law.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:37 | 911789 Miles Kendig
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I've been hearing some reporting that Army units in the Suez district may not be responding to central authority.  Getting interesting

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 05:38 | 912281 OldPhart
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"May you live in interesting times." [chinese curse]

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:32 | 911463 midtowng
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They are shutting down the internet because they fully expect to be shooting people tomorrow, and they don't want to broadcast.

The question is: what happens then?

I don't think they can simply stop this movement without shedding the blood of so many people that no one can ignore it or cover it up.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:39 | 911642 Nikao7
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That's what I was thinking.  Talk about a powder keg.  This is undoubtedly going to become the norm in many otherwise relatively calm areas.  The current and future inflation is going to light the big fuse.

World Wide Revolution Bitchez

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:41 | 911647 Nikao7
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My bad.  The operable word would be "Globalized" Revolution Bitchez!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:45 | 911962 Boiling Frogs
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They are shutting down the internet because they fully expect to be shooting people tomorrow...

Or today:

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:55 | 911992 babkjl
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Shutting down of the internet and telephones could happen here too.  When I saw it happen in Iran, I studied for and obtained an amateur radio license and equipment.  It was the first thing up and running in Haiti after the earthquake.  Amateur radio can't be disabled or censored.  I encourage more people to get their own licence to ensure reliable communications under all circumstances.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:25 | 912047 Cathartes Aura
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excellent post, and advice - thankyou.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:25 | 912176 Hook Line and S...
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Constructive advice...we all could use more of that.

Duly noted.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:27 | 912178 Cistercian
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 +100   Extra here.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 03:03 | 912200 JawsMusic
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I'vbe been an Advanced class ham since 1982.

I sold my HF rig many years ago.

It's Probably time to go buy some HF ham gear and put it in  storage with the food, silver, and brass jacketed  lead.

I wonder what's on HF-SSB from SUA-SUZ, 6A-6B, and SSA-SSM.(Egypt call signs)



Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:27 | 912244 CH1
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You know, that's a hell of a good idea.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:13 | 912301 Dave
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I have one also and recommend it highly even if you don't get a licence and just receive until TSHTF. Then a licence won't matter anyway.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:20 | 912307 sushi
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Shutting down all civilian communications is already hard wired into the emergency response plan. You didn't notice phones going dead on 9/11?  At the time of the JFK asassination?

You think you are the victim of an organized plot then the first thing you do is take away the communications. Next you make GPS signals unavailable. Then the ATMs all shut down.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:17 | 911731 johngaltfla
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CD, it's amazing. What Washington and Main Street (and Wall Street for that matter) fail to understand that the Arab street will retaliate if it seizes power. Against who? Well, who has been supporting these regimes the last 30 plus years? They will blame the U.S. right or wrong, for the empowerment and torture of their nations and the fact that we are not a "Muslim" power will give the fringe the entry point they need.

If I was under contract anywhere in North Africa be it Morocco to Mali, Mauritania to Egypt or even Kenya, or worse; on the Arabian peninsula, I would be drafting a short notice exit strategy.


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:54 | 912258 CH1
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Galt: That is a reasonable theory, but (so far as I know) one formulated from a very substantial distance. Conditions on the ground usually differ quite a bit. So... maybe.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:22 | 912309 johngaltfla
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Call it 30 years of knowing the region. They didn't like "the Great Satan" that much to begin with in many of those nations. Add in a quarter century of our blind support for oppressive dictators and their religious leaders stirring anti-Western/U.S. sentiment and all the powder keg needs is a match.

And China will laugh all the way to the bank (again) if we do lose our influence in the region.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:19 | 911738 Clayton Bigsby
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If I can't get my Snookie twitter feed, I am definitely gonna go out and light some shit on fire real fuckin good!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:12 | 911890 Billy Shears
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Isn't this violence in Egypt and elsewhere in the world a result of the policy of the Federal Reserve...isn't their printing of all the money the real "violence" that is being done to the rest of the world to pay for the sins of "America"?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:56 | 912260 CH1
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Well, perhaps it has an effect, but (as much as I want the Fed to be recognized as destructive), one needs reasons to connect A to D.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 08:58 | 912436 Eager learner
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Speaking of the next step. Breaking reports of "a lot" of deaths in Suez[1] where a police station has been burnt down and, reportedly, some protesters are now firing back.

Suez as in the Suez Canal. How much oil and other goods go through there every day.




Fri, 01/28/2011 - 15:41 | 914049 sgt_doom
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I saw this post at another site and must sternly warn everyone against such activities:

OK, now a lot of people have been wondering how Egypt managed to isolate itself on the Web. There are principally two ways this is done, first physically forcing the individual ISPs (ASN level) to halt all in and out-going IP traffic, but the second way is probably how they accomplished it. Let this be a warning to all who try.

