File this one under Say it isn’t so! Investigative news program 1 Hour has accused humanitarian Greg Mortenson of fudging certain aspects of his memoir Three Cups of Tea as well as financially mismanaging his charity, the Central Asia Institute.
Both Three Cups of Tea and Mortenson’s second book, Stones into Schools, are amazing books. The HD says never let the truth interfere with a good story! Look, it is always difficult to recall events that happened over a decade ago in journalistic detail. One’s mind is always inclined to remember things differently than how they actually happened. What up, James Frey’s A Million Little Lies! But if you’re going to write a memoir from memory alone, it’s best to go the What Is the What route.
However, the financial mismanagement aspect to the 60 Minutes piece is far more serious. Very, very disappointing if true. The HD is not only fluent in Latin, but has also seen enough West Wing to know: “Corruptio optimi pessima”. Corruption of the best is the worst.
The HD is inclined though to let this one play out. It will be interesting to see if donations drop to CAI as a result of this story. Stay tuned.
In an ever increasing sign of tough economic times, please enjoy this video of Czech President Václav Klaus ransacking and pillaging the office supplies of the Republic of Chile. (H/T to the The Occidental Oriental)
No moral judgements from the HD on the cheeky thievery. Rather, a criticism on such a poor attempt! PROTIP: After nicking the luxurious pen, the Honorable Klaus should have at least reached into his other pocket and put in the box a *GASP* BIC pen!
The HD watched the much anticipated Countdown to Zero (the documentary without an agenda LOL/JK) last night. Although quite short (approximately 80 minutes), the film helps to scare the sh*t out of viewers without providing a realistic, comprehensive solution towords a world free of nuclear weapons. One learns that the world could be destroyed in the time it takes to watch an episode of LOST (WITHOUT COMMERCIALS)! We have to go back, Kate! WE HAVE TO GO BACK!!!!!
The movie features some prominent players, including Fair Game Valerie Plame, calling for no nukes and international bodies to handle highly enriched uranium and plutonium. Yet the movie doesn’t deal with the question of rogue states like Iran and North Korea (and states that “just want to see the world burn”). How do we deal with the necessity of cutting American and Russian nuclear arsenals while convincing rogue states to do the same and/or not develop nuclear weapons in the first place? Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t deal with that. Without incentivizing every single country that it is in their national interest to have a world free of nuclear weapons, Countdown to Zero is really Countdown to Our Demise! As countries unilaterally cut their nuclear arsenals, each nuke becomes more valuable. If one were to pursue the ideal Countdown to Zero, then at the end the man with one
eye nuke would be king!
AND THE WINNER IS??? Colonel Willie Sharp: Get off… the nuclear… warhead.
”War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.” -John Stuart Mill
The HD just said goodbye to a long-time neighbor and World War II vet who is moving into a old folks home out of town. Sad times.
2:50 AM -HDHQ- Editor’s note: sorry for filing this story so late. The HD and company saw “Paranormal Activity 2” tonight so it’s probably best not to sleep, ever.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber (spoiler alert: the retirement package isn’t all it’s cracked up to be) wounded 32 people in Istanbul. Fortunately, none of the HD’s sources were harmed. The HD’s main man in Istanbul was able to provide this reaction:
Yeah everything is cool. The city didnt even react dude, I went for a run along the Bosporus and people were still fishing and having coffee and no even mentioned. There was more of a crowd up for the football match in the evening. Strange I think, obviously someone just doesnt dig on youtube……
Indeed. The enemies of YouTube have no decency! However, correlation called causation. He left a voicemail saying that it wasn’t him.
The reaction of Istanbul’s population is interesting. It brings to mind the Moscow Metro bombing in March in which 38 people were killed. At that time, the HD’s Moscow man provided a similar Russian reaction in which people went about their day and were back on the trains within hours.
Maybe some have accepted that terrorism has become a part of daily life. Or maybe those in Istanbul and Moscow thought it was all just a bit silly to give in to that “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which (attempts to) paralyze” us in our daily lives. Good for them for not letting the insanity of it all ruin their day.
In conclusion, unless you are the one conducting the suicide bombing, you are more likely to die in a car accident, drowning, fire, or murder than you would in a terrorist attack. The HD would even go so far as to say you are more likely to die from watching the movie “Paranormal Activity 2” than you would in a terrorist attack. Maybe the movie was a plot by the Terry Wrists to keep fear alive! Either way, don’t give in to the fear. In the same way that “we ultimately vanquish terrorism when we refuse to be terrorized“, we ultimately stop directors from making bad movies when we refuse to see them.
Stay safe, stay vigilant, but stay saucy as well.