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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Unfortunately, Rai deleted his blog. I can’t give you the link to his blog, because he’s deleted it. He has been one of my favorite writers. A visit to his blog would guarantee a much-needed laugh. I’m sorry he’s deleted it, but then, knowing Rai, he’ll be back in a few days. At least, I hope he is.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
  Let's get organized!
I’ve started a google group:
All blogspot.com bloggers who wish to organize themselves and protest in a single voice please come here. Any others who wish to join are also welcome. You don’t have to be a blogspot.com ban victim to be driven to action by the ban. Anyone who condemns this half-baked attempt at righting a wrong with another wrong is welcome to join.

We’ve got 10 members so far, and I’m hoping our numbers will grow exponentially from here onwards. I’ve detailed a plan of action at the group, so please visit it for details, and sign up. We’ll get the ball rolling very soon, Inshallah.
  1 million down, infinity to go
On a brighter note, wikipedia hit the milestone of hosting 1 million articles in English!
The Pakistan authorities, in their efforts to keep this fair land pure and clean have decided to ban blogspot.com. This was done in response to a Supreme Court ruling ordering all sites that contained the blasphemous cartoons to be blocked. Since there were some blogs out there that reproduced the cartoons, the Powers That Be decided to block access to the whole of blogspot.com. As we all know, when you block a site, the content immediately evaporates, ceasing to exist, thereby instantaneously solving the dilemma of any offense it may have caused and making the world a better place to live again. Darn it, if only Bush had similar foresight and just banned Sheikh Osama Bin Hulk Hogan…

On a less sarcastic note - I’ve set up a google group and am putting the word out to fellow Pakistani bloggers to join so we can organize ourselves to launch a disciplined, intelligent protest in the print media to have this ridiculous ban revoked. If they want to ban the cartoons, let them do the hard work needed to pin point the individual sites. Why not just shut down the whole damn internet for God’s sake! I for one am not going to rely on their good graces to thoughtfully revoke the ban all by themselves. I plan to make a lot of noise.

Let’s see how they can shut us up!
Friday, March 03, 2006
Well, Uncle Bush will be visiting our fair city tomorrow. I shudder to think what kind of security cover this city will be held hostage to while he’s here. In 2000, when Clinton came, he arrived in an unmarked small white airplane. Air Force One was actually a decoy. Then when he drove through Islamabad, all local traffic literally evaporated. Even pigeons that flew overhead were arrested and charged for suspicious activities. There were dozens of limousines in his motorcade and it was not known which one he was in. He only stayed for 5 hours, and when he made a speech on TV, he looked scared to death as if the microphone would explode or something. This was before 9/11, before the Afghanistan war, before the Iraq war, before Abu Ghraib. Before Uncle Bush. Hell, we even liked Clinton a little bit. Ridiculous Clinton and the stained blue dress.

I can’t imagine what security in the city will be like tomorrow. I better not fart in the wrong direction, even though I’m not going to step out of my house as long as Uncle Bush is here.
Recent med school graduate from Peshawar, Pakistan. Started blogging when in throes of final year exams. Currently studying for USMLE Step 1. Aiming for the 2008 Match. I blog about my studies, my worries, and my thoughts on life. I live in Islamabad.

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