Iran Police Disperse Tens Of Thousands Of Tehran Protesters With Teargas As Rioting Spreads: Follow Events In Real Time

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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:18 | 960244 Pants McPants
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<Insert obligatory pro-US military retard comment about invasion and WMD here>

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:59 | 960387 Batty Koda
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Don't be such a killjoy, this has nothing to do with the US military or CIA. This is genuine, grassroots opposition to brutal dictators! The US isn't even interested in Iran!

Besides, Ahmadinejad is a nut! He's got nukes and must be stopped!!

We can only hope these freedom fighters overthow his tyrannical regime and welcome our own friendly overlords the IMF.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:41 | 960571 Fish Gone Bad
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I can't believe they called people ruffians.  Those are fighting words.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:01 | 960647 william the bastard
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Iran Tehran 14 feb 2011 Basijis going towards protestors UNITY4IRAN

Iran - Tehran 14 Feb 2011- A protester lifting picture of Martyrs UNITY4IRAN

Iran tehran 14 Feb 2011 Death to dictator UNITY4IRAN

Iran 14 Feb 2011 Tehran, near Enghelab Sq Free political prisoner UNITY4IRAN
Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:31 | 960634 ZerOhead
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Looks like the real deal right now. Expect the CIA to be manouvering for a color coded entry point.

Unlike Egypt this little box of sand sits atop a sea of 10W30.

And I have yet to see a battery operated Chinese jet fighter!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:52 | 960968 cougar_w
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Ah, what might have been!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 21:03 | 962031 ZerOhead
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There is precious little that has escaped my eye when it comes to the matter of avionic propulsion systems.

But that would be one. Yeeeouch!


Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:35 | 960859 born2bmild
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No nukes and they haven't invaded another country in 250 years, I wish the US could say both.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:20 | 961126 RichardP
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:52 | 961305 tmosley
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No nukes leaves you vulnerable to invasion.  The second part I agree with, however.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:21 | 960247 Cognitive Dissonance
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Whoops. Looks like commodities AND Middle East rioting are going parabolic.

To the moon Alice.

Police used tear gas against the protesters in central Tehran's Enghelab, or Revolution, square and in Imam Hossein square, as well as in other nearby main streets.

Thank God America doesn't have a "Revolution" square, just Sheep Highway and Passive Four Corners.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:38 | 960317 jus_lite_reading
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Doesn't matter. So long as "the markets" close green today, everything is dandy.

Must. Close. Green. <splat> "Damnit Timmy! You got that in my eye!"


As I said a few weeks ago, not even a major cataclysm could shake these "markets" down more than 150 points...

The French named Marie Antoninette "Madam Deficit" shortly before the revolution. We should give Ben the name, "Dr. Deficit" and let history come full circle.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:54 | 960376 akak
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Thank God America doesn't have a "Revolution" square, just Sheep Highway and Passive Four Corners.

I am often struck by the fact that the recent, popular, massive public protests in various "authoritarian" Middle Eastern nations would be impossible in the United States today, as any such "unapproved" protests would immediately be broken up, and the participants arrested en masse.  "Land of the Free" my ass!  Yet another arena in which Americans are much LESS free than others around the world.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:02 | 960395 williambanzai7
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Unfortunately, you are right

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:26 | 960417 Bob
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I suspect that the televised Egyptian revolt has strongly modified many cops' attitudes about beating down protests.  It's been made very clear that security forces were heroic only for their forebearance. 

What a great time this would be for a march to the NYSE, ten thousand people taking over The Street.  If they were arrested, viewers would definintely get the point: Wall Street is a dictator.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:08 | 961051 cougar_w
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That's an interesting cut. I've not been comfortable with how our own "internal security" shock troops would respond to domestic unrest. Could be you are right and they are watching this and thinking about things.

