Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Self Destruction? OR NOT!

I don't quite remember when I first received the news regarding the the Sivand dam [Iran - Fars] reconstruction and how it could seriously damage Iran's archeological sites, but I do know that now I'm completely sick and tired of my mailbox and Orkut scrap book getting filled up with all the emails and messages on the topic, which oh, yeah, happen to be ALL BLOODY LIES!
So here's the story: The Sivand dam has been an important part of an on going 10 year plan to provide irrigation water for the farmers in the area, and now that it's nearly complete, some very disturbing rumors have been spread around which have managed to cause serious concerns for a whole lot of people, including myself for a short while. [If you didn't know already, I'm Persian. At least to a large extent.] The rumors have it that the flooding of this dam could cause the total destruction of some of Iran's most important archeological sites including Pasargadae, the city built by King Cyrus the Great, and the King's tomb. So these are the rumors that everyone has been receiving and damn well spreading without the smallest bit of research and any actual credible information.
Now here's my question to whoever's been spreading the rumors thinking that they've been doing a fine job opening the eyes of the world to the truth: HOW GULLIBLE CAN YOU POSSIBLY BE? Why won't you go and learn the truth for yourself instead of getting so fizzed up over a bunch of spam mails? When are you going to wake up and see what's really happening, and what role you're actually playing here?
Last night I received an email saying that the flooding has started, and the tomb has already gone under, and HEY it included bloody PICTURES believe it or not. That's it, I've had it, my folly taking capacity is officially over. I've decided to post a little piece of authenticated truth here, so "you", rumor spreaders, might consider going and talking to the right people, or even better, taking a little trip and seeing things for yourself if you can. And of course I hope this helps anyone who would like to have some knowledge of what's been happening.
The Pasargadae and King's tomb are in fact kilometers away from the bloody dam. There's even a few villages in between, which means what exactly? Are you telling me that all those people have been drowned for cryin' out loud? Of course not, you didn't even think of that did you? In addition, you seem to fail to realize that the archeological sites of Iran don't just belong to Iran, they belong to the world nation and therefore they're all under protection of UNESCO. The Persian government doesn't do any kind of construction work around any of Iran's archeological sites without the permission of UNESCO. On the other hand, a Persian-Italian archeological research team has just recently unearthed another huge site in the area, which is being explored right at this moment. Makes me wonder, did they drown too? Or are they doing under-water explorations now?
The only actual concern that has been brought up so far, is the effects of the possible increase of steam in the air. As it turns out, in comparison with the amount of rain that the sites receives each year, the steam problem is totally negligible. I also have to mention that some interesting solutions are being discussed currently for the rain problem. I also have another little hint for the rumor spreaders: You might want to start thinking in lines of "what effect these rumors have on the international view of Iran", and how many more examples of similar problems we're dealing with currently, which have to do with certain political matters that I'm just too sick of them to get into them here anyway.
And now for some laughs, I'd like to share with you the very amusing [or not] photoshop works that I've just received, displaying the supposedly flooded tomb of Cyrus.
If you have some additional news, photos, or anything to contribute to the article, or for some discussions or questions, please either ICQ, MSN, or Yahoo me. Thank you.

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35 Commentz:

Anonymous George said...

Ok those pictures are seriously pathetic!

6 Sep 2006 04:11:00  
Blogger Aasemoon said...

Yeah tell me about it! :P

6 Sep 2006 04:12:00  
Anonymous simon said...

Hahaha they could at least remove that guy! :P

6 Sep 2006 04:17:00  
Anonymous Adam said...

wow...how sick is that.

6 Sep 2006 04:20:00  
Anonymous derek said...

Exactly! Why would anyone spread such stupid lies?

6 Sep 2006 04:24:00  
Anonymous Seamus said...

So, let me see if I got this right. The dam is nowhere near the archeological sites, but just to mind frack the world, some sick people are spreading rumors that the sites have been flooded?
If that's it, then yeah ok it's seriously disturbing.

6 Sep 2006 05:43:00  
Blogger Aasemoon said...

That about sums it up.

6 Sep 2006 05:43:00  
Anonymous jamin said...

But why though? I mean I don't quite understand why would some people spread a lie like this? What good does it do to anyone?

6 Sep 2006 06:04:00  
Anonymous Seth said...

Jamin: Why do people generally spread rumors? Plus it does serve a purpose as it's been mentioned here, which is to create a certain image of the Persian government.

6 Sep 2006 06:53:00  
Anonymous Alex said...

Yeah but to photoshop pictures and stuff, it's going too far. Also, this place is not located on Mars! People can just go and see what's going on.

