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Neda Video—Ongoing Iran Protests

Above is the Neda video of the young woman shot and killed during street protests in Iran.

Her full name was Neda Agha Soltan.

The video is graphic and disturbing to watch.

The New York Times blog on the protests in Iran has reports on Neda. You have to scroll down to find the reports.  There is one entry with a link to what is said to be a picture of Neda’s grave.

Update 6/23—Here is a New York Times article about Neda. 

Update 6/24–The latest from Iran.

Update 6/25—The latest from Iran.

Here is a Neda Facebook memorial page.

Global Voices has links to more Iran videos and to bloggers writing about Iran.

Reporters Without Borders says that both traditional journalists and bloggers have been detained by the government.

A mix of traditional journalists with the resources of so-called mainstream news outlets, along with bloggers and people using Twitter have all been essential to reporting this story.

Nico Pitney’s Iran liveblogging in the Huffington Post has been of value.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Instead Of Blowing Off Your Fingers While Shooting Fireworks During A Drought, Why Don’t You Read A Book Instead?

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Why is it that people feel the need to buy fireworks? And why do people buy fireworks when drought conditions are ongoing or likely upcoming?

The Houston Chronicle recently ran a story about the varying regulations in counties in the Houston-area and in counties throughout Texas regarding fireworks. Today the Chronicle reported that a fireworks ban in Harris County has been extended through July 6.

( Above—Fireworks in Sydney Australia. You cannot recreate this at home.)

With much of the Houston-area in drought or near drought conditions, it is not certain to what extent the sale of fireworks will be permitted this year for Independence Day.

The sale of fireworks is banned in the City of Houston.

From the Chronicle story—

Between 2000 and 2007, there were 259 reported fireworks mishaps in Harris County, causing more than $2 million in damage. …In 2007, at least 21 Texans were taken to hospitals with fireworks-related injuries, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The risk of injuries and fire and all sorts of trouble is the big point here. Just what are the odds that people buying fireworks are using them in as safe a manner as possible? As safe as possible to the extent fireworks can be used safely at all? 

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about preventing fireworks injuries—

“Remember- the safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.” 

Here is some more information on fireworks safety from the CDC. 

Instead of launching fireworks and maybe blowing your fingers off or torching your neighbor’s home, I propose that you read a book instead.

A novel I’m reading at the moment is Johnny Tremain. It is the story of a boy in Colonial Boston who sees all the great events in Boston leading up the American Revolution. There is plenty of action and you will learn about what it was like to live in Boston in the 1770’s.

 Please consider reading a book instead of losing an eye this summer when the fireworks you light go off course and leave you maimed. 

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments