Two death bodies and no answer!

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Public opinions in the U.S. call firefighters here because of their service. Almost most of them try their best to save life even pets life!

In Iran there is no such this culture. Like U.S firefighters are a part of Municipal system but they always are on shortage of budget and weak management. Let me give you a trouble example.

Yesterday a fire happened in a five levels building in center of Tehran, Iran’s capital. It started from a small cloth factory that should close because yesterday was a holiday in Iran but it wasn’t.

Even firefighters were on the scene, two women died. They went to window and wait to help but ladders didn’t work well to save these two mothers. Also, there was no “Life-saving jumping cushion” so they lose their balance and fell down. Can you believe it? The photos shows what happened.

Fire department spokesman says both women fell because “They were unable to stable in their place.” No more explanation to answer questions such as why the ladder didn’t work soon. Later firefighters used it for saving eight others. Also, the question why Fire Department of Tehran doesn’t have a Life-saving jumping cushion for situation like it.

We know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but prevention is not serious in Iran. on the other hand, weak management always put people’s life under danger. The bad thing is that managers and officials don’t take responsibilities. Of course people don’t have enough attention to ask them. This means like other incidents, tonight two families, two groups of child didn’t see their mother; for ever. Two mothers who had to work even in a holiday and now they have gone!

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Mann and Ornstein: Congress is still dysfunction after november election

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Writers of “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” say colliding American constitutional system makes political situation worse since the Civil War

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More than 50 people gathered at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Chevy Chase, Md., on Saturday at noon to listen to two congressional scholars, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein discuss their book.

Mann and Ornstein published “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” (Wikipedia Link) over a year ago and argued growing Republican extremists caused Congress to be more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil war. They came to this event to gave a fresh analysis after the recent election in November.

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“The fact is we are not in a good shape and we hoped to see some changes.” Norman Ornstein said in his ten minute speech before taking questions. “We could just easily have entitle this news and expanded paper back edition ‘It’s even worse that was,” he said.

Also, Mann addressed the problem reminded since the book released on April 2012. “Norm and I have worked over 40 years and I have never seen such this,” he said.

Mann and Ornstein asked media to work with government to solve the problem which they called “Congressional Dysfunction.”

“I like to warm up the audience and got laughing because it’s all down hill”, Ornstein said.

“We need to stand against the lie, but now we say, ‘You lied, here is your cable TV Show,’” Norman Ornstein said.

Ornstein and Mann’s reputation for their nonpartisan positions.

Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute that is on Republican side andThomas Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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“We received emails from Republicans more than anyone else. People identified themselves as Republican, not to attack us, but to thank us for helping them try to recapture their political party,” Thomas Mann said.

“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” was a best seller on the The New York Times List. Also NPR and The Washington Post reviewed it.

Read More:
The book’s review in the Washington Post
Naked Truths, BY Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
– Authors Feel Heat for Blaming GOP, By Eliza Newlin Carney, CQ

 

The book event was in Politics and Prose that is known for author events that already has some link Bill Clinton.

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No Peril for Story Telling in Mobile Devices

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Traditional long form story has survived in digital age when readers read more in-depth

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Many people are using smartphones and tablets to read news. They skim and scan the flat glass of their devices. Are they reading in-depth or just checking headlines?

Three years ago, Pew Research Center reported 61 percent of American adults get some kind of news online in a typical day. Although reading online was limited to consumer computers or laptops, now many people are using digital devices like mobile phones or tablets everywhere they want.

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44 percent of U.S. adults owned a smart phone in fall of 2012 according to “Future of Mobile News” study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) in collaboration with The Economist Group. The reports also state almost 25 percent of American adults have a digital tablet and another 22 percent intended to have one in next six months.

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Although the use of digital devices has increased, it seems that people wouldn’t like to spend enough time to read news on their devices even when they aimlessly check their smart phones in metro or on the streets. Now the question is that whether or not the traditional story-telling will survive in the today’s digital age.

Thriving in Digital Age

The Traditional form of news story survived even when the radio and TV dominated the market. For example, the inverted pyramid was popular news style in print. It survived after years but what about now?

Tiffany Campbell, who is a managing editor “WBUR”, Boston’s NPR news station, says that although more formats are going to proliferate in story-telling, the innovation around platforms hasn’t changed the concept of the story.

“Reading a great long form story always going to be around but I think that there can be other ways for people to consume it.” She said in a Skype video interview.

