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Published on January 29 2007

diplomacy.jpg The book required for the next class arrived today. (I love you, Amazon! Book=$3 Shipping= $5!!!) There may be a very good reason I'm out of commision on the blog for awhile, lol. Yes, I'll also be reading. Reading the reviews last week, I knew this was going to be a big book, but.....900 pages? Mr. Kissinger may be a bit long-winded, eh? So far, some 50 pages in, it's pretty good reading. I'm on the chapter now about the difference between Theo. Roosevelt's style of foreign policy and that of Woodrow Wilson. Fun stuff! :-D Now, I just need to figure out how to apply these diplomatic and foreign policy principles to my personal life. [ /snark]

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Published on January 23 2007

dh.PNG After a semi-panicky installation of a new wireless router-- WHAT do we keep doing to those poor things, anyway? I think that's the third router I've killed in the last year or so!!-- I am officially done with IR1. Exam taken. Examinee collapsed. 8-} At least #2 daughter is happy about the new router, since it happens to be compatible with the video game she received for Christmas. So now she can play Mariocart with other Nintendo addicts in faraway places. I never would have imagined it back in the days of "Duck Hunt".

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Published on January 21 2007

All discussions and essays finished for IR1!!!! :-D All I have left is the....ouch.... the dreaded "Final", which I'll be taking Tuesday morning, before the fun begins on Wednesday. Wish me luck, kiddies! IR2 begins in March, and it looks like a good one:
Course Description This course analyzes international relations from 1945 to the present. Students will become thoroughly familiar with events and major interpretive issues. Topics include the Cold War, decolonization, the role of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations, the development of international terrorism, the Arab-Israeli and Persian Gulf conflicts, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Cold War stuff. My favorite! :-D (Probably because I'm OLD enough to remember it) That leaves me one month to get everything done. On the other hand, I'm due for a spring break. Sunshine and a beach sound good right now.

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Published on January 21 2007

Fox tests nation's 5th-grade knowledge
PASADENA, Calif. - Every parent's nightmare — being exposed for not knowing what's in your kid's school textbook — will soon play out on national television. Fox announced Saturday that it is making a new game show, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" that will air sometime later this year, perhaps as early as the spring. Adults will compete in a quiz based on questions from elementary school textbooks. Actual elementary school students will be on hand as "experts" for the adults to consult with.
Heck. Fifth grade? I think I was faking homework help by the end of third grade. Especially in math, lol. I definitely want to watch this show, and see how I do. [Update: I meant by the time the kids were in third grade!!]

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Published on January 13 2007

A pirate Looks at 60
Buffett is one of the music business' singular success stories. He has parlayed an unlikely subject—getting shitfaced while cruising the Gulf Coast in your power boat, basically—into a multimillion-dollar industry, a perennial place on Forbes' list of highest-grossing entertainers, and the most passionate concert audience this side of the Deadheads.
I wish I could figure out how to play songs on here, because I'd love to share one of my favorite Buffett songs. Yep, that one. Fruitcakes. "I want my junior mints!" And yeah, the "Clash" is finished, and turned in. And I think it's awful. Be lucky if I get a "C". [UPDATE: He liked it! :-o With a couple of clarifications of what I wrote, but.....wow. I thought it sucked, actually. I could get to liking this. "You've done it again, presented me with a fabulous essay into which you've put a tremendous amount of research and thought."]

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Published on January 12 2007

So let's just put on some appropriate music, 'cause I don't think there's going to be any professorial "attagirl" on this one!
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I *still* think this is the all-time greatest album cover ever. Composition, subject, energy...this one has it all. The music wasn't too bad, either. :-D (That's for you punk fans in the family.)

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Published on January 7 2007

Here's the topic of the week. I'm hoping to keep my rant short, lol.
"Is there such a thing as terrorism, or is terrorism merely a matter of perspective? In other words, to paraphrase the text, is one man's terrorist another man's freedom fighter?"

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Published on January 6 2007

...in The Clash of Civilizations, and hoping I can make some sense in the essay I have to write. What a way to spend a Saturday morning. I'm lovin' this stuff. Seriously.

