Our new magic number: 200,000

Seems to be an impressive number, both to jaded Canadian politicos and 30 year uncannily always re-elected autocrats. That's about how many people were out in Cairo today demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. It's also about how many people have signed the petition against the CRTC's usage based billing rule for internet providers.

Seems to be an impressive number, both to jaded Canadian politicos and 30 year uncannily always re-elected autocrats. That’s about how many people were out in Cairo today demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. It’s also about how many people have signed the petition against the CRTC’s usage based billing rule for internet providers.

And today we see the Harper government asking the CRTC to revisit that decision and we hear Hosni Mubarak saying he won’t run again the next time they have ‘elections’ in Egypt.

So they’re both bending to pressure, though there’s still a whiff of barnyard about the two autocrats’ words. But the magic number – the one that made them both flinch – seems to be around 200,000.

I’ll be keeping that in mind for the future. Meanwhile, what happens when we get to double that?

10 Comments

  1. Interesting – Al Jezeera English said it was in the millions. I understand the parallel you want to draw – just frustrated with the misinformation, especially in light of today's Moubarak supported terror.

  2. Yeah but I don't like the idea – in Canada anyway – of needing millions of signatures or people in the streets to make change.

  3. Interesting – Al Jezeera English said it was in the millions. I understand the parallel you want to draw – just frustrated with the misinformation,​ especially in light of today's Moubarak supported terror.

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