They would have had the site which is their top-domain registry, or .eg registry, perform editing of their country's web sites by removing the terminating "." to DNS records in the .eg zone.

(That is, deleting the "." following the lower level sites, indicating no ".eg" was to follow.)

As an example, were one to evilly hack into Sweden's .se country registry (, and remove the terminating "." after the main ASN sites, no IP traffic would be incoming or outgoing for that country.

As an example, were one to evilly hack into the United Kingdom's .uk country registry (, and remove the terminating "." after the main ASN sites, no IP traffic would be incoming or outgoing for that country.

As an example, were one to evilly hack into Switzerland's .ch country registry (, and remove the terminating "." after the main ASN sites, no IP traffic would be incoming or outgoing for that country.

Now, this is assuredly against the law, so be warned not do undertake any such operation --- even if the global banking elite manages to have Assange of Wikileaks illegally extradited to Sweden to be later removed to some extreme rendition site.

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 05:04 | 1564517 mediahuset
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:57 | 911334 Aristarchan
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I guess they are really serious and are going to start killing protesters en-mass.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:00 | 911346 Cognitive Dissonance
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Looks like you edited out your comment about them needing to deal with the reporters.

That's a little further down the "how to stop a revolution is 10 easy steps" guide book checklist. Or they could just shoot the reporters. It's been done before and quite successfully I might add.

Pandora's box is about to be opened.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:03 | 911367 Aristarchan
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I had a second thought that dealing with the reporter's real-time, dramatic coverage has already been dealt with by stopping instant communication. But, you are right, they may go further.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:03 | 911368 Cleanclog
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They supposedly detained 500 journalists in Cairo alone yesterday.

Amazed as many were allowed at the airport for El Baradei's arrival as there was.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:05 | 911375 Aristarchan
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:23 | 911437 Cognitive Dissonance
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I'm the little brother. Banzai7 is the big one. Those banker dogs of his are actually spies working for the NSA. Nice disguise if you ask me. But nobody ever does.

Enough Ruff? :>)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:55 | 911534 Aristarchan
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I have had experts try ruff on me.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:23 | 911608 nmewn
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" are watching me write comments?"

Write or post?...big difference ;-)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:52 | 911671 Aristarchan
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:11 | 911717 oddjob
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:17 | 911899 Aristarchan
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:13 | 911721 nmewn
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Well...that is interesting.

That is not cool.

You're saying CD has the ability to see you as you type?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:19 | 911740 Cognitive Dissonance
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He posted his comments, I read them and started to respond, then he edited them as I was writing my response. He said as much in his initial response to me.

Did you happen to see his smiley face after he mentioned big brother?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:29 | 911769 Aristarchan
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Tut tut...another case of big bro backtracking......

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:38 | 911794 nmewn
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I thought I was being clear to him about the difference between writing & posting.

He came back and he said write...hence my darkening mood on it.

Everyone knows how I feel about censorship...I feel the same way about editing.

Let's all...>>>PLEASE<<<...stay above aboard here...if I edit a post of mine I say so by saying...


Sorry CD...I knew better...and I apologize for the divergence here.


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:46 | 911816 hedgeless_horseman
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The new Memory Hole on Windows 8 is supposed to be tight.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:54 | 911835 nmewn
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Hopefully, as tight as my own ;-)


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:08 | 911877 Aristarchan
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Well...where does that leave me? I am using Win 2000.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:27 | 911921 Rusty Shorts
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We have an ancient machine in the Lab running Windows '95, it just will not die...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:47 | 911969 Cognitive Dissonance
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As long as you reboot it 6 times a day or run nothing on it at all. I sure as hell hope it's not networked because everything before Win XP has more security holes than Swiss cheese. Win 95 should be shot to put it out of it's misery.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:57 | 912001 Rusty Shorts
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 - well it has a dial up connection, it's kind of a legend around here, as far as i know, it hasn't been rebooted since 1995. The word is "no viruses" were targeted at Windows '95.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:29 | 912055 Aristarchan
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Except for Norton anti-virus.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:50 | 912075 Rusty Shorts
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uh no, no anti-virus programs

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:52 | 912080 Aristarchan
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Good choice.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:25 | 912122 Hephasteus
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Ya. There was no security holes in windows 95 98. ME had small ones but windows xp was the first OS to have official backdoors which allowed the global banking system to throw its little scammer trolls at it.

If you run windows 98 the government systems can't keylog you or download scripts to you because the OS doesn't have those.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:45 | 912186 Bringin It
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Gulp!  Running xp.  Thanks for the news Hephasteus.

For a while I had xp running inside linux.  Red Hat - but it was always trying to call home.  Something about a lic. or whatever.

