Philadelphia : Silent Protest Against Election Fraud in Iran & Candle Light Vigil


Please come to show your support for the citizens of Iran, who have risked their lives to protest the ‘official’ results of the election. Our silent protest is followed by a candle light vigil to honor the courage of those who lost their lives, to ensure that their voice is not dead, that their memory is with us forever.

Iranians around the world voted in the presidential election of 12 June 2009 (22 Khordad 1388) and stand in solidarity with the people in Iran and their true vote. We in the Iranian Diaspora reject the ‘official’ results put forth by the Ministry of Interior and demand that this election be canceled and held again. We echo demands that the Iranian government take clear and transparent measures toward insuring that the democratic process is respected, and cease all violence against the people. Moreover, we demand that the government respects all the rights of the people enshrined in the Iranian Constitution, including: Freedom of Assembly (Article 27), Freedom of the Press (Article 24) and Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Detention (Article 32).

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD and invite your friends, families and everyone…

Don’t forget to wear GREEN.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Silent protest: 6:00-7:15pm
Candle light vigil: 7:15-8:00pm

Location: Rittenhouse square (North Side)
Between 18th and 19th on Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The point is to support the people of Iran in their demands around this fraudulent election and to condemn the violence. Not to push other agendas. No political factions, NO FLAGS (from any country), let us speak with one voice.

Mini E an electric car for me

Mini E concept – LA Auto Show – Coming Soon, Mini’s Electric Kool Aid Test – List –

A reason not to bail out companies like GM.

My favorite quote from the NYTimes piece:

While General Motors has been plodding along and burning through the dollars developing its Chevrolet Volt “extended-range” electric vehicle (now due in late 2010), Mini, with help from its parent, BMW, took a mere 10 months to develop the Mini E.

Why does our auto industry find it so hard to respond to the needs of its potential customers? Not only has Mini responded they have done it quickly.

The battery takes up a little too much space but mini will work it out. I want one.

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compact-fluorescent menace : one big bad idea

Do you use these lightbulbs? Do you like the light they cast? What do you when one breaks? Got any small childeren?

I’ll answer first. No I don’t use them. No I don’t like the light. Don’t have to worry about it. No kids.

Did you know these bulbs contain mercury? You may remember that thermometers with mercury were banned. Ok so it’s only a little bit of mercury, but a little bit is more than enough. Mercury does not go away. Don’t want to eat fish with Mercury do ya? When the bulb breaks the mercury is released into the air… yep.

With congressional mandates we’ll be seeing lots more of them.

I hate these things. Not because of what they look like I think the physical shape is sort of cool. I hate them because people can’t even recycle or dispose of glass bottles or paint cans – just imagine millions of these poison light bulbs.

I’m stocking up on incandescent bulbs.

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Hybrid Taxi’s : Why aren’t all cabs hybrids?

2008_0816Fringe2a by bgq1.

I’m trying to understand this. Cabs drive around in circles all day. Round about here, round about there. Why are they running on gasoline? Why haven’t all cities mandated hybrid or electric cars for this purpose? Or better yet; reconstitute an old way that was pretty darn smart?

It’s all about dollars and cents and making money in a business.

Taxi Drivers Seek Fuel Surcharge
By Sewell Chan
Complaining that soaring gasoline prices have made it barely possible for them to scrape by, about 17 drivers held a rally on Monday afternoon outside the Lower Manhattan headquarters of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, demanding that the panel impose a fuel surcharge.

Taxi Drivers Seek Fuel Surcharge – City Room – Metro – New York Times Blog

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