6 Sep 2006 06:56:00  
Anonymous hper said...

What a joke! You have every right to feel sick. :(

6 Sep 2006 07:05:00  
Anonymous Shahab said...

I have been receiving those emails too, and this is the first time I read something like this! I thought the tomb was actually flooded! :/

6 Sep 2006 07:39:00  
Anonymous eddie said...

Come on man those pictures are nowehre near believable!

6 Sep 2006 07:50:00  
Anonymous rohan said...

The problem is that when you hear someting so many times you tend to start believing!

6 Sep 2006 18:10:00  
Anonymous jena said...

And that's exactly why you should go ahead and do your own research.

6 Sep 2006 18:17:00  
Anonymous ricky said...

I know this is unfair and it's a serious discussion, but darn it I can't stop laughing! You're ticked and..."under water explorations"? ROFL....

6 Sep 2006 18:44:00  
Anonymous yvon said...

Yeah some hilarious sarcasm going around definitely! :D

6 Sep 2006 18:48:00  
Anonymous rade said...

Haha...did they drown too....oh man...

But seriously, this is painful!

6 Sep 2006 18:58:00  
Anonymous Janice said...

I know exactly how you're feeling right now. It's so annoying to see how people don't bother to pay a little attention to the facts, and just go around spreading the falsified evidence. I hope everyone will see this article here, or similar ones, and correct their vision.

6 Sep 2006 19:44:00  
Anonymous joey said...

Dear Lord! Story of the month!

6 Sep 2006 19:51:00  
Anonymous Lila said...

These people really need to look UNESCO up.

6 Sep 2006 19:57:00  
Anonymous Andrew said...

VILLAGES in between? In that case this is the bluff of the century. :S

6 Sep 2006 20:30:00  
Anonymous zak said...

Yeah so there are people out there who think that (1)the Persian government might intentionally destroy the Pasargadae, and (2)the world out there might let them. Pooffff......

6 Sep 2006 20:53:00  
Anonymous r.s. said...

It's terrible but it's not new. This sort of thing has been going around forever.

6 Sep 2006 20:56:00  
Anonymous marko said...

ROFL the pics are hilarious! =D

6 Sep 2006 21:43:00  
Anonymous Osa said...

How so very stupid of these people to put you guys in such a bad situation, I remember how you were feeling when you first received the fake news. :(

6 Sep 2006 21:53:00  
Blogger Aasemoon said...

Yeah well they scared me to death.

6 Sep 2006 22:12:00  
Anonymous lenny said...

I can imagine, it probably took sometime before you could figure it was fake.

6 Sep 2006 22:16:00  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Ah! So now there's pictures....

6 Sep 2006 22:27:00  
Anonymous davy said...

U Bet!

6 Sep 2006 22:29:00  
Anonymous Janice said...

I also have to add that if you were a guy, or I were a guy, or we were lesbos, I'd ask you out on a date right now. I'm totally crazy about your writing style and your tone. I still have a copy of your "machine gun in the back packet" article, and I read it to my class a while ago. I know that you're an engineering student, but never stop writing! ^_^

6 Sep 2006 22:46:00  
Anonymous aaron said...

You've Got: Fan-Mail! :)

6 Sep 2006 22:57:00  
Blogger Aasemoon said...

Janice, thanks a lot! I don't know what to say, I don't think I deserve all the complemets. :) I'm glad you've liked my articles, and I promise I won't stop writing. :)

7 Sep 2006 00:17:00  
Anonymous ross said...

HAHAHAHA your tone is awesome! I'm sorry you're ticked off but you sound awesome when you're a bit angry!

9 Sep 2006 01:32:00  
Blogger Optimus said...

I just happened to be reading some of your old posts and I found this one interesting.

I didn't know anything about the story before I read your article but I truly know the feeling of how some rumors spread like hell because everybody says (and it's in human nature to take things lightly except if things concern you so much) so while you have researched and know they are bloody false, people insisting spreading these rumors and talking about them. I know the feeling in other aspects that matter to me. The popular idea, not the right one wins..

Sometimes I wonder if it has any meaning to try to write about some blatant mistakes people do and still believe in because they are spreaded like hell. Even if I wrote critics on these stuff, would they listen? The popular idea wins. Though, I really sympathized with your attempt to reveal the facts about that story (which didn't concern me, but the demystifying of the popular rumours do in general).

Somehow I'd wish to write an article analyzing the mechanisms behind ideas that are spreaded no matter they are faulty, refer to some, some that concern me or the popular ones, but maybe later oh and now maybe I am out of subject.

p.s. And it's quite interesting that you are from Iran (Are you half Persian? What's your other ethnicity?). I am wondering how is society and life in some countries in western Asia. The only person I met from there was that girl from Palestine I mentioned on my blog but we didn't have enough time (or maybe it wasn't the occasion) to let her tell me about her country.

Mmm.. I hope you don't mind about digging your old posts and post such blubber ;)

13 Jan 2007 01:07:00  

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