Can you or someone recomend a linux?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:22 | 912310 Dave
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What about Windows 3.1?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:54 | 911990 Aristarchan
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I have an old dual Xeon machine that runs Win 95.....I use it to run Photoshop and a few other graphics programs....It works okay for me.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:07 | 912023 tmosley
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I've got one running OS 6.0.

It operates an HPLC.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:16 | 912033 Rusty Shorts
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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:21 | 912037 Aristarchan
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What type of HPLC do you run?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:06 | 912098 knukles
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So was Paris Hilton's snortch.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:39 | 911797 Miles Kendig
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Nice to know I am not the only one around here that habitually changes their posted commentary

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:50 | 912191 Bringin It
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Miles - I don't consider edits bad form.  Maybe I'm old already, but I often see how I could have made my point better after I hit save.  If someone replies and it locks, Ok, they'll have to forego the benefit of my upgraded prose.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 04:55 | 912259 Miles Kendig
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hehe  Neither do I.  The words are mine and I can change 'em if I desire.  The time stamp snitches ya off anyway.  Hell, I've even rolled over a reply before if I really wanted to note the change

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:20 | 911907 Aristarchan
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I am thinking something now, to see if CD figures it out before I start typing. If I had a webcam port in this machine, I would tape that over.....but I am low tech here.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:34 | 911939 nmewn
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Be careful of preview ;-)

I've got my eye on you.


Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:06 | 912021 Aristarchan
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No need to waste your eye on me, my friend, I am just a low-tech hillbilly in over his head. But, I do know how to spell the word "write.."

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:52 | 911985 Cognitive Dissonance
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If you're running Win 2000 your next door neighbor's 5 year old can see what you're doing on your computer. Win 2000 isn't low tech, it's wearing underwear to the office and assuming no one can see you.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:01 | 912007 Aristarchan
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I have machines with the new shit, but I like this one. Maybe the fucking neighbors will see what I am writing, and turn me in to the proper authorities.....fair is fair. Seriously, You can make Win 2000 security solid, if you know how. The only person who can see what I am writing is you, CD.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:07 | 912024 MayIMommaDogFac...
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proper authorities

This is oxymoronic at this point, isn't it?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:14 | 912032 Aristarchan
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Good catch. CD should have caught that before I posted it.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:08 | 912101 knukles
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Jezzzzz.  You know you can just close the drapes.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:24 | 911435 Arius
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CD - w/ all what's going on there is a need for a book  "How to Stop a Revolution for Dummies" might be a bestseller...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:27 | 911444 Cognitive Dissonance
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The only way the author could pull if off is to be as outrageous as you can possibly be, but the delivery must be dead dog serious.

Sounds like a project for Banzai7 Labs. We should pitch it to him when he wakes up. It's sleep time in Hong Kong and WB7 is dreaming about naked Chinese women storming the halls of the Federal Reserve. :>)

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:33 | 911465 Arius
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BIATCHEZ - China is in the house...loved that video....

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:23 | 912041 Aristarchan
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Guess he has something in common with Bernanke.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:04 | 911353 nonclaim
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Stop the Internet! Brilliant!

Now those young Egyptians that would stay home following tweeter and posting shaky video have free time and yet another reason to hit the streets...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:09 | 911387 knukles
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So very, very true.  Pure insight to the human condition.  I can watch from the safety of my own hovel and bitch by text with buds, but take that away and I have absolutely fuck all nothing to do....  but get together with my friends, bitch.... and maybe burn a car or two...
Notice the control meme validation even in NA and Europe...  Schlock feel good non-news, all's OK, porn and games (even the most violent)  Most exceptional at keeping we the sheeple on the couch.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:32 | 911461 Wynn
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Governments around the globe will be watching this tactic with great interest. If Mubarak squashes the revolution by pulling the switch ... expect others to follow suit.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:58 | 911545 hedgeless_horseman
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Sadly, Steve, I would bet you are right.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:43 | 911811 flacorps
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Pulling the plug (actually slowing down and monitoring SMS and Twitter) broke the Iranian revolt's back a couple of years ago.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:13 | 911888 nonclaim
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The intellectual and political leaders of the revolt where shot or hanged. That's what stopped the Iranian revolt.

Sadly, this is how it is usually done. Imprisonment and due trial is a 'benefit' you get only in democracies.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:48 | 911973 Mad Max
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I was going to say you're wrong, but then I remembered all the people that keep mentioning that the US is a republic, not a democracy, so maybe you're still right.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 08:35 | 912392 nonclaim
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A direct democracy where people decide their laws is largely inexistent these days. There's a little still exercised in Switzerland and I think that's about it. It never worked in large countries anyway, thus the "representative" model.


