From time to time, people say nice things about this blog. Sometimes not so nice.
I've been informed today of a really fine form of flattery: the Iranian government has blocked access to the blog!
They must be getting nervous about news from Tunis, Cairo, Tripoli and elsewhere. Everybody knows that it is impossible to effectively prevent the spread of information by internet. I'm told that in China during the Olympics the universities asked their students to sign an undertaking that during the Games they would not consult proxy (that is, illegal) websites that provided access to material that was otherwise blocked. When I tell people in China that I am concerned about access to the blog, they just smile knowingly and indicate that the information is accessible, but with difficulty. This must also be the case in Iran.