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The democratic singularity

;:A technological singularity is a predicted time at which technological progress accelerates beyond the ability of present-day humans to fully comprehend or predict.

'''from the [Wikipedia|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity]'''

I don't know if the political climate before the technological singularity have ever been discussed. But I am sure someone did and I am probably not aware. Which in itself means that we are still far from the singularity.

I speculate that today's democracy (in the world, I am not talking about Egypt) would be pushed towards an extreme form of [direct democracy|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_democracy]. Direct democracy basically means citizens would be able to vote on every law being passed. And that citizens could start initiatives and almost write their own laws. And that they can recall the politicians with petitions and the like.

We can see you

[They can beat us|http://www.manalaa.net/the_bastards_stole_my_laptop]. [Steal our cameras|http://mostafa.foolab.org/node/96]. They can be as savage and mean as they want.

But we will never stop using technology. And technology will never stop improving. Innovations that empower and enable us will eventually converge.

[Wifi Digital Camera's exist|http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9/19/6433&pq-locale=en_US]. That allows you to instantly email your photos or videos.

No smoke without fire

As a fresh university graduate. It is without a doubt censorship, lack of free speech and security interference exists and is sinking the whole academic fleet of public and private universities.

More than once, in the first two years. When I didn't know about the laws regulating the universities. I was prevented from entering the main campus of Ain Shams University with my medical school ID. And the security at the gate reply was that I have the medical school campus only for me to enter. When I was trying to get to the library. And almost every time I try to enter to get to the university library, bank or administration I get into a heated debate with the security as how they are not allowed to prevent me from entering.

And I have witnessed numerous times how candidates for the student union elections were hand picked and how it was a big game. And heared about all the Amn el Dawla profiling for those candidates.

Release Mohammed Sahfik NOW

Yesterday I was outraged to know that Dr. Mohammed Shafik ,a fresh medical graduate and a House Officer in Ain Shams University Hospitals, was [arrested on Tuesday for distributing Kifaya pamphlets|http://www.reuters.co.za/locales/c_newsArticle.jsp;:42b18bd6:bb367fd8b95b4f?type=topNews&localeKey=en_ZA&storyID=8812508].

Mohammed Sahfik is a colleague and works in the same place I work and train in.

El-Adly MUST resign

After today's Black protest. The next step for the Kefaya and Muslim brotherhood and everyone else not an NDP whore is to force Habib El-Adly resignination. This is the logical and most powerful step Egyptians could do this year.

Why?

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  • Mubarak will "win" the upcoming elections, if elections would go as the referendum, which is very likely. The time and energy spent in trying to oppose Mubarak in the elections will be a waste and better left to the candidates for presidency and their supporters.
  • El-Adly is certainly very important to Mubarak. Mubarak didn't force him to step down after THREE terrorist attacks in one year. In the 90s one terrorist attack was enough to remove one interior minister.
  • The Interior Ministry is the ministry with --stemming from the nature of its job-- the worst human rights record.
  • It is considered the most ethically corrupt ministry. They don't only run after money and power. They seek pleasing the government by committing crimes.
  • This ministry murdered, tortured, mass-arrested, attacked civilians and sexually harassed women.
  • The whole public lost hope in this ministry and share this bleak view. Every day they feel the tyranny and oppression exercised by police force in the roads.
  • Two types of polling stations

    I was told the following by a judge who was in charge of one of the polling stations in Cairo. And what he said probably explains why [Orientalism didn't manage to cast a vote with his national ID only|http://orientalismegypt.blogspot.com/2005/05/conversation-between-me-and-this-man.html] while [Mohammed did|http://fromcairo.blogspot.com/2005/05/meditation-through-participation.html].

    There were two types of polling stations one monitored by judges and only people listed and have a voting card are allowed to vote. And another called a "Moghtarebeen" stations, they are special stations made for people who are coming from cities other than Cairo. Those stations are not monitored by judges. And it is assumed that the people voting don't have a voting card.

    He was given all the details and instructions not before the opening of the polls. But early in the morning at the time of opening.

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