Day: July 18, 2012

UN as Daddy Day Care

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:

  • Does the UN have stock in ink?  Kids today seem to like tattoos. 
  • What is the curriculum include at UN Day Care?
  • Learning How to Circumvent Your Parents’ Vetoes?
  • Membership 101: You can join any club you want as long as your name is ok (Taiwan, Macedonia) even if you fall short of standards (Human Rights Commission).
  • The Golden Rule As Applied to Combat: Fire only if fired upon.
  • What is the UN Day Care hours and penalties for late pick up?
  • Do they have local franchises like Kindercare?  Is Kindercare really the UN’s franchise?
  • What do they serve for lunch?  Caviar and lobster (for those who ponder UN waste), Chinese every day (for those who fear the yellow peril’s insidious influence through an organization it does not really like), etc?
  • Do the kids get to ride on the black helicopters?
  • * I follow the code of the West a la The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

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    Working Papers

    I have 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.

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    Scenes from the National Museum of Scotland, Part the First

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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 EngineFiat Steampunk!

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