Search Engine's Jesse Brown sez, "Canadian/Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been held and tortured in a Tehran prison for over a year, without being charged. Both the Canadian and Iranian governments seem content to let him stay there.
The media has also largely forgotten his case. Hoder's imprisonment begs the question: do we only fight for the freedom of dissidents whose beliefs we agree with?"
JESSE BROWN: Free Hoder
Previously:Iran: blogger Hossein "Hoder" Derakshan said to have been jailed ...
GoDaddy blocks friends of jailed Iranian blogger "Hoder" from ...
Iran: blogger Hossein "Hoder" Derakshan confirmed in prison ...
Hoder on Bam earthquake and Iran's goverment - Boing Boing
Persian blogger Hoder on how to build a blogosphere - Boing Boing
Stuart Hughes' audio chat with Hoder about blogs + Iran - Boing Boing
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Search Engine's Jesse Brown sez, "Canadian/Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been held and tortured in a Tehran prison for over a year, without being charged. Both the Canadian and Iranian governments seem content to let him stay there. The media has also largely forgotten his case. Hoder's imprisonment begs the question: do we only fight for the freedom of dissidents whose beliefs we agree with?"
JESSE BROWN: Free Hoder (Thanks, Jesse!) Previously:Iran: blogger Hossein "Hoder" Derakshan said to have been jailed ... GoDaddy blocks friends of jailed Iranian blogger "Hoder" from ... Iran: blogger Hossein "Hoder" Derakshan confirmed in prison ... Hoder on Bam earthquake and Iran's goverment - Boing Boing Persian blogger Hoder on how to build a blogosphere - Boing Boing Stuart Hughes' audio chat with Hoder about blogs + Iran - Boing Boing Read the rest
Unfortunately for the startup, the company it chose for hosting is known to be quick to censor its customers. In January of last year, GoDaddy took down entire computer security website -- delisting it from DNS -- to get a single, archived mailing list post off the web.Link Read the rest
On that occasion, at least, it gave the site's owner 60 seconds notice. GoDaddy notified Seto by posting its "Oops!" message to his public website.
"You put on my website for me to call you, when you have my phone number?," says Sesto.
I’ve been watching your series on the LiveJournal purges with interest. It turns out that the registrant for the domain WarriorsforInnocence.org matches those for the old front company Coastal Management, which listed a bunch of fraudulent positions on job-hunting sites like CareerBuilder back in ’05–presumably for datamining purposes. Both WfI and Coastal list their address as
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
…and their phone/fax as 480-624-2599
With all the complaints about WfI.org’s spyware, I wonder if they cooked up the LJ pedophilia scandal in order to get hits on their website from older and badly secured browsers in hopes of collecting data from interested parties. Perhaps some of your readers would be in a position to find out more about this connection?
Reader comment: Sounds like the answer may not be as sinister. Vann Hall says,
Hey, the reason that WfI.org and Coastal Management both have the same registration info is that both domains were registered using GoDaddy's "private" domain feature. All such domains are really registered to Domains by Proxy, Inc.; they "map" to the actual registrant only within GoDaddy's internal database...Sam says,
The WHOIS information for the "Warriors For Innocence" that was posted about here is in fact the address and phone number for Domainsbyproxy.com.Read the rest
Today, some around the 'net are pointing to relatively relaxed gun laws in Virginia as a contributing factor to the killings. Virginia allows effectively unlimited purchase of assault weapons for anyone over 18 who passes a background check; it's for children over 12 to possess firearms under certain circumstances, and a legal loophole makes it okay to buy second-hand guns at gun shows with no waiting period or background check.
But some pro-Second-Amendment folks argue the opposite. University administration and local law enforcement failed to protect VA Tech students from this and previous campus shootings, their logic goes, so there should in fact be more guns on campus -- in the hands of law-abiding students and profs alike, for self-protection.
