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I saw something earlier saying that part of this is due in part to prolonged military activity in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.  Never really thought of the public opinion there on the matter, but I didn't think it would really be that negative.

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5 hours ago, Scolopax said:

I saw something earlier saying that part of this is due in part to prolonged military activity in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.  Never really thought of the public opinion there on the matter, but I didn't think it would really be that negative.

I've heard the same, the Iranian people are sick of Iran wasting money on foreign adventures.

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On 12/31/2017 at 1:12 AM, SergeantMatt said:

I've heard the same, the Iranian people are sick of Iran wasting money on foreign adventures.

Interesting article from John Ringo about the protests in Iran.

 

 

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Yuri Lyamin posts about protests in Iran:

https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/691726.html (31st Dec)

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   In Iran, even in the case of local unrest, they usually slow down the speed of the Internet, block websites, social networks, etc., which are used to coordinate actions and upload videos. And I'm not even talking about how to strictly restricted was the Internet during the riots of 2009.

   Immediately three days ago, riots broke out in different regions and only that night reports began to appear about the temporary inaccessibility of the Internet in certain areas and that at the request of the Iranian government Telegram blocked one of the channels where protested called for riots and gave instructions on the creation of Molotov cocktails etc. At the same time, Telegram itself as a whole continues to work inside the country.

   And the authorities continue to react very calmly to the situation and to curb the riots they rely only on the police of the Law Enforcement Force. The forces of the IRGC, including the "Basij", are still not used to stop the riots, judging by the video that I watched. It should be noted that in 2009 regular IRGC forces were not involved in suppressing the riots, but it was the mobilization of the Basij militia that helped the police to cope with the situation without active use of firearms.

 

   Iranian state media specifically emphasize the right of Iranian citizens to peaceful protests and the fact that there are grounds for discontent with the government's economic policy. For example, from yesterday's Russian-language article on the state Iranian news portal Pars Today - People's protests - a reflection of economic problems in the country

 

   "There is no doubt that protests against existing problems are the undisputed right of the population and reflect the dynamism of Iranian society, information transparency and the freedom of public meetings as the elementary rights of Iranian citizens."
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   "The inability to recognize economic problems and people's livelihood problems by some government officials is a big mistake." Denying people's problems and superficial problem solving is perhaps the shortest way, but definitely not a solution. "

 

   In this evening and night from 30 to 31 December in several cities, the first attempts were made to set fire to government and municipal buildings, not to mention the crushed bus stops, ripped posters, etc. At the same time, the head of the Interior Ministry of Iran today made a rather soft statement that the use of violence during the protests will cause great damage to the security and progress of the country and therefore called on all to act within the framework of the law and peacefully express their protest. Although vandals and arsonists will pay for their actions.
   In general, the situation at the moment is certainly controlled, but protests increasingly turn into riots with all the attendant consequences.

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https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/692344.html

1st Jan

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   On December 31, Telegram and Instagram were temporarily blocked. At the same time, the Internet in Iran still was not cut and was not slowed down, as it was in 2009.
   President Ruhani in his statement again stressed the line that the authorities see a big difference between ordinary protesters and those who arrange riots. So the Iranian president said: "We are a free nation based on the Constitution and the rights of citizens, people are completely free to express their criticism and even protest." It was further said that criticism differs from violence and damage to state property and that it is impossible to allow the creation in Iran of an atmosphere that would arouse fears of people for their safety and life.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/31/547403/Rouhani-Iran-protest-criticism

 

   Over the past days, protests have taken place in dozens of Iranian cities, from small to the capital - Tehran, although rarely the protests ended in riots and clashes with the police. Well, the scale of protests in general is still much inferior to the events of 2009. As for the victims of the riots, it is known for sure that two people died, on Saturday, December 30, in the city of Dourod in the province of Lorestan, their deaths were confirmed and officially.
   The Iranian police continue to use force sufficiently dosed, relying primarily on a standard police kit - batons, water cannons and tear gas. In general, the usual tactics of suppressing the riots of the Iranian police and the "basij" militia do not envisage the use of firearms, except in extreme cases. These include, for example, attempts to attack protected sites, a threat to the lives of members of the security forces, and so on. So in my opinion, during the riots of 2009, one of the first, if not the very first, case of using firearms by Iranian security forces was connected with an attempt by some of the demonstrators to break through to one of the bases of the Basij militia in Tehran.

