OK the film was insulting.
But burning embassies – is now insulting the legacy of the Man the film originally intended to insult. So who wins?
Not the ‘western powers’ who provide freedom of speech.
Not the ‘Muslims’ who ‘stand up for their Prophet’.
The only winner is the bastard who makes such a film, and manages to go into hiding, because he doesn’t believe in his message strongly enough to own up to it. Super genius, one asshole manages to outwit both the Muslim zealots, and the most law-abiding Western folks and leaders over the span of two weeks.
I can’t wrap my head around this. Sure, there’s a deep psychoanalysis that will explain why the violence has gone more viral than the video- but I have hang my head yet salute this filmmaker in defeat: a really worthy adversary,
but to the human race.
The Citizen’s Archive of Pakistan has put up this webpage that is collecting petitions and signatures to nominate Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s most recognized philanthropist and social worker.
If you’d like to know more, click on through.
SIGN IT HERE.
I was doing a search for Dengue fever online, and came across this link entitled “Gilani’s son in hospital with dengue symptoms”, although from Dawn News. In it, the doctor who owns the hospital he’s admitted at, is reported to have said:
*”… the ugly face of dengue was not sparing anybody as people belonging to all social classes, including judges, lawyers, doctors, bureaucrats, senior army and government officials, had been affected by the virus this season”*
Dr. Akram’s a pretty serious and respected doctor in Pakistan. Am I correct in reading this? Does a doctor really think that a mosquito’s going to spare you based on whether you’re getting out of a Benz or Niazi Express public bus? True, people in different classes tend to be exposed to different epidemiology based on geographical locale within a city. But seriously, given how it’s at pandemic status- this kind of status totally discards the fact or expectation, that pandemics and epidemics don’t give two hoots about whether you live in Defence Housing Authority or in a slum beside the Shalimar Baagh. So, either Dr. Akram is totally off color with his remark, or Dawn News needs to raise its standard by reporting precisely what he quotes. Either way, the fact that this statement has been published in what is supposed to be the country’s oldest newspaper, is disheartening.
Even a non-medical professional like me knows that this mosquito breeds in cleaner water than we associate typical diseases with, and the way we’re handling the disease (i.e. we are not)
The only thing my government’s given me regarding Dengue, is a a big f*** you- by sending two guys on a motorbike around with this pesticide spraying machine, once every two months, spewing out some stupid gas which is supposed to mitigate the outbreak of dengue. So not only are we doing a bad job of addressing the disease, we are now proving ourselves to be out of touch with reality- enough to expect the way a disease naturally tends to spread as studied and advised by experts, would be altered by ‘social class’ belonging. It’s called “I’m richer and more educated than you, so I should expect to live with less hardship than you”.
Notice: Quran burning on the left, and product design conundrums on the right. Fantastic- gotta love the contrast.
Since all my photo albums are hosted by Facebook, Pakistan’s rather immature blanket ban on the website has left my photo albums inaccessible if you are accessing my website from within Pakistan.
Who: Airheads on Pakistani Television.
I’m going to post the audio I recorded from this particular episode soon.
So this is one of the outcomes of the recent Packages Inc. casual (unofficial) photo shoot. This hanger was designed and manufactured on site for the company, by their extremely capable albeit retired in-house furniture designer/ maker, “Misthry Taaj“. Obviously, the words and the image below have nothing to do with them- but I’d like to thank them for hosting me so openly. More to come as time unfolds.
Trying to get a cup if coffee can be difficult when the design attempts to be ‘universal’ by removing language- what means what here?
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The center of Electronic Lahore is probably a place known as Hall Road (check out the map). This is basically where you can buy any sort of electronic equipment you can imagine- well as much as you’d expect in Lahore..
I decided to visit and orient myself as to where I can buy different pieces of electronic components since I’m going to try building some shit this semester. I ended up not finding the MIDI-to-USB converter I was looking for, but did end up getting a good tour from my old student Safwan Khan, who knows this place inside out since he’s possibly the biggest hardware/software guru I’ve come across at FAST so far, second probably only to Belal Hashmi.