Archive for the ‘lectures’ Category
If you have the time, watch the entire lecture. But if not, here are the interesting bits:
Around the 19 minute mark: How Germany, France, England, Canada, Australia, and boredom cause terrorism!
Around 33 minutes: How Al-Qaeda is like Harvard!
Around 1 hour 21 minutes: what is going to defeat terrorism? PROBABLY DRUGS, SEX, AND ROCK AND ROLL!!!
Ambassador Nicholas Burns is speaking at the LSE on Tuesday the 13th at 6.30pm on the “Global Challenges for Europe and America” (so basically the global challenges for America… The HD kids, he kids, he just makes a little joke).
He is speaking again at the House of Commons the following day on “The U.S. Perspective on Afghanistan and Iran”. Both events are not to be missed! The HD will be rolling with his usual entourage so be sure to holler if you see us! As Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department, Ambassador Burns was the third-ranking official after the Secretary of State and the Deputy Secretary of State.
ADDED: Be sure to skip lunch and catch Marc Sageman speaking (quote: “Afghanistan is not in our vital interest – there’s nothing for us there.”) on “Understanding Terror Networks- The Turn to Political Violence” at the House of Commons on Tuesday the 13th at 1pm! If you can’t skip lunch, read his book at your desk! The HD has been led to believe that Juha will be in attendance. His academic specialty is political violence so the HD looks forward to some festive questions!
He’s the guy who walked across Afghanistan in late 2001, diplomated (verb) in Iraq in August 2003, taught at Harvard, and successfully ran for Parliament all before reaching his Bartolo Colón year (the age of 40). Apparently, while he was campaigning up in Penrith and The Border (his constituency) in the run up to the May 6 election, he was still grading his students’ papers from Harvard.
There’s a more thorough profile here with this GEM:
“Not only is there a new job in academia but also the movies. Hollywood has started to speak Stewart’s name and after Brad Pitt bought the rights to his life, Orlando Bloom is due to portray the young ‘adventurer’. Jokingly he says he’d really like Judi Dench to play him.”
Brad Pitt once tried to buy the rights to the HD’s life, but the HD’s agent doesn’t answer calls unless interested parties are offering at least eight digit figures.
It’s not like the HD to telegraph his location, but he’ll be back in London to hear Saif al-Islam Alqadhafi’s lecture at the LSE. If you see the HD, be sure to holler at him (off the record of course). As the sushi chef at Baby Blue in the HD’s hometown always say, “I like when the champions come out.”