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   There were initially protests on a number of economic problems, and these protests were supported, among others. and part of the conservatives, that they are now in a systemic opposition to President Rukhani and severely criticize his economic policies.
   But protests quickly were used by the banned out-of-system opposition, which included very diverse forces from the remnants of the supporters of the Mujahideen organization of the Iranian people to monarchists, Kurdish separatists, etc. To organize their activities inside Iran, they are actively using social networks.

 

 

 

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https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/692599.html

2nd Jan

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   Compared to 2009, new protests in Iran are much less numerous, but now there are very aggressive groups among their members who quickly moved to attacks on various government buildings and facilities. In addition, then the center of protests was Tehran, and now the main riots occur in some small towns and provincial centers, like Kermanshah, etc.
   This in the last couple of days has led to a rapid increase in the death toll with several attempts to set fire to or penetrate protected sites - police stations and bases of the Basij militia. As I wrote earlier, the personnel of such facilities have the right to use firearms to protect them and, in case of attacks, they can shoot without superfluous inquiries from the higher command.
   Judging by the reports of Iranian television, the total number of dead at least two dozen people, the vast majority of the deaths occurred just for the last two days - 10 and 11 deya, that is, on December 31 and January 1 in our calendar. On Saturday, two died, on Sunday ten more and over the past day, killed nine more people. Of these, six were killed in an attack on a police station in Kehderidzhan near Isfahan. Among the dead are also one policeman, a young member of the IRGC (most likely "basij") and a passerby. Over the past days, 450 participants in the riots were detained.
   IRGC still believes that there is no need for active intervention now and the police copes with the riots, but in a number of cities a part of the Basij militia, controlled by the IRGC, was mobilized to help the police.

 

   The most notable incident on Monday was of course the aforementioned attack on the police in Kehderidzhan, one of the videos shot there showed even on Iranian television.

 

 

 

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And these videos were made when attempting to attack a police station in Tysserkan
Police is on the roof of the building

 

 

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https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/693614.html

Jan 5th

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   After the Basij militia joined to support the Law Enforcement Force (police) and taking measures to limit social networks, etc., the situation in those Iranian cities where the riots were occurring is gradually normalizing. In various cities of Iran on January 3 and 4, mass demonstrations were organized in support of the Islamic Republic. The commander of the IRGC announced the end of the "Troubles," and the commander of the Law Enforcement Force to neutralize "counterrevolutionary groupings." Riots still happen in some places, but they are being quickly suppressed now. New video attacks on police stations, etc. does not appear.
   According to the chairman of the Tehran's revolutionary tribunal (court), those who participated in the riots after the third day of protests, that is, starting from December 31 in our calendar, are facing a much more severe punishment, since they are no longer considered as protestors who committed the offense, but rebels against the state. There they can face punishment up to the death penalty through hanging.

 

Video demonstrations in support of the Islamic Republic

 

 

 

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And some of Yuri's post from otvaga:

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   For Saturday-Sunday, 12 people killed in the riots - two on Saturday and ten on Sunday. The reasons for the deaths are different, but most perished in attempts to set fire to or penetrate protected public facilities - police stations, military bases, etc. But there were absolutely unfortunate victims, in one of the cities the protesters threw the car that had blocked their way from the top tier of the automobile interchange, as a result, it fell on the car passing down below and killed the married couple there.

 

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   There, the process is more likely to be reverse Venezuela, the Ruhani government wanted to stop inflation, stabilize the budget in conditions of sanctions and a drop in oil prices in recent years is carrying out a program to cut government spending and liberalize the economy. That leads to serious conflicts with the conservative part of the elite. Rukhani and his supporters strongly hoped that after the abolition of international and European sanctions, large foreign investments would go into the country, which would help start a rapid economic growth and reduce unemployment, but many investors were afraid to get under the remaining American sanctions after that, and after coming to power of Trump even a part of foreign investors that have come, began to be afraid to invest new funds. Well and against this background the part of the population also began to be disappointed in promises of the president.
   Well, a concrete reason for the recent protests was a series of events that coincided. Among them, the bankruptcy of a number of financial institutions and the epidemic of avian influenza, because of which it was necessary to hunt down parts of birds on poultry farms. The latter provoked a temporary increase in prices for chicken and eggs, in which conservatives also accused the Rukhani government, that it did not introduce administrative measures on time, etc.
There, in general, the macroeconomic situation in the country is improving, but not as quickly as we would like ..

