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Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday, December 1st,

which means it's no longer Movember,

which means I can finally fracking shave!

Which I will be doing over the course of this video.

Movie magic.

So, Hank, lately I've been feeling like my life is completely out of control.

You know how it is; you let a few things slip 'cause you're busy and overwhelmed,

and then one day, you look up, and you're like, "oh, my goodness, I am a failed state of a person."

Sometimes, you look at your life and you don't even know where to start making changes.

Now, Hank, multiply that problem times 180 million.

That's Pakistan.

Where do you even start? Public education?

Pakistan has a 40% "deliteracy" rate, although it's dropping steadily.

And for many families, the only real educational opportunity available to their kids are at these madrases,

where they spend all their time reading the Qur'an without apparently ever reading the parts where

it talks about killing women and children always being wrong.

These madrases, by the way, are all paid for with Saudi oil money.

Which, you know, used to be our money,

So, good on us!

So, education, not good right now

Economics, slightly better

Pakistan's economy has been growing in the last few years

Although the per-capita GDP by purchasing power is less than $1000 a year

To radically oversimplify that number, on average people in Pakistan live on less than $3 a day

The military? Strong. Too strong, some might argue.

The military is the only public institution in Pakistan that people trust.

And historically, the military likes to use that trust by throwing the occasional coup.

But basically, the reason people trust the military and they don't trust any other facet of the government,

is that the military in Pakistan does stuff!

Like for instance, the military's trying to root out Taliban elements from the north-west part of Pakistan

And even though that war is unpopular in Pakistan, and seen as kind of unwinnable,

people are still more likely to trust the military than anybody else because at least the military has

like, an agenda.

By the way, Hank, I don't know if you've noticed, but I isolated a piece of cheek beard.

It's like a hairy dimple.

What else are governments supposed to do, roads?

The Pakistani government is not good at that.

Police forces? Boy, are they not good at that!

One of the big problems in Pakistan is that you can pass laws, there's just no way to enforce them.

And in Pakistan right now, there's just no political leadership to change any of this.

The president of Pakistan is the widower of Benazir Bhutto,

who, while certainly controversial, had at least some political talent, and was therefore assassinated

in late 2007, because the Pakistani Taliban is always killing talented politicians!

So now Pakistan has a president who's primary qualification is that he was once married to someone.

And then there's no one good waiting in the wings, because, I mean, let's face it:

Would you want to be president of Pakistan, Hank?

There's like a 40% death rate.

The Discovery Channel should make a reality show about the dangers of that job!

And so this is the conundrum the rest of the world finds itself in:

Here is a nation with nuclear weapons and 180 million people.

A nation that borders both the world's largest democracy and one of the fastest growing countries in India,

and crazy-pants Afghanistan!

People wanna help, but where do you start?

Do you start with education or infrastructure, or trying to limit corruption?

Nobody knows, everyone is paralyzed, and in the mean time,

the Pakistani Taliban keep killing moderate political leaders.

So that's my non-rhetorical question for the day, Nerdfighters: Where do you start?

And now, Hank, I announce your punishment.

I might just keep it like this.

So Hank, a mathematically inclined Nerdfighter figured out that the extra two seconds

in the video for which you are being punished,

cost the community of Nerdfighteria a total of 26 hours!

Because it was watched like 55 000 times.

Well Hank, we want our 26 hours back.

In your hometown of Missoula, Montana, there is a Target.

That Target opens at 8 o'clock in the morning, you will be there when it opens,

and you, my dear brother, will be there when it closes, 15 hours later

And in the interim, you will not leave the Target.

I wanted you to stay in the Target for the entire 26 hours,

but apparently, the Target in Missoula, Montana closes, which is unfortunate.

So to make up for the 11 hour difference, you're going to have to do a second punishment.

While you're spending your 15 uninterrupted hours in Target, you'll purchase a blender.

You will take that blender to the Target restaurant,

where you will publically blend the meal of your choice,

and then eat it.

Or, drink it.

Depending on your perspective.

Hank, I'll see you tomorrow.

Mmmmmm-

-moustache!

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