(message I get after trying to connect to http://i.hoder.com via Sepanta internet card)
They’re filtering us. They’re making us filtered. They’re controlling us. They’re making us controlled. But they think. They think in a wrong way. Or better to say they don’t think. They just make mistake. Islamic Republic of Iran is just a mistake. A mis-decision. A wrong action. They are, however, governing us. And the costs of their mis-decisions and wrong actions we should pay.
Raid after raid. Attack after attack. And now, internet is on the target. It’s the black spot. The gun is triggered.
I have been using internet card Sepanta, which comes in 5, 10, or 20 hours. I usually buy 10 or 20 hour cards, which cost 30000 and 58000 Rials (about US$4 and US$7), respectively. Before that, I used to buy Alborz internet cards, that was a little cheaper than Sepanta, but lower speed and longer time behind the busy line to connect. Alborz got disconnected after 2 hours of continuous use, but most important of all, one day it made filters on the websites, according the order of ICT ministry. Watching it has got filtered my favo-sites, I searched for a good card to replace it. Sepanta, which one of my friends told me about it, was really cool.
Sepanta had (and has) no waiting cause of busy line. In the very first call it connects, remains at a good speed (in scale of a dial-up connection of course!), and doesn’t get disconnected until you close the connection. You can remain connected and love your web surfing as much as your card time allows. It had a very good quality, and above all, no website was filtered under Sepanta. You see: it HAD, it WAS. It is not a good card anymore. All of these are just cause of that stupid governors and decision-makers (mis-decisionmakers) of Iran.
I don’t have access to lots of my favo-websites and weblogs. They have even filtered about all of the known filter-breakers yet. They make me crazy. I can’t see even my own weblog (sometimes)[Is blogspot.com completely filtered? I don't know yet. Now I should use Ctrl+F5 to see my updated posts, otherwise I get my old weblog posts, which shows there is a proxy in the ISP that makes a cache of visited sites. The same is correct for Persian weblog editormyself.com]. I get Access Denied page. I get Page Was Not Found page. I get nowhere. Sepanta is no longer my favo-card. But there is no favo-card in Iran any longer. The stupid government has decided to filter more and more, as minister of ICT told today to Persian-language Shargh newspaper. They just make us carzy for a while, until they focus on something else to deny people-access to, to insert pressure on people.
One day they say they’re going to remove all satellite dishes from Tehran roofs, other day they confront young drivers cause of loud voice of their cars’ cassette- or CD-players. And now it’s web’s turn. Turn to turn. Ends to nowhere.
If these kinds of access-denying and making things forbidden for people had anything to do, we shouldn’t see lots of people dieing and getting blind cause of drinking manipulated, toxic alcohol drinks (just recently more than 20 people died or severely injured after drinking counterfeit alcohol drinks in the southern city of Shiraz (the hometown of Perspolis Palace and its ancinet King Cyrus the Great)). [Selling, buying, owning and drinking alcoholic drinks are forbidden according Iran's law.]
Removing the question doesn’t remove its entity; this just makes people to seek its answer in many other ways--that are not necessarily safe and danger-free. It’s something that Islamic Republic governors CAN’T understand.