Romney apparently said today “we’ve been ‘turning to the United Nations’ to ‘raise our kids.'”
I don’t know if this is true,* but it raises a variety of questions/thoughts:
* I follow the code of the West a la The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
bowed to popular demand responded to a small number of requests by creating a page (also accessible via a tab above) to host PDF versions of working papers posted at the Duck of Minerva. The page currently has links to three pieces, including compilations of Stuart J. Kaufman’s and Patrick Thaddeus Jackson’s recently serialized posts.
I hope the section will grow with the responses people have planned to Stuart’s piece, as well as with those of other scholars and practitioners interested in posting pieces that are something more than run-of-the-mill blog entries.
A majority of Americans support a no-fly zone in Syria. I expect that “no-fly zone” comes across as a relatively anodyne, costless policy to the US public. And, indeed, most of the policies that would be required to make such a zone work poll considerably less well.
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I didn’t find it terribly surprising that Scotland’s National Museum presents the industrial revolution as an important component of Scottish national identity. After all, what better way to combat the anti-Pict stereotypes peddled in such racially insensitive works as Brave than to present the Scottish people as industrious and innovative by nature? Because that in no way would ever contribute to offensive stereotypes, now would it?
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Still, the museum’s example of a Jacquard Loom blew me away. It employs what are recognizable as punchcards to weave a pattern. Indeed, a cursory internet search makes clear that such devices are precursors of modern programming; their punchcards directly influenced Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Fiat Steampunk!