I read a story recently that pointed out the difference between today's military and that of yesteryear, being that modern professional soldiers get a lot more training on actual killing, and as such can be relied upon to do exactly that. If any amount of that has made its way into public safety (via all the ways that military culture does, including media and entertainment) then I have some concerns going up against the cops around here.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 18:46 | 961545 Bob
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It needs, in bobworld of course, to be tested asap.  How about a demo on Wall Street?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 21:53 | 962184 creviceCaress
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good stuff cougar, think of the % of the reg. military who've developed the taste, let alone "contractors" and on up.....i bet they'll be corralled and kept in with the gimp until its time to wake 'em up....most standard troops and rural police wont be too blood thirsty....maybe?....all depends on how much more ground sensible people can make before the party starts.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:28 | 960499 DaveyJones
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"protesters?"  you mean terrorists

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:59 | 961014 D-Falt
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Dude!  That's why you do meet-ups to arrange your flash mob.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:36 | 960528 williambanzai7
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:38 | 960544 Orly
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:46 | 960586 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mom? Is that you? I told you to stay inside while Banzai7 was roaming the streets with camera in hand. Now you've gone and got yourself posted on ZH.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:37 | 960875 Miss Expectations
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How about Boston Common...The Liberty Tree

The Liberty Tree (1646–1775) was a famous elm tree that stood in Boston, near Boston Common, in the days before the American Revolution. The tree was a rallying point for the growing resistance to the rule of Britain over the American colonies. In the years that followed, almost every American town had its own Liberty Tree—a living symbol of popular support for individual liberty and resistance to tyranny. In some locales, a Liberty Pole rather than a tree served the same political purpose.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:30 | 961181 dark pools of soros
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don't worry, a Riot Reality show is in the works with full sponsorships and a related theme park ride..

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 19:11 | 961643 Cindy_Dies_In_T...
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Why would they when they have Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to keep the sheeple laughing. Too bad they can't figure out who is really the joke.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:20 | 960253 vote_libertaria...
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'total chaos' in a large oil exporting country.


Does not compute for the buy buy buy bots.



Treasury rates...unch




Please proceed to the stock walk up into the close.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:40 | 960324 jus_lite_reading
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Must. Close. Green.

The "markets" are so easily manipulated; YAHOO has the search words "stock prices" in the 5th place today. The sheeple think higher prices mean recovery.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:51 | 960627 goldfish1
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Yes, the yahoos at yahoo determining the

search words of the day. Does that come

across via fax?



Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:00 | 961017 D-Falt
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Must. Close. Green.</i>


Like Solyent Green.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:44 | 960342 CrashisOptimistic
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Oil is up sharply.  Stop looking at WTI.  It no longer is the benchmark.  Brent is up almost 3%

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:51 | 960629 williambanzai7
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:21 | 960254 williambanzai7
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A news agency called FARCE?

Turn on the popcorn machines!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:23 | 960269 Cognitive Dissonance
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Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:30 | 960292 williambanzai7
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Ok, let's tune into Radio Farter

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:35 | 960311 Cognitive Dissonance
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Weak minds (and stand up comics who suck) always turn to fart jokes as a last resort. :>)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:39 | 960322 williambanzai7
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In Tehran, nothing could be farter from the truth.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:48 | 960353 Cognitive Dissonance
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OK, who let one rip?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:54 | 960373 downrodeo
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whoever denied it suppli... ahh nevermind...

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:10 | 960423 williambanzai7
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Hip to the revolutionary power of social media, the United States government opened a Farsi-language Twitter account to reach increasingly restless Iranians a/k/a "FART-WIT"

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:26 | 960488 Cognitive Dissonance
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FART-WIT, the sixth scent.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 17:00 | 961020 D-Falt
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The true purpose of Pre-Crime.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:19 | 960459 MayIMommaDogFac...
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I'm pretty sure that the protocol calls for the "smelt it/dealt it" form of standard response to Cog's question.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:30 | 960510 Cognitive Dissonance
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Like Jeopardy, I prefer the response in the form of a question.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:40 | 960555 Orly
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Okay, how about, "What makes you think that half a thread of flatulence jokes is even remotely funny, Alex?"

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:50 | 960609 Cognitive Dissonance
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It's Banzai7's fault. He started it. I'm the victim here. Just like every other red blooded American.

BTW "half a thread"? Please tell me you don't believe the guy when he tells you six inches is a foot.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:55 | 960649 williambanzai7
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Blame the people naming the media outlets in Tehran!

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:16 | 960747 Cognitive Dissonance
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Thank God that was Nomex covering the chair or he would have been in real trouble.

BTW he looked supremely satisfied with his performance. :>)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 14:37 | 960315 cougar_w
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Wait. Is that real butter you are using or some kinda yellow hydrogenated plastic paste from China?

Cuz butter makes me fat.

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