A Note to You Blogo-Shiftas
It’s been going on two weeks since the Ethiopian government blocked opposition websites. That makes
Blogspot.com, where most of us write prose celebrating the EPRDF’s phantasmagoric, hate-hate relationship with everything decent and democratic, is totally blocked in
Mesqel Square confirms the blockage in his latest post, and that the ETC has been mum about it. (Only an Ethiopian government apparatus can say nothing about such a serious subject and get away with it.)
On the other hand, however, the Minister of Misinformation, Ato Berhan Hailu, scion of world class sneerer Bereket Simon, was more than happy to paste together a few incoherent thoughts for the VOA. …………………Oh no.
"I do not know which Web sites are blocked, but the government has no intention to do that," Berhan says. "We know that there are illegal and unethical media here in
Sounds about right.
And the answer to your question is, yes, EPRDF apparatchiks are required to hermetically seal their cognitive thought processes from what the rest of us call reality.
We figure Ato Berhan probably doesn’t have a prepared statement about this issue, so, here… here is a little something he can mumble when someone else asks him about why the government is blocking websites. And Ato Berhan, you’re welcome!
Thank you for letting me speak on this issue. I received a letter from a … Reporters Without Borders about this, and as I mentioned to Mr. Borders, the Ethiopian government has no intention of blockaging these so-called blogs, although we all know they are illegal and anti-peace, designed to usurp the Ethiopian constitution. These… bloggeristas think the Web of Wide World is a free domain from thenceswhich they can say anything. The government of
Anyway, the bottom line is, I don’t know what sites are blocked because we in the government don’t read scribblings from the blogofascists Therefore, if we don’t read the, then, how can we block them? These are trumped up charges by the vocal Ethiopian electronic mailistas in the diaspora.
Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority has offered a couple of troubleshooting points, and we urge citizens to follow the following procedures before complaining to a Mr. A. International:
a) duct tape your computer with plastic sheathing for a period of 1-100 days
b) open the back and pull on some wires- does not matter which
c) download the program “blogshevists.exe” from the ETC website
d) boot down your computer
Again, thank you for the opportunity to clear this up.
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