The Pew Research Center reports that mobile users read longer news stories. “73 percent of adults who consume news on their tablets read in-depth articles at least sometimes, including 19 percent who do so daily.”

A decade ago, when the use of computers became popular for reading news, many experts were worried that the readers’ taste was changing and they thought there was a peril for the traditional long form story.

AllissiaNow the fear has disappeared, “Digital journalists can pack lots of information into a tiny smartphone screen if they think in more than one dimension,” Allissa Richardson, director of Mobile Learning in MOJO Media Works, LLC says in an email interview.

Richardson is a journalist and college professor who teaches her students about creating narrated photo-essays, and short audio and video documentaries with their smart phones and tablets.

She said in her email that “If digital journalists focus on making the reader feel as if he or she has a front-row seat, we can still provide informative content.”

Some adventures make Digital devices more convenience to use and every day more people join to use it.

Bunch of Adventures

Receiving “A lots of Information” as Richardson stated is not the only benefit of using digital devices for reading news.

HongIn a Skype interview, Hong Qu, a digital toolmaker who works in Keepr – a data mining tool for journalists- says, “Compare a tablet or smart phone with a book or newspaper. You can move, carry and use it easily,” A former student in UC Berkeley’s School of Information, Qu said that mobile or tablet users can be a deep-in reader too: “Maybe there are some technical issues, but many readers can use several article and news in their device. They also can save to read later,”

Qu also said, “I don’t feel that it is a problem. It is an opportunity, maybe challenging for producer of content, in end of the day, the consumer will benefit for more these events.”

Hong Qu, digital toolmaker

These adventures encourage people to use their digital devices to go in-depth. According to report of the Pew Research Center in “Future of Mobile News”, now reading magazines on devices is small part of people’s consuming.

News Magazines: Embracing Their Digital Future
For now at least, magazine reading is a relatively small part of how people use these devices. Some 11% of smartphone owners read magazines on their phone weekly, as do 22% of tablet owners, according to Pew Research Center data from the fall of 2012. But news in general ranks near the top of their mobile activity with 64% getting news on their tablet at least weekly and 62% on their smartphones. here

Even more promising for magazines is the type of reading and news consumption that is occurring. Fully 78% of tablet news users read in-depth articles at least sometimes on their device. Moreover, most of those consumers, 61%, said they read two to three articles in a sitting, while 17% read four or more. A vast majority, 72%,- said they often read in-depth articles they did not set out to read, or what is known in the media as serendipity. here

This spending more time is not limited to magazine, the report states “78 percent of tablet news users read in-depth articles at least sometimes on their device.  Moreover, most of those consumers, 61 percent said they read two to three articles in a sitting, while 17 percent read four or more.”

Perspective of Better Story Telling

Some experts believe that spending less time reading only headlines on mobile devices is not a threat.  On the contrary, they think this new trend can be an opportunity to tell the stories in an attractive shorter way.

Allissa Richardson says, “Traditional journalists have faced an uphill battle for the American reader’s attention span since news began to migrate from print formats to the Web,”

The director of Mobile Learning said the time limitation is not a big deal: “Journalists will have to become even better at telling a good story much faster. This does not mean that stories have to lack context or layers. Journalists now have the chance to incorporate multimedia elements like never before.”

To become a better online story teller needs some technics: “If they aim to integrate audio, video and photographs to round out print pieces, I believe audiences will stay on news pages much longer. I think people want a more immersive news experience now,” Richardson said.

On the other hand, Tiffany Campbell, managing editor for digital at WBUR, thinks information overload is a big problem but, “The variety and speed of which people are consuming things, is not a bad thing.”

Campbell also said “Journalists and media professionalisms should figure out how to get the information in front of their audience.”

The combination of technology and journalism makes reading easier on digital devices especially when every single story can offer several new related stories which the reader had not intended to read.

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Shot to Itself

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Islamist extremists sometimes shot to themselves in Iran without knowing it. Like this picture. Let me explain to you.

As you know, Iran and western countries are around table to talk about Iran Nuclear program. Since last month, official from Iran and U.S had met, some extremists got mad in Tehran. They lifted some advertisement billboard with this picture:

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Two diplomats, from Iran and U.S, are sitting to talk but under the table, American Diplomat kept a shotgun. “American Honesty” typed in Farsi on the picture that addressing U.S is not reliable to negotiation.

The Basij, the semi-military organization that  receiving their orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, was behind this billboards in Tehran, capital of Iran. A week before Iran negotiator come to Geneva on November, these billboard collected from streets.

