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Are you threatening me? [18 Jun 2005|01:42am]

The United States proposes financial threats to influence votes in the United Nations.

Can anyone find information about this amendment regarding the UN and US foreign assistance? The link given on Plogress is wrong; it takes you to bill 316 rather than amendment 316, and I was unable to find any mention of the amendment via Google or Thomas in the few minutes I searched. Or, maybe the link is correct, but Thomas is broken.

I have a hard time believing that someone actually proposed this, and I'd really like to get some more information about it.

According to Plogress, the proposal was to:

prohibit U.S. assistance to a country that opposed the position of the U.S. in the U.N. The term `opposed the position of the U.S.' means, in the case of a country, that the country's votes in the General Assembly and Security Council (if the country is a member) were the same as the position of the U.S. less than 50% of the time.

Do they not have a definition of bribery or a code of ethics in the United Nations, and wouldn't this be violating it? I guess the line between bribery and diplomacy is pretty fuzzy. But this kind of thing certainly wouldn't work in many other contexts. Withholding money and other forms of assistance unless people vote a certain way---what kind of democratic process is that?

Maybe for military assistance, that makes sense. But for humanitarian assistance?

"You don't agree with our policy toward Israel? No Soup For You!"

Luckily, Plogress reports that the amendment failed, with my rep (Barney Frank) voting against it.

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Sorting in the Quills archive portlet [18 Jun 2005|01:44am]

The archives portlet to your left now lists the months in descending order.

Finally got around to fixing the Quills portlet_archives template so that it sorts the months.

The original template has just the first definition in this TALES block. Add the next two definitions, then change the li element to use "sorted_months" instead of "months", and you should be all set.

<ul tal:define="months python:year.getFolderListingFolderContents(suppressHiddenFiles=1);
                sort_on python:(('title','cmp', 'desc'),);
                sorted_months python:sequence.sort(months, sort_on);">
  <li tal:repeat="month sorted_months">

I basically copied this from the API reference for the sequence module. Took me a while to find that, though, so I'm putting it here for safe keeping and easy access.

Next up will be sorting the topics list alphabetically.

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Keeping words straight [18 Jun 2005|11:07pm]

How do you keep these words straight?

You could depend on context for meaning, but that's kind of hard when one of the meanings is a swear, but the others are not. We don't go around saying, "Well, FUCK can mean a few different things, some of which are polite and some of which are not. It depends on the context."

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

bollix v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: {botch}, {bumble}, {fumble}, {botch up}, {muff}, {blow}, {flub}, {screw up}, {ball up}, {spoil}, {muck up}, {bungle}, {fluff}, {bollix up}, {bollocks}, {bollocks up}, {bobble}, {mishandle}, {louse up}, {foul up}, {mess up}, {fuck up}]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

bollocks \bollocks\ v. to make a mess of.

Syn: botch, fumble, botch up, muff, blow it, flub, screw up, ball up, blunder, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

bollocks v : make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: {botch}, {bumble}, {fumble}, {botch up}, {muff}, {blow}, {flub}, {screw up}, {ball up}, {spoil}, {muck up}, {bungle}, {fluff}, {bollix}, {bollix up}, {bollocks up}, {bobble}, {mishandle}, {louse up}, {foul up}, {mess up}, {fuck up}]

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