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Published on January 5 2007

Re: International Law & Human Rights posted by posted by LE Fri Jan 5 13:51:42 2007 A very interesting and closely watched case is very near completion at the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ highest judicial body. This case is known as the Bosnian Genocide case, full name “APPLICATION OF THE CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA v. SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO)”. The Court’s final judgment is expected to be handed down February 21st, 2007, and it will probably be considered a landmark ruling in International Law. This case is the first in which a state, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is accusing another state, Serbia and Montenegro, of genocide during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. The International Court of Justice deals exclusively with disputes between states, and this case was first brought before them in 1993. Prior to this, accusations of genocide and war crimes were only brought against individuals, and were dealt with by tribunal. Bosnia must prove that the war was a war between States as well, and Serbia must argue that it was a civil war within Bosnia, and not subject to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. No state has ever been convicted of genocide; and a judgment against Serbia could result in that state being ordered to pay reparations to Bosnia, which could run into billions of dollars. Bosnia and Herzegovina filed the claim in 1993, accusing then-Yugoslavia (now Serbia and Montenegro) of violation of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. On Monday 24 April 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the following final submissions: “Bosnia and Herzegovina requests the International Court of Justice to adjudge and declare: 1. That Serbia and Montenegro, through its organs or entities under its control, has violated its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide by intentionally destroying in part the non-Serb national, ethnical or religious group within, but not limited to, the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including in particular the Muslim population, by” And then went on to list in detail how Serbia had accomplished this genocide. Serbia, on the other hand, is claiming that the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction in this matter since “Yugoslavia” no longer exists, the country having broken down to its component nations. Also, the Court has already ruled that the former Yugoslavia cannot claim against NATO-member countries for their bombing of Yugoslavia, because Yugoslavia was not a member of the United Nations at the time. The Serbian position is that if “Yugoslavia” did not exist for the purpose of making a claim, then it equally cannot be held liable for a claim against it. Serbia is also arguing that there was not a state-based intent to commit genocide, no matter the actions of individuals representing the state. This case is interesting for the many issues it raises beyond the genocide issue. Should a state representing all its citizens, be held responsible for the actions of only some of those citizens? If Serbia loses the case, all of the citizens of Serbia will be taxed to pay for the possible reparations. Serbia is also pointing out that it is a victim of the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia—if the larger country had not broken into its smaller nations, there would have been no basis for a claim—after all a claim cannot be made by a country against itself. An example of this is Rwanda, a country where equally appalling genocide existed, but a country which did not divide into separate nations; no possible legal case can be made in the International Court of Justice for reparations in that case. There is a great essay posted at http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2006/03/bosnia_v_serbia.html which further discusses the implications of this case. A comparison is made between the Bosnia/Serbia case and the aftermath of World War 1 when Germany was forced to pay reparations that served only to increase resentment and may have possibly directly led to World War 2. It will be very interesting to see the results of this case, as well as to see if any judgement can be enforced by the United Nations. References Genocide, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of - - Prevent Genocide International. (n.d.). Retrieved January 5, 2007, from http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/text.htm iBHY: Application of 20 March 1993 - Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Yugoslavia. (n.d.). Retrieved January 3, 2007, from http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idocket/ibhy/ibhyorders/ibhy_iapplication_19930320.htm iBHY: SUMMARY - Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Yugoslavia) Judgement on preliminary objections. (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2007, from http://www.icj-cij.org/icjwww/idocket/ibhy/ibhy_summaries/ibhysummary19960711.html Posner, E. (2006, March 9). Bosnia vs. Serbia. Message posted to http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/2006/03/bosnia_v_serbia.html __

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Published on December 29 2006

Midterm in progress. Wish me luck, lol. [Update two hours later] My head is spinning. Three essays and a bunch of multiple choice questions....and I got one MC question wrong, so no perfect score for me! :-(( And the essays? Not a clue how I did. I can't even remember what I wrote, to tell you the truth.

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