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@Donward

Essentially, latest US stupid policy undermine Iranian politicians that wanted to cooperate with Western countries and companies and increase support of Iranian conservatives. I don't understand why you are happy with this (at least i understood it that way after your post about Iran being client state of Russia).

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According to the clickbait, these are the top selling online items on Walmart.com broken down by state...

 

Connecticut, Idaho, and North Dakota have a lot to answer for.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5247449/The-popular-Walmart-purchases-state.html

 

  1. Alabama: Crayons
  2. Alaska: RV and Antifreeze
  3. Arizona: LOL Surprise dolls
  4. Arkansas: Chocolate
  5. California: Protein Powder
  6. Colorado: M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candy
  7. Connecticut: Ghost in the Shell DVD
  8. Delaware: Spiced Jelly Candy
  9. Florida: Sparkling Cider
  10. Georgia: Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair
  11. Hawaii: Barbie Farmer Doll
  12. Idaho: My Little Pony Miniature Collection
  13. Illinois: Erasers
  14. Indiana: Instant Coffee
  15. Iowa: Water Softening Crystals
  16. Kansas: Ozark Trail Tumblers
  17. Kentucky: 4x6 Photo Prints
  18. Louisiana: Root Beer extract
  19. Maine: Brownie Mix
  20. Maryland: Glue Sticks
  21. Massachusetts: Refrigerators
  22. Michigan: Lavender Scented Cleaning products
  23. Minnesota: Flaming Hot Cheetos
  24. Mississippi: Oil Less Fryer
  25. Missouri: Lifesavers Candy
  26. Montana: Madden NFL Video Games
  27. Nebraska: Pressed Makeup Powder
  28. Nevada: Dog Treats
  29. New Hampshire: Cinnamon Flavored Toothpaste
  30. New Jersey: Pool Salt
  31. New Mexico: Cat Food
  32. New York: Cheerios
  33. North Carolina: Mayonnaise
  34. North Dakota: Watermelon Flavored Gum
  35. Ohio: Grape Flavored Drink Mix
  36. Oklahoma: Barbecue Sauce
  37. Oregon: Humidifiers
  38. Pennsylvania: Plastic Hangers
  39. Rhode Island: Christmas Lights
  40. South Carolina: Coin Bank
  41. South Dakota: Orange Juice
  42. Tennessee: Disney Infinity Powers Discs
  43. Texas: TV Wall Mounts
  44. Utah: Personal Travel Care Kits
  45. Vermont: Sweet Canned Corn
  46. Virginia: Coolers
  47. Washington: Vanilla Frosting
  48. West Virginia: My Life As Doll
  49. Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers Bath Mat
  50. Wyoming: Flannel Shirts

 

 

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I can actually confirm the North Carolina Mayo thing... Only place I've ever been which had squeeze bottles of mayo sufficient for each table plus baskets of individual serving mayo packets in 3 different places on the Continental breakfast line at every hotel.

 

Well at least we won't run out of f***ing mayo at BREAKFAST!

 

on the plus side, no granola anywhere in sight.

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1 hour ago, Scolopax said:

Tide Pods

I feel like this is a thing where some people posted it as a joke, the joke caught one, one or two extremely gullible individuals decided to give it a shot (They exist. I have stories.) and major news outlets are calling it something bigger than it really is.

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28 minutes ago, Scolopax said:

Yes, but...

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16294364

 

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Analysis of national databases show that acetaminophen-associated overdoses account for about 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations yearly. Analysis of national mortality files shows 458 deaths occur each year from acetaminophen-associated overdoses; 100 of these are unintentional. The poison surveillance database showed near-doubling in the number of fatalities associated with acetaminophen from 98 in 1997 to 173 in 2001. AERS data describe a number of possible causes for unintentional acetaminophen-associated overdoses.

 

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21 minutes ago, Donward said:

Hawaii didn't get nuked today.

 

...

 

I guess we have that going for us. 

 

"Accidentally" sent an entire state warning of a missile inbound on their position. 

 

Either someone's head is going to really going to roll, or the gubmint ain't tellin' us somethin'.

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What I wouldn't give for Trump to tweet "if CNN says shithole one more time I'm gonna punch someone in the cocksucker"

 

Just send these assholes straight into fucking orbit... Fuck Elon musk and Space X! Trump's Twitter account boosts shit to geosynchronous for pennies on the pound!

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