Saturday, September 4, 2010

Collapse


I know that most of this blog's readership has been waiting for the day that I post a picture of Pamela Anderson, so I won't let you down. This week I was in the IDP camp where Sean Penn works and saw a blond woman in what looked like pajamas. Because she was wearing pajamas in public, I guessed that she was famous and I took a few pictures. A large security guard then intimidated me into deleting the pictures. I went home and used image recovery software to bring them back just for you. The funny thing that I didn't get a picture of was a Haitian woman who had hiked up her skirt and was doing a Pamela Anderson impression for her friends.

This is a sweet and slightly depressing book I've been reading this week: Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed. Jared Diamond takes a look at how societies like the Anasazis', Vikings' and modern Montanans' abuse of their environment brought on collapse and how some societies took measures that kept them from collapsing. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are a couple of the examples in the book.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are very funny, Ben : )

Her lack of cultural sensitivity is pathetic.

Image recovery software? That's awesome.

You should become a spy or something sneaky. Oh wait, you're already Mr. Sneaky...

Looking forward to seeing you SOON!! Love, MED

T & T Livesay said...

I like the rebellious spirit ...

she came to Haiti to stand around in her p.j.'s - thank goodness for that.

nerkert said...

FINALLY. Now we can all stop checking your blog everyday.The funny part is that none of the men around her look the least bit interested.

Joanne said...

Eh... I see no point in jumping on the P.A. bashing bandwagon, even if she is in her jammies. She's there and appears to care... and was apparently there to discuss self-sustaining agriculture (vertical farming - is it legit???). Regardless, we shouldn't be so hard on her... at least she remembers the devastation in Haiti and was moved enough by it to go there 8 months after the fact, long after so many have seemingly forgotten. How many others can we say that about?

Sharon said...

Title+picture=amazing. Well done.

John & Perla said...

For many reasons - a classic post. And I agree with JoAnne. P.A. can get a lot of people to look her way, maybe she can get them to look at Haiti. However, even an attempt at fashion consciousness would have been appreciated.

caleb said...

well said Joanne. Ben-Strong work.

Cara said...

I feel like I've stumbled upon Gossip Girl.

Much, much love to you both, and know that your blog is a welcome part of my weekly reading.

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