BB reader Aaron Krowne says,
Virginia had just outlawed Concealed Carry on campus (At Virginia Tech's behest).Read the rest
I am a VT alum.
The link is a blog writeup of mine pointing out that Virginia Tech had just "outlawed" concealed carry and reiterated its "gun-free campus" policy. In fact, in response to a scare last fall, the school had disciplined a student who was licensed and carrying a concealed weapon, and since then, agitated to defeat a Virginia law that would permit campus concealed carry.
I've quoted VT spokesman Larry Hincker, including an essay of his last year in a local paper. The stance now looks pretty foolish given the tragic result this zero-tolerance "no guns" policy has produced.
BoingBoing reader Darren Rowse just pointed us to a shady site called World Blog Center, which touts itself as "prestigious virtual real estate location in which blogs from a variety of industry sectors are housed." I prefer to think of them as lying assholes, because they're claiming that BoingBoing is a "tenant," and exploiting the BoingBoing logo and name without our permission in their press releases, on their website, and -- according to folks they've hit up for cash -- in spam emailings soliciting paid membership.
On Darren's blog, a worldblogcenter.com spokesperson named Amja lied that BoingBoing gave them permission and asked to be a part of their dishonest scheme -- we did not. Snip:
Every single company we have listed in our news section has taken up space, and we have the emails to prove it. The latest company is Business Week Online who came on board today.
At the time, BoingBoing was listed in their news section. We did not consent to this, by email or otherwise. We've asked them to remove our name from their press re-lie-leases (BoingBoing.net is the first word in 9 copies distributed through various online press release services), we've asked them to remove our name from their site. They have failed to do so.
On their website, they claim, "The World Blog Center is PRESTIGIOUS. It is EXCLUSIVE and you could say ELITIST... you can't simply BUY your way in." Well, for the record, BoingBoing didn't. Link to more on Darren's blog. Read the rest
Image: "Activity in the amygdala while watching the FedEx ad. The ad lasts 45 seconds and the caveman crushing is shown toward the end (approximately where the black arrow is). There is a large increase in neural activity in the amygdala when the dinosaur crushes the caveman." (Thanks, John Brockman!)
Previously: This is your brain on Super Bowl Ads
Reader comment: Luke The Obscure says,
Great article, the only thing missing are the actual ads, which can be found here at Google video. Also included are two GoDaddy commercials that were apparently rejected due to content.Read the rest
At my party, it was very high-tech. An antenna on the roof fed the FOX HDTV signal coming over the air into a tuner card located in a server computer in my workroom. This computer ran the MythTV "backend" and did the fairly simple task of recording the video stream to the disk.Read the rest
Another computer sat in my living room next to the HDTV. This was the "frontend." On my commands, it connected to the computer upstairs over my house internet and pulled down the video file at the time point we were watching. HDTV was literally coming into the living room over ethernet, and it felt very 21st century.
During one high-tech moment, it was also clear that the TV was really a computer display. After the buxom Godaddy censorship parody, somebody commented that Godaddy had a different ad that had gotten refused by Fox and it was on their web site. A few clicks and I had the Firefox browser on my screen. With my 6 megabit connection, I installed the latest Flash player in about 10 seconds and was quickly playing the refused ad. Then it was back to our regularly scheduled commercials.
Have you ever needed to ask for directions while you were driving? Let's say you stopped to ask a trusted authority, like a police officer. You'd expect that officer to be honest, right? Wouldn't you expect him or her to provide you a safe, direct route to where you needed to go? I sure would. But what if that officer instead misdirected you to a shopping mall? A shopping mall, it turns out, that actually paid the officer for every sale that resulted? That would be an abuse of the police officer's authority. It would be capitalizing on your misfortune.Link to GoDaddy pdf press release on the SiteFinder lawsuit. Read the rest
We believe that's what VeriSign is doing with its "Site Finder" marketing scheme. We believe that it is once again abusing the power to oversee all .com and .net domains it was granted by the U.S. government.