Ivan Watson | BIO
Iranian authorities have imposed a virtual information blockade after opposition leaders issued a call for supporters to take to the streets during an important government anniversary on Thursday, people inside the country are saying.
Residents of the Iranian capital said Wednesday that text messages on many messaging services have been blocked and Internet speeds have slowed to a crawl.
The Internet "comes on only a few minutes each day, but you never know when," one Iranian wrote in an e-mail to CNN, which he said took seven hours to send. "This has been going on for more than four days now. I contacted my Internet provider and they said it is out of their control."
Tonight on 360°, digging out from the blizzard of 2010. We have live reports from some of the cities hit by the storm. Plus, volunteer who helped recovery bodies after the September 11th attacks is now helping out in Haiti. Anderson has his story.
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Much of the East Coast is buried under snow tonight. From North Carolina to Massachusetts, Wednesday's blizzard conditions are a reminder of winter's wrath.
New snowfall records have been set this winter in the Washington-area, along with Baltimore, Maryland and Wilmington, Delaware.
In the nation's capital 40 inches of snow has fallen in the past few days from two storm systems. There are reports of at least 22 roof collapses in the area from the weight of the snow.
The federal government was shutdown for a third day.
Farther north, Philadelphia could get 20 inches of snow from this latest storm. Interstates 76, 476, 676 and 176 around the city are only open for emergency vehicles.
Here in New York, the city is under a blizzard warning until 6 a.m. Thursday. At least a foot of snow is expected.
The three area airports are open, but not many planes are landing or taking off.
Up in Boston, up to 10 inches of snow is predicted to fall.
We'll have live reports on the weather conditions tonight on 360°.
We also continue to follow the recovery efforts in Haiti.
Doctor Sanjay Gupta is tracking the medical crisis. He's tracking how U.S. hospitals are helping Haiti's quake victims.
This may surprise you. The U.S. hospitals that take the patients are getting reimbursed at 110% of Medicare. You may be wondering why 110%, and not 100%. Dr. Gupta has the details.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.
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So, you have a snow day – a whole blissful day off from work to spend any way you see fit. It may be tempting to waste the afternoon on the couch watching Law & Order reruns. But the more adventurous of you might want to use the wintry weather as an excuse to dust off your sleds (read: trash can lids) or bring out your shovel to build an igloo. Here are some fun, unusual ways to spend your snow day:
1. Shoot the snow! With a camera, that is. Embrace your inner nature photographer, and submit your photos to CNN.
2. Why stop at a snowman when you can build an igloo in your backyard? All you'll need is a saw, spade and plank of wood. Or, try a snow castle – like a sand castle, but without the beach, sun, and summer weather...
3. Trust chef Paula Deen to have a recipe for snow ice cream. Make good use of the fresh snowfall in your backyard!
4. Follow the lead of Washington's workers and schedule an all-out neighborhood snowball fight. Separate into teams and play ball! Snowball, that is. And don’t hog the fun – take your dogs with you and let them run wild in the snow.
5. If your kids are stuck home from school, don't just plop them in front of the TV or computer. Let them unleash their artistic side using the snow as their canvas, with some easy homemade paint.
Or, if it's too cold to even venture outdoors, here are some fun ways to avoid cabin fever:
7. Finally get around to starting that blog you've been planning since 2004. Or, help your child start one – use 13-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson's celebrated blog as inspiration.
8. Gone are the days of Monopoly and Scrabble as games of choice for kids stuck inside on a snowy day. Here are some child-friendly iPhone apps for tech-savvy little ones.
10. If you must play online games, make it for a good cause. Zynga, the developer behind popular games like FarmVille, has set up a fund to support those affected by the Haiti earthquake.
A blizzard has halted operations at some airports in the Northeast, and thousands of flights have been canceled.
No flights will operate at Reagan Washington National or Dulles International airports on Wednesday, according to the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority.
Travelers are urged to check with their airlines for flight status updates and rebooking policies. Most airlines will waive change fees for travel in and out of areas affected by the weather system.
Go to the FAA site above to track your flight status.
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Special to AC360°
After nearly a year of organized popular strikes and demonstrations against the Shah, Iran’s Islamic Revolution triumphed 31 years ago this week. Being a fetus at the time, however, I have no memory of this defining historical moment in my homeland, despite the fact that it directly determined the direction of my future.
Were it not for the Islamic Revolution and the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq War that followed it, I’d likely be writing this from an apartment in Tehran instead of Atlanta. Yet, here I am, among the millions of others within the Iranian diaspora, floating between worlds and looking to the past in the hopes of helping build a new future for Iran.
The Islamic Revolution brought Iran enormous hope and promise in 1979. Unfortunately, however, it never fully lived up to that promise. While, in many ways, it liberated Iranians from the shackles of overt Western imperialism, it did so only to ultimately bind them again in the equally oppressive shackles of religious extremism.
Editor's Note: This article continues our series excerpted from AC360°'s contributor David Gewirtz's book, How To Save Jobs, which is available now. AC360° viewers can download it for free at HowToSaveJobs.org. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter @DavidGewirtz.
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David Gewirtz | BIO
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute
Different cultures consume meat with a differing level of gusto, but meat production is so resource intensive, it’s still worth a detailed look. The results are staggering.
By 2002, China was already consuming nearly twice the meat (measured in metric tons) as the United States. They chowed down on 67.7 million metric tons, while the U.S. gobbled a comparatively dainty 36.3 million metric tons of carnivorous joy. India, a nation less culturally attuned to meat (and particularly beef consumption), weighed in with smaller numbers – consuming only 5.4 million metric tons.
But what if China consumed as much meat, per capita, as Americans do? China, alone, would consume 63 percent of the world’s meat supply (or about 166.7 million metric tons). And, of course, raising animals requires feed, energy, and water. And, well, animals fart.
According to the Web site Ask the Meatman (a must-visit), the typical cow yields about 715 pounds of beef. Assuming all of China’s meat consumption was beef (it’s not, but for our purposes, it’ll give a good enough view on the issue), the Chinese population today would consume about 331 million cows per year. If they consumed beef at America’s level, they’d be porking up on 514 million cows.
Within 10 years, China’s cows alone will be consuming one seventh of the world’s oil production.
I like to provide the most conservative, and therefore the least controversial, figures. When looking for the most conservative resource consumption numbers for beef, who better to ask than the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association?