A usually handles the Tuesday Afternoon Inquisition, but she had to rescue orphans from a burning building and then vaccinate them. So I’m taking this time to point out our fancy new green Skepchick logo. Jen just whipped that up in response to Skepchick reader cycleninja, who wrote:
The people of Iran are currently in a struggle to overcome a power grab on the party of hard-liners in the wake of forged election
results from this past Friday. Many blogs and websites,
including the BBC[ED: see 1st comment below], have changed their color schemes to green (the color of the opposition party) to show solidarity. Would the Skepchicks consider temporarily doing the same thing?
Yes we would consider it! So, we’re now green. We don’t delve too much into politics here, but this is a serious issue that touches on many issues that require hardcore critical thinking: government fraud (the election was called in favor of the incumbent before the votes could even begin to be counted), censorship (the government is blocking gmail and other services and requiring people to use proxies), and the spread of misinformation (as it appears the government is flooding Twitter with fake news stories).
Instead of a regular Afternoon Inquisition question, use this as an open thread to discuss what’s happening, if and how you’re helping, or even how this issue is highlighting the power of tools like Twitter.
Fellow Bostonians can join the protests from 5-8pm tonight in front of the State House. For other locations, check Google or event sites like Yelp or Upcoming.
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.