The US Federal government does not represent "the people" but the federated States; so it is not a democracy. That is clear from the presidential election model where the State representative vote *does not* have to follow what "the people" chose; though they usually do.

I think these days the federal gov. doesn't represent anything but their own interests. It's rogue in a way...

The local State gov. could still be a representative democracy that follows the republic model but the federal interference is undermining that (see AZ immigration laws for example). [AZ is just an example, right or wrong I'll not follow any discussion on this specific topic]

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:54 | 912143 ebworthen
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You mean Ben and Timmy and Jamie and Lloyd and Paulson and Frand and Dodd are on trial?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:29 | 912316 Dave
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:56 | 911833 nonclaim
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Yes and no but it does not matter.

If they establish a legal kill switch people will use the Internet while it works but will have planned a backup solution, at least between the leaders; two way encrypted radio is relatively cheap anyway. Ad-hoc radio stations and battery radio for the masses, etc. Old tech still works.

Before the Internet they would shut down radio and tv stations; not a lot has changed.

But any revolt will not suceed without a leader... this is key.

In the end, it is who controls the tanks that matters. A gov. doesn't necessarily controls it... and the history in the whole region is that not even the Army hierarchy controls the tanks.

I only hope it ends well, without too much blood on the streets.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:55 | 912144 ebworthen
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So are you voting for right, wrong, or your wallet?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:13 | 912105 knukles
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My own predilection is that which ever way it turns out, "world leaders" will conclude either that pulling the plug worked or it should have been done sooner and would have worked, better.

Politicians are indeed (let alone dictators in the countries going up in flames; Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt...) are control freaks, by the very demands, definition of the societal role.  And the electronic media is not beholden, pliant, manipulative enough for their desires.  Why else do even freedom loving western nations wish to muzzle free speech in the guise of national security?

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:26 | 912125 spongeBOB
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The majority of Egyptian youth use the internet to watch free porn.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:58 | 911340 SignsAndWonders
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If true (that the interweb kill switch has been engaged), this is a massive, massive mistake.  Don't fuck with the internets.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:31 | 911457 Mad Max
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From what I read elsewhere, don't fuck with Anonymous.  Sounds like they are contributing to things.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:59 | 911345 Michael
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I'd love to see them pull that shit here.

Google stock imediately goes to zero. Microsoft, zero. Cisco, zero. Amazonn zero. Apple zero. Ebay, zero. Etc, etc, etc.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:08 | 911386 centerline
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Funny story...  I left my cell phone at home one day.  Realized it when I was on the highway going to work.  The sudden feeling of being "exposed" hit me like a ton of bricks.  Right behind that was the sudden realization of what complete pussy I had let myself become!  Geez.

Over here in America, if the plug gets pulled, most people will probably go fetal position.  Not to mention the stupid Facebook withdrawal symptoms from some.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:12 | 911396 knukles
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Electronic media addiction and treatment thereof is not a joke.  

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:22 | 911429 Arkadaba
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What about addiction to ZH? What's the cure?

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 20:36 | 911473 DaBernank
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Gold $2000

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 22:18 | 911735 tbd108
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Screw that! Gold $5,000.00

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 03:47 | 912228 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:00 | 911557 cranky-old-geezer
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No cure needed.  It's a healthy addiction.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:23 | 912120 Oh regional Indian
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Was laughing as I read that. It's what an addict would say, eh?

Someone posted this, related, which I thought was funny.

Reading too much of ZH is injurious to mental health. They are peddling economic stats porn. You are going go numb and insensitive very soon. I dare you to quit ZH porn.

And I, I've even managed to justify smoking as a healthy habit. It's true though. ;-)


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:14 | 911588 Id fight Gandhi
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Fri, 01/28/2011 - 00:13 | 912029 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Acknowledging the addiction is the first step.

Having said that I feel compelled to add that I can stop reading ZH anytime I feel like it.  I just don't feel like it.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:14 | 912109 knukles
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First step joke.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 01:58 | 912149 ebworthen
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I can stop reading ZH anytime I want.

I can stop doing shots of vodka and reading ZH anytime I want.

I can stop drinking coffeee and reading ZH anytime I want.

I can stop smoking and reading ZH anytime I want.

I can stop masturbating and reading my own erotic fiction anytime I want.

Wait...where was I again?...

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 21:02 | 911564 litoralkey
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Funny you mention Cisco,

Cisco, developed, sold, installed, and maintains the Egyptian internet choke point backbone/data centers for the Interior Ministry and RITSEC.

Cisco MEA Strategy and Business Unit.

Based in Cairo and San Francisco.

Betwork control device sales that were blocked to Syria were sold at a deep discount in quantity to RITSEC (or whatever the new monkier is) for Egypt's internet technology/control/censorship entity.


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