Now, let look to the first picture. Islamist extremists again designed a new Billboard.

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Fars News agency that is close to IRGC, announced this new billboard is “Current Shemr”.

The Miniature portrayed “good and evil” in Iranian Muslim believes. Left is Imam Hussein, third Imam of Shia Islam and on the right is his killer, “Shemr”. If you notice, Shmer’s face had collaged with Benjamin @Netanyahu’s photo.

Although extremists tried to show a new Shemr in this era as character of evil, there is a big mistake. First, Who is Shemr?

In the folklore of Shia IslamShemr is a villainous figure, who is usually associated with the death of the prophet Muhammad‘s grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala.
Shemr is depicted in the passion plays during the Shia festival of Ashura.
Shemr  fought in the battle of Kerbala and his army killed Imam Hussein.

 

The mistake is that “Hussein” was lost in fighting with Shemr1400 years ago. Even Shia believes Hussein was a honorable victim, he lost his life and logically, he defeated in fighting.

Extremists made this symbol without thinking that what the final of this Comparison is. “Modern Shemr”, here means Israel and they will have been over Iran by extremists?

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Spring is coming and Iranian’s new year

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The primrose flower a sign of coming spring in north of Iran, Gilan- photo here

I was going to work, like other days 4:00 AM. and like other days I was listening WTOP, our local radio station. The anchor said tomorrow is the first day of spring. It was true. Actually it is true. March 20 is first day of spring. I don’t know but I expected that he mentions this is an Iranian and some other nations new year such as I have heard several times about Chinese new year every end of January. But nothing. 

Maybe, he or his editor doesn’t know. Or maybe, they know but they don’t care. Why they should care about a holiday for a county that every day its name is appearing on top news as unfavorable. For example, if you just search Iran name in today’s news, these are some news:

– No shift in Iran’s nuclear behaviour, despite sanctions

– Nuclear talks: Iran unmoved by world powers’ latest proposal

Unfortunately, for years an extreme regime in Tehran worries the world. Islamic Republic of Iran is going to its path. The path is similar to north Korea to rich nuclear bomb. Even Ayatollah Khamenei denies it but Iran doesn’t let IAEA to monitor some questionable military-nuc sites. Why? If Iran is clear why doesn’t accept the monitoring.  Of course another big issue is human rights violence such Islamic Republic sacrifice its people. 

Iran’s proceeds for years are on scale. For years, Islamic republic were accused to involve in bombing, assassination, and other kind of dangerous plots. This bring a bad reputation for Iran.  Iran is not only a unpleasant regime and the true is there is a nation in the Middle East: Iran. Iran of Iranian. 

Now, come back to my introduction. The spring is coming. Iranian new year and some neighbors countries will start tomorrow. What can I say except wish peace and freedom for Iran. I believe if they come, I will hear from my local radio that the first day of spring is coming. It is Iranian and some others new year. Yes, this is the only area that start the new year exactly on starting spring!

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Return to the Period of Ignorance

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Even the title is talking about the ignorance period but this picture is not such old that period it is:


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 There are three persons here: two executioner and a criminal. The criminal is a Thief and ISNA agency reported he has 47 claimants without any detail. (ISNA Link – Farsi)

According to Iranian law that they called “Islamic Penal Code of Iran” one of sentence for a thief can be cutting finger. It has steps for example if it was first time the judge can sentence the thief to cut a phalanges, next time to cut a whole finger, and third time robbery can be sentence to cut a hand from wrist. It would be expended if the thief rapid the crime to cut whole hand and the last sentence is a death penalty.

This law comes from Islam and almost   twenty years ago, Iranian parliament temporary passed this law. There are some punishment that are not acceptable to this era such “cutting of hands, and feet, stoning to death, cutting off of tongues and gouging out eyes on the statutes.”

I don’t have problem with Islam and some people who believe in this religion but I strongly believe these kind of sentences don’t work to this new world we are living. A main point of setting punishment is showing other potential criminal to see their future. Also, authority wants to prevent crime in the society.

I am sure these sentences can not guarantee these two purposes. If they would other western countries still use these sentences. As we know, elementary societies used some harsh punishments until a few centuries ago. They changed because using a hanging or cutting a organ as punishment is just wiping a problem, no solution! For example, two years a go a crazy person killed more than 70 children in Norway. The authority didn’t killed him fast and they sentenced to life jail and also search about why he had done this massacre.

At this time, world tries to finds better solution  in Iran the judiciary system returns to back to use some old  and not acceptable punishment!

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