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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! @ReallyVirtual, The Man Who Unwittingly Live-Tweeted The Raid On Osama bin Laden
Meet Sohaib Athar–@ReallyVirtual on Twitter–a Pakistani IT consultant from Lahore who, up until a day ago, was “taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops.” And the name of the mountain town where Mr. Athar had taken refuge?
Turns out Athar wasn’t the only man who found the Sarban hills surrounding the city to be the perfect hideaway. But Athar is, however, the only man who live-blogged the raid on that other guy’s mountain retreat. And unwittingly, at that!
Though now “the rat race” Athar had been trying to escape in Lahore has come to him–with journalists the world over scrambling to land an interview with Athar–the Pakistani man just trying to get away from it all hasn’t lost sight of his core values–or, for that matter, his appealingly wry sense of humor:
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So much has already been said about the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that we’re pretty sure we don’t have anything earth-shattering to add about the sad sad news.
Not only because it is home to my grandmother and my adorable cousins, and the most delicious soup dumplings in North America (Din Tai Fung in Markham, outside Toronto), but also because there are still RATIONAL PEOPLE there, like Professors Hari Bapuji and Paul Beamish, of the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario, respectively. These two business academics are publishing a report that has found “(m)ost of the recalls of toys made in China are because of design errors, not manufacturing problems.” Their data is collected from U.S. recalls of Chinese-made toys from 1988 to the present.
The report points out that when Mattel recalled 20 million toys this past August, 80 per cent of the toys were pulled were because they contained small magnets, which is a design flaw. But Bapuji says all of the media focus has been on the lead paint issue. He says Canadian consumers should instead be demanding better of their toy makers.
It’s incredibly unseemly to toot one’s own horn, but we did write about EXACTLY THIS a month ago in “When in Doubt, Blame China.” And we have a new word for this xenophobic alarmism…CHINYSTERIA.
Meanwhile, Chinysteria continues to take over news headlines. The AFP published this one a few days ago:
“French government falls prey to cyber-attacks ‘involving China’”
And the Times (London) published this one:
“China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon”
Because it’s the sixth anniversary of September 11th, everyone’s talking about Bin Laden and his new piece-of-shit video. I have to admit, Chinysteria scares me more than Osama. This is the new Cold War, folks. Hope everyone remembers how to duck and cover.