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The media splashes violent scenes of people being beaten and a young woman dying in the street and calls it news. It’s sensationalism, but I suppose that’s what it takes to get our attention any more. If you’ve watched a news program at all in the last week or so you’ve probably seen some of it: foreign crowds with strips of green cloth tied around their wrists, wearing green shirts and masks and headbands, green paint or dye on their hands, fingers held up in an almost painfully ironic symbol of peace and victory. Of course, we know that neither peace nor victory has found either side of the conflict. And instead of green, a growing number of people are wearing red.


Photos credits, left to right, top to bottom: Getty, urbanministry.org, AP; Getty, Donald Douglas.

I don’t know what to think of the situation in Iran. I do think the election was, at best, mishandled … but it’s a messy affair. And no one in authority seems willing to recount the votes, investigate the cases of blatant fraud, or otherwise try to resolve the issue through acceptable procedural means. Instead, Iran’s “supreme leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is backing up the election results, denouncing protesters, and threatening action against anyone speaking out against the government. Equally problematic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is digging in his heels, insisting he was re-elected fair and square, and trying to break up protest after protest with public announcements and brute force. A lot of brute force. Thankfully, serious bloodshed has been limited so far. Though I doubt that comforts the families and loved ones of the dozens who have been killed. And if the protests continue, I think it’s clear there will be a great deal more bloodshed.

The scenes filling Twitter and Flickr and Tehran Live are both inspiring and heartbreaking. And I am torn between wanting to grab a green flag to join in and just turning my back to walk away. The Idealist vs. The Pragmatist. But in a country that already hates the US, in a region that all but despises the US, I can’t help but think that getting involved would be a mistake. I hate to say that but it’s what I honestly think. A lot of people in Iran are getting mistreated (and not just since the election) but the same could be said of dozens of countries which we have also not helped. In truth, the same could be said of our own country, if not to the same extremes.

I find the violence disgusting, aimed at unarmed people doing something US citizens have (theoretically) had the right to do for well over 200 years. But a country in upheaval will always experience violence and henceforth bear that scar. It is both unfortunate and unavoidable. And who is to say the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi would be any better? (Who is to say he is still alive, having disappeared some days ago…) Politicians the world over are notoriously dishonest, corrupt, and easily swayed by money and power. In any case, I fear US intervention would only cause more problems. Iraq has been a rather pathetic endeavor (I fully support the troops; I do not support the politicians behind the war) and Afghanistan is hardly better. With North Korea starting to test the waters across the Pacific and a US economic/financial implosion underway, I can’t think of anything less reasonable than an intervention.

For once, Barack Obama and I agree.

But I hope beyond hope that the Iranians get what they want and need and deserve as a good but mistreated people. I hope we all do.

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Enough with all the words for the moment.  Here’s a random assortment of photos courtesy of Flickr peeps with autumn colors in mind.  Let them take the place of all those worrisome thoughts that have been bugging you all week.  Relax.  Enjoy.

1. Wing of Fall`en Angel, 2. Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly – White Mountains Arizona, 3. Baby Tornado, 4. Wilder Wein ( HDR ), 5. my veins run like the river amazon, 6. Would you like to make a phone call?, 7. Orange and decrepit, with reflections, 8. The sixty four brick flickr page! Please leave a note., 9. foiled I, 10. My Hand, 11. Straight as a Red Arrow, 12. christina braun, butoh dancer

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Stolen Mosaic Meme

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Lofter over, at Life At the Foot of the Stairs, posted this meme a while back and I finally got the links together to make it work. (Dial-up is sooooo last century … but in this corner of the country, beggars can’t be choosers.) So, like all memes, the rules are simple, straightforward, and sound a lot easier than they actually are to carry out. [ drumroll, please ]

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image for each question.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

THE QUESTIONS:
1.  What is your first name?
2.  What is your favorite food? right now?
3.  What high school did you go to?
4.  What is your favorite color?
5.  Who is your celebrity crush?
6.  What is your favorite drink?
7.   What is your dream vacation?
8.  What is your favorite dessert?
9.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your flickr name?

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The following list happens to be the links to my mosaic tiles as they appear left to right, top to bottom.

1. Waven, 2. Sweet Potato, 3. Nook, 4. Blue ice cave at the Jostedalsbreen glacier, 5. Shia – Spike, 6. Red, black and green tea, 7. En algún lugar de la Patagonia, 8. You are my cheesecake ♪, 9. Happy-Go-Lucky, 10. we are family, 11. Lil’ Clown, 12. No Name Footbridge, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

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